Friday, July 26, 2013

The Charade of Government Education



Alabama Adopts Race-based Standards for School Students


“Alabama public schools will be under a new state-created academic accountability system that sets different goals for students in math and reading based on their race, economic status, ability to speak English and disabilities.”
"The new system, called Plan 2020, sets a different standard for students in each of several subgroups — American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, black, English language learners, Hispanic, multirace, poverty, special education and white."

This so absurd, I can barely contain myself. Why have standards at all? 


Where does the game end? If it's "unfair" in school to demand equal standards for all students, won't it be "unfair" in college? Or medical school? Or even in the job market?


Let's do something crazy and just think about the consequences here...

  • All students, with varying levels of actual (as opposed to false) competency, will compete for the same colleges and jobs, yet at some point, the under-performers will lose out.
  • Accusations of racism will fly. 
  • Government to the rescue: Occupational quotas galore.

What will happen to occupations that historically require skill or a keen intellect? When you're on that airplane, how will it make you feel to know that your air traffic controller might be one of those "false competents"? Or what about that surgeon you're entrusting your child to for that risky procedure?

Why even bother to have an education system or standards if, in the end, the outcomes really don't matter?

Just close all the schools, give everyone a diploma, and call it a day. 

Let's just get past the charade of government "education" please.

http://thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/16003-alabama-adopts-race-based-standards-for-school-students


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Family Culture is Created by Default or Design

I love this article. She hits the nail right on the head.

The American family needs a change for the better. Will you be by default or by design?



Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 03:01 AM.
A friend and I discovered that we shared a connection with a particular young family. “They’re lovely,” I said.

It nagged at me later that I had tagged such a remarkable family with such a bland description. Lovely could be a straw hat with artificial flowers worn to the Kentucky Derby. Lovely wasn’t an apt description, but it was the only thing I could think of at the time. I thought about it later because my best thoughts are always my after-the-moment-has-passed thoughts. The best word to describe them would have been “intentional.”

They are married, have three small children and a vision for life. They have a sense of purpose about work, home, family and each ordinary day. They live within modest means, yet practice generosity. She routinely turns out epicurean wonders like shaved asparagus pizza for others who can use a little help. She, along with little eyes watching and little hands helping, craft beautiful meals.

They are intentional about how they spend time as a family, discriminating about what their children take in, opting for books, crafts and outings instead of television and media. Their faith isn’t relegated to Sunday mornings, but shapes their day-to-day living. They value face-to-face conversations more than electronic messages with emoticons and no vowels.

An article in Forbes discussed what separates great leaders from average leaders. “Great leaders create culture by design, while average leaders allow culture to evolve by default,” wrote Mike Myatt.

It is actually strong leadership at work in this little family. What sets them apart is that they are not evolving by default, passively letting life happen to them, but actively pursuing life and attempting to shape it as they go.

It is far easier to be a family by default. Families that evolve by default require a lot less work and thought. The adults do their thing, the kids do their thing, and they meet for take-out or fast food a couple of nights a week and wonder why nobody seems to connect.

When you create a family by design, you make the choices instead of letting others make the choices for you. You decide. You decide to introduce children to great works of art, to allow them to paint, make music, make a mess, play uninterrupted, putter alongside you in the kitchen, the garden, the workshop and the garage, discovering how tools work and pieces fit.

That sort of family is sometimes out of step with culture. It is a family that moves slower, ambles off the beaten path and goes against the grain. That sort of family life takes thinking ahead, creating opportunities, checking benchmarks and being deliberate about choices.

There’s not much middle ground when it comes to growing a family. 

It really is family by default, or family by design.
 
Lori Borgman is the author of “The Death of Common Sense and Profiles of Those Who Knew Him.” Contact her at lori@loriborgman.com.



