His name was Chris Lambert. I remember how soft his hand felt when he reached over to hold my hand. My heart was racing so hard, I could hear it beat. Did the teachers see? Could it be true? As we sat in our fold-up chairs watching the movie in the school auditorium, I remember looking up, because the world had stopped in time. We were watching the story of Christmas, a school favorite, “The Littlest Angel” …(imagine that, in a public school no less) and as I looked up, I saw an angel in the snow on the screen, and a little drummer boy…playing to baby Jesus.
I’ve loved Christmas ever since. I had never seen snow before in real life, but it sure looked pretty.
At that very moment Chris reached over and placed something in my hand. It was the cross he wore around his neck. He wore that cross every day. It was given to him by his father who was the town minister. He wanted me to take it. “I can’t, I said. “You’re father gave you that.”
“Yes, It’s okay. I want you to go steady with me.” he whispered.
I was…everything you are in the first moment of love…ecstatic. We were…going steady! Somebody loved me! The magic of the moment is to this very day, is still embedded in my deepest of hearts.
I held his hand in my right, his beautiful cross in my left. I have never been as nervous ever again in my lifetime, as I was at that moment. It was a moment right out of every Hallmark movie ever written, except…… I was five. So was Chris.
And what’s even more amazing, is I remember worrying that the teachers might not want us to hold hands. After all, in an auditorium of the whole grade school, (about 400 kids) we were the only two holding hands. There were teachers all around us….watching. Did they see? Yes—- they did. But, they did nothing. They looked, and walked away. To them, it was simply sweet.
Back then, teachers were actually, smart.
Back then, kids weren’t suspected of sexual harassment. Back then, children’s love was innocent. Back then, teachers were adults. I remember a few of them whispering and smiling. No doubt, a precious memory for them too.
It was my first encounter with love. It made such a big impression on my heart that to this day, I think most all men are wonderful. Everyone loved Chris. It was all that was meant to be between a young girl and a young boy. We were the deepest of friends. We never kissed. Just held hands.
That first romance set my heart to love comes first over sex for the rest of my life. Love is everything.
Chris was, to my little five-year-old mind, my hero. Everyone talked about Chris in our little grade school. He wore sepplhosen shorts—-brown suede, leather Swiss pants, with beautiful embroidered halter straps. And he wore them every single day, in winter. It was all of 50 degrees outside, and the kids thought he was crazy, but he was never cold, because he had moved to Naples, Florida, from Alaska. To the rest of us, he seemed invincible to the cold which made him…pretty cool.
And yes, the fact that he was from a godly family meant a lot to me. Even at five, I was very close to God. I didn’t know what God looked like, but I knew he was special.
Looking back, on this cold winter’s night, I bet some of those teachers got the biggest kick out of us little lovers holding hands.Just like I got a big kick out of my young son’s first love. I took this picture while my son and I were walking his neighbor girl pal home one day. She was just one of his many buddies. They walked ahead of me, and then out of the clear blue sky, she turned to him, grabbed his hand, and said—-
“Brett, you’re my HERO!” as loud as she could, with that big beautiful smile you see here on her face. And then, she kept saying it all the way up the street.
“I know.” Brett replied.
It was the cutest thing, precious really, so I took this picture of them both.
(Okay, I got a kick out of the confidence of my son also, but he said it with a big smile. There he is picking her a flower. )
And here’s the point: When adults reprimand the natural feelings of love that children have of each other, they spoil the trust and friendship that needs to be developed when they get older. They need to trust each other and that starts when they are young. The teachers of today are teaching that all touching is sex. And they don’t even know what sex is yet.
They are really screwing up love, and trust, which leads to marriage. What the hell is wrong with them?
By now, everyone knows about the little boy who got expelled from school for kissing some girls hand. And to put insanity onto it, they called it sexual harassment.
This is feminist indoctrination 101.
It’s made national news, and the smart kid is having fun with it. Obviously, he’s bored, and he really liked this little girl. So —-A kiss on the hand. The reason kids do this stuff, means they see their parents love for each other. And they imitate it. They are imitating love. Not sex. That’s a good thing. More young boys should kiss girl’s hands. This teaches the whole school that ‘boys’ are not to be trusted.
The school system is out to change all that. There is no love, only sex.
But hey, I’m not worried about the kids. There will always be that first love at five. It’s just a shame that more people don’t stand up to the idiots we are paying to NOT BRAINWASH OUR KIDS—Just because you’re screwed up with leftist feminist bull-crap, doesn’t mean you have a right to destroy our children!
