Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Fallacy of the Diversity Argument in regard to education

Let me say it as plain as I possibly can: "If you have Good Teachers, Good Parents, a Good Curriculum and adequate Funding you WILL have Good Schools.  Diversity is not a prerequisite for a Quality Education.

I don't believe in the idea of FORCING DIVERSITY. What does that really accomplish? No matter the level of diversity all the schools should have the same level of funding and quality teachers that's what really matters when it comes to education.

Teachers the second most influential or detrimental people in our childrens lives.  I believe in many cases especially, in urban areas or in schools with Majority Minority enrollment that we set the bar for Teachers way to low and the bar for the students to high.  But how do we insure that we have the best teachers possible?  First, school administrators need to have higher standards during the screening, interviewing and hiring process.  We need to get out of this as long as they got a degree and a pulse approach to hiring teachers. 

Second teachers that meet the new higher standards need to be paid more.  It is ridiculous to think that teachers will stay at a job making next to nothing after all the years of education when they have the opportunity to go somewhere else and use that education to make more. 

Third is class room sizes.  No matter how good a teacher is if the class has 30-40 students it is hard to insure that the students are getting the help they need. These issues need to be addressed.  I love teachers but not everyone is cut out for the job and we shouldnt just hire anybody that applies.

We Parents are the most influential or detrimental people in our childrens lives.  They watch our every move and absorb all that we are.  It is important for us to be the best people we can possibly be for them.  To show them the way.  But the problems children face due to their parents are daunting. 

More and more children are growing up in single parent homes. BROKEN FAMILIES.  I'm not saying good Students can't come from Single parent homes but we have to face the fact that this makes it a helluva lot harder.  Regardless of the reasons why kids are in single parent homes (which i could probably write a book on) this factor has to be taken into consideration. 

Even in cases where students may have two parents theres always the possibility of one or both parents just being flat out incompetent.  Whether it be drugs and alcohol.  Abuse and neglect.  These are situations above and beyond students control.  Having this burden to bare makes it very difficult for many students to focus on learning in school when they have so many problems at home. 

And last parents may not be able to assist children with there work whether it be because of having to work late hours or just flat out not comprehending the assignments.  Parents are finding it harder and harder to find the time to help their kids with school work and many of those that do have the time just lack the ability.

The lack of ability of many parents as I speak from experience.  Even a fairly intelligent person like myself often find it hard to help their kids with homework assignments and in my opinion that speaks to the problems with the curriculum.

Not all children are on the same level obviously but that is no excuse to let students fall behind the rest of the class.  The school system has made drastic changes to the curriculum over the years since I was a public school student and I fear these changes have been for the worst. 

I am by know means advocating "Dumbing Down" of the curriculum but I believe that school systems need to take into consideration demographics and the many factors mentioned earlier.  There is no one sizes fits all curriculum out there every school system and every school needs to be treated Fairly but Individually.

Last is funding.  I think that most people can agree that our public schools just don't receive the funding they deserve.  Some say that its not an issue of funding but the mismanagement of those funds.  But whatever the case lets not pretend ALL schools are treated equally.  They have been picking the winners and losers in the public school system for quite awhile now and it needs to stop.  If a school is "Failing" wouldn't logic suggest we find ways to save the school not contribute to its demise?  I don't trust our politicians to act in the best interest of public schools. 

They have been diverting more and more Public money to Private and Charter schools.  This needs to STOP NOW!  But that topic alone to something we all need to research and study in-depth.  There is definitely some funny business going on with these charter schools.

I'm an African born in America so I see the world through African eyes.  Since before the end of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights movement Africans born in America have been fighting for Freedom, Justice and Equality. And many of us believe we have obtained it.  But if we were Truly Free we wouldn't still be whining and complaining about Lack of Justice and not be treated Equally as Humans let alone American citizens.  Yet we are so concerned with Diversity.  As if we just had more diversity it would solve all our problems. 

I'm sorry thats not how it works.  Let us have Our Freedom, Our Justice and Our Equality FIRST!!! Politically, Socially, Culturally and Economically then we will see how unimportant Diversity really is.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My take on US/Cuba Diplomatic Relations agreement

If anyone thinks the US gives a Damn about Cuba go blow your Brains out. This has everything to do with taking another piece of Russia's and China's off the Board and dismantling the Cuban government from the inside. Cuba is ultimately a none factor just a Pawn.

If they decided to do this now they've (the US) have calculated how they can gain. This is in no way shape or form in the best interest of Cuba. Not after all this time and after all the US has done to that country. Of course they will throw Cuba some carrots but in the long term this mean nothing but sticks. This smells like shit.

Anytime the US actively participates in a coordinated PR campaign against the Leader of another nation I automatically question they're motives. The Castros are a symbol of US failure, Iran symbol of US failure, North Korea a symbol of US failure. And thus these nations and its leaders have been shown in the most negative manor possible. As if our hands are clean.

