A classical education is the best

 With all the controversy about requiring the Haredi (ultra-orthodox) schools in Israel to teach secular subjects. I ran across these 2 exams from the United States secular (Christian) school systems. The first is from 1912, an Eighth grade test. The second, from Harvard from 1869, an entrance exam. Back then they taught a classical education with Latin and Greek.

With out a solid classical education the student is lost in a sea of muck. The best example is from Rabbi Nachman’s Story of the Chakhum and the Tam as explained by HaRav Shalom Arush in The Garden of Wisdom.A Practical Guide to Happiness in LifeYou can not get better then a classical Jewish education with a Rebbe teaching Bavli Gemara with Rashi and Toshba covering everything. It will really teach you how to think and reason things out, of stead of being a Sheep just accepting things from Talking Heads on the Television.

Look at all the Yeshiva University graduates who are Attorneys. For example:

Like the secular classical education of Latin and/or Greek language, the Classical Jewish education taught in the Haredi  schools in Israel and the Diaspora require the students to actually think and argue out the logic with a Habrosha (Study Partner). They are forced to use a language which they are not use to (Aramaic) and go deeper then just the simple surface meaning. Unlike the Secular studies which entail just learning facts and figures like History or Civics, which have no real value since no one grasps that if you don’t apply what you have learned from History you are doomed to repeat it.

Albert-EinsteinInsanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

Look at all the Peace Accords and Peace Processes that have been negotiated in the last 96 years and have failed.

San Remo conference

Arab–Israeli accords

Peace process in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict

What has the teaching of History given us? Any one remember the ancient history of the 1980s Sinai Disengagement in which Israel gave up all the land, a military buffer zone and all that oil in Sinai. How about the really ancient history of the 2005 Expulsion of Gush Katif in Gaza and the Shimron. Does any one remember the Rocket attacks of last year. How about the really ancient history of yesterday, last month and today with all the ROCK ATTACKS and MURDERS. I have not even mentioned the Bus Bombings.

What the Arabs want is a Piece Treaty such as: A piece of liver, A piece of arm, ect. If you don’t believe me just watch the YouTube video. This video is unlisted. Only those with the link can see it.Syrian Rebel lung eating video extended.  Bon Appetit

 

When I was in High School (Piedmont High, Piedmont California; class of 1972) Latin or Greek were required along with a second foreign language. Math was Trigonometry, Geometry, Algebra and i think Pre-Calculus. We were allowed Slide Rulers, the calculator was not invented yet. Everything by hand. Science was Physics, Chemistry, Biology and a hard lab was required for all classes. We had Science projects that were real science projects. We time-shared a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory computer and our graduates are Geeks. Our Teachers inspired us and made us great!

Yes. The national intelligence has fallen that far. The morons in West Philly can’t spell Cat. At least 75% wouldn’t know the VP of the U.S. More than 50% can’t add 5 + 5. And 80% wouldn’t know when and why the Civil War was fought.

1912 Eighth Grade Examination for Bullitt County Schools

*By the way, “kalsomining” is whitewash, a calcium-based cheaper paint. A quote: “Too rich for whitewash, too poor for paint”.

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This Harvard Entrance Exam from 1869 Will Probably Make You Feel Dumb

Unless you had a very solid classics education in high school, know the sources of the Danube, the Volga, the Ganges, and the Amazon off the top of your head, and are comfortable tackling some hoary arithmetic and plane geometry without the help of a calculator or Wikipedia, you’re likely to find this Harvard entrance exam from 1869 more than a little challenging. (Thanks to the NYT for digging it up.)

Granted, Latin and Greek were de rigueur for the well-heeled youths of the day — they probably would have been stumped at the Chinese that today’s high school students are trying to learn at some of the better schools — but there are plenty of college graduates today who would flee in terror at that first polynomial equation. Perhaps this is true of those who majored in garbage and were thus swindled out of a large sum of money in order to receive a diploma of trivial, and laughable, value such as liberal arts or ethnic studies. They are now debt slaves trying paying off their student loans at very high interest  earning minimum wage working at WAL-Mart and living at their parent’s house.

Full entrance exam below. How would you do?

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50 Years Of Teaching Math In ‘Exceptional’ America

by Tyler Durden Jan 13, 2017  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-12/50-years-teaching-math-america

Source: The Burning Platform

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Of course, as we noted previously, our system of education is not entirely to blame.  The truth is that young Americans spend far more time consuming media than they do hitting the books, and what passes for “entertainment” these days is rapidly turning their brains to mush.

According to a report put out by Nielsen, this is how much time the average American spends consuming media on various devices each day…

Watching live television: 4 hours, 32 minutes

Watching time-shifted television: 30 minutes

Listening to the radio: 2 hours, 44 minutes

Using a smartphone: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Using Internet on a computer: 1 hour, 6 minutes

When you add it all up, the average American spends more than 10 hours a day plugged into some form of media.

And if you allow anyone to pump “programming” into your mind for 10 hours a day, it is going to have a dramatic impact.

In the end, I truly believe that we all greatly underestimate the influence that the mainstream media has on all of us.  We willingly plug into “the Matrix” for endless hours, but then somehow we still expect “to think for ourselves”.

There are very few of us that can say that we have not been exposed to thousands upon thousands of hours of conditioning.  And all of that garbage can make it very, very difficult to think clearly.

It is not because of a lack of input that we have become so stupid as a society.  The big problem is what we are putting into our minds.

If we continue to put garbage in, we are going to continue to get garbage out, and that is the cold, hard reality of the matter.

 

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