It took my husband to worry me more: “I bet if that kid had kissed a ‘boys’ hand, he would not have been expelled.”
Somebody tell that kid he needs to add that line to his defense.
I’m not feeling well today because of a major tooth infection, so I’m just posting this: It’s too important. It shows the tyranny of teachers, who now work for the government.
This poor man was arrested for asking a question. The bullies of the NRA, are now Obama’s Gestapo. They wanted to give him ten years in jail.
The man is right. Any parent or adult who puts up with this…is an idiot.
He was later released because somebody had the good sense to video tape this and put it on YouTube, otherwise he would be in jail. Nevertheless, the elite liberals will not admit they did anything wrong:
It was clear that Mr. Small violated the rules of the meeting and disrupted the meeting. It was also clear that the officer acted appropriately and did have probable cause to make an arrest on both charges,” the state’s attorney’s office said in a statement. “In the interest of justice, further prosecution will not accomplish anything more. Therefore, the charges have been dismissed.”
What? This means you violate a meeting if you ask a question, or disagree with Obama’s Common Core?
And that officer clearly assaulted the poor man, who had every right to ask a question and state his opinion. This is Nazi.
This is uncalled for.
This is despicable.
It’s bad enough that they are making idiots out of our children, but to attack the tax- paying parents who resist the NRA Gestapo?
Wake up. Wake up.
Did you notice, that a black person was speaking and the guard was black?
Nobody Gets Email
You can sell drugs in the hallways of many high schools in the United States, but don’t you DARE wear a threatening Tee-shirt.
Notice, that Duck Dynasty tee- shirt is going to jump off the body of the student and start beating up whomever it pleases.
Instead of the teachers actually controlling the bullies in the schools, they are instead afraid of: Prayer, old men, and tee-shirts that threaten jokes. Which means the kids in school who ARE being bullied are defenseless, and if they fight back, they are punished also. It the politically correct way to keep kids in line.
Drugs, mind you, are NOT violent. Nor are the students who sell them.
What? You think you’re school is a “drug free zone?”
Then you also think the South Side of Chicago is a ‘violence-free zone.”
Really. It’s not that they are afraid that some kid hasn’t seen Duck Dynasty and might be scared, it’s that the liberal teachers are afraid that kids might actually become big fans of the program.
It’s the teachers biggest fear. The kid should get a tee-shirt that says, “Are you scared of Duck Dynasty? Then you COULD be a moron!”
So better late than never: A young girl named Andrea Hernandez won a big court victory this month…she took on the big, bad, school system:
A Texas girl who was suspended for refusing to wear a student ID card implanted with a radio-frequency identification chip is being re-admitted to her former high school where fall classes begin Monday, her lawyers said today.
The flap concerns Andrea Hernandez, who will be a junior at John Jay High in San Antonio. She was suspended in January and sued the Northside Independent School District on privacy and religious grounds.
She lost the case and began attending another school that did not require pupils to wear the ID badges. The girl’s lawyers said today that she is returning to the magnet school where the highly contested legal battle commenced. That’s because the district has abandoned its year-long RFID-student monitoring program. Schools across the nation are slowly adopting them as well, despite the Northside district quietly deciding last month to discontinue RFID chips on the grounds that they were ineffective.
Like most state-financed schools, the district’s budget is tied to average daily attendance. If a student is not in his seat during morning roll call, the district doesn’t receive daily funding for that pupil because the school has no way of knowing for sure if the student is there.
The remarkable thing about this is…she LOST the case, and yet, there must have been a lot of outcry from other parents about the ID chips– because the school abandoned them.
Andrea, for her bravery, just saved the Constitution for all those kids.
But—compare that to what happened today. Nobody Wins, when the Democrats use the Martin Luther King 50th celebration as a political rally for all their liberal agenda’s: like Common Core, ‘voting rights’ (which they already have) and the endless blaming of the countries problem on the “other side”— meaning the white conservatives, to further divide the nation instead of uniting it, as Martin Luther King spoke about.
Trayvon was made a hero, and Obama mentioned water boarding. (I told you he would) Obama’s speech was pretty lame.
To watch a President complain about the sad state of the country HE is running, all the while acting as if he is just a bystander, witnessing it all with the rest of us, while it’s HIS policies that have destroyed the job market, (Obamacare was passed without one Republican vote)—is nothing short of astounding.
