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14 Facts That Prove That America’s Absolutely Pathetic System Of Public Education Deserves An ‘F’ Grade

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One thing that almost everyone can agree upon is that our system of public education is broken.  We spend far more money on public education than anyone else in the world, and yet the results are depressing to say the least.  Considering how much we are putting into education, we should be producing the best students on the entire planet, but it just isn’t happening.  Personally, I attended public schools from kindergarten all the way up through law school, and the quality of education that I received was extremely poor.  Even on the collegiate level, most of the courses were so “dumbed down” that even the family dog could have passed them.  And of course millions of other people all over the country would say the same sorts of things about their own educations.  Many refer to what is happening to our society as “the dumbing down of America”, and if we don’t get things fixed the United States is on course to become a second class nation.

If you believe that I am exaggerating, I would like you to consider the following numbers.  The following are 14 facts that prove that America’s absolutely pathetic system of education deserves an “F” grade…

#1 Somewhere around 50 million students attend public schools in America today.

#2 Education is the most expensive item in 41 different state budgets.

#3 The latest PISA tests show that U.S. students are below average compared to the rest of the industrialized world…

One of the biggest cross-national tests is the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which every three years measures reading ability, math and science literacy and other key skills among 15-year-olds in dozens of developed and developing countries. The most recent PISA results, from 2015, placed the U.S. an unimpressive 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. Among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which sponsors the PISA initiative, the U.S. ranked 30th in math and 19th in science.

#4 A report from the Educational Testing Service found that American Millennials are way behind Millennials in most other industrialized nations…

Half of American Millennials score below the minimum standard of literacy proficiency. Only two countries scored worse by that measure: Italy (60 percent) and Spain (59 percent). The results were even worse for numeracy, with almost two-thirds of American Millennials failing to meet the minimum standard for understanding and working with numbers. That placed U.S. Millennials dead last for numeracy among the study’s 22 developed countries.

#5 According to one very disturbing study, fewer than half of all high school graduates “are able to proficiently read or complete math problems”.

#6 According to U.S. News & World Report, “inflation-adjusted spending per student in American public schools has increased by 663 percent.”

#7 In 2015, the percentage of students in our public schools coming from low income homes crossed the 50 percent mark.  That was the first time that had happened in at least 50 years.

#8 One study found that a whopping 76 percent of all high school graduates “were not adequately prepared academically for first-year college courses.”

#9 The following are five numbers which show how far the quality of college education has fallen in the United States…

-“After two years in college, 45% of students showed no significant gains in learning; after four years, 36% showed little change.”

-“Students also spent 50% less time studying compared with students a few decades ago.”

-“35% of students report spending five or fewer hours per week studying alone.”

-“50% said they never took a class in a typical semester where they wrote more than 20 pages.”

-“32% never took a course in a typical semester where they read more than 40 pages per week.”

#10 Just 36 percent of all full-time college students receive a bachelor’s degree within four years, and just 77 percent of all full-time college students have earned a bachelor’s degree by the end of six years.

#11 One survey found that nearly 10 percent of our college graduates believe that Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court…

#12 Another survey found that 29 percent of all U.S. adults cannot name the Vice-President.

#13 And yet another survey found that only 43 percent of all U.S. high school students knew that the Civil War was fought some time between the years of 1850 and 1900.

#14 Perhaps worst of all, 75 percent of our young adults cannot find Israel on a map of the Middle East.

This is what happens when we put federal bureaucrats in charge of education.

All over the country there are calls to abolish the Department of Education.  For example, the following was published on CNBC

The DOE currently employs 5,000 government workers and has an annual budget of $73 billion, yet according to the CATO Institute, it has not affected student outcomes in any demonstrable way over its 40-year history . It has successfully created a system that requires educators to teach reams of “politically-correct” content and focus on scoring well on standardized tests. It has created an atmosphere of testing in our schools, putting intense pressure on teachers and students to “ace the test” rather than mastering the material. This promotes a culture of teaching to the test and score tampering.

Unfortunately, abolishing the Department of Education is not going to be easy, because there is a tremendous amount of money at stake.  And whenever there is a tremendous amount of money at stake, there are going to be very powerful interests that are determined to keep things just the way that they are…

The major stakeholders in K-12 public education are at an impasse. Teachers’ Unions are primarily concerned with self-preservation, maintaining extravagant perks for union administrators and exerting disproportionate political influence. A handful of publishing houses sell us $8 billion worth of warmed- over text books every year. Testing companies collectively spent tens of millions lobbying in states and on Capitol Hill from 2009 to 2014. These politically powerful, entrenched special interests are heavily invested in maintaining the failing status quo.

But even though there is going to be a lot of resistance, I am going to try to abolish the Department of Education anyway.  I believe that full control over education should be returned to the state and local levels, but that is just the beginning.

Ultimately, we need to rebuild our system of education from the ground up.  Instead of politically-correct indoctrination centers that endlessly pump progressive propaganda into impressionable young minds, we need to transform our public schools into institutions that focus on the essentials.  We need a renewed emphasis on reading, writing, math and the skills that will enable our young people to function successfully once they get out into the real world.

At one time America’s system of education was the best in the world, and we can get there again.  But of course the left is going to fight against the changes that need to be made every step of the way.

  • GSOB

    The sad part is that all through grades 1-12, students are not taught basic money management skills. This is meant on purpose,… no doubt, by the.. central bank that prints fiat currency for a government with runaway spending requirements.. .

    • aldownunder

      Well you know what that comments going to lead too in 3….2….1.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Well in order to have basic money management skills you need to know some basic math and have an ability to plan for the future. Sadly I’m not as bullish as you in your belief that our students possess these traits in spades.

    • SoCalBeachDude

      How can you teach students anything about money without those students having basic COMPETENCE IN MATHEMATICS which is what is supposed to be taught as part of the “3 R’s” which are “Reading wRiting and aRithmetic?”

      • aldownunder

        That’s exactly what your brother just said above

        • SoCalBeachDude


      • JB

        That’s why a lot of them can’t even count change at the drive through.

    • SoCalBeachDude

      The central bank of the US, the Federal Reserve, does not “print fiat currency for a government with [sic] that needs to borrow to stay afloat” at all. The US government must issue US TREASURIES as government debt in order to borrow funds to stay afloat and has issued around $20 trillion in US Treasuries which are currently outstanding.

