A coalition of business groups are stepping up their campaign supporting President Barack Obama's education agenda, the Common Core State Standards Initiative, with national TV ads that began Sunday. The move highlights the split between pro-business Republicans and grassroots activists in the conservative movement.
The coalition includes the Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable, according to Politico. The Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonprofit think tank, is also involved. While critics of the Common Core hail from the left and right of the political spectrum, these ads are specifically aimed at conservative critics. They will air on Fox News and other conservative media outlets.
Viewers of the ads will be unable to tell that they are backed by business lobbies. They feature teachers speaking in a classroom and say they are paid for by the "Higher State Standards Partnership." The ads are part of a coordinated effort with regional groups in key states where the Common Core has met the most opposition. more >>
As a social media following continues to be more important among public figures, a lot of people will go to any means necessary to make themselves look like they have more klout than they do.
Klout is a term that refers to one's social media impact. For a couple bucks, you can buy Facebook Likes, Instagram followers, or Twitter followers. It's easy to do and helps instantly establish you as a social media expert. Certainly tempting.
However, the public doesn't seem to care for it. It's dishonest and unethical, at best. Buying an online following is considered by many to be a cheap tactic and is often scoffed upon by social media executives. more >>
University of Tennessee's "Sex Week" has led one state senator to introduce two bills that would drastically change the way student activities are funded on college campuses in the state.
The first bill, S.B. 2493, prohibits colleges and student groups from using college money, including student fees, to pay for visiting or guest speakers. It would force student groups hosting events like "Sex Week" to pay speakers from other sources, rather than from general student fees. The second, S.B. 1608, would force universities to spread the money given to paid speakers equally, according to the number of students in each organization requesting funding.
The bills have ignited a storm of controversy, with the University of Tennessee administration and student groups attacking them for targeting "Sex Week" specifically. In an interview on Thursday, the state senator, Republican Stacey Campfield, told The Christian Post that "Sex Week" is not the sole reason for his reforms. "I don't think there's a real divergent point of view at our universities," he declared. more >>
Tech billionaire Bill Gates expressed doubts about the impact of an increase in the minimum wage, despite his long-time support for President Barack Obama, who publicly endorses the policy idea.
"When people say we should raise the minimum wage, I worry about what that does to job creation," Gates, Microsoft founder and cofounder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, declared at a Washington, D.C. event at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday. The business giant argued that a minimum wage increase would "dampen the demand for labor."
Gates paraphrased Robert Dohrer, chair of the Forum of Firms at the International Federation of Accountants, who noted that "poverty in the United States is often related to employment and economic growth." The Microsoft founder warned that "capitalism over time will create more inequality and technology over time will adjust labor demand," meaning that the rich will become richer and the poor will lose their jobs and be replaced by machines. more >>
Often, when I fly over the country, I'll look down over some of the great rivers below like the Missouri or the Mississippi. I've noticed a curious formation in several places – an "oxbow" in the river. These are found along the path of a river where you can see how clearly, over time, the river used to bend at an extreme angle. But now the river is running in a different channel. The main flow is cut off from the oxbow. The oxbow is a bend in the river where the river has passed it by. That cutoff bend forms a stagnant lake, which over time, continues to fill into a boggy swamp.
So my question for you is this: "Is your organization in danger of becoming an oxbow?"
All along a river's path, dead river oxbows that have fully filled in can be helpful for agriculture as their fertile planting soil is wonderful for growing. However your organization is not a farm, and there's no reward for you becoming extinct! more >>
The Canadian Supreme Court is set to decide whether teachers at private religious schools in the province of Quebec will be allowed to share their faith with students, in a case concerning a Catholic high school that is being forced to teach students in an ethics and religious course that all religions are the same.
"It is the same thought process that has been the genesis for prohibitions on blasphemy in other jurisdictions. The whole idea behind blasphemy laws in some parts of the world is that you don't want to offend different religions, and so what they (the Quebec government) do is argue that they promote tolerance and understanding, but rather they want to control what is said," Gerald Chipeur, Q.C., of the Canadian firm Miller Thompson LLP, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Wednesday.
Chipeur is one of 2,300 attorneys allied with Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization that filed a brief on Monday with the Canadian Supreme Court in defense of Loyola High School, the Jesuit Roman Catholic school in question. more >>