Thursday, July 12, 2018

New Citizens, New Country / #education #parents #teachers #USA

1. Who can understand economic oppression without the benefit of a solid education? Who can know how to see opportunity in the absence of an educational curriculum that shapes a lop-sided professional? 
2. How can the quality of education, differing across America, lead to different individual outcomes for people? 
3. Is it possible that not all education is of the same quality, leading towards the same purpose, and that their are advantageous gains for students in elite, private schools, as compared to inner city public schools? 
4. What are powerful, positive actions that can accelerate the social and economic realities of an American citizenry, wherein all are afforded the finest educational supports needed to fully access the opportunities? 
5. How would the raising of outspoken, critically-minded citizens be deemed beneficial to society?
6. Should we not have more citizens in tune, in participation, and in conversation regarding how the country moves forward?
The whole person must be taught to be as independent as possible, that they may have skills sufficient to not simply be professionals in one field, but have wherewithal to shift, integrate and create a number of opportunities for themselves. Parameters such as the social-economic conditions of the surrounding community of a school, class sizes, teacher training and teacher salary, as well as the clear purpose of the instructional curriculum all lead to different end goals for students. 
As of late, the educational mantra across the United States of America is to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These four subjects are all left brain thinking, with art, music, and physical education playing eternal catch up, with the exception of  dedicated schools here and there within public and private school systems that mainly focus on the arts. We must teach the whole individual though, not simply their left brain hemisphere, across the country through our mainstream public schools.
Creating professionals that are great employees does not make for a robust economy that can be dynamic, but a continuation of economic system that is largely led by those fortunate enough to have attained to the best schooling. We must change that. Creating art and music ARE very important right brain hemisphere activities that bring about respite to people’s hearts and minds, yet these are left to those who can afford it. 

Entrepreneurship and political science BOTH favor creative, individual thought and are very much community-focused in their regard for self and others. The teaching of both would invariably lead to social entrepreneurship, but these are top-shelf educational subjects not given the value that the ‘STEM’ subjects enjoy. Educational curriculums cannot obtusely focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but on those four subjects AND:

  1. entrepreneurship
  2. political science
  3. music
  4. art
  5. physical education

These five subjects listed are not to supplant science, technology, engineering, and math, but to compliment them as equal subjects. Those educational environments that understand the value of teaching the whole person will create the best leaders, and the rest will work for them. Our current social-economic American system of society is not being steered correctly because we are accustomed to living in the moment. Discourse on the enhancement of education on a national level is largely not had, or it is not adequately given the best points of reference, in order to have the better conversation.
Political science is incredibly important. It is not simply the study of history and social theory, but the study of what makes a society, how it is created, what can downgrade it, how different forces influence it, how it interacts with other societies, how government works within themselves, with other governments on the local and international level, how individuals relate to their government, how they can be positive transformers of it, all this is political science. It is not the study of how to be a politician; it is the sharpening of a intuitive understanding of community and all the interrelationships that make it happen. It is a study that leads to an understanding of the scaffolding and framework of the systems we live in, and such knowledge is power.

