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Elizabeth Warren’s Fraud–Free College

April 22, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), aspiring to succeed President Donald Trump, has hit on a hot issue: free college.

Of course paying for that Entitlement is expensive, but that isn’t the reason that policy is morally fraudulent.

The American higher education Establishment of regionally accredited colleges and universities has attained the power of a Cartel by requiring that “accredited” colleges must offer a majority of courses in classrooms from a physical campus.

The Administrators, Professors and Boards of Directors of these regionally accredited colleges and universities are supportive of Democrats like Sen. Warren. She understands that and has proposed nothing to change the way that these institutions are accredited and regulated by the States and the federal government.

What could she do? How about proposing to compel “regional” accreditation agencies to grant regional accreditation to colleges and universities that are solely online?

The first “regional” accreditation association was founded in 1885, and only one of six “regional” associations has accredited solely Internet institutions. And that was an experiment begun in 1999 and terminated in 2008.

If a “Standard of  “regional” accreditation requiring that degree programs be offered from a campus were changed, and solely Internet-based institutions could attain “regional” accreditation, I calculate that the first two years of college could be lowered to $3,500 a year (10 courses).

With the exception of Arizona State where tuition of some courses is $600, tuition for one course at most regionally accredited costs between $900 and $1,000 per course. You can listen to my explanation by accessing this recorded interview.

Or, better yet, read what we recommended ten years ago. Nothing has changed:

 

We are the “Stupid Party”

April 20, 2019

Who it was that first referred to the GOP as “the stupid Party” eludes me. Though after reading that the Library of Congress traces the first use of the term “Founding Fathers” to President Warren Harding, I’m open to being surprised.

Nevertheless, something is terribly wrong with the Republican Party’s current representation in the Congress and the White House.

President Donald Trump’s dyslexia severely limited  his reading ability and what he believes politically never improved on what he learned at New York Military Academy. His respect for Generals and Admirals, a high school smattering of Nietzsche and Enoch Powell’s anti-immigration attitudes are something he has carried with him since first donning a cadet’s uniform at a military academy that attracted bullies from the New York borough of Queens.

Donald Trump hasn’t read a book in more than fifty years, and that explains why he has not been infected by socialist utopian notions that have infected our intellectual classes since the Progressive Movement succeeded in ratifying the 17th Amendment to the Constitution in 1913.

That Amendment took away the power of the legislatures of the States to elect members of the United States Senate and gave that power to the people in direct elections:

“The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote.”

Ever after, every Senator was elected in a process giving Progressive ideologies a shot at electing Progressive Senators. That closed the door to  election of exceptional men and gave us “the stupid Party.”

Cost of a Liberal Education

April 18, 2019

When students today come of college age, they must prepare for careers that enable them to enjoy a middle class life. Lucky ones with some ability will study for careers in medicine, law and science that guarantee a good income. Some inclined to the study of business or computer sciences will also do well.

Making money is very important, but that is not the purpose of education. In America education originally served to prepare those called by God to preach the Gospels, train aspiring lawyers in the law and prepare educated Americans for the duties of citizens of a self-governing Republic. All that began to change after our Civil War and we saw “education” married to service to  a growing centralized administrative State.

Lost were the “Liberal Arts” and the core concepts of what constitutes an “education.” By mid 20th century the exterior form of a liberal education was present in required curricula that included all the Liberal Arts, foreign language requirements and the sciences. Only the exterior form of that commitment to true “education” remained, not the understanding needed to sustain those requirements. When anti-Vietnam war protests disrupted American colleges and university classes, curricular requirements were abandoned in most universities. A few expelled riotous students, but most college administrators caved in to student demands.

To add insult to injury, antiquated “Standards” of regional accreditation inhibited colleges and universities from adapting to utilization of new digital technologies that no longer required that all courses be offered in physical classrooms.

There is a price to be paid for that in high tuition cost. Compare the cost of courses in the History of Western Civilization at Arizona State and the University of Notre Dame and equivalent courses available online.

Courses in Western Civilization for Academic Credit

Tuition per course: Arizona State University ($600).

Per course Tuition at Notre Dame: ($5,150.50) .

HST 101, Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe   This first year online history course  at Arizona State will take you on a fascinating journey of the history of Europe from ancient times through 1500 AD. Taught by Dr. Ian Frederick Moulton. you will learn about a number of cultures and periods, including: Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Celtic, Frankish.

Thomas F. X. Noble, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, now offers his Western Civ course that cost $5,150 at Notre Dame for $49.95 at the commercial company that advertises “Great Courses.

Courses Not for Academic Credit

The Great Courses ($49.95). The Foundations of Western Civilization. You can discover the essential nature, evolution, and perceptions of Western civilization from its humble beginnings in the great river valleys of Iraq and Egypt to the dawn of the modern world. With these 48 lectures on the people, places, ideas, and events that make up The Foundations of Western Civilization, award-winning scholar and teacher Thomas F. X. Noble, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Notre Dame.

