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Kid Suspended After Making Fist Into Shape of Gun

Posted in Education, Humor, Politics with tags , , , , on March 6, 2010 by raingeg

Here is another example of the hoplophobic society in which we live.

Grand Rapids News:

IONIA — To the little boy’s mother, it was just a 6-year-old boy playing around.

But when Mason Jammer, a kindergarten student at Jefferson Elementary in Ionia, curled his fist into the shape of a gun Wednesday and pointed it at another student, school officials said it was no laughing matter.

They suspended Mason until Friday, saying the behavior made other students uncomfortable, said Erin Jammer, Mason’s mother.

School officials allege Mason had displayed this kind of behavior for several months, despite numerous warnings.

“I do think it’s too harsh for a six-year-old,” said Jammer, who was previously warned that if Mason continued the practice he would be suspended. “He’s six and he just likes to play.”

Jammer says her son isn’t violent, and there are other, more effective ways of teaching him not to make a gun with his hand.

“Maybe what you could do is take his recess away,” suggested Jammer, adding her son doesn’t have toy guns at home.

“He’s only six and he doesn’t understand any of this.”

Here’s my observation. After the 1960’s school shootings became more common. Even as our gun laws got more stringent and the people were being told that guns are bad, look no further than the posted article. We are forced to ask ourselves this simple question, is it working? And the answer would appear to be no.

Some might say that there’s just simply not enough control. But the thing that seems to be very difficult to get through the thick skull of the leftist, is the simple fact that gun control laws do not have a positive effect on the law abiding citizen. What do I mean by that? Take for example the person that is likely to lawfully own a gun and use that gun in a moral fashion. How is this person effected by gun control? He cannot use the tools of freedom freely because of the law that he seeks to uphold.

Now take the person that has no regard for the law. First, he does not care if there is a law that allows or doesn’t allow him to own a firearm, he will do it no matter what. Second, he will use the firearm anyway he sees fit, even in an immoral fashion, because he is not a law abiding citizen. And the nail in the coffin is the fact that the criminal in this case will act the same way whether gun control exists or not.

If the parents of Mason Jammer wanted to really do him a favor they would take him out to the range and show him how to responsibly handle a gun and how to shoot it. They would also inform him that guns require their handlers to be very cautious and very responsible. And they would tell the school administrators to take a hike. But, instead, the leftist school administrators will tell Mason that he is a bad child for making his hand into the shape of a gun. An event that used to be a right of passage among every young boy in America.

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School Kids Sing Obama A Song “…all are equal in his sight” (Video)

Posted in Education, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by raingeg

Commentary later tonight, just watch.

For the full story click here.

Unique vs. Unique

Posted in Education, Humanity, Politics, Religion, Top Posts with tags , , , , on March 23, 2009 by raingeg

If you were like me, growing up in the public school system there was no shortage of rhetoric about how “unique” everyone is or how special “every” individual is. You had special instruction in elementary school about what an oxymoron is.  And this one in particular is fairly dangerous.

Everyone is unique. Everyone is unique. Everyone is unique. That is what rolls off the tongues of teachers on a daily basis, and while there is an element of truth to the statement, it is far too obvious and very misleading. The fact that every person is different from each other should go without saying, it is something that is completely obvious and it is not a concept that is too hard to grasp. But what if I told you there are two versions of uniqueness?

By default human beings are given characteristics that set them apart from their peers. But at the same time, everyone’s life will have its own story and be led in a unique direction, which could either be good or bad. And that is where we come to the fork in the road. The first version of uniqueness points out what is different about a person on the outside. The second version of uniqueness points to what a person does that differentiates them form other people or humanity as a whole. The first type of uniqueness’s aim is to bring attention to ones self. It also allows for one to have pride in things that they have absolutely no control over. The second type of uniqueness’s aim is not selfish. It is aimed at making the actions that effect those around an individual more important than the actions that only effect the individual. It also sets a person apart because of actions actually accomplished by ones self.

Now lets look at the three tenets of the American left which tend to be secular: Race, gender and class. Take a look at the first two, race and gender. Both of these reflect the first type of uniqueness. They are out of the control of the individual, a male does not decide that he wants to be a male anymore than a Hispanic person gets to decide if he is Hispanic. Remember, we are talking solely about the clinical aspects, not the psychological aspects. So it would be hard to give a person credit being a certain race or sex, but it is done constantly.

If we look at the second type of uniqueness or what I will call “true uniqueness” you will find that gender and race are of no consequence. It does not matter if a person is of a certain race or gender, as long as what they are doing are things that better people around them, enhancing life or ease of life. In other words, innovators. And please think of this on a small scale, I do not want this to become an issue of war and peace or country and city, it is person to person.

So if we acknowledge that uniqueness cannot be “something” or “anything” that merely separates us, it must be something that sets us apart from the norm. So we now arrive at a question, what is “the norm?” This is where I have to take a side, I could either say that humans are basically good or I could say that humans are the opposite, not good, but self serving individuals. I side with the latter. That then reveals what the norm is. It is narcissism, and that leads to all kinds of evil in the world.