What irks me is the US hypocrisy. You can't mention the economy of Cuba without first mentioning the embargo. You can't mention the brutality or "Human Rights" (please!) (GTFOH) (allegedly) without mentioning the constant attempts to undermine and overthrow the Cuban government of course I would be suspicious of all dissidents if I were Cuba. No way of knowing if they are real or US backed operatives. I would be firm handed also.

ALL of Cubas problems are of US origin. Every single one of them. Like I said you cannot mention the economy without mentioning the embargo and as for Human Rights? GTFOH with that. US only uses the "Human Rights" bullshit line on nations they dont like and want to make look bad in the press. We got no room to talk of human rights. Again more Hypocrisy.

Diplomatic relations will be their undoing and Obama has seen first hand how it works.

Just take Libya for example. Gaddafi reigned for many years without diplomatic relations with the US and was demonized (as is Castro) by the US media. But Libya thrived. As soon as diplomatic relations were agreed upon and embassies set up and alliances within Libya established they began their plan to take him out. Same thing with Syria. Both nations had Diplomatic relations with the US.

Look at Iran, No Diplomatic relations. Stable government.

Look at North Korea, no diplomatic relations, stable government.

Diplomatic relations is how they overthrow governments from the inside. This is nothing new.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Enjoy the Now!!!

!!!Seasons Greetings!!! Happy Holidays. Merry Xmas Yada, Yada, Yada, Blah, Blah, Blah!!!

I'm not one for small talk. I often will turn a simple "How you doing"? Or "Good Morning"? Into a deep profound philosophical question.

With that said just as I'm not much of a small talker i have even less interest in elaborating about if I "Enjoyed my Thanksgiving" Of course the obligatory answer is "Yeah". And I guess a simple person could answer yeah keep it moving and not give it a second thought. I am not blessed with such a mind.

All too often we find ourselves looking off into to the Future or staring back into the past but not thoroughly enjoying the Now!

I can honestly say I enjoy everyday no matter the trials and tribulations the worries and aggravations because my beauty wife and kids are my motivation.

Everyday is Christmas for me. I have everything. Everyday is thanksgiving for I have much to be thankful for. And while i may not be perfect and my life definitely is not I am Happy. This world is beset with turmoil and chaos yet through it all I live in my own Garden of Eden, where the troubles of the world can't reach me.

Yes, i enjoyed my thanksgiving (even though i hate having too many days off) I enjoyed those also. But let us not wait for silly holidays to enjoy life, delight in the simple pleasures everyday has in store for us.

Anthony D. Hall

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Real Reason they killed MLKjr

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Hand that Moves the Pawn

I've said this before and I'll say it  again "Raising the minimum is like raising the Floor without adequately adjusting the ceiling." Whats in the middle gets crushed.

There is no incentive for employers to Raise Middle Class wages in conjunction with raising the minimum wage, basically the middle class will be making less if you adjust for inflation.

But we aren't addressing the problem. The problem is the COST of Good and Services. They are out of control. Everyone has an answer "Raise The Minimum Wage" but that doesnt solve the cost problem.

If "Government" can mandate a minimum wage they should also be able to mandate a "Maximum Price" as well.

Each Good or Service can only reach a certain price as to make sure all essential Goods and Services are affordable. Oh but that sounds Communist don't it.

Minimum wage? GTFOH

But then people say "What about the positive impact on the Economy?"

Of course the economy will do a little better you are just funneling the money BACK to where it came from The Employer.

"Its A Scam"

Meanwhile overall wage growth remains stagnant. As more and more people "Complete" for less and less "Middle Class" jobs.

Just as employers want. Competition for Labor brings down the Value of Labor. While the actual competition for Good and Services has basically diminished over the years as more and more companies combine merge and solidify market share creating virtual monopolies.

Some even make the argument that having a Consumer based economy is a good thing. Not when the consumer doesn't have Real Wealth or purchasing Power. Our Economy is A Debt Based Economy Slave to Banks! Don't get it twisted!!!

What we need is to become Producers not just consumers!!! Whats the root word of Consumer? Thats our fucking #1 Problem. We, Our CONsumer based Economy OVER Consumes and who really benefits? The People? Or the Super Huge Corporations and Banks?

People Talk about the Economy as if we are ALL living breathing vibrant active Participants in it. As if we are ALL Equally invested in it. Nothing could be further from the Truth. We Are The Walking Dead!

They say the Economy added jobs (did we get a promotion or raise?) The stock market went up a few points (but is having a 401k make you a player in the market?) Everyone feels as if they played a part merely by being an Consumer. You're a Pawn.

The invisible hand moves the Pawns across the board which ever way it chooses.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Vote Ronnie Ingram for Lenoir County Sheriff

Just spoke with Ronnie Ingram about the "man" (if you can call him that) that was stealing his signs and the Sheriffs Departments possible knowledge.

