The Reason Paul Ryan’s Budget Eliminates Funding for The National Endowments for the Arts!




The reason behind Paul Ryan’s Budget, to cut funding for the arts, is “hypothetically justified” according to Ryan,  because it will eliminate the “political interference” that those programs provide—as if the “political interference” is somehow a broader problem [in America]. If you are trying to illustrate circular logic to your students, this is a very good illustration of it.

Ryan’s budget proposals would have a net economic effect comparable to eliminating several major employers—the equivalent of GM, Ford, GE, and Exxon-Mobil all going bankrupt—over the space of a decade.  The budget eliminates funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, completely discounting the very low cost and very high impact of those programs, especially on communities outside of the largest urban areas.

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Why kids can learn more from Tales of fantasy than Realism.

Originally posted on M.C. Tuggle, Writer: Deena Weisberg is a senior fellow in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialty is “imaginative cognition,” which studies how imagination boosts one’s ability to learn. Her research demonstrates that children absorb new material taught in the context of a fanciful scenario better than they do when…

via Why kids can learn more from tales of fantasy than realism — A Teacher’s Reflections

The America That was….

Originally posted on The Tony Burgess Blog: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” These lines are from the poem “The New Colossus,” written by Emma Lazarus…

via Give Me Your Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses #statueofliberty — Wanda D. Jefferson

A Freedom at Risk

This series covers the issues that surfaced in 2015. I had it done at the beginning of 2016, but I have been somewhat slow getting it posted. Southwest Asia, Part 2 Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is an Indian-American who has lived in Qatar for more than a decade. Initially, she held an administrative staff position with […]

via Global Survey of Academic Freedom Issues in 2015: [Post 20 of a Series] — ACADEME BLOG

Divine transcendent beings


Divinity of being from carrying out good deeds and acts selflessly even at the cost to yourself is a rare quality found in many but those who it resides in are awakened souls of grace, light and love. This have never been seen in those who seek power, materialism and greed, or in those who aspire to cause harm through violence, war and murder. It is a trait within those who are of the highest transcendace of being. If you meet one listen watch and learn from them. If you are one I am humbled before you. This is what we should all aspire to be.

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Think NEH Funding is Only a Federal Issue? Think Again.



News reports last week that President Trump’s first budget may eliminate support for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has alarmed many of humanities supporters and scholars. But the de-funding of the NEH – or the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) — should alarm every American who has used a library, visited a museum, attended a college or university, watched public television, or listened to a public radio station.

Much of the blueprint for elimination seems to be coming from the conservative Heritage Foundation. These cuts are largely symbolic budget-cutting efforts since last year’s combined funding for the NEH, NEA, and CPB totaled 0.02 percent of the federal budget.

The Washington Post put the amount in context noting, “Put another way, if you make $50,000 a year, spending the equivalent of what the government spends on these three…

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