Fed To Take Propaganda To The Schoolroom: Will Teach Grade 8-12 Students About Constitutionality Of... The Fed

Tyler Durden's picture

Back in September we noted a peculiar RFP by the Fed which sought to become a secret 'big brother' to the social media world, and to "monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria." The Fed's desired product should be able to "determine the sentiment of a speaker or writer with respect to some topic or document"... "The solution must be able to gather data from the primary social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube. It should also be able to aggregate data from various media outlets such as: CNN, WSJ, Factiva etc." Most importantly, the "Listening Platform" should be able to "Handle crisis situations, Continuously monitor conversations, and Identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers." While it is unclear just how successful the Fed has been in eavesdropping on various critical blogs, and divining "sentiment", it now appears that the propaganda masters at the Office of Central Planning have decided to go for young American minds while they are still pliable. It appears that as part of its reenactment of Goebbels "economic education" curriculum, the Fed will now directly appeal to K 8-12 student, in which it will elucidate on the premise of "Constitutionality of a Central Bank." You know - just in case said young (and soon to be very unemployed) minds get ideas that heaven forbid, the master bank running the US is not exactly constitutional - you know, that whole thing between Andrew Jackson and the Second Bank of the United States...

And in case one is wondering what dogmatic propaganda their childredn will be filled with, here is tje course outline.

Lesson Description

The Constitution of the United States outlines the basic principles of the U.S. government. This lesson focuses on the express and implied powers of Congress and the power of the Supreme Court to decide whether a law is unconstitutional. In this lesson, students learn about McCulloch v. Maryland, a case decided in 1819 over (1) whether the state of Maryland had the right to tax the Second Bank of the United States and (2) whether Congress had violated the Constitution in establishing the Bank. Students also review the expressed powers of Congress identified in the Constitution and analyze how Congress implements the necessary and proper (elastic) clause to enact its expressed powers. Finally, students use their knowledge of McCulloch v. Maryland and the necessary and proper clause to consider the constitutionality of the Federal Reserve System.


Expressed powers
Federal Reserve Act
Fiat money
Implied powers
Necessary and proper (elastic) clause
Value of money [ZH: lol]


Students will:

  • define expressed powers, implied powers, precedent, fiat money, the Federal Reserve Act, the necessary and proper (elastic) clause, and the value of money;
  • cite examples of the expressed powers granted to Congress in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution;
  • explain the meaning of the necessary and proper (elastic) clause;
  • explain the significance of the McCulloch vs. Maryland Supreme Court case; and
  • give examples of the implied powers necessary to implement various expressed powers.

Yet the oddest thing about the lesson plan is visual #4. It speaks for itself:

Well thanks for the warning...

Full lesson:


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azusgm's picture

(Knock, knock.) "Hi. We're from Child Protective Services and we are here to investigate a matter of child neglect."

"No dear, Mommy and Daddy won't be coming with us."

TrulyBelieving's picture

How could anyone not see that a state run school will be used for state propaganda. Just like state funded universities are also propaganda mills. Then you've got the MSM for everynight indroctination, just for good measure and consistancy.The party line will be taught to insure everyone knows the 'truth.' What a sick society this is. Where everything is turned upside-down, right is wrong wrong is right. These are times that test men's souls. We are at the edge of servitude, with freedom being in a death hold. Yet it seems that most can't grasp the dire straits we're in, perhaps the propaganda mills have done their work most effectively. Next stop, but hoping and praying it not be so, is servitude.

Zero Debt's picture

The whole situation is just baffling. All these resources and effort completely going to waste and those so called "bright kids" that all are wanna be central planners and the PhD baffoons running the show.

1) "There was a speculative attack on the pound because of the gold standard." Well.. because.. they did not have enough gold... Tadaaa?!! How about they should have gone out and try to earn something then, no, that would take honest work, jeez, no way.
2) "Gold standard was subject to gold strikes, and not enough gold. Prices were falling for farmers, agricultural-related, fixed payments." Ah, so deflation is bad because prices fall. Let me see, when I go shopping, do I prefer higher or lower prices, yes, higher. So all of this deflation must have been terrible news for everyday consumers then and farmers who were also net savers, those fools.
3) "(with the regional central banks) all parts of the country would have a voice, all aspects of the economy, would be heard. Makes monetary policy, takes into account the views of, the federal reserve banks around the country. National approach to making policy." Dumdumdum....national approach? Yes...one small tyrant ruler in every local village to strike down the peasants and a big fat dictatorial board to keep the smaller tyrants in place. Now where can I vote for the next tyrant?
4) "The liquidationist theory says that you should liquidate everything, and obviously that's bad". Yeeeeeah...if you have taken out a huge loan you can't afford, for the sake of the eternal God's, don't you ever try to liquidate it, take another one, that will keep you employed paying it back.


mkkby's picture

Kids repeat after me.  The constitution was written by the heroic forefathers of our nation -- Greenpan, Benanke and Geithner.  These men saved us from the tyranny of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

markmotive's picture

I would say 95% still have no clue that they are owned.

