Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How Anti-Racism Lessons INCREASE Pupil Intolerance: Multiculturalism Blowback

The Daily Mail has;
How Anti-Racism Lessons INCREASE Pupil Intolerance: They Cause Animosity To Other Cultures
Dutch study finds discussing sensitive ethnic concerns can be counter-productive.

  • Education Secretary Michael Gove under fire over plans to stop teaching teenagers about multicultural topics.
Children who are given anti-racism lessons in school are more likely to be intolerant outside the classroom, a major study found yesterday.

It said accusing white pupils of racism causes animosity, and discussing sensitive ethnic concerns such as honour killings paints minority group children in a bad light.

The survey said children who live in mixed neighbourhoods are often free of hostility towards other racial groups. 

A Dutch study has found children who are given anti-racism lessons in school are more likely to be intolerant outside the classroom

Counter-productive: A Dutch study has found children who are given anti-racism lessons in school are more likely to be intolerant outside the classroom.

But it found that ‘when more attention in class is being paid to the multicultural society, the liberalising effect of positive contact in class on youngsters’ xenophobic attitude decreases’.
The project carried out in the Netherlands comes at a time of controversy over the place of multiculturalism – which blames Britain for historic racism and demands the encouragement of minority cultures – in the national curriculum and teaching in British schools.

Education Secretary Michael  Gove has been under fire from Left-wing academics over plans to stop teaching teenagers about topics such as ‘the wide cultural, social and ethnic diversity of Britain from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century and how this has helped shape Britain’s identity’.

Instead, in future pupils will be taught much more British history. The study, published in the European Sociological Review, was based on a survey of 1,444 pupils aged 14 and 15 in ten schools in the city of Nijmegen.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has come under fire from Left-wing academics over plans to stop teaching teenagers about multicultural topics
Education Secretary Michael Gove has come under fire from Left-wing academics over plans to stop teaching teenagers about multicultural topics
The teenagers, drawn from different class and racial backgrounds, and with differing academic abilities, were questioned on their attitudes to those from different ethnic backgrounds and about multicultural teaching in their schools. 

It said boys tended to be more intolerant of other groups than girls, and intolerance was greatest among those with strong religious or ethnic identity, among those from Turkish or Moroccan backgrounds, and those with the lowest educational achievements.

But it said the teaching of multiculturalism had an ‘unexpected negative effect’.

It added: ‘The impact of positive inter- ethnic contact in class disappears  or even reverses when multiculturalism is more emphasised during  lessons. Discussing discrimination and the customs and habits of  other cultures during lessons affects the youngsters’ xenophobic attitudes indirectly.’
The report added that bad feelings among minority groups could be generated by discussion of topics such as honour killings or female  circumcision. Animosity could also be caused by ‘a one-sided offender- victim approach to racism’.

The findings echo the views of Bradford head teacher Ray Honeyford, who was driven from his job nearly 30 years ago over his claim that multicultural teaching was harming pupils.
Mr Honeyford said that pupil performance was hindered by ‘the notion of the multi-racial curriculum urged by the authorities, and of making colour and race significant, high-profile issues in the classroom’.

Patricia Morgan, an author on  the family and education, said  yesterday: ‘If you rub children’s noses in their supposed racism, they resent it.

‘Pupils are being accused of things they haven’t thought or done. Multiculturalism attempts to manipulate children’s thoughts, beliefs and emotions, it amounts to indoctrination, and it doesn’t work. It is counter-productive.

‘This study shows that when people try to manipulate children’s minds, it bounces back on them.’

