University Of Michigan Paying Defensive Coordinator More Than School President

Even at the exorbitant prices the University of Michigan charges to attend their hallowed halls of higher learning, $915,000 is still a lot of money for an assistant coach

Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will make at least $915,000 in 2016 under terms of the three-year contract extension he recently signed.

Details of the contract were obtained Monday by The Detroit News through a public records request.

Mattison, 63, will receive additional annual compensation of $550,000, and if he remains at Michigan through the contract, which expires after 2016, he will receive a $200,000 stay bonus.

Mattison’s base salary this year is $250,000, and with the additional compensation, he will make $800,000. In 2014 he will make $835,000, and in 2015 he will make $875,000.

There are additional bonuses in the contract, as well.

I mean, $900K+ per year is Mary Sue Coleman type money to coach football at a state University partially supported by Michigan taxpayers.

I know, I know, I can hear it now…. “The football program makes so much money for the school.

Sure. If the football program at Michigan makes so much money they can afford $915,000 for a defensive coordinator (I have no doubt that they do) why in the heck does the school constantly whine for more tax payer funding?

Via HuffyPo College:

College enrollment grew 46 percent from 1996 to 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Education. But, Oliff pointed out, college enrollment dropped this year, as it did slightly the previous year as well, due in part to tuition increases and lagging financial aid.

Oliff added that “the deep cuts states have been making to higher education have made it difficult for colleges to hire full-time staff and faculty,” which the report said makes it harder to maintain academic quality and improve graduation rates.

“Deep cuts… difficult for colleges to hire full-time staff and faculty.”

Except colleges with big time Football and Basketball programs somehow can afford to pay big time salary’s for coaches while hypocritically whining for more tax payer funding.

Video: Economics Instructor Creating Low Information Voters One Student At A Time

I present to you, Roger Strickland, Economics Instructor, working to create a fresh batch of low information voters. BTW, you only need to sit through the first 1 min. of his lecture:

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Let’s see, this guy teaching at Santa Fe College thinks he knows more about economics than Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman because their ideas create economic bubbles. Furthermore, our intrepid instructor seems to have never heard of the Community Reinvestment Act. A law forcing banks to make risky loans that, in many cases, they wouldn’t make and was a major reason for the housing bubble and subsequent recession:

Democrats and the media insist the Community Reinvestment Act, the anti-redlining law beefed up by President Clinton, had nothing to do with the subprime mortgage crisis and recession.

But a new study by the respected National Bureau of Economic Research finds, “Yes, it did. We find that adherence to that act led to riskier lending by banks.”

Added NBER: “There is a clear pattern of increased defaults for loans made by these banks in quarters around the (CRA) exam. Moreover, the effects are larger for loans made within CRA tracts,” or predominantly low-income and minority areas.

So,  Mr. Strickland, what were you saying about increased regulations?

An Army of Julia’s: Hopes for expanding Michigan preschool access grow

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

C. S. Lewis

Here in Michigan our sometime Republican Governor (he is a businessman not a conservative) Rick Snyder agrees with dear Leader in Washington on increasing public funding for pre-school.

Snyder, a Republican, proposes $130 million more for Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program for low- and moderate-income kids over two years. Obama, a Democrat, called for universal preschool in his State of the Union address.

Odd choice of wording, “low- and moderate income kids.” I don’t know of any 4 year old’s who have low income jobs…

The article continues:

“To see all the attention, it’s just so wonderful,” said Lena Montgomery, manager of early intervention services at Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency, which had more than 500 4-year-olds on the waiting list. “… They really aren’t saying (it is) baby-sitting anymore. They are getting it.”

But some Republican lawmakers and conservative experts say federally funded preschool programs like Head Start have failed to help students when they reach the K-12 system.

“I’m not sure what he (Obama) is really getting at in talking of starting a new program of preschool education opportunities when there may be a case made that we aren’t doing well with the ones that are presently in place,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, who sits on the House Education Committee.

What this really is about, is Governor Snyder is making a business calculation, looking at cash flow to our state. Obama wants to send more federal tax dollars to Michigan and Snyder will take it. When Snyder term ends, he will point to the state’s balance sheet and say “I built that.” Not caring about the long term consequences of expanding government programs.

On the other hand, Obama could care less of the financial implications and he is looking long term. Obama’s goal is creating more dependency on government. His objective is creating an army of Julia’s.

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.


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?


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.