The Obama Executive Order list is growing. Proclaiming “We Can’t Wait,” the White House has become comfortable going around Congress with the excuse that gridlock is getting in the way of saving the economy. The new immunity program for illegals shows just how far this administration is willing to go to keep supporters happy. With a new school year getting underway and the election looming closer, is the next order going to require us to pay teacher salaries to placate unions?
Arne Duncan left Chicago and a school system dominated by unions to oversee the Department of Education. Has education in America changed?
The harangues about failing children, a dumb and dumber America losing its place in the world, underpaid teachers, and crumbling school buildings are tired political issues that manage to skirt one big problem: we don’t have enough money for public education in America. Why? Because too many benefit from the money that should be going to kids’ educations. Just ask Arne Duncan and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn how much money goes to pay exorbitant teachers’ pensions instead of preparing children for the future we keep hearing is slipping out of our grasp.
Big education has brought us Common Core, demands to pay exorbitant teacher salaries, battles with unions over wages and benefits, restrictions on what our kids can eat, arguments for training more STEM teachers, and the insistence that anyone coming to America has the right to a free public education whether they should be here or not. These are the issues discussed in the education category.
For better or worse, public education is a government offering for the masses paid for by taxpayers. How much can and should we expect?
Are Republicans willing to shed serious political blood in the battle over public school reform? Will they go to war over school funding? In education money has become everything, and as we heard from the Congressional Budget Office last week, extra money is not something we should count on for school funding or anything else. It took us a long time to grow a public school system that forces us to spend too much, in part because we collaborate with unions over public employees (see: Union Stance Ridicules Duncan’s Collaboration Efforts).
There is a lot of angry whining rising from the streets of Chicago. Chicago Teachers Union members are showing themselves to be cut from the same cloth as the occupiers who infested the city during the NATO Summit.
Chicago teachers have swapped places with the occupiers. They found time to wail away during a work day rally this week while the Chicago Teachers Union continued threats to cut off an essential public service with a strike.
How does it feel to know that your government is betting on foreign students to rescue America from decline? Homeland Security is helping to make sure that your college-bound children compete with foreign students judged to be the “best and brightest.” Why do we protect American goods from foreign competition, but actively raise the stakes against our young people when it comes to education and jobs?
Should conservatives save themselves a lot of heartache and throw in the towel now? Republicans seem unable to get their message out without looking like villains (see: Do Republicans Want to be America’s Enemies?). With so many prime targets and renewed support from women a possibility thanks to Hilary Rosen, did House GOP members have to select a program to fund the newest bailout that could be used to throw women’s health in their faces?