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What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski

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  • Perhaps some of the problems young people face are caused by dysfunctional family situations and our failing education system.
  • From James Ostrowski at lewrockwell.com:
  • Related: From the Archives | 28 People Who Prove Our Education System Is Failing

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/educationaldecline.jpgDecember 3, 2018 | Critics are perhaps too quick to judge America’s young people, citing declining SAT scores, obesity, drug overdoses, addiction to smart phones, bizarre alterations of personal appearance and high rates of (alleged) mental illness.  It’s just too easy to be annoyed at how some of the cashiers at the local grocery store seem unable to carry on a conversation or have chosen to mutilate their faces with pieces of metal.  We are perhaps too quick to condemn the crazed behavior of young protesters in recent years without fully considering what our government, society and culture have done to these poor souls.

Let’s begin at the beginning.  Forty percent of Americans are now born out of wedlock.  Single parent families are associated with a long list of social maladies.

James Ostrowski: Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

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From the Archives | 28 People Who Prove Our Education System Is Failing, dalton.lemert, Diply

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"Stay in school" is common advice that kids receive, but after seeing these people who are a product of our school system, I'm starting to think that we should just give up and not even bother with a formal education. Take a look at these pictures to see what I'm talking about.

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The Best and the Brightest and Their Debauched Private School Culture Have Led America Off a Cliff

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  • Part 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh
  • Beach Week was in the air we breathed.
  • Part 2: From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
  • These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh

 

https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/beachweek-1538140550.jpg?crop=1xw:1xh;center,top&resize=768:*I think the complexity is that beach week was FUN—it was a week-long sleepover with my best friends, situated on a mile-long boardwalk, chaperoned by some very lax parents who happened to be my own. The destructive aspects of the week—getting recklessly drunk, taunting cops, and waking up to vaguely remembered hookups—weren’t something I’d learned to identify yet as part of a malignant and entitled culture. It was in the air we breathed. —Riley, Georgetown Day School, 2008

Joanna Rothkopf and Leah Chernikoff, Esquire

Sep 28, 2018 | The most prominent entry in Brett Kavanaugh’s now overly-dissected, perfectly preserved 1982 “calendar-diary” from his senior year at Georgetown Prep is boy-scrawled over June 6th to June 11th: B E A C H W E E K.

The event is marked in all caps and traced over multiple times for emphasis. It’s clear that this is an important week for young Kavanaugh. So important that he immortalized it in his yearbook as well, with the entry “Beach Week Ralph Club” (the entry “Rehoboth Police Fan Club” is Beach Week related, too). Anyone who grew up in the DC area, particularly those who grew up in its white privileged enclaves, knows why Beach Week took on such significance for Kavanaugh: the high school tradition was and continues to be (at least since we last checked) a booze- and drug-fueled free-for-all where prep school almost-grads go to black out for one full week, frequently leaving a path of destruction in their wakes.

Joanna Rothkopf is deputy editor at Esquire.com. Previously, she wassenior editor at Jezebel. 

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Leah Chernikoff oversees all things digital at ELLE. She came to ELLE from Fashionista.com, where she was the editorial director. Before that, she was a reporter at the New York Daily News. A Washington, D.C. native, Leah graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in English Literature.

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Part 2:  From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff


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These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country. And when it all collapses, when our rotten financial system with its trillions in worthless assets implodes and our imperial wars end in humiliation and defeat, they will be exposed as being as helpless, and as stupid, as the rest of us.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Dec 08, 2008 | The multiple failures that beset the country, from our mismanaged economy to our shredded constitutional rights to our lack of universal health care to our imperial debacles in the Middle East, can be laid at the feet of our elite universities. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, along with most other elite schools, do a poor job educating students to think. They focus instead, through the filter of standardized tests, enrichment activities, advanced placement classes, high-priced tutors, swanky private schools and blind deference to all authority, on creating hordes of competent systems managers. The collapse of the country runs in a direct line from the manicured quadrangles and halls in places like Cambridge, Princeton and New Haven to the financial and political centers of power.

