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Destructive Effects of Multiculturalism

America has a rich history as a melting pot of cultures, ethnicity, and religion. Those who have come here over the past couple hundred years have sought a better life through the freedoms and liberties assured by our Constitution and the free enterprise system that fosters their “pursuit of happiness.” They’ve brought their culture, customs, and language with them, but they became Americans: learned English, learned our customs and conventions, and became encultured into the American way. America is great in large part because of the diversity of our people, and the richness of our cultural elements brought here. But multiculturalism has become much more than that, and is now more destructive than ameliorative, to American culture.

MulticulturalismIf the goal of multiculturalism was followed, which was to primarily facilitate the understanding and respect of other cultures, it would contribute, even add “seasoning” to our melting pot by encouraging our young people to compare and contrast, and then eclectically assimilate the best of all cultures. Instead, it has become an assailant to diminish Western values and advance ideologies distinctly anti-American. It has evolved, or devolved, to an illogical extreme that in academic and educational circles, attempts to vitiate the strengths and advances of Western civilization and promotes other cultures as preferable cultural paragons, regardless of their shortcomings.

Thomas Sowell, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University has said, “What ‘multiculturalism’ boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture – and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.”

Roger Kimball of the New Criterion has written, “Wherever the imperatives of multiculturalism have touched the curriculum, they have left broad swaths of anti-Western attitudinizing competing for attention with quite astonishing historical blindness.” Multiculturalism has led to the historical revisionism that paints Christopher Columbus as a nefarious European who initiated the transformation of a supposed paradisiacal Western hemisphere into the evil, corrupt America of today.

multiculturalism-poster-denigrationIt is multiculturalism that precludes Shakespeare from being studied by many university literature and English majors, because he was a “sexist and racist white man.” It is also the underlying principle engaged in revising history, including the historical roots of our contemporary observance of Thanksgiving and acknowledgement of the Christian principles prevalent at the time of our founding. Multiculturalism, in it’s extreme, is at the root of the removal of any references to Christ in the public square and public schools, even at the time we celebrate His birthday, for one characteristic of the movement is distinctly anti-Christian.

As convoluted as it may seem, Al Gore was perhaps correct when in the 2000 Presidential campaign he defined E Pluribus Unum as out of one, many, instead of the other way around. Multiculturalism in its extreme form seeks to divide rather than unify as Jefferson and Franklin intended, as emblazoned on the official Seal of the U.S.

A poll by the Pew Research Center a few years ago indicated that only 55% of Hispanics, living either legally or illegally in this country, consider themselves Americans. Another poll of Muslims in Los Angeles County indicated that only 10% of them consider themselves to be Americans. It seems the hyphenation of Americans is another social and cultural divider, rather than a unifier. A hyphenated American is just another symptom of political correctness.

Multiculturalism in its extreme weakens community bonds and reduces the motivation for new immigrants to participate in the common culture, the shared history and the common language of America: English.

The American concepts of freedom of expression, religion, human rights, liberty and democracy are distinctively Western values. As historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. has said, “These are European ideas, not Asian, nor African, nor Middle-Eastern ideas, except by adoption. There is surely no reason for Western civilization to have guilt trips laid on it by champions of cultures based on despotism, superstition, tribalism, and fanaticism.”

Teddy RooseveltThe pejorative aspects of multiculturalism have contributed alarmingly to a Balkanization of America, where differences are the focus instead of common values and ideals. Where culture and ethnicity divide us, rather than adding seasoning to our melting pot to enrich the entire culture.

President Theodore Roosevelt put the concepts of multiculturalism in perhaps the best context, although it was of course not known as such in 1907. He declared, “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

As long as multiculturalism is an end in and of itself, or worse, as a means to continue to diminish western values and our history, and divide and weaken our country, we will continue to decline as a culture, losing those distinctively American traits that once made the nation unique. As it diminishes our value system, erodes our cultural strengths, and rewrites our history, the very meaning of what it means to be an American is perhaps forever changed.

Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration. He can be reached at [email protected].

Some Fundamental Problems With Common Core

Common Core State Standards for education were advanced as a holistic reform intended to raise academic performance based on standardized achievement results. When reading the standards themselves, and the stated objectives, it’s inconceivable that anyone would take exception to them. Indeed, the education reform language sounds as idealistic and pertinent as any could. They were superbly crafted. Regrettably, in application, much is lost in translation, and Common Core is quickly becoming a significant detriment to our public educational system.

55319Achieve Inc. (a Bill Gates-funded educational consulting firm) created the standards, for the National Governor’s Association (NGA). And in 2010 when they were rolled out, adoption of the standards by the respective states was tied to the Race To the Top grants, funded by the massive Stimulus package of 2009. The granting of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers augmented inducement for states adopting the standards. The irony of the latter is that we’ve learned over the past ten years of NCLB that accountability and subsequent punishment of districts, schools, and teachers does not substantively improve the quality of education. Yet it’s a significant characteristic of CC.

Achieve, Inc. called upon 135 academicians and assessment experts, most with ties to testing companies, to draft CC. The standards had, prior to their rollout, never been fully implemented or tested in actual schools. This represented a sharp break from educational reform traditions of basing reforms on empirical data and calculable results. Very few of the 135-member team were either classroom teachers or current administrators. The other most conspicuous absence from the development team was parents. After the standards were drafted, K-12 educators were reportedly brought in to “tweak and endorse the standards” to “lend legitimacy to the results, according to the editors of RethinkingSchools.org.

race-to-the-top-common-coreBy contrast, when I served on the Excellence In Public Education Commission for Idaho in the 80s, almost all of the commission members were educators, administrators, and/or parents. All of the major stakeholders in public education were represented. Such stakeholder involvement was conspicuously, and suspiciously, absent when CC was drawn up.

Perhaps none have explained the problems with CC as eloquently and precisely as Carol Burris from New York. In 2010 she was named the New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association, and in 2013 she was named the New York State High School Principal of the Year. She has identified five key reasons CC is disastrous for education. She was extremely supportive of the objectives of CC, yet after thoroughly examining the program, realized the damage it would do to education. The following are some of her findings:

“Despite the claims of supporters, the standards are not built on sound research. They have never been field-tested nor proven to raise student achievement. The truth of the matter is research shows the rigor of state standards is not related to student achievement. In addition, a study of the state standards most like the Common Core by the Brookings Institution concluded that it is likely that the Common Core will have minimal effect on student learning. There is no research that supports the untested standards and practices of the Common Core.

Common-Core-question-21“The Common Core standards contradict what we know about the way young children learn. Louisa Moats, one of the few early childhood experts on the team that wrote the early literacy standards, is now an outspoken critic. Why? Because the K to 3 Common Core standards disregard decades of research on early reading development. Shortly after the standards were published, 500 early-childhood experts — pediatricians, researchers and psychologists — found the early-childhood Common Core standards to be so developmentally inappropriate that they called for their suspension in grades K to 3.

