Monday, August 6, 2012

Proof That Public Education Has Failed

Last night, I stayed up to watch the Mars Rover Curiosity land. I discovered a couple of things that led me to conclude that American public education has failed.

Education should remind one that limits exist. Some seem to have forgotten that fact

Public education probably deserves a pass for this faux pas. Last night was a  celebratory moment for the science geek crowd. I wouldn't have stayed up to watch a rover land on Mars if it weren't for a few talented science geeks who must have learned something in school.
 
On the other hand, some failures are damning. While waiting for the rover to land, I clicked on a couple of links that led me to the Florida Constitution Party's site where I "learned" that President Obama will fake his assassination to prevent the 2012 election from occurring.

The post admits that the possibility is based on rumor but tells readers that one must be vigilant:
What I’m going to report here is only a rumor that presently can’t be confirmed. But it is of such magnitude that it must be made known if only to prepare America for a possible terrible eventuality. And while it has not been confirmed, neither can it authoritatively and convincingly be denied, certainly not in a United States where our Constitutional rights are under constant attack.
The Florida Constitution Party quotes a Canada Free Press claim that the  Department of Homeland Security is conspiring with President Obama in order to start a racial civil war:
“The DHS is actively preparing for massive social unrest inside the United States . He then corrected himself, stating that ‘a civil war’ is the more appropriate term. Certain elements of the government are not only expecting and preparing for it, they are actually facilitating it.”
The DHS whistleblower mentioned a recent meeting at the Department of Homeland Security where plans were discussed to use pawns to simulate the rioting seen in the Arab Spring countries that would bring on a “controlled chaos” for the benefit of the Obama administration.
“Envisioned by these conspirators are riots starting in urban areas such as New York , followed by a disruption of business and commerce,” the DHS source added. “They want to restrict travel, if not through high energy prices, then by checkpoints and curfews mandated by the rioting and unrest…The whole purpose is to keep Obama in office for another term, no matter how unpopular he is, as he is not finished changing our country from a Constitutional Republic .”
I'm a bit shocked that the Florida Constitution Party didn't mention Marxist agitators with Alinsky leaning Masonic tendencies or New Age  Kenyan socialist colonialists who worship Thor on Wednesdays, but I digress.

The Constitution Party offers proof; there have been other rumors:
This certainly isn’t the first rumor to surface about Mr. Obama’s intention to subvert the U.S. Constitution, by manipulating economic, racial and social issues that would polarize Americans and bring on enormous conflict but the full measure of this contrived event, if true, involves total suspension of our democratic rights, and repression on a scale never thought possible in the America we’ve known and cherished all our lives.
The Florida Constitution Party must have stayed awake during a win/win class discussion. They have set up a classic win/win:
It’s a rumor that bears watching…and is worth spreading because the more people who know about it–and understand the high level of deceit and treachery that confronts us daily in Washington –the less likely it is for the rumor to become a reality.
They get to scream "I told you so!" or "We saved the Republic!"

I don't want to count the logical fallacies wrapped in racism that these people are perpetrating. I will point out that students graduating from any high school in the United States should know  being "updated several times a day" or claiming to have "more than 100 writers and columnists who file stories regularly to the newspaper from all corners of the globe" does not make a site reliable. The World Weekly News makes the same claim with they allege that Bat Boy will be Romney's running mate. More importantly they all should know that one doesn't use one unsubstantiated rumor to support another.

I need to make sure I add recognizing stupidity in all of its various forms to a few more lesson plans. For the members of the Florida Constitution Party, I'll offer the following: people put false claims on the Internet. This State Farm advertisement is using irony when the actress states otherwise. The character is gullible. By the way, the guy with the beard really isn't a French model.

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