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Archive for March 19th, 2013

The Education Blob That Ate Children

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 19th, 2013 11:08 pm by HL

The Education Blob That Ate Children
John Stossel, FOX Business
Shortly after I did my first TV special on education, “Stupid in America,” hundreds of union teachers showed up outside my office to yell at me. They were angry because I said union rules were a big reason American kids don't learn.The union is a big reason kids don't like school and learn less. Union contracts limit flexibility, limit promotion of good teachers, waste money and make it hard for principals to fire even terrible teachers.But I was wrong to imply that the union is the biggest problem. In states with weak unions, K-12 schools stagnate, too.Education reformers…

Power Shift: Energy Boom Dawning in America
Patti Domm, CNBC
Randy Foutch calls it a renaissance, but when you listen to the veteran Texas oilman and others describe America's nascent energy boom, it sounds more like a miracle. Politicians have been warning for decades that the U.S. must wean itself from foreign energy, but just a few years ago their words seemed like so much wishful thinking: The U.S. was facing what seemed like ever-rising oil prices and was importing about 60 percent of its supply. Natural gas inventories were shrinking, and the country was considering importing a liquified form from the Middle East.

Obama’s Plans for the Suburbs–& How to Stop Them
Stanley Kurtz, NRO
Last Friday’s headlines focused on President Obama’s address at Argonne National Laboratory, where he proposed to spend $2 billion on an energy-security trust fund for renewable fuel research. Obama boldly pledged “to shift our cars entirely . . . off oil.”How exactly is he planning to do that? Research will have an effect over time, but “entirely off oil” is either a greatly exaggerated or a very incomplete account of the administration’s energy plans.