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July 23, 2018

Secularist False Charge of Education System Teaching Religionization

 

When we first read about this claim coming from the usual sources against the Ministry of Educations, and particularly Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, that they are using the Israeli public education system and regulations which cover all education in Israel to indoctrinate the youth forcing religious teachings upon them, we simply laughed. We should have taken this more seriously as it has become a valid claim and there are signs that it will be echoed by those who wish to dilute religious leanings within Israel from abroad. This accusation of religionization is about as spurious as is possible. The basis of the claim comes to one simple reality; the Israeli education system teaches Jewish history all the way back to just over four-thousand years ago. This claim would be similar if people found out that a history course was covering the Crusades and claiming they were attempting to indoctrinate Christian Religionization. It would be the same as claiming that teaching about the Arab conquest of MENA as being the teaching of Islamic Religionization. The same would be teaching the history of China as Buddhist Religionization or the history of India as Hindu Religionization or lessons on Greek and Roman Empires as Idolatrous Religionization. All history had some religious slant existing in the cloth from which it has been cut but teaching the history does not mean the students are being indoctrinated with religious brainwashing. If the teaching was straight from the Bible and impressing the commandments repeatedly over and over pressing the students to memorize these texts, that would be religionization. Nothing even approaching such is what is taught in the Israeli school system. Is such taught in the Yeshivas? Of course, but these are private schools most often serving a specific community who demand that their children be taught such an education as their society is stridently religious. The new education requirements have inserted STEM course requirements as well as other normative educational requirements to prepare the Yeshiva students in order that they will have the skills to enter the normative society and find adequate employment should they wish to seek such.

 

The reality is that there have been attempts to equalize the education system introducing more Torah history of the Jewish People, as their history is the reason for modern day Israel. These lessons are taught as history with only sufficient religious slant to put everything in contrast. How does one teach about King David and King Solomon and not also include some tracts from Psalms and Proverbs. One cannot teach about Abraham, Izaak, Jacob and Joseph on to Moses and the Exodus without mentioning the start of monotheism for the Israelis who received the Ten Commandments, witnessed the splitting of the Sea and the ten plagues over Egypt. These points are not teaching religion, it is history. Teaching that there was a period where ancient Israel had judges, prophets and eventually kings, that the nation split in two and that the northern kingdom of Israel became the Ten Lost Tribes and that the remaining two tribes were named Judah after the larger tribe and over time Judean was shortened by the Greeks and Romans to simply Jew and that is where the name of Jew originates. Such lessons are not teaching religion, they are our common history. Covering the Crusades and the adverse effects they had on the Jewish population in Europe or the effects of the Caliphate Rule over the Jews under Islam, is not teaching Judaism any more than it is teaching Christianity or Islam. These are the realities but this has nothing to do with their complaints, they have an entirely different target, Naftali Bennett.

 

Education Minister Naftali Bennett with Kippah

Education Minister Naftali Bennett with Kippah

 

Our chosen picture of Education Minister Naftali Bennett was not selected as the best picture we could find but rather to display his wearing of a Kippah. Naftali Bennett is the current leader of the Jewish Home Party which is based originally in religious Zionism. It is considered, obviously, as a right wing party. Honest disclosure is that many here belong to the Jewish Home, or Bayit Yehudi in Hebrew, and are active in party politics. That aside, Naftali Bennett has only returned the teaching of the ancient history of the Jewish People and the Israelites which had been removed over the years by secular left-leaning governments. These governments attempted to remove all traces of Judaism from the society and intended, by their own declarations, to change Israel into a multi-ethnic democracy where Judaism played absolutely no part in the government, educations system, politics and society. They were attempting to mold a new Israel based on the United States except more socialist. Their desires and interpretation of the direction our society should take has been rejected at the polls with successive right-leaning governments being elected. As Jewish Home is likely to be the second or third largest right-leaning party after the next election, those opposed to our politics are getting a running start on their attacks to try and minimize any right wing representation. Another reason they have decided on challenging Jewish Home is because of the growing popularity both within and from outside our party for the number two person who is serving as Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked (pictured below). Her transformation of the Justice system over her term thus far in the office of Justice Minister has been nothing short of historic. Her appointment of judges who believe that their position entitles them to apply the law as written and not strike down laws they dislike, make up laws they regret that the Knesset does not have their ability of true vision or even countermand orders given to the IDF by the General Staff or other command officers has restrained the judicial system to an equal branch of government and not the unopposed rulers. Ayelet Shaked has turned the dictatorial justice system into a legal adjudicating body which does not rule as a second and superior government of the State of Israel. This too has infuriated the left-leaning efforts to have liberal judges rule the nation after their ideas and striking down the elected government when they actually write legislation demanded by the people, after all, in former times it was that Judges knew better what the people need and the people were just sheep for the shearing.