      About $6 trillion of those come due every year and are repaid in full to their owners through the issuance of more than $7 trillion in new US Treasuries issued by the federal government each year now with about $1 trillion being for new federal government deb.

      The entire issue of issuing new net federal debt each year could be ENTIRELY SOLVED if the federal government 1) cut spending by around $1 trillion a year, and/or 2) increased federal taxes by around $1 trillion a year.

      The Federal Reserve did not run up a single penny of US government debt ever and only owns about $2.5 trillion of US Treasuries which it is in the process of reducing by around 50% between now and the end of 2018.

      Federal Reserve might start balance-sheet drawdown in September, FOMC minutes hint

      The Federal Reserve could trigger a long-awaited move to reduce its massive $4.5 trillion in debt holdings as early as September, but the central bank still appeared unsettled on the timing of its strategy to reduce the scope of its support for the U.S. economy.

      The Fed said last month it would begin to whittle down its hoard of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities some time this year. At a gathering of senior bank officials, “several preferred to announce the start of the process within a couple of months,” according to minutes of the June 13-14 Federal Open Market Committee meeting released Wednesday.

      Federal Reserve FOMC Minutes 06/13-14/2017

      Federal Reserve Decides How to Do the Big Unwind

      • aldownunder

        And so it starts yet again………BORING

        • SoCalBeachDude

          I would suggest you learn about how the US Treasuries markets work, and there is nothing “boring” at all about that matter and it is the most important issue facing the USA.

          • aldownunder

            What was your major at college

          • SoCalBeachDude

            Political Science and Communication Studies with many classes in economics.

          • aldownunder

            And then I take you are a fan of John Maynard Keynes.

          • SoCalBeachDude

            Not particularly, and definitely not OF JUST HALF OF HIS FULL THEORY which is what the dumbed down media and “economists” today like Paul Krugman typically refer to when discussing JMK. The other half is to PAY DOWN DEBT IN GOOD TIMES, but that half is now totally forgotten by those who quote JMK who just want to use the other half to attempt to justify endless mindless profligate irresponsible deficit spending.

          • aldownunder

            Fair enough I thought Keynesian economics was pretty much the cornerstone for economic classes in the US

          • SoCalBeachDude

            Nope. It is taught as a THEORY in Economics 1 classes at major universities, but certainly is not a “cornerstone” of economic philosophy in the US. Much more prevalent and pervasive is the Chicago School of Economics which was guided by Milton Friedman.

            Chicago school of economics – Wikipedia

            The Chicago school of economics is a neoclassical school of economic thought associated with the work of the faculty at the University of Chicago, some of whom have constructed and popularized its principles.


            There is also the “Austrian School of Economics” personified by Ludwig von Mises and disciples like Murray Rothbard which also have key points of merit in their theory. See

            What ALL “schools of thought / theory” on economics leave out almost entirely is SOUND GENERAL LEDGER ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES which actually date back to the 1500s.

    • Zlatko Milanovic

      So read a book.

      • GSOB

        Adam was NOT remorseful of the sin he committed.

    • MathCapitalist289

      Really? Why can they not teach that to themselves? While most fossils, excuse me, social security dependent people, have less than $250K USD, I am creating models that utilize the VIX, from which I will trade UVXY, SVXY, VXX, and inverse S&P500/actual S&P index funds. Younger people are actually more entrepreneurial than previous generations, since it is encouraged.

      The fallacy you are using is called a hasty generalization; I leave it to you to look it up.

      Luckily, I can set up a brokerage in Fiji (capital gains rate 10%) or St. Vincent & Grenadines (capital gains 0%) with a dual citizenship, when I am older. Yes, I do have a about 680 grams of gold.

      • JC Teecher

        Step back folks, don’t touch him, for he is about to blow.

      • PocoPete

        Since you own gold, do you have a prediction for the price of gold by the end of 2017?

      • GSOB

        Doesn’t that prove there is no such thing as luck?

  • BS1986

    AND too top it all off they are STUPID!

    • Pot calling kettle black

      Thanks for stepping forward as an example of what you said.

      • BS1986

        F-you there shiza stain, you and the socalbeach bum can go play in traffic with the rest of your GOVT educated leftards…… mad cause your kid is one of the stupid ones too?

  • Scott Comin

    Going according to the globalist plan. We don’t need people who can think. we need people who follow the orders of the one percent and the oligarchs. The oligarchs kids will go to ivy league schools and rule the rest of the sheep. The rest of the sheep will believe the propaganda of the merits of a college education. The schools drill that college dream into the minds of all the kids. Fantasy fantasy fantasy to get them in debt and make the schools and banks money and leave the sheep poor and working for wall Mart. Learn to farm, learn survival skills, learn security skills, learn homesteading everything else is fantasy and delusion. In my humble opinion!

    • aldownunder

      A very good opinion……well stated

      • Scott Comin

        Thank you!

    • Carl

      “Going according to the globalist plan. We don’t need people who can think.” and we don’t since a lot of people identify as christian in the USA.

      • Linda League


        • JC Teecher

          He is a sick individual, with an ingrained hatred of Christians.
          Most of us just ignore him, if we can’t block him out.

          • GSOB

            It is God that is hated.

      • SoCalBeachDude

        True, Carl.

      • JB

        All the globalists are anti-Christian. Whoops.

    • n Watson

      This is so true. How many times has someone experienced a young person who cannot count change back? I blame parents for placing the care of their children into the hands of the government. And not questioning more why their kids are being taught sex education when they cannot even add 1+1.

      • SoCalBeachDude

        Easy! The answer to 1+1 = 11 as obviously there are 2 1s that are side by side and everybody knows that is 11.

        • Bernie Bellew

          It could also be 10 (base 2).

          • SoCalBeachDude

            Yep, it certainly could be in today’s “new modern math with explanations!”

      • MathCapitalist289

        I find these amusing supercilious socialist Americans to be annoying sometimes.

        While I will go to college, I have already put my capital to work, and have beat (surprisingly) the S&P500 Index. I am creating SVXY, UVXY, and VXX (based on volatility index VIX) and inverse S&P500 models that can be generalized to other stocks.

        Forex is also a good tool; however, I would create a derivative that bets on the fact that you and other novice traders will lose money.

