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Detroit, kickbacks, bribes, crime, education, schools

Schooled in Corruption

Michigan’s governor just signed a $49 million emergency funding bill, designed by legislators to keep Detroit’s public schools open. Open for what? Will any of that dough actually make it to the classroom, where children might possibly be educated? Or, as I inquired at Townhall yesterday, is it merely another






tuition, supply and demand, subsidy, government

The Truth About Tuition

Subsidize something, and you tend to get more of it. But wait, what if you subsidize demand for something, but don’t really allow (or continue to disallow) increased supply? Then prices for that something go way up. This is elementary economics — nothing controversial about it. Except that politicians and






racism, political correctness, progressivism illustration, common sense, trigger warning, micro-aggression,

Anti-Lynch Lynch Mob

America’s worst racial and sexual injustices were institutionally addressed years ago, in the Sixties and soon after — by folks in the Civil Rights movement, everyday citizens, and their representatives. So what do today’s earnest, Johnny-and-Jilly Come Lately “Social Justice Warriors” have left to complain about? Why, building names, of






yoga, racism, political correctness, racism, colonialism, Common Sense

Doing Anti-Racism Wrong

The number of crazies out there may be fewer than they seem. This weekend, at Townhall, I wrote about the University of Ottawa’s suspension of a free yoga class. What was deemed “problematic” was the class’s “cultural appropriation” of an ancient discipline. But why was yoga a problem, -atic or






Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Chicago, school, education, graft, corruption, illustration, Common Sense, Paul Jacob

A Public Fraud in the Midwest

The standard case for government-run industry runs like this: some goods, by their very nature, are best provided by government . . . to ensure high quality and low cost. City sewers, firefighting, roads and education are traditionally explained as requiring government operation, organization, and tax funding. The trouble is,






Diversity, schools, collage, photomontage, Jim Gill, Paul Jacob, Common Sense

Diversity Double-Talk

“Black teachers flee schools, leading to concerns about diversity,” warned the Washington Post headline. I’m less concerned about “diversity” and more about why teachers — black or otherwise — would “flee.” The study found a significant drop between 2002 and 2012 in the percentage of teachers who are black in






Zero Tolerance, schools, hysteria

Another Leaf Out of Gov’t’s Playbook

Could government be a suck-hole for intelligence? Could one’s proximity to government reduce one’s IQ? America’s public (read: government) schools too often serve as Wisdom-Free Zones. The Ahmed Mohamed story shocked a lot of people. A kid with a clock was mistaken for a terrorist with a bomb and the






Teacher's Union

Money (for Us) Good, Profit (for Them) Bad

“One thing that we’ve done,” Dennis McBride of Support our Schools-Wauwatosa told a crowd at a free event hosted by the non-profit Wisconsin Public Education Network, “is we’ve made sure every time one of our legislators pops up his or her head above the foxhole, we’re there to shoot at






Lunchroom Black Market

The Pushers

When I was a teenager, my mom attended nursing school and became very interested in nutrition. This had consequences. She stopped buying sugary cereals, for instance. Well! We could not supinely accept this. My younger brother hid Cap’n Crunch and other stuff like that under his bed; and when we






Bloomberg Votes

The Bloomberg Limit

Afraid that scandal-alluring Hillary Clinton may prove too flawed a presidential candidate, some Democrats are talking to billionaire and former three-term New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about a 2016 presidential run. Mrs. Clinton’s “slide is accelerating,” writes New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin. “A damaging new poll goes to






College Safe Zones

Learning Zone or War Zone

Given the stated purposes of the university — discovering, learning, teaching, engaging in open intellectual discourse — you might suppose that the pitched battles on campus would be primarily intellectual in nature. Persons set forth a view, others criticize it or elaborate a positive alternative, etc. Open intellectual change, however






Vouchers Work

Private School Choice Works

Private school choice is “in,” writes Patrick Wolf. “Far from being rare and untested, private school choice policies are an integral part of the fabric of American education policy.” Now, these “new ideas” really upset some folks. I’m not one of them. School choice is greater freedom. Freedom works. Public schooling,






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