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  • Obama Buyer's Remorse

    05/14/2010 4:59:18 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies · 1,006+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 14, 2010 | Robert Weissberg
    President Obama's disappointing performance has indisputably brought enormous buyer's remorse to many of his fans, the feeling that the "purchase" (i.e., voting for Obama) was a mistake. And while little can be done until November 2012, it may be useful to analyze why thoughtful people were seduced and, furthermore, learn to avoid future hoodwinking. In a nutshell, the American public was lead astray by conflating outward appearances -- "he's seems so smart" -- with underlying substance -- "he is so smart." What we saw wasn't what we got. Having spent four decades in top research universities, I questioned Obama's alleged...
  • Charley Reese Examines Previous "High Standards" in Education

    06/03/2004 9:12:27 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 14 replies · 235+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 06-03-04 | Reese, Charley
    High Standards A gentleman in Alaska has sent me a copy of an exam the state of Washington required of all 8th-graders in 1910. I suspect that today many college graduates would have difficulty passing it. All of the questions were essay, and students were graded on their ability to write as well as on penmanship. Teachers did not "teach to the test." In fact, after the tests were handed out, the teachers left, and an outsider sat in the room. Students were not allowed to ask questions, and no explanations were given. Minimum passing grade in grammar and arithmetic...