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From my new Taki’s Magazine column:

Trump U
by Steve Sailer
November 23, 2016

Donald Trump is not the most scholarly American, but he could do education a bit of good.

It’s not even all that necessary for Trump to appoint effective administrators to key roles in the Department of Education and in the civil rights division of the Department of Justice. Simply get rid of the Obama bureaucrats actively orchestrating with The New York Times their mutual jihads against common sense in schools.

For example, Trump could name Haven Monahan as undersecretary in charge of the campus rape culture crisis that spawned the Rolling Stone UVA hoax and that would be better for America than the Obamacrat currently in the job.

Read the whole thing there.

 
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  1. Thomas says:

    As usual, lots of good ideas, if for no other reason than that they’re creative, achievable, and far from radical…

    What’re the odds of Trump ever getting wind of good ideas he doesn’t just get from the gut? Is Bannon or anyone else around him a conduit to any fount of sense out here in the world beyond the Beltway our new king is about to be cloistered within? Or is the Beltway Right he just defeated going to ultimately have the last laugh? A lot of people are betting now that Trump is “teachable” (by the usual gang). Anyone have any idea?

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  2. A more maliciously fun policy: encourage the outsourcing of the respectable arts. That Chinese-made statue of Mike Tyson as Martin Luther King Jr. was a good start. Help Filipino rock bands (who have good English) tour the US. Help Mel Gibson make blockbuster movies in Mexico.

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  3. Clyde says:

    D Trump is marginalizing the media by going on you tube to say it directly to Americans. And he scolded them two days ago when he invited the top talking heads to Trump Tower NYC !

    time 2:38
    A Message from President-Elect Donald J. Trump
    Transition 2017
    1 day ago
    4,291,509 views

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    We need more of this.

    We don't have to get news through the MSM, it's just that they currently have the infrastructure for getting it first and disseminating it the furthest; and putting a (once) respectable name as a seal of approval on it serves to authenticate it as reliable. But they've distorted the news to fit the Narrative so much at this point that most people recognize that their seal of approval is worth about as much as a used car dealer's handshake. A president who ignores them and goes directly to the people, bypassing their manipulation, is a healthy breath of fresh air into the system and puts them on short notice that everyone is onto their game and they're no longer necessary.

    No wonder so many of them are screaming about 'fake news'.

    Trump is really shaking up the system. I'm really looking forward to the next 4 years. But I'm afraid he's gonna have to double up on the secret service agents.
    , @boogerbently
    Next, he needs to meet with alt news sites.
    Then, people his news conferences and brifings with ONLY neutral/favorable news organizations.
    Let the lib MSM get their news 2nd hand from theses networks.
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  4. eah says:

    the Department of Education

    It should be eliminated — it operates as little more than another arm of the DOJ Civil Rights division — it also administers boondoggles like NCLB — so it can and should go — completely.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous

    It should be eliminated — it operates as little more than another arm of the DOJ Civil Rights division — it also administers boondoggles like NCLB — so it can and should go — completely.
     
    People outside the government wouldn't be able to comprehend the monstrosity of federal employment. And it's not just in D.C. E.g., in Boston the Department of Energy has a lot of employees (including lawyers, special agents, et al.) at a VERY exclusive location in the financial district (5 Post Office Sq).

    Other federal agencies are a lot of worse (e.g., DHS).

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  5. anon says: • Disclaimer

    Expanded Ivy League enrollment seems like it could have negative consequences: is it a bad thing that they aren’t presently large enough to have a stranglehold on all the country’s top talent? How would that expanded enrollment bode for your observation that Trump will be the first non-Harvard/Yale grad President in 28 years?

    I take it that you’re thinking having more “cultural” diversity (i.e. inclusion of smart non-elite whites) would change the political tenor at those campuses. However, I suggest the opposite would occur: the “flyover” students would adopt the coastal elite mindset (similarly to how urban environments somehow promote liberal metropolitan political beliefs).

    “A steady increase in the class sizes of brand-name colleges would make middle-class life in the U.S. a little less anxious.”

    Wide scale Ivy enrollment is presently unattainable for the middle-class, so it is not a source of stress or angst. It’s not an expectation. The angsty strivers are upper-middle class whites and Tiger Moms. If you expand Ivy enrollment, those types will merely find some other scarce construct to be the new status symbol.

    Similarly, ultrahigh-paying employers such as Goldman Sachs could be given the word that they are expected to recruit at a wider variety of colleges across America than they bother to at present.

    This is the better direction for things to go. Make State Schools Great Again!

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    • Replies: @bomag

    This is the better direction for things to go.
     
    Absolutely. There is plenty of talent elsewhere. Break the monopoly. Time to... import.
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  6. Jason Liu says:

    Michelle Rhee just announced she won’t accept an offer from Trump for secretary of education. Kind of a pity. Not that Rhee is exactly an anti-SJW, but she’s got that old world Asian view on education that would’ve probably been at odds with far-left campus culture.

    Right now I’m afraid Trump will appoint some mainstream Republican who thinks the primary issue regarding education is school vouchers and not cracking down on leftist curriculum. If he doesn’t break the left’s stronghold, this election may have been for naught.

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    • Replies: @Altai

    If he doesn’t break the left’s stronghold, this election may have been for naught.
     
    Not for naught, Trump doing much or even trying to do what he implied was always up in the air. He seems to be doing the right thing in Syria, but wants to destroy the nuclear deal with Iran, for instance.

    His power has been in completely delegitimising the mainstream media, completely laying bare how much the Democratic party has strayed from paying any attention to labour and inasmuch as the SJWs were seen to be not voting for Hilary to spite Trump, but actually enthused by Clinton (Not exactly reality, but the optics of crazy feminists at Hilary rallies crying were still there for the average person to absorb)

    Trump was a message, if he does anything that is just a bonus. All he needed to do was outline policies that were regarded as 'toxic' and 'dangerous' and win despite most people's reservations about his seriousness as a candidate, lack of huge campaign money and total media onslaught. Let a better political opportunist take them to the next stage and let the Democrats be forced to converge away from crazy SJWism and towards real policies.

    I don't know that you can ever deal with US humanities departments, the 68ers groom their own replacements and they seem to be getting crazier each generation as crazy social theories are the academic currency. Only by repeated rhetorical assault and defunding can they be tamed, but converted back? I don't think so, only by making them no longer an academic discipline or ending all Gender/Ethnic studies could you ever hope for that outside a total, painful political revolution. Outside the humanities academia is doing fine, if maybe having too much of an obsession with number of papers published.

    https://twitter.com/realpeerreview

    These guys do a good job in delegitimising the modern humanities.

    , @boogerbently
    He needs to kill the cult of PC/leftism being fostered in public schools.
    How about home schoolers/private schoolers being able to opt out of their support of public schools from their property taxes?
    , @J1234
    Rhee was a fraud, in my opinion, and in the opinion of many others. Her basic flaw: not recognizing that the main failing was with DC students and their families rather than teachers (not that they were great, either.) She also tried to misrepresent her accomplishments.

    Betsy DeVos is the Education appointee, and some sources say she may have a connection with Common Core, though she's apparently made no formal statement about it. She is a conservative for charter schools, though. The main problem with Common Core is it's attempt to introduce content related learning at much earlier ages, mostly as a pretext to indoctrinate younger children, especially with history.

    Trump put slimy Nikki Haley in as ambassador to the UN this morning, as well. Still, I think that Trump is just trying to get past December 19th with these appointments, because it isn't a done deal till the electoral college votes.

    , @27 year old
    How about Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor and president of Purdue?
    , @Barnard
    I think Rhee would have been a poor choice also, but Betsy DeVos sounds completely out of touch as Secretary of Education. She fits the concerns you list to a T. It is possible she could push back against some of the leftist curriculum, but you will never convince people like this that there are bad students causing most of the problems in schools. If discipline standards could be restored, good teachers in these schools would at least have a chance, but I wouldn't expect major changes.
    , @Anonymous
    I'm completely against vouchers. If anything, make the public schools like private schools, don't make the private ones like public ones.

    Keep government money out of private schools.
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  7. bomag says:

    Is modern Ed best viewed as a church, or as a cult? It is church-like in that it institutionalizes the pressing of society’s orthodoxy on the populace, complete with rituals and doxologies. It is cult-like in that it elevates the marginal viewpoints of political correctness into unquestioned doctrine.

    I read the linked article by Larry Summers as some kind of inside joke or signalling piece, with its calls for more ideological diversity on campus, and fretting about people’s feelings.

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  8. Trump is appointing Nikki Haley to UN Ambassador… I like Nikki Haley but she is not smart enough for this role.

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    • Replies: @Randal
    If Samantha Power can do it, the bar isn't set very high.

    Even if Haley were less intelligent than Power (something I can see no reason to believe), bad ideas (and Power's ideas are very bad indeed) pushed by more intelligent people are not thereby rendered less destructive. Haley's ideas at least are unlikely to be as colossally stupid and destructive as "R2P".
    , @Old fogey
    It would be a good choice, since it shows Trump's opinion of the organization.
    , @Clyde

    Trump is appointing Nikki Haley to UN Ambassador… I like Nikki Haley but she is not smart enough for this role.
     
    The UN is a tenth rate orgaization so smarts are not needed. Just a willingness to hobnob with foreigners be they from thug ruled nations or Democratic nations. Main purpose of today's UN is to be a platform for the 57 nation strong OIC Islamic bloc and platform for the third world in general. Where the most miserable nations get to squawk as loudly as the civilized nations. As in "The Mouse That Roared". (movie)
    ______________________

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013
    The Muslim world deserves a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) suggested at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s international relations institute this week.
    OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said the 57-member organization already made up the biggest voting bloc at the U.N., and it was time it acquired “a new position,” CNS News reported today.
    , @Blosky
    She's more intelligent than the other 99.999%. The hell with that stupid organization at Turtle Bay.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Blah, And Susan Rice, a Obama sycophant is?
    , @res
    The NYT article on this includes something that may be relevant.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/us/politics/nikki-haley-donald-trump-un-ambassador.html

    If confirmed, Ms. Haley would step down as governor and be replaced by the state’s lieutenant governor, Henry McMaster, who was an early and vocal supporter of Mr. Trump.
     
    , @Almost Missouri
    I thought the UN was a hotbed of fraud, corruption, incompetence, hypocrisy and pedophilia. If we can't just leave it, isn't the next best thing to appoint a do-nothing ambassador?
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  9. Arclight says:

    I’d say the expected exodus from the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division is probably the single best effect of Trump’s election. A halt to disparate impact suits and consent agreements and no more on the ground assistance to “mostly peaceful” protestors at the next riot when a cop shoots a black suspect is a great start.

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    "...no more on the ground assistance to “mostly peaceful” protestors ..."

    CRS needs to be ended. The taxpayer being forced to foot the bill for bussing in protesters is outrageous. Let Soros pay for it, and then bring charges against him.
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  10. Jason Liu says:

    OT: Ambassador to the UN is an inconsequential post, right? Because Nikki Haley is a dumbass.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    When Stalin was asked to try to get the Pope on the side of the Allies, he replied "How many divisions does the Pope have?" The UN is a joke for the same reason. It's a talking club, so they should have sent someone who is a good talker. I'm not sure that describes Haley, but it's hard to think of anything accomplished by a UN ambassador.

    The Education Secretary will be Betsy deVos who is a big voucher advocate.
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  11. @Arclight
    I'd say the expected exodus from the DOJ's Civil Rights Division is probably the single best effect of Trump's election. A halt to disparate impact suits and consent agreements and no more on the ground assistance to "mostly peaceful" protestors at the next riot when a cop shoots a black suspect is a great start.

    “…no more on the ground assistance to “mostly peaceful” protestors …”

    CRS needs to be ended. The taxpayer being forced to foot the bill for bussing in protesters is outrageous. Let Soros pay for it, and then bring charges against him.

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    Any non western country would have had Soros in chains long ago. We have laws here in the U S that should have him arrested. Financially sponsoring terrorists hate groups (Back Lives Matter) is illegal. Financially supporting the overthrow of a legally elected government, illegal. I just hope Trump has enough sense to put his new and improved DOJ on the tail of this criminal. At the very least campaign finance laws should be amended so he can't use his 23 billion in wealth to sway local and state elections.
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  12. Anon7 says:

    I think the biggest problem our education system has is that it has been forced to be the new gatekeeper for prosperity.

    In the 1960′s before mass immigration and off-shoring economic policies, only the upper 1% caste cared who got into what school. There were plenty of factory jobs that paid what most college grads made.

    Now, though, probably the upper third cares who gets into what school, and the pressure put on the system is unbearable. Parents of girls insist that their girls get math grades equal to those of boys, bending the system. Parents of kids who aren’t in the upper academic tenth insist that classes and grading be structured so that the willingness to work hard is made equal to inherent intellectual ability: the system is bent again.

    If we can eliminate the immigrants that depress wages, and return the jobs that offer great pay to high school graduates, our universities would go back to what they were doing before: preparing the gifted for service to society and letting the scions of wealthy families socialize with each other.

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    I think this is thinking too small.

    A new set of winners and losers can be manufactured.

    Look 1960 America was very different from now. Some of the differences are obvious such as the decline in manufacturing, but there is a huge elephant rampaging through the rubble.

    Namely the fact that FIRE has become the US economy. And this can be changed.

    Ok here is some stuff I would do if I were "Supreme Leader" (ie could pull it off):

    1) Bring back Glass-Steagall

    2) Undo all the changes that have occurred the past 4 decades or so that enabled us to have the current mega banks. I want the old setup back where NationsBank in North Carolina was essentially a totally separate bank from NationsBank of South Carolina (yeah I know it wasn't around then).

    3) Every state forms a bank such as the Bank of North Dakota https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_of_North_Dakota:

    "Other entities may also open accounts at the Bank; however, BND offers fewer retail services than other institutions, and it has only one office. These limit its competitiveness in consumer banking.[2] Instead, BND has taken a role more akin to a central bank, and has many functions, such as check clearing, that might be expected from a branch office of the Federal Reserve. The bank does have an account with the Federal Reserve Bank, but deposits are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, instead being guaranteed by the general fund of the state of North Dakota itself and the taxpayers of the state.[2] BND also guarantees student loans (through its Student Loans of North Dakota division), business development loans, and state and municipal bonds.[2]"

    4) Research money is funneled away from the usual suspects. Instead of MIT, Stanford, Berkeley getting the oversized research grants they do compared to other areas, pick a new winner backed up by political strength. Baylor gets money to do research formerly done by UDub. Iowa State instead of Stanford.

    Obviously some things require facilities that might only be available at certain places. High Energy Physics (to the extent something like lab work is still done at Universities as opposed to CERN) is pretty expensive to get into.

    But if Iowa State needs computer time, hey it's not like you can't access systems wherever from wherever anymore. And if they need more guys that wear sandals and socks for the big toe they can hire them instead of Stanford doing it.

    Additionally I'd make a law that only US citizens can receive stipends as GA's and RA's. If some mega genius for some reason wants to receive an education at a US university... well I think they can come up with that, if they can come up with the ridiculous money they throw at sports. Priorities man.

    Thing is my proposals are ideologically unacceptable to libertarians or a lot of Republicans.

    But I want to crush the current system. I want to destroy it. And while I think you need to keep your eye on your goal, and the kind of society you want to build, personally I couldn't give a rat's ass about any adherence to any ideology like communism, socialism, capitalism, libertarianism...

    In short I want to dethrone the people who currently wield the financial reins in this country. And if it takes re-implementing legislation from the New Deal, hey I'm fine with that.

    Oh yeah, media conglomerates. Got to go. Undo Clinton's 90's work on that as well.
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  13. Steve and Unz,

    Just so you know, the “Teasers” page is currently not working correctly. The last few posts don’t show up and neither does it show the correct number of comments for recent posts.

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    Just so you know, the blog's "Teasers" page is not working correctly. The last few posts don’t show up and neither does it show the correct number of comments for recent posts.
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  14. neprof says:

    I would hope for an exit of the federal govt from the student loan program. Obama’s takeover of all student loans was a purposeful backdoor move to regulate any university accepting federal funds. A host of new administration offices involved in a number of left-wing regulations is the result.

    If he implemented this exit at the same time he introduced his student debt relief, a cap of student loans of 12% income, have the debt subject to bankruptcy, etc. it would be politically palatable.

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    "...student debt relief, a cap of student loans of 12% income, have the debt subject to bankruptcy, etc. it would be politically palatable."
     
    There are a few things this would do, but I doubt political palatability is one of them.

    Making past student debt subject to bankruptcy or other debt relief punishes the prudent who realistically weighed their options, talents, prospects, finances, etc. and decided to enter the workforce or join the military instead of taking on enormous debt to attend college. Trump's voter base of non-college educated whites would not be thrilled.

    Making future student debt subject to bankruptcy (with the Feds exiting the student loan biz) would make the lenders more prudent (like they used to be with mortgages), resulting in fewer marginally academically qualified, or simply unqualified, kids in college. This is highly rational, of course, but perhaps not politically palatable when you consider which currently preferred groups would be affected.

    Of course lenders would still find poor, but well qualified kids a good bet.

    And for the poor, highly qualified kids there are (or should be) merit scholarships instead of loans.
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  15. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    “If Trump is successful as a businessman-turned-president, the Democrats might look to Gates as an even better businessman than Trump.”

    Gates has no personality.

    He’s duller than Buffett and Bloomberg.

    Now.. I wonder what if Steve Jobs had lived and gone into politics.

    “Yale Law School professor Amy Chua might be a good choice for chairwoman.”

    She will lose all her friends if she accepts

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    >Gates has no personality.
    He’s duller than Buffett and Bloomberg.


    ...and worse taste in women
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  16. I’m glad to see Steve addressing the Trump-education topic. His suggestions make sense, of course.

    Trump’s words about “school choice” and charter schools are worrysome, for the reasons mentioned and others.

    Regarding vouchers, I say: if you are going to reimburse parents for property taxes so they can use that money to send their kids to private schools, then I want you to reimburse me an equal share of my property taxes for not sending any kids to school. You see, I don’t have any, yet I’m paying for everyone else. I don’t want to pay for my neighbor to send his kid to private school, so you’d better give me back my taxes if you’re going to give him back his.

    One more point: Evaluations of teacher’s performance should never be based on the performance of their students, yet this is always the proposal. Some teachers get lousy kids. As programmers used to say, “garbage in, garbage out.”

    Or as Robert Weissberg says, “Bad Students, Not Bad Schools.”https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Students-Not-Schools/dp/141281345X

    Furthermore, any attempt to install systems of measurement, rewards, and punishments for performance of public educators will always run into the corruption and nepotism that is rampant in typical, inner city environments. School systems are a lot like the cities they inhabit. Whatever judgment the folks there put on paper will not reflect reality; it will reflect who their friends are and who they favor.

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    • Replies: @Jack D

    One more point: Evaluations of teacher’s performance should never be based on the performance of their students, yet this is always the proposal. Some teachers get lousy kids.
     
    Then on what basis SHOULD they be evaluated? Even if your class is all lousy students, there are still good teachers and bad teachers. My MIL used to teach HS American history and she jokes about a colleague who used to show documentary movies (this was before VCRs) in class every day because it was easier than teaching. Every morning she would see the guy pushing the projector cart down the hall.

    It seems to me that you could evaluate teachers on the impact that they make on their kids test scores regardless of what their starting level is - if your kids start out average 3 years below grade level and at the end of the school year they are only 2.5 years behind you've done something and if they are now 3.5 years behind then you haven't.
    , @Roger Sweeny
    You are absolutely right that "Evaluations of teacher’s performance should never be based on the [absolute] performance of their students." However, no modern proposal makes that mistake. All modern pay-for-performance policies are based on "value added": how much do students improve in the year they have a particular teacher.

    Of course, that has its own problems. Some students just learn more slowly than others. So "value added" should perhaps be deflated by the previous few years performance of the students. If you get a student to learn faster than before, you get a pay bump.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Buzz Mohawk, Sorry you have no kids, they probably would have followed in your footsteps. Teachers need to be evaluated if for no other reason that they hold tenured jobs at very good pay. Here in WNY teachers easily earn $80k for 184 days work. Every time I am with teachers their main topic of conversation is their pay and how they don't want their students to take evaluation test. Tell me how to evaluate teachers. By the way, I believe that teachers and their unions are the biggest contributors to Dem politicians.
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  17. Excellent column Steve. “Don’t just do something, stand there!” is sound, overlooked advice.

    Not that there’s any Constitutional justification for a federal Department of Education; it’s completely ultra vires. Abolish it, and a half dozen other Departments. Put Ben Carson in charge of winding down HUD.

    Well, a man can dream anyway.

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    "Ultra vires." Thanks. I hadn't heard or seen this term used in ages and never in this context. It's perfect for the point that you made (and you're right).
    , @anon

    Put Ben Carson in charge of winding down HUD.
     
    HUD should be reformed to it's original intent: to help returning veterans get a starter home.

    Secondarily, it should be used as a safety net for people who've been victimized by policies enacted from Clinton to Obama. That is, allowing people an affordable place to stay, for a limited time, while they get back into the workforce, as well as supporting the handicapped.

    Instead of one person being allowed to rent a 2 bedroom apartment, it should be one person gets a studio, two get a one bed, three or more get a two bed, and that's it.

    If you have a significant amount of cash, a significant weekly check from working, or significant assets, you shouldn't be allowed into the HUD program.

    No more old timey negroes claiming disability via hard to qualify maladies such as "a bad back," who then live off welfare, and sell their prescription drugs to their homies so they can buy nice cars and flat screens to show off in their HUD homes.

    Old timey negroes with Django on the brain have gots to go! This country is moving forward. There's no place for negroes who's heads are stuck in the seventies.

    Move ahead with civilization Jabari, get used to hispanics as your new overlords, or get kicked to the ditch.
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  18. Jack D says:

    The Dems really thought that the new era where they would permanently control the Federal government in the same way they control big cities had begun. Somehow it didn’t occur to them that if an unelected Obama bureaucrat could write a “Dear Colleague” letter and in effect change the law, then the next administration could just write another letter and undo the first . “Dear Colleague, rape is a serious allegation that can ruin the life of a falsely accused person. Therefore, unless the accused can be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, no disciplinary action may be taken against him.” “Dear Colleague, children with two X chromosomes have to use the girl’s bathroom and children with an X and Y have to use the boy’s room.” Etc.

    Ideally, the Federal govt would just get the hell out of the education business, which is a local responsibility, but laissez faire doesn’t work in the culture wars – hands off means that the Overton Window can only shift to the left because leftists have no compunction against pushing in their direction. So it will be the job of the Trump administration to push back.

    As far as “stricter moral guidance” I really think that there are ways to phrase this without making it explicitly racial, even if it is true. Expressing the thought in racial terms just gives ammunition to your enemies and Trump’s – you’re a racist and so is he. There are lots of proxies for race that would work just as well – “children from low income single parent households need stricter moral guidance.” “Children who score low on standardized tests are at risk and need stricter moral guidance.” You can get the job done without stirring the racial cauldron, which God knows doesn’t need any more stirring. And if some low income single parent white or Hispanic kids with low test scores get some extra “moral guidance” they could probably use it too.

    Regarding “high stakes testing”, there is one thing that the Feds could fix right away. In the past, people who took the SAT (and ACT) with extended time had their scores marked with an asterisk (SAT will grant extended time if you have a physical or learning disability). Then some kid who had no hands sued them for discrimination under the ADA and they agreed that there would be no more asterisk. So now, every rich kid in America has a “learning disability” and gets extra time to do his/her SAT (and the colleges have no way of knowing that the kid had extra time). The easiest way to get extended time is to have to have expensive testing done in order to prove your learning disability so it’s all rich kids. My wife does this kind of work and she frequently gets calls from rich parents shopping for extended time for Junior. She only does it for kids with genuine learning disabilities but it’s still a racket because it doesn’t even occur to Farmer Joe in Iowa to try to get extended time for his kid and even if it did he isn’t going to shell out thousands for testing just to get his kid some more time on the SAT. But for the rich, the testing cost is peanuts – Jaren Kushner’s dad gave $2.5 MILLION to Harvard to get his sonny boy in.

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    Jaren Kushner’s dad gave $2.5 MILLION to Harvard to get his sonny boy in.
     
    or, from Forbes...

    Kushner went to a private Jewish high school and then to Harvard (a 2006 book about college admissions would later single out Kushner as a prime example of an alumnus’ child getting preferential treatment; administrators quoted within that work later challenged its accuracy, calling it “distorted” and “false”). Next came New York University, for a joint J.D. and M.B.A.
     
    , @Romanian
    I had no idea they did that. Loathsome!
    , @frayedthread
    Los Bastardos. There should be some way to finger these parents. Can she record these conversations?
    Re: Kushner - Can we have an asterisk on this guy's degree denoting that Daddy donated mucho dinero to the "Institution?" That wouldn't be discriminatory, would it?
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Jack D, The "Dear Colleague" letters were oh so close to "Dear Comrade."
    , @anon
    Couldn't a standard IQ test be given for college admissions to "take the edge off" of those who score higher or lower than they should?

    Can an expensive tutor make much of a mark for a student dealing with an IQ test?
    , @Triumph104
    A fake diagnosis is valuable. Students in New York City get to choose their high schools. In 2012, the top high schools, with the exception of the specialized schools, were forced to set aside seats for "learning disabled" or special needs students.

    Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has put the city’s elite high schools on notice to admit more students with special needs, the Daily News has learned.

        In a sharply worded email sent to principals this month, Walcott told administrators to admit as many students with special needs as neighboring schools or the Education Department would place the students for them.

        “We recognize that this transition is a substantial one,” wrote Walcott, adding that the department would beef up supports for disabled students to help them settle in the high-performing schools.
     
    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/chancellor-wallcott-orders-top-high-schools-admit-students-special-article-1.1013405
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  19. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Abolishing the Dept of Ed would probably be the best thing he could do for the education system. Getting rid of this bureaucracy would free the schools up to do what they’re meant to do without this dead weight laying down on them.

