Friday, July 30, 2010

From an Industrialized to an Institutionalized Nation

Our nation is not on a slippery slope, we are basically just wallowing in the mudhole near the end of the slippery slope. The only room to fall to hit bottom, now, is just sinking to the bottom of the mudhole. As a grandma, I am disgusted with what some school districts have done to the summer! First, let me give a bit of history. I loved school, I cried the last day of school every year, which was always before Memorial Day, and I started the "going back to school countdown" in August, even though the school year did not begin until after Labor Day. Well, then by the time my daughter was in school, they had made Memorial Day the last Monday in May, rather than the 31st, so the kids sometimes had to return to school for a few days after Memorial Day, and since that went without much of an argument, the first day of school got moved up to the last week of August. I've said all that to say this! That was then and this is now . . . Now, the school year is often lasting until early June while the school year begins in mid August. The kids are doing well if they actually have more than two months summer vacation! And if that isn't intrusively regimented enough, the school registration, back to school nights, etc. begin two weeks before school actually starts. Let's not omit for their safety, picture ID tags. School has gone from educating to programming, and now it would appear 3 months break allows too much time for free thinking and physical activity. As the jobs disappear and the time in school increases, just what are our kids being prepared for? I'm not sure, but I do know they will be prepared to live life en mass and depersonalized.
. . . and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore . . . Torah of Holy Scripture
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