Chris Christie gets it. FINALLY, a governor who goes directly at the Left. We need more like him.
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This guy rules. Courtesy of Hotair.com.
Well done. This is a perfect example of why the Dept of Education fears Charter Schools.
In Chicago, the graduation rate for African-American boys is about 40 percent, and only about half of all students are accepted to some form of college. The chances of young black men going to college – particularly young men from the poorest neighborhoods – are not good.But the Urban Prep charter school, located in the city’s tough Englewood neighborhood, has produced a very different statistic. In March, this school, which is made up of young African-American men, announced that all 107 boys in its first graduating class have been accepted to a four-year college. Just 4 percent of those seniors were reading at grade level as freshmen.
It’s a remarkable achievement for any urban high school, but particularly one with a population that some people are inclined to write off. It has educators examining what aspects of the school are responsible – and how replicable they are.
Some elements are easy to quantify: an extended school day that means students have an additional 72,000 minutes in school each year, a double period of English, and required extracurriculars and public service.
But many more elements seem embedded into a culture that is based on four R’s, as founder and CEO Tim King describes it: ritual, respect, responsibility, and relationships.
Well deserved, I’m sure. From John Leonard in the American Thinker:
The University of Tennessee announced that former Vice President Al Gore will receive an honorary doctorate of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology on May 14 at graduation ceremonies, where he will be the featured commencement speaker. Reporter Chloe White Kennedy wrote on knoxnews.com that UT chancellor Jimmy (no tongue in) Cheek said:
Vice President Gore’s career has been marked by visionary leadership, and his work has quite literally changed our planet for the better. He is among the most accomplished and respected Tennesseans in history, and it is fitting that he should be honored by the flagship education institution of his home state.
Al will be adding to an impressive haul of honors and accolades that he’s accumulated over the years, including the first runner-up for Time Person of the Year in 2007, the Dan David award from Israel (with a million bucks), an Oscar, and the Nobel Peace Prize (and another million).
The green champion of global warming recently emerged from wherever he had been hiding since Climategate broke to submit a self-serving op-ed piece to the New York Times. Gore wrote,
But unfortunately, the reality of the danger we are courting has not been changed by the discovery of at least two mistakes in the thousands of pages of careful scientific work over the last 22 years by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The two errors to which Al referred were the claim the Himalayan glaciers were melting because of an article in a hiking magazine and the failure of certain researchers to abide by British Freedom of Information Act requests from climate change skeptics. In the Times piece, he also wrote that “e-mail messages stolen from the University of East Anglia in Britain showed that scientists besieged by an onslaught of hostile, make-work demands from climate skeptics may not have adequately followed the requirements of the British freedom of information law.”
Did Al actually read the article to which he provided the link in the quote above? It talked about how the scientists “flouted” regulations. Those were the same poor scientists “besieged by an onslaught of hostile, make work demands” who cheered at the death of a leading skeptic who had been hounding them to validate their alarmist claims.
Al conveniently ignored recent admissions by lead climate conspirator Phil Jones that there’s been no warming for fifteen years when he amazingly wrote, “What is important is that the overwhelming consensus on global warming remains unchanged.”
But Al cannot afford to accept this inconvenient truth. Climategate exposed the leading climatologists and global warming experts as conspirators, data-fabricators, and obstructionists. Al’s got too much skin in the game, standing to make billions if Obama advocates for cap-and-trade as he’s done for health care reform.
According to the U.K. paper The Guardian, Gore has invested in one company that received over half a billion dollars in subsidies from the Department of Energy. Another company he’s involved with received $683 million for “green investment.” With those two companies alone, Gore has interests that control over a billion dollars in U.S. funds, and if cap-and-trade is ever passed, he’ll control much, much more.
Hypocrisy is nothing new to Al Gore. He huffed (through a spokesperson, naturally) that he purchased more than enough green power to balance his electricity costs. However, in February 2007, Bruce Nussbaum reported in Business Week:
The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh-more than 20 times the national average.
Great piece from Bernie Reeves in the American Thinker on how tenure harms education.
