America’s Educational Dilemma
Green Affirmative Action
Affirmative action as it is currently defined suggests that everyone regardless of such issues as race has the right to attend the school of their choice within a certain set of logical constraints.
As such, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has provoked a considerable amount of ire over his comments on whether black students might be better off attending “a slower track school where they do well” than to go to a highly selective college, like the University of Texas, through some form of racial preference.
Whereas the links embedded in the paragraph above will go into detail about what is either right or wrong about his remarks, or, narrate as well what appears to be an ongoing discussion as to whether or not a college education, or, more specifically the attainment of more advanced degrees associated with a college education have any real benefit to the one who gets that degree, the much larger issue we as a nation are facing in every aspect of both public and private sector education is much more important to grasp.
That issue is whether or not anything that is actually being taught in our overall American classroom environment has any bearing whatsoever on the industries that we so desperately need to integrate into every single segment of our whole national industrial marketplace. And, in all seriousness, whether that classroom is filled with 5 year old kindergartners or 22 year old students studying advanced calculus, can the outcome of that education be immediately integrated into the advanced 21st century mixed energy based industrial functions that take place in the house across the street from that classroom today in 2015 as opposed to waiting for some obscure and theoretical projected point in time thirty years from now?
With the monumental reality of our nation being poised on every level, to fully redevelop virtually every aspect of our industrial economy, with that redevelopment bench marked entirely on the reconstruction of every aspect of our nation’s infrastructure, the simple act of heating a cup of hot cocoa for the kindergartner who arrives home from school every day is in fact, the substance of what most assuredly is a lesson in physics little Johnny at five would in all likelihood want to be a part of knowing before reaching the age of eight and heading into second grade if in fact the knowledge gained from the student studying calculus at the age of 22 was filtered down seamlessly from one generation to the next in the first place.
Where what we have today in our America is a kindergartner that essentially is still being served warm cocoa heated on devices that do not even begin to reflect the amount of advanced technologies that go into making the appliance being used truly advanced, how power gets to that appliance via house wiring, gets to the house via a neighborhood power grid, gets to the micro neighborhood grid from the regional grid, and, of course how that power is originally generated, all of this speaks volumes on the subject of public education and within education, any form of affirmative action that could possibly be applied to the multitude of mixed generational as well as mixed racial conversations that inspires the conversation of affirmative action to begin with.
In the much broader discussion being had as a result of multinational agreements on climate monitoring, corporations are said to be the key to the implementation of the vast array of modifications required of every nation to adapt in very much of a “green way” to the culture of mixed energy development and management, that is clearly now, ready to be implemented worldwide. As this is the case, the subject of “affirmative action” then is in its’ mildest form of possible determination, the societal based educational key to such implementation.
If you can imagine two cities both of which are in the United States and both of which are charged with the financial and legislative responsibility of implementing a whole mixed energy infrastructure retrofitting policy, affirmative action, and specifically “green affirmative action” is going to be paramount to the successes attained in either of those cities. Having said this, let’s for a minute go back to the discussion of Antonin Scalia’s recent remarks on the subject of blacks in particular and specifically the statements pertaining to whether or not one college could possibly prepare the black student for a better understanding of how he or she would benefit from their environmental studies more so than say another group of black students could benefit or not benefit as much from studies offered by two colleges in two different American cities both of which have the very same 21st century economic and environmental objectives.
When considering the above and considering the curriculum offered by say two different state universities representing two different cities within that same state, the need for “substantial, environmental based, curriculum diversity” must be addressed for the simple reason that while two cities in one state might have the very same economic and environmental objectives, the fact that one city might be located in a mountainous region whereas another might be located in the flat lands or adjacent to say an ocean, the sheer enormity of diversified mixed energy technologies available to that state implies the enormity of diversity required of the educational institutions that ultimately are funded by the industries that are attempting to grow in that state. Thus, whether or not a student is black, or white, or green, because he or she lives within a geographical region while living as well within the city built in that region, implies quite clearly the need for a much broader definition of affirmative action in general in these two cities, in that one state, and,of course, the remaining 49 states that make up our good old US of A.
What I am stating hear is that while Antonin Scalia is referring to blacks in his oral response to the current Supreme Court case involving the University of Texas, first of all, he is doing nothing other than questioning who is to benefit from the overall curriculum offered by the University of Texas. In doing so, he is also revealing how little he actually knows about the diversity of mixed energy technologies that are waiting to be integrated into our collective national economy, while in the same breath ignoring the existing social cultures that actually live and work within a specific region or city the University of Texas serves statewide.
