Basic Skills 101

Because parents can’t be bothered to teach their kids anything. High School Offers Adulting 101 Classes, Teaches Kids to Change Flat Tires.

I learned to drive before cellphones were everywhere. So you couldn’t just call AAA, or your insurance company’s roadside assistance program.

But I didn’t learn this stuff in school.

The videos have been removed (due to hysterical laughter?), but either Lowe’s or Home Depot had series of basic videos that included things like “How to use a screwdriver.” I don’t think most people can afford to own a home, if they don’t know how to do minor repairs. But that’s me. I didn’t start out expecting to own a home with an acre of granite in the kitchen. (Hat tip to Wirecutter, who started me looking for a source.)

So do they know how to cook? I’m pretty sure that they don’t know CPR or first aid.


Thank an Educator

First Amendment Rights SurveySince “Educators” are the reason there’s so little education. Shock Survey: 40% Of Americans Cannot Name A Single Right Guaranteed By The First Amendment. (Clicking the image will take you to the linked article. Then you need to age down.)

Because if you know what your rights are, you might be willing to defend them. But if you don’t know, then you won’t just stand in line when they want to abridge free speech, outlaw guns, have unreasonable searches (for a good reason!), and accept the unlimited expansion of government power.

When asked to name the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, only one person was able to name all five. 2% of respondents were able to name the right to petition the government for redress of grievances; 12% were able to name the right of peaceful assembly; 13% were able to name freedom of the press; 15% were able to name freedom of religion; and 56% were able to name freedom of speech.

40% got everything wrong.

Do you think this is just an unfortunate turn of events? Hardly. Destroying knowledge of what this country stands for is a key part of the strategy for destroying this country. “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” ― Ian Fleming. (Hat tip to Weasel Zippers.)

Shop Class of the Future?

Yes and no. Minddrive is a program from Kansas City that gets inner city kids to see a different future. In this video you see an electric car they designed and built. Tests show that the roughly 1000 pound non-road car got 330 MPGe at 40 MPH and 440 MPGe at 25 MPH. Pretty good. World-record-class in fact. (No crash tests for this car!)

There is also a communications portion of Minddrive that acts as the marketing/brand managers for what the car design team is doing.

And the car design team isn’t shop class. It includes AutoCAD and Solidworks design stations, business-strategy and all the other kinds of things that an engineering company has to worry about.