22 May 2012

Educating Rico

Now don’t start thinking bad things already. Education in America used to be a great great thing..something other countries aspired to achieve. We were great. Kids learned, kids wondered, kids were given the tools to excel, and America roared. But then something went wrong (for Faye Wray and King Kong). Was it an accident?

I had a chance to meet with my 8th grade math teacher…well she was THE 8th grade math teacher. I had her math class when I was in 7th grade. The year was somewhere in the early 70s. Nixon hadn’t got run yet. The math exercise book we used was from the 50s. Math was this: 2 + 2 = 4. It wasn’t 2 apples then add 2 more apples and how many do you have? 6 x 8 = 48. Math WAS. 9 plus 7 was 16. You didn’t count your fingers. You just fucking knew it.

Who knows what passes for math now days. I was in the local grocery and bought something for $4.29. I gave the checker a 10 and 4 cents. He looked at me like I was from Mars. By the time he figured out what the 4 cents were for, he had given me a five, a one, 71 cents and was trying to give me more before I stopped him. It really got me thinking…

Again back to the 70s. Education was not optional.

Well about a year later I’m back to editing this again. Sometimes being busy doesn’t make a good excuse. I will say I’ve watched a shitload of movies and somehow I should be proud of that. Back to the show…

Again back to the 70s. Education was not optional. I can’t begin to think of where the system has failed without going off on 83 tangents. What I believe is that the system was put into a position to fail and not on accident. An intellectual population is harder to control via visceral propaganda. How’s that for a tangent?

I’ll try to get back and finish this properly. Lack of sleep and a few other things makes the mind wander. But I will be back. And this time I mean it.

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 10:42 am

I heard a very compelling debate on some liberal NPR station about the Tiger vs. the Dragon, and how with their “absence of democracy” China is setting themselves up to be the dominant figure in the region (and the world) for the foreseeable future. India has a democratic process a lot like ours..which is keeping them from advancing at the same rate China is. India will likely surpass China in population, but their infrastructure won’t likely catch up to ours. Their “democracy” will keep them from propping up their infrastructure to support 1/2 their population. Kind of the situation we are falling into.

The US is sunk by our political process (not system). We’ve been sold the idea that taxes are what is keeping everyone from being a millionaire, and any type of government is bad. it is so brazen that incumbents earn points by saying how broken the system (which has employed them for 3 terms) is and no one thinks “wait a minute…”

It would be nice to have a rail line from here to there…pipe dream I know. But our system works in a strange way. Incumbent politician from Boulder says “Let’s check out this idea. There’s already a road with a pretty good size median…how about running a line there. The land is already taken care of…blah blah blah.” Pro-Rail talk starts. Car, oil and various other outside interests fund opposing party candidate who goes on record saying “Incumbent just want to spend your money. And tax you more. It is your money. Oh and…let me repeat: ‘Public transit is a money pit.'” There are threats of recall elections. Much money is spent on fighting the idea in the media.. And in the end, 2 more years go by and still nothing has been done.

At some point, we need to look back and really see what made this country great. In the 50s and 60s, taxes were much higher (especially on certain segments) than they are now, and we were building roads and schools and hospitals, business was flourishing, and we were the uncontested leader. With a bullet. In the past 30 years, things have changed drastically, and there aren’t signs of improvement.

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 10:37 am
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