Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
I attended Wednesday evening's community forum on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the Germantown School Board. I left the meeting fearing for the education of our children. It seems that they are being treated as pawns in a cynical political game.
Today's Republican Party often takes policy positions that run counter to the wishes of the American people. Rather than working for the folks who pay their salaries, Republican politicians are taking most of their direction from powerful lobbyists, deep-pocketed donors, and their party's loony fringe. Below are just a few examples in which GOP politicians are standing in the way of popular reforms.
Sunday was the fourth anniversary of the day that the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Since it was signed, provisions of the Act have phased-in, transforming the US healthcare system for the better. Americans are now free to purchase health insurance, whether they are healthy or not. Americans now have the opportunity to change jobs or start a business without worrying whether we can buy insurance. And the days of being forced into bankruptcy due to catastrophic hospital bills are over.
We frequently see the results of polls on American scientific literacy. One recent poll by the National Science Foundation (NSF), asked American adults a series of ten true/false questions about very basic physical and biological science concepts. The results were somewhat disappointing.