Whats happened to us as a nation? There was a time when we lead the world not only economically but militarily and educational also. Now we are low in education, have a huge trade deficit and well we do know that our military still kicks butt.
Any one who was born in the 60's and early 70's can easily see that on the educational front we no longer teach the same subjects nor do we strive to teach. Don't get me wrong I am sure there are some fine teachers out there....somewhere, maybe. I remember my 5th grade teacher. Now there was a teacher. She was strict but fair. At the start of every quarter she sat down and plotted out each students abilities and goals for that student. Talking to a few teachers today they would never dream of this as it may set to high of an expectation for the student. Too high of an expectation? If a young mind is not pushed a little inrto the realm of thinking and striving it becomes jello that falls easily into a social engineered mold of lathargy and compliance. Home schooled students have better test results, better abilities to problem solve, and believe it or not much better social skills then those in public or private schools. How can this be? Simple just check out the Dept. of Education stats on this and several middle of the road watch dog groups...easy to find just google.
Public schools are more concerned with thier image of teaching then of the act of teaching. Look in the Rocky Mountain news archives on CSAP testing taking away from class time.
How can testing a student on what they are supposed to have learned be taking away from class time? Teacher Unions do not want these tests as they reflect the poor job overall teachers are doing . Testing a student is only a way of checking out thier knowlede on basic topics.
When I was in High School I had a teacher who was a monument to what a person can achieve. A master mechanic, degrees in the arts, history and also holding a degree in the martial arts. Doesn't sound that impressive? Try this on for size, he also had no left hand a club foot, was leagally blind and deaf. Mr. K if you or someone who reads this knows him please tell him I thank him for the inspiration and drive he helped me develope to achieve. Any way he flat out told you what the reading assignments were but then lectured in class. Now when test time came what do you think the tests were on? Ok yes a little from the reading material but mostly from his lectures which by the way came from the book you were supposed to be reading. I recall how many of my classmates complained about how hard his tests were....HA!!!! All you had to do was pay attention top what he was saying and the tests were simple......the skill to listen was something he always said you need.
Economically how can we lead the world when we do not have anyone being taught individual accomplishment will be rewarded. Take a close look at Bill Gates. He is incredibally savvy buisness wise. Yes he is smart to , but his buisness sence to see something good and market it is awsome. So here is a man who achieves and we try to punish him for it. Yes he did a few shady marketing deals but nothing to the level he is persecuted for.
The back bone of this country for a long time was the steel industry. How did we reward them....take a drive through Pittsburgh and look ....no more steel factories. Did you know we import over 80% of our steel from overseas. A big chunk comes from Japan a country that does not have the natural resources for making steel. How is this. "We need a global economy where all peoples and nations are the same " except for the good ol USA.
Liberal thinking and utopian thought are killing us a s a people and a nation. This climate of everone is the same and yopu are not better then someone else is a crock. Talk to some of these so called genx ers...(what is a gen x person? who came up with that?) They claim racism , homophobia, and any other excuse when the apply for a job and find out they are not qualified for the position. Why are jobs being out sourced? Because companies want qualified people who have a work ethic to be thier employees. You know typical stero types do fit. EOE works only as it was designed to do not as a quota for making a diverse employee market. As a small buisness owner or a large anyone may apply for a job , but being qualified gets you hired not because of what you are.
Where is the good ol American work ethic? Certainly it is being downplayed with a welfare state of mind. Why should I flip burgers for 9 an hour when I can sit on my butt and get 14 from the government.
Handouts from people does not build charecter nor does it instill a sence of pride. Look it is not worth doing if you do not put a little blood sweat and tears into it. Think about the feeling of self satisfation and pride from a job you did put a little blood sweat and tears into compared to a shabby thrown together job. Quite the differance isnt it. I am not above picking vegetables or flipping burgers if it means a paycheck and a little self respect. Ask a teenager today to do this and they will say "no way I am above that". Well get off your high hoarse and do something because my tax money will not support you for very long.
The military,.....what can be said.? They are better then ever and more determined by those who volunteer and have a respect for the Constitution then before. The last person who wants to ever go to war and take a life is someone serving in the militarty. I know , been there , done it , got the t-shirt. However social elitetist are looking down thier noses at these fine young people and treating them as dirt. If it wasn't for these fine people serving who would protect your freedom to be a clod and a snob? The French? I think not. Will the United Nations step in to protect America? I think not. Hell when was the last time any country came to our aid after a hurricane or flood, or tornado strike?
1989 was when after the earthquake in San Francisco was when andf then it was only Japan and Great Britian that offered any sort of aid. Being Americans we thanked them and said we have it under control. Where was France or the UN or our nieghbors Canada and Mexico? I'll tell you where, Mexico filled suit on the deaths of illegals that may have died in the earthquake (again google this and check out international lawsuits against the USA) and Canada was off playing footsies with France.
America for better or worse is the leader in this little corner of the galexy. We need to take charge and lead not stand stil in a cess pool of socialism. If you want to buy American then buy American, if they don't have the product write them and say "Hey I want this as an American product! I want to drive a Ford , or Chevy , but you don't make an affordable economical car.....(WRITE THEM AND THEY WILL LISTEN!)
Lets pull our collective head out of our bum and get going America.
Well thats my opinion and thoughts about this