Most Americans who have become aware of the academic and moral decline of public education tend to believe that the humanistic curriculum that now dominates the system is of relatively recent origin. They believe that the great emphasis now placed on the “affective domain” — all of those programs devoted to values, feelings, activities, behavior, group dynamics, sexuality, etc. — is somewhat new. Actually, it is far from new. The fact is that the groundwork for what we have in our schools today was laid in the 20th century by the Progressives who knew exactly where they wanted to lead America: to a socialist society.
How can we characterize government disaster aid? Well, we now complain about a crony capitalism through which Uncle Sam “picks winners and losers,” but what do the feds do through disaster relief? They pick winners and losers.
If you wonder what life would be like without a particular government agency, it is not enough simply to subtract the agency from a picture of our current world. That would imply a rather disparaging view of the human race. If there were no FEMA, would people just sit around in the rubble for the rest of their lives? Or would they do something, learn from their experience, and take precautions to minimize damage in the future?
Thanks to the liberal Independents Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the Democrats have controlled the U.S. Senate since the 2006 midterm election. But as bad as these things are, would it be a good thing if the Republicans regained control of the Senate in the upcoming election?
A desire to extend suffrage to younger adolescents is nothing new. A few nations have already made the move, and approximately half of U.S. states allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries and caucuses. And some Americans would take it further. Executive director of the National Youth Rights Association, Alex Koroknay-Palicz, wants to grant voting rights to 16-year-olds; and former California state senator and then septuagenarian John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara) proposed in 2004 an idea called “Training Wheels for Citizenship,” which would have extended voting rights to kids as young as 14.
Education reform in this country has essentially been a giant racket, deceiving the American people into thinking they are getting better education for the nearly $1 trillion spent in the last 50 years. But American children are worse off than they were before.
“Well, the liar won!” That’s what half the country will be saying the night of the election or the morning after, no matter who wins, given the current level of political polarization, anger, and mistrust.
It’s probably, in fact, much more than half the population who won’t be in a very celebratory mood about the election results in view of the core political belief that says, and not without an abundance of evidence, “they all lie.”
My American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines "vampire" as: 1. A reanimated corpse that is believed to rise from the grave at night and suck the blood of sleeping people. 2. A person, such as an extortionist, who preys upon others. My contention is that there is a kind of person who seems to combine aspects of the two types of vampires. They are educationists who work in groups to extort billions of dollars from the “sleeping people” called taxpayers for a bogus product called “education reform,” and they also suck out the brains and intelligence of the children who will be the subject of these reforms.
The belated release of State Department e-mails shows that the Obama administration knew, while the attack on the American consulate was still underway, that it was a coordinated, armed terrorist attack. They were getting reports from those inside the consulate who were under attack, as well as surveillance pictures from a camera on an American drone overhead.
The big news out of Sweden is that lunch lady Annika Eriksson has been shut down.
Eriksson was an exceptionally creative and hardworking head cook at a school in central Sweden. Unfortunately, her lunches were all too good, too yummy, and too unequal for Sweden’s overstocked supply of bureaucrats, central planners, food monitors, and equity cops.