Friday, June 06, 2008

Swirling about the bowl, Part III

It occurred to me at an early age that, generally, the kids I was forced to be schooled with were idiots. I know I was reading, as in entire children's books, by age 4, and I'm sure I was doing quite a bit of passive reading much earlier. By the time kindergarten rolled around, I was well passed the material being covered. Math, science, reading; all the fundamentals were pretty easy to understand, and I excelled at everything except penmanship. I still print, to this day.

School was usually a drag for me growing up, as my pace for learning was significantly faster than the teachers (socialists) would allow. I felt held back by this, but it was something that I couldn't have articulated to anyone until high school, when my 11th grade English Lit teacher uttered the phrase, "We'll sink or swim together." That was a defining moment for me, right there. It wasn't until college that I even needed to do any sort of serious studying, and even then, most of that was out of need to recite the socialist doctrine bullshit.

It now seems that not only is this "togetherness" imprinted on the minds of "educators", but some may be taking a different view of the fundamentals.

I actually read that same bit earlier, at Kim's, and had similar thoughts about the bayonet thing, but this is the part that struck me:
"That’s not to say that it can’t happen here, of course—I bet there’s at least one “educator” in the California public school system who has identical beliefs—so let this serve as a warning to us all."

If there is one point that could be made about that bit, it's that we've already initiated these same kinds of nonsensical programs of non-study here, they're usually just disguised as ethnic, woman's or multicultural studies. This is not a phenomonon that is confined to the shores of the petri dish that is England.

It makes me think of something Kevin Baker wrote a few days ago:
"I wonder, is there a school system in any other part of the world that teaches "ethnic studies programs" like ours do? Does Mexico, for instance, teach "American-Mexican Studies" that highlights the laws that apply to Americans in Mexico, but not native citizens? Property law, traffic law, employment law, immigration law?"

This is a problem that runs deep, with no easy fix to it. It's fundamentally flawed thought that brings about this "White guilt" that has been allowed to metastasize into its self-loathing, logical conclusion.

I'm homeschooling, if we ever have kids. Others may want to look into same.

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Blogger Kevin said...

If you haven't, you might want to take an hour or so and read this post.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Thud said...

Your school experience seems pretty similar to a first time father with a new child I am having to do some serious thinking as to my options.

11:03 AM  

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