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    Abolishing the Department of Education without changing all the laws that create all the programs now in the DoE just means that those programs go back into a reconstituted Department of Health, Education, and Human Services.

    That would accomplish nothing.
    , @Old fogey
    "Abolishing the Dept of Ed would probably be the best thing he could do for the education system."

    Spot on - couldn't say it better myself.
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    Steve and Unz,

    Just so you know, the "Teasers" page is currently not working correctly. The last few posts don't show up and neither does it show the correct number of comments for recent posts.

    Just so you know, the blog’s “Teasers” page is not working correctly. The last few posts don’t show up and neither does it show the correct number of comments for recent posts.

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  21. Jack D says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    I'm glad to see Steve addressing the Trump-education topic. His suggestions make sense, of course.

    Trump's words about "school choice" and charter schools are worrysome, for the reasons mentioned and others.

    Regarding vouchers, I say: if you are going to reimburse parents for property taxes so they can use that money to send their kids to private schools, then I want you to reimburse me an equal share of my property taxes for not sending any kids to school. You see, I don't have any, yet I'm paying for everyone else. I don't want to pay for my neighbor to send his kid to private school, so you'd better give me back my taxes if you're going to give him back his.

    One more point: Evaluations of teacher's performance should never be based on the performance of their students, yet this is always the proposal. Some teachers get lousy kids. As programmers used to say, "garbage in, garbage out."

    Or as Robert Weissberg says, "Bad Students, Not Bad Schools."https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Students-Not-Schools/dp/141281345X

    Furthermore, any attempt to install systems of measurement, rewards, and punishments for performance of public educators will always run into the corruption and nepotism that is rampant in typical, inner city environments. School systems are a lot like the cities they inhabit. Whatever judgment the folks there put on paper will not reflect reality; it will reflect who their friends are and who they favor.

    One more point: Evaluations of teacher’s performance should never be based on the performance of their students, yet this is always the proposal. Some teachers get lousy kids.

    Then on what basis SHOULD they be evaluated? Even if your class is all lousy students, there are still good teachers and bad teachers. My MIL used to teach HS American history and she jokes about a colleague who used to show documentary movies (this was before VCRs) in class every day because it was easier than teaching. Every morning she would see the guy pushing the projector cart down the hall.

    It seems to me that you could evaluate teachers on the impact that they make on their kids test scores regardless of what their starting level is – if your kids start out average 3 years below grade level and at the end of the school year they are only 2.5 years behind you’ve done something and if they are now 3.5 years behind then you haven’t.

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    The problem is that the state exams keep changing, making it impossible to measure a student's year-to-year progress. Michigan has had three state exams in three years. LINK The state had over 200 schools on a scrutiny list because of the achievement gap between the top 30% and the bottom 30% of test takers. In 2016, 96 schools were removed when their gaps were reduced. Of course, no one has mentioned that the gap reduction may have been completely the result of the new test. Instead they credit ridiculous things like "educators taking ownership" of the gap.LINK

    Test scores rose in New York City, the entire state, in 2016 when "officials made a number of changes to the tests this year, including shortening them and giving students unlimited time. " LINK

    I love documentaries and have learned a lot from them, so I would have been thrilled to have been in projector guy's class. In the 1980s, my government teacher showed us slides of her trip to Kuwait, so when the country was invaded a few years later I actually knew something about the place.

    , @Buzz Mohawk
    Teachers like the documentary guy you describe exist. I had one who simply had us read a chapter in our book and write answers to the questions at the end. Every day. The guy gave zero lectures. This was over forty years ago, so it's nothing new.

    My answer to this comes from my experience working in corporate offices before the advent of over-analysed, spread-sheet evaluations designed by overpaid MBAs at headquarters: Let the boss do the evaluating. He's there every day, and because he's a human being with eyes and ears, he can see what people are doing.

    Yes, this relies on fallible, human judgement; it is also subject to the same biases as every other system, but it costs less and it closer to the work going on. There is no perfect way.

    Like teaching itself, this is a natural, human activity that needs no new "system." We learn to walk and talk; we learn to observe how hard people around us are working. Both teaching and leading are natural human activities that cannot be properly quantified.

    I have been a manager, and I know I can evaluate performance over time just by observing my employees. Any good boss can, but to hold a teacher responsible for the undisciplined, sometime violent kids whose parents are no better is criminal. Teachers are used now like babysitters for fatherless inner city kids who come and get free breakfast, free lunch, and then insult the teacher. These kids often get away with this because the politically-correct administrations will not back up the teacher.

    The best thing Trump's education department can do is institute standards for student behavior, with no exceptions, and insist they do their share of the work in order to learn.

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  22. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    OT: “Racist posters comparing skull size of different races appear at Amherst College”

    http://www.gazettenet.com/Racist-posters-delineating-intelligence-by-race-appear-at-Amherst-College-6335210

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    Phrenology is debunked, therefore HBD is ????
    How about just using every global IQ test ever done ?
    , @anon

    The posters referenced phrenology, a long debunked pse
    udo-science.
     
    Phrenology, far from being debunked, has been qualified as absolutely scientifically valid.

    Find below NYT article debunking committed sociopath Stephen J Gould who lied about phrenology studies by esteemed scientist Samuel George Morton. Gould willfully trashed the reputation of a man who committed 20 years of his life meticulously recording his findings on intelligence as related to skull size, insofar as less brain space means... less brains.

    African's tend to have smaller skulls. Enough so to factor into reliable intelligence predictions.

    Gould didn't like that. So much so, he quite literally went mad. His work of madness "The Mismeasure of Man" likely resulted in a lot of tears shed by white teachers, and black students:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/14/science/14skull.html
    , @candid_observer
    I took a look at the letter the President of Amherst - a certain Carolyn "Biddy" Martin, a German literature scholar -- on the incident, which leads:

    Yesterday two posters were discovered in McGuire Life Sciences Building displaying skulls of different sizes and linking them to differences in intelligence by race. The poster-makers should have spent their time studying the history of science; they were apparently unaware that phrenology was discredited well over a hundred years ago and that more recent studies showing correlations between skull size and IQ prove nothing.
     
    https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/president/statements/node/665033

    So, even in her obviously massive ignorance of this issue, she understands that there exist more recent studies showing correlation between skull size and IQ. Yet she goes on to assert that they "prove nothing"? What on earth is this even supposed to mean? That those correlations are too weakly supported? That those correlations are indeed established by those studies, but somehow the correlations "prove nothing"? But then why do those correlations exist? Why not say a single word regarding the supposed speciousness of any inference to a causal connection?

    She goes on to say:


    ...I also want to encourage the community to double down on learning, thinking, succeeding, and creating positive change by developing smart ways forward. Don’t let bullies and know-nothing propagandists keep you locked in a reactive mode or distract you from your work, your place, or your well-being.
     
    Really, if these posters are "know-nothing propagandists", shouldn't the President of Amherst be able to produce some kind of real argument to shoot them down?
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  23. @Jack D
    The Dems really thought that the new era where they would permanently control the Federal government in the same way they control big cities had begun. Somehow it didn't occur to them that if an unelected Obama bureaucrat could write a "Dear Colleague" letter and in effect change the law, then the next administration could just write another letter and undo the first . "Dear Colleague, rape is a serious allegation that can ruin the life of a falsely accused person. Therefore, unless the accused can be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, no disciplinary action may be taken against him." "Dear Colleague, children with two X chromosomes have to use the girl's bathroom and children with an X and Y have to use the boy's room." Etc.

    Ideally, the Federal govt would just get the hell out of the education business, which is a local responsibility, but laissez faire doesn't work in the culture wars - hands off means that the Overton Window can only shift to the left because leftists have no compunction against pushing in their direction. So it will be the job of the Trump administration to push back.

    As far as "stricter moral guidance" I really think that there are ways to phrase this without making it explicitly racial, even if it is true. Expressing the thought in racial terms just gives ammunition to your enemies and Trump's - you're a racist and so is he. There are lots of proxies for race that would work just as well - "children from low income single parent households need stricter moral guidance." "Children who score low on standardized tests are at risk and need stricter moral guidance." You can get the job done without stirring the racial cauldron, which God knows doesn't need any more stirring. And if some low income single parent white or Hispanic kids with low test scores get some extra "moral guidance" they could probably use it too.

    Regarding "high stakes testing", there is one thing that the Feds could fix right away. In the past, people who took the SAT (and ACT) with extended time had their scores marked with an asterisk (SAT will grant extended time if you have a physical or learning disability). Then some kid who had no hands sued them for discrimination under the ADA and they agreed that there would be no more asterisk. So now, every rich kid in America has a "learning disability" and gets extra time to do his/her SAT (and the colleges have no way of knowing that the kid had extra time). The easiest way to get extended time is to have to have expensive testing done in order to prove your learning disability so it's all rich kids. My wife does this kind of work and she frequently gets calls from rich parents shopping for extended time for Junior. She only does it for kids with genuine learning disabilities but it's still a racket because it doesn't even occur to Farmer Joe in Iowa to try to get extended time for his kid and even if it did he isn't going to shell out thousands for testing just to get his kid some more time on the SAT. But for the rich, the testing cost is peanuts - Jaren Kushner's dad gave $2.5 MILLION to Harvard to get his sonny boy in.

    Jaren Kushner’s dad gave $2.5 MILLION to Harvard to get his sonny boy in.

    or, from Forbes

    Kushner went to a private Jewish high school and then to Harvard (a 2006 book about college admissions would later single out Kushner as a prime example of an alumnus’ child getting preferential treatment; administrators quoted within that work later challenged its accuracy, calling it “distorted” and “false”). Next came New York University, for a joint J.D. and M.B.A.

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  24. @The Anti-Gnostic
    Excellent column Steve. "Don't just do something, stand there!" is sound, overlooked advice.

    Not that there's any Constitutional justification for a federal Department of Education; it's completely ultra vires. Abolish it, and a half dozen other Departments. Put Ben Carson in charge of winding down HUD.

    Well, a man can dream anyway.

    “Ultra vires.” Thanks. I hadn’t heard or seen this term used in ages and never in this context. It’s perfect for the point that you made (and you’re right).

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  25. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Looking at the news stories this morning- apparently Merkel is jumping on board the ‘blame fake news’ express as well. She’s claiming ‘fake news’ is responsible for the public opinion rise against her.

    Quote: “Something has changed — as globalisation has marched on, (political) debate is taking place in a completely new media environment. Opinions aren’t formed the way they were 25 years ago,” she said.

    Fake news is a wonderful expression. Just claim whatever they disagree with as ‘fake news’ regardless of how true, and their exaggerations, distortions and outright lies as the ‘real news’, apparently. They no longer own the megaphone, so everything else must be fake.

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  26. @Buzz Mohawk
    I'm glad to see Steve addressing the Trump-education topic. His suggestions make sense, of course.

    Trump's words about "school choice" and charter schools are worrysome, for the reasons mentioned and others.

    Regarding vouchers, I say: if you are going to reimburse parents for property taxes so they can use that money to send their kids to private schools, then I want you to reimburse me an equal share of my property taxes for not sending any kids to school. You see, I don't have any, yet I'm paying for everyone else. I don't want to pay for my neighbor to send his kid to private school, so you'd better give me back my taxes if you're going to give him back his.

    One more point: Evaluations of teacher's performance should never be based on the performance of their students, yet this is always the proposal. Some teachers get lousy kids. As programmers used to say, "garbage in, garbage out."

    Or as Robert Weissberg says, "Bad Students, Not Bad Schools."https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Students-Not-Schools/dp/141281345X

    Furthermore, any attempt to install systems of measurement, rewards, and punishments for performance of public educators will always run into the corruption and nepotism that is rampant in typical, inner city environments. School systems are a lot like the cities they inhabit. Whatever judgment the folks there put on paper will not reflect reality; it will reflect who their friends are and who they favor.

    You are absolutely right that “Evaluations of teacher’s performance should never be based on the [absolute] performance of their students.” However, no modern proposal makes that mistake. All modern pay-for-performance policies are based on “value added”: how much do students improve in the year they have a particular teacher.

    Of course, that has its own problems. Some students just learn more slowly than others. So “value added” should perhaps be deflated by the previous few years performance of the students. If you get a student to learn faster than before, you get a pay bump.

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  27. @anonymous
    Abolishing the Dept of Ed would probably be the best thing he could do for the education system. Getting rid of this bureaucracy would free the schools up to do what they're meant to do without this dead weight laying down on them.

    Abolishing the Department of Education without changing all the laws that create all the programs now in the DoE just means that those programs go back into a reconstituted Department of Health, Education, and Human Services.

    That would accomplish nothing.

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    Thank you for a dose of sanity.
    DoE needs to be unwound. But trying to wipe it out all at once is a fantasy.
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  28. Randal says:
    @blahbahblah
    Trump is appointing Nikki Haley to UN Ambassador... I like Nikki Haley but she is not smart enough for this role.

    If Samantha Power can do it, the bar isn’t set very high.

    Even if Haley were less intelligent than Power (something I can see no reason to believe), bad ideas (and Power’s ideas are very bad indeed) pushed by more intelligent people are not thereby rendered less destructive. Haley’s ideas at least are unlikely to be as colossally stupid and destructive as “R2P”.

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  29. Randal says:

    For example, Trump could name Haven Monahan as undersecretary in charge of the campus rape culture crisis that spawned the Rolling Stone UVA hoax and that would be better for America than the Obamacrat currently in the job.

    LOL! Excellent.

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  30. Altai says:
    @Jason Liu
    Michelle Rhee just announced she won't accept an offer from Trump for secretary of education. Kind of a pity. Not that Rhee is exactly an anti-SJW, but she's got that old world Asian view on education that would've probably been at odds with far-left campus culture.

    Right now I'm afraid Trump will appoint some mainstream Republican who thinks the primary issue regarding education is school vouchers and not cracking down on leftist curriculum. If he doesn't break the left's stronghold, this election may have been for naught.

    If he doesn’t break the left’s stronghold, this election may have been for naught.

    Not for naught, Trump doing much or even trying to do what he implied was always up in the air. He seems to be doing the right thing in Syria, but wants to destroy the nuclear deal with Iran, for instance.

    His power has been in completely delegitimising the mainstream media, completely laying bare how much the Democratic party has strayed from paying any attention to labour and inasmuch as the SJWs were seen to be not voting for Hilary to spite Trump, but actually enthused by Clinton (Not exactly reality, but the optics of crazy feminists at Hilary rallies crying were still there for the average person to absorb)

    Trump was a message, if he does anything that is just a bonus. All he needed to do was outline policies that were regarded as ‘toxic’ and ‘dangerous’ and win despite most people’s reservations about his seriousness as a candidate, lack of huge campaign money and total media onslaught. Let a better political opportunist take them to the next stage and let the Democrats be forced to converge away from crazy SJWism and towards real policies.

    I don’t know that you can ever deal with US humanities departments, the 68ers groom their own replacements and they seem to be getting crazier each generation as crazy social theories are the academic currency. Only by repeated rhetorical assault and defunding can they be tamed, but converted back? I don’t think so, only by making them no longer an academic discipline or ending all Gender/Ethnic studies could you ever hope for that outside a total, painful political revolution. Outside the humanities academia is doing fine, if maybe having too much of an obsession with number of papers published.

    https://twitter.com/realpeerreview

    These guys do a good job in delegitimising the modern humanities.

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  31. syonredux says:

    Larry Summers:

    Painted swastikas have defaced the middle school that my twin daughters attended and the college another daughter now attends. At a different university where my daughter studies, all the black freshmen were sent emails with pictures depicting lynchings.

    And the odds that those incidents were not hoaxes are somewhere between slim and none…

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    And if "slim" isn't actually out of town, so to speak, the total number of real dyed-in-the-wool KKK members or card-carrying white supremacists is incredibly small, as was pointed out earlier this week. When I quoted the numbers to my liberal friends, they were stunned at how tiny these groups are.

    I'd also point out that attention-seeking dipsh*ts with no political motive or affiliation might also be at the bottom of some of these pranks, a possibility never mentioned by the media.

    The idea that the country should fear these groups is a true instance of mass hysteria that was created by the mainstream media, and is still nurtured by them every day. I also have to laugh at the fake news problem getting all the press recently: the worst examples of fake news stories I can think of were floated by The New York Times this past summer.

    , @Anon7
    Here's one hoax confirmed:

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/north-park-fabricated-notes-402556366.html

    Maybe Steve could let us build a list?
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  32. Ivy says:

    John Gatto had much to say about the state of education in the US. Parents and other concerned citizens should become familiar with his works.

    http://www.users.humboldt.edu/jwpowell/27806948-Dumbing-Us-Down-by-John-Taylor-Gatto.pdf

    http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/john_gatto.html

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    Ivy, Don't know about John Gatto, but John Gatti could have shaken the teachers unions to their core.
    , @BucephalusXYZ
    John Taylor Gatto is quite underrated. He is a guy who devoted a good chunk of his life to teaching "underprivileged" children, and became quite good at it, only to turn on the education establishment with a vengeance. What I find particularly impressive is that he comes off as someone who is not "owned" by any political or philosophical framework, but rather as someone who is trying to think for himself, and putting in a good deal of work to make this happen. It is quite possible that he errs here or there, but he strikes me as both passionate and level-headed, and quite difficult to dismiss, if you actually pay attention to what he says.
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  33. Old fogey says:
    @blahbahblah
    Trump is appointing Nikki Haley to UN Ambassador... I like Nikki Haley but she is not smart enough for this role.

    It would be a good choice, since it shows Trump’s opinion of the organization.

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  34. biz says:

    Ok, but the unviersity endowment thing again??

    This is a hobby-horse of both left and right that only reveals ignorance.

    The purpose and mission of our elite research universities is not to educate undergraduates. It just isn’t. It is to produce research and get boku grants with research staff, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. No amount of whining can or should change that.

    These universities spend their endowments (really only the interest on their endowments – you should never spend the endowment itself – financial literacy 101) on buildings, facilities, and salaries to carry out this research. Whether the undergraduate class is 1600 or 1800 people is utterly irrelevant, and it should stay that way.

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  35. Old fogey says:
    @anonymous
    Abolishing the Dept of Ed would probably be the best thing he could do for the education system. Getting rid of this bureaucracy would free the schools up to do what they're meant to do without this dead weight laying down on them.

    “Abolishing the Dept of Ed would probably be the best thing he could do for the education system.”

    Spot on – couldn’t say it better myself.

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  36. Clyde says:
    @blahbahblah
    Trump is appointing Nikki Haley to UN Ambassador... I like Nikki Haley but she is not smart enough for this role.

    Trump is appointing Nikki Haley to UN Ambassador… I like Nikki Haley but she is not smart enough for this role.

    The UN is a tenth rate orgaization so smarts are not needed. Just a willingness to hobnob with foreigners be they from thug ruled nations or Democratic nations. Main purpose of today’s UN is to be a platform for the 57 nation strong OIC Islamic bloc and platform for the third world in general. Where the most miserable nations get to squawk as loudly as the civilized nations. As in “The Mouse That Roared”. (movie)
    ______________________

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013
    The Muslim world deserves a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) suggested at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s international relations institute this week.
    OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said the 57-member organization already made up the biggest voting bloc at the U.N., and it was time it acquired “a new position,” CNS News reported today.

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  37. Read the article at Takimag.

    Absolutely no suggestion will work unless one key principle is recognized:

    A cultural realization that the world does not owe anybody ANYTHING, and that it is merciless to mediocrity. Why do you think the Chinese and Indian school systems churn out so many high quality STEM grads?

    At some level, those nations feel this, even if they don’t know it: the terrible humiliations of the past several centuries has taught them that a degree in , say Navajo pottery (or Xxxx “Studies”) is not worth the paper its printed on.

    A STEM meritocracy would do US citizenry well at this stage. Can’t depend on ‘deals’ like Operation Paperclip for Nazi rocket scientists or Jewropean refugee nuclear physicists for technological advantage, any more. Other countries have wised up. The H1B imports the dregs (basically, engineers who switch to the dreary work of coding simply because its the best meal ticket) – not those dedicated to research and experimentation.

    A little bit of instructive humiliation is in order for the US populace, of all classes. Nothing else will do; it will develop the introspective element and focus the mind wonderfully, like the threat of execution. Of course, it may already be too late.

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  38. Romanian says:
    @Jack D
    The Dems really thought that the new era where they would permanently control the Federal government in the same way they control big cities had begun. Somehow it didn't occur to them that if an unelected Obama bureaucrat could write a "Dear Colleague" letter and in effect change the law, then the next administration could just write another letter and undo the first . "Dear Colleague, rape is a serious allegation that can ruin the life of a falsely accused person. Therefore, unless the accused can be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, no disciplinary action may be taken against him." "Dear Colleague, children with two X chromosomes have to use the girl's bathroom and children with an X and Y have to use the boy's room." Etc.

    Ideally, the Federal govt would just get the hell out of the education business, which is a local responsibility, but laissez faire doesn't work in the culture wars - hands off means that the Overton Window can only shift to the left because leftists have no compunction against pushing in their direction. So it will be the job of the Trump administration to push back.

    As far as "stricter moral guidance" I really think that there are ways to phrase this without making it explicitly racial, even if it is true. Expressing the thought in racial terms just gives ammunition to your enemies and Trump's - you're a racist and so is he. There are lots of proxies for race that would work just as well - "children from low income single parent households need stricter moral guidance." "Children who score low on standardized tests are at risk and need stricter moral guidance." You can get the job done without stirring the racial cauldron, which God knows doesn't need any more stirring. And if some low income single parent white or Hispanic kids with low test scores get some extra "moral guidance" they could probably use it too.

    Regarding "high stakes testing", there is one thing that the Feds could fix right away. In the past, people who took the SAT (and ACT) with extended time had their scores marked with an asterisk (SAT will grant extended time if you have a physical or learning disability). Then some kid who had no hands sued them for discrimination under the ADA and they agreed that there would be no more asterisk. So now, every rich kid in America has a "learning disability" and gets extra time to do his/her SAT (and the colleges have no way of knowing that the kid had extra time). The easiest way to get extended time is to have to have expensive testing done in order to prove your learning disability so it's all rich kids. My wife does this kind of work and she frequently gets calls from rich parents shopping for extended time for Junior. She only does it for kids with genuine learning disabilities but it's still a racket because it doesn't even occur to Farmer Joe in Iowa to try to get extended time for his kid and even if it did he isn't going to shell out thousands for testing just to get his kid some more time on the SAT. But for the rich, the testing cost is peanuts - Jaren Kushner's dad gave $2.5 MILLION to Harvard to get his sonny boy in.

    I had no idea they did that. Loathsome!

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    Unless they are involved in that world, most Americans don't know either. The only reason I know is because my wife is involved. But somehow the word is out among the rich that this is one more angle that you can use to get your kid into a better school.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Here's another little known disabled scam. If you are disabled, you -and- your entire party get to go to the front of the line at Disney World. So some sharpies from NYC rent disabled kids. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/14/skipping-lines-at-disney_n_3275836.html
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  39. @Jack D
    The Dems really thought that the new era where they would permanently control the Federal government in the same way they control big cities had begun. Somehow it didn't occur to them that if an unelected Obama bureaucrat could write a "Dear Colleague" letter and in effect change the law, then the next administration could just write another letter and undo the first . "Dear Colleague, rape is a serious allegation that can ruin the life of a falsely accused person. Therefore, unless the accused can be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, no disciplinary action may be taken against him." "Dear Colleague, children with two X chromosomes have to use the girl's bathroom and children with an X and Y have to use the boy's room." Etc.

    Ideally, the Federal govt would just get the hell out of the education business, which is a local responsibility, but laissez faire doesn't work in the culture wars - hands off means that the Overton Window can only shift to the left because leftists have no compunction against pushing in their direction. So it will be the job of the Trump administration to push back.

    As far as "stricter moral guidance" I really think that there are ways to phrase this without making it explicitly racial, even if it is true. Expressing the thought in racial terms just gives ammunition to your enemies and Trump's - you're a racist and so is he. There are lots of proxies for race that would work just as well - "children from low income single parent households need stricter moral guidance." "Children who score low on standardized tests are at risk and need stricter moral guidance." You can get the job done without stirring the racial cauldron, which God knows doesn't need any more stirring. And if some low income single parent white or Hispanic kids with low test scores get some extra "moral guidance" they could probably use it too.

    Regarding "high stakes testing", there is one thing that the Feds could fix right away. In the past, people who took the SAT (and ACT) with extended time had their scores marked with an asterisk (SAT will grant extended time if you have a physical or learning disability). Then some kid who had no hands sued them for discrimination under the ADA and they agreed that there would be no more asterisk. So now, every rich kid in America has a "learning disability" and gets extra time to do his/her SAT (and the colleges have no way of knowing that the kid had extra time). The easiest way to get extended time is to have to have expensive testing done in order to prove your learning disability so it's all rich kids. My wife does this kind of work and she frequently gets calls from rich parents shopping for extended time for Junior. She only does it for kids with genuine learning disabilities but it's still a racket because it doesn't even occur to Farmer Joe in Iowa to try to get extended time for his kid and even if it did he isn't going to shell out thousands for testing just to get his kid some more time on the SAT. But for the rich, the testing cost is peanuts - Jaren Kushner's dad gave $2.5 MILLION to Harvard to get his sonny boy in.

    Los Bastardos. There should be some way to finger these parents. Can she record these conversations?
    Re: Kushner – Can we have an asterisk on this guy’s degree denoting that Daddy donated mucho dinero to the “Institution?” That wouldn’t be discriminatory, would it?

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  40. Jack D says:
    @Jason Liu
    OT: Ambassador to the UN is an inconsequential post, right? Because Nikki Haley is a dumbass.

    When Stalin was asked to try to get the Pope on the side of the Allies, he replied “How many divisions does the Pope have?” The UN is a joke for the same reason. It’s a talking club, so they should have sent someone who is a good talker. I’m not sure that describes Haley, but it’s hard to think of anything accomplished by a UN ambassador.

    The Education Secretary will be Betsy deVos who is a big voucher advocate.

