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.
Needed Education Reforms and the Benefits of Strict Parenting
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Joy Pullmann to discuss education reform ideas that the GOP should embrace, monopolies in education, and why Joy is glad her parents were strict.
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College Students: Vote for Hillary because she’s a Woman
As the first week of Hillary Clinton’s official campaign for President draws to a close, she has still been very hesitant to lay out a policy agenda. She claims it’s because she wants more voter input, but ultimately, it’s almost certainly because she doesn’t want people to know what she believes. After all, taking a star on a controversial issue might scare away voters. Nevertheless, | Read More »
If education is a “non-family enterprise,” that explains a lot
What you have been hearing about lately is a precise description of everywhere Hillary Clinton has eaten, what she ate, and who she met (or refused to meet). What you might not have heard about is one of the most important issues candidates will have to address coming into 2016: education. Specifically, Hillary Clinton asked (emphasis mine) “How did we end up at a point where | Read More »
Louisiana gubernatorial candidate hates school choice
Coming up in Louisiana is the magical time of year where honest, ordinary citizens watch the skies grow dark and get a sense of dread the likes of which they do not feel at any other time of the year. I am, of course, talking about the legislature going into session. It’s going to be shaping up into a big one already with major fights | Read More »