“These People Vote”

This is unnerving.  Gary North headlines this video with “These People Vote.”

Let’s pray they don’t or can’t.  Or that the outcomes of the vote are not dependent upon their vote.  I understand too how television crews will cherry pick certain clips or segments or people they’ve interviewed to drive home their point.  And the point is a good one.  Americans need to open up a book, google some historical, a person, anything besides just listening to rap music or be hypnotized by Morning Joe or the mind-numbing “Support the Troops, Thank you for your service” mantra.

And though the phenomena is certainly not peculiar or restricted to Hollywood, working for that one year on a Hollywood campus revealed to me how filled it was with scores of pot smokers, many of them choking in the smoke-filled corridor just outside the door. The administration can’t be everywhere at once.  And how much energy and effort does one or does a team devote to policing the delinquents versus teaching the kids who want to be there, who show up and are ready to learn and get on with their lives and who are not in anyway, shape or form, sabotaging their own competencies?  One should devote very little energy, if any, to rehabilitating kids who’ve chosen to accept destruction as lifestyle.  Schools cannot stop illicit behavior.  School officials lose their authority with the kids because of the disconnect and adhering to tax-funded policy mandates over the interests of the kids.  So kids get lost, a process that is launched the minute the parents put their children on the yellow school bus.  That Hollywood campus, which was a bright, shiny new building with all the caged trappings of any modern prison, was designed in such a convoluted way that it as much as anything alienated kids from the authority and the purpose of the institution.  The main quad with its 30′ tall fence, felt like a prison yard.  Or maybe architecture has nothing to do with people perform.  Maybe schlepping through the aged, concrete halls of tax-funded lore is the best thing for kids with modern sensibilities who are faced with modern technological and financial challenges.  We’ve all had to wrestle, either successfully or miserably, with values adjustments, according to Charlotte Iserbyt.  Or maybe, in the end, people gave up on the educational promises ushered in by Common Core and realized that they’re just not cut out for this thing called “education.”

Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The above quotation is cited by one, Jamie Lee, from Waking Times.  Though I cannot disagree with that sentiment, I do wonder how decisively critical Martin Luther King, Jr. was with regard to the crushing effects of tax-funded education.  Calling for what education ought to be or calling for reform is quite easy.  Everybody with an opinion does that.  There is nothing unique in that regard.

The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, Charlotte Iserbyt, 1999.


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