In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb 25, 2014 / 25 Adar I, 5774

A crime called 'education'

By Jack Kelly

JewishWorldReview.com | We spend roughly $120,000, on average, to "educate" a student in public school from kindergarten through 12th grade.

All that money hasn't bought much learning. Twenty three percent of Americans are functionally illiterate (read below a 5th grade level) -- up from 10.7 percent in 1900. Fewer than 80 percent who start high school graduate in four years. Barely a third of those who do have the basic academic skills required for college work.

That so many have difficulty reading fast food menus and making change is a worsening tragedy (a third of 4th graders are "below basic" in reading). That nearly 20 percent of those awarded high school diplomas are illiterate is fraud.

I described how dreadful public schools and colleges and universities have become in two earlier columns, attributed their shortcomings chiefly to fraud. Here's more on the scams, and how they are linked:

Spending per pupil in K-12 schools, in dollars adjusted for inflation, doubled between 1945 and 1956; doubled again by 1970; doubled a third time by 2002, increased 28 percent by 2009. We spend more per pupil than any other country.

Test scores have been flat since 1970, even though some tests have been dumbed down. Students leave high school with less knowledge of history, civics, geography and economics than any generation ever before. We've lost ground to international competitors, rank near the bottom among industrialized nations in math and science. The U.S. is the only country in the OECD where young people know less than their parents.

In 1970, 1.3 million high school graduates (52 percent) enrolled in college. Even though fewer now can do college work, that number has nearly doubled, to 2.1 million (66 percent).

Because so many arrive unprepared, about 20 percent of freshmen in four year colleges, half in two year colleges, take remedial courses; most students spend six years to get a four year degree; 40 percent drop out.

Tuition and fees have increased four times as fast as the cost of living, but students who pay more get less. Courses have been dumbed down; grades inflated; history, literature and science classes supplanted by "gender and ethnic studies" and other piffle.

We spent $638 billion on public schools in 2009; $461 billion on post-secondary education that year. It's hard to spend so much with so little effect -- unless it's spent for purposes other than the education of children.

Teachers in public schools make more in 9 months than most private sector workers do in 12 (twice as much per hour, when benefits are included). In the worst schools, many teachers and administrators pull down six figures.

The median salary for college presidents is more than $440,000. Forty two made more than $1 million. Full professors earn more than $110,000 at public colleges, nearly $140,000 and private colleges.

Where else (except in politics) has such poor performance been compensated so handsomely?

Democrats lavish tax dollars on the providers of education in exchange for votes and campaign contributions. Teacher unions spend more on politics than any business group or trade union. Democrats outnumber Republicans on college faculties more than 4 to 1.

Most cruelly exploited are the inner city poor, who Democrats -- to shield teacher unions from competition -- keep trapped in atrocious schools.

Faculty and staff were enriched by the ballooning of federal student loans from $7 billion in 1981 to $105 billion, but not the purported beneficiaries: fewer students from the lowest income quartile graduate now than in 1970.

The average graduate is $24,000 in debt. Many dropouts have debt without even a shlock degree to show for it. Only 42 percent of black, 51 percent of Hispanic students graduate.

In 1970, about 10 percent of adults had a college degree. Today, 30 percent do. But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 20 percent of jobs require a college education.

Just two thirds of 2011 and 2012 graduates; 13 percent of 2013 graduates had full time jobs last year. More than half who did do work for which no more than a high school diploma is needed.

To encourage young people to go into debt for a degree which will improve their job prospects not at all isn't a mistake. It's a crime.

As they fill their pockets, the greedy bastards who run our schools say they do it "for the children." No, they do it TO the children.


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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

© 2014, Jack Kelly