Flags and Totalitarianism

“During Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Chicago Saturday, one protester scaled a flagpole in front of a national police chiefs’ convention, took down the American flag and replaced it with a flag that read “Unapologetically Black,”
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It seems that some political leaders think Americans are all the same. They design national behaviors without regard to the bill of rights, our liberties and freedoms. As long as the government makes laws to create a one size fits all culture the nation will fail. It has happened many times in history. In the bigger picture too many lives for the resources creates wars. 7 billion humans on earth at middle class lifestyle is not sustainable. The politicians need to start talking about the real problem then flags will have very little meaning.

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.

Where are we going?

Tupelo has floundered for years. The leadership has blinders on making them look at a narrow path. Few want to learn new ways of doing things or new ideas that conflict old ideas.Life is short and we are losing our best creative youth to other places because of the strike held beliefs of the leaders. What can be done to change for a better quality of life?

“While ISPs are struggling to bring 25 Mbps Internet to customers, the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, a publicly owned utility, is bringing 10-gigabit internet to its customers. If they can have it, why can’t we?”

Electronic Health Care.

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released final rules for Stage 3 of its Meaningful Use program for electronic health records, frustrating politicians and medical organizations that had called for a delay.
The final rules were included as part of a joint release late Tuesday from CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology of regulations related to certification of electronic health record (EHR) systems and rules for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.”

It seems computers have made the relationship between doctor and patient more strained. Rather than the doctor looking you in the eye, he spends his time looking at a computer screen. Codes (27,000) do not offer the exact problems an individual tries to tell the doctor. Most people are not educated enough to explain their problems so the doctor can enter them into a database. Then comes the mad ride through the rules and billing format. It takes months for the computer to send you an explanation of benefits, and what you owe the doctor as it often is wrong. The appeal process for billing is a nightmare. The stress is worse than what you went to the doctor in the first place for. What we have is an excuse to hire people and buy computers so the government can collect more data about your life. No place have I seen evidence that the new health care systems have improved the quality of life.

Media Propaganda

As the news tries to manipulate our emotions with one sided poorly investigated stories the public is in the dark. Why is society violent? Why is the public under content siege to pay attention to things that is not their best interests? I get at least 3 scam calls a day. The people working at these phone boiler rooms are desperate for a job and have no moral feelings about what they are doing. They go to work unhappy looking to make a fast buck to satisfy their consumer trained life. No thinking at all about humanity or why they should contribute. The very frustrated one’s have snapped and decide they have nothing left in life to lose.

This is not a equipment problem this is a social problem brought about by our culture and forcing one size to fit all personalities. This will not change by throwing money at education. It is much more complicated involving parenting, education, entertainment and of course the media both commercial and social.

Dansette