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AMAIRIKUHN EDGYKAYSHUN AND RUSSIA

With all the very strange things I've been logging about over the past few days and the past couple of weeks, this one almost became lost in the shuffle, but it was shared by Ms. J. d. F., and since I haven't ranted about the state of Amairikuhn Edgykayshun in a while, I thought it was high time.

The only trouble is, the world is so upside down any more that I don't know whether to rant or not, or just let the article speak for itself, but in either case, while I'm making up my mind, here's the article:

Goodbye USSR - Hello Home Education!

Well, I decided to rant, but maybe only just a little bit.

Let me begin by making myself clear: philosophically I have nothing whatsoever against homeschooling. Studies seem to show children do better in such environments. My problem has always been the idea that it is being done by Americans, who, especially now, are some of the dumbest people on the planet. And by dumb, I mean truly stupendously and colossally stupid, and by truly stupendously colossally stupid, I mean lobotomized zombie-like craziness that one could only expect to see paraded on display in a comedy or a television series sitcom. And I'm being entirely serious. One can find online "congresspersons" or in this case, more preferably, "congressentities" quite literally opining, to a set of Pentagon officers, with mystified (and thankfully, bemused expressions on their faces as they struggle to suppress their laughter), about how the island of Florida(!) might "capsize"(! again) and "sink"(! yet again) should the always-shifty-never-to-be-trusted-Rooskies and their Criminal Genius Master, the Evil Mr. Putin, launch a missile and punch a hole through the bottom of the island of Florida.

I kid you not. It's there. I heard it listening to a well-known American talk show host whom I never like to listen to, but someone sent me the link, and when I read the header on her email, I thought "it can't be true" so I went and listened to it. It's there. To my simultaneously horrified and laughing delight, it was there.

Now, I've been maintaining for years that the "elite" in the USSA have so succeeded in dumbing down the vast population of this country that they've even dumbed themselves down, and there's the proof.

But wait, it doesn't stop there: in yet another recent display of intellectual prowess by a Congressentity, a US general was asked what the big deal about those-darned-Rooskies being in Syria was. Well, the general responded patiently, we endanger our pilots' lives if we insist on bombing those-darned-Rooskies and their advisors, troops, etc. Well, then, the congressentity replied, why not just use drones or missiles to do it? The general, like any rational and relatively well-educated person, again looked mystified, and responded, well, if we do that, it would essentially mean war, and they will retaliate. Perhaps the word "retaliate" was a bit beyond the congressentity's "vocabulistics", and perhaps the congressentity had no conception that Russia possesses something called a "military". In any case, the general had to go on to explain what all of this meant: it meant a fullscale war, and that was not a decision he wanted to make. Presumably the word "war" was not beyond the Congressentity's knowledge of "vocabulistsics".

With that in mind, you can see why I'm a little skeptical of home schooling in the American context, for soon we'll have a bumper crop of congressentities believing that the world was created in 4004 BC (that's in the Bible, you see), and Russia is the Great King of the East that the good ole USSA has to defeat at Armageddon to bring in the reign of the Imam Mahdi... er... the Anti-christ...er... oh well it gets kind of confusing at this part. Other home schoolers would probably learn what a wonderful thing uploading our consciousness into computers will be, as they're cryogenically frozen to be revived when the cure for invincible ignorance is discovered and everyone can be vaccinated by the CDC against it.

Of course, that said, I'm still not opposed to home schooling, because the fundamentalist transhumanists in Silicon Valley and the evangelical fundamentalists in Appalachia will soon come chin-to-chin with a little phenomenon called "markets" and discover that they're not much good for anything other than a career in goobernment as a Congressentity.

