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Recent articles about education issues that have run in Enter Stage Right

Standardize assessments ineffective on an individual basis: Dale Schlundt believes that standardized assessments may tell us a lot about individual schools and their effectiveness, but they tell us next to nothing about the individual students

Standardized testing, human capital, and Virginia's new governor: What is truly effective?: Homeschooler Brenna Fisher has plenty of concerns about newly elected Virginia governor Terry McAullife -- chief among them is his plan to reform standardized testing in the state's schools

Common Core for all: If the Common Core curriculum reminds you of an old ideology that Americans once opposed there's a good reason for that, says Rachel Alexander

Race to the trough: Common Core conundrum: Part 2: Cheat for success: In the conclusion of her two part series on the Common Core education standard, Debra Rae looks at some of the big players behind the campaign

Race to the trough: Common core conundrum - Part 1: National control of ideas: Debra Rae launches the first of a two part series on the Common Core system of education and the left is so invested in its success

The common core straight jacket: The one-size, fits all education system that is failing American students today is facing a fight from parents and activists, reports Alan Caruba

Progressive hypocrisy to make you sick: The hypocrisy of the education system today was spotlighted by recent comments by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis recently, writes Frank Salvato

Education isn't the same thing as training: Marco Navarro-Genie argues that universities are failing their students as they increasingly move from a journey of self discovery to a training model

Taking safety to extremes: It made national Canadian news when a school banned things like soccer balls after someone was struck in the head and injured. Michael Zwaagstra says people need to relax

The new talent economy: Andrew S. Rosen believes that the United States needs to re-address how it delivers higher education if it wants to remain a world leader

Standardized testing is a good thing: Canadian teachers unions are universally opposed to standardized testing for students and Michael Zwaagstra says they're on the wrong side of the issue

Un-college funds: There are plenty of funds devoted to sending kids to college but Bruce Walker would like to see one that would send some of them on a different path

Science confronts edu-babble: Many educational theories hold writing tests as some barbaric relic of the 18th century. Michael Zwaagstra argues otherwise

Why are schools of education such an oxymoron?: Eliminate the "F" on report cards and ban zeros for cheaters? It might sound like a joke but one principal in Virginia thought it a good idea, reports Michael R. Shannon

Time to leave No Child Left Bhind, behind: Steve Farrell says it's time to strike while iron is hot and get the federal government out of education

AP monetary incentives?: Paying AP students to pass their exams? It may sound ludicrous but Martin Van Swol says a program in Texas is paying dividends

A pass should be earned: Michael Zwaagstra argues that studies showing that students should be moved along regardless of whether they actually passed a grade are ludicrous

Education nudging: The Obama administration announced new requirements from colleges and universities which sound good but Daniel M. Ryan says they don't go far enough

Destroying America from inside the classroom: Think your children are learning facts and figures in the classroom? Tom DeWeese says it's just as likely they're learning some pretty horrible things

The click of a mouse: How online education is changing the world: Hope A. Pasztor is proof positive that home schooling and online education are revolutionizing how today's kids are being educated

Stupefying America: Alan Caruba wonders if America has an education system -- whether by design or accident -- designed to dumb down and bore her students

Education or edjukashun?: The American education has been hijacked, writes Alan Caruba, by people who seem determined to destroy it from within

Dumbing down America's colleges: American college students are already falling behind those of other nations so what do America's colleges do? Dumb their students down even more, says Alan Caruba

The nightmare we call our schools: Twenty-five years after A Nation at Risk the only thing that has changed about American schools is that they are much more expensive, argues Alan Caruba

Why California turned from most homeschool friendly to most unfriendly: Howard Richman says California was a mecca for homeschoolers until Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill which barred discrimination against alternative sexual lifestyles

Saying no to the nanny state: Lisa Fabrizio believes the court decision which limited homeschooling in California is another example of liberals telling Christians how to live their lives

Get the feds out of our schools!: Education is a local issue, argues Alan Caruba, and there is no place for federal government involvement

American education fails because it isn't education: Tom DeWeese argues that until the American education system is cleaned up of its failed ideas it will continue to fail the nation

The old college try: If you're a parent and sending a child to college, says Lisa Fabrizio, you're paying a lot of money for some dubious results and activities

Ahmadinejad at Columbia: Merely a symptom: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's appearance at Columbia University last week is an example of the myriad of problems at America's universities, says Christopher G. Adamo

UCSC named the worst university in the US: If you're looking for a leftist, radicalized university, says Jack Ward, you won't go wrong with University of California, Santa Cruz

In search of a long-range education policy and strategy for Ontario: Some traditionalist remnants in education will be of vital importance to the future of society, argues Mark Wegierski