 

Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked

Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked

 

What we are hearing through multiple attacks is that the left demands that they be permitted to run the affairs of Israel despite what the electorate desires. They demand to be permitted this privilege because of their superior morality which places them on a higher plane than those knuckle-dragging regressives on the right. They have the “real truth” and that should supercede the popularist opinions which the electorate placed in power. This has been behind much of the attacks and investigations of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. We felt ashamed as we know the people in Europe and especially the United States had to be falling over one another laughing at the charges that the Prime Minister received gifts from people who were invited to dinner at the Prime Minister’s residence, fine cigars and expensive champagne. This was the investigation of the Prime Minister, that multi-millionaires and even multi-billionaires actually brought gifts of fine cigars and expensive champagne for the Prime Minister and not, as we put it once, a Ronco Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman. That is honestly how silly and insane the mechanisms on the left have become in seeking any reason, even not signaling a lane change, to try and bring down the Prime Minister. When they actually brought charges against Netanyahu for these “bribes” received, as they could not be gifts, they then followed that with demands that he step down and allow new elections. Of course, Netanyahu would be barred from being the head of his party, Likud, as he was under charges and further investigations. This was all an attempt to topple the elected government, bring the leaders of right-leaning parties under investigations as they were also investigating Bennett and demanding he step down and also Shaked, the number two also step aside, just for good measure, and then have an election. Thus, they desired an election where every right-leaning party was required to run as their candidate for Prime Minister somebody who held no ministerial position and thus nobody outside the party power structure had heard anything about while the left-leaning parties could run people whose names were well known. Yea, that’ll work real good, NOT!

 

Those in Europe probably do not fully understand this but Americans are experiencing the most rabid version of this currently. What is interesting is that President Trump actually intentionally feeds the rabid anti-Trump people who are at a constant scream on how Trump must be impeached. The most dire amongst these Americans demand that Trump and Pence both be impeached and Hillary Clinton appointed to replace them with her choosing her own Vice President except for others who demand that Bernie Sanders was the actual and true winner of the Democrat primary elections and should replace Trump and company. President Trump will almost thrice-daily Tweet something that serves as grist for those rabid anti-Trumpers. He definitely performs this service willingly and intentionally. We fear he is addicted to rousing up the opposition and we believe we know why. As long as the anti-Trumpers continue at their shrill and excruciating consistent crescendo of critical complaints, then the Republican base which elected President Trump will remain encouraged to vote in coming elections and this will assist him in accomplishing his agendas. So, the truth is if the anti-Trumpers really desired to get rid of President Trump in the 2020 elections, their best path would be to simply stop their wall-to-wall screeching and allow everyone to be lulled back to sleep. But this is not about to happen because Trump is a fascist, horrible, racist, elitist, misogynist, homophobic, reactionary and mean capitalist who will make America great again. Confused? So are many of the anti-Trump Facebook, Twitter and other social media posters who react to every provocation, of which Trump provides an ample supply.

