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Cara Schulz
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Don't let organizations limit debates to only two candidates - demand  if a candidate is ON THE BALLOT, they are IN THE DEBATE.
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Elected officials shouldn't live in an echo chamber.

Here's a clip from the Burnsville City Council Candidates Forum. I had a 102 fever with the flu (Oh Joy!) Running for office has been a weird, fun, and sometimes frustrating ride. I'm up against two VERY entrenched incumbents who bring new meaning to the term "cronyism." They spent most of the forum complimenting one another and asking people to vote for both of them because they're such good friends and think just alike. I'm campaigning hard, going door to door. We'll see what happen on November 4th.

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The Industrial Revolution's Effect on Creating Public Education

Before the Industrial Revolution education was private. But the IR brought about a change in needs because now everything was standardized on the assembly line. So two types of workers were needed - the worker standing in the line who needed to be about to read, write, and do basic arithmetic (sound familiar?) to do his job - and a smaller groups of managers who would be better trained and able to make limited decisions.

It would take too long and was cost-prohibitive for factory owners to train workers and managers themselves...so a group of industrialists (Henry Ford, John Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, etc) began to push for and create the modern public education system. To say these men had the political power to do something like this is an understatement.

Then, as now, public education focuses on how to teach your kids the 3 R's - reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic. They do get a bit of liberal arts thrown in there, but neither STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) nor critical thinking (Socratic method which teaches through logic and questioning everything and not accepting things on face value) are a focus. Unlike "prepatory" private schools, both then and now, who mirror image this focus.

In public school, kids are put into an assembly line. They are grouped by age rather than skills and everyone receives a standardized curriculum. They're a widget with overworked and understaffed teachers in place of line workers. (How can we expect teachers to work miracles in this situation??) Every year kids are given a battery of standardized tests and if they pass, they move to the next level. Classes were (and are) divided into set time periods which are dismissed by a bell, just like on an assembly line. The curriculum is set up into "credit hours" which used to be called Carnegie Units. After the public school finished producing literate workers ready for the assembly line, the top students went to college to learn skills for management.

Our current public education system was designed and built to produce factory workers. And it has done an excellent job. There are pros and cons to this and a major pro is movement between economic classes. But we no longer need factory workers in such large numbers.

And now we have another shift in what companies need from their workers. Now we need workers to have some level of critical thinking skills, but our current system just wasn't set up for that. It was set up as an assembly line to turn out interchangeable cogs with standardized skills.

Just like in the IR, industry leaders believe it is too costly and time consuming to train workers in the way they wish them to be trained. So over the past 3 years Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle have been meeting with President Obama about how education needs to change.

Education WILL change in the US. It has to because the needs of our economy is changing. How it will change and what it will look like - well...that's the question, isn't it?

But it wasn't created for the benefit of kids, it was created for our economic needs. And it won't change to benefit the kids, it will do so because our economic needs are changing. If it does end up benefiting our kids, that will be a by-product and one brought about by some seriously dedicated teachers.
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ARE YOU A FOOD CRIMINAL?

"If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny."—Thomas Jefferson

Federal, state, and local laws combine to make criminals out of most of us - even for things like growing tomatoes and giving a hungry person our homemade lunch. I'll work to roll back absurd local ordinances that make common decency a criminal act or punish you for planting vegetables in your front yard.

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What should government do when many people ignore a law & there's no injury or damage? There's two approaches to take. Decide that all of you are the problem and take steps to force compliance OR take a look at the rule and see if it's necessary or should be modified in some way. Which do you think is the more needed, common sense approach?
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There is a very false binary idea being presented that people are falling for. The idea that the only way to care for your neighbor, if they are in need, is to have the government do it. Anything else means you're a horrible person and Jesus hates you.

I'm much closer to the flip side on this. If YOU can't be bothered to give people food, to give them blankets and mittens, to smile and talk to them and treat them with dignity and instead you leave it to the government... YOU are the one who needs to do a morality check on yourself. As far as I know, Jesus didn't tell people to leave it up to Judean administration to care for those in need. He told people to get off their butts and get their hands dirty while they open their hearts.

Delphi also tells us to help those in need, directly, and as often as we can, with respect. Most religions and nonreligious ethical systems say the same thing.

This cartoon is an excellent example of how we have made it ethically superior to totally abdicate our responsibility to care for one another.
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So this chick with Celiacs is going to drink an awesome craft beer

No joke. I'm going to crack open this APA and drink it down all casual like. And I'm going to enjoy every drop.

I haven't had beer very often, once I had to go #GlutenFree ... and the few gf beers I've had have bern ermented vomit with soy sprinkles on top. Not tastey.

This gf beer from Burning Brothers? Freakng amazing. Nice crisp, hoppy APA - can't tell it's gf. At all.

I think they only sell in Minnesota right now, but that should change.
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Attention Star Wars Geeks

You know you want this. 
Yes! Luke's favorite warm-me-up, mounted and ready to hang on the wall. Made from a used, recycled action figure with a soft, faux suede pad just behind the head. The plaque is lightweight wood making it easy to hang. The back comes complete with felt and a metal hanger. Also, the plague is covered in luxurious 100% leather - very classy! Size: 8" wide x 13 1/2" high x 6" deep.

If he does Jar Jar, it shall be MINE!
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