The office of Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education should be occupied by an experienced, highly professional educator that is a recognized leader – one who commands the respect, admiration and approval of those laboring at all levels of education policy and practice. Jan Resseger’s review of the confirmation hearing confirms that DeVos has no experience in public education or in-depth understanding of education. The Senators in the hearing should have been “distressed by her evident lack of knowledge and experience and her ideological bent,” wrote Resseger.
The school choice thumpers now have one of their own in […]Full Story... →
The Governor, during a January 12 speech to the Columbus Partnership, announced a provision in the state budget proposal to add three non-voting, non-elected business persons to each board of education. Why three? Why any?
This solution-looking-for-a-problem approach is yet another signal that some politicians don’t trust citizens to elect the “right” individuals to manage educational programming in school districts. Appointed state board of education members and the “Youngstown” Plan (amendment to HB 70 of the 131st General Assembly) are other examples of lack of confidence in citizens. Of course, the citizens that elect the board members also elect governors […]Full Story... →
As I watched PRESIDENT Donald Trumpf, still ranting in his blistering campaign mode about creating a master race of Americans, I recalled (from old clip) something that George Orwell wrote in his sobering “1984”:
“In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on a people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violation of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply […]Full Story... →
At high noon on Friday, in front of the Capitol in Washington D.C., Donald John Trump was sworn-in as the 45th President of The United States. His inaugural address sounded like standard Trump-rally pablum that repeated his pledge to put American first and bring back jobs.
In Ohio, a bellwether state that has made and broken many a candidate’s run for president, the New York billionaire and real estate Titan decimated Hillary Clinton by a stunning 446,841 votes last year, even though former President Barack Obama twice won the votes of Buckeyes in 2008 and 2012.
Mostly white working […]Full Story... →