The Saturday night before the Super Bowl, JG and I hurried home from eating out with family at Duck’s Nest on Lake St. John, to tune into Newsmax to hear President Donald Trump give his speech in Arizona. There had been promises of “something special” to be announced during the speech. I listened to it all, but never heard that something special, until the very end. Trump walked offstage to the Sam and Dave hit song, “Hold On, I’m Coming.” If that wasn’t a special signal to us patriots, I don’t know what else it could be; very hopeful words…. ”I’m coming…”
I read a few selected websites each morning, before beginning work for the day, and I jot down things that make sense to me. The following are a few gems I picked up this week, written in plain and true English and easy to understand:
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” -Voltaire
On Biden, “His stupidity is staggering; his incompetence is scary; his lying is hideous. His presence is embarrassing. He is a treasonous punk with advanced dementia that never accomplished a thing in 47 years.”
On the covid faux pandemic: “People are dropping dead with no explanation all around us, and everyone is afraid to ask for fear of being disrespectful. The vaccines are killing people. SAY IT.”
“It’s too late. The communist traitors have intentionally decreased the lifespan of millions of Americans by decades with their vaccine to usher in communism.”
“833,000 deaths, 75% had comorbidities. Masks don’t work. Die with (covid), die from (covid) lumped together.”
“A state of emergency that lasts 2 years is no longer a state of emergency. It is a dictatorship.”
“The vaccine mandates are the demoncrat party’s way of purging government, military and civil service sectors of those who believe in individual rights and freedoms.”
Finally, “If you still need a booster after being fully vaxxed, and still need to get tested after being fully vaxxed and still need to wear a mask after being fully vaxxed and still get hospitalized after being fully vaxxed…it’s probably high time you admitted that you have been fully conned.”
Now to my rant of the week: Common Core math in elementary school is the most disgusting perversion of tried and true methods of solving problems that can be inflicted on children. And don’t tell me it isn’t Common Core, for this was printed on a page of the frightful homework that my fourth grade grandson was given: “This document is created to give parents and students a better understanding of the math concepts found in Eureka Math (2013 Common Core, Inc) that is also posted as the Engage New York material which is taught in the classroom.”
Several years ago, parents across Louisiana united in their outrage over the teaching of Common Core in our schools, a system foisted on the nation by then White House resident barry obama. They protested at the Capitol in Baton Rouge where the legislature was deciding the fate of a generation of students. The leges said, “Yes, parents, you are right! CC is an abomination! Let us change the name to something else so you peasants will go home and not bother us anymore.” And that is what they did, and our children are the losers.
Here are the objectives on a fourth graders math homework: Decompose fractions as a sum of unit fractions using tape diagrams. Decompose non-unit fractions and represent them as a whole number times a unit fraction using tape diagrams. Decompose fractions into sums of smaller unit fractions using tape diagrams. Decompose unit fractions using area models to show equivalence.
I am a graduate of LSU; I scored above average grades in algebra, trigonometry, physical science, anthropology, biology, astronomy, etc., even though science and math were not my favorite subjects. But I could work math problems in these classes because I had the basics of math down pat, thanks to wonderful elementary and high school teachers. I didn’t have to struggle to figure out what decomposing unit and non-unit fractions meant.
Students now are taught this convoluted, crazy, nonsensical garbage, and I do not use the word garbage lightly.
There’s no longer any such thing as an equation, you know 4 x 2=8; it is a number sentence now. Do you think the Japanese and the Indians and the rest of the educated world are using this Common Core insanity to teach their children? Not a fat chance. American children must be taught a lesson that they are inferior to all other students in the world, and how better to do that than to dumb down their learning of basic mathematics.
So when doing extra school work time comes for my grandson, I just skip the math that is too illogical for my way of thinking. We concentrate on English, social studies and science, because they are based on words, and words I know.
He has to get his teacher to translate Common Core for him. I simply cannot attempt this convoluted perversion of marvelous math.
So, along with deep-in-the-gut disgust for national politicians, a great distrust of covid policies, and the insanity of Common Core math, comrades, I have had a bad week.