Obama’s Community College Plan: WHO Gets to Pay for It?

On Friday, January 9, President Obama introduced a new plan to open community colleges to all by offering free tuition.The President's proposal--which is unlikely to receive support from the Republican-led Congress--would pay the entire cost of tuition for two years at a community college for any American who wanted it.  State and local governments would have to join the effort, with 75% of the cost (roughly $3,800 per year, per student) being borne by the federal government, and the … [Read more...]

HarperCollins Takes Israel Off the Map in School Atlases (UPDATED)

HarperCollins apology

Students attending English-speaking schools in the Muslim-majority Gulf region will learn geography from Atlases which do not include the nation of Israel.In the Middle East version of the Atlas, Jordan and Syria extend all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.  Including Israel, says the publisher's map-publishing subsidiary Collins Bartholomew, would have been "unacceptable" to their customers in the Gulf.  Instead, maps in the new version incorporate "local preferences."  While Israel is not s … [Read more...]

Obama Loses Stay-at-Home Moms’ Support (If He Ever Had It)

There's quite a brew erupting in social media over remarks by President Obama this week about stay-at-home mothers.  I am reminded, as I was when he made the infamous remark in 2011 about not wanting his daughters to be "punished with a baby", that the President and I reside in different universes on social issues.Speaking yesterday in Rhode Island, the president called for more taxpayer-spending on early education programs in order to "make sure that women are full and equal participants i … [Read more...]