Higher Education

Do you like irony? Here’s a good dose of it. Our institutions of higher education offer free education to highly touted recruits to play football. That’s the equivalent of giving someone a fishing pole at a lake as it slowly drains.

The players sustain head (brain) injuries that often lead to headaches, loss of memory, and down the road dementia. But it’s a tradition, and people get so much joy from watching the games. Plus, the players are compensated by their education.

HA! That’s a joke.

Traditions mean nothing. Slavery was tradition. Then, eventually, we ended the practice. After some time, we could look back and realize how cruel our society was/is.

But, all the alumni love the football games. That’s wonderful and all. But you cannot subject 17 year old boys to play a sport that negatively affects his life down the road for your enjoyment today.

While players are not paid, the coaches are paid quite handsomely. In fact, across the nation, with a few exceptions, the highest paid state employees are either the basketball or football coach.

You may have seen that American scores in math and science have been slipping. Why might this be? Is it our lazy kids or poor education system? Or could it be our colleges making a priority out of being a major source of sports entertainment?

Pledging Your Allegiance

We probably all remember those days in school early in the morning having to stand with your hand over heart and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Did you ever stop and ask why we were doing this?

Francis Bellamy (a socialist, which I found surprising) wrote it in 1892 in order to instill national pride for flag day celebrating the 400th anniversary of Columbus reaching America.

After the Civil War, I can understand that there might be a lack of nationalism and an argument for having school children think about their country, government, and nation.

However, do we really need to be subjecting our kids to this daily recitation?

Kids have no say in where they are born. They have very little life experience and have not considered pledging their allegiance to the American or any other flag or government. The pledge instills a natural trust in the flag and all government agencies that it represents. That trust is exactly what we don’t need in a free society where the public should openly debate issues and question everything.

Any nation that had its youth stand daily with their hand over their heart to recite the pledge would be in the wrong. It’s only marginally better than the Hitler Oath where allegiance and obedience was pledged to Hitler himself.