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Young Voices Editor Casey Given was published in Forbes President Obama’s push for publicly funded universal preschool programs.
Last Week, President Obama renewed his call for Congress to invest in “high-quality early education” in his sixth State of the Union. Although pundits remain skeptical of the political feasibility of the broader policy goals for his so-called “year of action,” the President’s preschool push may actually have hope. One poll last year found broad bipartisan support for the President’s plan, with 84 percent of Democrats and even 60 percent of Republicans approving.
While support for early education is strong, the evidence that public preschool programs improve student outcomes is tenuous at best. Especially considering the proposal’s whopping $75 billion price tag, parents and taxpayers should not be so quick to gamble on such a massive expansion of government.
Young Voices Advocate Akil Allenye was published in The Daily Caller about what we can and can’t learn from past mistakes when it comes to Iran.
This threat-perception problem is not academic; thousands of human lives hang in the balance. We will solve it, and avert the misguided conflicts it produces, only when America’s foreign policy mavens learn that no two wars or enemies are identical, and stop trying to navigate the 21st century with a map from 1938.
In a free society, communities thrive because of smart personal decisions. At the heart of the declining pregnancy rate are women making better decisions for themselves and for their bodies. Some are abstaining from sex. More are practicing safe sex. And young people are developing a culture where personal responsibility is at the core of the most private of decisions.
Young people are being smarter about their sex lives, benefiting millions of taxpayers and moral crusaders. They should be applauded for the personal decisions that they’ve made—without government coercion of any kind.
Young Voices Advocate Taweh Beysolow was published in TownHall about why today’s college degrees aren’t worth as much as they once were.
In student lending, the education lobby has convinced well-meaning people that higher education automatically translates to middle-class earnings. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t bear this out. Over $1 trillion of oustanding student debt has been accounted for in the third quarter of 2013, in contrast to the declining dilenquincies for mortgage, credit card, and auto debt according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In an effort to extend college to everyone, the federal government has managed to create yet another potential crisis for which citizens, borrowers and taxpayers alike, will be on the hook.