On Pearl Harbor Day 2010, America was hit with a bombshell.
Some say it rivals Sputnik, the 1957 Soviet satellite launch, in its alarming message
about American education. Across the world, in 65 countries, 15-year-olds were administered
a standardized test (PISA, or Program for International Student Assessment) measuring
knowledge of reading, science and math. The winners in all three categories were
students in Shanghai taking the test for the first time. Americans scored what can
charitably be called in the range of average.
for a chart ranking performance — Shanghai, as noted, at the top and Kyrgyzstan at
the bottom). Korea — that would be South Korea — also did very well; we might try to
figure out how to learn its secrets of success when the trade deal with that country
wends its way through a fractious Congress.)
Liberals are quick to decry legacy admissions to universities (where the children
of alumni — usually big-time donor alumni — are granted admission), silver-spoon
heirs who take over their fathers’ companies, nepotism in the workplace — all on
the grounds that what should matter most in all of these scenarios is merit, not
connections, family trees and contributions to university coffers. Underlying all
of this is the assumption that, were it not for these crucial connections, the people
who benefit from them would never otherwise have been considered. In other words,
liberals stereotype all such beneficiaries as unqualified but for daddy’s grace.
interesting times for education reform in America today. A lot of politicians
on both sides of the aisle are calling for it, but no one seems to know what
“reform” really looks like.
reached new levels of salience just a few weeks ago when “Waiting for Superman”
— the new Davis Guggenheim documentary following five students and their
futures in charter schools — opened to nationwide critical acclaim.
So the NAACP, La Raza and the teachers unions are organizing a march on the Mall
Does anybody else see the terrible irony here?
Ben Jealous, the head of the NAACP, loves to point to the possible racists
among the Tea Party. Jealous is zealous in his pursuit of Tea Party racists.
A conservative student organization attending Palm Beach State College in Florida was recently denied the right to form due to rhetoric criticizing President Obama’s economic policy. The student police, who quickly kicked the group from a recruitment event, handled the situation eerily similar to Hitler’s secret police.
Daniel Diaz and Eddie Shaffer, state members of Young Americans for Freedom — the group victimized — were kicked off campus after college administrator Ms. Ford-Morris was appalled by the material they presented; material published by the Heritage Foundation.
It’s great to see that California, known for their uncontrollable government spending and large deficit, has the money to spend $578 million on a school just a year after they asked the government to bail them out. The school is the costliest in the nation and will be located in Los Angeles.
Three teachers helped spark something in me that made my education worth something.
I wasn’t a very studious student in grade school or high school. I didn’t have much in the way of study habits. But I got lucky because I had three teachers — one in grade school, one in middle school and one in high school — who helped me become very interested in the one subject that would help me get a decent-paying job once I left college.