Rich Hoffman Supports A School Levy: No……………………guess again

Obviously William Schmidt is baiting me to comment on the school levy situation in Springboro where I have praised the efforts of Kelly Khols, even though her board is putting up a renewal levy.  Schmidt and I have frequent banters back and forth and occasionally I use his arguments upon these pages as platforms for discussion.  He represents the normal pro education viewpoint and brings things to my attention that keep me plugged in to how “those people” see the world.  I am against Springboro’s renewal levy.  In fact, I support a complete disassembly of the public education system as we know it to be rebuilt as a competitive undertaking.  Public education is like the Harlem Globetrotters, they look good as long as they play the Washington Generals, but let them play in the NBA against the Heat, or the Lakers—who does anybody think would win?  The NBA is a competitive driven business where teams are forced to get better through competition.  The Harlem Globetrotters is a circus act of trick shots and nonsense.  That is why public education resembles the Harlem Globetrotters and not the Miami Heat.  I want to see education methods that make schools like the Heat and less like the Globetrotters so I do not support throwing money at schools through taxation.  However, my friends at No Lakota Levy who have much milder thoughts about public education than I do like the trend in Springboro of leaving a decreasing taxation footprint on the community over the coming years.  I used an add prepared by No Lakota Levy reflecting that sentiment on a recent posting which drove Schmidt to make the conclusions cited below.  CLICK TO REVIEW THAT ADD.

Once again in a Rich Hoffman blog I see a reference praising the Springboro schools.

I salute (and envy!) Springboro, which is reducing the tax burden on its citizens. The renewal levy on Springboro’s November ballot will be set at a lower mileage rate to reduce taxes from that levy by nearly 15 percent. This is $1,353,800 per year, and $6,769,000 over 5 years. Congratulations on a job well done!

Although Rich didn’t seem to write the above himself, his praise of the actions of the Springboro Board in the past would certainly make it seem that he is in support of their actions and the reference above.  Isn’t this the real news of the day– that Rich Hoffman is supporting a school levy.

It is also news that no one — not Rich Hoffman, not NoLakotaLevy, not Daryl Parks, not the so-called transparent Springboro School Board is telling the public what the tax reduction would be if they vote down this renewal levy in Springboro.

This tells me that politics is the motive.  We all know that Kelly Kohls, Jim Rigano, David Petroni will look like failures if their levy fails because the school could not “live within their means” if the public says no to the renewal levy.  They won’t tell the public what their tax reduction will be if they vote down the renewal levy.

What Hoffman, Parks, NoLakota, Springboro Board all ignore is that the success of their schools all hinges on the extra efforts the teachers give beyond the letters of their contracts.  We are talking about hours and hours each week.  No casino money, state auditor money, shopping center money provides for that.  The people above want to flat out reduce the cost of labor.  That is their only goal.  They hope that the teachers will continue to work just as hard as their salaries are being held down — in fact they demand that.

But it is ironic that Hoffman, Parks, NoLakota, and Springboro base their hopes on the passage of a school levy.  They should, instead praise the selfless efforts of their teachers who continue to work extremely hard as their communities continue to vote down levies and take the staff’s efforts for granted.

Still, let’s not bury the lead story here.  It is quite newsworthy when Rich Hoffman supports a school levy.

William Schmidt

Well, I’ll make it clear since William has drawn a false conclusion, that I am not with Kelly on the renewl levy in Springboro.  Many people in West Chester and Liberty Township wanted me to run for school board at Lakota and I promptly instructed them that I had no desire to see that system remain intact.  I could not be elected to a school board position to do to it what Obama is attempting to do to America, and that is disassemble it from the inside.  I just don’t operate that way, and that would be my only intention for getting involved, dismantlement.  Relatively speaking, Kelly has done a good job in Springboro, but it’s not what I’d like to see.  Kelly’s renewal levy does not introduce competition to public education allowing those measures to come about.  The system Kelly is currently advocating is still a system that steals from tax payers to basically pay for the Harlem Globetrotters to perform circus acts with our children—raising them to become clowns.

When I share personal moments of my life with readers here, I do it to show how I think things should be done. I am of the thinking that children are wonderful before they get to age ten, but after that, most children learn to “mature” and lose their ability to quickly learn, adapt, and overcome obstacles.  I have been enjoying recently the Fox Television show Master Chef Junior and have been amazed at the level of food preparation that those children have displayed at such a very tender age.  Some of the work they are doing is truly remarkable, and a lesson to everything that is wrong with public education.  Kids are taught to be stupid in public education; they are taught social restriction, pecking order politics, and how to confine their imaginations to the limits of a socialist teacher instead of their limitless intellectual capacities.

