Labor unions covet government edicts that will reverse the trend of falling union membership and declining dues.
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It looks like summer is already heating up for the college bound.
Fox News says that a new report from The National Association of Scholars (NAS) is creating lots of discussion about the books incoming college freshmen have been asked to read before reporting to the campus this fall.
The NAS study says:
“We found the preponderance of reading assignments promotes liberal social causes and liberal sensibilities. Of the 180 books, 126 (70 percent) either explicitly promote a liberal political agenda or advance a liberal interpretation of events. By contrast, the study identifies only three books (less than 2 percent) that promote a conservative sensibility and none that promote conservative political causes. 51 books (28 percent) are neither liberal nor conservative.”
Right or wrong, those are fighting words. So, it will be interesting to see how this early “summer heat” situation plays out as more becomes known about the books and the reactions of those fledgling college students to their reading assignments.
By the way, three Kentucky schools are listed in the study. Click the Read More link below to learn about the books they want incoming freshmen to read.
The three Kentucky schools on the NAS list include the following:
Northern Kentucky University tells its students to read “This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women.” Per the NAS, the book has a New Age/Spiritual/Philosophy focus.
Eastern Kentucky University’s incoming students are asked to read “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.” The NAS claims this book has a Holocaust/Genocide/War focus and an African theme.
Students inbound to UK are asked to take “Zeitoun” under their belts before arrival. This one has a general Multiculturalism/Immigration/Racism theme along with a focus on Hurricane Katrina.
If you have read these books, I’d appreciate your comments. Do you agree or disagree with the NAS characterizations?
Here’s some background on the NAS. Its web site claims the organization:
“…is an independent membership association of academics working to foster intellectual freedom and to sustain the tradition of reasoned scholarship and civil debate in America’s colleges and universities.”
The group says of itself:
“The founders of NAS summoned faculty members from across the political spectrum to help defend the core values of liberal education.
The NAS today is higher education’s most vigilant watchdog. We stand for intellectual integrity in the curriculum, in the classroom, and across the campus—and we respond when colleges and universities fall short of the mark.”
Fox News says critics portray the organization as “Right Wing.” However, it will be the books themselves that ultimately determine if the NAS, or the people who select college reading lists, are out of touch.
Kudos to Democrats Jim Wayne of Louisville and Melvin Henley of Murray for returning to the state treasury more than $2,500 in wages they received for this year’s special legislative session.
In the private sector, if work doesn’t get done on time there are consequences. In the public sector, Frankfort’s politicians too often benefit from a policy of procrastination.
How many other lawmakers will follow Wayne’s and Henley’s example? Taxpayers are watching.
In my latest Lexington Herald-Leader op-ed, which was published Monday, I challenge faulty research about charter schools and Kentucky’s teachers union that uses it to deny Kentucky parents the option of sending their children to charter schools.
Five years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled in its Kelo decision that government could seize private property through eminent domain and hand it off to another private entity for their own gain and that of elected politicians.
To anyone who knows anything about education, it’s a stunning comment. Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said in Bowling Green that:
When the US Air Force checked me out in 1971 to program the first generation of teaching technology machines ever used for operational pilot training, one of the first things I learned was the vital importance of assessment in real education. Very simply, good teachers must constantly evaluate where the student is in the learning process so that future teaching can be adjusted to meet the student’s needs.
Without continuous assessment of student progress, teachers are left clueless about how their instruction is working for students.
So, here we are after 20 years of KERA, and our commissioner of education says our teachers don’t know some of the most important things about teaching. That is indeed a “huge thing.”
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