5 Reasons the DNC Platform is DisturbingIn addition to nominating Hillary, the Democrats also created their new platform, that is their list of ideas.The 2016 Democratic Platform is a recipe for federalization of education and exploding budgets.“Making Debt-Free College a Reality”Taxpayer funded public colleges could cost as much as $200 billion annually for “working families”Also provides for free community college. Community Colleges have about a 60% drop out rate. So most of taxpayer money will be lost“Providing Relief from Crushing Student Debt”Calls for a “moratorium” on student loan payments, in other words, taxpayers take over payments$1.2 trillion in student loans so this represents a potential huge burden on taxpayers“Supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions“Hillary has called for $25 billion to go to private Black Colleges and Universities“Cracking Down on Predatory For-Profit Schools”“Predatory” assumes that people are unaware of the cost or what they are getting.These schools typically have lower admissions standards and thus higher dropout rates. Shutting them down will shut down opportunities unless we lower standards at public schools“Universal Preschool and Good Schools for Every Child”This is talking about expanding the failed Head Start program to be universal. There is no evidence this program has ever been successful.$12 billion a year cost to taxpayers
Why American History MattersWestern Civilization in general and the United States particular have been vilified by the West.We need to take back American History classes. America’s contributions to building a better world need to be recognized and not vilifiedIf there’s anything the recent terror attacks should have taught us is that we are what Sam Huntington called a clash of civilizations. Western civilization v. Islamic civilization.The founding fathers are often either minimized or villainized in many courses. It’s no wonder that students at William and Mary defaced the statue of Thomas Jefferson.American History in High SchoolThe College Board which makes the AP tests ran into trouble last year when they introduced their new curriculum which minimized mention of many of the founding fathers but emphasized America’s faults and failings.After months of criticism, the for profit College Board revised their curriculum to avoid losing school participation (and money). Can you imagine a government agency in a liberal presidency listening to the people?Colleges American HistoryColleges have long since abandoned any look at American History as anything but deeply flawed. As textbooks for high school are written primarily by college professors, it is no wonder that this has seeped down.“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” ? George Orwell, 1984
Overcrowded Schools22% of schools are overcrowdedTeachers must alter lesson plans for the worseStart early or end lateStudents do not receive the attention they deserveJohn hopkins study shows declining academic achievementAbout 12 percent of schools exceed their capacity by six to 25 percent and eight percent by more than 25 percentMore than one-third of schools use portable classrooms, one-fifth use temporary spaces like gyms or cafeteriasTeacher’s unions have called for an end to overcrowding while at the same time applauding Obama’s DACA and DAPA immigration policiesIllegal immigration has been a major contributor to overcrowding in public schoolsAt least 4 million students in America are illegal immigrants with millions more being the children of illegal immigrantsAccording to the Supreme Court in the case of Pyler v. Doe (1982), schools must provide education to illegal immigrants.This extends to many federal programs as well such as Head Start and Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and the free and reduced lunch program.Taking these expenses into consideration, the cost of education illegal immigrants and their children in the United States is estimated to run approximately $44.5 billion ANNUALLY.Moreover, spots in limited programs such as lottery pre-K programs are also generally open to illegal immigrants.Not only is no significant attempt being made to deport families in the country illegally but many of these students “Mayte Lara” are proudly announcing their illegal statusCollege and Illegal Immigration“Eighteen states, including Colorado, Maryland and Oregon, allow teens without legal status to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities, provided they meet certain requirements. Students living in California, Texas, New Mexico, Minnesota and Washington are also eligible for state-based financial aid, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. (US News)California announced $25 million for illegal immigrant education in CaliforniaIn addition to scholarships specifically designed to help illegal aliens such as theDream.us and the Illinois Dream fund, many others do not ask for legal residency proof.For all the talk the Left does about making college more affordable for Americans, they don’t seem to mind directing money to non-Americans.
A review of John H. McWhorter’s book,Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black in AmericaCult of VictimologyVictimology is calling attention to victimhood where it is barely found at all.71% of African-Americans say they have been the victim of racism as some point in their lives. This is simply poor treatment filtered the lense of race.Everyone listening can probably agree with at least one of these statementsA teacher in school treated me unfairlyA cop singled me out for a speeding ticket when others were going fasterA boss rewarded with promotion, raise or special treatment to an inferior work colleague – ignoring meWhites will generally attribute this to the individual being an a**hole. Blacks to racismCult of SeparatismVictimhood leads to separationhttp://nycivilrights.org/study-finds-college-officials-encourage-separatism-on-campus-october-10-2002The Stigma of Inclusion: Racial Paternalism/Separatism in Higher Education (2002). “The colleges profiled in the survey include Amherst College, Brown University, Cornell University, George Washington University, Haverford College, MIT, Northwestern University, Oberlin College, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton, Smith, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Vassar, Wesleyan University, and Yale. The research was done by Harvard undergraduate Ramin Afshar-Mohajer and Evelyn Sung, now a student at NYU Law School. The survey found:Colleges create special administrative positions and “minority” offices that strengthen separatist campus organizations;Colleges organize separate events and programs for minority students, including, in some instances, separate orientations and “Minority Weekends”;College-endorsed minority student organizations on campuses encourage minority students’ separatism, in an effort to promote “group-identity”;Colleges target and treat minority students as in need of remedial services, just because they’re students of color on a predominantly white campus;Colleges provide courses and departments with a politically-correct multicultural/diversity bent;Colleges provide racially-identifiable, ethnic housing on campus, sometimes with links to academic programs, that allow for the steering of minority frosh to racial/ethnic “identity” dorms.”Today, UConn is building a separate dorm for 40 black undergraduates to “foster scholarship”“UCLA’s vice chancellor Janina Montero responded on behalf of UCLA’s chancellor Gene Block that she is open to many of the ASU’s demands, including exclusive funding for the ASU, revision of the school’s anti-discrimination policies, an “Afro-house” for black students, a student advisory board for campus diversity, increased enrollment of black students, and creation of a Black Student Leadership Task Force. She also said that the chancellor has collaborated with the LAUSD to build the Horace Mann UCLA Community School in South Los Angeles.”Dangerous because it leads to an unconscious labeling of blacks as inferiors and strips them of their chance for the dignity that comes from equal treatment.Cult of Anti-IntellectualismTeasing from peersLower expectations from parentsPoverty does not explain it.Most black students are middle classIn urban schools, the children of recent Southeast Asian immigrants tend to do better than their black counterparts in the same school
I debate a former student, former debater on my high school team, and current immigration law student on the idea of building a wall along the border with Mexico. You decide for yourself who you think the winner is!