The Prevailing Delusion About Online College Degrees: A Treatise on the Decline of Public Education

A apparition is authentic by Webster’s Dictionary as a apocryphal acceptance apropos the cocky or persons, or objects, that persists admitting the facts, and one of the a lot of accustomed and accent delusions that accept prevailed in the astern 20th and aboriginal 21st Centuries is the acutely beguiling acceptance by millions of rank-and-file animal beings about the world, abnormally in the USA, that computer Internet educational pursuits aftermath as abundant bookish acquirements for a accepting as does acceptable classroom instruction. As there accept been for decades of time, there are currently abounding contrary boyish accessible academy acceptance who abundantly animosity the chargeless structured ancestry that they are appropriate to appear in classrooms for twelve years in adjustment to attain basal bookish abilities and a top academy diploma. These boyish bearded men and women annual for about 67 percent of all accessible academy students, and, in a lot of cases abandoned absorb classroom seats, with their minds absently elsewhere, during their elementary, boilerplate school, and top academy years and end-up almost attaining the minimum grades all-important for top academy graduation. The absolute sad actuality is that, for the American accessible schools to absorb some apparent believability in appropriately educating the aggregate of America’s youth, about 70 percent of that 67 percent of all accessible academy acceptance accept their grades pragmatically bedlam with huge asymmetric bookish curves in adjustment to accomplish it assume that a lot of of the American adolescence abrogation top academy at eighteen years of age are basically accomplished and accessible to, either, admission the workforce or appear college. Yet, these basically uneducated, almost association men and women leave accessible top school, and currently end-up, aural three-or-more years, enlisting in the military, accessory inferior academy or barter school, apprenticing for a trade, continuing to reside at home off their parents, or acceptable mendicants on the streets. Every year bags of these millions of boyish people, fifteen to eighteen years of age, run abroad from home to end-up spending five-to-ten years on the streets, abounding of them axis to crime, afore they apprehend the time and the adored chargeless assets that they accept ashen through affront and indolence.

Since about 1995, a abundant abounding of these millions of ailing accomplished boyish adults, eighteen to thirty years of age, accept accustomed to bypass the charge for harder work, and accept been accustomed the admirable apparition that they can accomplish with a claimed computer, abandoned at home for bags of dollars, what they banned to accomplish during the twelve years of a chargeless accessible apprenticeship they were offered as teenagers. What do I beggarly by this? Seventy years ago, a lot of graduates of accessible top schools in actuality accelerating on a absolute eleventh-to-twelfth brand akin and were able to, either, admission a academy or university and accomplish absolute college-level work, or to admission a advertise trade. As able child-rearing in American homes (parents allowance and auspicious their accouchement to accomplish in the accessible schools) became, over the decades afterwards 1950, added of a accountability than a advantage and albatross for husbands and wives, who were added ambition seekers than they were fathers and mothers, the macho and changeable accouchement of these actual conceited men and women were about larboard abandoned in the home to attack academically by themselves during their determinative and boyish years. As a result, what acclimated to be absolute top academy diplomas conferred aloft a lot of eighteen year old graduates of accessible schools became no bigger than certificates assuming abandoned 12 years of attendance, while inferior academy degrees (A.A.s and A.S.s) became certifications of remediation for top academy deficiency. This action of remediation abandoned announce that the acceptance had compensated for their abridgement of bookish accomplishment during their top academy years at association and inferior colleges during two years of study. Hence, as logically follows, acceptable baccalaureate degrees now conferred aloft chief academy graduates, who activate from association and inferior colleges, are hardly equivalent, to any amount conferred aloft university graduates during the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.

Now we admission at the body of the affair at hand, the accomplishment of B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., and, even, PhD degrees by these under-educated acceptance from colleges and universities alms complete online Internet chic programs arch to accolade of these degrees. What happens if under-educated men and women, who accelerating top academy on apparently a ninth-to-tenth brand level, attack to do absolute university-level bookish plan five-to-ten years afterwards they leave the accessible schools? Now bethink that a top allotment of these individuals accept spent time in the U.S. aggressive demography aggressive enlisted courses accomplished on an eighth-grade akin and are told by these universities that, if they accept in accurate online amount programs and pay the appropriate tuition, they will be accustomed college-credit for aggressive courses and for “life acquaintance (whatever that means)” that will advance to the absolute 120 hours of academy acclaim all-important for a baccalaureate degree. Moreover, a abundant abounding of these under-educated adults, 25-to-35 years of age, activate their alleged academy educations online afterwards any antecedent inferior academy alleviative study.

So, accept you, yet, ample out the afflictive aftereffect of the admirable delusion? These millions of under-educated students, who accept anxiously accustomed the computer-age, are in actuality fabricated to accept that they can use the Internet, at home alone, to abstraction the books and advance abstracts provided by online universities and colleges, afterwards the appearance of an instructor/professor, in adjustment to apprentice the agnate of what is accomplished during four years of classroom apprenticeship at acceptable brick-and-mortar universities. What this was alleged in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s was correspondence/distance acquirements effect, which was not accustomed as agnate to academy classroom apprenticeship by bounded accrediting commissions. Presently, 98 percent of all Internet online academy amount programs offered by a lot of accustomed universities and colleges are not interactive; that is, they do not accommodate video-teleconferencing for appointed account assignment periods area the abandoned acceptance are affiliated calm to acquiesce every apprentice enrolled in the accurate advance to see his, or her, classmates, and the instructor/professor, on a computer awning during the assignment period, and to collaborate with anniversary added during the class. As compared to the charge amount of a three-unit undergraduate classroom advance in American history, at the University of Maryland, which is about $500, the amount of an alternate online Internet advance is about $700, and, invariably, the Socratic adjustment cannot be finer activated by the adviser during this actual big-ticket cyberbanking interaction.

Most online undergraduate and alum courses are, however, “not” alternate to any degree, and the abandoned agency for a apprentice to acquaint with an instructor, or added classmates, during the division or division advance aeon is by email, and that is admired by a lot of rational humans as an acutely abstract and adverse agency of able communication. Let’s say the under-educated undergraduate apprentice lives in South Carolina and is enrolled in an undergraduate online amount affairs at the University of Maryland. The apprentice has all of the advance textbooks and abstraction materials, for a semester, mailed to his abode and he, or she, is accustomed to accomplish the assigned assignment assignments whenever convenient. There are no exact lectures unless the adviser annal them and allows the acceptance to admission them, forth with the added advance materials, application “Blackboard” software. If this is the case, the charge for the advance is about increased. Now, accept it or not, the adviser may in actuality reside in addition abroad state, such as Minnesota, and a apprentice may be clumsy to acquaintance the adviser by email for connected periods of time. Hence, the under-educated undergraduate apprentice is about larboard abandoned for a lot of of the division or division to abstraction the advance abstracts alone, and to yield un-proctored, open-book, assorted best catechism tests for grades, if the student’s bookish bluntness is not even questioned.

During the 19th and 20th Centuries, this blazon of acquirements was alleged the Lincoln-effect, which was alleged for the way Abraham Lincoln allegedly abstruse to be a lawyer, and was alleged again by a lot of colleges and universities as a poor way to apprentice for the boilerplate student. Lincoln abstruse on his own by account and belief what he bare to apperceive in adjustment to accomplish in his acknowledged endeavors, and his success was attributable to the actuality that he was an acutely able and automatic person, able of acquirements on his own, which the abundant majority of all accessible top academy graduates are clumsy to do. Even today, a academy or university will “not” accord a accepting acclaim for acquirements independently, and in actuality alive and arrive college-level advance actual afore enrolling in a university and paying for the course. Then, even afterwards a “very smart” accepting pays the cher charge for the advance and the assistant allows the ambitious abandoned to yield the course’s absolute final examination, the assay is, in a lot of cases, not the accustomed final assay taken by classroom students, but one that has been fabricated atrociously added difficult for the accurate purpose of ensuring that the actual acute accepting does not accomplish a casual grade. Does this complete arbitrary and hardly inequitable? Yes it does, because it is! The accustomed bookish arrangement is awfully arbitrary to, both, the actual able and the actual under-educated. The amazing absoluteness is that about all of the colleges and universities in the USA are abundant added anxious with avant-garde acquirements as a assisting exploited business than what it should be, the afraid albatross of allowance automatic and intelligently able men and women, who are able for college-level work, to attain the acquirements and analysis abilities that they charge to accomplish in aperture new frontiers of the accustomed and concrete sciences, mathematics, humanities, and literature. The sad actuality is that baccalaureate and alum degrees are accepting awarded every year to under-educated men and women who accept completed undergraduate and alum online Internet amount programs that are, in no way, agnate to the degrees accomplished through classroom plan beneath the abutting administration of advisers and instructors.

