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What should be taught in public schools

The purpose of education is twofold-to teach students useful skills needed in life but just as important is to teach students how to live which is what good character is all about. Public education is failing miserably on both counts. Too many graduate without basic reading and math skills and far too many graduate without knowing the value of punctuality, dependability, orderliness, truthfulness, competence, curiosity, sharing, compromise, hard smart work, and family values in general. Critical race theory and sexual education which encourages promiscuity is definitely not something which should be taught in elementary public school.

How to read and do basic math is important but just as important is what you read and what you use those basic math skills for. In reading the emphasis should be on reading about the trials, tribulations, joys, and rewards of daily life and introducing technological and basic science topics which give real life examples using the scientific method, problem solving skills, and the concept of experimentation such as experimentation with the taste of different foods.

When it comes to basic math skills, these should be coupled with applied math as soon as possible with examples of budgeting money for expenses using calculators and introducing percentages or fractions with the aid of calculators so that students can understand percentages which appear on product labels. Financial literacy like budgeting is just not taught in most public schools nor are basic shopping skills such as knowing what a unit price is compared to the total cost of a product. Few graduate knowing how to calculate the price per pound, per ounce or per kilogram, per gram of a product and then being able to compare that with the price of similar and different products.

Far too many graduate without understanding what interest rates on credit cards and on mortgages really mean and how to calculate them for a purchase.

With religious teaching rapidly declining in many families, many public students don’t have a complete understanding of morals or ethical principles and how they relate to everyday life. An indoctrinated religious moral code of behavior is not being replaced with a secular moral or ethical code which covers the same territory of human behavior, especially in elementary school and preferably before the age of about 13.

Not having strict ethical principles to guide your life means for many a hedonistic like lifestyle which can’t distinguish which behavior is good or bad and what addictions to avoid as much as possible. The do your own thing or do what feels good philosophy often results in mental illness caused by addictions to lying, laziness, selfish behavior, promiscuity, pornography, alcohol, drugs, gambling, video games, social media, excessive shopping, and even criminal behavior. The net result is a disorganized dysfunctional brain and lifestyle filled with misery, stress, confusion, and yes, mental illness for many.

Some education like hands on lab experiments, vocational skills such as carpentry, plumbing, and auto repair, participatory sports and music, and in person social behavior skills can’t be totally done on the internet but the vast majority of subjects can be taught via the internet. So, the question arises. Other than for elementary school, is going to a physical school to learn really necessary in many cases? Interactive audio visual computer learning is a distinct and desirable alternative.

Many may not need a college education for many things unless you are going into law, medicine, or a PHD status career. Kids are learning on their own through Zoom which is online audio video conferencing. This conferencing can be led by a competent motivating teacher who can be the best math or English teacher in the community or world.

The education can be gamified so that it is not just hard to grasp memorization and regurgitation of information only. Gamification is the integration of game elements like point systems, leaderboards, badges, or other elements related to games into “conventional” learning activities in order to increase engagement and motivation. This gaming approach can make the learning experience less boring and tedious. So, internet learning can almost become a delightful fun learning experience

The new generation is almost a lost generation searching for meaning with community input and not just input from family and few friends. So, students join communities to give them a sense of belonging and sharing their spiritual views and lifestyle with others, since religion is on the decline and humans still yearn for moral or ethical principles which they can share and live by.

What should not be part of the educational experience is the promotion of critical race theory, promiscuity, political correctness, totalitarianism, intolerance of moral or ethical opposing views which are not criminal, blurring of gender identity or trying to obliterate the genetic difference between men and women, and Muslim Sharia law which oppresses women unjustly.

What society really needs more of is good, trustworthy, ethical role models in leadership positions. Not needed are untrustworthy woke role models who are graduating from a failing, increasingly dogmatic, ideological, and misguided public educational system which now includes public colleges and universities.

A federal or state gun law which may work

A federal or state gun law which may work

One of the major flaws in gun laws is that the law states what guns are legal to use and which ones are not. Technology is so advanced that humans can make their own guns with plastic or synthetic materials which are not metal and have no registration numbers on them. So, it is absurd to demand that you register such a homemade gun because it can be made in a thousand and one ways which would each have to be identified with a name and registration number.

Let’s face it, humans are the ones pulling the trigger and not the guns so the law should emphasize penalties for the use of guns by a human. “Guns don’t kill people, people do” People are the primary cause and guns only a proximate cause since weapons like knives, arrows, martial arts weapons, and objects like hammers, syringes, and chain saws are also proximate causes for death.

The federal or state law could read as follows:

Anyone convicted in the use of a lethal firearm in a crime shall be considered to be an F1 felon. If the F1 felon is found to be in possession of a lethal firearm and convicted then he or she will serve a mandatory sentence of 5 years in prison. On a second conviction for possession of a lethal firearm the F1 felon will serve a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison. On a third conviction for possession of a lethal firearm the F1 felon shall serve a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

I use an analogy from baseball to make my point. Three strikes and your out. If the F1 felon is stupid enough to be convicted of possession of a lethal firearm three times then there should be no mercy in his prosecution and conviction. Three strikes for the same crime and your permanently in prison worked out pretty well in Florida so severe prosecution has been found to work in many cases.

The goal here is to get all convicted violent lethal firearm users off the streets and to make the law so severe that even gang members will fear the police and shy away from using lethal firearms in criminal activities because the fear of punishment will override all other considerations. Yes, poor, fear ridden neighborhoods with high crime, bad education, high drug and alcohol use, and dysfunctional families will always breed violent felons but with strict enforcement the incidence of violent crime should decrease considerably, especially if officers are permitted to frisk and search gang members for guns.

Of course, enforcement is the key. You will need to have tough honest police and tough honest judicial prosecutors who will enforce this law and not let the offenders plea bargain to a lesser charge or offense. If you can’t trust the police and judges then who can you trust? Yes, there will be exceptions to this fundamental rule of honesty but statistically they should be few and far between. Otherwise, our whole legal system is a fraud and will eventually decay into chaos.

Lax laws with little or no bail, no prosecution for theft under $950, releasing murderers on parole, and similar stupid laws without strict enforcement just encourages criminals in repeated crimes and encourage more to become criminals. Without the fear of punishment and lax enforcement of laws on the books, law and order is not possible in the long run. Obviously with lax laws and lax enforcement the public becomes the victim of all kinds of criminal activity and social order gradually disintegrates. Then it is entirely possible that the only way to restore some semblance of order will be to shoot thieves and criminals to death vigilante style.

Initially, more prison space will have to be built to house those violent offenders so it will cost more money in taxes. When enforcement of illegal drug offenders clogs the prisons then it seems logical to not prosecute as many of them but then we have a further problem of homelessness with many mentally ill and drug addicted humans roaming city streets. When Portugal decriminalized all illegal drugs in 2000, officials hoped to reduce addiction rates and drug-related violence. Today, more users are in rehab, but drug use is on the rise, and reporter Keith O’Brien says the policy has made the problem worse. The percentage of humans using illegal drugs was about 12% in 2011 and is rising in Portugal.

So, the lesson to be learned is that not punishing criminals sufficiently for criminal activity will just encourage more criminal activity in the future. The same principle applies to violent gun use. Violent gun offenders must be sufficiently punished to reduce gun violence to an acceptable minimum since gun violence can’t be totally eliminated in America, since we have the second amendment to the constitution and criminals will always find a way to get guns even without the right to bear arms for self-defense.

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