With such full knowledge that extends beyond being professionals in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, we awaken a renaissance mindset on an individual level. From this platform, people become more dynamic in how they operate as professionals and citizens of the American republic. Music is a language. Art is a perspective. Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle, a mindset. Political science is an observation and a reflection that can lead towards informed action. These undervalued subjects of study develop thinking skills, writing, speaking, and new ways of addressing problems.
We need to make people be smarter. 
1. Develop critical thinkers, less their very hearts and minds be enslaved to every whim and desire laid before them, enticing their time, their focus, and altogether,…. their purpose. 
2. Develop critical thinkers who exercise the outspoken thoughtfulness needful in the American republic that is one nation under God, and you gently raise up a nation from the sides of the earth that is not merely content with making a living, but making a living that is connected to make living better for others. 
3. Raise up new generations of community participators, versed, not in in the purpose of exchanging intellectual duel, but in the thoughtful, focus of building community, and of building individuals. 
4. Raise up a new standard in the deliverance of an honest education, ingrain it with the valuing and practice of public speaking and of analytical writing, place the understanding of how society is formed, how it is impacted, how it is downtrodden, and how it us uplifted, and we raise up a mindful citizenry that is increasingly, non-tribal, non-political, and a champion of human rights.
Can such a change be made? Perhaps it may be too late for many who are set in their ways. In the time of Moses, God basically only allowed those aged twenty and under to enter the ‘promised land.’ None of the original people, except Caleb, Joshua, their families and the family of Moses set foot in that land of Canaan. It may be so that some people are simply not going to change, nor have the economic and social opportunity to do so anymore. But we can still teach non-tribal, non-agenda, non-political critical thinking to each new generation of human being, and this can change society in ten to twenty years. Suddenly, the conscious mindfulness of a very alert citizenship would be raising questions, thoughts and discussion on a scale never before experienced across America. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

'Called:’ The Ancient Christianity of Frederick / #theFreedomPapers #criticalthinkers

“What I have said respecting and against religion, I mean strictly to apply to the slaveholding religion of this land, and with no possible reference to Christianity proper; for, between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference— so wide, that to receive the one as good, pure, and holy, is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt, and wicked. To be the friend of the one, is of necessity to be the enemy of the other. I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ.”
Frederick Douglass
‘A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,’ 1845
I find it not robbery to call this man of black skin color, a great-grandfather of the American spirit, as it is one nation under God. I find it not robbery to call him a spiritual brother. Having passed away in 1895, Frederick Douglass’s legacy is only now beginning to surface from beneath the historical record piling; surfacing unscathed as a magnanimous force aligned with God’s providence. His labor for God’s narrative on human rights was given no surety of fruition in a land long accustomed to the industrialization of humans as commodities. I see not a black man. I do not see a man born of an impoverished African-American slave woman and a wealthy white slave-master. No. I see a man of God— hotter than fire for others,—not singed by the flames of God, but emboldened to ascribe liberty to his circumstances, and then that of others. 