Enter Russia, which, according to the article, is all for home schooling. Let that one soak in for a moment. We're told all the time that Vlad the Mad is some sort of neo-Stalinist. Actually, this is a rather clever plot on his part to allow all those "true believers" in the Communist Party to home school their kids in preparation for  stellar careers as ticket takers and conductors on the state railways. Fortunately, Russian schools have not succumbed to the point of teaching that Florida is a capsize-able sinkable island, and is now hosting the next global home schooling conference. Something tells me that the Russians will be reading Tolstoy and Dostoyevski and Solzhenitsyn, and studying Sakharov and reading those indispensable Russian mathematics texts and not taking standardized tests run by what's-his-name's company.

See you on the flip side...

33 thoughts on “AMAIRIKUHN EDGYKAYSHUN AND RUSSIA”

  1. Robert Barricklow

    Between the two spheres of power/private/public; I prefer an education that favors public power over private power.
    This is the struggle, in my mind of man against – the struggle of memory against forgetting. It is all about education in mind, body, and soul. Continually learning, continually being and giving to the living.
    NOT destroying life on Earth, because it’s good for business.

  2. We are a product of our environment. I’m grateful I was not born in the war torn middle east. If you were lucky to be born to a family with money you usually have more opportunities – traveling to different countries opens the mind to culture, geography and history. A book can take you to far away lands of middle earth and meeting elves, wizard’s and magic. Education today is geared to getting that all important job skill to make money. You can be anything you want except happy and free to be who you are.

  3. johncomegys, I tried to reply, but “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Totally non-controversial. Faugh…
    goshawks – October 19, 2016 at 9:04 pm.

  4. Home education versus state education has always been kind of a cr@pshoot. If you had educated, well-emotionally-adjusted parents, you were probably better-off at home. And vice versa. If you were in an enlightened society, you had the well-deployed assets of the state to take you further than most homes could provide. And vice versa. A total cr@pshoot…

    The above being said, I would lean slightly to the home-school side because of the biology presented in – ta-da! – “Magical Child” by Pearce. This has a better chance of being actually implemented in a small-scale setting. The focus would be more on watching the kid and providing stage-specific material than on dumping-stuff-in and pushing them out the door. Ideally…

  5. I would like to suggest, as a home schooling parent myself, that it is quite possible home schoolers do so in order to distance their children from the stupidity that is the American School system. I think that would categorize us as at least halfway intelligent.

    The greatest importance for my wife and I is to insure our children grow up to be free-thinking adults. Our children are smart, socially aware, and regularly pursue activities conducive to learning and critical thinking. We also include art, music and sports; something the public schools have all but forgotten. My daughter recently entered college and received numerous music and academic scholarships in the process.

    …and, nobody, I don’t care how many degrees or how much experience knows how to educate MY children better than my wife and I. I know all their quirks and learning blocks. I know instantly when they grasp something, and when they don’t. Public school teachers care little whether the student is actually learning or not, and the public children certainly do not get the one-on-one attention home schooled children do.

    Personally, I have never met a home schooling parent “who, especially now, are some of the dumbest people on the planet. And by dumb, I mean truly stupendously and colossally stupid, and by truly stupendously colossally stupid, I mean lobotomized zombie-like craziness that one could only expect to see paraded on display in a comedy or a television series sitcom. ”

    My experience is exactly the opposite, and I have known quite a large number of home school parents.

    I have no regrets for the path we have chosen.

      1. agreed. the demographics of it is rarely considered publicly. we have homeschooled kids raised by our siblings who are doing and have done excellently. we also have regular educated public and private nieces and nephews doing quite well. as well as a few doing mediocre work.

        all in all what comes to mind for us is that the results the kids bring forth are more than anything a function of the time parents devote to their schooling, both in curriculum development and in class time. having that kind of time is mostly and obviously a function of wealth. noteworthy that everyone we know rarely acknowledges that time and their control over it is the clearest expression of wealth.

        so homeschooled kids we know as a rule do better than the vast majority of public schooled kids. then again, as a rule homeschooling parents are doing better financially than the vast majority of public school parents. where they’re not doing better financially, these homeschooling parents are employing a completely different value set such as sustainable less grid tied independent living.

