US Education: States Ask To Shutter Proficiency Testing

With students out of school and fumbling about for a year+, the result would appear to be a loss of upwards of 2 years of education.   Thus an eighth grader would remain in 8th grade for 2-3 years just to catch up. As a result, states have called upon the federal government to alleviate standardized testing. Why? Because no student will pass their grade level.   Why?   Because CoVid shutdowns denied children their right to education.

The elimination of the standardized tests simply extends the illusion of education.   In actuality, these children across the GLOBE have been damaged severely.   And in the US, states and state governors are busily trying to shroud that truth in a cloth of illusion.

The US public school system was already incredibly abysmal with students graduating from high school who couldn’t put together a declarative sentence, couldn’t make change at a cash register, or couldn’t tell you the name of past presidents much less our first.

It was widely accepted that children integrating from Australia, South Africa, and parts of Europe would automatically graduate to a year or more of their supposed grade level by US terms or standards.

Given the CoVid nightmare of equalizing every ‘DOWN’, that would include making US students even further removed from grade levels in order to create a new global ignorance.   Today, an eight grader in the US might test as a 5th grader in Australia. And this is the definition of equality.   Down.   Everything must be down –

Instead of lifting, the Powers have decided it is much easier to simply even the field by making everyone an – idiot.

Down.

Who is onboard?   Washington, Colorado, North Carolina, California, Ohio, etc… just look for the Blue Light and there you will find the desolate.   A sweet boy in my state battled against his anger because he was relegated to online learning for college and it simply wasn’t working.   He dropped out.

While we mourn the elderly in nursing homes and Alzheimer’s facilities for dying by the hands of murdering governors, where is the outrage for the children!?   Raising a generation of lost souls and embittered minds.   The school solution is more mental psychologists and counselors!    Really! Really!

That is parallel to the Pharma solution.   Drugs. Not cures.   Drugs. Drugs that create more side effects requiring more drugs to combat the side effects.   The CURE for our children is NOT Psychologists – it is normalcy.   Normalcy is based on sports, relationships, interaction, and lastly – education.   It is just the way it is and always has been.

Life skills.

For example, South Carolina recently asked to be relieved of the following requirements:

  • South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) in English language arts and mathematics (grades 3-8)
  • South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) in science (grades 4 and 6)
  • End-of-Course examinations in Biology, Algebra, U.S. History and the Constitution, and English (all grades)
  • English Language Proficiency and alternate assessments (when applicable)

How freaking sad is this that a state governor would desire to reveal that the middle school students in his/her county, or state, can not even read English with proficiency, much less have career ready math at a grade level of 8th, or Science at a grade level of 6th, or any grade level evaluations in the collective of Math, Reading, Science, English or History!

Public Schools are mainstay of our Property Taxes.   We Pay their salaries, their benefits, their holidays, their pensions.   And NOW – We PAY for them to do NOTHING.  I want a rebate.  Not just a renouncement of current taxes, but a renouncement of prior  taxes that gave a DEAD Education.  I want my Money Back.  Because I did not authorize a fake education.  I AM PISSED>

Having raised three boys in the public school system, I can attest to the constant battles, the awful teaching, and once in a while the perfect teacher!   And we had 2.   They shined!

But it took a shitake of parental involvement each day to mitigate the faulty teaching, faulty teachers, and down-right messes of civilization authorized to teach. It should NOT be so.

I cannot imagine the mess that is defined as “Public Teaching” today whether it be in kindergarten, elementary, middle, high school or college.   I would pronounce them all incompetent and advocate for Charter and/or HomeSchooling.   Period.  And I certainly don’t think I should have to pay for their idiotic Mess.   I am – Afterall – Their Employer.

ANTIFA – A Global Marxist Uprising

This is War!

It isn’t Syria.  It isn’t Yemen.   It isn’t Libya, or France, or Hong Kong.   Or the assaults in Sweden.   It is Spain.   A country that rarely makes any headlines, has suddenly become the alt-left version of BREXIT.

The ongoing attempt to gain independence by Catalan via voter referendums has not only been quashed by the monarchial government of Spain, they have also held trials and sentenced the government perpetrators who attempted to gain independence to jail.   Sentences range from 9-15 years and the people of Spain are livid!