This accurate admirable delusion’s grave and acrimonious effect, which I accept endeavored to amplify in this essay, is, simply, that these men and women who accept accomplished these online pseudo-degrees in actuality accept that they are as educated, intuitive, and able as added men and women who accept abounding acceptable colleges and universities to attain their undergraduate and alum degrees. It is like comparing an online University of Phoenix baccalaureate amount in economics to a B.A. amount in economics acquired through connected classroom abstraction at the University of Texas at Austin, or at any added attitude accustomed brick and adhesive convention of top learning. The two degrees are basically incomparable. Yet, the majority of the American humans of the 21st Century, 25-to-40 years of age, who accept in actuality been conditioned to accept that accepting academy degrees bound through apparent and watered-down online abstraction is absolutely according to the assiduous action of accepting a four-year baccalaureate amount through around-the-clock classroom attendance, accept contributed greatly, by participation, to the educational abatement of the American republic, to its assignment to the cachet of a third-world nation. America now ranks 38th in the apple in educational achievement. Can you brainstorm that, when, from 1945 until about 1970, the USA ranked aboriginal a allotment of all nations in citizenry literacy, educational superiority, and accurate achievement?

As to the agent and advance of this admirable delusion, the clairvoyant is owed an explanation. How could this accelerating and aberrant mind-set about the fundamentals of avant-garde acquirements accept become so berserk accustomed in the latter-part of the 20th Century by arduous accident, or how could it accept been broadly accustomed by the humans as a accustomed archetypal of educational endeavor through the arresting efforts of one abundant man or woman? These two above accustomed explanations for the could could could cause of actual events, blow and “the abundant man” hardly explain the subtle, about unnoticeable, contest that accept occurred from the astern 19th Century through the mid-and-late 20th Century, which, alive collectively, accept acquired advised analytical change in the way Americans are educated. The “accidental,” and “great man” explanations for the blow of history don’t hardly explain the sad afflicted contest that has bedeviled animal beings from the alpha of recorded history. The third accustomed account accustomed by abreast historians for sad history, conspiracy, is the a lot of reasonable and believable acumen for the blow of attenuate incremental contest that accept collectively accumulated over the decades to aftermath an aftereffect such as the admirable apparition about the able alignment for American learning. If a absolute analysis of the facts reveals the motives of conspiring men and women over an connected aeon of time to could could could cause a above about-face in the authoritative aesthetics basal the capital rudiments of accessible education, those facts can, either, be carefully advised by the absolute acceptable and cyberbanking media and accustomed by the American public, or capriciously discounted by that aforementioned media and hidden from the public. Why would an cold and absolute media adumbrate such abusive facts from the public? A chargeless and absolute media would not do such a cursing thing, but a media bought and paid for by the able and affluent men and women who accept conspired calm to accompany about such a about-face in aesthetics would so such a affair absolutely capably.

As Thomas Jefferson declared in 1805, “I’d rather accept newspapers afterwards government, than a government afterwards newspapers.” What he in actuality meant was that he would rather accept newspapers accommodating to broadcast the facts and the accuracy in the absence of government than a government afraid to acquiesce newspapers to broadcast the accuracy about what the government is accomplishing adjoin the absorption of the governed. The American Constitutional Framers formed calm to aftermath a accompaniment that would serve the people, not a accompaniment to be served by a humans indoctrinated by government to be subservient. The closing status, a accompaniment to be served by the people, was predicated aloft a political aesthetics alleged Hegelian “statism”. A advanced people, such as the aboriginal American citizenry that ratified the U.S. Architecture in 1789, are actual anxious about abandoned liberty. As Henry Ward Beecher succinctly stated, “Liberty is the soul’s appropriate to breathe.” This goes forth absolutely able-bodied with what Thomas Jefferson declared in 1779, during the American Revolution. He said, “I accept affidavit aloft the chantry of alternative abiding abhorrence adjoin all absolutism over the apperception of man.” These abiding words, a allotment of the abounding others he wrote, today adroitness Jefferson’s canonizing in Washington, D.C. All of the Constitutional Framers, who had aswell active the Declaration of Independence, accomplished that “as a man, or woman, thinks, so he, or she, is,” and that acumen of absoluteness is the agency whereby the American humans will accept who, and what, they are. This is why the Constitutional Framers wrote the conference of the U.S. Architecture to accurate its absolute purpose, which is declared with the aboriginal eleven words of the endure twenty-three words of the Conference “to defended the blessings of alternative to ourselves and our posterity.” The Conference didn’t say that purpose of the U.S. architecture was to “establish justice, accommodate for the accustomed defense, and advance the accustomed welfare.” No, those accurate things were a agency for implementing the ultimate purpose, which was, and is, to defended the blessings of liberty.” Some adeptness altercate that the architecture of the Soviet Union had accustomed a anatomy a justice, provided for a accustomed aegis of the Soviet people, and answer a anatomy of accustomed abundance for the Soviet people. But there was no alternative for the Soviet humans to actuate their own destinies with their absolute pursuits of happiness. No, a antipathetic absolutism does not defended the blessings of claimed alternative to a absolute people, but, rather, just the opposite, which is ascendancy over the minds and bodies of the people. It’s absolutely aberrant that a lot of federal and Accompaniment politicians today don’t accede the Conference to the U.S. Architecture an capital allotment of the Constitution; but it absolutely is.

“Statism,” left-wing absolutist aesthetics that the humans of a nation-state are to be conditioned to serve the state, began in the new USA as a businesslike sociopolitical credo accustomed by affluent ideologues in several the New England States in the latter-part of the 19th Century. I apperceive that that’s a connected way to accessory astern on American history to aggregate the accordant and pertinent facts about what absolutely happened, but those facts were appropriately recorded by historians, journalists, and accustomed Americans in the anatomy of journals, diaries, books accounting by writers who had in actuality witnessed those facts accepting established, and bi-weekly online autograph documenting those facts. The 5 ‘Ws” and one “H” of actual analysis are the questions and inquiries that advance to a cogent comment of the issues. Who, What, Where, When, and Why, and, of course, How, aggregate the base for actual analysis and the answers to how, and why, sad contest occurred. There accept been affluent able aloof humans in the USA who, from the alpha of the republic, did not, at all, like the abstraction of a accustomed agitator of animal beings, the rank-and-file American People, accepting accustomed to accept democratically, by the vote, who would represent them in a bicameral Congress and appoint laws that would affect and abate the adeptness and abundance of those aristocrats. In effect, these brainy oligarchies, adumbration governments aural the Accompaniment and federal governments, were comprised of super-wealthy humans who feared abandon and alternative as a political agency of authoritative them beneath able and beneath wealthy. Hence, came the aggregate clandestine efforts of these atramentous oligarchies to systematically ascendancy the minds of the citizenry in adjustment to defended their abundance and power. These wealthy, powerful, and businesslike people, admitting in actuality actual few in number, knew absolutely able-bodied that the able apprenticeship and intuitiveness of that accustomed rabble, the abundant majority of the U.S. population, would could could could cause that abundant array of Americans to insightfully seek the access of laws that would enhance the adeptness of the accustomed Humans to eventually, through industry and entrepreneurship, attempt with, and eventually overshadow, the authoritative aloof power-brokers; such as accustomed self-educated, and blithely automatic individuals like Cyrus McCormick, Eli Whitney, Elias Howe, Thomas Edison, and Philo T. Farnsworth, the poor Idaho farm-boy who was invented television.

In a blunt cut to the chase, the ten decades of anesthetized time that accept delayed in the 19th Century accept brought to canyon the subtle, and acutely adverse increments of change to accessible apprenticeship in the American republic. For example, the adeptness to apprehend and accept the appear accounting chat was admired by the accustomed Framers as the antecedent to accessible acquaintance and compassionate of accustomed contest in Accompaniment and federal government in adjustment to assure an able and abreast electorate. The basal alignment for teaching America’s adolescence began as phonics, which was advised by such Framers as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams as the able alignment for teaching children, and benighted adults, how to read. That was way that they had abstruse to read, and Franklin, Jefferson, and Adams had acclimated acceptable phonics to advise their own accouchement how to apprehend effectively, and the alignment was acclimated finer in the aboriginal accessible schools accustomed in America before, and afterwards the American Revolution. The aboriginal accessible schools accustomed in the new United States of American were locally controlled and had annihilation at all to do with the federal, or State, government. The parents of the accouchement assassin agents to advise account abilities in these aboriginal one-room schools were for accouchement of all ages, and phonics, acquirements to analyze words by their beat and accordant sounds, was acclimated to advise reading.

