Early this morning I happened across this tweet from CNS News.
65% of Public School 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading; 67% Not Proficient in Math https://t.co/RbVz4kJCzV
— CNSNews.com (@cnsnews) May 1, 2018
Now, this information hardly comes as a shock to me.
Public schools jettisoned actually educating students years ago.
You can only teach what you know. And I’m beginning to suspect that a lot of students are being taught by teachers who don’t know what in the hell their talking about.
And that brings me to the Siblings Hogg – those modern-day tellers of tales.
Like the Brothers Grimm only grimmer … and, well, dimmer.
Here is a tweet from the Younger Hogg:
I’m tired of people saying, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.“
Fighting fire with fire never got anything done. It just burned everything down.
It is the same reason why we must never fight hate with hate. Only love can drive out hate.
— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) April 26, 2018
Yes, I imagine she is tired.
Because actually taking the time to educate oneself is both time-consuming and difficult.
Fact is, there is comfort in simply remaining ignorant.
Fighting fire with fire is a common technique used by firefighters. It’s called a “controlled burn.”
By setting a fire in the path of an out-of-control one, you consume all the fuel the out-of-control fire will need to continue. That way, when the brush fire or forest fire – or whatever – arrives at that spot, there’s nothing left for it to consume.
So, on its face, the young Hogg is flat-out wrong. Fighting fire with fire actually accomplishes quite a lot.
All it would take is a little time and effort to research the subject.
But who wants to take the time when Ignorance is so comfortable?
Now on to her brother.
Here is the Elder Hogg revealing to the world his startling lack of knowledge when it comes to history.
Throughout history violence and war only creates more of itself for example WWI->WWII->Cold War ->Korean War->Vietnam and up to today. While nonviolent moments like Gandhi’s, the suffrage movement or Civil Rights movement lead to peace and long lasting change. Ours will too.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 30, 2018
Don’t fault him too much.
History is the least-taught subject in public school.
And even when it is taught, the teacher isn’t so much teaching History as spinning and reframing the past to suit a present-day narrative.
I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if we learned that Hoggie heard a teacher burp out that nonsense – or some variation of it – during class. And he thought it was so profound he tweeted it out.
Learning history – actually going and taking the time to educate yourself is both time-consuming and difficult.
Better to simply remain comfortable in your Ignorance.
After all, if the Siblings Hogg expended time and energy to actually educate themselves, they wouldn’t have the time to be used as pawns by gun control groups.
Comfortable Ignorance frees up your time immeasurably.
Do you really think the Younger Hogg is going to research the etymology of “fight fire with fire?”
Of course not.
It would take time. Which, I’m guessing for her would include the time it takes to look up the word “etymology.”
There’s a scene in an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” where Willow goes to Anya’s apartment to get her help performing a spell.
Anya’s one question to her is: “It’s it difficult or time-consuming?”
This pretty much sums up the state of modern-day education.
Who wants to make the effort to actually learn when your teachers can just tell you what to think?
Knowledge takes time and effort.
But Ignorance is comfortable and easy.
The irony of course is that we are living in a time when information is literally at our fingertips.
You don’t have to go to a library or even attend college to absorb information and expand the breadth and depth of your knowledge.
When I was in grad school getting my MFA in Dramatic Writing, the head of the program instructed all of us to write — write every day. Even if what you’re writing is garbage, just write.
And if you aren’t writing, you better be reading.
His reasons were self-evident.
Writing, like all things, takes practice. And to be a better writer, one has to have a broader understanding of language. And reading helps with that.
Reading expands not only your vocabulary, but the breadth and depth of your knowledge as well.
Some days even when Lupus isn’t kicking my ass, I may only write one or two posts. And on those days, I’m not writing because I’m reading.
Knowledge isn’t just bound up in textbooks that cost ninety dollars.
We don’t need teachers to give us information.
It is right here at our fingertips.
In fact in this day and age, you don’t need to be a genius to become an autodidact.
History, politics, current events, philosophy – we can teach ourselves.
We have no excuse for being ignorant.
Ignorance in the information age can only stem from an unwillingness to expend the time and effort to learn.
I don’t believe the Siblings Hogg are stupid.
They’re just ignorant.
And there’s a cure for Ignorance – a willingness to gain knowledge, to think outside the box, to expand the breadth and depth of your understanding.
But that is often difficult and time-consuming.
Whereas Ignorance requires no effort, no challenge, and very little time.
What’s tremendously disturbing to me is many of those charged with educating young people like the Siblings Hogg are equally comfortable in Ignorance.
The Public School has become the brick and mortar version of Cliff Notes.
Instead of teaching children how to process information, think critically, and gain knowledge, public schools take the short-cut and simply teach them what to think.
It’s easier, isn’t it? Comfortable.
There’s no challenge, no effort and, in the end, no actual educating.
Ignorance is comfortable, easy, effortless.
And those mired in Ignorance, so much easier to control.
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