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Armageddon, Act I

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Jun 29, 2014 8:52 PM
Interesting that Mr. Greenberg notices the larger philosophical point of the transition the First World War produced in Western culture but fails to connect it with its practical applications. In his embrace of Common Core academic hegemony he misses the fact that such a move comes PRECISELY from those ideologues who, in the academic environment at least, have been so instrumental in ensuring that no sense of the transcendent intrude on the developing characters and minds of the young in their charge. His myopia reminds me of street evangelists who can preach well enough in the abstract but are seemingly unable to make the connection between their ideas and their real world applications.
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The Paranoids are Back

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Jun 28, 2014 5:15 PM
As we used to say in the National Forensic Society, that doesn't advance the debate. Mr. Greenberg does his readers a disservice here by making the bulk of his essay a personal attack on the motives of those who disagree with the Common Core curriculum rather than arguing the merits of it. One of his finer articles, I think not.
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The Paranoids are Back

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Jun 28, 2014 9:43 AM
Here, Mr. Greenberg. Educate yourself: http://www.gbt.org/text/sayers.html
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The Paranoids are Back

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Jun 28, 2014 9:41 AM
"Which is one reason the country spends so much on public education and gets so little in return." More of Mr. Greenberg's myopia in favor of his current hobbyhorse; this time Common Core. Even WITHOUT Common Core's many inadequacies, you can't teach young people who have not learned the first principles of self-control and self-discipline first. The accelerating problems afflicting the education of our young are simply a manifestation of a deteriorating culture that prizes self-expression and self-esteem over humility and self-control, something our grandparents had in abundance and we lack completely. Young people today aren't being "taught" in the schools; they're being taught by the culture and they bring that drek into the schools with them, making them ineffective at the task they've been assigned. I talk to young people constantly and am astonished at their lack of intellectual curiosity; they seldom, if ever, ask the big questions. That is an indication of a mind not trained properly.
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The Top 8 Things to Think About

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Jun 23, 2014 7:33 AM
To David3036, thanks for demonstrating the contrast.
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The Top 8 Things to Think About

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Jun 23, 2014 7:31 AM
Good thoughts. One of my favorite passages. Thanks for the reminder and the encouragement this morning.
Homosexuality is the trifecta of dysfunction. It is a distortion of the lowest form of Love; that of "eros"; it is a distortion of natural masculinity; and it is a distortion of God's law. What could go wrong?
"With all due respect, congressman, I don’t think Ted Cruz gives a damn about making friends in Washington. " Exactly. That "making friends" comment says more about King than I suspect he realizes.
Oh man, would I have a blast in one of their "sensitivity classes".
I'm not even sure I'd call him articulate. He's definitely not a deep thinker though.
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