Recent American history has seen our public school teachers being increasingly attacked and vilified. Teachers are viewed as being overpaid union cronies who only work six hours a day and get to take summers off to lounge around and vegetate until the next school year begins. If a child is getting poor grades, it is the teacher’s fault; if a child has bad behavior, it’s because the teacher isn’t nurturing the child in the special way he/she requires. If a class has underachieving standardized test scores, it’s because the teacher hasn’t adequately prepared the students. More and more, the “blame” for anything that is considered undesirable is being shifted to teachers, and the support network that comes from parents and the community is seemingly shrinking. As a result, teachers probably have a more difficult job today than they did just ten or twenty years ago.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – this story was originally published on 8/4 in my column at IVN – The MidWest Wing Report)
Climate change usually leads people to think about the North and South poles. After all, the polar bear is the unofficial mascot of climate change. However, climate change shows its effects right here in the united States. Perhaps one of the most obvious regions is the Midwest. Home to tornadoes, flooding, blizzards, and drought, the Midwest is – with the exception of hurricanes – home to many of the weather extremes within the continental United States. With some research pointing to climate change increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events, the chances of the Midwest being affected are significant.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – this story was originally published on 7/29 in my column at IVN – The MidWest Wing Report)
Detroit’s bankruptcy has been all over the news recently. While there all sorts of theories as to why or how this happened, that there was one magic bullet that could have saved the city, the truth is much more complex. Detroit did not wake up one morning and realize that bankruptcy was upon it. It has been a process years, decades in the making. While a confluence of events have led to it, one reason is greater than all of the others. Detroit residents allowed this to happen.