Education performance in the United Sates has fallen from #1 in the world in 1973 to #17 in 2013. Middle of the pack in science, math & reading in 2015. During that timeframe we added the DOE, lowered standards, lowered grading scales and spent trillions of dollars, only to see results dramatically decline against the rest of the world. The left wants more money spent to solve the problem. The right wants the DOE eliminated and local control restored. State Rankings by Size & Money. State Rankings Best & Worst. State Funding per Student. Textbooks are also a political battleground. Tax dollars are being used to buy textbooks that make claims like: 1. Christopher Columbus ordered the 'complete genocide' of Native Americans. 2. Members of the Boston Tea Party were 'terrorists'. 3. Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F Kennedy because he was a 'deeply disturbed Marine'; not because he was a committed Marxist. 4. During Ronald Reagan presidency the 'poor got poorer', inferring that his policies were targeted to such a result. Where is the truth? See the debate in this section.

Constitution prevails on 3rd straight day

from The Gray Area:

The Supreme Court today said the First Amendment protects public-school employee’s right to pray on football field after a game. Of course, it does! You really don't need 8 of the smartest legal and Constitutional minds (supposedly) to decide this question. But, the cultural elimination of God from every part of our lives over the past 60 years have trampled everyone's first amendment rights. Today, the Supreme Court said - enough!

High school football coach Joe Kennedy was fired for praying on the 50-yard line after games in Bremerton, Washington. School officials argued that the coach, Joe Kennedy, commandeered the government-owned field to promote his faith to fans and students after the game, implicitly putting the district’s imprimatur on his brand of Christianity and that violated school policy. Mr. Kennedy, a Marine Corps veteran who himself attended Bremerton High, said his midfield devotions said his personal expressions of thanksgiving harmed no one and that he treated players fairly whether they joined him in prayer or not. How perfectly he practiced both his faith and the first amendment rights of his players. But, anti-religion spectators and school officials do not like that part of the Constitution, so they bully and sue until faith is eliminated.

"The Constitution and the best of our traditions counsel mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and suppression, for religious and nonreligious views alike," Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion. "We are aware of no historically sound understanding of the Establishment Clause that begins to '(make) it necessary for government to be hostile to religion' in this way."

There is a subtle, but extremely important line between official “establishment of religion" and the companion clause protecting “free exercise” of religion, in the first amendment. Pushing one over the other is unconstitutional and wrong. America is not a country with an established religion vs other theocracies we know of such as Iran and other Islamic countries. We are a country of many religions, all free to be practiced. However, this country is dominated by Christians of many denominations. To expect not to see the vast majority of faithful expression by Christians is just nonsense.

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