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Best Moment of the Republican Convention

Mary of MO Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 10:29 AM
I read a lot of columns, so I don't know exactly where I read this recently, but someone wrote that the problems with U.S. schools today can be traced directly back to the U.N. Elites have concluded that less-educated people use fewer resources than highly educated ones. Thus, the "dumbing-down" of education (to use Phyllis Schlafly's term) is a top-down process. When I was teaching (2002 - 2005), I found out that Bloom's taxonomy was used as an excuse to keep elementary school children from memorizing things, because it is at the bottom of the taxonomy. So, even though young children have a prodigious capacity to memorize, which is lost later in life, we teachers were instructed not to drill facts into their heads. They were to use
Illbay Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 1:52 PM
It's not about "using fewer resources," it's about having a more tractable, biddable population.
Reginald10 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 3:34 PM
A more tractable, biddable population can be convinced that it's a good thing to live a "humbler" life, because it's "more sustainable", "planet friendly", etc.

The smarter folks understand that the pols telling them this, have no problem with their own profligate lifestyles.
Mary of MO Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 10:34 AM
"reason" for which they were ill-equipped at their age. Thus, they weren't to memorize their math facts; they weren't to memorize spelling words; they weren't taught the rules of grammar - only the usages, if that; etc., etc., etc. I saw teachers hoard spelling books and English texts that were later confiscated by administrators. Teachers are being blamed for a lot of things that simply aren't their fault. I place the blame for the shape of the American schools directly at the feet of liberal judges and legislators who have made it all but impossible for teachers to keep order in their classrooms as as to be able to teach. Many students have made it their life's work to keep teachers from succeeding.
Mary of MO Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 10:41 AM
(instead of "as as" in the second to last line, it should read "so as.")
Illbay Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 1:54 PM
But I have noticed this about memorization. When I was in grammar school in the late 1960s, we memorized poems, speeches, songs, etc.

But one generation later, my kids never memorized a d*mn thing.
Even though I’ve been fortunate to attend a few national conventions, I still get a thrill when I meet (for the first time) a favorite politician to whom I’ve donated money, or one of pundits that I read on a daily basis. (My wife would stop at nothing to get a picture with Bret Baier of Fox News.) Or it may be a particular speech. But at this year’s convention, my most special memory was a movie. Who would have ever thought that, for a guy from Hollywood, schlepping to steamy Tampa would elicit a big screen moment?