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As the 2022 election season heats up, violent Leftist will be back in full force

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My friend Carolyn resided in Florida and then Illinois before migrating to North Carolina. She speaks well, and is a committed Republican. In everyday life, Carolyn avoids squabbles with liberals, unless of course they cross the line, and then she gently but succinctly refutes their erroneous notions.

During the 2020 campaign season, she volunteered at voting precincts throughout the town of Cary North Carolina, at the Republican desk, handing out a card with the slate of GOP candidates. Cary, like parts of Raleigh, tends to be über-liberal, although there are some strong pockets of conservatives.

Belligerence on Cue

Following her stint on one Friday, I asked her “How did it go?” In her customary cheery tone, she told me it was fine. I asked her if there had been any rabble-rousers among those who do not favor the GOP. She reported that a few individuals made mild mocking gestures and glances, another two declared that they had no interest in literature from any GOP organization, and one man said, “F___ Trump.”

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Her experiences on that day were typical: A smattering of those who disagree with everything Republican, and then one or two who mouth off, unprovoked. Republican campaign workers, we can presume, are used to it.

As an intellectual exercise, let’s reverse this scenario. Suppose that you’re volunteering at the Democrat desk, handing out literature and information on the slate of Democrat candidates. Whether your stint is two to four hours or more, will anyone walk by and give you grief because indeed you’re working for Democrats? Will anyone make off-handed comments? It’s possible, but less likely.

A Breed Apart

Does anyone on the right verbally contend with a Democrat campaign worker. If not, why not? Do those who vote for conservatives have greater manners? Are they more reserved? In general, are they more respectful? Likely, yes, but it’s hard to point to statistical evidence.

What is at the root of liberal incivility? Is it a universal phenomenon? For example, are liberals in France or Germany or Italy more prone to mouth off against the opposition than vice versa? Ann Coulter explains in her book, Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America, that liberals “exhibit all the psychological characteristics of a mob.”

Disrespect Each Day

Given liberals’ propensity to disrespect cultural heritage, customs, institutions, and, potentially, anything that came before them, they have a proclivity for chiding anyone with whom they disagree. After all, when you “know that you are right,” and you “know that the other party is completely wrong,” why would you deign to remain civil with them?

Why would you engage in healthy debate? Why would you spare any words defending your views? When you have demonized the opposition party and its members, you give yourself permission to disrespect them and to verbally attack them, and perhaps physically attack them.

The violent protesters, the looters, and the outright criminals roaming the streets, in largely Democratic cities, are on the political Left. You’ll nary find a conservative in the bunch, unless they are present to counteract the misdeeds of those on the Left. This phenomenon is not exclusive to America.

One Step Away

The same scenarios play out over and over around the world. The Left is predisposed to forming mobs and exhibiting mob mentality. As the 2022 election season heats up, they will be back out in full force.

Each time that Carolyn volunteered last November, the one or two individuals who were verbally abusive were, perhaps, but a step away from joining others of a similar mentality, and forming their own little mob. From there, who knows of what they are capable? However, we can all guess.

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Academic Underachievement As a Permanent Condition

Academic achievement occurs through individual effort: One boy and one girl after another rising above

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On the state and local level, as decisions are made about how and in what form we will educate the nation’s children, an age-old issue remains. The underlying causes of income inequality and civil unrest likely has less to do with media-inflamed coverage and more to do with a lingering issue that few people want to earnestly discuss: educational disparity.

In virtually every U.S. school system, the disparity year after year, decade after decade, and even longer, in mathematics competency, reading proficiency, test scores, honor roll status, and graduation rates, between African American students and other students is disturbing.

A Disturbing Reality

Here in the third decade of the third millennium, with a male African American high school dropout rate at 40% across the U.S., can anyone view the situation optimistically? Any responsible American would understandably be concerned.

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As Eric Hanushek, who is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, as well as a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, exclaimed “It’s remarkable.” Following his extensive analysis of the situation, he remarked, “I knew that the gap hadn’t been closing too much, but when I actually looked at the data I was myself surprised.”

In one community after another, and one school system after another, when strenuous efforts to bridge the gap do not bear fruit, invariably someone yells “foul,” as if some grand conspiracy is occurring and a magic wand, yet to be waved, could suddenly redress all. And, as if hard-working, dedicated teachers are not attempting their utmost for each of their students.

An Undesired Path

Consider the school system in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina. This locale, deemed, “The southern part of heaven,” by a variety of writers, is among the most progressive in the United States. The teachers and educators here have a vested interest in demonstrating that their school system, beyond all others, can succeed in the vital area of closing achievement gaps between whites and minorities.

Nevertheless, year in and year out the gap remains. So, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education becomes primed to try anything! Another in an endless line of supposed “fixes” was to eliminate the advanced math classes in the middle schools and to lump all non-pre-algebra students together, with similar plans to eliminate other advanced classes such as in language arts.

Just as you cannot easily erect a sound building on quicksand, and you cannot expect to solve a decades-old problem by starting with a shaky foundation. Taking a lowest common denominator approach to developing school curriculum has never consistently worked, anywhere. It frustrates the students and dramatically increases a teacher’s burden – all such students must then be taught at individual learning speeds. Do you know any superhuman teachers? If so, could you afford them?

Face the Real Issues

Permanently closing the academic gap between underachieving students and the rest of the student population requires addressing reality – airing the truth about the disparity – not resorting to politically “correct” psychobabble and curricula finagling for another ten years, and then another ten, and then another.

This disparity encompasses such issues as the number of hours the television is on in given households, family or parental encouragement for completing homework assignments, a regular workspace, and established hours for studying in a quiet environment, among other factors.

Until solid analysis, exploration, and programs that address these issues are undertaken, no amount of wrangling with classes will prove to be the “winning formula.” And, school boards will have no chance of effectively addressing the continuing problem of poor academic performance among student groups.

In Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story The Sign of Four, detective Sherlock Holmes says, “…When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” The schools in U.S. communities routinely exhaust talented teachers with a task that cannot be solved by them, nor is it theirs to solve.

Students Eager to Learn

However improbable to those who wish to pretend otherwise, academic achievement occurs through individual effort: One boy and one girl after another rising above and cracking the books, then coming to class as serious students, eager to learn, and primed to excel. Such achievement is not likely to occur any other way.

Otherwise, expect that income inequality and civil unrest will continue for decades into the 21st century.

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