“The Common Core standards for English Language Arts promote the use of questionable strategies and over-emphasize informational text. One of New Jersey’s leading literacy experts is Russ Walsh of Rider University. Walsh, as well as other literacy experts, has become uncomfortable with the beliefs that guide the Common Core ELA standards, specifically that background knowledge does not matter for reading, “close reading” should dominate literacy instruction, and that students should be reading only grade-level texts. There is also worry that informational texts are crowding out literature in English Language Arts classes.

images“The Common Core tests are unreasonably difficult and will result in unfair consequences for students. Even as New Jersey begins the PARCC exams, some states have begun giving their own Common Core tests. New York’s students have taken Common Core tests twice. Proficiency rates dramatically dropped to the low 30s, with minimal improvement in year two. Results have been especially devastating for special-education students, English language learners, and students of color and poverty — with proficiency rates in single digits for students with disabilities who are poor.

“Low test scores have consequences for kids. Students are put into remedial classes. Test scores are used to decide who gets into gifted programs and into competitive schools. In a pro-Common Core report titled “Opportunity by Design,” The Carnegie Corporation estimated that due to the Common Core, the national six-year dropout rate will double from 15 percent to 30 percent, and the four-year graduation rate will drop from 75 percent to 53 percent.

“New York students took the Common Core algebra test, which is a graduation requirement, last June. Only 22 percent met the Common Core score that is being phased in as the new passing standard for graduation. Are these fair and reasonable standards? I think not.”

common-core-math-problemThis kind of top-down regulation of education is entirely the opposite of what is needed in education, and none can offer a better assessment of what works and what doesn’t than those with “boots on the ground;” the teachers, with parental input. The establishment of standards by bureaucrats and corporate sponsors, as CC was devised, is the wrong approach entirely.

Senator Mike Crapo’s (R-ID) Local Leadership in Education Act, Senate Bill 144, needs to be passed. This Act will “prohibit the Federal Government from mandating, incentivizing, or making financial support conditional upon a State, local educational agency, or school’s adoption of specific instructional content, academic standards, or curriculum, or on the administration of assessments or tests, and for other purposes.”

All efforts to roll back and rescind CC are advisable at this juncture, at the state and local level, as well. This is not a partisan issue. Something as crucial as our children’s education transcends politics, and bears substantive implications for the future of America, as a nation and as a people.

Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration. He can be reached at [email protected].

The Equality Hypocrites are at it again.

You know those hippy throwbacks who think it would be cool if everyone was “equal” like the Constitution guarantees? Just a heads up, the guarantee is for equal access to succeed, not a guarantee for equal success.

This president can’t seem to grasp that truth. He has a hard time grasping many truths. And now, he’s given illegals, yes, the people who came here by breaking the law, a leg up over hard-working, tax-paying Americans.

One of the first in-your-face insults was him pushing states to give in-state tuition to illegals. And once again for clarity… these people are here illegally, breaking the law, and not paying taxes. It just shows his disdain for the American way of life. Veterans can’t even get the same privileges. They have to live in a state for the state’s designated residency period before they are considered a resident who qualifies for in state tuition. Maybe they should renounce their citizenship and run up from south of the border into the arms of California Governor Jerry Brown who recently told all illegals (and anyone thinking about coming to America illegally) to come to California they were welcome here! And Governor Brown won by big numbers in California, they deserve him!

Mr. Obama has opened previously closed military bases (remember, they were too costly to keep open). He flew in medical supplies with staff to treat the recent influx of Illegals coming across the border. This was a “humanitarian act” according to Mr. Obama. Wouldn’t it also have been a humanitarian act to reopen bases to help our vets? But it appears President Obama wouldn’t think of flying in medical personal to help our vets to shorten the time it takes them to get help because of the costs. Really Mr. President? Do you disrespect us that much? I guess you really do believe Americans are stupid.

Mr. Obama, you send Eric Holder into Ferguson to threateningly suggest that there is much more going on there behind the scenes with the police than actually is. How about you send him in to the VA with threats and a guarantee that many will lose their jobs if they don’t get their act together?

Remember when you told us that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would not pay for abortions? Remember that? Remember you said there was no money in there for illegals to get healthcare? Not to mention all that “keep your doctor,” “cheaper rates,” “better policies,” you know the “Obama bucket-o-lies” bit.

So then we find that there actually is money for abortions in Obamacare in the form of the morning after pill, abortions for “emergency reasons,” “rape and incest.” Mr. Prez, I know you have a word problem, but abortion is abortion. And when the government pays for them that is taxpayer money not yours.

Now you have given 5+ million illegals the ability to take more American jobs and drain the system. Let’s do this at a Sesame Street level so you can understand. You see, once the “illegals” feel free to roam about the country, employers will be able to hire them, and still at a lesser rate than their American counterparts. The jobs they leave open will be back-filled by more people coming over the border because the president will not do anything to secure the borders any more than they are today.

He claims that Republicans wouldn’t sign an immigration bill that included the hiring of over 30 thousand more border patrol personnel. Nice try! Would you have given those new border patrol agents the same “rules of engagement” the current border patrol has? Because if that was the plan, then they would be just as useless as you’ve made the current border patrol. Our poor border patrol agents have their hands tied so badly that even they say they should just stay home.

The president’s claims on “deportation numbers” are bogus. He is counting only those that are caught and released at the border. His numbers are dismal for deporting those here in jail or living in the shadows.

Read more at TheRealSide

I Told You It Wasn’t a Woman’s Health Issue !

I have been saying, to the irritant of my friends on the Left, that abortion has nothing to do with women’s health.

One of the original questions the Supreme Court had to deal with in the seventies when they approved this “slaughter law” was, when does life begin. Well, all the academics and doctors that were willing to take some money and testify said life did not start until the third trimester.

Remember, this was a time when cancer was almost always fatal. AIDS was a death sentence, and, in some cases, people still died from the flu.

Medicine has come a long way since then. And now, many agree, scientists and doctors alike, that life begins at conception or shortly thereafter.

Dr. Bill Fifer, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, said, “Everything that a newborn baby does, a fetus has pretty much done already.” He went on to say “We know that a baby’s tiny heart is beating as early as 18 days after sperm-egg fusion. Brain waves are detectable by 6 weeks and babies can experience dream (REM) sleep by 17 weeks. Substantial medical and scientific evidence has demonstrated that unborn children are capable of feeling pain by 20 weeks, if not earlier.”

Not Joe Messina’s opinion, but science. This is now the understanding of many in the medical field. However, I am still perplexed. You see, the Left continually beats on Right-wing, conservative, Bible-thumping Republicans (like myself) for not believing in science but rather the fairy tales of the Bible.

But when confronted by science and facts (not theories like, let’s say, evolution) that don’t line up with their way of thinking they ignore them and tell us that we hate women (in the case of our abortion stance.) Why? Because is easier than discussing the facts.

So, if at 18 days that little blob of cells has a heartbeat, what can we call it? What will it eventually be? A canine? A fish? A tree? Nope. Simply, a human. Its only potential outcome is that it is a developing human!

Now with science we can see with sonograms and 3-D imagery what the baby looks like. We can’t run from that truth. Our youth are seeing it more and more and are changing the way they view abortion.

So then… it is a life! But what about the argument for years from the Left and the pro-abortion groups that it’s not a life? As of late, some of the abortion proponents are saying that life begins when the mother says it does, that the unborn blob of cells can be snuffed out even up to the time it’s exiting the birth canal. Wow! That’s a stretch!

