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Barack Academy Announces Plan for “American Values, Truth, Honesty, Competence”

March 20, 2009

President Obama has already made this the “Education Presidency,” by offering a complete overhaul of the educations system in the United States.

Unlike the stimulus and health care plans he has proposed, which he left to the thoughtful Nancy Pelosi for the legislative drafting, the new education proposal will be created by Himself and the White House which is not at all challenged by the task.

And now an important new teachers’ union has come forward to assist Rahm Emanuel and the others in the White House team to create the new educations system.

“Patriotic Americans for Sensible Intelligence” (PATSI) president Susan Malarky has come forward to say, “To make sure this is a lot better than the special olympics type bill created by congress, we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping the White House.”

“Besides, without a lot of input from the teachers, the money the president proposes to spend might not all end up with union teachers where it belongs.”

PATSI also has asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chistopher Dodd to start the project to write the next generation of student textbooks.

PATSI says Dodd and Pelosi will lead a team which will write the text on “American Values, Law, Truth and Honesty.”

Vice President Joe Biden said, “Give me a f *&$%# ing break.”

Keep your sense of humor!

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
28/introducing-barack-obama-academy/

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 Obama: Really Wants to “Fix Schools”? Try The China Or Singapore Model

Thowing Money Around Isn’t Always the Cure

Thowing Money Around Isn’t Always the Cure

March 16, 2009

Is it just me or is there some irony in the air when Congress complains about bad performance after so much money is spent by corporations like AIG: even when there is lots of bad performance to behold in the congress itself despite the money being thrown around — and the self enacted pay raises.

Auto industry executives with jets are bad.  Nancy Pelosi: O.K.?

It seems like Team Obama has decided that money wasted by the Defense Department, AIG , GM and banks is really the height of evil; but for every single part of the federal budget they want to pour money into they only seem ready to pay lip service to better money management and offer larger government to help solve the problem.

Even though Barack Obama allowed Nancy Pelosi and her crowd to draft the stimulus package and has thrown them the red meat of the health care overhaul bill to draft, some nameless White House team will come up with a grand strategy to spend billions on education.  Never mind that just about every federal billion dollar effort for schools has almost always benefitted teachers and staff more than students…..

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By Jay Mathews
The Washington Post

I doubt we will get much school improvement out of the roughly $100 billion in stimulus funds the Obama administration is about to spend on education. The windfall will save the jobs of many hardworking educators, which is good, but we already know that dumping big pots of money on schools tends to help adults more than kids.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/c
ontent/article/2009/03/15/AR20090315
01759.html?hpid=sec-metro

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
16/speaking-of-outrageous-bonuses-f
or-incompetent-performance/

Related:
Obama’s Schools Will Have To Follow Federal Rules, Like Socialist, Communist Schools
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Obama: Really Want to “Fix Schools”? Try The China Or Singapore Model

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My friend that is a health care professional sees people that need “care” for one hour and then fills out paperwork for another 2 hours.  Why?  To satisfy government and insurance requirements.  A doctor I know already gave up his profession — it is too hard and he spends too much time on the computer and with paperwork, far too little on health care, and he just doesn’t make enough money.  Undoubtedly, Obama’s huge change promised for health care will make this problem worse but not to worry: we’ll pay even more to put all this work into computers!

Not enough care and not enough health!  Just visit a hospital or nursing home: health, care and money in conflict all over the place.  And more money doesn’t make for more “care.”

Or “health.”

Related:
 Government Health Care Often Means Waiting Lines, Rationed “Care”

Obama’s Health Care Show Stopper?

 Health Care: Computerized Records Just Won’t Lead to Better “Care” or Cost Savings

Don’t forget: Hillary tried to overhaul health care
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Obama’s War On Banks: Backlash Stirring

In Conservative Alaska, Banks Aren’t Full of “Toxic Assets”

 Republicans: If You Can’t Agree On Core Values Now, Commit Harakiri

 D.C. Mayor Breaks with Democrats on Hill, Wants School Vouchers

Obama on Education: What’s Good For You Is Wrong for Sasha, Malia

Obama on Education: What’s Good For You Is Wrong for Sasha, Malia

March 10, 2009

Obama on Education:

1.  My kids get to go to private schools.

2.  Vouchers for federal school choice program for low-income families in Washington, D.C. are wrong.

Do we hear correctly?

