A Know-Nothing Nation

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Light, With Intermittant Heat, Likely
Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic, January 1, 2010

I have long been disturbed by the sensationalism and bias of the media in our country. I read this article by Andrew Cohen in The Atlantic.

Cohen states:
Media Monkeys

The lines between television news and entertainment haven’t just been blurred; they have been obliterated by a terribly divisive and destructive mix: the cynicism and greed of television executives and the concomitant apathy, ignorance, and lack of curiosity on the part of the American people. Which came first? Even if you argue “the people” and not “the media” it still doesn’t excuse the glee with which television news has embraced the fashionable at the expense of the important.

Our family has not had cable or satellite t.v. for years. We don’t watch television and do not miss it. The only reason our girls know anything about celebrities such as Hannah Montana is through their friends. A copius amount of reality shows and celebrity gossip pervades the airways and consumes the minds and lives of the American people. I constantly hear people discussing the latest shows and can’t imagine wasting my time that way. When Tiger Woods’ “indiscretion” is the top news story for weeks, I know our media has failed us.
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Comments (1) Jan 03 2010

All American Children Are Above Average Act

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Liberal education is a vanishing ideal in the contemporary West. The aim of liberal education is to produce people who go on learning after their formal education has ceased; who think, ask questions, and know how to find answers when they need them. People who are better informed and more reflective are more likely to be considerate than those who are – and who are allowed to remain – ignorant, narrow-minded, selfish, and uncivil in the profound sense that characterizes so much human experience now.

Since the No Child Left Behind Act has been instituted, it has been counterproductive. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires public schools to administer a state-wide standardized test annually to all students, holding them accountable and withholding federal funding if they fail to meet requirements. I am infuriated and bewildered by this law.NCLB: A+

Many opponents of NCLB, including teachers and parents, do not like the idea of the testing that is provided in NCLB. They claim that “standardized testing, which is the heart of NCLB accountability, is deeply flawed and biased for many reasons, and that stricter teacher qualifications have exacerbated the nationwide teacher shortage, not provided a stronger teaching force.”

Deborah White

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The Problem with Health Care

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The problem with health care

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Try Not to Get Sick

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In the United States 700,000 people per year go bankrupt due to medical bills.  Pharmaceuticals put most of their money and research into drugs which will make them a profit.  We’re loaded with excessive paperwork, which is inefficient and prone to serious errors.  In order to see a specialist, one must get a referral from their primary care physician (PCP).  And there is often a wait to get in to see the doctor.  Insurance is tied to employment, so consumers are stuck with the insurance plans offered by their employers, and many are forced to stay with their employers so they won’t lose their insurance.  The many people who have no insurance simply don’t go to the doctor to seek treatment.  If their health issues become too severe, they’ll end up going to the emergency room.

You would think that I have fairly decent health insurance, being employed by a large hospital.  I suppose it could be worse.  Our former insurance with Bombardier (Learjet) required a $4000 deductible before we could receive any coverage whatsoever.  I have had a recent health concern as a result of my prolactinoma.  It seems my prolactin levels have increased again.  My endocrinologist suggested I get another MRI.  But even with insurance, the price tag is too steep for us.  So we decided to skip the MRI, hoping the tumor hasn’t grown and the medications will be effective in controlling it. Read the rest of this entry »

Comments (10) Nov 30 2008