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

MLK's Niece Grieved over Zimmerman Verdict

Dr. Alveda King released a statement in response to Saturday's verdict:




"abortionists are butchering women in so called legal yet under-regulated facilities where in many cases no arrests are being made...
"In Chicago, where random killings are at an all time high, a Black Woman, Tonya Reaves, was recently slaughtered and bled to death for five hours in a Planned Parenthood abortion mill and no arrests have been made.
"Now in the wake of Trayvon's senseless death and Mr. Zimmerman's acquittal many people are angry at the tragic loss of life and what some perceive to be a shun on the Black race. For the record, Acts 17:26 teaches that there is one blood and one human race, not multiple races, so racism is based on a lie!
"Others seem to feel a victory because certain constitutional rights were favorably argued and the question of reasonable doubt prevailed in this case. Yet it is important to also note that Zimmerman's life is ruined too, and that the court of public opinion is not completely on his side.

Her comments in full can be found here:
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2013/July/Kings-Niece-Grieved-over-Zimmerman-Verdict/


How a Miami School Crime Cover-Up Policy Led to Trayvon Martin’s Death


"The February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martion might never have happened if school officials in Miami-Dade County had not instituted an unofficial policy of treating crimes as school disciplinary infractions. Revelations that emerged from an internal affairs investigation explain why Martin was not arrested when caught at school with stolen jewelry in October 2011 or with marijuana in February 2012. Instead, the teenager was suspended from school, the last time just days before he was shot dead by George Zimmerman."

Full story here:
http://spectator.org/blog/2013/07/15/trayvon-crime-school-miami


(Photo Credit: LadyLiberty1885)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Private Property Rights: Do They Exist...Really?

If you've been blessed enough to have a mortgage-burning celebration upon paying off your home debt, you know what a proud and exhilarating time that is. Finally...that dream you sacrificed for and diligently pursued for many years, accomplished. It's finally all yours.

Or is it? What would happen if you didn't pay your property taxes?

What would happen if you stopped paying income taxes? Or that vehicle tax?

Would you get to keep "your" property? (Yes, your pay is your property.)

As civil government bloats ever larger, it is increasingly encroaching on our property rights. The hubris is palpable, as if to say,

"All things really belong to the Government, and we're just gracious enough to let you borrow it: your money, your home. Sure, we'll let you live under the illusion of 'private property'...until it conflicts with us - then, we win."
"Oh, and your children? They belong to us, too."

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Homeowner Arrested For Not Allowing Police To Use His House For Stakeout 

"According to a lawsuit the family filed against the city of Henderson [NV], the police did not accept Mitchell’s refusal and used a metal ram to bash in his front door and then entered his house without permission.  In fear, Mitchell curled up in a ball on the living room floor as the police shot him and his dog with pepperballs.  Mitchell was subsequently arrested for obstructing a police officer."

Full story:
http://godfatherpolitics.com/11621/homeowner-arrested-for-not-allowing-police-to-use-his-house-for-stakeout/



Thursday, July 11, 2013

Justice Department: Tolerance Trumps Homeschooling

This smacks of the UN Convention of the Rights of theChild (UNCRC), where government-determined child rights supersede parental authority...


 The Obama Administration wants to deport this Evangelical Christian family.

The Romeikes had already been fined and German police once forcibly escorted their five children to school. They were notified that they could ultimately lose custody if they continued to home school.
The family was initially granted asylum, but the Department of Justice objected and demanded the Christian family be deported.
Attorney General Holder is trying to seek dismissal of this case because he believes that targeting specific groups in the name of tolerance is within the normal legitimate functions of government,” said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. “This cannot be the ultimate position of the United States without denying the essence of our commitment to liberty.”

In their latest court briefing, the Justice Department referenced international court rulings that held 
“parents could not refuse the right to education of a child on the basis of the parents’ convictions, because the child has an independent right to education.”

The Romeike children work on their lessons at the kitchen table of their Tennessee home.


They also referenced a German court ruling that states “the general public has a justified interest in counteracting the development of religiously or philosophically motivated ‘parallel societies’ and in integrating minorities in this area.”


