About Charter Schools, the NAACP Is Simply Wrong
At its 2016 national convention, held in Cincinnati in July, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on privately managed charter schools. To judge from the amount of news coverage it …
Readers may remember a high-school English teacher from Sacramento. Last year, she rebelled against Common Core, refusing to teach her students Shakespeare — on grounds that he was “a long-dead, British guy” who had little to say to her “very …
A Crucial Victory for California Christian Universities
Today I wrote about the progressive culture war against California’s Christian universities. California legislators were primed to use state financial aid dollars to punish Christian schools for being Christian:
The bill, SB 1146, requires even private Christian universities to comply with …
Alumni Donations Shrink as Campus Political Correctness Grows
College students nowadays protest with signs, sit-ins and social media campaigns. Alumni, meanwhile, have a different weapon at their disposal – their pocketbooks.
As “College Students Protest, Alumni’s Fondness Fades and Checks Shrink,” reports The New York Times.
A backlash …
Notre Dame Has Reached the Point of No Return
Yesterday at First Things, William Dempsey laid out a case for the decline of the nation’s preeminent Catholic university: Notre Dame. Dempsey is an alumnus of the university and chairman of Sycamore Trust, a group of Notre Dame alumni …
Louisiana’s Democratic Governor Robs Kids of School Choice
In an especially cringe-inducing episode of The Office, the show’s hapless protagonist, Michael Scott, is forced to face an uncomfortable reality. The Dunder Mifflin regional manager once promised a class of third-grade children that he’d pay for their …
Feds Try to Illegally Regulate State Education Standards
In December of last year, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which aimed to roll back much of the federal government’s role in education policy, but now the Department of Education has released a lengthy proposal …
The Travesty of Teacher Tenure
The mills of justice grind slowly, but life plunges on, leaving lives blighted when justice, by being delayed, is irremediably denied. Fortunately, California’s supreme court might soon decide to hear — four years after litigation began — the 21st …
Government Union Misusing Teachers’ Pensions
Government employee pensions are in crisis. They face a $3 trillion funding shortfall. A new Wall Street Journal article sheds light on one reason why: Unions use government pension investments as political weapons.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) makes …
Tutors: Girls May Be Made Too Upset by Microaggressions to Succeed on the SAT
Apparently, some tutors are concerned that an SAT math question with a chart showing more boys than girls in math classes may have made taking the test too difficult for females to handle emotionally.
According to an article in the …
Unionizing Student Assistants Places Students at Risk
In a ruling that could disrupt many students’ educations, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled student assistants at private universities and colleges can unionize, collectively bargain over working conditions, and go on strike.
Legally, the Board held that student …
Does Black Success Matter?
We keep hearing that “black lives matter,” but they seem to matter only when that helps politicians to get votes, or when that slogan helps demagogues demonize the police. The other 99 percent of black lives destroyed by people who are …
California Progressives Exploit the Poor to Punish Christians
EDITOR’S NOTE: After this piece was published, the author of California SB 1146 announced he was amending the bill in response to complaints from religious-freedom advocates. David French explains that news here.
California is on the verge of passing one of …
Bringing Satan to a School Near You?
So this is a new one to me. A place called the “Satanic Temple” is trying to bring an “After School Satan” program to a grade school near you. While it doesn’t appear that any clubs are currently operating, …
DePaul University Shuts Out Ben Shapiro, and Free Speech ― Where Are the Trustees?
Last week, DePaul University banned conservative commentator Ben Shapiro from speaking on campus. “Given the experiences and security concerns that some other schools have had with Ben Shapiro speaking on their campuses, DePaul cannot agree to allow him to speak …
Seven: In California, the Right Age to Begin Learning about LGBT History
Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that the California State Board of Education voted unanimously to include study of the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans in history and social-science classes. This LGBT-focused content will be taught …
National Conference Tells Educators to Check Their Book and Newspaper Privilege
So, apparently, book privilege and newspaper privilege are things now.
A handout included in the official list of resources for Confratute — a national education conference held at the University of Connecticut this week — contained instructions for a “41-step …
Social Science Says Our Education System Is Failing: Will Liberals Listen?
The report was so “seismic” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s word — that Lyndon Johnson’s administration released it on the Fourth of July weekend, 1966, hoping it would not be noticed. But the Coleman report did disturb various dogmatic slumbers and vested …
Union: Get Lost, Pal — but Keep Those Dues Checks Coming
Joseph Ocol is a math teacher and chess coach at Englewood Elementary School in Chicago. After whistleblowing and testifying on government corruption in the Philippines, he was forced to flee to the United States. Now, as a devoted teacher, he …
Ethnic Diversity Improves Education? The Fisher Decision Is Not Based on Sound Science
As NR’s editors noted last night, the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of ethnic preferences in university admissions, concluding that the educational benefits of diversity are a compelling government interest. The majority opinion and the dissent argue over …