The Fusion of Education and Politics

In 2009, the Council of Chief State School Officials and National Governors (CCSSO) Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) combined forces to create “college and career ready standards”—the result, the Common Core Standard Initiative.

The line of thinking that was used to develop standardized education may look great on paper, with an all states doing the same thing and leaving no kids at a disadvantage approach. … [Read more]

Nerve Gas Used in Syria

Sources in the United Kingdom and France have confirmed that Syrian attack victims have tested positive for a chemical weapon – the nerve agent sarin. French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, passed evidence of the claim to the head of the United Nations inquiry into chemical weapon use in Syria but not venture to say who, directly, was responsible for the use of sarin.… [Read more]

Return of the Joker Jedi: The Bachmann Chronicles

Last year was particularly hard on the fortunes of Tea Party doyenne Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)  After a flop at seeking the Party of No nod for President, and Bachmann’s months of proudly proclaiming her childhood Iowa roots, voters in her 6th Congressional District in Minnesota noticed their Congresswoman was off politicking for the White House, playing Tea Party ideologue, and AWOL from her constituents. … [Read more]

The messy demise of Reagan’s ‘Eleventh Commandment’

It appears many of the Republican “true believers” aren’t observing Ronald Reagan’s famed Eleventh Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” Add one more to the discarded pro-choice and sensible gun control missives of the Matinee Cowboy’s purged lines.

Good ol’ Ronnie wouldn’t have been thrilled…

In the spirit of “Beware the Ides of March,” there’s a tempest in the G.O.P.… [Read more]