Just as an aside to this Editorial – as an addendum to the last, I remember when teachers in the 1960’s began complaining bitterly about class sizes being too big, rendering the type of personalized attention students deserved to receive to be unattainable.
But thinking back . . . when I was in grade school in the 1950’s, our class sizes numbered in the high 30’s, and occasionally as much as 40-Students per class, and even at that, we all learned to READ, WRITE & DO ARITHMETIC – all of us. So it wasn’t much of a problem then was it?
And thinking back even further (before my time), many teachers taught several grades simultaneously in the same classroom, in the proverbial one room school house, which graduated some real fine individuals.
FAST FORWARD AGAIN . . . to the mid 1960’s, when I was now in high school, when the teachers spent an incredible amount of time, both theirs and the students’ – with days off and unscheduled study periods for them to ORGANIZE for the UNION, which we thought they were doing for us.
It was then, and almost all of a sudden, that class size really became a huge issue, with the claim from the UNION, that large class sizes made it impossible for teachers to provide the personal attention each student required to learn . . . to his or her fullest ability.
BUT AFTER REREADING MY LAST EDITORIAL, and discussing it with Anne (my wife), it dawned on me – that the FIGHT the UNIONS waged to reduce class sizes, had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the welfare of students, but EVERYTHING to do with the welfare of the TEACHER UNIONS.
1 – Smaller class size – LESS work for the teachers to have to perform, in terms of writing exams, marking exams, and having one-on-one sessions with students, which they didn’t do all that much of anyway.
2 – The smaller the class size also demanded the hiring of MORE teachers, which further precipitated the growth and power of the UNIONS.
And I’m ashamed to say that it only took me 66-Years to realize it.
In the COMMENT Section of the last Editorial, John F. Morgan of Dalton Georgia, reminded me of the FABIAN SOCIETY, which was established in England on January 4, 1884, which was to the best of my knowledge, the precursor of SOCIALISM amongst the wealthy and Intellectual Class, who saw themselves superior to the UNDERLINGS (like you and me), whose lot-in-life was for them to guide the poor working and Entrepreneurial Class to a better collective way of living.
I first learned of the Fabians, when I was much younger, and couldn’t at that time understand the dangers of Socialism. It‘s also important to know that the Fabians were a creation of the PRIVILEGED Class, not mostly by self-made wealthy people . . . but rather, mostly by the inheritors of family wealth.
The Fabians were also the favorite Elitist CLUB for Intellectuals, which included people who survived on the money others paid forward, through their taxes and largess, which included teachers, professors, actors, writers, politicians and well-placed bureaucrats.
IN ENGLAND – the antithesis to the Fabians, was Margaret Thatcher, who actually LIBERATED England from the STRANGLE HOLD of Socialist Elitism . . . FREEING the British people and the British economy to join the 20th-Century.
Unfortunately for England though . . . the era of Thatcher is gone, and the Fabians are back in charge, which is evident from England’s Economy and the nightmare that has become of England’s LEFTIST embrace of Islam.
Canada and the United States do not have an entrenched Fabian Society as-per-se, but that doesn’t mean that our LEFT isn’t just as embedded into our way of life, in the same way the Fabians have become the Driving Force in England, to which I CONTEND, that the nucleus of our downfall became irreversible in our classrooms, at the behest of our ORGANIZED UNION LED TEACHERS, who have ZERO experience in the real world, yet teach real world living to our children.
REMEMBER THIS . . . A teacher – all the way from pre-school to the level of Professor, has never left school. They have been students in academia for their entire lives. They have been paid by the Tax Payers to perform a task from which they cannot be fired or removed without incredibly ridiculous exceptions
It’s called TENURE . . . that guarantees a JOB AND SALARY FOR LIFE.
We bear witness every day, to outrageous statements and policies that rip through our schools from the lowest grade to graduation, where our children are ENCOURAGED to take BS courses which create HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS for the educational system, and the TENURED people (Teachers/Professors) who are at the sharp end of the spear, while the students WALLOW IN DEBT, more often than not, with ZERO useful employable knowledge and skills.
You would think . . . that in a world governed by reasonable thought and fairness, that the graduates would be upset at the people who led them down the garden path, to years of wasted time, effort, and in many cases insurmountable debt – meaning all the people at all levels of Academia – BUT YOU WOULD BE WRONG, because we are no longer living in reasonable times.
