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Embracing Vocational Skills Will Help Solve the School Dropout Dilemma

June 26, 2017 Posted by Patrick A. Berzinski COMMENTS (0)

By Harold J. Raveché, Ph.D.
Opinion Contributor
TheHill.com

May 17, 2017

schoolkidsAs a veteran of three decades in higher education, with 22 years as a university president, I have long portrayed the U.S. record of failure in public education in our inner cities in terms of two choices.

Either the United States will resolve as a nation to tackle the worst dysfunctions of the public education system and salvage the futures of millions of children with no alternative to imposed failure, or the Department of Justice will need to increase continuously the number of state and federal prisons to handle the vast spectrum of human wreckage that will result within the next generation.

All U.S. primary and secondary education is essentially based on an anachronistic, suburban goal of college admissions. High schools define their success by college placements instead of employable skills. We have a one-size-fits-all mentality in high school education, which does not serve the educational needs of millions of high-risk children.

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Taiwan Deserves to Participate in United Nations

June 26, 2017 Posted by Patrick A. Berzinski COMMENTS (0)

By Harold J. Raveché, Ph.D.
Opinion Contributor
TheHill.com

April 15, 2017

united-nationsTwo developments became obvious to me over time.

First, a steady increase of tourists from the People’s Republic of China. Upon arrival at Taoyuan Airport, I now have to queue with huge numbers of visitors from the PRC, waiting to clear Taipei Immigration. Last year, in spite of obstructions set up by Beijing, there were 3.5 million tourists from Communist China, anxious to experience the freedom of Taiwan, to shop and mingle with the friendly Taiwanese with whom they can easily converse.

 The second development is the growing entrepreneurial and independent spirit of Taiwanese students, with dreams of starting their own businesses.

In March 2014, I was fortunate to witness the unprecedented “Sunflower Movement,” when an estimated 400 students peacefully occupied the Congress Building in Taipei, with 10,000 protesters outside, to show the then-president they were serious about protecting Taiwan’s independent economy from Communist China’s interference. In August 2014, leaders of the movement traveled to DC to meet with US Congress members and State Department officials to reiterate their rejection of Beijing’s “One China” policy.

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