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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 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 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 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 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 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 nursery schools are bad for little boys
by Sue Palmer
May 19, 2009
It is one of life's little ironies that, just as neuroscience has confirmed the huge importance of attachment in early learning, the people who once selflessly took on the role of faithful assistants to each generation are no longer available to do the jo
There has so far been little research into the emotional effects of institutionalised early care, but what there is gives cause for concern. Government researchers have noticed a "small but significant difference in a large group of children" for whom daycare led to "withdrawn, compliant or sad" behaviour or to higher levels of aggression.
Why Not Sue 'Big Schooling'
by Casey Lartigue
July 16, 2011
Why more black parents are home-schooling their kids
by Patrik Jonsson and Josh Kenworthy
August 16, 2016
While some parents cite religious and moral reasons, others say they are keeping their kids out of public schools to protect them from school-related racism.
Despite the promises of the civil rights movement, "people are starting to realize that public education in America was designed for the masses of poor, and its intent has been to trap poor people into being workers and servants. If you don't want that for your children, then you look for something else," she says. To her, the biggest flaw in public education is a lack of character education, an "absence of a moral binding," that contributes to low expectations - and lower outcomes for children of color.
Why Mark Twain still matters
Chico News and Review
by Jaime O'Neill
April 8, 2010
Mark Twain has special relevance for those of us who live at the foot of the Feather River Canyon, in a county formed by argonauts who came here seeking the gold up that river.
The years following the Gold Rush drew lots of people to California, and Twain was one of them. The time he spent in San Francisco, in Sacramento, and in the mining camps of the Sierra Nevada allows us to lay a proprietary claim on the man and at least a few ounces of his literary gold.
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