Author: Nicholas Kowalski

The Radical Left: Featured at a College Near You

Tweet Whatever the reason, American universities tend to attract wacky leftist speakers. The likes of Angela Davis and Ward Churchill frequent lecture halls at our esteemed institutions of higher learning. For time’s sake, we have left out our international academic counterparts – they are likely even worse. A fitting example: Michigan State University. Throughout my tenure in East Lansing, former Obama ‘Green Jobs’ Czar Van Jones and Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of ‘60s radical Malcolm X, and many others, have spoken on campus. It gets better: Mockumentarian and Great Lakes State native Michael Moore, who held a student event to promote...

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Michigan’s Turn

Perhaps ‘90s pop star Britney Spears belted it best: “All eyes on me in the center of a ring just like a circus.” Or not… Regardless, the next round of presidential voting took place today, when Michiganders and Arizonans cast key ballots sending a total of 59 delegates to the Republican National Convention.  Following the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington D.C., the remaining contestants for the Republican Party nod packed their heavy winter jackets and headed to the Midwest. Front-runner Mitt Romney, who won Michigan’s GOP primary contest four years ago, traversed his native land during the...

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Michigan Education Reform Finds a Conservative Ally

Tweet In Michigan, the Republican nomination for Senate creates quite a controversy. Pete Hoekstra, who spent eighteen years in Congress and produced this Super Bowl advertisement, is the perceived favorite.  However, a conservative activist, Clark Durant, provides competition for Hoekstra. Incumbent Senator, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), awaits a challenger, so a fed-up public needs to determine differences between the candidates and discern which one is the true conservative fit for the job. As a long-time advocate of educational improvement in practice, Durant co-founded Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools. The private-independent and charter system experiment has had great success, opening doors for more than 1,400 inner-city students a year. Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press editorial page editor, applauded the candidate for his effective work: “The charter movement, the number of independent schools cropping up around the city — it all really started with Durant and Cornerstone” (Detroit Free Press, 8/25/11). Detroiters involved in the education reform movement – including the plethora of thankful families – are well aware of Durant and his myriad contributions to moving the Motor City forward. For the past two decades, 95% of its students have graduated, compared to a worst-in-the-nation 25% rate for Detroit Public Schools. Mayor Dave Bing had nothing but praise for the alternative academic start-up, stating that “When a child attends Cornerstone Schools they are entering a learning community that brings together children, parents, teachers and...

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Artificial Population Leads to the Bubble Burst

Today, college is pretty much accessible to anyone with a pulse, despite claims to the contrary.  But the laws of mathematics explain this should not be so.  Besides, most college kids devote much of their waking hours to Comedy Central, MTV, and half-naked drinking games.  How could it be possible for the typical student of moderate means to account for upwards of one-hundred thousand dollars (or more) of post-education debt?  Are art history and gender studies majors really necessary?  The numbers don’t add up.  College costs too much, but who is to blame? Fantasy Finance Consider the situation, writ large. Average Joe can take out heavily subsidized and guaranteed loans, courtesy of Uncle Sam, in order to pay for books, booze, and board.  Students are sucked in via a misguided government scheme, which encourages kids to enjoy four to six years in a distorted world that is the college community.  Much like the housing and automotive industries, Washington will continue to neglect the looming student loan crisis through ignorance. As long as the same powerful politicians continue propping up loans (i.e. the touted Stafford program), droves of students will continue majoring in worthless fields and institutions of “higher learning” will continue raking in huge sums of cash. While it is true that too many kids occupy overpriced dorms across the country, the overall price tag of a college education...

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