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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Undocumented truth


Undocumented workers have been coming to this country for over a hundred years.  Many who are here have been settled here for 20 to 30 years.  Why have we let them come in without doing anything about it for all these years? Because no one wants to pay $5 for a head of lettuce.

So now some want to deport them after we welcomed them for so many years.  I understand if you catch someone coming over the border and deport immediately, but after they have settled and have families here it is unconscionable to do so. Breaking up families is unethical and immoral by the standards of every religion.

Because of the economic difference, they can work for little money and keep our prices down.  And any citizen who wants one of those jobs, just walk in and ask, you will be hired in a New York second.  Think of the Filipinas who are working with the elderly, day and night.  There are jobs available for citizens, just go in and ask.  But we don’t want to work those jobs. They are difficult and pay little. 

Of course, we can raise the wages.  But those who are willing to pay $5 for a head of lettuce please comment in response.  Yes, we need to provide a system that assures all immigrants are safe to be here, and that must and can be done. And farm workers must be treateed fairly with a living wage.

Until then, unless we are ready to double the price for vegetables, pay more to eat out or for our wine, we better double think what we stand for.  And jobs going to China, are we really ready to pay double the price for clothes.


The reality is undocumented workers and jobs to China happen because we the people demand it.  No big government control can change that and those who say it can are lying.  I mean alternative facts!

Cap Lee
Precinct Chair
Cane River
Yancey County Democrats
www.wholechildreform.com

Monday, April 3, 2017

Listen carefully, most people are not pro abortion

We, as Democrats, have been backed into a position where we are perceived as pro-abortion. I don’t know anyone who is pro-abortion. Those who say they know someone are immersed in political rhetoric. Abortion is a horrible thing for women to go through. The aborting of a child is something that everyone should be against. But we continue to hear that we as Democrats want to see more abortions. Shouldn't we want to look forward to the day abortions are only used in emergency situations?

The question becomes, how do we reduce abortions without interfering with the woman’s right to choose? Let's do some critical thinking! Making abortions illegal makes them more dangerous and doesn't resolve the problem, so what are the choices?

Well, abstinence is one. I am not sure our anti-abortion President will be the first to volunteer for that approach. Nor is it realistic for anyone to think they are going to stop millions of people from having sex. I understand that is the view of many religions and I am ok with that.  However, if the pastor of those churches would say "Those without sin cast the first stone", I doubt that anyone would have to take cover due to the enormous amount of stones being thrown.

The reality is the decision to use birth control or have an abortion will always lie with the woman and as much as the political "right" wants big government to control women, they can't.
Consider this: free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large CBS news study concluded:

“The project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured. They were given their choice of a range of contraceptive methods at no cost — from birth control pills to goof-proof options like the IUD or a matchstick-sized implant.

When price wasn't an issue, women flocked to the most effective contraceptives — the implanted options, which typically cost hundreds of dollars up-front to insert. These women experienced far fewer unintended pregnancies as a result, reported Dr. Jeffrey Peipert of Washington University in St. Louis..."

There were 6.3 births per 1,000 teenagers in the study. Compare that to a national rate of 34 births per 1,000 teens in 2010. That rate dropped to 24.2 in 2014 due to a combination of abstinence and easy availability of birth control.

Combining abstinence with free birth control, we can make great strides in eliminating the need for abortions. Isn't that what we want? And, of course, Planned Parenthood is a leader in contraceptive distribution. Closing Planned Parenthood equals more abortions.

Given that, according to the Orlando Woman’s Center:
•        One woman dies every 7 minutes around the world due to an unsafe illegal abortion.
And given that:
•        Making abortion illegal or legal has no effect on the total number of abortions.
And given that:
•        Making abortion legal dramatically reduces maternal morbidity and mortality.
And given that:
•        Nearly 50% of pregnancies that occur yearly are unwanted with nearly ½ of those pregnant women terminating their pregnancy. 42 million choose to terminate their pregnancy.

I hereby propose that the Democratic Party support the reduction of abortions by 5% each year through education, supporting churches regarding abstinence especially by teenagers and through a program of free contraception for everyone who wants it.

And furthermore, the Democratic Party fully support Planned Parenthood and other organizations that support family planning.
And furthermore, the Democratic Party continue to support the woman's right to choose.

And furthermore, the Democratic Party support churches that encourage teen agers obstain from sex.

