Category: Tupelo Schools

Failing Heath Care

“Authorities say two addiction counselors at a suburban Philadelphia halfway house have died of opioid overdoses.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says, “If anybody is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has become, this case is a frightening example.”

When people are not responsible for their own health the system fails to be their keeper. Never in history has society been able to control people’s craving to get high. It comes down to parenting and teaching the wonder of living and learning. Virtue is not automatic it has to be learned. If not taught by caring parents then the risk is death. If all those in poverty have to look forward to is a life on the factory floor they will turn to drugs for a reward rather than the awe of learning and doing great things.

Another issue, “A new survey found that when it comes to recreational drug use, magic mushrooms appear to be the safest drug.

Only .2% of almost 10,000 people who reported taking psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016 reported that they needed emergency medical treatment, according to the annual Global Drug Survey. The survey, of more than 120,000 participants in 50 countries, found that the rates of emergency medical treatment for MDMA, LSD, alcohol and cocaine were almost five times higher.”

Why Education?

SUNY Is Set to Make Kristina Johnson, an Engineer, Its Chancellor “What’s important is that we help our students find their purpose and their passion,” she said.

What are Tupelo schools doing to develop the unique abilities of each student?
They need to shift from thinking about jobs and careers to think about challenges and problems.

The cost of education has been driven by government laws that feed an army of people that never add to the betterment of the student.
The federal Parent Plus loan program has millions of borrowers, many with subprime credit ratings. Its default rate exceeds the rate for U.S. mortgages at the peak of the housing crisis, and the debt is almost impossible to extinguish through bankruptcy.

The educational industry has milked the public and created debt that can not and will not be paid. This is another economic bomb that will explode.

Behind the Curve

“More than a third of U.S. jobs could be at “high risk” of automation by the early 2030s, a percentage that’s greater than in Britain, Germany and Japan, according to a new report.

The analysis, by accounting and consulting firm PwC, emphasized Friday that its estimates are based on the anticipated capabilities of robotics and artificial intelligence, and that the pace and direction of technological progress are “uncertain.”

It said that in the U.S., 38 percent of jobs could be at risk of automation, compared with 30 percent in Britain, 35 percent in Germany and 21 percent in Japan.”

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Again Tupelo leaders are not thinking ahead. The future is not what Tupelo economic planners are working for. They are milking the last few cents out of the government supported poverty. Tupelo needs to export value not try to attract tourism. Tupelo needs to attract the young professional not blue collar workers. Tupelo needs research and cutting edge design in electronics, aviation, medical biology, water treatment, food production, drugs, etc. this will not happen as the old mafia fathers practice the same old buddy system that makes young ideas leave. Tupelo should be ashamed of taking government money and not standing on its own two feet.

It is just a matter of time for that the local retail powers collapse.

“The industry most affected by automation is manufacturing. For every robot per thousand workers, up to six workers lost their jobs and wages fell by as much as three-fourths of a percent, according to a new paper by the economists, Daron Acemoglu of M.I.T. and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University. It appears to be the first study to quantify large, direct, negative effects of robots.”

Worker/Consumer

“Facing five times the debt of previous generations and relatively small savings, many retirees are making fundamental lifestyle changes. Some senior citizens will either have to work longer, move to less expensive places or pare back their spending” WSJ

The baby boomers are a product of pubic education to make workers/consumers to make the economy grow. They did not grow up in the depression and failed to learn a philosophy of life early. The marketing propaganda telling these gullible souls that spending is the way too happiness but failed to present the real math. With schooling putting its efforts into sports, entertainment, fashion, socialism, integration, and testing, the education goals were lost to the businesses who lobbied for workers rather than intelligent people with wisdom. The top private schools taught Greek and Latin along with all the ancient sapience. The name of the game like the Pied Piper was to enjoy sentience. Never put off a purchase if you can borrow the money. Spend your tax return before you get it. Have children you can not afford. Drive a new car. Eat at fast food. Etc., etc., etc.

Now the government promised Social Security, Medicare, a senior life of travel and having fun with grand children. The population went from 200 million in 1964 to 320 million today and most new workers are immigrants making much less unable to support the government programs. The country has had a trade deficit for decades with more money leaving the country that our production can trade for. Years of political propaganda and spending to boost employment have failed to keep up with costs and lifestyles. So what happens when we have to tighten our belts? We spend less and buy less which means less workers are needed. This creates unemployment and underemployment which reduces income taxes paid to the government. In turn the government has to borrow more and or spend less. That is a cut in benefits for people already in debt.

Can you see where this is going? Perhaps we need to change education to fit reality instead of wishful thinking. Start thinking about the pharmaceutical industry and how its marketing supports TV news and why the news will never tell you that drugs do not solve problems they just mask it. Do you want your children to be slaves to industry?