Kahn Academy (Free). World History, 600 BCE to 600 CE: Second-Wave Civilizations. This period lays the foundation for much of civilization as we know it today. The classical Greeks lay the cultural foundation for Western civilization. The Achaemenid Persians under Cyrus unify much of the Middle East and Egypt. Alexander the Great unifies Greece with Persia. Later, the Roman Empire dominates the Mediterranean and Europe.

Straighterline ($59.00). Western Civilization I. This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the development of early civilizations from Neolithic times to 1715. Early and contemporary Western cultures are compared and contrasted, as are major religious, social, and political reforms. Other topics include the religious influence of Judaism and the Bible, the rise and fall of ancient Greece, and the transformation of Rome from a republic to an empire. The Crusades, the origins of feudalism, and the evolution of Christianity are examined, as is the evolution of the European economy during Westward expansion. The Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment period are also discussed.

As the founding president of a solely online university, I know that traditional courses can be offered for much less than parents and students pay today at “Regionally Accredited” colleges and universities. How much longer will education consumers pay for what an earlier generation of Americans called “highway robbery”?

 

 

 

A Family Research Council Alert

April 17, 2019

Note: I seldom post comments about primary and secondary education. My interests are focused on American higher education. But, we should understand that teachers in our primary and secondary schools earn college degrees and thus are subjected to Progressive political ideology and they carry the “values” of the Left into the curricula of American primary and secondary schools. I received this personal letter today from Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council–Richard Bishirjian

Dear Richard,

It looked like your typical kindergarten class. Dozens of children sat cross-legged on the floor, ready for the day’s read-aloud story.

Their teacher at Ashlawn Elementary School in Arlington, Va. had invited another adult in to read, but what the five-year-olds saw and heard was no ordinary children’s book.

“I have a girl brain but a boy body,” read Sarah McBride, an activist with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to the wide-eyed youngsters. “This is called transgender. I was born this way.”

Faced with quizzical looks when the illustrated story ended, the progressive activist began to share personal details. “When I was born, the doctors and my parents all thought that I was a boy,” said McBride. “Why?” asked a kindergartener. The activist did not go into a human anatomy lesson, but rather spoke of society’s evils–with all the “resistance” fervor of a Leftist political rally.

This scene took place in a suburban school only seven miles from our Washington, D.C. headquarters. As parents or grandparents, we’d all hope to hear this was an isolated incident. Yet on February 28, over 200 such read-aloud events were held in classrooms all across the U.S.

America’s children are the future of our nation, and Family Research Council will not stand by as school administrators hand them over to Leftist activists espousing gender confusion!

The National Education Association (NEA), who for years has been committed to the most far-Left liberal causes, partnered with the nation’s largest pro-homosexual lobby group (HRC) for this effort. Together, they demand we all accept this radical view–that biology is meaningless.

Such ideology denies science, as Dr. Michelle Cretella, head of the American College of Pediatricians, explained in a recent interview on FRC’s radio show. “Medicine is at the point now where we understand that men and women have–at a minimum–6,500 genetic differences between us,” said Dr. Cretella. “This impacts every cell of our bodies.”

Yet class material from a little-known group called the Sexuality Information and Education Center in the U.S. (SIECUS) has been introduced nationwide. It goes far beyond the “birds and bees”–and is being taught to very young students. Teachers suggest to a second-grade girl she was born in the wrong body. One sex-ed lesson in eighth grade has 18 mentions of anal sex.

To strong-arm schools into using this curriculum, SIECUS has linked up with Planned Parenthood to go state-by-state and pass laws to mandate these courses. Last year in my “conservative” home state of Louisiana, liberal lawmakers beholden to the abortion giant nearly passed such a state law mandating sex-ed that is nothing short of sexual promiscuity indoctrination.

And that’s not an emotional accusation. The activists themselves freely admit it. One American writer of comic books and storybooks spoke out with surprising honesty in the Huffington Post. “I have come to indoctrinate your children into my LGBTQ agenda,” wrote Bear Bergman in 2016. “And I am not even a little bit sorry.”

Let’s review. The nation’s most radical extremists–Planned Parenthood, NEA, SIECUS, and HRC–have partnered up on a multifaceted campaign to promote their unnatural, unscientific, and unsafe views on gender and sexuality.

As a father of five, I don’t want these groups anywhere near my children. Yet they are shoving their way in front of young students across America to teach wildly inappropriate and scientifically inaccurate material.

I hope my passion as a fellow believer and father is clear. Seeing LGBT propaganda forced upon our children makes us, at times, feel outraged and even powerless to change this status quo.

Yet we know God is working in this hour, and He has invited us to join with Him as witnesses to the Truth. As I John 4:4 states: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” God is seeking for us to partner with Him.

Tony Perkins

Paul Gottfried contra Perpetual Wars

April 14, 2019

Click here to listen to an address, given in Washington, DC on February 21, 2019, in which Dr. Paul Gottfried analyzes the ideology that has driven American foreign policy and liberal Internationalism beginning with the Progressive movement and the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson.

All elections are not alike

April 9, 2019

The 2016 Presidential election was waged against the legacy of Bush 41, Bush 43 and President Obama.

