I’d like to sign up for the class on Alien Visitations

Why not cater to the students, maybe they will get paid to be UFO researchers…

Polaris Career Center offers job training – and “documented” evidence of aliens: “Hey, Taxpayer!” with Mark Naymik.

Polaris Career Center has been teaching teens and adults from Northeast Ohio for decades how to repair automobiles, whip-up culinary delights, operate heavy machinery and navigate the latest computer software programs.

Oh yes, and offers this: A class that purports to provide proof that aliens have visited Earth.

Its new three-hour class “will give you documented information from 1957 about aliens who visited President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon,” reads the course description in Polaris’s current adult education catalog. “During the visit they lived on this earth and interacted with people for three years near the Pentagon.”

The class instructor is Peggy Muraco, who also teaches classes at Polaris about UFOs, dating, and understanding PayPal, eBay and website design.

Polaris spokesman Doug Miller said the alien class and some other unusual offerings are paid for entirely through class fees, not tax dollars. He said the classes draw students who otherwise might not visit the center or discover career-training classes in cosmetology and medical coding, among others.

The center also advises people to connect with angels and reading Tarot cards in other classes.

Of course the center does not see any foul in these classes, referring to them as harmless. Well, in a country where a quarter of the population believes aliens have visited Earth, giving a class where people can feel vindicated in their beliefs with shoddy evidence, is not exactly harmless. Polaris are also quick to note that these classes are paid for with class fees and are not subsidized with tax dollars. But that they are under the auspices of a learning institution gives them undue credibility.

While Polaris offers a wide array of adult based classes, a lot of which are job and career oriented, they also do offers quite a bit of flimsy, anti-intellectual classes, like the UFO class,  “Dreaming with the Moon,” “Connecting with Your Angels,” and “Past Life Reflection.”

This sort of feel-good edutainment  “education” is common across the country.

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  20 comments for “I’d like to sign up for the class on Alien Visitations

  1. spookyparadigm
    July 30, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Before people comment, I recommend visiting her website. I’m going with discretion on this one

    http://www.pegslearningcenter.com/index.html

    • July 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      “My classes mostly consist of researching on the Internet, Safety (protection online), making money, and exposing the Truth.”

      Who makes the money and how much?

    • g_the_d
      July 31, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Wow, “This class will discuss where these Alien creatures came from according to Biblical Scrolls and what their intended purpose is.”

      *facepalm*

      Where do I sign up?

    • August 5, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      When I see phrases in the form of “….are afraid to teach/report/tell you” my Woo-dar* immediately starts clanging (I’ve got my Woo-dar device configured for clanging instead of the popular European police siren).

      (From Peg’s website: “Teaching you what others are afraid to teach”)

      I can’t think of any credible body of knowledge that anyone is “afraid to teach.”

      Alas, it appears certain otherwise admirable qualities such as having an “open mind” are being co-opted by the junk science community.
      ————————
      * feel free to use this…and even credit me if you’re feeling generous

  2. terry the censor
    July 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    It’s telling that the two classes on aliens are based on some of the frowsiest UFO conspiracies: secret presidential-alien pacts, the Disclosure Project, and how “Biblical scrolls” foretold all of it.

    http://www.pegslearningcenter.com/class_videos.html

    I’m surprised these courses haven’t shown up on Community.

  3. July 31, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Since my rebuttal is too long to place in your comment area, anyone may view it at… http://www.ezekielswheel.org/Peggy-Ann-Muraco.html

    Blessings to all of you and I encourage you to take my classes and make your own decision on whether you feel this is “nonsense” or not.

    Peggy Ann Muraco
    http://www.PegsLearningCenter.com
    http://www.EzekielsWheel.org

    • July 31, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      I still stand by my conclusion that such baseless classes on nonsense (not the caregiver classes, etc) under the auspices of a learning institution are ridiculous and undermine the reputation of the facility.

      • July 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        idoubtit, You feel that ancient scrolls are baseless classes on nonsense? Do you feel History Classes are the same? That is what this class compares to – it’s history recorded on ancient manuscripts. You need to take the class before you can give an educated comment on this.

        • July 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM

          What does history classes have to do with these UFO classes?

          • spookyparadigm
            July 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM

            Get a tenured gig at the right university, and you can hypnotize people about Reptilian sex abuse and the coming invasion, all in the name of historical research.

