Underfunding and the US Education Crisis

Underfunding is a key component of the US education crisis.

The U.S. education system is slipping behind other nations, and the widening achievement gap between rich and poor students is threatening the country’s global competitiveness, according to a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations.

The report, titled “Renewing America Progress Report and Scorecard,” lays blame at the fact school spending is distributed unequally in the United States.

While the U.S. funds its schools from property taxes on the local community — which often means more money goes to schools in high-income areas where homes are worth the most — most other developed nations divide school funding centrally by enrollment, i.e. the money is allocated evenly on a per-head basis.

“The real scourge of the U.S. education system — and its greatest competitive weakness — is the deep and growing achievement gap between socioeconomic groups that begins early and lasts through a student’s academic career,” said Rebecca Strauss, one of the report’s authors.
Read more at http://www.moneynews.com/Economy/education-US-school-spend/2013/06/21/id/511136?s=al&promo_code=13E80-1#ixzz2X4obULnr

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Facts about Home schooling

There is a movement taking place in America to take back the mind of our children.
The crisis in organized education continues to worsen, alternatives are more and more appealing.
We are in the new digital age in which education – and especially teaching young minds how to think as much as the teaching of specific subjects – does not merely give one a “leg up” in the struggle to survive, but is an absolute necessity. This is the exciting practice called home schooling.

Homeschooling – that is, parent-led home-based education – is an age-old traditional educational practice that a decade ago appeared to be cutting-edge and “alternative” but is now bordering on “mainstream” in the United States. It may be the fastest-growing form of education in the United States. Home-based education is also growing around the world in many other nations (e.g., Australia, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, and the United Kingdom).

· There are about 2.04 million home-educated students in the United States. There were an estimated 1.73 to 2.35 million children (in grades K to 12) home educated during the spring of 2010 in the United States. It appears the homeschool population is continuing to grow (at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum over the past few years).
Homeschooling – that is, parent-led home-based education – is an age-old traditional educational practice that a decade ago appeared to be cutting-edge and “alternative” but is now bordering on “mainstream” in the United States. It may be the fastest-growing form of education in the United States. Home-based education is also growing around the world in many other nations (e.g., Australia, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, and the United Kingdom).

· There are about 2.04 million home-educated students in the United States. There were an estimated 1.73 to 2.35 million children (in grades K to 12) home educated during the spring of 2010 in the United States. It appears the homeschool population is continuing to grow (at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum over the past few years).

· Families engaged in home-based education are not dependent on public, tax-funded resources for their children’s education. The finances associated with their homeschooling likely represent over $16 billion that American taxpayers do not have to spend since these children are not in public schools

· Homeschooling is quickly growing in popularity among minorities. About 15% of homeschool families are non-white/nonHispanic (i.e., not white/Anglo).
For the rest of the article go to: http://www.nheri.org/research/research-facts-on-homeschooling.html

National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)
Copyright © 2011 by Brian D. Ray

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Why the Democrats Are Winning the Battle for Hearts and Minds in the Presidential Campaign

The Art of (Political) persuasion…the Democrats still have it all over the Republicans
From an article by Sasha Issenberg.
…All targeting carries the risk of missing the mark, and there are regularly voters whose actual attitudes defy the predictions of statistical models. But regular misfires by Republicans—which at best only waste resources and at worst mobilize Democrats who might not have voted otherwise, or provoke a backlash among those still persuadable—illustrate a gap between how the right and left practice politics in the 21st century. Contrary to the wishful intimations of the Post and Times stories, while the groups on the right could conceivably catch up with Obama and his allies in the scope and funding of their ground-level activities, in terms of sophistication they lag too far behind to catch up in 2012.
In fact, when it comes to the use of voter data and analytics, the two sides appear to be as unmatched as they have ever been on a specific electioneering tactic in the modern campaign era. No party ever has ever had such a durable structural advantage over the other on polling, making television ads, or fundraising, for example. And the reason may be that the most important developments in how to analyze voter behavior has not emerged from within the political profession.
“The left has significantly broadened its perspective on political behavior,” says Adam Schaeffer, who earned graduate degrees in both evolutionary psychology and political behavior before launching a Republican opinion-research firm, Evolving Strategies. “I’m jealous of them.”
Schaeffer attributes the imbalance to the mutual discomfort between academia and conservative political professionals, which has limited Republicans’ ability to modernize campaign methods. The biggest technical and conceptual developments these days are coming from the social sciences, whose more practically-minded scholars regularly collaborate with candidates and interest groups on the left. As a result, the electioneering right is suffering from what amounts to a lost generation; they have simply failed to keep up with advances in voter targeting and communications since Bush’s re-election. The left, meanwhile, has arrived at crucial insights that have upended the conventional wisdom about how you convert citizens to your cause. Right now, only one team is on the field with the tools to most effectively find potential supporters and win their votes.

Excerpt from an article by Sasha Issenberg. For the full article go to:
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/victory_lab/2012/10/obama_s_secret_weapon_democrats_have_a_massive_advantage_in_targeting_and.html?fb_ref=sm_fb_plugin_activity

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Re Trayvon Martin…a stereotype can be deadly

Pitts: Re Trayvon Martin…a stereotype can be deadly’
The Miami Herald ^ | May 5, 2012 | Leonard Pitts Jr.

I don’t care about George Zimmerman’s MySpace page.

Granted, it was gratifying to read recently in The Miami Herald about his crude animus toward Mexicans (“soft ass wanna be thugs”) and his reference to a former girlfriend as an “ex-hoe.” Given the way white supremacists and other Zimmerman supporters have exaggerated and manufactured evidence to paint Zimmerman’s unarmed 17-year-old victim, Trayvon Martin, as a thug who somehow deserved shooting, this unflattering portrait offers the same satisfaction one feels any time the goose is basted with sauce that was prepared for the gander.