To see the President of the teacher’s association get up and whine about how bad the schools are when she is in charge of it—As if…these people are getting paid for their jobs, but uh…well, they are just there to observe——
The communists, like Van Jones on CNN, were all ecstatic at the day’s events, but anyone else watching thought it was all the same old promises, the same old blames, and the same old worn out democratic speeches.
Looking back on the speeches, I read this comment today on WND and thought it fit the day well. Eric nails its:
Erik Rush, author of “Negrophilia: From slave block to pedestal – America’s racial obsession,” told WND, “It shouldn’t be particularly surprising that a subculture of young, angry black men is proliferating under President Obama. While his tone when addressing matters of race and racial tension is usually measured and compassionate, his rhetoric is what I call ‘artfully divisive.’ It legitimizes and reinforces all of the worst beliefs of propagandized blacks, as well as the more militant and radical worldview of those who subscribe to same. His administration has also labored furtively but very effectively to heighten racial tension, I submit in order to precipitate civil unrest and thereby advance its communist agenda.”
This week is all about cheating…
First up, the very popular multi-millionaire baseball Yankee, Alex Rodriguez. It seems he had to admit, just like Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens before him, that he was pumping up the juice, sticking the old needle in all the right places, all these years, and has been lying about it:
Alex Rodriguez met head-on allegations that he tested positive for steroids six years ago, telling ESPN on Monday that he did take performance-enhancing drugs while playing for the Texas Rangers during a three-year period beginning in 2001.
“When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day,” Rodriguez told ESPN’s Peter Gammons in an exclusive interview in Miami Beach, Fla.
“Back then, [baseball] was a different culture,” Rodriguez said. “It was very loose. I was young. I was stupid. I was naive. And I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.
“I did take a banned substance. And for that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful.”
I’m not sure what they are going to do to him: Make him bat-boy for a year? Make him run beer errands for the Yankee fans during the home games? Make him play baseball in Cuba for a year? Go to steroid rehab? Nobody Knows, but we are finding out now, that 103 more players tested positive for steroids in 2003…and that was…uh…TEN years ago? What were they waiting for? The Cubs to win the World Series?
No, they (Who are they?) weren’t going to tell us. Someone LEAKED this information! I bet, this person is, at this very moment, sitting with Snowden in a Russian Airport, because ‘President Obama is also VERY mad about this:
“And if you’re a fan of Major League Baseball, I think it tarnishes an entire era, to some degree,” Obama said. “And it’s unfortunate, because I think there were a lot of ballplayers who played it straight.”
This coming from a man who has never played anything straight in his life….he even cheated on his birth certificate…..but I digress.
And then, there’s the cheaters in China. It seems, the school exams in China are so HARD that the kids have been sneaking in electronic ‘cheating’ devices, so therefore, BRAS will be banned during the tests.
Education chiefs in northeast China have devised a new tactic to clamp down on cheating in the country’s annual university entrance exams: they have banned bras. About 9.12 million students will sit the notoriously difficult gaokao exam Friday and Saturday. Last year, according to the China Daily, more than 60,000 electronic devices were seized, including plastic earphones, wireless signal receivers, modified pens, watches, glasses and leather belts.
They should take a page from America: Our teachers let them bring anything at all with the answer to the test questions, because in America, the teachers don’t get their big bonuses unless the kids pass the tests. In fact, if a kid is caught NOT using a calculator in math class….and they start actually doing math in his or her own head,—they will flunk the class for not knowing how to use the all important calculator.
The Chinese have it backward!
So, who wins the Nobody’s Perfect award for the week?
Obama…Obama’s daily cheating has tarnished an entire era for the whole planet…He should be kicked out of baseball.
This very ‘emotional’ gun control rant by Mochelle is so soppy with fakeness, it’s almost laughable. She has shifted from caring about the fat kids, to now caring about the fact that the fat kids need to feel safe, and not just from guns, but from all the evils of society, and unlike her, who had everything handed to her on a silver platter, those poor darlings don’t.
Here we see the combination of two agenda’s: Outlaw all guns, and move the black people into really NICE white neighborhood that the white people have been living in: Obama and Mochelle are going to give MORE than just food stamps!
You poor black people are going to get the BEST FROM HUD!!!
