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Pay particular attention to the doctor who starts speaking at the 2 minute mark.

If you’re a regular reader, you know that I believe that you can “practice medicine” without going to med school. Instead, learn all you can (all that is necessary, and then some) and then go to where the need is greatest. Yeah, you won’t get rich, but you’ll save a fortune on med school and you’ll change the world. That’s a hell of a bargain.

War is over when your enemy stops fighting, either because they are incapacitated or they simply quit. If you accept that as being true, then “declaring victory and walking away” doesn’t cut it. Like we did in Iraq. Like we’re doing in Afghanistan. The result is a resurgent enemy, one worse than any that we’ve seen so far. This isn’t right-wing hyperbole, listen to President Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel:

Asked to compare ISIS to al-Qaeda, Hagel said it was “beyond anything that we’ve seen,” calling the group more than “just a terrorist group.” “They marry an ideology with a sophistication of strategy and military prowess” that represent “a whole new dynamic and a new paradigm of threats to this country,” he said.

Here’s the entire article, and here’s the video:

Perhaps nothing (domestically) better represents our President than this bit of drivel that he obviously doesn’t adhere to. Which begs the question, why say it to begin with? Oh right, politics. Our first golfer has played more than 180 rounds of golf in 6 years. That’s 2.5 rounds per month. Do you know anyone with a full-time job who can afford to spend that much time golfing?

My problem with the liberal philosophy of the government making choices for the people rather than leaving the choice to the individual is best summarized by this question: Who is to say what is another person’s best interest? In the video clip below, President Obama declares that President Putin is acting against what should be his best interests. Obviously, President Putin disagrees. Who among us is all knowing?

This former Yale University professor has some great advice about how to be accepted to an ‘elite’ university:

“With so many accomplished applicants to choose from, we were looking for kids with something special, “PQs”—personal qualities—that were often revealed by the letters or essays. Kids who only had the numbers and the résumé were usually rejected: “no spark,” “not a team-builder,” “this is pretty much in the middle of the fairway for us.” One young person, who had piled up a truly insane quantity of extracurriculars and who submitted nine letters of recommendation, was felt to be “too intense.” On the other hand, the numbers and the résumé were clearly indispensable. I’d been told that successful applicants could either be “well-rounded” or “pointy”—outstanding in one particular way—but if they were pointy, they had to be really pointy: a musician whose audition tape had impressed the music department, a scientist who had won a national award.”

Look at this short video to gain an appreciation of the type of “pointiness” that the professor is recommending. And make sure to read his strongest piece of advice, just below the video.

“DON’T SEND YOUR KID TO THE IVY LEAGUE.”

This report is worth watching, particularly if you are donating money. But before you watch it, let me tell you, from first-hand observation, some things that the reporter fails to mention.

Many of the children in these orphanages come from villages that have no electricity. Stop for a minute and imagine what life would be like without power. Of course, this also means that their parents have little to no education. Life in such a place isn’t all that different than it was a thousand years ago. Indeed, they farm by hand, with the simplest of tools.

Fast forward to the ‘city’ and things aren’t much better. In my home, I have 13 Khmer (Cambodian) teenagers. ALL are enrolled in public school, from seventh to twelve grade. And NONE of them knew their multiplication tables until I spent 15 minutes a day (for 2 weeks) teaching them. So what kind of education are they receiving at their public school? (Public schools here only run for 4 hours per day and the teacher, as often as not, is a no show.)

Finally, if you care about this issue, you might like to visit my project’s website: One Thousand Days to Educated.

We have to work harder to make sure that everyone is included. It is truly awesome.

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