Wisdom Needed Now

 

I read the news that President Trump and former President Obama talked about health care. President Trump wants to make changes to the program now in place because it is expensive for the patients. I know my out of pocket costs sky rocketed after Obamacare came into being.

President Obama sounded glad that President Trump doesn’t want to scrap the program so all Americans can have health insurance, our new president wants to improve it. I am glad to hear that. I have a relative that didn’t take advantage of health insurance because she couldn’t afford it over the years. She fell in that gray area with her income. She made just enough to survive, but not enough to pay for health insurance. She earned too much money for government assistance but not enough to safeguard her health. So, in her fifties she began going to the doctors and found out some stuff that should have been treated earlier. Hopefully all will work out well for her. That is my prayer that circumstances will head towards improvement and ultimately complete reversal.

I read some information about Betsy DeVos and her crusade for a decent education for all American children. She and her husband have earned lots of money over the years and they’ve given millions to organizations to improve education. If Wikipedia can be trusted, their site said that the “New York Times” lied about the Charter schools in Detroit, MI.

Detroit charter school system

DeVos has been a defender of the Detroit charter school system. Douglas N. Harris, professor of Economics at Tulane University, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that DeVos was partly responsible for ‘what even charter advocates acknowledge is the biggest school reform disaster in the country.’ In the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Detroit had the lowest reading and mathematics scores ‘by far’ over any city participating in the evaluation. She designed a system with no oversight, said Harris, and where schools that do poorly can still continue to enroll students.[68]

“On the other hand, a study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that: ‘the typical student in Michigan charter schools gains more learning in a year than his TPS [traditional public schools] counterparts, amounting to about two months of additional gains in reading and math. These positive patterns are even more pronounced in Detroit, where historically student academic performance has been poor.’[69] Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review said that ‘some 47 percent of charter schools in Detroit significantly outperform[ed] traditional public schools in reading.’ Defending DeVos’ record in Michigan, Jay P. Greene, professor of Education Policy at the University of Arkansas argued Harris’ New York Times article misled readers on the evidence and ‘falsely claimed that Detroit has failed to close failing charter schools’, noting that Detroit has closed more charters than Louisiana, a state Harris cites as a model for charter school legislation.[70]

A blogger I follow on WordPress.com named “Endatymes” recently blogged about Americans being fed propaganda by the mainstream media. January 23, 2017’s entry was titled:

ARE YOU CATTLE? MEET YOUR OVERLORDS

She quotes Noam Chomsky and provides a very long YouTube video with his discourse on people doing their own research so as not to be led in false directions. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the point I took to heart.

When I was a child my dad, a WWII Army Air Force plane mechanic veteran used to tell me to believe half of what I saw and none of what I heard.

King Solomon was said to be the wisest man of all time and he was the richest man of his time. He wrote much of Proverbs.

Proverbs 1:1, (GNB):  The proverbs of Solomon, son of David and king of Israel.

Pro 1:2  Here are proverbs that will help you recognize wisdom and good advice, and understand sayings with deep meaning.

Pro 1:3  They can teach you how to live intelligently and how to be honest, just, and fair.

Pro 1:4  They can make an inexperienced person clever and teach young people how to be resourceful.

Pro 1:5  These proverbs can even add to the knowledge of the wise and give guidance to the educated,

Pro 1:6  so that they can understand the hidden meanings of proverbs and the problems that the wise raise.

Pro 1:7  To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the LORD. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn.

 

Some people I know believe that if the traditional public schools in America face competition, it will force them to come up with teachers and programs that will reach all the cultures in American schools. It will not be “same old, same old” with some students being pushed through the grades without learning the basics and beyond. It will take a lot of wisdom to fix our educational system and there are challenges in discipline and in differing learning styles, etc. Whoever gets to be the United States Secretary of Education will need stamina and passion and networking abilities and wisdom and a thick skin and lots of grace from on high. Would you agree?

May God bless you.