CNSNews.com) – To ensure that “every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of,” HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in. The goal is to help communities understand “fair housing barriers” and “establish clear goals” for “improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation.” “This proposed rule represents a 21st century approach to fair housing, a step forward to ensuring that every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of – where they have a fair shot at reaching their full potential in life,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. -
(Nobody suggest they start with Beverly Hills)
Nope. Obama can’t give you a job, but he can sure get you out of the Ghetto, where black drug dealers won’t kill you anymore!
What is so funny about this is that in my neck of the woods, they just spent over $ 1.3 million dollars giving the black kids a brand new, state of the art high school, and the kids did so badly, the school lost it’s accreditation. So now, 1300 students are being shipped to white neighborhoods, where the schools aren’t even half as nice. Even though they spent all that money, it was still considered to be the most dangerous high school in the city.
Nobody Remembers the old saying: You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink…
Her last sentence is a real screamer. Michelle would have been shot at 15…if ONLY.
I guess the cell phones were just not enough.
When the policy came about of making High School students do 50 hours of community service in order to pass high school actually started. It certainly wasn’t a requirement when I was in high school. But, here in my liberal neighborhood, if you don’t go out and pick up trash, or do telemarketing, or help your “community” while you’re in high school, you don’t graduate.
In my local newspaper, they brag about it:
Hazelwood High Schools—Continuing their well- rounded scholarship, each of 1,261 graduating seniors completed at least 50 hours of community service. Students at Hazelwood Central amassed 40,791 hours. East gave 26,805 hours and Hazel wood West 42,928 hours.
Nobody Knows, how ‘serving” your community can be considered even a logical thing for our kids to be wasting time on. After all, the U.S. compared to other countries, is hopelessly failing it’s students, even though we spend more money than any nation in the world. The time they are wasting being the government’s little communistic slaves, could be better spent on learning how to pass school. Most of the kids in Hazelwood would flunk a G.E.D test.
The Program for International Student Assessment measurement found the United States ranked 31st in math literacy among 15-year-old students and below the international average. The same 2009 tests found the United States ranked 23rd in science among the same students, but posting an average score.
And it’s not just the students doing the extra slave work: The Hazelwood teachers now are “volunteering” their time in various project, like “helping the poor.” They get written up in the papers, as if they are doing it of their own free will.
Ha! I saw these teachers after the tornado hit my street. They were NOT happy campers. They probably get their free laptops taken away if they don’t volunteer.
This is something from the old communist countries, but it has been going on years here in my liberal neighborhood. And the parents have no say in it whatsoever. Nobody Knows where else they do this insanity, but I can only imagine.
Posted on 2/23/2012 2:28pm
Unconstitutional and liberal socialism
I’m a student in MA and I think community service is a joke. I think it’s unconstitutional and the liberal education heads probably came up with this. I have to do 60 hrs over four years. I’d like to get a job, do drivers ed, and have a life. More importantly though, my town and school don’t do S*** for me. My parents pay their taxes (a lot of them), I don’t even do any school sports or clubs. Basically, my town doesn’t do anything for me that my parents don’t already pay for in taxes. Why should I give my time and effort to my town and/or school if they’ve never done anything for me except tax me? For those people who say making kids do community service is like making kids learn math and do their homework, your wrong. The government makes children go to school through twelfth grade (unless you drop out). The US constitution amendment 13 says, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction”. If the government forces children to do community service to graduate in public government run schools, that directly violates the amendment our government created, basically hypocrisy. One might argue and say “you don’t have to do community service, you just won’t get your diploma”. Community service has no educational value to it, unlike any of the other subjects you learn in school. If it was a class that would be one thing. The fact that you have to do this community service on your own is different. The only possible educational value I can see is a moral or religious personal benefit, and in that case, church and state are declared separate in the United States. If you are going to make community service mandatory to graduate from high school, you need to make high school optional (I’m not suggesting that that be done). It might be different in a catholic or private school because you have a choice to go there. I’m not saying that community service is bad, for example I think it’s good to volunteer for your church, but only because your church provides you a basically free service. I agree that the parents should decide if their children volunteer or not.
EXACTLY. It should be up to the parents, not the state. Well said. The state is taking your kid out of the classroom, and using him to do free labor for the state.
President Clinton did this: He went around Congress by giving the Commerce Department the power to transfer many of our military secrets to China. Before that, China was 40 years behind us in the nuclear race. Now they can nuke any American city thanks to Bill Clinton.
That was high treason. They impeached him for the wrong reason. Looking back, the Monica scandal might have just been the cover up for the real crime.
