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Education: Now - THIS Would Be a Curriculum!

Updated on April 2, 2013
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A Simple New Approach..


The education system is failing us, and the fallout is clearly evidenced by the burgeoning prison system!

Closing schools and building prisons? You do the math!

While government funding is cut for the former - tax dollars are funneled almost without limit into the latter - the bars of which are literally heaving due to the tremendous strain placed upon them by the multitudes of 'shoulda-beens', 'coulda-beens', and 'mighta-beens' imprisoned within.

Is it just me - or is something just not adding up here?

HOW can we solve this critical problem?


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As the crime rate multiplies - school administrations divide their attention with more critical issues such as whether donuts should be offered in vending machines, whether the word Christmas might be deemed offensive - or whether children as young as 6 need iPads and condoms!

How brilliant is it that our children need a permission slip to go to the zoo - but - schools aren't obligated to inform parents if their daughter is pregnant?

Can you spell a-s-s b-a-c-k-w-a-r-d-s? If not - please don't feel badly - you're in good company!

I'd sure like to know who the brains behind this operation is! My fear is that they're somewhere over in CHINA!

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Here are some 'outside-of-the-(lunch)box' suggestions for courses that might actually teach our kids to get along in the real world...

Sophomore Curriculum:

  • Introduction to Self: Self-Control, Self-Respect, Self-Esteem
  • The Three Musketeers Course: All For One and One For All (Pre-requisite for United We Stand)
  • Anatomy of a Hug: Permission Slip Required
  • Shame: Something to be Proud of?
  • Settling an Argument: Using Your Brain - Not Your MK-47
  • Putting Yourself in Someone Else's Shoes: Permission Slip Required

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Junior Curriculum:

  • Ego: The Good, The Bad, and The Just Plain Unacceptable
  • Bullying: The Link Between Bullying and Small Testicles
  • Empathy: The Lost Building Block of Civilization
  • Technology: Using the iPhone to Call 911 Instead of Recording Video for Youtube
  • Fifty Ways to Say I'm Sorry: Fifty Ways to Say You're Sorry
  • Gratification: Techniques for Delaying it Until it has Actually Been Earned

In MY School..
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Senior Curriculum

  • Narcissism: The Negative Impact on YOUR Future, YOUR Relationships, and YOUR Life
  • Being Wrong: Making it Right - The Right Way
  • Your Word: Re-Discovering the Lost Art of Keeping Promises
  • History of Social Networking: Forgotten Concepts Such as Eye Contact, Face-to-Face Mortal Communication, and Knowing-your-Neighbors-Name
  • Greed: Examining the Era Before Greed Became the American Way

There are also Masters and Doctorate Degrees Available in:


  • Human Compassion
  • Assuming Responsibility, and
  • Dealing With Being Told NO

Now - THIS is a curriculum that makes sense ! It adds up ! It computes! It works out!

Anything else just seems plain dumb !

So tell me - did I forget any important lessons?

Hmmmmm....

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      geordmc 5 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      You forgot the freshman curruculam.

      Introduction to Accecptance

      Knowing your Neighbor

      Learning to Deal With Being Told No

      How to Read

      Learning to Care

      I think these would be a good start to a frosh class

      Love the humor, Voted up and funny & interesting!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Excellent curriculum! I especially love the ones that require permission slips!

      Voted funny, awesome, and way up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I didn't know whether to laugh or cry because fortunately, or unfortunately, you are correct across the board. I'll tell you why I enjoy you so much...it's because you are a damn straight shooter who pulls no punches. Great hub and I hope it gets lots of traffic, which it deserves.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Geordmc: You're correct about the freshman curriculum - cut those classes for efficiency sake. Check the Masters and Doctorate degrees available..now. ps..mentioned the neighbor thing..Thanks for taking the time Geor(ge?)

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @electricfusion: Pleased you're pleased! Come again!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @billybuc: me thinks it might be time to cry...unfortunately. I appreciate your support Billy and - back atcha!

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      love doctor 5 years ago

      Vote up awesome my friend! As far as sophomore curriculum, I can agree with you more on introduction to self. young girls and women are in desperate need of a course in self-esteem, respect and self-control. Junior curriculum, compassion, bullying, empathy....narcissism. These are courses that should be part of every school's curriculum.

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      Jessica 5 years ago

      I so agree! Great piece. It is sad that the educational system seems to be more or less just shuffling kids through the grades to get them to graduation. I agree, your curriculum is fantastic! Truth mixed with humor :) Voted up!

