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 Thomas Paine - 1776

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    The Bush administration’s schizophrenic relationship with the United Nations continues unabated. It is dazzling to watch one part of the administration rebuke the UN for failing to respond to the threats of dictatorships to American security while another zealously takes up a UN program designed to create a generation of Americans educated to believe in a system of global government....

    Spinning Education
    By Thomas Sowell (TownHall.com)
    You want to know what liberal bias and media spin are? Try a headline in the San Francisco Chronicle of October 25th: "California School Rankings Improve." According to education officials quoted in the story, an "unprecedented rise" in test scores has been achieved by "shifting away from a nationally normed test and toward exams that measure what children are being taught in the classroom." In other words, when school children in California were taking the same tests as children in other states, their results were lousy. But, now that we have our own test, results are much better....

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    What will your child learn about 9-11 on the second anniversary of the attack on America’s security and economy? On the occasion of the first anniversary of 9-11, the National Education Association urged teachers to not "suggest any group is responsible." In suggested lesson plans, the NEA recommended that teachers "discuss historical instances of American intolerance" as the lesson children in elementary, middle and high school should take away from the most dastardly attack on America since Pearl Harbor. The NEA is an American Fifth Column, an enemy within that uses our public schools to turn children against their nation.....

    Teacher union fights to hold
    Sacramento High down

    By Daniel Weintraub  (Sacramento Bee Columnist)
    Californians from all over the state ought to be watching the nasty fight playing out this summer in the Sacramento city schools. It shows what reform-minded administrators and a supportive community can do to try to turn around public education in low-income neighborhoods. It also demonstrates, unfortunately, how far the state teachers union will go to block such changes........

    NEA: Politicizing 'education'
    By David Limbaugh (TownHall.com)
    Since the National Education Association describes itself as "America's largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education," is it not fair to ask why it spends so much of its energy on political issues having little to do with education?.....

    San Ramon Valley Unified School District officials say they’re not pushing “gay” issues — just tolerance. But many citizens say that “tolerance,” like “safety” and “diversity,” has become a convenient smokescreen for radical homosexual activism in local schools......

    Summer Reading
    By Thomas Sowell (TownHall.com)
    In an era when so many uninformed people act as if they know it all, it is refreshing to get requests from people who want to educate themselves on particular subjects or just to get the basic education that they feel they missed when they were in school or college. Many of these people are middle aged or older. These days, it is very easy to go through college without getting an education. A recent report from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni revealed that not one of the top 50 colleges in the country requires a course in American history and only 10 percent require any history course at all.....

    Sometimes a single incident can reveal the widespread rot that has affected the nation's school systems as they strive to indoctrinate the children entrusted to their care while neglecting to teach them the Three R's.......

    How much we tolerate
    By Walter Williams (TownHall.com)
    Marc Epstein teaches history at Jamaica High School in Queens, N.Y. He wrote the summer 2003 issue of Education Next's feature story, titled "Security Detail." If an American who passed away as late as 1960 were somehow resurrected, he'd probably think Epstein fabricated the story. Unfortunately, the story is true for too many of America's schools.....

    Testy, testy
    By Debra Saunders (TownHall.com)
    It's no mystery why teachers unions and school boards oppose standardized achievement tests and exit exams. When they're falling short, they're not eager to announce it. It's no mystery why students don't like tests. Some fail. Some struggle. Others aren't challenged. There's no instant gratification. Some students have such a strong sense of entitlement that they've come to believe they're supposed to enjoy almost everything they do in school. The mystery is why so many parents -- especially affluent parents -- would oppose testing. You'd think parents would be embarrassed to voice this opinion in public, because it's so anti-education -- except they are so uninformed as to not even understand what they're against.....

    “Pro-Choice” for D.C.’s Black Students
    By La Shawn Barber  (OpinionEditorials.com)
    Despite the latest scandals in liberal Washington--the looting of $2 million from members of the Washington Teachers’ Union by its president Barbara Bullock, and the hiring (twice!) of a convicted sex offender and pervert by the District of Columbia Public Schools, Reginald Robinson, Jr.--Democrats in the nation’s capital remain “solidly against vouchers” for low-income black children. School vouchers would give these children the option to attend private schools. On this issue, Democrats do not believe in the “right to choose.”.....

    LIBERTY IN EDUCATION
    by David Muir
    Education is central to a prosperous, tolerant and civilized society. It is through education that the individual develops skills, reasoning, confidence and self-esteem. Education acts as a means of empowering the individual, by making him economically self-reliant, and enables him to contribute positively to the stability of society.....

    A sign of the times
    By Thomas Sowell (TownHall.com)
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That was certainly true of a recent photo of a little 7-year-old boy holding a sign demanding more money for the schools and holding his fist in the air. He was part of a demonstration organized by his teachers, and including parents and other students, all of whom were transported to California's state capital in Sacramento to protest budget constraints brought on by the state's huge deficit. There was a time when taking children out of classes to fight the political battles of adults would have been considered a shameless neglect of duty. But that was long ago.....

    What college catalogs don't reveal
    By Phyllis Schlafly  (TownHall.com)
    The catalogs and magazines from colleges and universities are impressive: slick paper, full color, attractive layouts and lots to read. But several items of useful information are usually missing......