He, himself, a bishop of souls through his oratory and written word, through the example of his life, a critical thinker in acquiescence to God’s will, speaks through his works as if right next to our heart, a human being who’s life was in peril of death, of slavery, of intellectual deprivation, of being outcast from a Christian land, even as he himself was a shining Christian in form and deed. Gentle into that good night of complacency he did not go, nor did he rage with unruly passion in his speech and word, but studied his time, measured his cadence, and controlled the release of his message to the people of the United States of America.

What is a ‘modern day’ Christian, but a nomad for sale in a dark spiritual land, which no eye can see, save the awakened eyes of the lively spirit?
Are we not continuously distracted and sliding backwards in the warmth of complacency?
Are we not continuously distracted with the pursuit of happiness, rather than the pursuit of God and his Way— 
God, the Great Shepard of souls, 
of hearts, minds, and of body
What is an awakened Christian, but an ancient pilgrim formed before the foundations of the world—
What is a Christian belonging to Christ, but a harmless dove, clever as the Serpent
called to endure with long suffering
daily rejoicing with sacrifices of joy
daily putting on armor
doing finished works, preordained as ancient soldiers and ‘freed slaves’ to the Lord, 
walking in the liberty of a life ransomed forever from a second death
God Put a Lively Spirit in Him
Frederick Douglass put stock into Abraham Lincoln at a time when there was no forward-path to bringing a solution on how to end slavery. It was the soul and the Godly spirit, the self-educated mindset of Douglass that binded onto the U.S. Federal Government, if such a union can be, saving the American dream from four hundred years of horrendous human slavery. 
To his inheritance, the Lord of Lords, the very King of Kings sais through Jeremiah in Chapter 1, verse 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
“For, behold, I have made thee this day a defended city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land…and they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.” 1:18a and 19
God saved America using Frederick Douglass as his instrument, making him a ‘defenced city,’ even ‘an iron pillar’ to keep His Word, to strengthen himself through His Word, and to stay in tune to His Word; that in doing so, God would use him to bring light through the perfect law of liberty unto a people who had lost their way in the four centuries of enslavement of fellow brothers and sisters. But ask Mr. Douglass of the social isolation and the spiritual divide as a fellow Christian, and you may be surprised to be answered through the work of his life, that he brought forth sacrifices of joy, not in open laughter and jest, but in his continuance of reaching out to the hearts and minds through his speech and word, and then, in striking contrast to the abolitionist of his time, through the leveraging of his oratory and writing into political action. His form of Christianity followed God’s Word devoid of the trappings of earthly Christianism. He was no preacher, but he was surely a teacher and, yes, bishop to many souls.