The national shame of our schools: Only the most partisan, or blind, would look at America's schools and conclude that they aren't failing their students, argues Alan Caruba

Disenfranchised: The buzz in education reform: Nancy Salvato says that 2007 will be the year of the "disenfranchised" school children. Forewarned is forearmed

Showing students how just makes sense: There is nothing wrong, argues Nancy Salvato, with a teacher giving the students in their class some direction. They are responsible, after all, for introducing new ideas

What I learned in high school: Christian Hartsock looks back on all the lessons he learned in high school, ones that included putting condoms on bananas, being tolerant of gays and why the Bush Administration is the greatest evil ever

Robbing parents to pay teachers: In any other context it would be viewed as thievery. Alan Caruba charges that parents are being robbed because of the sub par education they are paying for their children to receive

Puritanism: The origin of public education: The American education system wasn't the product of a German politician or Greek philosophy, argues Thomas E. Brewton. It was the result of Puritans who wanted to make sure people could read and debate the Bible

Battling the education hydra: Nancy Salvato wonders how America's teachers can teach when they themselves are often ill-equipped to understand what they are trying to communicatea

End the tyranny of homework!: Down with homework! Alan Caruba argues that homework does nothing for America's children and should be relegated to the dustbin of history

America on the cusp of education renaissance: Matthew Ladner believes that the private sector will do what government won't: modernize America's educational system with a free market

The moral failure of college: Bruce Walker takes a look at higher education and comes away disgusted by the failure of colleges and universities to properly philosophically prepare their students

Caving in the face of union politics: If government wants to fix what's wrong with the education system, the last thing it should do is dump more money into the system, writes Nancy Salvato

That'll teach 'em: Lady Liberty is always -- and grudgingly -- prepared to hear parents talk about their children but she wasn't ready for horror show heard from a friend about the state of public schools

Critical thinking: Or making me the straw man: A publisher recently asked Tom DeWeese for permission to use some of his work in a textbook. A little thinking made it obvious why he had to refuse

A think tank's credibility tanks: Nancy Salvato could do little more than shake her head at the news that a new education-focused think tank is monitoring its conservative peers

A battle cry for freedom: Nancy Salvato believes that the American education system needs to make changes to its social studies and civics programs to ensure the participation of Americans in the political process

An accelerated curriculum of ignorance: Schools used to teach civility and knowledge but these days it seems to turn out anarchists and arsonists, says Frank Salvato

South Dakota legislature seeks intellectual diversity at state universities: Paul M. Weyrich reports on an initiative in South Dakota that would force state universities to report on their efforts to ensure real intellectual diversity on campus, not different factions of the left arguing with each other

Is a bilingual society a school mandate?: Having students who can speak more than one language is a marvelous thing, writes Nancy Salvato, but bilingual programs have to created very carefully

Disturbing data: Literacy skills of many college graduates are not proficient: Google is great but it doesn't have all the answers. If you're expecting a student attending university to crack open some books every once in a while, writes Stephen M. Lilienthal, you might be surprised by the latest unfortunate trends

Bias suit reveals the truth behind the 'boy crisis: The reason America's boys are failing in schools isn't because there is something wrong with their brains, writes Carey Roberts, it's because the system has been set against them

College illiteracy stuns educators: American educators may be stunned that nearly one-third of college students can't extrapolate facts from a complex book but Samuel L. Blumenfeld isn't

Storm arises over emergency school vouchers: In the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, public money was made available to move students from destroyed public schools into private schools? A good thing? Not according to some, says Paul M. Weyrich

Producing good citizens trumps ideological short-sightedness: Nancy Salvato responds to an essay last week which attacked her and her support of the "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" series of text books

We the People - A terrible federally-funded textbook: Recently ESR published a column defending a popular series of civics textbooks, a column that Allen Quist argues avoids mentioning certain facts about the books and the author of the column herself

Who is accusing whom of having an agenda?: Nancy Salvato says that a recent attack on the popular We The People: The Citizen And The Constitution series of textbooks on civics is misguided

Why we need the Freedom In Education Act: Tom DeWeese responds those textbooks and others being used in American schools teach school children to be globalists instead of Americans

The battle on campus: The latest generation of conservatives on campus are ready to do battle, explains Brendan Steinhauser in an excerpt from his new book The Conservative Revolution: How to Win the Battle for College Campuses

A conservative teacher in a Blue State: Nancy Salvato is hardly surprised that more conservatives don't enter the teaching profession. The system is practically designed to eliminate them from getting into the classroom

Will universal preschool give all kids a head start?: Californians next year may endorse universal preschool but Wendy McElroy says that studies suggest sending your children to school earlier doesn't provide many extra benefits

The education of our children should not be left to the state: Lee R. Shelton IV doesn't feel much sympathy for parents whose authority is being threatened by the public education system. What did they expect when they turned their children over to a government-run education system?

