In this installment on the STOTU we turn to education issues. [Click this link for the Prepared Remarks.]
Race? Who are we competing against in a speed contest to educate our kids? Are the Chinese, Russians and Arabs racing to educate our kids? Has technological innovation created jobs or eliminated them? Where are cell phones manufactured? Is the rest of the world educating their children in ten years instead of twelve?
About those drop outs: are they among the best & brightest or are they from the ranks of the less endowed intellectually? Why did they drop out? Frustration with inability to learn, boredom, harassment, and bullying & violence in the schools are a few of the possible causes. Or are the drop outs lured away by such attractions as music, drugs, street gangs, hustling and just 'hanging out' with their buddies? How do you propose to solve that problem? Will you retain the disinterested with a full curriculum of movies, cartoons, concerts and video games and present them with a meaningless, worthless diploma they won't be able to read? Or will you pay them a salary while they stay in school?
Where did that statistic about the educational requirement of new jobs come from? Is there any truth in it? How does President Obama know what the new jobs are going to be or what level of education they will require?
The best masters of propaganda mix a little truth in with the manure. Obama fits that pattern. Nurturing curiosity and directing it into deep rather than shallow, short term channels begins at home. What does he expect from illiterate welfare queens raising large mixed parentage families in the squalor of our inner cities? They will yield a few gems and a great deal of gravel.
How much do our universities spend on HVAC & illumination? What impact will government policies that skyrocket utility costs have on those expenditures? Cap & trade won't make higher education more affordable. Using corn to make motor fuel will increase the cost of meals in the cafeteria.
When Sputnik went up, the school board raised the standards but we did not learn more, we just got lower grades. If you want more college graduates, you should look for ways to make post secondary education affordable. $2500. per year in tax credits does not scratch the surface, it is an idiotic symbolic gesture.
Several of the 'Magnificent Nineteen' obtained training in America as part of their mission of murder. Perhaps that should give Obama pause for reflection. We are training enemies, not just competitors. Consider the impact of those illegal immigrants on our schools. How much money would we save if they were not here? Why are they here? Why have we left our southern border wide open for so long?
Case in point: Barack Obama Sr. came to America to study and returned to Kenya. Barack Jr.'s mother went to Indonesia to work. Had Obama stayed here, he would have been part of the 'brain drain'. Had he stayed in Kenya, we would probably be far better off today.