Is intelligence measurable? And if so, how do we measure it?
This has been a burning question of debate in recent years, as parents and teachers are beginning to view standardized testing as an outdated approach to education.
On her widely popular blog, Seeds For Learning, American teacher and scholar Kimberley A. Hurd discusses why she feels standardized testing is limiting:
“There are many more ways to be smart than what many schools are currently allowing. The current testing culture personally drives me crazy. It does not tell students that they matter. Tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each student special and unique.
The people who create these tests and score them do not know each student the way I do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way the families do. They do not know that some of my students speak two languages. They do not know that they can play a musical instrument or that they can dance or paint a picture. Doesn’t that matter more?”
It seems that Hurd isn’t alone in her thinking, either. Last year, a letter from a teacher to her grade school students which seemed to be inspired by Hurd’s views went mega viral around the web after parents and teachers were moved by its message.
The letter reminded her young students that the people who make these tests don’t see the individual qualities and talents that make each student special.
Capturing the imaginations of people around the globe, the letter reveals the often unspoken truth of education: intelligence is much more than a test score.
Do Standardized Tests Reveal Education Quality?
By that same token, is it accurate to say that a teacher’s worth can be measured by their student’s success rate with standardized tests?
“Employing standardized achievement tests to ascertain educational quality is like measuring temperature with a tablespoon.” wrote W. James Popham in his essay, Why Standardized Tests Don’t Measure Educational Quality.
Popham asserts that beyond general attention to English, math, and so on, the significant differences within individual classroom settings presents a problem to those who must sell standardized achievement tests.
While test developers try their best, they are “obliged to create a series of one-size-fits-all assessments.” Popham explains: “But, as most of us know from attempting to wear one-size-fits-all garments, sometimes one size really can’t fit all.”
‘Good’ Student, ‘Bad’ Student
In her article, Standardized Tests Not A Remedy, Marliese Gause points out that the struggle between low performing and higher performing students has been an ongoing battle for every education system since the beginning.
“Formalized testing has made the problem worse by creating an inflexible rating system that tends to reinforce existing bias in a teacher’s mind about a student’s chance for success. Toss in an absent or surly parent and/or a rebellious kid and you have the perfect ‘loser’ recipe.
On the other hand, putting low achieving students into courses where their chance of success is low, further decreasing their confidence, does not seem the right thing to do either.”
Would it then be more effective to re-invest the millions spent on testing, re-testing, and interpreting those tests into more intensive supports for students?
A New Approach: Personalized Learning
Some European countries, such as Finland, have built successful education models which exclude standardized testing to its students. Educators in this region seem to be less worried about “data” and “test results” than they are about a student’s engagement in their work.
They aren’t alone, either, as some provinces in Canada are also taking the steps towards adopting a more forward approach to education.
In British Columbia, educators have been developing a plan that will offer a more flexible and dynamic education system where students are more engaged and better prepared for their life’s journey.
“The key focus is personalized learning – where students have more opportunity to pursue their passions and interests – while maintaining B.C.’s high standards on foundational skills like reading, writing and numeracy,” said Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education in British Columbia.
Many parents are not yet fully sold on the concept of personalized learning, however, mostly due to the fact that the method will have students working more with computers rather than teachers.
Some believe this approach is a sly way to cut costs on salary wages, and worry that computer learning might jeopardize the success of certain students.
“It is a common pattern through history for the pendulum in education to swing from the right (standardized tests) to the left (open classroom),” said Natalie Mccutcheon, an English teacher with the B.C. school board. “I personally think there needs to be a balance, with some type of structure, but I think the entire education system would need to be restructured for this to occur.“
Whatever the case may be, focusing on guiding students towards their personal interests and passions could spell exciting things for the future of education.
Lessons Learned & Moving Forward
Evolution isn’t just subjective to biology, it is applicable to every system, including education.
That is why these public conversations are both healthy and necessary for our cultural evolution – without them, we would remain stagnant.