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      martin 5 years ago

      on it

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      I would add...Respect of faculty and authority. Ethics is another good course that should be taught for at least 2 years. Another...cheating is never acceptable. If you want something, then damn it, get an education, get a job, get a good attitude, play fair and square and then achieve what you want. Finally, a course on living with an attitude of gratitude. Yep...that's a good start.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I like all of these courses. They should be taught at home but apparently they aren't always.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Education is the solution of all evils that inflict the mankind.

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      lzmcolospgs@aol.com 5 years ago

      By the time youngsters get to the point where you want the curriculum to begin it is already too late. Most of the things mentioned are things that need to be taught prior to a child even beginning school. The home must be the place where children learn these elements of life.

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      Connie Wayne 5 years ago

      The one subject that cannot be taught in school is "Common Sense." It sounds like you have a lot of it, so you must have learned it somewhere else. Maybe there should be a class called "Real Life 101," and you could be the volunteer teacher. If you need an assistant, count me in. Great article!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @LoveDoc: Hi, dear! So glad you agree. Now - if only some of them were implemented - maybe the crime rate would kick down a notch or 2. I KNOW it would! Thanks for taking the time, Doc - busy girl that i know you are!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @pagesvoice: Agreed! I think if we put our heads together we could come up with a workable curriculum that would cost no more than what is implemented today - and with far more 'human' results. But..who's got the time when they're so busy being retro-active! love ya D! Thanks for the new courses...lol (you forgot get a haircut, tho)

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @MillionaireTips: sadly, they are not...we let video games teach our children...sigh..

      next hub? FUNNY fer sure...lol

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @VinayaGhimire: short and sweet, V...short and sweet!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Izmcolospgs: I agree with you that kids ought to be taught these things early and at home. I think that you'll agree with me when i say that unfortunately - that is not always, or often, the case. I believe it's never too late where our kids and our futures are concerned. I do so appreciate you taking the time to stop by, read, and leave a thoughtful and thought provoking comment! Please come again...

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @ConnieWayne: Here is an obituary from the London Times. It is to common sense...Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

      - Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

      - Why the early bird gets the worm;

      - Life isn't always fair;

      - and maybe it was my fault.

      Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

      His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

      Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

      It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

      Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

      Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

      Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

      Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

      He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

      I Know My Rights

      I Want It Now

      Someone Else Is To Blame

      I'm A Victim

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      Picadilly 5 years ago

      Hmmmm...a little on the cynicle side, and a tad bit one sided. From my perspective yes there are schools lacking, but there are so many schools getting it right also. I live in one of those communities where people are moving into the neighborhood because our public and private schools are superb.

      It is sad that the news will magnify the negative things happening in the school districts all over, but no attention is given to the positives actions of students that are also happening everyday across the nation!

      Room for improvement definitely, hopeless..I hope not!

      Great article, food for thought! xox me

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      Terry Chestnutt 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Very true and well said. Scary, too.

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      Raging Mountain 5 years ago

      2 Timothy 3 

      King James Version

       

      1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

      10But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, charity, patience,11Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.13But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

      kingjbible.com/2_timothy/3.htm

      This IS quite a revealing portion of a literary work. One that really pulls the sheet of the bed, and makes it quite clear that what we have is CATASTROPHIC FAILURE, not only on a national level, but will also creep around the world, and become fatal on a planet-wide SOCIETAL level.

      One of the main problems is that what knowledge older men may call upon, is wanting. Yes, SOME aspects will carry over. Human Nature hasn't changed in 10,000 years; modified, and honed to fit circumstances that became sociocultural over the last 50 years. But, in the pursuit of gain, and greed, improvements were made that kept dumping out the labour content of most profit-centered nations.

      China controlled the numbers that effected retail price, and cost of manufacturing. An impossibility such nations could never match with out NATIONAL bankruptcy. The problem is that China is big enough, and powerful enough to withstand world pressure to be “Integrated.” Such relinquishments will be made only in China's best interests LONG-TERM.

      But the seeds were sown 54 years ago. To paraphrase the old Walter Cronkite series: “YOU ARE THERE.”

      “A day like all days; a day that altered and illuminated man's times. We return now to October 3, 1957. All things are AS THEY WERE, except YOU ARE THERE!!!....”

      The year, 1957, a typical October was already showing signs of being far too contrary as to a month of days that man would enjoy. The day started quite normal, but by the 5 P.M. whistle, whatever calm there was became inflamed, voices were harsh, and fingers dangerously accusatory. The world was in the grip of absolute surprise, absolute astonishment, and total FEAR that the world, as we knew it was at an end. It was.

      EVERYTHING in the USA was open for criticism. The educational system was first to succumb to terror. History, and Geography was stricken from state syllabi. The “charges was that they were only “Memory Developmental Subjects.” Courses designed to enhance memory, and recall functions of the brain. Functions deemed not necessary as we have WRITING. We can ALWAYS reduce to paper, or other record-capable material.

