Educators and Legislators

When will our so called representatives become proactive rather than reactive? I wonder sometimes if the root of all of our failure stem from our educational systems of higher learning, systems of education, which have prohibited creativity and the learned ability to set goals and objectives for future planning, and systems where curriculums focus on the now rather than the future. Finally, systems of education which have taken away one of the most important learned abilities necessary for success in any vocation or avocation, teaching our men and women the necessity of moral decision making.

 

Today we are experiencing the failures of these systems at all levels of leadership in both Government, Services and in Industry, leadership whose main focus is on instant rewards personally rather than long term objectives and rewards for an organization. Rewards for the few rather than the majority.

 

Even during one of the most critical times in the history of the United States, our Senators and Congressmen are playing politics as usual with the livelihoods of millions of Americans, a congress willing to write a blank check to a corrupt administration for 750 billion dollars yet unwilling to give a loan to a vital industry with specific conditions, and possibly save millions of jobs of hard working Americans. At major fault is the leadership in the auto industry who have lacked the foresight and ingenuity to remodel their cars and industry to compete with the global markets.

 

Our systems of education need to redirect its emphasis on developing leaders, creators, and educators focused on the common good for all mankind. We need to stop producing politicians and we need to develop leaders with a vision which includes all people. All political science curriculums should be eliminated from all institutions of higher learning.

    Modern political science

The advent of political science as a university discipline in the United States is evidenced by the naming of university departments and chairs with the title of political science shortly before the Civil War. In 1857, Francis Lieber was named the first Professor of History and Political Science at Columbia University. In 1880, Columbia formed the first School of Political Science. The discipline established the American Political Science Association in 1903. Integrating political studies of the past into a unified discipline is an ongoing project, and the history of political science has provided a rich field for the growth of both normative and positive political science, with each part of the discipline sharing some historical predecessors.

In the 1950s and the 1960s, a behavioral revolution stressing the systematic and rigorously scientific study of individual and group behavior swept the discipline. At the same time that political science moved toward greater depth of analysis and more sophistication, it also moved toward a closer working relationship with other disciplines, especially sociology, economics, history, anthropology, psychology, and statistics. Increasingly, students of political behavior have used the scientific method to create an intellectual discipline based on the postulating of hypotheses followed by empirical verification and the inference of political trends, and of generalizations that explain individual and group political actions. Over the past generation, the discipline placed an increasing emphasis on relevance, or the use of new approaches and methodologies to solve political and social problems.

In 2000, the so-called Perestroika Movement in political science was introduced as a reaction against what supporters of the movement called the mathematicization of political science. Perestroikans argued for a plurality of methodologies and approaches in political science and for more relevance of the discipline to those outside of it (Chronicle of Higher Education 2001).

Retrieved from “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_political_science

 

Just to note one important fact the 1950’s and 1960’s focused on individual behavioral and group behavior. The 20th century’s greatest invention besides the automobile became available to the American public in those two decades, television. As Edward R. Murrow said “The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue”. Television has been used as a tool to alter behavior of people and specifically for political gain and not humanities gain.

 

We need a redirection of purpose in our educational and political systems. The new administration has inherited a morally corrupt financial wasteland. The path to renew our countries direction has many obstacles politically and morally. The solutions will not be simple, we as Americans have overcome much diversity since our independence, let us renew our faith in the American ability to solve any problem, and we can.

  

 

        

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