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RESPECT

Wow, the NAACP has demanded that the Secret Service, the FBI, liberal newscasters and anyone else that listens to their constant barrage of racist policies, must charge a rodeo clown with treason for making fun of our Anointed Emperor “Obama the First”. This performer is now in the Cross Hairs of every biased newsperson and young black man in America. A showing of dis-respect for the President of the United States would now be a criminal offense. All of a sudden, when we have a half-black person serving as President, any criticism or lack of respect for that person should be a criminal offense. Open the prison gates because following me for having no respect for Obama will cause a prison crowding problem never before imagined. Logically making it a felony would assure that by conservatives losing their voting rights, the Democrats would not even need an election to complete their Socialist Democracy goal.

Within the same week we have seen the Attorney General of the United States, without any authority, decide to ignore the laws of the land again. Because the majority of drug related prisoners in our prisons are young blacks, he has decided they have been over sentenced for their crimes. He also instructed the Justice Department to ignore mandatory sentencing guidelines approved by Congress and a previous President. Removing the felony status for drug dealers would help free up prison space to incarcerate all conservatives and rodeo clowns. The druggies would also be able to vote again. What a plan and the news media will help them ram it through any opposition, wow.

Internet Definition of Respect.

Respect is a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion) and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected (e.g., “I have great respect for her judgment”). It can also be conduct in accord with a specific ethic of respect. Rude conduct is usually considered to indicate a lack of respect, disrespect, whereas actions that honor somebody or something indicate respect. Specific ethics of respect are of fundamental importance to various cultures. Respect for tradition and legitimate authority is identified by Jonathan Haidt, a professor at the New York University Stern School of Business, as one of five fundamental moral values shared to a greater or lesser degree by different societies and individuals.

Respect is both given and received. We expect other people to respect us in return for the respect we show them. Respect is also something that is earned by the standards of the particular society in which one lives. Respect cannot be measured as a quantity, cannot be bought or traded, it is one of those things that is earned and built over time, but that can be lost with one stupid or inconsiderate act. One can ask or beg for respect, but only others can bestow us with respect as a result of their perceived treatment by us. Continued caring interactions are then required to maintain or increase that original earned respect. Respect cannot always be seen or observed by actions, but for those who practice chivalry, the outward display of respect is refreshing. Some women view this as patronizing and demeaning, but in its pure form chivalry is about nearly absolute respect.

Respect should not be confused with tolerance, since tolerance doesn’t necessarily imply subordination to one’s qualities but means treating as equal.

The antonym and opposite of respect is disrespect.

Let’s review some terms of the word “Respect”:

1. Anyone who has earned the respect of others.

In a free society “Respect” must be earned by performance and can’t be bestowed on anyone. A president earns their respect by gaining a majority of votes, legal and illegal, in our elections every four years. If he received 100% of the votes he might be offended but if he loses 49.9% on the votes a bunch of folks had more respect for his opponent and have the right to free speech. At least we do now and until Holder and Obama issue Executive Orders to eliminate the First Amendment of our Constitution. The ACLU and the NACCP would love that.

2. Soldiers who salute as a sign of respect.

Soldiers do not have the rights of free speech and are bound by a different set of rules. They are required to respect Officers with a salute. It would be interesting to see a vote of our military, including Officers, if their salute would be the middle finger when being faced with their Commander in Chief. 

3. Despite your differences, you have enormous respect for someone.

I respect the Office of the President of the United States of America. Only three of them, Truman, Eisenhower and Reagan had my respect as an honest person. I voted for others because they were one notch better than the other candidate, not because I respected them. I would not need to take off my shoes to count how many current politicians, local, state or national, I vote for that have my respect.

4. Show of great respect for someone’s accomplishments.

If accomplishments were a criteria for Obama, he could not find one to brag about if he looked under every dead body in Chicago. One sign of respect is silence when visiting the Arlington National Cemetery.

5. Demands to be treated with respect.

Now this describes the ACLU, NACCP, Holder, Obama and 99% of every Democrat and black person in America. If they can’t earn respect, just demand it and make it the law of the land. Kings, Dictators, Despots, Czars have this by historical status and/or by the muzzle of a gun, or in some cases both.

Some people earn the respect of individuals by assisting others or playing important social roles. In many cultures, all individuals are considered to be worthy of respect until they prove otherwise. Courtesies that show respect include simple words and phrases like “thank you” in the West, simple physical gestures like a slight bow in the East, a smile or direct eye contact. This conveys a level of respect that over time will form a cohesive bond within a society.

