Can Our Public Schools Be Improved Further? Yes! And Here Is How

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The American Education System has undergone something of a radical transformation in recent years. For many decades, our nation’s children were subject to an unenlightened pedagogy, consisting of learning ‘facts’ and a body of knowledge around predetermined subjects such as science, mathematics, history, and even English grammar. Arithmetic in particular was taught in a medieval way, with students expected to find the ‘correct’ answer to a given puzzle rather than providing estimates or a ‘reasonable’ answer as in the featured image above.

Thanks to the perseverance of progressive education professors such as William Ayers and Linda Darling-Hammond, the teaching of antiquated subjects has largely made way in favour of social justice and Black Studies. Whereas in the pre-internet & social media era, there was arguably a need to learn about physics, or know how to spell or add-up ‘correctly’, this is no longer the case. Wikipedia and other online references are available in the event a child wishes to know anything about the world: what therefore is the point of memorising ‘facts’? As for grammar and ‘correct’ spelling, these are positively a hindrance when composing 140 character limit messages.

It is fair to say then that Common Core education has made America number one again and the envy of the rest of the world. However, it is always dangerous to rest on one’s laurels. We have therefore looked elsewhere to see if there are other schooling systems whose teaching methods we can also adopt. Here are some that literally blew our minds with their progressive thinking.

Maharishi Schools – pupils at Maharishi schools in Britain, Australia, Iowa and elsewhere follow the mystical and trademarked techniques of transcendental meditation, acquiring important life-skills or rather powers of clairvoyance, invisibility and even flight/levitation.  Parents are encouraged to learn transcendental meditation at the same time as their child, which helps create a strong parent/child bond.

Burgess Hill School, UK – founded by a graduate of Cambridge University, the Burgess Hill Boarding School in the UK promoted the idea that ‘every child should first find himself, education can come later’. Kids were essentially left to their own devices in order to ‘find themselves’ and were completely free to decide how to fill their school day. The Time Magazine recalls:

At Burgess Hill School near London, two seven-year-olds strolled into the recreation room. “Got a match?” asked one. “Sure,” said the other. The boys were puffing away, when suddenly the headmaster appeared. “Hi, Jimmy,” they said with friendly smiles. Waving back with kind disinterest, James East, M.A. (Cantab.), explained to a visitor: “Kids always smoke, and I’d rather know about it than have it done in secret.”

Burgess Hill is the tight little isle’s loosest “freedom” (progressive) school. Shunning all rules, it allows boys and girls aged 7 to 17 to smoke, swear, pet, go barefoot, stay dirty—and study only if they want to

Cool!

Finally, there is the example of Waldorf schools, introduced into the world by one Rudolph Steiner. One former student wrote glowingly of xer experiences:

Based on my experience as a former student, a teacher at my old school, and an Anthroposophist, I would like to describe the subtlety of indoctrination that students in Waldorf schools are subjected to. In fact, its chief characteristic is its nonidentifiable form. I should state that the various ideas of Rudolf Steiner are taught to Waldorf students, but this is done without reference to their origin or their special nature. The teachers associate these ideas with their subjects as if they were objective facts and not part of a prescribed vision of reality. This is why Waldorf students can have the feeling that they are left completely free to form their own ideas. At the most, they may notice certain specific practices (that may seem very odd to some of them), which they may choose to ignore. Nevertheless, Anthroposophical ideas and practices form their psychic, cultural, and intellectual universe for many years, immersing them unconsciously in a worldview that will accompany them throughout life and that they are likely to return to on many occasions.

The invisibility of the indoctrination process depends primarily on the public’s ignorance about Anthroposophy. Anthroposophy is indeed very complex. Contrary to what one might expect, only a small part of it is what might be called its esoteric doctrines (teachings about the cosmic nature of Christ, reincarnation, the cosmic evolution of the Earth in several successive incarnations, the spiritual hierarchies, etc.). This esotericism is cultivated by Anthroposophists, often members of the Anthroposophical Society (but not always). However, the largest part of the Anthroposophical worldview does not consist of these ideas; instead, it consists of interpretations concerning all fields of knowledge and the arts.”

