Obama Admin Fighting To Send Home Christian Homeschoolers Fleeing Germany

The only immigrants Obama wants to send home are Christian homeschoolers fleeing German government:

A couple who fled Germany with their five children over fears they would lose custody for not sending them to school has asked a federal appeals court to grant them asylum in the U.S.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike (roh-MEYE-kee) claim in court documents that German schools are anti-Christian and the couple believe God wants them to teach their children at home.

Germany’s government requires students to attend a state-approved school, and parents who violate the law can face fines, jail and possible custody loss.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided this week to hear oral arguments in April. The court will hear two competing pictures of the parents.

In the view of the Home School Legal Defense Association, which represents the parents, the Romeikes have been persecuted by the German government for exercising their right to direct their children’s education, like many parents do in the U.S.

The U.S. government, however, believes the Romeikes’ case does not rise to the level of persecution, and says they are not being singled out for their religious beliefs.

And…

According to court documents, the Romeikes took their three oldest children out of school in September 2006 because they felt the school was turning the children against the family’s Christian values. After a series of visits and letters by officials, police came to the house the next month and drove the children to school. Hannelore Romeike went to the school at recess and took them back home.

Police came three days later, but members of the family’s home schooling support group were there protesting and police left. Next the government began issuing fines, which eventually totaled about 7,000 euros, or more than $9,000.

The Romeikes decided to leave the country after Germany’s highest appellate court ruled in November 2007 in an unrelated case that, in severe situations, social services officials could remove children from their parents.

In 2008, they moved from Bissingen an der Teck in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg to Morristown in eastern Tennessee, and applied for asylum.

The U.S. government said in court documents the Romeikes did not belong to any particular Christian denomination and described the parents’ objections to the government-approved schools as vague.

Remember, most bad ideas (global warming, socialism, green energy, Keynesian economics & cradle to grave government services) begin in Europe and find their way here.

Pol’s call for increased college funding while business desperately needs skilled trades

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.
Milton Friedman

According to the Detroit News, plea for more college aid are intensifying:

Aditya Sathi pays $12,800 annually in tuition as a full-time University of Michigan student. If he had attended the university 10 years ago, his bill would have been $7,224 — or almost half of that.

The 77 percent tuition jump reflects similar increases at the state’s other 15 public universities after an estimated $1 billion cut in state support to higher education during the past decade. The reduction in aid accelerated during the recent recession when state revenues began to fall faster. Local lawmakers pulled back support to universities, leading schools to increase tuition.

As a result, Michigan ranks 39th in the nation for higher education support per student and 10th highest in tuition, according to a 2012 report by Business Leaders for Michigan, a group of chief executives and others.

With priorities soon to be set in the next state budget, Sathi is joining a growing number of voices urging state lawmakers to increase aid for higher education to ensure Michigan’s future prosperity.

“Education is a huge investment in the economy of the future,” said Sathi, 22, of Novi. “Students today are going to change the country tomorrow. Some fail to recognize that.”

As pointed out previously here at MCT, when the government intervenes in the economy by subsidizing higher ed by direct support to Colleges and Universities on one hand, then subsidizing student loans on the other, Colleges are insulated from market forces. They have zero incentive to control costs and even less incentive to provide a quality education to its students.

It sounds counter-intuitive, but the best thing we can do for higher education is letting the market do it job, forcing Universities to innovate and compete for potential students educational dollars.

One other very important point to our 22-year-old student, Aditya Sathi, is the real shortage in the labor pool today is Skilled Trades. While it is to be expected that our student doesn’t know about the shortage of skilled tradesmen, it is strange that our Business Leaders for Michigan don’t. What’s worse, is this shortage is only going to get worse as more and more skilled tradesmen retire and there are very few up and coming tradesmen to take their place:

MILWAUKEE (May 29, 2012) – ManpowerGroup today released the results of its seventh-annual Talent Shortage Survey, revealing 49 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations. Although slightly lower than the 52 percent of employers struggling in 2011, a significant percentage of total U.S. employers continue to face hiring challenges despite continued high unemployment. U.S. employers are struggling to find available talent more than their global counterparts, where 34 percent of employers worldwide are having difficulty filling positions.

According to the more than 1,300 U.S. employers surveyed, the positions that are most difficult to fill include Skilled Trades, Engineers and IT Staff, all of which have appeared on the U.S. list multiple times since the survey began in 2006.

