And so Benghazi fades, the VA story fades, the missing plane, the missing girls in Africa, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, IRS, the list goes on, all fade from the headlines in this attention-deficit, 24/7 news cycle.
One thing that has been consistent during the recent economic recession and subsequent upturn -- dare I say recovery -- has been the way two states have led the country in growth, job creation and economic development.
With the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s declared War on Poverty, much is being written about perspectives on levels of success, value of the effort, and only a little about the length and cost of a war that has been declared, yet never correctly embraced.
A postsecondary education is one of the best investments a person can make. Data available prove education creates a lifetime of opportunity and potential for success. People in the workforce, on average, earn almost twice as much with a bachelor’s degree than those with only a high school diploma. The pursuit of knowledge pays off!
If you've read the news recently, you've witnessed the backlash against the implementation of the Common Core State Standards both in Florida and across the country. These new standards have been met with opposition across the political spectrum.
"Let the public service be a proud and lively career. And let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government, in any branch, at any level, be able to say with pride and with honor in future years: ‘I served in the United States government in that hour of our nation’s need.'” President John F. Kennedy trumpeted this clarion call to a new generation in his inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1961.
If you are in your 60s or older, you came of age during the government boom at the federal level. You witnessed the birth of the Great Society, America’s massive engagement destined to eliminate poverty and open the American dream to all willing to pursue a better life and better education.
Florida, by statute, both enables and endorses failure. Florida Statute 1003.21 provides that “any student who attains the age of 16 years during the school year is not subject to compulsory school attendance beyond the date upon which he or she attains that age…”
By now we have all heard about the president’s tour of colleges to tout his plans for making higher education more affordable. Being lectured by the head of a government in perennial deficit is interesting.
American exceptionalism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831, well after the founding of our country. The founders did not use this phrase, but it is easy to see that this concept was true to their beliefs as well – that this noble experiment in self-governance was genuinely inspired and vastly different than any effort in history.
It is time to “Raise the bar!” I keep frequently seeing commentary from pundits that questions the need for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and from some, the specter of federal government intrusion into educational matters.
The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), along with our strong state university system and system of state and community colleges, contribute immensely to the education of our state’s aspiring scholars and to the growth of our economy.
Increases in college tuition rates combined with reductions to federal and state level financial aid are making it harder for young Floridians to attend college without forcing many to accumulate increased student debt.
As states across the country move toward a systemic revamping of their educational assessment programs, it is a good time to evaluate how states use learning assessments and whether they can be better transformed as teaching/learning tools.
The debate in Washington about whether to raise student loan interest rates from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent is nothing more than a debate on whether to place an unjustified tax on students and families.
Presidents Day has passed again with not much more recognition than special sales at the malls of America. What an extra 20 percent off the latest fashions has to do with how important our history is to our present condition and how critical the form and structure of our government is to the well-being of all of us, I’ll never know.
As in our nation’s capital, there has been much talk about the value of higher education degrees here in Florida. In order to attract and grow business, there must be a well-trained work force and an ever-emerging intelligent populace.