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    The Education Secretary will be Betsy deVos who is a big voucher advocate.
     
    How Louisiana funds the Catholic Church (an examination of one of the quirks of the LA. DOE’s flawed Voucher System)

    https://louisianavoice.com/2016/04/17/how-louisiana-funds-the-catholic-church-an-examination-of-one-of-the-quirks-of-the-louisiana-does-voucher-system/


    Of those, 190 are identified by the state as being Catholic. So the Catholic schools are fewer than half the nonpublic schools, but they account for two-thirds of the vouchers. There is no easy way to compare total enrollment (Catholic vs. non-Catholic private schools) since the state does not appear to collect or report private-school enrollment data. [...] So much for the separation of Church and State.
     
    Vouchers Provide Much Needed Infusion of Students to Catholic Schools

    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/vouchers-provide-much-needed-infusion-of-students-to-catholic-schools


    In Cleveland, for example, the Cleveland Scholarship Program has filled seats in inner-city schools — but with mostly non-Catholic students. Some schools are more than 90% non-Catholic, which presents a unique opportunity for evangelization and outreach. [...] “We are still having Masses and preaching the word. We would hope the message goes home with the children. We treat everyone as children of the Lord. This has been a really positive thing for these kids, but it does beg the question: Are these Catholic schools or mission schools?”
     
    Betsy DeVos is Eric Prince's elder sister...

    Trump vs. the REAL Nuts—the GOP/ “Uniparty” Establishment


    Without taking into account the Vatican element, one cannot fully understand the logic of Invade the World/Invite the World , in my opinion. [...]

    Erik Prince of Blackwater infamy is a convert to Roman Catholicism
     

    - http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1630050

    Clinton HQ in Brooklyn: Who Needs Northern White Catholics?


    President Trump needs to watch these guys (Jesuits) like a hawk…
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/clinton-hq-in-brooklyn-who-needs-northern-white-catholics/#comment-1645952

    St. Reagan http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1629070

    President Reagan's Remarks to the National Catholic Education Association in Chicago - 4/15/82

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWacvaEzpfs

    , @Jason Liu
    Just what I was afraid of... I hope Betsy turns her attention to far-left indoctrination after she's done with vouchers. School choice doesn't mean shit if every school teaches propaganda.
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  41. Clyde says:

    The reason we have the Federal Department of Education is provide fat Federal paychecks to women and minorities. And to transfer wealth to women and minorities (some who are teachers) in The States and counties. If you could take a stroll through the Department of Education in DC who (ethnic/racial breakdown) do you think you will see at the desks? And on their bulletin boards half the notices will be about LGBT activities and meetups for the employees.

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  42. Jack D says:
    @Romanian
    I had no idea they did that. Loathsome!

    Unless they are involved in that world, most Americans don’t know either. The only reason I know is because my wife is involved. But somehow the word is out among the rich that this is one more angle that you can use to get your kid into a better school.

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  43. anon says: • Disclaimer

    War Nerd for Secretary of State!!

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  44. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Betsy DeVos is a mega common core supporter. Do not be fooled. Another huge mistake if Donald appoints her.

    Trump is back to doing his approval-seeking-bitch routine. Too many statins? What sort of testosterone program does his doctor have him on?

    MSM loads up with Nazi accusations and dumb Trump responds with insane Nikki Haley nomination to prove his diversity dedication! Asshole! Totally pwned.

    Trump’s tweets have been embarrassingly self-cancelling. Shameless flip-floppery.

    Get ready for the big rewarding-your
    -enemies crescendo with the lunatic Mitt nomination — because Mitt looks like central casting… .

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    Radio silence in the wake of his friendly NYT meeting, with all its weakness on immigration and the rest, from those who were giddy over him ripping into the MSM just the other day.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/us/politics/trump-new-york-times-interview-transcript.html

    Douthat using his time to ask Trump about the Sailer Strategy.

    The simplest explanation is he has few principles if any, he lives for approval and self-enrichment, which wouldn't be such a problem if he didn't value the praise of the globo-elites more than his Rust Belt and immigration-addled supporters. He will be compromising with the Ryan wing because he doesn't want to be impeached for using the presidency to benefit the Trump Organization internationally.

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  45. bomag says:
    @anon
    Expanded Ivy League enrollment seems like it could have negative consequences: is it a bad thing that they aren't presently large enough to have a stranglehold on all the country's top talent? How would that expanded enrollment bode for your observation that Trump will be the first non-Harvard/Yale grad President in 28 years?

    I take it that you're thinking having more "cultural" diversity (i.e. inclusion of smart non-elite whites) would change the political tenor at those campuses. However, I suggest the opposite would occur: the "flyover" students would adopt the coastal elite mindset (similarly to how urban environments somehow promote liberal metropolitan political beliefs).


    "A steady increase in the class sizes of brand-name colleges would make middle-class life in the U.S. a little less anxious."

     

    Wide scale Ivy enrollment is presently unattainable for the middle-class, so it is not a source of stress or angst. It's not an expectation. The angsty strivers are upper-middle class whites and Tiger Moms. If you expand Ivy enrollment, those types will merely find some other scarce construct to be the new status symbol.

    Similarly, ultrahigh-paying employers such as Goldman Sachs could be given the word that they are expected to recruit at a wider variety of colleges across America than they bother to at present.

     

    This is the better direction for things to go. Make State Schools Great Again!

    This is the better direction for things to go.

    Absolutely. There is plenty of talent elsewhere. Break the monopoly. Time to… import.

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  46. OT, an egregious case from Germany, Haven Monahan among the dregs: A girl meets a guy online and beds him soon afterwards. As thing don’t go her way she tells her friends that he raped her, those friends then egg her on to take revenge, which they do–hours of torture, three litres blood loss, he barely survives.

    https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spiegel.de%2Fpanorama%2Fjustiz%2Fmuenster-schuelerin-erfindet-vergewaltigung-freunde-ueben-selbstjustiz-a-1122792.html%23ref%3Drss&edit-text=&act=url

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  47. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Clyde
    D Trump is marginalizing the media by going on you tube to say it directly to Americans. And he scolded them two days ago when he invited the top talking heads to Trump Tower NYC !

    time 2:38
    A Message from President-Elect Donald J. Trump
    Transition 2017
    1 day ago
    4,291,509 views
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xX_KaStFT8

    We need more of this.

    We don’t have to get news through the MSM, it’s just that they currently have the infrastructure for getting it first and disseminating it the furthest; and putting a (once) respectable name as a seal of approval on it serves to authenticate it as reliable. But they’ve distorted the news to fit the Narrative so much at this point that most people recognize that their seal of approval is worth about as much as a used car dealer’s handshake. A president who ignores them and goes directly to the people, bypassing their manipulation, is a healthy breath of fresh air into the system and puts them on short notice that everyone is onto their game and they’re no longer necessary.

    No wonder so many of them are screaming about ‘fake news’.

    Trump is really shaking up the system. I’m really looking forward to the next 4 years. But I’m afraid he’s gonna have to double up on the secret service agents.

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    > he MSM, it’s just that they currently have the infrastructure for getting it first and disseminating it the furthest

    translation: "i'm too cheap to pay for neutral and unfiltered news".

    You can pay in money, or you can pay in time.
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  48. @Clyde
    D Trump is marginalizing the media by going on you tube to say it directly to Americans. And he scolded them two days ago when he invited the top talking heads to Trump Tower NYC !

    time 2:38
    A Message from President-Elect Donald J. Trump
    Transition 2017
    1 day ago
    4,291,509 views
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xX_KaStFT8

    Next, he needs to meet with alt news sites.
    Then, people his news conferences and brifings with ONLY neutral/favorable news organizations.
    Let the lib MSM get their news 2nd hand from theses networks.

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  49. @Jason Liu
    Michelle Rhee just announced she won't accept an offer from Trump for secretary of education. Kind of a pity. Not that Rhee is exactly an anti-SJW, but she's got that old world Asian view on education that would've probably been at odds with far-left campus culture.

    Right now I'm afraid Trump will appoint some mainstream Republican who thinks the primary issue regarding education is school vouchers and not cracking down on leftist curriculum. If he doesn't break the left's stronghold, this election may have been for naught.

    He needs to kill the cult of PC/leftism being fostered in public schools.
    How about home schoolers/private schoolers being able to opt out of their support of public schools from their property taxes?

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    Property taxes paid by the average homeowner don't even come close to paying for a year's education in a PS. we have a pretty nice home and our property taxes aren't even 4k a year. A year in a crummy local middle school is more than 10k. Of course, that doesn't include all the money spent on the buildings which is covered by bonds.

    I could do quite a bit with 4k/year in homeschooling. I'm imagining 30k/year spent homeschooling my 3 kids like the PS spends. We'd do field trips to national parks all over the west. Symphony season tickets. Fine dining instruction. Wa-hoo.
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  50. @Anonymous
    OT: "Racist posters comparing skull size of different races appear at Amherst College"

    http://www.gazettenet.com/Racist-posters-delineating-intelligence-by-race-appear-at-Amherst-College-6335210

    Phrenology is debunked, therefore HBD is ????
    How about just using every global IQ test ever done ?

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  51. @Jack D

    One more point: Evaluations of teacher’s performance should never be based on the performance of their students, yet this is always the proposal. Some teachers get lousy kids.
     
    Then on what basis SHOULD they be evaluated? Even if your class is all lousy students, there are still good teachers and bad teachers. My MIL used to teach HS American history and she jokes about a colleague who used to show documentary movies (this was before VCRs) in class every day because it was easier than teaching. Every morning she would see the guy pushing the projector cart down the hall.

    It seems to me that you could evaluate teachers on the impact that they make on their kids test scores regardless of what their starting level is - if your kids start out average 3 years below grade level and at the end of the school year they are only 2.5 years behind you've done something and if they are now 3.5 years behind then you haven't.

    The problem is that the state exams keep changing, making it impossible to measure a student’s year-to-year progress. Michigan has had three state exams in three years. LINK The state had over 200 schools on a scrutiny list because of the achievement gap between the top 30% and the bottom 30% of test takers. In 2016, 96 schools were removed when their gaps were reduced. Of course, no one has mentioned that the gap reduction may have been completely the result of the new test. Instead they credit ridiculous things like “educators taking ownership” of the gap.LINK

    Test scores rose in New York City, the entire state, in 2016 when “officials made a number of changes to the tests this year, including shortening them and giving students unlimited time. ” LINK

    I love documentaries and have learned a lot from them, so I would have been thrilled to have been in projector guy’s class. In the 1980s, my government teacher showed us slides of her trip to Kuwait, so when the country was invaded a few years later I actually knew something about the place.

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    Triumph, Often when I was running a construction project I gave my foreman unlimited time to finish a task, and of course any way they saw fit. No, that never happened in the real world, just in "educator's" world.
    , @Jack D
    Teachers unions hate evaluations - they would much rather have an unquestioned job-for-life. So there is pressure to water down the tests so that no teachers get fired. This is all the more reason to have real unchanging benchmarks and to hold teachers accountable. You are not going to make silk purses out of sow's ears (Stand and Deliver notwithstanding) or to make all the children above average but it's reasonable to expect some progress every year taking into account the population that they are working with. There are real and measurable differences in teacher quality. Most public school teachers are highly overpaid in relation to supply and demand - every time there is an opening they get 100 candidates in most school systems. So for all that $, you might as well get someone who is good and toss them out if they are not good anymore, just like any other employee.
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  52. benjaminl says:

    Meanwhile in higher education

    http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/687863

    Should Some Knowledge Be Forbidden? The Case of Cognitive Differences Research

    Janet A. Kourany

    For centuries scientists have claimed that women are intellectually inferior to men and blacks are inferior to whites. Although these claims have been contested and corrected for centuries, they still continue to be made. Meanwhile, scientists have documented the harm done to women and blacks by the publication of such claims. Can anything be done to improve this situation? Freedom of research is universally recognized to be of first-rate importance. Yet, constraints on that freedom are also universally recognized. I consider three of these constraints and argue for tighter restrictions on race- and gender-related cognitive differences research on their basis.

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  53. Blosky says:
    @blahbahblah
    Trump is appointing Nikki Haley to UN Ambassador... I like Nikki Haley but she is not smart enough for this role.

    She’s more intelligent than the other 99.999%. The hell with that stupid organization at Turtle Bay.

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  54. @blahbahblah
    Trump is appointing Nikki Haley to UN Ambassador... I like Nikki Haley but she is not smart enough for this role.

    Blah, And Susan Rice, a Obama sycophant is?

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    We can hope that Haley is too dumb to fall for the Arab Spring bs and then topple another Libya.
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  55. J1234 says:
    @Jason Liu
    Michelle Rhee just announced she won't accept an offer from Trump for secretary of education. Kind of a pity. Not that Rhee is exactly an anti-SJW, but she's got that old world Asian view on education that would've probably been at odds with far-left campus culture.

    Right now I'm afraid Trump will appoint some mainstream Republican who thinks the primary issue regarding education is school vouchers and not cracking down on leftist curriculum. If he doesn't break the left's stronghold, this election may have been for naught.

    Rhee was a fraud, in my opinion, and in the opinion of many others. Her basic flaw: not recognizing that the main failing was with DC students and their families rather than teachers (not that they were great, either.) She also tried to misrepresent her accomplishments.

    Betsy DeVos is the Education appointee, and some sources say she may have a connection with Common Core, though she’s apparently made no formal statement about it. She is a conservative for charter schools, though. The main problem with Common Core is it’s attempt to introduce content related learning at much earlier ages, mostly as a pretext to indoctrinate younger children, especially with history.

    Trump put slimy Nikki Haley in as ambassador to the UN this morning, as well. Still, I think that Trump is just trying to get past December 19th with these appointments, because it isn’t a done deal till the electoral college votes.

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  56. @Buzz Mohawk
    I'm glad to see Steve addressing the Trump-education topic. His suggestions make sense, of course.

    Trump's words about "school choice" and charter schools are worrysome, for the reasons mentioned and others.

    Regarding vouchers, I say: if you are going to reimburse parents for property taxes so they can use that money to send their kids to private schools, then I want you to reimburse me an equal share of my property taxes for not sending any kids to school. You see, I don't have any, yet I'm paying for everyone else. I don't want to pay for my neighbor to send his kid to private school, so you'd better give me back my taxes if you're going to give him back his.

    One more point: Evaluations of teacher's performance should never be based on the performance of their students, yet this is always the proposal. Some teachers get lousy kids. As programmers used to say, "garbage in, garbage out."

    Or as Robert Weissberg says, "Bad Students, Not Bad Schools."https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Students-Not-Schools/dp/141281345X

    Furthermore, any attempt to install systems of measurement, rewards, and punishments for performance of public educators will always run into the corruption and nepotism that is rampant in typical, inner city environments. School systems are a lot like the cities they inhabit. Whatever judgment the folks there put on paper will not reflect reality; it will reflect who their friends are and who they favor.

    Buzz Mohawk, Sorry you have no kids, they probably would have followed in your footsteps. Teachers need to be evaluated if for no other reason that they hold tenured jobs at very good pay. Here in WNY teachers easily earn $80k for 184 days work. Every time I am with teachers their main topic of conversation is their pay and how they don’t want their students to take evaluation test. Tell me how to evaluate teachers. By the way, I believe that teachers and their unions are the biggest contributors to Dem politicians.

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    Well, I've explained to another replier how I would evaluate any employee (and how I did as a manager): Observe them over time.

    Bosses, managers, leaders can see if the people around them are putting in an effort or not. I'm a big believer in the intuitive, natural way of judging things that are not quantifiable, and I don't think teacher performance can be quantified simply in relation to student performance.

    There are too many extraneous variables in some environments: "Inner city" kids without discipline, with low IQs, no father, etc. They come unprepared and unwilling. Whatever progress a hard-working teacher can make with them is worth celebrating, but such progress is inconsistent because the raw material is inconsistent. How can you make a fair, consistent evaluation from this?

    Sure, you can administer baseline tests up front, but you will still be subject to the whims of the little angels sent to you for babysitting and free food for the day. (Sorry. I've talked to a few teachers I know. Over the years, I've known a few who quit because the kids were so "vibrantly" bad.)

    The best thing a Trump education department could do is insist on standards of behavior and effort for students, with no PC exceptions.

    Why do you think private schools appear to get good results? One reason is that they can kick out kids who don't shape up. That skews the sample so much it's not even relevant to compare it to public schools, which must accept and coddle every feral misfit from every ghetto in America.
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  57. @Jack D
    The Dems really thought that the new era where they would permanently control the Federal government in the same way they control big cities had begun. Somehow it didn't occur to them that if an unelected Obama bureaucrat could write a "Dear Colleague" letter and in effect change the law, then the next administration could just write another letter and undo the first . "Dear Colleague, rape is a serious allegation that can ruin the life of a falsely accused person. Therefore, unless the accused can be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, no disciplinary action may be taken against him." "Dear Colleague, children with two X chromosomes have to use the girl's bathroom and children with an X and Y have to use the boy's room." Etc.

    Ideally, the Federal govt would just get the hell out of the education business, which is a local responsibility, but laissez faire doesn't work in the culture wars - hands off means that the Overton Window can only shift to the left because leftists have no compunction against pushing in their direction. So it will be the job of the Trump administration to push back.

    As far as "stricter moral guidance" I really think that there are ways to phrase this without making it explicitly racial, even if it is true. Expressing the thought in racial terms just gives ammunition to your enemies and Trump's - you're a racist and so is he. There are lots of proxies for race that would work just as well - "children from low income single parent households need stricter moral guidance." "Children who score low on standardized tests are at risk and need stricter moral guidance." You can get the job done without stirring the racial cauldron, which God knows doesn't need any more stirring. And if some low income single parent white or Hispanic kids with low test scores get some extra "moral guidance" they could probably use it too.

    Regarding "high stakes testing", there is one thing that the Feds could fix right away. In the past, people who took the SAT (and ACT) with extended time had their scores marked with an asterisk (SAT will grant extended time if you have a physical or learning disability). Then some kid who had no hands sued them for discrimination under the ADA and they agreed that there would be no more asterisk. So now, every rich kid in America has a "learning disability" and gets extra time to do his/her SAT (and the colleges have no way of knowing that the kid had extra time). The easiest way to get extended time is to have to have expensive testing done in order to prove your learning disability so it's all rich kids. My wife does this kind of work and she frequently gets calls from rich parents shopping for extended time for Junior. She only does it for kids with genuine learning disabilities but it's still a racket because it doesn't even occur to Farmer Joe in Iowa to try to get extended time for his kid and even if it did he isn't going to shell out thousands for testing just to get his kid some more time on the SAT. But for the rich, the testing cost is peanuts - Jaren Kushner's dad gave $2.5 MILLION to Harvard to get his sonny boy in.

    Jack D, The “Dear Colleague” letters were oh so close to “Dear Comrade.”

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  58. @Ivy
    John Gatto had much to say about the state of education in the US. Parents and other concerned citizens should become familiar with his works.

    http://www.users.humboldt.edu/jwpowell/27806948-Dumbing-Us-Down-by-John-Taylor-Gatto.pdf

    http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/john_gatto.html

    Ivy, Don’t know about John Gatto, but John Gatti could have shaken the teachers unions to their core.

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  59. Anon7 says:
    @syonredux
    Larry Summers:

    Painted swastikas have defaced the middle school that my twin daughters attended and the college another daughter now attends. At a different university where my daughter studies, all the black freshmen were sent emails with pictures depicting lynchings.
     
    And the odds that those incidents were not hoaxes are somewhere between slim and none...

    And if “slim” isn’t actually out of town, so to speak, the total number of real dyed-in-the-wool KKK members or card-carrying white supremacists is incredibly small, as was pointed out earlier this week. When I quoted the numbers to my liberal friends, they were stunned at how tiny these groups are.

    I’d also point out that attention-seeking dipsh*ts with no political motive or affiliation might also be at the bottom of some of these pranks, a possibility never mentioned by the media.

    The idea that the country should fear these groups is a true instance of mass hysteria that was created by the mainstream media, and is still nurtured by them every day. I also have to laugh at the fake news problem getting all the press recently: the worst examples of fake news stories I can think of were floated by The New York Times this past summer.

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    "And if “slim” isn’t actually out of town, so to speak, the total number of real dyed-in-the-wool KKK members or card-carrying white supremacists is incredibly small, as was pointed out earlier this week. When I quoted the numbers to my liberal friends, they were stunned at how tiny these groups are."

    There are about 6 thousand KKK members in a nation of over 325 million people.

    You have a higher chance of meeting a Juggalo (Insane Clown Posse fan) than you have of meeting a Klansman. The yearly Juggalo festival averages about 20 thousand fans a year.
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  60. @Triumph104
    The problem is that the state exams keep changing, making it impossible to measure a student's year-to-year progress. Michigan has had three state exams in three years. LINK The state had over 200 schools on a scrutiny list because of the achievement gap between the top 30% and the bottom 30% of test takers. In 2016, 96 schools were removed when their gaps were reduced. Of course, no one has mentioned that the gap reduction may have been completely the result of the new test. Instead they credit ridiculous things like "educators taking ownership" of the gap.LINK

    Test scores rose in New York City, the entire state, in 2016 when "officials made a number of changes to the tests this year, including shortening them and giving students unlimited time. " LINK

    I love documentaries and have learned a lot from them, so I would have been thrilled to have been in projector guy's class. In the 1980s, my government teacher showed us slides of her trip to Kuwait, so when the country was invaded a few years later I actually knew something about the place.

    Triumph, Often when I was running a construction project I gave my foreman unlimited time to finish a task, and of course any way they saw fit. No, that never happened in the real world, just in “educator’s” world.

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  61. @Jason Liu
    Michelle Rhee just announced she won't accept an offer from Trump for secretary of education. Kind of a pity. Not that Rhee is exactly an anti-SJW, but she's got that old world Asian view on education that would've probably been at odds with far-left campus culture.

    Right now I'm afraid Trump will appoint some mainstream Republican who thinks the primary issue regarding education is school vouchers and not cracking down on leftist curriculum. If he doesn't break the left's stronghold, this election may have been for naught.

    How about Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor and president of Purdue?

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  62. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @The Anti-Gnostic
    Excellent column Steve. "Don't just do something, stand there!" is sound, overlooked advice.

    Not that there's any Constitutional justification for a federal Department of Education; it's completely ultra vires. Abolish it, and a half dozen other Departments. Put Ben Carson in charge of winding down HUD.

    Well, a man can dream anyway.

    Put Ben Carson in charge of winding down HUD.

    HUD should be reformed to it’s original intent: to help returning veterans get a starter home.

    Secondarily, it should be used as a safety net for people who’ve been victimized by policies enacted from Clinton to Obama. That is, allowing people an affordable place to stay, for a limited time, while they get back into the workforce, as well as supporting the handicapped.

    Instead of one person being allowed to rent a 2 bedroom apartment, it should be one person gets a studio, two get a one bed, three or more get a two bed, and that’s it.

    If you have a significant amount of cash, a significant weekly check from working, or significant assets, you shouldn’t be allowed into the HUD program.

    No more old timey negroes claiming disability via hard to qualify maladies such as “a bad back,” who then live off welfare, and sell their prescription drugs to their homies so they can buy nice cars and flat screens to show off in their HUD homes.

    Old timey negroes with Django on the brain have gots to go! This country is moving forward. There’s no place for negroes who’s heads are stuck in the seventies.

    Move ahead with civilization Jabari, get used to hispanics as your new overlords, or get kicked to the ditch.

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  63. Barnard says:
    @Jason Liu
    Michelle Rhee just announced she won't accept an offer from Trump for secretary of education. Kind of a pity. Not that Rhee is exactly an anti-SJW, but she's got that old world Asian view on education that would've probably been at odds with far-left campus culture.

    Right now I'm afraid Trump will appoint some mainstream Republican who thinks the primary issue regarding education is school vouchers and not cracking down on leftist curriculum. If he doesn't break the left's stronghold, this election may have been for naught.

    I think Rhee would have been a poor choice also, but Betsy DeVos sounds completely out of touch as Secretary of Education. She fits the concerns you list to a T. It is possible she could push back against some of the leftist curriculum, but you will never convince people like this that there are bad students causing most of the problems in schools. If discipline standards could be restored, good teachers in these schools would at least have a chance, but I wouldn’t expect major changes.

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  64. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Anonymous
    Betsy DeVos is a mega common core supporter. Do not be fooled. Another huge mistake if Donald appoints her.

    Trump is back to doing his approval-seeking-bitch routine. Too many statins? What sort of testosterone program does his doctor have him on?

    MSM loads up with Nazi accusations and dumb Trump responds with insane Nikki Haley nomination to prove his diversity dedication! Asshole! Totally pwned.

    Trump's tweets have been embarrassingly self-cancelling. Shameless flip-floppery.

    Get ready for the big rewarding-your
    -enemies crescendo with the lunatic Mitt nomination -- because Mitt looks like central casting... .

    Radio silence in the wake of his friendly NYT meeting, with all its weakness on immigration and the rest, from those who were giddy over him ripping into the MSM just the other day.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/us/politics/trump-new-york-times-interview-transcript.html

    Douthat using his time to ask Trump about the Sailer Strategy.

    The simplest explanation is he has few principles if any, he lives for approval and self-enrichment, which wouldn’t be such a problem if he didn’t value the praise of the globo-elites more than his Rust Belt and immigration-addled supporters. He will be compromising with the Ryan wing because he doesn’t want to be impeached for using the presidency to benefit the Trump Organization internationally.

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  65. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Anonymous
    OT: "Racist posters comparing skull size of different races appear at Amherst College"

    http://www.gazettenet.com/Racist-posters-delineating-intelligence-by-race-appear-at-Amherst-College-6335210

    The posters referenced phrenology, a long debunked pseudo-science.

    Phrenology, far from being debunked, has been qualified as absolutely scientifically valid.

    Find below NYT article debunking committed sociopath Stephen J Gould who lied about phrenology studies by esteemed scientist Samuel George Morton. Gould willfully trashed the reputation of a man who committed 20 years of his life meticulously recording his findings on intelligence as related to skull size, insofar as less brain space means… less brains.