      The next day, emphasis was transferred to the “Hard Sciences,” Trig, Calculus, Physics, etc. Attention to bringing the best out of each student was no longer an objective. The psyche was: “We must beat the Russians in space, otherwise, all is lost. EVERYBODY will become a math genius. Forget these teaching pointers that might IMPROVE student reception:

      iteslj.org/Techniques/Zhenhui-TeachingStyles.html., http://hwiki.unige.ch/en/Teaching_style.,

      http://www.le or.com/sm1.html

      Fortunately, some cooler heads prevailed, and the Math aspect was not pushed as hard as it was intended. If you think the SATs are bad now, consider even lower scores as most people are NOT Math geniuses. Further, one ADDITIONAL reason our education system fails is, in two parts. #1: most people are not great at higher math. #2: that what is taught in the class room does NOT show up as being NEEDED in either LIFE, or in one's career choice, save by inclination AND CHOICE.

      But, as time marched on, education was diluted to be less challenging, but also lacking in benefit to the student. Graduation rates have plummeted, teenagers are seduced into thinking “Functional Illiteracy” was the “way to go.” Hence the G-E-D.

      But the most damaging was the tearing apart of the family unit. Fathers couldn't earn enough to have the wife stay home. Women had to go to work, and they pushed for equal rights. The result is loss of conceptual esteem, and vestiges of chivalric conduct, and the marriage becomes a CONTRACT. An arrangement that is subject to renewal, a/o dissolution. The problem became the off-spring, and what to DO with them? IN the meantime, jobs disappeared, and openings vanished.

      With such a societal loss, the young parents shoved it all on the education system. Young parents also COMPOUNDED the problem by NOT backing the instructors' authority. Now, such teachers are more as over-paid truant counters, than leaders of instruction for the future generations; parents still don't want to shoulder their responsibility.

      There was an old joke: Teacher was afraid of the Principal, who was afraid of the Superintendent. The Super was afraid of the school bored; which was afraid of the federal judge. The Judge was afraid of the kid, as the kid would pester the parent(s) to sue the judge, and the KID wasn't afraid of ANYBODY!!! And we wonder WHY????

      ALL of this goes to this:

      answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080825183900AACAIkV.

      But for me, the most salient point is this: From Colby Chandler, former CEO of Eastman Kodak: “Send me all the scientists, physicists, and mathematicians you can turn out.” This a directive to assembled college, and university heads. Mr. Chandler was in the throes of trying to preserve what was left of the analogue film market, and needed a science whiz kid to save his butt.

      About five years later he AGAIN appears before this same assemblage, and makes the same declaration, however, a marked difference: the added remonstrance was that such graduates KNOW HOW TO COMMUNICATE!!! That was to WRITE in a COHERENT SENTENCE, and in PLAIN ENGLISH!! That, math, or physicist's “hen scratching,” a/o “trade” language was NOT acceptable communication venue.

      Thus, we have a DIRECT line to 10-03-1957 that is now showing that our youngsters have been and ARE consigned to this, so is the nation, and the world. answers.yahoo.com/questionindex?qid=20080825183900AACAIkV.

      RM

      Ragingmt@rochester.rr.com

      03-09-2012

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @RagingMountain: Well, my friend - we finally agree! While i am not a fan of any bible - your contention that the parental responsibility was shifted to the school system is spot on - as is the fact that, once transferred - parents backed their 'babies' and reinforced their knowledge of exactly who's da 'boss'! The tail has been wagging the dog for a long, long time now - and i have stopped wondering when clearer heads will prevail. There seems to be none to be found! We aren't allowed to properly discipline our kids - therefore consequences for actions is a foreign concept(hmmm...another good course name..)The education system as it stands is nothing but a joke - getting funnier every year - and the rest of the world is watching...and laughing...(we're in hilariously deep doo doo)...

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      Raging Mountain 5 years ago

      ImKarn:

      But, fearless one, YOU have missed the MAIN POINT.

      10-03-1957. The launching of Sputnik by the Soviets created mass FEAR, and hysteria. It IS from this point that our national educational policy is founded from. Everything in American society was open to criticism, and challenge.

      The education system was first to shift emphasis away from not ONLY a well-rounded student that was molded from Kindergarten, but that all intellectual pursuits HAD to be tied to some form of Math, a/o Science base. However, the accent was on the "HARD" sciences that dealt mostly with sciences that had loads of provable equations, and theorems. However, that also led to trying to validate equations that followed the: "If "A" is true, and "B" were true, then the conclusion "C" MUST be true. However, "C" was a CHOICE of the scientist based upon HIS PERCEPTION of what the logical CHOICE is to be employed for the solution. As Thomas A. Edison proved, a near 100% failure rate...UNTIL... Thus, we ARE reduced to this comment:

      answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080825183900AACAIkV.

