Education Gone Wild


Campus SceneX

Nebraska Law’s Advice to a Teaching Sister: ’Lose the Veil’

 

About a century ago, the Ku Klux Klan spearheaded a coalition of anti-Catholic organizations in Nebraska to lobby the state legislature to pass a law that would ban public school teachers from wearing religious insignia or garb in the classroom. And in 1919 the legislators obliged. But let’s not beat up on Nebraska — around […]

Continue Reading

With DeVos Hearing, School Choice Finally Takes Center Stage

 

The confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. education secretary, Betsy DeVos, has moved school choice to America’s center stage, where it belongs. National School Choice Week, happening during the final week of January, will likely keep the momentum going, as millions of people call for education liberty at events across the country. […]

Continue Reading

Aidan’s America: A Memo to Donald Trump

 

TO: PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP and SECRETARY BETSY DEVOS FROM: A Concerned Grandfather RE: Aidan’s America Like many Americans, I had the great privilege and joy of spending the holidays with family. While my wife and I had great fun in remembering past times of raising our three girls, we took a special delight in playing with […]

Continue Reading

Random Thoughts, Looking Back

 

Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit — even if only to himself — to being a relic of a bygone era. Having lived long enough to have seen both “the greatest generation” that fought World War II and the gratingest generation that we see all around us today makes […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

A Perfect Time to Expand Education Savings Accounts

 

Back on St. Patrick’s Day, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced the Native American Education Opportunity Act, which would set up education savings accounts (ESAs) for children attending Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools in states where ESAs are available for other students. Because BIE schools are federally funded, Native American children attending them in Arizona, […]

Continue Reading

Education Reform is a High Priority for President-Elect Trump

 

A transformational education agenda espoused by Presidential candidate Donald Trump flew largely under the radar during the election, as more controversial soundbites captured news coverage. As the transition has begun, more Americans are finally learning about Trump’s education agenda, and there’s only one way to describe its significance: revolutionary. Over the years, Trump has advocated […]

Continue Reading

The State Level Pension Crisis: Pennsylvania

 

Editor’s Note: This piece will be the beginning of an investigative series in partnership with Watchdog.org‘s state-level journalists. Pension budget woes beset nearly every state in the union and cities and municipalities are also being hit with unprecedented pension debt. Baby boomers are retiring. Some state and local budgets allocate more funds for pensions for […]

Continue Reading

Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene

 

There seem to be fewer bumper stickers this year than in previous presidential election years. People may decide to vote for one of these candidates, but apparently they are not proud of their choice. It is astonishing that some people think that the answer to the problems of Obamacare is to go to a “single […]

Continue Reading

Fewer Women in STEM Fields: No, It’s Not Sexism

 

Geez, research like this makes women seem stupid and it’s so irritating: This geeky image is at odds with the way that many girls see themselves. Work from our lab shows that when high school girls see Star Trek posters and video games in a computer science classroom, they are less interested than boys in […]

Continue Reading





Send this to friend