Historically, Democrats have been politically vulnerable on military issues. The recent missteps President Barack Obama has made in dealing with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the situation in Syria are hurting his party's chances for keeping control of the Senate in the next Congress. Another problem for the President and Congressional Democrats, is having to spend the 2014 election cycle explaining to voters why our Veterans Hospitals are government-run healthcare disasters. In Phoenix, Veterans Administration secretary Robert McDonald acknowledged that secret waiting lists and bad care needlessly "caused the death of veterans."
Why is such an outrage possible? Answer: because Democrats reflexively favor government bureaucracy over the free marketplace. Sadly, at no point will the President's suggested reforms for veterans involve private hospitals or voucher-based coverage, even though that could mean better outcomes for the brave men and women who have served our nation in the armed forces. And while it is not life-and-death, the same can be said for efforts to educate active-duty military and younger veterans.
Recent veterans face a disproportionately high unemployment rate. According to the Department of Labor, about nine percent of servicemen and women who have served or enlisted since 2001, are unemployed. The unemployment rate for the general population is about four points lower. Additionally, recently retired military encounter obstacles that civilians can barely comprehend such as PTSD and bureaucratic red tape that forces qualified applicants to be re-certified for certain civilian jobs. However, one thing that can be done to help current military and recent veterans is attending a school that is designed to help them prepare for finding a job outside of the service. more >>
The folks in the drama department at Cape Fear Community College are just fine with staging productions about rape and incest. But when it comes to staging a show with Christian themes – well, that's a problem.
So says Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious advocacy group that claims the school's drama instructor ordered a student to "dumb down" the religious nature of an upcoming production because it might offend and anger people.
ADF attorney Travis Barham wrote a letter to the college alleging that drama instructor Jack Landry told Justin Graves he "could not support the overtly Christian show" because the Wilmington, N.C., college is a publicly-funded institution. more >>
For years now, educators have known that a confrontation was looming between secular accreditation agencies and Christian schools over the issue of homosexuality. What would these colleges and universities and seminaries do when they were told they had to revise their policies on homosexual practice?
We no longer need to speculate, as this hypothetical scenario has become reality.
One of the things I am passionate about is that many overweight and unhealthy people need to simply start their health journey. We are on a journey to become healthy, and it is a downright war sometimes to get through this difficult time.
We should never travel this road alone. Being in a community of like-minded people is critical.
Before I describe how I found community and why it meant so much to my health journey, I must first describe my life before. more >>
Parents in New York state described the anxiety and depression experienced by their children after the state began implementing testing tied to the Common Core in part two of Home School Legal Defense Association's documentary, "Building the Machine: A Movie About the Common Core."
The children are "blaming themselves and saying there is something defective with them and school is making them feel defective," Mary Calamia, a licensed clinical social worker who works with children and teachers in the New York state school system says in the film.
"They're blaming themselves, they're saying they're at fault. They're calling themselves stupid. ... Thus we get anxiety and depression," she added. more >>
The College Board's decision to create a new, unprecedentedly detailed, and ideologically slanted framework for its AP U.S. History (APUSH) Exam has touched off a political and cultural firestorm. I and other critics have charged the College Board with building a strong leftward bias into its revised version of American history. Controversies have erupted between the College Board and school boards in Texas and now in Jefferson County, Colorado. The issue is spreading nationally.
While resolving the AP U.S. History controversy will be difficult, the solution is straightforward. We need to break the College Board's monopoly on Advanced Placement testing.
The College Board's monopoly hasn't been a problem up to now because instructions for the various AP courses have traditionally remained brief. Until this year, for example, coverage for the AP U.S. History Exam was detailed in a five-page topical outline. This outline merely listed subjects to be included on the exam, leaving teachers free to present U.S. history from a variety of perspectives. more >>