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   Back on April 15th of 09 New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said, "the tea parties don't represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. They're AstroTurf (fake grass-roots) events."
In August of this year Times columnist Frank Rich said the tea party movement wasn't "spontaneous and leaderless," insisting  that it is the instrument of billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch.
A month ago Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne criticized the tea party as unrepresentative in two ways. It "constitutes a sliver of opinion on the extreme end of politics receiving attention out of all proportion with its numbers."  This was a step back from his prediction five months before that since it "represents a relatively small minority of Americans on the right end of politics," the tea party movement "will not determine the outcome of the 2010 elections."

Why is it so many libruls still just don't get it? Peter Berkowitz of The Wall Street Journal believes it comes from our education. I don't dissagree. I could give you example after example of lib professors, along with their institutions, that doctrinate with a left slant.
The tea movement had it's beginning when fearful leader self-declared his desire to fundamentally change America. That's when the tea party movement made its central goals abundantly clear. Activists and the sizeable swath of voters who sympathize with them want to reduce the massively ballooning national debt, cut runaway federal spending, keep taxes in check, reinvigorate the economy, and block the expansion of the state into citizens' lives. That's it in a nutshell. 

The Federalists who won ratification of the Constitution—most notably Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay—shared with their Anti-Federalist opponents the view that centralized power presented a formidable and abiding threat to the individual liberty that it was government's primary task to secure. They differed over how to deal with the threat.

The Anti-Federalists—including Patrick Henry, Samuel Bryan and Robert Yates—adopted the traditional view that liberty depended on state power exercised in close proximity to the people.
As the tea party calls for the return to constitutional basics, our universities neglect The Federalist and its classic exposition of constitutional principles. (h/t WSJ) For the better part of two generations, the best political science departments have concentrated on equipping students with skills for performing empirical research and teaching mathematical models that purport to describe political affairs. Meanwhile, leading history departments have emphasized social history and issues of race, class and gender at the expense of constitutional history, diplomatic history and military history.

They don't teach qualities of mind and character that help us to with our political responsibilities and prosper with the opportunities and uncertainties that freedom brings. Those that doubt that only need study today's self proclaimed experts of movements like the Tea Party. You know, like Krugman, Rich and Dionne.

It's getting to be that time again...  The kids will be starting their Junior year in just a few weeks, so it's also that time to make sure they are ready, at least from a registration standpoint.  So, as I reviewed the high school website today, I stumbled upon the registration information and found a neat little gem tucked conveniently between the "class fee form" (it costs $7.00 to be a Junior this year) and the "health" and "Locker" forms. 
Ethnicity Verification form

Every school district is now required to report to the department of education each year all student data by race and ethnicity categories that are set by the federal government.  While the DoE does not report individual student data to the fed, they do report the total number of students in various categories in each school...apparently these are meant to help track changes in student enrollements, but also to ensure the students receive the education programs and services to which they are entitled. 

The reporting categories have recently changed, hence the new forms.  There are two questions on each form.

MN Dumming Down By Another Fraction

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Minnesota's must-pass math test goes by wayside

An 11th-grade state test -- many educators think it's too difficult -- has been shelved as a graduation requirement in Minnesota.

Here we go again, folks. Because scores are too low, they are no longer going to require juniors in high school to pass a math test that 8th graders could have less than 30 years ago.

"They had to do something," said Don Pascoe, director of research, assessment and accountability for the Osseo schools. "They [had] set an extraordinarily challenging target for individuals to meet in order to graduate."