NotApplicable's picture

That 4% variance between your two numbers is likely the number of people near the top who believe they ARE the owners.

Zero Debt's picture

The American Dream by The Provocateur Network


19:55: "This time the key to success is secrecy. The people must believe that they run the bank." "Yes, brilliant! A sneak attach. What's the plan?" "We first create panic, then we show them the solution. With our man in office and well-planned timing we will have our central bank. And so the people think it is theirs. We shall christen it Federal! The Federal Reserve!"

Pitchman's picture

They are nervous.  But you know this isnt so bad.  We can count on our well informed public to see right through this.  Right?

The NDAA authorized funds for Drones to be deployed here in the US and Eric Holder argued why it is constitutional to assassinate American citizens right here in the good old USA....  You don't suppose that 'UP WITH THE FED' course will be mandatory do you?

This country is thoroughly corrupted.  The only problem is 97% of the population does not realize it.  They are to busy trying to keep their heads above water or they are thoroughly distracted by a manufactured divide or lame entertainment.

MF Global Trustee Asks Court to Pay Executive Bonuses: The U.S. Of Absurdity
Including: MF Global Trustee Giddens Asks Customers To Release Legal Claims In Return For Their Money


Leon Panetta, Barack Obama Are Not Beholden To The Law.
- They believe it is their divine privilege to act above the law, inviting a time when the error of their ways brings tragedy to us and themselves.


Sans the rail cars and cyanide; with "our real leaders", the money power elite, confiscating citizens assets via the MF Global grift, done with the backing of the courts and regulators, tell me, how is this different from the Nazis?

The Silent Coup, Para Militarization And The New Reich

Sound Investment advice:

  WAR PIGS: Carlyle Group's Lopsided IPO That No One Cares About * Warren Buffett: The Paradigm Puppet - Who Is Worse; The Criminals Or The Men Who Enable The Criminals?
Michael's picture

The NDAA authorized funds for Drones to be deployed here in the US and Eric Holder argued why it is constitutional to assassinate American citizens right here in the good old USA....

This is a sword that cuts both ways. It also authorizes American civilians to assassinate high government employees and their operatives for high treason.

engineertheeconomy's picture

How hard could it be to hack into a drone and rewrite its code?

Thomas Jefferson's picture

Indeed.  Its been almost 5 years now since Ron Paul began campaigning for president.  The seeds have grown and even more have been planted.  I, for one, planted my own head back in the soil so that it could regrow into something worthwhile. 

Thamesford's picture

Could the Zimbabwean note be construed as plausible deniability for the eventual outcome?

The Gooch's picture

sorry... perfect opportunity to plug it...

RON PAUL PUNK ROCK ANTHEM!- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWC_0jPFQ_Q

The message WILL PREVAIL!

JPM Hater001's picture

I have an implied power I would like to express...

infotechsailor's picture

monetize the education tab. it is 20-50% of the bill depending on each state. if the zombie banks can't handle that, so be it. either way, the Fed and public education will eventually self-destruct.

fonestar's picture

For a country where something like only 40% of graduate students know that WWI occurred somewhere between 1900 and 1950 I guess knowing about McCulloch v. Maryland is pretty important stuff.

Real Estate Geek's picture

40%?  Graduate students?  Please tell us you're kidding.

Pitchman's picture

How many understand the difference between a Democracy and a Republic?  And if so, do they understand the King is dead?

"The very fact that supposedly intelligent people don’t understand the difference between a democracy and a republic is a strong indication of the dire condition of our republic. It is in its death knell!" -  John Vettel

Learn the basis of Our Republic in 10 minutes.

See: Merry Christmas! "A Republic: If You Can Keep It" - Benjamin Franklin

Democracy: The Myth As A MEME
  Lawrence Lessig: Republic, Lost - Americans: It Is Ours To Take Back!
Jason T's picture

high school grad.. GED.. equivilancy.  

