Run for the Unborn: Why Private Charity Best Uplifts People

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Anna Maria (L) and I (R) had a great time running/jogging in the 4th Annual “Run for the Unborn” in Leesburg, VA.

This morning, my sister Anna Maria and I participated in our very first 5K run to benefit a local pregnancy crisis center in Leesburg, VA.  This race marked the 4th Annual “Run for the Unborn.” Although it was hot and humid, we had a great time jogging to support a cause we believe in.

When individuals desire to better their communities, the best method is through private charity.  Find a cause you believe in and voluntarily give back.  Don’t rely on the government to provide for general welfare; instead, discern carefully and give people a hand up.

“…[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
-James Madison

New CampusReform Op-Ed: 2013 Commencement Speaker Lineup Excludes Conservatives

I’ve penned a new column at Campus Reform.

Here is an excerpt:

This nation’s elite institutions of higher education often claim to fight on the frontlines in the battle for inclusion, tolerance and diversity.

A quick look at the Ivy League 2013 speaker lineup, however, reveals that their so-called diversity is a front for groupthink propagated by leftist administrators and faculty who run these schools.

A new study, reveals that Ivy Leagues schools did not invite a single conservative speakers for commencement ceremonies in 2013.

Continue reading at Campus Reform.

 

ICYMI: New Townhall Column About Holding College Professors Accountable

A new column of mine appeared in Townhall.com today. It’s called “College Students Must Hold Their Professors Accountable.”

Below is an excerpt from the article:

The American university was once regarded as the marketplace of ideas. Young, eager minds thirsty for knowledge pursued higher education to better prepare for life. The free exchange of ideas and different perspectives largely defined the academic scene in decades prior. This reputed intuition stood out from the rest as the cultivator of future leaders, innovators, and scholars.

Alas, this is not the case today.

The late conservative thinker William F. Buckley famously opined, “The academic community has in it the biggest concentration of alarmists, cranks and extremists this side of the giggle house.”

The American university has departed from its original purpose. Instead, this institution now serves as a breeding ground for complacent, goose-stepping loyalists of the political Left.

12.16.2012 Appearance on Jason Mattera Show With Guest Host Doug Giles

Last Sunday I went on the Jason Mattera Show on 77 WABC radio in New York City with guest host Doug Giles, host of Clash Radio.

To listen to the segment I came on for regarding manliness and the CT shooting, scroll to the halfway mark: http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=1251&c=6431&f=891861

Stand for Greater Choice in Education: National School Choice Week – January 22-28, 2012

This January marks the 2nd Annual National School Choice Week. Organizations, educators, activists, politicians, and parents are coming together to stand up for better education. This week-long event will take place from January 22-28, 2012.

Given the corrupt nature of teachers unions and the lack of attention allotted to student needs in schools, it is imperative to encourage more school choice legislation and programs all across the nation.

Below is a promo ad for the event.

Here is more information from NSCW’s Andrew Campanella :

Here are three things you can do right now to help make National School Choice Week 2012 a huge success:

  1. Find an event near you to attend or support. Check our events listing daily – new events are being posted all the time.
  2. Better yet, plan your own event! We have all types of resources on our website to help you get started including free documentaries to host a screening and discussion as well as an Event-in-a-Box to help brand your event.
  3. Spread the word about National School Choice Week to your family, friends co-workers and neighbors by forwarding this email or writing your own and sharing a link to our website: www.SchoolChoiceWeek.com.

I am one of approximately 30 student bloggers for National School Choice Week. You can find some of my pieces on their blog:

September 2011: Missing link. Will recover.

October 2011: “Dr. Ben Chavis Boasts Unorthadox Leadership that Delivers Education Results”

November 2011:  “Milton Friedman and School Choice: Limited Government Principles Foster Quality Education

To learn how to get involved, visit their website and find an event near you.

California Students Could Succeed Again With School Choice

Cross-posted from the NSCW Blog

When people think of California, they envision a place marked by idyllic weather, insurmountable wealth, friendly people, and world- famous attractions. It is undeniable that the Golden State has led the way for job growth, endless opportunities, and innovation. California is quite enviable – why else do people flock here? Nevertheless, one area was left untouched in this period of prosperity: education.

A state greatly overridden by teachers unions and virtually nonexistent school choice laws, California is in great need of education reform. Heritage Foundation reports that California is reluctant to embrace private school choice options, although it is more hospitable to public school choice options. Nearly 351,000 students are enrolled in the state’s 941 public charter schools, signaling the minimal albeit important presence of school choice here.

Compared to other states, California ranks near the bottom in quality of education. In 2009, it was ranked 48 of 50 in terms of sending graduating seniors to four-year colleges. Additionally, teachers unions dictate the course of education and remain hostile to outsiders like school choice proponents. As a result, school choice policies hardly penetrate into the state.

Continue reading at the NSCW blog