We have no idea what Anthroposophy means but, any student who learns words as long and sophisticated as this is clearly well-educated. We need Waldorf schools in America now!

MillionDollarBonus

Wow excellent article Pbier! As much as I admire our current education system, this doesn’t mean there aren’t still many ways to improve.

I really like that heavily worded math question in the image above. They could have just written “103 – 28 = …”, but that would give an advantage to more mathematically minded people, and would be racist against everyone other than Asians and whites. When it’s worded like that, and unsophisticated, almost sarcastic sounding answers like the one above are marked incorrect, even though technically they are correct, everyone gets a chance to shine and be smart, not just the numerically gifted.

Anon
Anon

What we need to do is lower standards for teachers and principals in primarily black areas in order to match black education to black student IQ (about 85 in the US)

African American Detroit test scores are as low as cavemen anchorman suggests Razing Detroit

Black Lives Matter

You’ve already lowered the standards and IQ of this board by posting FAUX NEWS. Why don’t you post real news, like this thought-provoking piece from the objective and well-respected HuffPost? (To be clear, I don’t agree with the article’s conclusions, particularly since as a pacifist vegan I oppose the death penalty, but Trump must be IMPEACHED and ARRESTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW NOW.)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/impeachment-is-no-longer-enough-donald-trump-must_us_593dfafee4b094fa859f19ce

Impeachment Is No Longer Enough; Donald Trump Must Face Justice
06/11/2017

Impeachment and removal from office are only the first steps; for America to be redeemed, Donald Trump must be prosecuted for treason and — if convicted in a court of law — executed.

Anon
Anon

You seem to be engaged in undermining the US Constitution.

That is Treason.

The punishment for Treason can be DEATH.

Impalement again seems to be the answer!

trav777

The article is no longer there? Is it about James Comey, who we progressives derided when he said something not glowingly positive about Hillary?

One thing I have noticed is just how powerful and in command James Comey looks in EVERY SINGLE mainstream picture I have seen. He’s truly a LAWMAN, as opposed to like a career lawyer and political hack who never actually was anything resembling an FBI agent. In the pictures he looks so forthright, like a true G-man ROCK. Every single picture. I wonder how someone can look so integritous 100% of the time in every photo.

Black Lives Matter
Nice try, HuffPost! Thankfully, Google cached the article. Here it is in full (please note that I disagree with the article and am simply posting for entertainment purposes): https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:XJ3ktGIGyz8J:www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/impeachment-is-no-longer-enough-donald-trump-must_us_593dfafee4b094fa859f19ce+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us Impeachment Is No Longer Enough; Donald Trump Must Face Justice 06/11/2017 10:39 pm ET Impeachment and removal from office are only the first steps; for America to be redeemed, Donald Trump must be prosecuted for treason and — if convicted in a court of law — executed. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for just shy of six months now. I think that most of us among the electorate knew that his presidency would be a relative disaster, but I am not sure how many among us expected the catastrophe our nation now faces. The sad thing is that I don’t even have to run through a laundry list of his wrongdoings and cite a litany of sources. Any quick Internet search or flip of the TV to a credible news source will run down the most recent scandal before the next commercial break. In just these short few months, Donald Trump has managed to gut environmental protections; sign two executive orders attempting to implement a travel ban on Muslim-majority countries; fire the former head of the FBI specifically for investigating the Trump campaign ties to Russia; isolate the United States from much of the rest of the world; and submit a budget which would eviscerate social programs designed to help the worst off among us. And these are just the things I can think of off the top of my head, without even conducting a search. There is very little doubt left that Trump and his team colluded with members of the Russian government to try and rig the election in his favor, even if the Russians did not outright hack the voting process itself; while we may not yet have 100% incontrovertible proof of their collusion, the administration’s attempts to hide previous contacts with the Russians, their willingness to blatantly lie about their communications, and the contents of Trump’s meetings with former FBI director Comey are all incriminating on their own. And Trump’s decision to fire Comey specifically to hamper that investigation is obstruction of justice, no matter what spin he or anyone else puts upon it. And the interference of the Russian government to circumvent our democratic procedures for electing the President of the United States is an act of war. There is no other way to characterize it; this was an all-out attack by the government of Russia on our democratic process, the very foundation of our country. This elevates Trump’s simple obstruction of justice to high treason under the Constitution. We can also argue that Trump’s continued insistence on a travel ban — he’s not even disguising his intent anymore, based on his recent tweets — serves the purpose of assisting ISIS, which is arguably the nation’s biggest enemy right now. Trump’s campaign rhetoric and subsequent travel ban orders against the Muslim population serve as a valuable recruitment tool for the… Read more »
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Incidentally, the author is Jason Fuller. HuffPost still has his other articles on their website.