      However, as a second proof of poor education, and the dangers of forcing an instruction that is slanted to one portion of the system's components, I offer this: "Leadership, The Warrior's Art;" Christopher Kolenda, Author-Editor.

      Chapter 10 is penned by Kevin W. Farrell, from the "Conclusion" section; "Leaders of today can benefit from understanding the source of the German Army's tactical excellence, small unit cohesion, and combat leadership, while remembering as well the consequences of such excellence devoid of an ethical framework."

      This certainly advocates not only some religious (remember, ETHICS DOES progress FROM THEOLOGY!!)component as part of the early educational fare, BUT, that HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY, also plays an enormous part in establishing some information storage that can be accessed as an ingredient to be factored into the decision formulation. Being ignorant of the past consigns one to commit the same result, usually disastrous. From the books of "Kings," and Chronicles" in "The Holy Bible," these tomes sound rather dull and repetitive. They ARE!!! These writings show man's vulnerabilities to repetitive commission, and the propensity to do evil far more than good; not only theologically, but also to one's own citizens. Sound familiar?

      AS I have stated, it all comes back to 10-03-1957.

      RM

      Ragingmt@rochester.rr.com

      03-10-2012

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      Gianandrea Maoli 5 years ago from South Carolina

      If I ever had a child, I would certainly make sure they would attend these courses! Downright good building blocks for building good characters if you ask me. Great writing! And pretty funny too, especially considering how true this all is.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      @Picadilly: Love your taking the time, dear, but - must respectfully disagree with you on both the cynical and the one-sided statements. A man that i respect greatly asked me to pass onto you the fact that the reason the good stories don't make news is because - they are what we expect! We expect our children to be educated well - therefore it is not something newsworthy. Interestingly - i disagree to a point with him as well, because with the state this world is in - we need the good news as well as the bad - because nothing seems to be 'expected' these days!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Education, empathy and compassion--so needed--and often shunted--

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Home is where the Start is...However today that is Sadly NOT so...Parents are on the "Modern Trend Mill of Life" Work, Work, no time... and almost NO time for the children. Sadly, more than half the children come from a broken Family. By the time this Child gets to School, he or she has problems to begin with. The System needs to Teach, the Basics, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic...For Someday, these children will become the Adults of Tomorrow. They need to know how to Function in this "Modern World" that they are born into.

      Wonderful, thought provoking Hub, ImKarn.

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      Raging Mountain 5 years ago

      search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oG7ncay1xPEB8AbzpXNyoA?p=Joe%20Klein%2C%20educator%2C%20charter%20school%20founder&fr2=sb-top&fr=yfp-t-701, is a menu page for Joe Klein, educator, and charter schools founder.

      Mr. Klein was a business owner, as well; recruited a retired general to deal with that entity. Mr. Klein went back to college, got the appropriate degrees, ,and has done much to improve the standing of charter schools by showing the PROPER way to be operated.

      I would suggest you peruse at least menu pages to get a good knowledge base regards Mr.Klein, and his goals.

      RM

      Ragingmt@rochester.rr.com

      03-11-2012

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      carolina muscle 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      great post... you made very solid points and you are so right!

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Finally the staring role. I loved every step of the journey from home base. This is more than I expected and well received. I disagree only on one point. The jails are full in one view, not necessarily mine, because of the economy. Welfare is gone to a degree, jobs are vanishing to some very succinctly pointed out by yourself with this hub, and the means to a meal and housing is crime or Darwinian thinking some may say. Just a thought.

      A hub or more could be written for discussion purposes. Have you ever seen the other side of a cash register of late. I don't even own a cell yet much less a smart. Kinda' makes me dumb in some circles. (Pause) Now I feel like an antique. Well, this journey in links has led me to a very interesting moment or two. Back to the beginning and reread once again.

      tim

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Tsmog: Hi! I don't disagree with you at all regarding economic reasons why prisons are full. It is a piece of the prison puzzle - but not the whole story. I wrote this on a different site - and while i never promote from other sites - i thought you might be interested.. http://socyberty.com/issues/trend-alert-committing... ...

      check it out if you'd like!

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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Just love your fight, your sense of humour and execution in bring home a point. The world needs your voice L. x

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @TonyDeLorger: (sniffle) Thank you Tony! Quite a compliment!

