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    Sunday, March 26, 2006

    Repeat after me, American Education Establishment: READING, WRITING, ARITHMETIC. . .

    . . . Reading, writing, arithmetic; reading, writing, arithmetic...

    Any school that sacrifices reading, writing, and arithmetic for social engineering-style education focused on self-esteem and diversity should have all of its tax funding immediately revoked.

    Sure this is an extreme measure, but the problem has reached an advanced stage. According to a Seattle Times editorial, "[t]he U.S. now imports more high-tech products than it exports. The number of American 18- to 24-year-olds with science degrees has fallen to 17th in the world, plummeting from third three decades ago. Only three American companies ranked among the top 10 recipients of patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2003."(1)

    Contrast this with China where there are "many new, well-equipped laboratories, often staffed by brilliant Chinese nationals who were trained in the U.S. or Europe and then recruited back to China. One highly touted research park near Beijing boasts 22 colleges and universities next door to Chinese branches of Fortune 500 companies."(2)

    The writer states that where China's government can command its subjects to become scientifically literate, the United States must rely on the resolve of its citizens -- and that Americans are not sufficiently motivated at this time.(3) The writer further points out that "[t]he U.S. science push in the Sputnik era was driven by fear of military superiority by an enemy. Now, we're faced with a different but no-less-compelling threat: the possibility of economic decline for our children and grandchildren."(4)

    I would like to respectfully disagree as to that last point. China is not perceived as a military threat because our government and out news media bend over backwards to keep China from being perceived as such, despite that nation's continuing policy of belligerence.(5)

    The point is that our education system has degraded to such an extent that, had this been done to us by a foreign power, it would be tantamount to an act of war. The fact is that China is a bigger military threat than our politicians are willing to admit, and to continue to emphasize diversity and sensitivity training over reading, writing, and arithmetic education is a betrayal of their duty to act for the good of the People. I think that if the People, in general, were aware of the actual threat posed by China, we would see a drive to put America back on top; similar to the fervor spawned by Sputnik. The most maddening thing is that it's not hard to discern the hostile nature of the Chinese government. It's on public record. They tell us through their words and actions.(6)

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    (1) Peters, Len. "Science literacy: The Chinese get it," The Seattle Times, 2006 March 26, Editorials/Opinion. Available online at: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2002887594_sundaypnnl26.html.
    (2) ibid.
    (3) ibid.
    (4) ibid.
    (5) see: Realm of Sovereigns. "Imperialist China Brazenly and Publicly Threatens to Employ its Military to Crush Taiwan," Sovereign Commentary, 2005 February 26, http://sovrealm.blogspot.com/2005/02/imperialist-china-brazenly-and.html.
    (6) see: Ibid.; and ibid. "Death of Purged Leader Prompts Fresh Calls for imperialist China to Democratize," http://sovrealm.blogspot.com/2005/02/death-of-purged-leader-prompts-fresh.html.

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    1 Comments:
    Blogger individ said...

    I have taught in American universities for decades, and you are absolutely CORRECT.

    Readin', writin' and 'rithmatic? If you are lucky...

    Instead, our kids in the guvvamint sk(gh)ouls get social commentary, politcal correctism, "social justice", and lessons on how to put condoms on cucumbers. As I say over at my place: "Post-Civilization".

    Wake up America. And yes, watch the Tiger stirring in the Far East.

    3/27/2006 10:13 PM  
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