Category: Tupelo Schools

Not My Job

In talking to many workers in Mississippi I find few care about the ramifications their work imposes on other people and workers. There is a consensus that following orders does not include thinking, morals, and ethics. In real communities everyone cares about the whole community not just their selfish beliefs. Lack of knowledge and research is due to not having a passion for what you do. People have been trained to slave for eight hours a day so they can buy entertainment for the free time.

Freedom, liberty, and rights come with responsibility to contribute to humanity not just donating. Feel good feeding the hungry does not show understanding the whole picture of humanity and progress of the humankind. It merely postpones the end effect of poor thinking based on emotions.

Recycled

“The U.S. generates more recyclable waste than any other country and China is the top customer for that scrap. China’s 25% tariff on U.S. scrap aluminum would make reusable metal from other countries more appealing. ”
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If a community can not recycle materials in less than 50 miles it is not saving anything. All recycling needs to be done locally to have energy savings and it be profitable. For example tupelo sends its water plastics over 100 miles away and charges the citizen on top of the effort it expects the citizen to do. When it much more feasible to use the recycled plastics processed into road sections that last 4 times longer than asphalt.

What is the problem? Could it be the good old boy club protecting old money interests? Or is it just lack of ability to change into a better way of doing things? Mississippi is last place in so many things because it refuses to change. This drives the next generation top students to other places.

Fab Lab

It all started at MIT. Bringing the future to small places around the world. Fab lab is a shop with all the modern equipment to design and make anything. It is interconnected with a network of computers and over several thousand of other Fab labs. The equipment is donated by non profit funds as long as local organizations supply a building and upkeep. It is open to all ages and has mentors to help the learners make anything they dream up.

Then we have MIT Media lab and the Computer Clubhouse that helps young people to learn how to build things and program them using simple programing language like Scratch that can control circuits like those made by Lago.

Just the thing needed in Tupelo to creative minds make creative things starting out young before then are stamped into worker/consumers. Why is CDF not taking up the slack of our failing schools? Where is the creativity people had in kindergarten? Classrooms are not the way everyone learns. Sharing ideas over a network around the world works well for budding creative artistic minds. Team work with knowledge.

Opportunity or Marketing?

Many doors are called opportunities when they are opened by a marketer. The only real opportunities are those you create yourself. Those successful billionaires that started with nothing did not wait for some big corporation to build a plant or government to give them a job.

An example is the marketing for Presidents Day is presented by the news media as and opportunity to buy for less when in fact the retailer pays the same for the goods as he does all year unless he is getting a volume discount. This means you can get the cheaper price anyway as long as you talk with the owner. Many people are suffering from the psychological manipulation of propaganda and never ever know they are pawns used by the people in power.

Perhaps public schools should teach the psychology used to make the citizen into a worker/consumer.

artificial intelligence (AI)

All the knowledge of humans can be saved and stored for algorithms to take advantage of and to control the very needs of human survival. The quest for better quality and more efficient use of energy and resources is always continuing improvement. What is local government doing to improve its efficiency and lower cost of its services? Will machines be controlling humans? Why are we accepting the same old ways of doing things when AI is passing the backward humans?
Who is responsible for improving government operations?

How about higher human intelligence? Maybe eugenics? Gene manipulation? Implants in the brain? Where are poor decisions taking humanity? We can do better with better parenting skills.

How would humans keep AI from taking over and destroying humanity?

The bottom line is power corrupts so be careful who or what you allow to have power.

Support Freedom and Liberty

Should the government regulate emotions? Many people have different views and the founding fathers have defended freedom of speech short of slander as an American right worth fighting for. Sticks and stones can break bones but names do not harm me. Our education system has forget how to teach emotional control. The people of MS voted to keep the historic flag and it will continue. Because some have not learned emotional control they want to take freedoms away from the majority of mature citizens. No attempt to rob the freedoms fought for, change the responsible from demanding those freedoms. The U.S. has done many ugly things to maintain power including killing millions in a civil war. This must not be forgotten especially in textbooks laced with political propaganda. This is coming from a yankee.

School Busing

Mandatory school busing for racial integration was one of the more controversial policies in American public education. Although busing was necessary for dismantling dual school systems in the south, this unpopular policy drove many middle class and white families away from city school systems, thereby contributing to greater segregation between city and suburban school districts. Were the costs both human and economic worth it and justified?
There is a relatively common finding that African American student achievement is enhanced by less segregated schooling…. the earliest studies tend to focus on the effects of court ordered desegregation, and therefore, to combine the impacts of racial composition per se with various policy actions.

The community and children lose when they have to spend time being transported. Countless hours on buses by children rob them of other beneficial experiences they can have walking to school. Behavior problems on buses create a negative start of the school day. Cultural differences take teacher time away from learning. Children are forced to leave school at the same time not allowing after school help and tutoring. Parents are taken away from neighborhood relations with other parents. The social structure collapses and isolates members of the community. Different learning styles and levels are mashed together to benefit no one.

All for some utopian idea that everyone has and equal I.Q. and abilities? What can be done to improve public education for all children and what can be done to prevent children being born into poverty to parents that do not have parenting skills?

Can the U.S. afford to pay huge sums to drivers, corporations, to fleet a pollution causing transportation that has never been proven to improve education?

Educationism

For those who are less educated due to their disadvantaged background, they face a subtle but pervasive bias. A new report in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology named the term “educationism” and for the first time found clear evidence for what Fusarelli and many others have long suspected: educated people are implicitly biased against the less educated. And this has unfortunate, unintended consequences that often stem from the gap between the rich and poor.

Active thinking has to give up time to accommodate those with less cognitive ability. Having abilities in common is a natural way people discriminate. Society or government can not force people to be the same. The gene lottery and the family lottery ends up making people not equal.

Cell Phones and Health

“In a surprising move this week, however, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) weighed in on the debate, warning people, especially kids, to stay away from cellphones whenever possible. The agency also issued guidelines on how to reduce exposure to radio frequency energy.”“Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cellphones,” Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer, said in a statement. Aside from brain and head cancer, the guidelines note, radio frequency energy has been suspected of causing infertility, headaches, and memory or learning problems.

Everything has risks so weight them against the benefits. Do we always need instant communication?

EXCITONIUM

PHYSICS BREAKTHROUGH: NEW FORM OF MATTER, EXCITONIUM, FINALLY PROVED TO EXIST AFTER 50-YEAR SEARCH.

This is not taught in H.S. physics because the teachers are not qualified and the system is controlled by government standards. The best learning is when the unknown is confusing not when students are forced to memorizes facts. If we want better STEM students we need better teaching and move away from standards.

Excitonium

The feeing of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable. It is a deep aesthetic passion to rank with the finest that music and poetry can deliver. It is truly one of the things that makes life worth living.

Dansette