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  • Interests "A true philosopher is a seeker after truth, but truth is not found in human wisdom. Christ is the answer, the answer to philosophy." - JVM


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  1. What If Auto Garages Worked Like Public Schools? We don't force kids to go to mechanic school, so why do we force them to go to teacher school?   by Isaac M. Morehouse             Imagine a world in which all kids were sent to auto mechanic school for the first few decades of life. Some percentage of them, those destined for a future with cars and mechanical problems, would love it. It’d be a great fit for them. They’d spend their time focused on the skills they enjoy and that will bring them value in their careers as mechanics. For most, it would be wasteful and annoying. They’d spend years and years being prodded into memorizing and repeating facts and tasks that they don’t care much for and that bear no resemblance to what they’ll do for a career. Of course, those who grow up to be mechanics would think the whole system is great. They’d be genuinely baffled by people who dislike it or think it should be skipped or scrapped. They’d go on about how valuable all of the skills and habits gained in the system are for life. You don’t have to imagine an educational system like that because we already have it. Instead of mechanic school, it’s teacher school. And college is professor school. Public School Is Teacher School It’s no surprise that it’s such an epic waste for most people.               The entire system, top to bottom, is designed by and for teachers. All the things learned and methods of learning are valuable nowhere in any part of the real world except in the academic professions. The most effective learning happens just from being around things and being in an incentive structure that rewards certain behaviors. School means you spend all your time around educators (and none of it around any other real-world professions) and in an incentive system that rewards things they like. So that’s exactly what you learn; how to live like an academic. As I’ve described elsewhere, school is a 16-year apprenticeship for professors. It’s no surprise then that teachers and professors are baffled by people who complain about the fluorescently-lit hell of classroom-cramming and credential-chasing. They loved the whole experience, and it taught them all the stuff they needed to succeed in their careers as academics and educators. It’s also no surprise that it’s such an epic, colossal waste for most people who want to enter other parts of the vast job market. There’s nothing bad about auto mechanic school. But it’s easy to spot the absurdity of forcing every person to spend 12 or 16 or 20 years in it and telling them it will be valuable no matter their interests, goals, or future career. It’s no less absurd to do what we currently do and force everyone to go to professor school for most of their young lives.
  2. UIL State Tournament Brackets

    Austin Westlake is huge!!
  3. Leftists tend to believe that reactions to tax rates are inelastic, that an increase in marginal rates or payroll taxes have no effect on production or labor, or that a price floor such as the minimum wage has no negative effects on employment. Yet the very same folks want to raise "sin" taxes in order to incentivize people to quit smoking, drinking, eating fatty foods, drinking sugary drinks etc, by raising the costs of those products...
  4. The Laffer Curve was part of the reasoning behind the Reagan tax cuts. The left sold the idea that it was false because the deficit continued to grow after the cuts. The truth is Democrats grew spending faster than the economy could grow because of the tax cuts. Leftists can always spend faster than even they can steal (tax), which is why government depends upon the printing press, not taxes to finance itself.
  5. the comment section for this piece is good reading also. Any economy, every economy, is composed of individuals making choices in the moment, based upon a multitude of conditions, actual and perceived. Increasing taxes is the equivalent of a bee sting, you recoil from pain which interrupts your progress. It is shocking to see that it took almost 45 years for something so honest as the Laffer Curve to be acknowledged. Economics is human behavior on display, action, reaction. If I am stung by higher taxes I have less to spend on my neighbor's output.
  6. https://fee.org/articles/the-laffer-curve-its-time-to-stop-laughing/?utm_source=FEE+Email+Subscriber+List&utm_campaign=52475a70f2-MC_FEE_DAILY_2018_03_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_84cc8d089b-52475a70f2-108236657   The Laffer Curve shows the direct correlation between tax rates and tax revenue. The graph suggests that there is a certain tax rate the government should impose. To better understand the graph, you have to understand where placing the tax rate at either end of the X-axis would mean. If the government imposed a tax rate of 0 percent, the government would not collect any revenue. If the government imposed a tax rate of 100 percent, individuals would no longer work and businesses would no longer produce goods as there would be no incentive to do so. While there are varying schools of thought from economists on where the tax rate should be placed, economic principles show that lowering the tax rate gives more of an incentive to produce and can grow the economy. We are finally seeing the Laffer Curve applied in real policy, as well as the predicted results. The new tax plan has significantly lowered taxes and helped stimulate growth for the economy.  
  7. Some NBA Teams Play Negro Natl Anthem

