Category Archives: Education

School Shutdowns Leave Children Behind, by Ron Paul

To no one’s surprise, the Covid lockdowns retarded childhood development and learning. Fortunately, it made many parents pay more attention to their children’s education, and some of them took their kids out of school. From Ron Paul at ronpaulinstitute.org:

A new report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a program of the US Department of Education, confirms what most parents already knew: shutting down the schools because of the panic over covid was a disaster for American schoolchildren. According to the NAEP, since the 2020 school shutdowns the average nine-year-old suffered a decline in reading skills and math skills. The reading skills decline is the largest since 1990. The math skills decline is the first ever reported by NAEP.

What makes this especially tragic is that there was no medical justification for closing the schools. Children are unlikely to either contract or spread covid, so the idea that schools had to close to prevent children from infecting their families may be the most absurd of all the absurd claims made by covid authoritarians like Dr. Anthony “I represent science” Fauci.

It was clear to anyone truly following the science that school shutdowns were unnecessary and harmful. Yet, because of the combined clout of the teachers unions and the cult of Fauci, in many communities schools were among the last institutions to reopen. When the schools did reopen, children were forbidden to sit together at lunch or play together during recess. Children were also forced to wear masks the whole school day, which made many children sick.

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Textbook Economics? A Review of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Economics, by Mark Thornton

Reading Thomas DiLorenzo’s book on economics will be more beneficial than a degree in economics from most U.S. colleges and universities. From Mark Thornton at lewrockwell.com:

If people understood economics, then our problems with big government would be greatly reduced. Inflation, big government and even war are rare in ideologically smart societies. However, mandatory government education, socialist propaganda by the media cartel, and politicians serving up trillions in government giveaways has enticed the average American to the dark side.[1]

Political correctness, or the opposition to truth and justice, has fallen on America, seemingly, like a tsunami. It is a crucial weapon of the dark side. In economic matters, the latest Marxist/Progressive’s dark side assault has been economic inequality.[2]  This propaganda for higher taxes and more government handouts has been bolstered by decades of bogus government and academic statistical reports.[3] Everyone needs to know some economics to not be bamboozled by this misinformation campaign.

America’s high school and college students are often required to take a course on economics, but most of those classes are anti-economic propaganda against the market and entrepreneurship. The universities and their liberal arts curricula have been entirely infected with Marxism.  College graduates go forward knowing a few skills useful to the State, but more importantly are thoroughly brainwashed against the free market.

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Student Loan Forgiveness Proves All Those College Degrees Really Are Worthless, by Tyler Durden

Should the government be subsidizing student loans when the economic return from the underlying degree is less than its cost? From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

What is a college degree actually worth?  We know what secondary schools charge for the “opportunity” to study with them, but this does not really tell us much about the value of the services they offer.

On average, college tuition costs around $10,000 per year for a person studying in their home state, and $25,000 a year for those studying out-of-state.  Federal student loans can cover these costs, but this is the application of public tax dollars with the expectation of returns; it is not supposed to be free money.  And to be clear, NO ONE is entitled to a secondary education, let alone for free.

The average interest rate on a student loan is around 5% these days, and such loans include stipulations that they cannot be erased through bankruptcy.  The argument among people who support loan forgiveness is that the cost of a degree is too high and the loans are impossible to pay or escape.  On top of that, many of these graduates can’t even get a job once they leave college.

Surveys over the past couple years show that at least 45% of college graduates are unable to find a job once they enter the private sector.  Those that can find a job usually end up working outside the scope of their field of study.  Keep in mind this is happening during a period of very low official unemployment.

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The Kissinger Continuum: The Unauthorized History of the WEF’s Young Global Leaders Program, by Johnny Vedmore

Henry Kissinger, Klaus Schwab, and the CIA are responsible for a lot of the men and women who are screwing up the world. From Johnny Vedmore at 2ndsmartestguyinthe world.com:

The World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders program, Klaus Schwab’s supposed brainchild, is actually an almost exact replica of Henry Kissinger’s International Seminar that was originally run out of Harvard and was funded by the CIA. In this article, Johnny Vedmore investigates the people behind Kissinger’s International Seminar, the CIA conduits which funded the program, and Kissinger’s key role in the creation of the WEF’s Young Global Leaders program itself.

The World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (YGL) initiative has been responsible for seeding many of the ruling elite into positions of power and influence within the worlds of business, civil society and, most importantly, politics. The fall of the Soviet Union soon became the apparent catalyst for the creation of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow program, which was the precursor to the Young Global Leaders initiative over a decade later.