But wait! Jodi Jacobson, Editor in Chief of RH Reality Check, a Reproductive and Sexual Health and Justice blog says it was never when life beings because “life begins at conception.” Huh?

OMG! Wasn’t the abortion debate all about women having access to clean safe medical facilities so that when they were seeking this “medical procedure” the mother’s health would not be at risk? The fetus, or as it’s been called “blob of cells,” needed to be removed to save the mother.

You were duped!


Read more at http://therealside.com/2014/08/i-told-you-it-wasnt-a-womans-health-issue/#L9t6j1vAXCU2XaUl.99

What Michelle Obama would’ve said in her graduation speech

polishgazetteaDear fellow students and future government dependents. It is my honor and duty to impart some words of wisdom from myself and the President. We are so proud of all of you now that you have graduated with your high school diploma in Democratic studies. As you venture out into your Common Core initiated and recommended career choices always remember this. You didn’t build your futures, we did.

All you have to remember in life is to always feel guilty for any successes you might achieve and never turn down a helping hand from your loyal and loving government. We are here to help you. We are here to guide you throughout your entire life to the day you part the earth and go to the collective city in the sky.

Some of you will benefit from the hard work of the person sitting right next to you. So of you will be taking care of the person sitting right next to you. It is ok not to succeed. Striving to be your best is so 2007. Not everyone can be a provider some need to be receivers.

You see, Barack and I have always felt that welfare was put in place to replace jobs. Welfare was never supposed to be a temporary thing. Why would it be when you have all these strong, able bodied men and women who can and will work hard so that others don’t have to?

Remember kids, Capitalism is an evil rich man’s game. The rich didn’t get that way through hard work and dedication; oh no they got that way by exploiting and victimizing poor Black and Hispanic minorities. The rich don’t care about you, (even though they supply all of your jobs). They don’t deserve to keep their businesses or their profits.

So make sure when you go to work for one of these evil job creators that you use all of the skills you learned from kindergarten till now. Make sure you create a false injustice at work. Make sure you show up late and leave early. Make sure you find a way to eventually be fired. When that day comes you immediately use the race card that we gave you and use it to right the injustice. Contact the ACLU or Southern Poverty Law Center and tell them you were fired, not because of your lack of work ethic but instead because you were a victim. You were oppressed. You were not allowed to sleep at work or take your 2 hour mandated Union Breaks.

You see, the race card is your most powerful weapon. Use it often and use it wisely. The race card is how Barack and I became President. You see, we learned along time ago that victimization and claims of false oppression are the keys to getting ahead in America. We knew that our lackeys in the media would cover for us by calling out anyone who didn’t support or vote for us as racists. This is how we were able to paralyze White America with guilt and get them to help us fundamentally transform her in the process.

America is not a shining city on a hill. America is the land of injustice and greed. America is not the land of opportunity. America is the land of share responsibility. That is why we need you to talk to your parents and tell them they are wrong for creating wealth and prosperity. Tell them to sacrifice their futures and well being for the betterment of us all. And it is time for all of you to not fear government and instead embrace it. The only thing you have to lose is your freedom?

So please, grow up students and sign up for Obamacare. We need your healthy bodies to pay premiums so we can give illegal aliens free healthcare as an “act of love”.

Then once we guilt all the Washington Republicans into passing Amnesty by calling them anti-Hispanic racists our mission will be complete and so will Barack and I’s dream of destroying the greatest, most freest nation on earth.

And just think students you will be able to look back proudly knowing that you had a part in all of this! So, to all my new worker bees go out there, work hard for your government, and accept our helping handouts!

May Government bless you, and Government Bless America!

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Will The EPA Come After Beer Next?



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The famous saying “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” has been mis-attributed to Benjamin Franklin. But Plato DID say “He was a wise man who invented beer.” And Abraham Lincoln DID say “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”

Yeah, so? Those sayings conjure up thoughts about that wonderful, flavorful (except for lite), world-wide brew, liquid bread that is BEER. And, yes, I’ve been known to tipple (but never a lite, which IMHO is just watered down beer). My motto is “Everything in moderation, even moderation.”

Why all this about beer? Well, beer is brewed, which requires fermentation. Again, so? Fermentation produces carbon dioxide (CO2). As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared in 2009, CO2 is a greenhouse gas, a “public danger,” and therefore must be controlled.

According to a preliminary endangerment finding published in April, EPA scientists fear that man-made carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are contributing to a warming of the global climate.

So, one can only surmise that the EPA will, after it gets through with cars, soon be after beer brewers. After all, the EPA wants to protect us from ALL sources of CO2. The EPA seems oblivious to the fact that ALL living animals expend CO2. Or that ALL plants use CO2 in the photosynthesis process. Or that plants convert CO2 into oxygen, an element we all need to live. Or that CO2 levels are increasing, but the global temperature is not increasing.

Consider this fact. The EPA, in 2009, while under Obama, concluded that the release of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases endangered human health and welfare. The administration used that finding to extend its regulatory reach beyond automobiles and develop national standards for large stationary sources. Breweries are not mobile, are stationary. What’s to stop the EPA from going after them?

After beer, then what?

And let’s not overlook the Supreme Court’s role in this drama. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the utilities industry, and 13 states (led by Texas) are asking the Supreme Court to rule that the EPA overstepped its authority by trying to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the permitting program. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded in 2012 that the EPA was “unambiguously correct” in using existing federal law to address global warming. So the Supreme Court is the next step. And it’s not looking too good, either. The “swing vote” belongs to very liberal Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Go ahead and laugh. But just remember that the EPA is currently looking at cows. And consider that the EPA is (under Obama) power-drunk. Our only hope is the fact that Obama is a beer drinker.

BTW, Franklin DID say “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” Same sentiment, but wine ain’t beer. Either way, CO2 is involved.

But that’s just my opinion.

Cross-posted at The Pot Stirrer, my very conservative web site.

Common Core is the common whore of education

cudahyhowaThe pimps, lowlifes, and Johns of the teacher’s unions along with the radical progressive Communists of the Obama Administration are destroying our education system and the intelligence of our children in the process.

These diabolical new standards will be sure to create a lot more window washers and gas station attendants to service the well educated Chinese and Indian Immigrants who no doubt will run our businesses and create all of our jobs. If Common Core is not stopped soon the next generation will be less prepared and less educated and as a result have less opportunity and initiative than other generations.

Adolph Hitler once famously said, “He who controls the youth, controls the future.” This is no doubt why Common Core was implemented. It was not put in place to educate our youth. It was put into place to re-educate our youth. The leftist progressives in our government and the teacher’s unions can’t have our children think for themselves. They need little mindless drones that will buy into their Communist and Socialist garbage.

Liberals do not believe in the success of the individual. This goes against the very fiber of being a liberal. They would rather fail together than succeed individually. Liberals believe that individual success is somehow either racist or unjust and usually achieved not through hard work and dedication but rather by some sort of injustice. This is why class warfare is so prevalent in the Democratic Party’s playbook.