 

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June 3, 2018

How to Evict All Religious Jews and Eventually Christians Too

 

The United Kingdom, with the encouragement and urging by Humanists UK, a staunchly atheistic organization which opposes the operation of religious schools; is using Britain’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services, and Schools (Ofsted) to impose the teaching of instruction on same-sex marriage and “sexual orientation” issues as part of their curriculum. The demanding for religious institutions to teach that which is staunchly opposed in their religious doctrines is simply a demand that they close or commit to sins all but beyond forgiveness. They call it the 2010 “Equality Act,” which requires schools to teach “about protected characteristics” including sexual orientation and “gender re-assignment,” knowing full well that imposing these demands will result in these communities leaving the nation, and if smart, the continent and return home to Israel. While the intent according to all official information states that they are targeting unregistered religious schools, but the apparent main and primary target appears to be Hassidic and Orthodox Jewish schools. Using lack of teaching about same-sex marriage and “sexual orientation” issues along with testimony from graduates who have left the community whom they turned to for their tainted recollections are being used to demand that Jewish schools include these sexual and gender education curriculum or face closure. One of the first schools targeted is the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School, founded in 1942 in northern London, which teaches Haredi girls age three to eight and Ofsted insists that these impressionable and very young girls be exposed to education which is directly against the teachings of Torah, the basis and center for Judaism.

 

This is the best spot to quote Rabbi Klein, the director of the Belz Hassidic community’s educational institutions in London, who said, “A school that does not teach a syllabus that includes totally alien, atheistic values could be summarily closed. Ironically, the proposed standards attempt to promote tolerance and respect for some elements of society, while being completely intolerant and disrespectful of our community and our religious principles.” His point is even more poignant when one takes into consideration of the policy’s name, “Equality Act,” which imposes the Secular Humanist religious dogma upon other religions which do not share their atheistic, sexually open, presumed liberated and godless viewpoints. There is not much equality in the “Equality Act,” unless you abide by the “liberated, open and supposedly all-inclusive” outlook in which there are no restrictions on sexuality or gender. The Judeo-Christian schools, seemingly more Jewish schools, cannot teach such curriculum and remain true to their religion. This is an attack on religions, especially Judaism, and is obviously designed to eradicate the Jews from England once again. We might be looking at another expulsion order not so dissimilar in kind to the expulsion of all Jews from the country in 1290 by King Edward I. This expulsion will be performed not through a direct law but the result of demanding that the religious Jewish communities adopt a secular humanist school curriculum teaching their children subjects which their parents would never dare even broach in the home. This is another case of the government knows better than the parents on what their children are to be exposed to and at what age they are ready to discuss these sensitive subjects.

 

The next step would be to make any speech which crosses these subjects in anything resembling rejecting them and referring to them as against religious teachings illegal. This could then be used to restrict the preaching to the flock or even the printing of the Bible, Christian, Muslim or Jewish, and absolutely no speech even in a religious service. Once the orientation wars reach their ultimate point, and that is what is being waged in the United Kingdom, then even reading parts of the Torah would become prohibited as commentary on same-sex relations makes reference forbidding one to partake of such relations and insisting that such yearnings are to be fought by the individual. Torah teaches that one facing this challenge is to be loved and accepted into the community and assisted in living a proper life free from these forbidden actions. The feelings are not forbidden, only acting upon such feelings and even then, only the act of sodomy is technically forbidden. There is a reason behind these guidelines as religion presents guidelines which assist in the formations of families capable of offspring and the raising of these youths such that the result is their being a comfortable fit within their community. These communities are the target of Humanists UK in their drive to erase any religious dogma other than their secular humanist dogma, and as history has shown, it will start with the Jews but it never ends with the Jews.

