Category: Education

Campus Life

What metaphor best describes the insanity going on at the University of Missouri? Some come readily to mind; “The tail wagging the dog”, “The inmates are running the asylum”, “The chickens have come home to roost” (given that the pointy headed academicians and their vile progressiveness created this environment of identity politics/ intolerance/victim-hood), or my personal favorite ,”Diversity is code for fascism to the perpetually aggrieved”

It matters not that the fake hate crimes either did not exist or were created by the so called victims themselves in order to perpetuate an agenda. It also does not matter that no one can verify or corroborate the “poop swastika“, the impetus for a certain minorities to toot their “racist” horn, the mere discussion regardless of the facts, can cause a mediocre football team to go on strike resulting in the resignation of the college president. Classes are hard (or should be) so when studying get you down, let’s all go out and dance around a bonfire chanting declarations of indignation over the racist country and it’s racist universities.

For those that have been out of school for awhile, this is what I’m talking about;

Another video from the same guy nails the “equality” nonsense.

It’s hard to feel sorry for these campus officials that are finally having to deal with the monsters they have themselves created, polluting the minds of the students, breeding a corrosive culture of left-wing self-victimization that will not serve their students well once they get out into the real world. I think most of the students know this as well, the special snowflakes that get their way (or stomp their feet when they don’t) knowing that school admins (like their parents before) will always expose their bellies when pushed. How easy life must be when everyone thinks and acts just like you, now that’s is real diversity.

The Daycare Dilemma

Once again, folks, we see the Law of Unintended Consequences in effect:

Programs for young children — whether you call them day care or preschool or even third grade — serve two purposes. On the one hand, they are educational settings that are supposed to help foster the kids’ long-term development. On the other hand, they are safe places where parents can put their children so they can go do other things during the day — things like work for a living. In an ideal world, of course, they do both. The best preschool programs have been shown to have significant lifelong benefits for their students, and they’re doubtless a huge help to parents too. But a sobering new analysis by Michael Baker, Jonathan Gruber (yes, that Jonathan Gruber), and Kevin Milligan of Quebec’s effort to expand access to child care on the cheap is a painful reminder that the two issues can come apart.

The program was designed to increase mothers’ labor force participation rate, and it worked. Lots of people used the system, lots of moms went to work, incomes and GDP rose, and the program was quite affordable to the taxpayer. Kids’ test scores stayed flat.

But contrasting trends in Quebec kids with kids from other Canadian provinces, the authors find “a significant worsening in self-reported health and in life satisfaction among teens” who grew up exposed to the program* along with a “sharp and contemporaneous increase in criminal behavior among the cohorts exposed to the Quebec program, relative to their peers in other provinces.”

What happened was that the government of Quebec decided that everyone deserved cheap daycare — as a little as $5 a day. And a lot cheap daycare is what they got. With such a huge influx of children, poor quality daycare providers proliferated. And many of these providers were much worse than, you know, parents. Worse, many of them were focused on academics, at the government’s urgency. But most research (and almost all parents) will tell you that learning social skills is way more important to preschoolers than learning their ABC’s.

I’ve written about the idiocy of the push for universal pre-K numerous times. You can also check out Megan McArdle, who goes into detail about why the push for universal pre-K is ill-advised. Note, importantly, that the federal push is for more academics and “accelerated learning” — precisely the emphasis that has produced such a disaster in Quebec.

But this about more than the expected Democratic push for universal pre-K. This about the expected Democratic push for federally mandated everything. There is nothing more dangerous than good intentions. The Democrats have given us a series of financial reforms to “protect Americans” that have created a series of financial crises (with Dodd-Frank likely to precipitate the next one. They’ve poured money into making sure everyone can get a college education … which has made college obscenely expensive. They’ve given us “universal healthcare” that has caused insurance rates to skyrocket. And they’ve created a free public education system which is one of the worst-performing in the developed world.

The push for universal pre-K is on. Let’s use Quebec as an example of what not to do. Because it would really be a tragedy if one of the more functional parts of our education system — the dynamic and mostly private pre-K system — was wrecked the slime engine of big government.

As if we needed more proof..