As it is these cultures that are keenly aware of the overall environmental conditions that exist within their region, if the University of Texas itself is not attuned to those specific regional conditions, then it clearly is exposing itself to a multitude of additional discrimination lawsuits as a result. With the nature of these lawsuits opening up the university to intensive scrutiny of its curriculum, the very much exciting outcome of this current Supreme Court case involving the University of Texas could in fact be a very much dynamic wedding of separate industrial entities quite capable of not only teaching that curriculum, but, bringing to the entire regional specific student body, substantial employment opportunities literally right in their own home town most and most certainly in the highly diversified fields of engineering and construction required of that town to rebuild its infrastructure and economy and clearly much broader socioeconomic dialog simultaneously within that process.
As the real issue here is much more than any one aspect of affirmative action, and, instead is central to massive job growth, green affirmative action is of course the solution to both. John Conyers, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, in stating that the Federal Reserve should let jobs and wages grow prior to raising interest rates, is also implying that the much larger structural elements of our economy essentially need to be put into place before any substantial domestic economic growth can not only be realized, but, indeed sustainable well into our nation’s 21st century green industrial and economic future.
When one takes the time to really look at what Mr. Conyers is saying about fed policy and transcribe his thoughts over the dialog of affirmative action being brought forth by Antonin Scalia, the very same issue of affirmative action, or, better yet, “industrial economic action” clearly manifests itself. In fact, if the concept of “industrial neighborhood symmetry” as I write about it on the link above, is to be played out fully across the entire industrial and environmental spectrum of our domestic economy, every regulatory function of that economy must become fully aware of what each seemingly unrelated regulatory body is in fact doing. Any fragmentation, any isolated regulatory body not attuned to the whole stated purpose of managing the whole regulatory process is then susceptible to monumental claims of economic discrimination as each breach of non symmetrical regulatory process essentially serves to undermine the collective growth potential of our entire 21st century domestic as well as global economic model.
What the Fed rate hike means for the Municipal Market.
Having said the above. The holistic regulating or re-regulating of public utility companies is needless to say a huge aspect of our nation’s collective need to foster comprehensive Green Affirmative Action. “The future has yet to be decided – and there’s no reason to sit around and wait for bureaucrats to make all the necessary choices” is the opening statement in the above column written by Damon Beres at the Huffington Post. As this statement on the surface clearly reflects Mr. Beres frustration over the capabilities a broad host of energy technologies have to grow a quite dynamic new American mixed energy economy, ignoring the bureaucracy that ultimately must be charged with establishing cohesive national symmetry simply leads to multiple levels of economic confusion which in turn leads again to multiple levels of discrimination. Just as the University of Texas cannot discriminate based upon race, a start up technology company claiming it right to produce electricity in a new manner cannot discriminate by refusing to become a part of our nation’s overall industrial symmetry, or in this case, our nation’s existing electric utility grid. What that company can do is integrate with an existing public utility provider, or, more specifically regional public utility grid and in doing so bring its specific brand of technology to the utility and the consumer of the power generated by the whole utility. What it can also do is bring its specific technology to the trading floor of the NYSE. But what it cannot do is simply wander off on its own to become its own technology kingdom or monarchy as such a practice diminishes significantly the curriculum that should be offered by the University of Texas. For in doing so, such a selfish practice diminishes the capacity of the black or white or green student to work for that company as it integrates its technology into the regional or local or national public electric utility marketplace in the first place.
In this article authored by Christopher Arcus at Clean Technica, Mr Arcus poses the simple statement – “Can we really generate most of our power from renewable s in just a few decades?” How the grid works and why renewable s can dominate. The answer to his question goes precisely to the much larger point of Green Affirmative Action in that as the technologies that are clearly capable of coming on line are not due primarily to an overall lack of again, “Industrial Symmetry”, that symmetry when executed in cohesion across every regulatory body, simply creates the broader national economic momentum that must in fact be put in place if in fact we are to have nationwide industrial momentum.
As it appears that one of the stumbling blocks for the actualization of that momentum in the electric utility market is that of waiting for the moment when electrical storage capacity will assure the future financial strength of both the wind and solar energy industries, and, within that period of waiting, a host of companies are essentially stingily holding on to what these companies perceive to be a future financial gold mine, the fact of the matter is again that that supposed gold mine won’t be able to be mined if in fact there is not a substantial labor force in place to harvest the gold, a multidimensional public and private sector educational framework designed to teach gold harvesting, an equally multidimensional opportunity for everyone in the country to actually hold stock portfolios in these companies, and, on and on, thus again, Green Affirmative Action is at the core of all such efforts as such action is the only possible way to include every innovation into the national economy of our whole electric power grid. We don’t need new energy storage innovations.
