Archive for 3, October 2011

1914

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 3, October 2011 by chockblock

I have that “waiting for a bunch of shoes to drop” feeling about the current world situation. It’s not going to be nice. It’s not going to be over quickly. It’s like the summer of 1914, but I keep wondering “Where is the Sarajevo? Who will be the Archduke?”. What we now call World War I didn’t just happen without a long run-up, but still few predicted it. This is financial, at least in part, but then again, that was at the root of the beginnings of such conflagrations as the French and Russian Revolutions, whose aftershocks are still with us. So, where will it start this time, and when?

Bill Rudersdorf, as qouted by Instapundit

Well, here are some tasty links as you stock up on canned goods and firearms:

  1. Out Of The “Hard Landing” Pan And Into The “Crash” Fire – Are Things About To Get Even Worse For China?: http://www.zerohedge.com
  2. THOUGHTS ON KILLING ANWAR AL-AWLAK
  3. Obama must serve something to the assembled hungry masses, and this infected red meat is the best he’s got. : Althouse
  4. DRONE KILLS: More on the legality of the Al-Awlaki killing.
  5. “Roseanne Barr Says Wealthy Bankers Should Be Sent to Re-Education Camps or Be Beheaded “,”Roseanne Barr Pines for Madame Guillotine and Re-education camps.” well that worked so well for the French and their revolution (Ace of Spades)
  6. Economist: the yuan will be the world’s main reserve currency within ten years. and Instapundit asks how that hopey changey stuff worked out for ya.
  7. Washington Post editor goes hunting up at ‘Redskinsrock.’” (Althouse), I like the “hypocrisy” tag. (Instapundit)
  8. Reverend Wright is off limits, but a painted-over rock is page 1 at WaPo“(legalinsurrection)
  9. Friday Fast & Furious Document Dump” (Ace of Spades)

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They Is College Grads

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 3, October 2011 by chockblock

Instapundit brings us this little gem:

We often hear lamentations about declining educational quality, but the focus is usually misplaced on SAT scores and graduation rates. Missing from the conversation is the quality of what’s being taught. Meanwhile, we are mistakenly wed to the notion that more people going to college means more people will find jobs.

Obviously the weak economy is a factor in the highest unemployment rate for those ages 16 to 29 since World War II. But there’s more to the story. Fundamentally, students aren’t learning what they need to compete for the jobs that do exist.–

Our unprepared graduates“, Kathleen Parker, Washington Post.

Really?

Our government already spends more per capita on education than any other of the 34 wealthiest countries in the world except for Switzerland, according to recent analysis of data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Overall inflation-adjusted K-12 spending has tripled over the past 40 years, the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy points out. Yet American test scores and graduation rates are stagnant. One in 10 high schools is a dropout factory. And our students’ performance in one of the most prestigious global math competitions has been so abysmal that the U.S. simply withdrew altogether.
Michelle Malkin, More here, here and here.

It’s not rocket science. From the diversity monster to the self-esteem movement, college has gone soft. School has been dumbed down, producing soft, stupid teachers who beget soft stupid high-schoolers. The MSM makes note of this, but trust me, this will pass. Every year there is some stats (like the ones Malkin cites) that are dreary. There is much hand wringing and gnashing of teeth but my the last day of school…
What what about education?

They, the MSM and the Teacher’s Unions, have know about this for decades. Instead of teaching skills and hard science and maths…we get fluff and “womyn’s” studies.

Want fries with that?

You future in Liberal Arts!

Until everyone gets serious, and we get school choice, education will suck.