    Muchas Gracias
    by Debra Saunders
     (TownHall.com)
    In 1998, leftist activists ganged up on Proposition 227, which mandated English immersion classes for most limited-English students. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and California Teachers Association opposed the measure. It didn't matter, as the Los Angeles Times had reported, that in the preceding year 1,150 state schools failed to promote any limited-English students to English fluency. President Clinton's Education Secretary Richard Riley told The San Francisco Chronicle the measure was a "disaster." Gray Davis, then a candidate for governor, opposed 227. So did his two Democratic rivals and state schools chief Delaine Eastin......

    THE NEW LANGUAGE
    By Walter Williams (TownHall.com)
    No one invented language;it simply spontaneously evolved as a system that enables us to communicate with one another. Language is never static because in the process of progress new words emerge for new tools and concepts. Some of today's new language, like cosmetics, conceal and confuse. Since I've been on earth a sufficient interval of time to see some of this, let's look at it.....

    The Intellectual Rape of Oakland's Schools
    by David Horowitz
     (TownHall.com)
    Back in the Sixties, Dan Siegel's claim to fame was leading the charge to tear down the fence around "People's Park," a lot owned by the University of California which was to be the site of new dorms. The charge led to the occupation of Berkeley by the National Guard, but in the end of course the radicals won....Now he is on the Oakland school board, which presides over one of the worst school districts in the nation. The victims of this corrupt and failing school system are largely made poor, inner city blacks....This week, Dan Siegel and the Oakland school board led their corrupt and failing school in an excerise in anti-American propaganda, turning over all of Oakland's school children from the first grade to high school, to the tender mercies of radical ideologues and their rants against the war in Iraq, the President and America.....

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    “No school left behind by a few absentees” was the recent headline of a news story that told of how President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” education bill is being “tweaked” because of its requirement that all students must eventually pass federally mandated tests when, in fact, nearly 300 middle and high schools in New Jersey fell short. In the third “adjustment” to the law since the start of this year, Rod Paige, US Secretary of Education, announced in March that schools would be allowed to “average their participation rates” over three years.....

    The Declaration of Independence is quite clear about where government power is supposed to come from. It says “…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.” In other words, the people of the United States give power to the Government. Government does not have the power to “grant” our rights. Where, according to The Declaration, does such an idea come from? According to the Declaration, such ideas are “Self-Evident.” Or, in the language of today’s youth, “DUH!”....

    An article by Dennis L. Evans lambasting homeschoolers appeared in the September 3rd, 2003 edition of USA Today. The title of Mr. Evans’ article was “Home is no place for school,” but the title may as well have been, “Parents not qualified to teach their own children. Mr. Evans states that there are very few home educated students in the U.S. He then goes on to imply that there is not a home education “movement” taking place. On the contrary, according to the National Home Education Research Institute, an estimated 1.5 to 1.9 million children in the United States, grades K through 12, are home educated. This is a 764% increase from just 10 years ago, when there were approximately 248,500 students. This is not a movement?.....

    DC vouchers
    By Mona Charen (Town Hall.com)
    By one vote, the House of Representatives decided last week to give needy students n the District of Columbia a fighting chance at a better education. Now the Senate is up to bat. Arrayed against the proposal is a coalition of big moneyed interests. No, not the usual suspects -- the oil, banking or insurance industries -- this time, it is the teachers unions in concert with so-called civil liberties defenders who stand in the schoolhouse door, proclaiming, "Stagnation today, stagnation tomorrow, stagnation forever.".....

    Educating for Ignorance
    By Alan Caruba
    With schools opening their doors soon again, one wonders how much longer the disastrous system will be tolerated by parents who want their children to receive a decent education. Instead, the new school year will insure that those entrusted to its tender mercies will continue to be indoctrinated as politically correct, but ignorant citizens.....

    Since there are many ways to design and implement school choice, it is essential we understand exactly what we are doing and why. If we don’t understand the precise nature of the problem we are trying to solve, it is unlikely we’ll adopt the best approach.....

    Teaching history: fact or fiction?
    By Phyllis Schlafly  (TownHall.com)
    In rare moments when Congress isn't preoccupied with war, taxes or prescription drugs, it is worrying that American students don't know any U.S. history. Congress is right to worry, but it doesn't follow that the federal government is capable of fixing the problem.....

    Bring back the stay-at-home mom
    By Rich Lowry (TownHall.com)
    If there's anything that we all care about, it's "the children." Almost everything Democratic President Bill Clinton ever did was for "the children." Republican President George W. Bush long ago made the slogan of the liberal group the Children's Defense Fund -- "Leave No Child Behind" -- his own. We will do everything for "the children": spend untold taxpayer dollars on them, tuck them away in bicycle helmets, get hysterical about any perceived threat to their health or safety -- anything but acknowledge the harm done to them by day care.....

    COURT KOS COLLEGE WHIZ KID
    TOO SMART FOR HER OWN GOOD

    By CARL CAMPANILE  (New York Post)
    July 16, 2003 -- A 15-year-old Manhattan girl whose parents sent her to college instead of high school has been told by a judge that she can't get her associates degree even though she's got enough credits - as city officials launched an "educational neglect" probe against her dad.....

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    WHAT IS LACKING IN OUR SYSTEM OF EDUCATION
    Most of the social problems plaguing our country have a root cause related to the inadequacies of our educational system. Recognition of the failure of our public school system to properly educate our citizens is readily acknowledged by most educational leaders but their remedies leading to effective improvement of the system are woefully lacking.....









































































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