This is bigger then politics. This "Race" is a Statement that Lenoir County is ready to move on from its racist past. If we fail here and now to see that Ronnie Ingram wins we fail for Generations to come.

Stand Now! The only way to Improve Law Enforcement relations with the Public is for Law Enforcement to be seen as a member of the Public. A Man of the People not Lord and Dictator and Enforcer.

Our Current Sheriffs Department is Sick and Corrupt and in need of MAJOR change. Hopefully when Ronnie wins that change can begin and our community can finally heal.

Friday, September 19, 2014

False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)

I was listening to this "simpleton" discuss ISIS and how he couldnt believe the President was telling them he was about to strike, I replied "Because its FAKE" thats why.

Should have seen his face. He was shocked I didn't believe in the Threat. I explained "Anything everybody else is for is reason enough for me to be against".

I continued "The house just approved this rather easily and most of the time they can't agree on anything. Something has to be up."

He said "You don't believe the Terrorist are killing people over there?"

I told him "I don't believe much of what I see or hear, and if you don't know what a False Flag is Google it". That was pretty much all I could take of his ignorance and I walked out saying "It always amazes me how naive most Americans are"

The Media tells us whats important. The Media tells us what to believe, the Media controls our thoughts and subsequently our actions. We are not independent actors and definitely not a factor.

No Hope For Humanity!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

War on Society

Socially we've come to an agreement that it is in Public Interest to "Remove The Scourge of Illegal Drugs" from the streets. In doing so we as a society have decided to Crack Down on those that are involved in it.

Countless Drug Dealers and users have been Arrested, Tried, Convicted and Sentenced in course of this Crack Down or has it has been phrased "War on Drugs"!

But what have we gained?

Drug Dealing is a Business. With paying customers. You shut down McDonald's people will just go the next Mcdonald's or Burger King. You havent addressed the Demand.

So how do you address the Demand for Illegal Drugs? As a Health Concern or as a Crime?

Well if we address it as a Health Concern then people would just use the Tobacco and Alcohol argument and you can quickly see where that road ends. But it's only a Crime because the of Laws that could easily be changed.

But in the meantime, there are more and more Dealers and users that are filling the jails and prisons. I've said this more times then I can remember, "If you lock up one Dealer it may take two or more to replace him"!

And he will be replaced trust me!

You see its like a revolving door and endless cycle. You get rid of one Older Dealer and just make room for a younger to step in and fill the void. But who's kids are filling this void? Who's kids are caught in this revolving door?

We need to seriously look at the societal impacts of this so called "War on Drugs" and analyze just exactly who are we Fighting and can this thing possibly be won?

Anthony D. Hall

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Way Forward

We have been through a lot in the last 3 to 4 years. We've seen our economy teeter on the brink of collapse. We've seen thousands of Jobs go overseas. We've seen our brave men and women travel abroad, fighting two wars to defend our freedoms right here at home. We've seen our political process become more and more bitter, divisive and down right ineffective.

With the election of Barack Obama as the first black President, we've seen that most people in this country are ready to move past our ugly past of racism, and Jim Crow. But we've also seen that there are still some who want to hold on to that dark past, expressing hate and anger over the fact that a Black man is in the White House. We've seen partisan gridlock basically cripple Washington, DC and political posturing and grandstanding dominate our legislature in Raleigh.

One might ask themselves what makes anyone in politics think they can make a difference in this political climate? What gives people the belief that they can have an impact when all to often the ones with the most money and power have the most say in what goes on? What makes us believe our one little ol vote counts?

In 2008 Barack Hussein Obama, a little known, first term US Senator from Illinois had the Audacity to believe he could be President of the United States. He was right. But he had the help of 2,142,651 North Carolinians. And only won the state by a mere 14,177 votes. Who says 1 vote doesn't count? One vote adds up to thousands, Millions. We ALL can make a difference, but you can't if you stay home. Get up, Get Out, Get Active and Go Vote!

The deadline to register to vote is October 12th, so hurry and get that done! Early voting begins October 18th. Vote EARLY! Deadline to return absentee ballots is November 5th, and election day is November 6th.

The Democratic Party has some great candidates on the ballot nationally and on the state and local level. I urge everyone to take a good look at all the candidates and to decide for yourself who deserves your vote.

The republican party has decided the way forward is to cut education, cut medicare, cut social security and to give huge tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.

The Democratic party believes the way forward is to invest in America. To invest in Education, to invest in American manufacturing, to invest in agriculture, domestic energy production, renewable forms of energy and to invest in the middle class.

We don't believe the way forward is by cutting things down, we believe the way forward is through building things up! Through growing our economy, through adding jobs. There are two clear choices in this election: Forward or Backward. Those that Vote get to decide.

Voting is our right, to many have fought, bleed and died defending that right. We have an obligation to those brave men and women who have defended that right in past and in the present to vote so we can help preserve our future. It doesn't matter your political ideology or party affiliation, go vote! If you don't vote, you don't count!

Anthony D. Hall