 

Now let us get into the particulars of the Secular Humanist religion and the attached dogma. The first rule is never admit that Secular Humanism is a religion with dogma and its own list of the unacceptable acts, beliefs, dogmas and other related life events. They adopt purist atheism which must be accepted as the official religious rule with full state provided enforcement. The Atheistic Secular Humanism has a unique primary target which they define as the root of all evils and from which all other blasphemous sacrilege emerged, Judaism. Whenever these groups decide the time has come to attack religious people, they start to impinge upon their worship and study imposing their dogma using the law. This is exactly what this “Equality Act” is and it fits their anti-religious aggressions to a ‘T’. This was covered perfectly in George Orwell’s Animal Farm where it states, “All animals are created equal but some animals are more equal than others.” In the case of Secular Humanism which is the religion of the left, and the further left the more ardent the believer, who are the ones who people government, the George Orwell quote produces something frightening as these are the people who control the regulation engines in most developed nations allowing them to make their beliefs legal and all others not so much. This is exactly what is in motion here, the use of laws and regulations to prevent the teaching of religiously based education which is in contrast to the Atheist Secular Humanist faith.

 

All animals are created equal Quote

All animals are created equal Quote

 

Before people start asking how we can claim that the majority of government employees are left leaning, please allow a simple explanation which will clarify our reasoning. Let us begin with a conservative government led by actual conservatives. Conservatives currently believe in a smaller government. They are not progressives, though there are some who claim to be conservative progressives, they are not really a conservative but a populist progressive who is less left than those who currently control the progressive agenda. These conservative governments do not often open a new department of the government and very often impose a hiring freeze in order to allow attrition to deplete the numbers of government employees. Before the government reaches a critical point where hiring becomes necessary, there will come an election where a true progressive government is put in place. This will be a left leaning or even leftist government which believes that the solution to all problems is the government and new laws, rules and regulations. Along with this, the left progressive government removes the hiring freeze and begins a large hiring period. This hiring often reaches a government employee level equal to that which existed at the beginning of the former conservative government. The hiring does not stop there and continues. These agencies then are filled with left leaning to leftist employees as the people in charge of the hiring will be a left leaning or leftist appointed by the President or Prime Minister or somebody chosen to oversee hiring by this appointee. Thus we see there are periods of little or no hiring under conservatives and free-wheeling hiring by left leaning or leftist government leading to a left leaning to leftist employee set which appoint similar thinking people to the supervisory positions which becomes an impediment for conservative employees, if some manage to sneak in, from being promoted and gaining any real power. This leads to slanted regulations which, in this case, are anti-religious regulations which promote only the Atheistic Secular Humanist dogma.

 

Conflicting Dogma Between Atheist Secular Humanism and Judeo-Christianity

Conflicting Dogma Between Atheist Secular Humanism and Judeo-Christianity

 

These regulations and laws are always passed under fairness and equality, inclusiveness and egalitarianism, openness and fairness. These are the code words for the discharging an execution of traditional religious thought and belief often making them unacceptable to express in public and in public will eventually be applied to houses of worship. Eventually, this is carried to the point where a few Atheist Secular Humanists will attend services claiming to be new congregants and may even join the Synagogue, Church or Mosque and attend services sometimes with a hidden recording device. They will collect incriminating evidence of transgressing the regulations written to promote the Atheist Secular Humanist agenda over all other religions. When they have sufficient proof that horrid and unacceptable dogma is being promoted by this house of worship, they file a report bringing charges demanding the clergy of said house of worship be brought before some court for their transgressions. Thus far, we are not aware of any clergy serving prison sentences in the Western World due to hate speech or other laws restricting expression of Biblical and Torah expressions incorporated in their faith. Such is not true of the Islamic World where leading other than Islamic religious belief is a risky business where either the State forbids or limits such speech with arrest and potentially brutal treatment as well as the threat of brutality by the public where religious police could decide to dissuade those of other faiths of forgoing conversion to Islam. There is at least one Islamic nation where the practice of any other religion is forbidden under the law and punishable by death.