NidStyles's picture

Please refrain from equating GED with ignorance or low intelligence. I took the GED route to get away from the BS they try to train you with in High School. I only ran into more further BS the first two years of my under-grad experience, and it took three years for me to even get past the Fascist indoctrination program of state ran education to hit my core degree courses. My GPA was a 3.9+ the entire time. It would have been a 4.0+ if it were not for the Humanities BS.


I'm working on my Master's in Material Sciences. The core of it almost all Chemistry and Math, but for some reason it was important that I understood how immoral "Individuals" were for owning others and that only the government can save us from ourselves. Not to mention I should feel guilty because I'm Caucasion in appearance. Nevermind that my family never owned slaves, and found it to be immoral as they came from descendants of Hessian conscripts.

I'll hire any GED holder if they can prove they can use that mass of matter in their heads. BTW my current GPA is a 4.12.


Id fight Gandhi's picture

This story Sounds so much like Jew propaganda.

Regardless of what you though of WWII or events such as the holocaust. The focus is soley on hilter. So much so that hitler is literally a daily topic. So much so that the holocaust is soley about Jews no other groups.

No other historical event as a law to protect its details, such as in Europe.

General Decline's picture

Why do they feel they need to pass a law to prosecute holocaust deniers, anyway? Could it be they are trying to hide something? Hmmm....

fonestar's picture

I am sick, SICK of the Hitler comparisons in this dumbed down, shit excuse for (lack of) kulture!  SICK of it!  All it does is make you look like a total moron who doesn't know a single thing about the world before 1933!

CH1's picture

They're just trying to waste your energy, friend.

sgt_doom's picture

And it was no accident that the Walsh Commission had also been established at that period:


Nearly a century ago, in the progressive era of ‘trust-busting’, the 1912 Walsh Commission recommended limits on the size of foundations for fear that they would “manipulate the economy and …influence public opinion.”


In 1910 two leaders of the Structural Ironworkers Union, the McNamara Brothers dynamited the Los Angeles Times building, killing twenty people. There was public outcry as a result and so President William Howard Taft proposed and Congress approved the creation of a nine-person investigative committee called the Commission on Industrial Relations.


Journalist Walter Lippman stated there was "an atmosphere of no quarter" when Walsh subpoenaed then questioned John D. Rockefeller, Jr. about the Ludlow massacre. For three days Walsh publicly chastised Rockefeller.



Historian Montgomery stated that the commission found:

"repression by police, judicial, and military agencies, which envisaged themselves as the defenders of society's "good people." And in each case but Philadelphia, where the public as a whole was irate over the general conduct of the transit company, the "good people" in turn indorsed the repression. Small wonder that in all these strikes, and above all in the sanguinary three-year conflict on the Illinois Central Railroad, workers simply took the law into their own hands."

And what else passed that fateful year, and legislative session of 1913 along with the Federal Reserve Act?

 The federal income tax legislation, to pay the interest to the banksters for those loans they would then make to the government (people), thanks to the Federal Reserve Act.

 And also passed in 1913:  the oil depletion allowance, as the banksters owned the oil companies (95% oil commerce owned by John D. Rockefeller).

 And the fourth item which was passed: the financial restructuring of foundations, allowing them tax exempt status and the ability to hide wealth, and ownership of other trusts, companies and financial instruments (stocks, bonds, etc.).

 The perfect financial fraud storm of 1913!

(Speaking of that bombing of the LA Times, if someone can supply the Semtex and blasting caps, I know where Fox, CNN and NPR are located?)

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture



"And what else passed that fateful year, and legislative session of 1913 along with the Federal Reserve Act?"

I didn't know about the oil depletion allowance, thanks for that.

However there was another major item that you failed to mention- the 17th Amendment to the Constitution which removed control by the states over federal govt expenditures and in effect transformed our representatine Republic into a Democracy (mob rule).

Good post otherwise!

NotApplicable's picture

I didn't know about the depletion allowance either. Hardly surprising, though.


BTW, if you ever want to be seen as a total loon, just ask somebody their opinion about the 17th Amendment. After you explain to them which one it is, you wont find a person who doesn't equate it with the "political freedom" of "one person, one vote." To them, the idea of a state selecting its senators is akin to the USSR and the politburo.

To try to explain it as a check on power goes nowhere, as they see both entities as one and the same. This is true even when I point out that it was this amendment that made it so.

