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It’s All About May 25

Thomas Friedman might be the the NY Times token conservative, but he is not conservative by any stretch of the imagination or hawkish to any real degree…but when even he can that something needs to be done…might be time for Obama and Kerry to grow a pair.

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talkstraight:

You can thank the Department of Education for that.

Okay let’s go over a few things here.  The first is that we should probably not be quoting Sobran on anything as he was fired by William F. Buckley from National Review for writing anti-semetic articles.  I trust Buckley’s judgement about people, and as Buckley was a fair judge of character and not one to throw hyperbolic insults around, that should raise some major red flags. 
Next let’s deal with the fact that 100 years ago only about 9% of the country finished high school.   Now only about 7% have a Master’s Degree, so essentially that 9% was the cream of the crop for the time.
Now it would be foolish assume that all of those children were receiving education in dead languages…quite frankly it would be preposterous to assume that even half were.  If you wanted to be accurately find a time when the majority of children were receiving and education in Latin and Greek you would probably have to look at least 200 years into the past (and then the education numbers likely do not reach 1% getting whatever the equivalent of a high school education would be). 
Now while numbers are hard to verify, since no one really likes tracking this, but about 10-15% of students take AP/IB/Honors courses.  Now from experience a lot of these are high end only in name.  So let’s say only about half 5-7.5% are getting a high end education equivalent to the the high end of a 100 years ago (notice how we seem to be educating the same percentage of the populace at the same level).
The difference is that we now attempt to educate 100% of the populace and get about a 75% graduation rate.  Can we do better, and teach them more?  Of course.  But to pretend that we’ve regressed in quality prevents us from correctly diagnosing the real source of the current problems.  We’ve always done a decent job of education the top students.  What we need to do is get better at educating everything else.  Which over the last century we have made moderate improvements. 
Currently about 68% of high school graduates go to college in some form.  That they need remedial English is a problem that we need to work on, but it is not because we have regressed in the quality of our teaching…it is because we have changed and innovated enough to service the majority of the populace as opposed to only 9% of the population.
It should be remember that universal public education is only a little over a century old.  For a field this important, it’s still in it’s infancy.  It needs improvement, but it is not a complete failure as the above quote suggests.

talkstraight:

You can thank the Department of Education for that.

Okay let’s go over a few things here.  The first is that we should probably not be quoting Sobran on anything as he was fired by William F. Buckley from National Review for writing anti-semetic articles.  I trust Buckley’s judgement about people, and as Buckley was a fair judge of character and not one to throw hyperbolic insults around, that should raise some major red flags. 

Next let’s deal with the fact that 100 years ago only about 9% of the country finished high school.   Now only about 7% have a Master’s Degree, so essentially that 9% was the cream of the crop for the time.

Now it would be foolish assume that all of those children were receiving education in dead languages…quite frankly it would be preposterous to assume that even half were.  If you wanted to be accurately find a time when the majority of children were receiving and education in Latin and Greek you would probably have to look at least 200 years into the past (and then the education numbers likely do not reach 1% getting whatever the equivalent of a high school education would be). 

Now while numbers are hard to verify, since no one really likes tracking this, but about 10-15% of students take AP/IB/Honors courses.  Now from experience a lot of these are high end only in name.  So let’s say only about half 5-7.5% are getting a high end education equivalent to the the high end of a 100 years ago (notice how we seem to be educating the same percentage of the populace at the same level).

The difference is that we now attempt to educate 100% of the populace and get about a 75% graduation rate.  Can we do better, and teach them more?  Of course.  But to pretend that we’ve regressed in quality prevents us from correctly diagnosing the real source of the current problems.  We’ve always done a decent job of education the top students.  What we need to do is get better at educating everything else.  Which over the last century we have made moderate improvements. 

Currently about 68% of high school graduates go to college in some form.  That they need remedial English is a problem that we need to work on, but it is not because we have regressed in the quality of our teaching…it is because we have changed and innovated enough to service the majority of the populace as opposed to only 9% of the population.

It should be remember that universal public education is only a little over a century old.  For a field this important, it’s still in it’s infancy.  It needs improvement, but it is not a complete failure as the above quote suggests.

(Source: gop-tea-pub, via voterightpartyright)

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tacticalspookybadger:

sighinastorm:

atlantic-garbage-patch:

fire-dad:

 

ex-genius:

I’m reposting this image from last year, that you might, This earth day,  take a moment to consider our impacts on the planet by comparing these two images taken from space, one in 2013 and one in 1863. 
If you look closely, conclusions one of does to earth denied foolishly for to do what more like. 


Omg so sad what are we doing to our planit?

Liek if u cry everytim

TAGS: #earth, #horse-drawn rocket, #spacefaring stagecoach, #wooden satellite

I’m waiting for some idiot to take this seriously.

tacticalspookybadger:

sighinastorm:

atlantic-garbage-patch:

fire-dad:

 

ex-genius:

I’m reposting this image from last year, that you might, This earth day,  take a moment to consider our impacts on the planet by comparing these two images taken from space, one in 2013 and one in 1863. 

If you look closely, conclusions one of does to earth denied foolishly for to do what more like. 

Omg so sad what are we doing to our planit?

Liek if u cry everytim

TAGS: #earth, #horse-drawn rocket, #spacefaring stagecoach, #wooden satellite

I’m waiting for some idiot to take this seriously.

(via the-horseman-of-conquest)

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