It’s time for real change (Remove the pooper)

I was a registered Republican for years.  When they had no candidates who could beat Donald Trump who I respected up until the time that he became a politician, I changed parties…at the primary…no less.  Somehow, even though I had voted in all of the elections up to this point including primaries, I was suddenly not registered with either party and I had to declare.  I declared and voted for Bernie.

I did not really think that Bernie had all of the answers.  He wasn’t Trump and he wasn’t Hillary.  To be honest, I bought into a lot of the negative hype about Hillary.  Too bad.  It shows that this negative crap really does work and that the more poop you pile on, the more people believe the pooper.  So now we have a pooper in office.  Do you like the smell?  I don’t.

I believe that what truly made this country great was its pioneering spirit.  We seem to have lost that spirit.  Pioneers sought out new spaces that were undisturbed, untamed, and unproven and then went on to create meaningful lives.  It still lives in all of us.  It has just been crushed out of sight, but it is still there.  We need to draw it out and the only way to do that is to say “no” to the establishment.  I don’t mean politically, although some of the false ideas and doctrines are perpetuated by politicians that are beholden to organizations that are funding their campaigns. I mean societal norms.

Let’s take school.  School is where we should go to learn how to be part of our contemporary society.  Our contemporary society has changed so drastically in the past few years that organized education is almost entirely irrelevant.  Instead of looking at the skills that the average Joe or Jane needs to have to survive in our society and then adapt school to that need, we race even faster in a direction that is destroying the average family.  More of what we don’t need is not the prescription for a bright future but economic disaster.  Who is driving our schools?  Colleges!  It is because college is big business and needs to justify itself.  If it were truly worthwhile, then we wouldn’t need graduate degrees just to get a job.

Businesses use a cost/benefit analysis before moving forward in a particular direction.  What they are evaluating is a plan.  If the individual, the high school student, has no real plan for when they are finished college, then they shouldn’t go.  Even if they do have a plan, they must apply the cost benefit analysis to their own lives.  The answer may still be no to college but at least they understand why.  We need to become responsible for our own future.  We need to really “mind our own business” and our life is our business.  It is impractical for the average 18 year old to have the maturity to make these decisions when they don’t understand the world that we live in.  Racking up over $100,000.00 in debt just to find themselves is a bad plan.  It isn’t their plan.

When loans get defaulted on, it is unfair to the lenders.  The lenders are relying on the law to get their money and they will.  That is a whole other blog post, but for now, let’s just say that this “lack of leadership” from the top has got to stop. Somebody has to step up to the plate for America.  Who is with me?

 

 

Sadly Lacking

 

Rowan University Alumni Screen Wiipe

I arrived at Starbucks after my morning workout here in La Quinta, CA and I realized that I wanted to get my earbuds from my bike.  I went out and unzipped the pannier and found this screen cloth that indicates Rowan University Alumni.  Sadly, this screen wipe is the most valuable thing that my daughter has taken from Rowan and continues to use.  Now hold on there all you Profs out there.  Don’t get your panties in a twist.  I think that my daughter was able to become and incredible artist because of her time at Rowan.  I believe that it mostly comes from the students who were around her that helped her become great.  So, what’s my beef??

In the richness of the 21st Century connected world, Rowan allowed her to rack up over $100,000 in student debt without supplying her with any 21st Century skills to use that education to pay it back.  As a matter of fact, she feels useless.  If we are not going to build in to the education itself a way to make that education pay for itself in every major then the very institutions of education are obsolete and will go the way of the dinosaur.

The symptom of this crisis just played out at the location of my former employer.  They are faced with shrinking enrollment and as a result have a funding crisis.  They chose to eliminate Advanced Placement classes of less than 12 students to save money.  The community fought back they are back.  Why??  So they can pass a test???  There is so much more content in an AP class that it precludes in depth study of anything.  School should affect the student and help mold the character that they will become instead of making them a clone of the perfect academic. I am reminded of the quote from La La Land when Ryan Gosling’s character said of Los Angeles that they “worship everything but value nothing”.

The world in which we live today has a “shrinking job market”.  The colleges will tell you that everyone needs more education to compete for these fewer jobs.  The result…same mathematics on the job front…only more debt…more student debt…that can’t be paid back.

It’s time to stop the insanity.  We need to take a good look at what we are doing in education and redirect our efforts into classes for the masses.  Sadly, this is not STEM. What we need is Business, Arithmetic, History, Arts, and Language.  BAHAL!!  Sounds like a religion.  Maybe if it was a religion, we would attract the worshipers of our society.  I am not objecting to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Yes they are necessary for our modern day society…but we also need to use today’s technology to create enough value in ourselves and then have guidance on how to set that up that technology to “work for us” so that we can live in a world without jobs.  A world without jobs is not the same as a world without value or a world without prosperity.

The problem is that the longer we live with yesterday’s philosophy to address today’s problems, we will continue to dig a hole that will end up swallowing us all.  Wow.  Looks like I left out Philosophy.  How does BAPHAL strike you?

not what I expected

When you get to a place in your life when you have expectations and they’re not realized you have a choice. You can sit around and complain where you can make your life work.

If you believe that there are no accidents in life the main choice is this. you can believe that God is out to get you or you can believe that you were being guided to the path of your destiny.

I choose the latter. I recognize that the current challenges are very very difficult and I would share them if I could but that would be imprudent at this time. suffice it to say it will take all the energy and faith that I have to move forward yet I must.

A Change in Direction

As of today, my website has a new name but kind of a similar purpose.  Our existence on this planet should never be looked at as one of toil or drudgery.  It should never get to a point where you have to despair for each and every coming day.

As a teacher in the public schools I had to concern myself with the subject or the curriculum.  I never had the opportunity to consider the person.  Well, I did…but when I deviated I usually got myself in trouble.  Mostly I had problems with people who had been there in the school system forever.

Today is very different.  We are going to have to find ways of creating value for ourselves.  Our lives as employees will never completely fulfill us nor will they be adequate to the task of paying the bills, particularly if you went to college with the promise that the degree would be the credential that you would need to give you the job that would be your dream.

This site will hence forth be dedicated to the dreams.  Dreams become reality for those who take action.  I know there will be resistance, but, if you take the easy way, if you don’t challenge yourself or the social norms as presented to you by your parents, teachers, and yes even your friends…you will never be happy.  You can’t fly with the wind at your back.  It’s time to turn into the wind, pull back on the yoke and full speed ahead.

~Mike