Uniqueness now becomes something far greater than epidermal or clinical aspects of humanity. While the term can be applied to appearance, fashion and style, it should not be limited to them, but I fear that in today’s society it has. We see what is now considered “unique” is vanity, essentially nothing, something that starts and stops with you. Never leaving your side, never doing anything to better the people around you, only benefiting you and propping you up. It is not unique at all, it gives birth to elitism and selfishness. And I think that is why God wants us to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. Because this is not new, man has been this way for a very long time and God knows that man is selfish. And if only we could tap into that love and admiration that we have for ourselves and direct it at others the world would be a better place.

The College Problem In High School

Posted in Education, Politics with tags , , , on June 24, 2008 by raingeg

In today’s society to much is taken for granted, we take the little parts of nature for granted, we take love for granted, and we even take life for granted. And on a smaller, more finite scale, we take education for granted. After all we do live in the “richest nation in the world” a phrase I try to avoid, because it usually ends up used as an excuse to push redistribution of wealth and socialist ideals in your face. The argument is that we’re the richest country in the world, then why not give some of that money back to the people? Well, there’s an easy way to accomplish that goal, tell the government to stop stealing it, cut our taxes, and let us keep it before it gets all screwed up in the hands of the politicians. Now back to the subject, we take education for granted.

It used to be that not many people went to college. You always hear stories about peoples parents that never went to college and managed to hold three jobs and raise five kids, that’s my grandparents. These day’s those stories aren’t around as much and its nearly taken for granted that kids will attend some sort of college after high school. The National Science Foundation website say’s that “In 2005, 69% of students ages 16–24 enrolled in a 2- or 4-year postsecondary institution in the fall immediately after high school graduation, compared with 51% in 1975.” That say’s a lot about how times have changed, in 1975 nearly half of the nations high school students went to college, to point out the obvious, that means half of the nation’s students did not go to college and did something else with their lives. It would be hard to prove that that number has had a negative impact on our nation. We know that half of our nation was not poor during the nineties and early two thousands, when most of these people’s kids were either entering or finishing up with high school. In fact I would say that the nearly 70 percent in 2005 reflects the exact opposite. It shows that the generation that was evenly split was wealthier than the one prior, giving their children even more of an opportunity to go to college.

Alright, we’ve established that a majority of high school students are now going to college, we can now ask the question, is that a good thing or a bad thing? On the outset that looks like a good thing and it is, to a degree. I would contend that this is one reason why high school education has become so bad. When a student enters pre-school they are preparing the student for elementary school. When they move up to elementary school they are preparing them for middle school and middle school prepares them for high school. In high school you run into an interesting situation, the children who once had no choice as to what grade they would go into next, are now young adults and they have a choice. But do these young adults, like myself, have the best education, which allows for them to make an educated choice as to whether or not they should go to college? I would say the answer is no!

I don’t think it is to hard to prove that high schools have adopted the principal that pre, elementary, and middle school’s have adopted. The pattern of preparing students for the next step in their educational career. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) in “1940, more than half of the U.S. population had completed no more than an eighth grade education.” Imagine that, 50 percent of American children in 1940 didn’t even go to high school, and by 1975 51 percent of students were enrolling in college, a number now nearly at 70 percent. They also say that only “6 percent of males and 4 percent of females had completed 4 years of college.” All together 10 percent of the nations students actually finished college. This doesn’t tell us what enrollment rates were in 1940 but it does tell us that they were well below 50 percent, and that’s not all, nearly half of America’s kids were starting normal, adult life, after eighth grade. A life that most people aren’t starting until about 22 or 24 in 2008. I guess teacher’s didn’t even think their students were going to make it to the ninth grade, let alone college, so they did what they could with what little time they had, in other words they took nothing for granted.

So what becomes of the now 31 percent of high school students that went through high school and are not going to college? The fact is that things are going to be a little bit harder for them these day’s. Now that high schools have vastly accepted that most high school students will be attending college, the same trend happens in the employment market. More and more employers are looking for degree‘s in their future employees, and they probably have become slightly accustomed to that. This is neither here nor there its just a fact that should be pointed out, in other words, I am not implying that these students are victims in this situation.

Is there a solution? Sure there is a solution. I am guessing that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a way to try and break the near assembly line tactics of high schools in America, tactics that just send kids through high school, adding my assessment, in part due to the fact that they take college as the next step for granted. I just don’t think that NCLB will work or is good, and being a conservative I’m not afraid to say it. I don’t like working around a test and I want kids to know about life and how to prosper as an individual in a free market rather than how to pass school. The solution is to set up high schools that benefit all of the students, the ones that want to go to college and the ones that don‘t. And the government does not need to spearhead this effort or get involved. If high schools just created there own programs that allowed for electives that are more geared towards life, all the students would benefit. They should adopt four year programs in high school too, almost like degrees or certificates for high school students. This would benefit more students, because it would be good for the future college student and the future person who chooses to not attend college. I know that they have some programs like this, and I was lucky enough to stumble upon a marketing program that led me to DECA, and I spent three years of my high school career in the marketing field, with ample opportunities to be placed in a higher marketing class in college. Though I chose not to do marketing later on in life, the experience helped me out immensely and looked good on my resume. But we need more programs like this one to ensure that our high schools are not just a stop along the way on education road.

My aim is not to stop people from attending college or to say that it is bad that almost 70 percent of high school students are going to college, I think that is a good thing. The point is that high schools need to think of themselves as the end of the road as far as education goes, like the middle schools thought of themselves in 1940, this so that every student can benefit, not just the ones that are headed to college.