The world is experiencing a destructive collapse of the “Print, borrow & tax so we can spend more than we have to buy votes” mentality. This progressive idea that you government can control and drive economies has been destroying economies ranging from Greece – which again gets an extension to a certain doom that can simply not be avoided because eventually even Germany will be out of money – to that of China where the games to make a centrally planned economy look like something that can work, to examples here at home in the US itself. States like Illinois and California, bastions of liberalism and wholly owned democrat entities, are not just collapsing under the weight of their idiotic beliefs that they can simply continue to fleece the productive to buy votes from what amounts to a large portion of people – many of them illegal citizens – that now just vote for a living.

Nowhere is the destructive nation of the progressive way of doing things more evident than at municipal level. Cities like Detroit, Washington D.C, Chicago, Baltimore, and so on, are basically imploding under the weight of stupid ideas and government. The sad thing is that one city that was almost spared that fate, because the voters wizened up and got rid of the democrat cabal that was raping the productive and basically making the place a shithole, is now back on track to implode under the weight of the progressive nature’s stupidity. Yeah, this article deals with minutia, but that’s actually the problem. Its a whole bunch of small things that look like they are not really important that all come together to make a big picture.

And while the democrat controlled city’s representatives are wasting time arguing about if you should be allowed to piss on the streets or not, they are busy wrecking everything else by basically destroying the goose that laid the golden egg. Heinlein had it right when he pointed out that in general assholes will never appreciate the fact that it is a few people that do all the things that make life good and easy for the rest of us. He was also dead on that instead of showing gratitude the masses would actually despise these people that brought them economic progress. As he posited, they will turn on the productive – out of nothing more than envy, jealousy, and greed – and run them out of town. Then as things indubitably collapse, the dickheads that did this will call it bad luck.

We have the most inept and craven political class in my entire lifetime. These credentialed shitbags grew up in a system, imposed on us by the progressive movement that rewarded the behavior they excelled at: talking out of both sides of their mouths while never accomplishing anything of value. It’s the “everyone gets a trophy” generation showing us what we have wrought. That is why these people, once they left the cocoon of the corrupting school system that indoctrinates and rewards these idiotic and destructive beliefs, chose to go into government. It is the only place where massive ineptitude, delusions of one’s own abilities and achievements, and a complete lack of understanding of how economics or human nature make the real world work, constantly rewards failure. It’s where people that wouldn’t amount to anything but store clerks, despite all their supposed education, can steal from the productive and indulge their complexes.

NYC, like too many places in this country, are being run by people that have profited from a system that rewards cronyism and ineptitude, punishing the productive in the process, and growing the number of government tit suckers. It is no surprise that all it took was a couple of progressive mayors to set the place back on a fast track to implosion. Obama promised he would fundamentally change the country, and he is doing the same thing DeBlasio is doing to NYC. And many progressives think this is all a good thing because they despise the very country that has played the role of the producer in Heinlein’s quote for doing so. The wreckers are in charge, and they are doing what they are good at.

The left must really be desperate

The desperate leftards at WaPo have written an idiotic article which seems to basically be impugning Scott Walker’s credentials to be POTUS because he of all things dropped out of college. As Donald Trump points out, this reeks of desperation when these fucking idiots have tried to make a mountain out of this molehill when they have basically conveniently ignored far more for the asshole in the WH.

You have to wonder if these people simply lack common sense, a moral compass, or intelligence. Me, I think it is all of the above. Credentialed twerps that got their indoctrination and marching orders from the marxism infested academic swamps they now want to pretend one needs a seal of approval from to qualify for success doing a desperate projection, is all we have here. Maybe these morons would love for everyone to forget that getting credentialed by the Ivy league hasn’t really served us well, while successfully kick the living shit of marxist cock suckers in a seriously blue state.

BTW, George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan, all successful presidents that accomplished great things, also had no college degrees, while the fucking douchebag Manchurian candidate now in the WH is credited with all sorts of useless academic bullshit. The left is desperate, and I am loving the tears!

It is only a failed presidency if you don’t understand the destruction is by design

Town Hall has a post up dealing with Obama’s failed presidency. Those of us that no longer remain in the dark know better. Obama has achieved a lot of what he set out to do, as he promised he would when he made the claim he would fundamentally transform America, but the problem is with the people that think he meant to improve things. To the left and Obama the only failure on their part was to not straddle us with even more destructive marxist bullshit. More fast growing debt, millions of illegals sucking at the government’s teat, millions of people unable to find work and forced to suck at the government’s tit, millions of people that have made sucking at the government’s teat their way of life, and the middle class under assault and driven to collapse by the government tax and regulatory burden, have all been bonuses to these fucking crooks. That’s the plan they had from the start, because they think we are all too stupid and in need of micro management.

