We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've been listening to Alan McFarlane read from his 'Dear Lily' book that purports to explain the world to his imaginary 17yr old granddaughter (the actual granddaughter hasn't reached that age yet). Good stuff.
In his "Does Education destroy Knowledge" he highlights that education is oscillates between innovation and indoctrination. We are definitely in an indoctrination phase now, where knowledge is being destroyed because the schools don't want it taught.
The attack on homeschooling is the attempt to suppress unapproved ideas and knowledge, not to mention increase equality by ensuring that no child receives a well-rounded, but unapproved, education. The sad thing is, most of the "educators" are unable to see they are not educating but indoctrinating due to their own indoctrination and lack of quality education.
My 16yr old daughter recently told one of her teachers that schooling equates obedience with intelligence. The teacher's mouth dropped open and he didn't know what to say. A few of her teachers are NOT indoctrinators, but most are just towing the line.
Now that common core has them all upset, just wait until the hoards of undocumented, unEnglish speaking border jumpers hit the public education system. Because you know they are going to demand that, and I heard on FOX this morning, that "they are here to stay".
I suppose it would be ironic, but the building of luxury dorms and other amenities at the higher education destination resorts actually works against learning.
To learn, one must think, it helps to discuss with other guests rather then receiving pronouncements from staff. But all the amenities are distractions that make it all to easy for the guest to avoid the sometimes distressing work of expanding their mind and ordering their thoughts.
College life should be both above subsistence to free the student from the distractions of providing their daily sustenance. However, is should also be ascetic to constrain the siren call of indulgences. Rooms should provide space for quiet study but not promote isolation from interacting with others. Small, temporally localized distractions can refresh but most of the time should be occupied by serious discussion and debate.
So people are getting divorced because they are immature. DUH!
We live in a world of instant gratification and selfishness, where we don't want to think about the future or make or follow through with a commitment, where empowerment means getting what you want regardless of the impact on others.
For a whole host of reasons, marriage has been degraded as an institution. It occurs to me that this is just a mirror of our own degradation.
Your prospective sure changes about something when you don't need it. One wonders why she's accepting her salary starting salary of $600k/yr at all from NBC. Any bets on how much of it she gives to charity?
About 85 percent of HBCU students receive Pell Grants, and only about a third of HBCU students graduate within six years, said
Uh, this couldn't have anything to do with the fact that schools PUSH college onto absolutely everyone, especially those not qualified (barely passing the substandard high school education) could it now?
And that the job market only supports - what 12% occupations that require a college degree?
I can see if you're hell bent on being a doctor, pharmacist, engineer, but underwater basket weaving degrees only prepare you for "do you want fries with that" standard of living.
As do "teaching" degrees. (sounds like a cushy job, summer's off)
I wish I could get my oldest, who is convinced she HAS to go to college to get employed by absolutely everyone in her rural public school, that's it's a debt racket.