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Taxing Panicsville

There is a big problem with Delaware school districts asking voters for additional tax money via ballot referendums. You see, sometimes the people don’t vote the way school officials and politicians want. Have no fear: Rep. Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow) has authored House Bill 129 to solve this thorny problem.  “This

Down the Up Staircase

or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Disadvantage This weekend at Townhall, Paul Jacob elevates the college admissions discussion. Click on over, then back here for further education upgrades: “The SAT will assign a new score that factors in where you live and the crime level in your neighborhood”

SAT, college, racism, race, fairness,

Gaming a Newly Rigged System

Education is important. I want my young adult offspring to get into a great college or university. Sadly, my bribery fund is empty. Must she, then, rely only upon working hard for good grades and preparing for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)?  No. There is a workaround: find a way

Common School, education, values, American, public school, law, lawyer,

Top School Fails

Illiteracy, innumeracy, low standards, grade inflation — signs of a general failure of education, sure, and of public schooling in particular. But for the worst failing, look no further than Harvard University. The Ivy League school just caved to a student mob.  “Harvard said on Saturday that a law professor

Betsy Devos, education, special olympics, funding, budget, debt, spending,

Make Others Pay?

Special Olympics has found a way to get kids and young adults with disabilities to feel something important: Able. Three decades ago, as part of a community service requirement, I spent one day each week working with physically and intellectually-challenged adults at Easter Seals in Little Rock, Arkansas. I loved

Peter Boghossian, Portland, postmodernism, academic research, education

Administrators Strike Back

The academic world is filled with “scholars” who write papers that are almost never cited, and which are so filled with gobbledygook and periphrasis that they are almost impossible to read. Without cracking up, anyway. A year and a half ago I wrote about one team who authored fake papers

Dean Ellis, diversity, racism, quotas

Why Fire the Dean?

Students and faculty at the University of Southern California are upset because a popular dean of the Marshall School of Business, James Ellis, has been fired by interim USC President Wanda Austin. Hundreds have rallied in protest and petitioned for his reinstatement. Why the ouster?  The administration has offered a

A Faulty Gun Report

While statistics are generally unreliable, data about gun crimes often qualify as “anti-data.” “This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, ‘nearly 240 schools . . . reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting,’” National Public Radio told us yesterday. Like previous stats

ladder, education, success, poverty, racism, schools, charter

An Expert Explains Failure

The failures of the public high schools in the District of Columbia go on an on. It is quite a scandal, as I explained this weekend at Townhall. And yet some “charter schools that serve large populations of children from low-income families,” notes the Washington Post, after providing much detail

Marco Rubio, Elizabeth Warren, student, loan, debt, Florida, federalism, states, federal, law, college loan

Will Feds Foil Foolish Licensing?

It would be nice if the federal government used its often-abused authority over state and local governments to outlaw various forms of state and local oppression. In his book Leviathan: The Growth of Local Government and the Erosion of Liberty, Clint Bolick argues that the federal government is not alone

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, race, racism, low expectations, condescension, Stuyvesant High, quota, affirmative action

Degrading Expectations

Expect racism to come from the Right . . . we are told by the Left. On Wednesday, I considered the sad case of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, pushing racial resentment in a black church, asking for an “amen” after telling the parishioners that there was something very

affirmative action, quota, college admissions, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, racism, discrimination, reverse, justice, fairness

Demeritocracy

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has a beef with Stuyvesant High School. It’s about race, of course. Stuy (as it is affectionately known) is a tuition-free accelerated academic/college prep program open to all city residents based on how well they perform on a specific test. Unsurprisingly, Asians make up

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