        1. for what it’s worth, one might want to take a look at places where home schooling is illegal and prosecuted aggressively. like sweden.

        2. zendogbreath, two very well made points.

          Public schools can turn out well educated children. I know a lot of examples as well. There are also public teachers who are intelligent and care about their purpose.

          Homeschooling is absolutely a sign of wealth. Not personal wealth per se, but wealth in a first world sense. In this country we are not literally scraping for food and water (mostly). I am not personally wealthy, but my income does allow my wife to stay home and educate our children. Then of course one has to consider their priorities. I don’t drive a shiny SUV, nor all the other toys that seem to represent wealth in this country. I think if one were to moderate their lifestyle, homeschooling, and other things, would be possible for almost anyone. What do you really need to function and be happy?

    1. Hear hear and good for you! The system is broken and can’t be fixed. My comments weren’t really meant to be directed at home schoolers, but I think that’s apparent. I’m personally all for it, as I’ve seen the claptrap and edublither of the public school system first hand.

      1. Dr. Farrell,
        Agreed. I think we are past any possible repairs to the system. Education or otherwise.
        It was apparent you wren’t denigrating home schoolers, and I agree, many parents in this country shouldn’t even be parents, let alone attempting to educate their children.

  6. Whose value system is being forcibly transmitted to future generations?

    Whose value system does homeschooling offend?

  7. Robert Barricklow

    I’m certainly one for public education.
    The problem goes to those whose solution is one size fits all.
    When you look towards those countries like Finland, perhaps those that are working would be a better teacher than those that produce profitable corporate fascist products; i.e., the commodity under the nomenclature of student body.

    1. Finnish school system has big problems nowadays. PISA results are dropping fast, teachers have zero authority in the classroom, students acting like crazy monkeys and teachers has no tools to stop it. I read Finnish newspapers everyday and its not a pretty picture. 10 years ago everything was still semi-okay, then something happened. They tried to be too advanced and too progressive in Finland. It didn´t work well. Now we start to see true results in there. Of course Finnish school system is still very very good, there are a lot of good things in it. Best thing is equality. Everybody get the same education, no matter how rich or poor one´s parents are.

      1. Robert Barricklow

        Sorry to hear.
        I had recently watched a documentary on Europe education systems that lauded some aspects of each. I can’t remember who was rated the overall best[I thought it was Finland]. But since the unwanted EU’s hand is influencing; along with an immigration influx – the arenas of education, I wonder if it will ever get towards an equality that’s sorely needed. All kinds of bad actor’s hand are in the mix, purposely looking to gum-up and degrade any worthwhile education solutions. TPTB simply don’t want it. It’s not good for the only bottom line that counts: profits/control.

  8. Well home schooling can work as well as traditional schooling only if you think in the first place. I was born and raised in New York City where you could find books on fiction, nonfiction, magazines, newspapers in any mom and pop soda fountain store. Or if you you where driving through upstate New York to Canada book racks in any little diner available for purchase. As for the brains of our elites they have always been dumber than the dumbest primate. Our elites are running so scared that why they are destroying any store chain or small book, music, magazine, newspaper shop that serves the ninety nine percent, they have lets be frank about it functionality illiterate at least from the dark ages stupidity runs in the blood.

    1. Actually, there is a minor danger of ‘sinking’. Most Pacific atolls are remains of extinct volcanoes reaching up from the ocean abyss. The nature of the build-up from repetitive lava flows results in numerous weak spots and ‘fault lines’. Over time, something gives and a whole section of the atoll cleaves-off and abruptly ‘sinks’. If the cleavage-plane were low-enough, I could see a small island just go ‘poof’. (A large volcano-shape would still be there, underwater.)