Hope turned into hypocrocy (a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess).

Related:
Republicans: If You Can’t Agree On Core Values Now, Commit Harakiri

 Obama’s Schools Will Have To Follow Federal Rules, Like Socialist, Communist Schools

File:Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama at DNC.jpg
A few people with school choice you may not have.  Thanks to you, the taxpayer….

See:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/10/
how-sincere-is-obama-about-education-reform/

http://eideard.wordpress.com/2009/03/
10/president-obama-speaks-about-education/

Also: as anyone who understands the schools of Washington DC can attest: money spent on education sometimes means nothing in terms of better student performance.  Two years ago, the Law School of the University of the District of Columbia spent more per student than any other law school in the nation.  The success rate at passing the bar the first time was the nation’s worst….

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If you add up the stimulus bill, Obama’s proposed foreclosure fix, and the omnibus spending bill House Democrats are preparing, the administration is kicking off its tenure by spending a whopping $1.4 trillion.

There’s money for green golf carts. There’s money for ACORN. There’s money for weatherizing galore!

But there are some things the Democrat-controlled Congress will not countenance spending money on. Namely, Sakeithia, 12, Rashawn, 16, Paul, 11, Dominique, 14, Breanna, 9, Jordan, 17, Fransoir, 12, and De’Andre, 9.

They’re all Washington, D.C. kids attending private schools thanks in part to a federally funded school-voucher program. The program was enacted five years ago after a heated battle in the Senate, and supporters say it’s unlikely it will be reauthorized by the Democratic Congress unless they’re lobbied something fierce.

 

The fiscal 2009 omnibus Appropriations bill (HR 1105) would require that the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program — known as the D.C. voucher program — be reauthorized by Congress and then approved by the D.C. government in order for the program to receive federal funding after the 2009-2010 academic year.

But Republicans and advocates say the program is unlikely to be reauthorized with Democrats controlling Congress.

“It would certainly be a steep hill for supporters of the program to climb given the slim margins this program passed with back when conservatives controlled the Congress,” said Dan Lips, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. The D.C. government may be more willing to support the program, he said.

The D.C. voucher program — the first to provide federally funded vouchers to students — was launched as a five-year pilot program through the 2004 omnibus appropriations law (PL 108-199).

 

Nancy Pelosi’s office offered a “wait-and-see” soundbite on the program, but the language in the bill is more clear about its fate:

Read the rest from the Weekly Standard:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblo
gs/TWSFP/2009/02/democrat_omnibu
s_spending_bill.asp

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By Philip Elliott, AP

President Barack Obama on Tuesday embraced a new approach to public education that adds up to merit pay for the better teachers and longer days and school years for students.

These proposals, which constitute the new president’s vision of an education system that meets 21st century challenges, were sure to generate loud criticism, particularly from teachers’ union.

Educators oppose charter schools because they divert tax dollars away from traditional public schools. Merit-based systems for teachers have been anathema to teachers’ unions, a powerful force in Obama’s Democratic Party.

Obama acknowledged this in his talk to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“Too many supporters of my party have resisted the idea of rewarding excellence in teaching with extra pay, even though we know it can make a difference in the classroom,” he said, delivering the first major education speech of his presidency. “Too many in the Republican Party have opposed new investments in early education, despite compelling evidence of its importance.”

But he argued that a far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s education system is an economic imperative that can’t wait, despite the urgency of the financial crisis and other pressing issues.

“Despite resources that are unmatched anywhere in the world, we have let our grades slip, our schools crumble, our teacher quality fall short, and other nations outpace us,” Obama said. “The relative decline of American education is untenable for our economy, unsustainable for our democracy, and unacceptable for our children. We cannot afford to let it continue. What is at stake is nothing less than the American dream.”

The ideas the president promoted were nearly all elements of his campaign platform last year. He only barely mentioned the reauthorization of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act, which introduced sweeping reforms that schools are struggling to meet without the funding to match. Obama said his administration would “later this year” ensure that schools get the funding they need and that the money is conditioned on results.

Among the principles Obama laid out were:

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/2009031
0/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_education

“America becoming the nation of the unemployed” — Schools to Blame?

