Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
● The consequences of ending the military draft are becoming readily apparent. Politicians, entertainers and opinion leaders who have no clue about the military are insisting on the end to “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Heavens, even the clueless Lady Gaga joins the parade.
But, of course, if one intends to use the military primarily for humanitarian and other low-stress missions, social engineering is more understandable. It’s not surprising that an administration that’s using NASA to make Muslims feel good about their contributions to science has its own agendas for the military.
● Headline: “Austell residents ask for more upscale stores.” Mommy, where do upscale stores come from? Once, my dear, free markets created them. Now? Let’s pressure the politicians.
● It’s really quite remarkable how much blame-shifting to the public schools occurs. The Schott Foundation, based in Cambridge, Mass., checks the numbers on high school dropout and graduation rates and concludes “the American educational system is systemically failing Black males.” Some 70 percent were born to unmarried women. The boys were failed by the no-shows at the altar. Quit passing the buck.
Drew Charter School, called a “cradle-to-college pipeline” in the once-horrendous East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta, is an example of interventions that can help — but lots of ideas that work on scales of one or two can’t be mass-produced. Because public schools often start with fatherless children and unstable homes, the current mass-education model is antiquated. Georgia should have a thousand or more schools where parents and teachers are designing structure and instruction to fit specific groupings of children. And please don’t federalize the process.
● I don’t know the newly chosen Atlanta school board chairman, Khaatim Sherrer El, 29, but if he always makes as much sense as he did in Sunday’s AJC interview, I don’t understand all the fuss about five members deciding to can his predecessor and choose him following the CRCT cheating scandal.
The system needs “to close out this investigation and do it in a way that is completely transparent …” El says, vowing, as I read his fuller remarks, to champion transparency.
● I don’t vote for third-party candidates. Ross Perot broke me of that. They’re spoilers. But if I did, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate John Monds of Cairo has a lot of appeal.
He’s a stay-at-home dad who home schools four children, ranging in age from 4 to 13. “You can tailor your teaching to the child. In the government system, you don’t have that type of flexibility. Also, you can instill a moral foundation not only to their life but to their learning,” he explains.
If I voted for third parties, I’d also be taking a hard look at Kira Willis, the party nominee for state school superintendent.
● How very sensible. Regents of the University System of Georgia will decide next month whether to require public colleges and universities to give slots to academically qualified applicants who are legal before giving them to illegals and to verify that students seeking in-state tuition are here legally. That’s a policy regents can explain and defend on every street corner in Georgia.
● Wake me when the Bishop Eddie Long tale ends. The country’s on the road to ruin and the sex life of a prominent and influential church figure, true as alleged or not, doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. Frankly, a man whose ministry touches the hearts and plants virtue in the souls of 25,000 people on Sunday is somebody whose travails should bring joy to nobody.