Yes, Frederick Douglass traded the physical bread he had as a seven year old boy for coins to purchase his first book, a collection of essays and short literary excerpts (The Columbian Orator, by Caleb Bingham) of the great orators throughout time, ranging from George Washington to Cicero. His friendships with white-skinned children of the street in his childhood had none of the racial prejudices besetting the country of the time, though he was a slave, and they were freeborn. They empathized with him and he was able to begin his onward march to teach himself to read and write. Together with Judeo-Christian holy scripture, these two books were the creators of his dynamism, and his ancient form of Christianity, which he wore proudly on his sleeve, as if to say, ‘no sir, I am no slave, but an eternal man of God.’
It is this pure, ‘tried in the fire seven times’ form of Christianity that served as the vehicle of faithful, integral, confidence— making Frederick Douglass a commanding intellectual Christian, if not a force of God, precisely at a time when the United States of America was tumbling down from the golden achievements of its independence. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Throne Was Taken / The Emasculation of Man #theFreedomPapers

“As thou knows not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.”
Ecclesiastes 11:5
 “And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:”
Luke 1:41
  • Are not the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and our Bill of Rights derived from a foundation in the Judeo-Christian holy scripture?
  • Does not the abortion industry place itself as the standard of international morality, seating itself as if it were the God of family?
Central to the corporate abortion industry taking this position is that the women has what has been called ‘reproductive rights.’ The woman’s rights suffragist movement of the 19th and 20th century was co-opted and craftily displaced by a eugenics movement that found strong footing in the 1920s. From this vantage point, the eugenicist began to move in a completely different and secularist direction by taking political action to secure formal power.
In defending itself, eugenics proponents used womanhood as a shield, claiming that the ‘woman’ was being trampled under male chauvinism, and with the use of money and media, it effectively campaigned for political action, even beginning to take elected office power in local and national government, showing itself to be a growing dominance in America, hereforto never before seen. From this seat of power and media influence, the eugenicist gained enough power, allowing it fifty years later to assume the throne as the defacto covert head of the traditional family, not only displacing man from his seat, but shouting him down from the family hierarchy as created by God. 
Has the corporate abortionist industry creating its own informal judicial lineage, placing itself on top and individual women playing as its ‘second fiddle pawn judges’ of what happens to the human in their body? 
Has this not emasculated the man’s role as an equal procreator? 
How has this displacement of the man as the head decision maker in the familial relational dynamic negatively disrupted the traditional family unit in the last fifty years? The husband and wife are to reverence each other, with the husband treating the wife with the utmost love and respect, and yet, our abortion law has dethroned the husband and father, placing not even the women as the head of the household, but placing the corporate abortion industry itself as an abominable overseer of the family, with the woman being but a pretense to the corporate body structure of abortionism. 
Abortionism itself has assumed full power in family planning, even reaching as far as performing a coup de ├ętat upon placing elected officials totaling more than 99% of all Democrat Political Party congressional seats, and directly and indirectly supporting the taking of congressional seats in the Republican Party. Thus, the eugenics ideology of abortionism is tantamount to having near absolute control of the government and the creation and upholding of the American family.
Their coup de ├ętat becomes complete with their soft control of the informational propagandization through all established media outlets and academic institutions starting in grade school, either directly orchestrating that these emphatically support an abortionist America, or placing such pressure as to limit the calls from less subservient media outlets to protect the sanctity of life. 
  • Should we have the right to kill ourselves at the stage of life where we live in the womb? 
  • Should fathers have legal parental consent choice in the ending of a child in the womb?
  • What are the numbers and percentages of woman from different ethnicities who get abortions? 
  • Is it so that people of African-American and Hispanic heritage compromise the majority of the human abortions performed on a daily basis on U.S. soil?
  • Is it proper and rational that individuals and organization of individuals may unite and object to the legal ability for human beings to have their lives ended when they are children in the womb? What kind of response should be coming from any citizen who believes that the United States of America is “one nation under God, with God calling the human life in the womb “a child?”
If the United States is one nation under God, then not even the U.S. Supreme Court has the authority or constitutional right to override the Word of the Judeo-Christian God in proclaiming human abortion to be legal on U.S. soil. Our ‘founding fathers’ repeatedly proclaimed the need to be a Godly-driven nation, and that in the absence of this faith being our focal point, that the nation would not long endure.
Given the daily average abortion kill rate on U.S. soil that hovers at about 5,000 murders, recently initiated federal investigations into the business practices of the leading abortion company on U.S. soil and the prioritization and discourse given by U.S. Supreme Court judges unto such a longstanding source of national discussion of such social-political contention need start, and not be done separate from what God sais is already a child in the womb. We are not a secular society, but a Judeo-Christian society that tolerates a secular population, as well as multiple religious cultures on our land.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Move Slowly and Fix Things / #theFreedomPapers (1900 words-7 minute read

