Miraculously, Spokane's Board of Ed has approved plans for a new charter school. This will be the first charter in Wash state. Satan dba "Teachers Union" ruthlessly smashed charter plans in Seattle, but for some unknown reason Satan sheathed his bloody claws here in Spokane. The new school has been assembled by a team of experienced teachers and educrats, so it's likely to operate on realistic expectations. Its curriculum will be fashionably focused on STEM, which could be a good thing if it's done properly or a useless thing if it's done the normal way. Properly, of course, means HANDS FIRST. The normal way means HEAD FIRST. In either case ... good or useless ... at least a STEM curriculum won't be actively evil. Unlike, say, a "Transcultural Arts" curriculum.= = = = = After hearing a lengthy radio interview with the school's founder yesterday, I'm even more cautious. She is apparently getting support from "some foundations", which means Satan. She also claims to want community support, as in crowdfunding, but she'll have to drastically reshape her pitch if she really wants the latter. From her presentation the school sounds like the usual unionized poison, all Head and no Hands. Most of the emphasis will be on something called "active citizenship", which means pure reagent-quality adamantine Satanism-Leninism. Students will become missionaries for Die-Versity and Transcultural Arts and Critical Queer Theory. This may be an inaccurate deduction, but all the standard buzzwords were present in her pitch, and the specific meaning of "active citizenship" is unquestionable. Though unfamiliar here, it's common jargon in the bureaucracies and NGOs of the European Union. It means training students to destroy local autonomy, destroy normal civilization, and spread genocidal tyranny. Look it up for yourself.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.