    It is not good to play another "anthem" our society is crumbling. But Jesus will still be in control.
  8. Grandview went 12-2 in football and is rocking along in basketball. impressive.
  9. Transgender male vs girls wrestling

    The trade-off for title ix has not been a good one. Since title ix we have fewer men attending college, and everything in girls sport if not gay is not straight, up honest either. 
  10. Transgender male vs girls wrestling

    why have weight classes if gender does not matter.
  11. Transgender male vs girls wrestling

    It is the end of title ix. 
  12. It is the advance of humanistic secular reasoning in which morals are based on what man says ( moral relativism) rather  then what God has revealed through scripture and nature (moral absolutes). https://albertmohler.com/2018/02/13/liberalism-failed-conversation-patrick-deneen/ this podcast talks about it. 
  13. https://fee.org/articles/liberty-is-meaningless-without-responsibility/?utm_source=FEE+Email+Subscriber+List&utm_campaign=49e9181f6c-MC_FEE_DAILY_2018_02_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_84cc8d089b-49e9181f6c-108236657   hat does a free society look like to you? Is it an anarcho-capitalist utopia where individuals are free to shoot fully-automatic AK-47s at their 1040 EZs in their private marijuana fields? Is it a harmonious society free from bureaucratic central planning, where people freely trade and engage in commerce? Is it your own apartment, with nobody yelling at you to do the dishes?   What components are necessary to exist in a free society? Is it trust, independence, toleration, or peace? Is it the rule of law and the triumph of negative rights? Is it the absence of coercion? It’s a fun thought experiment, but I would ask you to add one thing to your vision. A free society is impossible without a healthy dose of responsibility. I know I sound like your dad, but just hear me out, okay? The Absence of Responsibility Is Chaos Liberty and responsibility are inseparable. At first glance, this might seem like a paradox due to responsibility being an inherent constraint on liberty. Responsibility is the absence of flexibility and free-flowingness. However, those who truly want liberty also want the self-responsibility entailed. If they do not pick up the burden of being responsible, then the world falls into a chaotic place.               In each person being their own master, that person also has to accept that the actions they take produce real consequences. That person then has to choose carefully what actions they take as they are the owner of the consequences. Without a fair sense of responsibility, self-directed individuals would not be able to produce a prosperous society. Having to carry the burden of consequences forces each individual to pick up their own weight and make each corner of their world a better place. For if they do not pick up the burden of being responsible, then the world falls into a chaotic place, a place of disregard. It is in this sense that responsibility is a necessary component of liberty. Responsibility Is Choice F.A. Hayek dedicates a whole chapter to responsibility and freedom in his book The Constitution of Liberty. He states that “Liberty and responsibility are inseparable.” He expands on this statement by claiming, Here is the powerful thing: if a man such as Frankl can be subject to extreme despair in concentration camps and come out with an optimistic attitude about meaning and responsibility, then you, too, are capable of finding meaning in your life. Quit making excuses for your pitfalls and adopt as much responsibility as you can. If people can witness their beloved ones starved to skin and bone only to have their suffering ended by gas chambers, then you can get past whatever troubles you have and live a life of purpose. It’s not an easy thing, but you can start by adopting small responsibilities today. It is an actionable philosophy. Liberty and responsibility are inseparable. Not only is responsibility a necessary condition for a free society to prosper, it will also help you become the best person you can be. Responsibility allows for you to cultivate the skills you are best at and then to share those skills with the world. This creates a better society and a meaningful existence. Having responsibility gives you a sense of purpose. Create a better you, create a life of meaning, and by that process, you will be part of creating a better world.  
  14. Big Sandy

    Goes to show how great of person coach Foster  is and how great of coach he is also.