        • Kurt
          July 31, 2014 at 1:16 PM

          Here’s my question for you, Miss(es) Muraco: How do you decide that alien visitation supposedly reported on ancient texts is factual, whereas something like the stories of Heracles (Hercules) or talking donkeys (re: the Bible) are not factual? If there was is no corroborating evidence – for example, alien objects we know are from another planet or histories across cultures recording the same facts – how do you decide what to include in your class as proof of visitation? I am unable to take your class as I am now living in California, but am sincerely interested in your answer. I have read many, many ancient stories, namely from religious texts, and they seem to be all over the place on factual content and reasonable believability. One example I can think of is the story of Eziekel’s Wheel, often touted as biblical evidence of extraterrestrial visitation vs. the she-bear attacking children who made fun of a bald man, or some of the most ridiculous monsters from religion being real.

        • July 31, 2014 at 2:47 PM

          And you will have to show your qualifications as an instructor and expert on such matters. I don’t have to take a class in, say, building free energy machines to know that it’s nonsense and not waste my time.

        • July 31, 2014 at 2:50 PM

          Please note the Comment Policy. This is a science-based site. We require references for claims and do not allow baseless statements as advertisement.

        • Tribeca Mike
          July 31, 2014 at 4:31 PM

          For your students’ sakes, Ms. Muraco, I’m glad that you don’t teach English.

      • July 31, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        This same writer, Mark Naymik who calls these classes “nonsense” endorsed Kucinich’s book on UFOs.
        MARK NAYMIK ENDORSES KUCINICH’S BOOK ON UFOS BUT ATTACKS POLARIS BY SAYING THIS IS NONSENSE! http://blog.cleveland.com/openers/2007/10/kucinich_see_ufo_new_book_clai.html

        • August 5, 2014 at 9:37 PM

          see my note elsewhere: Ms Muraco has apparently not even read the article about Shirley MacLaine’s book (not Kucinich’s)…or else she does not understand the term “endorse”…thinking, perhaps that it means “to review” or “to make fun of.”

      • Dubious f
        August 1, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        Put some sort of flying insect with reflecting wings, able to hover, fast per size, be of cognitive of nature. Moving 10 feet from a camera that is focusing at 250 feet… voilà!.. In your capture, you have a unindentifed figured object! The rest might be misleading. Aliens are good business… From keychains to big Hollywood flicks and classes…. It’s here to stay with us. Proof would change more humanity than a capture of one Bigfoot …

    • Bill T.
      July 31, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      I won’t be taking any of your classes, but thanks for the invitation.

    • August 5, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      What’s particularly amazing about this delusional woman’s world is that her putative rebuttal does no rebutting at all of the Plain Dealer article. The reporter, Mark Naymik, calls shenanigans on a number of ridiculous adult ed courses being offered by Polaris (whose excuse boils down to “it helps us”) about angels and Tarot reading and does go on to single out Muraco’s ridiculous course on UFOs, but at no place does the article claim that Muraco is leading the other ridiculous courses. Yet Ms Muraco takes extreme umbrage at that, complaining that she doesn’t teach the courses that she is not accused of teaching. The lady certainly doth protest too much.

      She goes on to breathlessly exclaim that her course is based on historical documents, namely the Dead Sea Scrolls among other manuscripts. However, perhaps a measure of her delusion, she completely misunderstands the Wikiepedia entry that these texts “are of great historical, religious, and linguistic significance,” thinking, perhaps, that “historical significance” means they are “histories” in the sense that Josephus’ works can be considered works of history.

      It’s almost as though she can’t discriminate between “historical document” and “history.”

      The coup de grace in her supposed rebuttal is when she triumphantly declares that the same Plain Dealer author who has criticized her UFO class has “endorsed” Dennis Kucinich’s book on UFOs!

      “MARK NAYMIK ENDORSES KUCINICH’S BOOK ON UFOS BUT ATTACKS POLARIS BY SAYING THIS IS NONSENSE!”

      But once again, Ms. Muraco has not been very careful in her scholarship. Reading the alleged “endorsement” reveals that Naymik is actually reporting (somewhat skeptically) on a book by actress Shirley MacLaine who, in turn, has claimed that Kucinich claimed to have seen a UFO. Naymik’s article is far far far from an endorsement. In fact, it’s about as skeptical — almost tongue in cheek — as can be respectably done in a news report on a movie star’s new book.

      The fact that such ridiculorum may draw students to Polaris’ other fine offerings is a matter for their board of directors’ consciences but certainly does not provide any justification to the good citizens on the shores of Lake Erie.

  4. Lee
    July 31, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    And this has any relevancy towards what?

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