"I am frequently asked about our system of education. I say that we have none.
The trouble with our way of education as generally followed is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. it casts the brain into a mold.It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory than on observation. "
Thomas Edison, 1948.
By the way: Thomas Edison was a big believer in just looking things up. He would have LOVED the internet.
(Sigh)... The schools have been messed up for HOW MANY YEARS NOW?
Gee..they put calculators in our kid's little paws in Kindergarten, god forbid they should grow up and be able to add and subtract in their head because they might realize just how much money is being stolen from them...or how much freedom they are losing.
I heard a teacher complaining the other day on the radio. Between his wife and himself, they drew in over $170,000 which he felt was just scraping by. He thought the rich should pay more.
Does he realize that the "rich" are his neighbors pulling in $30,000 to $50,000 a year...and does he care?
"Human beings, as they are now constituted, are unable to be very happy,
because, no matter how much they have, they want more. I refer now to material things--to money and the luxuries of life." said Mr. Edison
(sigh) Ain't it the truth? Houston, we have a problem.
So, let's be frank. As individuals, we would not want to part with a dime either. What is happening now is redistribution, and it stinks. The private sector is mad because the teachers either don't realize (Can they be that stupid?..YES THEY CAN!) that it's mostly the poorer private sector who is paying for their wonderful lifestyle, and what are we getting for it? Not too many rocket scientists.
It's also not the private sector's normal Joe on the street fault that Ben Bernanke and Wall Street went to Las Vegas. Nobody went to jail now, did they? So why are we being double-sucker punched?
If anyone has a right to complain it's us. (non-union people)
This is a very touchy subject for me, as I watch the Wisconsin Teachers Unions yelling for their rights to the American Dream in Wisconsin...leaving their jobs, abandoning the kids to stay at home, where frankly, they are probably better off at the moment--- I get a little peeved.
I'm sure Thomas Edison would agree. He would say, take them out of school before it's too late.
The simple truth is: the teachers unions simply have to be broken. Governor Walker must not lose this fight. Just ask Bill Gates.
Our 15- year- olds are 17th in science, 25th in math, and 12th in college graduation, compared to the rest of the world. The kids in Japan have computers on their buses for heaven's sake, and personally, the teachers are becoming so worthless, (not all of course..the good ones don't stay do they?) maybe we should consider just letting the computers teach the kids.
But that's the problem isn't it? Most of the teachers are women, and what would they do for a living? The more jobs lost, the less to tax.
The unions are a racket of corruption and fraud..a big piggy bank for the Democratic Socialist dreams of taking over America, pushing out self- assured, but millions of future welfare recipients, from the cradle to the frying pan...copy and paste those little suckers to the same old crabby wall called the American Educational system.
I say we throw the whole thing out, and start over.