About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Response - The Education-Jobless Rate Relationship

Below is the best response I received to the subject message.  I present it as a single response because I do not want to water down the quality of its content with other messages or its spontaneity - it was sent just before a bad storm in Richmond by a long time member of our group who is raising & home schooling three children against all of the odds America faces.  I have told her many times that her children will not have to run - they will merely walk past the competition, if any.
Just a quick note before a bad storm hits here and I need to shut down the computer ... I only read the first couple paragraphs of your note quickly, and will read the rest later, but as home educating parents, we find it astounding that when we perform yearly tests on our children, which are mandated (depending on the state), in order for the child to be "passing" - they only have to achieve a score of 33%.  That is it!  I personally fault No Child Left Behind which really put an emphasis on "free money for good test scores" regardless of what a child is actually learning.  But too, with the terrible lack of support by parents, we will never get the quality level of educators in the schools for our children that they deserve.  Anyway ... sorry for the quick little quip, I just had to drop a note about that I, having graduated too many years ago to acknowledge, would have suffered a terrible wrath at home had I achieved a 33% on a score and called it a success!  Again, I am not talking about learning difficulties, etc., rather setting a very low standard.  Wasn't 33% always considered a failing grade?  Now that is all that is needed to "move up" to the next grade level?  Really sad for our future generations.

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