The Chicago teachers union is honest: they’re greedy. Today’s Associated Press story quotes union president Karen Lewis about her members: “They want to know if there is anything more they can get.” More…
By Tom Quiner
Newt Gingrich was strong in last week’s debate. Rush had this to say:
“And we talked about it during the 2008 campaign. Nobody wanted to hear it. The hopey-change thing was just too big of a theme. It was absorbing all the energy. But it was shocking, the details of this story. He also — Newt had some absolutely brilliant conservative thoughts on education and on our schools. Newt noted three fundamental mistakes on education. They assume that teachers unions care about kids. He talked about this self-esteem nonsense where kids hear about self-esteem, but they can’t even spell it. They’re taught that they have self-esteem, they’re taught that they’re wonderful little darlings, they’re taught all this, but they can’t even spell the word “self-esteem”!”
What is self esteem? It is a favorable opinion of oneself.
What is self respect? It is a proper sense of one’s own dignity and integrity.
A philosophy evolved in recent decades that somehow self-esteem can be imposed from the outside if you just keep telling a kid he or she is great. In fact, self esteem is a natural by product of self respect. One earns self respect by doing good things, by behaving well, by the making the world a better place.
Newt’s comments were spot on in the Arizona debate.
By Tom Quiner
Kelley Williams-Bolar is going to jail for the crime of wanting a better education for her kids.
This has been Catholic Schools Week and National School Choice Week. Ms. Williams-Bolar’s plight would have been avoided had Democrats not blocked her desire to send her kids to a nice school in the suburbs rather than an inner-city school. In other words, this African-American woman would have avoided jail if a school choice program was in place in her Ohio school district.
Her crime? She falsified documents that claimed her two daughters lived with their father in the nicer neighborhood. Her crime is a felony.
School choice and school voucher programs create opportunities to send their kids to better schools, whether public, private, charter, religious, or secular. It’s not about abandoning public education.
We know members of the last Reid/Pelosi Congress believe in choice. After all, 44 percent of Senators and 36 percent of Congressmen sent their kids to private schools. And yet it is the Democratic party that blocks school choice programs that would allow working class and inner city families have some of their same opportunities.
Does school choice really make a difference? A program was run in Washington D.C. called the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. Results were impressive. Test scores were better for voucher recipients. They had a reading advantage of 3.1 months ahead of non-voucher recipients, and the equivalent of 3.7 months of total additional learning, according to a report by the Heritage Foundation.
Despite the success of the program, Democrats in Congress de-funded the program.
I mentioned Catholic schools at the outset because of their notable success in our nation’s inner cities where their graduation rates are 95% compared to 50% in public schools. A school choice program would allow more kids access to these quality schools.
The National Education Foundation and other teacher’s unions fight free choice in public schools. They are huge financial supporters of Democratic candidates.
It’s time to stop criminalizing a mother’s desire for a good education for her kids. Let’s expand free choice now.