Robert Holland

Robert Holland (rholland@heartand.org) is a senior fellow for education policy with the Heartland Institute.

Will Teacher Unions Imitate Southern Segregationists?

 

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 more) have denied independent-minded teachers their freedom of speech for more than forty years. Justice […]

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Psychosocial School Rise Raises Need for Choice

 

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 and discovered a brilliant lecture or literary/artistic masterpieces to supplement a child’s quest for knowledge. […]

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Matt Bevin

Striking Teachers a Boon for Homeschooling

 

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 days after asserting in the following manner his frustration with a walkout of thousands of […]

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School Disciplinary Measures Education Department guidelines

Restoring School Discipline Requires Expelling the Feds

 

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 stated central concern is African-American, Latino, and special-education children are suspended and expelled at higher […]

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Would Artificial Intelligence Guide Education or Grab It?

 

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 part of that question. The Encyclopedia Britannica explains AI is, at least in part, “the ability of […]

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Kids Need Talented, Tough Teachers

 

What makes the average grade-school child happy? Not necessarily notching a high score on a math test, if the results of a little study recently featured in Education Week, the education establishment’s paper of record, are to be believed. The study’s headline-grabbing conclusion was that, in general, teachers who do well in raising kids’ test […]

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Homeschoolers Don’t Need Federal Help

 

For the first time in the 38-year history of the U.S. Department of Education, the secretary of Education recently hosted a delegation of homeschooling advocates and legal defenders. The cordial nature of the occasion was no surprise; Secretary Betsy DeVos was a friend of homeschooling during her years as a private-sector advocate for school vouchers […]

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When the Rubber Hits the Road to Unobstructed School Choice

 

Obviously, the Constitution does not obligate a state to help nonprofits repave their playgrounds with recycled tires in the interest of making them safer for kids. However, if a state offers such a grant program, do its officials violate the Constitution if they reject a church preschool’s application due to the state’s longstanding ban on […]

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Feds Transform Title IX Into Enemy of Common Sense

 

Reversal of the Obama administration’s bodacious power grab that sought to make gender self-identification a federally protected civil right in all public school accommodations and activities should be just a small start of the restoration of reason needed at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education. For 40 years, infamous […]

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There Are More Important Things Than Appointing the Next Ed Secretary

 

The Senate confirmation process for President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee, philanthropist Betsy DeVos, figures to be a battle royal early in the New Year. The teachers’ unions, ever influential with Democratic Party politicos, will be gunning big time for DeVos, because of her steadfast advocacy of vouchers and charter schools, which she and […]

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