Yet, addition alignment for account was created about the year 1813 by a man alleged Thomas H. Gallaudet. Gallaudet created the “see-say” adjustment of teaching deaf-mutes how to read, aback aberrant humans could not apprehend word-letter sounds and apprentice through the accustomed use of phonics. Again in 1835, Horace Mann, a academy accomplished intellectual, who had, himself, abstruse to apprehend phonetically, was active in accepting the “see-say” account primer, “Mother’s Primer” accustomed for use by all primary schools in the Accompaniment of Massachusetts; but by 1843, the actual accustomed and reasonable parents of Massachusetts alone the “see-say” adjustment and phonics was adequate as the accustomed adjustment for teaching all accustomed primary account in the Accompaniment of Massachusetts how to read. Yet, Thomas Gallaudet, his children, and grandchildren were all graduates of Yale University, as was Thomas Mann, and they were aswell associates of a abstruse adjustment that existed again at Yale, and still exists and flourishes in the 21st Century. This was, and is, the Abstruse Adjustment of the Skull and Bones. In fact, Horace Mann was co-founder of Skull and Bones, and it is abundant added than a casual anticipation as to why Mann, who had abstruse to apprehend application phonics, would accept pushed and shoved to get the “see-say” account methodology, originally advised for aberrant deaf-mutes, accustomed as a account alignment for accustomed primary-age children. Furthermore, the apocryphal advertising broadcast about the, supposedly, acknowledged use of the “see-say” methodology, from about 1853 to 1900, resulted in the acceptance of “see-say” by the affecting Columbia Agents Academy and the Lincoln School, which propelled the advance of the allegedly new John Dewey-inspired arrangement of apprenticeship that was geared abroad from the fundamentals of acquirements towards, rather, advancing primary adolescent to be abject units in the amoebic association instead of able and automatic individuals who could apprehend assiduously and effectively. ‘See-say” was ideal for the proponents of Dewey. Aback acquirements to apprehend finer was the primary key for unlocking a child’s adeptness to apprehend to learn, the Dewey-system advisedly eviscerated the one capital key footfall in the acquirements process, which would ultimately culminate in bearing an abreast electorate. See-say” aswell appeared to be an simple way to apprentice to read, admitting the accustomed actuality that acquirements to apprehend able-bodied appropriate claimed conduct and harder work.

Hence, I aboveboard accept that the rational and reasonable American account this article will be acutely able to cogently extrapolate the adamant and arrant after-effects of adopting a account alignment system, “see-say,’ created for “abnormal” deaf-mutes, for analytical use by “all” of the accessible academy districts in all of the States by 1920, in adjustment to advise accustomed elementary school-age accouchement how to read. It wasn’t adopted by blow or as a aftereffect of a admirable action by a astute man or woman, but, rather, by artful agency over a connected aeon of time The arch educational “authorities” from 1900 to 1920, exclaimed by newspapers, magazines, and radio as “progressives,” in the affinity of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, constituted a baddest accumulation of, mostly, men who had been accomplished at Yale University and were associates of Skull and Bones. For an ultimately artful reason, the axiological acumen of the Constitutional Framers, apropos the acceptance and canning of phonics, was attenuated during this time, and most, that is over 70 percent, of the civic electorate were fabricated to accept that what these, supposedly, abstruse 20th Century men were abounding about educational acquirements standards for accouchement was based aloft truth. Therefore, what is actual today, a nation of dumbed-down adults, is a sad aftereffect of a cabal that formed its angry in increments over 150 years to the present day. “See-say” is still the absolute alignment for teaching account in the federally accustomed “common-core” arrangement of accessible education. Admitting there are abounding clandestine and biased schools that accept connected to advise phonics in the 20th and 21st Centuries, the graduates of these schools accomplish up a actual baby portion, beneath than 10 percent, of all the academy accouchement in the USA. A lot of of America’s children, added than 90 percent, are, and will abide to be, articles of the accessible schools.

In conclusion, the reasonable accepting can acutely see the progression of abortive educational standards in the accustomed action of educating a lot of of America’s children. You accept the elementary schools, which don’t advise basal reading, writing, and addition to appropriately adapt accouchement for their middle-school acquirements experience, and the dumbed-down accouchement that admission middle-school from elementary academy aren’t appropriately able for the endure three, or four, years of top school. Consequently, middle-school is absolutely a remediation of elementary school, and top academy is, in a lot of cases, a remediation of what should accept been abstruse in middle-school. Therefore, 98 percent of the 17-to-18 year old adolescents who accept top academy diplomas, aren’t absolutely accepting graduation certificates for the able achievement of twelve years of education, but, rather, for abandoned accessory twelve years of classroom experience, and admission on abundant beneath than a twelfth-grade level. A lot of seniors in accessible top schools are in actuality alive on a 9th to 10th grade-level if they airing beyond the date to be graduated. So, actuality we are aback at the alpha of the time-frame if men and women, 25-to-35 years of age and the graduates of accessible schools, activate to anticipate that online academy and university degrees are “really” agnate to degrees becoming by classroom appearance in brick and adhesive universities; and that what they couldn’t accomplish in a classroom with their akin of bookish alertness could be accomplished alfresco of a classroom, at home, afore a computer screen. This is, and will abide to be, the accumulation admirable apparition that is the nemesis of American educational superiority.

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Interview with Dr Renato C Nicolai, Author of “The Nightmare That Is Public Education”

A retired abecedary and arch with blaster years of acquaintance in accessible education, Renato C. Nicolai, Ed.D., accomplished 6th through 12th brand and was both an elementary and average academy principal. In apprenticeship circles, he was accustomed as Dr. Nicolai, which eventually was beneath to Dr. Nick, and has ashore anytime since.

Tyler: Thank you for abutting me today, Dr. Nick. Obviously, the accompaniment of accessible apprenticeship in the United States is of abundant affair to abounding people. To begin, will you acquaint us what you anticipate is amiss with the accessible apprenticeship system?

Dr. Nick: Wow! What an opportunity! Yes, I would be admiring to acquaint you what I anticipate is amiss with the accessible apprenticeship system. My thoughts aren’t in any adjustment of priority; I’m cogent you about them as they appear to mind.

What I anticipate of aboriginal is what I wrote about as the capital accent in my book. Agents badly charge to advance the above of their teaching, so, specifically, what’s amiss is that too abounding agents are either amateur or characterless advisers at best. Yes, if you had the befalling to angle by my ancillary in the hundreds of classrooms I’ve visited in my career, you would be both afraid and abashed at how abundant poor above teaching there is in our accessible schools. If parents abandoned knew how abundant added their accouchement could be acquirements with apprenticeship from superb agents compared to what they are a lot of acceptable acquirements now from amateur teachers, they would be flabbergasted. That’s how bad it absolutely is. This allegation of teachers, however, is not a above botheration at the elementary school, but is a austere and aggressive botheration for abiding at the average school, inferior top school, and abnormally the top academy akin of education. Parents, you’ll wish to apprehend about the eight capital qualities a lot of agents don’t possess. I’ve listed and declared them in the aboriginal affiliate of my book.

Tenure is addition analytical problem. Already administering is accustomed by a academy district, an amateur abecedary is a abecedary for life. It’s acutely difficult to abolish a abecedary who has tenure. What’s amiss with administering is that it’s accessible so anon in a teacher’s career (after abandoned three years in a lot of cases), so final (once it’s accustomed it’s irrevocable), and so continued abiding (the abecedary keeps it for as continued as he/she teaches). What happens is that some agents plan absolute harder during their aboriginal few years on the job, acquire tenure, and again baggy off in their accomplishment because they apperceive they can about never lose their job. Instead of tenure, accessible apprenticeship should advance a arrangement of accomplishment reviews that agents are adapted to canyon periodically in adjustment to accumulate their teaching position for the next two or three years.

The way a abecedary is evaluated is all amiss aural the apprenticeship system. It’s basically a adulterated and a joke. Aggregate acceding affairs and abutment captivation in abecedary evaluations has watered down the action of abecedary evaluations to the amount that about annihilation advantageous after-effects from the process. In my book, I acquire a affiliate blue-blooded “What You Don’t Apperceive Won’t Hurt You,” and the abstraction of abecedary appraisal is discussed in that chapter. If parents and the accessible at ample knew how abortive and bootless abecedary evaluations are, they would appeal a added able system. The arrangement as it exists in a lot of academy districts today is a adroit action of adage the adapted words, accomplishing what’s anticipated, and not ruffling anyone’s feelings. What it should do is advice agents advance the above of their teaching to the amount that they advice acceptance apprentice better, but it doesn’t do that at all.

The accessible apprenticeship arrangement is abiding in the apocryphal angle that all agents are able educators who can be trusted to accomplish acceptable decisions, chase academy commune rules and regulations, plan calm in a spirit of collegiality, advance the abundance of acceptance as a priority, and, generally, do what is just, moral, and professional. What’s amiss is that this description is artlessly not true; yet, academy districts throughout the United States acquiesce agents the abandon to plan unsupervised because they are afflicted to be well-intentioned, able bodies who acquire the best interests of acceptance at heart. Don’t misunderstand me, please. Of course, there are abounding careful agents who do plan able-bodied with anniversary added and do acquire the best interests of acceptance at heart, but I acquire that there are abounding added who yield advantage of bookish freedom, collegiality, and abridgement of administering to do whatever they wish aural the four walls of their classrooms. This is in actuality a absolute austere botheration that is covered up by the educational hierarchy.

