Education: The Top Domestic Policy We Aren’t Discussing
Thanks to the spectacle that was a crowded field and a limelight dominated by Donald J. Trump, we’ve had very little chance to talk about key issues in America that the next president of the United States will have to deal with. Abroad, the immediate goal of stopping ISIS and the long term goal of re-establishing a global presence seem pretty clear. However, what we | Read More »
(VIDEO) Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on Education in America
Several of the contributors here had the opportunity to ask questions of Republican presidential candidates on the issues we cared about the most. For me, as a parent and educator, the biggest issue is improving education in America, and it was a question that both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz answered. Rubio’s answer was provided in the video below: Well, as a parent of four | Read More »
Textbook Publisher Rep Fired After Admitting on Camera that Common Core is All About the Money (VIDEO)
Project Veritas has a new video out, this time with undercover journalists asking educators and education company executives about whether or not Common Core State Standards and the curricula built around them are really for the kids. The answer from just about everyone is “No,” with one person admitting she actually hates kids and is only in it for the money. The woman who said | Read More »
Report: Obama’s Free College Idea Wastes Billions on Students who won’t Get Degrees
Over the past year, President Obama has been pushing a proposal that would guarantee two free years of community college, at least as far as tuition and fees are concerned, for students across the country. There are a lot of good reasons to question his plan, but a report from the American Action Forum makes it plain how poorly thought out the proposal is. From The Washington | Read More »
How Do We Fix Education in the United States?
Earlier, I put up a piece on national test scores falling for the first time since the test began in 1990. It’s the first time we’ve seen such a dip, so it is not a trend. It’s not indicative of where we are headed. However, we do have a pretty good idea that things could get worse before they get better. One of the reasons | Read More »
What’s Causing National Test Scores To Drop?
The Washington Post has a piece out about national test scores dipping for the first time since the federal government began this test in 1990. Fourth-graders and eighth-graders across the United States lost ground on national mathematics tests this year, the first declines in scores since the federal government began administering the exams in 1990. Reading performance also was sobering: Eighth-grade scores dropped, according to results | Read More »
Should Kids Suffer Through Homework?
Should your child have to endure homework? Should your child have to spend 10-20 minutes a night practicing what they learned in class that day? Does it do anything? That’s the question that stems from this news story out of Philadelphia. For decades, homework’s value has been hotly debated. But now a growing legion of critics say the notion that America can close the learning | Read More »
Greg Abbott fights back for homeschoolers against union school bias
The educational establishment in this country is greatly biased against parents who want options. Kids who are sent to unionized government schools are presumed to be safe and to be getting a good education, but kids who go to church schools or (gasp) get homeschooled have to jump through extra hoops. Governor Greg Abbott is fighting back in Texas though. He’s appointed a homeschooling parent | Read More »
DHS moves to make job market harder for STEM students
One of the big education pushes in the United States is to increase STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and create a workforce better suited to the jobs available in the modern era. Even schools that are not dedicated STEM schools are pushed to increase their STEM education, and other communities have gotten together to create STEM initiatives to supplement education. The curricula behind these | Read More »
Common Core’s Broken Promises
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Daniel Payne to discuss political correctness on college campuses, then Joy Pullman talks about Common Core’s Broken promises.
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The Future of Education Needs to Change
Lately, the news has been dominated by several topics of immediate importance to the U.S. and the world around us. In the Middle East, and sense of stability has come crumbling down and has given way to potential dominance by Iran and Russia. Our allies in Israel feel even less safe with the Obama administration constantly calling on them to be nicer to the poor | Read More »
Edumacaliated: Gov. Jerry Brown Waives Exam For California Students
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The Sacramento Bee reports this week that Jerry Brown has granted a final exam “reprieve” to high school students who faced an uncertain outcome of their senior year thanks to California’s incompetent government. But in so doing, what kind of future has the state given them, or the colleges they may attend, or the jobs they may seek?
*Free Community College…But at What Cost?
Higher education is an individual choice. It isn’t a right, you’re not guaranteed it, and you certainly can’t depend on anyone else to see that you’re successful in such an endeavor. Despite all that, the government feels the need to push the idea of “free” community college. Of course, the “free” doesn’t actually mean free. Someone has to foot the bill, and that person is | Read More »
GOP candidates to actually discuss education in August; Democrats are… meh, whatever.
We do should be doing four- or five-candidate panels on EVERYTHING, from education to foreign policy to social issues to, heck, what’s good on television these days.
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Michigan Democrat wants state monitoring of homeschooled kids
Did you think the purpose of government-run schools is to teach kids to read, write, and calculate? Silly citizen. The real purpose, in the eyes of today’s progressives, is to ensure that children are being monitored by the state. That’s the natural conclusion I draw from Michigan HB 4498, a Democrat-introduced bill that would place special monitoring requirements on homeschoolers.