Category Archives: Education

In witch the fiziks are rong

In my story The Stars Came Back faster-than-light travel and anti-gravity was accomplished by some general hand-waving and techno-babble about physics implied to be more advanced than what we have today here on earth. But what if… what if our fundamental understanding of physics is wrong? Not just in the way that General and Special relativity  supposedly updated and refined Newtonian physics, but that the basic underlying principled about the universe, including the math in Einstein’s theories, are flat-out wrong?  What if all the string-theory research, phycisists looking for dark matter, scientists trying to perfect nuclear fusion, etc., are all barking up the wrong tree in terms of the basic nature of the problems they are working with? Here are some things for the science and engineering sorts to geek out on. It is looking more and more likely that they are. Continue reading In witch the fiziks are rong

Three-minute summary of the history of slavery, suitable for a HS history class

Deliberately omitting essential information needed to understand something is a “lie of omission.” This is a common problem in school, sometimes for understandable reasons like time limitations, other times for bad reasons like pushing a political agenda. Just about every people of any significance in world history has practiced slavery, and been slaves. Continue reading Three-minute summary of the history of slavery, suitable for a HS history class

What’s science?

From a Social Galactic post I saw this link. An interview with a science-type guy out in the field. He says it quite eloquently (paraphrased): Science is about observing, thinking, discussing, not just what’s in peer reviewed papers. By definition, published peer reviewed papers means they all thought the same and agreed. New knowledge almost always comes from outside academia. “The best candle-maker couldn’t dream of electric lights.”

Yes, indeed. It gets old trying to argue with people who don’t know, can’t think, but can easily point to a “peer reviewed article” that I can easily point out flaws with, but because I’m just some guy with a brain, not an “expert,” I don’t count.

War on privilege

WAR ON PRIVILEGE WAS THE CORE THEME OF THE COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA IN MY HOME COUNTRY AND ALL SOVIET BLOCK
by Silviu “Silview” Costinescu

Interesting article, spells out many of the parallels between the rhetoric and actions of the early communists and today’s radical left in all its forms. The voice of experience sees things. “And right after that I’ve witnessed the Overton Window sliding in US from total vilification of communism to active flirting. I saw who pushed it, openly, the same people who made up over three quarters of the early Communist or Bolshevik parties’ highest echelons.” Then he cites names. “The privileged who led the propaganda there are the same ones leading the mainstream media and the communist propaganda in US now.
The most privileged people in the world, always at the controls of both sides, sponsoring the war against privilege.

Once they had taken power, the Bolsheviks didn’t immediately launch Stalin-style mass purges. Instead, the Bolsheviks started off in a way modern Americans would find disturbingly familiar: By legitimizing criminal anarchy and co-opting the justice system.

Yeah. studying history can be sort of dark at time. You study the past so you don’t repeat its mistakes, but you also get to watch others making them. I feel like a low budget Casandra sometimes.

Public Ed Takeover

It is obvious to all who follow public education that something is seriously wrong> Things got off the rails a while ago, and has been wrong for a long while, but in recent years the divergence with reality and the wishes of parents and into rabid left-wing narrative forcing has been monumental. Was it organic? Pushed by a few influential people? Are we imagining things? What’s up?

Over at the eponymous “some Bitch I know” website, she’s put together what she believes is an orchestrated take-over of our education system, titled “The Globalist Takeover of the American Educational System: Part One“, as a means to subvert the nation by simply teaching the kids to hate their own heritage and believe the propaganda of our enemies. Speaking as someone who has been inside it one way or another for a fair while, I can’t see that she’s wrong in the big picture, though we might quibble on details. Certainly our schools are not good for the people of this nation, boys, peoples-of-no-color, traditional sorts of any type, people who value the truth, or anyone not hard left. The people calling the shots clearly hate this country, and the people of it.

Most of the players are well know – Gates, Soros, etc, but some are likely people and orgs you’ve never heard of. If you care about education give it a read.

L v. R

Not surprisingly, people on the political left and right, however you care to define them, see the world rather differently. This stems in part from a different set of values, in part from believing a different set of facts, and in part a totally different view of how to view the world. There are more things, of course, but these three are enough. What’s funny, though, is that we even have a different understanding of how the other side views our views. Or, to quote this article: Continue reading L v. R

Woke is now the law in WA

The governor, Jay “almost as sharp as a marble” Inslee has signed a bill that would mandate Critical Race Theory training for all public school teachers and administrators. So, that means a couple of things.

  1. It violates the state constitution and laws
  2. It violates most school district’s “human dignity” policies
  3. It will cause a major jump in home schooling
  4. It will result in any number of lawsuits at local and state levels
  5. It will cause a lot of public school teachers to leave, either retired or quit
    1. I have no idea what sort of unqualified people will get hired to replace them
    2. This MIGHT be enough to wake up a lot of normie parents
  6. It would be a great time to start my own school
  7. This will create a lot of fear and anger both among teachers and staff on one side, and parents and students on the other. It is the definition of a hostile environment.