Knowledge is dormant power. The exercise of knowledge is power in motion.
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
Mohandas Ghandi
“Outspoken critical thinkers are…individuals who understand the value of thinking objectively, fairly and altruistically as they observe, analyze and conclude in their assessments. They then use the written and spoken word as the vehicle in which to share their insights. “
The most formidable force in the world has never been through the blast of the cannon, nor the effect of the bullet. It has not been found in the aftermath of a nuclear bomb, or the release of violent combat. No… the most formidable force is the power of the word. Through its effective use, hearts and minds can be moved to move mountains, change laws, proclaim the freedom of an entire people, bring empires to heel, and change the direction and ways of nations.
Truly, life should not be purposed to seek the wielding of social and political power. That is not being advocated here. The ability of a massive number of individuals to write and speak persuasively on a nation-wide scale helps dilute the power of the word as it is invested in an elitist few, and delivers a strengthening of democracy starting from the bottom up. What is implied is that a sharp increase in the number of American citizens who are not merely professionals in a given trade or industry, but also active participants in the shaping and auto-correcting of our democracy would raise our country, one from many, to a new level of intellectual operation nothing short of a non-violent revolution.
The perceived, yet false danger to an established social-political system in raising free-thinking, critical thinkers is that they tend to be non-tribal and in favor of individual advocacy. In the best of cases, critical thinkers create more critical thinkers. Bringing about un-indoctrination thinking releases hearts and minds from a binary-thinking mode of ‘us versus them,’ and creates a platform of ‘we the awakened intellectual people.’ Critical thinking sharpens non-tribal thinking and intellectual confidence, as it does foresight and intuition. The individual gains ground as an intellectual force over any type of collective, tribalist-thought social construct, even sidestepping the continuance of such a system. Moral, non-tribal, critical thinkers are consistent altruistic advocates of revitalizing social, political, and economic life in a community. They are listeners, leaders, and informational-content creators. They protect foundational truths, bring to light grievances, tear down falsities, and stand in the face of steep opposition. 
“Moral, non-tribal, critical thinkers are consistent altruistic advocates of revitalizing social, political, and economic life in a community. They are listeners, leaders, and informational-content creators. They protect foundational truths, bring to light grievances, tear down falsities, and stand in the face of steep opposition.”
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Altruistic critical thinkers understand that power can be derived from observation. They become natural political scientists, and gravitate towards the upholding of individual human rights.
Consider the work of all the prophets in the Judeo-Christian holy scripture. Some were kings, while others led very difficult lives, many a times at odds with the prevailing cultural norms of the local and national communities they lived in. If you can believe it, God sent them to proclaim a return to His Way with his Word and even to stand fast in patience and long suffering the wrongful wrath and disdain of many. Throughout the history of recorded humanity, and especially in the last 5,000 years of recorded history (starting with Moses recording of the first five books of scripture), we have had the memorialized stories of men and women (Queen Esther, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, David, the Lord Jesus Christ, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Mohandas Ghandi, the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., Karol Jozef Wojtyla, and Mother Teresa), who have stopped the directions of cultures, been sources of righteousness, created empathy in oceans of apathy; having done so mainly through the power of the spoken and written word. Surely, Moses led a standing army and Queen Esther’s story included the slaughter of thousands, King David was known for his leadership in armed battle, John Adams-the second President of the United States of America, was the foremost sustaining revolutionary energy in the Continental Congresses through his power and use of words as a public speaker. For all these, the ability to persuade others was due to their effective use of words and paraverbal (how you say what you say) dominance, if not divine will as well.
Outspoken critical thinkers are then individuals who understand the value of thinking objectively, fairly and altruistically as they observe, analyze and conclude in their assessments. They then use the written and spoken word as the vehicle in which to share their insights. 
They can:
  • bring about valuable discussion
  • re-prioritize such discussion in accordance to fundamental human values
  • squelch attempts to remove or obfuscate the cultural value of the critical thinker in a society
It is then that this kind of individual is viewed as a non-conformist, and that can be deemed as an unsettling and negatively disruptive counterweight to any prevailing hierarchical social order. 
Taking on the educational development of outspoken critical thinkers in the American educational public school system may never catch on given that it could quickly create what would be ‘misconstrued’ as an abundance of unwanted expression and political division from current social-political norms. Youth and young adults would be taught a default method of critical thinking based on a lack of understanding of the instructional parameters. 
“All of a sudden, parents and entire communities could see their children go from being on the political social-left  to being on the political individual-right, and that would be a political failure for binary, tribalist politics.”