Medical Billing

Idea- Provide a computer service to doctors to eliminate keyboard time. The present state of affairs has doctors collecting patient data at the keyboard while spending time with the patient. How about a verbal understanding computer program that automatically records and enters in patient data while the doctor is doing the examining? Then let the computer select the proper insurance codes for billing. Take it another step and let the computer screen suggest possible diagnosis and possible treatments. This idea would save billions and should be looked at by a software company.

Registered Drones Now Outnumber Planes

But we have an airport and no place to fly and teach drone skills. Tupelo fails again to be in front of the curve. But we have a pool few people use.
Huerta said the number of small unmanned aircraft is even larger because drone operators often own more than one drone.

FAA officials launched a drone registration program just before Christmas, saying it would help them track down operators who violate regulations and also help to create a culture of accountability.

The new vocations are not in tourism but in technology and entrepreneurial skills. But the educational system is stuck on making workers rather than thinkers that mold the future.

We can make changes but it starts with the city council and the school board. Putting sales tax collections first does not make Tupelo better either does spending money on entertainment and awards.

Strings Attached to Federal Money

“The number of standardized tests U.S. public school students take has exploded in the past decade, with most schools requiring too many tests of dubious value, according to the first comprehensive survey of the nation’s largest school districts.”

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We can not test our way to wisdom.

Engagement more than Money (Flow)

In Indiana University’s 2009 “High School Survey of Student Engagement,” involving more than 40,000 high school students nationwide, nearly half reported being bored every day in school, with 17 percent saying they were bored in every class. Eighty-one percent of those who reported being bored said that they weren’t interested in the material, 42 percent thought it wasn’t relevant to life, and 35 percent said they didn’t have positive interactions with their teachers.

“Teachers think we’re always reaching students more profoundly than we are,” says Alex Angell, a history teacher at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California. “The power of the grade makes students seem like they’re being educated and reformed when they might not be.”
Angell clearly relishes his role as a teacher. He may not help all of his students find their passion, he admits, but it means a lot when he does.

Money attracts good teachers but poor leadership is not worth the high pay.

Reasons for Mississippi to be in last place

Chattanooga’s transformation has been decades in the making, but the construction of one of the largest and fastest Internet networks in the Western Hemisphere will be key to helping the city write the next chapter for the 21st century. The city represents the vanguard of communities pushing for better Internet service and serves as a model for the benefits that can stem from broader online access. The Gig, as the locals call its network, has attracted billions of dollars in new investment and a flock of entrepreneurs to the city, who may come to the city for the promise of superfast broadband, but stay for the easy, affordable lifestyle, abundant outdoor activities and hip culture.

Tupelo rather have a pool, junk yard, and Elvis tours than the tools to make it great.

Prop 42

Education or brainwashing? The most important thing we can give children is wisdom. Historically Aesop was used to teach the philosophy of life as the foundation of education. Literacy next so a child could teach themselves. The last stage of adolescence was learning a skill to contribute to humanity as an adult. This is not what I heard at a meeting that was over stuffed with teachers. It was all about jobs stupid. Not occupations and exporting more than we import, not about contributions to humanity but about money. The average I.Q. of teachers graduating college in the U.S. is 105 the lowest of the college degrees. Teachers in countries that produce smarter students than the U.S. look to the teaching profession like doctors who deserve the highest income because the future depends on them.

I was told by a local college official that they hired some teachers to fill a slot that they could not find anyone else to fill. I find it more of the good old boy system in hiring connected people rather than qualified people. Qualified people do not want to come to MS because or the culture. Science is replaced with superstition and spiritual beliefs. The objective reality we live in has cause and effect and that is what it takes to be successful.

No doubt money is part of the equation to have top people teaching our children but not the only part. Money can just cause more corruption if it is not handled with integrity. The children of MS need special treatment depending on their environment and situation. One size does not fit all. If the money is spent to deal with individual children rather than poor planning and over sight by administrators I say raise taxes and give more money. Poor planning for example is not saving for expected repairs such as a roof every 20 years or replace the HVAC system every 20 years. This is not optional or a thing that administrative people can ignore till the breakdowns and leaks. Only 53% of your education tax dollar goes to teaching, the rest to administrative issues. If corporate America was run like that people would not have industry. The voter approved a huge bond issue for Tupelo Public schools. Where is the money going? To replace an administrative building roof and build a surveillance command center? Schools used the excuse that books could be on the computers they provided but now they want money for new textbooks.

What we have is very poor planning and a buddy system in the education industry that is not focused on the goals of wisdom and literacy for the children. Who is going to clean house and fix the system before money is thrown at it? We could set up small local libraries with a part time tutor and mentoring service to help those children that are not getting the attention in the classroom or at home. These local walk to retreats would also be a hot spot for the children to use their computers and socialize as they learn new things outside the fixed education culture of worker/consumers.

If the voter is educated they would first fix the politics before taxing themselves more to support the government corruption in the name of save the children and jobs. Hire and pay teachers what they are worth and remove excess administration.

Dansette