The viral letter does well at pointing out that these tests may indeed tell us something of a student’s abilities, but not everything. With humility, we can recognize that standardized tests don’t accurately measure growth for all students, and then work towards a more effective and engaging education paradigm for all.
What are your thoughts on standardized testing and conventional education models? Do you think there is a more accurate approach to education and grading? Share with us in the comment section below!
Targeted Individuals All Around The Globe Are Starting To Mobilize
- The Facts:
Targeted Individual activists and targeted individuals themselves are starting to gather across the world to bring attention to a very real phenomenon.
- Reflect On:
Can we see how our intentional awareness of matters like the 'Targeted Individuals' phenomenon helps us all move towards creating the world that we all want?
If you attended or have researched into the Global Targeted Individuals Rallies that ran concurrently in 21 cities worldwide on August 29th, 2019, you would at the very least come to realize that this phenomenon is very real, and not the product of a smattering of delusional and paranoid people, as mainstream media would have us believe (on the rare occasion that they even cover the subject at all).
And stoking your awareness that this phenomenon is real, and is a clear and present danger, is the main motivation of the various organizers of these rallies around the world. By and large, Targeted Individuals are not asking for your sympathy, or your money. They are asking you to join them in coming to a greater understanding of how these programs work, who is behind them, and consequently to build a critical mass of everyday people who acknowledge the dangers of the phenomenon. This alone has the power and capacity to put an end to these programs.
These rallies also serve to help the Targeted Individuals themselves find solace and the inspiration to stay alive, fight for sanity, and find ways to defend themselves from these attacks.
Don’t Let The Small Crowds Fool You
Compared to big, heavily funded and promoted globalist-directed rallies like Climate protests and Gun Control marches that draw large numbers of participants, the crowds that gathered for the TI rallies a month ago might not impress you too much, and might even dissuade you from giving the movement much credibility. But I would like you to consider that every Targeted Individual that shows up to and participates in a public rally represents dozens or even hundreds of their brethren who don’t have the means or the energy to do so, or simply don’t know about the rallies, or have not even come to realize that they are Targeted Individuals at all.
As I did in my previous article ‘Why The August 29th Global ‘Targeted Individuals’ Rallies Deserve Our Attention,’ I would again like to quote TI activist and writer Thomas McFarlan, who explained to me why, if there are so many Targeted Individuals worldwide, that so few of them attend these rallies:
The reason so few TIs show up at protests is because most of us end up murdered, suicided, framed to be put in prison, framed to be put in mental wards, homeless with no resources at all and completely psychologically disorientated, or just completely demoralized living with their parents, or in some cheap rental living a life with a demeaning job, next to no money and no hope so no action is taken. The TIs you see out at protests, and doing activism are the cream of the crop, [the most] psychologically strong people that exist.
In London, activist Mark Williams led a gathering of about 60 people, the most Targeted Individuals ever to gather together in the UK. The video below of Mark speaking over a loudspeaker at the rally outlines the true objective of these rallies: familiarizing the public with the phenomenon, pointing the public to credible evidence and whistleblower testimony that is available on the internet, and basically asking for people’s help to come together with them in order to eventually put an end to these programs through grassroots efforts. Expecting help from our intelligence agencies, government, law enforcement and judiciary is usually pointless, but even more so in the case of the TI phenomenon, since the highest levels of all these institutions are either directly implicated in this or are pressured to turn a blind eye to it.
Mainstream Media Complicity
As I alluded to earlier, an essential prong of the programs that target individuals for gang-stalking, intrusive surveillance, mind-control tactics, and Directed Energy Weapons attacks is the complicity of the mainstream media, which creates a public perception that is crucial to keeping the program hidden, and hence highly effective. You would think that there would be at least a few mainstream journalists who would be willing to ask questions and investigate into these matters. But in my search of the mainstream press I found only outright dismissals of the phenomenon, save a few esoteric pieces that pretended to walk an objective line while making subtle but clear references to schizophrenia and other mental diseases.
