Critical Thinking Skills

Two young black men were murdered by police officers in one week.

Soon after, an angry young black man killed and wounded police officers in Dallas, during a peaceful march by the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

On the news today, one angry white man said the fact that the protesters participating in the march turned toward the police for help after they heard gunshots, made them hypocrites.

I think it’s time for a little common sense to prevail.  Critical_Thinking_Skills_Diagram

SCENARIO #1

I support teachers.

I do not support teachers who abuse, molest, or bully their students. When these “bad apple” teachers are discovered, they are removed from their positions and prosecuted. Meanwhile, parents continue to send their students to school.

Does that make parents hypocrites?

Does the fact that you are disgusted by “bad apple” teachers, yet continue to send your children to school make you a hypocrite?

SCENARIO #2

I support police officers.

However, I do not support prejudiced, cowardly officers who shoot first and ask questions later. I do not support murderers regardless of what color their clothes are, or what “club” they belong to. They need to be removed from their positions and prosecuted. Meanwhile, I still look to officers for protection.

Does that make me a hypocrite?

Of course not. Einstein-Education

PS: I support teaching critical thinking skills so the average person can understand the difference.

Education should be Free

Today, MSNBC interviewed a few college students from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. One of the students said that college should not be free because it somehow diminishes the value of having a Bachelor’s Degree (paraphrased).

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In other words, she just said that if everyone had an equal opportunity to achieve a college education, then she might have to work a little harder (or maybe a lot harder) to achieve a higher GPA, a higher ranking in her graduating class, and might have to do more than attend college / university to increase her portfolio value when it comes to furthering her career.

This would be a good thing.

We need more young people involved in charitable work, which is one of those resume items that proves you are a well rounded person actively working to improve the community, the state, and the nation. While I am in no way insinuating that the young person who made the statement mentioned above is partying lively during her free time, I am suggesting that many students from homes with a hefty income, are doing just that.

Having to compete with more students would help keep the serious students busy preparing for their future in a myriad of ways that do not include the traditional college party scene.

You may disagree with my opinion at first glance, but once you mull it over, I am pretty sure you will see that the elitists in this country want to keep poor people out of education. An educated voter is a dangerous threat to the status quo.

If we look further into the future of these elitists, we will also see how easily they sway those with less education to see the world of politics their way, which is usually harmful or at least of no use to those who are making less money and are less educated, regardless of race.

It’s time to think about these issues seriously. We cannot allow ourselves to be swept back in time. We need to move forward by living the best life we can in each moment, which includes keeping up with what is going on in the world of politics because it affects every single person in the US.

We cannot afford to have our country run by elitists who seek to keep poor people at the bottom few rungs of the ladder as it applies to income, social status, political power, and the old American Dream. Currently, that American dream that so many people remember fondly, is only for those who can afford an education at a college or university.

Education should be free, just as health care should be free.

We need to catch up with the other major countries on both of these issues.