|Monday, 8 August 2016 at 0h 16m 41s|
I could have fixed this blog earlier than I did, but I sort of went through an existential catharsis
over the last 14 months. My life and my profession were overwhelming me. I didn't have the
wherewithal to focus on being tuned into to the zeitgeist. I needed to evolve.
But here I am yet again. Ready to tap on this keyboard and share the ruminations of my brain for
anyone who wants to listen.
|Sunday, 7 August 2016 at 19h 26m 10s|
Omg test post
I finally got my blog code upto date. The main issue was that my server changed the way they use
databases, but there was also legacy php code that had to be cleared up on 3 separate files.
Sorry it took so long everyone. I know it's been 14 months, but right now it appears all systems
|Wednesday, 13 May 2015 at 0h 34m 18s|
Obsession with individual entrepreneurialism
In the modern era, we have become obsessed with the achievement of the individual to the point where
all appeals for community seem minuscule in comparison to the rhetoric and rationale. However,
human beings are group animals. We all depend upon other persons producing and making goods and
services for a large part of our daily and yearly needs. The individual is only so good as what can
be offered as worthy to the individual's peers, so why is it that the modern era seems to have very
few politically sponsored ideologies beyond obvious or subtle appeals to individual achievement.
A pitcher alone cannot win baseball games. He needs good defensive, a good catcher, some good
hitters, a bullpen that doesn't give up runs, and sometimes a little luck -- over and above whatever
talent and exploited weaknesses that might exist. Regardless of whatever players are on the same
team, a pitcher will always get the gloss of the surrounding environment.
The same can be said of a football quarterback. Or any team coordinated effort. In the modern era
the obsession with the entrepreneur making their individual mark conveniently forgets about the
other individuals or the context of the situation that enabled motivated persons to be in the right
situation at the right time. The luck arrived, and they were ready.
Entrepreneurialism is the nice word here. People walking around collecting cans or selling food
outside downtown businesses at lunchtime, or female streetwalkers, are doing what they need to do
make money -- regardless of whatever choices or life paths are involved. Disguising what the
current top-down destruction of a functional balanced economic order with an entrepreneurial myopia
forgets that people doing what they do to make money are not entrepreneurs. They are desperate.
They are dealing with the loss of jobs and income that were exterminated by upper-level management
to squeeze a few extra bucks from the revenue so that investors and themselves can have more profit.
Blind and oblivious they are to the upheaval they have made to the social system, they cannot
understand the chaos except in the terms of their own lexical paradigm they use to justify their
communal selfish destruction.
Hence, the people who no longer have the good middle class job opportunities of the past that form
their own small businesses are seen as "entrepreneurs". Which is great for the few who ever
actually succeed at this endeavor. Most people will be employed to a boss their entire life, and
most of them are not due to the weakness of the individuals themselves. Most of the time the
long-term security and reliable salary are critical factors, because in reality, employees have to
exist for an economy to function. There can never be an economy or social order in the modern world
with no employees, in which everyone is an entrepreneur. With primitive tribal groups of 1,000
members this ideal might be achievable, but it is never true in a nation of 400 million, and 200
cities with at least 100,000.
The person's who push this nonsense are using it as mace. They want to spray it into everyone's
eyes so they can be blinded by reality and not realize that the community is what actually creates
the worth of any individual. That's why the elite form their own communities. In a sense, they
have removed themselves from real communities and create their own office board room / country club
/ exclusive resort communities. But for non-elite persons, the community is the neighborhood, the
people who go to the same church or coffee shop, or the township in which they live. The elite have
lost their own attachment to any real community, and this is why they often do not perceive their
own situation as something other than individual achievement. The reality that luck or happenstance
events have anything at all to do with success is not part of their paradigm.
In reality, for most people, either the luck arrives and, for whatever reason (sometimes sad irony)
they are not ready -- or the luck never comes. The path an individual takes in life is a function
of the environment more than it is an actual choice that any individual gets to make or take. For
all people, their next step was not by design, but because that was what was available or realizable
at the time. Despite the hagiography of the self-made individual, people do not create their own
destiny. Destiny falls upon humans in a whimsical manner -- that's why we get incompetents in high
places, and stupid kings. The true test is what an individual does with the chances life gives. If
you get the royal flush on the first poker deal, what do you do with the money you made?
|Sunday, 1 March 2015 at 16h 46m 9s|
Top Down Reform is not Reform
The lingo the corporatists use for the top-down scripted standardized curriculum is "Career and
College ready." But when you carve away everything in high school but specific skill set development
in only English, Science, and Math -- no computer language, no drafting, no carpentry, no auto-shop,
no art, no ceramics, no journalism, only 2 foreign languages --- what the hell is left that will
actually create students who are "Career and College ready."
Common Core is just training our children to be "test takers"
giving them "formative assessments" every single god damn day, and calling other assessments on what
are called "Problems of the Month" -- tests tests tests every day of the week -- but oh don't worry,
the students can retake them until they get it right. Think about that for a second. Is this guiding
kids to think, or to regurgitate a process that they get repeatedly tested on the same way every year?
