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Wednesday, October 19, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

Everyone is flawed. There is no one who is perfect. Everyone’s life can be dissected to find things that are inappropriate, pathetically stupid or even sinful. Any group or person who wants to besmirch the character of another only has to look long and hard enough or just make it up. Some events and behaviors by anyone can be uncovered that would disturb the sensibilities of the observer. Some will even fabricate stories for political advantage, others due to personal animosity

Every president in the United States has had certain weaknesses. President George Washington, considered by many to have great character and leadership ability was still criticized by many of his contemporaries. During the Revolutionary War his strategies and tactical skills were constantly second-guessed. He was too cautious and at other times too reckless as the first president of the USA. He was reproached for being more like a monarch, by others as too much a weak head of the executive branch of government.

The Thomas Jefferson and John Adams campaign for president was one of the most vicious in our history. They alleged horrible things about each other. Abraham Lincoln was attacked for his physical appearance that some said resembled an ape. Ronald Reagan was considered to be an ignoramus who would destroy the United States with his cowboy style foreign policy. These pundits raged that he was surely going to start a nuclear war.

The 2016 campaign for president between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is mud slinging at a high and ferocious level. Everyday brings a vulgar personal assault on Trump, most being unsubstantiated accusations although he has made some obnoxious mistakes of judgment. His campaign has highlighted Bill Clinton’s sexual proclivities that are not pertinent to Hillary being elected. The only major difference between this and earlier presidential campaigns is the 24/7 coverage on cable news and the invasion into our homes by robo calls and taylor-made Internet messages by micro researching. The intensity and number of these attacks is leaving the public bewildered and frustrated that they are only able to vote for the lesser of two evils.

Probably the majority of the electorate would like a choice between a credible outstanding candidate and a weak and lying one in order to make the choice easier and clearer. They are in essence wishing for a saint and a sinner. The problem with this proposition is even if one appeared to be a saint soon after his life would be distorted by political hacks. 

Even a person of incredible character such as Saint Mother Teresa would be subject to vile oppositional research that would lead everyone to question her “so called” accomplishments. The campaign would have expertise to develop a propaganda campaign that she is a hypocrite or worse.

Saint Mother Teresa founded 517 “Missionaries of Charity” in 133 countries. She inspired 1440 sisters to join her in working with the poorest of the poor. She helped to assist the sick and poor who were disregarded and left to suffer. She herself lived and administered in these physically decrepit conditions in the worst of the worst communities. “There are no big things only little things done with love.” Saint Mother Teresa. Yet, she still had her adamant critics.

Some elites were horrified by the conditions of the less than modern soup kitchens, housing and people in their death stage of life. They voiced that these indigent people deserved better conditions then they leave to go back to their affluent lifestyles. These self-righteous people did not stay to help improve the lives of the abandoned people but were vociferous in their condemnation. 

Saint Mother Teresa went from a heroine to an enemy of women in the eyes of feminists worldwide.  She stated: “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is 'Abortion', because it is a war against the child... A direct killing of the innocent child, 'Murder' by the mother herself... And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? This gave feminists the opportunity to attack her incredible character for stating the stark truth.

Anyone who has the courage to run for president, even a person of strong moral character should realize they would be viciously attacked since even those people with wonderful character have made errors in judgment and actions. This means that voters have the responsibility to research, listen and witness with their own eyes the candidates speaking. This will require effort by citizens to come to their own conclusions.

Voting is a privilege and a responsibility. Not voting is a dereliction of duty on the part of citizens that weakens our republic. There is not any viable substitute to doing one’s homework in the voting process. It takes effort from citizens to keep our republic.   “It is a republic, if you can keep it.” Benjamin Franklin

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio has a new book, just published, IN CHARGE PARENTING. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD traditional Realist

Most children are not aware that their time on earth is relatively short. They often do not even know their family history and stories about their family’s recent past are also not shared with them. Many do not even know their ethnic lineage. The teaching of history, civics, cursive writing or grammar are being deemphasized or eliminated in public schools since educators no longer believe a student being taught about the past prepares the child for his future. These experts are concerned about events that could be a traumatic experience for them.

