While every headline brings us a new twist to this year’s struggle for the presidency, 15 people are working in the background to decide the direction the country will take. You didn’t get to vote for any of them. They were chosen. Unlike the next president we elect, when these people leave you won’t get to have a say in their replacements.
Someone wiser than me confided that the secret to college is understanding that you are persevering against nothing. The only thing you are fighting is yourself as you acquire lots of debt to attend classes you will never use and study long, lonely hours while living like a pauper. If you stick with it, you get a piece of paper with very tangible rewards.
Should we regulate career colleges because the government owes low income students a job? That’s part of the message we’re getting from the Department of Education, which recently announced final regulations to penalize career colleges that don’t measure up. The purpose of the new rules is to prevent low income students from drowning in student loan debt because they can’t find decent jobs.
The Department of Education is giving its all to turn the failure to achieve equity in education into a civil rights problem. Tossing the race card on the table was a shamelessly transparent follow-up to the release of civil rights data on inequality in school discipline (see: Universal Preschool: Civil Rights and Race, or Bad Kids?
What better deception to enforce government control than convincing the people that tightening the screws on states is for their protection? The pursuit of government control over states is liberal hypocrisy at its best. We have created a vicious spiral of spending and dependence by making sure that everything begins and ends in Washington, especially when it comes to providing education and health care.
Do Arne Duncan and Eric Holder understand what they are suggesting when they talk up civil rights and race as part of the push for universal preschool?
The newest release of the Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection is turning the argument for universal preschool into a dialogue about civil rights, race, and opportunity. Duncan and Holder are raising an unspoken question, though, and they don’t seem to realize it.
Nothing speaks to political power like commanding an empire worth billions. Congressional leaders are powerful, but sooner or later they have to answer to the people. The heads of Cabinet departments don’t have to worry about that. Even if they get invited to a Capitol Hill dog and pony show to explain failures, cover ups, or the waste of taxpayer money, they know that the person they answer to is the president (see: Cabinet Members Should Be Held Accountable).
The state of the economy is still being used to prove that our schools are an embarrassment compared to other countries. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan remains adamant that we need to better prepare our teaching professionals to train students for jobs the June employment numbers show are still in short supply. Washington’s solution is to train our teachers to teach:
While there are many good teacher education programs in this country, far too many of the programs that prepare our teachers are inadequate.