In my previous column I wrote that it is almost impossible to become a good, innovative teacher in today’s public schools. I base that statement on the experiences of one of America’s great teachers, Marva Collins, who tried to teach her students to read with intensive phonics in a public school in Chicago, and was finally forced to leave the system and create her own private school where she could teach in the one traditional way that produces high literacy as opposed to the public school way that produces functional illiteracy.

I haven't seen 2016: Obama's America, but it is based on Dinesh D'Souza's book, The Roots of Obama's Rage, that I reviewed upon its publication. Here, I argue against D'Souza's thesis that Obama is driven primarily by "anti-colonialism." I further argue that Obama is committed to the ideology of "Blackism."

In both Europe and America, there are many people who get angry at those who tell them the truth that the money is just not there to sustain huge welfare state programs indefinitely. But that anger might be better directed at those who lied to them by promising them benefits that were inherently unsustainable.

Insurance is all about risk. Yet neither insurance companies nor their policy-holders can do anything about one of the biggest risks — namely, interference by politicians, to turn insurance into something other than a device to deal with risk.

The chairman of the Republican Party's Platform Committee said Sunday that the GOP is a "pro-life party" that takes no stand on whether there should be a "rape exception" to restrictions on abortion or abortion funding. The pro-life plank adopted by the committee made no mention of exceptions, a point host George Stephanopoulos raised on ABCs This Week with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who  chaired the proceedings of the Platform Committee last week.

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