Education

A great high school and the mayor who would diminish it

Featured image Let’s imagine an academically elite public high school in a big, diverse city. Admission is based solely on how well one does on an entrance examination. No racial or ethnic preferences, no preference for children of alums, no preference for athletes, no guidance counselor recommendations. Just the test score. We have imagined Stuyvesant High School, the crown jewel of the New York City school system. In a better world, we »

A Shocking Call For Diversity at Harvard

Featured image Shocking because it comes from the editors of the Harvard Crimson, and because the diversity they call for is ideological. The context is the release of a report by Harvard’s Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging. The report, predictably, was all about race and gender. The Crimson’s editors write: [M]uch more work is needed in expanding the conversation and prioritizing ideological diversity on campus. Startlingly, just around 1.5 percent »

Another deadly school shooting spree [With Comment By John]

Featured image A student at Santa Fe High School in Texas killed ten people today and wounded ten more, according to reports. The attacker used two guns — a shotgun and a .38 revolver. Both were owned legally by his father, according to the same reports. One of the wounded was a retired police officer hired by the school as a “resources officer.” He confronted the killer, who shot him. Another resources »

Millenials Haven’t Heard of the Holocaust: True Or False?

Featured image Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany commissioned a polling firm to conduct a “comprehensive national study of Holocaust knowledge and awareness in the United States.” The results are getting quite a bit of media attention. The survey finds a relatively widespread lack of knowledge about the Holocaust, especially among young people. 22% of millennials say they have never heard of the Holocaust, »

GAO study on racial disparities in school discipline ignores central question

Featured image The Government Accounting Office (GAO) has produced a study that’s being touted as vindication of Obama administration policies on school discipline. The study finds that black students get suspended from school at nearly three times the rate of white students nationally. The GAO acknowledges that “disparities in student discipline. . .may support a finding of discrimination, but taken alone, do not establish whether unlawful discrimination has occurred.” However, it’s difficult »

Education Department will rescind its Guidance on school discipline. . .later

Featured image Four years ago, the Obama administration promulgated a Dear Colleague letter on school discipline. It was a joint Department of Justice/Department of Education production. The Dear Colleague Letter applies a disparate impact analysis to school discipline. Its premise is that discipline should be meted out in the same proportion to students of all races. Non-discriminatory treatment isn’t enough. DOJ/DoEd wanted to see equal results. The Obama DOJ/DoEd policy is perverse. »

At the Strib, the hatefest continues

Featured image In 1747 Samuel Johnson announced the plan to write what became his Dictionary of the English Language. Johnson had hoped to get the job done in three years. His friend Richard Adams questioned his ability to complete such a massive undertaking in such a short time. It had taken the 40 members of the French Academy 40 years to compile their Dictionary, Adams reminded him. Boswell reported Johnson’s famous response: »

Obama “Guidance” On School Discipline To Be Revoked

Featured image At the New York Post, Paul Sperry reports that the Trump administration’s Departments of Education and Justice will revoke the Obama administration’s infamous “guidance” on race quotas in school discipline: Federal Education Department officials told the Post the guidance, known as the “2014 Dear Colleague letter,” will be rescinded this year, but only after drafting another rule to replace it. The substitute guidance will make it clear that the government »

On day 3, Kersten uncursed

Featured image The Star Tribune has in the past sought to compensate for walks on the wild side with columns by Katherine Kersten in ritual fashion. The ritual requires the publication of vituperative responses and incantatory letters to dispel the dread she induces among the members of Minnesota’s lunatic left. When the Star Tribune published Kathy’s “Undisciplined” this past Sunday, it followed up with two days’ of such responses. One could almost »

Barking mad

Featured image We are in day two of the left’s administration of punishment to Katherine Kersten for her Star Tribune column “Undisciplined: Chaos may be coming to Minnesota classrooms, by decree.” Yesterday the Star Tribune gave a St. Paul public schools reading specialist and her sidekick the opportunity to embarrass themselves in “False claims and dog whistles in Katherine Kersten’s commentary on school discipline.” My analysis: They are in need of remedial »

Hearing whistle, they bark

Featured image This past Sunday the Star Tribune published Katherine Kersten’s column on the looming crisis in Minnesota public schools. A Minnesota state agency is out to eliminate racial disparities in the response of schools to student misbehavior. For some mysterious reason, the numbers don’t come out the same across racial groups and educational considerations must be subordinated to numerical equality in suspensions, expulsions, and so on. The sagacious Ms. Kersten cited »

Discipline Quotas: The Obama Administration’s Evil Lives On

Featured image In 2014, the Obama administration promulgated a “guidance” to America’s public schools that threatened federal investigations and litigation against schools where black students are disciplined (e.g., by suspension) more often, on a pro rata basis, than white students, on the ground that such numerical discrepancy is evidence of discrimination. Many schools responded by adopting discipline quotas, which meant in practice that after a certain number of students of a particular »

The Higher Ed Crack Up Begins [updated]

Featured image I’ve been predicting, most recently in a lecture last month at Arizona State University that I’ll post up as a podcast at some point soon, that universities would soon begin to divide into two entities—the STEM fields and related practical subjects (i.e., business and economics), and the social sciences and humanities, which would start to shrivel under the weight of the degradations the left has inflicted over the last 40 »

The Reductio Ad Absurdum of Diversity

Featured image St. Catherine University (generally referred to locally as St. Kate’s) is a Catholic school in St. Paul, Minnesota. Its undergraduate school is for women. For the last few years, St. Kate’s has put on a “leadership conference” for students and others. But on December 8, this year’s conference, which was scheduled for January 19 and had approximately 200 registrants, was abruptly canceled. A St. Kate’s dean explained what happened in »

DeVos DOE clings to perverse Obama-era policy on school discipline

Featured image Four years ago, the Obama administration promulgated a Dear Colleague letter on school discipline. It was a joint Department of Justice/Department of Education production. More than a year into the Trump administration, the letter still stands. The fault lies with Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education. The Justice Department under Jeff Sessions strongly supports recalling the Dear Colleague letter. I’m told, however, that the DOE is pushing back. The DOE’s pushback »

On Today’s Despicable Misuse of Children

Featured image Today students were excused from classrooms all across America to participate in demonstrations in favor of firearms bans of one sort or another. These were anything but spontaneous actions organized by children. Rather, the anti-gun demonstrations were condoned, if not sponsored, by school administrations that are almost universally liberal. And the teachers’ unions played a part too. The National Education Association issued a statement that included this: Since the horrific »

“School Discipline Gaps,” an Ongoing Mystery

Featured image This brief Associated Press article is a classic of the genre, on an increasingly important subject: A new study highlighting wide gaps in school discipline between Minnesota’s white and minority students is raising concerns among state human rights leaders. Some would say that it should be raising concerns among leaders of minority groups whose students are behaving badly, so as to incur discipline. The report released Friday found students of »