Cover Story for Education, Policies &  PromisesPresident Obama has outlined an education policy that would accelerate past federal education policies and failures: it would increase the money spent on the federal education bureaucracy while making no measurable academic progress and increasing federal control over decisions made by local schools.

day of silenceToday marks the 13th annual “Day of Silence,” an activist endeavor ostensibly designed to draw attention to the “problem” of “anti-gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/transgender bullying.” Now officially sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN — They’re missing a few sexual designations there. It’s hard to keep pace with the times), participating students take a vow to speak only when necessary on the appointed day, and some will express their sentiments in other ways as well. Maggie Owner writing at CivilRights.org provides a brief synopsis of the history, scope, and methods of the event:

CNBC Comedy CentralComedy Central’s Jon Stewart has struck again, this time perhaps landing a mortal blow on the ratings-troubled NBC financial cable network, CNBC. The Daily Show host has carried on a war against CNBC for the past two weeks. The war began with a devastating and hilarious March 4 segment compiling some terrible prognostications by CNBC talking heads over the past two years.

LearningOn November 20, 2008, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) released a report entitled “Our Fading Heritage: Americans Fail a Basic Test on Their History and Institutions.” This report is the third of its kind and is based on the knowledge that is required for a person to earn American citizenship.

Gay PledgeOutrageous moves by pro-homosexual educators in California in the weeks leading up to the November 4 elections may end up inadvertently helping pass Proposition 8, the "Protect Marriage" statewide ballot initiative.

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