Teh Squeaky Wheel
In for the “night.” The mail seemed to take forever, as today’s paper was a sloppy mess.
General Manager Dave, at Clark’s market surprised me with a box of donuts.
Wasn’t that nice : )
Conspiracy Theory James, who works graveyard at the Circle K, was NOT in rare form this evening. Usually saying hi to him is the high point of the night.
He seemed preoccupied this evening.
Maybe with a new conspiracy theory?
I feel remis that I haven’t mentioned Conspiracy Theory James before.
I first encountered him soon after I started The Big Route. The way my mind works, I guess he goes out of context just like the details of the rest of the route.
How strange to think about.
Happy Annoyed Doggeh Wednesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning (night), dv8 (and Harper!)!
dv8 -- sorry the paper was such a mess. I remember delivering papers one summer and always hated it when the bundles of papers and inserts were a mess. They took forever to process. Good score on the doughnuts, though!
Gov. Nuisance announced a new program where college students can put in 450 hours of community service, in exchange for $10,000 to go towards their education. The program will start with 6500 students and they will do “part-time work in areas of pressing need like K-12 education disparities, climate change and food insecurity,”
Newsom said. “If I could decide the future of this country I would demand that all of us have some compulsory service and shared experiences.”
Dictators gotta dictate.
That’s a pretty good hourly wage: $22/hour.
I’m not sure what “food insecurity” means, but it would be a waste of time to look it up cuz I can guess what the left thinks it is.
I looked it up several years ago when I first ran across the term in the context of hunger in America. As you would expect, it encompasses many more people than you would think from the name. If someone in your household skipped a meal because they didn’t have enough money, then you are food insecure. I’ve done that lots of times in the days before paying for everything with a debit card was a thing. “Oops! I’ve only got $1.15, guess I’ll skip lunch today.” Given the expansiveness of the definition, we’ve all been food insecure at times in our life. That doesn’t mean we went hungry.
Forced “volunteerism” is a Marxist concept. It has been a feature in the government schools since some time in the 90s IIRC.
Marxist Education Theory, all the way, I actually read some Paulo Frier (sp) when I was in the university system in the late 90s to early 2000s.
These SOBs have been writing academic BS for a long time. Much longer than people think. Although it didn’t appear in large part until the 1970s, some Marxist Education Theory has been implemented in the public schools (and private) since the 1950s. By the 70s, you had the “hippy” open classrooms.” Transactional analysis, “Peer review” of school work, So called “group projects,.” environmental and other forms of indoctrination. Traditional educational practices being phased out.
Even prior to that we had deemphasis of things like penmanship skills and whole language (Dick and Jane) and “New Math” producing a brand new generation of illiterates. Even so called “Standardized tests” are a Marxist Idea. The dumbing down, as a result of them is quite deliberate.
People like Paulo Frier, and other Marxist education theorists wrote extensively about them. Their academic ideas were well hidden in plain sight. I’ve been warning people about this stuff for about 40 years, not that I had a big platform from which to do so. But whenever I brought it up, I found the damage was not understood or downplayed by most so called concerned conservatives, and was completely invisible to so called liberals.
By the 90’s all these things (such as forced volunteerism) were in full force. Any school now, and especially any that receives public funds are mind mutilating cesspools.
I did not have to dig very deep to discover these evil people. But I find most people in education have never even heard of them, nor do they realize that the destruction of education is very far from organic.
Some of them, even many, many conservatives, will defend praxis based on Marxist Education Theory such as so called “peer review” and “mentoring” not realizing that they are defending Marxism.
50 years too late, some people are railing against “Critical Race Theory” not realizing that it is part of a larger Critical Theory which has been in practise for many decades.
You will hear people extolling the virtue of “Critical Thinking” not realizing at all that it part of Critical Theory and Marxist Education Theory in general.
All people alive today have been subjected to some degree of all of this. Including all of us here, no matter how old we are. My mom, for example, got quite a bit of it in high school in the 1950s.
