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Baltimore schools FAIL

Six Baltimore Schools Can’t Produce a Single Student Proficient in English or Math         By: Alex Newman    Published : June 19, 2017 FOLLOW ME     Despite spending more per pupil than all but two large school districts in America, at least half a dozen government schools in Baltimore were unable to produce one single student who was proficient in either English or math last year. The shocking results, uncovered by Project Baltimore, show a monumental tragedy unfolding in the city that represents a microcosm of the damage being inflicted on children across America. The proficiency tests put students in five categories, with four and five considered proficient, and one through three considered not proficient. The […]

apprentices

Less Schooling, More Apprenticeships Kerry McDonald | June 8, 2017 Apprenticeships can be a valuable, time-tested approach to connect adolescents with the authentic, practical experiences of the adult world. Read more at: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/less-schooling-more-apprenticeships © IntellectualTakeout.org Apprenticeships first appeared in the later Middle Ages as an opportunity for young people, usually between the ages of 10 and 15, to gain practical skills and on-the-job training from a master craftsman. These adolescent apprentices came of age immersed in authentic experiences and surrounded by adult mentors. The term “adolescence” comes from the 15th century Latin word, “adolescere,” meaning “to grow up or to grow into maturity.” But it wasn’t until 1904 that G. Stanley Hall, the first president of the American Psychological Association, […]

analog calculators

In this age of converting everything to digital, bits, bytes and button pushing, my recent trip to a beginners’ long-range shooting school (see my first 1K) brought the power of slide rules back into my world. I am also [re-]discovering the beautiful metric system of measurements. The normal, average, mundane, commonplace answer to everything today is “I have a computer that does that”. Substitute “smart phone”, calculator or other electronic alternative to knowing how to actually do stuff and you have the answer to 99.9% of the computational questions asked today. I am not going to conjure up ways in which that dependence on electronics could fail us. Needless to say there are times, places and circumstances where it could. […]

educational quotations

“If it would be wrong for the government to adopt an official religion, then, for the same reasons, it would be wrong for the government to adopt official education policies. The moral case for freedom of religion stands or falls with that for freedom of education. A society that champions freedom of religion but at the same time countenances state regulation of education has a great deal of explaining to do.” — James R. Otteson American philosopher, professor, author http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/James.Otteson.Quote.57F5 “Education… now seems to me perhaps the most authoritarian and dangerous of all the social inventions of mankind. It is the deepest foundation of the modern slave state, in which most people feel themselves to be nothing but producers, […]

collage duhgree

I have long danced around the edges of seriously contemplating the requisite college degree path to success in our culture. The first chink in that model’s armor came at me when the U.S. Air Force offered me the opportunity to decline reposting from Utah to the Philippines. The tiny bit of research I did using 1970 tools (pre-Internet) exposed a USofA colony so destroyed that a mundane job like elevator operator had over a thousand applicants whose overwhelming pool was thinned out by requiring a college degree to be even considered. So hated were the imperial forces that Clark Air Force Base was a “closed base”. GIs were not allowed off base because too many of the occupiers were knifed […]

impending death of our school system

There is a great essay at Everything Voluntary .com about the pending demise of the government-controlled, government-mandated training system covering our children like a suffocating, wet blanket in that space from potty-trained to full time worker bees. Peter Gray shares my view that this monster is staggering and is bound to fall. He articulates four big reasons quite well, including optimism that it may happen sooner rather than later. I shared bits of them below, but left out A LOT. Click on the title below to get the full article. And, oh yes, check out the Everything Voluntary .com website. There is much there to appreciate. Ted ——————————————————————————- Why Our Coercive System of Schooling Should Topple … 1 …Children […]

government sky rockets

This chart tells many tales. Let’s first talk about inflation figures as published by your government compared to what you see here. They claim that health, food, housing and college costs are “too volatile” to include in their calculations and would confuse people. Therefore they calculate oaf-fish-al inflation without those skyrocketing prices. They happily report that they are “doing a great job managing the economy”, with 2% or 3% reported. They also explain how wonderful inflation is for us. Sure, that’s what the unemployed and underemployed need, is higher food, housing, child and health care costs. Ah yes, but look at how affordable televisions are 🙂 Darn near anybody can afford to have Big Brother leering in their living […]

click bait

Stupid teasers instead of real headlines. I nearly always delete-before-reading, or just pass on by. Real headlines Tell Them What You Are Going To Tell Them. Then the article Tells Them. Then the closing Tells Them What You Told Them. This was taught to people of my generation when they moved from English language fundamentals into literary communication – somewhere around 12 years old. The Dumbing Down of America is well on its way. Trump Makes HUGE Move For Secret Service – No President Has Done This… This is a typical headline. What did it tell you? The President did something. Wow! He does something all day every day. No information whatsoever. The something he did involves the Secret […]

rotten to the common core

In case you don’t have children in government indoctrination centers and have somehow remained ignorant of what they are doing to the education near-monopoly, below is an example of Common Core Math. They are turning the few hard sciences into sewage. Mathematics used to be the refuge of people who thrived, and even required order. That doesn’t serve the masters well. They prefer obedient, unthinking laborers. Confuse the analyticals enough to swallow anything you feed them. Paid enough, or unable to find gainful employment in a useful place, public school teachers spend 12 years with our nation’s children telling them stuff like this. If you catch your child, grandchild, neighbor child, friend’s child or anyone with this garbage, your […]