Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened. Among the factors he cited were the country´s educators. (Snip) Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society. Schools were once thought of as places where a society´s knowledge and experience were passed on to the younger generation. But, about a hundred years ago, Professor John Dewey of Columbia University
Wish it did block it, #1. Taking back local control of schools and curriculum is the first step in breaking the propaganda cycle. The next is to send all the libtard professors and administrators/staff to the unemployment line.
Hardly, #1. Standardized tests typically have paragraphs or short essays. The student is expected to answer questions about them. The subject matter is often very politically correct.
Go ask any 4th grader what causes ´global warming´. Then ask the same child what causes the seasons. I´m guessing you will get a much longer answer on the first than on the second. It will show you what they have been taught.
If America is going to survive, it will only be because we have purged ourselves of the influence of John Dewey. He was a prime instigator of everything that has brought this country to it´s knees; public education, The (Communist infested) New School, the ACLU, the (Communist infested) U. of Chicago social sciences, the media as propagandists rather than reporters. Bad. Bad. Bad. And very few people know a thing about him.
Yesterday, the little woman and I stopped in for a late afternoon snack at our local Chick-fil-A. It´s near two private and exclusive schools known for their high academic standards. They are also located in the most conservative part of our city.
As we were leaving, we walked out behind two girls who were old enough to drive and one girl said this to the other, and this is an exact quote: "I don´t care who they give their money to, they make great chicken".
The Chick-fil-A controversy was, of course, not about who they give money to but was about their support of traditional marriage, like the one I have with the little woman. That aside, we wondered if her views were influenced by the "teachers" at the exclusive school she attends. My guess is yes because I doubt most of the students ever even discussed the issue among themselves.
Keep on pointing out the obvious, Dr. Sowell. I know you are right because I just saw it in a real life situation. The little woman agrees.
Journalism and education majors attract people who want to make a difference - to be agents of change.
They also form a population with the lowest mean GRE(Gradute Record Examination) scores of all. Or used to, some years back. I wouldn´t be surprised if the various "Studies" programs -black, women´s, queer, Latino etc.- were even worse.
It doesn´t help things that those in positions of influence who are determined to be agents of change and to make a difference are not, on the whole, terribly bright.
But the real question, the question for which I have no answer, is: how do they get away with it? Why do Americans let them do it? LET them do it? No, PAY them to do it. And pay them well, hand them sinecures, tenured lifetime appointments, and all sorts of perks and privileges.
There is plenty of grumbling, of course. But grumbling doesn´t matter as long as people continue to go along with and support such self-destructive policies.
What is going on here? I remember an essay by Malcom Muggeridge titled "The Great Liberal Death Wish." I have forgotten what the essay itself says, though it made sense at the time. The title is perhaps the clue.
Neal Boortz shows better than I how bad the schools are: This one came from Harcourt Brace School Publishers. The title of the page was “Rights & Wrongs.” This workbook page purports to teach a lesson about The Bill of Rights. In the lead paragraph you will read “These first ten amendments to the Constitution state simply and clearly citizens rights that the government cannot take away.” So far so good! Harcourt Brace got that much right. The Bill of Rights does, indeed, set forth the people’s rights, not government rights. But then you get to the Second Amendment. Uh oh. That’s the one that says protects our right to keep and bear arms. Here’s how that particular entry reads: “The Second Amendment - says that states may enlist citizens for a trained militia [army] and provide and train them with weapons.” Really? Is the word “enlist” in the Second Amendment? How about the words “provide” or “train?” You know what this is all about --- once again this is the leftist Democrats and liberals who run our government schools using the classroom to indoctrinate, not educate. This lesson for your child was designed to make sure that no child could possibly come away from class that day thinking that the Second Amendment guarantees anyone’s right to keep and bear arms. The most widespread form of child abuse in America is the act of sending your precious child off to the government to be educated by government agents in government institutions.
Since I have been substitute teaching these past two years, I have been rather shocked that teachers don´t seem to be using textbooks on a frequent basis. I see the books sitting on tables in the classroom or in the teacher´s cabinets and closets, but the lessons are generally on printouts.
Also shocking to me is the number of huge copiers I see in school offices and throughout the building, which can collate and staple packets. I am amazed by how sophisticated these machines are now with their touch screens and other gizmos.
Because I see so much copying to produce handout packets, I have come to the conclusion that teachers are teaching to the tests for "No Child Left Behind". It is rare that the teacher leaves plans for reading from the text book. What a monumental waste of taxpayer dollars if they aren´t going to use the books! However, I have to admit that I might not use the text books either, if they omit important information or are biased in their presentation. Without studying the textbooks to check for bias, I am withholding judgement.
Today´s educational system goes against all my moral and ethical values, yet with tenure, it provides me with a steady income until such time as my subject matter is deemed expendable--and it is probably one of the most expendable areas in any university because of its enormous costs and irrelevance in today´s society. Every day I give thanks that this subject matter usually doesn´t touch on anything having to do with today´s society. With a doctorate, though, I am overqualified for any other low-paying job! A hopeless situation.
Said Thomas Jefferson: “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” (Snip) For example, TV news programs often illustrate air pollution with a smoke stack emitting water vapor, implying it is pollution when it is anything but. Distortion and deception are accentuated by hyperbole. Television news and documentaries frequently report normal weather as “extreme weather,” implying it is abnormal and caused by human activity.
The question that incessantly tugs at my gut is," when will we say ´enough´?" I have the good fortune to interact with physicians across our nation. (Snip) Nearly everyone echoes the same sentiments. We are downtrodden by the yoke of our loss of social and economic standing combined with an overdose of unnecessary and crippling logistical constraints. Regarding the former, doctors have been subjected to an apparently intentional diminution of stature. Most obviously we are no longer "doctors"; instead, we are a mere segment of the blurred gamut called "healthcare practitioners".
