Obnoxious Droppings

A Former Sgt in the US Marines, US Army and Australian Federal Police - With an Attitude Problem - Looking at the Shits & Giggles of life from a Quasi-Conservative Point of View * * * WARNING! STRONG LANGUAGE FOLLOWS! * * *

22 April, 2005

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

This is going to be a bitch session. Most sociological problems in our society don’t have solutions, let alone easy ones. Everything in life - from the time you rise until you sleep again - involve trade-offs. So bear with me.

It really hurts me to see that my children and grandchildren will never know the same freedoms I enjoyed growing up. Those of us who were raised and educated in the late 50's and the 60's actually learned basic skills in our schools. Were there gaps in our education? Of course there were - world history pretty much didn’t exist and whole chunks of our own history were either glossed over or ignored entirely. That we had slavery in our history was taught but not dwelt upon. Our dealings with the Indians got pretty much the same treatment. And no, most of us didn’t get our American History from John Wayne movies. Not the ones that paid attention, anyway.

The best thing I saw coming out of that era was the Civil Rights movement, but true to form, we fucked that up. Instead of actually working to bring those who had been discriminated against all their lives up to the same basic level as everyone else, the "Kumbaya" crowd decided, in the 70's and beyond, that it was much easier to dumb-down everyone else. Then the Civil Rights movement was taken over by the Perpetually Offended. No prizes will be awarded for guessing why we are where we are at this point in our history.

I’d love to know who came up with the concept of "hate" crime. Why is that only applied when the perpetrator is white? Why are all other races incapable of this? If crime in this country received the treatment it deserved, where all acts of brutality were prosecuted equally, would we ever have heard of this? Oh, yeah - I forgot - the Southern Democrats were not believed capable of playing nice. So we put judges on the bench that viewed stone-cold criminals as "maladjusted."

We have gotten to the point where it has become mandatory for our children to learn religion at their Public Schools. The Muslim religion is taught at Elementary Schools nationwide and UNC at Chapel Hill has made it mandatory for incoming Freshmen in the very recent past.

Of course, due to the Perpetually Offended - who are physically incapable of averting their gaze - anything which could be linked, however tenuously, to Christianity is to be stamped out because the First Amendment says that Congress (no one else, just Congress) can make no laws establishing a religion or restricting the freedom to worship. I’m so damn tired of hearing about the misuses of the First and Second Amendments. I’d love to hear a spirited debate about the Third for a change!

Where are we now? Let’s see - an announcer in an ad gets in the shit because he mentions "Cave Men"; freedom of association has become forced association with anyone or everyone.

Our children and grandchildren can’t be corrected by anything more stringent than a "Time Out." Every time I think of that I picture Dennis the Menace in his chair facing the corner. Sure works for him, don’t it? A friend of mine in the late 70's, early 80's had a wife who believed in "negotiating" with her 20 month daughter. The daughter believed in slapping the mother across the face. Guess who won that one? Yep - the daughter!

Our Nations schools still ignore most of the History which takes place outside our borders - especially if it happened in Europe and involves something good. Children are taught that all competition is bad - until they have to apply for a university or confront the real world. Any male children who show either a streak of independence or absolute boredom in schools aren’t to be challenged - they’re to be medicated. It makes life so much easier for the teachers and parents who really don’t want to be bothered with such things as instilling values and ethics into the widdle kiddies.

Have we still got real problems with race? You damn skippy, but the major ones right now involve making everyone universally stupid instead of universally smart, and the JacksonSharpton entitlement mentality.

Yeah, I got an attitude - but you knew that when you met me, didn’t you?

6 Comments:

At 4:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see your point. Only problem is that its hardly new and by hardly new I mean every person who has come and gone on this planet has had a similar lament if they live long enough. Your views seem to mirror a lot of what Americans are thinking. Making you a voice of the people so to say. ;)

The only problem is that many of the ideas seem so short and pat, but I guess that's what makes it a rant. LOL

Still your post makes teachers out to be lazy, incompetant, greedy, drug pushers. I don't know if that's the case at all.

Think about this do you think it might be possible that nuerological conditions could occure that might not have occured in your time, or that the nurological conditions might have been misdiognosed in the past in children? That could be a geniuine case for medication?

I'm not say that drugs are the answer or that every child put on drugs was properly treated or needed treatment at all for that matter. I'm just saying couldn't it be possible that what you see as headstrong another who is trained in medicine might see as having a disorder for a good reason? You might not see the entire picture where as a parent or teacher does and you might have had different experiances with children then a teacher working today. You might have actually had a bunch of roudy but indivdualistic kids that you raised to be responsible adults but for these kids different results would occur because of actual physical conditions they or anyone else can't fully control. I'm not saying that's the right answer just that its a possiblity.

Also I can't help but wonder if the teacher isn't puting some on medication because she or he is over booked which children. Around 40 students per classroom is standered in public schools. If you take in to account all the kids with physical, mental or emotional problems; problems at home; problems with school. You have a lot of problems on your hands and you still have to teach math in less then 7 hours!

I don't think that teachers now or ever were completely without values and aren't trying to install them. Every teacher I run across has had some kind of value they tried to install in their chilren. In fact what would you call a person who decided to take on a career that pays less then any professional with the same amout of education? Laxy, greedy? Incompetant? Valueless? Maybe some are there becaus they have bad intensions or could not get anything better, but I image that a majority of teachers teach because they DO care about children and want to teach them both thinking skills and values. In fact teaching values is often thought of as more important then anything else because maybe not everyone can be the smartest person in class but everyone can learn to behave in society. It goes much further then learing what long division is and can change the world. I believe most teachers go in because of a sense of idealism. Not because of the idea that they will medicate the hell out of kids and control their minds and destroy the world. But then that is only my preception of reality. Not nessicarliy the actual reality, but something tells me I have more contact wtih a greater amout of teachers and students in a given day. Oh well. Live and learn.

 
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