On May 18, 2018, Dimitrios Pagourtzis murdered ten students at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. This was indeed a tragedy. This type of tragedy has become all too common in the U.S.
Unfortunately, no individual or group has provided a satisfactory explanation of why this is happening in the U.S. so frequently. The simplistic answer is to blame this senseless type of violence on the Constitutional right for responsible individuals to own guns. This mindless theory does not explain why other countries throughout the world where gun ownership is legal, seldom if ever, have murderous rampages in their school systems.
Sanityandsense.com will propose one variable that could be a significant factor in U.S. school violence and school murders. Both the National Education Association (NEA) and the philosophical writings of John Dewey are considered responsible, to an extent, of murders in U.S. public schools. Neither the NEA nor John Dewey are viewed as part of a nefarious plot to promote the murders of school children. Yet that is a result of the actions of the two mentioned entities.
The U.S. requires individuals who wish to teach in the public school system to take a minimum number of courses in “education” and “educational theory.” Strangely, education courses in the U.S. have evolved their own language over the decades and this strange and psychotic language is often referred to as edubabble or gobbledygook.
The language of edubabble is similar to a form of English that is often babbled by seriously mentally ill individuals with a form of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that is frequently characterized by verbal phrases that do not have clear and comprehensible verbal references.
Lets look at a few examples of edubabble to assist individuals unfamiliar with psycholinguistics and semantics. Educator one might say to educator two: ” We must actualize our student’s cognitive potential across spatial and temporal scales.” Educator two might reply: ” Yes. We must also increase their effective intellectual domains.”
Unfortunately the above statements are open to 100 different views by 100 different people. Edubabble has no common form of reference that is understandable or comprehensible. Edubabble is simply a psychotic form of English that is applied and used in educational situations. ( Individuals who are interested in a greater depth of understanding should read and study books on psycholinguistics and semantics. There are many excellent books available in this field.) Unfortunately the U.S. educational system requires that prospective teachers and administrators study a language that is incomprehensible and lacks basic understandings in the meaning of words and phrases.
In a random group of people, some are mentally stable while others are moderately mentally stable while others are mentally unstable. Mentally unstable individuals can often function adequately when they are associated or placed into a group where sane and sensible behavior are the norm. Conversely, mentally unstable individuals become more unstable when placed into a group or situation where sane and sensible behavior are not the norm.
Since edubabble is the language of public education in the U.S., most students are placed into an environment that increases mental instability. The main reason why edubabble has developed in the U.S. is because our educational system evolved from the writings of a man, John Dewey, who was a Fabian Socialist. As education developed in the U.S., the extremely liberal views of John Dewey became the norm. Also, like many ideologies, different viewpoints were not welcomed nor encouraged. Hence, both moderate and conservative views in education were essentially “forbidden” in colleges of education.
Sanityandsense.com believes that all colleges of education should be closed at all universities in the U.S. since the material is counterproductive and at variance with basic common sense. Also, Sanityandsense.com believes that parents should be given a choice relating to the philosophy and management of the public school that their child attends. If Dimitrious Pagourtzis had attended a well managed public institution where common sense was the norm and accountability was the rule, it would have greatly reduced the probability of the tragedy of May 18, 2018, at the Santa Fe High School !
R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: Type the term, school shootings, into the search box at the top of the home page on this website and other related articles will appear for your reading. )