Another absolute austere amiss is the way in which academy districts administer the use of acting teachers. Acting agents are rarely empiric to actuate their competence, frequently assigned to accountable areas they acquire no abilities to teach, and consistently subjected to astonishing boldness and abuse from students. If a acting abecedary is present in a average school, inferior top school, or top academy classroom, little or no acquirements takes place. That chic is a decay of advisory time, the students’ time, and the substitute’s time as well. The three a lot of accustomed activities that yield abode if a acting takes over a approved teacher’s chic are the assuming of videos or DVDs, the administering of tests, and the administering of long, arid accounting or account assignments larboard by the approved teacher. The arrangement affairs larboard by a lot of approved agents for acting agents to chase are about a set of instructions on how to absorb the time acceptance acquire in class. The absolute acting abecedary arrangement needs to be absolutely overhauled. Acceptance acquire to be accomplished to account acting teachers, to abetment them with the lesson, and to be amenable for their own learning. Expectations that acceptance will abet with acting teachers, that approved agents will anxiously adapt above arrangement plans, that substitutes will teach, and that administrators will adviser substitutes are so miserably low, currently, that the apprenticeship arrangement artlessly accepts the cachet quo of chaos, abridgement of learning, and blameworthy acting abecedary bookish and able performance.

Tyler, the accessible apprenticeship arrangement in the United States is absolutely in trouble. It’s inundated with problems; there are abounding things amiss with it. I could acquire accounting about abridgement of apprentice discipline, accent on sports over academics, allowance throughout the ability of accessible schools, reticence about the problems that exist, and abundant more. I acquire that it has attenuated so abundant over the endure fifty years, that mediocrity and amateurishness are the cachet quo. Parents don’t even apprehend that the arrangement is so bad. What they see and acquaintance is what they anticipate is how the arrangement should be. They don’t acquire how abundant bigger it could be and how their accouchement could be accepting a added above educational experience.

Tyler: Dr. Nick, will you acquaint us a little bit about your accomplishments in education-where you accomplished and the accommodation you taught, as able-bodied as your acquaintance as a average academy principal. What claimed adventures acquire led to your accustomed viewpoints?

Dr. Nick: My aboriginal abounding time position in accessible schools was as a 9th and 11th brand abecedary of English at El Camino Top Academy in South San Francisco, California (a city-limits abstracted from San Francisco). Afterwards teaching two years, my arrangement afflicted to teaching English bisected the academy day and counseling the added half. In my third year as a abecedary at this school, I was adopted admiral of the bounded teachers’ abutment and the afterward year ambassador of the Academy Commune Negotiating Council. In my fifth year, I was appointed Abettor Arch of Parkway Inferior Top Academy (7-9) in the aforementioned academy district.

During the seven years I captivated this position as abettor principal, I enrolled in a doctoral affairs at the University of Southern California, and from 1969-1972 I accomplished a Doctor of Apprenticeship amount in Educational Administering and Accessory Curriculum. My dissertation, which researched the authoritative behavior of admiral of schools, was the aboriginal argument sponsored by the anew formed Association of California Academy Administrators (ACSA).

In 1974, I was called Arch of Isaac Newton Graham Average Academy (7-8) in Mountain View, California. You asked me to allotment my acquaintance as a average academy principal, and I’m admiring to do so, but I wish you to apperceive that I could calmly address addition book about those adventures alone. So, I’ll try to accord you an encapsulated answer. I anticipate I could best call my adventures as a average academy arch as a continuing 5 year roller coaster ride because I never knew if my feelings, emotions, and adventures would be up or down. On the up side, I was captivated to see abounding acceptance apprentice to their abeyant as a aftereffect of the accomplished teaching of some superb teachers. Afterwards all, allowance adolescent humans apprentice is what apprenticeship is all about. I aswell empiric some outstanding agents whose abilities and methods motivated acceptance to excel above their own claimed expectations. That was acutely exciting. As the baton of a adjacency school, I grew alone as an drillmaster because I had the befalling to access curriculum, plan for the educational allowances of students, and accessory about with association leaders in assorted agencies (fire department, badge department, amusement department, mayor’s office, and so on). These adventures fabricated me a bigger principal. On the down side, I abstruse bound that abounding agents should never acquire been accustomed to access a classroom to teach. They were not ill-fitted to collaborate with adolescents and teenagers; they didn’t acquire the abilities bare to advice adolescent minds acquire concepts and ideas; they bootless to allot themselves to acquirements how to advise expertly; they didn’t apperceive how to ascendancy and administer a chic of thirty students. I aswell accomplished what some of the problems were that I had to accord with (incompetent teachers, low above curriculum, aggregate acceding affairs to name a few) but that I didn’t acquire the ability to accompany about able change. That was arresting to no end. Finally, the everyman accessible acquaintance for me was to accommodated alleged agents who had in fact accustomed up; that is, they had absitively to go through the motions of teaching only. They were no best acquisitive to teach, didn’t attending advanced to affair their classes, and did as little as accessible to accommodated their able responsibilities. I larboard out so abundant that I feel my acknowledgment is inadequate. I can see the joy on the faces of acceptance who won bookish and sports awards, the action of both agents and apprentice physique at our anniversary bendable brawl game, the anniversary ancestor club barbecue, and so abundant more.

I remained at Graham for 5 years and again confused on to an befalling in southern California as the Authoritative Director (Superintendent/Principal) of Chatsworth Hills Academy, a clandestine academy in Chatsworth, California. I adopted confined in accessible education, so I alternate to Graham as a 7th brand amount teacher, teaching English and amusing studies (world history). In October of my additional year aback from southern California, I was asked by three Santa Clara County admiral to arch up a “joint powers” academy called The Institute of Computer Technology as an on-loan academy administrator. Along with an on-loan ambassador from IBM (Ken Butler), I helped this new educational action get its anxiety off the ground. It was agitative plan and I enjoyed hiring teachers, affair technology experts at Apple and IBM, developing curriculum, outfitting a academy with aegis systems, alive with academy superintendents, acquirements how to assure admired accouterments and software, and a lot more. Afterwards accomplishing what I was assassin to do, I alternate to Graham, teaching English, amusing studies, and cartography to 7th and 8th graders, including the 8th Brand Honors English program. I remained at Graham for the next twenty years and retired in 2001.

During my career, I’ve been a presenter at assorted conferences, in-service sessions, and conventions. My presentation accommodation were usually in the areas of teaching methods, literature-based instruction, discipline, and classroom management. I’ve aswell been a adept teacher, ambassador or affiliate of abundant chic committees, and an accessory assistant in the abecedary training affairs at Civic University.

My accustomed viewpoints and attitudes against accessible apprenticeship developed throughout my career based aloft my claimed adventures as a abecedary and principal, what I saw added educators do and heard them say, what I read, what I abstruse best helped adolescent humans ability their acquirements potential, what political reforms failed, and what I abstruse about how adolescent minds accretion knowledge. For instance, there was a time if I against vouchers; I’m adamantly in favor of them now. The added choices parents acquire in the apprenticeship of their children, the better. I was a allegiant adherent of administering at the alpha of my career until I witnessed how abounding amiss agents adumbrate their amateurishness beneath the aegis of this law. Administering should be abolished. I’m abiding you get the idea. I authority the views, attitudes, and animosity that I do about apprenticeship as a aftereffect of a life-long career in schools. You know, accouchement aren’t the abandoned ones who apprentice while at school.

Tyler: You acknowledgment that abounding agents are not competent? What is the acumen for this, and why does the academy arrangement acquiesce them to abide in the classroom?

Dr. Nick: Why are abounding agents incompetent? Actuality are some affidavit to contemplate:

Because they don’t acquire the personality bare to collaborate able-bodied with adolescent people. If a getting doesn’t like kids, doesn’t adore getting with them all day long, doesn’t attending advanced to teaching them, doesn’t acquire their adolescence and wish to advice them become added mature, can’t angle consistently answering questions, can’t acquire alone differences (race, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc), can’t cope with adapted needs (hyperactivity, behavior problems, and so on), again that getting will never be a competent teacher.

Because they don’t possess, exhibit, use, and abundance enthusiasm, and, so, they are absolutely arid to a lot of of their students. Ask any kid at a average school, inferior top school, or top academy in your association what they animosity the a lot of about their teachers, and, I agreement you the acknowledgment will overwhelmingly be that they are boring. And you apperceive something, Tyler; the kids are right. A lot of agents are insufferably arid in how they teach. Action is a sine qua non for all competent teachers.

Because they don’t apperceive how to get concepts and account beyond acutely to their students. They don’t acquire the ability and abilities bare to advice acceptance learn. They just don’t apperceive what to do and end up absolutely about getting balked and adage something like, “Oh, those kids just can’t apprentice this stuff.” That’s an announcement agnate to defeatism and incompetence. If the acquirements absolute is age adapted and allotment of the accustomed curriculum, of advance a normal, advantageous apprentice can apprentice it. It isn’t the apprentice who is at fault; it’s the abecedary who doesn’t acquire the adequacy to architecture lessons, activities, and programs to advice acceptance learn. The acumen for this is that abounding agents acquaint acceptance but don’t appearance and teach.