Oh but the next year the tests are a little more advanced. The "reformers" actually call this
"spiraling" too -- WHEN IT IS NOT SPIRALING AT ALL. Spiraling occurs when you come back to previous
concepts and add on another connected layer. These "reformers" actually think using the same test as
last year but tacking on another advanced question is the same thing. And when the kids do the tests
correctly (after how many tries?) it's called a "success" and the "teacher" is seen as doing their
job. This is why they call teachers "facilitators" of the curriculum -- instead of "educators" --
giving the kids scripted standardized "assessments" and grading them every single day.
|Thursday, 26 February 2015 at 1h 54m 34s|
People tell me stories without saying one word,
so I listen.
If you open your soul to the reception of the cosmos, you will understand the above quote.
If however, you
- surround your soul with watch dogs that bark at whatever reminds you of a painful experience
- wrap your soul around a dream that you have scripted from beginning to end, AND insist upon enacting
with everyone you meet
- bury your soul in a process or an endeavor that is supposed to achieve grandiosity or elevation
of the self above everyone and everything else
- distract the soul with constant repetitions of whatever the mind tosses out in order to
orchestrate the need for self worth, over and over again, on an ongoing never ending basis
- extirpate (good word, look it up) your soul by focusing upon everything external that is easy to
access, or in other words, becoming brainwashed mindless slaves to the orchestrated world
These are the reasons why humans "lose" their soul. This is the "devil" at work, or more simply
put, this is the result of the ego gone berserk and unmitigated. The ego is something of which we
must be constantly mindful, because it is the source of so much delusion and is the reason why the
soul becomess vanquished, whatever the excuse. It is the ego that drags you into the pits of hell.
|Wednesday, 25 February 2015 at 2h 10m 30s|
My Thoughts about teaching for today -- with special guests
The idea of standardization is so that computer and textbook companies can make a lot of money by
selling standardized products to TFA 3-year teachers. TFA is "Teach For America" which is a Temp
Agency of teachers that various and sundry school districts can hire or "pay" TFA to have for a 3
year cycle, after which the teachers are gone. The idea is to take recent college graduates and
have them do a 3 year stint to say ... pay off their enormous college debt and then they can enter
the work force or job pool after their "service". Which is ridiculous, because 70% or more of these
TFA teachers move on to another career, and so all that money is wasted ... BECAUSE TEACHERS ARE AN
INVESTMENT. TEACHING IS AN ART AND NOT EVERYBODY IS AN ARTIST. THAT'S WHY PEOPLE PAY FOR ART.
If you hire a good teacher, the "standards"
will be taught. Micro-management is what businesses do in order to intimidate the lower rung
employees and have them compete against each other. Education is about cooperation. If we create
cooperation the "problem" of student's learning a minimum of curricula will solve itself.
The movement for standardization is a bait and switch. They sell you on the "we just want to ensure
students are getting a minimum" so they can implement the standardization. Then they hold the
standardization over your head and constantly move the yardsticks while beating you over the head
with unrealistic expectations. This movement is not about education.
My curriculum & instruction teacher was not necessarily teaching standardization as she was allowing
us young teachers to find our own methods and means of achieving the most beneficial learning
environment for the maximum amount of children. You nurture the flower to find it's own beauty.
Or as my long-time teaching friend and comrade Alyssa Jenkins says :
Teaching isn't paint-by-numbers any more than great art is paint-by-numbers.
Amen sister. Preach it.
|Friday, 20 February 2015 at 1h 6m 15s|
Lesson from a Dandelion
The will to produce art, do your own thing, and/or be an exemplar of beauty is difficult and beset on
all sides by hardness and irrational cracks in the cosmos of human potential. Be strong. Stay
strong. Find consolation in the bigger picture. Seek truth in circumstances. Have faith in your own
inner strength. Never give up.
Take a lesson from this dandelion.
|Friday, 13 February 2015 at 2h 7m 18s|
School is not a business
School is about raising and teaching children. It is not about spreadsheets or profit margins.
School is about instilling children with self-confidence and leadership skills. It is not about
becoming an employee or being managed by a boss to do a required task for the job that you are paid
to do. School is about love and learning. It is not about top-down management or following business
procedures and protocols.
|Thursday, 12 February 2015 at 2h 19m 3s|
Another stupid post
I almost have 1,000 posts (892). So this is a stupid post to get closer to 1,000.
When I was younger (2001 - 2003) I had this goal of reaching 1,000 posts in my mind.
|Thursday, 12 February 2015 at 1h 53m 49s|
Common core sucks. I will not speak easy about corporate America trying to destroy real education
and our wonderful public system of schools in this country because they misrepresent statistics and
data and are well funded by voracious ideologues who could care less about the long term damage to
our nation that this will create. I love my country. I love public education in the United States.
Therefore I will resist and detest all efforts that do anything at all to harm or destroy the things
I love. Simple.