© 2007 The Frank Lynch
Perhaps the most important of
America's obsolete institutions is our broken educational system. To
begin at the beginning, nobody ever designed our educational system.
It is an unplanned, jumbled mess that just happened by accident over
140 years. Just as our Constitution was written by a bunch of rich,
men who were slave-owners, so that we had amend it many times (and
it REALLY needs some more amending today), so also our educational
system stumbled into existence under circumstances that were
completely different from the way we live today.
Our system of elementary and high
schools was never planned. It came into existence when Abraham
Lincoln used Federal Funding to create revolutionary new colleges
designed to teach only "useful things." That is correct:
our college system was invented by Big Government meddling in
religious affairs. The "useful things" were
agriculture, science, engineering and military science. In contrast,
at that time every pre-existing college in America was a seminary.
That's right. Harvard, Yale, Princeton (named after the Prince of
Peace) and all the others were seminaries. Elementary schools were
called "Grammar Schools" because that is where you went to learn
Greek and Latin grammar in preparation for religious studies. High
schools taught high Greek and Latin reading for religious purposes.
When Lincoln created a national chain
of "useful" colleges, everybody suddenly noticed that there were few students
capable of studying at the new colleges. So the truth is that
Lincoln's colleges dragged the lower schools up by their ears into the future,
the top down. Frank Lynch proposes to do much the same today: a
federal program to lift all our schools out of the obsolete past and
into the future.
Every graduate of the new
colleges was a man. All students were required to take
military training, and every one became a fully trained Army
Reserve Officer commissioned during the graduation ceremony. Patriotism,
"duty, honor and country" were taught in every college. By the time World War I occurred,
America had a large trained officer corps ready and willing to
All schools, from elementary
through college, closed for the summer, not because we were a nation
of farmers, but because there was no air conditioning, and the
buildings were just too hot for dainty, educated teachers to endure. Farming
happens in the spring and fall, when schools were in session. Our
stupid summers off were entirely for the comfort of the teachers.
Children don't mind the heat: kids happily run outside to play on
the hottest summer days. And summers off today are still for the
comfort of the teachers, who do not care about the hardship that
their vacations impose on most mothers.
Summers with no school are certainly
not in the interest of today's working mothers. Neither are the short hours
during the school year. Because of these shortcomings of the
schools, a giant industry exists to partially fill in the gaps.
Summer schools, summer day camps, camps away from home, day care
centers, preschools, head start programs, nurseries, the list goes on and on.
And that list places a terrible
burden on women. The burden is financial, emotional, and just sheer
exhaustion. In addition, it is not fair to the children, who are
shuttled from place to place with minimal supervision, and who
generally resent it.
I propose that we totally recreate an
educational system designed to meet the needs of women and society
as it exists today.
First, most mothers work! Many more would
like to work, at least part time. And the majority of children today
live in single parent homes. In addition, the majority of children
in the U.S. are minorities. And between a third and a half of
children have at least one parent whose native language is not
Now hear this! I refuse to listen to
any tradionalists who speak judgmentally about this. This is reality
as it exists in America today, period, end of discussion.
We can have only one priority, and
that is to restructure education to accommodate and bring freedom and
equality to all, repeat, to ALL of the mothers. A mother who is on
the verge of bankruptcy because of the costs of clothing, day care,
transportation and medical bills, and who is exhausted both
physically and emotionally, is not free and does not have equality.
Not equality of lifestyle, not equality of opportunity. And this
inequality is passed on to her children.
America cannot afford this!
It is in the best interests of the
Nation, and in the best interest of each and every one of us, in the
best interest of you and me, and certainly in the best interests of
the children, to cure this unacceptable situation immediately.
FOCES ("Frank's Omnibus &
Comprehensive Education System") consists of every school in America
having actual classes 238 days a year, with no days off for teacher
training or anything else. That is 49 weeks (three weeks of vacation
spread at the end of each trimester) with seven national holidays.
Schools open a 7:30 AM with free
nutritious breakfast for every child, with no fried food and no
transfats. A hungry child, or a child suffering from malnutrition
cannot learn. Every child gets free sugar-free, fat-free snacks, plus free lunch. The
"qualified" free lunch program as it exists today makes the
recipients of the free lunches appear inferior in the eyes of the
richer kids, and that is unacceptable. There are no vending machines
or deep fryers. If children become accustomed to eating healthily
from an early age all through their teens, perhaps we will reduce
the current epidemic of childhood obesity. Required classes end at 5 PM,
but optional enrichment classes, music, arts and exercise continue until 6:30 PM.
for Children's Health
These hours accommodate working
parents. Working mothers can drop their children off between 7:30 and
8 AM, and pick them up between 5 PM and 6:30 PM, with no extra costs,
and with no worry about where their children are and what they are doing.
What a revolution. What freedom. What equality. What a wonderful
nation we can have, if you join me.
HIV/AIDS IN SCHOOL
Do you know when and where most
Americans contract their first sexually transmitted disease?
Most Americans get infected with
their first sexually transmitted disease in elementary school or
high school during regular class hours! Do you want your child
to get infected with HIV/AIDS at school?
Nobody tests school children for
HIV/AIDS. Therefore, we have no way of knowing how many children
have HIV. Since we know that school is the primary source of first
infection of all sexually transmitted diseases, it follows logically
that school is the primary source of first infection for HIV/AIDS.
No, this is not a mistake. Many HIV/AIDS patients actually do get
re-infected, a second or third or fourth infection with HIV because
most people who have HIV/AIDS continue the promiscuous sexual
activity that got them infected in the first place. There is nothing
stranger than reality!
And that is a horrible health risk
for America because, thanks to our government, there is no way to
find out who has HIV/AIDS. And you know kids, they think they are
indestructible and nothing bad can ever happen to them, so they do
anything, and then try it again.
Our incredibly stupid and obsolete
government hides almost all information about HIV/AIDS. What you
don't know can kill you. What you don't know DOES kill you. We must
test all school children's blood at least once a year, and not just
for HIV. As part of free healthcare, every child should get complete
blood panel testing for a broad range of disorders, free in school
every year, with complete results and recommendations going to both
parents, even if they are divorced or separated.
Unlimited, numerous studies
show that when boys and girls of any age are in the same room
for school, both sexes learn less! That is an undisputable
statistical reality. Another unacceptable side effect is that one
out of six boys are on mind altering medications which have never
been tested for developmental consequences when used on immature, growing
humans. The boys are drugged so they do not interfere with girls'
learning. Or is it so they do not bother the teachers? The boys get
tired of being drugged, and either do not complete high school, or
do not continue on to college. Soon two-thirds of college students
will be women. That is not true equality, and bodes really badly for
our nation's future.
Frank proposes that there be
physically separate school buildings, at least two blocks (0.2
miles) apart, for boys and girls, for all ages below 18 years. And
that teachers in the boys' schools get trained on how to cope with
young males without drugging them.