Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Education is Endless.

Education is endless.
Therefore trying to be educated is worthless!

Dummying down the education system is a very important tool for the ‘boss’ who would like to exploit the mass! To achieve that goal, ‘boss’ controls the media (thought process), educational institutions (schools), opium of the masses (pulpit), lobby groups (power of the lever) etc. etc.

Please examine the followings with an open mind:
1. Iraq Was Invaded to Secure Israel
2. Iraq pullout would hurt Israel
3. Oil, Israel and Iraq
4. Israelis control America

Because of one little illegal and immoral state like Israel, which got no similarities with USA, it’s constitution, way of life or anything; the USA have been fighting and dying like dogs, sacrificing economy, prestige, moral standing, security, etc. etc. Today, it is impossible to conduct a rational debate about Israel in the USA!

What made it possible?

--- In, "sanjay" <> wrote:
Re: [freeamericanow] Re: Ignorance in America

Does Don Quixote reminds you of someone. And do not forget that Sancho Panza or what was the name of his servant.Read the book when I was a child and loved it.Sanjay PandeyBangaloreKarnatakaIndia

--- In, "Jodie" wrote:
Re: Ignorance in America


No, that is not the reason for American's lack of education at the present. When I was a kid in school, the Texas educational system was excellent, and we were taught the Native American Indian culture, and were well educated in many subjects that are not offered at present day American schools. For example, the subject of World Geography is no longer taught in most American elementary schools. I'm beginning to think American History and Government are no longer stressed in elementary schools.

I do not know why American standards have become so lowered.

It seems that young Americans at present are only interested in computers, cell phones, and cars.

P.S. I still have one of my 5th grade school books... Little Tejas
The story of a young Indian boy of a small Texas tribe of Indians... Tejas meaning "Texas." Tejas pronounced Tey-hahs.

I have never stopped reading good books and educating myself. At present, I am reading Don Quixote by Cervantes... A great book by a great writer.


--- In, "sanjay" <> wrote:
Re: [freeamericanow] Ignorance in America


Education and other things are something which need a root. America does not have any cultural root. The ancient culture of Native Americans was destroyed. This America has only the culture of loot and robbery. so what is the surprise if it is reverting to it.

Sanjay Pandey
Karnataka, India

--- In, "Jodie" wrote:

This is scary. Read the whole article... It's short. And many Americans are unconcerned ????? We should stop meddling in other countries, and concentrate on investing in America and Americans again... per Ron Paul.

Clueless in America By Bob Herbert

22/04/08 "New York Times" -- -- We don't hear a great deal about education in the presidential campaign. It's much too serious a topic to compete with such fun stuff as Hillary tossing back a shot of whiskey, or Barack rolling a gutter ball.

The nation's future may depend on how well we educate the current and future generations, but (like the renovation of the nation's infrastructure, or a serious search for better sources of energy) that can wait. At the moment, no one seems to have the will to engage any of the most serious challenges facing the U.S.

An American kid drops out of high school every 26 seconds. That's more than a million every year, a sign of big trouble for these largely clueless youngsters in an era in which a college education is crucial to maintaining a middle-class quality of life — and for the country as a whole in a world that is becoming more hotly competitive every day.

Ignorance in the United States is not just bliss, it's widespread. A recent survey of teenagers by the education advocacy group Common Core found that a quarter could not identify Adolf Hitler, a third did not know that the Bill of Rights guaranteed freedom of speech and religion, and fewer than half knew that the Civil War took place between 1850 and 1900.

"We have one of the highest dropout rates in the industrialized world," said Allan Golston, the president of U.S. programs for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In a discussion over lunch recently he described the situation as "actually pretty scary, alarming."

Roughly a third of all American high school students drop out. Another third graduate but are not prepared for the next stage of life — either productive work or some form of post-secondary education.

When two-thirds of all teenagers old enough to graduate from high school are incapable of mastering college-level work, the nation is doing something awfully wrong.

Mr. Golston noted that the performance of American students, when compared with their peers in other countries, tends to grow increasingly dismal as they move through the higher grades:

"In math and science, for example, our fourth graders are among the top students globally. By roughly eighth grade, they're in the middle of the pack. And by the 12th grade, U.S. students are scoring generally near the bottom of all industrialized countries."

Many students get a first-rate education in the public schools, but they represent too small a fraction of the whole.

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, offered a brutal critique of the nation's high schools a few years ago, describing them as "obsolete" and saying, "When I compare our high schools with what I see when I'm traveling abroad, I am terrified for our work force of tomorrow."

Said Mr. Gates: "By obsolete, I don't just mean that they are broken, flawed or underfunded, though a case could be made for every one of those points. By obsolete, I mean our high schools — even when they're working as designed — cannot teach all our students what they need to know today."

The Educational Testing Service, in a report titled "America's Perfect Storm," cited three powerful forces that are affecting the quality of life for millions of Americans and already shaping the nation's future. They are:

• The wide disparity in the literacy and math skills of both the school-age and adult populations. These skills, which play such a tremendous role in the lives of individuals and families, vary widely across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

• The "seismic changes" in the U.S. economy that have resulted from globalization, technological advances, shifts in the relationship of labor and capital, and other developments.

• Sweeping demographic changes. By 2030, the U.S. population is expected to reach 360 million. That population will be older and substantially more diverse, with immigration having a big impact on both the population as a whole and the work force.

These and so many other issues of crucial national importance require an educated populace if they are to be dealt with effectively. At the moment we are not even coming close to equipping the population with the intellectual tools that are needed.

While we're effectively standing in place, other nations are catching up and passing us when it comes to educational achievement. You have to be pretty dopey not to see the implications of that.

But, then, some of us are pretty dopey. In the Common Core survey, nearly 20 percent of respondents did not know who the U.S. fought in World War II. Eleven percent thought that Dwight Eisenhower was the president forced from office by the Watergate scandal. Another 11 percent thought it was Harry Truman.

We've got work to do. Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

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