In her powerful article ‘9/11/2018: Expose the Treason, Challenge & End Domestic US Fusion Center & Military Terrorism Masquerading as Surveillance,‘ alternative news journalist Ramola D breaks down the mainstream journalistic landscape that continues to give rise to the unchecked proliferation of these programs:
I have witnessed the cavorting and convolutions of numerous bought-and-sold reporters in print and in video as they bent over backwards to accede to the demands of their CIA/and Other Clandestine-Ops-Agencies masters to conceal these crimes of Surveillance Abuse by actively dismissing as “delusional and paranoid” the reports, testimonials, and cries for help from increasing numbers of highly educated and accomplished people of integrity, conscience, and community-mindedness suddenly targeted for apparent assaultive elimination with Stealth Radiation Weapons. I mean reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vice, Wired, and others — classic “mainstream media” mavens run by the CIA, whose paychecks have apparently prevented them from pursuing the truth. And in fact, given them oodles of leisure time in which to write excoriating pieces of vitriol mocking and maligning reporting victims of Surveillance crimes and Military Experimentation abuse, such as in Rational Wiki and Wikipedia, helping the CIA/DOD equate “Targeted Individual” with “Delusional” and that other CIA-Trickster-Term intended to stop all further critical inquiry: Conspiracy Theorist.
Activist Mark Williams in the UK employed a two-pronged strategy: he tirelessly continues to promote this story to mainstream media, politicians, and human rights groups, in the hopes that some individuals will break out of the pack and report on this phenomenon in an objective light. While the response from people who have that kind of power continues to be abysmal, he feels that continuing to seek these people out may eventually bear fruit. At the same time, the rallies are designed to speak directly to the public and get a conversation started:
What I feel was accomplished was a statement that says that the UK is willing to step up and not accept remote torture abuses and Gang stalking abuses. This could set the scene for many larger more successful protests in the future. This in some ways was the first step to doing that but also a success in itself.
It must be noted that a number of people (incl myself) contacted mainstream media numerous times (I did so 3 times for every mainstream channel) and I emailed every MP in this country and every major UK human rights group (twice each) that would be relevant and other major international human rights groups that would be relevant. So the whole protest has been used as a leverage in a way to raise information generally to those groups just mentioned (and others) that have the power to actually help our cause. This is a major step forward in itself I believe as I do not believe in the UK there has ever been such a coordinated effort to raise awareness like this to those in positions to help.
We informed the public generally and handed out over 4000 leaflets (many of which were to BBC personnel). Most of the public were receptive to taking leaflets and their was discussion with members of the public.
These activists are highly motivated as their very lives are at stake. As time goes on, it looks like these rallies will continue to get bigger and the message to the public will continue to get clearer.
Putting The Big Picture Together
Recently, some writers and activists have started to see and speak about the TI phenomenon not as a separate and discrete matter, but rather as one of the interlocking pieces in a much larger agenda of eugenics, mind control, social engineering, a weaponized 5G physical infrastructure and elite global totalitarian rulership. Thomas MacFarlan wrote to me that at a recent 5G Conference he became more familiar with China’s social credit blacklist which already contains 13 million names. These people suffer limitations on employment and hence earning potential, limitations on how, when and where they travel, severe social stigma, all leading to limitations on who they can associate with, limitations on types of purchases, limitations on use of communications technologies and use of the internet and social media, and many others.
This social credit system is another type of targeting, and you can already see the broad strokes of a future dystopian surveillance state that could ultimately come under a single elite global authority. MacFarlan also noted that thousands of Chinese have reported experiencing electromagnetic mind control technologies used on them, as per this Epoch times article. He notes that since getting these testimonies out to Western media is already very difficult for Chinese citizens, the actual number that are effected must be exponentially larger.
