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by | Aug 22, 2019

Several Oregon high school students reaped a ton of media adulation this summer by persuading their state legislature to permit public school kids to take up to five “mental health days” off from school every three-month period. Let us assume…

by | Apr 22, 2019

Florida, a leader in school choice, is addressing the bullying epidemic in the Sunshine State’s public schools by allowing parents to transfer their children to safer schools. Evidence shows bullying is the number-one disciplinary problem in public schools, with more…

by | Jan 7, 2019

“Personalized learning” (PL) must be wonderful, right? Who wouldn’t like their instruction — whether recreational or intellectual — tailored to their individual capabilities, needs, and aspirations? Unfortunately, labels can, and often do, mislead consumers in the education world. Remember the…

by | Jan 7, 2019

“Personalized learning” (PL) must be wonderful, right? Who wouldn’t like their instruction — whether recreational or intellectual — tailored to their individual capabilities, needs, and aspirations? Unfortunately, labels can, and often do, mislead consumers in the education world. Remember the…

by | Sep 7, 2018

If there was ever any question why Harvard University officials adamantly opposed the Trump administration’s rescinding of Obama-era guidelines for race-based admissions decisions, the answer is now clear. Students for Fair Admission v. Harvard — set to go to trial October 15…

by | Jul 17, 2018

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, teachers union officials were not shy in exercising their freedom of speech to express their outrage. However, this is especially ironic because these public-sector unions (and many…

by | Jun 20, 2018

As educational technology (ed-tech) becomes a pervasive force in U.S. education, does it make you smile or make you want to scream? It is easy to imagine ed-tech bringing smiles to the faces of family members who have gone online…

by | May 8, 2018

It doesn’t take much effort to cause offense in our supersensitive times. Practically any statement uttered with passionate conviction can provoke angry condemnation, after which an apology is practically de rigueur. Sure enough, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, apologized two…

by | Apr 16, 2018

On January 8, 2014, the U.S. Education Department (USED) sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to officials of every local school district. The 44-page letter/social-justice manifesto made plain that race-based statistics must be of paramount importance in student disciplinary policies. USED’s…

by | Jan 9, 2018

What is artificial intelligence (AI), and should we welcome it as a major force in education and other areas of our lives? Closing out 2017, Education Week published essays written by futurists that seemed to give a big “yes” to the second…

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