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      We now live in a society where far too many kids worship some stupidly dressed drive-by-shooting rapper as opposed to a person with real values. They are no longer taught to appreciate their country and the history behind it but are focused on the fantastic ability of a social welfare system to take care of everyone's needs. We feed them at school from an early age and the list grows each year as to what is supplied to them through the system. By the time they are able to graduate...if that is still possible today, they have been passive taught to look toward government for all their needs....forget self-reliance and initiative. In too many households, the parentage is worse than the education system amplify this outcome. Far more are convinced that being in a gang, dressing in sagging baggy pants, and wear a flat brimmed baseball cap the wrong way is an image of "cool". In essence, if we had a "dress stupid/look stupid" contest, these guys could win hands down. Our education system is run by over-educated professional students who have spent their lives working toward some degree or other but failed to absorb any common sense along the way. For those that do have a touch of common sense, the use of it is superceded by laws and regulations set forth by the government. The student has to end up in prison to discover there is a process of accountability and punish for your actions. Ah, yeah, we need the federal government to drive education so that we can all be dragged down to the same level of mediocrity in life. Good write...great points! ~WB

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @WayneBrown: You couldn't be...righter..(omg..lol)...i too am incensed by those who spend tens of thousands on a 'higher' education - and yet are totally ignorant of reality! Thanks for taking the time to read AND the passionate comment, Wayne!

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      A lot of thought went into this very well written comment on education today... but I have to tell you we didn't get here by accident...

      Years of right led deliberate cutting Education Budgets... combined with an extreme left view of 'students' rights helped us get there... but the real culprit and his 'Plan' to Take Back America for the Protestant Elite and their ilk was a fellow named Dobbins.

      I can't speak for Canada but about 40-50 years ago this guy named Dobbins wrote a plan for Religious Conservatives to take over the Country... he had a lot of patience, and has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams (of course he wanted to take over a lot more than education)... basically he began by running religious right folk for School Boards and other inocuous elected positions... idea to destroy public education (keep those kids from actually thinking) and turn folks to religious education and eventually to take over the Country and make it the Thocracy he thought it should be... many of our most upstanding??? Conservative Organizations are based on his principals. Having an uneducated... undiciplined lower class allowes the upper classes to have their way with the country... He also planned the slow take over of the Radical Right of the Republican Party... and while some offshoots have jumped on his bandwagon... it is all still based in his philosophy..and here we are. We keep fighting with logic and reason... while they pass laws banning rational thought in schools and trying to turn Science classes into bible classes.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @HLPhoenix: Couldn't agree more! Dumbing down is the curriculum of choice! Don't let anyone fail, don't let anyone feel 'bad' - and DON'T let them drink pepsi! Keep those masses manageable! You remember that i went to school in the states for a year and a half when i was 15? It was only half days and i was supposed to keep up at least a B average - or be banned from the gym till i was? I did NOTHING - Nada, zilch, zippo - and got A's and B's easily! What did i learn? I learned i could get A's and B's and do absolutely nothing to get 'em! Yeah!

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      BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

      The problem with morals, compassion and empathy and dealing with not being spoiled, are all things that should be taught at home, but aren't. Not always the parent fault since our American consumer obsessions make it impossible to live on one paycheck, so others have to raise the kids. Since 1970 when more opportunities opened up, the great teachers went to better paying jobs and left schools with what can hardly be labeled as the cream of the crop or the best of the best. We cannot turn back the tide or times but maybe parenting education is more in order for our society and better educated government people, better educated principals and down the line. Good hub.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @BobbiRant: I couldn't agree more, Bobbi! Principles, morals, and empathy ought to begin at home - but - that doesn't mean it can't be taught in school as well. It seems that it's not being taught anywhere anymore - or - that other forces negate the impact...Thanks for stopping by..

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love this hub! You are so right...I have really considered home schooling my kids because of the state the public schools are in today. I think they could learn more from me! And I'm not a genius so that's scary:)

      I think our district is one of the best but still...so much BS! And this year it seems like GYM is a big pain. My child had a medical issue and I called the school nurse and said, "no gym today for her" and the nurse was like "well I'm going to need a doctors note."

      Well I don't put up with the school trying to trump ME! It's GYM one day of GYM! But yet if she doesn't finish her homework or fails a test...no biggie!

      I just nicely said, "well alright then have her waiting in the office, I'll just let her skip the whole day then!" haha they let her sit out of gym but I don't want to argue with the school over ridiculous stuff!