MillionDollarBonus

Wow what a prescient and powerful article! So Trump’s attempted ILLEGAL travel ban is directly helping ISIS by being mean to Muslims and giving them more reasons to recruit, and this is grounds for charges of treason and execution! That is literally the most bulletproof legal case for impeachment I’ve seen so far!

We progressives need to put together a team of lawyers and take this to the supreme court. Any attempt to thwart our efforts will be quickly labeled an “obstruction of justice” by the accredited media.

The only thing is, we still don’t have any “concrete” evidence of collusion with the Russians, as Trump and Putin have been very careful to cover their tracks. But we DO have MULTIPLE anonymous high level sources SAYING that he did, and we’ve convinced a good percentage of the population that he did, so this should be good enough to hold up in court.

trav777

We DO have concrete evidence!

We have unnamed sources quoted by accredited news organizations! That is INCONTROVERTIBLE proof.

Reaction to muslim attacks by lone wolf terrorists makes muslims angry which makes it more likely that they will attack you again.

Remember this, it’s “animal law.” Animals in nature don’t fight back nor defend themselves or their turf. They accommodate other animals who are merely looking for a better life on that same plot of land. So we should emulate this and never resist. WE are at fault for the Crusades in Tours in 724AD. And when a lone wolf just happens to attack us, or a pack of lone wolves even assisted by a large NGO or mosque or imam or even foreign government, we should not place the blame on anyone other than the victims. Just like we do when there is a rape of a westerner by anyone other than a white male.

Victim blaming is NEVER acceptable*

*except when a non-white is the assailant.

Black Lives Matter

The HuffPost article really is prescient in light of the attack on Congressman Scalise and others. I wonder if the attacker, apparently a Bernie supporter, read the article? I’d say there’s a good chance he did given the HuffPost’s role as a progressive thought leader. Note that the article advocates going after Trump AND “everyone assisting in his agenda” for purported “treason.”

Black Lives Matter

Also, check out the third graphic from the top — the attacker wrote a post on JUNE 12TH saying: “Trump is Guilty & Should Go to Prison for Treason”. The HuffPost article ADVOCATING Trump’s and Trump’s supporters conviction of “treason” and “capital punishment” “or at least life imprisonment” was published on JUNE 11TH, and it was not removed until late on June 13th. $20 says this guy read the article and carried out what the HuffPost wanted.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-14/virginia-shooter-identified-66-year-old-james-hodgkinson-supporter-bernie-sanders

trav777

Detroit test scores are so low because of RACISM and because slavery and because “inadequate funding.” I know you might respond that these inner city schools spend more per capita than anywhere else and Ron Unz used DATA-DRIVEN RACISM to show how black kids in the NE actually get MORE spent per capita than whites, but I reject this nonsense because it doesn’t blame white people for the failures of blacks.

MillionDollarBonus

If this were true, it would only prove how traumatized and damaged black kids are from centuries of white racism.

Anon
Anon

I beg to differ. The scores are comparable to cave men and therefore the right cave man type questions were not asked.

Caveman questions such as

Do you piss anywhere you like or is designated pissing areas (called bathrooms today).

Sadly even that may be too much for the black youth of today

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