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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dumbing Down America

"Too many of our high school students are not graduating ready to begin college or a career, and many are not eligible to serve in our armed forces."

-Arne Duncan, US Education Secretary.

"Nearly one fourth of the students who try to join the US Army fail its entrance exam...can't answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a study released by the Education Trust."

-Associated Press

" 75% of those17 to 24 do not qualify to join the military because they are not physically fit, have a criminal record of did not graduate from high school."

-Department of Defense

If this is true of the traditionally lower level required to enlist than for most employers, then what does this say about America and America's future? And what of the more elite services, where education and readiness are essential (within each branch of the military)?

Will we be able to compete with China, India, Europe or in the future Africa in the world marketplace?

What can be done?

Firs published on this site 12/22/09

The Continuing Fight Against Digital Theft

Screen Actors Guild continues to actively participate in legislative and executive efforts to crack down on digital theft and the importance of protecting our work product is gaining greater national attention. 

Yesterday, President Obama issued an Executive Order creating two advisory committees to increase and revamp the government’s intellectual property enforcement efforts.   To see the White House’s blog posting on the subject, click here. 

The President’s Executive Order was well received by many organizations, including the AFL-CIO.  To see the AFL-CIO’s message on the subject, click here.

Screen Actors Guild also joined the Directors Guild, IATSE and AFTRA  in applauding the Department of Homeland Security’s “Operation in Our Sites” program aimed at cracking down on websites that distribute counterfeit goods and pirated movies (read the full letter here).

2010, the jibjab political year