Five Items of Interest: Fed’s Takeover of Education, Kim Pearson & Iowa HD 30, Hawkeyes, Chromebooks, and Iran

It’s been awhile, but I did want to bring back the five items of interest post for this evening.  A few noteworthy things to bring up.

1. The Federal Government reach into education may not in the long run limited to public schools (aka Race to the Top), but Homeschooling United points out that the Feds are moving closer to regulating homeschoolers as well.  They point out  that the Home School Legal Defense Association is calling for opposition for an “big-government” education bill in the U.S. Senate – the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.  They don’t see any direct threat to home eduacation, but note that the Federal intrusion is unwelcome:

HSLDA’s federal relations staff have read this 868-page bill, and we believe that while it does not directly impact homeschool freedom, the bill will 1) increase the federal role in education at the expense of state, local, and parental control, and 2) will greatly increase the pressure on states to align their curriculum and standards, resulting in de facto national education standards.

A vote will be taken on this bill in the Senate Education Committee, HSLDA lists all of the members one of whom is Iowa’s Senator Tom Harkin, please melt his phone lines at (202) 224-3254.

2.  Iowa House District 30 Race, Caffeinated Thoughts reported that conservative activist Jim Carney was jumping into the race.  He said one of the people who encouraged him to run was State Representative Kim Pearson (R-Pleasant Hill) who lives in the district. Carney thought it was an indication that she wasn’t planning on running.  Pearson told me last night at the Iowa GOP Reagan Dinner that she is in fact undecided, but did reach out to several people to run if she decided not to.  Apparently Carney jumped the gun.  Pearson said that primary races are healthy for the process so she doesn’t seem concerned with his decision to run before she made her decision, but wanted to be clear she wasn’t recruiting a primary challenger for herself.  Liberal blogger, John Deeth, opines why this particular match-up doesn’t make sense.

3.  Iowa beats Michigan three years in a row.  The Hawkeyes beat the 15th ranked Wolverines 24-16.  Iowa’s defense really stepped up for most of the game.  I will say the end zone call negating a Michigan touchdown was extremely iffy.  I think he had it.  Some of my UM fans who are friends may say that cost them the game.  Just remember the previous three quarters and that the best they could have done was tie Iowa IF they made a two-point conversion if the TD had counted.  So stop whining.  Good recovery game for the Hawkeyes after the loss up in Minnesota.  They move to 6-3 and are now bowl eligible.

4.  Google Chromebooks – I’m trying one out after a friend lent me one of his.  Color me impressed.  I used it to liveblog last night and it worked perfectly.  It’s definitely a paradigm shift, but one I think I’m ready to make.  It’s fast, it doesn’t run hot mainly because you don’t have a ton of app processes running at the same time, and its battery lasts 8-10 hours.  The only thing I don’t like about it is the mouse pad, but I have a wireless mouse that has just worked fine with it.  I haven’t had a chance to try to use the webcam and microphone to see how that works, but those are features I rarely use.  I think Google is going to give Apple a run for its money in future years with this product and the Android OS for smart phones.

5.  Israeli President says that the  clock is ticking on Iran, former Senator Santorum noted last night that big news will come out next week from the IAEA’s report on Iran’s nuclear capabilities.  With Israeli Shimon Peres saying that makes me think that Israel is exteremly close to pulling the trigger on military action.  If they do how will the United States respond?


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Comments

  1. pete says

    there’s nothing wrong with the regulation of homeschooling per se. I mean there has to be basic standards such as the person teaching the kid to be licensed etc or certain rules regarding the content of education. One can’t expect to teach their children junk science and expect to get away with it.

    • myob says

      Who should determine what I teach *my* child?  The government does not need to be involved in every aspect of our lives- that’s called totalitarianism. Besides, the federal government already has it’s nose deeply in the business of public education, and look how well *that’s* going.  I’ve been there, as a former public school teacher, and I can guarantee you it’s not about the children.  It’s about money.  It always is.

      • pete says

        i was not specifically singling anything out when I said “junk science” Junk science is information that is written by people who lack credentials and aren’t respected by the experts in those fields. I will agree that global warming is very subjective and it will take years to determine the factuality of it. But darwinism is something that, while it has holes in it, is the closest thing we have to fact.

      • Anonymous says

        Haven’t you heard? Global warming has been determined to be fact by the government paid scientists who have credentials and are respected by all the other government experts who are paid to say so. C’mon! You aren’t some backwards un-credentialed layperson with an opinion that differs from the mainstream on global warming are you? I mean, that would simply be junk science in the extreme!

        Oh . . . let me tell you something about “Darwinism:” it, like creation science, is neither observable nor repeatable . . . two requirements of the scientific method. So it isn’t science . .  at all. And all the supposed evidence that “supports” Darwinism, like mountains of dinosaur bones heaped in a massive, confused jumble all over the place  . . . fit the Noahic flood theory much much better than Darwin’s “theory.”

        Just sayin’

  2. Watchtower says

    Liberals and leftists have controlled public education in the United States for many years and the hard left administration of Barack Obama desires to tighten the grip over the training of the young in any manner that they can. In the 1990s Barack Obama and his ACORN organization were an active part of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which was a far left project of transforming the Chicago public school system in their image. A major figure in this project, along with Obama, was Bill Ayers. Bill Ayers had been a leader in the 1960s/1970s radical terrorist Weather Underground organization. It was a meeting in Ayers living room that formed the foundation of Barack Obama’s first political race. (See article by Stanley Kurtz in the Sept. 23, 2008 issue of the  Wall Street Journal for a good account of this one example of the kind of people and groups controlling education in  the United States.) The US Department of Education needs to be abolished and a grassroots, parent centered, community centered educational approach with some respect for our American heritage needs to replace it.