HYBRID EDUCATION

DeVos & Trump Need More Facts

Healthy people often have an unaware viewpoint on illness, but that doesn’t stop them from getting COVID-19. Professional baseball player Freddie Freeman was surprised when he became infected with COVID-19. His wife commented, “Freddie never gets sick.” After three days of fever, which topped off at 104.5F, he survived and rested himself back into health and back to the field this weekend. He’s lucky.

Freddie Freeman

When I heard that the mask-free, national political convention scheduled for late August in Jacksonville, Florida was canceled by President Trump, I asked about the inconsistencies. The aspirational bullshit that Trump pumps out of his small pie-hole confuses and divides people. If it’s not safe to have a convention, then how could it possibly be harmless to send kids back to school? United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is either dumb or she’s under the spell of Trump’s insanity. She’s not worthy of her lofty position in America.

Many former Trump administrators have told us that our great orange president does not read. His press secretary claims that the Donald can read, but most people have been successful convincing him with pictures (Syrian use of chemical weapons) or videos (Caravans in Mexico). Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words are where one finds facts, figures and nuances. Trump is NOT into those things.

In my newest book How To Hire Great People, I point out that human beings learn in three different ways. Some folks learn by reading the instructions and studying the how. Others learn by working with a mentor who performs and teaches the task. Then there are those who jump in blindly trying to master the task on their own. The first two are more reasonable. We wouldn’t want airplane pilots or nuclear power plant workers to use the third method. I have always been around educators and have several in the family. My mother was a secretary at my hometown elementary school. I was always put in the third reading group in school because of how slowly I read. I loved reading but speed wasn’t the issue, it was comprehension.

I never did well with mathematics scholastic testing during the 1950s and 60s, but I always scored highly in “abstract thought.” I assumed that meant I was a good daydreamer and storyteller. If only we could understand how to better teach students with specific talents, we might have happier pupils and a more productive educational system.

Betsy DeVos

We turned to home schooling and online learning when the coronavirus pandemic hit America. Some of those programs worked, but those students without an internet connection and computer were left behind. Witch of Education DeVos thinks that giving families money to pay private schools to take their kids back is a workable plan, but that would do NOTHING for all the kids. She’s a disgraceful, rich, privileged disregarder who doesn’t understand children. None of her kids attended public school, she was never a member of a PTA group and I am sure she doesn’t understand the term, “hybrid education.” While she and her husband were conning housewives into an almost-pyramid scheme at Amway, educational budgets were cut to the bone.

Trump wants to reopen schools only because his advisors tell him that parents cannot go back to work if their kids are at home every day. That point is true, but at what cost? Donny and Betsy have not considered the health of teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, security guards and the many volunteers working in schools every day. Their focus is on the kids and an imaginary armor against disease. The unproven statement that kids do not spread the virus as much as adults is as disingenuous as the statement, “Anyone who wants a test can get a test.” It was a lie when Trump said it months ago, and it is still a lie.

I am amazed that this country, which litigated and decided it’s okay to home school our kids, is mandating our students back into classrooms right now! What most parents would like is a hybrid educational plan, so that families can remain safe while advancing their children’s learning. After throwing money to large corporations and cunning small businesses, America has failed the need for education. We didn’t calculate the cost of mitigation for each school. When Trump said the CDC plan to open the schools was too expensive and too difficult to execute, he was being a bully and a supreme asshole. Why shouldn’t we spend money on our kids?

The final straw for me was the advice the CDC promoted after the spanking from our President. After Donald Trump is voted out or leaves office on his own, we should blow up the CDC, Homeland Security and Border Protection services and start all over. When Betsy DeVos is gone, we should invest in a research project to classify students who can learn with online material, who can be taught by reading and who can absorb from experience. We need to revamp our educational systems and funnel tax dollars into methods that work. Screw the notion of choice, it’s just another means of segregation. How much money are we giving to private charter schools and do they make better students? Most importantly, we MUST have an educator run the Department of Education. No more broke-brain donors with wrinkled dumb looks and no answers.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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THE WAR AGAINST WISDOM

Trump’s Anti-People Priorities

We have seen the real Donald Trump and his actions prove that he is against people and their bodies and brains. As the President slashes and murders policies and programs that were designed to protect people, the environment and promote education, we will all suffer from his war against wisdom.

On Earth Day 2017, we had the usual parades, but this year’s celebration included a March for Science to promote “science?” WHAT? When did we get to the point where SCIENCE needed to fight for respect? The misconceptions that have been fed into Trump’s deformed brain are obviously the product of other small thinkers who have avoided facts. When you say, something is a hoax, you have to show the facts in science.

The idea that we can eliminate concepts like the Environment Protection Agency and curb the destruction that is taking place in rivers, streams and the air we breathe is so rash and irresponsible. When we have another water crisis, like Flint, we can all blame the Donald for the disaster.

Most military experts agree that job one of the United States State Department is to produce facts and solutions in simmering spots around the world. Before we send in the Marines, we expect our state department to figure out how to solve the problem before we get into wars and conflicts. Why would Trump cut jobs and decease the infrastructure of State when the world isn’t getting any safer? Even Russia complained about the lack of personnel in the department.

And in Education: As the Center for America Progress reports: Trump budget would slash $9 billion—13 percent of the U.S. Department of Education’s funding—while investing $1.4 billion of new money in school choice, including private school vouchers, sending a clear signal that the Trump administration prioritizes ideologically driven voucher schemes over great public schools. Of course, the middle class may benefit if they have a private school that fits their dogma in their district, but most of the people who voted for Trump will suffer with poor public schools. In ten years, we can all blame Peggy DeVos and Donald Trump for poorly prepared graduates who can’t get jobs.  

On Earth Day, President Tweet wrote: “I am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!” With this, the President has staked out a position that no money in his budget should be spent on anything that monitors, analyzes or works to solve climate change. Just because a company makes a lot of money doesn’t mean they will protect their workers or the environment. As a Pittsburgher in the 40s and 50s can tell you, the air wasn’t so clean while US steel companies made tons of money.

And what piece of the pie grows in the Trump budget? There will be a $54 billion increase in Military spending, but due to his mystical promise to lower the national debt he must cut something else out of the budget.

His minions appear to be going after spending as if they are more out to undo the Obama agenda without regard for progress. Trump’s departments and commissions are holding up money to projects that have already been approved. Why?

The Federal Transit Administration put a $650 million federal grant for electrification of a San Francisco Bay Area train system in purgatory. The delay would stop California’s high-speed rail project, which sounds like the infrastructure upgrade Trump kept touting during the campaign. The train line is more than thirty-years old and needs to be upgraded for environmental and safety reasons. The actions are anti-people policies that do more harm than good.

FactCheck.Org

According to Fortune magazine, if “parity” reigns, and both sides of the discretionary budget rise $54 billion in fiscal 2017, total debt and deficits over the next decade will balloon by around $1.4 trillion, including interest expense on the extra debt.

So, Donald Trump lied to America when he said he would lower the debt in his first year. The facts on the issue are clear, his proposals are no different than Obama or Bush on spending money. We all have to remember, when Clinton passed a very unpopular tax increase in his first year he was able to lower the deficit. These are facts and the thickness of the ice at the north pole are facts, not opinions.

Science was used by the Wright Brothers to figure out how to fly. We sure hope President Donald J. Trump understands that every time he steps on to Air Force One, he is benefiting from science. We don’t need a March for Science, we need to fund science and education to keep America great. Does Agent Orange understand this? Sad!