        Why would I count change in a menial fashion, when I can count my stocks, gold bullion, and forex profits?

        Also, only lazy fools say they cannot learn mathematics; mainly Americans believe that false dichotomy–you are either proficient or not.

        Were you able to solve ordinary (linear differential equations at age sixteen?

        • JC Teecher

          But: do you know Jesus?
          All that stuff you seem to worship won’t do you one hill of beans worth of good, if you leave God out of your equation.

        • Carl

          Math is the key to all success. Even the universe is designed around it.

  • Guest

    I are a college graduate.

    • gUeSt

      Nice grammar college graduate. LOL.

      • FriendOfManAndAnimal

        My grammar was nice too. She used to make cookies for me when I was little.

        • marlene


    • SoCalBeachDude

      Ain’t that special! Me is to!

    • Mr.Cipher

      Featured comment ^

    • marlene

      I bees ah graduit studint

    • LikeMeOrElse


  • PocoPete

    Some students cannot even calculate the percentage between two numbers correctly.

    • SoCalBeachDude

      Many more cannot add 2 + 2 and get 4. In fact, answers on math (or as they say in the UK, “maths”) tests will be accepted as long as they are “justified with an explanation” and in the case of 2+2 that can easily be justified with an explanation that “obviously there are 2 2s and when you put that together that equals 22!”

    • MathCapitalist289

      Most adults (50 and over in particular cannot solve simple differentiation or integration problems that most seventeen year old children such as myself could easily solve.

  • Carl

    Fun Fact: Did you know that under god was not in the original pledge of
    allegiance. It was added in 1954 at the urging of Eisenhower.

    • Linda League

      So what?

      • SoCalBeachDude

        So, REMOVE IT from the POA.

    • SoCalBeachDude

      Yep, it most certainly was, and now should be totally removed as it not only sounds awkward but is totally bogus.

      • ISA41:10

        Hey STUPID……..God is mentioned in our Declaration of Independence.

        LEAVE IT!!!!

        • LikeMeOrElse

          there is no god

          • ISA41:10

            The FOOL has said in his heart there is no God.

            Psalms 14:1

        • Carl

          What does the have to do with the pledge of allegiance? Did you also know that the pledge was written by a socialist?

  • South Texas

    What’s laughable about the K-12 system is that even the top 10% is not considered qualified to teach K-5 right out of highschool. No, they need 4 more years of BS to ‘qualified’ to teach. That alone tells what a joke the education system has become.

    • CAaT

      It’s a pyramid scheme. The further up you go the more you benefit. The ones at the bottom (the children) do not benefit at all.

      • SoCalBeachDude

        How do they benefit? Many people with BS and BA degrees find it difficult to get jobs as waiters or bartenders these days.

      • JC Teecher

        ….and, the liberal elite pay trolls to bash christians on blogs and websites, so they can eventually, (they think) remove God and His written Word from our Nation entirely.
        A dumbed down heathen Nation benefits their socialist, and then later, full on communistic agenda.
        Ask Christians in other communistic Countries how tough they have it? In Egypt, the Christians are just about all killed or run out.
        In Irag, it has already happened. Syria and North Korea hate Christians and hunt them like animals.

    • JC Teecher

      It is a money racket, like everything else in the world.
      Even the so-called Christian Schools have become a haven for indoctrination and a con game to fill the coffers with $$$$$$$. So, then the graduates from Seminary Schools are proficient on how to make money via a ministry, and saving souls is an after thought. Their main objective is how to make a good living from entertaining and tickling the ears of the pew potatoes.

      • SoCalBeachDude

        Schools in the USA have no business doing any religious proselytizing whatsoever. Helllooooo?

  • So CAL Snowman

    It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with our rapidly changing demographics now could It? I mean what other industrialized first world country has 50 million Africans and 80 to 90 million hispanics/Latinos? Our public school scores merely reflect decades of trying to level the playing field by dumbing everything down. Schools are a reflection of their students, just as a nation is a reflection of its people. You simply cannot replace a first world population with third world people and expect the same results. You can try and emphasize math and science all you want, but there’s a reason why MEXICO, Central America and Africa have contributed very little to the global information codex.

    • SoCalBeachDude

      In many of the LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) K-12 schools as many as 40 LANGUAGES are taught and used to deal with the tower of babble that exists here today in the Los Angeles area.

    • Falco Perez

      That’s a racist and xenophobic comment. You ought to be ashamed of what you said.

      • SoCalBeachDude

        What he stated is 100% correct in actual fact. Whether you like it or not does not change those facts in the slightest. Moreover, “political correctness” is nothing but gross stupidity which is one of the key factors involved in the “dumbing down” of students in the US and elsewhere.

        • Trying to Help

          Um, I have a sneaking suspicion that Falco Perez was being sarcastic? It’s certainly true that there are idiots out there who would sincerely make that statement, but what’s the probability that they read this blog?
          (Now THERE’s a math question too hard for public-schoolers to answer)

    • JC Teecher

      Good points. In my unprofessional opinion, once again it starts at home. Uneducated and ignorant parents have a tendency to rear the same type children, and the cycle continues. You can’t teach lazy, disrespectful, and ungodly children, when the parents are not pushing and correcting the kids from the home front.

      too many children are coddled and babied to death, literally; on the home front. It has to start at home, and it has to start with a moral compass.

      Unless you have schools where there are mandatory rules of behavior and strict dress codes, without all this “personal statements” with tats and wordy T-shirts, then the kids don’t understand discipline and correction.
      Without correction at school and at home, you get chaos.
      Without ability to enforce correction, the best programs on the planet will not turn out educated students.

      • JC Teecher

        Many kids today are given more money for tats than they are for books.

      • Zlatko Milanovic

        Outstanding JC! You are correct, I agree completely. I know we don’t agree on too much, but I’m in your corner on this one. Absolutely correct assessment.

      • billtheguy

        Schools are allowing the morals to drop. When I went to school in the 70’s (we just stop using stone tablets!) if your hair was on your collar, you did not go to class; if your pants had belt loops you better have a belt in them; if you wore a t-shirt, it had to have a pocket and absolutely no wordy shirts; and no white t-shirts, those were for gym class; no facial hair no ear rings for the guys and girls were not allowed to wear jeans, slacks only or Hillary pant suits! You were sent to the office and your parents called. You did not want my mom coming to the school, you were going to get it when you got home.

