The Worth of School Vouchers and Local Control

Free Congress Foundation | Paul M. Weyrich | Nov. 15, 2007

Yesterday I wrote a column on the need to eliminate No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the massive federal program President George W. Bush signed into law in 2002 to overhaul America’s public schools and raise the standards for American education. That column was critical of NCLB because the program has failed to produce any significant achievement in public schools and is little more than a bloated national bureaucracy throwing money at states and local school districts. I urged Congress to phase out NCLB immediately, not to re-authorize it.

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Censoring the Cross at William & Mary

Human Events | Robert H. Knight | Nov. 16, 2007

In contrast, a few hundred yards away in the circa 1699 Christopher Wren Building on the campus of William & Mary, a small brass cross that had graced the chapel’s altar, was now encased in … plastic. What had been a symbol of the ongoing importance of faith to America’s continued story was now officially a museum piece.

While the vets proudly marched nearby, the second oldest university in the nation (after Harvard) was officially dissing the faith that launched the American Revolution as — you guessed it — not inclusive enough.

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Education Is Not the Answer to Every Problem

Townhall.com | Dennis Prager | Nov. 6, 2007

At the Democrats’ presidential debate last week, the candidates were asked to comment on issues pertaining to education. This was Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd’s response: “I’ve been asked the question over the years, ‘What’s the single most important issue?’ I always say education because it is the answer to every other problem we confront as a people here.”

Needless to say, no other candidate took issue with Sen. Dodd, and it is likely that most senators, all the Democrats and many Republicans, would agree with the sentiment. But the sentiment is not only wrong, it is destructive.

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Who Ruined Public Education?

FrontPageMagazine | Warren Throckmorton | Nov. 5, 2007

Sometimes my teenage daughter reacts to my wise sayings with her own form of wisdom. She says, “You know, sometimes, you just say words.”Although I am not completely sure my translation is correct, I think she means that she didn’t really understand me or like what I said. Some newspaper columnists are like that. They just write words; some make sense and some do not. And they get paid for it.

Case in point: Mark Morford of the San Francisco Chronicle. I am not a regular reader of Mr. Morford’s columns, and am not likely to become one. However, a friend passed along his most recent column to me with exasperation. Titled, “American kids, dumber than dirt,” I was prepared to read another column on the decline of American education. On that topic, Mr. Morford did not disappoint.

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The Calculus of Sexual Experimentation

Townhall.com | Janice Shaw Crouse | August 9, 2007

chart.gifA former university academic dean, I know of hard-nosed Calculus professors who started off their introductory class by saying to the students, “Look at the person to the right of you and the one to left of you.” Then they continued, “One of you is going to fail this class.” Then to add hard evidence, the professors asked for a show of hands of those who were taking Calculus for the first time, next they would ask how many were taking it for the second time, and finally how many were taking it for the third time.

By this point most of the students were beginning to get the message that Calculus is a really tough subject and the odds of flunking are high if you fool around and don’t develop the discipline to study hard. Students got the message; it’s a costly proposition to fail Calculus, a gateway subject, if your ambition lies in the more lucrative disciplines of the hard sciences. Chances are, if you can pass Calculus, you won’t earn your living asking, “Would you like fries with that?”

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