We're not in Kansas anymore: Dispelling the myths about school choice once and for all: Myths and distortions are responsible for the failure of the Family Education Reimbursement Act to pass in Congress, writes Nancy Salvato

Pin the note on the student: Two bills were introduced last week to aid the student victims of Hurricane Katrina. One of them helps solve their problems, the other is a sop to teachers' unions, writes Nancy Salvato

Horace Mann's balanced vision for public education: Steve Farrell believes that America's education system would better serve the nation if it followed the words and teachings of education pioneer Horace Mann

NEA, the labor union for teachers: The National Education Association may portray itself as an advocate for education but Stephen M. Lilienthal says it's just another liberal union that only looks out for its members

The shell game of publicly funded education: The debate over education funding has concentrated on what level of government should be paying the tab. Nancy Salvato wonders why the government needs to be involved at all

God and country in 1941: An NEA 'coming out' party: It's hard to believe, writes Steve Farrell, but the National Education Association once actually defended the cherished ideas of the United States

Parents must assert rights over school authorities: If you're offended by the notion that your children in elementary school may be asked about their sexual experiences, writes Wendy McElroy, you should raise a stink

Missing: Males on college campuses: All across America's campuses there are far fewer men today then just a few decades ago. Wendy McElroy argues that many aren't even prepared to admit that much

Separating the wheat from the chafe in education: Nancy Salvato can understand the frustration that many teachers are feeling these days but she argues that blaming George W. Bush for the education system's problems is misguided

Utah: the rogue state: The fight between Utah and the federal government over No Child Left Behind continues unabated, reports Robert S. Sargent, Jr.

Follow the money: The key to control of the education system is simple: money. Nancy Salvato believes it's time for parents to use the muscle they don't know they have

Shock and surprise: Scholarship supports empiricism – academe is liberal!: Anyone who's gone to college or university in the last thirty years already knows it but Marion Edwyn Harrison says a new study supports the contention that academics tend to skew liberal

The NEA cries wolf again: The National Education Association's latest attack on No Child Left Behind shows why the NEA long ago outlived its usefulness, opines Nancy Salvato

Teacher certification won't ensure quality instruction: There is wailing in Washington, D.C. after it was learned many teachers aren't certified but Trevor Bothwell says the key to fixing education isn't simply to certify existing teachers

On campus, free speech at odds with tax funding: The days that universities were an oasis of free speech died a long time ago, argues Wendy McElroy. Today's students get to pay for the privilege of being told to shut up

Sexing up Maryland public schools: Trevor Bothwell would rather that Maryland's students get a decent education then how to put condoms on cucumbers and what the "new family" looks like

No Child Left Behind Act: An intrusion on state's rights?: There are a few states, such as Utah, that believe the No Child Left Behind Act interferes with their constitutional responsibilities, writes Robert S. Sargent, Jr.

A buck-passing quest for reading, writing and 'rithmetic': The American education system is in serious need of fixing but Marion Edwyn Harrison argues no one seems interested in rolling up their sleeves and getting to work

Gates' education action plan needs momentum: Nancy Salvato agrees with Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates that there is plenty wrong with American high schools but she thinks his ideas to solve the problems wouldn't do so

When academic snobs attack: Frank Salvato hasn't an ounce of sympathy for either Harvard University president Lawrence Summers or University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill

Beneath the learning curve: Remember the days when children were actually taught? Lady Liberty says big changes are needed in public education unless Americans are content with less than a first-rate system

On handcuffed and felonious children: Wendy McElroy is all for protecting children in schools but she wonders if society's anti-violence campaign has actually gone too far

Educators vs. students: "Balancing" phonics instruction and whole language is like "balancing" food and poison, says Onkar Ghate

Ritalin and Russian Roulette: Would you allow your child to take a drug no one is sure what effects it has on children? If your child is on Ritalin then that's exactly what's happened, says Samuel L. Blumenfeld

Students vs. professors: Your average university faculty may be a nest of far leftists but that doesn't mean that the students share their beliefs, argues Hans Zeiger

Free market the key to school reform: Why doesn't the political left appreciate the benefits that the free market can provide education? Trevor Bothwell says it's because they just don't understand the market's transformative nature

Student vouchers invite government involvement: Nancy Salvato says it's a good thing that the battle over school vouchers has mostly been a losing one because the second a private school accepts public money is the same second the government effectively takes them over

