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Post by Mountaineer » Tue May 22, 2018 4:38 pm

I came across a very interesting discussion today. ... M

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Richard J. Maybury is an economist, historian, military intelligence man, and former teacher who has published a series of books that are especially useful for homeschooling and private schools referred to collectively as the "Uncle Eric" books. They are well worth the read and use with our kids and would greatly supplement our Memoria Press curricula. He writes from a Libertarian perspective on most issues and also regularly publishes "U.S. & World Early Warning Report" (EWR) which provides solid insights into both the political world scene and the world economic scene from a free market Austrian economic model viewpoint.
In Maybury's most recent EWR he reflects on the current status of public education and especially deals with the issue of school shootings. I find myself in strong agreement with him and offer his thoughts to you for your consideration. I believe you will find it an interesting read.

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"Fasten your seat belt, this will be a hair raising ride. I will try to keep it as gentle as possible without hiding the truth. I'd rather not be drawing your attention to this awful subject at all, but I'd never forgive myself, which I shall explain. Here we go.
In numerous movies, you've seen the Thompson submachine gun. Patented in 1920, the "Tommy gun's" drum magazine held an awesom 100 45 cal. rounds. In full-auto, it fired at a rate of 600 rounds per minute. Soldiers called it the trench sweeper.
Before gun controls begain in 1934, this fearsome military weapon was openly advertised and sold mail order to anyone. Including teens.
The Tommy gun was so simple it required no training for use as a school sweeper. Just open the shipping carton, load, and blaze away.
Yet, as far as I have been able to determine, no student or teacher was ever shot at by a Thompson. And school shootings of any kind were almost unknown until the 1960's.
This is without a doubt my most important warning ever: to me the evidence is convincing that violence in the public schools has begun to skyrocket.
The schools were already in trouble due to a century of political tinkering with them. Now, I believe, the advent of smartphones has brought them to the breaking point.
If you have school-age children or grandchildren, I will give suggestions for keeping them safe. The suggestions may also solve some of your most worrisome family problems. This will all come clear when we understand where the disaster came from.
Here's the story. Under "School shootings in the U.S.," Wikipedia reports a plethora of revealing statistics about known incidents. I've boiled them down for you to this:
In the 19th century, meaning the days of the so-called wild west (it wasn't really wild compared to America today) school murders were practically non-existent. This in spite of the fact that there were no gun controls, and due to the vast surplus of Civil War weapons, much of the population, including youths, were armed to the teeth.
In the mid 20th century, school murders became far more common despite gun controls.
The 21st century has already brought more school murders than all of the 20th century. It's not yet an epidemic, but as I will show, it is almost certainly headed in that direction.
Every school shooting is blaimed on guns. Each time, most of the news media go on a hysterical anti-self defense campaign. They obviously hope this will lead to confiscation of all firearms. Never, never is a school shooting blamed on the school.
Long ago my wife and I were public school teachers. We still follow the school reform follies. In the 19th century and until the 1920's, most education that was not done by parents or self-education was done by teachers in 190,000 one-room school houses. By and large, this system worked far better than today's. Google "How the One-Room Schoolhouse Approach Got It Right," by Jennifer Miller.
Here, I believe, is the key to understanding what went wrong in the 20th century: typically a neighborhood one-room school contained 10 to 40 kids ages 6 to 15. With all ages mixed, a child had few real peers. And older children helped protect, tutor, mentor and care for the younger ones.
Every teacher knows you never learn something as well as when you teach it. A one-room school wasn't so much a classroom as a tutoring center.
Tutoring didn't just flow from older to younger. It also flowed from younger to older. If, say, a 10-year old was a whiz at math, and a 15 year old wasn't, the younger child would coach the older one.
In short, a one-room school operated much like a large family. Everyone helped everyone else. But schools today are yet another collectivist experiment.
"Scientific socialism" (aka Marxism or collectivism) became the rage among intellectuals in the late 1800's and 1900's. These people abhorred independent small neighborhood schools, preferring instead to turn out "the new socialist man," with all of us stamped from the same collectivist cookie cutters.
In the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Russia became the Soviet Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It was widely seen as the new, advanced economic prototype for all contries to follow. (See the 1981 movie Reds.)
Power hungry politicians and bureaucrats around the world fell in love with the Soviet Socialist example of central planning. Especially in education.
In the Soviet tradition of economic regimentation, they eradicated one-room schools and erected what we have today worldwide - giant mass production factory-model schools. Strongly influenced by Marxist John Dewey, these were at first proudly called "platoon schools."
Today, instead of 10 to 40 kids, schools have become industrial-sized plants. The average high school in the US has about 750 students. The one in the February Florida shooting had over 3,000, all packed like sardines into a few acres.
