The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Education
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Joy Pullmann to discuss the role of poverty in schools, if everyone needs to go to college and the difference between religious and secular education outcomes.
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A question to establishment Republicans: Do you want American healthcare to turn into the Kansas City, MO, public school district?
“The roller coaster is done in this district.” — Steve Green, Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools Superintendent, quoted in an article in the left-wing McClatchy-owned Kansas City Star, where the headline reads, “Area districts cheer progress of Kansas City schools.” A KC Star editorial on October 1, 2013, pressured the Missouri legislature to “fix the law allowing students to transfer out of troubled districts and | Read More »
Po Pimps in 4th Grade
Maybe you have seen this maybe you haven’t but here ladies and gentlemen is just another example of Common Core making sure that our children are ready for the world. I mean once they get through school they have to be able to survive and that’s where Common Core comes in. I mean how else can they explain teaching kids about a song called Po | Read More »
You Didn’t Build These Ten Things – Barack Obama Did
It’s not like he didn’t warn us that his goal was to fundamentally transform America – but most of us didn’t think that meant wrecking the economy, killing the golden goose, giving away the farm and generally screwing the pooch. But here we are and here are the top ten things Obama owns – despite him blaming everyone else – he built them: 10. Food | Read More »
Liberals say our schools are fine
Our government is infested with teachers’ interest groups. Liberals are dedicated to the proposition that only liberals should teach any children. They are currently fighting every voucher and charter plan with every legal argument they can. Additionally they are now trying to convince people that private and public schools achieve the same results. This article from Slate presents a few books that have come out | Read More »
Does Allison Benedikt Think This Only Because Her Husband Does?
By now you’ve heard about this, I’m sure. Allison Benedikt thinks you and I are terrible if we send our kids to private school. I actually do send my kids to private school. I do have to wonder, though, if Allison Benedikt only thinks this because her husband thinks it. Benedikt’s husband is John Cook, the Gawker blogger. Last September John declared that private school | Read More »
Department of Justice fighting… to keep poor kids in bad Louisiana schools.
Of course they are. The U.S. Justice Department is suing Louisiana in New Orleans federal court to block 2014-15 vouchers for students in public school systems that are under federal desegregation orders. The first year of private school vouchers “impeded the desegregation process,” the federal government says. Thirty-four school systems could be affected, including those of Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany | Read More »
Open Letter to Dow CFO J. Donald Sheets on Common Core
Dear Mr. Sheets, Thank you for publicly expressing your thoughts on the Common Core in your recent article, Common Core Standards are common sense. All parents, teachers, and business leaders want children to succeed. But I believe the Common Core is NOT the avenue to success that many promise. As a successful business leader, you know that before any decision a cost/benefit analysis should be | Read More »
It’s Time for a Common Core Political Standard
Back in 2009, Secretary of Education Duncan told reporters that a fundamental change for the nation’s education system is on the way. He said the following, “I want to be able to track every child throughout their educational trajectory, so we know what they are doing. Secondly, I want to track children back to teachers, so we know the impact the teachers are having on | Read More »
Teachers tell protesting unions to shove their dues and rules
The Wisconsin school teachers protests and attempts to recall Gov. Walker resulted in not only losing the battle but instead helped to further new laws across the US that allow teachers to drop union membership. Now the National Education Association (NEA) and other teacher unions are seeing a decline of those willing fill the coffers of these organization. As teachers began to look more critically | Read More »
Jindal’s Naive on Common Core
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave a speech at a Redstate gathering on Friday where he addressed the Common Core. He said, “We will resist any attempt … to impose a national curriculum,” But as the news story points out that “the Jindal administration has been supportive of the standards, with state Education Superintendent John White saying they will “put Louisiana’s children on an even playing | Read More »
Perspectives in Education- Part 8: New Jersey’s Abbott Schools
Because liberals believe that money solves all problems and because New Jersey is a liberal state with a liberal state supreme court, the example of New Jersey is perfect for demonstrating the silliness of this approach. The phrase Abbott school comes from a series of court rulings initiated by the Educational Law Center and included the New Jersey NAACP among other litigants. The state constitution | Read More »
Perspectives in Education- Part 7: More on Race
It is one thing to identify the achievement gap between blacks, whites and Hispanics and quite another to explain the reasons for that gap. There are no shortages of explanations and this article will address a few. The solution is the same theme that has been running through this series of articles and that solution is choice. In fact, there is one area where choice | Read More »
Perspectives in Education- Part 6: The Racial Achievement Gap
When discussing education reform, let alone any domestic issue, when that discussion turns to the issue of race and ethnicity, one enters the forum with trepidation. Anyone risks being branded a racist for pointing out actual statistical facts. If not attacking the messenger, they make excuses for the discrepancies. But, facts are facts and we can argue about the reasons until the cows come home. | Read More »
Perspectives in Education- Part 5- Teacher Unions
The precursor to today’s NEA was formed in 1857. They took on their current name in 1870. Initially, the union barred both women and blacks. Needless to say, teacher unions have been around for many years. Today, the NEA is both the largest professional organization and the largest union in America. That is part of the problem from the start, but more on that in | Read More »