Category Archives: American Society

The need for educational reform

educational reformFor nearly twelve years I have been openly discussing the need for educational reform in our public schools and within higher education. Each semester it seems more and more college students are enrolled in remedial and developmental courses that will not transfer to other colleges and do not count towards the degree’s requirements for graduation. Students who take these courses must either pay out-of-pocket or with their federal and state financial aid.  Almost all of these students that take the remedial courses have one thing in common – they hold a high school diploma from a public high school.

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An educated electorate: required

 

stack-of-booksWhile serving in the United States Army in the early 1990s, I had to prepare for the much-anticipated promotion board for sergeant. Like many, I had bought a study guide to help me prepare for the range of questions that I could expect to be asked. Besides the obvious questions on military tradition, job-related skills, and the history of my unit, the study guide had a section devoted to what it called “general knowledge citizenship.” As I prepared for the promotion board using the study guide, I began to understand how much about the Constitution of the United States I simply did not know. I prided myself in being a high school graduate and even had thirty-four hours at a local college before joining the Army. Although I considered myself as educated, I was far from being a member of the educated electorate our founding fathers said must exist to protect the Constitution and the national government it defined.

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Democratic/Progressive economic short-sightedness

U.S. Coins and Paper MoneyOver the past year, the Democratic Party has again insisted that minimum wage must be raised to keep up with current inflation and the cost of living. Citing that minimum wages have not been increased since 2009, many of the supporters calling for the increase in minimum wage claim that such a hike in the minimum wage would allow workers to help themselves out of poverty and reduce the dependence on federal and state welfare support programs. Unfortunately, raising the minimum wage will not end poverty, reduce dependence on welfare programs or even allow for economic mobility of the nation’s working poor. In fact, raising the minimum wage will actually have the opposite effect.

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