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Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.”-Vladimir Lenin

 

Why Facebook Makes You Sad and Zuckerberg Glad

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. July 31, 2017 Published by World Net Daily

Thousands of studies have reported that most humans thrive when they have positive relationships with other humans. However, these studies have been done with face-to-face social relationships. Now an important study about online relationships has been reported in the Harvard Business Review, “Association of Facebook Use With Compromised Well-Being: A Longitudinal Study.” The study finds the use of Facebook is negatively associated with overall well-being, especially in mental health.

The researchers investigated the associations of Facebook activity and real-world social network activity with self-reported physical health, self-reported mental health, self-reported life satisfaction, and body mass index. Not only was the use of Facebook negatively associated with wll-being, but increased access to Facebook made the user feel worse.

The use of social media reduces time for face-to-face relationships, leads to internet addiction, reduces time for meaningful activities, increases sedentary time, and erodes self-esteem through negative social comparison by users, according to findings.

Dr. Larry Rosen, a psychology professor who specializes in research on the impact of technology on people, reported in a study that too much time spent on Facebook by teens could result in narcissism; psychological disorders, such as anti-social behaviors and mania and aggressive tendencies; and higher absenteeism from school with higher tendency to get stomach aches, have sleep issues, and feel more anxious and depressed.

Middle and high school and college students who regularly checked Facebook tended to have lower grades. The more frequent users often had the lowest rates of reading retention.

A direct link has been established between the number of Facebook friends and the extent to which a user is a "socially disruptive" narcissist. Negative comments about them that are made on Facebook public walls trigger a more aggressive response by narcissists. The research finds that today’s youth are increasingly trending toward narcissistic behavior with self-absorption and shallow friendships.

The American Academy of Pediatrics warns about “Facebook Depression” and its effect on teens. Boston area pediatrician, Dr. Gwenn O’Keefe, said there are “unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem.”

The Sun, a United Kingdom publication, reports a highly disturbing trend of murder and suicide on Facebook Live videos that can last up to four hours. Here are two of the ghastly events reported by The Sun.

And what is Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, doing about the violence on Facebook? He is hiring more staff to police content.

Kenrick and Bodford report that while Facebook has benefits, it also carries psychological costs including the false consensus created by Facebook leading you “to believe that your favorite political candidate is a shoe-in for the upcoming election, even though many of your friends are saying otherwise…you just won’t hear them.” Because Facebook users are primarily in the age range of 18-34, this has critical implications for them as voters.

In the 2016 presidential election 18-25 year-olds voted overwhelmingly for the Democrat ticket. They believed that Hillary Clinton was a sure-fire winner and still cannot cope with the victory of Donald Trump as evidenced with riots and protests by the snowflakes across the nation’s college campuses.

Deep concerns over the use of Facebook are expressed by Fodeman and Monroe in “The Impact of Facebook on Our Students.

  • Use of Facebook requires inordinate amount of bandwidth;

  • Students as early as the fourth grade are allowed access to adult social networks;

  • Socializing on Facebook requires a vast amount of time at the expense of other activities/tasks;

  • Being wired 24/7 is creating screen addiction;

  • Students feel a false sense of privacy so they post embarrassing and harmful information;

  • Students are tricked into “friending” strangers who then gain access to personal information which can include password codes to parents’ financial and credit card accounts;

  • Teens are lured into online scams with fake websites where purchases are billed to parents’ credit cards;

  • Children are increasingly using technology, including Facebook, to avoid difficult face-to-face conversations; and

  • By not building face-to-face relationships, children’s socialization skills are being negatively affected.

According to Mark Zuckerberg, the average Facebook user spends 50 minutes daily on the site, up from 40 minutes in 2014. Not surprisingly, Facebook is actively working to increase that viewing time. Have you ever wondered why you are hounded by ads from your previous online searches? It’s because Facebook is tailoring its News Feed to your needs and interests based on the posts you read. The longer you are on Facebook, the more data that can be collected about your for greater ad effectiveness. More user time equals more money for the corporate bottom line.

Facbook’s strategy to get us on their platform more often and longer must be working. The net annual income for 2016 was $10.19 billion with $1.94 billion monthly active users as of the first quarter in 2017. The well-being of the people be damned. Facebook needs more ad revenue -- more billions for the shareholders and, of course, Mark Zuckerberg.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong With A Federal Apprenticeship Program?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. July 19, 2017 Published by Daily Caller

Promising that apprenticeships are going to be a “major factor in our country,” President Trump is leading the charge to reform the failed federally funded job-training and workforce development programs.