The nation’s elite universities disdain honest intellectual inquiry, which is by its nature distrustful of authority, fiercely independent and often subversive. They organize learning around minutely specialized disciplines, narrow answers and rigid structures that are designed to produce certain answers. The established corporate hierarchies these institutions service — economic, political and social — come with clear parameters, such as the primacy of an unfettered free market, and with a highly specialized vocabulary. This vocabulary, a sign of the “specialist” and of course the elitist, thwarts universal understanding. It keeps the uninitiated from asking unpleasant questions. It destroys the search for the common good. It dices disciplines, faculty, students and finally experts into tiny, specialized fragments. It allows students and faculty to retreat into these self-imposed fiefdoms and neglect the most pressing moral, political and cultural questions. Those who defy the system — people like Ralph Nader — are branded as irrational and irrelevant. These elite universities have banished self-criticism. They refuse to question a self-justifying system. Organization, technology, self-advancement and information systems are the only things that matter.

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The Best and the Brightest and Their Debauched Private School Culture Have Led America Off a Cliff

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  • Part 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh
  • Beach Week was in the air we breathed.
  • Part 2: From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
  • These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh

 

https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/beachweek-1538140550.jpg?crop=1xw:1xh;center,top&resize=768:*I think the complexity is that beach week was FUN—it was a week-long sleepover with my best friends, situated on a mile-long boardwalk, chaperoned by some very lax parents who happened to be my own. The destructive aspects of the week—getting recklessly drunk, taunting cops, and waking up to vaguely remembered hookups—weren’t something I’d learned to identify yet as part of a malignant and entitled culture. It was in the air we breathed. —Riley, Georgetown Day School, 2008

Joanna Rothkopf and Leah Chernikoff, Esquire

Sep 28, 2018 | The most prominent entry in Brett Kavanaugh’s now overly-dissected, perfectly preserved 1982 “calendar-diary” from his senior year at Georgetown Prep is boy-scrawled over June 6th to June 11th: B E A C H W E E K.

The event is marked in all caps and traced over multiple times for emphasis. It’s clear that this is an important week for young Kavanaugh. So important that he immortalized it in his yearbook as well, with the entry “Beach Week Ralph Club” (the entry “Rehoboth Police Fan Club” is Beach Week related, too). Anyone who grew up in the DC area, particularly those who grew up in its white privileged enclaves, knows why Beach Week took on such significance for Kavanaugh: the high school tradition was and continues to be (at least since we last checked) a booze- and drug-fueled free-for-all where prep school almost-grads go to black out for one full week, frequently leaving a path of destruction in their wakes.

Joanna Rothkopf is deputy editor at Esquire.com. Previously, she wassenior editor at Jezebel. 

and

Leah Chernikoff oversees all things digital at ELLE. She came to ELLE from Fashionista.com, where she was the editorial director. Before that, she was a reporter at the New York Daily News. A Washington, D.C. native, Leah graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in English Literature.

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Part 2:  From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff


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These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country. And when it all collapses, when our rotten financial system with its trillions in worthless assets implodes and our imperial wars end in humiliation and defeat, they will be exposed as being as helpless, and as stupid, as the rest of us.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Dec 08, 2008 | The multiple failures that beset the country, from our mismanaged economy to our shredded constitutional rights to our lack of universal health care to our imperial debacles in the Middle East, can be laid at the feet of our elite universities. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, along with most other elite schools, do a poor job educating students to think. They focus instead, through the filter of standardized tests, enrichment activities, advanced placement classes, high-priced tutors, swanky private schools and blind deference to all authority, on creating hordes of competent systems managers. The collapse of the country runs in a direct line from the manicured quadrangles and halls in places like Cambridge, Princeton and New Haven to the financial and political centers of power.