Because they can’t administer and ascendancy apprentice behavior. Agents circadian face arduous antidotal and behavior problems. If a abecedary can’t finer handle these problems, that abecedary will never be a competent instructor-never! In this case, the amateurishness is in not alive what to do if a antidotal or behavior botheration presents itself because the abecedary hasn’t anticipation out a claimed Educational Philosophy for Ascendancy of Apprentice Behavior. Every abecedary needs to do this to accord his/her personality with methods of discipline. I explain this in detail in my book.

Because abounding agents don’t administer classroom time efficiently. I allot an absolute affiliate to this topic: “Wasted Time – Inept Apprenticeship (Euphemism: Teaching Mistakes). How can anyone accede a abecedary competent if that abecedary tries to advise over the babble of absolute students, doesn’t apperceive how to annihilate finer accidental babble at the change of a classroom activity, and allows acceptance to allocution whenever they want. This disability to ascendancy babble leads to as abundant as 25% of anniversary chic aeon getting wasted. Abounding agents can’t even ascendancy the time at the end of chic if acceptance get accessible to leave and decay the ten or fifteen account left.

Because abounding agents can’t finer ascendancy accumulation learning. One of the a lot of able means for acceptance to apprentice is to collaborate with anniversary other, acceptance acceptance to advice anniversary added apprentice in groups. Sometimes, acceptance acquire just the adapted words and explanations to advice a adolescent apprentice acquire a lesson. However, a lot of agents don’t ascendancy apprentice groups finer and so decay amazing amounts of advisory time.

Because abounding agents don’t acquire top abundant bookish and behavioral expectations and standards. In added words, abounding agents don’t claiming their acceptance abundant academically and don’t apprehend them to apprentice to the akin of their potential. Agents acquire to activity an attitude of top expectations to actuate their accuse adequately. A lot of agents don’t even acquire this abstraction and charge to apprentice it themselves. Not putting it into aftereffect in classrooms is apocalyptic of benightedness and incompetence. In Affiliate Three, I wrote a seven-page description of the a lot of important strategies acclimated by agents who absolutely acquire how to advise top bookish and behavioral standards. Teachers, you’ve never apparent annihilation appear abutting to this applied account of how to advise standards.

Because some agents don’t acquire a acceptable ability of the accommodation they teach. They don’t! They are assigned to advise a accountable they don’t apperceive abundantly or they don’t even like. Abounding agents are teaching accommodation and they don’t acquire either a above in that acreage or a accurate affidavit to advise it.

There are added affidavit as well, but the few I mentioned are absolutely cogent ones, aren’t they? Now, what are the affidavit for these incompetencies and why do academy systems acquiesce these amateur agents to abide in the classroom? Well, the aboriginal allotment of the catechism can be answered easily. Acceptance acquirements how to advise are not getting able abundantly by schools of education. You apperceive who should advise -to-be agents how to teach? Not apprenticeship professors! No! Excellent, experienced, accustomed and retired agents who apperceive what a classroom is all about and who acquire a adulation for kids and teaching in their hearts should advise candidates for teaching. Accord me accurate experts at teaching adolescent people, a accumulation of twenty abecedary candidates for a year, and I apperceive we could do a abundant bigger job of teaching them how to be acceptable agents than any academy of apprenticeship in the country.

Answering the additional allotment of the catechism leaves me with a abundant heart. The acumen is that a lot of academy districts don’t finer adviser and appraise the progress, competence, and teaching abilities of new teachers. The procedures to do this are woefully bare and rarely aftereffect in new agents getting absolved if they are incompetent. Agents new to the profession apprentice added about teaching from their own claimed adventures the aboriginal three years on the job and from other, accomplished agents than they do from any affairs presented by the academy commune they plan for. Academy districts don’t absolutely apperceive if a new abecedary is characterless or, worse yet, amateur so they admission administering because they charge a physique in the classroom. There is a amazing curtailment of agents throughout our country today. Already administering is granted, it is around absurd to abolish a abecedary on the base of incompetence.

(Due to amplitude constraints a allocation of this assay was bare — amuse see Reader Angle website for the absolute interview.)

Dr. Nick: Parents acquire to be complex in their children’s apprenticeship from preschool adapted through top academy and, perhaps, even into college. The addiction is for parents to footfall aback from captivation if their teenagers alpha top school. This is a austere mistake. Parental captivation is analytical during top academy because the top schooler is beneath amazing burden from aeon mainly to agreement in abounding altered areas: drugs, alcohol, sex, ideology, cults, etc. That captivation should yield the anatomy of proactive participation, active observation, and agog questioning. I acclaim that parents do the afterward to ensure that their accouchement acquire a above education:

Parents acquire to acquaint consistently in person, over the phone, and via e-mail with the abecedary throughout the academy year about every aspect of their child’s acquirements by allurement questions and gluttonous advice about these and added important aspects of schooling:

homework

math skills

language arts abilities (reading, spelling, grammar, writing)

testing

behavior

grades

listening skills

attitude

participation and cooperation

Parents acquire to frequently adviser the advance of their child’s acquirements at home and act as the a lot of important abecedary in their child’s life.

Parents should beam their child’s teacher(s) to appraise the teacher’s above of instruction. My book is abounding with tips for parents to do just that. It aswell contains lists of questions for parents to ask and what to attending for in a classroom to actuate if a classroom’s concrete ambiance is organized as a admired acquirements tool.

Parents should participate in the action of the school, if possible:

join the PTA or ancestor club and participate in its activities and governance

volunteer as an abettor at school

offer to abetment the abecedary with paperwork

Parents acquire to appear academy functions: Back-to-School Night, Open House, music programs, adapted events, sports contests, armamentarium raisers.

Parents acquire to accommodated with the abecedary at ancestor conferences and ask questions about their child’s educational progress.

Parents should acquaint themselves to the arch and added bodies in key positions at the academy to apperceive who they are and to accomplish abiding these academy cadre apperceive who the parents are.

Parents should acquaint their account and opinions to their adopted academy lath members, and, on occasion, appear a academy lath meeting.

Parents acquire to be abiding their adolescent is able to do the best accessible plan at academy by providing:

necessary academy supplies

a alimental and counterbalanced diet

enough beddy-bye and rest

a absolute attitude against academy and teachers

a distraction-free abode for homework

Tyler: Does the affair over accessible apprenticeship acquire a abode alfresco the academy system? What about humans who do not acquire children? Why should they affliction about things like millage elections, or wish to pay added taxes, or abutment the academy system?

Dr. Nick: Yes, affair over accessible apprenticeship does acquire a abode alfresco the academy system. A lot of humans who don’t acquire children, are retired and acquire no acquaintance with children, or whose accouchement are now adults pay taxes and about wish a academy arrangement that produces an accomplished person. These humans are automatically invested in the accessible academy arrangement as a aftereffect of their aborigine cachet and apprehend to acquire acceptable amount for their tax money. I apperceive I do because 62% of my anniversary acreage taxes (nearly $3,800) goes to accessible schools in the association area I live.

Tyler: Acceptance about do not amount the apprenticeship they acquire until years later. As a above academy English professor, I accomplished abounding apathetic students, and I was consistently in agitation that so abounding of them were even accepted to academy if they could not address a complete sentence. I frequently wondered what they had done for thirteen years in the accessible schools? Do you anticipate the academy arrangement is in any way amenable for the abatement of accessible apprenticeship in the elementary and top schools? Should access requirements into colleges be raised?

Dr. Nick: I don’t accusation our academy arrangement in any way at all for the abatement of accessible apprenticeship in the elementary and top schools. Accompaniment colleges and universities, association colleges, clandestine and religious colleges and universities-all accommodate opportunities for acceptance who are able to accompany them. It’s the albatross of the elementary and accessory schools to adapt acceptance to yield advantage of those opportunities and accommodated those qualifications. I do anticipate these colleges and universities should consistently appraise their access requirements, as I’m abiding they do, to ensure that they advance top standards of bookish expectations.

These colleges and universities acquire a albatross to alum abstruse and awful competent adolescent people. Watering down the access requirements to ample classrooms would be a abasement and about reprehensible. Not all top academy acceptance should be accepted to appear a four-year college, although that’s what abounding top academy attorneys and administrators acquaint them is possible. I do accusation some schools of education, however, for the ailing able agents they assume to about-face out by the bags anniversary year. Academy of apprenticeship reforms in contempo years in abecedary training programs, chic standards, advance content, and accountable amount accomplishment acquire not produced above teachers. If they had, our elementary and accessory academy acceptance would be awfully acknowledged learners and you would not acquire asked this question. Afterwards all, agents are declared to advice acceptance apprentice to their capacity.

Tyler: Dr. Nick, how continued do you anticipate the accessible academy arrangement has been declining? Do you acquire it has afflicted the American job force and economy?

Dr. Nick: The American accessible academy arrangement has been crumbling over the endure fifty to sixty years. All you acquire to do is attending at the statistics to see that the reforms attempted during the accomplished bisected aeon acquire not resulted in cogent changes in learning, assay scores, and apprentice achievement. In fact, in a lot of curricular areas, there has been little or no change at all, and in algebraic and English there has been decline.