Communism for kids: They may not be reading Mao's Little Red Book but Trevor Bothwell says today's American school kids are being indoctrinated nonetheless

Who's looking out for campus conservatives?: Conservatives may be the minority in university faculties, writes John T. Plecnik, but that doesn't mean that conservative students don't have other resources available to them

When impressions matter more than results: The problem with standardized tests isn't that their unfair and discriminatory, argues Trevor Bothwell, it's that students aren't being taught properly

SepCon2004 D.C. conference a great success: The movement to separate school from state held a conference to celebrate their successes and plan for the future, reports Samuel L. Blumenfeld

Education visionaries must prevail: Anyone can dump money into an education in a bid to try and fix problems but Nancy Salvato argues that the real solutions lie in finding a James Madison-esque type of figure

Billions wasted on teacher attrition: Every year school districts spend billions of tax payer dollars to experienced replace teachers, something no private business could do and survive, writes Nancy Salvato

The liberal art of public education: We're two months into this present school year, says Trevor Bothwell, and not a heck of a lot has changed. The world may be different but liberalism still has its death grip on education

Multiculturalism's war on education: Multiculturalism seeks to inject an anti-Western dogma into today's curriculum, says Elan Journo, not enrich education as its proponents argue

Lack of funding isn't the real problem with public schools: Across the country parents are being asked to pay fees so their children can play sports at their public schools. Former teacher Trevor Bothwell says that punishes students for the incompetence of administrators

History as she is wrote: If you want to know why kids these days don't seem to know much of anything useful -- or have a command of proper facts -- you should take a look at their textbooks. Terry Graves says they are filled with "facts" that will make your head spin

A fresh box of crayons: Kerry L. Marsala hopes that while you're buying your children their supplies for the start of school next month that you take a moment to remember that many people around the world haven't had that opportunity. Get involved!

School choice equals opportunity for America's children: Millions of children aren't reaching their potential because of public education and Brad Jewitt says it's time that America moves to a school choice/voucher system

The destruction of American education: No matter how you look at it, says Alan Caruba, the American education system is broken and there is no quick fix. Ever more money is being spent and children are graduating with fewer skills

"No Child Left Behind" and UNESCO: People claiming that the U.N. may one day play a role in the American education system are dismissed as wearers of tinfoil hats. Tom DeWeese wants to know if you'll believe it when a member of the Bush administration says the same

The General Patton of the testing wars: Nicholas Stix says that Richard Phelps's Kill the Messenger: The War on Standardized Testing is a brilliant defense of standardized testing

The separation of school and state: Alternatives prove, says Wendy McElroy, that government approved education isn't always the best choice or the only one when it comes to preparing your child for the future

Replacing colleges with hope: Bruce Walker is of the opinion that universities have perhaps outlived their usefulness as centers of higher knowledge

Impoverishing everyone. Educating no one: The more the federal government becomes involved in education, argues Alan Caruba, the more the system breaks down. George W. Bush's administration is no different

Congressman Danny Davis and special education: There are many mistaken assumptions about special education, says educator Bernard Chapin, and among the people who hold them is his congressman

Another spin on school choice: Bruce Walker argues that all levels of government should get involved in providing education to produce competition, something he believes would radically improve public education in America

Educators vs. reading: Once again national tests have shown no improvement in reading scores and Onkar Ghate says it's because educators refuse to give up the whole language method of reading

Anti-social studies: Social studies used to be about teaching young people about the world around them. These days, says Bernard Chapin, it exists to indoctrinate them

NEA to target Republicans in 2004: The National Education Association is once again proving that it's mission in life has little to do with education. Samuel L. Blumenfeld reports the NEA will be heavily involved in the 2004 elections

Better education through vouchers: Paul Weyrich thinks Trent Franks' Children's Hope Act will do much good in American public schools and most importantly will help children

Realism at school: Why does Bernard Chapin work at an alternative school? Because the forces of political correctness can't make inroads in a place where reality reigns supreme

Children's Hope Act: A proven method of school choice: Paul M. Weyrich offers some praise for Rep. Trent Franks and some legislation he's pushing that could finally bring some measure of school choice

Educating anarchists: Alan Caruba argues that teachers today seem more interested having their students drugged and learning marginal information to actually educating them

When will we take American education seriously?: Trevor Bothwell isn't convinced that anyone in the education system, regardless of what side your desk faces in the classroom, really takes their job seriously

Notes from Canada about education: Tuition tax credits could be a vehicle for true pluralism in Ontario: The Canadian educational scene isn't all that healthy either. Mark Wegierski looks at Ontario government's attempts to fix the system with tax credits