Full story:




Wednesday, July 10, 2013

‘RELIGION, MORALITY AND KNOWLEDGE’: MICHELLE MALKIN AND DAVID BARTON REVEAL THE DARKER SIDE OF EDUCATION REFORM


From The Blaze.com...
Michelle Malkin on Common Core
Malkin called for citizens to get involved to stop the left’s “fomenting and plotting and conspiring to hatch these progressive education schemes and to use our children as their political pawns.”
Michelle Malkin and David Barton Discuss Common Core and Americas History of Faith in Education
Michelle Malkin (Photo Credit: Twitter) 
But rather than limiting her critique to progressives, she also extended her frustration to Republicans who have sold out, in her view. These individuals who are supposed to be defenders of small government are abandoning the values they claim to so ardently adhere to, Malkin contends.
“The reason why this is so important is because there are people who purport to represent limited constitutional government…and local control of the schools,” she said. “[People] who are getting in bed with people who have nothing less than the destruction of parental rights as their agenda.”
In order to understand education in America and the government’s Common Core initiative, Malkin said that the first step is to be informed. The second objective, she said, is to be engaged, telling the crowd that they should use social media to ensure that their voices are heard.
“We need a critical mass and what Twitter and Facebook allow you to do is have a diffusion of knowledge and a knowledge base,” she said, calling for people to insert themselves in the discussion in an effort to save the nation’s schools.
As for Common Core and the current reforms, Malkin noted that the federal government used stimulus money to force states into compliance. To drive home the dangers of education reform proposals, she compared the initiatives to Obamacare.
“If you think Obamacare is bad, wait until you get a load of Obamacore. … it may as well be Bushcore — Jeb Bush, George W. Bush, George Walker Bush and the entire wing of the Republican party that has forsaken the [small government] role that the federal government is supposed to play,” Malkin said.
Teachers, rather than bureaucrats, she argued, are supposed to discern how to “deliver and impart” lessons.
“The collectivist mission of these educators is completely explicit and we cannot collaborate with people who are trying to bring this country down,” she added.
Malkin said that the battle never ends. While the key players change, the “unholy alliance” unfolds again and again. Conservatives, she argued, must get involved in the battle to stop Common Core.


David Barton on Faith and Education


Barton argued that there are two points to consider when looking back at teaching in America, as it originally stood 200 years ago. The first is that one of the primary goals of education was to “teach religion, morality and knowledge.” The second was the role of faith in teaching important thinking skills.
The historian also noted that religion was so important that new states being admitted to the union were required to embrace “religion, morality and knowledge,” which is why these elements made it into many states’ constitutions.
“You could not get into the U.S. as a territory if your schools were not teaching religion, morality and knowledge,” Barton said.
Michelle Malkin and David Barton Discuss Common Core and Americas History of Faith in Education
David Barton (Photo Credit: AP)
Additionally, the way in which children are instructed has changed. Rather than teaching kids to analyze and examine what they read and consume as the U.S. once did, young people are now taught to “learn.”
“They took education away from thinking and they said, instead of thinking, what we want you to do is learn instead,” Barton added.
While this may seem like it’s not such a bad thing on the surface, the historian believes that the change made schools teacher-based instead of student-based, putting the power in the hands of the professors.  There is no longer an analysis of all angles, but a regurgitation of what the teacher said.
The cause of this evolution? In the 1960s, Supreme Court decisions stripped religion and morality out of society. Barton argued that this change makes us gullible, because “we stop thinking and we learn.”
“We don’t analyze, we don’t think, we don’t process. We just receive,” he said.
Objective truth comes from religion. Not having this, he argued, is damaging. STDs, underage pregnancies and violent skyrocketed when religion and morality taken out of schools.







Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Very Low Bar For Arrest

American evangelist and street preacher Tony Miano found himself in trouble while in London for Wimbledon.

You see, Miano wasn't there to catch a match or two. He was there to preach God's word.

When a woman called the police on him, Miano was arrested for preaching that homosexuality is a sin. They even took a sample of Miano's DNA!

As the article details, Miano did not single out or attack homosexuals, but included sexual activities that God calls sin.

Specifically, the arresting officer told Miano...

"We're arresting you...
because people have been offended by what you said."


Arrested for another's perception of offense? Wow. 

I am highly offended when I hear my God's name used as casual slang or as a curse word or as a filler when enough brain cells can't be engaged long enough to come up with a more appropriate representation of the English language. 

"OMG" is an everyday offense. (It did make #3 on God's Top 10 'Thou Shalt Nots.' Do you think He takes that one lightly?)

Call me silly, but I'm not expecting any arrests anytime soon for my perceived offense.