 

Some might be led to believe that the most “open minded” people who are the “paragons of virtue” are defined as such because they are true adherents to Atheist Secular Humanism. Should they be the most serious of believers, they know something which should be impressed on the rest of humanity and imposed for their own good. This secret is that only Atheist Secular Humanist dogma should be permitted in any modern society because of its acceptance and openness. Of course, any religious belief which contradicts their dogma is considered to be closed minded and exclusive and as such is to be admonished and eventually made to conform to their dogma or be prosecuted. These targeting are used to only initially be used against the Jews and other minority religious populations but in our modern society, the Atheist Secular Humanists feel they have sufficient power that they can legislate and then prosecute every religion which they disapprove. Needless to point out that their initial target remains Judaism but they also include Christianity in their local regions. In all too many places, peace and love are being replaced with openness and inclusion as the magic words for any religion. By openness, they mean accepting of all forms of sexual orientation and all forms of relationships, or as they claim to name it, “families” by which they mean any pair or group who wish to form a family unit. By inclusion, they imply acceptance of all, simply all with no limitations or lines which cannot be crossed except that which they declare to not support openness. Over time Atheist Secular Humanism will be the only religion practiced in many of the world’s major cities and Judeo-Christianity will be relegated to rural areas and small towns. What will be interesting will be what occurs when Islam and Atheist Secular Humanism run headlong into one another as this confrontations will be one of epic proportions.

 

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November 15, 2014

Future and Hope for the Western World

 

The future is determined just as much by the nurturing and education provided for the next generation during their youth, formative years and on through their years of education and initial introduction into the workforce as it is by their genetic makeup which is still provided by the natural selection that leads to determining who their parents are. Where we may be on the cusp of great breakthroughs in genetic engineering and closing in on providing parents with choices for genetically altering their future child’s DNA makeup and thus provide for what are called designer children, we have yet to get beyond the cusp and make such opportunities acceptable to the general public. I am sure that should the time come and we are able to literally design a child, leaving only the most minor possibilities of any unseen crisis, and produce a next generation of geniuses, but thus far we are not quite beyond the cusp and stepping into what may be a very strange new world. Once we arrive at the point where the first designer child is produced successfully and a healthy, intelligent, beautiful and handsome wonder-child is born, I suspect rather than being met with cheers and adulation of being the first child in a new era of humanity, we will instead face mobs of protesters demanding this kind of monstrous building of abomination of nature be immediately outlawed and only naturally conceived children be permitted. Of course these demonstrators will eventually tire of their objections, or at least making a public display of those objections, and designer children will be as common as are naturally selected children of today. The problem would be when only designer children or minimally selected pairing of best case DNA from the natural parents for children will be required in a means of aiding natural selection and optimizing the next generations.

 

No matter how close to what is deemed perfect human children biological research may permit society to produce, all of that is worthless if the education system they are given is not up to the optimum level that might be possible. This is apparently a subject of great debate amongst two different generations, the parents of young children through college age young adults and their grandparents whose educational rigors did not grant the wide array of course selection nor did it have the advantages of computers, the internet, social media, and all the other advantages, difficulties, challenges and new educational theories such as the currently very seriously debated and in many cases rejected system known mostly as Common Core. All of that debate aside, the objection appears to be most prevalent amongst the grandparents who look at some of the signs they have observed and the sometimes unbelievable ignorance revealed by numerous interviews and test results given to children in elementary education through to college and university students even those studying for advanced degrees such as Masters and Doctoral programs.

 

One of the glaring recent examples was the interviews of random students at Harvard about current politics and historical questions mostly pertaining to American history. Only a minority could identify Vice President being currently Joe Biden. An even smaller percentage identified John Roberts as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Where I would forgive the average High School student not knowing who was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, these were students at Harvard and whom will be the leaders and shapers of the future of the nation and many of whom will become the lawyers and judges, possible even Supreme Court Judges even to the high position of Chief Justice. These were presumably the crème de la crème of American education; these were students at Harvard. As disturbing as those results may have been, there have been numerous tests performed on students from middle school, there cannot be anything named junior as in junior high school as junior gives of a connotation of inferior and might damage sensitive psyches, high school and through all levels of college which have produced similar indications that the education system is not up to par or students are simply not retaining anything about civics, government or history. The levels displayed often appear like they could use these youths as the stars for a sequel to the movie, and I am reluctant to even let it be known to the world I even have viewed this movie, Idiocracy.