    African’s tend to have smaller skulls. Enough so to factor into reliable intelligence predictions.

    Gould didn’t like that. So much so, he quite literally went mad. His work of madness “The Mismeasure of Man” likely resulted in a lot of tears shed by white teachers, and black students:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/14/science/14skull.html

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  66. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Jack D
    The Dems really thought that the new era where they would permanently control the Federal government in the same way they control big cities had begun. Somehow it didn't occur to them that if an unelected Obama bureaucrat could write a "Dear Colleague" letter and in effect change the law, then the next administration could just write another letter and undo the first . "Dear Colleague, rape is a serious allegation that can ruin the life of a falsely accused person. Therefore, unless the accused can be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, no disciplinary action may be taken against him." "Dear Colleague, children with two X chromosomes have to use the girl's bathroom and children with an X and Y have to use the boy's room." Etc.

    Ideally, the Federal govt would just get the hell out of the education business, which is a local responsibility, but laissez faire doesn't work in the culture wars - hands off means that the Overton Window can only shift to the left because leftists have no compunction against pushing in their direction. So it will be the job of the Trump administration to push back.

    As far as "stricter moral guidance" I really think that there are ways to phrase this without making it explicitly racial, even if it is true. Expressing the thought in racial terms just gives ammunition to your enemies and Trump's - you're a racist and so is he. There are lots of proxies for race that would work just as well - "children from low income single parent households need stricter moral guidance." "Children who score low on standardized tests are at risk and need stricter moral guidance." You can get the job done without stirring the racial cauldron, which God knows doesn't need any more stirring. And if some low income single parent white or Hispanic kids with low test scores get some extra "moral guidance" they could probably use it too.

    Regarding "high stakes testing", there is one thing that the Feds could fix right away. In the past, people who took the SAT (and ACT) with extended time had their scores marked with an asterisk (SAT will grant extended time if you have a physical or learning disability). Then some kid who had no hands sued them for discrimination under the ADA and they agreed that there would be no more asterisk. So now, every rich kid in America has a "learning disability" and gets extra time to do his/her SAT (and the colleges have no way of knowing that the kid had extra time). The easiest way to get extended time is to have to have expensive testing done in order to prove your learning disability so it's all rich kids. My wife does this kind of work and she frequently gets calls from rich parents shopping for extended time for Junior. She only does it for kids with genuine learning disabilities but it's still a racket because it doesn't even occur to Farmer Joe in Iowa to try to get extended time for his kid and even if it did he isn't going to shell out thousands for testing just to get his kid some more time on the SAT. But for the rich, the testing cost is peanuts - Jaren Kushner's dad gave $2.5 MILLION to Harvard to get his sonny boy in.

    Couldn’t a standard IQ test be given for college admissions to “take the edge off” of those who score higher or lower than they should?

    Can an expensive tutor make much of a mark for a student dealing with an IQ test?

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  67. Truth says:

    Hey guys, The Donna’s not going to have Hill/Billy arrested, he’s going to “help them heal”…

    And he’s not going to get rid of Obamacare, he’s going to “alter it a little”…

    And he’s not going to build the wall “all the way across the border”…

    Hey, I’ve only been voting for 30 years now, so maybe some of you old heads can help me out; aren’t politicians usually in office for a few years or at least a few months before they start backsliding on campaign promises? I mean, isn’t it just a little, unusual, for a dude to do it BEFORE HE’S INAUGURATED?

    Well the good news is, KellyMan Conway asked me to share the Donald’s (un)official campaign song with you…

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    not going to have Hill/Billy arrested
    And he’s not going to get rid of Obamacare, he’s going to “alter it a little”…
    And he’s not going to build the wall “all the way across the border”…
     
    All of which makes him no WORSE than any of the other GOPe candidates he ran wild on in the primaries, and still leaves him considerably better than some (had JEB! somehow stumbled his way into the White House he'd be literally having the Clintons over for Thanksgiving dinner at his place right about now while making plans for the rest of us to metaphorically have over the rest of Guatemala and Honduras at ours).

    Even if Trump completely reneges on The Wall, Obamacare, and the Muslim immigration ban, we still get:

    * 1-4 Supreme Court seats filled with young justices in the mold of our beloved Antonin Scalia (hopefully he can convince the 70+ year old Thomas to retire soon and not leave his replacement to the vagaries of continued good health)
    * 0% chance of war with the world's only other nuclear superpower because a photo on Facebook made people sad
    * the coming cancellation of MADAME SECRETARY
    * stillbirth of "nasty woman" as a repurposed feminist affirmation
    * Kate McKinnon's sweet, sweet tears
    * Hillary's puffy, tear-wracked face during her concession speech
    * Hillary's old, worn-out, true-hideousness-beneath-the-maskface at her first post-concession appearance once the money and power had dried up and she could no longer get top stylists; best 'walk of shame' moment since last season's GAME OF THRONES!

    "So did anyone see that debate?" COUGH-HACK-COUGH-HACK-HACK

    (BTW- have no idea why so many otherwise intelligent people on here got so worked up over fake robo-troll T*ny D*ck and yet pay no attention to an honorable dissident in our midst like Truth who is generally on-topic, funny, as far as I remember has never once resorted to making claims based on demonstrably false data that makes debating with every other clueless SLATE/SALON/NYT libtard such a waste of time. Have a happy Thanksgiving, Sport!)

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  68. melendwyr says: • Website

    No article on Trump’s backtracking from his campaign rhetoric about prosecuting Hillary Clinton?

    From what I understand, no prosecutor has been willing to pursue the case – not because there is none, but because they fear the career consequences. Our leaders are effectively above the law when the legal system won’t pursue them.

    I would have thought that people would be very concerned about Trump acting in a business-as-usual fashion, but his supporters don’t seem to be discussing it much. This is a Bad Sign.

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    , @Karl
    > his [Trump's] supporters don’t seem to be discussing it much

    well, just like Hillary, he had a VERY TINY core of enthusiasts - and a bunch of folks who decided that he was the Least Worst Option.

    Be thankful for that. Otherwise, the Trump voters would be like Bernie fans.
    , @Jack Hanson
    No one cares what Kelly Conway said, because Trump said prosecution wasn't off the table.

    Futhermore Trump doesn't decide whether or not to prosecute, AG Sessions does.

    I see we're back to people breaking out the gimp suits when they're able to view things in the most negative light possible. Some of you learned absolutely from the election.

    We get AG Sessions and looking like Kobach as DHS Secretary and some of you are posting with a noose around your neck because you're making psychopathic leaps of "logic" to view this in the worst case possible.

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  69. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @eah
    the Department of Education

    It should be eliminated -- it operates as little more than another arm of the DOJ Civil Rights division -- it also administers boondoggles like NCLB -- so it can and should go -- completely.

    It should be eliminated — it operates as little more than another arm of the DOJ Civil Rights division — it also administers boondoggles like NCLB — so it can and should go — completely.

    People outside the government wouldn’t be able to comprehend the monstrosity of federal employment. And it’s not just in D.C. E.g., in Boston the Department of Energy has a lot of employees (including lawyers, special agents, et al.) at a VERY exclusive location in the financial district (5 Post Office Sq).

    Other federal agencies are a lot of worse (e.g., DHS).

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    I meant Department of Education at 5 Post Office Square. Full of Dept. of Educ. lawyers, special agents, etc.
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  70. @Romanian
    I had no idea they did that. Loathsome!

    Here’s another little known disabled scam. If you are disabled, you -and- your entire party get to go to the front of the line at Disney World. So some sharpies from NYC rent disabled kids. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/14/skipping-lines-at-disney_n_3275836.html

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  71. @Buffalo Joe
    Blah, And Susan Rice, a Obama sycophant is?

    We can hope that Haley is too dumb to fall for the Arab Spring bs and then topple another Libya.

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  72. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Anonymous

    It should be eliminated — it operates as little more than another arm of the DOJ Civil Rights division — it also administers boondoggles like NCLB — so it can and should go — completely.
     
    People outside the government wouldn't be able to comprehend the monstrosity of federal employment. And it's not just in D.C. E.g., in Boston the Department of Energy has a lot of employees (including lawyers, special agents, et al.) at a VERY exclusive location in the financial district (5 Post Office Sq).

    Other federal agencies are a lot of worse (e.g., DHS).

    I meant Department of Education at 5 Post Office Square. Full of Dept. of Educ. lawyers, special agents, etc.

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  73. @Anonymous
    OT: "Racist posters comparing skull size of different races appear at Amherst College"

    http://www.gazettenet.com/Racist-posters-delineating-intelligence-by-race-appear-at-Amherst-College-6335210

    I took a look at the letter the President of Amherst – a certain Carolyn “Biddy” Martin, a German literature scholar — on the incident, which leads:

    Yesterday two posters were discovered in McGuire Life Sciences Building displaying skulls of different sizes and linking them to differences in intelligence by race. The poster-makers should have spent their time studying the history of science; they were apparently unaware that phrenology was discredited well over a hundred years ago and that more recent studies showing correlations between skull size and IQ prove nothing.

    https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/president/statements/node/665033

    So, even in her obviously massive ignorance of this issue, she understands that there exist more recent studies showing correlation between skull size and IQ. Yet she goes on to assert that they “prove nothing”? What on earth is this even supposed to mean? That those correlations are too weakly supported? That those correlations are indeed established by those studies, but somehow the correlations “prove nothing”? But then why do those correlations exist? Why not say a single word regarding the supposed speciousness of any inference to a causal connection?

    She goes on to say:

    …I also want to encourage the community to double down on learning, thinking, succeeding, and creating positive change by developing smart ways forward. Don’t let bullies and know-nothing propagandists keep you locked in a reactive mode or distract you from your work, your place, or your well-being.

    Really, if these posters are “know-nothing propagandists”, shouldn’t the President of Amherst be able to produce some kind of real argument to shoot them down?

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  74. Sunbeam says:
    @Anon7
    I think the biggest problem our education system has is that it has been forced to be the new gatekeeper for prosperity.

    In the 1960's before mass immigration and off-shoring economic policies, only the upper 1% caste cared who got into what school. There were plenty of factory jobs that paid what most college grads made.

    Now, though, probably the upper third cares who gets into what school, and the pressure put on the system is unbearable. Parents of girls insist that their girls get math grades equal to those of boys, bending the system. Parents of kids who aren't in the upper academic tenth insist that classes and grading be structured so that the willingness to work hard is made equal to inherent intellectual ability: the system is bent again.

    If we can eliminate the immigrants that depress wages, and return the jobs that offer great pay to high school graduates, our universities would go back to what they were doing before: preparing the gifted for service to society and letting the scions of wealthy families socialize with each other.

    I think this is thinking too small.

    A new set of winners and losers can be manufactured.

    Look 1960 America was very different from now. Some of the differences are obvious such as the decline in manufacturing, but there is a huge elephant rampaging through the rubble.

    Namely the fact that FIRE has become the US economy. And this can be changed.

    Ok here is some stuff I would do if I were “Supreme Leader” (ie could pull it off):

    1) Bring back Glass-Steagall

    2) Undo all the changes that have occurred the past 4 decades or so that enabled us to have the current mega banks. I want the old setup back where NationsBank in North Carolina was essentially a totally separate bank from NationsBank of South Carolina (yeah I know it wasn’t around then).

    3) Every state forms a bank such as the Bank of North Dakota https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_of_North_Dakota:

    “Other entities may also open accounts at the Bank; however, BND offers fewer retail services than other institutions, and it has only one office. These limit its competitiveness in consumer banking.[2] Instead, BND has taken a role more akin to a central bank, and has many functions, such as check clearing, that might be expected from a branch office of the Federal Reserve. The bank does have an account with the Federal Reserve Bank, but deposits are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, instead being guaranteed by the general fund of the state of North Dakota itself and the taxpayers of the state.[2] BND also guarantees student loans (through its Student Loans of North Dakota division), business development loans, and state and municipal bonds.[2]”

    4) Research money is funneled away from the usual suspects. Instead of MIT, Stanford, Berkeley getting the oversized research grants they do compared to other areas, pick a new winner backed up by political strength. Baylor gets money to do research formerly done by UDub. Iowa State instead of Stanford.

    Obviously some things require facilities that might only be available at certain places. High Energy Physics (to the extent something like lab work is still done at Universities as opposed to CERN) is pretty expensive to get into.

    But if Iowa State needs computer time, hey it’s not like you can’t access systems wherever from wherever anymore. And if they need more guys that wear sandals and socks for the big toe they can hire them instead of Stanford doing it.

    Additionally I’d make a law that only US citizens can receive stipends as GA’s and RA’s. If some mega genius for some reason wants to receive an education at a US university… well I think they can come up with that, if they can come up with the ridiculous money they throw at sports. Priorities man.

    Thing is my proposals are ideologically unacceptable to libertarians or a lot of Republicans.

    But I want to crush the current system. I want to destroy it. And while I think you need to keep your eye on your goal, and the kind of society you want to build, personally I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about any adherence to any ideology like communism, socialism, capitalism, libertarianism…

    In short I want to dethrone the people who currently wield the financial reins in this country. And if it takes re-implementing legislation from the New Deal, hey I’m fine with that.

    Oh yeah, media conglomerates. Got to go. Undo Clinton’s 90′s work on that as well.

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  75. “The plague of hate hoaxes on campus could be combated by legislation defining fake hate crimes as actual hate crimes. After all, bogus hate hoaxes are intended to stir up hatred against whites and/or men, who are rapidly becoming minorities on campus.”

    One of the structural problems in American Ed, K thru college, is that it is awash in propaganda & brain washing manuals distributed by the cultMarx HQ of the SPLC. I can’t overstate this. They send their “Teaching Tolerance” manuals to schools, and seem to be integrated with many government departments, given that their material gets quasi-official blessing. Trump needs to shine a light on the lies & half-truths in this stuff, esp. the missing chapters on govt sanctioned discrimination against whites, and the fact that diversity & multiculturalism is just a subjective preference of SWPLs, not an iron law of civilization, and that the assimilatory America of 1975 was not a totalitarian police state. Just got back from a cafe, and heard some teachers on vacation talking about how they are preparing lessons for next week based on SPLC material. Anecdotal? Maybe, but the SPLC is loaded, and v determined.

    The other biggies for Trump would be to shine a light on the correlation between the runaway cost of higher ed (and ed in general), and the corpulent expansion of the administrative blobulus. Between the Admin & the Social Sci faculties, the Shock Troops of the SJWs are constantly replenished. Always standing by to censor, put their PC stamp on wikipedia, and engage in villification campaigns against dissidents.

    Lastly, reforms & improvements at the high end can simply be cherry picked for free by looking around the world at what already works. Borrow the better parts of science & math curricula from Euro International Baccalaureat progs or old British A level texts. No need to reinvent the wheel. And how about they stop wasting money on gadgets, laptops, and techno panacea fixes. Every time you read about those, the follow up story is that half of them were broken or stolen within 6 months.

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    It may be surreal art, but it gets to the rotten core of the diversity and multiculturalism dogma of "Modern Educayshun."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKcWu0tsiZM
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  76. @neprof
    I would hope for an exit of the federal govt from the student loan program. Obama's takeover of all student loans was a purposeful backdoor move to regulate any university accepting federal funds. A host of new administration offices involved in a number of left-wing regulations is the result.

    If he implemented this exit at the same time he introduced his student debt relief, a cap of student loans of 12% income, have the debt subject to bankruptcy, etc. it would be politically palatable.

    “…student debt relief, a cap of student loans of 12% income, have the debt subject to bankruptcy, etc. it would be politically palatable.”

    There are a few things this would do, but I doubt political palatability is one of them.

    Making past student debt subject to bankruptcy or other debt relief punishes the prudent who realistically weighed their options, talents, prospects, finances, etc. and decided to enter the workforce or join the military instead of taking on enormous debt to attend college. Trump’s voter base of non-college educated whites would not be thrilled.

    Making future student debt subject to bankruptcy (with the Feds exiting the student loan biz) would make the lenders more prudent (like they used to be with mortgages), resulting in fewer marginally academically qualified, or simply unqualified, kids in college. This is highly rational, of course, but perhaps not politically palatable when you consider which currently preferred groups would be affected.

    Of course lenders would still find poor, but well qualified kids a good bet.

    And for the poor, highly qualified kids there are (or should be) merit scholarships instead of loans.

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    Why would one give the benefits of bankruptcy to seasoned businessman who make contractual agreements to debt, but not to an 18 year-old who from the time their 15 years-old are brainwashed that they must attended college?

    Which cohort better understands the contract they are entering? The USA seems to have no shame in the debt pass to their children. All the while CEOs at AIG, GM, et al. get a trillion plus in relief when it's needed.

    But no Johnny, your stuck with your college debt forever. Fair?
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  77. @melendwyr
    No article on Trump's backtracking from his campaign rhetoric about prosecuting Hillary Clinton?

    From what I understand, no prosecutor has been willing to pursue the case - not because there is none, but because they fear the career consequences. Our leaders are effectively above the law when the legal system won't pursue them.

    I would have thought that people would be very concerned about Trump acting in a business-as-usual fashion, but his supporters don't seem to be discussing it much. This is a Bad Sign.

    Even if Trump wants to let Hillary slide he should still keep up the threat to prosecute and force Obama to pre-emptively pardon her.

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  78. Anon7 says:
    @syonredux
    Larry Summers:

    Painted swastikas have defaced the middle school that my twin daughters attended and the college another daughter now attends. At a different university where my daughter studies, all the black freshmen were sent emails with pictures depicting lynchings.
     
    And the odds that those incidents were not hoaxes are somewhere between slim and none...

    Here’s one hoax confirmed:

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/north-park-fabricated-notes-402556366.html

    Maybe Steve could let us build a list?

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  79. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Jeb made a couple of nice cabinet picks today!

    Whoops I meant to say ‘Donald.’

    Anyhoo… two lovely ladies. Real globalist types!

    Whoops I meant to say ‘America First’ types.

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  80. @Jack D
    The Dems really thought that the new era where they would permanently control the Federal government in the same way they control big cities had begun. Somehow it didn't occur to them that if an unelected Obama bureaucrat could write a "Dear Colleague" letter and in effect change the law, then the next administration could just write another letter and undo the first . "Dear Colleague, rape is a serious allegation that can ruin the life of a falsely accused person. Therefore, unless the accused can be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, no disciplinary action may be taken against him." "Dear Colleague, children with two X chromosomes have to use the girl's bathroom and children with an X and Y have to use the boy's room." Etc.

    Ideally, the Federal govt would just get the hell out of the education business, which is a local responsibility, but laissez faire doesn't work in the culture wars - hands off means that the Overton Window can only shift to the left because leftists have no compunction against pushing in their direction. So it will be the job of the Trump administration to push back.

    As far as "stricter moral guidance" I really think that there are ways to phrase this without making it explicitly racial, even if it is true. Expressing the thought in racial terms just gives ammunition to your enemies and Trump's - you're a racist and so is he. There are lots of proxies for race that would work just as well - "children from low income single parent households need stricter moral guidance." "Children who score low on standardized tests are at risk and need stricter moral guidance." You can get the job done without stirring the racial cauldron, which God knows doesn't need any more stirring. And if some low income single parent white or Hispanic kids with low test scores get some extra "moral guidance" they could probably use it too.

    Regarding "high stakes testing", there is one thing that the Feds could fix right away. In the past, people who took the SAT (and ACT) with extended time had their scores marked with an asterisk (SAT will grant extended time if you have a physical or learning disability). Then some kid who had no hands sued them for discrimination under the ADA and they agreed that there would be no more asterisk. So now, every rich kid in America has a "learning disability" and gets extra time to do his/her SAT (and the colleges have no way of knowing that the kid had extra time). The easiest way to get extended time is to have to have expensive testing done in order to prove your learning disability so it's all rich kids. My wife does this kind of work and she frequently gets calls from rich parents shopping for extended time for Junior. She only does it for kids with genuine learning disabilities but it's still a racket because it doesn't even occur to Farmer Joe in Iowa to try to get extended time for his kid and even if it did he isn't going to shell out thousands for testing just to get his kid some more time on the SAT. But for the rich, the testing cost is peanuts - Jaren Kushner's dad gave $2.5 MILLION to Harvard to get his sonny boy in.

    A fake diagnosis is valuable. Students in New York City get to choose their high schools. In 2012, the top high schools, with the exception of the specialized schools, were forced to set aside seats for “learning disabled” or special needs students.

    Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has put the city’s elite high schools on notice to admit more students with special needs, the Daily News has learned.

        In a sharply worded email sent to principals this month, Walcott told administrators to admit as many students with special needs as neighboring schools or the Education Department would place the students for them.

        “We recognize that this transition is a substantial one,” wrote Walcott, adding that the department would beef up supports for disabled students to help them settle in the high-performing schools.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/chancellor-wallcott-orders-top-high-schools-admit-students-special-article-1.1013405

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  81. FKA Max says: • Website
    @Jack D
    When Stalin was asked to try to get the Pope on the side of the Allies, he replied "How many divisions does the Pope have?" The UN is a joke for the same reason. It's a talking club, so they should have sent someone who is a good talker. I'm not sure that describes Haley, but it's hard to think of anything accomplished by a UN ambassador.

    The Education Secretary will be Betsy deVos who is a big voucher advocate.

    The Education Secretary will be Betsy deVos who is a big voucher advocate.

    How Louisiana funds the Catholic Church (an examination of one of the quirks of the LA. DOE’s flawed Voucher System)

    https://louisianavoice.com/2016/04/17/how-louisiana-funds-the-catholic-church-an-examination-of-one-of-the-quirks-of-the-louisiana-does-voucher-system/

    Of those, 190 are identified by the state as being Catholic. So the Catholic schools are fewer than half the nonpublic schools, but they account for two-thirds of the vouchers. There is no easy way to compare total enrollment (Catholic vs. non-Catholic private schools) since the state does not appear to collect or report private-school enrollment data. [...] So much for the separation of Church and State.

    Vouchers Provide Much Needed Infusion of Students to Catholic Schools

    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/vouchers-provide-much-needed-infusion-of-students-to-catholic-schools

    In Cleveland, for example, the Cleveland Scholarship Program has filled seats in inner-city schools — but with mostly non-Catholic students. Some schools are more than 90% non-Catholic, which presents a unique opportunity for evangelization and outreach. [...] “We are still having Masses and preaching the word. We would hope the message goes home with the children. We treat everyone as children of the Lord. This has been a really positive thing for these kids, but it does beg the question: Are these Catholic schools or mission schools?”

    Betsy DeVos is Eric Prince’s elder sister…

    Trump vs. the REAL Nuts—the GOP/ “Uniparty” Establishment

    Without taking into account the Vatican element, one cannot fully understand the logic of Invade the World/Invite the World , in my opinion. [...]

    Erik Prince of Blackwater infamy is a convert to Roman Catholicism

    http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1630050

    Clinton HQ in Brooklyn: Who Needs Northern White Catholics?

    President Trump needs to watch these guys (Jesuits) like a hawk…

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/clinton-hq-in-brooklyn-who-needs-northern-white-catholics/#comment-1645952

    St. Reagan http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1629070

    President Reagan’s Remarks to the National Catholic Education Association in Chicago – 4/15/82

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    I didn't watch all 26 1/2 minutes of the Reagan video, but the first 6 1/2 minutes seemed very bland to me.
    , @FKA Max
    I misspelled Erik Prince's first name. It is Erik with a k not a c.

    I did some more reading and research on Betsy DeVos to better understand her faith and beliefs, because she did not strike me as a traditional Protestant:


    and he said DeVos is heavily influenced by Abraham Kuyper, a Dutch writer and Calvinist theologian.

    “I wouldn’t consider her to be right wing,” Mouw said. “She’s a classic free-enterprise conservative. She takes public life, art and politics very seriously.”

    Unlike an individualistic evangelical approach, she has focused on the common good and has seen education as a big part of that, said Doug Koopman, a political scientist at Calvin College.
     
    - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/11/23/betsy-devos-trumps-education-pick-is-a-billionaire-philanthropist-with-deep-ties-to-the-reformed-christian-community/

    He formulated the principle of antithesis: a divide between secular and religious politics. Liberals and socialists, who were opposed to mixing religion and politics were his natural opponents. Catholics were a natural ally, for not only did they want to practice religiously inspired politics, but they also were no electoral opponent, because they appealed to different religious groups.
     
    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Kuyper#Political_views

    Increasingly, Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands are also using the legal possibilities created for the pillarised structure of society, by setting up their own schools.
     
    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillarisation#Depillarisation

    I wonder what John Calvin would make of Abraham Kuyper's and Betsy DeVos' pro-Papacy politics and philosophy/theology?

    After underlining the fact that the Antichrist sets his tyranny in opposition to the spiritual kingdom of Christ, Calvin writes that the Antichrist “abolishes not the name of either Christ or the Church, but rather uses the name of Christ as a pretext, and lurks under the name of Church as under a mask” by robbing God of his honor. This is, for him, a clear picture of the Pope and therefore he concludes by saying that “it is certain that the Roman Pontiff has impudently transferred to himself the most peculiar properties of God and Christ, there cannot be a doubt that he is the leader and standard-bearer of an impious and abominable kingdom”. Calvin is not speaking of a particular historical Pope, but he is referring to the Pope as representing the institution of the Papacy.
     
    - http://vaticanfiles.org/2014/12/98-john-calvin-and-the-papacy/

    It almost appears that Neo-Calvinism is to Calvinism, what Neo-Conservatism is to Conservatism.
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  82. Jack D says:
    @Triumph104
    The problem is that the state exams keep changing, making it impossible to measure a student's year-to-year progress. Michigan has had three state exams in three years. LINK The state had over 200 schools on a scrutiny list because of the achievement gap between the top 30% and the bottom 30% of test takers. In 2016, 96 schools were removed when their gaps were reduced. Of course, no one has mentioned that the gap reduction may have been completely the result of the new test. Instead they credit ridiculous things like "educators taking ownership" of the gap.LINK

    Test scores rose in New York City, the entire state, in 2016 when "officials made a number of changes to the tests this year, including shortening them and giving students unlimited time. " LINK

    I love documentaries and have learned a lot from them, so I would have been thrilled to have been in projector guy's class. In the 1980s, my government teacher showed us slides of her trip to Kuwait, so when the country was invaded a few years later I actually knew something about the place.

