Monday, September 3, 2012
You probably already knew it, but if you didn't, yet another study demonstrates that vouchers improve student outcomes. I'd give you the link to the WSJ article, but then you'd have to subscribe.
So basically, the study by Harvard professor Paul Peterson and Matthew Chingos finds that African American students using vouchers were 24 percent more likely to graduate and attend college. Don't want to read the full study? Read, Dr. Peterson's much shorter article at Education Next instead.
These aren't large results but it is still impressive considering how restricted voucher programs in the U.S. really are (both in terms of money and enrollment).
Posted by Patrick R. Gibbons at 6:50 PM
Saturday, September 1, 2012
So.... Rep. Paul Ryan dated a black girl... And so the media wanted dirt. They dug and found Paul Ryan's ex girlfriend, Deneeta Pope. They discovered she was a Democrat and voted for Obama. Surely, the journalists could find some skeletons or maybe, at the very least, Ryan's dirty sex secrets!!! But, she said only nice things about him...
Instead of letting the non-story die as a non-story journalists continued by digging up dirt on Ryan's ex - which has nothing, whatsoever, to do with Ryan's policy preferences. They found she served five months in prison for money-wire fraud. Essentially, she stole an estimated $77,000 from her employer.
Yes, that is bad, but she served her time. Maybe she really regrets what she did. Maybe she is a better person now. But digging this up and airing it for the public to view just because Paul Ryan attended her wedding 8 years after she was released from prison (maybe he's a true friend...you know, the type that sticks with you through thick or thin?)...
I think this sends a terrible message to women. Maybe it doesn't, maybe I'm worrying to much. But digging up this and airing it just because a black woman dated a white Republican...
Seriously, what is this 1950 segregated America again? Why is it so hard to believe a conservative white male can date a liberal black female?
What closed-minded, bigoted, self-self-righteoius closet did these journalists crawl out from?
Note to women of color: Dating free market capitalists, limited government types, or Republicans (regardless of whether they like free market capitalism or limited government) can lead to a ruined personal life if journalists don't like your boyfriend/ex....
Full disclosure: I'm not a Republican but I did date a black girl...she also posed in Playboy. Go me!
Posted by Patrick R. Gibbons at 7:02 PM