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Why Obama is wrong about our schools
March 19, 2009
Randy Childs, a public school teacher and member of United Teachers Los Angeles, debunks Barack Obama's arguments for charter schools, standardized testing and merit pay for teachers.
Barack Obama unveiled a wide-ranging set of education proposals in a high-profile speech March 10--and most Americans were eager to hear what the new president had to say about fixing our beleaguered public schools. Yet Obama's speech and policy proposals on education are mostly recycled ideas from the Republican playbook...
Why People Will Happily Line Up To Be Microchipped Like Dogs
by Tyler Durden
November 29, 2017
So...some people actually want to be microchipped like a dog. They're lining up for it. They're having parties to get it done. It if isn't available to them, they're totally bummed out.
I'm not even going to venture into the religious aspect of having a microchip inserted into a human being. Let's just talk about the secular ramifications. Certain folks won't be happy until everyone has a computer chip implanted in them. Here's how this could go. Initially, it would be the sheep who blindly desire to be chipped for their own "convenience" leading the way. Then, it would become remarkably inconvenient not to be chipped - sort of like it's nearly impossible to not have a bank account these days. Then, the last holdouts could be forcibly chipped by law. Read on, because I could not make this stuff up.
Why President Obama Is Wrong on Inequality
by Ronald Bailey
January 10, 2014
It is not the "defining challenge of our time."
Are the rich getting richer? Yes. Are the poor getting poorer? No. In fact, over the past 35 years most Americans got richer. Has income inequality increased in the United States? Yes. Does it matter? Well, President Barack Obama thinks so. In a December speech at the Center for American Progress, the president declared that "a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility" is "the defining challenge of our time." Is that so? No.
Why the 'Unexpected' Keeps Happening
by Paul Hsieh
June 29, 2011
Why do so many journalists describe Obama's foreseeable economic failures as "unexpected"?
If an irresponsible teenager repeatedly crashed his car into a tree whenever he had a few beers, we would never say his accidents were "unexpected." Rather, they would be foreseeable consequences of driving while drinking. Similarly, we shouldn't let journalists get away with describing as "unexpected" the foreseeable negative consequences of bad government policies.
Why The Obama Recovery Has Been Much More Impressive Than Reagan's
by Joe Weisenthal
January 28, 2012
The 2012 election will revolve around the economy, and somehow Obama will have to make the case that he should be re-elected with GDP growing below historical trend, and unemployment above 8 percent.
James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute has been doing a lot of work comparing the Obama recovery to the Reagan recovery, pointing out how much more robust the latter was. In a new post, he takes aim at the suggestion that comparing the two recoveries is somehow unfair because Obama had to deal with the aftermath of the housing bust, whereas Reagan didn't.
Why Universal Pre-K Is a Step Backwards
March 10, 2013
Obama's call for universal preschool access, one of the few concrete proposals in an otherwise bland State of the Union Address, was the culmination of an idea inspired by the success of programs like the Perry Preschool Program.
There has been some research to suggest that children who attend preschool regularly go on to lead more successful lives than those who don't, even when socioeconomic factors are accounted for. In response to the President's State of the Union speech, the WSJ took a look at Oklahoma, one of the first states to roll out state-funded preschools, to see how their program is actually faring.
Why Virtual Public School is Not Really Homeschool
by Tavia Fuller Armstrong
August 23, 2013
There has been much debate in homeschool circles over the past couple of years about whether families using virtual programs like K12 or the Connections Academy, offered through the public schools, are truly homeschoolers.
Some of these discussions result in hard feelings, and leave many parents asking, "Why can't we all just get along?" As a homeschooler who works hard to get along with other parents regardless of their educational choices, I don't like to see virtual schoolers offended or feeling left out. Online public school is a great option for many families, but it is important, especially for parents who are leaving conventional public school for the first time, to know all you can about your educational options, and to know where you stand in the eyes of the law. Here are answers to a few questions that will help people to homeschool understand the essential differences between true homeschool and virtual public school, and to make the choice that is right for their own family.
Why watching TV won't turn your baby into a genius
by Helen Rumbelow
October 29, 2009
In the early 1990s neuroscientists realised what a crucial period the first two years of life are for the human brain. The brain is embryonic at birth; it forms itself in response to what it finds on the outside.
Children placed in foster care before the age of 2 made remarkable recoveries. Those who were given homes after the age of 2 had damaged IQs and cognitive ability. Their neglect could be seen on a brain scan.
Why We Need The Freedom In Education Act
News With Views
by Tom DeWeese
December 10, 2005
Your elected representatives in Congress deny that this nation has a mandatory federal education curriculum. Congress hides the fact behind the historic arrangement of state and local control of schools.
The federal government denies that there is a federal curriculum that teaches world government over national sovereignty. Your Representatives in Congress are in the dark and the federal government is lying. The fact is, the building blocks of world government are being taught in a number of ways. There are several specific programs in today’s education curriculum designed to promote global government.
Why yes, income inequality is a problem
by Jazz Shaw
October 29, 2011
One of the hot terms occupying the center ring of the political circus these days is "income inequality." (See what I did there?)
It's become so popular, in fact, that the Congressional Budget Office has jumped on the bandwagon and produced a study on it. Right off the bat, I would note that there is something inherently stirring for Americans about the term inequality. We don't like it and we never have. The long term trend of our nation's admittedly flawed past has been to eliminate, not reinforce, instances of inequality.
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