Guest Commentary – A View on Education

For guest commentary this evening, we have someone new to offering his insight to the readers at SUFA. The next week or so will include a couple of different articles on education and the problems that we face in that arena here in the US. Tonight’s author is a regular commenter over at the Huffington Post, where he ran into SUFA regular Just A Citizen. A good conversation ensued and JAC convinced him to write a guest article for us to discuss here. As always, I am excited to have another voice offering their thoughts and insight into the mix for all of us to discuss. The author may not be able to check in and join the conversation as often as he would probably like. AS is the case with many of us, he does have to work for a living, and that gets in the way of checking in all throughout the day. I do believe that he will be checking in when he can though, so feel free to ask any questions in your comments about what he has offered. Rather than my introducing tonight’s guest author, I will allow JAC to do the honor, as he is responsible for GrafZeppelin being here…
Click Here for GrafZeppelin’s Ruminations on Education

Why The Michigan Trip was Dumb, but not Wrong

I don’t have a new guest commentary ready to go (in fact I don’t think I have any at all to even get ready!). So I decided I would quickly put together an article that explored an article that caught my attention today. There seems to be a fair amount of hype going on around the story coming out that a Michigan elementary school teacher organized a class field trip that intentionally did not allow white children to attend. When I first heard the sound bytes, I was a little bit angry. After all, I do not approve of children, or anyone else, being discriminated against because of the color of their skin. However, after reading a bit more to the story, hearing the explanation from the principal in question, and reading the note that he sent out to parents, I have come to the conclusion that the decision to have this “black children only” field trip was incredibly stupid. But I do not feel that it was wrong. In fact, I would completely support this principal if he came to me with this idea, if only I lived in a less quirky and touchy society.
Why Having the Correct Goal is Important

A Fresh Face for Maryland – A Candidate We Can Believe In

Maryland FlagI have something a little different for everyone today. Many of you have a lengthy history at Stand Up For America. And during that time we have had some fairly in depth discussions and debates about what it will take to begin the process of taking back our country from a government that is growing too fast and spending too much. We have always concluded that change is going to have to begin at the local and state level, with candidates that truly care about getting America back on track. Candidates that truly care about serving the people that elect them to do so. I agree completely that the local landscape is the place where the people must begin to make a difference. Tonight I offer a look at one of those candidates that meet all the criteria we have discussed over the last year.
We Are Looking For People We Can Believe In… Here is One

More Public Education Indoctrination?

avatar-flagI began tonight writing about the radical appointments that the President has made in the form of his cadre of “Czars”. I wanted to answer Ray in  his request for some proof that they are radical. As I researched and read for hours I realized quickly that this was going to take more than a single night to write. So that will be coming tomorrow and then the First part of the health care series will be coming on Sunday night (Monday morning to all of you), with a guest commentary in between. Being that it is 3:30 as I start writing tonight, I decided that I would find something to offer that didn’t require me to do a whole lot of research but that would still be relevant and generate discussion. Of course everyone is free to again work a second day on any discussions that were happening on the Open Mic thread. I will again post a new thread where folks can copy a conversation over and continue the discussions, similar to last week.
Is This More Than it Seems

Guest Commentary… A View on Education

guest-commentaryWe come to yet another Friday night with a guest commentary that is right in line with the discussions around public education that we have been having throughout the week. I think that education is a vitally important subject for us to be talking about. Those that we most disagree with in regard to our philosophy on freedom and liberty are the result of use of our public education system to indoctrinate our youth into the system and create a false understanding of the state and what it represents. Many of us here are finding, albeit later in life, that what we were told in school was less than 100% honest. If we are to get our country back to greatness, it begins with an in depth understanding of our public schools. Their purpose, their methods, and their failures. Only in understanding how much intent went into transforming the schools to help their cause can we start to understand how enormous the task is before us.
A Look at How Education Got Us to This

The Importance of Understanding the Past

In keeping with the day of relaxation that I set up for myself today, I decided that I wanted to write a post that was based completely on opinion, no research, no digging around for information. Just my opinion out there for the world to tear apart. That way I was still able to spend the entire day with my wife and even watch a bit of the hockey playoffs and a movie with her. Unfortunately the movie was horrible (“The Spirit”, the only bright spot being a very sexy Eva Mendes) and the hockey game ended with my team taking a loss at home. But that did not dampen my spirit, as my wife prepared a wonderful dinner and I did get to stare at her all day, which is always a good thing.
Why Knowing the History of Our Country is Important

Libertarian Party Act VII

libertarian-party-sealAs promised, we move directly into Act VII of dissecting the Libertarian Party Platform. That last part was fairly tough for me. I had been cruising along and starting to think that maybe I could get behind this party, and then I hit a financial roadblock. That hasn’t ruled them out, but I certainly need some convincing that those parts can work.

Let’s look at health care, education, and Retirement according to the LP

A New Social(ist) Standard…No more “F”s

So I started the thread the other night to discuss the public education system in America. We didn’t even get a couple of days away from that and this new story pops up in the news today. Remember how we discussed the fact that we eliminate sports games so that there are no winners and losers? Wel now there are no failures in the academic portion of school as well. When will we stop coddling our children and teach them what the real world holds?
See why No Child gets an F in Grand Rapids, Michigan