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

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.