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Bringing a Bazooka to a Knife Fight, James Howard Kunstler

Read what happened to Princeton and its president. It’s hilarious. From James Howard Kunstler at kunstler.com:

You heard it here first: Joe Biden will call in “sick” to the presidential candidates’ debate on Tuesday, September 29, and within days the Democratic Party will be obliged to replace him. Enough said for now. Wait for it….

Onto the election issue du jour: putting out ideological fires set by political arsonists: namely, the “systemic racism” hustle cooked up by “progressive” anarcho-terrorists to provoke hatred and division in a nation sore beset by propaganda, psy-ops, and seditious subterfuge — not to mention Covid-19 and economic collapse, as if those were not enough. This week, President Trump released an executive order halting all federal agency in-service training programs purporting to address “critical race theory,” “white privilege,” “unconscious bias,” and other hobgoblins of Wokesterism, a scam that has become a multimillion-dollar consulting racket funded by taxpayers.

Russell Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget, sent a memo to executive branch agency heads directing them to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any “propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.” When the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attempted to defy the order and go forward with training to “examine the mechanisms of “systemic racism, white supremacist ideology, and systems of structured inequality,” Mr. Vought had to remind the agency to cancel it. So it goes with “the Resistance.”

One consulting outfit, CAST (the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) has received $16-million from the Department of Education. At its August 2020 conference, attendees (including DOE staff) were told the United States has a “racial contract” that “says it’s okay for white people to kill blacks with immunity [sic]” (Did they mean impunity?). They also advocated abolishing prisons. The DOE press secretary says it’s investigating.

God knows what kind of swamp creatures lie embedded in the lower mudbanks of that agency, but at the top, at least, the department is cleaning up its act. DOE Secretary Betsy DeVos took aggressive action days ago after Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber sent out an open letter to “the Princeton community” stating that “racism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton” and that “racist assumptions” are “embedded in structures of the University itself.”

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He Said That? 1/13/15

From Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:

If we walk away from responsibility as a country—if we make our national education responsibilities somehow optional—we would turn back the clock on educational progress, 15 years or more.

The Wall Street Journal, “Education Secretary Presses Central Federal Policy Role,” 1/13/15

What educational progress? We should be so lucky as to turn the clock back 15 years or more. Although the US is one of the world’s leaders in per capita education spending we are not one of the world’s leaders in educational attainment and student proficiency, and standardized test scores have essentially flat-lined for years, with statistically insignificant variations year-to-year. The latest federal “involvement” is Common Core: centralized one-size-fits-all education standards; mandated teaching methods that discard time-tested and successful teaching techniques in favor of faddish theories that confuse more than elucidate; all served up with a side dish of governmentally approved propaganda. In a better world, local administrators, teachers, and parents would control the public educational agenda and the federal government would stay out. It did for most of US history to no visible detriment to students, who once knew their multiplication tables cold by the end of first grade and graduated high school knowing how to diagram sentences (if you don’t know what diagraming a sentence means you’re proving my point) and write an essay. In a perfect world, education would be fully privatized and parents and students would enjoy the same diversity of educational choices and costs that are available for millions of goods and services on the internet, their local malls, and grocery stores.