With so much discussion taking place on so many different social and environmental and industrial as well as economic points, and, all of this discussion is more or less focusing on the individual potential for change in individual sectors, no change is actually taking place.
Yet another example of this can be found in America’s housing, but, more specifically, America’s much broader whole urban planning discussion pertaining to municipal zoning. In his article entitled “Fix Housing Supply, Save The City: Is It Really That Easy?” Ben Brown of PLACEMAKERS brings forth even more so, the overwhelming need we as a nation have to put some semblance of industrial and economic order into the planned future growth of both our urban and rural community environments. So as the need for comprehensive urban planning is still today more or less being absorbed into discussions centering around the immediacy of communities to generate revenue based upon ancient industrial ideologies pertaining to all sorts of issues such as zoning and actual property valuation, we as a nation are left in every region with an aging housing stock that has no capacity to be improved physically via the installation of a broad range of labor intensive green products and systems. In turn, as people are simply not working in any of the key industries that are supposed to be fully integrated into our national marketplace they cannot afford to either improve or move out of this dilapidated American housing scenario meaning that the national housing market remains on one hand constrained by a persistent shortage of houses.
Meanwhile on the oil and gas market, oil and gas producer Magnum Hunter Resources filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due entirely to the prolonged slump in oil prices that are themselves low due to the much larger fact that nobody is the least bit interested in driving to destinations that are any farther than the distance to their local grocery store due primarily to the fact that the high paying jobs that are supposed to be coming out of our new 21st mixed energy marketplace haven’t arrived while the jobs these people do have can be done and are being done for constantly diminishing wages by people who really don’t need a college degree to get them.
Regardless of how one chooses to characterize our nation’s total industrial framework, the fact remains that essentially we do not have an industrial framework. As we don’t, the thought of affirmative action and how it is directly associated with equal opportunity education in any of our nations’ body of state universities is in fact entirely irrelevant due to the larger fact that we simply don’t have an American industrial framework. As there are positive examples of industrial and economic community based commingling sprouting up across our country, in a very unfortunate manner, these initiatives, while well intended, serve to only further complicate not only our Affirmative Action discussion, but, most assuredly, a much more substantive Green Affirmative Action momentum/discussion due to the fact that in the example described in the link above, only the inhabitants of one small section of the City of Detroit, Michigan and those participating in this crowdfunding based urban renewal initiative will stand to benefit socioeconomically from the refurbishment of the historic Detroit Stadium.
As there is no discussion of transportation infrastructure in as much as people who will utilize this stadium to play soccer might in fact, need to actually get to the stadium to watch the games, there is as well, no discussion as to how the roads leading to the stadium will be either maintained, redesigned or re-conceptualized so that in fact this particular stadium which once completed, somewhere in 2016 will host, of all world renowned soccer teams, Manchester United of England?
The questions that emerge from this concept are quite remarkable in substance. First of all, Detroit Stadium is in such an extraordinary state of structural disrepair that as once this stadium held a venue that included a host of Detroit based city wide events, the underlying physical collapse of the stadium architecture, now today in 2015, mirrors the social collapse as well as the industrial collapse not of the industries that left Detroit, but, of the mindset that collectively bound Detroiters together in the first place more than a hundred years ago.
Whereas today this Detroit Stadium is used almost exclusively for a practice venue for community based high school sports activities, within the physical constraints of Detroit based high schools utilizing this facility lie also the social constraints of the young men and women who with their high school coaches, have managed to create more or less on their own, not only a cross town social consciousness about the internationally popular game of soccer, but a regional competitive consciousness with other high schools in the area as well as an international sports dialog with non other than Manchester United, which is a team that if you follow soccer at all, is soccer.
Getting back to Affirmative Action then, such action here today in 2015 as it is being applied to the crowdfunding initiative taking place at Detroit Stadium should clearly suggest that while the City of Detroit as a whole is operating from within the constraints of municipal bankruptcy, it is as well operating from within the social strengths of those who have essentially been left behind by an American industrial age who used the State of Michigan’s University system to teach their kids how to sell American autos worldwide, without even for a moments reminding those same kids of the cultural diversity American industry left to rot to begin with.
As again this Detroit Stadium initiative is clearly a plus for Detroit, unless the State of Michigan’s University systems looks carefully at the social profiles of the children and young adults who now live in Detroit and have found a remarkable international bond via the game of soccer, how then can we conclude that those same children cannot as well to taught to become architects and engineers of the fully retrofitted Detroit Stadium they are now attempting to reclaim.
