Racism, Economic Illiteracy Fuel Campus Protests

Yesterday apparently was unofficial Protest Day at campuses across the country. Encouraged perhaps by the nonsense that has recently been going on at “Mizzou” — the University of Missouri — students around the nation took up their pickets and pitchforks and marched. What for exactly varied, and in some cases the students themselves didn’t seem too certain why they were making a hullabaloo. Racism seemed to be the main issue, although as befitted a fundamentally socialist movement, economics Read more […]

Can You Say Delusional? School District Gives Cs For Doing Nothing

The struggles of teenage life in America are real.  Teenagers have to get out of bed in the mornings.  They have to receive calls on their phones (paid for by their parents) that are permanently affixed to their bodies.  They have to drink $5 coffees.  In between those taxing activities, they have to go to school and occasionally do a little homework. Seriously, the average high schooler does feel some pressure about his or her grades–either internal or external.  Some teens truly stress Read more […]

Zero Tolerance–Teachers and School Officials Need to Get Thicker Skin

When I read this story, I kept wondering if it was real.  It is so outrageous and ridiculous and crazy and . . .   You get the idea.  There just aren’t enough words to express how incredible this situation is. But it is real.  Here is the report from WTVR CBS 6 News:  A 14-year old girl could be charged with assault and battery after she threw a baby carrot at one of her former teachers. School disciplinary documents allege a baby carrot was used as a weapon in an assault and battery of Read more […]

Less Dependence on Standardized Tests in Public Schools Obama Says

One of my chief complaints as a parent about the public schools my children have attended is that the teachers spend too much time “teaching to the tests.”  By tests, I am referring to the various standardized tests that are required in our state.  Here, we have a state assessment test for elementary grades through eighth grade. I would attend school meetings in which the principals would insist  that the teachers were not teaching to the test.  Then, when the kids would go to class, they would Read more […]

Too Much for Too Little–Reconsidering the Financial Benefit of a College Education

I have four children–three teenagers and one near-teen.  Trust me, the conversations about college in our house are almost never-ending.  College is something we always thought they would do, but we also always knew that our financial contribution to the bill would be minimal, if any.  At the risk of sounding like I am much older than I am, I will start my next thought with, “When I went to college, things were different.”  In the 80s, Reagan was in the White House.  The economy was growing, Read more […]

Common Core Standards Push Political and Social Agendas

Common Core standards for education sound good on paper.  After all, the goals of the standards are lofty and noble.  Consider what the Common Core website says to explain the purpose of the initiative: State school chiefs and governors recognized the value of consistent, real-world learning goals and launched this effort to ensure all students, regardless of where they live, are graduating high school prepared for college, career, and life. In the 6 years since the program launched, controversy Read more […]

Who Defines Bullying?

According to Fox News affiliate Fox 19, a boy at a private catholic school in Cincinnati, Ohio, was suspended after engaging in a staring contest with a female classmate. The incident occurred on a Monday, and school officials were contacted by the girl’s family the next day. The school spoke with Tolbert’s son the same day, a Tuesday, but didn’t inform his parents of the situation until Wednesday. By then, the boy had already penned an apology letter to his classmate. According to court Read more […]

When Liberals Attack Liberals

Bill Maher, the ultra-left comedian and talk show host, has made a living by tearing apart conservatives. Once in a while, he’ll go after a liberal, but for the most part he’s an anti-Rush Limbaugh. But even those credentials aren’t socialist enough to get him a warm welcome at UC Berkeley, one of the super-giant planets that orbits the black hole of liberalism. Odd as it may seem, Maher’s planned graduation speech is being protested for his “racist and bigoted” views on Islam. Translation Read more […]

New York Schools Drop First Lady’s Lunch Program

Michelle Obama’s school lunch program isn’t winning many fans among the nation’s students or their  parents. In fact, another school district recently decided to drop the federal menu plans after numerous complaints from students that they were left hungry and didn’t like most of the food options. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District in New York said that it lost about $100,000 this year by trying out the federal program because the children disliked the menu choices and started bringing Read more […]

Obama Wants to Eliminate All Education that Does not Support the State

Obama attacked sectarian religious schools in Ireland because, as he put it, they cause division. The speech was bizarre but with a hidden purpose. Ireland isn’t divided politically because of its schools. And how would this unity of purpose be accomplished if these sectarian schools did not exist? You guessed it. All the schools would be run by the State. Ed Morrissey writes: “[T]his makes a handy mechanism to call for the displacement of private education and religious instruction from education, Read more […]

Education Bill to Give Special Protection to Homosexual Students

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.  In 2001, President George W. Bush helped to revamp the ESEA and gave it the name No Child Left Behind Act.  Bush’s version of the statute expired in 2007.  Since its expiration, Congress has made a number of attempts to pass another revision of No Child Left Behind, but as yet, all attempts have failed. Earlier this month, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced another massive version Read more […]

Promoting a Virtuous Society, Part 3

In my last article, I mentioned that two major obstacles to a virtuous society are: A lack of a common standard for morality A lack of self-control in the populace Both of these are very difficult obstacles to overcome, and they are interconnected. Many people have attempted to establish a common standard for morality to no lasting avail. Socrates thought (and his followers still think) that education was the cure for vices, since ignorance and poverty were the cause of them. But that Read more […]