A Prestige JD isn’t Always Best
I know a senior partner in a big law firm who isn’t particularly impressed with the graduates of “top-tier” law schools. He told me that he particularly cold-shouldered Yalies because they had their heads filled much more with legal theories …
Two Unintended Consequences of Federal Meddling
I would like to know if any prescient economist back when the big “Great Society” push for more college access was starting predicted that it would both make higher education much more expensive and lead to a widening income gap …
Texas vs. Arkansas: Policy Smackdown
State Line Road is the boundary that separates the Texas and Arkansas sides of Texarkana, the border town that illustrates so many contrasts between the Lone Star and Natural states.
When it comes to job growth, Texas remains ahead of …
Let’s Give Schools the Flexibility They Need to Achieve Real Reform
Education reformers have long endeavored to transform struggling schools. Many of their approaches, often accompanied by buzzwords like “turnaround strategies,” “whole-school reform,” and “school-improvement models,” have failed to deliver much in the way of results. State leaders, superintendents, and principals …
Don’t Let Democrats Expand Federal Early-Education Funding
You couldn’t tell from looking at its legislative calendar, but this week the Senate will debate one of the most important policy questions of the 114th Congress and of the 2016 presidential campaign: How can we ensure that all families …
A-PLUS: A Boon to Students and Parents
Wednesday night, members of the House of Representatives had the opportunity to consider a measure known as Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS), which would allow states to completely opt out of the programs and regulations of the No …
Sorry, Atlantic: Summer Vacation for Teachers Is a Real Thing
It’s July. What is the typical public-school teacher doing right now? According to The Atlantic, she is probably hard at work.
Last week The Atlantic published an article by Liz Riggs provocatively titled, “The Myth of a Teacher’s ‘…
You Don’t Need a Ph.D. to Help Your Child Get an Education
After my 85th birthday last week, I looked back over my life and was surprised to discover in how many different ways I had been lucky, in addition to some other ways in which I was unlucky.
Among the things …
Education Reform: Don’t Ditch Accountability
For decades, conservatives have generally followed two principles when it comes to federal K–12 education policy: Respect state and local control of schools, and demand improved academic achievement in exchange for federal funds. Because of the Obama administration’s seven-year …
Black Students Suffer from Stress at Home, Not Lead Poisoning
In the New York Times, Paul Morgan and George Farkas present their research findings that demonstrate that, after risk factors are adjusted for, black children are under-represented in special-education programs. I applaud their efforts to gain a better understanding of …
University Language Guide: The Word ‘American’ Is Offensive
According to a “Bias-Free Language Guide” used by the University of New Hampshire, the word “American” is “problematic” and therefore should not be used.
“North Americans often use ‘American’ which usually, depending on the contexts, fails to recognize South America,” …
Student Union Revises Contract to Include Protection from Microaggressions
A union for academic student employees at the University of Washington has revised its contract to include a clause protecting them from microaggressions.
The contract, which is currently a “tentative agreement” with the school, states:
“[T]he University agreed to …
Walker-Is-Like-Hitler Prof Trying to Convince Kids Not to Attend the School Where She Works
The professor who made headlines for comparing Scott Walker to Adolph Hitler has been trying to discourage students from attending the University of Wisconsin — yes, the school where she works.
In a very strange, almost unbelievably unprofessional move, Sara …
Student Expelled for Calling His Ex-Girlfriend ‘Psycho’ on Twitter
A student at the University of Kansas was expelled because he called his ex-girlfriend a “psycho b[****]” on Twitter — despite the fact that he didn’t use her name in the post.
The case is currently before the Kansas …
Shock: Federal Student Aid Programs Lead to Increased Tuition Costs
Contain your surprise: Increases in federal student aid appear to lead to higher college tuition costs, according to a new study published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York:
In this paper, we . . . identify the effect of increased loan …
Linda Chavez’s Immigration Numbers Are Misleading
In a recent piece on this site, Linda Chavez chastises Rich Lowry for arguing that Donald Trump had a point concerning the problematic aspects of Mexican immigration. Lowry rightly made clear in his article that Trump’s comments were “crude” …
What Does a Homeschooler Know About Education?
Should a homeschooler be trusted with setting policy and standards for a state’s public schools?
That’s the question being asked in Texas, where Republican governor Greg Abbott recently appointed Donna Bahorich chairman of the state board of education. …
Will Your Sociology Professors Talk behind Your Back if You’re Conservative? They Just Might
‘Will everyone be whispering about you behind your back because you’re a Republican? Yes.”
I was sitting across from a senior sociology professor of a respected institution in the Northeast when I heard these words earlier this year. It …
Friedrichs v. CTA has the Unions Worried
At the end of the Supreme Court’s term, the justices announced a number of cases that it will hear in the fall. Among them is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. That has the unions very worried because the issue is …
Have you ever done this? Earlier this week, I wrote something about Marva Collins, and my spell-check did not recognize “Marva.” I added the name to my “dictionary” (if that’s the right word). I may never type “Marva” again. …