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My latest internship venture ended this past Friday. All in all, it was a good experience and I got a chance to learn more about how a school district operates. But I learned something else too. There are two things in this country especially that get no respect whatsoever: Work and Education.

We're always told to work our fingers to the bone, yet at the end of the day we have nothing to show for it because any fruits that do come from our labor are strip mined and given to our ever so benevolent 'job creators' so they can buy their tenth summer home or 100th Rolls Royce.

But that's not all. We tell our kids and grand kids to get an education so they can get better jobs and do better for their communities....at least, we used to.

Nowadays, the only way to make a decent living is to look for the latest get rich quick scheme and strike while the iron's hot and then privatize every possible gain while passing on the failure to the people who actually built you up.

Those same 'job creators' I mentioned are even telling us how to educate our kids. Of course, all those rich fucks are interested in is destroying the child's love of learning with pointless drilling, meaningless tests and curricula designed only to inspire brand loyalty. Those who do make it through will likely just continue the cycle of bullshit because you can't get enough people to come together to change anything. How can we do that when we're all being worked to death?

Sure, you'll hear some empty suit pay lip service to workers, teachers and education, but when it's all said and done, they'll go and write some bullshit laws just so their friends can put a few more pennies in their stock portfolio.

Then, when their policies fail to produce any results, they'll just tell us to blame the poor, disabled, the elderly, gays, Muslims or anything or anyone else that they know will draw our attention away from their blatant state and corporate sponsored organized theft.

I'm sure you're tempted to tell me I have programs that can help me get employment, but you wouldn't even know the half of it. No. Instead, I've had to go through numerous internships just to have a prayer of a chance at seeing the bottom of the ladder. In fact, that's what life is like for many with disabilities.

And for fuck's sake, this isn't about entitlement. Not even close. This is about people like us having a shot at long term so-called gainful employment, which, as far as I can tell is practically non-existent.

Like I said, work and education don't get any respect, and let's be real here, they never have. Don't bother saying it isn't true, because history easily tells us otherwise.

See you around,
Homer

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

    by Homer177 on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 11:19:46 AM PDT

  •  Your diaries help me. (1+ / 0-)
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    I need to understand this particular diagnosis.  Even though I was trained to teach Special Education, there was only one chapter in one textbook out of the three required courses that discussed Autism Spectrum, and Asperger's was only mentioned in passing.

    Now I'm involved in therapeutic riding, working on becoming an Instructor, and your insights help me.  I also read authors such as Temple Grandin for the same reason, to help see the world through another's eyes in a way that I could never learn from any textbook.

    Courtesy is owed. Respect is earned. Love is given. (Unknown author, found in Guide to Texas Etiquette by Kinky Friedman)

    by marykmusic on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 07:34:44 PM PDT

    •  Just goes to show... (0+ / 0-)

      We aren't taken seriously here. Never have been, at least not by the dominant culture of right-wing reaction and doublespeak that's plagued this country since the day it was founded.

      The only thing that's ever been taken seriously, especially since the beginning of the Reagan Dynasty, is profit and how much one can make from screwing everyone else just to raise stock prices.

      I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

      by Homer177 on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 10:16:10 AM PDT

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  •   what is weird to me is that (1+ / 0-)
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    people who benefitted from the system are tearing it down. example: retired teacher and also a vet becasue he served 2 years in non war military in the 50s. lifelong teaching career with good pay. went to college on GI bill, bought house with FHA loan, gets a retirement pension as well as social security, always had good health and dental through workplace insurance, represented well by a teacher's union.
     now he spends his time trashing teachers, unions, government, the affrdable healthcare act, low income people ,etc. etc he rails  on people not to go to college becasue colleges are worthless,on and on

    yet the the success of his successful life was built on those very things he now demonizes..

    this is all so irrational and destructive.

    •  Makes me wonder what it'll taketo wake them up. (0+ / 0-)

      Here's the thing about living in America: More often than not, people won't do the right thing until they're forced to do it. Whether by protest, losing everything they own, losing a good chunk of profit or even wanton acts of destruction, people over here tend not to give two fucks about anything or anyone until they're directly effected by the very things they say we whine about.

      To make a long story short, a lot of people here haven't learned the lessons of history. The 'elite' count on that because it allows them to rewrite it however they choose. Just look at the quagmire known as the Texas State Board of Education. They're well known for whitewashing things most of us consider abhorrent, or worse, turning what were once considered great accomplishments into something they can demonize...okay, a bit long winded, sorry about that.

      I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

      by Homer177 on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 10:09:35 AM PDT

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