Today respect can be in the form of a bribe, a political donation, IRS approval or audit and helping Mickey Mouse and the dead people register and vote for the Liberal-Democratic candidate in every election. Sounds like this could be a job description for ACORN, NOW, NAACP and the ACLU.

C Brewer

EDUCATION TEXAS-SHOULD TESTING BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN TEACHING?

 

 

The good news for teachers is that the ill-fated Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) testing will be given a well deserved funeral in 2011. This was an unfunded mandate that never deserved a breath and actually replaced valuable teacher time. Teachers were forced to teach for the test rather than teach to have students gain knowledge.

The bad news is our illustrious Legislature mandated 12 end-of–course assessments for high school students in Senate Bill 1031 in 2007 and created new graduation requirements for an additional year of math and science plus grade 3-8 assessments in House Bill 3 in 2009. This resulted in a new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness or STAAR test to replace TAKS. Wow!

So STAAR grades 3-8 test will include:

Grade 3 Reading and Math

Grade 4 Reading, Math and Writing

Grade 5 Reading, Math and Science

Grade 6 Reading and Math

Grade 7 Reading, Math and Writing

Grade 8 Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies.

STAAR High School tests will include:

English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, World Geography, World History, and United States History. 

In plain language the new tests will be used beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. Students entering ninth grade next year will be the first who must meet the extra course in math and science and be subjected to the end-of-course testing requirements. By the way they must also pass their classes, in order to earn a diploma.

Another tidbit you have to search for is what does all of this STAAR surprise cost? A concerned citizen, using the open record law found the answer. The STAAR testing program has been awarded to a for-profit company in the amount of $468,382,617.00 that will cover the period from 2010-2015.

By the way, there has been no additional training developed for the K-12 administrators or teachers and they face not having textbooks or any preparatory classes to prepare students for the additional science/math requirements. Like the TAKS program teachers will be forced to teach to the STAAR requirements. Any failure of students to pass the tests will be blamed on the teachers like happened when TAKS produced negative results.

If our Superintendents and teachers were allowed to demand discipline there would be no need for a testing program. It is criminal that teachers must have liability insurance to protect their personal property. No wonder we have a broken system. It should be no surprise that our Texas education system in our prisons is highly successful, why? There is no discipline problem with prisoners. Why can’t educators accept that until teachers and administrators are allowed to demand discipline, wasting money with testing is irresponsible! They do not care.

Texas current academic performance measured with all states has diminished over the past few years and we are planning to slash the state funding as much as 20%. It appears that someone in Austin is back to smoking weeds. Only dreamers like the State Board of Education and the legislature can develop these pie-in-the-sky grandiose programs. They believe that they can cut spending and snap their fingers and all Texas students will be ready for the universities and we will have thousands of Academics and Rocket Scientists, available to find unemployment?

When will someone in America wake up and admit that every child will not attend a college or university. We spend billions year after year preparing all children to go to a place of higher learning, knowing full well most will never go.

America is the only industrialized nation on the planet that has little or no trades education for those who will eventually be policemen, firefighters, plumbers, carpenters, cosmetologists, small business owners, etc. Maybe if we could have courses to prepare some students for a political future, we could reduce the costs of our Congress and Legislatures. Most politicians are lawyers and they could be free to return to doing the legal work they were educated to perform. The way they have screwed up America, I suspect some would have to be re-educated on how to chase ambulances again!

For those who read my article on education in the Texas prisons, providing free trades education in high school might help the ones who are lost or drop out of school. Knowledge that would help them find jobs might keep some from joining gangs, selling drugs or other criminal activity. They would fit into society at graduation. Now, if they desire to learn a trade after high school, it is not free and the ones who can’t afford higher education certainly can’t afford the trade school fees.

The only way to get a free education today without grants is to go to prison. It would be nice if the U.S. Department of Education could provide PELL grants for a trade’s education initiative. They spend billions annually to send the under-privileged and the ill-prepared to a college or university with little or no hope that the majority will graduate. They try to make the shoe fit even if it is impossible and accomplish a ten percent result. If we would evaluate every child after the eighth grade and have two courses of opportunity, trades versus academics, we would have the right shoe on the right foot.

What I have outlined is nothing more than common sense. Sadly the academics and politicians that design and fund education were never subjected to a course in common sense and most have never had to make a payroll every week. The really sad part is they really do not care about our children as they just want power and prestige.

For those who wish to keep up with education in Texas, you will find a lot of information on the Texas Education Agency website. I enjoy reading material at TexasISD.com which is the Homepage for Texas School Officials.

Clyde Brewer

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