 

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God Likes Change

Last night after I finished blogging and reading other’s blogs, I got ready for bed. My mind raced with people’s opinions and my opinions. It occurred to me that I ought to blog earlier in the day.

Within the last couple of weeks I blogged about eating at a home with many folks we didn’t know. The lady I sat next to turned out to be a professor. She mentioned the changes in education that may be coming under President Trump if Betsy DeVos becomes United States Secretary of Education. The professor said she knows principals who are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder over the chance that she’ll be nominated. This dinner and conversation took place before President Trump took office.

I don’t understand. Why would people become afraid before something even comes to pass? I told them that it’s a complicated situation that needs to be handled with a lot of wisdom and I was going to research so I could know more about it. They agreed.

Lately, I read two blogs with people upset over proposed changes President Trump said will come into being. One lady, a teacher from the South said she’s never been in a protest march but now she was going to march with women in Washington, DC in the million women march (which happened a few days ago).

As a Christian for many years now, I’ve noticed that even though I don’t always welcome change, my life is continually being nudged and sometimes shoved into new situations requiring me to adapt. At times, I’ve been the one to take a risk and embrace a challenge. Three homes ago, I told the Lord I thought I’d moved enough, thank You very much. I wonder if He smiled. I’ve heard it said that God loves me too much to allow me to stay the same. He wants me to become more Christ-like according to the Bible.

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in 1Timothy 1:12, (CEV):  I thank Christ Jesus our Lord. He has given me the strength for my work because he knew that he could trust me.

1Ti 1:13  I used to say terrible and insulting things about him, and I was cruel. But he had mercy on me because I didn’t know what I was doing, and I had not yet put my faith in him.

1Ti 1:14  Christ Jesus our Lord was very kind to me. He has greatly blessed my life with faith and love just like his own.

1Ti 1:15  “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” This saying is true, and it can be trusted. I was the worst sinner of all!

1Ti 1:16  But since I was worse than anyone else, God had mercy on me and let me be an example of the endless patience of Christ Jesus. He did this so that others would put their faith in Christ and have eternal life.

1Ti 1:17  I pray that honor and glory will always be given to the only God, who lives forever and is the invisible and eternal King! Amen.

The Apostle Paul tells believers to walk in a manner worthy of their calling. In Col 2:5, (CEV) it says, “Even though I am not with you, I keep thinking about you. I am glad to know that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.

Col 2:6  You have accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord. Now keep on following him.

Col 2:7  Plant your roots in Christ and let him be the foundation for your life. Be strong in your faith, just as you were taught. And be grateful.

Col 2:8  Don’t let anyone fool you by using senseless arguments. These arguments may sound wise, but they are only human teachings. They come from the powers of this world and not from Christ.

Col 2:9  God lives fully in Christ.

Col 2:10  And you are fully grown because you belong to Christ, who is over every power and authority.

Col 2:11  Christ has also taken away your selfish desires, just as circumcision removes flesh from the body.

Col 2:12  And when you were baptized, it was the same as being buried with Christ. Then you were raised to life because you had faith in the power of God, who raised Christ from death.

Col 2:13  You were dead, because you were sinful and were not God’s people. But God let Christ make you alive, when he forgave all our sins.

Col 2:14  God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying the Law of Moses. He took them away and nailed them to the cross.

Col 2:15  There Christ defeated all powers and forces. He let the whole world see them being led away as prisoners when he celebrated his victory.

 

So, it is my opinion that as Americans we should sit down with others of differing cultures and opinions and listen to one another.

I went to a parochial school until I finished eighth grade and then I went to a public school in a city in NY and then to a public school in a suburb in NY. Violence was beginning to encroach upon the peaceful students in the city school and we became a family that finally moved to the suburbs for my mom’s peace of mind and for our well-being. Violence begets violence.

When my mom reached her seventies, I asked her for a bit of wisdom. She thought a moment and then said, “Be ready for change. Life brings change all the time.”

Jesus offers peace and love and forgiveness and kindness. The fruits of the Spirit are in Galatians, chapter five.

May God bless you.