January 8, 2009

Without a long-term plan for investment in science and technology that stresses innovation and jobs, America will be the nation of the unemployed,  Norman Augustine, retired Chairman of Lockheed Martin told Congressional leaders Wednesday, January 7, 2009.

He said that government spending often only yields short-term jobs and when the global economy is jump started “those new long-term jobs won’t be here.”

“We need a companion effort to these [short-term job] proposals that addresses long-term job creation,” said Augustine. “What replaces them when the jobs run out? Investments in science and technology are likely to underpin any advancement in our country, helping to solve the energy problem, and creating new jobs.”

Augustine said the needed structural reforms could come from a complete overhaul of our schools and a renewal of science and technology in the classroom.

“This is not a short term economic ill we are facing.”

He said that almost 90% of American science teachers lack a degree in a science study area….

Mr. Augutine appeared before the  House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, Chaired by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Augustine often tells Congress what members don’t care to hear.  We recall him saying once, “By the time of the United States tricentennial, there will be more government workers than workers.”

We used the word Cappuccino in the headline just to get your attention and to make the point that often American schools spend their resources on all the wrong things.  Schools need to be geared toward excellence without further catering to the slowest students.  This is a national and not a local issue anywhere in our opinion: and Mr. Augustine told Congress that yesterday…

Anter yesterday’s hearing, House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio said, “We cannot borrow and spend our way back to prosperity when we’re already running an annual deficit of more than one trillion dollars.  I was pleased to hear the president-elect say yesterday that we need to stop just talking about our national debt and actively confront it.”

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

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Related:
http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/07/news/economy/steerin
g_committee_forum/index.htm?postversion=2009010712

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Related:
 America’s Future? Grim Reality Unless Major Changes Are Adopted
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U.S. Students Failing International Science Measures

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School Lacks Toilet Paper, Light Bulbs

A Detroit elementary school is asking for donations of toilet paper and light bulbs to keep their school functioning.

The principal of the Academy of Americas sent a letter to staff, parents and partners asking for donations of items “that are of the utmost importance for proper school functioning and most importantly for student health and safety.”

In the letter, Principal Naomi Khalil cited budget constraints within the district as the reason why the school could no longer stock the items.

The district is grappling with a more than $400 million budget deficit and is on the verge of being assigned an emergency financial manager by the state.

Read the rest:
http://www.clickondetroit.com/new
s/18430596/detail.html

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School System Spent $67,000 On Cappuccino Machines

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago public school bureaucrats skirted competitive bidding rules to buy 30 cappuccino/espresso machines for $67,000, with most of the machines going unused because the schools they were ordered for had not asked for them, according to a report by the CPS Office of Inspector General.

That was just one example of questionable CPS actions detailed in the inspector general’s 2008 annual report. Others included high school staffers changing grades to pump up transcripts of student athletes and workers at a restricted-enrollment grade school falsifying addresses to get relatives admitted.

In the case of the cappuccino machines, central office administrators split the order among 21 vocational schools to avoid competitive bidding required for purchases over $10,000. As a result CPS paid about $12,000 too much, according to Inspector General James Sullivan. “We were able to find the same machines cheaper online,” he said.

“We also look at it as a waste of money because the schools didn’t even know they were getting the equipment, schools didn’t know how to use the machines and weren’t prepared to implement them into the curriculum,” Sullivan said.

CPS spokesman Michael Vaughn said CPS plans to change its purchasing policy so that competitive bidding kicks in when a vendor accumulates $10,000 worth of orders, no matter how many schools are involved. One person was fired and disciplinary action is pending against three others, he said.

Read the rest:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/
1365268,CST-NWS-inspect07.article

Guidelines for Teachers to End Cyber Bullying

December 30, 2008

The Czech education ministry has drawn up guidelines for teachers to halt the spread of cyber bullying in schools.

Some Czech children have attempted to blackmail teachers or classmates by posting video clips of them on the internet, a ministry spokesman said.

Tomas Bouska told BBC News that the guidelines offered schools more options than simply confiscating mobile phones or banning their use during classes.

BBC

A clip of a Czech teacher slapping a child has fuelled debate on the issue.