ChristianConcern.com notes on the story's page that England is seeing a rise in arrests of street preachers. We, in the United States, can expect the same here as America embraces homosexuality.

Full story and ChristianConcern.com's brief video here:



Monday, July 8, 2013

Guillory: "Abandon the Government Plantation and the Party of Disappointment"


Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory, Democrat turned Republican, gives an impassioned argument for freedom, encouraging his fellow Americans to join him. 









Only 4 minutes and worth the watch/share...





Pro-Abortionists: "HAIL SATAN!"

Good vs. evil clearly demonstrated. 

WATCH: ABORTION SUPPORTERS CHANT ‘HAIL SATAN!’ WHILE PRO-LIFE ACTIVISTS SING ‘AMAZING GRACE’ OUTSIDE TEXAS CAPITOL


For story and video:



More videos and update from TheBlaze.com:

 

"As Ashley spoke, a few of the pro-abortion people started saying ‘hail Satan’ at random.  The first time we heard it was at 3:35 of this second video.  By 5:15, they’re chanting it in unison, VERY creepily:"

 

(Author’s note: Ashley asked us to point out that she misspoke when she said abortion kills 1.3 people in the United States each year; she meant to say 1.3 million.)








Friday, July 5, 2013

Reflections of Independence

A friend details an honest look at freedoms lost and provides a thoughtful challenge this Independence weekend...

"I challenge you to consider today, not only the Freedoms we still retain, but the Freedoms that we have lost and are losing. The Constitution is a document that does not detail all of our freedoms. Rather it discusses what FEW powers were delegated to a limited Federal Government. The Bill of Rights was added LATER, because some of the states wanted them, but the Founders were loathe to enumerate ANY rights, because it could imply that those are the only rights we have. They felt it necessary to put in the 9th and 10th amendments to clarify that any other rights not specifically listed are still retained by the states and the people.

So consider some of what we have lost:    

*Freedom of Religion
- Public prayer and posting of 10 Commandments, Bible reading often curtailed, incidences where Bible studies disallowed in home, etc., secular government defining marriage.

*Freedom of Privacy
in your Papers and Person - NDAA, Patriot Act, roadblocks, etc., your emails and calls are logged. If you want to drive or work or put money in a bank, your address and personal information are public record and available to anyone.

*Freedom of Movemen
t - You must "show your papers" to travel about the countryside (driver's license, insurance, car tags, passport, etc.), submit to "routine" roadblocks and car inspections.

*Freedom of Association
- Government-issued marriage "license" tells who can have a private relationship, you have to allow anyone to come to your private business, you cannot completely choose whom to employ.

*Right to Keep and Bear Arms
- In most states, you have to have a "license" (permission from government) to own one and/or carry one and the current government is working to disallow any ownership.

*Right to Freely Assemble
- You often must get a "permit" to have a gathering and in many areas, there are often "Free Speech Zones" (huh?) at public/political events.

*Freedom of Speech
- You can be considered a terrorist if you speak out against the government. (NDAA, Patriot Act), "Free Speech Zones," Freedom of Press is often limited to "corporate press."

*Right to Property
- You don't truly own your physical property, because it can be taken from you if you fail to pay taxes or submit to bureaucratic regulations. You do not have the Right to Keep the Fruits of your Labor and choose what to do with it - Have you ever thought about this? When you have to submit a portion of the fruits of your labor to another human entity upon fear of punishment, then you are submitted to a form of slavery.

*Right to Representation
in Government - "Taxation without representation." We have much higher taxes and inadequate constitutional representation (too few representatives) than the Founding Fathers went to war over. We have legislation from non-elected bureaucratic agencies (IRS, EPA, FDA, USDA, etc, etc, etc., this list is huge). "He [King George] has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance." Our government often subjugates our sovereignty to unelected global entities, which often supersede our Constitutional rights.

*Medical and Food Freedom
- Home births discouraged and midwives prosecuted, newborns must get vaccines in hospitals per many laws, pressure to vaccinate, many natural herbs made illegal and unavailable, raw milk illegal, farmers can't grow hemp, healthcare and medical sharing choices curtailed, records must be digital, Farm-to-Table sales heavily regulated.

