This is actually not what the problem is>>17294
>inclined to say that one part of it is the really awful minority integration,
This isn't actually the problem and I fucking hate it when euros listen to dumb fatniks and think to blame all our problems on minorities, which is what our oligarchs want us to do instead of looking at the actual problems. I went to a poor all white school. It was also shoot.
>then the lack of funds,
I think this mentality is also a problem. You can't just throw money at a problem until it goes away. One big part is the epic mismanagement. Like our district blew millions of dollars on getting new buses, idk however many ridiculous millions of dollars, meanwhile they fired a bunch of teachers and cut programs.
>lazy teachers who can't be fired,
This is also a lie, please refer to previous point. They fired a bunch of teachers from my district after blowing money on shiny new buses. It is, again, passing the buck, rather than looking at systemic problems. Worse, because I live in an actual cyberpunk dystopia tier place where some people want to privatize everything including the military contractors, police, schools, and prisons turning the country into one giant feudal plantation.
>Knowledge just doesn't seem to be valued all that much in America, or rather, only knowledge that lends you a quick way to cash is valued.
This is actually one of our biggest problems. Schools are not designed to impart knowledge or train the intellect whatsoever, in fact more often than not they are deliberately designed to do the oppositehttps://wesjones.com/gatto1.htm
Why? Because it benefits a certain oligarch segment of the society to have everyone else being a bunch of puerile barely literate dumbfucks who are completely unable to distinguish fact from fiction, or to use logic and reason in problem solving. This is because it is more profitable to have a nation of dumbasses who are easy pickings for mass marketing and blindly doing what they are told in work, the military, or anywhere else, regardless of how absurd and stupid it is or contrary to their own interests. A truly enlightened and educated public is a major threat to these people.
The main thing schooling actually does here is instill a sense of reflexive obedience to authority figures, disdain to intellectualism and wisdom, reinforces a retarded class structure, and inculcates the worst crass materialism.
I think that this man is right (pdf related). For one thing, think about what are the great American heroes today. Great statesmen? Explorers? Conquerors? Scientists who made bold discoveries catapulting America to international renown and power? Great writers and artists burnishing our international prestige? How about astronauts?
No, it is fucking rappers and braindead celebrities and dumbfucks playing sports. I think Trump is an excellent example of the total moral and intellectual breakdown of society where some dumb as shit reality TV host gets elected. Not even just another dumb celebrity, but the absolute dumbest of all possible genres of TV celebrity. This is a country that would now rather elect the Sham Wow guy.
I think that John Glubb, despite whatever faults one may find in his argument, was absolutely right in this regard, and that the last, decadent age of a haughty and arrogant empire is an age of sports, games, celebrity, and triviality, typified by a disdain for the exact qualities that made it an empire to begin with. I do not wish to lay all the blame on one thing like schooling, but it sure as hell is not helping. What's worse is it becomes a sort of "famous for being famous" thing, like a Paris Hilton, with no discernible talents or qualities of her own except being famous for being rich--and not even money she worked for, but money she inherited. So, I don't think we even have examples of the heroic to even contrast this trash to anymore, and that the whole society is geared to "muh dik muh gun make mony die trin" mentality.
You know I was watching this documentary on some Brit who somehow conned the Iraqi government out of millions of dollars for some fake bomb detection device, and it occurs to me that what that guy did is the highest virtue in modern American society except that he got caught.