    Teachers unions hate evaluations – they would much rather have an unquestioned job-for-life. So there is pressure to water down the tests so that no teachers get fired. This is all the more reason to have real unchanging benchmarks and to hold teachers accountable. You are not going to make silk purses out of sow’s ears (Stand and Deliver notwithstanding) or to make all the children above average but it’s reasonable to expect some progress every year taking into account the population that they are working with. There are real and measurable differences in teacher quality. Most public school teachers are highly overpaid in relation to supply and demand – every time there is an opening they get 100 candidates in most school systems. So for all that $, you might as well get someone who is good and toss them out if they are not good anymore, just like any other employee.

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    How can you expect progress every year? Doesn't that eventually lead to an "all children are above average" type situation?

    Maybe they should just make sure children are on target, i.e they aren't declining in performance from one year to the next.

    Seems that would be the only way to identify "bad teachers."

    By the way, the 100 + candidates for one teaching job is true.....at the Elementary level. It is not true for secondary schools, especially in math & science. It's hard to find secondary school teachers because in many districts the students are totally out of control and no one wants to work there. The natural attrition rate for teachers is pretty high.

    I am a secondary school teacher who feels more drill sergeant than teacher most days of the week. And the school I work at is far from being the worst in my district.
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  83. res says:
    @blahbahblah
    Trump is appointing Nikki Haley to UN Ambassador... I like Nikki Haley but she is not smart enough for this role.

    The NYT article on this includes something that may be relevant.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/us/politics/nikki-haley-donald-trump-un-ambassador.html

    If confirmed, Ms. Haley would step down as governor and be replaced by the state’s lieutenant governor, Henry McMaster, who was an early and vocal supporter of Mr. Trump.

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    Haha, good catch.

    I posted 3 days ago Trump should name Betsy DeVos as EdSec, and today I read that he has!

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/what-donald-trump-could-do-for-jerry-brown/#comment-1658528
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  84. @Jack D
    Teachers unions hate evaluations - they would much rather have an unquestioned job-for-life. So there is pressure to water down the tests so that no teachers get fired. This is all the more reason to have real unchanging benchmarks and to hold teachers accountable. You are not going to make silk purses out of sow's ears (Stand and Deliver notwithstanding) or to make all the children above average but it's reasonable to expect some progress every year taking into account the population that they are working with. There are real and measurable differences in teacher quality. Most public school teachers are highly overpaid in relation to supply and demand - every time there is an opening they get 100 candidates in most school systems. So for all that $, you might as well get someone who is good and toss them out if they are not good anymore, just like any other employee.

    How can you expect progress every year? Doesn’t that eventually lead to an “all children are above average” type situation?

    Maybe they should just make sure children are on target, i.e they aren’t declining in performance from one year to the next.

    Seems that would be the only way to identify “bad teachers.”

    By the way, the 100 + candidates for one teaching job is true…..at the Elementary level. It is not true for secondary schools, especially in math & science. It’s hard to find secondary school teachers because in many districts the students are totally out of control and no one wants to work there. The natural attrition rate for teachers is pretty high.

    I am a secondary school teacher who feels more drill sergeant than teacher most days of the week. And the school I work at is far from being the worst in my district.

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    Have you heard the PSAs on the radio encouraging people to go into teaching because it's so incredibly rewarding to fill those eager young minds with learning?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdqbU-NoM8o
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  85. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    The one thing that’s clear about education is that no amount of educational ideas post-1940 or so work to make students learn better. They learn according to their innate capacity, and that’s it. Therefore, spending a dime more than necessary is a waste of time. Yes, abolish the Department of Education as an unnecessary expense. But it’s not going to be possible to cut down on overpaid teachers. Their salaries are more correlated to housing costs and cost of living in their area rather than their competence, and you can only cut so much before nobody can afford to work the job anymore.

    Besides, if you’re teaching in an inner-city black school, you deserve combat pay, frankly. Being a garbage collector is a better job than that.

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    "Besides, if you’re teaching in an inner-city black school, you deserve combat pay, frankly. Being a garbage collector is a better job than that."

    Did you read about the White teacher in Baltimore who got fired for telling her rowdy Black students their punk ass N Words are going to get shot.

    , @melendwyr
    Actually, being a trash collector pays so very well that the position is usually distributed by local officials to family members or supporters as a political favor.
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  86. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    There isn’t much Trump can do about education.

    Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, Obama, etc. Same problems remain.
    And same strengths.

    Lots of American students of certain races do just fine. Indeed, they out-perform their ethnic peers in home countries as Sailer made clear some yrs back with PISA scores.

    But there are some things that can be addressed that may do some good for all people.

    And it in the very concept of education.

    The problem of education is it’s been thoroughly institutionalized and professionalized. And ideologicalized or dogmatized.

    Because of this, much of education means nothing to our lives. It’s like most people think of work only at work. Outside work, it’s all about leisure.
    Likewise, education is seen as something that only happens in classrooms to prepare people for workplaces.

    So, outside schools, the ONLY culture that matters is Pop Culture. Just like candies, cookies, and sugary drinks lead to cavities in the teeth, too much Pop Culture leads to mental cavities, and boy oh boy(or girl oh girl, homo oh homo, tranny oh tranny, one of the fifty genders oh one of the fifty genders), Americans(and modern folks all over the world) sure have lots of mental cavities. I wonder about all those Japanese who grow up with comics as their main culture. I wonder about French whose main cultural fare is Franco-rap.

    Now, there is a need for institutionalized education that provides children with basic scientific and academic knowledge. Math, chemistry, literature, history, social sciences, etc. And there is need for education geared toward professional specialization: accounting, medicine, law, engineering, and etc.

    We need institutions for such since most parents don’t have the knowledge or smarts(or the extra time) to teach their kids advanced math, world history, physics, biology, and etc.

    And of course we need well-trained professionals in professions.

    But such institutionalization has turned education and knowledge into a dry academic/theoretic enterprise. It’s something that happens in the school lab.
    Also, because education counts for so much in professional competition, the main intention of education among many students is getting good grades to make it than in the knowledge itself. Indeed, once they get the grades and attend good schools or get good jobs, they don’t care if they forget all they learned about ‘irrelevant’ stuff.

    Since education is now all about academics or professions, it’s not considered a part of life, culture, and personal meaning. It’s compulsory stuff you gotta do to make it in life.

    [MORE]

    Because of the institutionalization and professionalization of education, young people are cut off from their parents, ethnos, heritage, and culture. Education isn’t considered something that happens in the home or in the ethnic community.
    And this impoverishment is the biggest problem of our culture. It’s not material poverty. After all, even lots of rich people are culturally poor. This is as true on the GOP as on the Democratic side.

    Long ago, parents were the main educators. They were farming folks who might do some hunting. The sons grew up learning from their fathers and other elders of the tribe. And daughters learned womenfolk stuff from their mothers and other female elders. So, the gaining of knowledge was tied to family, tribe, culture, and heritage. It drew the community and culture together. So, there was no dry separation among knowledge, learning, training, culture, community, ethnos, tribe, and heritage.

    But with the rise of modernization, explosion of scientific/technological knowledge, and endless specialization of knowledge — and movement of folks from farms to rootless cities — , the core of knowledge no longer passed from parents to kids. A farmer son might learn from his farmer father, but a kid who wants to be a doctor needs to go to medical school. Also, even if his father is a doctor, the advancement in technology requires young people to acquire the most cutting-edge education in schools.
    So, parents came to see education as a institutional thing that should be left up to schools.
    In pre-modern times, parents held the authority of knowledge. This is still very true in primitive societies in Africa and jungles of Amazon where fathers teach sons how to make arrows, spears, and drums.
    But in modern times, most parents don’t have the authority of knowledge. They must hand over their kids to schools that have the authority and prestige of knowledge.
    And with the rise of mass education and expanding number of college students(even from working class), the idea of education became almost entirely an institutional activity. Also, the model of social mobility meant that kids should ideally do better than their parents. So, if a farmer kid respected his farmer pa, the modern kid tends to look down his parent’s profession and hankers for something BETTER. More loss of respect for fathers and mothers.
    Now, that is how modern times work, and we can’t put the genie back in the bottle.

    Still, it’s too bad that the idea of education became so institutionalized and professionalized. This is unfortunate because the true meaning of education and knowledge derives from the idea of education as a lifelong process than something that happens only in the school. It’s been said that college life is pretty lax and uninteresting in Japan and Korea. We are told Asians respect education, so why would this be? It’s because the whole idea of education is institutional and professional over there. They don’t care about knowledge or education per se; they only care about scoring sufficiently on tests to go to best colleges. And once they make it, they are no longer interested in education and knowledge. All they care about is status and the feeling of “I made it.”

    But real education and knowledge aren’t only what happens in schools. It is a lifelong process of learning and thinking about stuff. Every time we read a book, we learn something. Every time we think about a piece of music, we learn something. We learn things from life experiences and from everything around us. Reading the news is education. Being honest about the things we notice every day in the streets and work place is education. Discovering new facets of life through marriage, having kids, and losing friends/relatives to death is part of education. Also, there is the intangible kind of education that happens emotionally as we gain certain ‘inner truths’ only through experience of pain and loss.

    But we don’t think of them as education since the concept of education has been so institutionalized. Many people think education ends once we graduate from college. It’s no wonder that so many college-graduates never read any serious literature, watch any serious film, think about their ethnic origins, or care about anything but fun, fun, fun once education is over.
    They think they are educated because they got high school diplomas or college degrees. They don’t see life itself as an ongoing education and that the main purpose of this life-education to lead a meaningful personal, familial, and cultural life.
    Indeed, a person who didn’t attend college but lived a mindful life is better educated than someone who went to a good college but only cares about money, materialism, and me, me, me — and never thought about reality beyond the fantasy of Pop Culture and dictates of PC.

    This may be the problem of Benjamin Braddock in THE GRADUATE. His soulless life is one of institutionalized education and professionalism. He’s smart, went to a good college, got good grades, and graduated with honors. But stuff he learned had no interest to him beyond academism and professionalism. Out of school, he has no compass. He only has a life of ‘plastics’ to look forward to. His parents are nice supportive people, but they never instilled him with a sense of culture, belonging, ethnos, heritage, and etc. They raised him as a trophy to win trophies so they can show him off to friends as a ‘winner’. One could say his real education begins after college with his mishaps with Mrs. Robinson and romance with Elaine, though I don’t necessarily approve of what he did, crashing a wedding and stuff.

    Greatest Generation was so much into plastics that the Boomer generation sought meaning in hemp.

    And Michael Corleone gains a different kind of education when his father nearly gets killed. In terms of school-learning, he knows much more than his father and his brothers who didn’t go to college. He has more knowledge to gain a legitimate profession and be a good citizen of America(he even served in the Marines out of sense of patriotic duty).
    But it is upon his father’s near-death that he gains a different kind of knowledge, a different kind of education in emotions and family and culture. And in Sicily he gains an ‘education’ in roots, ethnos, culture, and heritage. It’s not about test scores or getting a job. It’s about taking in the sights and sounds of the very land that sustained his ancestors.

    In the end, that kind of education is more essential to a person’s emotional life than the institutionalized kind or professional kind. It is identity, emos, and ethnos that are meaningful as they are passed down through generations. After all, suppose a distant Jewish ancestor was peddler, his son was pawnbroker whose son was an accountant whose son was a dentist whose son was a doctor whose son was a lawyer whose son was a consultant whose son is a Hollywood writer. When it comes to professions, they all differ. So, what is the connective link across generations? It is Jewishness itself. It is ethnic memory in which one’s family lineage has a place. One is of an identity of a family of an ethnicity of a history. For Jewishness to be meaningful, one has to know about the history, heritage, culture, and family stories.
    Now, there used to be a time in certain societies when professions themselves were genealogical and culturally meaningful. So, the son of serf had to be serf. Sons of warrior caste were also of the warrior-caste. Sons of blacksmiths also had to be smiths. In SHOGUN the TV series, the woman explains to Anjinsan that people are categorized according to their work in life. And in India, the caste system ensured that sons born into a certain caste has to master that craft. Untouchables who did dirty work like working with dead animals had to do this down the generations. Children born to untouchable class also had to do untouchable tasks. Children born to Brahmin scholar class were also Brahmins.

    But that hasn’t been the case in the West and rest of the modern world for some time.
    Professions change all the time across generations. Sons often have different jobs from parents. Many people switch jobs and learn new skills. And a certain work associated with a certain ethnic group might pass to another one. Lots of Jews used to be public school teachers in NY. They moved onto other things, greener pastures. And Hindu parents may run 7/11, but their kids might become doctors or college professors.

    Anyway, the institutionalization of education had two very negative impacts.
    One is the weakening of ties between young individuals and parents-family-culture-community.
    The other is the notion that education is ONLY what happens in schools and other such learning institutions.
    So, in our material-hedonistic culture, many people grow up thinking there isn’t much to learn from parents, family, culture, and heritage. Parents just hand their kids over to schools and just leave it up to teachers to fill their children’s kids with everything. Parents just produce the kids, feed and dress the kids, and hand them over to OTHERS to fill their minds with.
    And students think their education is over once they are out of school. Since their education is over, they see life as mainly as looking for a good time. And they see work that way too. Work is to make money to have fun, fun, fun. Even the search for meaning has become meaningless since life is predicated on hedonism as reward for having finished the task of education and gaining well-playing employment. So, even those who offer ‘meaning’ in our culture are phonies like Oprah, Deepak Chopra, and all those insipid writers of self-help books which should be called help-yourself books. Feel-good kumbaya crap, a kind of new age gaga as spiritual orgasm.
    Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas.

    And since education is seen as the means to get good grades to get good jobs to have good times, hedonism rules our society. While serious students may not be into the Negrotesque LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL attitude, even their outlook essentially amounts to little more than LTGTR. It’s just delayed-gratification-model of the same idea. Leeeeet-theeeee-goooood-tiiiiiiimes-rooooooll. Now, patience and diligence are all very good, but the main goal of life is to go to good school, get a good job, and have lots of good times. And that’s it.

    And parents share in this moral and cultural corruption.
    Most parents don’t care about meaning via culture, heritage, identity. All they care about is their kids making it and having a good time. So, even if the kids end up with values and morals totally different from their parents, the latter are happy if their kids ‘made it’ and having a good time with good jobs and such.

    This means parents have kids to offer up to Mammon. They don’t see themselves as the primary educators and cultivators of their kids. They see themselves as mere biological producers of would-be-consumers to be offered to the god of mammon. Fathers are not patriarchs. Mothers are not Mrs. Patriarchs. They are just like cattle who produce calves to be handled by humans. They are like dogs in puppy mills that produce puppies to be taken by humans. Parents don’t have kids to carry on the torch that they received from their own parents and ancestors. A meaningful modern life needs to move forward and cannot be stuck in the past. But the future has meaning only in relation to the past. It’s like we cannot look to the future unless we remember our past. This is true on the individual level but also on the racial, cultural, and historical level. The problem of Diversity is it dilutes the identity, culture, and mythos of every community since differences in narrative and perspectives may offend or slight other communities. Eventually, diversity can lead to a new unity, but this is difficult with too much diversity and with peoples who are racially and culturally too different. Since diversity requires that we be sensitive to others, especially the most powerful and vocal groups, so much of our history must be denied, rejected, or suppressed in favor of some PC narrative. Look how Confederate status and symbols are being removed all across the South because they offend blacks. Now, I can understand why blacks might be offended, but where does the logic of this take us? Well, there is Lawrence O’Donnell attacking Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln too. The Current Year or Currentism.

    Now, in modern society, we value freedom and individuality, so it would be wrong to be like the stereotypical Jewish mother or Italian who clings and clings and clings and drives sonny boy crazy.
    But the main purpose of creating children shouldn’t be to offer them up to mammon. I mean what is the purpose of having a daughter to have her end up like Lena Dunham, Miley Cyrus, or Emma Sulkowicz? What kind of father has a daughter with the idea that she is to be handed over to gods of PC and Pop Culture that demand that the girls turn into zombie whores? What kind of mother produces sons whose culture life consists of watching super-hero comic book movies and imitating moronic rappers?
    This is just another kind of child sacrifice. The kids are not killed physically, but their souls are delivered to mammon.

    What we need is a kind of neo-Vito-Corleonism. Michael, despite his Ivy League college education, realized he has much to learn from his father. As much as father and son are interested in business and power, the culture of family comes first.

    We need to strengthen the bonds between parents and children, and we need to change the notion of education in the minds of young people.

    Since parents can’t teach their kids stuff like calculus, chemistry, physics, and etc, what can they teach? Lots of parents just give up and let the schools and media shape their kids. But even parents without much education can keep alive the story of the generations. Every family story is like a mini-bible. Every parent should be encouraged to be story-teller who weaves a narrative of his lineage and tell this story to his children. And he or she should bind grandparents with grandkids. And parents need to see PC-ism as highly offensive, arrogant, contemptuous, and disrespectful to grandparents and earlier folks who’d done their share to build the world we live in. Now, the tragic side of history should be told too, but they shouldn’t be turned into self-hate cult especially for white folks. Tim-Wise-ism is the worst kind of poison.
    It is so easy for people in the here and now to turn up their noses at people of the past who had it so much tougher and lived under different and far more difficult circumstances. (Also, the rise of welfare has degraded true pride in so many communities. Prior to Great Society, everyone had to find some kind of work, and there was great pride in that, even for simple folks. Most black folks prior to Great Society could take pride in having contributed to American society. Even if they worked as maids, housekeep, nannies, or some menial jobs, they did their part. No one looks down on the mama in RAISIN IN THE SUN or IMITATION OF LIFE. And blacks could honestly and correctly say they did their part in the building of America. Even lowly job is something, a contribution to society. But since the Great Society, we’ve had generations of blacks who’ve done nothing but leech off welfare and society. And this has spread to white ‘deplorables’ too. And we have the same ‘white trash’ trend in UK, now going back several generations. If your mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother were maids or even slaves, there is pride in their honest toil and contribution to society. But where is the pride if they were all a bunch of fat trashy welfare leeches whose main cultural life revolved around twerking, wearing hair-weaves, and getting their fingernails manicured? Since there is no real pride, so much of black pride now is about wild gestures and throwing fits and turning history into some cartoon like HAMILTON.)

    After all, the early part of the Bible isn’t about great leaders, kings, or awesome heroes. It’s just about fathers and sons keeping the memory alive and trying to be good in the eyes of the Lord.
    This is a kind of education, indeed, the most important kind of education. It is no wonder that Ingmar Bergman in his final phase tried to understand where he came from, and why he is the way he is. He can’t escape the fact that he is the child of his father and mother. Even though he learned from artists and film-makers around the world, his personality and genetic makeup are his half his pa and half his ma. Books and movies didn’t create him. However he may feel about his pa and ma, they made him, and their blood, with its gold and poison, run through his veins.

    So, perhaps, what is necessary is genealogy and family studies as the center-piece of education, and this is something that can happen outside schools. This kind of knowledge will also shield young ones from the power of trash culture that is all around and PC that trashes the past in favor of the trendy Current Year. I mean it would be stupid for Michael Corleone to look down on his ancestors cuz their lives violated the litany of PC sacraments.

    Such kind of genealogical and familial education is necessary because it instills people with meaning and value EVEN IF they do NOT succeed. Education as it is currently geared in institution is only about the winners. If you get good grades and get good jobs, it was worth it. If you fail in such, your education has no value. It’s like college sports. If you get recruited to the pros, it had value. If not, it had no value. Zilch.

    But if one has a sense of family, culture, and heritage, life is meaningful even if you don’t have much and don’t to fancy schools and have jobs that fill your wallet with millions.
    The problem with Negroes is moral and cultural poverty. Materially, many Negroes are no worse than than Amish or certain Orthodox Jews fresh off the boat. But they have no culture except blings, ho’s, guns, thuggery, and materialism.
    An Amish could live modestly and still have meaning.
    A Negro can find a suitcase-ful of money and only think, ‘gots to get me a cadillac seville’.

    It’s like sports. Some see sports only institutionally and professionally. So, it’s only about making it on the team and making big bucks in the pros. If you can’t make it in college and pros, it’s meaningless.
    You might as well be a couch-potato, get fat, and just leave it up to the Negroes to score points while you sit and cheer in front of the TV.
    But, there is more to athletics and exercise than professions and money. Everyone needs to exercise to stay healthy and fit. And everyone should. But unless one can make a living off sports, a lot of people don’t see it as part of their lives. So, a lot of people just get lots of tater chips and ice cream and gorge on that stuff and get grossly obese or flabby while leaving sports only to the pros. This is dangerous especially because so many jobs are sedentary.
    In the past, when most jobs required lots of manpower, learning from your pa meant not only gaining knowledge and skills but plenty of exercise.

    Most people cannot make it to pro sports, but they can exercise and stay fit.
    Most people cannot teach their kids advanced maths and specialized knowledge, but they can instruct their kids in lessons in culture, heritage, family story, and the arts.
    Arts is one thing where parents can play a role. It isn’t rocket science.
    Arts can be complex and sophisticated, but even laymen can appreciate it. And museums are open to all people. And parents can read some books and have discussion with kids about them. (There was a story of a successful Negro who was asked why he turned out so much better than his peers, some of whom ended up in prison or dead. He said his mama took him to museums, gave him some culture, and kept him from trash. I wonder if the Hollywood and MTV elites really realize how much damage they are doing to kids all around the world.)

    Parents should create set schedules for family discussion times, a kind of in-house seminar. Schedules are important because kids respond better to routine than just being called on to do something out of the blue. Kids learn to expect it and prepare for it.

    Also, there is the myth of a people. European folks have the myths of Greeks, Romans, Germanic, Slavs, Celts, and etc. Any parent can learn the basics of this and pass this onto their kids as the formative stories of ‘our people’. Indeed, some of the most lasting impressions in kids come from stuff they learned OUTSIDE of school. It just seems more personal and intimate. Most of us value books we read on our own than were forced on us by schools.

    There are lots of things parents can teach their kids.
    But too often, parents just leave it up to schools to do all the teaching. Such parents think the sole purpose of parents is to make money, offer material support to kids, then offer kids to schools to shape into whatever.

    Worse, many parents’ idea of culture is just pop culture. So, shared culture in the home is the whole family watching garbage like MODERN FAMILY, FAMILY GUY, or worse. Families sit together to absorb sounds and images — interrupted by commercials that denigrate white males and promote homo ‘hubbies’ as the ‘new normal’ — that do most to corrupt and degrade the family. The Barry Levinson movie AVALON was right about the threat of the TV to the family. It was worse than the radio we see in Woody Allen’s RADIO DAYS. With the radio, people could still move around the house and interact with one another as they could hear the sound anywhere. But the TV made people sit in one fixed spot watching really dumb crap on the TV.

    Now, how nicer if parents turned off the TV, forbade moronic video games. Instead, just use the DVD for great films like SEVEN SAMURAI, SIBERIADE, EMIGRANTS, THE GODFATHER, EXCALIBUR, RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY, SHANE, TAXI DRIVER, REAR WINDOW, GHOST WORLD, METROPOLITAN, ERASERHEAD, BARRY LYNDON, DAZED AND CONFUSED, MILDRED PIERCE, and other stuff. Sure, once awhile parents can let their kids have some fun with dumb goofy stuff like BILLY MADISON and smart goofy stuff like ANT-MAN, but there has to be a sense of hierarchy.

    If parents want to protect their kids from baleful effects of PC and Pop Culture, they need to develop a true appreciation of arts and culture in their kids.
    Kids with genuine cultural sense will see pop culture for what it is. Even if they enjoy it, they won’t take it too seriously. The problem in America and the world is that pop culture is taken too seriously and constitute the only cultural life for too many people, adults included.
    It’s like food. If you raise your kids right, they appreciate real food. They may enjoy candy and cookies, but they will never see that stuff as real food. They will see it as dessert, snack. But if you don’t raise your kids right, they are getting all piggerish with horrible sugary and fatty food that turn them into blubberers with rotting teeth.
    We have too many pop culture blubberers with mental cavities.

    Now, appreciation of arts isn’t enough. It is the ability to separate wheat from chaff. Tarantino and Lena Dunham have seen serious films and even like some of them, but they seem incapable of telling a film classic apart from SwitchBlade Sisters or some crap.
    It’s one thing to enjoy junk as junk, but tardos like Tarantino think anything is a masterpiece. The high-IQ moron thinks the horrible Japanese film BATTLE ROYALE is the best film of the decade. It goes to show that cultural life isn’t just about IQ or quantity. Tarantino has seen many more movies than the rest of us combined.

    There is also the factor of emotional maturation, and it is lacking in our culture that is into sampling than immersion. Post-modernism is about sampling this, sampling that, being clever about this, being clever about that. Lucas presents himself as the counter-Tarantino whose vision is hopeful and idealistic, but he isn’t all that different from the high-IQ tardo. Lucas the shallow clown jumbles Flash Gordon with the Bible with westerns with Greek mythology with comic books with Kurosawa with whatever. He says he waited a long time to finally do the trilogy right with lots of money and technology, so what did he give us? A talking lizard Steppin Fetchit named Jar Jar. John Simon can be a jerk, but he makes some good points in his criticism of STAR WARS. Though Simon is wrong about lots of things, his advice can do some good in a world where the childish Gavin McGinnes feels compelled to offer sermons on sobriety and maturity to a totally infantilized populace. When a tattooed freak(who’s into trashy culture himself and even kissed Milo the jungle fever homo on the lip) thinks our culture is too trashy, it must really be trashy. In a world of -isms, we need more virtue of the -ities: integrity, maturity, sobriety, probity, sanity, normality, alacrity, veracity, sincerity, dignity, propriety, responsibility. Instead, the only -ity that flows from the media is mendacity.

