Remember in May and November… A Year Later

Education, Politics

This has been a wild set of days in April. From the protests in WV, OK, and AZ, to the ones we held here in KY, I feel exhausted and we still have 30days of school, some districts have almost 40 because of weather days. However, Tom Eben at the Herald-Leader made a good point in his OpEd “What’s Next?” What will KEA and the Ky state worker pensions groups do next to motivate voters? It is obvious that if the election for Governor were held last April, Bevin would be an easy target, but he is one man and one office. What is it that can be done to reshape the political dynamics and create a new landscape for voters to getting excited about?

Source: What’s next in the battle for public education in Kentucky? | Lexington Herald Leader

Cuts to public education, pensions, and tenure will do long-term damage to Kentucky. One solution is to elect more educators to public office.

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Book Review: The Fight of Our Lives

Book Reviews

The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against Radical IslamThe Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam by William J. Bennett

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

For the most part, William Bennet has woven together an interesting read on the state of the growing Muslim influence in the US. Now for some this will register as a book of bigoted fear mongering; while, others will see it as a call to arms. For me it was neither of these and instead fell well short of the inferred premise, “Fear the Rise of Islam in Western Nations.” The reason for this is that many of his arguments are simply paper men. The real fall of the west is not connected to the “rise of Islam” and should not be viewed as such by Western Protestant Christians. In fact some demographers argue the cultures of Middle Eastern Sunni and Shia Islam are collapsing under social distress. Most secular educated Christians have been exposed to Islam at some point from a centrist or liberal POV. That being said I was hoping that he would elevate the argument of division and build informational inroads for evangelicals to reach this “rapidly growing population.” However, he builds off of falsities of the religion that continue to be promoted from the Christian leaders and not bring anything new to the table or argument.

Compared to some of his other works this seems a bit less. I will admit for the contemporary average American the book will provide some insights; however, it may actually lead to more of a derisive approach to those who truly need converted.

eBook was given as part of a reader review with BookSneeze.com

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