        • JC Teecher

          Boy, we did not have it that good, but it definitely needs to come back. In high school, in the mid 70’s I did wear a jean jacket with full size iron on with a hippie, (like me) with a big doob in his lips, with the words “Panama Red” on it. I had hair down to my shoulders and a mustache.

          However; as i appeared a long haired country boy, I worked 9 hours every night, and still made C’s and B’s, while finishing school driving a new car, I was paying for, and paying rent for my half of a mobile home. You don’t see much of that today, if any. I continued that into college, and even bought my own Mobile home and paid lot rent at the same time. Two years of sharing a home with pot heads, and drunks, was enough to break me.

          • marlene

            Development in the face of adversity. Good going, JC Teecher!

          • JC Teecher

            Thanks, marlene.
            It was really “development in the face of necessity”.
            Not to seem self indulgent nor carrying around a “poor me baby” chip on my shoulder, but just for showing how it can be done, I’ll explain a bit.
            As we were not necessarily poor, but just lower middle class, and always had food and shelter, and transportation, Dad remarried when I was about 14. He immediately became a daddy again, so the marriage was basically forced upon he and his new wife of 19 years old, as he was only 32. Dad was fond of the younger women, but this young woman was raised as a strong working woman, and looked much older, with 38 chest.
            Anyways by the time I was 16, they had just decided it was time to move junior out of their bedroom, and our little three bed room mobile home was busting at the seams. They thought I would go move in with Grandpa and grandma down the road a ways but, I could not do that to them as I did not get off work until about 12 midnight, and they did not need to be awakened with me coming home late, every night.

            I moved out and shared a mobile home for a few years, until I got a chance to take over payments on a 1970 12 X 65 special order home w/ washer /dryer, dishwasher & icemaker, and the rest is history.
            Anyone with the will power and the drive to achieve things on their own can do just the same, even by today’s standards. It may not be feasible in all areas of the country, but sometimes, a person has to toughen up, and just go it alone someplace new.
            Making new friends, and workplace acquaintances isn’t all that hard to do.

          • marlene

            You’re welcome. Thanks for sharing your story.

        • marlene

          Then the economy went downhill like a freight train, single moms raised their kids alone, and no one was around to monitor their children. To the kids, it felt like nobody cared, so what? they said, i’ll just do whatever I want. Enter, peers in the sorry same situation.

        • realist

          Yes, so true about getting in trouble with your Mom if the school called. Now days, it is the opposite. The school gets yelled at by the parents for picking on their little angel.

    • Mr.Cipher

      I do like my strawberries at 3.49 a basket though

      • SoCalBeachDude

        They were 97 cents a pound here in SoCal at Sprouts last week.

    • Jerry C

      Dumbing Down of America. It’s systematic. Has very little to do with the actual students, race, religion, etc… Purposeful dumbing down for future dependent government slaves.

      • So CAL Snowman

        Would you kindly list, in alphabetical order, the first world Latino and African countries?

  • Common Ground

    ..America should copy the Canadian (provincial) school systems!….one of the BEST in the world….as well, as its medicare system!
    just think of all the KOOL Canuck actors, academics, singers, etc….Pamela Anderson, Paul Anka, Justin Boober, John Kenneth Galbraith (who actually implemented the NEW DEAL under FDR!), Alex Trebek, et. al…!

    • SoCalBeachDude

      Nice sarcasm! The Justins (Truedoo and Boober) are both particularly clear examples of the Canadian system!

    • JC Teecher

      Canada has become a liberal hotbed of worldism, and gov over-reach into all facets of peoples lives. the Canada of the 60’s is dead, and the new world Canada is “not” what America should be striving for.
      There are many good Christians in Canada, but like America, they have allowed liberalism to run amock, so put that in your “Canuck”, pipe and smoke it.

  • SoCalBeachDude

    A mere 40 years ago – before the federal government became entrenched in the US education system – it was the BEST IN THE WORLD by all measures and California was at the very top in the USA with the Beverly Hills Unified School District being the very best in the country.

    40 years later the entire USA educational system has turned in one of the worst EDYOUKAYSHUNUL systems in the world.

  • SoCalBeachDude

    The clear solution is to start getting the federal government entirely out of EDYOUKAYSHUNUL matters and shutting down the Department of Education and then turning that all back to states who need to scrutinize those people on their State Boards of Education and each of their local school districts with much more responsibility and authority given to the local school districts around the country to set proper educational standards.

    • GSOB

      The kingdom and the power and the glory
      are always the goals that mankind seeks

      The only question is:
      whose kingdom, power and glory is man

  • SoCalBeachDude

    The word “education” comes from the Latin words “e duco” which mean to DRAW OUT FROM WITHIN. Students need to be taught how to think and reason and contrast and compare and the Socratic or Platonic methods are the best way to achieve that goal. Education in its purest sense is not about pounding information into students or about all sorts of nonsensical issues like gender studies or race studies or other politically oriented BS but the entire USA educational system has been infested with doing just about everything other than what it is supposed to be doing in the way of information and thinking including stressing the 3 Rs (Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic) and teaching the kids to actually think and Reason which is really the 4th R in all truly excellent education.

    • Carl

      ” Students need to be taught how to think and reason and contrast and
      compare and the Socratic or Platonic methods are the best way to achieve
      that goal.”

      Darn straight SoCal. School is about memorization and nothing more. Book smart does not mean smart. Nor does it mean you can think for yourself.

      Not to mention the one size fits all approach to teaching. Kids that can move on to the next level of coursework should be allowed to and not have to sit in class and wait for the others to catch up. I believe this is a big contributing problem to bright kids just skating by in school because they are not challenged enough.

      Sure they have AP classes but honestly those are just used to keep the kids in their same grade level but to keep them busy.

      Reason kids are all forced to stay in the same grade for 1 year and not move up once skills are mastered is because every seat that has a rear in it is money to the school. If more kids completed their educations early it would mean less money and funding for the schools by the federal government. Yet another way money degrades the advancement of human beings (though many don’t even realize it is happening).

      I believe they have progressive schools now and you can home school. But let’s face it there are many home school programs that are pretty similar to the public school system with religion added into the mix.

