We must get back to common sense, logic and critical thinking and it must begin at home and within our educational institutions
Political Correctness, Not Critical Thinking, is the Key to Our Demise
We have all heard it before. Students at colleges and universities around the country are demanding that anyone who has a differing opinion than their own should be tarred, feathered, banned and removed from their sight. Student groups claim that inviting anyone with a differing opinion onto their campus threatens their very safety or well-being. Sound ridiculous? Leaders at these educational institutions are listening to these demands resulting in the creation of a generation that is single-minded, self-absorbed, and intolerant of others all while the same generation demands a voice, respect and tolerance from others.
What happened to “teaching our kids how to think and not what to think?” This old adage is truly at the core of critical thinking and should be practiced at all learning institutions around the country. When a university or college stops exposing our children to differing opinions or ways of life, then we are doomed to live a life that no longer offers diversity, but demands that we all live, act and believe the same.
In a recent article by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, on the September cover of the Atlantic,
“In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like and seeking punishment of those who give even accidental offense. This is disastrous for education and likely to worsen mental health on campus.”
“Today , what we call the Socratic method, is a way of teaching that fosters critical thinking, in part by encouraging students to question their own unexamined beliefs, as well as the received wisdom of those around them. Such questioning sometimes leads to discomfort, and even to anger, on the way to understanding. But vindictive protectiveness teaches students to think in a different way. It prepares them poorly for professional life, which often demands the intellectual engagement with people and ideas one might find uncongenial or wrong….the new protectiveness may be teaching students to think pathologically.”
Can you imagine where the world would be if we all adhered to this thinking? Those who believed the world was actually round would have been ridiculed and Columbus would never have sailed the ocean blue. Other ideas that were ridiculed include the computer, the automobile, genetics, plate tectonics and the continental drift. If, throughout history, we all bought into this educational example of shutting down those who believe differently, the world would be a different place.
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But the Sheep are scared of the Dog too. Also they hate him. It’s a conundrum.
The Only Ship Left in America’s Fleet That Actually Sunk an Enemy Ship Is 200 Years Old
USS Constitution beat the British in the War of 1812, but hasn’t seen much action since.
?The only active ship in the United States Navy to sink another enemy ship in combat is more than 200 years old. The title falls to the wooden frigate Constitution, as the USS Simpson, a guided missile frigate just thirty years old, has been retired from the fleet.
One of the very first ships of the young U.S. Navy, Constitution was launched in 1797 and saw action in the First Barbary War, when the United States went to war against North African pirates. Constitution’s squadron sank several pirate gunboats and took the guns of Tripoli harbor under fire.
Later in the War of 1812, Constitution defeated six Royal Navy ships: HMS Guerriere, Java, Pictou, Cyane, and Levant. Today she is the oldest ship on active duty with the U.S. Navy, a floating museum and parade ship.
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The FAA dropped a $1.9 million fine on a drone company for dozens of unauthorized flights
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today (Oct. 6) it was fining aerial photography company SkyPan $1.9 million for unauthorized flights by its drones over Chicago and New York City between 2012 and 2014.
According to the release, SkyPan flew 65 flights over the two cities, of which the FAA says 43 were in “the highly restricted New York Class B airspace.” This is generally the airspace within 10,000 feet of busy airports. “These operations were illegal and not without risk,” the agency said in its its statement.
The FAA is currently in the process of figuring out how to properly incorporate drones into the US airspace—last week it missed its congressionally mandated deadline to have regulations in place. SkyPan uses drones to film from the sky for real estate clients to create “interactive 360” views of properties, and has an FAA Section 333 exemption. This means that, although the FAA hasn’t put rules in place yet, it has provided some clearances for commercial drone companies to fly in US airspace. As of July, there were over 900 exemptions handed out.
SkyPan has 30 days to respond to the FAA. The company was not immediately available for comment.