Frankly, the only ones who should have been surprised, are the Commmie/Soicialist Media that have supported this bum since he rose from the Illinois Senate on his way to Washington – first to the U.S. Senate – and ultimately by train (like Honest Abe) to the White House.
Of course, there are those who will hail B.O. (not the dog) for reaching out to Brother Raul – but did he have to bow? Oh – that’s right – that is what he always does. So cordial! So polite – and almost always with that shit-eating grin on his face. He was probably asking Raul for a box of Cubano cigars (something for nothing).
In a recent column by Eli Lake on The Daily Beast, the author states, “Tuesday’s greeting between Obama and Castro comes after six months of quiet diplomacy between the United States and Cuba—and Castro signaling he’s ready for bigger talks.”
Diplomacy? Must be why Big Obama supporters Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé were able to take a “vacation” to Havana. Oh yeah baby – it’s those BIG Hollywood types that are setting Foreign Policy!
It’s just a damned shame that Obama doesn’t leave Washington in the same manner as Lincoln. “Choo-choo.. choo-choo Ch’boogie…” (1946. Words and music by Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling, and Milt Gabler. Sung by Louis Jordan)
You don’t have to like it and you don’t have to agree. Just calling it as I see it.
Without Apology I am,
Yes, the Hiatus… continues – but it does NOT mean that I have layed down and died – far from it! Am I accomplishing what I set out to do? No! … but the brain will not shut off… and I prepare to embark on a new adventure – NBSnews.net. (watch closely for an announcement on this soon).
For these past many years, this author and the Federal Observer have tackled many issues, which are of paramount concern to all freedom loving Americans; gun control (the 2nd Amendment), the illegal invasion of this nation (immigration), spirituality (not religion or ‘churchianity, Obama (doesn’t) Care, the intrusion on our privacy and rights (NSA and complete violation of ALL of the original Bill of Rights) – and so many more issues, which we are not prepared to devote a column to, BUT… Continue reading
America’s school children are falling even further behind other nations in the core subjects of reading, mathematics and science, according to a new study released this week.
The worrying data, compiled as part of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), found that the academic performance of 15-year-olds in the U.S. has remained relatively flat in recent years, while other nations have experienced significant growth.
With the results leave the U.S. floundering around the middle of the world’s sixty-five wealthiest nations, the top performers in all three subject areas were from Asia.
The high achievers included Shanghai, one of three educational systems in China that participated, Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Japan. Continue reading
The Department of Education spends billions of dollars annually, and touts phase three of its “race to the top,” but the sad fact is that based on testing results, American education is on a race to the bottom. We spend more than any other nation on earth yet rank in the bottom quartile (26th out of 34) of OECD (developed) nations in the latest international comparison, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
We are paying filet mignon prices and getting Sonic Burger results, in other words. I guess the upside is that our unionized teachers have such great job security that they can hardly be fired once they get “tenure.” Oh, and the benefits and retirement pay are outstanding.
Naturally, Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, is calling for even more money. Continue reading
“The honeymoon is over.” Instructors who award low grades in humanities disciplines will likely be familiar with a phenomenon that occurs after the first essays are returned to students: former smiles vanish, hands once jubilantly raised to answer questions are now resentfully folded across chests, offended pride and sulkiness replace the careless cheer of former days. Too often, the smiles are gone for good because the customary “B+” or “A” grades have been withheld, and many students cannot forgive the insult. Continue reading
A new development in education is deciding what “literacy” should be in the 21st century.
With a swirl of technological breakthroughs all around us, elite educators are gaga at the plethora of excuses for pooh-poohing subjects routinely taught in the dark age known as the 20th century.
The National Council of Teachers of English recently announced: “Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy.”
These people give good sophistry. Presto, literacy can now be defined any way they want. When these Teachers of English get through, it’s a safe bet they won’t spend as much time teaching English. Continue reading
A teacher from New York has branded education reforms and new tests for children ‘child abuse’.
Speaking at a forum on Common Core at Ward Melville High School, the unnamed woman blasted the reforms, saying that 70 per cent of children had failed the new tests.