      This aspect was discovered through examinations of the seafloor around the Hawaiian Islands. Significant portions of them have ‘calved-off’ over the millennia, since the volcano that built each of them shut-down. La Palma in the Canary Islands is another partial-sinking candidate…

      1. HI Goshawks. I was thinking about sinking in the sense that something was ‘floating’ beforehand. 🙂

  9. While most Americans will and should complain about growing stupidity of their fellow citizens, at has been a boon for my family and our family business. We are fifth generation grifters working primarily the mid-west rust belt cities but make occasional forays into the east and west coast and sometimes Florida. We have never been more prosperous and our work so easy. Almost too easy and with very little risk nowadays. On the rare occasion we do get pinched, we wind up walking away with what’s in the cops pocket as well, and he or she with last year’s lottery tickets. The planning that used to go into our cons is almost non-existent because it takes so little effort to outsmart the marks. My grandmother’s greatest fear is that the younger generation will get too soft as as they can make sufficient amounts of money just short changing any box store store clerk, or executing a simple wallet drop on a caucasian person who will readily hand over the contents of their wallet or purse, for fear of being called a racist thief. I could go on at the ease in which carry out our trade in this era of hyper-idiocy. Suffice it to say, the brotherhood of film flam artists will look back at this time as a golden age for our profession. We even refer to it as the stupidity bubble.

    1. Btw, Thank you Dr. Farrell. I just now closed a deal with preacher at a Florida mega church selling him 30,000 Chinese life preservers which fell off a cargo ship in Newark. I would only sell them if he promised me his congregation would wear them during Sunday services.

  10. Its true, A. Jones go raving mad on a regular basis. In Russia, education is very classical. It´s very “old school” style of education.

  11. Just as a side note.. On an earlier thread, I was proposing that Bush and Clinton came up with a cunning plan to hold onto power since Bush Senior started importing Crack to pay for his Black ops.. Just read this :
    “For example, from day one of his presidency Barack Obama was surrounded and run by Clinton’s crew, whom I call Clintonites. Therefore, in many ways, Obama’s first and second terms were really Clinton’s third and fourth term,” the author noted.

    …..

    “The man in power during the Reagan era was George Bush Sr. [George H.W. Bush], while the former actor was just a figure head reading speeches that he did not write.

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201610111046231635-us-war-russia-clinton-trump/

    Quote from George Herbert..
    “Sarah, if the American people ever find out what we have done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us.”

    Please, go ahead. He’s in a wheelchair now, he shouldnt be able to get far.

  12. “Now, I’ve been maintaining for years that the “elite” in the USSA have so succeeded in dumbing down the vast population of this country that they’ve even dumbed themselves down, and there’s the proof.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTSCRoYyM-Y

    Luckily for them, intelligence isnt a job requirement to become a Senator.

      1. LOL, under the right conditions and over enough time even the continents are “sinkable”. Don’t think any of us will be around for it though.

      2. Kahlypso: “How many ‘sinkable’ islands are there?”

        Most Pacific atolls are remains of extinct volcanoes reaching up from the ocean abyss. The nature of the build-up from repetitive lava flows results in numerous weak spots and ‘fault lines’. Over time, something gives and a whole section of the atoll cleaves-off and abruptly ‘sinks’. If the cleavage-plane were low-enough, I could see a small island just go ‘poof’. (A large volcano-shape would still be there, underwater.)

        This aspect was discovered through examinations of the seafloor around the Hawaiian Islands. Significant portions of them have ‘calved-off’ over the millennia, since the volcano that built each of them shut-down. La Palma in the Canary Islands is another partial-sinking candidate…

      3. Kahlypso, I tried to reply in case you missed my comment at top, but “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Got me again, for almost the same comment. Hmmm.
        goshawks – October 20, 2016 at 1:12 am.

  13. Can’t wait for the adverts such as “XXXX allows your kids to get their highschool diploma online at home, no school needed!” When XXXX of course is a subsidiary-spinoff of G00gle, Alphabet and clones…

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