Despite all the efforts of every president from Kennedy to Obama, [high-school dropouts] are a blight on our society. According to DoSomething.org, [more than] 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States every year, [or roughly] 7,000 kids a day. [In 1970], the United States [...] had the world’s highest graduation … Continue reading Dropouts Are Putting a Major Strain on Our Economy
CBS News reported there are 200 one-room public schools located in rural areas left in America. At one time, just about every child was taught in a one-room school. Our second president, John Adams, taught in a one-room school near Boston. Abraham Lincoln was educated at a one-room school. Henry Ford loved his one-room schoolhouse … Continue reading Who Pays for Our Kids’ Education?
The Small Business Act of 1953 established the Small Business Administration (SBA), which came into existence on the grounds that small businesses are essential to a free enterprise system. It was the intent of establishing the SBA to “deter the formation of monopolies and the market failures monopolies cause by eliminating competition in the marketplace,” … Continue reading Helping Small Businesses—Lots of Talk, No Action
Feeding America reports that 15.9 million kids [in the United States] under the age of 18, [or one in five], are unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life. Last month, Congress passed a sweeping "Farm Bill" that cut an additional $8.6 billion from SNAP, [or the] Supplemental … Continue reading The War on Poverty is Back; This Time, It’s the People’s Burden
The compromise spending bill for $1.1 trillion keeps the government open through September, according to CNN. It increases funding to Head Start by $1 billion for early childhood education, which makes sense after its recent low point with the forced budget cuts last year. It increases the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by … Continue reading Congress Could Use a Lesson from America’s Innovators
The weather [this month] not only played havoc on retail sales but ruined many holiday celebrations by causing electrical outages, undelivered packages and [poor travel conditions]. December brought the coldest weather some areas have seen in decades, [including] a reading of 135.8 degrees below zero [...] in Antarctica, [...] the lowest temperature ever recorded on … Continue reading Did Not Make It Home for the Holidays
According to the [United States] Census Bureau, there are 59 million people 25 years or older who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. Business [remains] the most popular major, with 12 million [graduates], while [e]ducation [is] the second most popular, with 8 million [graduates]. The median income for high school [graduates]—[those] who [have] never [gone] … Continue reading It’s Too Expensive to Go to College Anymore
With the start of the school year, we have yet another terrifying shooting incident—[this latest], at the McNair Discovery Learning Academy [...] in Decatur, Ga., [occurred] less than a year [...] from the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Between Newtown and Decatur, the United States has [witnessed] 12 other shootings at schools. I just can’t [imagine] … Continue reading Teachers Have It Rough, but Kids Are the Ones Who Suffer
The economic recovery for most is much slower than the news would lead you to believe. Many people ask themselves, "How can I supplement my income so I can provide more for my family?" The perceived hot trend to accomplish this goal is doing business on the Internet, but it is not as easy as … Continue reading Should You Open Your Own Online Store?
Spending this fall for students K-12 is expected to drop 12%, according to a National Retail Federation survey reported in The Wall Street Journal. The average that will be spent on each kid is $634.78, down from $688.62 in 2012. Even those going to college are expecting decreases from $836.80 this year [compared to] $907.22 … Continue reading Back to School: It’s Make-It-or-Break-It Time for the Economy