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In a recent syndicated column, economics professor Walter Williams pointed out that many colleges and universities have become centers of liberal indoctrination, intolerance and academic dishonesty.

Increasingly, freedom of expression has come under assault by faculty instead of promoting the search for wisdom to liberate the mind. Conservative speakers are often prevented from presenting their views to a student body in favor of intolerant leftist radicals.

Not taking away from academics’ expertise in their fields of teaching, but please park your politics outside the classroom and stick to the truth of history. According to one research institute, 81 percent of high-school seniors obtained a “D” or “F” in their knowledge of American history.

Also, the rate of poverty and the lack of motivation by the parents have a lot to do with low educational achievement. Government spending for poverty programs has tripled in recent years to no avail. According to a Brookings Institution report, three rules would tend to lead young people out of poverty: Complete at least high-school education; work full-time; and wait until age 21 to marry and have a child. Violating these three rules would have a 77 percent chance of again ending up in poverty.

S.G. von Schweinitz

Appling

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carcraft
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carcraft 12/27/12 - 06:27 am
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It is really not that hard to

It is really not that hard to stay out of poverty in America. Single parents with many, exceptions, are the leading cause of poverty and crime in America. Unfortunately in America it is no longer possible to expect people to assume responsibility and act accordingly.

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RMSHEFF 12/27/12 - 10:11 am
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carcraft is correct

It can be traced directly back to the moral decay in our country. Single parenthood is a symptom of this breakdown. There is no stigma in having children out of wedlock and thanks to our federal government no financial cost. The breakdown of the family and 50+ percent divorce rate is leading to the moral and financial collapse of America.

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Jane18 12/27/12 - 11:38 am
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No Shame and/or Responsibility

Ditto Carcraft and RMSHEFF, and it is Not going to change.............the new contagious disease has spread---entitleitis(getting something for nothing)

grouse
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grouse 12/27/12 - 01:46 pm
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These are gross exaggerations
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These are gross exaggerations fueled by biased coverage/commentary from conservative media outlets. Campus life, as well as faculty, is a mixture of people of different political persuasions, at least at good ol' ASU. Also, there are multitudes of private conservative colleges and universities that like-minded students can attend. You can find many that advertised themselves as faith-based, conservatives schools, but not one that advertises itself as atheist, liberal....

grouse
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grouse 12/27/12 - 01:47 pm
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"Entitlement" does not mean
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"Entitlement" does not mean something for nothing. It means you are entitled to what what has been agreed upon or paid into. I've paid into Social Security all my working life, therefore, I am entitled to the benefits from it.

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bubbasauce 12/27/12 - 08:49 pm
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Welcome to the new America!

Welcome to the new America!

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