      • GSOB

        John 6:41
        At this, the Jews began to grumble about Jesus because He had said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”

    • GSOB

      John 5:24
      Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment. Indeed, he has crossed over from death to life.

  • SoCalBeachDude


    Two-thirds of jobs in this city could be automated by 2035

    While the invasion of the robots may be most pronounced in Las Vegas, the rest of the U.S. isn’t far behind.

  • Hyakkidouran

    I blame the world of instant gratification created by the internet, video games, and irresponsible parents.
    Young people these days do not feel the need to work hard to obtain anything, since everything is there on the web, instantly accessible for free.
    I try to work and start projects, but all the young people I try to “get on board” never do anything. They just do the bare minimum to not get fired, and even that is usually so low quality, it’s not usable.

    Another reason our society is screwed. When the old people retire or die, those young people will simply not be able to work properly enough to maintain our infrastructure. Without infrastructure, the whole thing crumbles.

    Such a depressing world…

    • MathCapitalist289

      Online trading has never been easier for us young people; now I can trade stocks, forex, and eventually my VXX/SVXY/UVXY/S&P500 algorithms that are under development.

      Also, I design AI, so that menial factory/construction work will be phased out, so I my shares will only increase. Maybe I will only use SVXY, and no VXX.

      Robots will create more good jobs that are not monotonous and redundant.

      • Hyakkidouran

        F$@% you, spam bot.

        As someone who got my job stolen by machines, I can tell you I would take a menial job any day over being a debt slave to the government as I am now.

        Machines do not create jobs. They displace the jobs from low skills to high skills. To say it another way, it is another thing that is good for the F$@%ing elite.

        • GSOB

          Jesus said that He is the bread that comes down out of heaven and that anyone who eats this bread, ….

          they shall live forever.

          What do you think of that?

          • Hyakkidouran

            Jesus’ teachings are something I try to strive towards, but sadly I am not very good at it.

            What I am certain of is that this world has rejected Jesus. We have killed him and even though we have felt remorse for many centuries, today we are throwing this remorse away.
            Movements that Jesus would qualify as demonic are ruling the world : things like transhumanism, which deceive humanity with promises of power, when in reality all it seeks is to enslave us.

            If Jesus truly is king, then he isn’t king in this world. And his miracles and promises don’t belong in this world either. The “eternal life” is the one in heaven, not the one in this life.

            I am very sad that we are basically destroying this world and ourselves, and that God isn’t preventing us from doing so. God apparently valued testing us through freedom rather than prevent us from being complete evil idiots.

            I don’t expect to deserve heaven. But if I somehow do, I will still be sad that we had to destroy an entire planet just to test if me and other people were worthy. A planet is probably nothing to God if he truly exists, but for us humans, it is everything as it sustains us.

      • JC Teecher

        One day the shadow gov will pull the rug out from under your delusions that the markets will always go up; apparently you already have the wool pulled over your eyes. Someday when you least expect it.

    • GSOB

      Read the book ‘The Gospel of John’ in the New Testament,… but pray first to the Lord Jesus, ask Him to bless what it is He desires to teach you.

      I like Ch. 14. Try that. Pray read it.
      31 verses…

  • ISA41:10

    Forced government schooling was never a good idea. It was conceived and controlled by the collectivists from its inception. Look, Public schools are teaching children that sex is good at the Kindergartner level and how to use contraceptives. California is teaching kids that Homosexuality is normal and soon coming to a Public school near you! All of this should be taught by the parent, NOT the schools. Also, why should the taxpayer pay for the schooling of people who never would give a penny voluntarily?


    • SoCalBeachDude

      What utterly bogus nonsense, dude. Get a clue.

  • Thomas D Guastavino

    Unless you have motivated students, money spent on education is a total waste.

    • JC Teecher

      Good point. That will not change, unless there is a change in the minds of Parents. Parents have come to see the public school system as glorified day care.
      They think it is the responsibility of the state and Fed gov to educate their children, when the driving force starts at home. At home there must be a moral compass to direct children at an early age for things that are not taught in school, like manners, building character, and respect for their elders.

      • billtheguy

        You are very correct, Teecher. America has evolved into a two parent monetary home where both have to work, or do they? I went to school with a guy and both his parents had professional jobs. His dad was an attorney, and his mom was a CPA. She worked for a large factory back in the day. He had nice clothes and a new car which I did envy. (a 76 trans am) He was dumb as a bag of rocks, unruly, you know the kind. Now, did both his parents really need to work? They left it up to the schools to teach him everything. My mother stayed home with the kids, atleast until dad died.

        • Carl

          Has nothing to do with school and probably more to do with his parents giving him whatever he wanted and not making him actually work for things. Which is common for parents to do as they don’t want their kids to do without like they had to when they were growing up – unfortunately it is of no benefit to said child.

          • billtheguy

            you’re right, not the school, the parents.

          • JC Teecher

            …and the b.s. argument that “they just want their kids to have things they had to do without” is part of the problem.
            Kids are spoiled and coddled into extreme self – indulgent, disrespecting lifestyles.
            Kids deserve the basics, food clothing and shelter, and not a dammmm thing more.
            If they want more,make them work for it.
            Earn it, all you little snowflakes.

      • Carl

        Moral compass – you have a rosier view of humanity than I do. Most people have their own moral compass which may or may not reflect the moral compass of others.

        Respect for elders what exactly does that mean? Are there some adults that children should not show respect for – yes. Should respect be earned not automatically given – yes. You don’t want children to be so intimidated by adults and authority figures that they are unable to stand up for themselves as it breeds adults who are the same way. There has to be a fine line between the two.

  • JC Teecher

    Three things, in order of importance, has been taken out of schools, and needs to be replaced.
    #1 God and His Creation of Life
    #2 History of America, and the role of the Founding Fathers in regards to
    recognizing the importance of following God’s laws first.
    #3 World Geography and demographics.

    • SoCalBeachDude

      Schools in the USA have NO BUSINESS WHATSOEVER pushing the Christian religion on students and are ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED FROM DOING SO. Helllooo?

      • GSOB

        John 3:14
        Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,

    • Carl

      Who god and which creation story do you want taught in school? Which laws do of gods do you want taught in school? The 10 commandments? Should a child who has meth addict parents still honor their mother and father or the child who gets beat everyday? Don’t forget the all important though shalt not covet which lumps women in with thy neighbors ass as well.