It’s always a little galling (not to mention hilarious) for those of us on the right to reflect that the Democratic Party — the party of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and family-destroying social programs — the party of Detroit, New Orleans, Newark, and Baltimore — the party that facilitates a black abortion rate that would bring a smile to the face of Planned Parenthood’s genocidally racist founder — has somehow managed to sell itself to African Americans as the friend of black people! But it’s beginning to be equally galling (and equally comic) to reflect that the Democrats have
The death of Colonel George “Bud” Day, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroism as a prisoner of war in communist North Vietnam, is a moment to reflect on what goes into the making of an American hero. (Snip) It was during Korea that he decided to make the Air Force his career. He eventually volunteered to fly in Vietnam, where his detachment used as its call sign the name of Day’s favorite song, “Misty.” He was using the call sign “Misty 01” when, on August 26, 1967, he was shot down over North Vietnam and parachuted
Peter Robinson at Ricochet directs attention to a study by the Heritage Foundation of military enlistment to population ratios by region. It tells us that, generally speaking, folks from Red States are much more inclined to serve in the military than folks from Blue States. (Snip) The Heritage Foundation study also explodes the myth that military service disproportionately attracts men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds. To the contrary, the study shows that U.S. military service disproportionately attracts enlisted personnel and officers who do not come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
America is a poorer place today, a place whose reservoir of valor and determination has been depleted, because George “Bud” Day passed away over the weekend at the age of 88. He was a synecdoche for heroism, a military man’s military man. At Medal of Honor get-togethers, his fellow recipients, all of whom had accomplished legendary feats of bravery of their own, would pay special attention when Bud Day appeared. Bud was at war on behalf of America most of his life and never called a truce even as age and infirmity slowed him down.
Maybe, in looking at the example Detroit has set as the first major American city to file for bankruptcuy, the United States government will finally see more clearly what debt can do when politicians avoid reality. Detroit was once America’s queen city of manufacturing. That began going away decades ago, not because of bad calls by government, but because of changes in the national and international economies. The rich moved to surrounding suburbs, the poor stayed put and politicians had to decide what to do. Some of what they came up with was pretty bad.
There´s a movement among Capitol Hill Republicans to defund Obamacare. With the president´s hugely expensive national health care scheme set to take effect Jan. 1, many of the law´s opponents view this fall´s battles over spending and the debt as the last chance to stop it, specifically by cutting off funds for its implementation. But Republicans will not stop Obamacare. They won´t defund it. Their last chance to put an end to it was the 2012 election. They lost, and the chance is gone.
Naturally, Kate Middleton opted out of Britain’s “world class” National Health Service for the delivery of her baby. According to the Daily Express, a suite at the private Lindo Wing of London’s St. Mary’s hospital costs £6,265 per night — and this “excludes consultants’ fees.” Middleton’s total bill is expected to come to around £12,000 ($18,500). A poll conducted by ICM revealed that “37 per cent of the British public think that she should be having her firstborn on the National Health Service, believing it would send a powerful symbol if the new third in line to the throne
"I think you should check out the APEX program," my high school counselor Mrs. Workman suggested. APEX stood for Area Program Enrichment Exchange, and involved several L.A. area high schools, including Fairfax High. Intended for "advanced" students, the program allowed them to take courses not offered at their home school. In my case, I had exhausted all of the Spanish courses at Crenshaw High, the predominately black inner-city school I attended. But Fairfax, predominately Jewish, had higher-level courses and would accept me.
UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, has issued a new report on FGM/C, female genital mutilation/cutting, that raises troubling questions about the practice and the American response to it, particularly in nations such as Egypt. “Girls and women are made to have their external genitalia removed fully or partially– some when they are just infants, others when they hit puberty,” explains UNICEF, “in the name of preserving female honour, chastity, beauty, ensuring their marriageability.” Kheiriya Abidi, a 10-year-old Somali girl is “terrified of the blood, the pain and physical torture she will have to suffer if her genitals are cut.”
ay Z is in for a shock. He, along with Madonna and Stevie Wonder, are boycotting Florida, in protest of the “Stand Your Ground” law that they say allowed the George Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon Martin, to go scot-free. Does he know that 22 other states have similar laws? Will he no longer perform in Pennsylvania, Texas, New Hampshire or Utah? How about Michigan? That’s right, Michigan – home to bankrupt and crime-ridden Detroit – passed a law with bipartisan support in 2006 that permits a person to defend themselves when they “honestly and reasonably” believe that they are threatened.
There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It´s not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It´s diapers. "There´s no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn´t work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the
America is in great shape energy-wise. We have more gas and oil reserves than ever before. Indeed, the United States could shortly become the world’s largest exporter of coal. Our cheaper power rates may bring energy-intensive industry back from Europe and Asia. If America’s small colleges are nearly broke and our public schools failing, nonetheless our blue-chip universities’ math, science, and engineering departments, and professional schools, remain the best in the world. (Snip)In our age, Nobel laureate, exempt Al Gore proved a fraud: the feminist who was accused of groping a woman in crazed sex-poodle fashion;
It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.
I never thought the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case deserved nearly the attention it got. But reasonable people can disagree about that. What strikes me as unconscionable, however, is the way the supposedly objective media have not only sensationalized a tragedy but at times appear to deliberately bend the facts to fit a desired story line. Maybe it started with the use of pictures of a younger Martin or with the sudden embrace of the term "white Hispanic" to describe Zimmerman in order to more easily paint him as a racist. NBC News was the most egregious offender