In trying to find out about your child’s school, the most important thing is to ask the right questions. But first you must understand that teachers and principals don’t like to be questioned by parents. Of course, if your questions are about school hours or bussing schedules they will gladly answer them. But if you ask questions about the credentials of the teachers or what goes on in the classrooms, you will be considered a troublemaker. But whether you get the answers or not, this is what you should try to find out.
The decision to become a cultural commentator or pundit, like any other decision, comes at a cost. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, scarcely any commentator has thought to comment on the danger to one’s moral character that this decision imposes.
Like him or not, you can learn a lot by reading George Will's columns and books. I learned, for example, that someone long ago, perhaps before there were greenhouses, wrote that God gave man memory that we have roses in winter. Will, of course, dismissed that as sentimental nonsense. God gave man memory, he explained, that we might endure winters without baseball, winter being the season Will describes as a vast wasteland that stretches like the Sahara between the end of the World Series and the beginning of spring training.
When President Obama spoke before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee some weeks ago, he admonished those who engaged in “loose talk of war” about Iran. Apparently, his secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, didn’t get the memo.
I don’t know about you, but when I take on a cause or a project I’m proud of what I do. I support it against all detractors and naysayers because I believe in it. So, when proponents of a cause suddenly start to hide what they are doing, or deny they are even doing it — that should set off alarm bells and raise questions about the honesty and legitimacy of that cause. Case in point, when evidence emerged that the Earth was actually cooling instead of heating, the alarmists didn’t miss a beat as they changed the predicted disaster from Global Warming to Climate Change. These are clever guys.
Although about two million families are homeschooling their kids, most American parents still send their children to a public school. Few parents, however, know much of what goes on in their child’s school. In most cases they assume that their child’s school is not much different from the school they attended. And since they believe that the school is being run by “professional” educators, they are willing to accept whatever the school prescribes.
A long-standing legal charade was played out again recently, when Federal Express paid $3 million to settle an employment discrimination case brought by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Federal Express was accused of both racial discrimination and sex discrimination. FedEx denied it.
There may very well be a train wreck coming if and when the Supreme Court declares the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare") unconstitutional just before the justices hightail it out of town for their summer vacation. But it may not be the train wreck that some are eagerly predicting for the Obama administration.
You would think that teaching a child to read would be as easy as A-B-C. But not in today’s public schools where reading failure is epidemic. And that’s because the teaching methods, devised by the Progressives, were designed to dumb-down the American people. The result is that a large number of Americans are unable to perform the jobs demanded by our high-tech economy.