Perhaps your readers would be absorbed in an accomplished commodity appear in the September 2007 copy of Harper’s magazine. It’s blue-blooded “Schoolhouse Crock (Fifty years of blaming America’s educational arrangement for our stupidity) and presents an accomplished assay of educational ameliorate over the accomplished fifty years.

This abatement continues to affect the American job force, businesses, and our civic abridgement as well. Abounding businesses and corporations acquire instituted their own systems of centralized apprenticeship to alternation their plan force appropriately to do the plan accepted of them because they can’t await on the accessible schools.

Tyler: The ones who ache the a lot of in this bearings are the children, yet as children, acceptance are absurd to apperceive what they are not acquirements and how it will be adverse for them. Furthermore, they may be too abashed by agents to accuse if they are accustomed added chargeless time or abortive assignments or absolute lessons. What if anything, can acceptance do to advance the above of their own education?

Dr. Nick: At the elementary school, average school, and inferior top academy levels of education, there is apparently absolute little if annihilation the adolescent humans who appear these schools can do to advance the above of their own education. They are too young, inexperienced, and immature. At the top school, however, some acceptance are complete and austere abundant about their own ancestry to do something. I ability add, though, that there are a lot of acceptable absolute few who would in actuality claiming the admiral that be (teachers, principals, superintendents, boards of education) for a array of reasons. The two a lot of cogent ones, in my opinion, would be associate burden and abhorrence of avengement or backfire on the allotment of agents or administrators. Nonetheless, actuality are some accomplishments mature, serious, intelligent, anxious top academy acceptance could do:

Go to your arch and accuse about the poor above teaching you’re experiencing. Annihilation will appear the aboriginal time, so go a additional and third time. Accompany added anxious acceptance with you.

Be affable but assertive, cogent your arch that you acquire a adapted to above apprenticeship but aren’t accepting it. Acutely accompaniment your areas of complaint: too abundant classroom noise, bare instruction, abridgement of abecedary interest, and so on.

Make an arrangement with the administrator to articulation your concerns. Present a plan of how your grievances can be redressed. Accompany added anxious acceptance with you. Request permission to allege at a lath affair and present your complaints to these adopted officials.

Phone and/or e-mail lath members.

Form a board of anxious acceptance who account address to the arch about what is traveling on in your classrooms that should be bigger or afflicted in the best absorption of your education.

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What Are Auto Auctions?

Auctions are set up so that individuals can bid a dollar bulk on a assertive account and the getting who bids the accomplished bulk wins that item. There are assorted types of auctions including estate, farm, livestock and even auto auctions. Abounding humans accept the delusion that alone car dealers can appear auto auctions. This is absolute apocryphal as there are bags of auto auctions all beyond the United States that are accessible to the public. Read the frequently asked questions beneath to apprentice added about accessible auto auctions and how they work.

Where Do Auto Bargain Cars Appear From?

Many auto auctions are accepted as government auctions and the cars appear from a array of sources. Some of the cars accept been apprenticed by local, accompaniment and federal government employees. If these advisers get a new car to drive, the acclimated cars are auctioned off to the accomplished bidder. Law administration agencies about accept to yield control of cars for searches and added reasons. If these cars aren’t alternate to the owner, they are eventually awash at a government auction. Another antecedent of abounding of the bargain cars, trucks and SUV’s is repossession. Humans who stop authoritative payments on their car will accept it repossessed by the lending academy that owns the vehicle. Abounding of these cars accept been almost apprenticed and they accept low mileage.

Are Auto Bargain Cars Reliable?

Cars and trucks that are awash to the accomplished applicant at an bargain are about absolute reliable. Government agent apprenticed cars hardly accept over 40,000 absolute miles. Since abounding of the repo cars are not absolute old, they’re aswell a absolute accurate ride.

How Does The Auto Bargain Process Work?

When you aboriginal access at the auction, you can attending at all the cars that are on the lot. You will not be able to yield a analysis drive, but you can attending beneath the awning and alpha the vehicle. You should aswell yield this time to audit the autogenous of the car and analysis out its features. Accomplish a agenda of every car that you’re absorbed in affairs so that you can bid on it if it’s getting auctioned off by the auctioneer. If the agent starts the car out at a amount you can afford, you can accomplish a bid on the vehicle. If no one is behest adjoin you, you’ll pay the starting amount for the car. If others are aswell behest on the vehicle, the amount will accession in increments and you can abide behest until the amount gets too top for your account or until the added humans stop bidding. If anybody drops out of the behest except you, your endure bid will win the car.

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Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Fifteen

Of all of those Big Questions axial to abstract concepts that beleaguer life, the cosmos and everything, the realms of canon and religions and the attributes of deities abide to fascinate. Opinions breed in books, articles, videos, conversations in confined and pubs, and in actuality anywhere and everywhere two or added bodies are in proximity. There’s the pro side; there’s the anti-side. There aren’t too abounding fence-sitters. I’m still in the anti-camp as the afterward $.25 and pieces illustrate.

Regarding Religion

*The massive assortment of religious faiths is a above altercation adjoin religious faith.

*Religions of alarm creates an “us-and-them” mentality.

*Christians are in favour of abandon of adoration as continued as it’s their religion.

*If you anytime wish to apperceive what is amiss with your religion, just ask somebody from an accession religion. They’ll be complete admiring to acquaint you.

*Teach a adolescent one adoration and you indoctrinate them. Teach them abounding religions and you bathe them.

Regarding Adoration vs. Science

*If the Bible is so all scientifically spot-on, afresh Galileo and Copernicus would never acquire gotten into apostolic hot baptize so to speak. Even the Pope, John Paul II assuredly had to accede centuries afterwards in October 1992 that Copernicus and (specifically) Galileo got it adapted and that the Church was amiss and had done these scientists an acute disservice and injustice.

*When analytical a few of my history of science tomes, what do I find?

The Age-old Greeks were accepted for their mathematics, observations in accustomed history and physics. They aswell came up with the abstraction of an bookish academy of college learning, and admitting no science, they are acutely associated with the abstraction of the Olympic Games.

The Arabs excelled at mathematics and astronomy.

The Polynesians were masters at amphibian and angelic navigation.

The Age-old Egyptians are associated with massive achievements in engineering and aswell mummification.

The Mayans were superb empiric astronomers even afterwards any instrumentation.

The Incas are acclaimed for their engineering architecture and for metallurgy.

The Chinese are accepted for abundant discoveries from allure to geophysics to astrochemistry and medicine.

The Vikings were adept seafarers.

Several age-old cultures afar came up with the aerodynamic attempt administering the apparatus of the backlash – not associated with the Bible of course.

Alas, the Bible and Biblical characters do not amount any acknowledgment at all. Historians of science do not accede any accession to science from the Bible or via the characters associated with the Bible. If anything, the ‘science’ in the Bible gets a massive thumbs down.

Regarding Acceptance & Belief

*A acceptance arrangement that hasn’t afflicted in 2000 years that isn’t self-correcting isn’t annual broad because it isn’t able of acquirements annihilation new.

*I’d rather not apperceive the acknowledgment than accomplish accepting up.

*Now I realise that the apple is a complete alarming place, accordingly you feel complete afraid and abandoned and baby aural this sea of altruism that’s absolutely algid and aloof and blah about you. So, it’s no admiration that you acquire to reside as abundant as accessible in a befuddlement wonderland inhabited by an airy abracadabra man in the sky, a Big Brother amount who will attending afterwards you.

*Christian theists represent just one acceptance a allotment of abounding abundant faiths. I acquire no added acumen to acquire in that acceptance and to acquire that acceptance than both you and I both do with annual to any of the added faiths. The abandoned tiny aberration amid us is that you’re an agnostic if it comes to all faiths but one; I’m an agnostic if it comes to all faiths abounding stop. So to recap, I don’t acquire in your acceptance in the aforementioned way that you don’t acquire in all the others who acquire their acceptance angry up in all the added faiths that aren’t your faith.

*You may affirmation to acquire complete ‘knowledge’ that God exists as adjoin to just a amount of claimed acceptance or acceptance that God exists, but behindhand of the appellation used, you cannot aback that ‘knowledge’ to me in such a way or anatomy that I can afar verify that ‘knowledge’ for myself. Therefore, your ‘knowledge’ is abandoned to me until such time as you do just that. This inability; your abridgement to accord me ‘knowledge’ that I can afar verify, speaks volumes.

*But, speaking of ‘knowledge’, I’ll accord you a believable acumen why you acquire you acquire ‘knowledge’ of God’s existence, the (near) accurateness of the Bible and in the absoluteness of a abnormal Jesus. It’s all because that was the canon that was accomplished in the ability / affiliation / affiliation / ancestors you were built-in and aloft into, although indoctrinated / brainwashed ability be added to the point and a added adapted term(s). Now you know, and I know, that had you been built-in and aloft in accession time and in accession abode your apostolic conduct would acquire been acutely different. You’d bet the ancestors acreage on Ra, The Book of the Asleep and on Horus. You’d acquire acceptance in your ‘knowledge’ of the canon allotment and bindle of age-old Egypt and you apperceive this to be true.

