Scott versus Scott

Welcome to our blog. Here we will debate the days most serious topics and allow users the chance to discuss the topics as well. The range of topics will vary, but one thing will remain certain, the debate will rage on. Scott Lesinski is a proud conservative and Scott Jones is a proud liberal. However, the roles will switch on some topics. Stay tuned.

Scott Lesinski is currently an actuarial associate for a large human resources and insurance consulting firm in Saint Louis. He is also an avid student of US history and enjoys following current events, with an eye to their contextual relationship to the past. He is also, in fact, a former student of Mr. Scott Jones. Scott is working toward his FSA credentials, which is akin to earning a PHD in Actuarial Science.

Scott Jones is currently a high school social studies teacher at a high school in suburban St. Louis, MO. He teaches World History, AP American Government and Senior American Foreign Policy. He has a BS. Ed. (Secondary Social Studies) from the University of Missouri - Columbia and a M.A. (History) from Southeast Missouri State University. He is currently working on a dissertation in character education to earn a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Is Texas Synonymous With Today's Conservatism?

USA Today (Monday, April 12, 2010) featured a debate on education on its editorial page (9A). It was fairly revealing and also of no small concern to those of us who believe that our country guarantees certain freedoms to each citizen, including freedom of religion. It was no accident that Thomas Jefferson insisted upon "separation of church and state" as a condition for the new nation he helped form.

It was this very dedication to separation of church and state, (especially if the religion were not the old-fashioned Judaeo-Christian ethic to which the founding fathers ascribed), that has caused old Tom (Jefferson, that is) to fall in esteem in the Lone Star State.