      I do not know why they get SO involved in things that are none of their business and cirriculum doesn't seem that important.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Realhousewife: Sigh...ridiculous power struggles...why? Did you hear the latest debate about offering 'morning after' pills to students - no parents notification required - and yet, they need parental permission to go to the freakin' zoo???? Can you spell a s s b a c k w a r d s? lol

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Leslie you are so right.. It is ASSBACKWARDS.. I am so sick of it.. I could cry and I have so many times.. It doenst make since thank you for writing this and caring so much to write it. what a kind heart you have.

      sharing

      debbie

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @DeborahBrooks: it is truly frightening, me thinks! Hope you are having a great weekend, my friend!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a thought provoking piece, ImKarn. You've hit the button on some really important reasons that explain our country's direction or mis-direction. I like what Wayne Brown said. It starts early. It starts in homes that don't share family values with children who need guidance and leadership from responsible parents. People who understand how to say no and mean it.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Leslie.....I hereby crown thee, Master Superintendent of the U.S. Education System, Mistress of Common Sense, Common Courtesies and Common Knowledge, Speaker of Truths & Hard Core Realities, Director for the Advancement of Mental & Emotional Health and Head Coach of Sportsmanship, Performance & Achievement.

      I see you're up for the position...........This hub rocks...........UP+++

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      This hub spells awesome, useful and fantastic. Voting up and sharing +++

      Introduction to Self: Self-Control, Self-Respect, Self-Esteem... I am 100% with you on this. This is society needs. Women and their insecurity just drives me up the walls.

      A permission slip for going to the zoo, but schools are not obligated to inform the parents if their daughter is pregnant? Something is definitely very wrong here. Parents need to be actively involved in their children's lives and maybe this kind of thing wouldn't be happening. Didn't you know that modern parents want to be their children's friends rather than disciplining their children? society has it all backwards. little girls are getting pregnant first and then getting married. isn't it supposed to be the other way around? first comes love and the baby carriage. thank you! Permission slip for hugs, I totally agree. why should anyone allow a total stranger to hug or give you a kiss hello? boundaries. Fifty ways to say I'm sorry, I love it. And the senior curriculum is pretty awesome too.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      This is what society needs.. I skipped a word.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great hub! great, great ideas...but...why start in high school?! If a 6 year old is old enough to have a smart phone, wear skinny jeans and high heels, we better start with them TODAY! Thank you, my friend for a great eye-opening hub!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @PegCold17: Grrrrr...what's going on (or...NOT going on) in schools these days is driving me nuts! Texas wants to stop teaching anything to do with 'critical thinking' - is that course going to be called: 'Sheeple 101'?

      Baaaaaaaaaa......

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Fpherj48: Please No - Don't Make Me! Noooooooo...Welllll - maybe Mistress of Common Sense....haha...

      Thanks for the 'vote' of confidence, my friend!

      lol..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Lovedoctor926: Lol...You, my friend - get 100% - and pass with flying human colors!

      Glad you got a giggle - and a bit of a lecture..LOL..

      love ya, Doc!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Leslie.. here in Memphis.. TENN.. I am so ashamed.. the city is closing 6 or 7 schools.. these children need these schools. as the officials line their pockets the children are suffering.. I am so mad..

      Debbie

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I will enroll my child today -- sign me up. My only problem would be wondering where you got the teachers really capable of teaching. I have been studying the subjects for years and fall short of that mark.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      The schools get less and less, the prisons get more and more.

      Why is that?

      Great hub

      Now there are even prisons for profit.

      Voted up.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Leslie I smell a rat from a restaurant from down my house. Your points are valid, but who is running the show anyway? Obama was a kid like any of us, now politics and education go hand in hand. How come they import more bar of soaps from overseas for the prison system? How Hard is that? Still something is wrong with the picture!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Btrbell: Randi - you're 100% correct - why wait till HS? I nominate you superintendent of all elementary curriculum...I know you're full of ideas..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @DeborahBrooks: SIX out of SEVEN? WHERE are all the kids? That's not even comprehensible, Deb - are you sure about these numbers? OMG...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Ericdierker: Hello, Eric, and Welcome! Honestly - i'd sign my kid up - pronto! What the world needs now - is a little common sense...a little empathy...and a little critical thinking...

      (lol..yeah - that's all...)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @MicheleTravis: Sigh...everything has a price tag - even the education of the future of the country - and - clearly it's too high!

      Guess we don't get that in the end - we'll pay tenfold...

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, dear!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @LordDeCross: A rat you say? Eeeeek! I sooo don't even want to see the name obama...or the word politics...i'm still gulping the nice fresh air of post-election hubpages...lol...

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      FyrFytr234 4 years ago

      The main problem are consequences...or lack there of. Go to your room! Really? lol. There are very few negative consequences left that kids fear. You're now longer allowed to spank your own child? How ludicrous is that! I'm not talking beating your child with a bat or using your fist. But I see nothing wrong with an open hand or some sort of paddle. I'm old school. My mom would hit me with whatever was within reach at the time. A big kitchen spoon, the yardstick hanging by the fridge, or dad's leather belt. That certainly worked for me! But now kids are threatening to call DYFS on their own parents if the lay a hand on them!