In other words, the Catalan government went rogue because they held a referendum to ask for independence from Spain, and the Spanish Royalty went berserk when the votes tallied a desire to ‘LEAVE’.

Sound like BREXIT?

In many ways it is, and in other’s it differs.   But the notion that the propagators were sentenced to jail has erupted in a massive uprising throughout Spain.   Civil War style. Not unlike what is being perpetrated and instigated in the US, and in Hong Kong.

Understand the game.

In Hong Kong, in order to gang media status, the agenda must be about demonizing the existing regime – in this case, Communist China. In the US, the same propaganda is employed, however, it is about demonizing the existing regime – Trump.   In Ecuador – it is the government’s austerity. In France it is the government’s taxation.   In Iraq it is about government corruption and poverty.

Within each of these there are common denominators:   1. Youth uprisings, 2. Anti-government sentiment, and 3. Violence.

Whether these youth protests begin as peaceful seems no longer the outcome.   Antifa, Black Bloc, Revcom, Refuse Fascism, are revolutionary anarchists who hate all things Trump and Trump supporters, and demand a new world ruled by global communism via Marx and Mao edicts.

The indoctrination begins in our education system, a system that is now an abject failure in the US. In math, reading and science, the US ranks as low as 39th.   I doubt the ranks for history and civics are better, and are likely quite worse.   Why aren’t parents outraged?   Why aren’t teachers being reprimanded?   Why do we have so many private institutions offering supplemental instruction for our failing public schools?

The media continues to ask how is it that our children support Socialism and Communism?   Because our teachers taught these anarchists and indoctrinated many with their revolutionary propaganda. But it isn’t an ideology implemented solely in the US, factions exist across Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and Australia.   And they are growing.

Ocasio, Sanders and Warren are massively hypocritical in their protocol for communist-socialism while actively living an elite capitalist lifestyle.   Any longer, the short list would be to ask where are there no protests?

In 1965 Lyndon Johnson created the Department of Education and began funding public schools.   Since then, the total funding for education has risen by 430% to nearly $1.4 trillion per year.   The budget for the Department of Education has risen roughly 900%, and yet despite these constant increases in funding, the quality of education continues to fall.   Why? Predominantly pensions.  The state deficits for future teacher pensions range from 184% to 318% of the states entire budget. Property taxes typically contain the state level of education expenses which now stand between $10,000 and $22,000 per student per year – K-12, 80% of which pays for pensions and salaries.   That would qualify as equivalent to a state college including room and board.   Homeschooling averages roughly $500 per year per student.   The national average cost for a private school is $10,600.

What are your tax dollars buying?   Socialist pensions. Anarchist teachers. And uneducated students with no vocational abilities demanding free everything because they have no skills.

Where are these anarchist groups getting their funding?

Alliance For Global Justice, Tides Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Ford Foundation, and organizations that sponsor the Women’s March, and Occupy protests. Media outlets include: CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, and the New York Times.

In Hong Kong, the reported cry is for the US to intervene on behalf of the millions of students protesting… in essence asking the US to go to war with China. Why? Because the Shadow Government, the global elite, need war in order to reinvent our society.

Refuse Fascism has protests planned: October 19 – NY and LA, October 26 – Nationwide, and November 2, 9, & 16 – “everywhere”.

US INCOME INEQUALITY: How we got here and how we can change

If we knew what causes income inequality peaks, could we change it?  

As history reveals, Income Inequality is cyclical. The current peak began in 1970 and there would seem to be little in the stratosphere to bridge that from continuing unabated.

Historically, between 1850 and 1950 the income equality among all peoples of the US, UK and Netherlands stabilized.   But across the board after WWII, those numbers spiked and continued a straight upward trajectory.   Economists vary somewhat on the current causes of the spike, but a few make logical sense:

  1. Globalization. Globalization meant increased trade, meant cheaper goods from China, meant labour in the US could not compete, meant labour caved and created a ridge of zero growth for an entire working class sector. It wasn’t labour unions, it was competition.   It was the beginning of the end for small mom and pop stores as big money swirled in and created the mega markets replete with cheap Chinese products.   One stop shop – save time – buy more – charge it!  Of course free trade wasn’t actually ‘free’ – tariffs were imposed over every market and those tariffs were not equal, hence trade imbalance began simultaneously. Despite being advised to not lower tariff’s, Reagan did anyway, no other country followed suit, and the US deficit spiraled out of control while China and the EU laughed.

