Choice in education needs to become reality in Kentucky. This video by the Foundation for Excellence in Education communicates that in one of the best ways I have seen. This is worth sharing..
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in Mason, Ohio on November 9, 2011 and made some surprisingly candid – and disturbing – comments about the state of education in US schools.
Duncan certainly wants more money to feed his bureaucracy’s interest area (what bureaucrat ever wanted different?), but WCPO TV also reports:
“Duncan says it’s not all about increasing funding. He says throwing more money at broken system won’t do any good. He says we need to focus on reform by elevating the teaching profession, enhancing non-profit organizations like YMCA and Boys and Girls Club and exploring how technology can improve education.”
Some of Duncan’s key concerns:
• US students have fallen to 16th place ranking in recent international testing
• US education performance is flat, while other nations are improving
• Other countries only hire teachers from the top third of their college classes
Duncan claimed that other countries also out invest the US in education. That does not jibe with the latest OECD Education at a Glance report’s Chart B1.1 that shows US spending per pupil leads the world. Even if we look at each nation’s education spending as a proportion of its gross domestic product, only four nations exceed the US: Ireland, Korea, Israel and Norway (OECD Education at a Glance, Chart B2.1).
In any event, Duncan gets it; right now, our schools are not getting the job done. And, just throwing more money at our schools won’t get the job done, either.
We need some very fundamental changes, changes that seem to be getting blocked by “adult interests” that don’t help improve the situation. Furthermore, as Duncan points out, this issue isn’t just about schools. This is really a fight for our country, and that means every American has a dog in this fight.
Hear Phil Moffett, the Bluegrass Institute’s president and CEO, on the “Kruser and Krew” show the second Wednesday of each month on Newstalk 590 WVLK-AM/FM at 1 p.m. (EDT).
“Kruser and Krew” is hosted by Dave Krusenklaus and is broadcast weekdays from Noon to 3 p.m. EDT.
Listen live here.
With that said, regardless of the outcome of these contests, The Bluegrass Institute will continue the same focus and dedication to pushing for transparency & accountability, free-markets, personal freedom, and limited government that we always have. Kentuckians deserve to have a watchdog who is not bound by political parties.
Transparency is the first step toward accountability and the need for accountability is something people from all parties should agree on.
President Obama claims to support America’s exporting and so-called “green jobs” industries, but he also likes rules that restrict the importation of critical inputs to those industries. Austin Bragg and I produced a short video detailing how antidumping duties serve to nudge American manufacturers offshore or out of business. The examples we cite are American manufactured products that fall squarely into the category of “green,” including Kentucky manufacturer Dow Corning.
University of Louisville Economics professor Stephan Gohmann will be hosting the BB&T lecture series Wednesday, November 9 at 4:30 PM in the College of Business Horn Auditorium. Robert Luddy, CEO of Captive-Aire, will be lecturing.