Kirby Urner Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:18 PM
>I'd like to analyze your sense of outrage a bit more
You do not have to work so hard at this. You can just ask me, and I will glad to tell you. I am outraged that the Education Mafia have a shred of credibility left. I am outraged that they do not have the decency to resign en masse.
From your analysis, they seem to be at some apex of power these days i.e. they've scored many victories and are in no mood to admit defeat.
I understand why you wish they would wave the white flag. You see through their defenses to their naked emperor at the core, some poor slob who just doesn't get it and never will. Yet the ruse is transparent, for those with the eyes to see.
By their own words and deeds, as reported by the Gray Lady, the Education Mafia debunked one of their own cherished theories of education, long held and widely practiced. A theory of education that damned generations of children to stunted educations and sabotaged futures. And did I mention the cost? It was done at enormous public expense. Without even the hint of an apology, the Education Mafia are now implementing practices exactly the opposite of what they formerly touted as the key to a modern education.
I'm fine with this rhetoric. I don't know if you recall, but I've posited a more west coasty Education Yakuza, a more Asia-flavored gang, or gang alliance, somewhat competing with your gang of bosses. E.g. you posit DC, with its NEA and Department of Education as a nexus, NSF likely implicated as well (and NPR). I tend to think DC opted out of most debates that matter some time ago. It's not an education capital, it's a political capital, and is currently run by the Beltway Junta, a somewhat business plotty complex that loves to build its towers near airports.
Again, how can anybody with more than two brain cells in his head possibly take these people seriously? And it is all right there in the NY Times! At times like this I despair.
What's your thinking about IBM?
You sometimes like to underline your Jewish heritage (a proud one to be sure) and you may be familiar with how Ford Motor sometimes comes under fire, for Old Henry's going-off-the-deep-end for a spell. For awhile there he was completely flipped out, believing the protocols nonsense, the world banking conspiracy. He wrote screeds in his own newspaper. There was no stopping the man, though falling profits may eventually be what got his attention.
Hitler was really happy with this new ally (said so publicly), a friend in the engine business. But this romance didn't last. Old Henry snapped out of it.
But there's still some question about the sales force behind those Hollerith machines, those tabulators. Keeping tabs by race / creed, a census, used to target and color code some minorities: IBM was a big help with that. You say the Nazis were socialists (says so right on the label), but that doesn't keep them from being cozy with Corporate Welfare (the fascist pattern).
Currently, you'll find there are ongoing boycotts of Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and even Caterpillar for their role supplying technology to census takers and discriminators (sorters on race and creed).
Should high schools teach any of this history do you think? Or are you one of those "don't run until you can walk" type coaches, and then we hardly get around to walking?
No, I think your standards are higher than that. You believe in studying history, the history of mathematics included. What has been the evolution, since Quadrivium + Trivium? You're open to DVDs on that topic, screening them in school auditoria (yes?).
Like, you want them to know about Stalin and those Reds.
I've got lots on the U2 in my blogs, just because it's an interesting window into history. You can learn a lot from that story, others like it. And there's physics involved. The memoranda do not really assert "shot down", that was journalistic spin maybe. Gary was in good shape.
Yes, I appear to stray off topic, but we're talking about using a flagship of Corporate America (IBM) as our newest Golden Calf (object of genuflection), and you're like "it's about time! How can these Mafia be taken seriously, as Only Now are they finally worshiping at the altar of Big Business".
Is that really the altar we want them at? You're happy with bowing to this Mecca? Do you even see why I'm asking?
No representation without taxation.