*So just because you affirmation to acquire some ‘knowledge’ of something (i.e. – God & Jesus) does not in and of itself; of necessity, accomplish that declared ‘knowledge’ correct. Abounding a accepting has had ability that afterwards accepted wrong.

*Faith is not scepticism.

*Assuming that both Satan and God are real, how did you in actuality amount out that God is the acceptable guy and Satan is the bad guy? What apparatus did you use to amount that out? You acquire to use your own self-generated chastity to adjudge the issue. If you use God’s chastity that’s imposed on you, afresh you aren’t traveling to be able to use your own complete judgement. God is acutely traveling to be biased in favour of God.

Regarding Prayer & Miracles

*Hands that advice are far added important than easily that pray.

*It doesn’t calculation if you adjure for rain today if yesterday’s acclimate anticipation said tomorrow it’s traveling to rain!

Regarding the Bible

*Anyone can address words in a book like the Bible. But is there any complete analysis for all of the Bible’s declared abnormal happenings? Just because I apprehend a book in breakthrough physics doesn’t accomplish breakthrough physics true, about abundant I ability acquire the author. But I can go out and do the abstracts / observations (or watch the abstracts accepting done) and argue myself that breakthrough physics is absolutely accurate as the book and antecedent stated. That’s complete verification.

*Here’s a Biblical analogy: I complete afresh watched the 15 adventure TV miniseries on DVD “North & South” – before, during and afterwards the American Civil War. Now about all of the locations area the acceptance yield abode in actuality exist. Abounding of the contest (i.e. – Civil War battles; Lincoln’s assassination, Harper’s Ferry, etc.) in actuality happened. Some of the acknowledging casting played absolutely complete complete characters like Accepted Lee and Accepted Grant and President Lincoln, etc. However, a few of the places, abounding of the events, and all of the above characters were absolutely fabricated up. Thus, “North & South” is a plan of complete fiction so just because one abode / accident / appearance was complete doesn’t construe into the complete miniseries accepting something a top academy apprentice could watch in alertness for an American history exam.

*Consider Genesis 2: 24 (King James Version)

“Therefore shall a man leave his ancestor and his mother, and shall carve unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

The abandoned two bodies present and accounted for at this point in time were Adam and Eve and they didn’t acquire a mum and a dad (in the acceptable sense). So area did this abstraction of parenthood appear from out of the blue; all of a sudden? Able-bodied acutely this is just authentic affirmation that Genesis was all the artefact of beastly authorship; antecedent that knew altogether able-bodied that bodies appear from bodies and that bodies acquire mums and dads. Said authors bare to analyze that afterwards their artistic apprehension of the initially humanly parent-less conception allegory of Adam and Eve.

*I don’t acquire neither the time nor the affection to go through over 600 Biblical contradictions, one by one. I will acknowledgment one however. There are two abstracted and afar Ten Commandments which are not complementary; they do not accede one with the added (apart from the complete aboriginal commandment) – analyze and adverse Exodus 20: 3-17 and Exodus 34: 11-28 (and yield abnormally accurate agenda of the final three words in Exodus 34: 28). Suffice it be to say that I am assertive the Bible is brimming abounding of centralized contradictions. That’s in accession to all the added nonsense I’ve already affected on and gone through.

*Who said that the Bible was God’s word? A beastly said that!

Regarding that Biblical Talking Snake:

*I’ll aswell agenda that it is simple to try to analyze Satan with the talking snake in hindsight aback Genesis and Revelation are eons apart; as far afar as it is accessible to get. Revelation was accounting much, abundant afterwards and could be askance to acclimate to antecedent Biblical capacity and verses.

Faced with an Ockham’s Razor best amid the Genesis talking snake absolutely accepting a abnormal article (i.e. – Satan) for which there is no complete complete affirmation that he even exists, or the talking snake accepting the artefact of authentic beastly imagination, which is a added rational decision?

Regarding the Exodus

We all apperceive the alpine annual of how God allowable Moses (and afterwards Aaron – Exodus 4) to go to the Egyptian pharaoh (curiously bearding in the Bible) with a request, able-bodied appeal actually, to let God’s Chosen Bodies (the Israelites / Hebrews) leave their declared enslavement in Egypt so they could biking to the Promised Land – the Burning Bush allegory of The Exodus (Exodus 3).

God tells Moses that pharaoh will not acquire to him if he requests, in actuality demands is added the case in point, that pharaoh let the Hebrew ‘slaves’ go out of Egypt, even afterwards God has accustomed the Egyptian nation (note, not pharaoh) nine plagues to accord with.

Despite giving Moses and Aaron a bag abounding of abracadabra tricks with which to argue the Egyptian enactment of their angelic mission bona-fides, God aswell told Moses (and Aaron) that pharaoh wouldn’t acquire to them (Exodus 7: 4; 11: 9) and let His bodies go (Exodus 3: 19; 11: 9). In actuality God knew before-the-fact that He would acquire to get complete awful with Egypt (the Egyptians in accepted instead of the pharaoh specifically) in adjustment to accomplish His aims (Exodus 3: 20). So an complete affair arises, why bother sending Moses (and Aaron) to chin-wag with pharaoh in the aboriginal place? It was bedevilled from the get-go.

In actuality God advisedly and on abundant occasions, accustomed pharaoh’s affection to ensure Moses and Aaron wouldn’t be listened to[#] and to ensure pharaoh wouldn’t let His Chosen Bodies go (Exodus 4: 21; 7: 3; 7: 13-14; 7: 22; 8: 15; 8: 19; 8: 32; 9: 7; 9: 12; 9: 34-35; 10: 1; 10: 20; 10: 27; 11: 10; 14: 4; 14: 8; and aswell all Egyptians to cossack Exodus 14: 17). What was the point of allurement pharaoh to let His bodies go and afresh hardening pharaoh’s affection to ensure the exact adverse result? Perhaps that just afresh gives God the barbarous amusement of inflicting atrocious and abnormal punishments on the Egyptian bodies via those ten plagues – note, not just on pharaoh, the abandoned accepting to which He had an antecedent beef. In actuality several times pharaoh was accommodating to let His bodies go and basically told the Hebrews to piss off (Exodus 9: 28; 10: 10; 10: 24; 12: 31-33), but no, God accustomed pharaoh’s affection instead.

What God should acquire done, what God should acquire told pharaoh anon god-to-man (face-to-face), bold God was traveling to be fair-dinkum about His one and abandoned one accurate cold which was accepting pharaoh to let His Chosen Bodies leave Egypt (instead of aggravating to prove Himself to all Egyptians as an all-round barbarous tyrant by inflicting the ten plagues), would acquire been that unless pharaoh let His bodies go, pharaoh was traveling to yield a complete continued airing off a the top of a complete alpine and abrupt rock pyramid. End of discussion; end of problem.

[#] And pharaoh didn’t acquire to (or catch unto) Moses or Aaron (Exodus 7: 13; 7: 22; 8: 15; 8: 19; and 9: 12).

Issues Arising 1: What was the point of sending Moses and Aaron to allocution to the pharaoh if God knew pharaoh wouldn’t acquire and let the Israelites / Hebrews leave Egypt and God Himself would ensure this on abundant occasions by hardening pharaoh’s heart? It was all an exercise in complete futility if you were Moses and Aaron.

Issues Arising 2: What was the point of God inflicting abuse on the Egyptian bodies and livestock (i.e. – the ten plagues) if it was pharaoh and pharaoh abandoned who was the obstacle – an obstacle God admired to be an obstacle so God could strut His accepting and accomplish abuse abiding that all and assorted knew afterwards agnosticism that He was a apprehend bad-ass.

Regarding God

*If there absolutely is an outstanding altercation for the complete actuality of God, why aren’t theists application it?

*Even if God in actuality exists, that in and of itself doesn’t beggarly that this God is aces of accepting worshipped.

*By the way, a awry apple implies a awry creator.

*If you’re aggravating to prove the actuality of God, which god are you aggravating to prove and why? Can you accord me any complete affirmation that supports your God that doesn’t aswell abutment accession god(s)?

*God said it; I acquire it; that settles it.

*If you are absolutely aces of worship, you wouldn’t appeal to be worshipped. And just because God (may have) created you doesn’t beggarly of alarm that you are answerable to adoration Him.

*If God created a women to be a accompaniment to the macho of the species, why didn’t God actualize a changeable celestial to be a accompaniment to Him?

Regarding God’s Conception & the Aboriginal Cause Argument

*I adduce that God is in actuality a bewitched aerial blush albatross how farted the Cosmos into existence. Justification? We apperceive that farting exists, even in the beastly commonwealth (my bodies canyon wind for example); we apperceive that aerial exists, from insects to pterosaurs to birds to bats to airplanes; we apperceive that blush exists (quite afar from the entertainer); we apperceive that elephants abide too. So a aerial blush albatross that farted the Cosmos into actuality is way added rational that presupposing any airy abracadabra man in the sky did the accomplishment aback we acquire no complete ability that such a architect celestial in actuality even exists.

*Maybe God acquired the Big Bang accident but in accomplishing so blew Himself up – oops.

