Posted tagged ‘education’

What Do You Get for a $59.2 Billion Dept of Ed Budget?

December 7, 2010

The fiscal year 2009 Dept of Education budget was $59.2 BILLION. And what did all that money buy us? Not much.

Teens in U.S. Rank 25th on Math Test, Trail in Science, Reading

Fifteen-year-old students in the U.S. ranked 25th of 34 countries on an international math test and scored in the middle of the pack in science and reading, raising concerns the U.S. isn’t prepared to succeed in the global economy.

Teenagers from South Korea and Finland led in almost all academic categories on the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment, according to the Paris-based Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, which represents 34 countries. U.S. students ranked 17th in science and 14th in reading. The U.S. government considers the OECD test one of the most comprehensive measures of international achievement.

The results show that U.S. students must improve to compete in a global economy, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said yesterday in a telephone interview. The Obama administration is promoting national curriculum standards and a revamping of teacher pay that stresses performance, rather than credentials and seniority.

“The brutal fact here is there are many countries that are far ahead of us and improving more rapidly than we are,” Duncan said. “This should be a massive wakeup call to the entire country.”

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Naturally, the government response is to spend MORE money and give themselves MORE power. But doesn’t the 30+ year history of the federal dept of education prove that it is positively made of FAIL?

Abolish DOE at the federal level. Give control of the schools back to the individual states and local communities. Save billions of dollars and bring real learning back to the schools. After all, a mind is a terrible thing to waste, right?

Over 18,000 Attend Protest Event in Cinncinnati

September 5, 2009

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An estimated 18,000 attend event at Voice of America Park in West Cherster Twp

Some were clad in colonial-era costumes. Some hoisted signs or waved American flags. But the thousands who filled the lawn in front of the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 5, were consistent in their passionate plea for change.

Whether it was health care reform, a country at war, education, government bailouts, the national debt or Congressional term limits, it was the issues — not politicians — that took center stage at the rally hosted by the Cincinnati Tea Party.

The crowd continued to grow throughout the afternoon, and an estimated 18,000 people had come together at the event’s peak, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones.

Jones said the crowd Saturday nearly doubled that of the Tea Party’s event he witnessed in Columbus, which drew an estimated 10,000 people to the state’s capital in April.

Saturday’s rally drew people from all over the region, many to view the day’s highly anticipated town hall-style forum featuring U.S. Reps. Jean Schmidt and Michael Turner, Ohio gubernatorial candidate John Kasich and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp.

“It was college football’s opening day, and we were looking at some serious competition,” said Chris Littleton, director of the Tea Party’s Community Groups, which include West Chester and Liberty townships, Monroe and Fairfield. “These people came out to talk about their personal liberties being taken away instead. That’s crazy. It’s bizarre.

“People are engaged and (the movement) is going to continue to gather steam and momentum,” Littleton said. “People are engaged and saying, ‘I’m going to make my voice heard, I’m going to be politically active.’”

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Service and Student Loans

May 5, 2009

Barack Obama wants to completely change the college loan program to stop using private banks and have students get loans directly from the government.

Last week, Congress passed Obama’s $3.4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2010. The budget specifies $46.7 billion for education which includes funding for the plan to remove private banks from the college loan program.

The national service bill Obama signed last month “ties volunteer work to money for college“.

chainsIf college loans will be made directly to students by the federal government and if the national service act ties “volunteer” work to money for college, there will surely come a day when only students who “volunteer” will qualify for student loans. And then “volunteering”, for all intents and purposes, becomes mandatory for all but the wealthiest citizens.