“Is There Any Free Speech for Conservatives on the College Campus?”

A talk by Dr. John McAdams, formerly of Marquette University
Wed. August 16, 2017, 6:30pm

Location: Mayfair Mall at North Avenue and Mayfair Road, Room G-110 in the Garden Suites

Recent news has been full of violent incidents on college campuses in which student and faculty liberal activists have blocked the scheduled presentations by nationally-known conservative speakers. College administrators often prevent conservative student groups from using university facilities for their meetings. Liberal faculty do not allow conservative students to present their views in class discussions or papers.

Dr. McAdams, a popular tenured professor at Marquette University, was recently dismissed for his criticism of another teacher who prevented students from expressing a conservative view of homosexual marriage. Dr. McAdams will present incidents of conservative speech being suppressed on campuses around the country. He is an engaging speaker and is an expert on this important topic in higher education.

Questions? Call Karen Albers, Chair, Wauwatosa Republican branch, at 414-774-9352

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Top Five Wasteful Classes in the UW System

Here at the MacIver Institute, we’re dedicated to keeping you – the taxpayer – informed about wasteful spending at all levels of government. If you look closely, you can find questionable line items and waste in just about any arm of government. That’s why we’re skeptical of the constant drumbeat for higher taxes, bigger government, and of course, more and more spending.

Considering the UW System’s never-ending cycle of demands for more state funding, one would hope that they are responsibly spending your tax dollars before they ask for more.

The MacIver Institute decided to dive deeper into the UW system to find places where frivolous spending runs rampant and where cost savings can be found. Our first stop: course offerings in the UW System.

Read more by Jessica Murphy at maciverinstitute.com

The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much

ONCE upon a time in America, baby boomers paid for college with the money they made from their summer jobs. Then, over the course of the next few decades, public funding for higher education was slashed. These radical cuts forced universities to raise tuition year after year, which in turn forced the millennial generation to take on crushing educational debt loads, and everyone lived unhappily ever after.

This is the story college administrators like to tell when they’re asked to explain why, over the past 35 years, college tuition at public universities has nearly quadrupled, to $9,139 in 2014 dollars. It is a fairy tale in the worst sense, in that it is not merely false, but rather almost the inverse of the truth.

Read more by Paul F. Campos at NYTimes.com

Green Bay Students Would Benefit from Educational Options

Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal was big on money for K-12 public education – to the tune of more than $600 million over 2 years – but small on expanding education options for Wisconsin families. Fortunately the Governor isn’t the only one with a say on this matter. A day after Walker’s budget address, State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said lifting the caps on enrollment for the statewide school voucher program, Wisconsin Parental Choice Program was “absolutely” something the Senate Republicans would consider.

This is promising news. The current unfair enrollment caps and income limitations placed on the choice program are arbitrarily hindering growth and shutting the schoolhouse door on Green Bay families looking for education options.

–SNIP–The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) allows eligible families to use a state-funded voucher to send their child to a private school of their choosing. This gives alternatives to the traditional education system that the evidence shows produce better results for students—and we don’t even have to look outside of Wisconsin for the evidence of this. The school choice program in Milwaukee has been quite beneficial in improving the educational outcomes for kids in the City. Academic studies have shown that students in choice schools are more likely to graduate, have higher test scores, and are less likely to become involved in criminal activity. The success has led to rapid growth in the program, with more than 27,000 students enrolled during the previous school year.

Read more by Will Flanders & Collin Roth at rightwisconsin.com

Why welfare, food stamps, and other programs often discourage work

Food stamps, welfare, Medicaid and other tax and transfer systems can sometimes penalize people for earning that extra dollar of income

Economists and many policymakers generally agree that our tax and transfer systems should promote opportunity, work, saving, and education rather than consumption. The problem is these programs often penalize people for earning that extra dollar of income. Rather than promoting work and savings, these implicit taxes punish such otherwise positive behavior.

These penalties occur in TANF (formerly welfare), SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), Medicaid, the new health exchange subsidy, Pell grants, student loans, and unemployment compensation. The tax code also is loaded with disincentives to work, save, and study.

Read more by Gene Steuerle at csmonitor.com

Where Does The Hatred Of Constitutionalism Come From?

The Constitution of the United States is an undeniably powerful document. So powerful in fact, that it took establishment elitists with aspirations of globalized governance over a century to diminish the American people’s connection to it. It’s been a long time coming, but in the new millennium, there is now indeed a subsection of the masses that not only have no relationship to our founding roots, they actually despise those of us who do!

Read more by Brandon Smith at alt-market.com

SRWC Luncheon on Thu Jan 19

TOPIC: Dynamic Duo of Educational Sanity
AT: Wisconsin Club | 6200 West Good Hope Road, 53223 (414-353-8800)
TIME: 11:30 A.M. Social/Sign-In | 12:00 P.M. Luncheon

Speakers: Dr. Kirsten Lombard, Ph.D. and Dr. Jeffrey Horn, Ph.D.

Wisconsin education is on the ballot in February and again in April. It’s vital we understand the issues so we can identify and champion a DPI candidate that will get us out of the mess the educational pundits and academic elitists have gotten us into. Kirsten and Jeff are grassroots activists who have spent the last several years focusing on state and national education issues. They bring valuable insight on how educational problems in Wisconsin and nationally have morphed and why Common Core is now no longer the biggest problem we face, either here or across the nation. In particular, they’ll discuss currently proposed Wisconsin legislation that spells more trouble and provide their take on what would need to happen to restore true education at this point. They’ll also address the upcoming DPI election here in Wisconsin and how it all fits together. So, there will be plenty for us all to dig into!

RSVP by Tues noon, January 17 – the earlier, the easier our job! We meet at the Wisconsin Club on Good Hope, with complimentary valet parking. Dine well on squash soup, stir fried tenderloin tips with mushrooms, bell peppers, celery, onion, and water chestnuts n a teriyaki-pepper sauce served over steamed scallion Jasmine rice and cake for dessert. Vegetarian entree available, if pre-ordered.

MAIL CHECK to: Carol Boettcher, 7881 Kaehlers Mill Rd, Cedarburg, WI 53012 (jaxdgg2g@yahoo.com) Questions/RSVP 262-375-6173 Make check payable to SRWC ($22/member & first -time guest; $27/guest). Renew or join through 2017 for $20 more (the same as in 2008!) Check your envelope to see your status. Donations gladly accepted to help us cover our costs.

Common Core teacher: Kids ‘not comfortable’ with 9+6

Asserting that young U.S. schoolchildren may not be “comfortable” solving a simple addition problem such as 9+6, a Common Core math teacher is providing a minute-long, abstract explanation of how kids can add an extra step to avoid the number problem.

Thursday on Fox News’ “The Five,” host Greg Gutfeld shared a “Homework Helper” video in which the teacher, Ilene Ryan, states, “Our young learners might not be altogether comfortable thinking about what 9+6 is. They are quite comfortable thinking about their friend, 10. Ten is emphasized in our young grades as we’re working in a base 10 system. So if we can partner nine to a number and anchor 10, we can help our students see what 9+6 is.”

The teacher then proceeds to “decompose” the six, explaining that the number is “made up of parts,” including one and five. She then “anchors” the nine to the one to make 10 and adds 10+5 to get 15.

“Partner, anchor, decompose?” Gutfeld asked. “That’s not math. That’s ‘The Silence of the Lambs!’”

Read more at WND.com