Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot: The Illinois Edition

Exclamation MarkThe story is linked in case you missed the news on 09 July 2021; Illinois has become the first state in AMERICA to mandate ASIAN History be taught in K-12 education.  Let that sink in for a moment.  AMERICAN History has been abused, twisted, contorted, and NOT taught in AMERICAN schools in ANY of the 50-US States.  But Illinois wants students to learn Asian History.  Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot Illinois!

What is the reported reasoning for this move?

According to a statement from Governor JB Pritzker, the reason for this move is as follows:

With the recent rise in acts of violence and bigotry against the Asian American community, teaching students about the rich culture and important contributions of the Asian American community throughout history will help combat false stereotypes” [emphasis mine].

For your information, the legislation is called the “Teaching Equitable Asian American History Act,” and the special interest group pushing this legislative nightmare is Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago.  The website includes a Los Angeles branch, the Asian Law Caucus, AAJC, and an Atlanta branch.  Another special interest group involved in this legislation is PAVE (Pan Asian Voter Empowerment). My first question about this legislation comes from the name, “What is equitable Asian American History, especially when American History is not being taught?”Lemmings 5

What is in the curriculum?

The curriculum declares it is compliant with Common Core standards, which doesn’t mean anything as teaching masturbation to first graders is compliant with Common Core Standards.  However, PBS Learning media has a website dedicated to the curriculum plan for teaching Asian American History, even though the curriculum does not describe “equitable.”  PBS Learning media claims to be “pleased to present over 30-lesson plans based on a fiver hour documentary Asian Americans in American History.  While the Illinois legislation claims that K-12 will begin learning about Asian History, the reality on the PBS Learning media is that the published lesson plans only go from third grade to twelfth grade.  Leading to my next question, “Where is this push for historical teaching coming from?”

Plato 2I have not viewed the series; I have barely scraped the surface of the curriculum offered.  What I have seen of the curriculum worries me.  I call it “whitewashing” history, to glance over the actions of one group to reflect how other groups were treated, with the intent of stirring the racial divides and creating more chasms based on race alone.  What I see in this curriculum does nothing to “ … teach students about the rich culture and important contributions of the Asian American community throughout history” or to “combat false stereotypes.”  I ran a search engine using the string, “Violent migrant worker strikes, involving Asian people,” and the first item on the list returned originates with the Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project, sponsored by the University of Washington.

The context, labor union organizing, which everyone should know, includes the growth and development of Marxist ideology in America.  How did the labor unions create a space for themselves?  They drove wedges between groups of people based solely upon race, creating contention, becoming violent, and hiding behind equity and fairness to escape responsibility and accountability for laws they sundered.

Let me be clear!

Knowledge Check!Let me be clear; every group across the skin color spectrum has historically had problems in American society.  Any time race separates, chaos, confusion, and violence are bred!  I am proud that America has grown out of oppressing people based on the color of their skin and do not judge American history as racist just because historically, people acted out of fear when treating their fellow men fairly.  History is full of people who made terrible choices, and teaching that these choices were poorly made is important, but race, religion, handicap, etc., should NOT be the focus on the content in history.  The focus of history should be on what grew out of specific actions in specific epochs of time.

America IS better for the Civil War, even though the US Government continues to hinder economically and is biased against the states that formed the Confederate States.  A dumb historical decision that has kept many states from achieving greatness is due to President Lincoln’s death and the hostility in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, and President Andrew Johnson.  All of whom believed that the Confederate States needed to be mightily punished.  In contrast, President Lincoln was pushing for national forgiveness.  Thus, we need to focus on the events, not the race, color, lines of separation and division, but on the outcomes and the fruits from those decisions when teaching history!The Duty of Americans

State’s Rights

I affirm in clear language that a state has the right to set the curriculum of government-mandated schools.  I support state’s rights to the fullest and would see each state prepare their students to meet the world and win!  Paradoxically, I also affirm in language clear that this legislation will do NOTHING to “combat false stereotypes” but will only increase racial division and disharmony in Illinois and any other state who refuses to learn the lessons from history.

