Diary

Teach a Man to Fish

Chinese Proverb – “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime” 
 
Beware this is a somewhat hodgepodge of things running through my mind. 
 
In education there is a teaching strategy called scaffolding.  Students receive assistance early on to complete tasks, then as their proficiency increases, that support is gradually removed. In this fashion the student takes on more and more responsibility for their own learning.  I like to think of this as one of the few conservative teaching strategies in education today as well as the teaching form of the above quote. 
 
This strategy/teaching method is rarely used.  I wonder why.  Teaching methods and strategies are dealing with  character education and emotional health.  The funny thing about that is that there is no evidence that high self-esteem equals success.  By teaching our children to feel good and “values” educators ignore failures and mistakes of the children.The fundamentals of education reading, writing, and arithmetic have fallen to the wayside.  This is why so many people do not know basic math, civics, and grammar. I would like to state that I think there is more to education than the three R’s.  However, it is important to teach them as well practical skills.  
 
My question is why must we have character education in the first place?  Isn’t that what parents and family is for? 
 
It seems, to me at least, that Obama is giving everyone some of our fish, fish we caught and cleaned.  Obama is also implementing the teaching methods, programs, and strategies that make the masses feel good about themselves.  He is hoping that the masses are too busy feeling good about him and themselves to put up much of a stink.  So how do we counteract that?  There have been loads of suggestions that we purchase some MSM, attend tea parties, run for office ourselves, write letters, make phone calls, get into conversations with our liberal friends, attend our local Republican meetings.  Get involved and get out there.  Has it been working?  Well, it’s only been a few months.  We can tell in a few weeks here because we have Board of Education elections coming up.  Then the next test is in November.  
 
For those involved in their local Republican Club, if you lost this last November do you feel that you have learned from your mistakes? 
 
I think an important aspect that no one ever mentions is our message.  People do not know what conservatism is.  Put it up on your twitter.  Be succinct.  This is what a conservative is.  Put it up on your facebook.  Email it out to liberal friends.  Get the word out.   I know people here tell me that Republicans/Conservatives are “old rich white guys”.  Uh, thanks.  Last time I looked in the mirror I was neither, old, rich, or a guy.  Maybe it’s time to purchase a new mirror?