The ONLY purpose of government is to safeguard our liberties, not take them away or control our every move:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed..."

So, while we reflect upon those who fought to win our Freedom from tyrannical government, let us consider those who might be doing so today. Let us consider how we might contribute to the maintenance/restoration of our constitutional and God-given freedoms. They will not maintain themselves."








Monday, July 1, 2013

Climate Change: Are You Chicken Little?

Almost every person I know wants to care for Planet Earth. Our reasons for doing so, however, usually stem from one of two very different philosophies:
either Biblical Stewardship or Evolutionary Atheism.

A Biblical worldview recognizes that God is:
> Creator of all things, including all life and the universe;
> Providential, providing and caring for His creation; and
> Sovereign, that He is in control of all things.

Evolutionary atheism denies a God with any of these characteristics; thus, humans must be subservient to earth because she holds the future of all in her unpredictable and tenuous grip.

Interestingly, this document on "sustainability" by College Student Educators International demonstrates the extent to which we have been inundated by evolutionary thought, displaying the interplay between social justice, education, sustainable development, and environment, all the while declaring that
  "we are exceeding the carrying capacity of the planet."

When you remove the Providential God from the picture, it's easy to see why some are worried about man destroying earth to the point that it will be inhabitable.

But from a Biblical perspective, we can draw great comfort in resting on the Providence and Sovereignty of God, knowing we do not need to fear. In fact, God has charged His people to take dominion over the earth while properly tending to His creation.

We care for the earth out of love for and obedience to the Creator,

not out of fear of the creation.


Cornwall Alliance does a wonderful job of discussing Environmental Stewardship. I hope you'll use their website as a reference tool:

http://www.cornwallalliance.org   


Below is an article from their latest newsletter, June 26, 2013, in response to President Obama's recent declaration of intended extraconstitutional activity.

So, you tell me: Which worldview does the President hold?

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President Obama Sets Out on Fool’s Errand: Fighting Climate Change

In a televised speech at Georgetown University yesterday, with his suit jacket off and frequently wiping his brow with a handkerchief in the predictable heat of a late-June day in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama announced that he’ll do an end run around Congress and unilaterally institute measures to fight global warming through the executive branch:

… science, accumulated and reviewed over decades, tells us that our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind.
So the question is not whether we need to act. The overwhelming judgment of science—of chemistry and physics and millions of measurements—has put all that to rest. Ninety-seven percent of scientists, including, by the way, some who originally disputed the data, have now put that to rest. They’ve acknowledged the planet is warming and human activity is contributing to it.
So the question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late. And how we answer will have a profound impact on the world that we leave behind not just to you, but to your children and to your grandchildren.
As a President, as a father, and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act.
I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing. And that’s why, today, I’m announcing a new national climate action plan, and I’m here to enlist your generation’s help in keeping the United States of America a leader—a global leader—in the fight against climate change.

His plan calls for major new restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, increases in energy efficiency throughout the economy, and large increases in the proportion of the nation’s energy produced from wind and solar.

The Cornwall Alliance plans to respond more fully to the President’s speech soon, for it presages grave harm to Americans and, because he’s determined to press for similar policies worldwide, others around the world—especially the poor.

For now, however, we simply point out that even if carbon dioxide emissions had all the effects on climate the President claims (which we deny), and even if we could achieve all the emission reductions he targets at no significant cost to the economy (which we deny), he’d still be on a fool’s errand.

Why?

Because, as climatologist Dr. John Christy calculates, even if the U.S. achieved a 50% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, the net impact would be a reduction in global average temperature of an undetectable and utterly inconsequential 7 hundredths of 1 degree Celsius.


Or, as climatologist Dr. Chip Knappenberger calculates, “Using assumptions based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports, if the U.S. as a whole stopped emitting all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions immediately, the ultimate impact on projected global temperature rise would be a reduction, or a ‘savings,’ of approximately 0.08°C by the year 2050 and 0.17°C by the year 2100—amounts that are, for all intents and purposes, negligible.”

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Mr. President, I submit you are an EACL (Evolutionary Atheistic Chicken Little).