Teresa Mull

Teresa Mull (tmull@heartland.org) is a research fellow in education policy for the Heartland Institute.

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Planned Parenthood Fights (and Loses) Battle to Limit Parents’ Sex-Ed Rights

 

Late in July, Alaska state Rep. Wes Keller’s (R-Wasilla) House Bill 156 was passed into law, enabling parents to opt their children out of standardized testing and other activities, classes, and programs they find objectionable. HB 156 also requires schools to notify parents of any curriculum involving sexual behavior and to make the curriculum available for parental […]

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Ravitch Right on Common Core, Wrong on Everything Else

 

Diane Ravitch, a well-known school choice opponent, has gotten something right: “The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students.” The quote comes from the title of Ravitch’s recent New York Times article, but while Ravitch’s title thesis — that Common Core has been a disaster — holds true, her arguments are supported neither by fact […]

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Let’s Get Smart About Classroom Technology

 

Online retail giant Amazon established itself more firmly in the education technology market this week by introducing Amazon Inspire, an online resource that will offer teachers and students free instructional materials. Amazon Inspire is set to launch in the fall, just in time for the upcoming school year. The debate over whether the use of […]

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Champagne in the Sunshine

 

The annual Annapolis Cup, held last month, pits against one another two unlikely foes: the St. John’s College “Johnnies” and the U.S. Naval Academy “Mids.” The croquet challenge that ensues is as cohesive as it is civilized. Lounging languidly on the lawns beneath shady trees and strolling slowly amid brilliant beams of sun are spectators […]

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Polo Jazzes up the Summer’s Last Days

 

The thought of watching a polo match in the twilight of a fading summer’s day while turned-out in the sort of attire that made Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age girls come and go “like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” made my sister and me feel as we should. And then it rained. […]

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A Conversation With Jim DeMint

 

As president and CEO of the Heritage Foundation, Jim DeMint has travelled across the country and met with thousands of people “anxious to join in building a stronger and more prosperous America.” Falling in Love With America Again (Center Street, 320 pages, $22.50) is DeMint’s methodical manifesto on how to do just what the title […]

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Fox Pas

 

The spirit of a too-late Friday night is still coursing through my veins early on the first Saturday of November as I drive east into the Virginia countryside for my very first foxhunt. I’m late, and it doesn’t help that directions to the hunt’s meeting point (one imagines this is the case with most of […]

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Benghazi Whistleblowers Expose Lies

 

Benghazi-Gate is back in the headlines. The House Oversight Committee is hearing today from three whistleblowers testifying against the Obama administration’s account of the September attacks that killed four Americans. CBS reports that Mark Thompson, the acting deputy assistant secretary of state for counterterrorism, Greg Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, and Eric […]

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Macho, Macho Man

 

As if we needed more proof that Rick Perry is a man’s man and a really neat guy, now emerges a video of the Texas governor’s target practice. The video, which was played as an introduction for Perry’s speech at this week’s National Rifle Association meeting in Houston, shows him shooting an egg from 100 […]

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Off to the Races

 

Last weekend I attended the Maryland Hunt Cup Steeplechase. The weather and scenery couldn’t have been more perfect or picturesque, and the actual scene, to coin my brother’s clever label, was a venerable “WASP nest.” Every colorful dress from Lilly Pulitzer’s new spring line was represented at least twice over, and the men sported bow […]

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