History and Racial Focus

Content of their CharacterThink about this quote for a moment, who are the biggest race hustlers in America?  History has taught that when race is the only concern worth knowing people care only about race, to their demise.  Focusing on race is the sole reason why I have questioned, and continue to question, the validity of the arguments for National “Name your Favorite Minority” Month celebrations.  There are absolutes in this world; focusing solely upon race as a choice, will breed racial tensions as a consequence, is an absolute.  Recent history under President Obama reflected this exact issue to the Nth degree, yet nobody wants to have that discussion.  Why; because of race!

Bob MarleyWhen your focus is solely upon an individual’s race, race will be the only thing learned, the only lesson absorbed, and the fruit of that lesson are bitter.  Have people from various races achieved great things; absolutely, but why should their achievements be diminished by focusing solely upon their race?  Why should their achievements only be mentioned during “Name your Favorite Minority” monthly celebrations?  Has the 1960s taught us nothing about the character, knowledge, talents, curious minds, and the work performed where race was NEVER an issue?  I have books galore in my home; I continue to collect books about famous people of great accomplishment; I have never cared a whit about that person’s sex or gender.  Why; because their sex and gender, race, skin color, religion, handicap, or heritage have never been a factor.  As a kid, a thrill ran through me when I read the preamble to the US Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness [emphasis mine].

Even today, these words continue to guide me.  Show me; where in the Declaration of Independence does it discuss sex, race, heritage, religion, handicap, etc.?  NOWHERE!  A lesson America needs to relearn if she is to survive.  What hinders the pursuit of happiness, capturing inalienable rights, and stops liberty; focusing upon that which divides instead of that which unites!

PatriotismFrom the National Archives website, we find the following regarding the Declaration of Independence:

The Declaration of Independence states the principles on which our government, and our identity as Americans, are based. Unlike the other founding documents, the Declaration of Independence is not legally binding, but it is powerful. Abraham Lincoln called it “a rebuke and a stumbling-block to tyranny and oppression.” It continues to inspire people around the world to fight for freedom and equality” [emphasis in original].

Think about this for a moment.  The American Identity, the bedrock principles upon which America was built, the power cell for liberty and freedom across the world, begins with a simple truth:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness [emphasis mine].Image - John Wayne Quote

A document that is not legally binding holds power to inspire actions that unite people, provided our focus is not on those things which separate us.  Cementing the lesson discussed herein, focus on race and racial division is the only lesson learned, and the resulting fruit is bitter, chaos ensues, and problems abound in violence.  Why have we not learned these lessons from the 1960s, the Watt’s Riots, the death toll in Chicago that makes war zones safer than the streets of Chicago; the focus is on race, not the potential.  The focus is on the sex, the invented genders, the handicaps, the religions, the heritages, etc., not on what is essential, character and potential, freedom, liberty, and equality under the law.

Knowledge Check!We need to get back to teaching history, where the focus is on how the decisions and actions from the past hinder or help the present so that the future can be better.  Failing that, we desperately need to cease focusing upon race, gender, sex, religion, handicap, and heritage as these things only matter to the individual and not to historical records.  Failing that, America fails, and the light of liberty and freedom will be lost to the annals of history forever.  So, gather the fruit you choose, focus on race if you prefer, focus on gender, sex, handicap, veterans status, and every other line of separation.  Your fruit gathered will be most bitter indeed, for you will miss the rich tapestry of human interaction, for the dirt caught in the fabric.

Powering my third and final question to the legislative and executive branches of Illinois, “Knowing all this, why are you focused on race and forcing students to focus solely upon race?”