With this we can reduce abortions while not interferring with a woman's right to choose.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fail for success

Learning is a constant flow of problem solving experiences driven by the reality that failure is not only an option but an integral tool guiding students on their pathway to success. Why shouldn’t school be the same? 
In today's artificial world, failure in school is about the most devastating experience one can have. If you do not give the answers the textbook wants, you will fail. Regardless of thinking, the answer is the answer. Columbus discovered America right? If you lie and answer "correctly" you will succeed. If you use critical thinkng, and say it might have been Marco Polo or Leif Erickson, or others, you will fail.
A great example here is WD-40. The 40 in that lubricant refers to the 39 failures leading to the 40th success.  However, in school, those 39 failures would have put you into the streets on a cycle of poverty. Whether it is Milton Hershey, Norm Larson, Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan or anyone who achieved real success, failure was the reason why.
What if a teacher assigned the class a project for the science fair? And what if the teacher indicated the students would be assessed based on .the number of failures they had developing that project? Would the students then picked the easy project, one that had the smallest level of challenge?
Now, what if you told the students, they would receive a higher assessment based on a higher number of failires? The more failures, the better the assessment.
Just sayin' 



Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Confirmation Bias

What is the confimation bias and why is it important to the future of our world? According to Science Daily, ¨Confirmation bias is a phenomenon wherein decision makers have been shown to actively seek out and assign more weight to evidence that confirms their hypothesis, and ignore or under weigh evidence that could disconfirm their hypothesis.” 

When Donald Trump says he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and people would still support him, he is probably correct. They would say the guy shouldn't have stood in front of the bullet, or he was protecting his family, regardless of the circumstances. This is the result of the confirmation bias. His supporters want to believe him no matter how outrageous his statements.

The significant word in the definition is "ignore". "and ignore or under weigh evidence". His supporters would ignore any thought that he was simply a killer in this scenario. Expand the word to become "ignorant" and that is truly what his supporters would be. That is why his supporters believe lie after lie no matter how extreme.

What implications does this have on education? The frontal lobe of the brain believes everything it hears for a split second. Then it looks at past experiences and other arguments to determine the facts. When the person is surrounded by those who are also victims of the confirmation bias, their irrational thoughts will be vindicated. However, if children are taught to use critical thinking, they will then dig deeper to search for true solutions to a problem.

The greatest challenge of education in this decade is to prepare children to rise above the "confirmation bias" and embrace critical thinking. In education, we do the opposite. Students must regurgitate what the teacher or text book tells them thus diminishing the need for critical thinking.

Whether it be climate change deniers, or those who believe President Obama is a Muslim from Africa, or fake news from Russia, the ability to think critically would make these scams obsolete. Education can make a difference  and must teach students to think while it is still legal.

Stay tuned for my next book "Protecting Students from Monsters, Ogres and Agenda Driven Politicians" that addresses this subject. Visit my wholechildreform website  for more info.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Why Do We Believe

Words Cap Lee
Tune Buffy St Marie

Why do we believe          all the stories that we’re told
Why do we believe          All their lies
Why do we believe          Even though we know the truth
Why do we forever close our eyes

Why do we believe          black is white and bad is good
Why do we believe          When we must pay
Why do we believe          God is our guiding light
But He doesn’t really mean what he says

We’re the quintessential liar full of hate full of fear
We ask God to protect our mortal soul
We allow hate to those we love and love to those who hate
Don’t we know we are simply Satan’s tool

Why do we believe          Because it’s easier that way
Why do we believe          Because we must 
Why do we believe          Because we are weak with our fear
Our heart and soul is buried in the dust

Chorus

Satan has escaped with our soul

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Deep thinking is missing in politics

Education is a major issue in politics. Primarily this election was a White Lash getting back at a black president who was too uppity to suit the white right. If people were educated correctly, they would look deeper into what the problems really are.

Technology, not TPP or NAFTA are the culprits that eliminated industry jobs in this country and that’s not going to change ever. If educated, they would understand that there is an international shift from jobs tech can now do, to running the tech that does them.

If educated they would understand that the country is changing from an all white to diverse country, and that’s the way it is. And people aren’t horrible if their nationality is different.  We are all immigrants, the only difference was the Polish, Irish etc were all white.  Now the new immigrants aren't.

If educated, people would understand that being strong is sometimes being smart. What would you do if a terrorist leader was hiding among children and families? Would you bomb them anyway? And if they were your children, would you still bomb them?

Would you throw out immigrants here illegally just because they are breaking the law? Or would you recognize we have let them come in for close to 100 years and to throw them out would destroy our food industry as well as their families?

Would you give a speeding ticket to someone who broke that law 20 years ago? Most crimes have a statute of limitations.  If they aren't caught within 7 years, they can't be charged.  If we do this for criminals why can't we do it for those who help keep our food prices low and keep our food industry functioning?

These are all deep questions that many can’t answer because they aren't taught to think deeply.

Would you bomb Syria when they crossed the red line simply because it was a line, or would you realize that the vacancy would allow ISIS to take over the country and it would have Russia and Iran retaliating?