The winner of that election railed against the policy of Imperial wars, the failure of NATO to adjust to a new balance of power, high tax rates and Obamacare

Bush 41 and his Secretary of State, James Baker, were dumbfounded by the collapse of the Soviet Union and did not immediately work with our NATO allies to place greater responsibility for mutual defense on the Western democracies.

Bush 43’s invasion of Iraq was a gratuitous use of political power against a non-existent threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

All of Donald Trump’s opponents in the GOP primary had bought the Bush 43 “Kool Aid” and offered no indication that Republican voters blamed Bush 43 for destroying the limited government GOP brand.

And Donald Trump pulled a rabbit out of his hat by advocating closing down Mexican illegal immigration and reducing legal immigration to much lower levels than made possible by the 1965 Immigration Act. Borrowing from the rhetoric of a 1960s Conservative MP, Enoch Powell, Trump appealed to traditional Democrats who were aggrieved by policies benefitting non-Northern European immigrants.

Donald Trump won the General Election which, for him, was the good news.

As the GOP faces another election in 2020, Republican are reviewing some bad news.

The President’s policies toward Russia are uncomfortably retrained and his advocacy of Ukrainian independence has been muted.

The President’s top down foreign policy that relies on personal meetings with heads of state with little to no advance preparation by senior staff is the reverse of how American foreign policy is conducted. In the traditional model, the President meets after all issues have been discussed at lower levels and heads of state meet later to approve what has already been negotiated.

The President has failed to make critical presidential appointments thus removing from the execution of President policies critical support by political appointees. The President is now at the mercy of career bureaucrats, civil servants, who, if left to their own devices, will seek to advance their own interests,

The President engaged in what Newt Gingrich described as a “hostile takeover” of the GOP and thus inherited Republican leaders with no personal loyalty. Former Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan and former White House Chief of Staff and former GOP National Chairman, Reince Priebus were weak sisters that cost the President repeal of Obamacare.

Trump also promised voters not to touch “Entitlement” programs and proposed spending that bloated budgets. His personal antics and “tweets” cause mainstream media to engage in ridicule and voters are having second thoughts. More House seats were lost by the GOP in 2018 than in the disastrous election year of 1964!

The President has also reversed commitment of the United States to free trade and is engaged in imposing tariffs that will increase the cost of imported goods and reduce American agricultural exports. And. there is concern that release of the President’s tax returns and actions by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York will lead to indictment of the President’s family for violations of federal laws against money laundering and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Trump Foundation has already been compelled to close.

All elections are not alike and the election of 2020 promises a different outcome than the election of 2016.

 

 

Progressive “News” at AT&T’s CNN

April 6, 2019

The acquisition of Time Warner by AT&T conveyed control of CNN to corporate executives whose training, professional experience and beliefs run counter to CNN’s management. I have seen modest changes in programming at CNN in the two weeks since AT&T took control, which suggests I’m right. More center to right of center opinions are being given airtime at CNN by interviewing GOP politicians and Republican consultants.

But, in the long term, AT&T management faces the same difficulties that conservative colleges and universities such as Hillsdale college, Liberty and Regent universities and The King’s College in New York City have in attempting to find traditional scholars.

Are the managers at AT&T up to it?

Finding a conservative or even objective “journalists” is made difficult by the demise of schools of journalism and the rise of Departments of “Communication.” Training a reporter how to report who, what, when and where is difficult enough since that requires legwork, research and time-consuming interviews. Learning how to express opinions requires having an opinion and Communication Departments are there to provide aspiring “journalists” with Progressive ideology.

Ted Turner created CNN to report the news but was quickly co-opted by Progressives. Time, Inc. lost its objectivity with the death of Henry Luce and became a mouthpiece for Leftist ideology. Today’s CNN has managers and on-camera personalities who share that ideology. Moving some of the managers up and out or just “out” is a politically sensitive proposition. AT&T made what seems to be the first move by giving dual responsibilities to Jeff Zucker who was named Chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports in March, 2019. Presumably it will be clear that this responsibility is too great for one man and Zucker will be assigned  solely to Sports.

After all, that along with HBO is where the money is.

That would be a good move, if indeed that is AT&T’s John Stankey’s intention. But that is just the beginning of recovery of CNN from its ideological bias. On-air talent has to be replaced or moved over for more objective news readers. That means replacing Christi Paul, Nia Malika Henderson, Wolf Blitzer, Victor Blackwell and Jake Tapper and moving “The Van Jones Show” to a once-a-year, one-hour-roundup of Leftist activities worldwide.  If you include CNN’s Don Lemon, it’s clear to anyone who is tradition-minded that AT&T has bought a lemon.

In my judgment, only major changes can recover objective reporting from the Progressive orientation of CNN.  To assume that management of a telephone company like AT&T has management with the knowledge and sophistication to do what is required to move CNN toward the center of public opinion is to overlook how deeply ingrained is the political religion of Progressivism of “journalists” at CNN.

Once AT&T management realizes what they have on their hands, I expect AT&T will decide to sell CNN to the highest bidder and make sports and entertainment, not news and information, WarnerMedia’s sole business.