Each child is collected into this Soviet mass production scheme at age five. Then, like toasters riding an assembly line, all move along in lockstep at the same pace, till the assembly line ends and they go out the door at age 17 or 18.
Key point: all children in a given classroom are peers, meaning roughly the same age. they're on the same page at the same time, regardless of what the individual child may actually need.
In this global collectivist experiment, every child grows up a guinea pig, surrounded, engulfed by peers. The protectiveness the older ones naturally felt toward the younger ones was made impossible and simply discarded.
If there is an iron law of human psychology it must be that behavior is never improved by crowding. Indeed, this may be true of all species. As lab rats are gradually crowded, they begin going crazy and attacking each other. Then at some point, after a critical mass is reached, the violence spreads like a prairie fire.
Please read that paragraph again; we'll come back to the lab rats in a few minutes.
Each factory-type school is a gigantic experimental peer pressure cooker. We now have the fourth generation of pressure-cooked parents and teachers trying to raise the fifth generation of pressure-cooked children. It's no wonder teachers are obsessed with crowd control.
In 2014, the US Attorney General referred to "the school-to-prison pipeline." It's all a far cry from the 10-year old quietly, gently tutoring the 15-year old one-on-one.
In today's factory-model schools, what the individual child needs takes a back seat to what socialists thought socialism needed a hundred years ago.
Yet we all grow up being told by the mass-production schools that they are a normal, natural, healthy environment, and if we cannot thrive in them, it must be our fault, not that of the schools.
After observing this experiment for 43 years, I am convinced that most of the surly attitudes, depression and bad behaviors generally blamed on teen hormones are actually caused by insufferable peer pressure. After at least eight years (K through 7) of daily anxiety, what child wouldn't be a little wacko?
Look at what is known about the killers. In the vast majority of cases they have the same characteristics:
1. Different in some way that is noticeable.
2. An outcast. A black sheep.
3. Living in constant fear of bullies.
4. Often ridiculed.
Humans are profoundly gregarious creatures. If you have never been roundly ridiculed, you can't imagine how much it hurts.
A black sheep exists in a mob rule world. I think their dominant emotion is fear, and this eventually turns to hatred. Of everyone. Even parents.
I'm not making excuses for any murders. I'm only saying, this is what I think is happening.
From what my wife and I saw as teachers, the vast majority of black sheep just silently suffer through their 13-year prison sentences. The child says little about the pain because he or she thinks it's simply the way life is: I'm a loser, period, end of story. they know nothing different because they've never experienced a one-room school. They're scarred for life.
But now peer pressure has become so great that an increasing number of outcasts do not stay quiet. They either commit suicide, or try to kill everyone who may have laughed at them, or both.
Between early teen years and late teen years, the suicide rate among girls leaps 200%, and rises slowly thereafter. Among boys, it leaps 600%, and rises slowly thereafter.
Obviously something awful is done to us during our school years. For many it never goes away, and for tens of thousands it is literally unbearable. The CDC estimates "up to 1 out of every 5 children experience a mental disorder."
The rise in school shootings tracks the rise of the mass production schools. Between 1860 and 1960, school shooting deaths for the entire US averaged about 1 per year.
Destruction of one-room schools and explosive growth of mass production schools was in the period 1920-1960. Then in the 40-year period 1960 to 2000, school shooting deaths rose to over 5 per year. Since January 1, 2017, these deaths have averaged over 4 per month. Notice this growth curve is exponential.
Teachers are taught to see the one-room school model as primative. It may have been. But today's Soviet-style peer pressure schools are satanic. To me, peer pressure is one of the most dangerous things in the world; I've seen it ruin a lot of good kids.
Some might claim today's schools do a better job of educating. They should Google "nineteenth century 8th grade graduation tests" and ask themselves, how many college graduates today could handle those 8th grade tests?
I'm not blaming the teachers. Everyone in mass production factory model schools, including teachers, is a guinea pig in an experiment that was launched a century ago. I believe, rare is the person who escapes from school without lifetime damage, and this goes for students and teachers alike. For a teacher who cares about the kids, the job can be an emotional hell.
Spend a day observing in a typical mass production school. How many adults do you know who could be forcibly packed together this tightly, with people not of their choosing, day after day for 13 years, without going at least partly around the bend? Even penitentiary inmates are not crowed as tightly as innocent children are.
I will not be surprised if someday someone proves that the Marxist school experiment has created more mental illness than all other causes combined. The medical professions need a new adjective in their vocabulary: school-caused.
To think confiscating guns will solve the violence problem is naive. Without abolishing the cause of the violence, meaning the peer pressure cookers, it would only direct the killer's attention to other weapons. Especially bombs. Ask any chemist. Our world is filled with simple, cheap things that can easily be made to furn furiously or explode. Molotove cocktails, pipe bombs, propane bombs, the list is endless. The 1995 Oklahoma City device killed or wounded almost a thousand. It was made of fertilizer, diesel fuel and automobile racing fuel anyone can buy.