Oh yeah, the LSM must be doing battlespace preparations for the coming elections as well, considering the number of articles telling us that lying is not a bad thing. Sure this is not really about politics, but this belief that lying is a good thing is part and parcel of the left’s modus operandi. Remember Obamacare? Shit, might as well say “remember the Obama presidency?”, because it has all been lies and criminal acts.

Deja Vu of collectivist stupidity

I admit I didn’t even bother watching the freak show, because I figured it was going to be more of the same, and I was not disappointed. From what I have read and seen now, I can tell that the man is just full of shit, talks out of both sides of his mouth, has a forked tongue, again showed why he is a narcissistic a-hole, by peddling the same trope the left has been peddling for decades: envy and jealousy. Pathetic.

The Washington Times points out that he calls for civility, then taunts. What’s new about that? I mean this has been the guy for 7 years. The Weekly Standard points out that in typical democrat fashion Obama attacks campaign donations, then proceeds to ask for them. The fact that these people that cry the loudest about the evils of donations – but specifically donations to their opponents – isn’t either new or news. These are after all the people that usually want to ban corporate money but see no problem with union money. They are also the people that denigrate and attack the rich, but get the most money from them and as the last 7 years show. do the things that make those rich people richer. The Washington Times also points out that in typical petulant child fashion, Obama managed to tell those evil republicans that just won the last electoral cycle with massive popular support that he was going to take his ball home if they didn’t let him win the game. This has been president “I won”, after all, and by now everyone should know that when they talk about working together or bipartisan efforts, democrats always mean “do what I want”.

This thing was such a snooze fest of the usual collectivist trope that even Ruth Bader Ginsburg seems to have nodded off. There were some highlights though. The Examiner points out that while Obama touted the left’s “War on Womenz” meme and again talked about the pay disparity, that the misleading and false statistics they usually use to back their cherry picking up was not repeated this time. Maybe this had something to do with that. Obama had so much good to say about our clearly broken secondary education system, but that is because, as Glen H. Reynolds has pointed out repeatedly, these institutions are one of the collectivist’s biggest donor blocks.

Fox News does a good job explaining what we saw, and that was that after this last electoral cycle’s shellacking, Obama went back to the usual democrat talking points. More class warfare – preying on the envious and the jealous works – and more taxing the productive and spending to buy votes from those that vote for a living, because that serves the country so well. Basically we got another “Give me your votes and I will give you free shit” donkey speech. Old and tired shit. If you like me just parodied what you expected an old collectivist twit would say and then watched something else, you didn’t miss much and were probably dead on.

Obama has managed to make my predictions that democrats in power would by their very actions sooner than later make sane people realize they are nothing but snake oil salesmen robbing Peter to pay Paul, while bagging a huge chunk of that change, back when everyone was talking about evil rethuglicans and Boosh, come true, and then without a shadow of doubt. I would love to rub it in people’s faces, but then again, when I look at the path of destruction these crooks have left in their wake, I don’t find much pleasure even in that.

Frosting on a turd still means you are getting a turd

Seven years of the left being in charge have devastated support for the stupid shit they believe in and do in the US, so with people turning away from them in droves, the left’s now banking on rewarding millions of criminals that jumped our borders with residency or citizenship and numerous other tax payer paid for perks. Of course, this plan is not playing well with any of the traditional democrat support groups whom correctly diagnose that it will not just cripple their economic opportunity, but make the piece of the pie available for the freeloaders much smaller. Though times, but have no fear, because because Obama has a plan to buy votes yet again. Here is the first line of the article:

President Barack Obama’s proposal for free community college tuition is either a game changer or an empty promise. It just depends who you ask.

Me, based on all the other promises these idiots have made, will go with the later: it is a heaping pile of bullshit masquerading as gourmet food. Free college is idiotic and will solve nothing. College used to be a way for those with more than the average skillset to show they met a certain bar for employment in careers that required more than just intelligence, dedication, hard work, and ingenuity. The ugly truth is that not everybody is college worthy, and we should admit so instead of pretending otherwise. The left decided that the problem to their economy bursting policies and agenda was to make everyone get a college degree, regardless if they had the aptitude, skills, or actually needed it to do what they could find as prospective employment. In the process they have completely diluted the value of a college degree and education. And they did it while dumbing down primary education to the point that too many college applicants ended up woefully unprepared and unqualified for what came next.