However, the supposed mastermind of the project, the WEF’s lifetime leader Klaus Schwab, had himself already been helped into his own influential position by a very similar program run out of Harvard University that was heavily funded by the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The Harvard initiative in question, often referred to as Henry Kissinger’s International Seminar, was one of several programs set up by senior members of organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations and the newly created CIA. In fact, during the post-World War II era, the United States was proactively creating many such programs with the intention of grooming potential young foreign leaders and installing them into positions of power. The main motive behind the establishment of these programs was ostensibly to combat and prevent communist infiltration of foreign states while also assuring that future global leaders would be amenable to US interests.

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Why California’s Affirmative Action Ban May Have Harmed White Enrollment, by Robert Stark

Most of the whites now admitted are either poor or rich, not middle class like prior UC classes. From Robert Stark at unz.com:

White UC Freshman enrollment down to abysmal 18.6%

The LA Times reports that UC campuses have “set records for diversity, as students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups increased to 43.8% of the admitted first-year class. For the third straight year, Latinos were the largest ethnic group at 37.3%, followed by Asian Americans at 35%, white students at 18.6% and Black students at 5.7%.” The article also reports that “About 47% of admitted California first-year students are low-income, and 44% would be the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree.” The article also states that the UC system is “admitting a record number of new students for fall 2022 with “85,268 California first-year applicants — a 1.2% increase of 1,045 students over last year.”

It is important to point out that this record for diversity and decline in White enrollment, is after Californians rejected Prop 16. Prop 16, which was unanimously endorsed by UC Regents, would have overturned Prop 209, which was passed in 1998, and banned the consideration of race, ethnicity, or gender in public employee hiring and public university admissions. However, universities have other strategies to boost diversity. For instance increasing enrollment, targeted recruitment strategies, and relying more upon personal admissions essays. In 2021 the UC System immediately ended the use of standardized testing in admissions. Another LA Times article on how the UCs are responding to the Affirmative Action ban reported that “the University of California weighs applicants’ socioeconomic status and whether they’re the first in their family to attend college — race-blind strategies meant to increase diversity.” A Wall Street Journal article on new admissions strategies reports that “Efforts to boost diversity could include widening recruiting efforts, getting more context on applicants’ backgrounds and offering spots to students before they even apply.”

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Biden To Forgive $10k In Student Loans — In Unrelated News, Nation’s Colleges Raise Tuition By $10k

From The Babylon Bee:

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CAMBRIDGE, MA — President Biden announced plans today to forgive $10,000 in student loan debt for anyone making less than $125k per year. In completely unrelated news, the nation’s colleges and universities announced plans to immediately raise tuition by $10,000.

“Look, Jack! Here’s the deal! No malarkey at all! Not a joke!” said Biden before an aide had to step in and explain he was signing an order to forgive student loan debt.

Dr. Charles Moneybags, director of the National Association for the Advancement Of College Professors (NAACP), said he applauds the president’s decision to cancel student debt for so many borrowers. “We’re very excited that a college education will be more affordable for the next generation of art history majors,” he said.

Moneybags then went on to explain why immediate tuition increases were necessary. “Due to an unfortunate concurrence of high inflation, global warming, and, uh, the upcoming solar eclipse in 2024, we’ve all had to raise our tuition by $10k,” he noted. “Plus, we’ve had to spend a ton of money building safe spaces and bathrooms for all the new genders.”

Shelia Johnson, a 45-year-old Harvard student working on her ninth degree, said she is excited for her loans to be forgiven, but worries about the ever-increasing cost of education. “I’m nervous that I might need to leave school one day to get a job and start paying my loans,” she said. “Hopefully President Kamala Harris can find a way to solve this problem.”

At publishing time, Moneybags had invited the press corps to his summer home in the Hamptons to show off the new helipad he had installed next to his swimming pool.

https://babylonbee.com/news/biden-to-forgive-10k-in-student-loans-in-unrelated-news-nations-colleges-raise-tuition-by-10k

The Three I’s of a Police State Education: Indoctrination, Intimidation & Intolerance, by John and Nisha Whitehead

Schools are now more about compliance, the party line, and conformity than they are about education. From John and Nisha Whitehead at rutherford.org:

“Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning.”—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes

This is what it means to go back-to-school in America today.

Instead of making the schools safer, government officials are making them more authoritarian.

Instead of raising up a generation of civic-minded citizens with critical thinking skills, government officials are churning out compliant drones who know little to nothing about their history or their freedoms.

And instead of being taught the three R’s of education (reading, writing and arithmetic), young people are being drilled in the three I’s of life in the American police state: indoctrination, intimidation and intolerance.

