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.
Well, Bird Dog must be halfway to Canobie Lake Park by now, wearing black socks and flip-flops and an "I'm With Stupid" T Shirt his wife gave him for Christmas back in Reagan's first term. It's faded a bit with washing, and the arrow on the belly under the text that used to point to his companion has been worn away entirely by the rusty chrome arm of the mower every Saturday, so it's kind of a Zen thing now. Have fun, Bird Dog.
It is quite odd that the one thing schools don't teach students is the necessary vocational skills to do their job, namely, how to study.
I was very put out when I discovered that this book at 50 when I could have used the instruction 42 years earlier. The book is only 105 years old:
How to Study and Teaching How to Study (1909) by F. M. McMurry, Professor of Elementary Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
McMurry lays out 8 factors to studying
The student has accomplished much when he has discovered some of the closer relations that a topic bears to life; when he has supplemented the thought of the author; when he has determined the relative importance of different parts and given them a corresponding organization; when he has passed judgement on their soundness and general worth; and when, finally, he has gone through whatever drill is necessary to fix the ideas firmly in his memory. Is he then through with a topic, or is more work to be done?
To those he add, using the ideas in your wider knowledge instead of just the specific context, developing a tentative, instead of fixed attitude toward knowledge, and determining your own thoughts before contemplating/accepting the opinions of others on the topic.
This "old way" isn't contrary to the new research linked to above. Instead, the new research simply documents part of this old way. But in reality it all condenses down to thinking. Colleges go on further and label this as Critical Thinking.
But Hitler could not have succeeded against his many rivals if it had not been for the attraction of his own personality, which one can feel even in the clumsy writing of Mein Kampf, and which is no doubt overwhelming when one hears his speeches ....
I would like to amplify this point. My aunt heard Hitler speak and was drawn to him even though she did not know any German (and certainly would not agree with him on almost any issue).
We've seen a shortened version of the same phenomenon with Obummer.
From a peak of just shy of 120,000 people in 1960, Yubari’s population plummeted to 21,000 in 1990, the year the last colliery closed and the last miners fled. It has since more than halved again, to below 10,000,
The wherewithal has somehow been found to build two tracts of considerately single-storey public housing.
You lose 100,000 residents and there is a housing shortage? Governments are the same everywhere.