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Welcome Comrade Jose Rico

Director for the “Initiative on Educational Excellence”

He was named to the post on Dec. 7, 2011, to assist President Obama’s efforts to improve the academic achievement of Hispanic students. He has been in the administration as an adviser since April 2009, and most recently served as the White House Initiative’s deputy director since Feb. 1, 2010.

Who is he?

He has worked for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant Rights and New Leaders for new Schools program. He is a disciple of Mike Klonsky who created the small schools movement. Rico was a principal at Multicultural Arts High School for awhile in Chicago in this movement, 75% Hispanic and 25% black, and failed. Or rather his school did–very poor rating. Rico has worked with La Raza, a racist organization promoting hyper-loyalty to Mexico and which advocates taking over a number of southwestern states.

Another Chicago Alinskyite.

Worked closely and recently with Bill Ayers.
Worked with Mike Clonskey. You probably know who Bill Ayers is, the unrepentant terrorist of the 60’s SDS but you may not know so much about Mark Clonskey.

Active in education reform
National Secretary of the SDS
Founder of the Marxist/Leninist wing of the Communist Party
Has actively called for the overthrow of the United States
Mao’s successor praised him for his efforts to spread communism
Blogged for Obama’s campaign until he was called out for being a Communist

Just the kind of guy you need when “fundamentally transforming” America. Just the kind of guy you need defining educational excellence.

Did Congress vet and approve this guy? Of course not. He was a “special appointment” by Obama.
If Rico had needed Senate approval instead of appointment by presidential fiat he wouldn’t have passed the sniff test, but recently Obama has decided to by-pass Congress on virtually everything.

The founders knew that only an informed populace could be free. Obama counts on an uninformed populace.
And remember if “the end justifies the means” (Alinsky) is honesty really necessary?

The Federalist Papers : The Original Argument

The Federalist Papers presented arguments in f...
The Federalist Papers presented arguments in favor of a strong connection between citizens and their congressional representatives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe your understanding of the founding documents and the history of this country is proportional to your despair, discontent and anger at what you see happening today.

The Nation’s 2010 Report Card for Civics show only 12% of 12th graders are proficient at a 12th grade level.
To give you an idea of how students scored in science let me just say, chemistry.com is a dating site.

It’s much easier to manipulate a populace when they don’t know they are being manipulated. Can a society protect something if they don’t know what that something is.
The founders understood this and you can find many quotes where they emphasized how important it was for the society to be informed. Government by the people can only succeed when we completely understand the issues and what is at stake. It is no accident that much of our history is no longer in text books or being taught. The progressive movement started in academia and now monopolizes our educational institutions.

The Federalist Papers are recognized as some of the “greatest political writings in American history”, yet few people have read them and I venture to say according to the latest national report card few even know what they are.

When the Constitution was being proposed it faced a great deal of opposition.
James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Joy Jay wrote 85 essays promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution. The three men published their essays under the shared pseudonym “Publius.” These are The Federalist Papers and thereby make the argument for the Constitution.
Just as the Constitution is amazing so are The Federalist Papers. Contained in the work are examples of not only why the Constitution would work for all but reasoning as to how that government should work and why. It’s astonishing just how much was foreseen.

With the size and complexity of the bills it’s no accident you feel detached from your government. The less you understand the more they can get away with.  Congressmen even joke about, “you expect us to read this” and seriously report that we’ll know what’s in the bill after it’s passed. Unbelievable but foreseen by the founders.

Founder and father of the Constitution James Madison warned us in Federalist Paper #62 of incomprehensible bills

 It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?

What Madison was saying was that the common man should be able to read and understand the law. He went on to say that if this wasn’t the case not only would the citizenry become detached but commerce would suffer as well as the respect for the government.

With that in mind consider:

2409 pages Obamacare
1073 Pages. A stimulus bill
2010 tax code is 71,684 pages in length
It was 16,845 pages in Y2006 (now there’s some growth for ya)

The Growing Complexity of the U.S. Federal Tax Code (Political Calculations)

The authors of the Federalist papers also had a greater plan in mind. According to Federalist 1:

It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.

That’s a big deal… Whether we can govern ourselves or be governed by force, such as a monarchy or some other form of tyranny. We must stay informed!

You can download free the Federalist Papers here (Gutenberg.org)

If you find the early English that was used at that time a bit hard to digest then you should check out “The Original Argument”, a book that Glenn Beck has put out.
The book was inspired by a young graduate student, Joshua Charles, who originally drafted this idea and writes a ten page preface.

The Original Argument: The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century
An interpretation of The Federalist Papers where Glenn updates a wide selection of them into modern English for modern readers.

I’m spending more time listening these days so for those of you into audiobooks here’s a great price deal at Amazon:

Still Waiting For Superman

I graduated high-school in 1969 when their was a draft and young men were being sent to Vietnam. One way to get out of the draft was to go to college to become a teacher. As you can imagine there was a rise in teachers entering the workplace. Needless to say there were many who may not have been “called” to become a teacher nor had a passion to teach.
Today it’s job security and great life-long benefits which can be as appealing, if not more so for some, than the actual “profession”.

There was a glaring omission for best documentary at the Oscars this year. You would think that the director of “An Inconvenient Truth”, which won an Oscar would have been considered for a nomination for best documentary with his in-depth look at the state of our educational system here in America. Davis Guggenheim, director and producer was the darling of the left when “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Oscar… after this documentary, not so much today.
“Waiting For Superman” is a documentary that explores the American educational system as it follows five students.

PBS states “may be the hottest documentary since director Davis Guggenheim’s last film “An Inconvenient Truth”

What the documentary discovered and exposes:

  • Throwing money at the problem doesn’t work.
    In the last several decades we’ve more than doubled the money to our school system and yet there has been no change in results.
  • Bust the myth that low income inner city districts cannot educate their kids.
  • Without good parenting or home environment children cannot learn.
    Not true.

OK, so it’s not money, location or home environment… hmmm, what’s left.

Superman is not in Wisconsin this week.

a proposal of Michelle Rhee — the Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools system — to pay teachers in the district up to $140k based on merit, if tenure would be ended in the district. In the world capital of democracy, the teacher union leaders refused to let this proposal go to a union vote.

Fixing public schools: Davis Guggenheim on ‘Waiting for Superman’ | PBS

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Further viewing:

A Conversation on “Waiting for Superman”
Stanford University

Waiting for Superman : A Panel
Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada, Davis Guggenheim, Eric Adler, Leslie Chilcott, Moderator Bob Schieffer