Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:
Price: K-12: Parallels with Venezuela
“How could so many blessings be turned into failures? The Panama Post presented (Dec. 21, 2017) a profound political analysis of Venezuela’s plight. The key weapons used against it, according to this report, are ‘deception and distraction.’
Many will see a parallel with our K-12 system: . . . […] People a lot like Castro have used the most meticulous Machiavellian-Leninist techniques of misleading through deception and distraction. They have masterfully placed educrats to seduce and lead the opposition’s masses along destined to fail ‘progressive’ paths, while seamlessly wedging the Education Establishment into power. The bottom line was concisely stated by Samuel Blumenfeld: ‘K-12 education is a criminal enterprise from top to bottom.’ […] Socialism may be all you need to explain why our schools are ineffective and overpriced. Everything hailed as a rescue or salvation takes us ever closer to decline and collapse. Meticulous Machiavellian-Leninist meddling has worn us down.”
Read more at American Thinker.
Calvin: “No more boys and girls’: BBC champions ‘gender free’ child raising in new documentary
“A video recently shared by the BBC purports to shame adults for ‘gender-stereotyp[ing]’ children and suggests that distinctions between boys and girls should be erased entirely. The video, tweeted over the weekend, highlights an experiment in which a male or female baby is dressed in clothes opposite to the baby’s sex, a mat full of toys is laid out, and a series of adult volunteers are filmed playing with the babies. The adults are not told of the experiment, and led to believe Edward is actually ‘Sophie’ and Marnie is actually ‘Oliver.’ The video is clipped from a program featuring Dr. Javid Abdelmoneim and is titled: ‘No more boys and girls: Can our kids go gender free?’ […] The BBC suggests that ‘stereotyped’ toys will disadvantage girls later in life, . . .”
Rampell: A winning theme for Democrats? Kids.
“Democrats have been casting about for a winning theme this November. Here’s one suggestion: Kids. After all, despite once declaring themselves the party of family values, Republican politicians have more recently ceded this territory. The GOP is now the party of state-sanctioned child abuse, of taking health care away from poor children, of leaving young immigrant ‘dreamers’ in legal limbo.”