      Does religion make for a more moral society? No. Teecher even says he is still a dirty, filthy sinner even though he is filled with the holy spirit and still does sinful things. So where is the power in your god and the holy spirit when a saved and repentant sinner still sins and does the supposed sinful things the unsaved and hell bound do?

      • GSOB

        Acts 4:12
        1 TIM. 2:5

  • Bob

    Do you also know what teachers have to face in the public schools? 50% of new teachers leave the profession within 3 years. Disrespect, drug usage,and overloaded classes make teaching almost impossible. Administration puts excessive work and meetings on teachers. No doubt, the pressure and work load on teachers contributes to an already broken system.

  • Disillusioned Former Teacher

    I taught in one of the highest-rated public schools in the US in years gone by, and then changed careers. You couldn’t pay me enough to do that work again. While I can’t argue with anything MS writes here–great job btw!!!–there are other factors going on too.

    As SoCAL Snowman says below, a huge issue leading to low test-scores is the constant influx of Mexicans and S Americans. The term “unprepared” doesn’t even BEGIN to describe these students. Their parents are illiterate and don’t understand why the teacher is phoning home to talk about their kid’s poor performance. After all, school is the teacher’s job, right? so why are you bothering ME? (Seriously, this is the typical reaction.) It’ll take generations before these people are part of the cultural mainstream–but in the meantime, more immigrants keep coming, so the problem is never-ending. And no, I don’t hate immigrants–I’ve had scores of immigrant-students from other parts of the world who were first-rate (often even better than American students).

    Another huge issue is health-related. American kids drink fluoridated water (which kills brain cells) every day all their lives, eat GMO’s, aspartame and other chemical cr#p all the time, and talk on cell phones (which harms young brains in particular–look it up!) every day. They’re vaccinated up the wazoo. And on top of all that, their parents often send them to “doctors” for “attention-deficit disorder” and they’re put on prescription drugs! It’s a wonder that these kids can still walk and talk!

    You want your kids to learn? 1. KILL YOUR TELEVISION. Ditto internet, and don’t give your kid a cell phone. Ever. 2. EAT ORGANIC, filter your water, and for God’s sake keep your kids away from the medical system. 3. Send them to a school that isn’t run by the government, or home-school them yourselves. Doing all this is very, very difficult in today’s society, so very few parents can actually afford/manage to do it. That’s why our kids are such a mess.

    • JC Teecher

      You are right on the money, but like I said earlier, the system of education from pre-school thru middle school is nothing more to the majority of parents, than baby sitters while they are off pursuing there own agendas.

    • Jerry C

      Take the red pill & get re-inserted back into the Matrix! Agent Smith, we’ve got another one.

  • billtheguy

    The cost of everything related to education is expensive. Back in the nineties I took a course on environmental law. The book was $110.00. How much mark up was on that book? No used ones available. How convenient.

  • Zlatko Milanovic

    It’s the American student that’s failing, not the system. American students are incredibly lazy, disinterested and apathetic. Their unbelievably entitled mentality tells them that they don’t need to actually know the material, just go through the motions. It’s almost impossible to fail a student in a public school; the administration will force the teacher to pass the student, irregardless of the students ability or effort. Knowing this, millions of American students don’t even think about putting in an effort. Behavior in our schools is atrocious as well, as there are no consequences for anything.
    The worst part of this is that these young people then turn 18 and are barely literate, and can’t understand why no one wants to employ them. Neither can they understand why they end up in jail for petty offences, because, you see, no one has ever held them accountable for anything before, so why now?

    • billtheguy

      I have to agree, about 20 years ago they started giving diplomas for attendance. How idiotic is that? Just like giving trophies for 9th place?


    but what about the CHILLRIN, their Fillins are hurt and I AX you , the American education system has purposely kept African American culture and self determination down not mention abandoning the basic requirements of language ,math and civics for all , thank you NEA !!!

    • JC Teecher

      Sadly; ignorance begats ignorance, and the African American community, as a majority, can’t see the forest for the trees. As a whole they keep supporting groups of society that say they are working hard for them, (like Obarama-kon did), yet secretly they are laughing their collective dark azzes off at them. Starting with the NAACP, the NCF, and all the various groups that the likes of Al Sharptongue, and Jesse james Jackson run, and fleece funds off of.
      Worst of all, they fall for the lies of the black caucus of the demoncrats, and their leaders in the houses of puritanical liberals they call…
      I have no ax to grind with African american peoples, and see the many I grew up around as good ole country people that love Jesus, and are part of the family of christ.
      But I have to ax myself, will they ever wake up and see truth of the matter of the likes of that senile, filthy mouthed, Maxisheen Waters? Nope.

  • DJohn1

    My father was a journeyman printer with a specialized knowledge of 4 color registration on magazines.
    Dad was a restless soul. He traveled with us over England, Canada, and the United States in Ohio and California. As a result in the late 50s I was educated in various education systems.
    Here is what was done different in England at the time.
    Classes were small. Teachers taught individuals as much as whole classes and the teaching was done in the school not at home so much. Though my cousin did loads of homework and ended up an electrical engineer.
    He was also given scholarships and paid to go to school in college.
    That is right. He was given a living wage to go as far in school as he could.
    Here for all the education money people go far in debt to get the same education.
    I have always had poor memorization skills. My mother taught me to read.
    Have been educating myself ever since through the local library.
    I followed my father’s trade and took an apprenticeship in printing after serving in the US Air Force. I was 25 at the time. Way past the time people usually learn a trade. It was a struggle but I was able to do it.
    I know what needs changing!
    The first thing a young student needs is a method of memorizing what is necessary to gain an education. That means learning your math tables.
    That means learning to spell correctly. It means developing a file system in your head so that you recall things forever. This recall is a learning process and it needs to be taught in our schools for people of average intelligence.
    In the case of foreign nationals it means learning the American English language as well as your own language.
    We Americans need to learn foreign languages as well. If someone switches to their native language for privacy we need to know what they are saying
    Not every person out there is “smart.”
    What they need is a different direction besides college to make a decent living and that usually means teaching them a skill they can sell to the world.
    It doesn’t mean going into debt for an education that has no meaning in the business world.
    The purpose of education is what? I suggest it is to get a good job with good wages to provide for your future family.
    Higher education should be about training our leaders for the future and it should not depend on being wealthy all ready.
    Picture a chess board. Someone wins and someone looses. Now picture picking up what is left on the board and starting the game over. That is wealth inheritance. These people did not earn that money, their grandparents probably did. So they start out with loads of money and the rest of us start out poor.
    Advantage being they start out with private tuition while the rest of us go to classes with 30-40 students in the class and a struggle to survive.
    IF they do not get it the first time then it compounds against them when they go to learn more.
    The current crew is trying to teach a new way to do math and it is not working.
    The old method of math worked just fine.
    But it depends on memorizing those tables.
    I suggest going to an education system that actually teaches.
    I suggest we fine businesses for requiring a college education to be in management.
    I suggest the armed forces do the same thing. I would rather work for a man who came up through the enlisted ranks than a wet behind the ears officer with a “college” education.
    That master sergeant turned officer is far more likely to bring me back alive from a dangerous situation.
    Same goes for corporate management with no education in an actual retail store. They are good at padding their own pockets.
    They make crazy decisions and move on before those decisions catch up with them. We have an entire retail industry on the ropes right now and a lot of it is poor upper management with no experience on the local level.
    I suggest we take down the college for the elite and put together a system that anyone can get an education without going bankrupt to do it. The rules do need to change.



