I choose to start a truly progressive school in Durango. One where children are first, and learning is from the inside out, instead of being based on a preset body of knowledge that everyone must learn regardless of interest, and regardless of the fact that it is now well-recognized that the jobs our kids will be doing haven’t even been invented yet. So how can we know what they will need to know?

Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like we have the solution to healthcare reform and doctor shortages rolled into education reform. Just stock up on bandages and castor oil and it will be alright.

Kids who grow up disadvantaged often struggle in school relative to their peers. Many carry negative feelings about school into adulthood, and – deliberately or not – pass their negativity on to their children. Fear, resentment, and distrust of schools can become ingrained in kids minds before they even start kindergarten.

First of all, the legislature is still well short of the goal of restoring funding for public education that was cut by .4 billion in 2011. If the cuts are not fully reversed, then for 2014-2015 some portion of those cuts will continue. Yet the Texas House nonetheless today gave preliminary approval to HB 500 by Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville), a bill that would take 7 million out of the state treasury for tax giveaways to businesses. In fact, nearly all of the money would come directly out of a specific fund in which business franchise taxes are deposited to pay for public schools.

Current trends in education “reform” rely heavily on teacher-bashing, and on claims about the supposed failure of public schools that would put Chicken Little to shame. Wealthy individuals and corporate interests spend millions of dollars on media to denigrate public schools and undermine the professional reputation of public school teachers.

The current child poverty rate in Kansas approaches 20%, and is growing at a rate nearly double the national average. In 2010, about 40% of Kansas’ K-12 students – nearly 200,000 kids – qualified for Federal free/reduced lunch programs.

Speaking of races, I tried to get some more details on Club for Growth’s poll numbers involving Lugar and Richard Mourdock and got nothing. The guy who answered the phone was a bit of jerk. Their poll showed a 2-point difference between the two. Lugar’s poll showed him under 50%, but with a double-digit lead. Not spectacular, but I got a lot more info from them, than Club for Growth.