Would you ban all late term abortions if you knew a woman, having twins, with one already dead and the other with the brain outside his head and the mother possibly dying was dependent on it? Deep thinking.

And that same deep thinking would help realize that all people are different and all are the same. Not based on race or origin. And that if there are 11,000,000,immigrants here and 7 committed violent crimes that doesn’t make all immigrants bad. In fact they are probably better than the white peoples norm.

This is all about deep thinking when we are taught to depend on the teacher for the answer, they then depend on their favorite candidate for the answer.  

Do we call Hillary a liar when Politifact says Trump lies over 70% of the time and Hillary and Bernie 25%.  Tom Brady did not support or vote for Trump but he says it anyway because the vote was almost over when Tom's wife got on the news and discredited it.  And there never were people dancing in the streets in New Jersey when the twin towers came down.


Trump; 4% true; 11% mostly true; 15% half true; 19% mostly false; 34% false; 17% pants on fire

Hillary; 25% true; 26% mostly true; 24% half true; 14% mostly false; 10% false; 2% pants on fire

Summary  Trump 30% on true side;  70% on false side

                 Hillary 75.5% on true side;25.5 on false side


And Hillary is a criminal when she has never in her life been convicted of anything?  Of course we say "every one knows that she did wrong".  Which is a cheap way of saying she's guilty without her being guilty.  However Trump University comes up next so we will see who is really guilty.  Can you say "lock him up?"

And if someone read every e mail you sent over a 4 year period and still found nothing illegal, would you still say something was illegal?  And Trump wouldn't even release his taxes?  Why?

Just sayin’ If the people knew what would really help them, they might make wiser decisions rather than believing the line of crap politicians put out.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The farce of graduation rates

Hooray for us!  The President just announced that 85% of seniors graduated this past year.  Of course he meant 85% based on the adjusted cohort graduation rate.  "The four-year graduation rate is calculated by dividing the number of students who graduate in four years or less with a regular high school diploma by the number of students form the adjusted cohort for that graduating class." My first concern is the issue of "on time" At what point does the importance of graduating in four years or less become the be all and end all of graduation.  If someone was sick for a year and graduated a little later are they now chopped liver?  If they develop at a slower rate should they give up and not complete in four and a half years because they don't count anymore? If a school pulls a kid out of the streets and gets them to graduate a little later are they a bad school?  Isn't graduation the issue?

They use a formula akin to shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic.  Why do we do a formula? Beause we simply don't count the actual kids and follow them through their school years. That would scare us to see the reality of how many kids are pushed out into the streets simply because they don't fit the mold, simply because they are not good test takers.  And we don't give schools credit who serve the kids that need us the most, the kids that might take a little longer to make it.  We only give credit to those schools who serve the most children of privilege.  The kids who are good test takers.

How could anyone not be a good test taker when they are hearded into a room, put under enormous pressure, to take a test that is meaningless to kids if for no other reason that returns to the school four months later.  Well after their plans are in place.  What a waste.  A test that supports those who are good with paper and pencil tasks.  And then we brag about it.

And what is graduation anyway?  I remember a young special needs girl who left my middle school, went to high school for three years, dropped out and still walked across the stage with a diploma.  I was at that graduation, saw her diploma and had talked to her sister, who raised her and was told how and when she dropped out.  Cheating is at an all time high, not by kids, but by administrators who find a way to manipulate the stats to make them look good.

They don't blame the artificial common core fiasco that pushed kids out of school for not being at the same place at the same time fitting into that tiny box full of word games and math riddles. We struggle to force kids away from an education into a "teach to the test" fiasco totally draining them of every ounce of their individuality while assuring that they are not able to engage in critical thinking and innovation.

One of the greatest complaints of Asian nations is that the US is providing the innovators and their education system does not succeed in that effort.  However, we still keep trying to force kids away from critical thinking, understanding how our government works, being able to use their hands to maintain their houses and cars, how to be entrepreneurs, and a long list of skill areas that are not allowed in schools anymore.  Do we not want any more leaders like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Oprah Winfrey?

Is it today's reality that the Nazi style of every one in lock step is the only way to succeed?  Are we following the advice of  Thomas Jefferson when he called the purpose of the education system, "raking a few geniuses from the rubbish"?  And now we call those seen as rubbish being pushed out of school and thrown into the streets at earlier and earlier ages. Yet we brag about those of privilege who make it to their senior year and forget those who don't fit the mold.

Their is nothing in the current statistics that indicates success of the outdated system and philosophy of education called common core.  Those who haven't dropped out are forced away from a real education designed to prepare them for their future in their world after the classroom.  And that is even worse than dropping out!