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big picture planning

A good friend was rambling on about his latest knowledge seeking topic. He is a major fan of YouTube learning, often following a particular subject down whatever rabbit holes they lead to. He is very intelligent, retaining near-encyclopedic knowledge on an impressively wide range of topics. But he does lose focus on his own priorities from time to time. Yesterday evening was one of those. So I brought my white board into play. I scribed and organized while he gave me his list and quantified the items there. His list is not the subject I want to share with you. I encourage you, on the other hand, to go through the process occasionally. White boards, chalk boards, super-sized computer displays […]

book publishing industry

Books were determined to be crucial in shaping opinions of cultures. Consolidation, control and guiding of the industry became a key part of the long-term molding for The New World Order. Their success is amazing. Give this video a few minutes. It quickly became enthralling to me. The book initiative is a foundation for their desired culture shift, but the efforts to control thoughts and feelings of the non-book reading masses goes much farther and deeper than most of us can imagine. The video below gives us a tour down that rabbit hole. The synchronization of our information is much worse than coincidental. The future if they get their way is ugly. They recognize the Internet threat to total control […]

the teenager baby egg project

I caught wind of a teenage girl toying with getting pregnant as a real concept. I mean, “Maybe I’ll get pregnant.” Like that would be interesting. It reminded me of a project from decades ago where the adults in the high school (yes, there used to be some) required the girls to carry a raw, chicken egg for a month. Not just during one period, during a particular class, but 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a month. Your responsibility, girls, is to keep this egg warm, safe, secure and cared for all day, all night, every day for the next month. You bring it here safe and sound 30 days from now. I do not see […]

California leads the nation … to what?

. I spent my first 50 years in Northern California. That is as different from the population center of that state as the whole is from the rest of the nation. Seeking like minds and a community I could embrace led me to Montana. There they are – at opposite ends of these charts. Yep. Seems about right to me.

screens are killing kids

Easily seen with personal observation, there are numerous downsides to this sea of adolescents living in the palms of their hands instead of the beautiful big world they plod through. They can be surrounded be people without a single human contact. As Jerry Mander documented in 1991, the environment we grow in changes our brain’s structure. For those who need A STUDY before they consider the facts, here is a new study. It’s official: Excessive screen time irreversibly affects kids’ brains, study finds Published time: 11 Dec, 2018 06:34Get short URL © Pixabay / asderknaster 3736 Parents’ worst suspicions about the effects of too much screen time on their offspring have been partially confirmed by the preliminary results of a […]

John Taylor Gatto

? John Taylor Gatto .com website has much of his efforts to inform on and correct the damage done by the government school system. He passed away Oct 25, 2018. His books clearly define the problem with the USofA educational system. It is, unfortunately, by design. He recognized that after trying in vain to fix it from within. If he wasn’t the single most important voice for freedom, good sense, and respect for children in education, he was certainly among the top three or four. Dead at 82. Gatto spent nearly 30 years as a teacher in the infamously rough New York City public school system. He was awarded New York City Teacher of the Year three consecutive years while […]

misspelling plague

Why did misspelling “HUGE” become popular? It is not like the word is difficult. Nor is HUGE among the thousands of English Language words where the spelling makes no sense. It isn’t even a big, complicated word. But I see these annoying headlines and comments in many diverse spaces. It just makes me cringe. So I’ll put it in one more place. Ick. Here’s a yuuuge wage gap Trump ought to close Source: Investors Business Daily I do with it the same as I do with other gross misspellings: Pronounce them as written. X mass – shoppeeee – yewdge. The feely-huggy marshmallows leading classrooms full of mold-able clay have decided that correctly writing the language of this country is too […]

news nibbles

I am putting together a handful of news stories that do not warrant their own page here. First is an interesting story of major predators becoming prey. Making it into the financial top 1% is typically a measure of one’s ruthlessness more than any other single attribute. Genius is rarely involved. The Theranos scheme clearly demonstrates that. Attending an institution like Stanford University is not an option for the lower classes like middle and below. The Elizabeth Holmes story starts with her dropping out of her second year there. While the one-percenters might otherwise respect and embrace her crafty immorality, it probably doesn’t go well that she preyed on them rather than the lower 99%-ers. But gol-dang she put on […]

Why Unschoolers Grow Up to Be Entrepreneurs

The fascinating link between unschooling and entrepreneurship by Kerry McDonald from Foundation for Economic Education Almost by definition, entrepreneurs are creative thinkers and experimental doers. They reject the status quo and devise new approaches and better inventions. They are risk-takers and dreamers, valuing ingenuity over convention. They get things done. It shouldn’t be surprising to learn that many unschoolers become entrepreneurs. Able to grow up free from a coercive classroom or traditional school-at-home environment, unschoolers nurture interests and passions that may sprout into full-fledged careers. Their creativity and curiosity remain intact, uncorrupted by a mass education system intent on order and conformity. Their energy and exuberance, while a liability in school, are supported with unschooling, fostering the stamina necessary to […]

quotations regarding education

Men had better be without education than be educated by their rulers; for their education is but the mere breaking in of the steer to the yoke; the mere discipline of the hunting dog, which, by dint of severity, is made to forego the strongest impulse of his nature, and instead of devouring his prey, to hasten with it to the feet of his master. — Thomas Hodgskin   “I don’t want my children fed or clothed by the state, but if I had to choose, I would prefer that to their being educated by the state.” – Max Victor Belz   “[Schools:] vast factories for the manufacture of robots.” – Robert Lindner (1914-1956)   “[T]he result desired by the state […]

elevating intellectual inferiors

Another Woodpile Report was published Tuesday. As usual, it is a good one… always worth reading top-to-bottom. I don’t know how to share his view of the crumbling university edifice other than reprint that whole section here. Increasingly, the best and brightest are shunning the vaunted college education that for nearly a century was purported to be “The Way To Get Ahead”. The only certainties in “secondary education” are huge expenditures of time and money – and in most cases a debt that holds the graduate in a very real modern slavery. While the upper tier jobs in parasitic bureaucratic organizations will require dumbed-down degrees, the real world of productivity and creativity will be looking elsewhere for talent. I will […]

news soup

I am cleaning up my collection of links to articles that merited further reading, research and/or sharing. My link list, and my ToDo list were both getting too long. Thus you get to see what has been in my peripheral vision for days, or weeks … all in the raw … and in no particular order. Aha. I am sharing my disorder that I may have more clarity. Why I Quit TeachingBy David Solway … For one thing, administration had come to deal less with academic issues and more with rules of conduct and punitive codes of behavior, as if it were a policing body rather than an arm of the teaching profession… … For another, colleagues were increasingly buying […]