The clip, which appeared on the internet in June, showed a teacher telling a boy off for having a messy desk and then smacking him when he answered back, Radio Prague reported. The boy then stormed out of the classroom.

“There was a huge debate about it,” Mr Bouska said. “People asked: ‘If it is put online is that a crime? After all, it’s a crime to slap a child’.”

Read the rest:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7804617.stm

Aussie Group Says Teachers’ Red Pens Emotionally Harmful To Kids

December 10, 2008

Give me strength…..

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Teachers using red pen to mark students’ work could be harming their psyche as the color is too aggressive, according to education strategies drafted by an Australian state government.

The “Good Mental Health Rocks” kit, which was distributed this month to about 30 schools in Queensland state, offers strategies such as “don’t mark in red pen (which can be seen as aggressive) – use a different color.”

Other tips include structuring time for peer tutoring every day, apologizing to students when necessary and asking students to conduct a “personal skills audit” where they focus on their individual strengths rather than their weaknesses.

The kit, designed to help Queensland teachers address mental health in the classroom, suggests social and emotional wellbeing has been linked to young people’s schooling, among other things.

The education aid has sparked a row in parliament, with deputy opposition leader Mark McArdle calling it “kooky, loony, loopy lefty policies.”

Reuters

Related:
U.S. Students Failing International Science Measures

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081209/od_nm/us_school

America’s Future? Grim Reality Unless Major Changes Are Adopted

December 10, 2008

In the future, America will be more diverse, more open to gays and more ploitically correct.

Americans will be even more caring for the human rights of their fellow man.

But Americans will generally be less wealthy, more stupid, more drug addicted and mezmerized by the future of the Internet and “Dancing With The Stars.”

Can another conclusion be reached?

America has lost or given away its industrial prowess.  Even the “Big 3” auto companies are on the public dole.

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Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are up.  And if you go to any hospital for “care,” you’ll end up loaded with drugs.

Americans are working harder, playing less and earning less for more than ever before.

And our schools are failing miserably.

America still has massive military might: but many lawmakers want to give this away and spend the money on “other priorities.”

The USS Ronald Reagan
Above: Symbol of American greatness or a big bill payer?

In the future America, food security may be an issue, we could run out of water, and our health care system may collapse.

I didn’t make all this up: I am just good at reading the tea leaves (and the headlines).

Barack Obama has a full plate.  And so do parents, lawmakers, teachers and business executives: if we want to see a brighter future for our grandchildren.

Related:

 U.S. Students Failing International Science Measures

Government Picks Winners, Losers, Calls Other Shots and Pays The Bills: Happy Now?

Get the Feeling Russia and China Are Slicing Up The World and the U.S. Will Be Left Out?

Juggernaut of U.S. Industrial Might Now “Rust Belt,” For Good Or Bad?

California Water Crisis Signals Warning for Other States

Lofty Hopes, Dreams Shattered By Politics, Terrorism, Economy, Other Realities

U.S. Students Failing International Science Measures

December 10, 2008

What is the future of America?  Our schools and student performance may  give you a dark view…

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U.S. students are doing no better on an international science exam than they were in the mid-1990s, a performance plateau that leaves educators and policymakers worried about how schools are preparing students to compete in an increasingly global economy. 

By Maria Glod
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 10, 2008; Page A10

Results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), released yesterday, show how fourth- and eighth-graders in the United States measure up to peers around the world. U.S. students showed gains in math in both grades. But average science performance, although still stronger than in many countries, has stagnated since 1995.

Students in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong outperformed U.S. fourth-graders in science. The U.S. students had an average score of 539 on a 1,000-point scale, higher than their peers in 25 countries.

In eighth grade, Singapore topped the list, with an average score of 567. Students in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, England, Hungary and Russia were among those earning higher marks than their U.S. counterparts. The average score in the United States was 520.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/w
p-dyn/content/article/2008/12/0
9/AR2008120901031.html

Other views on the America of the future:

Government Picks Winners, Losers, Calls Other Shots and Pays The Bills: Happy Now?

Get the Feeling Russia and China Are Slicing Up The World and the U.S. Will Be Left Out?

 Juggernaut of U.S. Industrial Might Now “Rust Belt,” For Good Or Bad?