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Common Core Means Common Failure for States

[Editor’s note: This article was originally published by OCR on June 3, 2013.] For years now, we have witnessed our public school systems pour incredible amounts of money into our schools only to see regressing results in quality. Now that the dangerous Common Core Curriculum has been introduced, the state of American education could grow

The Fight for Marriage, Part 2: Is There Even An Argument for Traditional Marriage?

Dr. Robert George, Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis argue the following: “What we have come to call the gay marriage debate is not directly about homosexuality, but about marriage.  It is not about whom to marry, but about what marriage is.” The two views can be summarized as: (1) the conjugal view and (2)

OCR DOUBLE-TAKE: Thoughtful Conservatism — The Wisdom of Compromise

[Editor’s note: This article is part of an OCR DOUBLE-TAKE.  Read its counterpart here.] I teach a high school course on current social problems. I like to joke that my students begin the course thinking that dandruff and halitosis are social problems, and I try to expand their understanding to include the familiar list of

An Immigrant’s View on Immigration, Part 4: What the Liberal Intelligentsia Has Never Understood

In Part 3 of this series I discussed how changes in social thought created new federal laws to deal with past minority injustices and how these changes have shifted us from a melting pot toward a mosaic. This required the Liberal Intelligentsia to minimize, and in many cases outright eliminate, the legitimacy of American Exceptionalism.

OC Book Review – Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics, by Black & Black

Divided America–The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics Earl and Merle Black, Simon and Schuster Paperbacks, 2007.  $15 Kindle, $17 Paperback Review by Adam Josefczyk In Divided America, brothers and fellow political scientists Earl and Merle Black attempt to explain the history of national election trends since the Civil War and identify regional and ideological trends

Obamacare Sticker Shock, Part 2: Counting the Cost of the Individual Mandate

In the first part of this series, I discussed, in part, why Ohioans’ health insurance premiums are going to rise about 80-88% in the coming year. However, I did not discuss the entire picture. There are several legs to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stool, but the primary ones are guaranteed issue, community ratings mandates,

A Conservative Case for Immigration Reform

“Economists generally believe that immigration increases the size of the economy, improves productivity, and is an economic boon for almost all parties. Moreover, historically, immigration has been a net positive for the federal budget, improving the long-run fiscal condition of the United States.”1 So begins an analysis of the economic impact of immigration published last

Musings of a Disaffected Values Voter

I used to be more political than I am now. After more than four decades of participating in the political process, I’m a little disenchanted with the whole prospect of changing society through politics. But not totally. My expectations of the political process are now less naive and more nuanced. Let me explain. The first

Why Christian Conservatives Should NOT Abandon the GOP

I have spent the last five years travelling across the northeast and Ohio.  Every week I meet influential Christian conservatives, and for the last half-decade the song remains the same: “The Republican Party is not a conservative party anymore! We Christian conservatives have been used.  We helped elect these people and they have not done