My Newswithviews Column, Sept. 2 (Don’t Ask Me About the Headline)

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A teachers’union logo: don’t tell me you don’t get it!

Our public education system is killing us. Really and truly killing us. If we want our country to survive as a free country, we have to take down public education.

Here are a very few more of thousands of examples of how bad it’s gotten.

‘Educating Perversion’ With Little Or No Consequences

Of course, if you want your kids to learn racial hatred, sexual confusion, and out-and-out communism, then public school is where you want them to be, hands down.

But if you’re not a Far Left wacko loon, you really need to pull your children out of there.

11 comments on “My Newswithviews Column, Sept. 2 (Don’t Ask Me About the Headline)

  1. Well written and very valid points, all. We need to get rid of this horrid practice of using the schools to indoctrinate children.

    Just yesterday, I was thinking of what I would do,,were I the parent of a child approaching school age. I’d probably start the same way my parents did, which was to introduce me to the alphabet and phonics before I even reached school. I would definitely home school and I have no doubt that I could accomplish most of the teaching myself. After all, I have put my education to use in my life, reading voraciously and always learning new things.

    But I wouldn’t claim to be able to teach all subjects. I’m not well versed in biological sciences, for instance, nor would I be able to teach someone how to play an Oboe. My point is, that there are specialized areas that many parents won’t be able to teach effectively, but there are also specialized areas where many parents could lend a hand. I might not be able to teach the finer points of Oboe playing, but I could definitely help my child, or a neighbor’s child, to learn Base 2 math. Such tutoring wouldn’t have to involve a huge time commitment, either. All it would involve is a bit of guidance and perhaps some examples with an occasional check-in, to make certain that the student was on track with the lesson plan. I know that I would be glad to reserve some time in my schedule to help out and with such tools as Zoom, air would be a simple matter to communicate with anyone that needed a hand.

    There are no perfect answers, in all of this, but there are many effective answers, which would help to bring education under the control of the parents, instead of being a black-box process which parents are not even allowed to question.

    1. Some of our regular readers are already homeschooling their children. (I can’t remember all of them, so consider this a shout-out).
      What we today would call a homeschooling co-op was invented by the Roman middle class over 2,000 years ago. That’s how they got educated.
      One thing’s sure. The worst of all possible modes of education is public schooling as it exists today.

    2. Education shapes a child. I look back at my school years, and I am the product of what I experienced in those years, for the good, and for the bad. Among my teachers were some truly fine people. I remember them fondly and have taken the time to thank the few of them that I was able to contact, later in life.

      There were also some teachers that had no business influencing children. One pompous little band teacher that I remember was a particularly abusive jerk that liked to insult me in front of others. He’s almost certainly long dead by now, but if I had ever met him as an adult, on equal footing, he probably would not have liked what I would have had to say about him.

      Since my earliest yeas in school, I could never understand why I couldn’t be home schooled. Even as a child, I realized that the classroom environment was a waste of my time. Far too much time and attention was expended upon a handful of troublemakers and attention junkies in the classroom, while actual, useful, learning made up, perhaps 5-10% of the day. Had you locked me in a room full of books and maybe gave me a busted lawnmower engine to tinker with, I could have accomplished much more learning in 2-3 hours per day and had the equivalent of a high school education by the time I was 12 or 13.

      As it was, I was fixing motorcycles by the time I was 12 and maintaining my parent’s car by my mid teens. So I’d sit in a school room, bored to death, then race home enthusiastically to tear into the old junker of a motorcycle I owned. I still use the practical skills I taught myself, not on motorcycles, but in troubleshooting communications systems that are the lifeline of my employer’s business.

      Perhaps more importantly, those practical skills opened the door to more learning. What can a beat up ‘64 Yamaha teach a youngster. Well, for one thing, I had to learn how to convert the Metric System to the Imperial System. So what is a better way to learn; endless arbitrary math problems, or learning that 10 mm is 5% larger than 3/8 of an inch? What I really learned from that math problem was that I needed some metric tools. But the point here is that I had to apply math in a real-world situation which was important to my interests, and this was an effective way to learn.

      Fifty-plus years later, I’m still using these same processes to do my job. Applied math, up to and including Trigonometry are part of my daily life, and I truly began to understand these things when I found that I needed them in order to do my job. Frankly, I think that parents are far better equipped to supervise their children’s learning process than the school system.

    3. Same here. I do two things, engineering of comm systems and playing music. In both cases, my useful education came chiefly from experience. The classroom component of my education, at best, served to introduce me to technologies and some of the possibilities, but making it all work comes directly from the ability to solve problems, and from hands-on exposure.

      A couple of years ago, we had a massive power failure which went beyond the capabilities of our systems to weather outages. I spent four days restoring order and bringing systems back on line, including working at some odd hours. There is nothing quite like working at midnight to restore service, as a way to train you in what really matters. I had to break our comm systems into logical elements, and then attend to each of these elements, until everything was restored. The big items, we had restored quickly, but there were days of chasing down details. No classroom can prepare you for that.

      With regard to music; I know my theory and read music with little effort, but there still is the element of understanding how it all fits together, and that goes beyond any theory class. There’s an old joke in music: how do you silence a guitar player? The answer is: put some sheet music in front of him. The comeback is: how do you silence a piano player? The answer is: take his sheet music away. While it’s mostly just a joke, there is an underlying truth. Classically trained musicians, which is common with piano players, are not necessarily skilled at hearing something and being able to play it. I was classically trained on guitar, but learning Chuck Berry was a harrowing experience. Many guitarists don’t read and have no classical training. They may lack much, in the way of classroom knowledge, but many of these people are able to disassemble a piece of music and copy it by ear, with amazing speed and accuracy. To be truly versatile, you need to have a foot on both worlds.

      Just over the last few days, a friend and I have been dissecting a Chet Atkins recording, collaborating over the phone. Both of us are classically trained and this gives us the vocabulary we need, but we are also experienced in transcribing what we hear on recordings, which is a skill that is not so easily taught in a classroom, but is an art that one learns from experience.

      Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. The Christian world has had a huge advantage in learning, because of this very fact. The “Great Enlightenment” sought to push God into second place and sought to champion human reasoning. Much of the advantage Western Civilization had because of its reverence for God, has been gutted because human “enlightenment” replaced humble submission to God and has altered the course of formal education.

    4. Laptop COVID? Better get it vaccinated! 🙂

      Start by unplugging it and remove the battery. That might do the trick. If not, look up “hardware reset “ for your model of laptop on the Internet and follow the instructions. As stupid and unnecessary as it would seem, some laptops now have a recessed button that can be depressed with a bent paperclip. It varies by model, so you’ll have to do some homework.

  2. It tool 100 years to corrupt public education into federal education indoctrination into secular humanism. It won’t be be changed overnight. All Christians who believe the Bible getting their children out would be a good start.

  3. Good piece, I read it; this week shows craziness of public school doesn’t it? Thank God for veritas project. I can always tell when Project Veritas is trending with a new expose since I get crazy comments that think our blog…is Project Veritas

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