And Obama, as we are seeing today with the Benghazi scandal, IRS, and tapping of the phones of the press…is just like Clinton. He has been doing gun running in Mexico, and the middle East. He went into Libya without Congressional consent.
And now, he is grabbing complete control of our schools. According to Stanley Kurtz, this is how he did it:
From Spreading the Wealth
One: Instead of asking Congress to appropriate money in support of your new education policy, thereby provoking public discussion of the issue, insert the funding for your key education initiative in a massive stimulus package, passed rapidly with virtually no debate even on economic policy, much less education. That is precisely how President Obama procured the $4.35 billion to be used solely at the Department of Education’s discretion for his Race to the Top Initiative.
Two: Now that you’ve got a huge pile of money free from congressional constraints and even public debate, use it as a lure to move the country’s education system toward a federally controlled curriculum. Make the willingness to adopt a national Common Crone a ritual condition of receiving Race to the Top grants, even before the standards and curriculum before finalized.
Three: Orchestrate the creation of a national curriculum and standards fro the White House while denying central control. Recruit publicly unaccountable groups like the National Governors Association to sponsor the project. Bring in the massively wealthy Gates Foundation for funding add supervisor. Obama is making cash strapped states an offer they can’t refuse. So they “volunteer” for the program.
Education is Constitutionally in the hands of the states. What Obama is doing deserves impeachment.
Will they impeach him for his many crimes?
Don’t count on it. But, if you have children in school, you will have to keep close watch on what they are learning.
Today, Glenn Beck was elaborating the horror coming to our schools called Common Core. There’s lots on the internet about it, and on his site, so I’m just going to make an observation about what Glenn was saying.
Basically, our kids are going to be tested, studied, and put in the holes that the government thinks they should fit in…and this Nobody Thinks this has been going on for many years…they are just now getting the technology to put it on steroids.
Here’s a story from personal experience:
When my son was the fifth grade, life was pretty tough for him. Since my husband left us when he was one, we lived with my parents who watched my son while I worked at night. My father took over the role as his dad growing up, and they spent many a weekend on the golf course together. So when my father came down with a brain tumor, my son had to watch him die slowly, at our house.
It was not easy for him…or any of us.
One day, I had a parent teacher conference. The teacher was concerned about things at home she said. Not that he was doing bad in school..he wasn’t. His grades were good. But she said, she was concerned about something that he wrote.
“Well, I’d like to see it.” I said.
“No…that’s not for you to see. The parents aren’t allowed to see the kids diaries. You see, every day, we make the kids write about their lives in a diary, and everything they say is confidential.”
Obviously, my son was upset about his grandfather dying. And the fact that she would not let me see his diary, meant that I couldn’t help my son. Kids don’t always tell their parents everything because most of the time they are trying to keep their own parents from thinking bad things about them. My son wasn’t stupid, he knew he wasn’t the only one in the family suffering, so he keep his thoughts to himself.
But…I was furious at that teacher and the fact that they were basically making rats out of all the kids.
This happened around the year 1997…the years Bill Clinton was in office.
Clearly, the school systems have been placing kids where they THINK they should go…giving them the subjects they think they should be in, instead of allowing the parents and the children pick what subjects they want to take.
They have been collecting data for years. The parents lost their rights a long time ago. And now Bill Gates is going to give the PTA’s millions of dollars to implement their big spy-seeking engineering programs. We should all be furious.
What Glenn Beck, and Michelle Malkin are talking about is more than any of us dreamed would happen. The state will decide everything— to what college your child can go to, to what sports he can play, to what jobs he will get in the future.
The teachers are well becoming Gestapo’s.
It’s social engineering…just like the Nazi’s of old.
The Chinese are going so far as to create super DNA children, they have no problem with it.
Just because they have the technology to arrange your whole child’s life, desn’t mean they should do it.
So, just how long has this been going on?
Somebody should ask the teachers.
Bill Gates and Rupert Murdoch are backing a new thing called “Common Core” to be implemented in every school. Kentucky tried it, and the students report cards fell by 30 percent. Computers will do the grading.
Sounds like fun right? Does a parent have any say in this?
“It was well understood by states that they would not be eligible for Race to the Top funding ($4.35 billion) unless they adopted the Common Core standards. Federal law prohibits the U.S. Department of Education from prescribing any curriculum, but in this case the department figured out a clever way to evade the letter of the law.”
Glenn Beck was pointing out that CORE is basically brainwashing kids into the communist system, and downplaying America’s role in history.