    For rural folks, there is still the very meaningful ritual of fathers teaching sons how to use guns and hunt. But modern culture calls for the development of the mind. And parents must rethink the very meaning of education. They need to realize that, as important as institutional education is, more important is the kind of education that should be and can be imparted in the family. After all, most humans for most of history didn’t get fancy schooling or have ‘nice jobs’, but they had meaningful lives because they were part of a culture, heritage, and lineage with a shared community and set of myths. Much emphasis of modern education is about material rewards, and this is understandable. I mean, who doesn’t want the good things of life?

    But a more deeper kind of education is about the meaning of life EVEN IF one fails to gain material goodies in life. The fact that there are so many suicides in East Asia among students who don’t make it suggest a total spiritual and moral bankruptcy of culture. Some people look to the East Asian model because students study so hard, but it’s only for winners. It has no meaning to the losers. And that means it has no moral value.

    In contrast, take the meaning of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. George Bailey is very competitive and wants to be like Howard Roark and have it all. But bunch of obstacles stand in the way. He never goes to college and never makes big money. But ultimately, his life turns into a deeper education of what really matters. And he realizes this lesson not through institutionalized education but life lessons and family. He learned more from his father than he ever realized.

    Something has been lost in American Culture. It’s the fire that Tommy Lee Jones mentions in the ending of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. The past was far from ideal and had its own kind of hell, but the new nihilism is truly horrific because the soul fire seem to have been extinguished in a world without shame and moral compass. People in hell with a compass have a brighter future than people in material heaven with no compass. The only ‘compass’ in NO COUNTRY is the transponder of greed.

    The true rebirth in education cannot come from the government or myriad think-tanks funded by gorks like Gates or Zuckerberg who are too high IQ and success-oriented to understand the human soul.

    This fire must be ignited within the family, and it must being with parents with a new understanding of what a deeper concept of education is. There is education taught in schools for good jobs. But there is another kind of education that isn’t about math problems and chemistry equations or particular historical dates but about family memory, ethnic community, spirituality, culture, myths and folklore(of one’s own culture and those of others of special interest), and arts(and entertainment at its best). Parents can and must play a key role in this kind of education. This can bind parents and kids closer together when so much of PC and pop culture is tearing families apart. Indeed, the rise of PC is a sign of the decline of family culture, ethnos, and shared myths and folklore. (In the past, the best minds went into academia, and lesser minds entered churches and other moral institutions. But this was okay since you don’t need high IQ to be good spiritual and moral leaders. But with the demise of traditional cultural, moral, and religious institutions, the lesser minds also entered academia, and they now serve as a neo-clergy with PC as their holy dogma. When dogmatic pigheadedness of decadent do-gooders are qualified as intellectual discourse, social science, and the humanities, it undermines both morality/spirituality and intellectualism. True intellectualism needs free discourse. Churches and moral institutions can be somewhat dogmatic since they are about righteousness, even faith in goodness. But when dogmatism is allowed to pass ‘free thought’, it is lose-lose for both intellect and morality.)

    With the decline of churches and breakdown of family values, the only morality left is PC that hails MLK as demigod, KKK as the eternal devil, homos as angels, Jews as saintly victims no matter how rich and powerful they are. Hallowed terms like ‘diversity’, ‘inclusion’, and ‘equality’ sound nice in a vague way but offer no guidance in personal morality and cultural meaning. Often, they degrade morality and dissolve cultural value. For instance, in the name of ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’, we are supposed to praise law-breaking illegals or pretend black thugs don’t commit a lot of crime. And ‘inclusion’ means the powerful can intrude into any society and community and force it to ‘include’ even ideas, peoples, and things that do them harm.
    And ‘equality’ forces us to pretend that things of unequal value are equal. So, homo-’sex’ is to be regarded as just as functional and meaningful as real sex.

    Anyway, if conservatives want to make a difference, they must create a new educational culture within their own homes. They must raise kids who see all of life as an educational experience. They must grow up thinking that there is something to learn everyday, and not just from books and articles but from life experience, from raising a family, from new experiences, from rethinking old experiences, and etc. Such will bind parents and children closer together. Better that than parents offering their kids to mammon of materialism and witchery of PC.
    Also, kids who are raised to be more mindful culturally and emotionally will be less likely to be suckers of the soma of Pop Culture and snake oil of PC.

    And if this cultural renewal works with conservatives and white folks, then it may spread outward to other communities. It may serve as a model. That is the way to win the Culture War.

    The new way of education sucks, but there is no way of going back to the old way either.

    We need a new formulation of the deeper meaning of education independent of institutions and professions.

    After all, suppose you ask a successful professional:

    1. You keep your professional skills and ability but lose your entire memory of your parents, culture, and life experience.

    2. You keep your memory of family and life experience, but you lose memory of all your professional skills.

    What would he choose? I think he would go with #1.

    Losing professional skills means loss of money and privilege. But if you would still know what you are, your life is still meaningful.
    But if you lose knowledge of what yourself except for profession and material success, you would be nothing despite the successful job and money.

    This Other Education also needs to instill kids with the means to tie their knowledge with their own lives, their own people and culture.
    Anyone can be curious and dilettante-ish and learn about various things. And he could have fun poring over such stuff. But unless he is able to make them relevant to his own life and his own people, it has no long-term meaning.
    It’s like the Jews were able to create their own culture because they took ideas and stories from other tribes but shaped them to have special meaning for themselves.
    It’s like Kurosawa read Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Gorky, and Hammett(and watched films all over the world), but he took the themes, ideas, & images and remolded them to have special meaning for his Japanese people.
    It’s like Bob Dylan took in lots of kinds of music from various traditions, but he made them his own.

    There must be a way between cocooning and mammoning.

    Cocooning doesn’t work unless one is maybe Amish.
    If parents try to protect their kids from ALL THE BAD STUFF, the kids will feel stifled and eventually rebel, especially if of a creative bent. It’s like Paul Schrader was raised in a family that said movies are satanic, so he rebelled against it. In TAXI DRIVER, he is represented by both Bickle who is sickened by the moral rot and by Iris who left her boring small town family for the bright lights(even if she has to live as a whore).

    But mammoning is worse. It is a form of child soul sacrifice where parents never grow up and offer their kids to the mindless and sick consumer culture of modern-day America whose ideal for girls is Lena-Dunhamism and Miley-Cyrus-ism.
    Miley’s father admitted that, gee, maybe he failed as a father by just letting his kid indulge in all the fun offered by Pop industry.

    There is a way to raise the kid by instilling him or her with genuine appreciation of real culture. This real culture would be appreciation of real film as art, real music as art, real literature as art. But culture isn’t just about high art and high culture. If so, most German folks would have no cultural meaning, and the ONLY culture that would have mattered would be the great artists like Beethoven and Wagner and great philosophers like Nietzsche, Marx, Kant, and Wittgenstein.
    But there is also folk culture and family culture. Every family has its mini-bible of forbears. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE isn’t about great people or titanic individuals like THE FOUNTAINHEAD, but the Bailey family has its own story. In our culture of ‘cool’, so much of this kind of culture is overlooked. Also, when whiteness is denigrated and white folks are caricatured as having too much ‘privilege’, many people don’t realize that most of white history in America was closer to the Joad family than the Carnegies, Rockefellers, and the Gates.
    The culture of ‘cool’ also fills young ones with arrogance and contempt for people without the Current Year props of ‘coolness’ such as tattoos, blings, ass-bearing low-drop pants, imitation-celebrity-glitter, etc.

    We need a return to humanism. Not as the ONLY show in town but as the counter-force against so much that is wanton, excessive, and trashy.

    When the American Western was a major part of American Culture, movie audiences were reminded of the struggle and sacrifice of creating a new community. It was work, work, and work for the cowboys who had to fight the ‘red savages’, stand up to outlaws, chop down trees, raise the cattle, build churches, and protect womenfolk from drunkards. There was something basic and fundamental about the Western Narrative, as in Raoul Walsh’s BIG TRAIL.

    And GONE WITH THE WIND had the Civil War to slap some sense into the heroine’s head. In a way. GWTW perfectly encapsulates the conflict in American Culture. The narcissism/egotism and duty/burden. The lead character is conceited, selfish, stuck-up, and bitchy. But a great tragedy unfolds, tears her world apart, and she is forced to to think about something beyond her vanity. She becomes like a pioneer woman in the West who must roll up her sleeves and go to work. She becomes a better person but also remains a conceited bitch throughout. A ho.

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  87. Jason Liu says:
    @Jack D
    When Stalin was asked to try to get the Pope on the side of the Allies, he replied "How many divisions does the Pope have?" The UN is a joke for the same reason. It's a talking club, so they should have sent someone who is a good talker. I'm not sure that describes Haley, but it's hard to think of anything accomplished by a UN ambassador.

    The Education Secretary will be Betsy deVos who is a big voucher advocate.

    Just what I was afraid of… I hope Betsy turns her attention to far-left indoctrination after she’s done with vouchers. School choice doesn’t mean shit if every school teaches propaganda.

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  88. Lot says:
    @res
    The NYT article on this includes something that may be relevant.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/us/politics/nikki-haley-donald-trump-un-ambassador.html

    If confirmed, Ms. Haley would step down as governor and be replaced by the state’s lieutenant governor, Henry McMaster, who was an early and vocal supporter of Mr. Trump.
     

    Haha, good catch.

    I posted 3 days ago Trump should name Betsy DeVos as EdSec, and today I read that he has!

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/what-donald-trump-could-do-for-jerry-brown/#comment-1658528

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  89. Jefferson says:
    @Anon
    The one thing that's clear about education is that no amount of educational ideas post-1940 or so work to make students learn better. They learn according to their innate capacity, and that's it. Therefore, spending a dime more than necessary is a waste of time. Yes, abolish the Department of Education as an unnecessary expense. But it's not going to be possible to cut down on overpaid teachers. Their salaries are more correlated to housing costs and cost of living in their area rather than their competence, and you can only cut so much before nobody can afford to work the job anymore.

    Besides, if you're teaching in an inner-city black school, you deserve combat pay, frankly. Being a garbage collector is a better job than that.

    “Besides, if you’re teaching in an inner-city black school, you deserve combat pay, frankly. Being a garbage collector is a better job than that.”

    Did you read about the White teacher in Baltimore who got fired for telling her rowdy Black students their punk ass N Words are going to get shot.

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  90. Jefferson says:
    @Anon7
    And if "slim" isn't actually out of town, so to speak, the total number of real dyed-in-the-wool KKK members or card-carrying white supremacists is incredibly small, as was pointed out earlier this week. When I quoted the numbers to my liberal friends, they were stunned at how tiny these groups are.

    I'd also point out that attention-seeking dipsh*ts with no political motive or affiliation might also be at the bottom of some of these pranks, a possibility never mentioned by the media.

    The idea that the country should fear these groups is a true instance of mass hysteria that was created by the mainstream media, and is still nurtured by them every day. I also have to laugh at the fake news problem getting all the press recently: the worst examples of fake news stories I can think of were floated by The New York Times this past summer.

    “And if “slim” isn’t actually out of town, so to speak, the total number of real dyed-in-the-wool KKK members or card-carrying white supremacists is incredibly small, as was pointed out earlier this week. When I quoted the numbers to my liberal friends, they were stunned at how tiny these groups are.”

    There are about 6 thousand KKK members in a nation of over 325 million people.

    You have a higher chance of meeting a Juggalo (Insane Clown Posse fan) than you have of meeting a Klansman. The yearly Juggalo festival averages about 20 thousand fans a year.

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  91. Hibernian says:
    @FKA Max

    The Education Secretary will be Betsy deVos who is a big voucher advocate.
     
    How Louisiana funds the Catholic Church (an examination of one of the quirks of the LA. DOE’s flawed Voucher System)

    https://louisianavoice.com/2016/04/17/how-louisiana-funds-the-catholic-church-an-examination-of-one-of-the-quirks-of-the-louisiana-does-voucher-system/


    Of those, 190 are identified by the state as being Catholic. So the Catholic schools are fewer than half the nonpublic schools, but they account for two-thirds of the vouchers. There is no easy way to compare total enrollment (Catholic vs. non-Catholic private schools) since the state does not appear to collect or report private-school enrollment data. [...] So much for the separation of Church and State.
     
    Vouchers Provide Much Needed Infusion of Students to Catholic Schools

    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/vouchers-provide-much-needed-infusion-of-students-to-catholic-schools


    In Cleveland, for example, the Cleveland Scholarship Program has filled seats in inner-city schools — but with mostly non-Catholic students. Some schools are more than 90% non-Catholic, which presents a unique opportunity for evangelization and outreach. [...] “We are still having Masses and preaching the word. We would hope the message goes home with the children. We treat everyone as children of the Lord. This has been a really positive thing for these kids, but it does beg the question: Are these Catholic schools or mission schools?”
     
    Betsy DeVos is Eric Prince's elder sister...

    Trump vs. the REAL Nuts—the GOP/ “Uniparty” Establishment


    Without taking into account the Vatican element, one cannot fully understand the logic of Invade the World/Invite the World , in my opinion. [...]

    Erik Prince of Blackwater infamy is a convert to Roman Catholicism
     

    - http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1630050

    Clinton HQ in Brooklyn: Who Needs Northern White Catholics?


    President Trump needs to watch these guys (Jesuits) like a hawk…
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/clinton-hq-in-brooklyn-who-needs-northern-white-catholics/#comment-1645952

    St. Reagan http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1629070

    President Reagan's Remarks to the National Catholic Education Association in Chicago - 4/15/82

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWacvaEzpfs

    I didn’t watch all 26 1/2 minutes of the Reagan video, but the first 6 1/2 minutes seemed very bland to me.

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  92. Karl says:
    @Anon
    "If Trump is successful as a businessman-turned-president, the Democrats might look to Gates as an even better businessman than Trump."

    Gates has no personality.

    He's duller than Buffett and Bloomberg.

    Now.. I wonder what if Steve Jobs had lived and gone into politics.

    "Yale Law School professor Amy Chua might be a good choice for chairwoman."

    She will lose all her friends if she accepts

    >Gates has no personality.
    He’s duller than Buffett and Bloomberg.

    …and worse taste in women

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  93. neprof says:
    @About debt

    "...student debt relief, a cap of student loans of 12% income, have the debt subject to bankruptcy, etc. it would be politically palatable."
     
    There are a few things this would do, but I doubt political palatability is one of them.

    Making past student debt subject to bankruptcy or other debt relief punishes the prudent who realistically weighed their options, talents, prospects, finances, etc. and decided to enter the workforce or join the military instead of taking on enormous debt to attend college. Trump's voter base of non-college educated whites would not be thrilled.

    Making future student debt subject to bankruptcy (with the Feds exiting the student loan biz) would make the lenders more prudent (like they used to be with mortgages), resulting in fewer marginally academically qualified, or simply unqualified, kids in college. This is highly rational, of course, but perhaps not politically palatable when you consider which currently preferred groups would be affected.

    Of course lenders would still find poor, but well qualified kids a good bet.

    And for the poor, highly qualified kids there are (or should be) merit scholarships instead of loans.

    Why would one give the benefits of bankruptcy to seasoned businessman who make contractual agreements to debt, but not to an 18 year-old who from the time their 15 years-old are brainwashed that they must attended college?

    Which cohort better understands the contract they are entering? The USA seems to have no shame in the debt pass to their children. All the while CEOs at AIG, GM, et al. get a trillion plus in relief when it’s needed.

    But no Johnny, your stuck with your college debt forever. Fair?

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  94. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Jason Liu
    Michelle Rhee just announced she won't accept an offer from Trump for secretary of education. Kind of a pity. Not that Rhee is exactly an anti-SJW, but she's got that old world Asian view on education that would've probably been at odds with far-left campus culture.

    Right now I'm afraid Trump will appoint some mainstream Republican who thinks the primary issue regarding education is school vouchers and not cracking down on leftist curriculum. If he doesn't break the left's stronghold, this election may have been for naught.

    I’m completely against vouchers. If anything, make the public schools like private schools, don’t make the private ones like public ones.

    Keep government money out of private schools.

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  95. @Jack D

    One more point: Evaluations of teacher’s performance should never be based on the performance of their students, yet this is always the proposal. Some teachers get lousy kids.
     
    Then on what basis SHOULD they be evaluated? Even if your class is all lousy students, there are still good teachers and bad teachers. My MIL used to teach HS American history and she jokes about a colleague who used to show documentary movies (this was before VCRs) in class every day because it was easier than teaching. Every morning she would see the guy pushing the projector cart down the hall.

    It seems to me that you could evaluate teachers on the impact that they make on their kids test scores regardless of what their starting level is - if your kids start out average 3 years below grade level and at the end of the school year they are only 2.5 years behind you've done something and if they are now 3.5 years behind then you haven't.

    Teachers like the documentary guy you describe exist. I had one who simply had us read a chapter in our book and write answers to the questions at the end. Every day. The guy gave zero lectures. This was over forty years ago, so it’s nothing new.

    My answer to this comes from my experience working in corporate offices before the advent of over-analysed, spread-sheet evaluations designed by overpaid MBAs at headquarters: Let the boss do the evaluating. He’s there every day, and because he’s a human being with eyes and ears, he can see what people are doing.

    Yes, this relies on fallible, human judgement; it is also subject to the same biases as every other system, but it costs less and it closer to the work going on. There is no perfect way.

    Like teaching itself, this is a natural, human activity that needs no new “system.” We learn to walk and talk; we learn to observe how hard people around us are working. Both teaching and leading are natural human activities that cannot be properly quantified.

    I have been a manager, and I know I can evaluate performance over time just by observing my employees. Any good boss can, but to hold a teacher responsible for the undisciplined, sometime violent kids whose parents are no better is criminal. Teachers are used now like babysitters for fatherless inner city kids who come and get free breakfast, free lunch, and then insult the teacher. These kids often get away with this because the politically-correct administrations will not back up the teacher.

    The best thing Trump’s education department can do is institute standards for student behavior, with no exceptions, and insist they do their share of the work in order to learn.

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  96. @Buffalo Joe
    Buzz Mohawk, Sorry you have no kids, they probably would have followed in your footsteps. Teachers need to be evaluated if for no other reason that they hold tenured jobs at very good pay. Here in WNY teachers easily earn $80k for 184 days work. Every time I am with teachers their main topic of conversation is their pay and how they don't want their students to take evaluation test. Tell me how to evaluate teachers. By the way, I believe that teachers and their unions are the biggest contributors to Dem politicians.

    Well, I’ve explained to another replier how I would evaluate any employee (and how I did as a manager): Observe them over time.

    Bosses, managers, leaders can see if the people around them are putting in an effort or not. I’m a big believer in the intuitive, natural way of judging things that are not quantifiable, and I don’t think teacher performance can be quantified simply in relation to student performance.

    There are too many extraneous variables in some environments: “Inner city” kids without discipline, with low IQs, no father, etc. They come unprepared and unwilling. Whatever progress a hard-working teacher can make with them is worth celebrating, but such progress is inconsistent because the raw material is inconsistent. How can you make a fair, consistent evaluation from this?

    Sure, you can administer baseline tests up front, but you will still be subject to the whims of the little angels sent to you for babysitting and free food for the day. (Sorry. I’ve talked to a few teachers I know. Over the years, I’ve known a few who quit because the kids were so “vibrantly” bad.)

    The best thing a Trump education department could do is insist on standards of behavior and effort for students, with no PC exceptions.

    Why do you think private schools appear to get good results? One reason is that they can kick out kids who don’t shape up. That skews the sample so much it’s not even relevant to compare it to public schools, which must accept and coddle every feral misfit from every ghetto in America.

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  97. Karl says:
    @melendwyr
    No article on Trump's backtracking from his campaign rhetoric about prosecuting Hillary Clinton?

    From what I understand, no prosecutor has been willing to pursue the case - not because there is none, but because they fear the career consequences. Our leaders are effectively above the law when the legal system won't pursue them.

    I would have thought that people would be very concerned about Trump acting in a business-as-usual fashion, but his supporters don't seem to be discussing it much. This is a Bad Sign.

    > his [Trump's] supporters don’t seem to be discussing it much

    well, just like Hillary, he had a VERY TINY core of enthusiasts – and a bunch of folks who decided that he was the Least Worst Option.

    Be thankful for that. Otherwise, the Trump voters would be like Bernie fans.

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  98. EriK says:
    @Roger Sweeny
    Abolishing the Department of Education without changing all the laws that create all the programs now in the DoE just means that those programs go back into a reconstituted Department of Health, Education, and Human Services.

    That would accomplish nothing.

    Thank you for a dose of sanity.
    DoE needs to be unwound. But trying to wipe it out all at once is a fantasy.

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  99. Karl says:
    @Anonymous
    We need more of this.

    We don't have to get news through the MSM, it's just that they currently have the infrastructure for getting it first and disseminating it the furthest; and putting a (once) respectable name as a seal of approval on it serves to authenticate it as reliable. But they've distorted the news to fit the Narrative so much at this point that most people recognize that their seal of approval is worth about as much as a used car dealer's handshake. A president who ignores them and goes directly to the people, bypassing their manipulation, is a healthy breath of fresh air into the system and puts them on short notice that everyone is onto their game and they're no longer necessary.

    No wonder so many of them are screaming about 'fake news'.

    Trump is really shaking up the system. I'm really looking forward to the next 4 years. But I'm afraid he's gonna have to double up on the secret service agents.

    > he MSM, it’s just that they currently have the infrastructure for getting it first and disseminating it the furthest

    translation: “i’m too cheap to pay for neutral and unfiltered news”.

    You can pay in money, or you can pay in time.

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  100. @S. Anonyia
    How can you expect progress every year? Doesn't that eventually lead to an "all children are above average" type situation?

    Maybe they should just make sure children are on target, i.e they aren't declining in performance from one year to the next.

    Seems that would be the only way to identify "bad teachers."

    By the way, the 100 + candidates for one teaching job is true.....at the Elementary level. It is not true for secondary schools, especially in math & science. It's hard to find secondary school teachers because in many districts the students are totally out of control and no one wants to work there. The natural attrition rate for teachers is pretty high.

    I am a secondary school teacher who feels more drill sergeant than teacher most days of the week. And the school I work at is far from being the worst in my district.

    Have you heard the PSAs on the radio encouraging people to go into teaching because it’s so incredibly rewarding to fill those eager young minds with learning?

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  101. CCZ says:
    @CrunchybutRealistCon
    "The plague of hate hoaxes on campus could be combated by legislation defining fake hate crimes as actual hate crimes. After all, bogus hate hoaxes are intended to stir up hatred against whites and/or men, who are rapidly becoming minorities on campus."

    One of the structural problems in American Ed, K thru college, is that it is awash in propaganda & brain washing manuals distributed by the cultMarx HQ of the SPLC. I can't overstate this. They send their "Teaching Tolerance" manuals to schools, and seem to be integrated with many government departments, given that their material gets quasi-official blessing. Trump needs to shine a light on the lies & half-truths in this stuff, esp. the missing chapters on govt sanctioned discrimination against whites, and the fact that diversity & multiculturalism is just a subjective preference of SWPLs, not an iron law of civilization, and that the assimilatory America of 1975 was not a totalitarian police state. Just got back from a cafe, and heard some teachers on vacation talking about how they are preparing lessons for next week based on SPLC material. Anecdotal? Maybe, but the SPLC is loaded, and v determined.

    The other biggies for Trump would be to shine a light on the correlation between the runaway cost of higher ed (and ed in general), and the corpulent expansion of the administrative blobulus. Between the Admin & the Social Sci faculties, the Shock Troops of the SJWs are constantly replenished. Always standing by to censor, put their PC stamp on wikipedia, and engage in villification campaigns against dissidents.

    Lastly, reforms & improvements at the high end can simply be cherry picked for free by looking around the world at what already works. Borrow the better parts of science & math curricula from Euro International Baccalaureat progs or old British A level texts. No need to reinvent the wheel. And how about they stop wasting money on gadgets, laptops, and techno panacea fixes. Every time you read about those, the follow up story is that half of them were broken or stolen within 6 months.

    It may be surreal art, but it gets to the rotten core of the diversity and multiculturalism dogma of “Modern Educayshun.”

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    Good link!
    The vid is of surprisingly high quality. Well cast, really captures the Maoist mental strictures of the SJWs including their humorlessness, bordering on full tilt dementia.
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  102. @melendwyr
    No article on Trump's backtracking from his campaign rhetoric about prosecuting Hillary Clinton?

    From what I understand, no prosecutor has been willing to pursue the case - not because there is none, but because they fear the career consequences. Our leaders are effectively above the law when the legal system won't pursue them.

    I would have thought that people would be very concerned about Trump acting in a business-as-usual fashion, but his supporters don't seem to be discussing it much. This is a Bad Sign.

    No one cares what Kelly Conway said, because Trump said prosecution wasn’t off the table.

    Futhermore Trump doesn’t decide whether or not to prosecute, AG Sessions does.

    I see we’re back to people breaking out the gimp suits when they’re able to view things in the most negative light possible. Some of you learned absolutely from the election.

    We get AG Sessions and looking like Kobach as DHS Secretary and some of you are posting with a noose around your neck because you’re making psychopathic leaps of “logic” to view this in the worst case possible.

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  103. Abe says: • Website
    @Truth
    Hey guys, The Donna's not going to have Hill/Billy arrested, he's going to "help them heal"...

    And he's not going to get rid of Obamacare, he's going to "alter it a little"...

    And he's not going to build the wall "all the way across the border"...

    Hey, I've only been voting for 30 years now, so maybe some of you old heads can help me out; aren't politicians usually in office for a few years or at least a few months before they start backsliding on campaign promises? I mean, isn't it just a little, unusual, for a dude to do it BEFORE HE'S INAUGURATED?

