Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Friday, August 01, 2014

Pre-School Principal Bans Patriotic Song

Pre-schoolers at a public school in New York have been told that they are forbidden to sing a patriotic song. Earlier this summer, the students were supposed to march into their “moving up” ceremony while singing “Stand Up for the Red, White, and Blue” and waving small American flags. But when their principal, Greta Hawkins, saw the rehearsal, she demanded that the song be removed from the program.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Should Female Teachers Be Called “Sir”?

It’s traditional for British schoolchildren to be taught to address female teachers as “miss” and male teachers as “sir.” But linguistics professor Jennifer Coates doesn’t like that, and so she is calling for a ban on the words “sir” and “miss” in schools. Professor Coates claims that “sir” and “miss” don’t match because “sir” is how you address a knight. She complains that this is “a depressing example of how women are given low status, and men, no matter how young or new on the job, are given high status.” She fears that using these terms in grade school causes young students to internalize sexism. She says it reinforces the message that “women are lesser beings.”

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Feminist Ideas on Sex Fail Women

If you’ve spent any time on a college campus in the last couple of years, you’ve probably heard the phrase “rape culture.” That’s the latest rallying cry of the feminists. It’s the claim that we live in a male-dominated society that encourages rape. While the statistics are ridiculously inflated, there does seem to be a lot of sexual assault going on at college campuses. Feminists claim that’s because we haven’t taught men not to rape. Of course, that’s not true – the crime of rape has always been severely condemned and punished.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What is “Feminist Biology”?

The University of Wisconsin at Madison has decided to offer a postdoctoral fellowship in something called “feminist biology.” It’s not clear what feminist biology involves. The university says that the program “aims to develop new theory and methods in biology that reflect feminist approaches.” It will focus on gender-related research and educate young scientists about gender bias.

No evidence of engineering labor shortage

Several professors write a USA Today op-ed:
Silicon Valley has created an imaginary staffing shortage.

Business executives and politicians endlessly complain that there is a "shortage" of qualified Americans and that the U.S. must admit more high-skilled guest workers to fill jobs in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. This claim is echoed by everyone from President Obama and Rupert Murdoch to Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

Yet within the past month, two odd things occurred: Census reported that only one in four STEM degree holders is in a STEM job, and Microsoft announced plans to downsize its workforce by 18,000 jobs. Even so, the House is considering legislation that, like the Senate immigration bill before it, would increase to unprecedented levels the supply of high-skill guest workers and automatic green cards to foreign STEM students.

As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages.

Stagnant wages

If a shortage did exist, wages would be rising as companies tried to attract scarce workers. Instead, legislation that expanded visas for IT personnel during the 1990s has kept average wages flat over the past 16 years. Indeed, guest workers have become the predominant source of new hires in these fields.

Those supporting even greater expansion seem to have forgotten about the hundreds of thousands of American high-tech workers who are being shortchanged — by wages stuck at 1998 levels, by diminished career prospects and by repeated rounds of layoffs.

The facts are that, excluding advocacy studies by those with industry funding, there is a remarkable concurrence among a wide range of researchers that there is an ample supply of American workers (native and immigrant, citizen and permanent resident) who are willing and qualified to fill the high-skill jobs in this country. The only real disagreement is whether supply is two or three times larger than the demand.