Common Core teaches our children to love thy government, trust thy government, and above all obey thy government. Common Core celebrates tyrants and ridicules heroes. It points out percieved injustices and hides the real unsung heroes who made America the great nation it is. The ultimate goal of Common Core is to create a new generation of radical Americans who hate their country, who hate the Constitution, and who hate our Christian-Judeo principles.

Let’s take a look at what our children are being taught by the Communists in our government and the Pimps and Johns of our teacher’s unions.

In Illinois, home of Barack Obama’s Crook County, children were given an assignment that said, “Government is your family and we are here to take care of you.”

Fourth graders in some urban cesspools in our dilapidated liberal cities are now taught mandatory Ebonics. They learn words such as, “Bitchaz, Ho’s, and Mobstaz.” Imagine that, teaching our children hood rat dialogue? As if somehow teaching this illiterate version of street trash is somehow going to prepare our children to compete with their Asian and Indian counterparts?

In Arkansas, sixth graders were given an assignment and told to “imagine that the Bill of Rights was outdated and that it may not survive in its common form.” What would you do to change it? Again, another example of the hatred the left has for our founding fathers.

Folks let me start by saying this. I have a seven year old son who is my world. When I help him with his homework and I see “Common Core” plastered all over it I get a feeling of sickness and sadness all throughout my body. If I EVER see an assignment like the ones I just described that are pure indoctrination and an attempt at revisionist history I will go ballistic! I will immediately forbid my child from doing the assignment and then I will storm into the school and DEMAND an immediate meeting with the teachers and the school administrators. I will do what I have to in order to protect the integrity of my child’s education. I will not sit back and allow my child to be indoctrinated in this leftist ideology, and I would hope you will not allow your child to be either.

Common Core is already starting to unravel. Just recently, Indiana’s Governor signed a bill outlawing this disgusting curriculum. Let’s hope other states follow suit soon. I implore everyone reading this to call your Governor and your state legislature and demand they opt out of this curriculum. Also citizens need to start petitions in every state that has Common Core and get the required amount of signatures to put its repeal onto ballot initiatives in all 46 states. Let’s show these criminal re-educators what the power of the people still looks like.

Seinfeld on Parenting?

This one had my head spinning. I had to watch and listen twice! Now, I know, some may say this guy has issues of his own, but the audience was proof that he was on target.

Jerry Seinfeld was on the new Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and I am sure his audience was not a bunch of old folks.

After a few minutes of standup comedy, Seinfeld sat down with Fallon and got into a conversation about parenting. Seinfeld stated that he was not in agreement with this “new style” of parenting and reminded the audience that when many of us were kids, our parents didn’t give a da@@ about a lot of things.

Seinfeld went on to say that our parents never made deals with us to eat our food, brush our teeth, and so on. Our parents didn’t have to ask us 147 times to go to bed, “get back into your bed,” “what did I tell you?” “did you brush your teeth,” “did you use water,” and so on and so on.

How many books do you read your children at night? How many hours of TV do they watch in their bedroom before going to bed? The inmates are running the asylum!

Look, I’ve had 4 children. Based on how different each was, they may as well have been born to 4 different sets of parents. My ex-wife and I had different parenting styles. (I am not picking on my ex-wife. Simply stating fact and using my own real-life example since I can’t use yours!)

I heard on a regular basis on how she couldn’t get them to eat. She couldn’t get them to go to sleep, clean their rooms, make their beds, do their homework.

On the other hand, when they were at my house, we all ate at the dinner table at the same time. We cleaned up together. Everyone was in bed at the assigned time. Beds were made and rooms cleaned every Saturday before they went outside. Sounds a little like a militant lifestyle? Well, so what?

Kids love consistency. Kids want to know things are the way they should be. They want to be able count on mommy and daddy and other adults to be there for them, to guide them and help them. Sometimes help is not in the form of, “it’s OK honey, you broke the TV while playing ball in the house, I am sure you didn’t mean it”…  (insert buzzer sound here) Wrong answer!

Life has consequences. When you are doing something you shouldn’t be doing like, drinking and driving, speeding in a residential zone, cheating on a test, or consistently showing up late for work, it’s not going to be all right. They all carry serious consequences… jail time, fines, failing a class, or getting fired.

The best time for your kids to fail and feel the consequences is at a young age while they are still with you. Parents discipline in a loving and caring way, not demeaning.

According to Dr. Robi Ludwig, Psychotherapist, there is a real backlash against these helicopter parenting strategies, described by Seinfeld, and practiced by millennial moms.

Helicopter parenting is when parents hang over the kids, never allowing them to feel bad about anything, fail, or make non-life threatening mistakes. These kids ultimately learn nothing about real life or how to interact in the real world.

Dr. Ludwig goes on to say, “certainly there is a generation of moms who waited a long time before they had kids. They’re working many hours. So due to guilt or just falling in love with motherhood, they’re creating this whole ritual” of a feel-good eating experience or a bedtime experience or whatever.

Many of the offspring of these helicopter parents and the kids of the “no score,” “no-grades” era are having real problems in today’s society and in the workplace.

When they encounter problems with authority at work many go into shutdown mode. Friends who own businesses have plenty of stories to tell about that generation. People who show up late… a lot! And use excuses like: traffic, couldn’t find a parking space, long line at Starbucks, I’m not a morning person, or talked to another parent too long when I dropped my kid off. Really?

In the past, I have had employees who got extremely upset with me because they weren’t paid for 40 hours even though they only worked 36. Let that sink in. Then there were those who came in at 8:35 or 8:40 when everyone else starts at 8:30. They went to lunch at 11:45ish come back at 1ish when lunch is 12 to 1, like everyone else. It was my experience that most of these people grew up in a very “open” parenting environment.

According to Dr. Ludwig these kids who were raised by a helicopter mom consistently say they are not so happy with the way the world worked out. The world does not actually revolve around them. Shocking!

Dr. Ludwig says it’s better for children not to think that everything is going to be easy because life is not easy. And in order to be successful in the world, you have to be prepared for reality. You have to believe in yourself. But you have to know things are not always going to go your way and learn how to strategize.

By not allowing children to achieve on their own, good or bad, I believe we are doing them a disservice. They need to see what working hard will get you and what working “kind of” hard gets you and what “not trying at all” gets you.

To Seinfeld’s point, our parents didn’t care if you were always happy, got everything you wanted, or faced hardships. These things built character and they taught us how to deal with them and work through them. Parents need to be there to guide and encourage, not do and shelter.

America, be parents, or be prepared for your kids to be lost!

 

The Attack on Americanism!

It seems lately there is no end to the stories highlighting what appears to be an all-out attack on Americanism.

A school district in Sioux Falls, SD has decided that the Pledge of Allegiance is more of a bother than its worth. The school board voted 5-0 to stop the Pledge of Allegiance from being recited in high school because they can’t find the 15 seconds to do it. One of the board members told the news source that in high school there is very little time in the mornings or afternoon to pull it off. Can you say LIAR?!

These people need to be recalled. Let’s say, for argument’s sake, it takes 2 minutes start to finish, from the kids getting on their feet, to saying it, and then sitting back down. Two minutes. Do 2 minutes less of morning news. Cut the lunch period by 2 minutes. Cut sex education by 2 minutes. How about we just shut down the school all together, then we have all day to do it?

