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The Audacity of Reg (Larry Sand)

Dear Mr. Weaver,

I checked out the transcript of your speech, ‘as prepared for delivery,’ given at the DNC on Monday.  Is this the actual speech you gave?  If so, I am quite simply appalled. 

Your first words are, “I am here today on behalf of 3.2 million NEA members to tell you why we support Barack Obama for President of the United States.”  Wait a minute. It sounds as if all 3.2 million members of the NEA are supporting Obama.  Then in the last sentence, you leave no doubt.  “That, my friends, is why the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association are organized, energized and mobilized to help elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States of America.”  This last statement is an outrage. (more…)


What Bill Gates says "Isn't Supposed to Happen" – Did (Murray & Stacey)

Bill Gates, one of the most successful men in history, has weighed in on a problem that will prevent others from achieving success like his. American students now languish near the bottom on international rankings.

“This isn’t supposed to happen,” Bill Gates told Oprah Winfrey on an August 7, 2008, Special Report. The problem is worse than Mr. Gates and Oprah Winfrey imagine.

In grade four, U.S. students out-perform their international peers in 65 percent of participating countries in math and science. In grade eight that figure drops to 46 percent. When U.S. students reach grade 12, they do about as well as students from Lithuania and surpass only students from Cyprus and South Africa. Educrats are fond of blaming low achievement on poor students, but that is not the case. (more…)


Are Teachers’ Unions Anti-teacher? (Larry Sand)

As the yearly convention of the National Education Association (NEA) approaches, it is time to reflect on the relationships that this organization and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have with their members. Much has been written about the nation’s two teachers’ unions, and the case has been frequently (and justly) made that the unions are anti-student because of their adamant positions on school choice, charter schools and teacher tenure. However, I contend that the unions are not only anti-student, they are all too often anti-teacher.

In 28 of our 50 states, a teacher is essentially forced to join a very costly union. A typical teacher in Orange County pays $922 on a yearly basis to his/her local, which then sends $611 of that amount to the state affiliate, the California Teachers Association (CTA), and $140 to the national affiliate (NEA.) One has to wonder – if the unions are so beneficial, why are teachers forced to join and to pay such hefty dues in most states? (more…)


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