With the economy going south and a rigged systems letting people with no chance of completing a college degree of any worth still indebt themselves to in the end fail, the left’s solution is to make the productive pay for this burden. This is the way it used to be in Europe. I said “used to be”, because that’s no longer the case. The days of spending 6-10 years at a university studying crap that would not lead to any kind of gainful employment are over. Students now have to graduate in allotted times and they have to pay for most of their education. More importantly, they have quotas for each type of college degree. You can’t have 50K history students if there are 5K jobs waiting for them. The funny thing that bears mentioning however, is that their tax burden, which was implemented for things like free healthcare and free education, neither of which is anything resembling free anymore, remains the same. Who would have thunk it huh? All that money now goes to pay for people that sit on their ass and can’t work, a whole lot of them with 10 year college degrees in worthless fields of studies, and for a political and bureaucratic monster that adds little or no value.

So back to Obama’s free community college plan. Many people see the emperor with no clothes’ plan for what it is – nothing but a desperate attempt by democrats to both help out one of their biggest donor groups keep their house of cards from facing the reality of the times and keep the wheels on the indoctrination train – and of course, as soon as that was pointed out, the accusations, desperate and veiled tried to make it about race.

Frankly I believe that less people going to college and government getting out of the racket of subsidizing the indoctrination centers and paying off one of the democratic party’s biggest donor blocks would do wonders to improve the higher education racket. The best move they could make is to hold colleges and universities accountable for the loans incurred by the students. Students that fail out should automatically have colleges become financially liable for at least half of what they now owe in student loans. Those that graduate with degrees that only let them find employment asking people if they would like fires with that should similarly have recourse against the school that charged them an arm and a leg for what amounts to a worthless degree. Of course, something like this would spell the end of so many of the left’s specialized grievance rackets passed off as education these days. It would however help those that somehow show they are better prepared and qualified to attend college.

Spare the American tax payer of another bad and costly mistake. Tell Obama to stick to golfing and talking about how racist everyone that disagrees with him is.

How much does this cost again?

Let’s level set and get something out of the way here before I go on my rant about how Harvard now has an anal sex 101 class it will offer, and while I love the idea – because the chicks attending that class are going to be easy and game for some anal. Sure the risk is that the class will be full of dudes that are into this stuff, and believe me as a lesbian trapped in a man’s body I empathize with gays, but bagging even one of these freaky chicks can be entertaining – this is just wrong on so many levels.

I have always felt that college was the only major expense where the majority of Americans partaking attempt to actually get the least return for their huge investment. Partying hard, last I checked, when you are plopping down tens of thousands of dollars a year, while avoiding as much of the work as you can get away with – especially when you already pick out a one of the many fluff degrees these esteemed institutions still charge an arm and a leg for so you can avoid real work – appears to be the experience of practically all college attendees, with a few exceptions. When you have a masters degree program with some 450 students in it, and only 3 of us are not from some other country, you know that’s a degree you got to bust your ass for. The people at the bar every night of the week, and home only because they had no money to go there, prove my point.

This phenomenon of avoiding work seems to be even worse today. Way too many of these colleges and universities have dumbed down their curricula on top of that. Paying a lot of money, or worse, hocking your future by accruing anywhere from $50-150K in student loan debt for degrees that will never pay back that investment in the first place, seems like an insane exercise to me. Harvard ain’t cheap. When you are dropping close to $55K a year for your kid to go there, finding out they are taking a class about butt seks may be something that affects your blood pressure, and plays into my conviction that today’s college education ain’t worth the cost anymore.

My advice to the young today is to learn a trade and get some real work ethics, and avoid college unless they are actually paying for a degree that will return on the investment. I think it is becoming pretty obvious that working hard, especially when you are offering a service that will not be obsoleted, offshored, or outsourced, is far more of a guarantor of success and decent income than the accrual of huge debt and a piece of paper for a fluff degree. And as more people wise up to this reality, things are going to change. In the meantime, pine for the butt seks classes and the lost opportunities.

The Ivy league ain’t what it used to be.

Addendum: They Are Also Coming For Your Kids

As Alex can tell you, the current rulers of Connecticut might be some of the worst in the country. It’s not just their policies; it is their disgusting determination to leverage the horror of the Sandy Hook massacre into advancing any liberal agenda item they can even remotely connect to it:

To wit:

Home-schoolers represent the only authentically radical social movement in the United States (Occupy Wall Street was a fashion statement) and so they must be suppressed, as a malevolent committee of leftist academics and union bosses under the direction of Governor Dannel Malloy is preparing to do in Connecticut, using the Sandy Hook massacre as a pretext. The ghouls invariably rush to the podium after every school massacre, issuing their insipid press releases before the bodies have even cooled, and normally they’re after your guns. But the Malloy gang is after your children.