Macfarlan has become more active in the ‘Stop 5G’ movement and has made connections between this and the ‘Targeted Individual’ phenomenon. He also sees strong connections between 9/11 and the TI phenomenon, as an increase in covert surveillance powers brought on after 9/11 through the Patriot Act and other legislation saw a great uptick in targeting, which Macfarlan discusses in his article ‘The 45 Days After 9/11 Campaign for 9/11 & Surveillance Abuse Justice.’
The ‘Targeted Individuals’ piece of this puzzle fundamentally resembles experiments done on innocent, unsuspecting citizens to see the way people’s minds and bodies can be controlled, to test limits of endurance and pain thresholds. The 5G infrastructure would greatly facilitate the ability to locate and, as the situation calls for, attack or otherwise control people as though we were animals to be controlled within a virtual electrified fence. Cell phones, smart meters and home monitors play a role in the surveillance and the analysis of behavior. The unchecked development of Artificial Intelligence plays into this as well, along with the Transhumanist movement, which endeavors to get us off of our own natural intuition-guided human spiritual ‘network’ and into an artificial technological one. Eugenics, and its arms of fertility-killing vaccines, the creation of diseases like AIDS and Ebola, severe weather modification, and outright geopolitical war-masked genocide, all contribute to the goal of reducing the population to a size, like the 500 million suggested by the Georgia Guidestones, which the small global elite has the means to openly control.
Despite All This There Is Hope
I believe unfailingly in the human spirit, and armed with the truth and our indestructible underlying connection to one another, I think we are capable of anything we choose. The global elite may have the power, the money, and the dark knowledge that have enabled them to essentially be the masters of humanity since time immemorial, but we are at a time in history where all that is changing.
The Targeted Individuals phenomenon, China’s Social Credit system, the 5G rollout, Vaccine Mandates, Mind Control, Social Engineering, Transhumanism and many other social and economic travesties will ultimately be the source of our grand awakening, if we rise ourselves to the opportunity as a collective. Getting to understand the nature of all of these phenomena individually helps us to put the puzzle together and see how they are all part of one vast and long-sought global agenda of total control over humanity.
The time for activism is now, and acknowledging and sharing what we learn of the struggles that our brothers and sisters are going through is an important part of that activism.
As we become more aware of this big plan and what is really going on behind the scenes, we will literally find the ‘man behind the curtain,’ like Dorothy and her brave companions found in the Wizard of Oz. Of course the global elite is likely to wildly vociferate their superiority and the beneficence of their agenda once they are first revealed, but we will quickly come to see how empty and impoverished they actually are.
We will come to realize how impotent these people would be without our compliance and our tacit consent to be lorded over by them. We will see that we just need to collectively decide to stop being the foot-soldiers for their agenda. Ultimately, this will allow us to simply brush them aside, as one whisks away eraser debris after correcting a mistake, and take our rightful place as masters of our own destiny.
12,000 Doctors Urge the FDA to Put Cancer Warnings on Cheese
- The Facts:
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) recently submitted a citizen petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change labeling on cheese to include a cancer warning.
- Reflect On:
Why have our federal health regulatory agencies and big food companies marketed dairy products as safe, healthy and necessary when the science clearly suggests otherwise.
What do doctors learn about nutrition in medical school? Shockingly and unfortunately, nothing. Why? Because nutrition does not bring in profit, and treating people with nutrition hasn’t seemed to be an option at all ever since the birth of the mainstream medical industry. The sad reality is that “the medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” – Arnold Seymour Relman (source)
Thankfully, things are changing and changing fast. A lot of people are taking their nutritional education into their own hands, and many doctors are also educating themselves on the power of nutrition through the plethora studies and clinical evidence that’s available out there.
One of the latest examples of doctors educating themselves comes from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), who recently submitted a citizen petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change labeling on cheese to include a cancer warning.
Why? Because based on the research, cheese, and dairy from the animal of another is not good, but bad for us. This reality may be hard for many to believe given the fact that it’s been one of the stable food groups for so long. It’s time we start recognizing that “nutritional education” that we grow up with is a product of the big food companies and marketing, it’s not backed by any science and more people are starting to become aware of what the science is actually showing us.