 

Perhaps some examples of questions which stymied so many students, and granted that some of these interviews were handpicked to make the point that there is something amiss in the American, and very likely across the Western World, education systems are in order. When students cannot identify who was the President of the United States during the Civil War as President Lincoln, and I would have even taken President Jefferson Davis assuming the student was from Alabama, Georgia or any of the other southern states which made up the Confederacy, or they cannot name which country from which the United States fought to gain their independence and name Britain or England there is a problem with the education system. Students were unable to name the three branches of the United Stated Federal Government as the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. These are not trick questions setup to fool or mislead the students; they were straight forward and elementary questions. I almost understand when people attending an anti-nuke rally or other ecological rally against pollution or some other similarly themed action are willing to sign a petition to restrict one of the worst greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere named dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) as they are likely to simply take for granted the petition seekers are representing an actual cause celeb and are not pranking them so they do not fully ingest the question and are just signing to support a similarly themed petition, or so they think. In reality, water vapor in the atmosphere is the greatest of the greenhouse gasses but is also so vital to our existence and the existence of virtually every land animal and plant that we accept its presence as vitally necessary so the petition is not false, simply misleading as no such cause has arisen. Asking who the allied powers were in World War II and against whom they were fighting is not a question which should be as great a challenge for the student population in high school or college. Naming the date that we celebrate the United States gaining its independence as the fourth of July is not that difficult. Probably the worst display was on a late night show where they were giving examples of the dumbest of the dumbest set of answers found from archives to history and civics questions from random universities (and I know these were extremely handpicked but with this question that should have been impossible for anybody to miss the answer) and they could not name what nation the United States fought in the Spanish American War. I am at a loss for words to explain how utterly unbelievable it is that there actually were students who guessed at the answer. Some of the examples were, France, the southern states (they did not even call it the Confederacy), Europe (at least they got the right continent even if they missed the actual nation), the Soviet Union, and of course now we get Britain and England. Most of us have heard these questions and answer combinations which would usually be considered outtakes except they were the exact kind of answers they were seeking. I am aware that it probably took quite a number of interviews of students rushing between classes, but still some of these questions are way to basic to have been missed by anyone.

 

Then there is the final point which recently hit the news and was not so much of a surprise as it was the depth and near universality of the criminal deceits that a university would go to simply to have a stronger and more talented football or basketball teams. One of, if not the, best commentaries on the scandal that broke from the University of North Carolina (UNC) was Phantom courses disservice to black students by Walter Williams. In my ‘innocent youth’ I remember the jokes that at some universities there were student athletes taking courses such as Advanced Basket Weaving and other inane and ridiculous courses but never did we imagine phantom courses where students were given grades sufficient to have them retain player status and not be prevented from taking the field due to academic deficiencies. What makes these crimes even worse is that professors received payment for teaching a class that did not exist in reality. These courses were placed within the school for specific social science curriculum and the student’s grade was determined by what was required for their academic qualifications to play their sport as was the number of these courses each student athlete was assigned to raise their averages. These courses and the inflated grades also gave the university the required diversity representation within the student body to qualify for certain Federal Government grant programs which means that these courses were a part of intentionally defrauding the Federal Government and the tax payers of the United States. These frauds, which can be expected, or something similar, to exist in many a university which fields competitive football and basketball teams, are likely to be revealed elsewhere should this investigation be broadened, as it deserves to be, to other universities where such courses may exist. I am sure that other sports programs are likely to be scrutinized and such scrutiny will produce even more and similar problems and frauds.