Malloy’s committee on the Newtown shootings is recommending that Connecticut require home-schooling families to present their children to the local authorities periodically for inspection, to see to it that their psychological and social growth is proceeding in the desired direction. For anybody even passingly familiar with contemporary government schools, which are themselves a peerless source of social and emotional dysfunction, this development is bitterly ironic.

Big Education hates home-schooling for obvious reasons. A lot of mainstream liberals dislike it intensely. Partly this is their love of order and uniformity; home-schooling is a perfect example of the much-dreaded spontaneous order. But it’s also because of their perception — an incorrect one — that home-schooled kids are being taught crazy creationism or not taught at all. In fact, home-schooled children massively outperform their public school counterparts by any standard. And home-schooling parents have organized sports, social groups and events so that home-schooled kids have an active social life.

I don’t agree with everything Williamson says in that article. My local public schools are quite good and low on indoctrination. But I will cheer his rousing defense of home-schooling. I’ve worked with a few kids who were home-schooled. It’s true that some were a bit sheltered and awkward and had trouble cutting the apron strings. But that’s also true of some public-schooled kids (like, um, me). It’s also true that the home-schooled kids were well-prepared, hard-working and quickly adapted to university life once they were on their own. One I worked with, who was raised in a religious home-schooling environment, went on to earn four degrees (including one in astrophysics) and is a faculty member at a prestigious university.

There is no evidence, none, that home-schoolers are more likely to have mental problems or become violent. The Sandy Hook shooter was briefly home-schooled but spent most of his time in the public schools. To connect him to the millions of kids thriving in home-schooling is disgraceful and offensive.

The 13-year-old Desperado

Avery Gagliano is in trouble. Having more than ten unexcused absences from school in the Washington DC public school system, she’s been declared truant. What was she doing? Was she hanging out at the mall? Was she smoking with a bunch of loser? Doing drugs? Voting Republican?

Um, she was being a world-class piano prodigy:

The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 musicians selected from across the globe to play at a prestigious event in Munich last year and has won competitions and headlined with orchestras nationwide.

But to the D.C. public school system, the eighth-grader from Mount Pleasant is also a truant. Yes, you read that right. Avery’s amazing talent and straight-A grades at Alice Deal Middle School earned her no slack from school officials, despite her parents’ begging and pleading for an exception.

Avery’s parents say they did everything they could to persuade the school system. They created a portfolio of her musical achievements and academic record and drafted an independent study plan for the days she’d miss while touring the world as one of the star pianists selected by a prestigious Lang Lang Music Foundation, run by Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who handpicked Avery to be an international music ambassador.

But the school officials wouldn’t budge, even though the truancy law gives them the option to decide what an unexcused absence is. The law states that an excused absence can be “an emergency or other circumstances approved by an educational institution.”

Avery’s parents can’t afford private school. But I’m hoping some private school will read this article and fall over themselves to give them a discount. I would if I ran a school. It’s also possible that the school will cave now that their idiocy has been splashed all over a newspaper.

The key to understanding the problems in our public education system is the realization that the system does not see kids as individuals who should be enabled to rise to the peak level of their abilities. Nor does it see teachers as the people that can open and develop a child’s mind. It sees the schools as a factory, the teachers as grunt labor and docile little future workers as the product. It sees conformity as the ideal. It exists, in the exact words of “educators” like Arne Duncan, to produce workers for American businesses. Thus the tremendous enthusiasm for universal standards and testing: specification and quality control of the product. Thus the willingness to micromanage teachers and throw the latest greatest education fad at them: what you expect those commoners to know how to teach? Thus the enthusiasm for year-round schooling: more product is better product. Thus the hatred for school choice: it could liberate children from the government system (or even worse, force the system to reform).

Little Avery is a piano genius and a straight-A student and that’s great. But the system doesn’t exist to create piano geniuses or straight-A students. She’s not being an obedient little drone, hobbling her way to the quality-controlled, overmanaged, top-down lesson some Washington bureaucrat has decreed for her. And for that, she must be punished.

Update: The DC schools are claiming it was all a big misunderstanding. The reporter disagrees.