April 25, 2017
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education

Collaborative for Student Success PR Fail Again? Common Core is STILL Unpopular.

The people just aren’t into Common Core. The edreformers have spent an incredible amount of money attempting to persuade parents/taxpayers that this is a dose of exactly what American students need to become critical thinkers and ready for the workforce/global economy. Regardless of the endless PR missives, the truth ...
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Is An Ed Wonk’s Dream for Education Reform Really a Nightmare?

  In case you missed it yesterday, here is the latest edition of Fordham Institute’s April Fool’s articles celebrating #fakenews in education reform.  Michael Petrilli reveals every ed reformer’s dream (becoming the Secretary of the Department of Education) and his education verbiage is ‘yuge’ as he answers Senator Franken’s ...
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American Humanist Society Wins Religion Lawsuit Against School

Independent Sentinel by Temerity Forthright In 2015, the American Humanist Society filed suit challenging the Joplin (Missouri) Public School District for sending students from a middle school on two “unconstitutional field trips to a faith-based sports complex.” Earlier this month a federal judge ruled in favor of the AHA. ...
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Is Chester Finn *Really* Surprised at the Collapse of College Standards? He Was Warned About that Reality & Cause/Effect of CCSS in 2010.

  When everybody is supposed to go to college, what happens to college standards?  Chester Finn seems quite surprised to understand the cause and effect of the Common Core State Standards he helped to promote through The Fordham Institute.  He contends the alleged original intent of the standards (higher ...
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Middlebury, Groupthink, and Riots

Nebraska Energy Observer by NEO Thomas Sowell had a few things to say the other day about the fracas at Middlebury College. As always, it is very worth listening to. Where have all these shocked people been all these years? What happened at Middlebury College has been happening for ...
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Twitter Question: Why Should Students Memorize Facts When They’ve Got Google?

The question (*posted by a British educational provider) was answered and debated on twitter recently.  Tom Bennett started an interesting twitter conversation on this question.  There were several answers on why education is more than just learning how to use Google ‘facts’, the result of using Google (does it ...
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Could our public schools be better run by state and local citizens?

Republican Proposes Eliminating Department of Education. Here Are 7 Reasons That’s A Great Idea. For years, I fought the NEA as a teacher, to teach to the student, the individual student instead of the “class.” Sadly, at tis point, the NEA is more interested in political statements an political ...
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New (and Much Needed) College Course: How to Spot Bull****

If you are offended by the word bull**** you might want to stop reading now.  However, if you think the main purpose of education is to teach human capital to be useful in the global economy, you know that this premise is indeed bull****.  If you believe the current ...
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