The recently passed H.R. 2353 reduces the role of the federal government in workforce programs. Education and the Workforce Committee ChairmanVirginia Foxx, in her FoxNews commentary, wrote that educational institutions, private companies, and community leaders must work together to create apprenticeship programs without the federal government dictating implementation.

House Ed Committee Studies How Feds Can Avoid Being A Burden-- Really?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. July 18, 2017

Maybe the message is getting through to Republican conservatives on Capitol Hill that government pre-K programs are a failure – no matter how much liberals lie about how government early childhood programs close the gap for poor children.

How Texas Could Give Teachers A Big Raise Without Costing Taxpayers Anything  

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.   July 14, 2017     Published by Dallas Morning News

On July 18th the Texas Legislature convenes for a special session to address 20 items, one of which is a $1000 pay raise for teachers.

Education spending represents a major chunk of each state’s budget, bloated with the usual unnecessary layers of government bureaucracy.  In a 2012 Congressional testimony Neal McClusky with the CATO Institute stated, “Our public schools have been on a decades-long hiring binge with ultimately no gains to show for it.”  

Government Schools Track Kids ‘Mental Health’

by Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. July 14, 2017

Government schools are conducting psychological and mental evaluations of children without parental consent or knowledge. Blame the unconstitutional Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that was passed under the Obama administration with Republican support.

Why Johnny Can’t Read -- Blame Government Schools

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. June 10, 2017 Revised

Original published by World Net Daily June 10, 2017

Despite billions of dollars being dumped into government schools, nearly 50 percent of Americans can barely read while some cannot read at all.

According to the Department of Justice, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” The statistics back up this claim: 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, and over 60 percent of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level. Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.

Big Tech, Big Government to Create National Student Database?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.   July 7, 2017   Daily Caller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have national healthcare and national curriculum standards.  If our Republican-led Congress has its way, we will soon have another unconstitutional national program – a federal student database.

For years those who want to establish social control have advocated for a centralized government database to track and link student data across agencies.  

Texas STAAR Is A National Star!

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  July 5, 2017    Education Views

The Texas required standardized tests -- STAAR -- are vilified by parents and teachers alike who complain teachers are forced to teach to the test, using 25 percent -- 46 days -- of precious classroom time. But there is more to the story than that.

Workforce Reform to Make Marxist Universities Obsolete?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.      June 23, 2017  Originally published at World Net Daily

“We want to make sure that we have the workforce development programs we need to ensure these jobs are being filled by American workers.” – President Donald J. Trump

President Trump is leading the charge to reform the federally funded job-training and workforce development programs to prepare Americans for the millions of available jobs.  As with most central government projects, these programs have not been effective, wasting billions of taxpayer dollars and leaving many Americans struggling to find full-time employment.

That is changing with the new legislature being passed in D.C., designed to promote apprenticeships and effective workforce development programs.

U.S. Schools Cave to Sharia Law
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.   June 18, 2017   

American schools continue to cave to Sharia demands by Muslim students.

Recently high schools in the state of New York were pressured by Muslim students to give preferential treatment for their observance of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Accommodations included prayer rooms, special diets, and time away from school.  

Senate Bill Legalizes Expansion of Data Mining
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  June 14, 2017   Education Views

While the national focus is on data mining at the K-12 grade levels, bureaucrats and technocrats are filing legislation to legalize the expansion of federal data collection on ALL U.S. citizens. If they pass Senate bill, S 1121, the College Transparency Act, the federal government can monitor, track, and pigeon hole Americans from cradle to grave. The bipartisan bill is sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

Anti-Sharia March Rallies on June 10 Alert Public to Islam Atrocities of Female Genital Mutilation, ‘Honor’ Violence
Anti-Sharia March: Women are Sexual Property of their Husbands
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.      June 7, 2017   Published by Texas Insider

On June 10, “March Against Sharia -- March For Human Rights” rallies will take place across the nation including the Texas cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Richardson (site of the Holy Land Foundation terror-financing trial in 2008). 

ACT For America is organizing the rallies to bring public awareness to the atrocities of Islam including female genital mutilation, honor violence and the blasphemy and apostasy laws.

Trump’s Education Budget: Cuts Reduce Federal Control, Common Core
Eliminating ineffective & duplicative programs calls for a $10.6 billion in cuts
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  May 25, 2017   Texas Insider

President Donald Trump has released his full budget proposal with sweeping cuts as promised during his campaign.  Since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965, the federal government has appropriated nearly $2 trillion -- 10 percent of all K-12 education spending -- to improve the educational outcomes of American students.  Yet achievement gaps remain and graduation rates for disadvantaged students are stagnant.

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