The Washington Post editorializes: “And it’s absurd to argue, as does Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), that geography should define a child’s knowledge. Shouldn’t a sixth-grader in Florida have the same math skills as a sixth-grader in Oregon or Maine?” I’m undecided on national standards, but the fact that proponents constantly lean on this bad argument reduces my confidence in them. There’s no reason for 12-year-olds in Canada to have different math skills than 12-year-olds in Florida, either, but that doesn’t mean we need a supra-national authority setting math standards. There may be a real argument that national standards will on average end up being better than state-by-state standards, or that it’s important to have national standards even if they aren’t better. That’s why I’m undecided. But I have yet to see such an argument.
The Democrats swept to power in Congress by campaigning in a way that has been successful for Democrats for generations. “Republicans will take away your health care,” they said, after having focus-grouped it. Now we are preparing for a 2020 campaign in which Donald Trump and Republicans can as easily ... Read More
What a weasel word “collusion” is. In Washington, Senator Richard Burr (R., N.C.), chairman of the Intelligence Committee, has now seen fit to pronounce that, after two years of investigation, the panel has found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian regime. Meanwhile, in a ... Read More
Jussie Smollett, the Trump-despising star of television’s Empire who has said he was attacked by two guys yelling a pro-Trump slogan, has now hired the lawyer for Trump’s lawyer to defend him in any criminal matters that may emerge from what he claims is a vicious January 29 attack. Michael Monico, a ... Read More
'The most important political event of the twentieth century,” wrote Irving Kristol in 1976, “is not the crisis of capitalism but the death of socialism.” Plenty of self-described Marxist and socialist regimes existed throughout the world, Kristol recognized. It was rather the ideas behind such regimes that ... Read More
Jussie Smollett’s story has always sounded a little . . . extraordinary. Smollett, who appears on the television series Empire, says he was attacked on the streets of Chicago at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racial and homophobic abuses at him, beat him, doused him with bleach, and fastened a noose around ... Read More