Do these administrators and educators understand that what the pledge stands for and what the flag stands for is what gives them the right to be idiots? The freedoms these things represent include people dying for them in other countries!

Then these yo-hos go on to say that the pledge will have more meaning if we only do it once in a while. Really? How does that work? You mean I’ll understand something and learn it better if I’m not as exposed to it and don’t do it as often?

Don’t educators believe in learning through repetition? Repetition works. It helps imprint it in your memory. How about you use it as a teaching moment to explain how and why the pledge came about instead of some other “elective”?

Even when a group of vets approached the board and pleaded with them not to nix the pledge, they were turned down, quickly and coldly. These people who gave up years of their lives, families who gave up loved ones, and some of these men and women who gave up limbs (and still carry other injuries) just so that a cold-hearted, short-sighted school board could have the freedom to discard the Pledge of Allegiance as insignificant and not worthy of the 15 seconds (or 2 minutes) it takes to recite it. In exercising their freedom to omit the pledge, this board is not only disrespecting this great country and those who secured our freedoms, they are also teaching the next generation to do the same.

This board needs to be fired, recalled, and dropped into some Communist, third-world nation for “immersion study abroad.” Let’s see how long they last.

Sadly, they don’t have the market cornered on “stupid” by any stretch …

A school district in North Carolina has decided not to allow an American Legion Post to put up banners with our national motto on them. OUR NATIONAL MOTTO?! When did that become illegal, immoral, or just plain wrong?

Our national motto, approved by our Congress, upheld by the Supreme Court is “In God we Trust.” Yes, believe it or not, it has been approved by the highest court in the land. Apparently, the board members in the North Carolina school district didn’t take that class. They had the men from the American Legion remove them because… wait for it… It’s a violation of “separation of church and state” (that non-existent Constitutional clause).

The American Legion produced 16×20 inch framed posters for classrooms with the words “In God We Trust,” and an American flag in the background. At the bottom it reads: “The national motto of the United States, adopted by Congress, July 30, 1956.”

A spokesman for the school district told the local Watauga Democrat newspaper that “In God We Trust” was banned on the advice of their legal counsel that it may be “unconstitutional.” Their fear was that someone would misconstrue it as promoting a religion.

Seriously?! First, fire the attorneys; they obviously have no clue about this. Any attorney worth their salt would have known within minutes of researching this issue that’s it’s already been tried and decided.

Second, please tell me what religion has “In God we trust” as part of their scriptures or writings? None!

The majority of our founding fathers were Christian, period. Deal with it. They wanted people to be able to worship as they pleased (or not pleased). “Freedom OF religion” is completely different than “freedom FROM religion.”

Teaching our nation’s history, national motto, Pledge of Allegiance, and patriotism in general, is not endorsing or promoting any religion.

As I keep saying… Americans wake up, rise up, and do the right thing or you will lose the country you love.

The Real-Time Evolution of ‘Soft Despotism’

Today, many who consider themselves “visionaries” are sounding the alarm about the size and scope of government. From Obamacare to the Right to Bear Arms they decry government over-reach and the bureaucratization of our government. But those who truly understand the agenda of the Progressive Movement in the United States have been sounding this warning for years, explaining that for the Progressive’s agenda to be achieved a strong and authoritative centralized government must exist, unfettered by the interference that a free people, armed with Natural Law rights, would inject. Sadly, even those who brag about understanding these points, do very little about it, choosing to complain while failing to support the foot soldiers fighting the battle.

The frustration among those who are moved to action; who are moved to sacrifice time, treasure and station, is palpable. Further, as Progressives use the many-tiered bureaucracies – at all levels of government – to advance their agenda (and make no mistake, they are advancing), those American citizens moved to defend the freedoms bequeathed to them not only stand alone in their fight, they are often penalized and ostracized in the pursuit of defending their rights.

To wit, the BaltimoreSun.com reports:

The Howard County father whose arrest became a viral web video and a cause célèbre of conservative talk radio won’t be prosecuted for disrupting a meeting on state education standards.

The Baltimore County state’s attorney’s office dropped assault charges Monday against Robert Small, who had been led out of the Thursday night meeting in Towson by an off-duty police officer. Small interrupted education officials, complaining that new standards were aimed at sending children to community colleges…

After a lengthy presentation by [US Department of Education] officials, members of the public were asked to submit their questions in writing. Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance then selectively scanned the pile of questions and picked out ones to be read aloud…

The Ellicott City father of two wasn’t satisfied that his question would be answered so he stood and interrupted Dance. He said he believed the new standards would lower expectations for students and that teaching would be aimed at “getting students to community colleges rather than Harvard.”

Mr. Smalls was then arrested…silenced…denied his First Amendment Free Speech Rights and his right to redress his government.

Whether or not you agree with the Common Core initiative is irrelevant to the point I am trying to make here, although it should be noted that Common Core, in the form in which it is being implemented, is a dramatic over-reach of federal authority and a mere shadow of what the National Governor’s Association intended for it to be. Textbooks are being geared toward the suggested curriculum standards and Progressives are taking the opportunity to advance their agenda (read here and here) through these textbooks and curricula.

The larger point I am making here is that our government – in the form of those elected to serve the citizenry – has not only gotten too large and too dependent on bureaucrats and the bureaucratic process, but arrogantly totalitarian as well; totalitarian to the point of usurping the rights guaranteed in the US Constitution.

It cannot be denied that Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance picked non-inflammatory and Common Core sympathetic questions to feature from the pile of questions submitted. Only an intellectual midget would suggest otherwise. And while this is disingenuous at best, it pales in comparison to the panel’s use of force to silence a parent…a taxpayer…the very person who pays the salaries of each and every authoritarian who sits on the panel that silenced him.

Redress of government is a constitutional right, at every level. When a parent – a taxpaying parent and an engaged and educated parent – is denied his or her constitutional right to redress government at the most base level; when a concerned and informed parent is silenced from questioning the implementation of a program he or she feels denies their children a basic education, tyranny reigns. In the Baltimore County School System, tyranny reigns, supported by the oppression only afforded by an oligarchical and corrupt system.

Democrat strategist Pat Caddell opined on this issue saying,

“What we saw here is much bigger than just this. It is the idea that the people work for the…that people are the slaves to the officeholders. Superintendents of schools who won’t take questions…We see this sort of thing with security…We see it when the EPA goes to Alaska and raids with armed people and four agencies going in with guns on gold-mining operations in some little town. The things the government does now to oppress people, the laws we have now…the NSA spying on them…the fear…and imposing of a ‘soft despotism,’ which is, ‘if you get out of line will come get you’…”

Mr. Caddell’s frustration and – dare I say fear-based concern – was palpable, and rightly so.

Make no mistake, as government grows this “soft despotism” with expand, morphing into full-blown oppression: Free speech will be a concept recalled with longing as “hate speech” laws expand; Redress of government will become non-existent, those courageous enough to defend liberty and freedom sequestered for “threatening the government” and/or publicly ostracized to the point of demagoguery. We have witnessed the latter in the despotic treatment of the TEA Party by the mainstream media and Progressive Movement, conciliatory and vulnerable establishment Republicans in tow.