Recent years have brought a dramatic increase in school bomb threats. Nationwide they're now running at about 100 per day (and this is typical around the world). So we know for a fact that thousand of kids are already thinking along IED lines.
The mass production factory-model schools should be sold off and converted to something useful, like factories. We need to go back to the original American neighborhood one-room model, with obvious modern technological improvements. But this won't happen anytime soon, so under the ancient principle of loco parentis a teacher's first responsibility both ethically and legally, is to keep the children safe. All teachers in peer pressure cookers should be armed, rigorously trained and periodically tested.
Each violent incident is an inspiration for copy cats. In the 31 days after the Florida incident, there were ten more school shootings resulting in injury or death, and seven more attempts thwarted by police.
I care about you and your loved ones, so if you have a child or grandchildren in school, here is more information plus sources of help:
- A teen's brain is not mature. Among other things the mind has not yet developed the rugged individualism necessary to stand up against mob rule. In this era of teen cellphone savagery - cyber bullying, cyber slander, cyber sex, cyber insults, cyber ridicule, cyber ostracism - peer pressure grows more intense by the day. And, unlike in the past, kinds can never escape it. Peer pressure is a parasite that rides home with them on their phones.
The iPhone came out in 2007, and since then, suicide rates among teen boys have risen 30%, and girls 100%.
Even children who are not ridiculed live in fear they will be. So they worship the god of popularity. Facebook "likes" are the measure of self-worth. Some teens will do anything to accumulate them, including posting nude photos of themselves for every pervert in the world to copy and track back to the source.
Google "how to limit a child's cell phone use," and check out control apps such as Kidslox and Mobile Guardian. Better, give the child a simple flip phone without smartphone capabilities.
- Teach them never to ridicule, and steer well clear of those who do. We have no way to know how close to going berserk a victim might be.
- Remember the rats reaching critical mass, and their sudden tidal wave of violence. I think the desperate, frantic addiction to likes points to approaching critical mass insanity.
Google "wikihow, how to survive a school or workplace shooting." The three most crucial tactics are: (1) don't get cornered, (2) run fast and far, and (3) if you can't run, hide quietly behind something like concrete. Drill the children on those 20 words until they can recite them in their sleep. Teach them that in a shooting, their best friends are speed and concrete.
- Visit their school and point out escape routes.
- Take them to a building site and show them which parts of a wall are solid, and which are hollow.
- In a mass-production peer pressure cooker, the desire to be popular easily becomes an addiction. At the same time as you periodically remind your children about the dangers of alcohol, tabacco, sex and drugs, warn about peer pressure; it's the pusher of the other four.
- Millions of children live in their parents' homes but are being raised by the people on their smartphones. Search WebMD.com for its articles about helping kids handle peer pressure. Most importantly, teach children how to choose friends wisely, and steer clear of bad apples.
You might consider putting them through our three-hour Ethics Solutions course so they can more easily identify persons who are ethical. It's satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. Go to ethicssolutions.net and click on "For Parents and Children." Or call 1-877-226-1263.
- In a mass production school, if your child needs something and is not getting it, confront the teacher and administrators and demand it. You are the customer. Your taxes pay their salaries. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. If they do not supply your child with what the child needs, insert the word attorney into the conversation.
- If it is within your means, consider home schooling (see hslda.org, and Homeschool.com) or small private schools.
Don't get me wrong I'm not trying to panic you, I'm just trying to prepare you. Also, please keep the threats in perspective. At present, an American is 2,270% more likely to die in a car than in a mass shooting.
Granted, there is no telling what the future will bring. But even if it turns out as bad as the exponential trend seems to indicate, I'm quite sure that if you and your children are prepared, you will come through fine. Also good things will continue to emerge from this crisis. One is that as the mass production Soviet style schools grow worse, more parents and teachers will go in search of alternatives that are healthy.
The truly great news is with the advances made by modern electronics and the home school community, (and, of course, my Uncle Eric books! 800-509-5400; richardmaybury.com) it's becoming ever easier for any child to have a first rate education without being tossed into a peer pressure cooker. Judging by the dozens of home schooled kids I've met, home-schooling is where the leaders of tomorrow are coming from, and most are independent thinkers.
Summarizing, smartphones are blazes under the peer pressure cookers, and lids are beginning to blow off. But if you take wise precautions, I'm sure you and your loved ones will be okay.
Richard J. Maybury
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May, 2018
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Re: School Shootings

