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This is me in a nutshell:
- wife, mother, data analyst
- anti-Common Core/PARCC
- anti-charter schools and vouchers
- pro-environment, conservation, nature, and wild animals
- pro-2nd amendment
- anti-illegal immigration
- libertarian (if I have to choose)
- agnostic with leanings toward earth-centered religions (raised Catholic)
- old school metalhead
- rabid Outlander fan
This is me, not in a nutshell:
I’ve always hated politics but I’ve found that I can’t ignore it anymore. As the mother of a school-aged child, I see what today’s federally-“guided” education is like and, at risk of sounding like an old bat, isn’t not like it was when I was in school. Sure there was a set curriculum (set by the state, county, or local BOE, I don’t know) but each teacher’s class was different from the next. My friends in other classes didn’t have the same projects I had and vice versa. Teachers were given latitude to teach in their own way. Some were bad, some were good, some were excellent. There was time for teachers to go off on a tangent of their own choosing if they wanted to. There was time to go back over things if most of the class failed the end-of-unit test or quiz. Now, they just shrug and move on. Common Core and PARCC are just the latest in a long line of crappy federal programs starting, I believe, with No Child Left Behind. It’s a noble idea but some kids need to be left behind. That’s all there is to it. Now, we keep advancing them to the next grade whether they learned anything or not so eventually they’ll graduate and maybe not actually know more than the average 10-year-old. That’s a lot less fair than repeating a grade level.
I’m a firm believer in public education. Religious schools can’t offer the variety of options that larger, public schools can. The demographics at religious schools tend to be less diverse than at public schools and even though my son is a white, Christian male, he needs to be around people who aren’t like him on a day to day basis, because that’s how the real world is. Private schools are OK, for those who can afford them. What I absolutely detest are charter schools and voucher programs. Instead of fixing the public school, they send a privileged few to a better (or allegedly better) school and shift funds away from the already struggling regular public school. That makes no sense. Fix what’s broken instead of letting some jump ship and take the money earmarked for them with them.
I also have strong feelings about health and the environment and the link between the two. First, GMOs. OK, maybe GMOs themselves are safe (I’m not convinced) but the amount of pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides that are dumped on Roundup Ready crops is ridiculous. GMOs were created by the same companies that make money off the sale of the -icides. Money and greed can never be found in the same place as trust and honesty.
So, you’d think if I’m all organic hippie chick when it comes to food, I’d be an anti-vaxxer. Wrong! All you have to do is look at public health history to know that vaccines are a wonderful, life-saving, and quality-of-life saving thing. Andrew Wakefield was a fraud!!! Get it? Understand? He’s been disproved a hundred times over. He lied. He fudged data. It was absolute bullshit. But tell a lie often enough and people believe it’s fact. Get your heads out of your asses, anti-vaxxers, and stop taking medical advice from celebrity bimbos like Jenny McCarthy. She has no medical or health background. Just misinformation and a platform through which to spread it. Vaccinate your kids, goddamn it. Don’t even get me started on herd immunity and how you not vaccinating your healthy child puts other children who can’t be vaccinated at risk. If you don’t vaccinate your able-to-be-vaccinated kid, you’re a huge asshole.
Ahem. Back to food, the environment, and Earth. I was raised Catholic and have no problem with people who believe in organized religions. My whole family is still Catholic. But as I’ve gotten older and wiser, I have come to believe that the Earth is our mother (not literally) and we should worship her the same way we should worship our human mothers. Mothers give life. Mothers nurture you and help you grow. This is what Earth does. Earth gives us food in the form of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains. It also feeds the animals we eat. Earth’s surroundings give us light, rain, snow, oxygen, and all the other necessities for life. So, like the native Americans, we should be good to our Mother Earth. Stop poisoning her with toxins; stop paving over her with roads; stop building new structures on her while other lay abandoned. Because, guess what? All of that hurts us, too. Toxic air and water (hello, Flint, Michigan?); flooding because there’s no open ground to soak up rain water and melting snow. As the Earth’s population continues to grow, we must learn to live more ecologically. We must take environmental considerations seriously. Again, it comes back to money and greed. If those things didn’t exist, we’d have a cleaner, healthier planet.
—– To Be Continued —–