Rather than politicians throwing more money at colleges, how about cutting businesses costs so they can go back to the future and maybe reinstate the old-fashioned apprenticeship programs.

Teacher Forced to Remove Bible Verse and Reagan Quote from Classroom

Talk about Public schools being openly hostile toward Christians:

Joelle Silver, a veteran teacher in the Cheektowaga Central School District in western New York, said she received a “counseling letter” signed by her superintendent that ordered her to remove all religious-themed items from her classroom or else she could be fired.

The eight-page letter informed the teacher that “your rights to free speech and expression are not as broad as if your were simply a private citizen.”

Among the items that had to be removed were a poster with an inspirational Bible verse superimposed over an American flag and inspirational messages she had written on sticky notes kept on her desk, according to court documents obtained by Fox News.

The school district also ordered her to remove a quote from former President Ronald Reagan which read in part — “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.”

The teacher, who advises the school’s Bible Study club, was told she had to remove a “prayer request box” that was displayed by student members of the group.

The offensive Bible Verse that children should never be exposed to according to the school superintendent?

BIBLEVERSE

Kids should never see this. Furthermore, children should never be exposed to the inspirational messages she wrote on sticky notes posted on her desk:

Silver, who is a devout Christian, was also told that if she needed to look at inspirational messages for her personal use she would have to “keep such material in a discreet folder” that only she would have access to. She was also instructed to never disclose the contents of the folder to parents or students.

What, no plain brown paper bag?

Lastly, who “ratted out” Ms. Joelle Silver? One of her “students.”

The Cheektowaga Central School District told television station WIVB they had received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion organization on behalf of a student. The group threatened to sue unless the teacher’s classroom was cleansed of any religious material.

Sure, with a little help from collectivist parents.

People need to get a grip.

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?

The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is Newspeak,’ he added with a sort of mystical satisfaction. ‘Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?’

George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 5

If you ever wondered why college is so expensive, consider that the University of Maryland wasted $15,000 on their propaganda campaign.

What would you do with $15,000? Invest it? Buy a car? Maybe fund a scholarship for a needy student? The University of Maryland chose none of those things. Instead, UMD officials spent 15k to fight “non-inclusive language” on campus, according to a report by higher-ed watchdog group, Campus Reform.

The University of Maryland (UMD) allocated $15,000 in 2012 to combat the use of language deemed by administrators to be “insensitive.”

The “words have power” campaign’s goal is to deploy posters, buttons and other promotional materials to help foster an environment on campus that is not offensive to illegal aliens, homosexuals, or other minority groups.

“Non-inclusive language can offend or make spaces uncomfortable for people who are excluded by that language,” one of the campaign posters reads.

The University also made a series of videos to go along with the posters.

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1984 is becoming closer with every passing day.

UK Government Pushing for “Professional” Apprenticeships

Finally, a trend in Europe (well, the UK) that we should follow.

Matthew Hancock, the skills minister, will call for more young people to go straight from A-levels into traditional City professions that have been “dominated” by graduates.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Hancock says “university is not for everyone”. High quality apprenticeships should be as “prestigious” as a degree.
An increasing number of school leavers are choosing to work rather than spend three years at university, as students and parents avoid taking on debts of as much as £60,000 to cover fees and living costs.

The number of 18-year-olds heading to university fell by 57,000 this autumn. This trend is likely to continue as apprenticeships become a cheaper alternative to a degree.

In his article, Mr Hancock says everyone, not just graduates, should have the chance to get “valuable jobs” in law, financial services and advanced engineering.

He says that for too long there has been an “artificial and counterproductive division between practical and academic learning”.
“We are offering apprenticeships instead of university, as a route into the professions, including insurance, accounting and law,” he says.

College isn’t all its cracked up to be. Plus, as I said before, recent graduates in professional fields need at least a year of on the job training before they are effective.

h/t Timmy

Government That Wasted Billions On Companies Like Solyndra Is Now Wasting Billions Training Workers For Jobs At Companies Like Solyndra

Is this really a role of the government?

Solis warned that more than two-thirds of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States will soon require some kind of training or education after high school, even though half of all unemployed adults today lack any type of college degree or certificate.

Solis praised the efforts of Michigan Works to train and retrain workers, noting that the Labor Department has invested more than $219 million in the state on programs to train workers in technology and advanced energy storage, and to retrain laid-off and downsized workers.

