Chad’s Morning Brief for 01.17.13
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of January 17, 2013. Give Chad your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11 am.
1. Money Doesn’t Always Fix Schools (link)
An expert testified yesterday that more money for education doesn’t mean better schools. Shocking I know!
More money might not produce better academic results in Texas schools but replacing thousands of poor-performing teachers would, a well-known education economist testified Wednesday in the ongoing school finance trial.
“If we simply put more resources into schools and use it the way districts have been using it … we should not expect higher achievement from students on average,” said Eric Hanushek of the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank at Stanford University. “We are wasting resources to the extent that we are spending on things that don’t matter.”
The education community of course disagrees though common sense tells us that throwing money at a problem doesn’t always fix it. School choice and making it easy to fire, not transfer, bad teachers would do much more to help education in Texas.
2. Mark Levin on Obama’s Policies (link)
Did the President propose anything yesterday that would have prevented Sandy Hook? Short answer: No.
On Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” conservative talk show host Mark Levin said President Barack Obama’s executive actions to curb gun violence, which were announced during a Wednesday press event, are as “un-American” and “fascistic” as they are unhelpful.
“What do any of these 23 [executive actions] have to do with what happened in Newtown? I’ve studied all 23 of them now. They have absolutely nothing to do with the mass murder that took place in Connecticut — zero. And the president won’t be asked about it. I have gone through these. It’s a weird collection of proposals. First of all, we have Obama ordering himself to order certain members of his administration to do things they should have been doing anyway, like enforcing existing laws, talking to each other, making sure they are trained up and everything. Why does the president have to issue an executive order and call in his Cabinet and say that? ”
“There is a lot of talk about training and educating, including first responders and local enforcement,” he continued. “Does the president know that the SWAT teams and these other teams of first responders are the best qualified, most experienced, most trained up of everybody to handle situations like this?”
Levin also challenged Obama for emphasizing that no federal law prohibits doctors from reporting violent threats made by patients.
“There are certain things in his executive orders that are un-American. In some ways they are fascistic. Doctors are private citizens. Do we really want doctors reporting to the federal government if they think somebody might have violent tendencies? Do we really want to discourage people that have mental health issues to see their doctor because they may be part of a national law enforcement database? How is that going to prevent any crime?
Levin, as always, is right.
3. DMN Against Guns & Teachers (link)
An editorial from the Dallas Morning News thinks the idea of funding gun training for teachers is a bad idea. Why? Because arming teachers will create a false sense of security.
But teachers would seldom be adequate first responders, nor should they be expected to fulfill that role. In addition, the proposal would throw state dollars behind a measure that, at best, would create a false sense of safety without actually improving campus security.
Whether to shoot or not shoot is a tough decision for veteran police officers and soldiers, who receive more extensive training under stressful conditions than any teacher could possibly obtain and maintain in a few weekends of classes. A teacher can learn to fire a weapon better, but giving a teacher responsibility to make life-or-death decisions is asking too much.
Well, obviously the Dallas Morning News doesn’t think teachers can handle anything but reading from books. Pretty insulting if you ask me. And to say that arming teachers provides a false sense of security is just stupid. Want to know what schools have done that has cost millions? Security fences, security cameras, control points, etc. Oh and of course the signs that say “Gun-Free Zones”. Now those all give a false sense of security.
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