For that reason I hold out very little hope for the future. At least without some bloodshed. I knew this was a huge problem some time in the 80s when I was still quite young.
But by the 90s, I realized that, although many of us tend to think we are victims of it, we are actually mostly
(now ask me how I really feel : )
Good morning, Dv8, and Paddy --
Thanks for your information last night, Paddy, regarding the parent that wants to change things so as to not foster bad feelings. I wonder if there’s a survey over time as to how much time parents used to spend with their kids on homework and what that is now.
That would be interesting.
Sad news. Just read on AoS that OregonMuse passed away.
Oh no! I thought he was doing better. Prayers for his family -- he left us way too early.
Thank you for the news, though I am sad to hear this. As Paddy said, far too early.
A lot of good comments in the AoS thread --
By the way, when I first discovered Marxist Education Theory, I used to write all my school papers criticizing all aspects of it.
I often talk of how, when I used to smoke cigarettes, my whole life changed and I could suddenly concentrate and managed to accomplish a lot. More than with any other ADD treatment since.
But it puts into perspective my 3.8 gpa at the time as particularly amazing for me personally, considering all I did in my humanities classes (that weren’t directly music related) was constantly poke the bear.
I (quite literally) had PSTD as a result of my time at PSU. So, whenever someone brings up the subject my ability to write polemic is reawakened.
I had to read Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed in teacher school in the early 2000’s. His analysis of the problem with the then-current education of indigenous populations was correct. His solution was pure Marxist drivel. I had to write at least one paper, and more than one exam answer on his drivel. I think I may have written above the professor’s head, because I managed to point out the flaws in Freire’s ideas without getting marked down. I can only imagine the crap you had to put up with.
yeah, since I don’t care what people think, It never occurred to me to obfuscate my points in my school writing. Since I don’t actually care about grades, it only just now occurred to me that my writing is probably what kept me from having a 4.0.
At least until I stopped smoking, which… then… my academic ability dropped back to the crap level it was for my entire non smoking school experience before and since.
You got a taste of what my writing was like albeit a more than a little rusty.
When I figured out that properly addressing the topic got me failing grades in teacher school, but ignoring reality and writing what the professor wanted to hear got me A’s, I said eff this. I’m trying to get my credential and hopefully some knowledge along the way. I will put up with this carp to the extent I can for two years, then be done with it.
Most of the professors I had in teacher school didn’t know how to teach, and if they did, they didn’t know how to apply their subject matter to anything other than the liberal arts fields. Questions from students like “How am I supposed to apply this in my [math, science, instrumental music] class?” were met with “I’m sure you can figure out a way.” Then what the eff am I paying you bozos for?-
I understand. That’s what most good people do. But that’s how evil makes its headway. And I know you realize that. I sympathize. (and believe me, it takes a lot for me to try, or at least say, I sympathize when I actually don’t, TBH.)
Deep down, well, maybe not so deep down, I know that any keeping my head down that I or others did, is what caused this to have become a huge problem now and in the past.
We become the “Good People” who “Do Nothing,” that cause “evil to flourish,” as the saying goes.
Under Marxism, almost everyone is guilty.
if not literally everyone.
I knew that that stuff needed to be expulsed to a larger audience, but back then, and to some extent now, I didn’t know how to go about it. I blogged and commented about it back then, Most people’s reaction was confusion.
anyway, to the extent that we did not do all we could, those of us who realized what it was, we are all complicit, and hence part of the problem.
I know little of the history and academics behind Marxism, but how would you differentiate between “forced volunteerism” and the military draft?
The military pays better and has better benefits.
The draft is in no way volunteer and the military is one of the legitimate purposes of our government. Hi, Sven!
Minor Children. They cannot graduate until they perform their “volunteer” duty.
So called cultural Marxism began at Columbia University in 1914. Marxists and proto Marxist types have been involved in the US (for example, in the formation of the frontier) since long before that.
This topic has my blood boiling as usual.
I think I’ll have a cup of squirrel tea and try to calm down.