Who Controls Our Children?

Why did No Child Left Behind fail so spectacularly? And if educational researchers have come forward to state that Outcome-Based Education (OBE) fails our students and diminishes their critical thinking skills, why do we continue to allow OBE in our curriculums?

In this presentation from 1992, Peg Luksik identifies specific documents, events, and individuals from the Federal level who leveraged public funding and diploma accreditation to change both public and private American educational systems from knowlege-based traditional teaching to state-sponsored OBE such as No Child Left Behind.

Peg further documents that this effort has been a means of behavioral and social control. Under OBE, students are tested - and even graded - on their ability for rapid emotional adjustment to external change without protest. Aka, will your child conform to social, governmental, and corporate influences and direction without question?

Peg identifies that much of the OBE system has come from the Department of Labor - not the Department of Education - and was backed by American corporations quoted as stating they want "the proper worker of tomorrow" by which they referred to American children as human capital and human resources material.

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Rachel Maddow: Rick Warren Confused

Maddow: Rick Warren confuses himself with Christ, RT 8:51.

Pastor Rick Warren released a 22 minute web video addressing the uproar over his invitation to President-elect Obamas inauguration. Warren said some of his critics were Christophobes. Rachel Maddow is joined by The Nations Katha Pollitt.

This video is from MSNBCs The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Dec. 23, 2008.

Andy Panda: Knock Knock

1940.11.25 Walter Lantz Cartoon, RT 6:53.

Andy Panda and Papa Panda are pestered by a woodpecker, who steals the show.

Said woodpecker later becomes the star of Lantz's studios.

Maddow: An Act of Civil Disobedience

Rachel keeps a close eye on the lame duck that still inhabits the White House. She's now reporting an act of civil disobedience or at least highlights the actions of someone who stood up against the big quack. (December 22, 2008: Rachel Maddow Show)

JibJab: 2008 Year In Review

It must be December - snow is falling, children are writing letters to Santa and we're dragging 2008 through the mud in our all-singing, all-dancing, all-out year-in-review. Baby New Year '08 takes you on a tour of all of the good, bad, and worse the past year had to offer, all at breakneck speed. We're giving society a primo wedgie - everyone watch, point and laugh!

A Little Bit of Christmas in Japan

Although Christmas is not an official holiday in Japan, it is observed in other ways.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas, one can find lines of Japanese standing outside of KFC for a little bit of the Colonel's Christmas Chicken.

Christmas Cake is a popular item which sells for about 30-50 bucks at convenience stores. It's also a term used to refer to women over 26.

For young couples, Christmas is a big date night and many of them go to love hotels.

God Bless America

(The Role of Religion in the 2008 Election) RT 47:41.

Filmed in the run-up to the US presidential elections, this documentary looks at the future of America's Religious Right, and considers the impact their voting patterns may have had on Barack Obama's recent victory. While Conservative white evangelical Christians gave President Bush the majority of their votes in 2004, the way in which the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina were handled has forced the group to question their allegiance to the Republican party.