For example, the political slant of a community would impress itself upon the student-learning as the ‘winning-social-economic-political ideology,’ in contrast to the community, its scholastic teachers and school administrators allowing the free-thinking practice of understanding and questioning the politics of communities and how these shape thinking. All of a sudden, parents and entire communities could see their children go from being on the political social-left  to being on the political individual-right, and that would be a political failure for binary, tribalist politics. Such a reality would not be allowed to flourish in its entirety and would be co-opted at a given point to grow critical thinking skills in younger generations, yet slant these intellectual powerhouses towards the favoring of local social-political-economic views.
It is then that the American public school system’s attempt to literally introduce critical thinking as a stand alone instructional curriculum on par with science, technology, engineering, and math would be railroaded at key points in order to secure the livelihood of the social-political structure.  Hence, public school systems would not seek to understand or value the shaping of generations of freethinking leaders who can be team players, but generations of ideological followers who can be team players. Exceptions or anomalies to this rule do happen, but by and large, instructional methods are aligned in accordance to social-political ideological thinking of that prevails, in most of our academic institutions, and that is a leftist leaning perspective. Unfortunately, the system in public schools indirectly supports the continuance of an ‘us versus them’ binary thinking, and indirectly supports the allowance of a continual creation of an elitist professional leadership over and over again. 
How so? 
Generally speaking, the wealthiest families are able to send their children to the best private schools, wherein, the future leaders of industry and economy are created. Public schools tend towards creating professionals who conform and follow the social-political system in place. In contrast, the most elite private schools teach towards ingraining a sense of confidence, decisiveness, and intellectual agility. Same people, different learning environments. A lopsided development occurs where a vast majority of the ‘educated’ population is routinized into being receptive and passive citizen professionals, whereas an elite few are taught to be industrious social, economic and political leaders. It is a binary hierarchy based on two basic educational empowerment approaches.
“A lopsided development occurs where a vast majority of the ‘educated’ population is routinized into being receptive and passive citizen professionals, whereas an elite few are taught to be industrious social, economic and political leaders.”
Unless, public school administrators, teachers, and parents call for and institute a change in this perspective, their student populations are largely taught (through default) to:
  1. work within the social-political-economic system
  2. not cultivated in thinking to question the scaffolding of the social-political-economic order
  3. not taught to stand alone in a non-conformist intellectual position advocating for an improvement of the prevailing system
Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes
The solution to positively disrupt such an order is both responsible and mutually beneficial to all people across our cultural strata, yet negatively detrimental to the existing order of operation. It is not to be feared though. Teaching people to be critical thinking advocators alongside science, technology, engineering, and math makes for a revitalized democracy of citizens who:
  • are increasingly non-tribal
  • observe, question, and use the written word to add informational content to the local and national social-economic-political conversation.
  • gravitate towards the defense of human rights through the defense of the rights of the individual citizen
  • are confident in joining, adding, or bringing correction to the local-national conversation
  • increasingly decisive and intellectually agile in understanding what the true issues are, what they should be
  • tend to seek out how society can function better, how the physical environment can be cared for, and what kind of solutions can be brought forth towards the issues
Outspoken, altruistic critical thinkers are like objective nomads who are intellectually agile, value foresight, and are mighty in force as they nimbly travel across ideological realms.
Such a shift brings about a revolutionary change in society through the favoring of intellectual empowerment, rather than reactionary reflexes, like physical violence, and falling back into calls for political tribalism based on ideology.  Through the favoring of mindfully teaching the use of our thinking side, instead of our reacting side, we send a message that ‘people power’ is not found in the indoctrination of people at the individual level, that they then become tribalist followers, but in the un-indoctrination through the inculcating of critical thinking that leads to social, economic, and political advocacy.
The singular obstacle to the realization of this shift is a complacency to not rock the boat. The forms of information production and distribution are solely owned by an elite minority of people, as is the power of influence from entities and organizations who fund or are protected through the remaining of the social-political status quo. These may be already benefiting from the prevailing construct, and would not be akin to change what is already working for them. Hence, given their direct and indirect control over what information is distributed, for how long focus is kept on each topic, and how informational content is managed to affect our culture, the aims described herein can and are suppressed and dismissed.
However, what joy, what adventure, and what a refreshening of American democracy it would be if non-tribal, altruistic, outspoken critical thinking would be valued as importantly as science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the arts, and vocational professions. Suddenly, the focus of the management of American society moves from the playing field run by the elite power structure, and favors the soft rise of individual and unique critical thinkers. Be not alarmed, it will be so that these will naturally be anchored in the protection of human rights, in the overt championing of more critical thinkers in democracy, and in the staunch defense of America’s founding doctrines.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The War For America is Through Our Heart & Mind – #criticalthinkers #education #technology #theFreedomPapers