The petition states:
Dairy cheese contains reproductive hormones that may increase breast cancer mortality risk. (This sentence is what they want on dairy cheese products).
High-fat dairy products, such as cheese, are associated with an increased risk for breast cancer. Components in dairy such as insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) and other growth hormones may be among the reasons for the increased risk for cancer.
To ensure that Americans understand the potential significant risks, and resulting long-term costs, of consuming dairy cheese products, the FDA should ensure that the notice above is prominently placed on product packaging and labeling for all dairy cheese products.
I find it interesting that they mention IGF-1 growth hormone.
A 2015 study published in Cell Metabolism is one of multiple studies that points out:
Mice and humans with Growth Hormone Receptor/IGF-1 deficiencies display major reductions in age-related diseases. Because protein restriction reduces GHR-IGF-1 activity, we examined links between protein intake and mortality. Respondents (n=6,381) aged 50–65 reporting high protein intake had a 75% increase in overall mortality and a 4-fold increase in cancer and diabetes mortality during an 18 year follow up period. These associations were either abolished or attenuated if the source of proteins was plant-based.
The study above corroborates with a lot of other research showing that animal protein skyrockets IFG-1 growth hormone, thus leading to a wide variety of diseases, in the long term, including cancer. The interesting thing is that protein from plants, as the study points out, “abolished or attenuated” these associations “if the source of proteins was plant-based.”
Fasting has been shown to reduce the risk and even reverse many age related diseases, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It’s also been shown to regenerate stem cells and slow down the overall aging process, much of that is due to the fact that fasting drops our IGF-1 growth hormone levels.
A recent study conducted by researchers in California and France found that meat protein is associated with a very sharp increased risk of heart disease, while protein from nuts and seeds is actually beneficial for the human heart.
The study is titled “Patterns of plant and animal protein intake are strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality: The Adventist Health Study-2 cohort,” It was a joint project between researchers from Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California and AgroParisTech and the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Paris, France.
It was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. The researchers found that people who ate large amounts of meat protein, which is a daily norm for many people, represented a portion of the human population that would experience a 60 percent increase in cardiovascular disease (CVD), while people who consumed large amounts of protein from nuts and seeds actually experienced a 40 percent reduction in CVD.
Dairy “Turning on Cancer.”
Doctor Colin Campbell. author of the “China Study” discovered that animal protein (casein) can accelerate and “turn on” cancer, while plant based protein has the opposite effect.
“What I did during the early part of my career was nothing more than what traditional science would suggest. I made the observation that diets presumably higher in animal protein were associated with liver cancer in the Philippines. When coupled with the extraordinary report from India showing that casein fed to experimental rats at the usual levels of intake dramatically promoted liver cancer, it prompted my 27-year-long study The China Project, of how this effect worked. We did dozens of experiments to see if this was true and, further, how it worked.” – Dr Colin Campbell, (China Study)
Campbell is an American biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long term health. He is Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, he has a Ph.D. in nutrition, biochemistry, and microbiology. Scholars like Campbell and their work is so important in a world of medical education and academia that almost completely ignores nutrition.
Casein is the most relevant chemical carcinogen ever identified, make no mistake about it. (source)
Campbell went beyond mere correlation and found using animal studies he conducted that casein actually “turns on” cancer. When animals were fed a diet high in casein, the cancer increased dramatically. What’s even more interesting is when they decided to do a comparison using plant protein.
What we learned along the way is that we could turn on and turn off cancer. Turn it on by increasing casein consumption, turn it off by decreasing it or replacing it with plant protein. That was a really exciting thing that we could take nutrition and turn cancer on and off, I mean that, that was pretty startling. – Campbell (source)
We are the only species on the planet that consumes the dairy of another animal after weaning. The reduction of lactase activity after infancy is a genetically programmed event. Approximately 75 % of Earths population is lactose intolerant for a reason, because it’s perfectly natural. We are not meant to drink the milk of another animal and we had to evolve the gene to digest it. The statistics vary from race to race and country to country but overall they show an abnormal amount of individuals who qualify. In some Asian countries, 90 percent of the population is lactose intolerant.