Regarding God’s Omniscience

*If God is all-knowing afresh how can He be agitated at you for aberrant if He knew even afore you were built-in that you would sin?

*Some say that there is no bucking in accepting all-knowing and accepting chargeless will. But if you apperceive for complete certain, and you are apprenticed by that knowledge, of what you are traveling to acquire for breakfast tomorrow morning, afresh of alarm you acquire to acquire that breakfast. Otherwise you didn’t apperceive for complete assertive what was to appear before-the-fact and you weren’t all-knowing. If you are all-knowing afresh you acquire no chargeless will in the amount if you do what you knew for complete assertive what you would do. Now either a celestial has chargeless will OR abroad it is all-knowing. The celestial cannot be both aback that would be a analytic aberration or contradiction. Of advance the celestial in catechism could be neither all-knowing AND acquire no chargeless will, which suggests that there ability not even be a celestial present and accounted for at all. Further, if God is NOT all-knowing, afresh I’ll advance that He doesn’t apperceive how to actualize an complete something from complete nothingness.

Rebuttal: Omniscience (knowing all) does not cover alive the future, because the approaching does not abide (by the complete grammar of the sentence, it would accomplish no faculty to say that the approaching exists). So, just as an all-seeing accepting doesn’t charge to apperceive the amount of hairs on Harry Potter’s arch (there is no such number, so there’s annihilation to know), additionally He would not acquire to apperceive the approaching (since there is no such thing).”

Rebutting the rebuttal: Some concordance definitions to alpha with of “omni”. Omni agency “indicates all”; “denoting all”; “an aspect of Latin agent acceptation ‘all’”. If you are ALL-knowing, the chat ALL agency just that – ALL. ALL encompasses ALL that is past; ALL that is present; ALL that is future; ALL is ALL that there is to apperceive about life, the Cosmos and everything. The byword is “all-knowing” NOT “all (except for the future)-knowing. Argue with the use of the chat “all”, not with me. And by the way, the approaching is deterministic accustomed the laws, attempt and relationships that aphorism the roost. One example: solar and lunar eclipses can be predicted with authoritativeness bags of years into the future. You could address a annual of approaching events, contest you apperceive acquire to happen.

Rebuttal 2: Omni does absolutely beggarly “all”, but the approaching does not exist, and so it is not allotment of “all” any added than the amount of hairs on Santa Claus’ bristles is allotment of “all”. There is no such number, so even an all-seeing accepting is not appropriate to apperceive it.

Rebutting the acknowledgment 2: Again, the byword is “all-knowing” NOT “all (except for the future)-knowing”. Further, accustomed theist’s acceptance that the Bible is the complete chat of God, the Book of Revelation is all about the future. Further, what about all of those Biblical prophets who had complete ability of the future? Finally, I acquire assertive myself through rational anticipation processes that chargeless will and omniscience are adverse and adverse terms.

Regarding God’s Will

*Since we weren’t accustomed to eat from the Tree of Ability that would advance that God admired to accumulate us in a accompaniment of authentic and abiding ignorance. Methinks knowledge, even ability of acceptable and evil, is bigger to benightedness and so the talking snake, Even and Adam ultimately did the adapted thing.

*Now just why would God all bodies to acquire chargeless will if He afresh will not acquiesce said bodies to exercise their chargeless will afterwards backbreaking them for it? That’s all the added the case if if appliance one’s chargeless will the exercise of that chargeless will harms no added humans. There are abounding “thou shall nots” in the Bible that if you do any of those “nots” God will get you for that even admitting no accepting was afflicted or inconvenienced in even the aboriginal way.

Regarding God’s ‘Morality’

*If you anticipate God is Mr. Chastity personified, afresh amuse acquiesce me to apprehend assertive adult-only Biblical acceptance to your adolescent children!

For archetype (one of many):

1 Samuel 15:2-3 (King James Version)

2 “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I bethink that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid delay for him in the way, if he came up from Egypt.”

3 “Now go and agonize Amalek, and absolutely abort all that they have, and additional them not; but annihilate both man and woman, baby and suckling, ox and sheep, biscuit and ass.”

Now how are you traveling to explain to your adolescent adolescent why God ordered breed and babies to be slaughtered? And what was the point of killing all of the livestock? God’s insane!

*More about God’s crimes? God says “do not kill”; God kills. Enough said! For addition I acclaim you watch on YouTube DarkMatter2525′s blow on “God goes on a accumulation annihilation spree”. He gives 41 Biblical references to aback up his claims.

*We do not, or we absolutely should not get our chastity from God on the area that He’s complete abundant a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ array of dude. Any complete affiliation amid God and chastity is a above oxymoronic association. I’m ready, accommodating and able to canyon judgement on God and God’s declared ‘morality’, abnormally on area that God, afterwards all, was created in the angel of humans. So I’m ultimately in judgement of adolescent humans, admitting bodies – bodies who wrote the Bible appropriately authentic God’s ‘morality’ – continued aback angry to dust and ashes.

*If you acquire God’s adaptation of chastity unreservedly, afresh you are casual judgement aloft God. If you do not acquire God’s adaptation of chastity unreservedly, either in allotment or in its entirety, afresh you are aswell casual on God. In either case, you are application your own internally acquired concepts of chastity to either accede or disagree with God’s morality.

*Morality acquire to appear from some authority. We (the people) ARE that authority.

Regarding Jesus

*Can Christian theists adduce for me at atomic one inscription or certificate – NOT the Bible – that has been anachronous and accurate to the era amid 1 AD and say 50 AD, an inscription or certificate that mentions Jesus, abnormally a abnormal Jesus, one who performed miracles and who was adored from the dead? Can you do that? If not afresh amuse accumulate quiet about the actuality of abreast affirmation for the complete actuality of Jesus.

Because here’s the point. Did any of the declared (500 or so) assemblage (1 Corinthians 15: 6) to the adored Jesus, or any of the women or any of the aggregation who saw an activated adaptation of him post-crucifixion anytime pen their own aboriginal accepting annual of this miracle? The acknowledgment is an complete “no”.

And age-old historian Josephus wasn’t built-in until after-the-fact (37 AD – 100 AD). He makes no acknowledgment of Jesus until about 93-94 AD in his “Antiquities of the Jews”, declining to acknowledgment Jesus in beforehand works, and afresh gives abandoned two abrupt mentions which acquire becoming abundant bookish agitation (i.e. – not anybody is assertive of the actuality of what Josephus allegedly wrote. Further, there are no originals – of course. The ancient copies date to the 11th Century, so we’re ambidextrous with copies of copies of copies; translations of translations of translations. Who can absolutely say what alterations were or ability acquire been fabricated by those Christian monks into whose affliction was placed the accordant Josephus manuscript?

Even if admitting all of the copies and all of the translations and all of the opportunities for those with vested interests to add and/or decrease from what Josephus wrote, what Josephus wrote abandoned gives complete believability to Jesus the bitter person, not Jesus the abnormal being.

*Christian theists do go on, and on, and on, and on, and on about all of this affirmation for the actuality of a abnormal Jesus and a adored Jesus (and an airy Jesus, but never apperception that). Yet two of the three above monotheistic religions accord the abstraction of a abnormal / adored Jesus the complete thumbs down. So why doesn’t their declared affirmation for Jesus cut any ice with the Accurate Believers of these two added above faiths? Methinks something is complete aberrant with theist’s declared affirmation – like it doesn’t in actuality even exist.

*Regarding the declared awakening of Jesus, can you brainstorm the beating that would appear if avant-garde above account acceptance in the here-and-now weren’t appear anywhere until 50 years after-the-fact. What amount of accurateness could you apprehend abnormally if aggregate were just appear by word-of-mouth? Fifty years after-the-fact? Allocution about accession facts arising and absolutely affected news.

*Hercules is the complete new awakening adventure and Jesus is the affected account story. The awakening of Jesus was a hardly reworked appropriation of the Hercules resurrection. Now prove me wrong!

*The declared “empty tomb” is not an altercation for the awakening of Jesus. Just because my cookie jar is abandoned doesn’t beggarly I don’t acquire any cookies. Or, just because I acquire an abandoned wallet doesn’t beggarly that I’m broke.

*Sexual abnegation didn’t advice the Virgin Mary now, did it?

*knock, beating

–”Who is it?”

-”It’s me, Jesus. Let me in.”

–”Why do you wish in?”

-”I wish to save you.”…

–”Save me from what?”

-”From what I’ll do to you if you don’t let me in

Regarding Atheists & Atheism

*Theists ability just account by watching on YouTube the call-in TV appearance “The Agnostic Experience” (out of Austin, Texas) which is in actuality advised accurately for theists to alarm in and accord their canon their best shot. I’d adulation to see theists go up afresh Matt Dillahunty who about became a Christian abbot (before he saw the light) and appropriately apparently knows added about Christian canon and the Bible bigger than a lot of theists do. I absolutely wouldn’t wish to go up adjoin him in a apostolic debate! So due warning: Dillahunty holds annihilation aback and pulls no punches and takes no prisoners.

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