I'll tell you exactly why student performance declines with grade level. It is true that the entire school system has been thoroughly politicized, but that is only part of the problem. although a large part. The curriculum has been totally de-Westernized. By that I mean all aspects of the curriculum that emphasize individual achievement have been removed.
The kids are bored out of their minds. That's the real problem. The textbooks are dull, unchallenging and uninspiring. The assignments are a joke. The tests are an even bigger joke. And grades are utterly meaningless.
As someone with extensive experience teaching junior high, high school and college, I can state with certainty: students rise to the expectation of the teacher. The problem is that teachers, who are hamstrung by administrators and castrated by the curriculum, are not allowed to expect anything from the students, or even less than their parents expect from them. So the students respond with the lowest level of achievement.
I truly believe that education reform is the most serious challenge facing this country.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 11.08.2006 @ 18:52
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Great show, as usual. But I have a question. What is the real difference between manipulating words and manipulating photos?
Both are symbols--a word is a phonetic symbol, whereas a photo is a visual symbol--that (supposedly) have a referent in the real world.
When a word is manipulated, as in when 'liberal' is taken to mean "smarter" (as opposed to its real referent which is "a supporter of liberty"), its referent is rendered insubstantial, since most 'liberals' are complete idiots and don't support liberty in any form but rather only leftist groupthink.
When a photo is manipulated, as in the Reuters' photoshop scandal, its referent is also rendered insubstantial, since the real event the photo is supposed to depict never occurred to begin with.
All this goes to the issue of authorial intent. But the issue has morphed from what the author intended to say, or the photographer intended to depict, to his intention in manipulating the word or photo to refer to something that is not real. Which takes the current debate to another level.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 7.08.2006 @ 08:34
As far as the historical revisionist/anti-American/anti-capitalist/Euro-leftist argument goes, I think it was Orwell who said something like, "That is so stupid only an intellectual could believe it."
Harry S. Truman will go down in history as the last great Democrat. A true patriot, a man of strength and of moral and intellectual clarity. I'd vote for him in a heartbeat over any of the spineless excuses for men that pass for Republicans, even more so for Democrats, today.
The Japanese were fanatical warriors, suicidal to the extreme, as the kamikazes showed. This prefer-death attitude derived from the samurai mindset that defined Japanese culture until the end of the war. Perhaps the best book on this subject is Miyamoto Mushashi's A Book of Five Rings, which clearly elucidates bushido or the warrior's code.
Given this mindset, the alternative to dropping the bomb was to take Japan island by island, town by town, house by house, man by man. The casualities would have been in the millions, if not tens of millions, in a long protracted invasion that would have lasted years. Therefore, the killing of 150,000 with two bombs and ending the war immediately was the only acceptable course of action.
It is the complete failure or abject refusal of the intellectuals to understand or accept this simple fact that more than anything else demonstrates their feeble mindedness.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 6.08.2006 @ 09:34
Interesting quote from Aristotle to set up your irrefutable argument. Allow me to throw a few more quotes on Truth to set up your next irrefutable argument.
Jesus: "If the world hates you, know that it hated me first."
Tertullian: "The Truth is the enemy. The moment it appears, it is hated."
Coleridge: "If you have not 3,000 years of human thought, you're living hand to mouth."
Blake: "In ignorance to view a small portion & think that All, / And call it Demonstration: blind to all the simple rules of life."
Keats: "'Beauty is Truth. Truth Beauty.' That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 5.08.2006 @ 17:19
For the best insight into this subject, see Victor Davis Hanson's latest article on National Review Online. It's like deja vu all over again.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 5.08.2006 @ 10:32
In all seriousness, you should get on your knees and ask forgiveness from the radio gods for reading that pathetic excuse for poetry on the air. I'm not kidding. Sacrifice a farm animal if you have to. My ears are still burning just from hearing it, and if you ever subject your listening audience to such torture again, I may never forgive you.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 1.08.2006 @ 12:12
Hot? You live in Illinois, and you think it's hot? Come down here to deep South Texas, and you'll find out what hot is. You'd probably melt shortly after stepping off the plane.
I'm not kidding. I can remember Christmas Days when it was 105 degrees. When I was a kid, I used to regularly fry eggs on the sidewalk! I can remember days when it was so hot, if you walked across the street, the soles of your sneakers would melt and stick to the pavement. Now that's hot.
Even worse, when I was in elementary school, we didn't even have air conditioning. The teachers would just open the windows and put big fans in the front of the class. But it didn't bother us kids too much, because we were tough.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 1.08.2006 @ 07:36
It was a great show, Mr. Moran. Informative, insightful, in a word, interesting. Keep up the great work.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 31.07.2006 @ 17:59
I have no idea why the OK! I typed came out as a picture link, but it sure ruined the rhythm of the Reality Football Cheerleaders chant.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 30.07.2006 @ 11:02