Post by Kriegsspiel » Tue May 22, 2018 5:12 pm

TLDR guns are bad prolly, going back to watching American Idle lolz.
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Post by Mountaineer » Tue May 22, 2018 5:37 pm

Kriegsspiel wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 5:12 pm
TLDR guns are bad prolly, going back to watching American Idle lolz.
No, it's lack of one room schools. You really might wish to read. A different take than I've seen before. Really.
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Re: School Shootings

Post by Xan » Tue May 22, 2018 8:14 pm

Mountaineer wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 5:37 pm
Kriegsspiel wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 5:12 pm
TLDR guns are bad prolly, going back to watching American Idle lolz.
No, it's lack of one room schools. You really might wish to read. A different take than I've seen before. Really.
I'm pretty sure Krieg was sarcastically bemoaning the people who would go for the easy answer rather than read more. I don't think he's one of them.
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Post by Mountaineer » Wed May 23, 2018 6:39 am

Xan wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:14 pm
Mountaineer wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 5:37 pm
Kriegsspiel wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 5:12 pm
TLDR guns are bad prolly, going back to watching American Idle lolz.
No, it's lack of one room schools. You really might wish to read. A different take than I've seen before. Really.
I'm pretty sure Krieg was sarcastically bemoaning the people who would go for the easy answer rather than read more. I don't think he's one of them.
The Kriegster pulling my leg? Surely not. I'm shocked! And gullible. ;)
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Post by Kriegsspiel » Wed May 23, 2018 8:01 am

If you see me drop a lolz, you can be sure I'm writing in an 'inane, latte-fueled teenage girl tweeting on a smartphone' voice.
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Post by Desert » Wed May 23, 2018 9:05 am

Interesting post, Mountaineer. I agree with much of the problem statement, regarding the culture in our massive schools. I'm not sure it's possible to go back to the one-room schoolhouses, due to population growth and density. But I agree that the schools are likely a huge part of the problem, perhaps even more than the family situations.

I have my son in private school, which is a massively difficult thing for a cheap bastard like me to do. I pay for public schools with my property taxes, then pay for private as well. It was a very difficult decision, given that the public schools are well rated in my town. I don't think private schools are the ultimate answer for everyone, and there are certainly some very poor private schools as well. But for my son's mental structure, this particular school seems to be a good match, so far. He'd be easily bullied since he is completely uninterested in sports (other than swimming and cycling), and is into incredibly nerdy stuff like acting in plays and writing bizarre short stories. Somehow, in this particular school culture, even the jocks in his class somehow appreciate the nuttiness he brings. Maybe this could have happened in a massive public school, but I highly doubt it. Bullying is a massive problem.
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Post by Mountaineer » Wed May 23, 2018 1:08 pm

Desert wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 9:05 am
Interesting post, Mountaineer. I agree with much of the problem statement, regarding the culture in our massive schools. I'm not sure it's possible to go back to the one-room schoolhouses, due to population growth and density. But I agree that the schools are likely a huge part of the problem, perhaps even more than the family situations.

