The Grand Ellipses

I listen patiently when I am waiting for reality to respond. I act impulsively when I have no idea what's going on . . .

"The Grand Ellipses … “? I love that moment when i’m thinking about something, or listening to something and i have that … moment. It’s that pause before you have your realization of clarity. So, i thought that would be a good name for this, to refer to that grand moment when we let our mind settle, let the questions and turbulence stir a bit and allow free thought to reign.

Indoctrination is indoctrination . . .

I've been holding off writing a bit about this one 'cause I wanted to make sure it was a real thing and that the language I was reading was correct. However, this seems to be a horrifyingly real thing! Here's the skinny: 

The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare to family members. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law.

LAUSD will receive $990,000. The district listed as a primary outcome for its project, “Teens trained to be messengers to family members.”

Covered California spokeswoman Sarah Soto-Taylor said staff have not questioned this goal.

“We have confidence that the model LA Unified brought to the table will be successful in reaching our target population, which includes family members of students,” she said.

LAUSD will also use tax-paid staff to promote ObamaCare through phone calls to students’ homes, in-class presentations, and meetings with employees eligible for ObamaCare’s taxpayer-covered healthcare, the grant award says.

One in three Los Angeles students never graduates high school.
— http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2013/06/20/california-schools-train-kids-sell-obamacare

While I am a fan of the concept of a universal healthcare system for our citizens, what has been re-named as "Obamacare" is still under a lot of scrutiny and is extremely polarized among both sides of the argument. With that said, this tactic is indoctrination. I hate it when it's used for religion and I hate it when it's used for politics. They are giving incentive to the LAUSD to teach these kids to be "messengers" and not critical examiners of the policy. I'm sure that the money is appealing given certain things the district is currently facing:

 

Facing multimillion dollar sex-abuse settlements, Los Angeles Unified signed contracts Friday to buy five liability insurance policies for the next fiscal year starting Monday, but was unable to get coverage for molestation, officials said.

The premiums total $2.2 million — about $1 million less than LAUSD paid this year — but exclude coverage for molestation, a spokesman said. The policies also carry deductibles of $10 million each, compared with $3 million to $5 million for current coverage.
— http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/lausd-molestation-insurance_n_3522054.html?ir=Los+Angeles

  Needless to say, I think this is an awful idea. Indoctrination is not education and should never be disguised as such. Those kids need more education, not less.