      Another problem I see are these violent video games. A lot of parents don't seem to care if they're "inappropriate", as long as the child stays out of their hair. The kids play the part of demonic slayer, criminal, soldier, car thief, etc for hours on end. It becomes "fun" and then I believe some grow up, go out into the real word, and they think this behavior is ok and entertaining?

      I think your updated curriculum is a great idea. This is what you should really know kid....and this is the real world!

      •Bullying: The Link Between Bullying and Small Testicles.

      •Technology: Using the iPhone to Call 911 Instead of Recording Video for Youtube.

      These two are my favorites.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @FyrFytr234: Zackly! there are no consequences, so - anything goes! (dunno why one equals the other, but - it does...sadly..)..The games are the same as the movies these days? Ever watch any of those vampire series? they're cold-blooded - excuse the pun..lol

      (i like the technology one too...)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Leslie, this is absolutely brilliant! Perhaps we could also add:

      Sustenance - how to take care of yourself and not expect handouts or government aid.

      Budgeting - how to not expect your parents to subsidize your poor planning.

      Manners - please, thank you, may I, elbows off the table, etc.

      Respect - you can't expect it if you don't give it.

      Awesome, awesome hub, Leslie. One of your best yet!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Bravewarrior: I'm SO happy you enjoyed this one...(privately, it's one of my favs altho - it got little attention..lol..)..

      Loving on your suggestions, especially 'Sustenance..lol.. - i also like 'Respect: Begin with yourself...'..lol..

      we laugh - but - i'm sure spree shootings would decrease noticably, amongst other things like...curb stomping your friends when they don't agree with you - if some of these courses were implemented..

      Again - Happy new Year..(personally, it don't impress me much - WHY mark time?...lool)

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      FyrFytr234 4 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this one again...and it still makes so much sense. Although it will never happen...revamping the education system sure would make sense, as well as a big difference. I forgot how good this one is. Nicely done K. Shared again.

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      Anan Celeste 4 years ago from California

      This is what I am talking about, a plan. This curriculum should be taken to congress and implemented before another generation losses it's battle with indifference. You are the voice of those that were lost and sacrificed in the name of ignorance and backward thinking.

      Our prison system is an ugly reminder of how the educational system failed America. Is impossible to assume that family is the overall responsible of a child. Specially if those parents are another generation and latest version of a throw away system.

      It takes a village to raise a child, and to change the circle of denial. This is a must read for educators and legislators alike. No wonder we can't compete with other countries. We are too distracted with money, vanity and politics to stop, look back and see the trail of people lost in the war to achieve status.

      This type of education ( your article) has to be promoted. Ironically, I just read it to 7 of my kids ( I mentor children from home) and had a discussion on these ideas. There were a lot of sad eyes in the room. But at the same time, a door was open. Everyone brought ideas to the table, specially those that are product of a broken home and a blind school system that threw them away. The message is getting there Leslie. We just have to carry it home.Thank you in behalf of everyone that WILL follow your article.

      Love Anan.

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      Tara Carbery 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Do you know what I love about you Leslie? You say it like it is. Children need boundaries, it's good for them to know clearly what is allowed and what isn't. Kids are so rude and think the world owes them a living these days. What about treating people as you would like them to treat you? Schools make it worse by pussy footing around them. That doesn't happen in the real world. I remember when I was teaching, a child refused to work, the Teaching assistant said 'oh, she does it if you photocopy the sheet on to pink paper'. I couldn't believe what i'd heard! Because in the real world someone would really do that wouldn't they! Grrrrrr!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      ImKarn23,

      My kids will be on the bus heading to your school tomorrow and I might just hitch a ride too! Golly Gee! Why don’t schools actually consider the real-life, useful issues when it comes to curriculum? My 9th grade niece came home last week and said that the Biology unit her class is on was given a lesson on the size of a penis in relation to ethnicity. Are you kidding me? Why in the hell is that anything she would need to know? We stopped running the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program at our school because of budget cuts but my 14 year old niece thinks she knows a man by the color of his skin now. If she wasn’t prejudice before, she is now! That is so ass backwards! I am so disgusted with the education system anymore it makes me sick. Sure, I could keep my children home and home-school them, but they need the interaction with other peers and adults. I loved all of your courses and you brought up sooo many good points. This hub was so awesome! I voted up and everything else that I could and I’m sharing.

      Cat

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      You, my dear, are on a major roll with this one. One hellofahub!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Cantuhearmescream? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? Penis size in relation to ethnicity??? Isn't that, um - RACIST..PENIST...COCKIST...

      STUPIDEST...

      that's right up there with giving condoms to first graders..

      WHAT are they thinking..(oh, silly me - clearly THINKING is no longer a part of the equation..)

      omg..i am SO happy that my kids are grown and OUT of those dangerous schools..

