Tag: public education

30May

Around the Web

if you think you have no privacy now, just wait. Consider the day when you are walking through the grocery store and a sign on the aisle starts talking to you. “John, you know the last time you bought fruit loops was two months ago, and you know your kids love fruit loops.” The entire aisle will be a cacophony of speaking signs. As you walk around in any urban environment, you’ll be assaulted by personal ads. How personal? Well, facial recognition is getting better. One app for Google Glass will look up the entire social history of anyone you’re looking at. How nice.

If you think the “Israel Lobby” (or “Jewish Lobby”) is powerful, why aren’t you complaining about the “Muslim Lobby?”

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Why is it the cost of education is going up, but student achievement isn’t? Interesting question. But it’s certainly happening.

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What do you do if you want to keep a myth running that has no basis in reality? You must suppress the truth by preventing people from seeing or hearing anything that runs counter to the line you’re trying to sell. For instance, if you really want people to believe Israel is a horrible, racist state, you prevent people from taking trips to Israel. Can’t have them seeing the reality for themselves.

Of course, this falls right in line with the progressive view of “free speech,” which really just means “anyone is free to say anything I happen to agree with.” Can’t have campus ‘radicals” imposing their views on anyone by actually saying them out loud, can we? We wouldn’t want students to actually be exposed to a lot of different ideas so they might actually learn something, right?

What do progressives think the word “science” actually means? Apparently, one thing, and one thing only. Agreeing with them and their worldview. After all, how can you convince people of how horrible the future is going to be if they learn real science — which includes imposing a serious weight of evidence and doubt on all theories?

James O’Keefe is at it again, this time showing the absolute hypocrisy of your typical Hollywood liberal — telling others how they should live to ease their conscience at living the way they do. He asked whether some Hollywood stars would support a movie that uses money from Middle Eastern oil to suppress fracking and prevent American energy independence.

12Dec

Stacking the Questions

conservative-or-lib-questionaireThe questions in the illustration just to the left were passed out as a “test,” to determine if you’re a liberal or a conservative as part of the “Common Core,” standards (or rather, were developed under the rules of “Common Core” for use in public schools). Let’s look at a few of these questions to see what we can find out.

The government should encourage rather than restrict prayer in the public schools.

False dichotomy. The person answering this question is forced into the false position of either encouraging or restricting, with the underlying implication that if the government encourages prayer, it is thus encouraging religion, and hence preferring one religion over another. A third answer is possible: the government should respect prayer among students, without either discouraging or encouraging such prayer —but this isn’t an option.

The question is also based on two other false premises: The government should not encourage religious belief, and lack of prayer (representing atheism), is not a religious belief. In reality, atheism is a religion, so discouraging prayer still prefers one religion over another.

The Federal Government has an obligation to regulate businesses in order to preserve the environment for future generations.

Complex question — “Have you stopped beating your wife?” The first underlying assumption is that eeevvviilll corporations will never have any respect for “the environment,” so they must be forced to treat the environment right through the force of law. The reality is that companies often treat the environment much better than the government (witness the total lack of common sense forest management that led to burning of thousands of acres of trees throughout Colorado and California). The second underlying assumption is that “the environment” is in some kind of danger.

Affirmative action programs deny equality of opportunity to whites in hiring.

Actually a true statement, but oddly phrased to lead the reader to a bad answer. The idea is to bring racism into the picture, rather than focusing on the economic angle of the question, so as to induce guilt and force a politically correct answer.

The Federal Government should provide funds to improve public schools and make college possible for more young adults.

Failure of the antecedent. The reality is there’s no proof that providing more money to “improve public schools,” will increase anyone’s real chances of achieving a college education — in fact, there is no evidence that public schools have increased the overall intelligence level of those who attend them. Further, there’s no reason to assume everyone should even go to college.

The individual is basically responsible for his own well being, so the government should make welfare recipients go to work.

Complex and leading question. The false assumptions are that the government should be in the business of controlling people’s lives and choices in this way, and that the government should be the primary means of caring for those who don’t have jobs or the skills needed to achieve self sufficiency.

You can read the rest of the questions for yourself, but they all have several points in common. Each one is phrased badly or in a way that’s leading, each one represents some logical fallacy, and each one is based on false assumptions. We have gone from the point of teaching logical fallacies in our schools to using logical fallacies in to teach in our schools.

19May

Notable: Teaching to the Test

But what if the test expects you to spout things that simply aren’t true in order to pass?

The new Florida exit exam standards are a shocking move toward what one can only equate to soviet style propaganda to create a monolithic citizenry. In the case of high school American history, a look into the specifics of the exit exam is all that is needed as proof to an agenda directed in a planned process by groups that have no problem using whatever means necessary to acquire power and promote a twisted vision of America. Florida exit exams in the social sciences need to be stopped immediately and there needs to be a serious reconsideration of the entire process before moving ahead. –Big Government

8May

What Do They Teach?

Take a look at these documents from a Texas classroom, if you want to really know.

Read them carefully… Do you notice anything wrong with the explanations of liberals vs conservatives? If liberals trust people more, then why are liberals always for bigger government, and more control? Big government is bad because people are fundamentally flawed; it’s a logical  contradiction to place some fundamentally flawed people in charge of other fundamentally flawed people and expect good results.

Note the fundamental twisting of the Christian worldview into evil incarnate, and the fundamental denial of history and reality. This is the way the game is played, folks.

If your kids are in public schools, you need to answer a simple question: why?

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