  • steven454

    One issue, of many, is that our education system is being abused by the 80/20 rule. 80% of the students could be serviced by 20% of the current budget – and then we spend 80% of the remaining budget trying to mop up the last (slowest/dumbest) 20% of the students. The fact that the majority of the bottom 20% are ethnic minorities makes it a political issue, which is where things go very bad.

    If failure was allowed to be an option, we could get more good from less money. That 20% that should have failed out and been removed from the system disrupt and destroy the education system thus compromising things for the 80% who deserve to be there.

    • SoCalBeachDude


  • Zlatko Milanovic

    What a bunch of weak excuses for failing to learn. Every class can’t be an amusement pal. Sometimes learning is just hard work, just like life. Quit whining and get to studying, no one else can do it for you. That’s everything in life, by the way. Anyone who wants to learn can; just do it.


    I was walking around Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in June of 2016. I got to talking with a young lady (16-17 years old) from Texas about the snow that was still on the ground. In reply to something she said, I remarked how people from Atlanta struggle when it snows just a few inches because they just aren’t used to it. I kid you not, she replied, “what’s Atlanta?” Now if she had at least said, “where’s Atlanta?” I would have only been shocked… but “what’s Atlanta?”

    My 10 year old son is home schooled and will continue to be home schooled all the way through high school… and you can bet he already knows what and where Atlanta is.

  • Patriot Alice

    Teachers aren’t being held responsible because they are unionized and can’t lose their job. The teaches walks in classroom with the attitude, so the kids get the attitude too. Get rid of unions and make teachers accountable and fire bad ones!

  • marlene

    If we be edikated, we noes too much! Dems dont like dat.

  • James Staten

    It has been a few years since I saw an article showing a basic 8th Grade curriculum from I believe the late 1800’s? Needless to say, but they had to be proficient in both Greek and Hebrew just for starters. Today most pastors are not even required to take either. I would say a definite dumbing down in America, in more ways than one!!!

    • GSOB

      1 COR. 1:27

      JOHN 7:15-16

      ACTS 4:13

  • Jerry C

    Most people consider a Federal Reserve Note to be money and the United States of America still a Republic & the Constitution is under affect. That my friends, is brainwashing at its highest.

    • SoCalBeachDude

      The Federal Reserve very SUPERBLY and extremely conservatively manages the US dollar which is why it is the strongest and best and most widely used money and currency in the entire world. If anything there are FAR TOO FEW US DOLLARS in existence relative to the bubble values of assets.

      The total US money supply as measured by the broadest M2 measure is less than $14 trillion and the M1 measure is only around $3 trillion consisting of printed cash and checking accounts. That TINY LITTLE BIT OF US DOLLARS supports our $18 trillion a year economy plus around $95 trillion in market value of assets in the US.

      There is no other currency that can even begin to challenge the function and supremacy of the US dollar.

  • Jul 29, 2013 The Origins of the American Public Education System Horace Mann & the Prussian Model of Obedience

    In the 1830’s, American Lawmaker Horace Mann visited Prussia and researched its education methodology. He was infatuated with the emperor’s method of eliminating free thought from his subjects and designed an education system for Massachusetts directly based on these concepts. The movement then quickly spread nationally.

  • JC Teecher

    Off topic, but relevant for the day’s events.

    Trump’s dilemma over North Korea’s porky pol pot threats, are becoming more surreal. He has limited options that may or may not work. Even the most perfect option will cause a ruckus from Russia, and China towards the US of A, and that is this; kill his fat piggy butt when he is least expecting it. His latest test and braggadocious statements towards America on its Day of Independence celebration, is him just flipping Trump and Americans off as nothing to him.
    Trump can continue to play this little cat and mouse game until someone gets killed, which is basically to do nothing.
    He can petition S Korea to allow the US military to station nukes at their bases.
    He can convince Japan to allow US nukes at the bases there.
    Or… (from the Dave Hodges site)
    1. Employ more economic sanctions and for Kim to his knees. This won’t work for 2 reasons: (1) Kim will launch anyway if the situation becomes desperate enough; and, (2) China will provide North Korea with what it needs to survive since North Korea is a puppet state of China.
    2. Launch a coordinated bombing (MOAB or even possibly nuclear) strike against North Korea. For this to be successful, the intelligence would have to be flawless as would the execution of the strike. This is not possible.
    3. Trump could launch a ground strike. However, within the first few minutes Kim would launch an ICBM strike upon the United States. In addition, one has to believe that Kim is psychopathic enough to have developed doomsday weapons for North and South Korea as well as Japan.

    There is only one way this unfolds…..badly!

    • aldownunder

      Yes when I awoke this morning that is all that’s over all the news channels and sites
      Seems they are readying us for the inevitable

      • SoCalBeachDude

        Peter Van Buren: Sorry, No War in North Korea

        I’m so sorry to disappoint so many people, but there is not going to be a war with North Korea.

        No, no, Trump is not going to start a war there. And, no, Kim Jong Un is not going to start a war there. It is not going to happen, despite a cottage industry of pundits who seem to really believe war is only moments away.

