Category Archives: Education

Higher Education In The U.S.

With the verdict in on Penn State’s Sandusky, the University-commissioned independent report (written by a committee headed by former FBI Director Louis Freeh ) dropped the hammer on the University and football program administrations. The NCAA then stepped in with its verdict … Continue reading

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Money Can’t Buy Wisdom

With the right wing billionaires, there is little question that what they are trying to do with their “public advocacy” is harmful both to me and society. Some lefties complain that liberal billionaires should join the fray, but that is … Continue reading

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Re: Wisconsin

Not following the news anymore. What’s the point?

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When You’re A Hammer . . .

When you are a hammer, all problems look like nails. When you are handcuffs, all humans are perps: A kindergartner who threw a tantrum at her small-town Georgia school was taken away in handcuffs, her arms behind her back, in … Continue reading

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Distorted Incentives Distort

Whenever you get results you did not expect you have to consider that the incentives you put in place may have had unintended consequences. For instance, if you want teachers to be better, then you base their paycheck (or even … Continue reading

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Mittens Goes Union Busting

In the good old days Robber Barons could just kill those peaky peasants who got in their way. The rise of unions helped put that behind us (mostly), and Mitt Romney is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it … Continue reading

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Teaching Is (At Least) A Full Time Job

Let’s just start with the lede: Teaching is a much talked about yet often misunderstood profession. Educators frequently hear well-meaning comments from parents and friends like “It must be so sweet to spend your days with children” or “How wonderful … Continue reading

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What Do You Want (Please Be Specific)?

Whenever I hear people express opinions of the current state of education, my first thought is to ask, “What do you want out of public schools (please be specific)?” As it turns out, much of what people expect from schools … Continue reading

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If It Says So In The Bible . . .

Typically, unions help new workers by raising the starting salary for them, but it flattens out pretty quickly after that. Add to that, since at least the 1980’s unions have been trading pension guarantees for reduced wages (or wage growth), … Continue reading

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Be Good Sports And Smile When We Lose

A 17-year old high school student in Rhode Island ran head first into the brick wall of religious fundamentalism when she, as an atheist, stood up in opposition to a 30-yr old prayer banner hanging in the (public) school gym. The prayer begins … Continue reading

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