It’s raining again in Toledo, Ohio. Pouring in fact. Supposed to all day as it did all day yesterday and three days last week. ‘Unusual weather, ain’t it?’ – Wizard of Oz.
Oh, yes, unusual. The earth set a record for April- it was the hottest April ever recorded. More significantly, it followed fast on the heels of the hottest March and hottest Jan-Feb-March on record, it’s also the hottest Jan-Feb-March-April on record.
This news tidbit follows a letter to the editor of our local newspaper yesterday denying climate change. Not only denying it, but ‘wasting our tax dollars’ studying it. No doubt the letter-writer confuses weather and climate, but then, doesn’t everybody?
I wish that I had an IGNORANCE stamp on the table when I read these letters! Although it would not mollify their casual stupidity, it would make me feel good blotting out their nescience.
Then there was another letter today condemning atheists- linking Nazis and WWII to atheists. ‘Christians,’ of course, would never be involved in wars, wrote this Christian apologist.
‘Communist in the White House’ and the ‘Birthers’ and ‘Death Panels’ and ‘Socialism’ and.. those who listen to talk radio…’drill baby drill’…’terrorists!’…’damned government regulations’…’shrink the size of government’, ad nauseum.
It all began, I believe, some 10 years ago when the soon-to-become president thought that Africa was a country. That statement, that display of ignorance, apparently opened the door for regular folks to share their ignorance with all of us, too.
It continues to flow like a sewer- endless ignorant pap soaked up like a dry sponge and repeated mindlessly as if it were a kernel of truth. America, sadly, is awash in ignorance.
Speaking of education or lack there of, The New York Times Magazine on Sunday did a report on education- specifically in New York Schools, titled, The Teachers’ Unions’ Last Stand. Of course, it’s obvious that everyone knows about schools and education because, naturally, we all went to school. Therefore, we know all about the current situation because we sat in those desks too! Of course, I’ve sat in a dentist’s chair and…
Public education is in the proverbial cross-hairs of right-wingers and fundamentalists. They decry public education and would love to close the Department of Education. Charter schools, they say, are the answer. Fundamentalist Christians mindlessly push for charter schools to keep their kids out of those ‘atheist’ classrooms and the ‘secular humanist’ curriculum. Proponents of the charter school concept tout ‘improvement’ in outcomes that surpass the public schools. Of course, they gloss over the fact that involved parents produce a more successful student no matter what the setting or circumstance. Catholic schools have touted that red herring for years, ignoring the fact that they can pick, choose and expel any student they wish.
Just wait until President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan announce increased funding for education. Can you imagine the outcries from the ignorant masses at that announcement? No doubt the letters to the editor will decry ‘wasted tax dollars’ thrown down a black hole and those damned teachers’ unions!
Education for the children of America or a new toy for the Pentagon? Which of these will have a more effective outcome on the future of our nation? Of course, you know the answer, but then, you aren’t among the ignorant masses of this nation.