Ignoring the fact that this is coming from the same people who’ve brought a new meaning to the term ‘crony capitalists’ how do these people know what type of skills the market will need in the future?

Truth is, they have no idea.

Obama issues Executive Order cracking down on for-profit colleges

Via The WaPo:

Surrounded by thousands of uniformed members of the Army’s Third Infantry Division, President Obama Friday signed an executive order cracking down on for-profit colleges that prey on service members and veterans to collect tuition dollars without providing meaningful education in return.

Sure…  ”Not for profit” College or University are obviously a better deal for your educational dollars.

If you are looking for a meaningful education, UCLA offers a course on Queer Musicalogy, instructed by Associate Professor Mitchell Morris. Not to be outdone, The University of Michigan (who paid their president, Mary Sue Coleman $783,850 in 2010) offers a minor in Gender, Race, And Nation studies.This gem of a program prepares students with a meaningful education:

Courses examine race and ethnicity in contexts that are local, transnational, or both. They analyze the ways in which gender, race, and nation are constituted with and against each other, and how these constructions operate in discourses, institutions, politics, societies, and individual lives past and present. The academic minor can be tailored toward an international or domestic emphasis, but topics are likely to include the changing boundaries of race, gender, and nation; differential relations among nations; histories of imperialism, colonialism, and globalization; and postcolonial resistance and theory.

Tuition alone (for lower division undergraduates- in state rates) at the public University of Michigan will set you back $12,634 for the 2012-13 fall / winter session alone. What a bargain.

But, if you really want a meaningful education, sign up for Critical Theory and Social Justice program at Occidental College where you you can learn from the likes of  Associate Professor, Jeffrey Tobin.  A few topics of study at Occidental’s Critical Theory and Social Justice program include:

210. MOTHER GOOSE TO MYSPACE: CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND POPULAR TEXTS
Why did the London Bridge fall down? Is Rub-a-dub-dub really about bath time? Why didn’t an old man live in a shoe? Who is more imperialist, Babar or Peter Pan? Is Tinky Winky gay? Is South Park a children’s show? Is Harry Potter a Hero? How tired was Rosa Parks? Using different critical approaches, this course will examine children’s poetry, picture books, novels, cartoons, feature films, and music videos. Analysis will include topics related to gender, race, culture, and nation, as they play out in the aesthetics, images, and poetics of children’s texts.

And…

342. THE PHALLUS
A survey of psychoanalytic theories of gender and sexuality. Topics include the signification of the phallus, the relation of the phallus to masculinity, femininity, genital organs and the fetish, the whiteness of the phallus, and the lesbian phallus. The authors we read include Freud, Riviere, Lacan, Irigaray, Kristeva, Grosz, Gallop, Silverman, de Laurentis, and Butler. Prerequisite: a 200-level CTSJ class. Emphasis topic: Feminist and Queer Studies.

Looking at only a small slice of the nonsense being taught at “not for profit” colleges and universities today, it seems that Obama’s latest executive order is a bit of pandering to his supporters in the halls of “higher” education.

Heaven forbid that  ”not for profit” colleges face a little competition for tuition dollars.

Oh, by the way, didn’t Obama attend Occidental College?

Obama Demands Taxpayers Increase Funding For Overpriced Universities

Trying to buy votes Barry?

“You’re the ones who need help,” the president told students gathered at the University of Michigan’s Al Glick Field House.

“A quarter of all millionaire [earners] pay lower taxes than millions of middle-class households. t… [audience boos] Is that fair? … does it make sense to you? … do we want to invest in things like… student loans and grants?”

He called on Congress to cut the interest rate on government loans to students, and said he had already limited graduates’ monthly payments on government loans to 10 percent of their after-tax income.

It seems the college aged Obama was busy honing his street agitation skills rather than hitting the ECON 101 books.

If he were truly serious about bringing college costs down, Obama would stop advocating policies (i.e. easy student loans & grants) that artificially increase demand for college. Any high school student can tell you when demand increases, prices will increase.

As pointed out previously here at MCT, if the government would stop artificially inflating demand by funneling tax payer money to colleges, prices would drop in a hurry:

One way to drive down the cost of college tuition is getting the government out of the business of student loans. Every time government becomes involved in an economic activity, it becomes more expensive. If government student loans are severely limited and Universities see fewer students attending their hallowed halls of higher learning, cost of tuition will drop in a hurry.

Of course, it’s tough to buy college student votes if politicians can’t pull the strings of student loans.