And over the course of 50 years, not one president was willing to fix trade to make it truly ‘free’ – as in no tariffs.   Trump offered zero tariff trade with Germany, the EU, Canada, and Mexico – the EU and Germany declined.

  1. Technology Revolution.   While no one wants to sensor technology or squelch it, it has vast ramifications on income and labor and it can take a generation or more to catch up.   It creates bubbles of wealth for people that have no real philanthropic bent other than to funnel their wealth into tax avoidance foundations. Technology advancement also alienates a class of people who don’t have the ability or wherewithal to create an entirely new career or expertise. As such, they move ‘down’ the ladder.
  2. Education.   In Europe it is accepted that not everyone attends college, in fact the percentage is relatively small.   The US proposes that everyone is ‘entitled’ to a college degree because that enables them to make more money…   Really?   A degree in Art, or Language, of Philosophy, or Communications is really a non-degree and yet they are the most prolific.   While Germany has the right idea, they make it a communist dictatorial determination instead of a choice.   Germany stresses specific technology or trade certifications in lieu of college.   The stigma of not being a college graduate is mitigated, and a specialized trade is facilitated. The number of college graduates in Germany is roughly 20%, compared to the US rate of 34%. But what happens after graduating is more important.   And that is where a middle class is created.
  1. Taxes.   A touchy subject to be sure but when the 1%ers are paying the same rate after deductions as the average household, obviously this is not a true progressive system – and is likely meaningless with the exception of those on the cusp of moderately higher incomes being squeezed.

How do you keep the billionaires in the US if the Tax Man is going to up the ante?

Technically speaking, despite the US calling itself a Republic, it truly is a Monarchy with totalitarian bits and pieces.   The billionaires are the monarchs, and everyone else, the peasants, are left to scramble in order to eek a living.   In the US we’ve simply eliminated the terminology and replaced it with alternate terms that effect the same result – Monarchial rule.

The Bolsheviks assassinated the Tzar of Russia and his entire family because according to socialist history books, the peasants claimed an uprising due to wealth inequality.   But the Bolsheviks simply instituted their own version of Monarchial rule under the guise of Communism, the faces of the rulers changed, and money shifted hands.

This ‘shift’ is what the Socialists in the US are hedging for in order to make the Marxist totalitarian state – complete.  This is our fight!

Billionaires have two obvious qualities:  ; 1. They like to spend money on lavish things that only they can afford and, 2. They like power.

So if you are going to keep your billionaires you have to be willing to concede either power or taxes.  Painful.

Ultimately, today,  in order to reduce income inequality one measure that Trump is vehemently pursuing is scaling back tariff differentials. Another is Sovereign sustainability.

While taxes were an initial consideration, the US system is so convoluted at this point it is near impossible to scrap the entire tax structure and recreate a true progressive flat tax – unless by EO.

When Trump is re-elected, Education could be the next transformation.   Reducing federal funding of universities and redirecting that funding toward technical and trade schooling would not only eliminate the socialist indoctrination, it would secure a greater number of students toward an attainable job market sophistication. Ultimately lifting the whiners out of media attention and forcing universities to rethink their curriculum methodology and their current superfluous degree programs.

Because today, in America, you can have a bachelors degree, $150,000 student debt, and be qualified to work as a hamburger flipper.

Like Climate Change, history reveals valuable insight.  Sometimes it is necessary to research a bit more aggressively – instead of simply trying to find the history that fits an agenda.   Putting the pieces together means Trump cannot accomplish this alone.  It means redirecting all the hate filled memes and  criticism toward a viable solution.   And then, there is TRUTH.

US Education: A Broke Back Mountain

When one thinks the daft couldn’t get more daft, one might be rather daft….   In light of the tee-shirt slogan worn by a majority of college liberals which states “I don’t have time for hate, racism, misogyny, albeism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia, bigoty” – segregation is required.   (Full disclosure I had to look up albeism).

As a result of their intolerance of the intolerable, and the need to have safe spaces, students now require segregated graduation ceremonies and segregated dormitories based on ethnicity, religion, identity, race, etc..