So, I quit trying. Now I just drink more.

sgt_doom's picture

Thanks for that JFK/oil depletion allowance link, I knew JFK had gone after that, as well as standing up to both GE and US Steel, and working on both national workers' rights and internationally, with their Alliance For Progess in Latin America.

Personally, I think the crux of the assassinations which have taken place (JFK's, Rev. King, Malcolm X probably, and definitely Bobby Kennedy and Sen. Paul Wellstone and his family) all had the same thing in common:  each individual was working on radically improving workers' rights, and that is where the most ill-gotten profit derives from, by subtracting money from the workers and transferring it to that upper one-tenth of one percent!

sgt_doom's picture

While I thank you for mentioning the 17th Amendment, and believe it to be important, from the financial power sense, I still believe that the Fed Reserve Act, the affiliated fed income tax, their oil depletion allowance and truly of profound importance, the financial structuring and restructuring of the foundation.

Without that last item, the super-rich couldn't have so successfully hidden their wealth, ownership, etc.

Every year Forbes prints its list of the richest, derived from public sources --- but it's those private sources one must contend with to ascertain who the truly richest are!

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

As all four of these were passed in close time proximity to each other I would suggest that they are a "package deal".

I have known for some time that there were questions surrounding the proper ratification of the 16th and 17th amendments. You may wish to visit: http://www.devvy.com/new_site/17th_amendment_docs_march_2010.html

She is an excellent researcher and her website is tops!

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foofoojin's picture

This might actaully be good. McCulloch v. Maryland would not stand up in current courts.  also the first head of the second US bank also brought it to the brink of ruin during that first year. massive fraud. I worry that any real non sheaple who researches the second bank of the US and the characters surrounding the events will find a very real lesson about how currupt our goverment is. This might turn out to be a good thing...


I have a rough draft that I scrapped for a US histrory class. here a bit about the second bank.  also hammond refers to  Hammond, Banks and Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War, 254. a very very very good read about second bank and andrew jackson in there. Also english is not my specialty. 


Hammond’s book tells us that the Second Bank of the United States was supposed to be set up with a mix of specie and government securities. Specie is coin minted in silver or gold, and government securities at this time meant a guarantee to pay by the government.  The mix was set at seven million specie and twenty-one million government securities.  Therefore, for every dollar of silver, there would be three dollars of government-backed paper.  In reality, there was “$2,000,000 in specie from them, $14,000,000 in government securities, and $12,000,000 in personal notes.”[1]  In an effort to get more specie the bank “sent John Sergeant, a prominent Philadelphia attorney, to Europe to negotiate for as much as $5,000,000 .”[2]  However, by broadcasting their intention to buy they created a tough market for themselves.  Sergeant finally negotiated with “Barings Brothers,” – the same company that helped financed the Louisiana Purchase –, “and Reid Irving, and Company for $3,195,000.”[3]  Once one bank in Europe had its blessing, other soon banks piled on. After two years of work for John Sergeant, the Bank had “Imported $7,300,000”, so the bank was solvent in its one-quarter specie requirement.  However, let us think about the time it took.  Hammond points out that given enough time and enough transactions, any amount can be reached. I will elaborate.   Let’s say I put in a hundred silver coins, the bank claims an import of a hundred silver coins. I then pull out my hundred silver coins a week later only to have whoever I bought something from deposit my hundred coins.  Now the bank only has a hundred silver coins. However, total imports (not net imports) are two hundred silver coins. Repeat at infinity, and any amount can be reached.[4] Now moving specie is heavy and costly, so there is an even greater stress to make certain if you are going to put specie on a boat and move it across the sea that it going to stay in that country for awhile.  This new stressor creates an even worse situation for the Bank.*  The Bank is operating, so there are notes (I.O.U’s for silver on deposit) from the Bank circulating in London and Amsterdam, this same multiplier effect discussed above is occurring and the specie is not even in America.  One might think that there is no way the bank would claim to have so much silver and gold specie, if they did not actually have it.  Next, will see how little they had.

Hammond Shows that newly appointed “Langdon Cheves of South Carolina” first job as the second head of the Second Bank of the United States in October of 1819 is “the Treasury call for $2,000,000 in Specie to pay off obligations incurred by the purchase of the Louisiana Territory.”  Now the bank only had “$2,360,000 in Specie”, and “demand liabilities” of “$22,370,000”.  This means that for every dollar in specie the bank had, it had loaned out ten. Had Langdon Cheves not “settled for drafts on London”, the bank would of died right there before Andrew Jackson was even president.  [5] But the amount called for, $2,000,000 raises it own set of questions.