Mr. Smalls not only deserves better, he should bring legal action, not against the Baltimore Police Department, but directly against those who violated his constitutional rights.

The people of Baltimore County deserve better and they should demand that they receive better. But that can only be achieved through action; at the expense of time, treasure and station. The concerned citizens of Baltimore County should stage a recall of their Progressive school board members and then run for those positions themselves. Once elected, they can provide constitutionally conscious oversight of the day-to-day operations of the country school system, including curriculum and textbooks.

And finally, the people of the United States deserve better than the elitist, oligarchical, career-conscious, gaggle of political opportunists currently elected to office. A perfect litmus test for divining the opportunistic among this class is to juxtapose their campaign promises with their chamber votes. If someone ran on defunding, repealing and replacing Obamacare, but now provides politically opportune and cowardly excuses for not doing so, identify him or her as the elitist, political opportunist that he or she is and act accordingly.

Additionally, hold your no- and low-information family, friends and neighbors accountable for their abdication of responsibility to the community; their abdication of responsibility to be informed and engaged. Truth be told, if you are a citizen and you are not informed and engaged, then you are an intellectually lazy and societally narcissistic, willing to benefit from the diligence and hard work of someone else; expecting someone else to provide the oversight to government so sorely needed today. If you are a citizen and you are not informed and engaged then you are societally selfish and deserve neither the Natural Law rights bequeathed to you, nor the protections they afford. If you are a citizen and you are not informed and engaged then you are the problem.

Personally, I will not exist as a slave to an oligarchical government because 41.8% of the US voting population thinks that it’s not worth their time or that they are too good to do the hard work of keeping an eye on their government’s actions, size and willingness to oppress.

I stand with Mr. Smalls. I will not sit like “cattle” as elitist oligarchs destroy our country. How about you?

Jaden Smith Has His Finger on the Pulse of Modern Education

Perhaps you heard the other day that Jaden Smith, son of actor Will Smith, sent out a tweet that stirred up a hornets nest of criticism. Take a peek:

“School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth.”

He continued:

“If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society.”

Jaden Smith is 15 years old, and if we take the comments at face-value (who didn’t hate school at that age?), they are easy to dismiss. But let’s ignore face-value for a moment and assume he knows exactly what he’s talking about. He has, apparently, reached the same conclusion many of us have who suffered through public school, who found that when we questioned authority, were told we were behaving inappropriately. When I say “question authority” I don’t mean we were doing anything particularly “wrong” in the usual sense. Maybe we were writing conservative editorials in the school paper, or writing essays in English class that went against the established narrative. Maybe we wrote that popular culture and the growing trend of “if it’s true for you, you shouldn’t be judged” was corroding our nation. Maybe we refused to write about something else, even when enough teachers complained to the point the principle invited you into her office for a chat.

Of course, you can’t be given detention or expelled because you wrote something teachers disagree with, especially since they had no cause for doing so (you didn’t use profanity, didn’t attack a religious or ethnic group, etc.). The only thing you did wrong was not write what they were telling you to write. Why the fuss? Because other students were reading what you wrote, especially the school paper editorials, and maybe there was a danger that others would convert to your way of thinking.

One reaction to Jaden Smith’s tweet pretty much sums up all of the responses I looked up: “He has such a huge group of fans that really look up to him,” Us Weekly reporter Jennifer Peros told ABC News. “So this isn’t really the example you should really be setting.”

Exactly. Heaven forbid that young people actually question what so-called authorities tell them.

Now, we do need basic education. No question about that. But after so many “they never taught me that in school” moments as an adult, I have come to realize that school really wasn’t there to teach me anything except conformity. And when I didn’t conform, I wound up having to explain myself to an authority figure who thought she knew better, yet was in the untenable position of being an educator telling me not to think and explore other ideas.

If you can break away from the collective group-think of modern education, as Jaden Smith suggests, you might actually stand a chance of truly learning something.

And what drives Jaden Smith’s point home is a new text book that, basically, rewrites the entire Constitution, and is aimed at “advance history” students. Brainwashing 101.

We used to say, “Don’t trust anybody over 30,” which was fine until one turned 30. And then it became, “Don’t trust anybody.” Especially teachers.

Teachers are the new sacred cows. They are not to be criticized in any way and if you do, you are tarred and feathered. I have little respect for a collective industry that follows progressive policies and passes those policies onto kids in the name of “education.” I know many teachers, and they are good people. I like dating teachers because when you do something wrong, they make you do it over again. But the good ones are a drop in the bucket compared to the juggernaut of the educational industry that has a death-grip on your kids’ necks.

You know what I’ve also learned after 38 years on God’s green earth?

Sacred cows make the best burgers.

 

BRIAN DRAKE is a broadcaster in California and the author of The Rogue Gentleman, a thriller in the tradition of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Follow him on Twitter.

White House Petition Calls for Ban on Creation Science, Intelligent Design Education in Schools

Bird or reptile, the debate over Archaeopteryx continues.

Bird or reptile, the debate over Archaeopteryx continues.

Wynton Hall of Breitbart’s Big Government website wrote a short piece that I think deserves attention and further discussion. In the article, Hall talks about how a White House Petition to ban Creationism and Intelligent Design conversation in public schools is gathering steam. You can see the full article at Big Government here.

Apparently the petition to ban Creationism and Intelligent Design from the classroom, launched by a virtually unknown party from Vienna, Virginia by the name of A.J. is gathering steam, garnering 23,000 signatures in just a week. It needs 100,000 signatures by July 15th in order to get any response from the government.

In his petition to the White House, A.J. writes:

“Both of these so-called ‘theories’ have no basis in scientific fact, and have absolutely zero evidence pointing towards these conjectures. These types of loopholes in our education are partially to blame for our dangerously low student performances in math and science.”

“Therefore, “A.J. continues, “we petition the Obama Administration to ban the teachings of these conjectures that contradict Evolution.”

Nice try A.J, but no cigar. You might as well petition the White House to ban a religion, like Christianity, or better yet, Islam!

People like A.J. are misguided on so many levels. His argument that Creationism in the classroom being responsible for low test scores of our students is laughable and provably false. Science and math classrooms virtually nowhere even touch on any theory other than Darwinian Evolution, even though it is that theory that has many gaping holes and misconceptions that bring the whole idea into serious doubt.

The poor performance of our students is directly linked to the socialist culture we find ourselves in. No longer is individual achievement through hard work and study taught. Instead, we are giving our students a pass on the tough subjects that will help them think and reason and develop, and we are replacing these topics with social sciences and rewritten history. We teach our children that America is to blame for everything, that we stole this land from the Indians and Mexicans, and that it is socially acceptable to see kids in the classroom who have gay parents.

Ken Ham, president of Answers In Genesis, a creationist organization, recently gave an interview to the Christian Post, and responded to the controversial petition.

“This anti-creationist petition is yet another example of the intolerance of evolutionist activists (who do not) want to see any challenge to their deeply held secularist worldview,” said Ham.