Thank You Daily Mail and Mr Doughty

Cultural Competence 

In 1997, the former California Department of Mental Health, formed a Cultural Competence Task Force (subsequently changed to the Cultural Competence Advisory Committee) to begin developing the first set of cultural competence plan standards, to address the needs of multicultural communities by implementing culturally and linguistically competent mental health services. The 35 member team charged with developing the initial cultural competence standards, worked in partnership with the California Mental Health Directors Association and community partners inclusive of mental health consumer and family members. This was the first endeavor of its kind in the nation, recognized for pioneer leadership by the Georgetown University Cultural Competence Center. Since 1997, three evolutions of the plan have been developed and implemented culminating in the most recent version, the Cultural Competence Plan Requirements (CCPR).  
The CCPR establishes further standards and criteria for the entirety of the California County Mental Health System, including Medi-Cal services, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), and Realignment as part of working toward achieving cultural and linguistic competence. Each county must develop and submit a cultural competence plan consistent with these CCPR standards and criteria (per California Code of Regulations, Title 9, Section 1810.410). This plan shall address all mental health services and programs throughout the County Mental Health System. This CCPR seeks to support full system planning and integration and includes the most current resources and standards available in the field of cultural and linguistic competence. It is intended to move county mental health systems toward the reduction of mental health service disparities identified in racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and other unserved/underserved populations. The CCPR works toward the development of the most culturally and linguistically competent programs and services to meet the needs of California’s diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic communities in the mental health system of care.

Eight criteria were developed to encompass the CCPR and assist county Mental Health Plans (MHPs) in identifying and addressing disparities and inequities across the entire mental health system. Those eight criteria are as follows:

  •  Criterion I: Commitment to Cultural Competence
  • Criterion II: Updated Assessment of Service Needs
  • Criterion III: Strategies and Efforts for Reducing Racial, Ethnic, Cultural, and Linguistic Mental Health Disparities
  • Criterion IV: Client/Family Member/Community Committee: Integration of the Committee Within The County Mental Health System
  • Criterion V: Culturally Competent Training Activities
  • Criterion VI: County’s Commitment To Growing a Multicultural Workforce: Hiring and Retaining Culturally and Linguistically Competent Staff
  • Criterion VII: Language Capacity
  • Criterion VIII: Adaptation of Services

These eight criteria are a mechanism to examine where MHPs lie on the scale of cultural competence. Having used the criteria to form a logic model, the CCPR’s development and inclusion of the eight criteria allow MHPs to implement cultural and linguistic competence in a variety of settings and move toward operationalizing the concept of cultural competence.

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‘This study shows that when people try to manipulate children’s minds, it bounces back on them.’

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And HOW much more of this Counterproductive Psych Con are you going to get the BILL for, America?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Obama's Borrowed MORE Per Household ($53,616) Than Median Household Earns ($50,502)

CNSNews has;
Obama's Borrowed MORE Per Household ($53,616) Than Median Household Earns ($50,502)
April 26, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

500 Groups Urge Congress To Kill Obama's IPAB Death Panel

Fierce Healthcare has;
500 Groups Urge Congress To Kill IPAB
April 26, 2013 | By 

Pressure continues building to kill Medicare's Independent Payment Advisory Board, with more than 500 organizations banding together to send a letter to Congress on Thursday urging its repeal.

"We all share the conviction that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will not only severely limit Medicare beneficiaries' access to care but also increase healthcare costs that are shifted onto employers and working men and women in the private sector," executives from provider, employer, payer and other groups said in a letter from the Healthcare Leadership Council.

The objective of healthcare reform "shouldn't be to arbitrarily cut Medicare spending but rather to achieve better care and improved health outcomes. IPAB is not a mechanism geared to do that," Healthcare Leadership Council President Mary R. Grealy said yesterday in an accompanying announcement.

As now structured, the presidentially appointed 15-person IPAB will have the authority to recommend Medicare spending cuts, which the organizations said would almost entirely come in the form of reduced reimbursements to providers. A supermajority in both houses of Congress is required to overturn board recommendations, the letter noted.

The board will have "unprecedented power with little oversight, even though it has the power to literally change laws previously enacted by Congress," the letter read, noting administrative or judicial reviews of board recommendations implemented by the secretary of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services are prohibited.

"Requiring IPAB to achieve scoreable savings in a one-year time period is not conducive to generating savings through long-term delivery system reforms," the letter continued.
Providers, payers and others have been arguing for an IPAB repeal for some time.