The nation’s elite universities disdain honest intellectual inquiry, which is by its nature distrustful of authority, fiercely independent and often subversive. They organize learning around minutely specialized disciplines, narrow answers and rigid structures that are designed to produce certain answers. The established corporate hierarchies these institutions service — economic, political and social — come with clear parameters, such as the primacy of an unfettered free market, and with a highly specialized vocabulary. This vocabulary, a sign of the “specialist” and of course the elitist, thwarts universal understanding. It keeps the uninitiated from asking unpleasant questions. It destroys the search for the common good. It dices disciplines, faculty, students and finally experts into tiny, specialized fragments. It allows students and faculty to retreat into these self-imposed fiefdoms and neglect the most pressing moral, political and cultural questions. Those who defy the system — people like Ralph Nader — are branded as irrational and irrelevant. These elite universities have banished self-criticism. They refuse to question a self-justifying system. Organization, technology, self-advancement and information systems are the only things that matter.

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Outraged By Kids In Cages? Look At Our Entire Juvenile Justice System.

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On any given day there are approximately 50,000 juveniles being held in American correctional facilities. / Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

  • How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way
  • Related: America's Mass Incarceration Crisis Begins in Its Schools

Cara H. Drinan, HuffPost

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https://global.oup.com/academic/covers/pdp/9780190605551 6/24/2018 | Last week, the nation witnessed an abrupt reversal from the White House. After claiming for days that he did not have the authority to address the family separation crisis at the border, President Donald Trump appeared to do just that with the stroke of a pen.

Trump has purportedly put an end to the family separation policy, but he has also created a host of new issues to resolve. How and when will nearly 2,500 migrant children be reunited with their parents? How and where will families be detained together going forward? Even as these legal questions are being resolved, there is a persistent sense of outrage among most Americans.

Cara H. Drinan, Guest Writer, HuffPost, is a Law Professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and author of The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way.

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America's Mass Incarceration Crisis Begins in Its Schools, Naveen Kumar, Vice

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  • We spoke with Anna Deavere Smith about Parkland, the school-to-prison pipeline, and her new HBO film, 'Notes from the Field.'
  • Related: How America Outlawed Adolescence

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Here’s how higher education was destroyed in 5 basic steps.

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  • So: here is the recipe for killing universities, and you tell me if what I’m describing isn’t exactly what is at the root of all the problems of our country’s system of higher education. (Because what I’m saying has more recently been applied to K-12 public education as well.)
  • Related: What's Wrong With the American University System
  • Related: Chris Hedges - The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Poisoned%20Apple%20on%20Book%20in%20front%20of%20Green%20Chalkboard_1.jpg03 Jun 2018 | few years back, Paul E. Lingenfelter began his report on the defunding of public education by saying,

“In 1920 H.G. Wells wrote, ‘History is becoming more and more a race between education and catastrophe.’ I think he got it right. Nothing is more important to the future of the United States and the world than the breadth and effectiveness of education, especially of higher education. I say especially higher education, but not because pre- school, elementary, and secondary education are less important. Success at every level of education obviously depends on what has gone before. But for better or worse, the quality of postsecondary education and research affects the quality and effectiveness of education at every level."

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What's Wrong With the American University System, Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, TheAtlantic.com

http://assets.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/culture_test/barkhorn_jul27_highered_post.jpg Andrew Hacker, who is professor emeritus at Queens College in New York, recalls the day a young political scientist walked into his department to interview for a job. Everything about the man's resume made him an ideal candidate. He was finishing his dissertation at a top university. His mentors had written effusive recommendations. But when the young superstar sat down with the department chair, he seemed to have only one goal: to land a tenure-track position that involved as many sabbaticals and as little teaching as possible. He was not invited back for a second interview.

 

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The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff, Chris Hedges, TruthDig.com

Those who defy the system—people like Ralph Nader—are branded as irrational and irrelevant. These elite universities have banished self-criticism. They refuse to question a self-justifying system. Organization, technology, self-advancement and information systems are the only things that matter.

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