      LOL..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @MyFyrFytr: Of COURSE it won't happen - it makes perfect sense...LOL..

      Ya know?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      ImKarn23,

      Ha ha ha!

      It's scary, I feel like I have to "unschool" my kids when they get home from school. Funny the US is so cocky and we think we're above everyone, oh and if you don't think other countries don't accuse us of being arrogant you're mistaken, yet our education system is put to shame by so many others! Our priorities are beyond ass backwards!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Cantuhearmescrea: my dear - i AM from another country..lol..

      i'm canadian - i've just spent oodles of time in the states - moved to oregon alone when i was 14. went to school there for a year and a half..

      loved the country like my own..

      but yes - the united states has become extremely 'cocky' over the past decade or more..along with greedy and entitled!

      the downward spiral seems to coincide with 9/11 IMHO...

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      ImKarn23,

      Yes, yes and yes! I've always loved Canada, been there a few times. It's starting to seem like quite an alternative to living in this dysfunctional country. How is the Canadian Education system rating in comparison with the US?

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Peanutritious: SO good to see you - i hope Easter was all that you had hoped it would be!

      That story you told makes me feel ill...literally dizzy - because - i BELIEVE it and what's worse - i believe she got it on pink paper - as she demanded..

      The tail IS wagging the dog...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Ananceleste: Lol..i adore your passion! OK - I"M ALL IN - let's get 'er done!

      Where do we begin considering - ya know - our impressive credentials? LOL

      I say - let's start with the POTUS - you in?

      Thanks for agreeing that we need a whole lot MORE of this - and can live with a whole lot LESS of, ya know - THAT!

      Don't ever lose that passion, my friend - the world needs MORE of it too..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Xstatic: Why - thank you sir - One hell of a comment!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Cantuhearmescream: Funny you should mention moving to canada - which is a great country - if you don't mind FREEZING your ass off!

      did you know that there are about 150,000 americans living in costa rica? And about 55,000 canadians - and the numbers are increasing every day!

      People are retiring there AND people are moving their families there to start new lives - AWAY from what they see as the dangers of their country..

      AND - it's cheaper too...for now..

      xx

      just sayin..lol

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      ImKarn23,

      Freezing my ass off; are you kidding? I cry like a baby now from New York winters, but hell, if I'm already cold here, what difference does it make? :-)

      Canada has been sounding appealing lately; as far as what appears to be "a simpler way of life", but heck, if Costa Rica is cheap and safe then I better start learning the culture!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Cantuhearmescream: I already am! Wanna talk?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I honestly don't know a thing about Costa Rica; you could probably write an entire hub highligting it's appealing factors.

      Then again, I recently had a friend tell me that Hawaii is being overcome by people relocating where living is easier and the beaches are turning into dumps and filled with homeless people. I don't know if that's true, but I'd hate to see that happening to Costa Rica if that's where I'm going :-)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Leslie always awesome writing and bringing out the truth my friend.. many blessings to you

      sharing of course

      Debbie

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Cantuhearmescream: Excellent point! While i'm not a big fan of hawaii (too far) - i sure hope it's not true!

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      Lisa J Warner 4 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      Looking at this from a writing perspective...I find it very creative in the layout area...Thank You for sharing...

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      "...and it gives light to all that are in the house." ...You are the light of the world!" What more can be said about who you are and what you do? It's not easy to be who you are in a world so filled with fear and negativity, but you are so needed and appreciated my friend!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Mind blowing truth you encased here Leslie, how about them video game addicts get a course in staring at something like Nature for instance, their could be a nature observatory installed into the school, and kids will get personal tours to Africa, so they can see how folks are living out there and with barely nothing at all.

      That should be a mandatory course that Yup, requires a permission slip too lol :) all jokes aside, I think if they made you president of the United States, all the issues we have dealing with education and social ills will cease to exist.

      If that did happen by some act of God, then how in the world will any of the corporations and politicians who run this circus earn any money. We all know the system seeks to gain when we fail miserably to succeed in this life, as the 99% of us are slaves to a decaying congested system of greed designed to dumb us down, and feed us to the wolves.

      Awesome hub here 5 thumbs up Leslie, and I'm glad I found it too, sharing this one will be a true pleasure indeed.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Lisa: Hello sweetie! It's a good thing i'm a fairly well-balanced libra - your compliments would be going striaght to my head otherwise..

      LOL..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Bill: my friend, i read your words and tears come to my eyes...

      thank you!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Mikey: I LOVE your curriculum additions - they fit perfectly into the end game - ya know - KIDS WHO GROW UP CARING - about something other than themselves..

      sigh..

      thank you for caring - and sharing!

      (ps...i think 'god's' done quite enough here...sorry)

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