At ten years old, received excellent instruction and education from the professor, Dr. Robert Dorner. All these years later, I still remember his name: Being the excellent teacher he is, he took time out of the day and he would let me stay after class ended and discuss very interesting and intellectually stimulating theories.
In this class, there were many projects and challenges – which, of course, I welcomed. It would be absolutely wonderful if our present system of public education would “police itself” – what I mean is, in the private sector, checks and balances are well established to gauge an employee’s ROI. But in a public education system where the teachers only have to show up and basically pretend to do their job, going through the motions simply to maintain “Employed” status. I’ve had some EXCELLENT teachers, fortunately – some so inspirational and passionate about not only the work, but do an incredible job of integrating the class’s required subject matter with hypothetical real-world scenarios, for instance… and for me, that is probably the most important positive attribute of an educator – going above and beyond what’s ‘necessary’ by getting their students to ENJOY if not love the class subject matter. When this happens, the results are almost miraculous – you get the students cooperating and studying with each other – perhaps even with a little friendly competition (such as a challenge) proposed by a member.
Just a side note: The professor, Dr. Dorner, and I, Brendon Tristal, were the only Caucasian persons in this class. This was way back around 1990 or thereabouts, for one thing, and for another, even as a young child of the 5th grade (age 10) I had some ideas as to why there was such a huge disparity- a very, very low level of ethnic diversity – was in the class. Many of them came to the school, Montclair State University (although back then, it had not yet reached University status).
Obviously, I am accustomed to being a member of the minority in a group – even though I am registered as “White/Caucasian/Non-Native American” on application forms. Every single one of my classmates – the class size was about 30 – were Asian. The clincher here is the fact that the demographics of my region had the exact opposite ratio: Nearly all white students, a ‘very white’ neighborhood, and (sadly) what few peers we had that were not white were often, if not routinely, teased, bullied, and treated inhumanely: Terrible, especially given the young age in which their brains are still developing.
I don’t know whether my fellow peers at MSU were here on study green cards, or if they were U.S. citizens being transported from somewhere far away each day. Or maybe they were flown in to the USA for the sole purpose of attending Montclair State University, learn a bit about America, and then return home. Either way, my class received an excellent education and experience at MSU; I hope they continued on and were not forced to leave this country. Quite unfortunately and sadly, immigration laws originally meant to protect this nation have been misapplied by lawmakers, who apparently bring in talent and potential to give them an American education – only to force them back home by citing some visa violations. Sad for the families and sad for our nation because that practice would effectively kill the ‘American Dream’ – it would also eventually (or should I be a bit less pessimistic, and change that word to “potentially”) destroy our economy and progress in the long run by sending the geniuses away. In much the same way we discourage any entrepreneurs, small or mid-sized businesses, and even big-time CEOs from opening a business or starting a research firm in America with a tax code equivalent to a fine for becoming financially successive.
Yet I hear rantings and ravings from some that the solution is to deport non-nationals, in a misguided attempt at making sure Americans get the jobs. What they don’t realize is that the money in their very own pockets is funding the profits made by poor workers overseas who make any American receiving financial assistance seem like a millionaire by comparison. Now we are deep, deep, deep in trouble… we’ve dug ourselves into a pit of debt so deep, that the only options that remain are either another entirely new, global financial system – with a forgiving of debt – and/or using WAR to fight our way to prosperity, just as all successful civilizations in the history of mankind have done.