$2,000,000 a year for 15 years would be $30,000,000 for the Louisiana Purchase.  This amount is double the $15,000,000 I was expecting.   Therefore, I know this  needs to be researched further.  The National Archives and Records Administration(NARA) has a short piece expanding on the Louisiana purchase titles Jefferson Buys Louisiana Territory, and the Nation Moves Westward, written by Wayne  De Cesar and Susan Page. Here we find the bond to be at 6 percent and for 15 years. * The Bond is also not for the full fifteen million, there are two “conventions” in the Treaty. The first being that $11,250,000 paid to France In the form of a bond and the second that $3,750,000 in debts owed to U.S Citizens by the French be paid at 6 percent interest. [6]  so my thirty million number is now more than double what we own France.

Now we have an interest amount and total.  Six percent of $11,250,000 is $675,000 a year. Still not close to two million payment in 1819 by the Bank.  I created an amortization of bond table in excel and have attached to the end of this paper. As is common, I make the assumption that rather then send over the $11,250,000 at the end of fifteen years, something America did not do, it is amortized to equal payments over the time of the bond.  I cannot see the two million dollar amount still.  1819 last payment should have been for $1,158,331.    Perhaps the bond was partially amortized for some of the years. Meaning that some years only interest was paid with other years having greater part then equal amounts of principle being paid.  Unfortunately, I still have not found a document showing the exact sequence of payments for the Louisiana Purchase. However, 6 percent over fifteen years is a little more than $6,124,966 interest and bring the cost for that commitment to $17,375,000.  Now the next question is, how much did Napoleon get?

[1]  ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM {"citationID":"1acvn80rvl","citationItems":[{"locator":"254","label":"page","uri":["http://zotero.org/users/91263/items/9BPIJR46"]}]} Hammond, Banks and Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War, 254.

[2]  ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM {"citationID":"17e6l5froa","citationItems":[{"locator":"255","label":"page","uri":["http://zotero.org/users/91263/items/9BPIJR46"]}]} Ibid., 255.

[3]  ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM {"citationID":"l7qjv8a8j","citationItems":[{"locator":"255","label":"page","uri":["http://zotero.org/users/91263/items/9BPIJR46"]}]} Ibid.

*”Bank” by itself is referring to the Second bank of the United States Throughout this paper.

[4]  ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM {"citationID":"1jqavvko7d","citationItems":[{"locator":"255","label":"page","uri":["http://zotero.org/users/91263/items/9BPIJR46"]}]} Ibid.

[5]  ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM {"citationID":"2ncclb9f90","citationItems":[{"locator":"258","label":"page","uri":["http://zotero.org/users/91263/items/9BPIJR46"]}]} Ibid., 258.

*Several other websites list this information but this was the first one I found that was a .gov or had primary documents, so I choose to you use it. also other websites placed the bond at 20 years. It was 15 years.

[6]  ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM {"citationID":"qvqvuj5sv","citationItems":[{"locator":"3","label":"section","suffix":"(Last Access May 5)","uri":["http://zotero.org/users/91263/items/DBA8A2F9"]}]} Wayne  De Cesar and Susan Page, “Jefferson Buys Louisiana Territory, and the Nation Moves Westward,” Jefferson Buys Louisiana Territory, and the Nation Moves Westward, n.d., sec. 3, http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2003/spring/louisiana-purc...(Last Access May 5).



johnQpublic's picture

from what i understand from teachers i know, kids can barely read when they enter college, so it is improbable that the kids who take this course will understand it anyway

losing the battle to educate kids will turn out to be a success of sorts in this instance

kraschenbern's picture

Yeah, well, you gotta get to them while they're young.

Dermasolarapaterraphatrima's picture

Murray Rothbard's The Mystery of Banking will surely be the preferred text.

And it's free online at the Mises Institute in pdf:


or, you can buy it on Amazon:


Milestones's picture

What a crock of shit the FED is spreading. I've posted this 3-4- times. Those regulars, please excuse.


Mr. T., I addressed this issue a couple of times "The Trials and Tribulations of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913" on 6-15-10 and a couple of times later. In fine, let me answer you in brief.

My argument lies in Article 1, Section 8 (5)-Powers of Congress. The Congress SHALL have power: to coin money, REGULATE THE VALUE THEREOF,--". That power was apparently DELEGATED to the Federal Reserve Bank. That DELEGATION of authority to the Federal Reserve is my question. Did Congress have the authority to delegate that authority to "regulate the value thereof"?

