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By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner
Yesterday, during his speech at the annual NAACP National Conference in Houston, Gov. Mitt Romney surprised everyone with his novel approach to education funding, which not only makes ‘good walking around sense’ but, also drew concerted agreement from one of the primary ‘constituents’ of the conferees–poor, urban black students.
The National Center for Education Statistics data shows that in 2009, the average reading score of African-American fourth-graders was 26 points lower than Caucasian fourth-graders, while White high school seniors scored 30 points higher in math than their black counterparts, according to reporting in Casey Stegall’s FOXNews article today.
There are many theories to explain the disparity in these numbers, but the one getting the most attention is economic status–as there are more under-performing schools in poor neighborhoods than there are in middle-class areas.
And, thirty-seven percent of black school-age children come from households living below the poverty line–compared to 12 percent of white children.
The Obama approach?
Using the American Recovery and Investment Act (“Stimulus”), President Obama spent an additional $13 billion on K-12 public school systems, under the Title 1 program, which is part of the “Elementary and Secondary Education Act,” passed by Congress in 1965, that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high numbers of children from low-income families.
This is also known as “insanity,” to mindlessly spend more taxpayer money–on the same system that has failed to fix the same problem for 47 years.
The NAACP’s reaction?
National NAACP leaders, like Howard Johnson, support this idea but–only if the money is used to help turn around under-performing schools, instead of just sending kids away.
We’re getting these minority students out of the bad schools and putting them over here [in an alternate school] and giving them an education. So you get 10 out, but leave 100 in the same condition? Don’t move them. Fix it!
The Romney solution?
For the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to a student, so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school, or to a private school, where permitted.
Romney recommends a market-based approach to education, where schools essentially compete for students, believing that it will incentivize educators to get under-performing schools turned around–or closed–instead of throwing more money at the problem.
Stegall visited the KIPP Charter School in Houston and spoke to minority parents who praise the idea of having options, which is what brought them to KIPP Charter Schools in the first place.
What do student’s parents think?
Parent Lisa Johnson says her two children are doing exceptionally well since switching to KIPP Charter School.
They have learned so much and they want to go to school … my kids wake up with an I’m-ready-to-go attitude!
Chris Gonzalez, of KIPP, states they have 125 schools in 20 states, serving more than 39,000 students, and added:
Ninety percent of our kids are low income, but 90 percent of my eighth-graders have historically gone on to college … I’m focused on college for every kid.
What do former students think?
Ana Lucero Camacho-Duran, a former KIPP student, explained that college wouldn’t have been an option for she and her siblings, had they attended her broken public school.
As a minority, living in a not-so-education-oriented neighborhood, you are not given many options. Breaking the cycle is important because you realize you have a choice. You have options. You’re able to go to a better school, provide a better education for yourself and for your future generations.
Ana and all of her brothers and sisters are now college graduates. Amen, indeed.
How does the NAACP feel about Romney’s plan?
Changing schools is the not the answer, according to Howard Johnson:
If you have a school over here with kids getting scholarships and that school over there has nothing but drop-outs, the parents aren’t gonna want to send their children there. There is no choice. Fix their school and then give them a choice.
If education and advancement is such a hot topic for the NAACP, then why would they reject Romney’s plan, which by extension has been proven to work, for so many children, over a long period of time–in favor of Obama’s approach, which has obviously not worked at all in over 47 years, wasting trillions of dollars?
For the NAACP the reason is simple–once there is no one left to “advance,” then the very reason for their existence would cease.
For Democrats in general, Romney’s plan would necessarily eliminate education labor unions, because “competition” for students [taxpayer money] would result in the surreptitious firing of “incompetent” teachers and replacing expensive union workers with fewer, market-priced non-union workers.
For Barack Obama, it’s simple too–a Marxist does not really what to have an educated electorate, as then they would be able to detect the truth and it would set them free…from the Democrat party.
Nicely done, Mitt.
By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
The Associated Locksmiths of America sends an email out on Thursdays with links to various articles related to the Security Industry as a whole with an occasional article on locksmith work. This afternoon there was an interesting post, Framework For Locksmithing Apprenticeship, offering a standardized national model program which was approved by Dr Steffan George, Development Director of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) and leading employers.
“The launch of the apprenticeship framework is a very positive moment for the MLA and the industry as a whole. This is the culmination of years of research and collaborative effort. The framework is an important step after the development of a nationally recognized locksmithing qualification, which we hope will have a significant impact on the regulation of the industry as well as providing locksmith companies with the pathway and funding to take on and develop new talent.”
In keeping with the solemnity of this move, Church Lady from the old Saturday Night Live show will offer my opinion, “Well isn’t that special.” I’d include a wav.file but we’re on a tight budget so you’ll have to remember Dana Carvey’s sarcasm filled voice when uttering that remark.
An apprenticeship requires a one on one relationship between the locksmith and a person who desires to learn the skills required of a locksmith through hands on training. The lessons taught and learned are based on observed moments by the senior locksmith, moments which can be expanded upon; but only in that moment and certainly not by some crafted national agenda to crank out sustainable locksmiths according to standards set up by a bunch of well meaning overseers.
Texas licensed locksmiths have their hands tied behind their backs because of over regulation by the state. Taking on an apprentice has added expenses, other than miss cut keys that end up in the recycling bucket; apprentices have to be licensed at not a small cost. The days when you could take a young person under your wing, train them in the shop in various tasks related to locksmith work, let them practice on customer’s property; all that went by the wayside when the state decided it knew what was best for society’s safety.
The same folks who screwed up the locksmith industry by encouraging/demanding states license the locksmith industry; you got it, the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) and their willing accomplices at the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) with folks like Dr Steffan George at the front of the procession.
I love seeing folks with letters in the locksmith business, RL, CML and Dr by a person’s name; gives me goose bumps. I have letters by my name as well, GSP. Folks take for granted it means something to other locksmiths, it doesn’t.
T.F. Stern, GSP
I started my apprenticeship while still a full time police officer in Houston, Texas. The owner’s daughter, Patti, an accomplished locksmith in her own right, used to kid me when I got the easy jobs. She tended to lean a bit left in her political ideology, so I was tagged as a Gravy Sucking Pig (GSP); now you know.
I’m surprised someone hasn’t suggested locksmiths have their state license numbers tattooed on part of their anatomy. (Gosh, but I wanted to say which part of the anatomy and held back since some of my readers might not have appreciated the visual impact.) When the public called you out to unlock their car in the middle of August with temperatures that let you fry an egg on the hood of a car they would see your state issued tattoo clearly and know they had a professional. Where’s that tattoo supposed to be applied?
Some folks want everything regulated, like having all the traffic lights green before they leave home for work; sorry, that’s just not the way it was meant to be. Living in a free society requires an acknowledgement of certain risks. Even worse, these self appointed watch dogs are willing to sacrifice everyone else’s liberties in order to “guarantee” society will be safe from fly by night operators and folks who lack essential skills in the locksmith industry.
“Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither” Ben Franklin
“Those who sacrifice the liberties of others believing they know what’s best for society are called Socialists.” (My own modification, hope you like it.)
We have a constitutional republic here in America; I know that really annoys some of you elitists who are so much smarter than the rest of us yokels. If you want to impress me with your abilities to guarantee society will have no problems then get on an airplane and go to some country where your skills will be better appreciated; but get the heck out of my business and stop telling me what’s best for me.
This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”
Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques
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