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The left likes to claim that we've never properly funded education mainly because the left uses that money to indoctrinate people with leftism.
The entire motive behind the push for public education was never to make sure everyone could read and write and cipher. The motive was to establish a government monopoly on, and control over, basic schooling so that only the children of elites (who could afford to send their children to private schools) would not grow up as conformist and obedient socialist worker-and-consumer-bots.
Of course, what has happened is that the entire system has ossified and become decadent to the point that absolutely no real learning takes place in any discipline before the end of high school--except, that is, at the extremely expensive elite private schools. And as Heinlein observed in the fifties, it is possible to obtain a bachelor of arts degree without learning anything whatsoever. (It may have been the sixties.)
Someone pointed out that Tim Kaine's statement about America inventing slavery doesn't have to be true, because there are enough people out there with no historical education that they'll believe it. Particularly inner-city blacks; remember that paying attention in school and trying to learn things is "acting white" and it is actively discouraged, so every year the inner-city school systems pump out millions of high school graduates who can't do basic arithmetic, read at an 8th-grade level, or know when a white politician is playing to their prejudices in order to get their votes.
The purpose of the public--socialized--educational system is to teach its victims to accept everything the elites tell them, never to question, never to be skeptical, never to object. Dear God, the last thing that the Chicago Public Schools want is for the kids actually to learn math and science and history! If they did that, they'd be able to identify government bullshit when they encountered it, and they might not vote Democrat!
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A racist white bitch with three last names says, "Using big words is a form of white supremacy." No, do you know what the real form of white supremacy is? Assuming that black people are too stupid to understand long words, that's what, you racist piece of shit!
She literally goes on to say, "Blacks who live in urban areas don't have the same access to education as whites. THIS MAKES THEM LESS SMART." Emphasis mine, both the uppercase and the bold text.
This racist, leftist extrusion says this in complete seriousness, telling you that you are racist if you use long words...and then goes on to blithely say that black people are less smart, rather than "ignorant", which is the correct term to be used when talking about not knowing something.
The fact that you've never heard the word "disestablishmentarianism" and don't know its definition does not make you stupid; it makes you ignorant.
But to this woman, the allegation that black people receive less education than whites (itself only half-true) makes them stupid compared to white people.
That's the thing that really fries my shorts about all of this: white people thinking that they're oh-so-enlightened who support the most racist assumptions about black people while claiming to be anything but racist.
"Blacks who live in urban areas don't have the same access to education as whites." That's also bullshit. You know why? Go back to what I was saying about socialized education--I just said it, but I'm blockquoting it:
Someone pointed out that Tim Kaine's statement about America inventing slavery doesn't have to be true, because there are enough people out there with no historical education that they'll believe it. Particularly inner-city blacks; remember that paying attention in school and trying to learn things is "acting white" and it is actively discouraged, so every year the inner-city school systems pump out millions of high school graduates who can't do basic arithmetic, read at an 8th-grade level, or know when a white politician is playing to their prejudices in order to get their votes.It's half true only because blacks actually don't have the same access as whites do--because other blacks stand in the way.
Any time you have a black gangster sitting in class making trouble, who can't be removed from the classroom for doing so? Black standing in the way of other blacks.
Any time a black kid is bullied for "acting white" because he's trying to learn? Blacks standing in the way of other blacks.
Any time there is a protest that a teacher graded shoddy work "unfairly"? Blacks standing in the way of other blacks.
Any time there is mayhem, rioting, and looting in black neighborhoods? Blacks standing in the way of other blacks.
They do it to themselves. They do it to themselves with the help of the Democrat party, itself able to see with perfect clarity exactly how everything they do serves only to oppress blacks. Because right now the Democrat party has a nice fat voting bloc which always votes for them, without fail, and if blacks as a general class were to get educated and able to remove themselves from the invisible shackles that keep them down, they'd stop voting for Democrats!
The Democrats have built a new plantation, and any time a black person tries to get away from it he's accused of being a "self-hating black" or worse, an "Uncle Tom". The kind of things the left says about conservative blacks would get you stomped into pemmican if you went to a BLM march and said it to a random person there--but because the conservative black isn't on the plantation, he's fair game, isn't he? Say whatever you want, call him the N-word if you like, because he's not a real black person, is he?
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This is one way to stem the tide of this horseshit. Stop helping people go to college who are not going there to learn how to do useful things.
Now, it used to be that one graduated from high school able to do just about anything an adult needed to do. My maternal grandfather ran a business on an 8th grade education--he never even went to high school. Graduating from high school meant you were ready to be a functional member of society in just about every walk of life, save those that needed more education: mainly engineering, law, and medicine. (Or academia itself, but vanishingly few went that route.)
You couldn't graduate from high school knowing how to build a dam or extract an appendix, but you'd have sufficient grounding in math, language, and history that any topic you cared to tackle would not be out of your reach.
...which is why Richard Feynman was able to attend MIT in the late 1930s even though his father was a uniform salesman: it didn't cost that much to go. Today it's about $74 grand per year to attend MIT; I can't find a number for 1939, but I'd bet money it wasn't anything approaching a year's salary for an upper-middle-class wage earner. Even if you were attending an ivy league school, it was possible to work your way through.
Because only the people who needed degrees to continue in their chosen professions went. You didn't have "black studies" and "women's studies" and the myriad of other horseshit courses because you didn't need them. The only people who went to college were those who belonged there, people who could handle the coursework to learn really difficult and useful things.
"Ethnic studies" courses are neither useful nor difficult. The cure for cancer is not going to come out of "asian studies". We're not going to get an overunity fusion reactor from "womyn's studies". The only thing these courses produce is an excess of commie creeps who think wrecking civilization is necessary to "promote justice", and who are still so woefully uneducated that they don't understand that any path which starts at "wreck civilization" will not lead anywhere near justice, "social" or otherwise, and will only lead to perdition.
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Blue Diamond almonds, wasabi and soy flavored. A 6 oz can is $6--$1 an ounce--and it takes serious willpower not to eat an entire can at one sitting.
Not quite as good as the sadly departed wasabi-ginger potato chips I used to enjoy, but still really, really tasty.