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NO MORE BS: Continuing a Lie does not create Truth

Laughing OwlThe following is an assignment typically found in doctoral psychology classes to create debate, discussion, and learn how to articulate principles of psychology and understand the founders of psychology.  “According to Freud, healthy adults successfully progress through the first four of five stages of psychosexual development and then persist in the final stage.  Do you agree or disagree with Freudian theory as applied to gender identity issues? Why?”

I have not copied the full assignment parameters due to a commitment to not letting assignments out of the college.  But I listed the parts of the assignment to fully appreciate the following original response and provide you, the reader, some context.  Before we can combat bad ideas, we need to know where they originate.  History is important!

None of the above should be an option to select where the topic of psychosexuality is concerned.  In fact, I wish I could get a brain scrub and flush this nonsense out.  From reading Hothersall (2015), it appears Freud is the first to confuse gender and sex, make sex the ultimate pleasure, and project adult understandings of sex onto innocent children.  Diamond (2002) offered several different definitions to aid the uninitiated in understanding sex, gender, and the current mess we are in with both.

LookDiamond (2002) provided some clarity on the terms in the discussion.  Sex is determined by either having gametes or receiving the same and is biologically tied.  Gender is the choice one makes to live as one decides in a socially diverse society, and these choices might or might not be connected to the traditional roles assigned by biology.  Hence, the stages of psychosexual development from Freud (Hothersall, 2015) are nullified by the individual’s agency to progress and the natural consequences of making a choice, not a biological clock moving the individual through various ambiguous stages or levels of sexual identification.

Since gender depends upon societal roles and sex upon biology, I firmly disagree with Freud as applied to gender identity issues.  It appears that Freud was sexually frustrated and projected his adult views of behavior onto children, then tied pleasure to sex, and perverted all types of thinking where child/adult relationships occur.  Second, gender identity is the individual’s choice in society. If the community accepts multiple gender-based roles, then that society will have to deal with all the imaginations of the mind where gender collides with agency and action.

Scared Eyes!Of critical importance to the psychosexuality discussion, is that freedom to choose doesn’t mean freedom from consequences that cannot be chosen.  For example, I can choose to touch something hot, but cannot decide not to be burned.  How long and how firmly I hold that hot item identifies how deep the burn will be, but I cannot escape being burned by holding/touching something hot.  The same is valid for choosing different gender identities in society.  There are always consequences for the choices made.

When I said I wanted a brain scrub, I meant precisely that.  I am not even desiring to discuss these topics, mainly due to the lack of logic employed when talking about sex and dysfunctional behavior.  Psychosexuality and behavior are where I disagree with Freud the most (Hothersall, 2015).

MacKenzie, Garavan, and Carbery (2011) offered an excellent description of how dysfunctional behavior is a choice of individual people, organizations, and society as a whole.  To which, Gaudiano (2008) would suggest cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a method for correcting the dysfunctional behavior and improving the individual.  Not, to explore the sexual frustrations of the individual and project these frustrations onto the world around us as directed by Freud (Hothersall, 2015).

ProblemsHossain and Karim (2013) wonderfully diagram the problems with postmodern thinking and provide the tools needed to understand why these problems hinder societal growth and development.  To advertise the confusion and issues in postmodernism and the current issues in confusing gender and sex, Aleshire (2016) promotes having nurse practitioners understand the confusing realm of gender identity in an attempt to help the patient feel included, thus receiving a higher standard of care.  Completely neglecting that professionalism means doing the job properly, not learning the mental health of a patient.

Aleshire (2016) firmly pointed out a consequence of gender identity choices, feelings of persecution, not being understood, and stigmatization feelings by society.  What is being described by Aleshire (2016) are projections from the individual and not a reality.  I would surmise that many people in American society do not care what gender role you choose, keep it to yourself and your cohorts, do not force the entire community to care about your preferences, and respect the rest of our choices not to engage.  You can be whatever gender role you prefer.  Provided your sexual choices do not infringe upon others’ rights or destroy other people’s property or livelihoods.

