“Social and emotional learning” – but by whose standards?

Over at Mad Genius Club this morning, I consider proposals to “establish social and emotional learning as a priority in education”.  I find them rather frightening, to put it mildly.  Here’s an excerpt from that article. My problem is this.  It looks very much as if CASEL is trying to “homogenize” our youth, teaching them the One True Way to deal with life issues, and inculcating a standard set of responses that ignore individuality and “program” them to deal with life, the universe and everything according to whatever approach is politically correct at the moment.  (Read more about it at their

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Beware of making commitments you can’t afford

I’m talking back and forth with a couple I’ve known for some years, who recently found their lives turned upside down by one of their children’s study loans.  They had signed as guarantors of the loans, because the university’s financial advisor had assured them that it was “just a formality”, that “everybody does it”, and that if they didn’t step up to their plate, their child “would not get the high-quality education she deserves”. How many of you have endured the same pitches from your kids’ universities and colleges?  Sound familiar? Well, in this case, reality bit.  Hard.  Their daughter

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Where do all our democratic socialists come from? The US education system, of course!

Bill Whittle lays it out in this video clip.  It’s well worth your time to watch it. That’s why our society appears to be infested with liberal idiots, democratic socialists, Antifa, radical feminists, and the like.  They’re almost all the product of the tarnished, propagandistic, left-wing-hijacked American educational system. For the love of God, if you have children or grandchildren, please see to it that they’re given enough food for thought to counteract this inadequate preparation for life and progressive brainwashing!  Home schooling is a good start, for those in a position to provide it.  A solid family life (including extended family) and

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Kids earning pocket money?

The Silicon Graybeard recounts the story of a nine-year-old girl who wanted to earn some extra money.  Her mother advertised her availability to help with domestic chores – leading to a visit by the police, to ensure she wasn’t being exploited.  The mother concluded: The knee-jerk distrust of all adults around all kids is a hallmark of our times. Where we could see verve, we see vulnerability. Where we could see neighbors helping neighbors we imagine the worst. Where we could see kids growing up with confidence and competence, we see a rising tide of anxiety. Letting kids do some work for

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Kids on the road: a scary situation

A UPS driver recently had a scary experience with a small child hiding in leaves piled up on the edge of a road. Driver Jordan Weaver was in Elkhart, a town about 150 miles north of Indianapolis, on Nov. 5 when he spotted the barely visible boy hiding in a leaf pile inches from the road … He first walked across the street to give a parcel to a woman who turned out to be the boy’s mother. “I couldn’t believe it at first — my heart completely stopped,” Weaver said when he saw the boy on the ground. “Luckily, I parked

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What would Clay Allison have said?

Clay Allison was one of the most violent men and most feared gunfighters in the Old West.  One of his better-known sayings – later adapted as the epitaph on his tombstone – was “I never killed a man who didn’t need it”. One wonders what he would have said about the infestation of pedophiles that are currently rearing their ugly heads in an attempt to make their predilections appear “normal”.  A tip o’ the hat to Gorges Grouse for the link. I’ve been noticing a trend for the regressive left to defend pedophilia for awhile. Meryl Streep applauded Roman Polanski, while Whoopi Goldberg defending him

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