Whereas the simple concept of Affirmative Action negates almost entirely the underlying cultural roots and underlying passion of the culture to expand those roots, Green Affirmative Action embodies entirely both of the above and in doing so, clearly establishes a new 21st industrial and socioeconomic performance benchmark in the process. While crowdfunding the renovation of this stadium has to date produced the sum of perhaps 1.5 million dollars, according to the information in the above story link, in excess of 3 million dollars is needed to upgrade the stadium for functional livability based upon current construction costs in a wholly dysfunctional federal regulatory framework that does not even for a moment integrate into this stadium renovation project anything whatsoever to do with infrastructure improvement either in or around the stadium itself.
As within that framework the State of Michigan’s University system is barely funding its own clearly stale Affirmative Action mandate, needless to say the meager funding capable of being generated by a crowd of investors, more or less assures that this Detroit Stadium idea will be short lived. Once however Green Affirmative Action is integrated into the future of Detroit Stadium, then the roads leading to the stadium which are of course the roads leading to Michigan’s state highway system which of course are connected to America’s interstate highway system as well rail and airport system, then the folks from Manchester, England will in all likelihood come to this Detroit neighborhood in particular for reasons that go well beyond soccer (imagine that).
Yes, from an entirely different regulatory perspective, these Manchester United fans might come to Detroit Stadium and see the following:
A soccer stadium that is maintained by “The Neighborhood Solar, Wind, Natural Gas Transit And Geothermal Heating Association” not to be confused with the “The Neighborhood Rainwater Run Off Management Association”,or, “The Neighborhood Residential Building Retrofit Association”, or perhaps, “The Neighborhood Urban Agricultural Development Association” all of which operate in unison with local junior high school and high school and community college curriculum designed to augment what is being taught at state universities as well as in the private sector?
As the concept here is to simply get something going in America that turns us collectively away from any form of hopelessly stale babble over whether or not blacks kids or white kids or green kids are intelligent enough to design, install and maintain a residential solar array, it is certainly not the children who continue to foster the level of hate and resentment obviously prevalent in the minds of a significant majority of all Americans who are simply sick and tired of waiting for people who think that for some reason they should own a monopoly on a certain green technology that is clearly destined to operate within the far broader industrial infrastructure of our nations’ public utility and municipal services domain. Bill Gates and Zukerberg are attempting to do this now, attempting to make a complete end run around any form of government regulation in the process. As again this approach can only spell disaster for the collective achievement of entirely rebuilt utility infrastructure throughout America, it does as well place the entire concept of affirmative action as in the words of Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce, “College now takes the disadvantages that begin at birth, and then magnifies them.”
Cost is one significant barrier to enrollment of more black students. In Virginia in 2002, state funding paid for two-thirds of the cost of attending a public college and tuition funded the other third. By last year, those ratios had almost entirely flipped, so that state funding now pays for a little more than one-third of the cost and tuition makes up the rest. It costs almost half of an average Virginia resident’s disposable income to pay to attend public college in the state.
Again, the statements brought forth by the Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia Higher Education in the above article simply state the obvious – states across our nation are overwhelmingly going flat broke, and they are doing so in my view for no other reason than constantly arguing the social semantics of the environmental movement, the Affirmative Action Movement, the gay rights movement and any other movement that employ hundreds of thousands of federally funded or privately funded non profit based organizations that are using and destroying our entire public utility and transportation infrastructure while they use and destroy the minds of Americans who would otherwise be busy rebuilding this infrastructure if their naturally creative and analytical brains weren’t constantly being drained by these clearly ancient sociopathic organizations to begin with.
“If you really want to steer the ship as fast as you can, you need systematic, long-term incentives that favor the good stuff over the bad stuff,” Edward A. Parson said. “And the only place they can reliably come from is policy and regulation deployed by government.”
Putting some of this in perspective, in “How National Building Codes Will Bridge America’s Intelligence Gap”, I address national building codes as being the singular most critical link in not only America’s plight to redefine public education, but, to as well, establish universal regulatory policy that is crucial to our national industrial and economic function. In turn, my essay entitled “Establishing A Sustainable 21st Century, Regionally Based Nationwide Housing Finance System” speaks to the one fact that is perhaps more representative of our overall failure to adopt a progressive public utility reconstruction plan. As that one fact is current property valuation scenarios do not even for a moment take into consideration that for the most part, the vast majority of the homes we in America live in today are entirely functionally obsolete. As they are and until infrastructure is enhanced, this unyielding amount of ancient American residential architecture will continue to constrain us economically in every bit the level of severity as our crumbling public utility infrastructure is doing the same. Thus with again Industrial Neighborhood Symmetry working in our collective favor, all such nonsense should in fact end.
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Mike Patrick Dahlke
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