Hossain and Karim (2013) supplied another major problem in understanding the confusion in psychosexuality and dysfunctional behavior, the plasticity of words.  Aleshire (2016) mentioned this same problem, only calling the issue one of fluidity in terminology.  Regardless, when sex and gender become confused enough, problems arise when merely trying to communicate.  Words have meanings, and words should not be mutated, spindled, and torn from their definitions’ bedrock foundation.  Diamond (2002) provided simple definitions and reasoning for this discussion, and a careful and thorough understanding of the terminology is critical to communication.

Now, where did I put the bleach and scrub brushes?  I need both a brain scrub and a good hand washing.  What an incredible mess!

Andragogy - LEARNHaving discussed psychosexuality and provided a basis for the conversation, would you be interested to note that the reason psychosexuality exists at all was due to the dumbing down of education, originating in the writings of Wilhelm Wundt in 1832?  Wundt assumed that there is nothing there (no soul), to begin with, but a body, a brain, a nervous system, and that to educate a person, the teacher must induce sensations.  Skinner, Pavlov, and so many others celebrated as the fathers of psychology represent the theories that have been destroying education, ruining potential, and disrupting freedom.

The following is recommended reading, “The Leipzig Connection: The Systematic Destruction of American Education,” is relatively short and easy to comprehend; but, the book represents some dynamic lines of congruence which tie the problems in the modern school curricula to historical actions to undermine freedom and liberty, replacing the US Constitution with the United Nations, Socialism, Communism, and dumbed down citizens.  The American classroom has been intentionally overrun with induced sensations, inspired emotions to gain control over the student, and inspired and instigated reactions to dull the mind and reduce the human to an animal.

Detective 4I cannot stress this point enough.  If we, the conservatives of America, are to begin to reverse course, open freedoms are stolen by the government, and keep liberty through Constitutional Law in a Republican form of government alive, we must understand what is happening.  There is Truth in saying that today’s classroom philosophies are tomorrow’s governmental actions.  The progressives of yesterday are today’s liberal leftists, and they have a stranglehold because they have won the fight for the classroom.

Our first actions cannot be on the Federal Government level; they must be in our neighborhoods’ school boards and classrooms.  Our children deserve better from the ridiculously expensive education we are paying for.  Look locally, act locally, and within a generation (20-years), the American heritage we were handed will be enshrined as that “shining city on a hill.”  If we fail to capture the classroom, nothing is stopping the American Republic from disappearing into history!

References

Aleshire, M. E. (2016). Sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression: What are they? The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12(7), 329-330. doi:10.1016/j.nurpra.2016.03.016

Diamond, M. (2002). Sex and gender are different: Sexual identity and gender identity are different. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 7(3), 320-334. doi:10.1177/1359104502007003031

Gaudiano, B. A. (2008). Cognitive-behavioural therapies: Achievements and challenges. Evidence-Based Mental Health11:5-7.

Hossain, D. M., & Karim, M. M. S. (2013). Postmodernism: Issues and problems. Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 2(2), 173-181. Retrieved from http://www.ajssh.leena-luna.co.jp/AJSSHPDFs/Vol.2(2)/AJSSH2013(2.2-19).pdf

Hothersall, D. (2015). The history of clinical psychology and the development of psychoanalysis. In J. Hadley (Ed.), Psychoanalysis (pp. 2-53). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. Available fromhttp://gcumedia.com/digital-resources/mcgraw-hill/2015/psychoanalysis-custom_ebook_1e.php

Iserbyt, C. T. (1999). The deliberate Dumbing down of America: A chronological paper trail [Adobe Digital Edition].

Lionni, P., & Klass, L. J. (1980). The Leipzig connection: The systematic destruction of American education [Kindle].

MacKenzie, C., Garavan, T. N., & Carbery, R. (2011). Understanding and preventing dysfunctional behavior in organizations. Human Resource Development Review, 10(4), 346-380. doi:10.1177/1534484311417549

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