It seems the big food companies convinced us that it’s a requirement, and that it’s healthy. They used protein and calcium (both of which are present in a number of plant sources, for example) as mass marketing tools to push dairy products on the population in order to turn a very large profit, all at the health expense of human beings.
This is one of multiple examples off mass perception manipulation.
Fort Worth Police Fatally Shoot Black Woman In Her Home – Time For A Change?
- The Facts:
A woman was shot and killed by a Fort Worth police officer after police responding to a wellness check call at 2:25 am.
- Reflect On:
Is it time we start looking at how we can solve the unbalanced state of being many police officers perform their job while within daily? Solutions exist, we simply have to make people aware of them.
Race is important to the point being made in this article which is the only reason it’s mentioned in the headline. A woman was shot and killed by police inside her own home early Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas. Police responded to a non-emergency call from a neighbor who requested a wellness check be performed on the house as he noticed two doors open and the lights on at 2:25 am.
Police performed a perimeter check of the house. While walking through the gate, the officer looked through the window and sees the woman. He quickly raises his flashlight in one hand and gun in another and shouts “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” Within 4 seconds, he fired at the woman, hitting her fatally.
“The individual, a black female, who resides at the residence succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene,” said the Fort Worth PD’s statement. “The officer, a white male who has been with the department since April of 2018, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome [of] the critical police incident investigation.”
Why it matters: Initially many will view this as a race-related killing, and there is a small likelihood that’s the case. But I truly believe there is more to this story.
Mainstream culture has been trained to make everything about race right now in what is a working divide and conquer strategy. A deeper look points us to research that police are consistently under a high level of stress and are not living in a balanced state of being while on the job. Not a surprise to some, but perhaps to others.
The larger issue here is we have a police force that is experiencing “among the most stressful occupations in the world and officers typically suffer a variety of physiological, psychological, and behavioral effects and symptoms,” according to a 2012 study examining the role of stress and other psychological challenges in a police officers life. “Officers operating under severe or chronic stress are likely to be at greater risk of error, accidents, and overreactions that can compromise their performance, jeopardize public safety, and pose significant liability costs to the organization” the study abstract continues.
After following 59 police officers through 16 weeks that had been trained on Heart Math’s Resilience Advantage® training, it was noted that:
“The greatest and, in our view, most important effect of the self-management training was seen in the participants’ increased ability to manage their moods and emotions, which is a fundamental key to sustaining resilience. … For the police officer, the abilities to think rationally under stress, concentrate, plan ahead, remember and organize crucial information, make effective decisions, and control inappropriate emotion-triggered reactions are critically important and in some cases, can determine the difference between life and death for the officer and other parties.”
Since 2012, 300 to 400 police officers per week in the Netherlands have received heart coherence training through the HeartMath. It was estimated that by 2016, 30,000 Dutch officers would have gone through the training, we are awaiting an update on this figure. HeartMath Benelux is an official partner of the Dutch Police Academy as clearly they see value in this form of training for officers.
The conscious takeaway: Why is the emotional and psychological state of an officer not one of the most important factors discussed in the media? It so often comes down to race as our social engineering has trained us to view things in that manner.
We have a potentially extremely powerful solution through Heart Math’s Resilience Advantage® training yet we’re happy to make social media posts about hate and race? Perhaps it’s time for a new approach? Maybe we can begin to address the state of being of ourselves and start taking responsibility for how we feel, what we go through and how to master our emotions? There’s plenty of tools out there, it simply requires a cultural shift in wanting to move towards peace vs staying right where we are.
After all, are police not people we want to feel like can truly help the community?
“It makes you not want to call the police department […] If you don’t feel safe with the police department, then who do you feel safe with?” – James Smith, neighbor who called police.
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