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How to Combat Anti-Israeli Attitudes on Campus

 

What’s the antidote to the global anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) threat on college campuses? For Joel Greenberg, a founder of one of the world’s largest privately held investment firms, it’s making sure students understand that Israeli soldiers aren’t like the enemy combatants in Star Wars. “You can talk all you want, give them […]

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The Goal of Common Core Completely Misses the Point

 

A recent op-ed at FoxNews.com illustrates the philosophical problem with Common Core and other progressive education schemes: the schemes are misguided because the goal is wrong. Vince Bertram, president and CEO of an organization called Project Lead the Way, argues that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos must focus less on controversial issues such as school […]

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Education Savings Accounts: The Great Peacemaker?

 

Several states — including Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia — are in the process of introducing or expanding education savings account (ESA) legislation. Even though ESAs have been proven to help the disadvantaged groups the left are always claiming to represent, liberals remain determined to undermine these school choice programs […]

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Trump’s Pursuit of 50-State Scholarship Tax Credit Deserves Applause

 

As Denisha Merriweather sat with First Lady Melania Trump during the President’s joint session to Congress on Tuesday night, she became a symbol of real progress for millions of American youth who still lack choice in education.  President Trump’s decision to highlight the success of programs that offer tax credits to spur charitable donations to […]

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The Silver Lining

 

“Then the whining school boy with his satchel And shining-morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school” William Shakespeare As You Like It Act 2, scene 7   Look on the bright side. As a direct result of so many teachers whose candidate didn’t win the presidency choosing to sit home and sulk today rather […]

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About the Transgendered Wrestler Competing Against Girls

 

A Texas girl enhanced with the hormones that build muscle mass, strength, and quickness won her state’s wrestling title, and people cheered. Some booed. Some girls forfeited, rather than wrestle in an unfair match, because testosterone and other steroids give an unfair advantage to athletes — which is why they’re banned in all sports. They’re […]

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The Wrongheaded Uproar Over DeVos

 

The bad thing about elective politics (not the only bad thing; there’s a long list) is the philosophical and, especially, rhetorical extremes into which it squeezes differently minded folk, who, more and more frequently, find themselves saying things like: “You un-American crackpot!” “You racist neo-fascist!” “You (expletive) hater of (fill in the blank).” Which could […]

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Why the DeVos Victory Matters

 

It was a squeaker, but what is important is the outcome. When I heard the appointment, I knew there would be trouble. The extensive DeVos family, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is part of the donor class, as has been amply documented. The family fortune, based on Amway products, is estimated at $5 billion. The […]

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Education at a Crossroads: Part II

 

One of the painful realities of our time is that most public schools in most low-income, inner-city neighborhoods produce educational outcomes that are far below the outcomes in other neighborhoods and especially in more affluent neighborhoods. Attempts to assign blame are too numerous to name, much less explore. But as someone who has, for more […]

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What are Education Savings Accounts?

 

Q&A: Education Savings Accounts By John Bouder, Commonwealth Foundation Could Education Savings Accounts change public education? The Pennsylvania-based Commonwealth Foundation asked Jonathan Butcher, education director for the Goldwater Institute in Arizona and nationally-known expert on ESAs, for his expertise on this cutting edge school choice policy. [Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.] […]

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