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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

No Child Left --- To the Left

By Ron Hart




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was a lovely day recently in Atlanta. The school kids were out playing in Piedmont Park, and some were diving for murder weapons in the park's lake. It was a scene Normal Rockwell might have painted.

I was enjoying a nice breakfast at Chick-fil-a, the only restaurant where the staff and the food look the same as in the commercials. They have free papers there, which is still too high a price to pay for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. I took a peek to see if the AJC was running its weekly rehash of the Emmitt Till story. Or perhaps the paper would employ its exhaustive investigative liberal journalistic skills proving that a man serving life in prison might have been wrongly convicted of 2 of his 86 murders. It's what the AJC does, which is why no one reads it anymore.

The AJC was reporting on a story which first broke in 2009 about a massive, ongoing, cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public School System. Gloria Love of the Northside Neighbor wrote that a "report found 178 educators, including 38 principals, participated in cheating during the administration of the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests." In short, for years teachers were changing test answers for their students to make them look better.

If teachers are doing the cheating for the kids now, how will the kids ever learn to cheat for themselves when they grow up?

There have been reports of test changing "parties," where teachers met to correct the answers on their students' tests. Even more troubling, this practice was so pervasive that teachers who did not go along would be bullied by the system and forced to cheat. The report said there was "a culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation." Good teachers, and there are many of them, were bullied by their leaders to conform to something not good for the students. In short, the teachers union, the sole province of the left, was doing its job.

For this fine work, Superintendent Beverly Hall, the darling of the edu-crat world, received the National Superintendent of the Year award. She has since resigned, got a similar job and was recently spotted vacationing at a posh Maui resort.

Obama delivers grandiose speeches on not taking the low road and cheating in schools; his words, written by someone else, would resonate better if he did not read them from a teleprompter hidden in front of him. Obama says he wants to train thousands more math teachers. Perhaps they could help him better understand what his $4 trillion in deficit spending -- so far -- means for the country. Sadly, the kids already good in math and the metric system (converting ounces to grams and back) are making great money right now in our school system.

In the great documentary Waiting for Superman, even liberals agree that the monopoly held by the unions and government schools is a problem. Vouchers or school choice are torpedoed at each turn by the teachers unions and their beholden politicians.

For the past ten years, we have spent 32 percent above the rate of inflation on education, with bad results. If the Atlanta situation is as pervasive as I imagine, even the results we do have may be fraudulent.

In government-run education, there is no consumer choice and no competition; no one is held accountable for the results. I would like to say "You get what you pay for," but we do not even get that. No amount of good money after bad will improve the situation unless we break the monopoly control of the government and the teachers unions.

Money is not the answer. I could teach math scratching in the dirt with a stick. My poor hometown did all it could to teach kids with the money it had. I am pretty sure my high school football coaches saved the school money by teaching driver education and sex education in the same car. We did what we could.

Atlanta's embarrassment confirms what we know: we cannot take small corrective measures with a education system that is fundamentally flawed. As Albert Einstein wrote, the definition of "insanity" is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. And, as these kids will learn, Einstein was a smart man who made lots of money with his bagel stores.

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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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Previously:

Dems' debt ceiling demagoguery

Golf Summit --- I Like Spike(s)

Nancy Pelosi Finally Demands a Weiner Probe

The porkulus political payback project

Schwarzenegger, please!

An ILL Wind for Business --- Boeing, Boeing Gone?

Osama's 72 Virgins --- and Obama's 72 Versions

Bin Laden was taken out by seals and now sleeps with the fishes

Trump: Got 99 problems, but rich ain't one

Why you should see the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ movie

Why The Donald trumps the Bamster

O-Bomb-A

Mid-East Megalomaniacal Despots on the Run

Truther or Dare

Facebook ‘Un-friends’ Our Increasingly Regulation-burdened Capital Markets

Egyptians Unfriend Mubarak

Hold 'em liable --- the colleges, that is

Follow your Hart in a look back at 2010

GOP wins in showdown

WikiLeaks --- Danger or Disinfectant?

The Angle of the Rangel

Where We Let Terrorists Really Hurt Us

Time to starve the spending beast

The TSA: We Do Chicken Right!

A Red Wave

No Juan Left Behind at NPR

Capitalism in Time Saves Mine

The Broader Picture of What These Elections Mean

Dem-moralized: ‘Dead Fish’ taken to the trash cant

Ships Passing in the Night

Obamanomics continue to add up . . . for Republicans

She had Tiger by the tail: If Elin did not get Tiger's money, Obama would have


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