My daughter was watching me read an Incredible Hulk comic book to her son the other day and I could see the pain on her face.  I raised her and her sister the same way as I am doing with my grandson, which I share with my reader here in the clip below.  I know my grandson cannot understand the words I’m reading to him, so I teach him intuitively in a visual way the foundation concepts he will need to be able to apply to reading later.  I use comic books to read to him because it is a visual form of learning, plus the characters are engaged in story lines that define right and wrong—which I can use to help the young fellow set his own internal parameters.  That I am doing such a thing should be extremely obvious to the casual viewer.

And that is how I raised my daughters, mentored many other young people over the years, and will continue to do so.  It is how students learn.  My wife thought the moment was cute, so she recorded part of it.  Modern public education does not do the things I was doing in the video, they do not make value assessments between right and wrong—bad behavior or good.  They do not seek to open the mind, but to close it—so not to question the nature of their teachings.  My grandson is only just a bit above one year old in that video and he knows intuitively what’s going on.  He has no point of reference to judge against, but make no mistake, when he’s twenty to thirty years old he will find himself reflecting back onto my intonations of emphasis when referring to the topless woman on the comic pages, the heroics of Hulk, the shadiness of the villain and how it could be determined by his eyes, and the resilience of heroics.   My daughter was sad because she is literally alone among her age group where her peers do not share her hopes, and illuminating outlook on life.  I couldn’t be there for all her friends, and the people who have come into her life when they were the age of her son, and it makes her sad to see the context.  Her sadness is in realizing that very few people do these kinds of things with young people any more—which used to be common.  Our society trains commercially our entire civilization to be 18 to 25 years old, then everything is downhill from there.  We ignore the magic of youth, and the wisdom of age in favor of the sexual throttling of hormone driven sentient beings.  And public education has sought to perpetuate this destructive trend by putting shackles on the mind of the youth instead of wings.  Instead of showing a commitment to creating young people like those shown in the Master Chef Junior television show, public education produces the half-dead sloths seen in Farris Bueller’s Day Off and it makes me absolutely sick.

So while I do like to see Springboro schools running their tax burden on their community backwards, it is not enough for me.  It’s enough for No Lakota Levy who has evolved into a fiscally conscious organization instead of a politically active one—which is my interest, but until Springboro, Lakota, Fairfield, Mason, Lebanon and all other schools are off the federal payroll, and curriculum is driven by actual market forces, I am not interested in a single thing the public schools are doing.  I don’t want to see children growing up to be the Washington Generals, but Labron James and Michael Jordon.  I want every kid to aspire to be Chuck Yeager, Walt Disney, Stan Lee, Steven Spielberg, Bruce Lee, Gordon Ramnsey, Ayn Rand, Bill Gates, and any other great person.  And people don’t become great learning to stand in line and take orders.  They become great because their minds were allowed to be.  In almost every case, great people have supportive parents and a family structure that allows minds to bloom.  Almost never is it a school that inspires a child to greatness—it is nearly exclusive to a strong parent, grandparent, or both who intervened in the mind of a young person from being destroyed by public education.

When Schmidt says that the success of schools all hinge on the extra efforts the teachers give beyond the letters of their contracts he is lost to the ways of instruction and how young minds process data.  Public schools teach kids to become stupid as they start out quite brilliantly.  Public education is all about putting out the lights of a child’s mind and I think it is preposterously outrageous to fund that destruction with taxation.  So to be clear, I do not agree with Kelly Kohls and the Springboro school board’s renewal levy.  I think the parents should pay for their own kids to attend their educations.  I should not have to help pay with state tax money, or local tax money off my property the further destruction of children just so parents can have a baby sitter to watch their children during the work day.  As a parent, and now as a grandparent, I do take the extra time to mentor children and I know why it’s important, and how much energy it takes, and it’s not something that can be purchased from the government.

All public education is capable of producing is the Washington Generals.  Anything of real greatness comes from some other element outside of a school.  It does not come alone from a teacher, or their efforts toward students as suggested by Schmidt.  Without a solid foundation even the best teachers will fail, because the mind of a child is often ruined during the first years of a child’s life.  The final act of destruction begins the first day of kindergarten and only gets worse from there.  Things are this way because the human race has incorrectly allowed it, by placing the focus of prime age and value on the wrong age bracket.

Rich Hoffman

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