Modern children are seen as fragile people who have to be protected from criticism, which could hurt their self esteem. Most of today’s children live in an instant gratification world. When they want something they will get it without waiting or earning it. Parents think giving them things shows they are loved. They tend to believe the youngsters are too delicate to be turned down when they request something. There is no expectation to contribute to others only to demand things and get them.

Many parents think their children should not have to confront the nasty reality they had to deal with as a child.  Most believe the world’s condition will continue to improve with no setbacks. Too many people are unaware that the past repeats itself often in a slightly different form. Many parents today think they have the influence and money to shelter their children from negative events that might occur. Some parents actually use their power to protect their children even when they are wrong. Our “protected bubble children” are unfortunately overprotected. They are not learning the skills and insights to overcome future adversities. These youngsters are not being prepared for the realities of life and death that no one has control over even powerful and influential parents.

No matter how powerful or rich their parents, a child’s future is uncertain since no one can control or even predict the future. By parents not communicating the hardships and misfortunes they dealt with while growing up they are giving children a distorted and inaccurate picture of the challenges in life. They are attempting to create a utopian dream future for their children and themselves, which most likely will not be as uneventful and pleasant as they would wish it to be.

As they grow into young adults too many adolescents do not even want to take time to study to obtain a drivers license. It is easier and better from their shortsighted perspective to get their parents to drive them around. Young adults have little motivation to mature because they know someone will jump in to get their needs met. These adolescents feel there are too many responsibilities with too little pay off to want to accept adulthood. They want to continue to be dependent on their parents while receiving all the privileges of a self-reliant adult.

The depression and WWII forged the Greatest Generation. They learned how to survive, persist and conquer obstacles that are almost impossible to imagine. There were many super human feats that were performed, which elevated everyone’s understanding of the power of a person’s will. These same people wanted to shield their children from the hardships they had to overcome. These painful experiences were often defining moments that shaped their future. Since this difficult period in the United States we have lived in relative peace and prosperity.

This has led to an entitlement mentality that has weakened many of our youth’s motivation to be an independent person. This lack of personal drive to become productive, mature adults is bankrupting our treasury, weakening our citizenry and the social unity of the nation. We are becoming a “give me” rather than a “productive people.”

The government entitlement programs are similar to weak parents who make excuses for their child’s lack of effort and accomplishments. When citizens do not earn their privileges and material desires they expect more from government and expect to work less. They become hateful, not grateful, to the “big daddy” government. This is the reason structural unemployment is skyrocketing. Work is de-incentivized where many individuals are not seeking employment even when good opportunities are made available.  Many young adults with a college education expect to start at the top rather than have to prove their value to a business. They become disillusioned with tis capitalist reality. These people quickly become converted to being government dependent complainers without any strength of character to help them.

Young people should be encouraged to care about their future by authority figures especially their parents. The years of one’s life, as any adult knows, pass at warp speed when looking back. Most of us create the narrative of our life by our own choices. When a person waits for parents or government to manage their needs and wants they become dependent and bitter.

Loved ones have a responsibility to assist youngsters to understand that a wasted day of doing nothing or learning nothing cannot be replaced. They need to realize that their production at work is more important than their degree in college. We are given the next day to improve although the bad habits we acquire impede our ability to change direction. We become stuck in our procrastination and pathetic excuses.

There is little time to waste in establishing a great future for one and future loved ones. Preparing for a future should begin as soon as possible by completing each and every responsibility to the best of one’s ability. These habits and successes accumulate to create a great and wonderful opportunity for one’s future.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

Wednesday, October 05, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.d. Traditional Realist

Political polls and “fact checkers” can manipulate the data to get the results they prefer. The subjective questions, order and political leanings of the pollsters can influence the polls. This can explain the discrepancy often found in the actual results or the poll predictions. The “fact checkers” often arbitrarily decide what is true or not.

The same phenomenon happens in the rankings that are given, best to worst, of presidents. Some recent presidents that have left office rose or fell in the surveys depending on the unfolding of their record as compared to what took place during and after they left office. These impressions about a presidential tenure are affected by a changing media and the historian’s assessments. The longer the number of years that have passed usually the more stable is a person’s place in history.  The test of time brings reality into focus.

Currently the PC police are attempting to change many time-tested truths that were established concretely in the past. This is done by repeating statements that are not true, such as “torture does not work,” which is easily disproved by noting the practice has existed throughout the world and by specific examples of how it has worked.  “Spanking is abusive” is another ridiculous statement on its face. The majority of people and even animals have used moderate spanking to gain the attention of the young to make them listen.

Currently many progressive commentators are reciting that “stop and frisk” in the urban areas does not decrease crime. This is taking place when the evidence of Rudy Giuliani’s reign as mayor in NYC was overwhelmingly documented. It showed a drastic and undeniable drop in crime. Another silly attempt to revise history was the statement, “slaves built the White House” as if there were no other groups who contributed to this accomplishment. The stonemasons who were employed have been clearly described as from Scottish ancestry.  Other non-slaves were used throughout this project to complete it. Black slaves may have been involved but many other Americans were as well. 

President Obama’s apology tour started in Cairo, Egypt and continued around the world in order to acknowledge our past transgressions against humanity. He mentioned the brutality of the crusades that started in the 12th Century against innocent Muslims as if there was not any terror rained on the Christians.  He bowed to the Saudi Arabian king as if the king were above the status of the president of the United States. There was no acknowledgment that America was contributing large sums in financial resources, equipment and troops to protect the Saudi people. Russia and Cuba were visited and the message was always slanted to demonstrate our shortcomings or attempt to make a moral equivalency of our behavior and our enemy’s. This was done even when the other nation instigated and initiated the aggression. The only benefit of his continuing “apology tour” is primarily for President Obama to appear as a potential, future head of an emerging one-world government.

President Obama’s said on May 27, 2016, on the eve of Memorial Day in Hiroshima, Japan, “the memory of August 6, 1945 must never fade… it fuels our moral imagination. It allows us to change.” …Yet in the image of a mushroom cloud that rose into the skies we are most starkly reminded of humanity’s core contradiction. How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of a higher cause.” In other words, America had no moral reason to drop the A-bomb on Japan.

Unbelievably when you Google President Obama’s speech in Hiroshima, Japan you find the top listed stories in complete harmony with the Obama administration’s assertion that he did not apologize for the US dropping the A-bomb. It is not an explicit apology but its implication is we should not have made this decision and we should not in the future.  In his view Pearl Harbor and the Hiroshima A-Bomb were morally relativistic acts.

As President Harry Truman prophetically stated, directly after the war, “the bomb caused the Japanese to surrender and it stopped the war. I don’t care what the crybabies say now (or in the future) because they did not have to make the decision.” All wars are horrific. The cost of war eventually forces one side or the other to surrender. Even after the first A bomb was dropped on Hiroshima they refused to surrender. It was only after the second bomb was dropped that they decided to surrender.

It was known that on August 22, 1945 the Japanese ordered that all POWs would be executed. Of the 132,000 allied POWs who were tortured, starved and put in labor camps, almost 40% died. Besides starting the war in a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese killed 6-10 million people. These fanatical soldiers chose to fight until the death rather than be taken as POWs.  Without the Japanese surrendering it was estimated that hundreds of thousands to millions more people would have been killed.

President Obama stated many times during his presidency that he wanted to end having troops in Iraq. He did not want to successfully negotiate a status of force agreement with Iraq. This led to the rapid withdrawing of our forces, which caused us to lose all the gains we had made and created a vacuum that ISIS quickly filled. The strategy did lower the promised troop level to almost nothing, which was his original goal but he had to increase the number of troops to 6000 to avoid a disaster on his watch. Yet he owns the present horrendous conditions of the Middle East.

His policy of “leading from behind,” apology tour and decision not to listen to his military advisers caused the instability of Iraq, Syria and Iran. Reality on the ground, not ideological propaganda matters in recorded history. An administration’s promises and repeated inaccurate statements do not change reality no matter how well done. Truth eventually rises for everyone to see what actually took place.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

Throughout the modern western world youth is worshipped. They are perceived as carefree, smart and high-energy explorers of the world. The majority of them are praised for their naturally cute actions and ability to absorb incredible amounts of information. Their youthful appearance with flawlessly smooth skin is the ultimate example of health and beauty.

The Hollywood media has ordained adolescents as the ultimate prototype of humanity’s perfection. They have been placed on the highest pedestal. Their parents become their unwavering fan club. They are showered with presents and accolades for every thought uttered and every immature self centered action and thought. These youngsters have become a materialistically entitled class that does not have to earn their privileges and gifts that are showered on them. The impulsive sexual, drugging and dramatic behaviors of teenagers have spread to middle aged adults.

Youth has become our role model instead of mature adults. They are honored for many things that come natural in this stage of life. Adult now also want to imitate youngster’s spontaneous behaviors without thinking about the impact on others. Things are said for their novelty and shock value instead of to convey insight and truth. Too many adults are attempting to copy youngsters’ looks and behaviors instead of sharing knowledge and advancing their child’s potential for success in life.

Most adults are not only buying the next bigger and better toy to entertain the youngsters but also themselves. Much money is spent on cosmetic surgery and beauty products to look younger. These temporal and superficial items cause us to work longer and harder in our often-meaningless positions. We do not feel fulfilled, stimulated or challenged in these bureaucratic restricted jobs. The social media, video games, sports and Hollywood indoctrination monopolize the rest of our time, depriving our ability to contemplate and appreciate the miraculous and wonderful things of our existence.

This emphasis on youthful fantasy culture is preventing many adults from gaining the wisdom that comes from searching and understanding the truth taught to us by daily dealing with reality. There is little time to listen, observe, think and analyze what is happening before their eyes everyday. These opportunities to integrate events are being lost in our phony-entertainment reality world dished up by the media. Sex and violence are incessantly employed to gain our undivided attention. We are bombarded by one lie after another in advertising and in the media in our PC culture. Unfortunately dishonesty has become a common element of doing business in this age.

Living longer lives does not necessarily lead to wisdom. There are too many older adults who are self-centered takers, not givers. They have squandered their time and money on the latest fad drugs and excursions to nowhere. There are too many adults who have not learned from their experiences to mature into knowing individuals who understand the consequences of their actions before they do them.

Gaining knowledge of how the world works takes thorough and honest evaluation of the events in our lives. As we analyze them and similar ones we start seeing definite patterns of the way different behaviors get different results. The wise person learns there are real important consequences for our actions. They avoid behaviors that produce negative results and conscientiously increase those that are advantageous ones.

These experiences teach us the importance of living in a certain manner to stay on the straight and narrow path. This helps us reach a higher level of humanity. This knowledge of the wise when passed on to others betters the entire society. This is one of the reasons ancient societies all over the world venerated the elderly. These nations would seek out the wisdom of these people before making drastic decisions reshaping the direction of their culture and society.

These elders passed on their knowledge and insights to their children and grandchildren to strengthen the family unit. They were not viewed as decrepit, worthless individuals that had to be locked up in segregated facilities to fade away from everything and everyone. They were venerated as special individuals who learn how to live effectively and correctly absorbing the insights afforded them.

People with years of existence on earth who lived learning the patterns of the reality of life are a phenomenal human resource that should not be wasted. They are not as exciting as a new life with unlimited potential although some of these elders have successfully reached their entire potential leaving behind an extensive legacy. These incredible people have grasped the essence of life and have given much to us to assist the development of others and the society as a whole.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

Everyone should be able to freely speak without fear of prosecution. When the power elites select words and an agenda that is admissible or not to be spoken we have thought control. This leads down a path towards totalitarianism.

The condoning of college students intimidating any conservative commentator even fellow students with conservative viewpoints by disruptive behavior, physical threats and actions is un-American. It is accepting and condoning mob rule to prevent an open market place of ideas. In the USA our constitution protects individual rights of free speech and the practice of religion. Our republic was based on a free exchange of ideas to arrive at viable solutions.

Restricting a person’s right to fly the American or confederate flag while celebrating the burning and stomping the proud symbol of the majority of law abiding citizens is not freedom of speech. It is discrimination against people expressing their love of country. Preventing Christians from reading the bible or praying on state university campuses or public places while allowing other religions to do so is discrimination of one religion over another.

To win political favor even major corporations are choosing celebrity winners and losers. Colin Kapernick, a second string quarterback and an ungrateful multimillionaire who expressed his anti American sentiments, exploited his position. He refused to pay homage to the flag and the military by sitting on one knee during the flag salute. This was a disrespectful action toward our gallant military soldiers who put their lives on the line to protect all of us including Mr. Kapernick. His bitterness towards a system that gave him and everyone else in America regardless of race and socio economic standing various opportunities to reach the American dream defines an ungrateful brat. He inappropriately used the NFL forum that was broadcast nationwide to spew his propaganda in the freest nation on earth.

Instead of holding Kapernick to a standard of propriety, the head of the NFL, Roger Godell, supported him by not issuing a consequence for his offensive behavior. Godell attempted to disguise his dereliction of duty by claiming Kapernick was expressing his freedom of speech. Instead of telling him in no uncertain terms as a well paid entertainer using his privilege as an NFL member to disrupt and disrespect a national ceremony to millions of patriotic viewers. Mr. Godell’s unwillingness to label Kapernick’s unpatriotic behavior as out-of-bounds has led to other players following suit in this disgraceful display. It is creating a divisive environment. All CEOs have a responsibility to their organization to demand appropriate behavior for they are representing the organization and the dignity of the nation.

 Mr. Godell did not allow NFL teams to show support for the police by putting a sticker on their helmets but were required to wear red, white and blue cleats on 9/11.  There was no freedom of speech stance that arose from this incident. It appeared that this situation would have alienated the political left and therefore was off limits. Godell had no problem turning his back on the Tim Tebow religious right controversy. Mr. Tebow was attacked by many sports commentators and NFL players for putting one knee on the ground in a gesture of thanks to God while many other players in after-game interviews say, “praise the Lord for my performance” with no media criticism. The selective choosing of losers and winners can have serious consequences. We too have the choice not to spend our entertainment dollars and time watching the NFL that supports such behavior.

Mr. Godell was also silent regarding Bionce’s halftime show at the Super Bowl that was anti police and pro “Black Lives Matter” stoking the flames of anti police feelings. Again there was not a word from him to condemn the false impression of police malice and misbehavior in the Ferguson, Missouri incident. This is especially surprising since even the Department of Justice found Michael Brown, not the police officer, as the perpetrator.

Many athletes and entertainer celebrities are punished for their inappropriate political viewpoints and behavior. Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte, lost many lucrative endorsements due to his immature, drunken actions. These company endorsements were dropped because he was no longer “a wholesome role model” to represent their product. Many conservative Hollywood stars are blacklisted after being shown to be closet conservatives. They find themselves unable to find work.

There is no longer freedom of everyone’s ideas protected by the constitution. Whenever there is mention of radical leftist actions and ideas that are outside the bounds of cultural decency the first amendment is cited but this is not acceptable when it comes to the right expressing their first amendment right. Be aware if the traditional American ideology is constantly tainted by calling it hate speech, racism, homophobic, xenophobic or Islamophobic. The attack on traditional Americans exercising their first amendment rights is nothing more than a progressive media attempts to indoctrinate by controlling the flow and narrative of events.

