Author: Nancy Salvato

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June 8, 2006

We the People

Filed under: Liberalism, Marxism & Communism - 08 Jun 2006

We are a fragmented nation. Erosion is slowly chipping away at the belief system that once served to tie us together as a people. Indeed, movements are afoot; their radical self interest goals at odds with the vision …

May 18, 2006

Are Guns To Blame For Murder-Suicides In Switzerland?

Filed under: Foreign Countries & Policy,Second Amendment - 18 May 2006

In an article posted at the BBC News website, entitled, “Domestic killings shock Swiss”, the author references Martin Boess, head of Switzerland’s crime prevention unit, as blaming, “the Swiss army’s policy of requiring Swiss men, who all have to do …

May 7, 2006

Measuring Achievement Against Objectives

A good teacher sets measurable goals and objectives for the students. A clear expectation, reinforcement of key ideas, and focusing on the main concepts during each lesson is the key for a successful classroom experience. Students, fortunate enough to have …

April 25, 2006

A Think Tank’s Credibility Tanks

I was amused, as I’m sure are many others, to read about a group of education researchers involved in what is being called, “The Think Tank Review Project”. Driving my laughter was the discovery that the funding for this endeavor …

April 18, 2006

Current Issues of Immigration in America

Filed under: Immigration - 18 Apr 2006

For a great many people born in this great nation, citizenship is taken for granted. However, aliens, seeking permanent residences, have long appreciated the abundance of wealth and opportunity available to citizens residing in this country.

April 11, 2006

A Battle Cry for Freedom

Among the most popular political parties is a public display of infighting. For example, the extreme left of the Democratic Party is unwilling to accommodate Joe Lieberman’s support of the current war effort. Within the Republican Party, a faction professes …

April 2, 2006

Love of Country

Filed under: American Society & Heritage - 02 Apr 2006

Twice in the last couple of months I’ve had the privilege of listening to two WWII veterans speak of their experiences in the war. The first, Michael Kuryla, Jr. spoke about his struggle to survive after the U.S.S. Indianapolis was …

March 30, 2006

Competition as an Effective Education Reform

“You know competition is not for children. It’s not for human beings. It’s not for public education.” Former teacher, Ruth Holmes Cameron

On January 19, 2006, Heartland Senior Fellow George Clowes kicked off the Illinois School Choice Initiative’s monthly Speaker Series on Educational choice. Commencing with the premise that competition plays a very large role in all of our lives, he noted a recurring plot involves the triumph of the underdog; i.e., the American colonists defeated the most powerful nation in the world in 1783 and the women’s suffrage movement succeeded in extending the power to vote to women, though women held no bartering power.

March 21, 2006

Malcolm in the Wrong

Filed under: American Government,Our Laws - 21 Mar 2006

As I stated in a piece titled, Civic Education Is Missing in the U.S. Diet, the framers of the US Constitution realized that democracy would only work when citizens are included in making decisions. Civic responsibility means not only to possess knowledge of government, but to learn about processes and institutions that are effective in improving community conditions, developing skills necessary to participate in policymaking processes, and developing a mentality that includes performing
lifelong service for the common good.

March 18, 2006

It’s Time to Revisit the Electoral College (Redux)

In a recent article entitled, Flunking The Electoral College Once Again, Daniel Sobieski writes about a proposed election reform, “The Campaign for a National Popular Vote” in which, “a group of states would agree to award their state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of who carried their state.”

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