Answers in Genesis is one of the premier sources for scientific and philosophical proof of a creator and evidence pointing away from the theory of evolution. Ham and his people make a great case for their argument that is well documented and well-sourced, using scientific data that is hard to defend against. A guy like A.J., who can hardly bother to identify himself, would find himself being destroyed in debate by Ham or his many colleagues. That is why so few from the evolution side of the house even bother to show up for a debate of this kind, they cannot handle the embarrassment.

No one on the right wants to ban evolution study. It would be un-American to ban any kind of religious, or philosophical thought. But evolutionists aren’t bound by any such restraints. If their theory is in trouble, there is a simple solution, ban all education or debate from any other point of view.

Evolutionists have tried every trick in the book to ban all discussion from another point of view, they’ve even delved into fraud. Many of the so called missing links are questionable at best, and worst, out and out fraud.

Let’s be clear. Evolution vs. Creation is not science in the strictest sense. They are worldviews based on assumptions that help us in our overall view of the world, that’ why we call them worldviews. There are two different kinds of science; theoretical, and practical. Practical sciences observe nature and derive ways of using the physical laws to make life on Earth better. The theoretical sciences deal with less practical observations that are harder to prove and have less of a use, other than attempting to answer the question of, “who are we and why are we here?” That question is best left up to the individual in my view and there is a lot of information out there that one can absorb to help one formulate their worldview.

That kind of individual soul-searching is unacceptable for the evolutionist, who want nothing but their worldview taught in public schools. They are not teaching individual skills, reason. They are teaching children how to be good little workers in the socialist Utopia.

The idea that an entire worldview held by millions of Americans can just be wiped out by decree by the Government because of the selfish demands of a few thousand atheists is so profoundly un-American that it borders upon the obscene. Imagine what would happen if Christians attempted to ban atheists from banding together, or Islam from teaching their worldview in their private schools? There would be public outrage, and rightfully so.

I’m sorry to have to instruct the nation’s atheists once again, but you know America was founded on Judeo-Christian philosophy! That fact is well documented in the writings or our Founders. Nothing you try can erase this fact, so Get Over It! Even so there is room for everyone in this mainly secular society to allow freedom of thought for all. I wouldn’t presume to force my religious views onto my Muslim friends from the former Yugoslavia, and they wouldn’t dare to impose their worldview on me. There is room for all here in the free market of religious and philosophical thought, and we can debate and share our worldviews without encroaching on the rights of others.

The mere appearance of some kind of philosophical or religious thought in the public sphere shouldn’t alarm anyone. We are allowed to choose, or not to choose to interact with it.

But if you come into my home and attempt to teach a philosophy that I think will damage my kids, be prepared for some pushback. A street preacher doesn’t force his worldview on anyone by talking openly in the public square, but a burglar forces his wretched worldview on the home-owner by breaking into the home to steal his possessions or cause harm to the family.

Your attempt to ban scientific, political, social, or religious thought, A.J. is blatantly stupid and dangerous and will result to nothing. We tolerate your worldview because we are Americans who believe in individual liberty. What we won’t tolerate is an assault on the essence that makes us all Truly American.

For information on Creation and Intelligent design research, I recommend the reader delve into the fascinating discussions on Answers In Genesis, Discovery Institute, or the Institute for Creation Research, and then make up your own mind as to their validity.

Crossposted from the AmericanMillenniumOnline.com.

 

 

Obama Calls For End To Catholic Schools—“Too Divisive”

obama-catholicsThe “Scottish Observer” reports while Obama is in Northern Ireland he addressed a group:

President Barack Obama (above), repeated the oft disproved claim that Catholic education increases division in front of an audience of 2000 young people, including many Catholics, at Belfast’s Waterfront hall when he arrived in the country this morning.

“If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” the US president said.

The US politician made the unfounded claim despite a top Vatican official spelling out the undeniable good done by Catholic education in a speech in Glasgow on Saturday and in his homily at Mass on Friday.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller (below), prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, told an audience in Scotland that Catholic education provided a rare place where ‘intellectual training, moral discipline and religious commitment would come together’ while giving the presitigous Cardinal Winning Lecture on Saturday to officially launch the St Andrews Foundation for Catholic teacher education at Glasgow University. During Mass at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, on Friday night he said that ‘the Catholic school is vitally important … a critical component of the Church,’ adding that Catholic education provides young people with a wonderful opportunity to ‘grow up with Jesus.’

Hmmm, I guess Muslim schools etc don’t cause division?  He stated that “peace” comes from empathy and some other liberal propaganda regurgitated talking points.  ITS all goes back to that secular humanism, which MAN is his own “god”.  Peace can only come from “MAN” meshing all religions ultimately into a “One World Religion, all genders, so we are gender “neutral”, everything with any semblemce of Natural Law or God given Right and making it into what MAN decides it should be—not what God created IT to be.   To see the video click this link http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/obama-blames-northern-ireland-tensions-on-catholic-schools

 

Progressive Hypocrisy to Make You Sick

To say that there are items that present in the news each day that make me roll my eyes would be to under-state the fact in a dramatic way. But every now and again — and it is beginning to happen with more frequency, much to the detriment of the forces lending themselves to common sense — there presents a story so outrageous, so infuriatingly hypocritical, so blatant in arrogance, that it conjures the forces of anger from within one’s soul. The coverage of Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis’ words to the City Club of Chicago is such a story.

Ever since the 1850s, when a founding faction of the Progressive Movement – an elitist faction consisting of anti-religious bigots – began to call for the government institutionalization of education in the United States, the American education system has “progressively” marched down the road of, not only ideological monopoly, but of political allegiance. Coincidentally, the level of achieved education in the United States has suffered a continuous and steady decline ever since…you guessed it, the 1850s.

The Heartland Institute’s president, Joe Bast, recently spoke about the state of American education at the Eighth Annual Wisconsin Conservative Conference. During his talk he touched on the topic of, “How the Left Destroyed Schooling in America,” of which he noted:

“Once they had succeeding in kicking the Catholics out of K-12 education they campaigned to ban public funding for all religious schools. They placed Blaine amendments on the constitutions of 37 states, including Wisconsin.

“‘Progressives’ and communists then joined the religious bigots to call for ending all public funding of private schools in America and to make schooling in government schools tuition-free. Teachers got on board because they saw it as a way to improve their wages and job security, and they were right, it did. Unions saw it as a way to make organizing teachers easier, and they were right, too, it did. Politicians saw it as a way to build a huge patronage army, and boy were they ever right.

“The adults who are paid to educate kids got what they wanted. The result is the system we see today: nearly all public money goes to government schools. Government owns the buildings, hires the teachers, dictates the curriculum, writes the tests, and even gets to decide whether or not it’s doing a good job. It sets the standards.

“Not surprisingly, this system evolved in ways that benefitted the adults who are employed by the system – administrators and teachers – and not students. Teachers get tenure. Certification requirements erect barriers to entry, and pay becomes based on tenure and degrees rather than classroom performance. Kids are assigned to schools based on where their parents live because that’s easier for the adults to know how many will enroll in a particular school next year.

“Control is centralized because that makes it easier for politicians and bureaucrats to enforce the rules on teachers, but it’s not good for kids…or teachers.”

