Call it the Blizzard of Oz. The “Snowstorm of the Century” Monday was supposed to be historic. All we got was histrionics. It turned out that the real blustery wind was hot air — and the worst accumulation was the knee-deep nanny-state politicians who think some snow warrants a travel ban.
Income inequality is back in the news, propelled by an Oxfam International report and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. The question is whether government needs to do something about this — or whether government needs to undo many things.
Since progressive educators decided that rote memorization is a form of child abuse, children are now taught math (formerly arithmetic) with a minimum of memorizing anything. They are now given calculators to use, and if they press the wrong button there is nothing in their heads that would make them aware of their error. The result has been a decline in the ability of children to learn basic arithmetic (now called math).
And now, since children learn their arithmetic so poorly, they find it difficult to do algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.