The graduates, who have literally been brainwashed by LEFTIST Teachers from preschool, all the way to University, BLAME THE MAKERS for their dire circumstance. In fact, they blame everyone who has become successful outside of their system for NOT leveling the Playing Field.
TO TAKE QUOTES FROM THE LIKES OF OBAMA AND CLINTON . . . It’s the ONE PERCENTERS, who are to blame for their wasted time, effort and debt. It is the system that doesn’t support everyone . . . including, and perhaps mostly, the people who are for a MERITOCRACY who are to blame.
BUT THEY WILL NEVER BLAME THE ACADEMICS . . . because, for their entire school-lives, which encompasses on average, about a quarter of a century of learning . . . they have been brainwashed to believe what their LEFTIST Teachers and Professors have taught them, that we as a society are all equal, and everyone deserves their fair share, whether they worked for it or not, and it’s the greedy entrepreneurs who are to blame for the demise of the classes.
I WILL ALSO ARGUE . . . that the WEALTHY LEFTISTS like George Soros and Hillary Clinton, get away with their propaganda, because unlike so many other wealthy people who made their money the OLD FASHIONED WAY, by working and risking for it, and by employing – from a few people, to massive amounts of people like Walmart does, that they are the enemies of the State.
Anne and I met a couple from New York City, who were recently retired, and PROUD outspoken Democrats, who bragged about voting for Obama Twice, and were looking forward to voting for Hillary Clinton in November 2016.
I don’t know if the wife ever worked, I sort of think not, but the husband had a pseudo government job, which gave him a healthy pension at the age of 55, which enabled them to buy an expensive RV and Diesel Truck, with which to enjoy early retirement.
They weren’t bad people . . . but they also weren’t our Cup of Tea, so we didn’t spend any time socializing with them, and I assume the feeling on their part was mutual.
One day though, the husband asked where Anne and I bought something that he was interested in having, and we said Walmart, to which his indignation was palpable, saying to Anne and myself that HE WOULD NEVER SHOP AT WALMART – EVER!
So I asked him, why not? To which he responded . . . until Walmart is UNIONIZED and paid their employees a LIVING WAGE, he will never step foot into a Walmart.
THIS WAS COMING FROM A GUY WHO GAMED THE SYSTEM . . . and was proud to brag to me, at how he looked at every advantage he could possibly get before he bought anything. And even then, he would find additional ways to pull a fast one.
I generally do not speak or debate with LEFTISTS, because I refuse to debate with IDIOTS who want something for nothing. However, in this case I said the following . . .
Walmart directly employs ONE POINT FIVE MILLION PEOPLE just in the USA. And causes millions more to have jobs as a corollary to what they do, and to whom they employ in the communities where Walmart is present.
Because of the salaries Walmart pays its employees, the employees have the money to spend in the community, helping to create jobs and pay salaries for non-Walmart employees. And if a Walmart store closes down, let me assure you, that far more people lose their jobs than just the Walmart employees.
Also . . . Walmart provides affordable goods, which many people who are low to no earners could otherwise never hope to afford. And Walmart employs no shortage of people whose working skills would otherwise never allow them to find work.
AND FINALLY . . . This myth, which is actually a huge lie – that Walmart doesn’t pay their employees a fair wage is tripe, since Walmart pays above the national average for the work skill most Walmart employees possess. Walmart also provides healthcare, even before the fiasco known as Obamacare, and allows their employees the training and the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from serious promotions within the corporation.
BUT I MIGHT HAVE HAD A BETTER AUDIENCE . . . if I spoke to the asphalt, because this Union Zealot was so INCULCATED with his disdain for Walmart, that the only thing he saw was HATE.
SO LET ME FAST FORWARD . . . The New Yorker and his wife were about to leave the RV Center where Anne, Stryker, April the Cat and I spend the winter, when Walmart announced in January of 2016, the closing of 154 Stores in the USA alone (one of them just a few miles from where we are staying in Austin), laying-off more than TEN THOUSAND EMPLOYEES – I asked him if he was happy now, and if he was about to support these people and their families who were now UNEMPLOYED . . . and in many cases UNEMPLOYABLE?
The New Yorker didn’t answer. I didn’t ask again. He’s gone . . . GOOD RIDDANCE.
AND THIS LADIES AND GENTLEMAN . . . is what the Fabian Society and the North American LEFT are all about. And we can thank our teachers for this decline of our countries, and look into the mirror to see who let it happen.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov