What IS Systemic Change?

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Matter vs. Doesn't Matter

For many years I have been observing the conduct of our government and business organizations.  I have been outraged by the export of American jobs to other countries!  Why?  Not because of any virtuous commitment to improve and elevate the state of less fortunate nations in the world, but to increase the profit margins of corporations.  Not to permit business to produce goods and services at less cost so that these savings could be passed on to consumers in the form of lower, more competitive prices!  No!  These American jobs have been exported, thus diminishing the already shrunken Middle Class (and the tax base which provides all the revenues the wealthy and poor have waived), for the sole purpose of providing greedy corporate directors with excessively opulent salaries and provide an example to other corporate administrators of methods by which the American public could be embezzled of the fruits of their labor and the democracy that our military has fought and died for!

What has this to do with education?  Education is the process of socializing our youth to produce the kind of adults that we want our society to consist of in the future.  We teach them the values and behaviors that we want them to demonstrate when they become adults.  Many parents have become disgusted with the principles and priorities we are demonstrating in our public school system and become part of the fastest growing element of our education system - Home Schoolers!

I have seen school district patrons come to Board Meetings attempting to accomplish some change in our local education system and it's priorities only to be completely ignored by a majority of the Board Members.  If the Board could've provided some explanation as to why the thoughts and suggestions of the community patrons could not be employed it would be somewhat bearable.  To be completely ignored does little but reaffirm the perception of many district patrons that their concerns are ignored and that it "does no good" to try to communicate with a Board which has made up their minds before they ever reach the Board Meeting!  This is not idle speculation, but actual events I've observed as a member of the Board of Education!

What I've concluded from all of this is that, as far as mankind is concerned, the universe consists of two fundamental components:  matter and doesn't matter.  My theory of relativity is:  The part of the universe which 'matters' is in direct proportion to it's relevance to the individual.  That is, if it's of any importance to you it 'matters'; if it is of no importance to you it 'doesn't matter'!  If government is important to you it 'matters'; if it's not important to you it 'doesn't matter'!  If what we see in the media is important to you it 'matters'; if it isn't important to you it 'doesn't matter'!  If education is important to you it 'matters'; if it isn't important to you it 'doesn't matter'!  If God is important to you He 'matters'; if He isn't important to you He 'doesn't matter'!

To translate my theory into a mathematical formula:  E (energy dedicated to any task or principle) = M2 (what matters or has relevance) DM2 (what doesn't matter or has little or no relevance).  I've found that the older I get the more discouraged I get and the less I believe it 'matters' what I think, do, or say...thus, the amount of energy reserves which I can dedicate are diminished in direct proportion to how much a given concept or issue 'matters'.  Food for thought, but does it 'matter'?