Charlotte Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major initiative which would control curriculum in America's classrooms. What's interesting to me is how I've personally seen some of the techniques she describes in the video in use by other teachers.
Her book is available as a free .pdf download here: Deliberate Dumbing Down
Definitely worth a look, and perhaps a read.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
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Friday, April 17, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
You have to love this video, Tax and Spend by Barack Obama. The audio editing is so well done, and it lines right up with the music and images. Oh, yeah, and it has a message. Outside of a brief image of a "plumber moment," well worth a watch.
Posted by Laurel Loflund at 6:36 PM
Monday, April 06, 2009
Saturday, April 04, 2009
From the increasing number of news articles floating across the interenet on the subject of legalizing drugs, especially marijuana, I've developed a theory.
It appears to me that the current administration is likely to legalize marijuana and ramp down the current "war on drugs." Why? Well, again, I'm no seer, but it might look like this to them: 1) It would mean they could tax the stuff the way they tax tobacco; 2) a heavy tax on the substance would mean that the huge budget spending they plan would have another source of funding rather than the beleaguered taxpayer; 3) drugs are still, sadly, popular with youth and older folks with little or no maturity, so there's a market; 4) the drug cartels, which some decry and others might have investments in, would become a non-problem, a source of revenue, and accepted businessmen; 5) money being spent on the "war on drugs" could be redirected to other places; 6) violence in Mexico would be reduced because the cartels could just focus on creating a new business model; 7) US prison population with non-violent, drug-related sentences could be released, reducing costs, and 8) the populace mentioned in #3 above would be doped up and easy to manipulate.
Again, this is only a theory, based on the increasing number of articles I've seen in the mainstream media lately. But I am sure some people might find it attractive for all of the reasons mentioned above.
My opinion on it? The Bible condemns intoxication/drunkenness, and links it to the loss of all good things for a nation. See Joel 1 for a good description. And don't discount #8 above.
Posted by Laurel Loflund at 7:46 AM
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Gates of Vienna: Arabs Insist They Are Not “White”
A group of UCLA students of Middle Eastern extraction have protested not being allowed their own ethnic category on surveys. They..."said having their own ethnic designation has real implications for the Middle Eastern communities. The 'white' label can hurt them with universities and companies that use the information to promote diversity, they say."
As Fjordman comments in the article, this tacitly admits that to be of European descent is a disadvantage today.
How far we have come in the last 50 years, and what a long, strange trip it's been, to quote Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Posted by Laurel Loflund at 9:39 PM