RANT: Have we been euphemized?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

http://lewrockwell.com/peters-e/peters-e271.html

Their Proper Name

by Eric Peters

EricPetersAutos.com

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To undo it, there must be a rebirth of what they called in cowboy flicks, straight-talking. Calls things by their proper name – and challenge those who don’t or won’t. Make them say what they mean – openly. If you fail to do so, you’ve accepted their terms.

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Most people are innocent victims of verbal (and written) rights-rape. For example, public schools. Well, no – they’re not. Yes, they are “open” to the public – in the sense that the public is forced at gunpoint to send its children to them. Which gives us a clue as to the proper name that ought to be used in every instance of discussion: Government schools. It is what they are, in plain, direct – and thus, honest – language. Nothing less. Which of course is why honest language is not generally used to describe them. Because that might get people thinking along certain lines. “Public” sounds so much… friendlier. Free, almost – a vicious irony if ever there was. You’re not free to decline to pay for them (even if you don’t use them). And most kids are certainly not free to not attend them. Very much what you’d expect of a government school. Because the essential attribute of government is coercion – force. The thing that must never be openly stated – but always euphemized.

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So don’t let it happen to you.

Insist on clear definitions and meaningful labels.

A rose doesn’t smell as sweet if you call it a “thorny bush”!

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RANT: Schools are prison training centers

Thursday, December 6, 2012

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/127265.html

November 28, 2012

End the Pretense that Government Schools and Prisons Are Different

Posted by William Grigg on November 28, 2012 03:13 PM

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It’s for your own good, kids: The “Isolation Box” at Longview, Washingon’s Mint Valley Elementary School

Warrantless “drug sweeps” in government-run schools have become routine in recent years. So have “lock-down” drills in which SWAT teams conduct training exercises involving hostage or terrorism scenarios. In some lock-down drills, students inmates have been kept in the dark about the fact that the incident is a training exercise, rather than a genuine crisis.

Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande, Arizona, held a lock-down drug sweep on October 31. Students Inmates were confined to their classrooms, then led in small groups to another room where they were forced to line up against a wall and be searched with the help of drug-sniffing dogs. This exercise introduced a new element: Among the four law enforcement agencies involved in the search was a group of prison guards employed by the Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest for-profit prison contractor.

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We need the home schooling movement to break out.

I suggested a 40 year plan to end gooferment skrules during the tax revolts in Nu Jerzee. First 20 years was to get them out of the operations; the second 20 years was to end the funding.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Another reason to get the gooferment out of the schools

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/05/30/keep_government_out_of_the_schools/

Keep government out of the schools
Jeff Jacoby
The Boston Globe

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America is a land of religious freedom, in which people decide for themselves what to believe and how to worship. No religion is funded by government. Elected officials have no say in the doctrine of any faith or the content of any religious service. Religion flourishes in America because church and state are separate. And it flourishes so peacefully because no one is forced to support anyone else’s faith, or to attend a church he isn’t happy with, or to bring up children according to the religious views of whichever faction has the most votes.

Religion is peaceful because it is government-free. Liberate the schools, and they too would be at peace. Taxpayer-funded, one-curriculum-fits-all schooling makes conflict inevitable. There would be far less animosity if parents were as free to choose how and where their children learn as they are to choose how and where they worship. Separation of church and state has made America an exemplar of religious pluralism and tolerance. Imagine what separation of school and state could do for education.

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Aside from the fact that “gooferment education” is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient, we can add to it the fact that it causes subsets of “Americans” to fight over the mechanism to brainwash the youth. Neither side sees that the mechanism is the problem. No one wants their kids being brainwashed by the other side. So let’s eliminate the problem.

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POLITICAL: American School System

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2010/04/ravitch_on_educ.html

Ravitch on Education
Diane Ravitch
Hosted by Russ Roberts

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Diane Ravitch of NYU talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in her new book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Ravitch argues that the two most popular education reform movements, accountability and choice, have had unintended consequences that have done great harm to the current generation of students. She argues that the accountability and testing provisions in legislation like No Child Left Behind and similar reforms have actually corrupted the testing process, taken time away from subjects other than math and reading, and failed even to boost success in math and reading. She argues that the empirical record has provided little evidence that school choice as it has been implemented has boosted achievement. The discussion closes with a discussion of what reforms might indeed make a difference.

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Perhaps we might consider returning it to the Parents?

Why, given that I had NO role in anything else about those children, do I have to pay for their education?

And, “public education” is a national disgrace!

I like Walter Williams’ quote: “… if the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan wanted to sabotage black academic excellence, he could not devise a more effective way of doing so than the schools serving most black children.” ①

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① “What American Education Needs” The Freeman • Foundation for Economic Education • April 1999 • Volume: 49 • Issue: 4 • Walter E. Williams, the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University. http://www.thefreemanonline.org/columns/what-american-education-needs/

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