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The Bigotry of No Expectations: Addressing Academic Underachievement

Academic achievement occurs through individual effort: one student after another rising above.

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Joe Biden can’t remember what he said, and Kamala Harris has no clue as to how our nation’s schools should re-open. 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 cause of income inequality and brewing civil unrest likely has less to do with media-inflamed coverage and much more to do with the problem that apparently no one wants to discuss: educational disparity.

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

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No Cause for Optimism

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

“It’s remarkable,” noted 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. Following his extensive analysis, 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.”

When strenuous efforts to bridge the gap, in one community after another, 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 long-term, hard-working, dedicated teachers are not attempting their utmost for each of their students.

Not a Desired Path

Consider the school system in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina. This locale, deemed, “The southern part of heaven,” by 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.

Year in and year out, nevertheless, the gap remains. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education is 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.

One 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?

Address the Real Issues   

Truly 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. Meanwhile Nigerians, Ghanians, Haitians, and other groups get into high seemingly right off the boat, and within one generation or less become a part of the U.S. economic mainstream.

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.” School boards, moreover, will have zero chance of effectively addressing the continuing problem of poor academic performance among student groups.

Detective Sherlock Holmes, in Arthur Conan Doyle’s story The Sign of Four, 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.

Serious Students, Eager to Learn

Satisfactory academic achievement, however improbable to those who wish to pretend otherwise, occurs through individual effort: one boy and one girl after another rising above and cracking the books, then coming to class as a serious student, eager to learn, and primed to excel.

Such achievement is never 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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The Post That Made Facebook Threaten One of America’s Top Motivational Speakers

Apparently you aren’t allowed to ask pointed questions that make the leftist overlords look bad.

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Apparently you aren’t allowed to ask pointed questions that make the leftist overlords look bad. Check out PolitiCrossing Founder and motivational speaker Chris Widener’s post that earned him the threat:

If Covid was so deadly, would Democrat politicians get caught without their masks dining at French Laundry? Or going maskless in their private jet terminals? Or at the ball games they attend? Would they really risk their very lives?

If the seas were really going to rise from global warming would Obama really own thirty million dollars of beach front properties?

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If this is so deadly, would they allow us to pack hundreds of people into an airplane eighteen inches from each other (yet require you to “social distance” while you get off the plane)? Would they allow thousands of people to use the same touch screen to check in in airports like I just did ten minutes ago?

You have been fooled my friends. Look at what they do, not at what they say. The biggest scams in human history are being pulled on us and half our country goes along with it because they have no discernment of right and wrong or truth and error. And worse, when you call them on their BS, they act indignant and curse and belittle you.

Why would they keep virologists from the best schools in America from getting their message out that this is a scam? Why would they keep you from using medications that have been around and safely used for decades?

We simply cannot continue to allow these shysters to harangue us into complicity. I for one will continue to fight until my dying day for truth against duplicitous manipulation.

If someone told a crowd of 1000 people that they have to shut down their businesses and stay home from school and wear masks or else ONE of those 1000 people would die in the next year, would you do it? Of course not. That’s the math, and only if you believe all the reported cases of death by Covid were actually true but of course we know that many deaths were categorized as Covid deaths but weren’t.

And yet that is exactly what we have done.

Why would they roll out a vaccine that doesn’t even keep you from getting Covid and has tons of side effects and roll out national marketing campaigns to pressure everyone to get it?

What’s really going on here?

It is time to put on your thinking caps, my friends. Just because someone in authority says something is true doesn’t make it so.

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In What Do You Believe? (1)

We each have the freedom to choose the life that works for us without inhibiting others

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Jim Cathcart has written a sterling piece which follows below. Jim, who I’ve know since 1984, grew up in Arkansas, worked in Oklahoma, and struck gold in California. He became an authority in personal development, a popular professional speaker, and an author of several successful books on sales, business strategy, and career achievement.

Here is Part 1 from his brilliant article on the power of our beliefs and belief systems, with Part 2 and Part 3 appearing on Monday:

Nobody is without a religion, nobody (a paraphrase of Jewish philosopher Dennis Prager). All people have a belief system. That system tells them what is good and right, and what is bad and wrong. All belief systems have “sins” too, things you are condemned for doing or not doing.

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Christianity has the shortest list of sins, but Christianity forgives. Yes, it’s true.

Accusatory and Unforgiving

In the religion of ‘Woke’ supremacy, an ever-growing list of sins are unforgivable. In fact, many such sins ‘are stamped into your being’ without your awareness and cannot be resolved, removed, or fully atoned for, such as ‘white privilege’ or ‘systemic racism.’

Law enforcement, the U.S. Constitution, mathematics, “flesh tone” band aids, personal compliments, and chivalry, of late, are inherently bigoted concepts of white supremacy or sexism. The ‘Woke’ seek to erase history so that only they get attention and so that now is the only time that matters.

While legions of the challenges facing humanity were resolved before the members of the ‘Woke’ mob we were born, they demand that we start again, since everyone who preceded us were stained by the wrong belief system. So, whatever our forebearers learned or discovered or developed, or gave their life for, is to be ignored.

Are books part of history? If they were written before now they are based on the past, so all books should be burned or banned. (Does this sound like Nazi Germany?)

Wrong on So Many Levels

The first clue that the ‘Woke’ are on the wrong path is this: They respond to challenges or questions by making personal attacks on the challengers, or labeling them as not worthy of being heard. When ideas can’t be openly debated and discussed then something is askew. Good ideas can stand up to scrutiny.

Predictably, some people will attack me for this article, not the ideas within it. It’s what children do when they don’t have a response. They call you names and say, “I hate you!”

Another tactic of the ‘Woke’ destructive mindset is to ignore all of what you say or do, except for the one item they feel they can attack. It’s like a pack of wolves going after a herd of elk. They don’t launch a frontal attack. They bite the hind leg of the last elk in the herd to weaken him. Then when the elk falls behind the others, the wolves surround it and kill it.

Some people will pick one item from this article and attack it, seeking to negate the entire narrative.

The Limitation of Science

‘Science-ism’ is the belief that objective reality, its measurement and explanation through the scientific process, is all that exists. Yet, science can’t explain the creation of life. Intercourse doesn’t create babies, but that’s how they are conceived. Some couples never have children. We can’t make life; we can only participate in the process.

To accept science as your belief system, you have to make up something to fill the voids, e.g. have faith in something you cannot see or explain. Even science must have faith about some things.

In the religion of Environmentalism and Climate Change, based on ‘Woke’ thinking, you are either a believer who is willing to strive to remove the stain of your existence on the earth, or you’re a denier who is not to be taken seriously and must be controlled by believers. All things end up being related to the climate.

Current White House policies reflect an enormous emphasis on the religion of Environmentalism, plus a belief that America is so wealthy we can spend all of our money on the repairs and changes that must be made, lest we all die from climate change. AOC, for example, says that we can easily afford to spend 10 trillion dollars.

The climate, however, has never witnessed a time of stasis. It has changed continually since creation. These changes go in long term cycles of 1,500 years or more. We are currently in a long-term cycle of global cooling.

In ‘climate-ism,’ human life is seen as an infection of the earth instead of the highest form of life on earth. “If there were no humans, life on earth would go on just fine.” Okay, human hater, you go first.

Belief is a Choice

The answer to the decades old question, “Why can’t we just get along?” is that some people simply won’t stop trying to control others.

You’re free to believe what you wish. You are not free to interfere with my life and the lives of others who disagree with you. If you are correct, then let’s debate the issue. Prove your case or go your own way.

We each have the freedom to choose the life that works for us without inhibiting others.

Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy New Year, Happy Life.

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