I wanted to answer the last question of the debate

The final presidential candidates’ debate between Barack Obama and John McCain has concluded.  The final question of the night was about education.  Having taught in both American and South Korean classrooms, I know something about why America doesn’t fare well in academics even though America pays the most money per pupil on education in the world.

The answer?  Other countries allocate their resources toward academic achievement.  America allocates its resources toward social engineering.  Want a prime example?  Bill Ayers.  Bill Ayers received grant money that Barack Obama distributed that was for social engineering purposes, not for academic achievement.  But not just private grant money gets diverted for tangential purposes, so does tax money.  Liberals use our schools as labs for social experimentation.  They are more interested in promoting group think and producing a society that isn’t stratified than they are about producing scholars that have a facile command of math, language, the arts, and the sciences, and that are able to think for themselves.

John McCain missed a clear opportunity to tie Obama to Ayers on the very important campaign issue of education.

In South Korea, parents and teachers just want their kids to master the subject material.  There isn’t any additional agenda competing for resources.  That’s the secret of their success.

Lorain needs to bridge the gap

Lorain has been experiencing a bit of a bridge problem.  Discussion of it has cropped up in the local print media and in local blogs.  To get a look at the problem, yourself, taka a look here, at That Woman’s Weblog (echoed here, at Muley’s Cafe), or have a look here, at Word of Mouth.  The severity of the problem is discussed here and here in the Lorain Morning Journal, as well as here in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

These concerns illustrate what I wrote about here, here, and here which is why I’m still talking about stuff like this.