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About "Peace Corps"
This plan abolishes the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps was brought to life by Pres. John F. Kennedy in 1961. Young people were going to prove to the world that America cared about the downtrodden by going where they were and representing our country with a friendly face and a helping hand.
But the results never lived up to expectations, and in many cases made things worse. It was always an idealistic dream that Americans with no knowledge of foreign cultures and no specific skills could somehow make life better in poor countries they had never been to before. And history has borne out that common sense conclusion: The Corps has no statistics nor studies from outside that have ever indicated it has made any appreciable difference in any country it has ever operated in.
But it has managed to do more harm than good. Its presence in some countries is used by evil dictators to create the illusion of caring and progress, while the regime loots and oppresses its own people, thus prolonging the oppression. And it perpetuates a bad mindset among Americans sometimes called the “White Savior Complex.” It’s a dangerous attitude that suggests people of color in poor countries are too primitive and ignorant to solve their own problems and they need some rich white folks to come in and straighten them out. Such was the mindset of colonialism in past generations and it’s no less oppressive today, however good the intentions are of those doing it.
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Coach Vance debated in National Forensic League debate while in high school from 1979-1982. In college, he judged at high school NFL tournaments in North Carolina. A homeschooling dad himself, he realized the growing potential and benefit of homeschool debate and switched over to coaching homeschoolers a couple years later. In 2001, he helped Chris Jeub with bringing The Blue Book to a more advanced level. He has been co-authoring Blue Book ever since.