And a full 72% of colleges are apparently willing to comply.

It will be interesting to see how this lavishly daft intolerance survives in the work environment when these self obsessed students can’t whine and cry and demand the world conform to their ‘safe place’.

With titles such as Lavender Commencement, Gesta Latina Commencement, American Indian Indigenous Commencement, Don the Kente, etc… Virginia Tech boasts 10 different diversity ceremonies which are technically illegal under Discrimination laws.

Within this vein, Georgetown students have voted to increase tuition in order to create a pool of money to pay for ‘reparations’. The catch? The increased tuition is for ‘future students’, not them. And the extent of this generation of selfish self-consumed whiners is not just a product of a failed education system, but of a failed parent system.

Who is minding the children?

Over the last two decades, the number of children in full time daycare under the age of 5 hovers at 86%.   Four and under is 66%.   Daycare employee qualifications vary by state although most require a high school diploma or equivalent. The average entry pay is $10.50 per hour. In Washington DC a parent can expect to pay $36,000 per year per child for daycare. On the low end, in Mississippi, daycare runs about $8,000 per year per child.

For a family of four including 2 children, daycare can run from $16,000 to $72,000 annually or a mean of $44,000. That would be breakeven. With a mean salary in the US at $43,000 per year, there obviously comes a point where daycare is simply ludicrous. Aside from the financial cost is the social cost. The generation raised by an institution is coming of age. Their morality, ethics, values, and virtues have been impregnated by strangers who come and go within these institutions, and we are now witnessing the end product.

After paying a mean cost for daycare for 12 years – a total of $528,000, parents haven’t the funds to pay for college.   In 2009 when Obama reigned, student loan debt was $675 billion, today it has risen to $1.465 trillion representing 44 million borrowers, 10% of whom are 90 days past due. The debt has become so untenable that suicide is contemplated as the answer.

It has been likened to the concept of Socialism for the wealthy and Capitalism for the middle class and poor.   In other words, the next generation will wholly squeeze out all but the wealthy for a college education.  And there is no solution…

As we have recently been made aware, wealthy does not align with intellect. Bribes would seem to be the mainstream means of attaining a degree for the party lovers whose parents indulge the system. As such, some pundits point to Germany as a prime example of how an education system should work – free.

But of course, that isn’t the entire story.

When reviewing the percentage of college graduate rates around the world, Germany does not even make the top ten.   Canada is number one, Japan, Israel, Korea, UK, US, Australia, Finland, Norway, then Luxembourg rank highest in that order   All these countries are subject to a college cost, although it is somewhat lower than the US.

In Denmark where college is free, and a $1000 per month living stipend is available, they have found that students take advantage of the system and spend 6 years completing a 4 year degree because – well – it is free!   In addition, only 12% of the population actually attained a bachelor’s degree or higher, while 14% attained a technical or vocational degree, far below the graduation rate in the US which is roughly 48%.

Obviously, free is not the answer.

Pensions. In Canada, teachers pay 11.5% into their pension plan. In the US it is as low as 2% for a lifetime benefit.   The average teacher pension in Canada is $49,000, while the average teacher pension in the US is now $75,000.   That translates to reveal that a teacher’s average pension is 74% higher than the average salary.   In addition, teachers in 35 states also collect Social Security benefits. In Israel, the average pension for all retirees is roughly $33,000 per year.  The discrepancy is huge!

In essence, the pension system, the US labor unions, are the crux of the education cost problem given the average lifetime for receipt of a pension far exceeds the value of those dollars invested causing the cost of tuition to continually spiral.

The education system begins at the beginning – daycare.

As the cost of daycare continues to implode, the crisis of working parents scrambling to meet the cost while relegating their children to be raised by institutional high schoolers, is a cruel alternative. Free child care is hardly the answer. It will simply become a free-loaders babysitter, and a service that is already indoctrinating your children, will become the Communist agenda.

Retraining parents to have a sense of worth in raising their own children, in having a physical and emotional hand and foot in their elementary education will ultimately curb the cost of social daftness.  Overhauling the entire government pension system will help make US university graduates walk away with considerably less debt.  And a solid parental involvement just might create a healthier intellect, and thus subject their children to grants and scholarships…