She told New York state education commissioner John King that ‘hundreds of thousands of mommies’ were going to refuse to have their children tested because ‘mommies in New York don’t abuse their children.’ Continue reading
To deliberately deprive a child of a good education is a sin against the child and the nation. To abuse a pupil’s trust is despicable. To manipulate history in the classroom as a means to promote a political or religious ideology is diabolically unethical. To throw away teaching methods that work for practices that do more harm than good is a tragedy. To walk out on a classroom of pupils for personal gain is maniacally egocentric. Sadly, this is precisely what is happening to children in public schools today.
Unfortunately, most teachers join a union like the National Education Association, and in so doing new members must agree (pg. 120) to the union’s goals and objectives. In turn the union protects their members no matter how badly the teachers serve the students. Continue reading
In the world of finance, there is always talk of bubbles – mortgage bubbles, tech stock bubbles, junk bond bubbles. But bubbles don’t develop only in financial markets. In recent years, there’s been another one quietly inflating, not capturing the attention of most observers.
It’s an education bubble – just not the one of student debt that has graced the pages of the New York Times and so many other publications in recent months.
The problem is not that we are overeducating ourselves as many would have you believe. Rather, it’s that we are spending a fortune to undereducate ourselves. Continue reading
Across America, many urban school districts are on life support, and in some places, the plug is ready to be pulled. This dire reality is routinely discussed, but missing from the conversation is the ever-growing dropout rate in urban schools. No, not the student dropout rate, but that of teachers. The teachers’ dropout rate is a result of burnout after their ambition is crushed by a climate of cultural adversity. In other words, their ‘save the kids’ optimism dissolved into a ‘run from the kids’ reality. These teachers anticipated teaching life-changing lessons to the kids but ended up learning life-changing lessons from the kids. Continue reading
How parents and teachers are divided over the value of cursive in a digital age
- The national Common Core Standards, adopted by 45 U.S. states, does not include handwriting as part of the curriculum
- This spring North Carolina passed the Back to Basics bill, reintroducing cursive into the classroom
- State representative Pat Hurley said today that the move has caused surprise unrest
The reintroduction of cursive handwriting lessons in North Carolina public schools has caused surprise unrest.
State representative, Pat Hurley who was behind the move, told Today this morning that she has received a number of ‘personal’ complaints from educators and parents.
One father-of-two telephoned her to tell her that handwriting is a ‘total waste of time’, while a teacher complained that ‘these children will never use it in their lifetime.’
Before the bill, elementary schools were not required to teach cursive. Continue reading
Most schools today, both public and private have kindergartens. They have become an accepted part of educational life in this country and others as well.
This was not always so. When I first attended public school, way back in the mid-1940s, there was no kindergarten where I went. Although some schools undoubtedly had them, all schools did not. They had not become totally entrenched, although their promoters had been working on that project with much zeal. Their efforts seem to have paid off. Kindergarten is now as much a part of school life as the seventh grade.
I have, in the past, written articles and even a couple booklets, dealing with the origins of public, or government, schools in this country. These “institutions of learning” have a history that is never quite openly discussed in all of its ramifications. We often see the names of founders and promoters of public education mentioned in articles or essays, but we are seldom told all that much about these people and what they really believed. Most educators don’t want us to go there. Continue reading
Higher education is a vast industry about to face years a crisis. Like housing, it has expanded based on unsustainable debt. And like the American auto industry, it got fat, lazy, inward-focused, and expensive during its decades of monopoly on certification of higher end new labor force entrants. Now, with the growth of digital versions of higher education, it faces a competitor/industry entrant that has lower costs and high quality (at least potentially).
After decades of raising tuition at about three times the rate of inflation, the higher education bubble looks to be popping.
Philip A. Schrodt, who just retired from Pennsylvania State University after decades as a tenured professor of political science, has written a scathingly honest swan song about academic life. He is a gutsy man to do so, even on his way out the door. He is still living in the college town of State College, PA, and no doubt he will face some consequences for his truth-telling. Continue reading