But ultimately, Zimmerman’s online profile is as irrelevant as Trayvon’s to any real understanding of the social dynamics that were at play the night the boy was shot to death. Worse, our fixation on this ephemera, the need on the one hand to make Trayvon some dark gangsta straight from Central Casting and on the other to find a Klan hood in the back of Zimmerman’s closet, suggests a shallow, even naïve, understanding of the role race seems to have played in this tragedy.

The pertinent fact is that Zimmerman found Trayvon suspicious because, as he told the 911 dispatcher, the boy was walking slowly and looking around. That might be the behavior of a boy who was turned around in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Or of a boy enjoying a cell phone conversation with a girl and not overly eager to return to where his sweet nothings might be overheard by his dad.

That no such alternate possibilities seem to have occurred to Zimmerman for even an instant suggests the degree to which we as a people have grown comfortable with the belief that black is crime and crime is black. Nor are African Americans immune to the effects of that invidious formulation….

(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com

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Mr. Zimmerman could have easily been Black…

by Leonard Pitts Jr. for the Miami herald

Indeed, the dirty little secret of the Martin killing is that Mr. Zimmerman could easily have been black. True, a black Zimmerman probably would not have been sent home by prosecutors who declined to press charges — whiteness still has its privileges — but otherwise, yes. It is entirely possible.

Why not? Blacks watch the same TV news as anyone else. We internalize the same message. We drink the same poison.

Why else do you think black folk flinch when the mug shot goes up on television, hoping the face will not be brown — as if we bore some communal responsibility for the suspect’s misdeeds? Why else do you think so much of our music is a song of violence and crime? Why else, when I ask an auditorium full of black kids how frequently the individual who murders a white person is black, do they figure it at 75 percent? Why else are they shocked to hear it’s only 13?

At some subterranean level, we — African-Americans — still believe the garbage of innate criminality we have so assiduously been fed and struggle with hating ourselves, as America long ago taught us to do. We struggle with it, yet we know better from firsthand, man-in-the-mirror experience. So how much harder is the struggle for white folks?

read more at miamiherald.com

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On Trayvon Martin…one of us

From the renowned rabbi and incisive social critic, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
More of Rabbi Boteach’s writings can be read at his web site; http://www.shmuley.com/

No greater tragedy can befall parents than having to bury a child. This is especially true when the child is killed and a perpetrator gets away with it. In this sense no American can but feel the double pain of the parents of Trayvon Martin.

On the other side of the equation, however, is the interview given by the father and brother of George Zimmerman, the shooter, who have spoken of a son and sibling who shot an assailant in self-defense but who is now being so pilloried and demonized that he cannot leave his home for fear of violence.

Who is right?

Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-shmuley-boteach/trayvon-martin-race_b_1392934.html

Posted on the Huffington Post on 3/30/12

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NeoNazis Patrolling Streets of Sanford, Florida

From “What the Ha-yell Urban news and Entertainment”.
April 07,2012

NeoNazis Patrolling Streets of Sanford, Florida

The racial implications of the Trayvon Martin shooting just got a little scarier.  Armed neo-Nazis are now patrolling Sanford, Florida, where Martin was killed.  A rep from the National Socialist Movement told the Miami New Times that 10 to 20 volunteers are going to patrol the neighborhood to protect “white citizens in the area” from possible race riots.

“Whenever there is one of these racially charged events, Al Sharpton goes wherever blacks need him,” Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement told the news organization. “We do similar things. We are a white civil rights organization…We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over.”


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Jesse Jackson’s Daughter now with Fox News

Jesse Jackson’s Daughter Hired by Fox News

Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a distinguished author, professor and scholar.
His web site is www.yourblackworld.net

The Washington Examiner and other media outlets are reporting that Jesse Jackson’s daughter has been hired by Fox News. Now, the report has been confirmed by conservative websites as well.

Jesse Jackson’s daughter, Santita Jackson, was previously a host of a 9AM show on WVON 1690 AM in Chicago. No word yet on exactly what Jackson’s role will be on Fox News.

I’ve known Santita for a few years and find her to be an outstanding journalist.  She deserves every opportunity thrown her way, and was one of the leading talents at my favorite radio station in the country (WVON).  I’ll admit though, that I don’t quite understand her move to Fox News, the network that did irreparable harm to her father’s reputation back in 2008.

Read more at:
http://yourblackworld.net/2012/04/black-news/jesse-jacksons-daughter-hired-by-fox-news/

 

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Millennials, the Pros and Cons for Members of that Generation

Millennials

While experts see many young people becoming nimble analysts and decision-makers because of their embrace of the networked world, they also warn that some constantly-connected teens and young adults will lack deep engagement with people and knowledge by being hyperconnected. Continue reading

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Obama has left Republicans confused, off balance

From NewsOne
By Dr. Boyce Watkins

Republicans don’t excite me very much, but it seems that we have to at least acknowledge them. The party has become, in recent years, an even worse example of politics gone scary.  The right wing opposition to having a Black liberal in the White House has led to some illogical decision-making and an intense desire to cut off noses to spite one’s face.  Super Tuesday is an example of this phenomenon and it simply wasn’t pretty.

SEE ALSO: Why Mitt Can’t Wrap It Up

Super Tuesday was the day that the Republican Party was supposed to celebrate an end to the back-and-forth that…
To read entire article go to:
http://newsone.com/nation/washington-watch/boycewatkins/how-obama-has-left-republicans-confused-and-off-balance/

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