It is important to note here that Mr. Bast speaks – or at least I believe he speaks – of the bureaucracy that the American education system has become, and, specifically, those haughty bureaucrats who rise to the top of this ideologically and politically charged apparatus. One cannot argue against the facts as they present, and one of the obvious facts is that the education system has become so bureaucratized that in many locations there are just as many “administrators” and staff as there are classroom teachers. This means more eyes looking over a teacher’s shoulder, more “litmus test” evaluations focusing on theory instead of best practices, and an almost constant fear among teachers about their chances for retention. To wit, it is next to impossible for a good teacher to teach, when they feel they have to satisfy the unnecessary demands of bureaucrats over concentrating exclusively on the education of their students.

For the record, and this is an important point, there are many good teachers in the United States who would like nothing more than to be left alone to teach their students. But the system, being what it is, creates roadblocks and cumbersome administrative work that most often has nothing to do with the actual education of the child. To Mr. Bast’s point, the “adults” got what they wanted…and what they wanted was good things for themselves; the child’s education taking a backseat to community organizing and political agendas.

So, for almost 200 years the elitist bureaucrats of the American education system – the same system that bestows honors on radical domestic terrorists like Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn; a system that awards collegiate positions to their fellow Weather Underground members; the same system that allows children to advance from grade to grade without the mastery of core curriculum because it may harm the child’s “self-esteem”; the same system that demonizes those who respect God and country – the elitist bureaucrats who cheer all of the above have been in control. And in a day when taxpayers facilitate over $10,560 per-pupil per-year nationally (New York, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia spent more than $15,000 per-student per-year on average in 2011), we still have one-percenter Progressive bureaucrats demanding more for the government trough – more for themselves, while blaming everyone but themselves for the disaster they themselves have created; a system that stands uniquely and exclusively responsible for the dumbing-down of America.

So, you can understand why I became irate when I read the words of Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis. The Daily Caller reports:

“In a scathing speech on Wednesday, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union charged that racism and ‘rich white people’ are to blame for the immense financial crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools.

“‘Members of the status quo — the people who are running the schools and advising the mayor on how to best run our district — know what good education looks like because they have secured it for their own children in well-resourced public and private institutions,’ the Dartmouth graduate charged.

“‘When will there be an honest conversation about the poverty, racism and inequality that hinders the delivery of a quality education product in our school system?’ Lewis also asked in the speech. ‘When will we address the fact that rich, white people think they know what’s in the best interest of children of African Americans and Latinos–no matter what the parent’s income or education level.’”

If Ms. Lewis were altruistic, I would have tempered by ire. But Ms. Lewis is a hypocrite of the highest order.

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed writes:

“So how come Lewis’ salary is so secret?

“Explanation: Sneed inquired last week about her salary and was told ‘I don’t know,’ by top Lewis spokeswoman Liz Brown. Her salary is not publicly listed, and Sneed was told, ‘She doesn’t have to do so.’”

This arrogant, ignorant, pathetic, race-baiting, disgrace of a human being collected — for a partial year’s work — a salary of $71,330 as Chicago Teachers Union president. And because her predecessor commanded a salary of $211,119 annually, we must assume that Ms. Lewis’ annual compensation is upwards of that amount.

Additionally, for 2012, Lewis also collected $64,157 from the IL Federation of Teachers, as well as $68,000-plus for her alleged teaching position. All told, for 2012, Ms. “Race-Baiter” Lewis pocketed $202,487-plus, putting her in the top 2% of all US earners.

Regular readers understand full well that I abhor name-calling, so I would like to explain that the above has nothing to do with name calling, rather, it has to do with brutal honesty.

Ms. Lewis is ignorant for not recognizing the damage that the system which she champions does to the children; for not recognizing that the system she defends puts “the adults” before the children.

Ms. Lewis is arrogant for her need to find a scapegoat, for her need to blame anyone but the bureaucrats themselves for a system that has been constructed to be vulnerable to bureaucratic largess, and perverted – with her assistance – from a quest to educate children into a teacher-destroying ideo-political organism hell-bent on preserving employee benefits – even as municipalities go broke under the strain of their demands – above the needs of their charges.

And Ms. Lewis is pathetic and a disgrace to humanity, for the abuse of her position in advancing the epidemic that is race-baiting in the United States today. Chicago schools have had financial and performance issues long before Ms. Lewis came to be the mouthpiece for her labor union. Chicago public schools had issues with finances and performance under white mayors, a female mayor and two black mayors. Chicago schools have even had finance and performance issues with City Councils that have been all White, predominantly Black and otherwise diverse in culture. In fact, the only commonality found in the command-and-control bureaucratic apparatus of the Chicago Public School System – or in the Chicago political system which oversees the Chicago Public School system, for that matter – is that those elected to public office, as well as the school boards, have all been Progressives and Liberal Democrats. That is a fact that cannot be denied. And for this grotesque dishonesty, Ms. Lewis is a pathetic, race-baiting disgrace, unworthy of the charge that is the education of our children.

Dante has a special circle for race-baiters. He also has a special circle for those who abuse and use children for gain and satisfaction. But I really, don’t know if Dante even wants to contemplate a circle for Ms. Lewis. And that says quite a bit.

CSCOPE is out of Texas schools

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CSCOPE is officially stopping from distributing lesson plans in Texas, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.

The state’s regional Education Service Centers will no longer issue lesson plans – and will forbid their use after Aug. 31 – for a popular online curriculum system that became a lightning rod for conservatives who criticized it as anti-American, legislators announced Monday.

The move is expected to leave school districts across the state, including some in the greater Houston area, scrambling to replace CSCOPE, as the program is called, before the start of next school year. Districts that lack the staff or budget to design their own curriculum tend to rely on it.

The CSCOPE plans are in use at 877 districts, or 78 percent of school districts in Texas, said Kyle Wargo, the executive director of Regional Service Center 17 in Lubbock.

“Since we are a small district, we don’t have the resources to hire specialized people in that area,” said Somerset Independent School District Superintendent Saul Hinojosa, who credits CSCOPE with helping the district raise its test scores.

However, while Hinojosa claims CSCOPE helped to increase test scores, that does not necessarily mean that it helps students learn. Debates over the efficacy of standardized tests as a metric to determine how well students learn continue to rage, and in Texas, there are at least some teachers that believe that the end of CSCOPE will mean a better learning environment for their students.

KLTV.com reports that many teachers despised CSCOPE’s rigid, one-size-fits-all approach to education. After seven years of CSCOPE, those teachers are thrilled to be set free from the tyranny of the ready-made lesson plan.

Bill Martin, director of the Tyler Sylvan Learning Center, said the end of CSCOPE means teachers “get control back over their classroom again.”

“They get to use lesson plans that they feel are best suited for their class and their students in their class,” Martin told KLTV.com.

Martin added that he doesn’t know “a single teacher that likes CSCOPE. Not a single teacher.”

If reports that parent requests to see CSCOPE materials were met with demands to pay exorbitant fees were true, the end of this program should also mean a return to school districts obeying Texas laws, requiring that parents be given course information and learning materials on request. Of course, to conservatives, this means the end of students being taught to compare Boston Tea Party Activists to terrorists.

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