Monthly Archives: April 2017

No Job? Lonely? Overwhelmed? Go Back To School

When I was a child, I believed that the principal’s job was to terrorize everyone in the school. When you overheard the teachers speak of the principal during their playground duty, it was quite clear that they didn’t want to be in the presence of the principal any more than the children. It was almost like he was the head security guard that kept law and order in the schools. He was the “gotcha” man.

The idea that children must retain love for learning after they finish their education has no justification. In a liberal democracy, who has the right to tell me what kinds of interest I must have? This idea of the ideal person always in search for learning for learning sake traces back to Enlightenment, and is neither liberal nor democratic.

This refusal to help a fellow Republican needs to be exposed. GOP voters need understand that party weakness in Illinois is a function of the large numbers of “Patronage Republicans,” who have split the party between “tax, borrow and spend” patronage seekers, and the productive citizens that must pay for their pet projects.

It’s especially timely, too. March 2 is the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, a celebration of reading, aptly on the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Here in Boston and around the country, schools and libraries will bring together children and books.

Pick up some litter. In your front yard, in the vacant lot, at school, in the super store parking lot. It makes the place look better, it’s free, good exercise, and shows you care. You could work with the family, make a special project, or just stoop a moment along your daily routine.

Don’t Over-program. Kids benefit from unstructured outdoor time, where they create their own activities and freely explore their surroundings. Let them make up games, find special outdoor places, and start up projects. I remember some great organized football games from my childhood, but I also remember playing in the woods, damming up creeks, having rock-skipping contests.

The president is going to mention education reform in his state of the union address tonight. He intends to put .4 billion into a dysfunctional system. All the money in the world will not fix this broken way we attempt to teach our children.

The Democrats have done the “correct” thing in every election since they lost the south to the Christians: They’ve ignored the non-believers and progressives completely because there was no political benefit in paying attention to them.