Education - Political Issue Guide
Is college a right or a privilege? If President Obama has his way then it will soon be a right for every single high school graduate in this country regardless of income or social class. The premise is simple: extend the already guaranteed number educational years every student is eligible to receive by two.
Money ruled these midterms, as pundit Jon Stewart of 'The Daily Show' pointed out. And in a big way. A $4 Billion big way. Yes, that's how much cash was inserted into the combined races for all the candidates in all the races this midterm season. And as Stewart also pointed out, it seems that 'ideas' were not on the ballot this year.
A recent survey conducted by the Public Policy Center of Pennsylvania asked over 1,400 American adults to do a simple task that every elementary school child should know, which is to name the three branches of our federal government. The results leave me more than a little frustrated and despaired. Over one third of respondents could not name the three branches of government.
Few federal programs have as much of a direct impact on the lives of millions of low income citizens in this country than the Head Start program does.
Debunking Lies & Misinformation About Education
The Canyon Independent School District, a school district in Texas, has been teaching their middle-school students a wildly discredited sexual abstinence curriculum that states sex before marriage is equivalent to being a used tooth-brush or a chewed-up piece of gum. "Reality Check," the curriculum in question, also teaches students that “it can be physically, emotionally, and financially harmful” if someone has sex before marriage and that any type of sexual activity before marriage means you are no longer a virgin. The fact that this was being taught is one thing, but parents were intentionally kept in the dark about the curriculum by the district administration.
Utah has passed a bill (HB363) that makes it illegal to talk about premarital sex, sexuality in general, homosexuality, and contraception, even in terms of preventing sexually-transmitted diseases, in any public school setting. The bill reads: "Human sexuality instruction or instructional programs may not include instruction in, or the advocacy of, the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior; homosexuality; the use of contraceptive methods or devices; or sexual activity outside of marriage." This bill basically means that the only way a teacher can inform a student about sex, if they are allowed to talk about sex at all, is to promote abstinence only until marriage.
Mike Huckabee has begun a new cartoon series that puts a conservative twist on history including hailing Reagan as the savior of America from Jimmy Carter and a bias view on the War on Terror. It involves a group of time traveling children exploring events as they happen. The cartoons display a gross bias and give a distorted account of history.
School board members want to revise textbooks with radical political\religious agenda
Education News & Opinion Articles
Classroom Discipline –We recommend that local school boards and classroom teachers be given more authority to deal with disciplinary problems. Corporal punishment is effective and legal in Texas.
Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
"I went through school, I worked my way through, it took me seven years, I never borrowed a dime of money. He borrowed a little bit because we both were totally on our own when we went to college, totally. [...] I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that."
Not all folks are gifted in the same way. Some people have incredible gifts with their hands. Some people have incredible gifts and ... want to work out there making things. President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob. There are good decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them. Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his.
It's a Biblical principle. If you double a teacher's pay scale, you'll attract people who aren't called to teach.