Panama Refining Co. v Ryan 293 U.S. 388 1935

"The Constitution provides 'that all legislative powers herein GRANTED SHALL be vested in the Congress of the United States, which shall consist Senate and House of Representatives.'--The Congress MANIFESTLY IS NOT PERMITTED to abdicate or to TRANSFER TO OTHERS the essential legislative functions with which it is vested.---Cannot be allowed  to obscure the limitations of the authority to delegate, if our constitutional system is to be maintained."

Field v Clark 143 U.S. 649 1892

--"The legislative power must REMAIN in the organ where it is lodged by that instrument."

Sovereignty is granted to "We the People" in the first 3 words of the Preamble. As such, under the Constitution, we the people delegate our Sovereign authority to persons to REPRESENT us in day to day dealings. But it is the reserve of the Soverigns to delegate authority not our reperesentatives. John Locke came to the same conclusion.

I would contend that the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 is illegal under the Constitution. Further, if we consider Marbury v Madison of 1803, a decision has stood for over 200 years, the case can be stated in far starker terms:

Marbury v Madison 17 Wall 205 Cranch 2 1803

"Thus the particular phraseology of the Constitution of the United States confirms and strengthens the principal, supposedly to be essential to all written constitutions, that a law repugnant to the constitution is VOID; and the courts AS WELL AS ALL OTHER DEPARTMENTS ARE BOUND BY THAT INSTRUMENT."

Not only did Congress not have the authority to submit such a document as the Federal Reserve Act of 1913; likewise President Wilson had no authority to sign it. See the last sentence of the above.

Yes, I know, the Constitution has been turned into a roll of toilet paper to the 1%ers but that is still the document I still march to as do most others . If that not be the case then we would be far better served now to be comparing an AR-15 to an AK-47.

If those unhappy with the way things are want a change, we must state our concerns and grievances in a fashion that those who are totally uninformed can have a place, a handle so that a nightmare of a 2nd revolution can be avoided. 

There was a ton of groundwork done before Jefferson wrote his magnificent document of 1776. Milestones

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XenoFrog's picture

As a teacher, I can say with some amount of authority that the lesson is useless and the kids won't get anything out of it.

Ignatius's picture

Looking back I found it astonishing that we could complete primary education in this country and never once did the subject of 'what is money?' ever come up. 

Now we're gonna side-step that straight to why our money system should be privately held?

We are so fucked.

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Bastiat's picture

In Economics graduate school "what is money" was about as welcome a question as "Who says the Bible is the word of God" in bible camp.  Seriously. 

donsluck's picture

If you are truly a teacher, my hat is off to you. I am married to a teacher and am well aware of the hurdles they have to clear. The vast majority are caring, professional, effective educators overcoming disfunctional families, increasing rates of autism and neglect, continuous political attacks and a society that views them with contempt, while enjoying the skills that were taught to them, by and large, in public school.

karp4cy's picture

I am a bridge engineer.  If nearly 40% of the products of my profession were failing, I'd be seriously addressing the problem within the engineering community, not posting pleas for simpathy with claims of material and workmanship defects.

object_orient's picture

So you could build solid bridges with poor quality materials and substandard labor? Oh, and the blueprints are drawn up by a government committee of morons who demand you follow them to the letter. And guess what: "26% of America's bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete." So what if the problems are lack of funding, neglect and misuse - not the fault of a bridge engineer. Failure is failure, right?

karp4cy's picture

In a word, yes.  Load and Resistance Factor Design is a statistical method of design that takes into account material defects and construction inaccuracies.  Safe bridges can be produced by adjusting these factors on both sides of the capacity equations to achieve the desired performance within a given confidence interval.  Yes, 1 in 4 U.S. bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete; NOT FAILING.  Using equivalent standards, it is likely the rate of structural deficiency or functional obsolescence of today's 20-somethings is in the mid 90's.  As in public education, the problems are not tied to funding levels, but rather inefficient direction of a relatively large pool of confiscated resources.  New signature bridges and recreational trails that bear the names of their legislative sponsors have taken priority over the maintenance of the rapidly deteriorating existing transportation system.

Totentänzerlied's picture

"I am a bridge engineer.  If nearly 40% of the products of my profession were failing"

More likely, you'd be a former bridge engineer and newly unemployed.