Bill Gates make you take an IQ test before you work for him…so, I guess he’s running out of high IQ’s. As usual, he wants a chance to ‘help” our deplorable school system, and while he’s at it, collect some vital information to sell.
”Common Core amasses large amounts of personal information about students. Michelle Malkin cites research by Joy Pullmann of the Heartland Institute, who discovered a report by the Department of Education revealing that Common Core’s data mining includes “using cameras to judge facial expressions, an electronic seat that judges posture, a pressure-sensitive computer mouse and a biometric wrap on kids’ wrists.”
I have my own horror stories related to my local school system that I’ll tell on some other blog, but…the main problem, is that the school system has been transformed, not into an efficient way for our kids to learn the basics, but a way for growing union bureaucracy to give jobs to mostly women, who never having the fear of being fired for doing a bad job.
And a bad job, they ARE doing: Here’s a few facts from Bill Bennett;
The average salary of U.S. public school teachers rose 45% in real dollars from 1960 to 1995. According to U.S. manufacturers, 40% of all 17-year-olds do not have the math skills and 60% lack the reading skills to hold down a production job at a manufacturing company.
In Florida, it takes six times as many people to administer a federal education dollar as a state dollar: 297 state employees are responsible for $1 billion in federal funds while 374 employees oversee $7 billion in state funds.
40% of public high school science teachers have neither an undergraduate major nor minor in their main teaching field and 34% of public high school math teachers did not major or minor in math or related fields.
Average per-pupil spending in U.S. public schools rose 212% from 1960 to 1995 in real (i.e. inflation-adjusted) dollars.
Currently, average black and Hispanic 17-year-old children have NAEP scores in math, science, reading and writing that are equivalent to average white 13-year-old children.
American 12th graders rank 19th out of 21 industrialized countries in mathematics achievement and 16th out of 21 nations in science. Our advanced physics students rank dead last.
So, is it any wonder that Mitt Romney wants to get people from other nations to come over to the U.S. to work? We are not going to have any kind of educated population, but that’s exactly what the Democrats want, isn’t it? Common Core isn’t going to work any better than Race to the Top or Leave No Child Behind. BUT…the government will know more than you EVER will about your own child.
Unless you start complaining and soon.
This morning on the local radio station, there was a discussion on the big problem we have with the low-income students not being able to get help, when a progressive educational public school system cannot seem to teach them anything. Richer people can afford to get Johnny a tutor when he cannot seem to understand fuzzy math, but not the poor kid. I was waiting for the conclusion that “We need to spend MORE money on the poor kids.”
A minute later, I picked up the book I was reading (The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan) and read this;
“Science is more than a body of knowledge: it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time–when the United States is a service and information economy: when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries: when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues: when the people have lost the ability to see their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority: when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.
The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bite (now down to seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentation on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance. As I write this, the number one videocassette rental in America is the move Dumb and Dumber. “Beavis and Butthead” remain popular (and influential ) with young TV viewers. The plain lesson is that study and learning–not just of science, but of anything are avoidable even undesirable.”
Carl makes an excellent point. The reason Obama got elected, was because the majority of our population would rather watch Vampire and Zombie programs then read a book, or delve deeper into Obama’s sound bites: whether they are true or not.
Our schools have shaped our kids to be zombies, listening to sound bites of movie stars and politicians who cannot even add.
Every President says he is going to fix our schools, and no President ever does. And our kids know it. What kind of future can a kid dream of today?
The book was written in 1996. It’s now 2013. Mr. Sagan used science to predict the future.
And he wouldn’t be surprised to know: Zombies are among us now.
God bless this man…He says exactly what I have been thinking for years.
I have witnessed in my lifetime, the horror of what passes as our school system. When my son was in school…time and time again, I was always up at his school, complaining about one thing or another. I truly believe that schools hold some of the stupidest people, who were being paid big salaries, to sit on their asses all day long and collect taxpayers money.
Too many of our schools have become prisons. Mere education camps for teaching kids to not think, behave, and be bored. Teachers are always complaining about the kids, but kids need to run, to jump, to laugh…we knock all that out of their system, and it’s why we have a nation of stupid people.
I remember going back to my old high school when I was in my twenties. I walked the halls with my friend during classes, and we were both stunned— literally stunned. There was not a word coming out of any child. And this high school held THOUSANDS of kids. Not a sound. The teachers voices droned on in somberly monotone. Those poor kids, I thought to myself I turned to my friend, who had been in the same grade as I, and our mouths dropped with shock…we started laughing it was almost too painful to witness.
