Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

The critical link between education and the kind of world we have

I have been thinking for a couple of days about how many MBA and other narrowly “expert” people we elect now to government — engineers, medical doctors, etc., and how this might have produced or aggravated our divisive and gridlocked public conversation. The general idea is that a narrowing of the curriculum to produce experts […]

Origins and consequences

Virginia’s Delegate Israel O’Quinn responded to my letter: Thanks for your message. I can tell you for certain that not a single piece of legislation I filed was influenced by ALEC or any other national legislative organization. The bills I filed, and will continue to file, come directly from constituents or are items of interest […]

Virginia tax credits for private K-12 should not pass

Tax credits for K-12 private school attendance is a bad idea. Remember that a tax credit is actually a payment of money from the public purse. Taxes are collected across the income strata, and public schools are funded from taxes. This legislation shuttles public money to private purses, essentially giving another tax break to people […]