  • How and why can the practice of critical thinking and public speaking instruction turn the tables on the quality of men and women we are producing in America?
  • Is it not evident that inner city public school systems in the United States skew towards racial segregation? 
  • Are we looking to increase and maintain local and national economy, or should we be interested in developing objective, critical thinkers who are also professionals?
  • Does the singular focus on teaching science, technology, math, and engineering in the American public school system create a professional labor force of followers?

The valuing and shaping of individuals who employ critical thinking as an academic focus equal to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics may never happen in America. It would be downright dangerous to the established political power order to have citizens de-tribalizing from the current culture system ‘modus operandi’ and becoming a nation of free-thinkers. If you notice, no politician or media organization, themselves ‘tribalist critical thinkers,’ would see it fitting to support an educational empowerment construct that could directly release individuals from tribal loyalty to ideology, political perspective, or self-identification as pertaining resolutely to a binary mode of thinking. Hence, we shall not hear it valued in inner city public school classrooms, predominantly teaching ethnic minorities, nor will the subject be broached as an educational goal which would refresh the founding principles of the American democracy. 

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Instead, what we hear is the steady drone of creating professionals who are focused on their work, rather than renaissance professionals who work, yet also are powerful participators of democracy. The default present condition is that individuals who are higher on the social-economic ladder reap the benefits from access to quality educational institutions aware of the importance of uploading and refining critical thinking skills into their students. Surely, exceptions can be found. Parents who promote family discussion at meal time strengthen their children's critical thought and social-relational skills, and this supplements the educational endowment received at school. Former slave and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass realized that the African-American slave was being kept devoid of critical thinking by being deprived of the ability to read and write. Due to this, African slaves were successfully kept in bondage for four hundred years in America. More so, upon his self-empowerment to read and write, he found that perspective of thought and character-building was instrumental in delineating his purpose in life. It was the intellectually empowered Douglass, whom through consistent public speaking and ownership of a form of historical production, a printing press, was able to positively disrupt the established political power order simply with words that reached hearts and minds. His ability to speak and write eloquently and persuasively coupled with the printing press and distribution network he created, effectively changed the national conversation. I would add that God was with him because of his alignment to God’s Word, but that could be argued as subjective. Even so, critical thinking matters. 
To what end is the education of the people in the school systems across the nation?
We must stop and consider. We must have this conversation. And we will have to have it in spite of the content information, the very conversations main stream news media outlets choose for us. In other words, we start like Frederick Douglass started, without help, without support, without the mega-phones of the established news media and social media organizations. We start the conversation as the beginning of an alternate culture that does not push an ideology, but seeks to develop free thinkers who are objective and non-tribal. The odds are wholly against such a conversation picking up momentum given that the result of having masses of awakened citizens would change the political and social economic order in America, or any society for that matter. We need to create professionals who are leaders, not professionals who are followers. It is a mindset and it is a set of skills. The rise of artificial intelligence technology that can ‘reason, analyze, and choose,’ as Thomas Friedman puts it in his op-ed essay for June 27, 2018 in the New York Times (page A23), directly challenges an individual’s ability to think critically. Such algorithmic technology will ultimately curate and prioritize information according to the ideologies of the agent-creators of such technologies. That is to say, the menu options of information-content that is presented to us is pre-picked for us, ultimately sidelining organic choice and rerouting our likes and dislikes into options and choices made for us according to the reasoning of the agent-creators, like Google.
In such a paradigm, individual human reasoning of an entire country becomes a slave to the human reasoning of an elite few that plans out critical thinking algorithmic computation. In such a ‘matrix,’ human critical thinking becomes subservient and the vision of a few becomes and is, the vision of hundreds of millions of people. This is how the American democracy of our founding fathers is brought down to the ground quietly. 
As the American flag billows in the wind and we pay our respect to all who have fought, to all who currently protect and serve our country, consider the reality of what has happened, consider the challenge to each individual, consider the duty to raise the intellectual rigor of our children as critical thinkers who are passionate enough to not run, but take a stand to start the conversation of what America we want to have as responsible sovereign citizens equal to each other in inalienable, God-given rights. Their is no other country in the world like ours. We have gotten this far because of the founding principles we have polished and upheld. Frederick Douglass, the critical thinker, the patriot, the All-American man of God, found that we were not living up to the universal human right ideals and he took a stand. He endured the ravages of slavery, intellectual deprivation, mockery, defaming, financial destitution and cultural isolation to get his point across. In doing so, I posit that he moved hearts and minds to wake up and lead, not as his followers, but as brothers and sisters walking shoulder to shoulder as leaders.

New Citizens, New Country / #education #parents #teachers #USA

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