When we went to school, everyone was talking, laughing, having fun. When the teacher talked you shut up, but there was always time to smile, to laugh…to see these kids in complete depression was a big awakening for me. As we passed and looked into every classroom, every head was down. All eyes were down. As if they were all frightened. My old high school..had become a prison.
As you can see, this man is furious. And I spent a good portion of my own life being furious at the schools that my son attended, which I myself had attended. I have never met so many stupid, and arrogant people in one place in my life, and our country’s schools are FILLED with idiots. The ones who could help the children, like this teacher said, are not allowed to. That’s not saying that here and there we don’t still have good schools, it s just that IF you live in a democratic district, your schools are almost federal prisons. And they are all starting to look like prisons. The newer ones have no windows at all.
And…while now they will fortress the school against criminals, the PARENTS are also kept out. This was happening when I was trying to visit my son. You would go to the office, and they would always say…even AFTER school was over. “If we let you into the school. ALL the parents will want to come in.” Nope. You could not monitor the class even though YOU paid their salaries. The system is so messed up. As a parent, you have to be careful, because the teachers let you know, THEY hold your child’s future in their hands. Too many of them will remind you of that if you even complain.
One can only surmise, that our government WANTS a stupid people. A smart and educated populace would never put up with them.
Kids learn better when they are having fun. Don’t listen to me, listen to the man whose inventions give you EVERYTHING you use everyday; Thomas Edison. Here’s some things he had to say about teaching children.
“I like the Montessori method. It teaches through play. It makes learning a pleasure. It follows the natural instincts of the human being. The trouble with our way of education as generally followed is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It cast the brain into a mould. It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning and it lays more stress on memory than on observation. It breeds fear and from fear comes ignorance.”
Nothing is going to doom this nation more than raising generations of stupid kids. And that’s what we’ve done, and will continue to do. It’s one of the reasons we have Obama. He puts on his jet set cool leather jacket, and smiles, and half the people believe anything he says, because they went through the American school system.
The only place it seems we are excelling is computer technology, where Apple, Facebook, and all the others are execelling…ever ask yourself WHY?
Because they have FUN! They have gyms, and playgrounds, and swimming pools when you go to work there…, and then they work hard.
If we did this in our schools, no country in the world could match our kids. No country in the world runs their schools with the aim to take a mind and set it up for learning for life. This man to me, is a hero.
If only ALL the teachers were as smart as him.
Nobody Wins when we run our schools like concentration camps.
The problem with Newtown is a cultural one…not a gun problem. This kid, was raised in the finest schools, and probably felt like an outcast all through the school years. Mix in divorce with that, and you have a time bomb. They said he was extremely intelligent.
Well, it’s the intelligent ones who are destroyed in our schools. I don’t know how many really brillant kids I have seen been ostracized in school, simply because they were smart, and had energy. Instead of nurturing our own natural intelligent resources, we are destroying them.
It’s up to the parents to make sure your kids survive.
(Sorry about the rant…it’s just that I have SO many bad memories of the absolute horrors of our educational system.)
I have never seen one episode of Two and a Half Men. I once watched about three minutes of it, and Charlie Sheen said something very stupid, and that was about all I needed. Now— the young man who played the kid, Angus Jones, has grown up to become a Seventh Day Adventist, and is advising everyone not to watch it, because, it is crap.
So, why is EVERYONE attacking him now? He was making money off of crap.
How many people in Hollywood are making money off of crap? In that vein, how many ‘people’ in the world are making money off of selling crap? What did Jesus say? If you are guiltless…then who among you can cast the first stone?
Prostitutes of capitalism confess. You made money off of selling us Pamela Anderson running on the beach in a red bathing suit. You made money off of cotton candy. Let’s not forget the millions of people who bought cigarettes and died of cancer. I could argue my public education was so crappy, I to this day, have trouble with spelling. Crap. Crap. It’s everywhere.
But we are free to pick and choose…are we not? So far. They haven’t chipped Two and a Half Men to be downloaded into our brains…yet.
Frankly, Nobody Thinks if some of our politicians would come to a camera and say, “Hey, all these people up here are liars and they are ruining your life”…even though he was making millions, it would be a start. This Nobody would consider his worthiness for another term.
Good for Angus. Stating the obvious. Not too many do.