Our nation was founded fighting for the protection of the people’s freedoms from government overreach not for allowing an elite ruling class to use their power to repress and enslave us. Our Constitution and Bill of rights are for everyone, not for the establishment to pick and choose who can express themselves. Selective freedom of speech is an oxymoron to our founder’s principle that all humans have a right to freedom speech and religion.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

Wednesday, September 07, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

There are laws being passed at an incredible rate in our local, state and federal government. In 2011 Federal Register there were 80,000 new laws established.
Not only do citizens have no idea of new laws, our representatives do not even know about them. Many laws are being buried in large bills that the representatives do not have the time to read before voting on them.

Currently law-abiding citizens cannot obey the law, as they do not know what they are to avoid breaking them. The local, state and federal laws often contradict each other on many issues such as drug use and enforcement; illegal immigration; sex and physical abuse and all sorts of environmental regulations.

A father in Bushnell, Florida shot an alligator that first attacked his horses then his child. He was arrested and had to post bail. Only individuals with proper licenses and permits can legally take alligators. These dangerous reptiles had been removed from the protected species list in 1987 although there are laws protecting them because they are similar to the endangered crocodile. This is insane. This man should have received a pat on the back for doing his duty as a man, not arrested.

The massive amount of laws invading our daily life is paralyzing the public. Many people do not want to get involved in helping others since it could backfire into a legal problem affecting them. The laws are so complex, numerous and open to misinterpretation that the most obvious and necessary action can and probably would be questioned.

The recent shooting of Harambe, the gorilla, in the Cincinnati Zoo to protect a 3 year-old child became a story repeated ad nauseam for several days by the media. Protesters from animal activists to Black Lives Matter argued that the gorilla did not need to die. He had a right to his life.

Some animal activists and others held a vigil for Harambe to emphasize the importance of animal’s lives. The memorial event was to condemn the vicious actions of the zoo personnel. From their perspective the ape was the innocent victim of the accidental situation. He definitely was one in this tragic incident.

The crucial issue for the zoo was the safety of the child. The zoo administration knew the reality was that if they delayed the decision the child would die from the natural, instinctual behavior of a huge, strong and predictably rough ape behavior.  It would probably not be the intention of the ape to harm the child but the child’s life was still greatly at risk.

Some advocates of the ape’s life wanted a tranquilizer gun used to make him harmless. These protesters did not realize it would have been ten minutes before he would be rendered unconscious. The animal experts felt the initial pain of the bullet would likely agitate the gorilla resulting in the death of the child.

In the same news cycle a man raped and beat a woman in the Bronx, NY. The wife called the husband, who was attempting to park his car before going up to their apartment. She told him about the rape that just took place. The husband of the woman took an elevator to the 6th floor where he encountered the assailant who he beat to death with a tire iron.

The issue was immediately raised by the hypocritical law-quoting-media when it supported their social justice view that the assailant was no longer a physical threat to his wife and the husband did not follow the letter of the law. Of course he did not because he was in a righteous rage over the rape of his wife who was always covered with a burka.

Many pontificating pundits had to annoyingly admit if they brought the husband to a jury trial he would never be convicted. The unsaid reason was he had instinctually done what he did. His actions were not premeditated. This was an understandable reaction to a horrific act. Every despicable action has a serious consequence. The husband justly administered the consequence for this rapist’s premeditated act.

In our upside-down justice system there are not just too many laws, but too many laws that handcuff people from protecting themselves and loved ones from evil individuals. Even our military soldiers are under absurd “rules of engagement” that prevent them from doing their mission and making split second decisions to protect themselves and their fellow soldiers. These restricting “rules of engagement” place our soldiers’ lives at great risk while providing the enemy with greater flexibility to maim and kill our soldiers. Adding insult to injury, the release of Gitmo’s worst of the worst violators of humanity, who many soldiers died trying to apprehend, is another travesty of justice.