 

This fraud and any others existing in the American university systems also uncover another even more serious problem, the lack of quality educational opportunity within the public school system as a whole and with particular problems within the schools which serve those troubled neighborhoods which allows certain students to disrupt the education of the entirety of the classes offered. When students are given a passing grade for the reasoning of social promotion both the student and society are being cheated. A major component of this problem is the Federal Government and its various programs and minimal requirements for schools to receive full funding and not be classified as a troubled, problematic or whatever title might be used to classify a school as substandard which places the teachers and administrators of such schools under focus and scrutiny. Needless to point out that such scrutiny due such a rating is anything but friendly and their demands go beyond the schoolroom and into the main office and often will force changed at the top thus great pressure is placed on teachers to assure that every student passes the testing. This produces what is often referred to as teaching to the test where the class becomes practiced in answering the actual questions on the test potentially without having ever studied or been exposed to anything outside of the test regimens. Additionally, over the past couple of decades there has been a litany of schools where cheating on the qualifying tests have been revealed. These deceptions range from teachers prompting the students while they are testing to changing students’ answers to allow for them receiving a higher rating and preventing the school from losing its standing academically.

 

These practices of altering test answers, teaching solely to the test, social progressions through the school system without failing, giving the students answers for the test while they are taking the test and so many other defrauding of students and society has other ramifications such as graduates from high schools not having the ability to read, write and perform elementary mathematical skills. Some of these student athletes learn very early on that they will be exempted from academic requirements and will receive special attention and reprieves which allow them to pass and continue their academic ratings such that they remain eligible for playing their sport. One has to wonder what future many of these athletes will have when they graduate from college still unable to read, write or do elementary arithmetic, not even mathematics, not even the very basics. Providing the student athlete who was granted grades which were not a true accounting of their abilities or actual learning manages to be accepted to a college because of their false grade point average (GPA) and are unable to make the team in their sport or even other less money generating sport, how can they ever pass an actual course when the first time they are being pressed to actually display learned knowledge and retention. In some cases such students may not even be able to write their name beyond block capital letters? They have a high school diploma which they are incapable of reading and will likely have failed and been academically dismissed from college and now need to find work and they realize they have no skill or capabilities that qualify them for employment except menial labors or, if they are fortunate, some trade, operating equipment or performing a specialized skill such as welding or were taken on to apprentice for such a skill such as carpentry or plumbing. The problems arise when there are nowhere near sufficient jobs which require largely physical strength and stamina and then many of such educationally-challenged students who are incapable of filling out an application to receive their paycheck or the required W-2 tax form are unable even to get those jobs. Even more distressing is that the level of knowledge which students taking the required classes to receive a teaching license will also have received an education which potentially will leave them with inadequate levels of knowledge to be fully capable of teaching most courses. This in turn hurts any student who was assigned to have the under-qualified teacher and the cycle begins anew. The areas which have the highest numbers of unqualified or under-qualified teachers are the sciences and mathematics. These particular courses to be qualified as a teacher of mathematics or the sciences are far more rigorous and require numerous hours in higher level mathematics and whatever science one would choose such as biology, physics, chemistry and the numerous others. Since there is a dearth of teachers who become qualified to teach mathematics or the many sciences, the result is that teachers with a general teaching degree end up covering teaching mathematics or some science class despite potentially never having seen that level or even having taken related courses and still be put in a place where they must show proficiency. This begs the question of what would be the advantage of designing students with astronomical IQs if the education system is so broken that it can only provide one with a sub-prime level of education and knowledge. Perhaps the near future we will have a society of brilliantly ignorant young adults holding graduation certificates that hopefully they can actually read. If there exists one school which does not prepare their students with a decent and complete education then as a society we have failed a good number of children which is something which should be eliminated. Our greatest legacies for the most of us are our children and grandchildren and the generation beyond, we must not fail them from the very start with a failing school system; we must not simply trust the education system and should teach them as best we are able. As for any disruptive students who make an education near to impossible we must have a school which deals solely with such students with provisions to take them to those classes thus allowing the rest of the students who are seeking knowledge to receive their lessons without disruption and even intimidations which make learning impossible and murders their future in the process.

 

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