I Illustrate The Pitfalls of American Education Using My 5 yr Old Daughter

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Below are excerpts from Capital Account's interview with moi (click here for the entire, original interview) featuring my views on education, class struggle and the dumbing down of America. I used my 5 year old daughter as an example of someone who was labeled as unable to read at advanced kindergarten level, yet somehow can parse emails from PhDs, MBAs and other clients of BoomBustBlog. Even if you have seen this popular interview with Lauren Lyster already, this remix is well worth your time. The first 3 and a half minutes are quite telling. Take note of how my daughter actually tries to sound out the words she is reading versus using memorized bits and bites to form the words. In addition, take note of the zeal and pride that she has in tackling a tough problem (at least for her, and probably many kindegarteners) instead of giving up when confronted with a problem. I try my best to push creativity and knowledge of how the world works, vs memorization of propaganda and proficiency in following rules. As a matter of fact, I push all of my kids to actively seek to break the rules for their benefit and attempt to rewrite the rules to their advantage. If you don't like the way that sounds, you can assume that you and/or your children may be working for the 5 year old in this video that was labeled as unable to read by the NYC school system in September.

20120103_145351My two youngest children after an interview at CNBC wherein Daddy goes against the grain yet again by warning on the FIRE sector, a week before Wall Street jumps on board

My two youngest children, like my oldest (19 yrs) accompany their dad to work to see how the entrepeneur side looks. Notice, like their dad, the keep computers and tech in hand...My two youngest children, like my oldest (19 yrs) accompany their dad to work to see how the entrepreneur side looks. Notice, like their dad, the keep computers and tech in hand...

Watching Daddy spread his message in the CNBC studios. I regularly and happily pull my kids out of school so they can see what I do, how I do it, and how successful (or not) it may be. This is true education. My children (all three, 5, 11 & 19) are well versed in class struggle, geo political power struggles, economics and finance. They all know what Money is, and  no, they will not tell you it is to buy things!!!Watching Daddy spread his message in the CNBC studios. I regularly and happily pull my kids out of school so they can see what I do, how I do it, and how successful (or not) it may be. This is true education. My children (all three, 5, 11 & 19) are well versed in class struggle, geo-political power struggles, economics and finance. They all know what Money is, and no, they will not tell you it is to buy things!!! I would like to see an entier school filled with teachers of a mindset similar to mine, and I will have that - even if I have to start the school myself!!!!

The articles (recommeneded reading, of course) that led up to this are... 

How Inferior American Education Caused The Credit/Real Estate/Sovereign Debt Bubbles and Why It's Preventing True Recovery

 The Biggest Threat To The 2012 Economy Is??? Not What Wall Street Is Telling You...

The American Education System Exposed For What It Truly Is - A Worker Drone Factory For The Socio-Economic Elite!