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Education

Education, and training the mind

Education in the specific sense is “Cultivation or training of the mind. Such cultivation or training which creates a certain mental set or posture from which will flow values and assumptions.”. This training, therefore, develops in us ability to reason, to be objective, and to have a sense of values. It prepares us for life. It can also help tame the beast in us, and can help reduce crime and lawlessness.

These ideal qualities are vitally important everywhere and for all time. The formal academic curriculum is the lifeblood of education. We, thus, should never reduce it to one that merely prepares people for work. Toward this end, formal education reformers and fiscal crusaders, therefore, should look to reform vocational learning and training.

Vocational training, preparing people for work

In this regard, vocational instruction and training provide fertile ground for constant improvement and expansion. These prepare us for the world of work, which is forever growing, changing and adapting.

By Edward Fagan

Edward Fagan Blog

November 22, 2017

(This is a previously published original post that I accidentally deleted from the blog. I thought it necessary that I republished it into the blog.)

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Children’s rights, the basics

Children’s rights we often overlook and when this happens, our children suffer. Sometimes we as parents or guardians place too much emphasis on certain practices toward our children. In so doing, we often ignore their rights in some areas.

There are several areas of rights of children including those dealing with their physical and circumstantial needs. Here, we are looking at two of the less obvious rights. These, expectedly, are among those that we neglect the most.

One such right demands that we protect children from dangerous people. We thus must stop exposing children to dangerous people, even when we are naive about their dangerousness. Another such right is that we stop using children in our demonstrations of political correctness.

Children’s rights, consequences of denial

The following incident took place in Wyoming, United States, around October 18 this year. Miguel Martinez, a man claiming transgender womanhood invited a ten year old girl to accompany him in a bathroom. He allegedly fondled her breasts and genitalia and then penetrated her. He was a family friend.

During a medical examination of the girl’s genitalia, nurses found evidence of sexual assault. Martinez was on trial October 19, in a case due to last four days.

The above incident shows how we disregard the two children’s rights mentioned above. The girl’s family denied her the right of protection against a dangerous man. They seem naive about his dangerousness. They allowed him in the house around her, and she trusted him because of that.

Her family might have been trying to be politically correct if they allowed her to accompany him in the bathroom. Are they guilty of denying her the second of two rights mentioned above? Yes, if they allowed her to go with him to the bathroom out of political correctness.

By Edward Fagan

Edward Fagan Blog

November 21, 2017

(This is a previously published original post that I accidentally deleted from the blog. I thought it necessary that I republished it into the blog.)

Progress

Progress, is it inevitable?

Progress is inevitable in all important areas of life, history shows. Every man should have the right of access to such improvement as it comes. Some leaders, however, are against allowing such universal access to improvement.

Such leaders also see access to progress as a special right reserved for a privileged few. These leaders think and act like this where ever they are. They often live a life of decadence, corruption and immorality, and blatantly disregard the rights of women and certain groups.

The policies they implement often serve the personal and other interests of their small circle of friends and associates. Their policies serve their interests while quietly suppressing the majority and depriving them of opportunities for improvement.

These leaders do not learn from the lessons of history. King Louis XV1 is a good example of how such leaders will rule when given a free hand. His and his monarchy’s fate, consequently, show the likely outcome of such rulership.

By Edward Fagan

Edward Fagan Blog

November 20, 2017

(This is a previously published original post that I accidentally deleted from the blog. I thought it necessary that I republished it into the blog.)

Take

Take heed, and our actions

“Take heed”, is this plea still relevant? It seems some people do not think so anymore. It wasn’t always like this. There was a time, not long ago, when people took warning. They understood actions always had consequences. Many also knew some consequences would be harmful.

They knew what was right and what was wrong, generally, and what was good and what was bad. When they could not decide for themselves, they trusted someone else’s better judgement instead.

Almost everyone talked about manners and good behaviour. Many tried, and succeeded, at practising both. People understood commonly shared needs, and generally showed due respect toward each other.

Now, the prevailing way seems to be that everyone should see a situation how he feels inclined to see it. He is also expected to act according to his inclination, sometimes even if it is a bad or wrong one. What about if it hurts the next person? Oh, that is his problem. He will find a way to deal with it. We are at a strange point in our history.

People do not seem to care about getting along well together anymore. They seem to expect, and even welcome, interpersonal conflict. Many people now seem so angry and impulsive, so hasty and ready to ignite. They behave like an explosive attached to a short fuse near an open flame.

These people often explode at very short notice. They are also not ashamed of this kind of behaviour. They will display it whenever and wherever they can.

Firstly, they practise it at home in the presence of the little ones, and perfect it over time. The little ones are learning it all along and will grow up behaving the same way.

Take heed, what about consequences?

During this time, they are testing it on the road in traffic jams, and at small retail outlets. When they try it on the road they call it road rage. When they try it at one of my ice cream retail outlets, they say they are “telling him off”.

They are my customers and I love them all, apart from our business connection. When one of them fails to come around for a while, I am concerned about their welfare. I often enquire about them.

One such lady I nick named “Fire Lady”. She hotly told me off on a few occasions in the presence of her children and several customers. Customers tell me she also behaves that way at home in the presence of the children.

Recently, I missed her for a few weeks and asked a neighbour if she was alright. The neighbour replied no and said she suffered a heart attack two weeks earlier. Doctors told her that her son’s murder might have triggered the reaction which lead to the heart attack, she continued.

A week before the heart attack, students at her son’s school had badly beaten him up. They then brutally stabbed him to death. School authorities and students say he was a notorious bully at the school.

Students are refusing to come forward and give an account of what happened, to both the school authorities and police. So far, the police have not brought charges against anyone.

At that school somebody needed to take heed before it was to late. That person, sadly, did not take heed.

By Edward Fagan

Edward Fagan Blog

November 19, 2017

(This is a previously published original post that I accidentally deleted from the blog. I thought it necessary that I republished it into the blog.)

Evolution

Evolution, is it only physical?

Evolution theorists tell us about human physical evolution. They are yet to tell us if there ever was human mental and intellectual development in this regard. They need to explain this aspect of our development to us, if it did occur.

According to these theorists, man and the primates have a common ancestor. We and they thus share a gene and blood connection. We have these wonderful mental and intellectual faculties but they do not. They are thus equal to the other animals.

Our mental and intellectual faculties give us awesome power of thought, and unique ability to invent and innovate. When did these mental and intellectual faculties appear, and why? Did they develop over time as our bodies did?

We are the only living physical entities who have hands? Is there a connection between our having these mental and intellectual faculties and our having hands?

By Edward Fagan

Edward Fagan Blog

November 14, 2017

(This is a previously published original post that I accidentally deleted from the blog. I thought it necessary that I republished it into the blog.)

Faith, Hello

Faith, the background

Faith, more so than fact, forms the basis of most of our daily actions. Many examples bear this out.

We accept on the basis of faith in them, the couple who love and raise us as our parents. Likewise, we show this same trust when we visit our doctor, and take our prescription to the pharmacist. We never question our doctor or our pharmacist ability to provide the care we seek. We trust our fellow man every day of our life.

People are not so willing to act based on trusting God and his word. From the very beginning we distrusted God and disobeyed him. Some say men wrote the Bible so it is fallible.

Atheists and sceptics say they reject the existence of God because they can not prove it. They, however, accept his nonexistence without being able to prove it.

By Edward Fagan

Edward Fagan Blog

November 7, 2017

(This is a previously published original post that I accidentally deleted from the blog. I thought it necessary that I republished it into the blog.)