I blame Walt Disney

Some idiot in Bejieng decided he wanted to cuddle with a Panda bear.  A real one.  In the zoo.  So not realizing that the operative word in “panda bear” is “bear” and not “panda”, he hopped a fence into the panda exhibit.  After the zookeepers extracted the panda’s teeth from his flesh, he expressed surprise at its reaction to his presence.

This is the result of large scale urbanization and unrealistic education.  People lose touch with the reality of wildlife and life and death in general and replace it with a mythology presented by children’s fairy tales (aka New York Times, NBC, Universal Studios, etc.).  How many different ways can polar bears be presented as cute cuddly little white stufties, and how completely divorced from reality can that image be?  If a polar bear catches you in the wild and it’s hungry, you’re dinner.  Speaking of dinner, how many urban dwellers really know where dinner comes from?  When they drive by cows in a field and then stop for a hamburger, can they even imagine what went on between the cow and the hamburger?  Do they know that their hamburger used to be cow?

How completely is modern education corrupted from teaching reality?  A commentator somewhere marvelled that the average American public school student can tell you all about the destruction of rain forests in South America and that it’s being caused by greedy corporations (actually, much of the destruction is caused by greedy little homesteaders), but can’t tell you how the sewer system works, how important that is to modern life and longevity and that it is generally a service provided by a private corporation.

Modern urban dwellers are being reduced to the high tech equivalent of the New Guinea cargo cultists, believing the trappings of modern life are provided for them by unknowable means.  If you say, “I support family farms.” three times then…Pop…food magically appears on store shelves.  People drive cars as if the gas pedal is a direct link to God.  When that link is severed, they go through the ritual of opening the hood and standing in respectful prayer staring at the incomprehensible world of Technology before them having not a clue what might have gone wrong, but sure that if they had been ‘a better person’ God would not have forsaken them.

Who could benefit from this fundamental failing in the education system?  Who most benefits from a population of ignorant rubes who are, ironically, convinced by that same educational system that they are the most enlightened generation eva’h?  Could it possibly be the government, which by the way runs the public school system?  More specifically, the people in government who view the government as the source of all goodness, the answer to all problems.  Could it be…

William Ayers! …YES!

Huh?

For the record, I did not start this out to end up here.  I started out beating up on Walt Disney for creating generations of people who can never survive on their own in the wilderness and ended up beating up on people who can never survive anywhere…which brought me to William Ayers because, by golly, every right winger has to say that name at least once a rant.

Did Ayers create the decrepit public education system?  No.  His presence as an ‘educator’ is a symptom of a much larger malady.    He moved from “I don’t understand.  They hate me no matter how many bombs I throw” to respected academic because he fit into an culture that was already there.  A culture of self-righteous, anti-everything, elitists convinced that they alone have the wisdom to rule all.  Using the academic platform not to promote individual growth and responsibility but to push the culture of victimhood and dependence on a government of the elite.  Namely, themselves.

Conservatives need to take back the public schools.  Vouchers are not the only solution because they only help students of parents who make the effort to use them.  The public school systems are simply to much a part of most communities to think, or even hope, that they will go away.  Conservatives need to take back the public schools not at the national level by campaigning against the Department of Education (that’s more a fiscal issue than an education issue).  They need to taake back the schools at the local school board level and at the state department of education level.  Challenge the mind numbing teachers unions and provide legal support for teachers and administrators who use judgment and good sense.  Push curricula that actually makes kids smarter rather than mind-numbed robots of people who look down on them.

And maybe, a reformation of the public school system will make kids smart enough to know better than to cuddle with a bear, panda or not.

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