Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Now we know why Mexico needed public education 'reformas'

(My new American Thinker post)

Last year, President Pena-Nieto tackled the very powerful public teachers' union as the Mexican Congress passed reforms. 

It was a tough task, as any resident of Mexico City will tell you.  The teachers' union leaders blocked streets and created a first rate "commuting mess" in a city that already had serious traffic problems.

Yesterday, a "census" or review confirmed the wisdom of the "reforms":
"Mexican officials say the first census of the country’s education system found at least a third of public schools have infrastructure problems and there are thousands of school workers who can’t be identified.  
The census taken last year at public pre-schools, elementary and middle schools and made public Monday said 41 percent of Mexico’s 207,682 schools have no sewage system and 31 percent have no potable water.   
An education reform bill approved last year allowed the first survey of Mexico’s education system to be carried out. Until Monday, no one knew exactly how many schools, teachers or students exist in Mexico.  
The survey found there are 978,118 public school teachers.
Of those, 39,000 couldn’t be located.  
There are 21 million pre-school through middle school students in public school."
Wonder how many Mexicans were surprised to read this?  My guess is that it just confirms what many had suspected for years.

In Mexico, as in much of Latin America, the political class sends their kids to private schools.  Sadly, the public schools are "a dead end street" for most kids.  They are not getting the education to survive in a modern economy.

To be fair, there are dedicated public school teachers in Mexico.  Unfortunately, they work in an education system that is more concerned about the unions than the students.

The good news is that President Pena-Nieto got the reforms.  The bad news is that Mexico has a lot of work to do to have an education system to keep up with other emerging countries, like Chile or South Korea.

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A 'pep rally' without Democrats?

(My new American Thinker post)

So where is Obama Care today?  Not good!

According to news reports, the much heralded 7 million people is very misleading.   Yes I said cynically misleading:
"A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America's health care system 'a lot better' in a Rose Garden press conference.  
But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality.  
Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night."
858,000 of 7 million is a pretty lousy batting average!  

To say the least, Obama Care has fallen far short of its goal of insuring the uninsured! 

How do I know that Obama Care fell short?   The answer is that there were no Democrats seeking reelection at the "pep rally".  

Minority Leader Pelosi and Senator Durbin were there but missing from the festivities were the Senators from Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska, North Carolina, and Colorado.

Also skipping the celebration were the Democrat candidates from Georgia, West Virginia, South Dakota, Kentucky and others. 

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More Benghazi

Benghazi got a little more complicated yesterday, according to news reports:

"Before the Obama administration gave an inaccurate narrative on national television that the Benghazi attacks grew from an anti-American protest, the CIA’s station chief in Libya pointedly told his superiors in Washington that no such demonstration occurred, documents and interviews with current and former intelligence officials show.

The attack was “not an escalation of protests,” the station chief wrote to then-Deputy CIA Director Michael J. Morell in an email dated Sept. 15, 2012 — a full day before the White House sent Susan E. Rice to several Sunday talk shows to disseminate talking points claiming that the Benghazi attack began as a protest over an anti-Islam video."   

Somebody misled the American people and the families of the four dead Americans.  It's time for President Obama to give us a full explanation.

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