    Well the good news is, KellyMan Conway asked me to share the Donald's (un)official campaign song with you...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z49whgBNCyE

    not going to have Hill/Billy arrested
    And he’s not going to get rid of Obamacare, he’s going to “alter it a little”…
    And he’s not going to build the wall “all the way across the border”…

    All of which makes him no WORSE than any of the other GOPe candidates he ran wild on in the primaries, and still leaves him considerably better than some (had JEB! somehow stumbled his way into the White House he’d be literally having the Clintons over for Thanksgiving dinner at his place right about now while making plans for the rest of us to metaphorically have over the rest of Guatemala and Honduras at ours).

    Even if Trump completely reneges on The Wall, Obamacare, and the Muslim immigration ban, we still get:

    * 1-4 Supreme Court seats filled with young justices in the mold of our beloved Antonin Scalia (hopefully he can convince the 70+ year old Thomas to retire soon and not leave his replacement to the vagaries of continued good health)
    * 0% chance of war with the world’s only other nuclear superpower because a photo on Facebook made people sad
    * the coming cancellation of MADAME SECRETARY
    * stillbirth of “nasty woman” as a repurposed feminist affirmation
    * Kate McKinnon’s sweet, sweet tears
    * Hillary’s puffy, tear-wracked face during her concession speech
    * Hillary’s old, worn-out, true-hideousness-beneath-the-maskface at her first post-concession appearance once the money and power had dried up and she could no longer get top stylists; best ‘walk of shame’ moment since last season’s GAME OF THRONES!

    “So did anyone see that debate?” COUGH-HACK-COUGH-HACK-HACK

    (BTW- have no idea why so many otherwise intelligent people on here got so worked up over fake robo-troll T*ny D*ck and yet pay no attention to an honorable dissident in our midst like Truth who is generally on-topic, funny, as far as I remember has never once resorted to making claims based on demonstrably false data that makes debating with every other clueless SLATE/SALON/NYT libtard such a waste of time. Have a happy Thanksgiving, Sport!)

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  104. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Some people like to impose their ideal onto reality.

    Others like to observe and study the reality before coming up with solutions.

    Idealists tend to be impositionists. Realists tend to be repositionists.

    Idealists tend to ignore reality or even deny it.

    So, if the ideal happens to be ‘equality’, it must be the way of reality. If reality isn’t made of equal things, idealism feels a need to impose its ideal onto reality. If the reality doesn’t conform to such demands, idealism pushes harder and harder and demands the outcome of equality.
    Of course, idealists could force every student to get the same score of 50. They could force the teachers to give everyone the score of 50.
    But this outcome would have been imposed. It is not organic and intrinsic to the actual reality that, if left alone, will produce different outcomes on tests among the students.

    In contrast, realists first observe and study the students as they really are. But since society calls for achievement, realists understand that even the lesser minds have to be molded to learn something and gain some skills. So, instead of just resigning the lesser minds to hopeless ‘dumbness’, realists call for sufficient training to reposition them toward some useful goal.
    But it doesn’t try to impose equality on all students.

    Now, idealists might pretend to make realist argument. They may argue that research shows that the reason for the differences among students isn’t due to innate inequality of individual intelligence but to social factors as malnutrition and economic factors.
    And realists may actually agree that those are factors worth looking into.
    But realists would still argue that, while such factors may play a part in retarding the performance of certain students, there is no guarantee of equal test scores that once the social factors have been reduced.
    In contrast, idealists continue to insist that their ideal must be proven correct. So, if it isn’t manifested in real outcomes, idealist may once again insist on imposing equal outcomes on all the students.

    Or consider the ideal of universal beauty.

    Suppose beauty idealists believe that everyone must be equally beautiful.

    But reality says otherwise. Some are beautiful, some are not.

    Realists would point this out.

    But idealists cannot accept this because of their ideal of universal beauty.

    They feel a need to impose equal beauty on everyone.

    But no matter how much they impose this rule, the reality says otherwise.

    Now, Realists understand the yearning to be beautiful and would recommend that the less beautiful seek to ‘reposition’ their looks for improvement. With makeup and other means, looks can be made better. Realists would understand the yearning and look for ways to heighten beauty among the homely, but they would also understand that universal beauty is simply not a feature of reality. It just isn’t.

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    Of course, no one is a total idealist, and no one is a total realist.

    No one is calling for All students to get same grade or look equally good.

    And no one is saying the dumb can only be dumb and homely can only be homely.
    Even hardcore realists know that dumb people can be made smarter through education and experience. And they know that even plain, even ugly, people can be made more appealing with cosmetics, dress, and etc.

    Still, idealists want to impose an ideal that simply isn’t feasible in the real world. It’s like NYT coming up with yet another possible solution to fix the Gap.

    Realists believe that education can be improved, but we cannot impose equality on reality just because we want it. Reality doesn’t work that way.

    It’s like a dog with a broken leg. A realist can recognize the injury and treat the dog so the injury can heal. It wants to make the dog better, but it also knows there is no guarantee that it will run as fast as it did before.

    In contrast, an idealist looks at a dog with a broken leg and insists that it be made to run as fast as it could earlier. It has no interest in reality and its limits and variances.

    It’s like communist economic planning. The state would come up with some ideal goal, and then it had to be achieved regardless of whether it was possible or not in the real world. The Great Leap Forward was one of the most epic tragedies of radical idealism.

    Idealism cannot be imposed on reality simply because idealists want it. If a bunch of people are of different height, you can’t make them of equal height by imposing the same height on everyone.

    A realist might argue that better diet might make the shorter ones grow a bit taller, but there is no guarantee that they will reach the average height, let alone the tallest height.

    Much of western social/political discourse doesn’t begin with close and honest observation of reality. If that were the case, we would carefully study every group and see what they are made of. And then, we can work from that reality.

    Instead, it begins with certain ideals that have turned downright dogmatic over the years. And these ideals are so sacrosanct that reality must conform to them. If reality doesn’t, then reality is blamed than the ideal.

    If an idealist wants a cat to be a dog, it tries to impose dog-ness on the cat instead of accepting the cat as a cat and dealing with the animal on that basis.

    To be sure, there are certain idealisms on the ‘right’ as well.
    On the homo issue, both homomaniacs and religious anti-homo folks are idealists.
    Arch-religious folks see homosexuality as mere wickedness that can be driven out of homo people. They believe homosexuality is a condition than a permanent feature of homos. This condition, like a disease, can be cured or driven out. But in fact, people who are born homo are naturally homo, even though homosexuality is a natural abnormality.
    But homomaniacs are also nutty with their idealism. They say homosexuality is of same biological and moral value as real sexuality. They say there can be ‘two mommies’ and ‘two daddies’. But the fact is ‘two mommies’ or ‘two daddies’ cannot produce kids. So, we must make believe that they ‘had’ the kids. Instead of recognizing homos for what they are and trying to find solutions from that basic natural reality, homomaniacs have an ideal about homosexuality as being just as good, wonderful, natural-normal, and functional as real sexuality. So, we must believe that anus is a sex organ. Or, in the case of trannies, we must believe that if a guy says his mutilated penis is vagina, we must go along with such imposition of idealism(or fantasy)onto reality.
    It is a grafting of sorts.

    In contrast to both Christian idealists(who deny the reality of homosexuality as a natural occurrence) and homomanical idealists(who deny the fact that homosexuality is a biologically useless natural defect/deviance), we have the realists who recognize the fact of homosexuality and recognize the need to accommodate homosexuals in society without going full retard with the notion that homosexuality and transsexuality are just as natural-normal, sane, healthy, and functional as real sexuality.

    Idealists always try to impose or graft their wish onto reality than work from actual reality, derive conclusions based on honest observation, and then formulate palliatives to the problems observed in reality.

    The only way idealism can work is with radical bio-engineering in the future.
    Prog idealists rail against eugenics, but their future might be possible only with something similar: eugenetics.
    The only way to make everyone equal is if scientists can toy with the genes of every person and rejig them to be equal in intelligence, looks, health, strength, etc. That wouldn’t be imposing the ideal but programming it into the core of the DNA.
    But unless such method is possible, leftist idealism is just fantastical imposition on reality than a development of solutions based on that reality.
    Equality can only be seeded from within, not imposed from without. But as the current left is fixated on sociology against biology, it still thinks it can achieve equality through more social policy.

    To an extent, even realists are idealists in that they want the good thing for everyone.
    People want to be smart and good-looking, and even realists understood the desire for such ideals.
    The difference is that realists accept the obvious fact that reality isn’t made of equally intelligent and equally beautiful people. So, if people want to strive for the ideal of higher intelligence and beauty, they can take some measures to be more mindful and more attractive… but they should not expect to be equal in IQ and looks with everyone else, especially the best.

    Radical idealism disagrees. It insists there can be and must be equality in intelligence and beauty. When reality doesn’t produce their desired results, they then turn to sophistry that says there are many kinds of intelligence and that even ‘dumb’ people are intelligent in other ways and that ‘ugly’ women are beautiful in their own way. That explains the Lena Dunham phenomenon.

    But then, so-called leftist idealists are not really into universality. After all, their disaffection always seems to favor certain groups over others. They are never concerned about all groups despite their universalist rhetoric.

    So, if blacks are underperforming in education, that is a great reason for concern.
    But if they are overperforming in sports, there is no complaint about their unequal superiority over others and the ‘unjust’ inferiority of non-blacks.

    And if Jews are overperforming in education and overrepresented in elite centers of power, there is no complaint whatsoever. Indeed, even the overrepresentation at Princeton wasn’t enough for Jewish groups. Though Jews are 2% of population and overrepresented as 10% of student body at Princeton, the complaint from Jewish groups was not that Jews were overrepresented but underrepresented.

    So, much of leftist idealism is really bogus and play loose according to ethnic opportunism.
    I mean how sincere are Jewish ‘leftists’ who profess to be about equality. If such idealism were truly to be achieved, then Jews who are 2% of the population would only make 2% of lawyers, 2% of doctors, 2% of media, 2% of academia, 2% of Hollywood, 2% of Silicon Valley, 2% of Wall Street, 2% of upper echelons of US government, 2% of lobbying power, and etc.

    Do ‘leftist’ Jews really desire such outcome where Jews are like everyone else? If that were so, a people who are 2% would only own 2% of everything.

    Complaint of inequality only plays out in US political and social discourse when certain favored groups are underrepresented in prestigious areas or fields.
    There is no bitching about how the Jewish minority is more represented in prestigious and privileged areas than Muslims are.
    And there is endless bitching about how blacks are underrepresented in everything from physics department at Cornell to quarterback positions in football.

    Those who bitch most about inequality are most unequal in their focus of complaints. The only people who matter in the equation are the favored groups, especially Jews, Negroes, and homos. And the other people who matter are the scapegoated group that is held responsible for all the inequality. And that means white folks. So, if there aren’t enough blacks in a certain area, don’t blame Jews and homos who may be vastly over-represented in that area. Just bring out the straight white male effigy and light it again.

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    "The only people who matter in the equation are the favored groups, especially Jews, Negroes, and homos."

    Muslims Trump Homos in The Coalition Of The Fringes. With the exception of Bill Maher, not a single Left Winger in the mainstream called out Muslims for their Homophobia after the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack. Not a single Left Winger in the mainstream questioned whether increased Muslim immigration into The U.S is good for the LGBTQ community. The Democratic Party is going to make the Muslim Keith Ellison the chairman of their party when it has only been 5 months since the Pulse nightclub massacre.
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  105. Jefferson says:
    @Anon
    Some people like to impose their ideal onto reality.

    Others like to observe and study the reality before coming up with solutions.

    Idealists tend to be impositionists. Realists tend to be repositionists.

    Idealists tend to ignore reality or even deny it.

    So, if the ideal happens to be 'equality', it must be the way of reality. If reality isn't made of equal things, idealism feels a need to impose its ideal onto reality. If the reality doesn't conform to such demands, idealism pushes harder and harder and demands the outcome of equality.
    Of course, idealists could force every student to get the same score of 50. They could force the teachers to give everyone the score of 50.
    But this outcome would have been imposed. It is not organic and intrinsic to the actual reality that, if left alone, will produce different outcomes on tests among the students.

    In contrast, realists first observe and study the students as they really are. But since society calls for achievement, realists understand that even the lesser minds have to be molded to learn something and gain some skills. So, instead of just resigning the lesser minds to hopeless 'dumbness', realists call for sufficient training to reposition them toward some useful goal.
    But it doesn't try to impose equality on all students.

    Now, idealists might pretend to make realist argument. They may argue that research shows that the reason for the differences among students isn't due to innate inequality of individual intelligence but to social factors as malnutrition and economic factors.
    And realists may actually agree that those are factors worth looking into.
    But realists would still argue that, while such factors may play a part in retarding the performance of certain students, there is no guarantee of equal test scores that once the social factors have been reduced.
    In contrast, idealists continue to insist that their ideal must be proven correct. So, if it isn't manifested in real outcomes, idealist may once again insist on imposing equal outcomes on all the students.

    Or consider the ideal of universal beauty.

    Suppose beauty idealists believe that everyone must be equally beautiful.

    But reality says otherwise. Some are beautiful, some are not.

    Realists would point this out.

    But idealists cannot accept this because of their ideal of universal beauty.

    They feel a need to impose equal beauty on everyone.

    But no matter how much they impose this rule, the reality says otherwise.

    Now, Realists understand the yearning to be beautiful and would recommend that the less beautiful seek to 'reposition' their looks for improvement. With makeup and other means, looks can be made better. Realists would understand the yearning and look for ways to heighten beauty among the homely, but they would also understand that universal beauty is simply not a feature of reality. It just isn't.



    Of course, no one is a total idealist, and no one is a total realist.

    No one is calling for All students to get same grade or look equally good.

    And no one is saying the dumb can only be dumb and homely can only be homely.
    Even hardcore realists know that dumb people can be made smarter through education and experience. And they know that even plain, even ugly, people can be made more appealing with cosmetics, dress, and etc.

    Still, idealists want to impose an ideal that simply isn't feasible in the real world. It's like NYT coming up with yet another possible solution to fix the Gap.

    Realists believe that education can be improved, but we cannot impose equality on reality just because we want it. Reality doesn't work that way.

    It's like a dog with a broken leg. A realist can recognize the injury and treat the dog so the injury can heal. It wants to make the dog better, but it also knows there is no guarantee that it will run as fast as it did before.

    In contrast, an idealist looks at a dog with a broken leg and insists that it be made to run as fast as it could earlier. It has no interest in reality and its limits and variances.

    It's like communist economic planning. The state would come up with some ideal goal, and then it had to be achieved regardless of whether it was possible or not in the real world. The Great Leap Forward was one of the most epic tragedies of radical idealism.

    Idealism cannot be imposed on reality simply because idealists want it. If a bunch of people are of different height, you can't make them of equal height by imposing the same height on everyone.

    A realist might argue that better diet might make the shorter ones grow a bit taller, but there is no guarantee that they will reach the average height, let alone the tallest height.

    Much of western social/political discourse doesn't begin with close and honest observation of reality. If that were the case, we would carefully study every group and see what they are made of. And then, we can work from that reality.

    Instead, it begins with certain ideals that have turned downright dogmatic over the years. And these ideals are so sacrosanct that reality must conform to them. If reality doesn't, then reality is blamed than the ideal.

    If an idealist wants a cat to be a dog, it tries to impose dog-ness on the cat instead of accepting the cat as a cat and dealing with the animal on that basis.

    To be sure, there are certain idealisms on the 'right' as well.
    On the homo issue, both homomaniacs and religious anti-homo folks are idealists.
    Arch-religious folks see homosexuality as mere wickedness that can be driven out of homo people. They believe homosexuality is a condition than a permanent feature of homos. This condition, like a disease, can be cured or driven out. But in fact, people who are born homo are naturally homo, even though homosexuality is a natural abnormality.
    But homomaniacs are also nutty with their idealism. They say homosexuality is of same biological and moral value as real sexuality. They say there can be 'two mommies' and 'two daddies'. But the fact is 'two mommies' or 'two daddies' cannot produce kids. So, we must make believe that they 'had' the kids. Instead of recognizing homos for what they are and trying to find solutions from that basic natural reality, homomaniacs have an ideal about homosexuality as being just as good, wonderful, natural-normal, and functional as real sexuality. So, we must believe that anus is a sex organ. Or, in the case of trannies, we must believe that if a guy says his mutilated penis is vagina, we must go along with such imposition of idealism(or fantasy)onto reality.
    It is a grafting of sorts.

    In contrast to both Christian idealists(who deny the reality of homosexuality as a natural occurrence) and homomanical idealists(who deny the fact that homosexuality is a biologically useless natural defect/deviance), we have the realists who recognize the fact of homosexuality and recognize the need to accommodate homosexuals in society without going full retard with the notion that homosexuality and transsexuality are just as natural-normal, sane, healthy, and functional as real sexuality.

    Idealists always try to impose or graft their wish onto reality than work from actual reality, derive conclusions based on honest observation, and then formulate palliatives to the problems observed in reality.

    The only way idealism can work is with radical bio-engineering in the future.
    Prog idealists rail against eugenics, but their future might be possible only with something similar: eugenetics.
    The only way to make everyone equal is if scientists can toy with the genes of every person and rejig them to be equal in intelligence, looks, health, strength, etc. That wouldn't be imposing the ideal but programming it into the core of the DNA.
    But unless such method is possible, leftist idealism is just fantastical imposition on reality than a development of solutions based on that reality.
    Equality can only be seeded from within, not imposed from without. But as the current left is fixated on sociology against biology, it still thinks it can achieve equality through more social policy.

    To an extent, even realists are idealists in that they want the good thing for everyone.
    People want to be smart and good-looking, and even realists understood the desire for such ideals.
    The difference is that realists accept the obvious fact that reality isn't made of equally intelligent and equally beautiful people. So, if people want to strive for the ideal of higher intelligence and beauty, they can take some measures to be more mindful and more attractive... but they should not expect to be equal in IQ and looks with everyone else, especially the best.

    Radical idealism disagrees. It insists there can be and must be equality in intelligence and beauty. When reality doesn't produce their desired results, they then turn to sophistry that says there are many kinds of intelligence and that even 'dumb' people are intelligent in other ways and that 'ugly' women are beautiful in their own way. That explains the Lena Dunham phenomenon.

    But then, so-called leftist idealists are not really into universality. After all, their disaffection always seems to favor certain groups over others. They are never concerned about all groups despite their universalist rhetoric.

    So, if blacks are underperforming in education, that is a great reason for concern.
    But if they are overperforming in sports, there is no complaint about their unequal superiority over others and the 'unjust' inferiority of non-blacks.

    And if Jews are overperforming in education and overrepresented in elite centers of power, there is no complaint whatsoever. Indeed, even the overrepresentation at Princeton wasn't enough for Jewish groups. Though Jews are 2% of population and overrepresented as 10% of student body at Princeton, the complaint from Jewish groups was not that Jews were overrepresented but underrepresented.

    So, much of leftist idealism is really bogus and play loose according to ethnic opportunism.
    I mean how sincere are Jewish 'leftists' who profess to be about equality. If such idealism were truly to be achieved, then Jews who are 2% of the population would only make 2% of lawyers, 2% of doctors, 2% of media, 2% of academia, 2% of Hollywood, 2% of Silicon Valley, 2% of Wall Street, 2% of upper echelons of US government, 2% of lobbying power, and etc.

    Do 'leftist' Jews really desire such outcome where Jews are like everyone else? If that were so, a people who are 2% would only own 2% of everything.

    Complaint of inequality only plays out in US political and social discourse when certain favored groups are underrepresented in prestigious areas or fields.
    There is no bitching about how the Jewish minority is more represented in prestigious and privileged areas than Muslims are.
    And there is endless bitching about how blacks are underrepresented in everything from physics department at Cornell to quarterback positions in football.

    Those who bitch most about inequality are most unequal in their focus of complaints. The only people who matter in the equation are the favored groups, especially Jews, Negroes, and homos. And the other people who matter are the scapegoated group that is held responsible for all the inequality. And that means white folks. So, if there aren't enough blacks in a certain area, don't blame Jews and homos who may be vastly over-represented in that area. Just bring out the straight white male effigy and light it again.

    “The only people who matter in the equation are the favored groups, especially Jews, Negroes, and homos.”

    Muslims Trump Homos in The Coalition Of The Fringes. With the exception of Bill Maher, not a single Left Winger in the mainstream called out Muslims for their Homophobia after the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack. Not a single Left Winger in the mainstream questioned whether increased Muslim immigration into The U.S is good for the LGBTQ community. The Democratic Party is going to make the Muslim Keith Ellison the chairman of their party when it has only been 5 months since the Pulse nightclub massacre.

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    I don't think it was about Muslims per se.

    Progs have no interest in or love for Muslims as Muslims.

    The relative silence about Muslim violence had more to do with its political value to Trump, the nativists, and 'isolationists'..

    Remove that context, and there is no love or concern for Muslims. After all, why the prog media silence about Obama/Hillary's destruction of the Muslim world? Why did Progs support Hillary whose husband forced sanctions on Iraq that killed lots of kids that Albright said was worth it?

    Same goes for Mexicans. There is no prog interest in Guillermo and his tribe per se. The only interest is contextual. Since Trump and nativists oppose immigration and too much diversity, progs must support Mexicans, even illegals.

    So, it has more to do with the worship of immigration and diversity than love for Muslims and Mexicans who are mere pawns on the political chessboard.

    Since Trump ran on anti-Muslim issue, progs simply had to side with Muslims since Trump might score some points. But then, the smart thing about Trump's anti-Muslimism is that he tempered it pro-Muslimism by presenting himself as the anti-war candidate who condemned American aggression into MENA.

    The Prog and even broaer American favoritism with Jews, homos,, and Negroes goes beyond contextuality. Jews are favored for their wit, smarts, success, creativity, heritage, and tragic narrative. Negroes are favored for moral narrative(esp with MLK cult), sports, music, and comedy. Himos are favored for their style, flair, creativity, success, taste, touch, and tragic HIV narrative(spun to make them the victims). Context or no context, those people are favored as intrinsically special.

    But remove the political context, and there is NO interest or concern for Muslims at all.
    Progs play at being pro-Muslim only because anti-Muslimism is one of the few 'hates' that are still half-permissible in the West. Progs fear the political value of anti-Muslimism for the Right.
    It is not about pro-Muslimism but anti-white-ism and anti-right-ism.

    Now, if 90% of Muslims in America were hardcore conservatives and if the Right praised them, the progs would act differently.

    It's like despite prog favoritism toward Hispanics, the progs always hated the Cubans of Florida who supported the GOP and obstructed any compromise with Castroland.

    Ellison is a smart choice. He is Muslim but also black and homo.

    By associating Muslim-ness with blackness and homo-ness, it 'current years' Muslim identity. Islam is just turned into melting pot mix-and-match identity.

    Also, Ellison's critical stance on Israel may alarm some Jews, but it defuses some anti-Zionists who will tone down their rhetoric in the belief that one of their own is in charge.
    Paradoxically, people lose passion when they think one of their own is in charge.

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  106. mef says:

    Some decent ideas but a lot of irrelevant stuff. Who cares about the test prep industry or about what colleges Goldman Sachs recruits from? That is way in the weeds, Manhattan Island concerns. Municipal affirmative action, 8A contracting, etc. are much more relevant to many people.

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    Who cares about the test prep industry or about what colleges Goldman Sachs recruits from?
     
    If the Trump Right can gain enough steam culture-wide, it would also lead to a massive reset of testing & grading standards in general. Time to end the systemic post-1970 grade inflation & happy talk ('everyone deserves a ribbon') erosion of legit meritocracy. Talk to the pre-Boomer generation, and they'll tell you how much rarer it was to be awarded As in school. Getting a B or even C+ was considered a solid achievement. Ditto for SAT scores, etc. Need to go for a reset to at least 30 yrs ago when scoring a 1200 was commendable, and meaningful.

    As per Goldman Sachs, well, they simply deserve far less status in the economy. Scientists, Engineers, Inventors, Entrepreneurs deserve far more prestige than Lawyers, Bankers & Financiers. We need to re-elevate the primacy of making of the tangible. We've been mired in a pseudo-economy based on speculation & stealing from the future with oceans of debt. It is time for that to end.
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  107. @blahbahblah
    Trump is appointing Nikki Haley to UN Ambassador... I like Nikki Haley but she is not smart enough for this role.

    I thought the UN was a hotbed of fraud, corruption, incompetence, hypocrisy and pedophilia. If we can’t just leave it, isn’t the next best thing to appoint a do-nothing ambassador?

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  108. Hmm. Over a hundred comments and no mention of Griggs v. Duke Power yet? This is the SCOTUS decision that made the Academy into the gatekeepers of most employment, a monopoly they haven’t and don’t hesitate to exploit and abuse.

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  109. 2 simple suggestions:

    Abolish the use of disparate impact when enforcing education laws.

    Encourage tracking in middle and high schools.

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  110. Hodag says:

    Trump appointed Betty DeVos gives us all sorts of iStevey goodness. She is an advocate for charter schools. The largest charter school operator is run by the Gulen organization. The Gulen organization is possibly a CIA asset. DeVos’ brother is ex-CIA and founded Blackwater nee Xe, the mercenary corporation.

    It all makes sense now.

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  111. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Jefferson
    "The only people who matter in the equation are the favored groups, especially Jews, Negroes, and homos."

    Muslims Trump Homos in The Coalition Of The Fringes. With the exception of Bill Maher, not a single Left Winger in the mainstream called out Muslims for their Homophobia after the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack. Not a single Left Winger in the mainstream questioned whether increased Muslim immigration into The U.S is good for the LGBTQ community. The Democratic Party is going to make the Muslim Keith Ellison the chairman of their party when it has only been 5 months since the Pulse nightclub massacre.

    I don’t think it was about Muslims per se.

    Progs have no interest in or love for Muslims as Muslims.

    The relative silence about Muslim violence had more to do with its political value to Trump, the nativists, and ‘isolationists’..

    Remove that context, and there is no love or concern for Muslims. After all, why the prog media silence about Obama/Hillary’s destruction of the Muslim world? Why did Progs support Hillary whose husband forced sanctions on Iraq that killed lots of kids that Albright said was worth it?