As Ohio State University President Gordon Gee realizes in his recent call to study whether or not tenure should be modified or abolished, a guaranteed job for life for academics annoys most people. This negative feeling has been exacerbated in the last thirty years during the rise of the radical scholars in liberal arts departments in most colleges and universities. Once ensconced in their ivory towers, tenured activists are granted a free ride to propagandize students and make public pronouncements behind the skirts of the university. The Ward Churchill scandal at the University of Colorado is a sadly common example of professors politicizing and poisoning the commonweal.But it is within academe and outside the glare of the media that radical scholars do the most damage. In case after case, qualified scholars are either refused tenure or never hired because they do not adhere to the leftist party line. At Duke in the mid-’90s, an American history professor — who served in the Army in Vietnam — assumed that his academic career was solid until the agitprop started to deny him tenure.Radical professors set out to destroy him with innuendo, whispering that he was a chauvinist, a racist, homophobic, and imperialistic — the codewords that strike fear in university administrators. There was no proof that he deserved any of these labels, but the damage to his reputation became permanent as the drums grew louder. The professor picked up on the slander and decided to accept a position offered from the University of Kentucky to remove himself from the machinations of the Duke apparat.Undeterred, the radical scholars intensified and transferred their campaign to Kentucky. With anonymous phone calls and unsigned letters, they mobilized their comrades in the Bluegrass State to vilify the professor. The president of the University of Kentucky capitulated, and the job offer was withdrawn. The professor finally found a position at West Point.When radical scholars run off colleagues they don’t like, it advances their cause, but even more effective is the campaign to block potential heretics from entering the teaching ranks at all. This happened to a Harvard history genius who earned his Ph.D. at U.K.’s Cambridge University (where, by the way, there is no tenure), making him imminently qualified with enviable credentials. He applied to Georgetown and the Air Force Academy for an entrance-level teaching job, only to be told he “just wouldn’t fit in” — the euphemism adopted by the radical scholars that actually means “you are not one of us.” He now teaches at Marine University, and two schools lost the services of one of the country’s top military scholars.
Duke has allegedly weeded out some of the most pernicious of the radical scholars that infiltrated the school in the ’80s and ’90s, including the notorious radical Stanley Fish. But during the Duke lacrosse incident, a group from the remaining leftist culprits publicly attempted to destroy the reputation of the five team members by signing a newspaper ad as part of the now-discredited Group of 88 that allegedly represented the views of the Duke academic family. Thus, despite the effort at cleansing, it is clear that the school remains stuck with a phalanx of politically correct professors who hide behind tenure to affect university and public policy.
Professors are realizing the radical scholars are jeopardizing their cozy life sinecures, but it could be too late for them. The public is outraged at their antics and appalled that graduates from top-tier schools are functionally ignorant of the world around them. Instead, they have been inculcated with warmed-over anti-American and Marxist platitudes due to the intrigues of the radical — and often tenured — scholars who still hold sway in the liberal arts.
Gordon Gee’s courage to broach the subject is commendable. However, he does not mention that the concept of tenure reaches deep into the academic establishment to public school teachers. In my home state, a teacher is automatically extended tenure after only three years on the job. It is nearly impossible to remove bad teachers, and good teachers lower their standards and accommodate their often vociferous coworkers to protect themselves from attack.
It is no wonder that teacher unions have enormous sway. The mediocre gravitate to solidarity to mask their incompetence. And teacher unions are rarely interested in improving academic performance, instead focusing on legislative lobbying to increase salaries and benefits totally unrelated to educating kids.
Unreal. Yet not surprising.
From the Columbia Daily Tribune via Gateway Pundit:
Missouri parents were upset to see “Change We Can Believe In” notebooks and pencils distributed at the elementary schools.
The distribution company Pencil Wholesale says the design was “a total accident.”
Missouri parents and teachers were outraged after discovering that “Obama notebooks and pencils” were being distributed at Columbia schools.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reported:
Pencils and notebooks resembling President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign ads have been sold in at least one Columbia school and other public schools, causing the company that distributes the materials to travel around the state yanking the supplies out of machines.
“Don’t be mad at us,” said Greg Jones, a sales representative with Pencil Wholesale. “It was a total accident.”
Pencil Wholesale distributes supplies to six Columbia schools: Parkade Elementary, Cedar Ridge Elementary, Paxton Keeley Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Smithton Middle School and Hickman High School, said Linda Quinley, the district’s chief financial officer.
At Mill Creek, at least one pencil and a notebook with designs similar to Obama campaign advertisements have been sold out of a supply machine. Two families have complained about the politically tinged materials.
Three Missouri schools have contacted Jones since the beginning of the school year asking that the materials be removed, and Mill Creek Principal Mary Sue Gibson this week said she also planned to call Pencil Wholesale.
“I just don’t want to get into that political arena at all,” she said.
The bound three-ring notebook bears a photo of literal change — pennies, quarters, dimes and nickels stacked into piles. Above the photo, white text reads “CHANGE” over a navy background.
Below the photo, “WE CAN BELIEVE IN” sits above a logo similar to Obama’s campaign image — three red stripes separated by white stripes in front of a white circle with a blue background arching over the circle.
The supplies were designed by the art department of Harcourt Pencil Co., based in Milroy, Ind., Jones said.
“The art department was trying to be cutesy,” he said.
Where else but Government do results not factor into something such as funding? Here’s a perfect illustration from yesterday’s Graph of the Day feature from The American Thinker.
And the Libs wonder why people are concerned about Government-run healthcare…