Monday Morning Quick Start

Andrew Klavan on the fall of the LSM Empire:

Viva the New American Revolution!

By Andrew Klavan

The week just past was a great one for the New American Revolution —
that guerrilla assault by alternative media minutemen on the amassed
redcoats of the Empire of Lies.

Leading the charge was Internet publisher Andrew Breitbart
Breitbart, of course, exposed lefty New York Congressman Anthony Weiner
as a lowlife and liar — but of equal importance, he re-established
himself as the muckraker of integrity he is.  After Breitbart suffered slanderous blackballing
from left and right alike for his handling of the Shirley Sherrod
affair, it was a genuine thrill to see him vindicated.  Standing before
the biased reporters he’d scooped once again, he challenged them, “The
media says, ‘Breitbart lies, Breitbart lies, Breitbart lies, Breitbart
lies.’ Give me one example of a provable lie. One — one!”

Zombie on Why the Kids are not alright.

How a Teachers’ Rally Made Me Anti-Education

by Zombie

But one belief never changed: Good education is necessary for a healthy
society. This isn’t even a left/right issue: even conservatives will say
that an educated America means an economically robust America means a
strong America. And I still believe that.

The only way to break the stranglehold that leftists have on
public schools is not to get rid of the leftists (which is impossible) but to get rid of the public schools.

And how can we get rid of them? By making them so terrible that no
parents in their right minds would allow their children to attend. And
how can we accelerate the decline of public schools (beyond the
atrocious decline already caused by the progressive masters)? By letting
their funding dry up. Simple.

News from the Higher Education bubble

The Higher-Ed Dilemma

By Matthew Shaffer, NRO

…Those of us who question the price and value of higher education
don’t disagree that people with B.A.s do much better in life, especially
in employment. We disagree about the source of that advantage: The B.A. may mostly correlate with and signal for, rather than impart important
qualities. (Really we all agree it’s some mix of the three factors —
our differences are of emphasis.) The data Carey presents are perfectly
consistent with this view.

We skeptics think this: Since employers
can no longer measure job applicants’ IQs nor put them through long
apprenticeships, graduating college is the way job-searchers signal an
intelligence and diligence that college itself may have contributed
little toward. Employers are (to use a little economic jargon) partially
outsourcing their employee search to colleges.

Michael Barone comes in praise of Gingrich

As Gingrich exits, remember his gifts as well as flaws

By Michael Barone, the Wasington Examiner

Gingrich may keep campaigning — at the
Republican Jewish Coalition today and at a candidates’ debate in New
Hampshire tomorrow night — but his campaign is effectively over, just a
month after he declared he was running.

But in the long run, what is most interesting about Newt Gingrich is not his flaws but his strengths. What enabled
this Army brat with no real hometown to become a major political figure
who did much to shape American public policy?

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