    Same goes for Mexicans. There is no prog interest in Guillermo and his tribe per se. The only interest is contextual. Since Trump and nativists oppose immigration and too much diversity, progs must support Mexicans, even illegals.

    So, it has more to do with the worship of immigration and diversity than love for Muslims and Mexicans who are mere pawns on the political chessboard.

    Since Trump ran on anti-Muslim issue, progs simply had to side with Muslims since Trump might score some points. But then, the smart thing about Trump’s anti-Muslimism is that he tempered it pro-Muslimism by presenting himself as the anti-war candidate who condemned American aggression into MENA.

    The Prog and even broaer American favoritism with Jews, homos,, and Negroes goes beyond contextuality. Jews are favored for their wit, smarts, success, creativity, heritage, and tragic narrative. Negroes are favored for moral narrative(esp with MLK cult), sports, music, and comedy. Himos are favored for their style, flair, creativity, success, taste, touch, and tragic HIV narrative(spun to make them the victims). Context or no context, those people are favored as intrinsically special.

    But remove the political context, and there is NO interest or concern for Muslims at all.
    Progs play at being pro-Muslim only because anti-Muslimism is one of the few ‘hates’ that are still half-permissible in the West. Progs fear the political value of anti-Muslimism for the Right.
    It is not about pro-Muslimism but anti-white-ism and anti-right-ism.

    Now, if 90% of Muslims in America were hardcore conservatives and if the Right praised them, the progs would act differently.

    It’s like despite prog favoritism toward Hispanics, the progs always hated the Cubans of Florida who supported the GOP and obstructed any compromise with Castroland.

    Ellison is a smart choice. He is Muslim but also black and homo.

    By associating Muslim-ness with blackness and homo-ness, it ‘current years’ Muslim identity. Islam is just turned into melting pot mix-and-match identity.

    Also, Ellison’s critical stance on Israel may alarm some Jews, but it defuses some anti-Zionists who will tone down their rhetoric in the belief that one of their own is in charge.
    Paradoxically, people lose passion when they think one of their own is in charge.

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  112. @Ozymandias
    "...no more on the ground assistance to “mostly peaceful” protestors ..."

    CRS needs to be ended. The taxpayer being forced to foot the bill for bussing in protesters is outrageous. Let Soros pay for it, and then bring charges against him.

    Any non western country would have had Soros in chains long ago. We have laws here in the U S that should have him arrested. Financially sponsoring terrorists hate groups (Back Lives Matter) is illegal. Financially supporting the overthrow of a legally elected government, illegal. I just hope Trump has enough sense to put his new and improved DOJ on the tail of this criminal. At the very least campaign finance laws should be amended so he can’t use his 23 billion in wealth to sway local and state elections.

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  113. Truth says:
    @Abe

    not going to have Hill/Billy arrested
    And he’s not going to get rid of Obamacare, he’s going to “alter it a little”…
    And he’s not going to build the wall “all the way across the border”…
     
    All of which makes him no WORSE than any of the other GOPe candidates he ran wild on in the primaries, and still leaves him considerably better than some (had JEB! somehow stumbled his way into the White House he'd be literally having the Clintons over for Thanksgiving dinner at his place right about now while making plans for the rest of us to metaphorically have over the rest of Guatemala and Honduras at ours).

    Even if Trump completely reneges on The Wall, Obamacare, and the Muslim immigration ban, we still get:

    * 1-4 Supreme Court seats filled with young justices in the mold of our beloved Antonin Scalia (hopefully he can convince the 70+ year old Thomas to retire soon and not leave his replacement to the vagaries of continued good health)
    * 0% chance of war with the world's only other nuclear superpower because a photo on Facebook made people sad
    * the coming cancellation of MADAME SECRETARY
    * stillbirth of "nasty woman" as a repurposed feminist affirmation
    * Kate McKinnon's sweet, sweet tears
    * Hillary's puffy, tear-wracked face during her concession speech
    * Hillary's old, worn-out, true-hideousness-beneath-the-maskface at her first post-concession appearance once the money and power had dried up and she could no longer get top stylists; best 'walk of shame' moment since last season's GAME OF THRONES!

    "So did anyone see that debate?" COUGH-HACK-COUGH-HACK-HACK

    (BTW- have no idea why so many otherwise intelligent people on here got so worked up over fake robo-troll T*ny D*ck and yet pay no attention to an honorable dissident in our midst like Truth who is generally on-topic, funny, as far as I remember has never once resorted to making claims based on demonstrably false data that makes debating with every other clueless SLATE/SALON/NYT libtard such a waste of time. Have a happy Thanksgiving, Sport!)

    LOL, right back at ya’, Big Chief.

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  114. @boogerbently
    He needs to kill the cult of PC/leftism being fostered in public schools.
    How about home schoolers/private schoolers being able to opt out of their support of public schools from their property taxes?

    Property taxes paid by the average homeowner don’t even come close to paying for a year’s education in a PS. we have a pretty nice home and our property taxes aren’t even 4k a year. A year in a crummy local middle school is more than 10k. Of course, that doesn’t include all the money spent on the buildings which is covered by bonds.

    I could do quite a bit with 4k/year in homeschooling. I’m imagining 30k/year spent homeschooling my 3 kids like the PS spends. We’d do field trips to national parks all over the west. Symphony season tickets. Fine dining instruction. Wa-hoo.

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    So, the govt should allow us to opt out of the school portion of our property taxes that enables the overpriced indoctrination program.
    Maybe in exchange for donating those $$$ to an education system of our choice.
    (Home/private/religious school)
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  115. @CCZ
    It may be surreal art, but it gets to the rotten core of the diversity and multiculturalism dogma of "Modern Educayshun."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKcWu0tsiZM

    Good link!
    The vid is of surprisingly high quality. Well cast, really captures the Maoist mental strictures of the SJWs including their humorlessness, bordering on full tilt dementia.

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  116. @mef
    Some decent ideas but a lot of irrelevant stuff. Who cares about the test prep industry or about what colleges Goldman Sachs recruits from? That is way in the weeds, Manhattan Island concerns. Municipal affirmative action, 8A contracting, etc. are much more relevant to many people.

    Who cares about the test prep industry or about what colleges Goldman Sachs recruits from?

    If the Trump Right can gain enough steam culture-wide, it would also lead to a massive reset of testing & grading standards in general. Time to end the systemic post-1970 grade inflation & happy talk (‘everyone deserves a ribbon’) erosion of legit meritocracy. Talk to the pre-Boomer generation, and they’ll tell you how much rarer it was to be awarded As in school. Getting a B or even C+ was considered a solid achievement. Ditto for SAT scores, etc. Need to go for a reset to at least 30 yrs ago when scoring a 1200 was commendable, and meaningful.

    As per Goldman Sachs, well, they simply deserve far less status in the economy. Scientists, Engineers, Inventors, Entrepreneurs deserve far more prestige than Lawyers, Bankers & Financiers. We need to re-elevate the primacy of making of the tangible. We’ve been mired in a pseudo-economy based on speculation & stealing from the future with oceans of debt. It is time for that to end.

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  117. @Ivy
    John Gatto had much to say about the state of education in the US. Parents and other concerned citizens should become familiar with his works.

    http://www.users.humboldt.edu/jwpowell/27806948-Dumbing-Us-Down-by-John-Taylor-Gatto.pdf

    http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/john_gatto.html

    John Taylor Gatto is quite underrated. He is a guy who devoted a good chunk of his life to teaching “underprivileged” children, and became quite good at it, only to turn on the education establishment with a vengeance. What I find particularly impressive is that he comes off as someone who is not “owned” by any political or philosophical framework, but rather as someone who is trying to think for himself, and putting in a good deal of work to make this happen. It is quite possible that he errs here or there, but he strikes me as both passionate and level-headed, and quite difficult to dismiss, if you actually pay attention to what he says.

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  118. FKA Max says: • Website
    @FKA Max

    The Education Secretary will be Betsy deVos who is a big voucher advocate.
     
    How Louisiana funds the Catholic Church (an examination of one of the quirks of the LA. DOE’s flawed Voucher System)

    https://louisianavoice.com/2016/04/17/how-louisiana-funds-the-catholic-church-an-examination-of-one-of-the-quirks-of-the-louisiana-does-voucher-system/


    Of those, 190 are identified by the state as being Catholic. So the Catholic schools are fewer than half the nonpublic schools, but they account for two-thirds of the vouchers. There is no easy way to compare total enrollment (Catholic vs. non-Catholic private schools) since the state does not appear to collect or report private-school enrollment data. [...] So much for the separation of Church and State.
     
    Vouchers Provide Much Needed Infusion of Students to Catholic Schools

    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/vouchers-provide-much-needed-infusion-of-students-to-catholic-schools


    In Cleveland, for example, the Cleveland Scholarship Program has filled seats in inner-city schools — but with mostly non-Catholic students. Some schools are more than 90% non-Catholic, which presents a unique opportunity for evangelization and outreach. [...] “We are still having Masses and preaching the word. We would hope the message goes home with the children. We treat everyone as children of the Lord. This has been a really positive thing for these kids, but it does beg the question: Are these Catholic schools or mission schools?”
     
    Betsy DeVos is Eric Prince's elder sister...

    Trump vs. the REAL Nuts—the GOP/ “Uniparty” Establishment


    Without taking into account the Vatican element, one cannot fully understand the logic of Invade the World/Invite the World , in my opinion. [...]

    Erik Prince of Blackwater infamy is a convert to Roman Catholicism
     

    - http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1630050

    Clinton HQ in Brooklyn: Who Needs Northern White Catholics?


    President Trump needs to watch these guys (Jesuits) like a hawk…
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/clinton-hq-in-brooklyn-who-needs-northern-white-catholics/#comment-1645952

    St. Reagan http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/trump-vs-the-real-nuts-the-gop-uniparty-establishment/#comment-1629070

    President Reagan's Remarks to the National Catholic Education Association in Chicago - 4/15/82

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWacvaEzpfs

    I misspelled Erik Prince’s first name. It is Erik with a k not a c.

    I did some more reading and research on Betsy DeVos to better understand her faith and beliefs, because she did not strike me as a traditional Protestant:

    and he said DeVos is heavily influenced by Abraham Kuyper, a Dutch writer and Calvinist theologian.

    “I wouldn’t consider her to be right wing,” Mouw said. “She’s a classic free-enterprise conservative. She takes public life, art and politics very seriously.”

    Unlike an individualistic evangelical approach, she has focused on the common good and has seen education as a big part of that, said Doug Koopman, a political scientist at Calvin College.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/11/23/betsy-devos-trumps-education-pick-is-a-billionaire-philanthropist-with-deep-ties-to-the-reformed-christian-community/

    He formulated the principle of antithesis: a divide between secular and religious politics. Liberals and socialists, who were opposed to mixing religion and politics were his natural opponents. Catholics were a natural ally, for not only did they want to practice religiously inspired politics, but they also were no electoral opponent, because they appealed to different religious groups.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Kuyper#Political_views

    Increasingly, Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands are also using the legal possibilities created for the pillarised structure of society, by setting up their own schools.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillarisation#Depillarisation

    I wonder what John Calvin would make of Abraham Kuyper’s and Betsy DeVos’ pro-Papacy politics and philosophy/theology?

    After underlining the fact that the Antichrist sets his tyranny in opposition to the spiritual kingdom of Christ, Calvin writes that the Antichrist “abolishes not the name of either Christ or the Church, but rather uses the name of Christ as a pretext, and lurks under the name of Church as under a mask” by robbing God of his honor. This is, for him, a clear picture of the Pope and therefore he concludes by saying that “it is certain that the Roman Pontiff has impudently transferred to himself the most peculiar properties of God and Christ, there cannot be a doubt that he is the leader and standard-bearer of an impious and abominable kingdom”. Calvin is not speaking of a particular historical Pope, but he is referring to the Pope as representing the institution of the Papacy.

    http://vaticanfiles.org/2014/12/98-john-calvin-and-the-papacy/

    It almost appears that Neo-Calvinism is to Calvinism, what Neo-Conservatism is to Conservatism.

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    I don't think the original hard line Calvinism applied to politics would have much influence in Michigan outside of a few enclave.
    , @Dan Hayes
    As was mentioned before and just to complete the circle, the brother of Betsy DeVos, Erik Prince, is a practicing Roman Catholic.
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  119. Hibernian says:
    @FKA Max
    I misspelled Erik Prince's first name. It is Erik with a k not a c.

    I did some more reading and research on Betsy DeVos to better understand her faith and beliefs, because she did not strike me as a traditional Protestant:


    and he said DeVos is heavily influenced by Abraham Kuyper, a Dutch writer and Calvinist theologian.

    “I wouldn’t consider her to be right wing,” Mouw said. “She’s a classic free-enterprise conservative. She takes public life, art and politics very seriously.”

    Unlike an individualistic evangelical approach, she has focused on the common good and has seen education as a big part of that, said Doug Koopman, a political scientist at Calvin College.
     
    - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/11/23/betsy-devos-trumps-education-pick-is-a-billionaire-philanthropist-with-deep-ties-to-the-reformed-christian-community/

    He formulated the principle of antithesis: a divide between secular and religious politics. Liberals and socialists, who were opposed to mixing religion and politics were his natural opponents. Catholics were a natural ally, for not only did they want to practice religiously inspired politics, but they also were no electoral opponent, because they appealed to different religious groups.
     
    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Kuyper#Political_views

    Increasingly, Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands are also using the legal possibilities created for the pillarised structure of society, by setting up their own schools.
     
    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillarisation#Depillarisation

    I wonder what John Calvin would make of Abraham Kuyper's and Betsy DeVos' pro-Papacy politics and philosophy/theology?

    After underlining the fact that the Antichrist sets his tyranny in opposition to the spiritual kingdom of Christ, Calvin writes that the Antichrist “abolishes not the name of either Christ or the Church, but rather uses the name of Christ as a pretext, and lurks under the name of Church as under a mask” by robbing God of his honor. This is, for him, a clear picture of the Pope and therefore he concludes by saying that “it is certain that the Roman Pontiff has impudently transferred to himself the most peculiar properties of God and Christ, there cannot be a doubt that he is the leader and standard-bearer of an impious and abominable kingdom”. Calvin is not speaking of a particular historical Pope, but he is referring to the Pope as representing the institution of the Papacy.
     
    - http://vaticanfiles.org/2014/12/98-john-calvin-and-the-papacy/

    It almost appears that Neo-Calvinism is to Calvinism, what Neo-Conservatism is to Conservatism.

    I don’t think the original hard line Calvinism applied to politics would have much influence in Michigan outside of a few enclave.

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    I actually believe, that opposition to the Vatican is very popular and the only way to redeem themselves in the eyes of the public for the Protestant churches:

    If we continue as we are now, anarchy will be inevitable, a conclusion reached by the NSSM 200 researchers. Though there is reason to believe the Vatican may be able to survive under the conditions found in anarchy, American democracy will not. In place of anarchy many Americans would be sorely tempted to exchange most of the freedoms they enjoy today -- of mind and movement, speech and vocation -- for the security that an authoritarian government would offer.

    The Protestant denominations and their ecumenical movement have let us down. Their insistence that the Catholic Church not be confronted concerning its blatant undemocratic involvement in American political affairs lest the ecumenical movement be undermined, will almost surely come back to haunt them. For more than 150 years, the Protestant churches played a vital role in keeping the Catholic Church in check with respect to involvement in national political affairs. Then it dropped its guard, and opportunism appears to have played an important role in this. In any case, as the role that religion has played in our failure to confront this grave national and global security threat becomes better understood, the importance of religion in American daily life will inevitably diminish. Credibility of Protestant institutions as positive forces in America will follow that of the Catholic Church -- and sink.
     

    - http://population-security.org/25-CH17.html#4

    I actually wrote about this and how, I believe, confronting the Vatican and the Pope was one of the main reasons Donald Trump received the backing of Evangelicals:


    Many people still wonder how Donald Trump managed to win over Evangelical Christians. In my opinion, he did it and it happened, when he confronted Pope Francis [...]

    By confronting the Pope, Trump did what for decades Protestant leaders had failed to do [...]
     

    - http://www.unz.com/article/rule-or-ruin/#comment-1627760

    This is what Michelle Malkin tweeted about the DeVos appointment:


    Michelle Malkin Verified account
    ‏@michellemalkin

    Michelle Malkin Retweeted Jeb Bush

    Grass-roots education activists on right & left distrust DeVos.
    This doesn't help==> Jeb Bush Verified account
    ‏@JebBush

    Betsy DeVos is an outstanding pick for Secretary of Education. I look forward to her bold leadership at the USDOE.
     

    - https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/801562255443841027

    Jeb Bush’s conversion to Roman Catholicism is a perfect example of what Conservatism Inc. is really about
     
    - http://www.unz.com/article/rule-or-ruin/#comment-1624652
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  120. FKA Max says: • Website
    @Hibernian
    I don't think the original hard line Calvinism applied to politics would have much influence in Michigan outside of a few enclave.

    I actually believe, that opposition to the Vatican is very popular and the only way to redeem themselves in the eyes of the public for the Protestant churches:

    If we continue as we are now, anarchy will be inevitable, a conclusion reached by the NSSM 200 researchers. Though there is reason to believe the Vatican may be able to survive under the conditions found in anarchy, American democracy will not. In place of anarchy many Americans would be sorely tempted to exchange most of the freedoms they enjoy today — of mind and movement, speech and vocation — for the security that an authoritarian government would offer.

    The Protestant denominations and their ecumenical movement have let us down. Their insistence that the Catholic Church not be confronted concerning its blatant undemocratic involvement in American political affairs lest the ecumenical movement be undermined, will almost surely come back to haunt them. For more than 150 years, the Protestant churches played a vital role in keeping the Catholic Church in check with respect to involvement in national political affairs. Then it dropped its guard, and opportunism appears to have played an important role in this. In any case, as the role that religion has played in our failure to confront this grave national and global security threat becomes better understood, the importance of religion in American daily life will inevitably diminish. Credibility of Protestant institutions as positive forces in America will follow that of the Catholic Church — and sink.

    http://population-security.org/25-CH17.html#4

    I actually wrote about this and how, I believe, confronting the Vatican and the Pope was one of the main reasons Donald Trump received the backing of Evangelicals:

    Many people still wonder how Donald Trump managed to win over Evangelical Christians. In my opinion, he did it and it happened, when he confronted Pope Francis [...]

    By confronting the Pope, Trump did what for decades Protestant leaders had failed to do [...]

    http://www.unz.com/article/rule-or-ruin/#comment-1627760

    This is what Michelle Malkin tweeted about the DeVos appointment:

    Michelle Malkin Verified account
    ‏@michellemalkin

    Michelle Malkin Retweeted Jeb Bush

    Grass-roots education activists on right & left distrust DeVos.
    This doesn’t help==> Jeb Bush Verified account
    ‏@JebBush

    Betsy DeVos is an outstanding pick for Secretary of Education. I look forward to her bold leadership at the USDOE.

    https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/801562255443841027

    Jeb Bush’s conversion to Roman Catholicism is a perfect example of what Conservatism Inc. is really about

    http://www.unz.com/article/rule-or-ruin/#comment-1624652

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  121. @Formerly CARealist
    Property taxes paid by the average homeowner don't even come close to paying for a year's education in a PS. we have a pretty nice home and our property taxes aren't even 4k a year. A year in a crummy local middle school is more than 10k. Of course, that doesn't include all the money spent on the buildings which is covered by bonds.

    I could do quite a bit with 4k/year in homeschooling. I'm imagining 30k/year spent homeschooling my 3 kids like the PS spends. We'd do field trips to national parks all over the west. Symphony season tickets. Fine dining instruction. Wa-hoo.

    So, the govt should allow us to opt out of the school portion of our property taxes that enables the overpriced indoctrination program.
    Maybe in exchange for donating those $$$ to an education system of our choice.
    (Home/private/religious school)

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  122. Dan Hayes says:
    @FKA Max
    I misspelled Erik Prince's first name. It is Erik with a k not a c.

    I did some more reading and research on Betsy DeVos to better understand her faith and beliefs, because she did not strike me as a traditional Protestant:


    and he said DeVos is heavily influenced by Abraham Kuyper, a Dutch writer and Calvinist theologian.

    “I wouldn’t consider her to be right wing,” Mouw said. “She’s a classic free-enterprise conservative. She takes public life, art and politics very seriously.”

    Unlike an individualistic evangelical approach, she has focused on the common good and has seen education as a big part of that, said Doug Koopman, a political scientist at Calvin College.
     
    - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/11/23/betsy-devos-trumps-education-pick-is-a-billionaire-philanthropist-with-deep-ties-to-the-reformed-christian-community/

    He formulated the principle of antithesis: a divide between secular and religious politics. Liberals and socialists, who were opposed to mixing religion and politics were his natural opponents. Catholics were a natural ally, for not only did they want to practice religiously inspired politics, but they also were no electoral opponent, because they appealed to different religious groups.
     
    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Kuyper#Political_views

    Increasingly, Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands are also using the legal possibilities created for the pillarised structure of society, by setting up their own schools.
     
    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillarisation#Depillarisation

    I wonder what John Calvin would make of Abraham Kuyper's and Betsy DeVos' pro-Papacy politics and philosophy/theology?

    After underlining the fact that the Antichrist sets his tyranny in opposition to the spiritual kingdom of Christ, Calvin writes that the Antichrist “abolishes not the name of either Christ or the Church, but rather uses the name of Christ as a pretext, and lurks under the name of Church as under a mask” by robbing God of his honor. This is, for him, a clear picture of the Pope and therefore he concludes by saying that “it is certain that the Roman Pontiff has impudently transferred to himself the most peculiar properties of God and Christ, there cannot be a doubt that he is the leader and standard-bearer of an impious and abominable kingdom”. Calvin is not speaking of a particular historical Pope, but he is referring to the Pope as representing the institution of the Papacy.
     
    - http://vaticanfiles.org/2014/12/98-john-calvin-and-the-papacy/

    It almost appears that Neo-Calvinism is to Calvinism, what Neo-Conservatism is to Conservatism.

    As was mentioned before and just to complete the circle, the brother of Betsy DeVos, Erik Prince, is a practicing Roman Catholic.

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    Yes, Mr. Hayes!


    Great read, Mr. Derbyshire. Thank you!

    I wrote a lengthy comment on Steve Bannon a couple of days ago, because I see some dangers and inconsistencies in his ideology/worldview:

    I feel this information is vital to understand, and so I decided to post it here again, so we can make sure that the Trump administration does not get infiltrated by the agents of the Zionist-Vatican alliance, like the Reagan administration was.

    I also want to make clear, that I think, that Steve Bannon is an American Patriot, and that without his help Donald Trump would not have won the election, but I also think some of his worldview is unrefined and contradictory, and therefore could be a liability and weakness going forward


    – http://www.unz.com/ldinh/the-trump-ploy/#comment-1653271
     
    - http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/dawn-of-the-trumpening-jeff-sessions-for-attorney-general-steve-bannon-for-pope/#comment-1658259

    The problem is, in my opinion, that Bannon tries to ally with and reform/manipulate the Roman Catholic Church, which won’t happen. They will co-opt him, he won’t co-opt them. This, I think, is Steve Bannon’s biggest blind spot, and the danger I see with him cozying up to the Vatican.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/dawn-of-the-trumpening-jeff-sessions-for-attorney-general-steve-bannon-for-pope/#comment-1658362

    Erik Prince was interviewed on Milo Yiannopoulos' podcast, who is a protege/surrogate of Steve Bannon:
    Milo Show Episode 21: Erik Prince, Founder of Blackwater USA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klE1Grdn5zA

    Published on Aug 12, 2016


    Milo interviews Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater USA, about politics, the military, and the business of war.
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  123. FKA Max says: • Website
    @Dan Hayes
    As was mentioned before and just to complete the circle, the brother of Betsy DeVos, Erik Prince, is a practicing Roman Catholic.

    Yes, Mr. Hayes!

    Great read, Mr. Derbyshire. Thank you!

    I wrote a lengthy comment on Steve Bannon a couple of days ago, because I see some dangers and inconsistencies in his ideology/worldview:

    I feel this information is vital to understand, and so I decided to post it here again, so we can make sure that the Trump administration does not get infiltrated by the agents of the Zionist-Vatican alliance, like the Reagan administration was.

    I also want to make clear, that I think, that Steve Bannon is an American Patriot, and that without his help Donald Trump would not have won the election, but I also think some of his worldview is unrefined and contradictory, and therefore could be a liability and weakness going forward

    http://www.unz.com/ldinh/the-trump-ploy/#comment-1653271

    http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/dawn-of-the-trumpening-jeff-sessions-for-attorney-general-steve-bannon-for-pope/#comment-1658259

    The problem is, in my opinion, that Bannon tries to ally with and reform/manipulate the Roman Catholic Church, which won’t happen. They will co-opt him, he won’t co-opt them. This, I think, is Steve Bannon’s biggest blind spot, and the danger I see with him cozying up to the Vatican.

    http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/dawn-of-the-trumpening-jeff-sessions-for-attorney-general-steve-bannon-for-pope/#comment-1658362

    Erik Prince was interviewed on Milo Yiannopoulos’ podcast, who is a protege/surrogate of Steve Bannon:
    Milo Show Episode 21: Erik Prince, Founder of Blackwater USA



    Published on Aug 12, 2016

    Milo interviews Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater USA, about politics, the military, and the business of war.

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  124. melendwyr says: • Website
    @Anon
    The one thing that's clear about education is that no amount of educational ideas post-1940 or so work to make students learn better. They learn according to their innate capacity, and that's it. Therefore, spending a dime more than necessary is a waste of time. Yes, abolish the Department of Education as an unnecessary expense. But it's not going to be possible to cut down on overpaid teachers. Their salaries are more correlated to housing costs and cost of living in their area rather than their competence, and you can only cut so much before nobody can afford to work the job anymore.

    Besides, if you're teaching in an inner-city black school, you deserve combat pay, frankly. Being a garbage collector is a better job than that.

    Actually, being a trash collector pays so very well that the position is usually distributed by local officials to family members or supporters as a political favor.

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