I have my son in private school, which is a massively difficult thing for a cheap bastard like me to do. I pay for public schools with my property taxes, then pay for private as well. It was a very difficult decision, given that the public schools are well rated in my town. I don't think private schools are the ultimate answer for everyone, and there are certainly some very poor private schools as well. But for my son's mental structure, this particular school seems to be a good match, so far. He'd be easily bullied since he is completely uninterested in sports (other than swimming and cycling), and is into incredibly nerdy stuff like acting in plays and writing bizarre short stories. Somehow, in this particular school culture, even the jocks in his class somehow appreciate the nuttiness he brings. Maybe this could have happened in a massive public school, but I highly doubt it. Bullying is a massive problem.
Desert, glad you have a good solution for your son. My son is an Assistant Principle in a public school system middle school. He says I would not believe the things that go on - sex, drugs, theft, bullying, weapons, etc. etc. He says that almost every day he deals with the police. I don't know how he can do it; I guess someone has to try. Heart wrenching to hear what has happened to the education system since I was in it. All the "fixes" just seem to make it worse. Rev 22:20.
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Post by Cortopassi » Wed May 23, 2018 2:45 pm

I have nothing but praise for the school system we are in, from pre-k through HS. I know it is different everywhere, and probably has a lot to do with the self esteem and self confidence of your own kids.

I think this is partly pining for the "good old days" which for the most part is BS. My kids are so much better taught and have had the opportunity for so many more activities and experiences than I ever did. And the level of bullying/fighting that existed in my high school years (80s) was significantly more than my kids see.

The person who wrote the article makes it sound like going to school is hell on earth. Not true in my case. I'm sure it is in some, but you can't paint such a wide swath.
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Post by pugchief » Wed May 23, 2018 3:45 pm

Cortopassi wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 2:45 pm
I have nothing but praise for the school system we are in, from pre-k through HS. I know it is different everywhere, and probably has a lot to do with the self esteem and self confidence of your own kids.

I think this is partly pining for the "good old days" which for the most part is BS. My kids are so much better taught and have had the opportunity for so many more activities and experiences than I ever did. And the level of bullying/fighting that existed in my high school years (80s) was significantly more than my kids see.

The person who wrote the article makes it sound like going to school is hell on earth. Not true in my case. I'm sure it is in some, but you can't paint such a wide swath.
Since my kids went to the same schools as Cortopassi's, I can corroborate everything he said. It was an excellent school system and my kids were lucky to have gone through it. As far as private school goes, to each his own, but as Desert said, I can't see paying more to send your kids elsewhere unless the public schools that you are already paying for suck.

My only gripe with the local schools is the insane amount we are paying in taxes for everyone's pension.
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Post by technovelist » Wed May 23, 2018 10:35 pm

All school shootings have one thing in common: they take place in schools.

Thus, the solution to this problem is obvious: ban schools.

Note: school shootings, in fact all mass shootings, are extremely rare events. In the US, more people are killed by lightning each year, on average, than in all mass shootings in that year. So in fact this "school shooting epidemic" is nothing more or less than media-fueled hysteria.

Of course this doesn't mean that the Prussian factory-school system is anything but a tyrannical system of brainwashing, because it is exactly that. But not because of the nonexistent epidemic of school shootings.
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Post by Cortopassi » Thu May 24, 2018 8:14 am

technovelist wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 10:35 pm
All school shootings have one thing in common: they take place in schools.

Thus, the solution to this problem is obvious: ban schools.

Note: school shootings, in fact all mass shootings, are extremely rare events. In the US, more people are killed by lightning each year, on average, than in all mass shootings in that year. So in fact this "school shooting epidemic" is nothing more or less than media-fueled hysteria.

Of course this doesn't mean that the Prussian factory-school system is anything but a tyrannical system of brainwashing, because it is exactly that. But not because of the nonexistent epidemic of school shootings.
Brainwashing how? My daughters have made it/are making it through without any "radical" views supposedly taught in public schools. Maybe what a conservative might consider radical, but that's the age.

I was a Greenpeace, global warming, joined every nature club "liberal" in my teens and 20s, and as I have gotten older with kids and an expanded view, some of those thoughts have shifted, but I am glad I have my girls to challenge me on things where they are more liberal and I am more conservative now.
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