The boom in home school conventions: How do you know when something is taking off? The appearance of conventions. Samuel L. Blumenfeld takes a look at home school conventions

On education: Progressive decay: When it comes to the education system today, says Bernard Chapin, it's the teachers who need to be taught

Diplomythology: It might not be want to hear, especially if you're a parent paying for a child's higher education, but Bruce Walker says that formal education is meant to inculcate beliefs, not transmit knowledge

Higher education's reversal of values: A pair of recent stories about shenanigans at some of America's university's has C.T. Rossi wondering what the heck is going on these days

What your children will face in college: When you send your kids to college, writes Isabel Lyman, you had better prepare them for people like Dr. Noel Ignatiev

The NEA's at it again!: Once again the National Education Association is doing a disservice to students. This time, Jeremy Reynalds writes, it's their recommended lesson plans dealing with the anniversary of September 11

Future learning: From 25 years in the future comes an example of the average student's essay! If you think Daniel Ryan's satire is off the mark, just remember what American English sounded like a little over 25 years ago

Socialization schmocialization: These teens tell it like it is: School may be out for the summer for those in the mainstream system, says Isabel Lyman, but homeschooled children continue to work hard. Lyman tells us what four have done over the past year

Specious science in our schools: Want to know why American kids, on the average, aren't setting the world on fire when it comes to science? Alan Caruba answers by asking you to examine what they're taught

Are parents boycotting public schools?: Although not everyone is doing it because of James Dobson, a lot of people are being to withdraw their children from public schools, writes Wendy McElroy

Boys: The new underclass in American schools: Glenn J. Sacks writes that millions of boys have resigned themselves to failing in school because the system completely ignores their needs

How communist is public education?: To answer that question, writes Charles A. Morse, just look to one of the heroes of American education: John Dewey

Modern education kills: Edwin A. Locke tells the story of hopeful pilot Andy Brown, someone who could one day be flying the airliner that's carrying you to that vacation or family visit

The charade of education reform: Education expert Samuel L. Blumenfeld joins the parade of critics attacking the Bush-Kennedy education bill

No child left behind - Republican ode to socialism: When it comes to education and the Republican Party, Steve Farrell has nothing nice to say, and he says that's the party's fault

Our national education system: A $49 billion dollar disaster: Alan Caruba bemoans the state of education in America today and what the federal government is really doing when it gets into the education business

Freedom in Milwaukee: Chris Coval says that education in America would be better served if a little free market competition were introduced

Tiptoe through the tulips and never fight back, no matter what: Shelley McKinney reports on Robert Teska who is being honoured for teaching students that they should never fight back regardless of the provocation

Local schools? Don't make me laugh!: Alan Caruba says the days of the local school board running the show is long gone. Today the power resides far away and isn't very accountable to you

Real changes in education: Greg Pomeroy likes what he sees in the education bills passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate and what they mean for the future of education

Boston's ongoing reading problem: Boston is great at spending billions to build underground highways and roads but when it comes to teaching a child how to read the results are less impressive, reports Samuel L. Blumenfeld

The hidden war on academic achievement: A U.S. Supreme Court case is a good example for why Vin Suprynowicz believes the federal government should get out of the education business entirely

Don't fund the federal education system. End it: Alan Caruba says tens of billions of dollars have been shoveled down a dark hole with nothing to show for it

Time to kill the standardized test: Steve Martinovich scored some impressive results in the standardized tests he was given and yet left university without a degree. That's not why he's opposed to the tests

Why parents and taxpayers have no say in education: If people want to understand why their voices go unheeded in the debate over education, says Tom DeWeese, they should understand that there are a number of players behind the scenes

A quick quiz: Take Dr. Michael R. Bowen's quiz and discover whether you came of age during the so-called progressive education movement

Close the Department of Education: What's a few hundred million between friends? Recent testimony by a Department of Education official admitting massive waste and fraud is a good reason to shutter that federal department, says Vin Suprynowicz

The Bush education fix will only make it worse: George W. Bush's love of promoting education may be honourable, but his recently announced plans do nothing to fix the fundamental problems America's schools have, writes Tom DeWeese

Illiterate America: Alan Caruba is frightened by how dumb graduates are today. Judging by the numbers, people are plenty dumb

Indoctrination, not education: Alan Caruba denounces George W. Bush's education "fix" as an expansion of power for the Department of Education, an agency no one can find listed in the constitution

"Change-Agents" change American education: Public schools do have an agenda, writes Charles A. Morse, but it isn't simply teaching. They are trying to "mold" your child as well

The "fix" that's destroying education in America: Tom DeWeese is of the opinion that the restructuring of the American education system was done to deliberately create dumb people

 



 


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