        Let’s start with the obvious. A war on the Korean peninsula benefits no one and is really, really bad for everyone (we’ll get to the irrational madman theory in a moment.)

        Any conflict means the end of North Korea, and the end of the Kim dynasty. The U.S. will win any fight, nuclear or not, and Kim and everyone with any power or money in the North knows that. North Korea has no reason to start a war that will end in its own destruction. The people there with power and money do not want to give those things up.

        South Korea, same thing. They will also be destroyed in whole or in part, and, should much survive in the south, they will also get stuck with the mass of refugees flowing out of whatever is left of North Korea. China will not want war for much of the same reason, plus the loss of the buffer state the North represents, plus the desire not to have a smoking radioactive ruin on its border.

        The U.S. does not want war because of all of the above, the likelihood that ally Japan will get trashed along the way, the likely global economic depression that will follow and/or because no one in Washington will bet the house that the North Koreans don’t have a submarine that might get close to Hawaii, a way to deliver a dirty bomb somewhere, or that a glow-in-the-dark North won’t spark off a worldwide radioactive climate crisis

        And that leaves us with the madman theory, the idea that either Trump or Kim or maybe both are irrational, impulsive crazy people who could just one night say, to hell with it, let’s push the button. The problem with this theory is that nothing in history supports it.

        The Kim dynasty has been in power some 70 years, three generations. They have weathered conventional war, sanctions, and numerous war-like acts. They have dealt with famine. They survived the fall of the Soviet Union and generations of American governments. They did not act irrationally. You don’t stay in power for seven decades acting irrationally or impulsively. You stay in power and hold your own against multiple superpowers by careful actions and good choices. There is nothing – nothing – to support any contention Kim might act any more irrationally than his nuclear-armed dad did.

        Sorry to say it, but same for Trump. You hate him, I know that. He is not bright. But same as Kim, he has decades of actions that show he knows how to handle things. He ran a company, he made money, he got himself elected president. He’s been in office now some 100 days and absolutely none of the apocalyptic predictions people have been puking up on the Internet since November have happened.

        And sorry to again mess with what movies have taught you, but both Trump and Kim are surrounded by complex command and control systems. They literally cannot just do what you think they can do, wake up for cocoa and push a button like Dr. Evil and start WWIII.

        So relax. There are other things to worry about.

    • SoCalBeachDude

      Roberts – What The N Korean ‘Crisis’ Is Really About

      The North Korean “crisis” is a Washington orchestration. North Korea was last at war 1950-53. N. Korea has not attacked or invaded anyone in 64 years. N. Korea lacks the military strength to attack any country, such as South Korea and Japan, that is protected by the US. Moreover, China would not permit N. Korea to start a war.

      So what is the demonization of N. Korea by the presstitutes and Trump administration about?

      It is about the same thing that the demonization of Iran was about. The “Iranian threat” was an orchestration that was used as cover to put US anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia’s borders. An anti-ballistic missile (ABM) is intended to intercept and destroy nuclear-armed ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) and prevent them from reaching their targets.

      Washington claimed that the anti-ABM bases were not directed at Russia, but were for the protection of Europe against Iran’s nuclear ICBMs. Insouciant Americans might have believed this, but the Russians surely did not as Iran has neither ICBMs nor nuclear weapons. The Russian government has made it clear that Russia understands the US bases are directed at preventing a Russian retaliation against a Washington first strike.

    • GSOB

      North and South can reunite as one Korea… after all, it was a proxy war…. So…. let the nations of the world contribute to the cause of ending the divide…..

  • jim smith


    • GSOB

      John 6:48
      I am the bread of life.

  • A.S.

    The dumbing down of America is by design:

  • Dave of OK

    What is the solution? It is beyond fixing. Dewey has made quite a mess of things. The teachers are so indoctrinated that any reform would be thoroughly rejected by the rank and file of the teacher unions. Parents have given up on their God-given responsibilities and are too busy for their kids. Maybe we need to go back to one room school houses during and after the Big Reset and start all over. Go back to local parental control and administration of community schools with no strings running to regional, state, and national boards.

  • SoCalBeachDude


    NPR tweeted the Declaration of Independence for the Fourth of July and some thought they were calling for a revolution to overthrow Trump

    NPR has been reading the Declaration of Independence every July 4 for the past 29 years and this year was the first that they extended the tradition to Twitter.

  • SoCalBeachDude
  • SoCalBeachDude


    CNN Targeted WRONG Person – Trump Took Wrestling Video From Different User!

  • “Ultimately, we need to rebuild our system of education from the ground up. Instead of politically-correct indoctrination centers that endlessly pump progressive propaganda into impressionable young minds, we need to transform our public schools into institutions that focus on the essentials.”

    The failure of public education was anticipated over 150 years ago. Any call to “rebuild” is like the Left’s endless call to rebuild communism with more socialism. No! Pull the Plug on Public Education. PPPE It CANNOT be reformed. Read The Messianic Character of American Education.

  • dadelaw

    “#14 Perhaps worst of all, 75 percent of our young adults cannot find Israel on a map of the Middle East.”

    Why ON EARTH should it be necessary for Americans to find Israel on a map?

    (I suspect I know very well why the author of this article thinks Israel is so frightfully important to America…)

  • tacoma

    The public school system have been dumbing down students for a long time now, I say 3 decades. By that I mean they purposely designed a curriculum to teach the least, the simplest for the maximum to pass. But still achieved a 30% drop-out.

    Then these students come home and watch TV, almost non-stop. They become willing puppets soaking up TV commercials, TV violence, TV entertainment, gossip and celebrity worship, TV ideological indoctrination, TV political propaganda, TV nonsense and TV BS. Any spare time left they swing out their smartphones and twitter compulsively. Or play video games.

    Add these two up and what do you get?

    You get what you deserve. This why while everybody can give a long list of problems & symptoms of the education system and its output, none can offer a solution to reverse the culture. There is no solution for what’s deserved.

  • BS1986

    Socalbeach bum must have gone to public school……..

  • Number 6

    PISA is causing the failure of the Worldwide education systen,, … countries educate for the test and graduate students with ZERO life or employable skills.

    This video is from the debate against the head of PISA testing , it is hilarious and rght in the money

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