“Scientific socialism” would hold especial attraction for intellectuals by promising to replace spontaneous and messy life with a rational order of which they would be the interpreters and mentors.–Richard Pipes
Sorry. I have been in the land of Hallmark’s Christmas, “Santa makes all your dreams come true” marathon all day yesterday. My husband had a nasty cold, so we watched 4 Hallmark movies in a row— in bed. In fact, we only stopped between movies to eat, and then jumped right back under the covers again. What’s endearing about my husband is that he keeps the Kleenex box on his side of the bed, and I have always wondered how in the world he knows when to hand me one. He just does. He doesn’t even look at me, he just reaches over, grabs one, and hands it to me at the perfect moment: You know, at the big ending where everyone that was fighting makes up, and Santa Clause finds his way home, and the orphan kids get a meal, and they find the lost puppy, and well…these movies are all about family, love, and doing what’s right. There are not too many “gay” love stories in them…yet. Most of the Hallmark Movies are in the traditional Christmas spirit.
And darn it…Where else can you get that kind of entertainment anymore? In the last ten years, Hollywood has been promoting its social messages in every sitcom, movie, and song. They’ve been cramming them down our throats. In other words, we are being socially engineered by some of the most brilliant minds on the planet, to accept all their future goals for the masses.
And now, “Professor” Arnold Schwarzenegger has been put in charge of a special school, where these new propaganda artists will be trained to …as he puts it, “educate” the masses. Film, art, and government will become one entity, much as in old Germany. An institute to train future artists to continue…globalization.
He held a panel at the school on C-Span today, which consisted of Ron Meyer, President of Universal Studios, Brain Grazer of Imagine Entertainment (Apollo 13) Rob Friedman, Co-Chairman of Lionsgate, and Jimmy Iovine, record producer of Bruce Springsteen among others.
Arnold said very bluntly that his institute was there to bring students and world leaders together to “educate, inform, and change attitudes.”
And these men were obviously proud of the social issues they had educated us on. They were all very proud of Brokeback Mountain for instance. What was very clear is how seriously these men took what they perceived to the social issues of the day. EVERYONE in America needed to be trained, educated, and taught how to think and act…and they knew how to get that message across.
The issues? Name every liberal issue you can think of…we’re going to see more of it: climate change, global warming, women empowerment, end of life issues (euthanasia) eating healthy, immigration, race, etc….
Yes, right there in Southern California, Arnold’s propaganda ministry will be training future propagandists for the global government.
Just look at who’s on the board: This is from Arnold’s website—
The new institute’s bipartisan Board of Advisors includes international leaders in business, public service and education. Initial members include Henry Cisneros, who as San Antonio’s mayor became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city and was appointed by President Bill Clinton as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Vicente Fox, who served as president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006; Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; George Shultz, economist and statesman who served as U.S. Secretary of State from 1982 to 1989; Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann; and Kandeh K. Yumkella, director-general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
Guiding principles include: science and evidence must play an important role when finding solutions to policy and social issues; local solutions are often the best means to solve global problems; and future leaders, including students and young people, must help shape the solutions for our future
The USC Price School of Public Policy, established in 1929, is one of the premier schools of its kind in the nation. Through a time-honored commitment to public service, a legacy of strong connections to professional leaders and a world-renowned research portfolio, the school’s faculty, students and alumni work to improve the quality of life for people and their communities worldwide. The USC Price School of Public Policy is at the forefront of research and teaching on today’s major issues, including: housing and real estate markets, environmental sustainability, health care, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, governance and leadership, nonprofits and philanthropy, civic engagement, immigration and the impact of terrorism
And Arnold may be a registered Republican, but like New York Mayor Bloomberg, there’s not a thing conservative about the man.
On September 27, 2006 Schwarzenegger signed a bill creating the nation’s first cap on greenhouse gas emissions. He left California with a record high deficit, and worked with the Chinese Government to build a bridge there.
The politicians and Hollywood are practically united. This instituted will seal the final deal…and Nobody is more afraid than me, that these old Hallmark Christmas movies will someday stop, because they offend our Muslims citizens.
I did notice they are keeping a lot of the old Christmas songs out of them….even this year.
So…Arnold has a new job. He is now the New American Goebbels. His father, would be proud.
Nobody Thinks I’m going to miss those old Hallmark Christmas moves…someday. Where else can you find so many happy endings? With all these morons taking control of our lives and taking away our religion, our free speech, our jobs, our dreams and Christmas wishes….happy endings are getting harder to come by…
Pass the Kleenex.