From the moment a child enters one of the nation’s 98,000 public schools to the moment he or she graduates, they will be exposed to a steady diet of:

  • draconian zero tolerance policies that criminalize childish behavior,
  • overreaching anti-bullying statutes that criminalize speech,
  • school resource officers (police) tasked with disciplining and/or arresting so-called “disorderly” students,
  • standardized testing that emphasizes rote answers over critical thinking,
  • politically correct mindsets that teach young people to censor themselves and those around them,
  • and extensive biometric and surveillance systems that, coupled with the rest, acclimate young people to a world in which they have no freedom of thought, speech or movement.

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The Old Dogs Needs Some New Tricks, by Eamon McKinney

The U.S. needs some new thinking about its role in the world. From Eamon McKinney at strategic-culture.org:

While the world slides towards a chaotic future the MSM remains wilfully oblivious to the suffering it has enabled.

The Globalists’ agenda has progressed steadily over the years, it’s evil intent has brought us to the lamentable condition that the world finds itself in today. It is no exaggeration to say that the Cabal are attempting to implement a mass extinction event upon humanity. Bill gates and the rest of the NWO Davos crowd have been enthusiastically talking up the need for “De-population” for years. There are according to them, too many “useless eaters”. The genocidal Covid atrocity that was imposed on the world more than two years ago served that agenda, to a point. The full extent of the fatalities from what was a criminal live human trial are as yet unknown, it may be years before the long term effects are fully understood. Yet, the obvious fact that the wave of deaths and injuries apparently confounding the Mainstream media are concentrated exclusively among those that trusted their Governments and took, reluctantly or not, the experimental jab. Athletes and the young are dropping dead at alarming rates yet the MSM can find no correlation between that and the jab, is climate change the cause they wonder? The onslaught of propaganda that enabled the Covid lie was possible only with the complicity of the MSM. Using every tool of disinformation at their disposal they silenced any contrary opinion, even those coming from some of the World’s leading experts in the field. Dr. Robert Malone the inventor of the MRNA technology, Cary Mullis the creator of the PCR test, and many other esteemed scientists were silenced. And of course, the dissenters, the “anti-vaxxers” were ridiculed as “conspiracy theorists.” A term created by the CIA to discredit and marginalise those who questioned the assassination of J.F.K. nearly 60 years ago. Without gloating over the tragedy there is now some vindication, the group at the lowest risk from Covid? the “conspiracy theorists” who knew enough not the trust the pharmaceutical industry, their governments or the MSM.

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Very Good Things . . ., by Eric Peters

There have been silver linings in the Covid fiasco. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

So many good things have come about as a result of the worst thing that has happened to us, ever. That being the “pandemic,” as its purveyors have largely succeeded in getting most of us to refer to it. Very much as they got us to use their verbiage to refer to the events of September 11, 2001 as “911.” Both of these usages being of great psychological importance. By using them, we are manipulated into agreeing with them. There is a “pandemic.” We agree that an emergency – 911 – exists.

There are other such usages, such as the injunction to wear your (rather than a) “mask” and get your “vaccine.” That the “climate” is “changing.” 

These are all very bad things.

But a good thing has happened. More people than ever before have begun to examine these usages, to think about what is meant –  and once that begins, it is very difficult to ever stop it.

A good way to understand the process is by referring to the old sci-movie, They Live – which was about a society asleep at the wheel, programmed to the uses of a cabal of aliens who people couldn’t see unless they put on special sunglasses. Once they saw, they could not unsee.

It works the same in real life, no special sunglasess needed.

People have begun to see – not only through the lies – but that the lies are deliberate, malicious and being used to further ends no less diabolical than in the movie.

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On Covid, schools, and the death of the liberal expert class, by Alex Berenson

You get a large and accepted “expert” class when people stop doing their own thinking. From Alex Berenson at alexberenson.substack.com:

The New Yorker just ran its second big negative piece on Ron DeSantis in a week, proof of how much the woke media fears the governor of Florida. (Yes, I read the New Yorker so you don’t have to.)

The article is nominally about DeSantis’s support for age-appropriate teaching of gender and sexuality in public schools. Or, as the Democrats like to call it, “Don’t Say Gay.” The wokesters have not figured out that label is not quite the devastating comeback they think.

Plenty of parents of six-year-olds are fine with not having teachers say “gay” – they think that even if they support same-sex marriage (as I do), they and not outsiders should decide what their first- or second-graders hear about sex and family structures. Then again, these are the people who thought “defund the police” was an electoral winner, so their political instincts may not be the best.

But I digress, briefly. As you would expect, the article treats DeSantis as a political opportunist. But, unlike most woke media reporters these days, the author actually took the time both to talk to conservatives who support DeSantis’s views and to try to understand why those views are gaining so much ground right now. (As opposed to just repeating Fox News misinformation racism misogyny America is the worst endlessly.)

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