The social system based on and consonant with the altruist morality—with the code of self-sacrifice—is socialism, in all or any of its variants: fascism, Nazism, communism. All of them treat man as a sacrificial animal to be immolated for the benefit of the group, the tribe, the society, the state. Soviet Russia is the ultimate result, the final product, the full, consistent embodiment of the altruist morality in practice; it represents the only way that that morality can ever be practiced.
Ayn Rand Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 195.
America is the most beneficent nation in the world. We give the most to charity (though Republicans far out-give democrats) and whenever there is a disaster in the world, we are there. On a local level, we donate a ton of money our community programs. If you missed the primer for this post, go here: Obama's Private Youth Army: Recruiting 8-Year-Olds
So why is service being mandated?
"America’s inner contradiction was the altruist-collectivist ethics. Altruism is incompatible with freedom, with capitalism and with individual rights. One cannot combine the pursuit of happiness with the moral status of a sacrificial animal. “Man’s Rights,” Ayn Rand The Virtue of Selfishness, 95.
It is, for one, shocking, that Americorps offshoots (like National Youth Leadership Council) are writing curriculum for our public schools. We give to our community because we want to (not because we have to) -- but this is possibly mandatory and grade based? Big thanks to Laura S for the links and background info.
What ever happened to parents teaching our children to help out in the local community?
Why is community service being defined, controlled, almost regulated and dictated by the Federal Government? Whatever happened to people buying groceries and dropping them at St. Vincent's Kitchen -- or privately sponsoring a homeless family for Christmas at the local shelter, or helping your neighbor when they are out of work and need food? Or working in the food bank at the local Church/Synagogue?
The Generator School Network is a community of schools committed to best practices in service-learning — and to the vision that high-quality service-learning should be a part of the school experience for every student.
Membership in the GSN helps educators assess and strengthen their service-learning practice, access curricular tools from NYLC, share their experiences and projects, and improve student and community outcomes. Through an easy-to-use online community, the GSN connects K-12 teachers and administrators, giving them voice outside their classrooms and schools while providing them with the materials they need.
Participating schools receive:
- Evidence-based assessment tools.
- Professional development opportunities.
- NYLC’s curricular process and resources.
- Access to GSN Advisors and service-learning leaders.
- An innovative online learning community.
Schools that join the Generator School Network make a commitment to:
- Build and maintain high-quality service-learning practices.
- Engage students as vital community resources and leaders.
- Provide professional development and leadership opportunities for staff.
- Connect school curriculum with standards for high-quality service-learning.
- Serve as resources to schools that want to improve their service-learning practices.
Is it truly community service of the heart if it passed off for a mandatory grade at a public school?
The Youth Advisory Council is a team of servant-leaders, ages 14-21, recognized for their dedication to promoting youth leadership, service-learning, youth-adult partnerships, and diversity. YAC members come to NYLC from the National Youth Leadership Training, where each summer young people from across the United States learn skills needed to:
- enhance awareness of social, political, and environmental issues
- motivate action for the common good
- build capacity for taking effective action — individually, in groups, and in organizations
- strengthen abilities to work cooperatively across races, ethnicities, genders, geographies, and socioeconomic backgrounds
YAC advises NYLC on its programming, staffs the National Youth Leadership Training and The National Service-Learning Conference, and brings a valuable youth perspective to the organization’s work. Some YAC members also serve as NYLC Board of Directors members.
The common good:
What is the moral code of altruism? The basic principle of altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue and value.
Do not confuse altruism with kindness, good will or respect for the rights of others. These are not primaries, but consequences, which, in fact, altruism makes impossible. The irreducible primary of altruism, the basic absolute, is self-sacrifice—which means; self-immolation, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-destruction—which means: the self as a standard of evil, the selfless as a standard of the good.
Do not hide behind such superficialities as whether you should or should not give a dime to a beggar. That is not the issue. The issue is whether you do or do not have the right to exist without giving him that dime. The issue is whether you must keep buying your life, dime by dime, from any beggar who might choose to approach you. The issue is whether the need of others is the first mortgage on your life and the moral purpose of your existence. The issue is whether man is to be regarded as a sacrificial animal. Any man of self-esteem will answer: “No.” Altruism says: “Yes.”Ayn Rand, “Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World,”
And if the infrastructure of this monster doesn't scare you, the stimulus money going to this crap ought to. Apply for millions for training for Americorps
page 3 bottom Applicant proposals should address providing services in the subject category for the program year October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010, which will be the basis for the initial workplan and funding. As appropriate to the category, proposals should specify learning goals, methods, schedule, numbers of anticipated participants involved, and method for measuring attainment of learning goals. Proposals should
Page 4 top include multiple strategies (e.g., webinars, online courses, materials, social networking). All Providers are expected to collaborate with CNCS staff and other Providers as directed in the creation and/or delivery of joint products and services.
Social networking: Facebook, Twitter etc.
21st Annual National Service-Learning Conference — Inspire. Imagine. Innovate! Held March 24-27, 2010 in San Jose, California, this event celebrates service-learning as a force that spans cultural and national boundaries, builds communities, and strengthens young people.
The conference is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in service-learning, drawing approximately 2,500 attendees from across the United States and many other countries each year. Through three days of general sessions, thought leader series, service-learning projects, and networking, the conference engages participants in local, national, and global issues that service-learning addresses. Come explore more than 100 exhibits, and nearly 150 hands-on workshops and service-learning projects.
The 2010 conference will feature speeches by Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in creativity, innovation and human resources; Carol Bellamy, President and CEO of World Learning and former executive director of UNICEF; and Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, and Judy Bernstein, authors of They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan.
For registration and further details, please visit the event url listed below.
Target Audience: Youth and practitioners involved in service-learning.
It's all mush. They teach spoon feed them commie crap. Take, for example, this initiative. It sounds lovely, and warm and cozy, but the never mention the motive behind the violence in Sudan. It is jihad.
An Invitation to the Salam Project: Youth Supporting Peace in Sudan
One of the issues to be explored at this year's National Service-Learning conference is the ongoing conflict in Sudan, including a special plenary talk by three of the "Lost Boys of Sudan." Even if you are not attending the conference, you and your students can participate in an exciting service-learning project supporting peace in this war-ravaged country. Come to the kick-off virtual event on Friday, February 12, where your students will participate in a virtual chat with Nisrin Elamin, a Sudanese peace activist, and two youth leaders, talking about their work to educate others about the conflict and support peace in Sudan.
- An online social network and a youth-friendly virtual world to get young people inspired, share information, and highlights results.
- A 3D virtual service center where young people can find out more about Sudan, the peace process, and service-learning opportunities
- A service-learning curriculum and workshops.
- A live video simulcast on March 25th of the talk by Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, three of the "Lost Boys of Sudan."
In addition, during the conference in March, we will be showing live video from one of the main presentations into the virtual world of SmallWorlds. Youth will watch a live simulcast of the talk by Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng, and Judy Bernstein, authors of They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan. At the same time, they can chat with other virtual participants, and even ask questions to the Lost Boys of Sudan!
To register, visit http://sudanpeace.ning.com.
Where's Simon Deng?
And what are they teaching your kid when they are not commanding service? More garbage.
UPDATE: Scarier than that.
The president, in his weekly address, says he'll send a blueprint to Congress next week to give high school grads 'the best chance to succeed' globally. Republicans insist economy is being ignored.