No, I’m serious about this question – what motive could there possibly be to take a machine gun to kill your mother and a bunch of elementary school students? Did anyone expect any kind of logic, here?
This is why people want guns banned. Because they are desperate to keeps guns away from people can’t be trusted with them. Trying to go for the “if everyone is armed, no one will shoot” mentality is great, until you deal with this one crazy person who will shoot – and if everyone is armed, then when one person shoots, everyone shoots.
People never looked upon the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction very fondly. That principle applies, once extrapolated, to gun control.
Little kids safely tucked away in school end up dying, either way.
Media informs us, informs what we do and how we think. Our worldview is built on what we see and hear, and more and more often what we see and hear is the media.
And the media is a racist, sexist institution that is still catering to the racist, sexist audience of decades ago instead of the audience of the 21st century.
Is it any wonder so many people still hold subtle signs of sexism and racism in their worldviews? Is it any other people are still surprised to hear women are leaders in politics and business when they’ve grown up seeing women as nothing but sex toys or props to male narratives?
After all, the most valuable skill in American society is to pull yourself up and get to the top by whatever means necessary. You can hardly blame kids for doing exactly that, right?
In all honesty, the reason why kids cheat is because education is currently about memorizing and applying, not about critical thinking and learning to think outside the box.
Perhaps, instead of trying to stop kids from cheating, we should enshrine it. After all, kids are growing up in a world where they can Google any fact they want. They don’t have to remember what date two historical events happened because they can look up any time they want for the rest of their lives – the important part is learning why Event A is related to Event B, and that’s not something you can just Google and plop down, at least not if you want a good grade.
We are educating kids to not think and still get to the top – why is anyone surprised when they do exactly that?
“What is the point of school?” Can tell you a lot about the values of a community and a country – and more importantly, can explain why schools are failing.
Because here’s the thing – we can all agree that schools are meant to prepare us for the modern economy, the ‘real world’. Schools are meant to prepare students to make a life for themselves once they duck away from the support of their parents. School is meant to train kids for the job market.
So why are students failing so much? Easy – no matter how many reforms we try, the current structure of our schools are still very much what they were when universal public education became mandatory…over a century ago.
See, back then the jobs students needed to be prepared for? Those were industrial era jobs. Mostly factory jobs. The point of schools wasn’t to teach so much as to train. And that core structure training kids for a factory is still around – but the factories themselves are not.
The “reforms” everyone touts don’t matter. Until we make our education technological, flexible, and individualized – just like our job market – then schools will continue to train students for jobs and needs that just aren’t there, anymore.
Being angry is a good political move – the people are angry, and they someone just as mad as them to be making decisions on their behalf.
Let’s hope, though, that a political move is all it is. Anyone can tell you that decisions made in anger – especially those with a long reach and long-term consequences – are rarely the wisest. We need some anger to drive us forward, but how much anger is too much?
Can we trust mad politicians any more than the rest?
In the Military-medical comedy/drama M*A*S*H, there’s an exchange in which a doctor and a priest are discussing war and hell. The doctor remarks that there is one major difference between war and hell. When the priest asks what that difference is, the doctor asks him, “Who goes to hell?” The priest answers, “sinners.” The doctor then points out he is operating on a draftee that never wanted to fight in the war in the first place, and that previously they’d operated on children and civilians who never wanted the war to come to their land in the first place.
In the end, he says, apart from “some brass” (meaning military leaders in the government), no one who is in a war really wants to be there, or deserves it.
So war is worse than hell, because at least in hell you deserve to be there.
How many of the veteran suicides died believing they were on their way to hell, and that it was exactly what they deserved?
Maybe we should just gerrymander along the “11 Nation” lines next time we need to redistrict the country. Perhaps we’ll get more done? Or less – after all, there are certain numbers of Democrats and Republicans everywhere. At the very least, it would make organizing Congress and various other legislators much easier.
But that would just darn-fangled unconstitutional, so I can see why we don’t.
In all seriousness, though, it does present an interesting question about the nature of politics and how location plays into it. Not to mention perception – WA, OR, and CA are always described and thought of as being fairly liberal, but in reality people are think of big coastal cities like Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, and even Los Angeles when think they’re talking about the states – in reality, they’re not.
Maybe we should try doing away with the 50 states and have 11 states instead, see what happens.
What’s the worst that could happen – we get a 12th district?