The loss of our freedom through too many unknown and conflicting laws on the books and a lack of rational and blind justice have created disrespect of the law by too many dignified and reasonable people. To honorable citizens these injurious laws are restricting our liberty.

In our present legal chaos good people are being forced to take the law into their own hands. Many citizens are realizing “we have to do what we have to do” to survive. This is not a good sign for the future of the country.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD Traditional Realist

Many public schools are impressive not only due to the size of the magnificent facility, but for their detailed programs and their highly trained teachers. The teachers go through elaborate retraining for new or retooled programs, often every two-years. In addition they have to attend seminars on a regular basis. The syllabuses they are given are specific about the area covered on a specific line-by-line, day-by-day basis. Supportive bureaucrats out of the school district office often produce these detailed guides.

These subject-trained teacher-experts have been systematically trained in numerous educational approaches. These are recycled depending on the latest educational fad and psychological jargon. Often what was peddled last year might be blasphemous in this year’s program. What was inappropriate in the past could now be considered the best practice. This education loop just replays.

Inherent in this revolving and elaborate training is that the teachers have to follow the dictates from above rather than use their knowledge learned from practicing the art of teaching. Teachers are treated as robotic instruments playing on the same note and the same tune that the state and local school districts have composed. This keeps the one-sound-fits-all music for easier monitoring and evaluating across states and nationally.

The principal and administrators are the orchestra conductors who are supposed to ensure every teacher is playing the same music as any other teacher in the same grade. The problem is the composers are in the state capital not in the classroom. A teacher’s unique creativity might enrich the sound (classroom) but would destroy the monotone school culture.

The audience evaluating the performance is not the students; it is the data results from the standardized testing of them. Students are simply the objects that are supposed to absorb the music and are supposed to regurgitate it word-for-word on the exams without any deviation from the precise instructions.

A major flaw in this “top-down- teachers say it and students know it approach-” is it does not account for the differences and uniqueness of each student. Students differ in many ways. Some learn visually, some auditorally, some tactilely and various combinations of these. Each student has different interests, organizational and concentration skills that impact performance.

A few students have an acute memory; they can hear things, memorize them quickly and easily so they do well in this type of activity. While many children can initially repeat an idea or statement they need many repetitions to have it firmly established in their long-term recall. Parents know this reality because they have to constantly repeat answers to questions the child previously knew. This is the reason many academic facts have to be taught year after year in a more detailed form for the student to finally grasp the material.

Repetition does not always work. When a teacher attempts to communicate knowledge on a particular subject to an audience there will be a considerable portion of them who are not ready, able or willing to process the information. These people openly shut down or hide behind their individual masks so as not to alienate the speaker. But they are not actively listening.

The teacher/speaker might have fantastically interesting material to deliver to their audience although the time and place or the person’s state of mind could be out of sync with the message or the messenger. The material might go in one ear and out the other.

Teachers and parents have to observe the child as he is speaking. When there is a question or a series of questions that they are not listening to, the teacher should direct them to pay better attention by asking them pointed questions about what they just said.

The way each student learns most effectively is the puzzle a teacher must solve to improve his or her student’s learning effectiveness. Without assisting the student to understand how he best learns, the progress of the student’s learning will be limited to a snail’s pace. Once the child decides on his best individual learning style, his competency skyrockets, his confidence grows and his internalizing information and knowledge becomes seemingly automatic and natural.

As students climb the academic ladder they become more responsible for their own learning style until eventually they will develop into a more independent learner. When an individual determines what he wants to understand or know better he has already made the choice to focus on the available information. The self-commitment leads down a path of discovery. Only the person who has started on this journey determines when and if to end it. Most independent learners never feel satiated with an interest area of learning. It becomes a life long endeavor.

Any educator or parent should know that just because you said it or taught it does not mean the information penetrated the child’s brain. Only their behavior and unsolicited responses will indicate it has.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at