The American Medical Association, for example, sent a letter more than a year ago to a congressional committee supporting proposed repeal legislation, saying it would compound problems caused by the existing physician payment formula.

"We have made it clear to Congress that the IPAB is another arbitrary system that could make the same dangerous type of overall cuts," AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D., said at the time.

And as long ago as June 2011, momentum was building in Congress to kill the board. Repeal attempts so far have failed, but Senate Republicans in February reintroduced a bill to repeal IPAB.
Meanwhile, President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget request triggers the board's actions earlier than the GDP plus 1 percent identified in the original legislation.

To learn more:
- read the HLC 
letter (.pdf)
- here's the 
- check out the AMA 
letter (.pdf)

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Thank You Fierce Healthcare and Ms Bird.

Here's More on the IPAB

The Daily Caller has;

Obama Backs IPAB Death Panel Again Despite Bipartisan Support For Repeal

Currently, a piece of bipartisan legislation in the House that would repeal the IPAB. That legislation has the support of several liberal stalwarts in the House — including Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank.
The legislation’s sponsor, Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe told TheDC that IPAB is the “real death panel.”
“This one is the real baby right here — and most people missed this,” Roe told TheDC back in 2011. “What everybody was talking about, when you saw Sarah Palin and so forth, what they were talking about these advanced directives where you sit down and there’s sort of mandatory counseling — and Medicare paid for it. This IPAB got missed — and it’s the real death panel.”

Human Events has;


"The AARP was a strong supporter of the president’s health care reforms, so it was a difficult crowd for Ryan.
Ryan said one problem with the panel was that its members’ decisions were not approved by Congress, rather it was up to Congress to disapprove its decisions by super-majorities.
The House Budget Committee chairman said another problem was that there was no requirement for the 15 board members to have medical training.
“But you know President Obama’s slogan, right?” he asked the seniors.
“Forward– Forward into a future where seniors are denied the care they earned because a bureaucrat decided it wasn’t worth the money,” said Ryan, who was the 2012 Human Events Conservative of the Year.
Roe said, “I will continue to push for a full repeal of the IPAB, and I look forward to working with my colleagues—both Republicans and Democrats—to protect and preserve Medicare.”

Freedom Works has;

Let's Repeal The IPAB Death Panel

"IPAB isn’t just bad policy. More importantly, it’s also unquestionably unconstitutional. Columnist George Will describes IPAB as, “an executive agency, its members appointed by the president, exercising legislative powers over which neither Congress nor the judiciary can exercise proper control.” Does that sound like a program that follows the constitutional principle of the separation of powers? No executive agency should be allowed to exercise legislative authority. Yet, that’s exactly what IPAB does.
Congress is trying to pass the buck on difficult decisions regarding Medicare costs by delegating away the lawmaking power. This way, they can take credit for health care reform and spending cuts while shifting away blame for the specific cuts put in place by IPAB. It’s spineless and damaging to constitutional government. Worse yet, the ObamaCare law expressly forbids the courts from striking down IPAB. As George Will suggested, IPAB is a part of the executive branch that wields the legislative power without congressional or judicial oversight.
In effect, this means that IPAB will be the only judge of the law that it creates and executes. Such an accumulation of powers would be reprehensible to the Founders. As James Madison argues inThe Federalist Papers, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands… may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

Thanks to one and all.

It's the Obama Jobs Plan. 

Hire another Army of Worse than Useless Psychologists to peddle Don't Worry, be Happy, you wouldn't want to be a burden to society, would you, . . . after We took those payroll deductions out of your ass for your Entire Working Life because YOU couldn't be trusted with the money YOU broke your ass for, . . . 'End of Life' Bullshit, . . . and a referral to a Quack for a Happy Pill prescription.

pic creds to healthinsurancecolorado.org and conservativefocus.com

The IPAB is Unconstitutional:

The 5th Amendment States:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

And as Harry Truman said:

"The Buck Stops Here."

There is No higher Law.