Thursday night on “Stossel,” the Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke explained how states that are “cash-strapped” get roped into accepting the federal government’s Common Core standards for education. The left contends that this decision is voluntary, but for some, the temptation of getting cash is too great.
But do these federal dollars equal greater success rates for students? The evidence suggests otherwise. “We have seen fifty years of federal intervention in education utterly fail,” Burke explains.
Why should we “invest” billions of dollars more of taxpayer money in further centralizing education if it has failed our students for so long? There are better options for our students and educators.
When you think of Obamacare, you probably think of healthcare, but higher education should come to mind as well, specifically with regard to student loans. And the thoughts that follow thereafter will probably not be pleasant. According to one report:
Banks wrote off $3 billion of student loan debt in the first two months of 2013, up more than 36 percent from the year-ago period, as many graduates remain jobless, underemployed or cash-strapped in a slow U.S. economic recovery, an Equifax study showed.
Students’ inability to pay off their loans results in delinquencies, which “have spiked in the last eight years, with about 17 percent of the nearly 40 million student loan borrowers at least 90 days past due on their repayments.”
Moreover, instead of facing the hopelessness of a job search that isn’t likely to pan out, many students are seeking another way to kill time, namely, going back to school:
[S]tudent lending has grown from last year because more people are going back to school and the cost of higher education has risen.
Once again, student loan interest rates are scheduled to return to their pre-recession levels this July. Should this occur, the likely result will be fewer loans taken out and that will ultimately mean fewer delinquencies. Unfortunately, Congress failed to solve the problem last year by allowing the rates to double and essentially kicked the can down the road.
Today, liberal senators have been speaking about the advantages of the Senate Democrat Budget. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) had a number of points to make, but it was especially interesting to watch her tout the fact that the Senate Democrat Budget maintains funding for the failed Head Start program.
OBAMACARE. Though Obamacare’s costly Medicaid expansion will burden both federal and state governments, some are calling Florida Governor Rick Scott’s decision to do so a “win” for the Obama White House:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to expand his state’s Medicaid program is a huge political and practical win for President Obama’s White House.
Scott, who rose to the governor’s mansion on an anti-Obamacare campaign, also led the legal effort to overturn the president’s health reform law last year.
Without the multistate lawsuit led by Florida, expanding state Medicaid programs would never have been optional. Now, he is one of seven Republican governors who have endorsed expanding their programs.
Albert Einstein famously quipped that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” One could be forgiven for believing Einstein was specifically describing the behavioral pattern of Washington.
During his State of the Union address, President Obama called for government-mandated and federally-funded preschool for “every child in America.” This declaration for Universal Pre-K was followed by the dubious assertion that studies show students stand a greater chance to succeed if exposed to government run childhood education programs.
Aside from the obvious fiscal concerns of creating new federal education programs and expanding existing ones, the President apparently missed the latest study out of his own Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) showing the Head Start program to be a dismal failure. Perhaps this report inconveniently landed on the President’s desk while he snuck in a round with Tiger on the back nine.