Education

Time to Yank Your Kids Out of the Public Schools

Featured image I suppose that is an evergreen headline, since America’s public schools are a disaster in pretty much every way. But what prompts it at the moment is the Richfield, Minnesota school district. Richfield is a modest suburb of Minneapolis, not the kind of tony place you might expect to go off the deep end. Richfield’s schools are in the news today, with this headline from a local TV station: “Richfield »

Will Gov. Noem fix the South Dakota teaching standards fiasco?

Featured image Earlier this year, Gov. Kristi Noem signed a pledge to bar “action civics” (mandatory political protests for course credit) and critical race theory (attacks on “whiteness,” “Eurocentrism,” etc.) from South Dakota schools. For doing so, she drew praise from conservatives, including Stanley Kurtz, a leader in the fight against action civics. Stanley warned, however, that Noem had her work cut out for her in order to make good on the »

Axe the Honor Roll!

Featured image I went through a stage in my life when I was a less than diligent student. It isn’t that I wasn’t working, I just wasn’t working on the things my teachers had assigned as homework. The result was that there were a couple of 9-weeks periods in junior high school when I didn’t make the honor roll. I have never personally encountered the wrath of God, but the wrath of »

Who Needs Experts?

Featured image The world’s elites claim the right to govern by virtue of their technical and bureaucratic expertise. One can think of historical eras when an elite’s claim to govern by virtue of its superior skills and its record of success would be plausible. Unfortunately, we are not living in one of them. One of many cases in point: Oxford University head ‘embarrassed’ Michael Gove is an alumnus. Michael Gove is a »

Biden team to use civil rights law as pretext to impose masks at school

Featured image The Biden Education Department has opened “civil rights” investigations into five states — Iowa, South Carolina, Utah, Oklahoma and Tennessee — that have banned school districts from requiring masks. This is a naked effort to back Democrats and teachers’ unions in their dispute with some Republican governors over mask wearing, a dispute that has nothing to do with civil rights. Federal civil rights law requires that students with disabilities be »

Reinstatement of teacher who objected to pronoun policing is upheld

Featured image Tanner Cross teaches physical education at an elementary school in Loudoun County. He is a devout Christian. Loudoun County has enacted a wide-ranging policy in favor of students who claim to be of a gender other than their biological sex. The policy permits students to use restrooms and locker rooms, as well as to compete in sports, on the basis of the gender with which they identify, rather than their »

University of Pittsburgh Hits Rock Bottom, Keeps Digging

Featured image A little more than a year ago I wrote at length here about the mandatory freshman course on racism adopted at the University of Pittsburgh that, judging from the detailed syllabus posted online, was being taught from a very narrow, far-leftist perspective. (No readings, for example, from Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King Jr, James Baldwin, Richard Wright—not even Malcolm X, and not even Ta Nehesi Coates! Forget the »

Dumber Than a Pet Rock

Featured image This is the kind of story that you wish was satire: The University of Wisconsin removed a controversial boulder from its Madison campus Friday after the Black Student Union and other activists objected to its description nearly 100 years ago with a racial slur. Chamberlin Rock, which rests atop Observatory Hill, is named after a 19th Century geologist and former university president, Thomas Crowder Chamberlin, whose work centered on glacial »

Team Biden’s love of CRT is real, not inadvertent

Featured image Bettina Love is a leading proponent of the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT). Stanley Kurtz calls her 2019 book We Want to Do More Than Survive “arguably the single most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the ideology of the CRT movement in education.” I call it incendiary, and if you read Kurtz’s summary of the book, you will probably agree. So might Love. Love is a co-founder of the »

The End of Meritocracy?

Featured image The main reason why the United States easily outstripped Europe and Asia in economic growth and cultural influence in the 19th and 20th centuries is that we were a meritocracy. Talent and hard work prevailed over privilege of birth and adherence to established ideologies. Sadly, we have lost that advantage. As we have documented many times on this site, the Left’s war on standards has resulted in a dumbing down »

Report: CRT wars are taking toll on lefty administrators

Featured image File this report under “good news if true.” According to NBC News, opposition to attempts to impose left-wing race-oriented propaganda in America’s schools is taking a toll on those who are trying to impose it. NBC leads its story with the case of Rydell Harrison, the superintendent of the Easton-Redding-Region 9 School Districts in Connecticut. He resigned after coming under fire from parents opposed to CRT. NBC tries to make »

The New York Times finally weighs in on CRT

Featured image For as long as it could, major mainstream media organs like the New York Times and the Washington Post ignored the debate over the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) to school children. But now, having correctly determined that the left is taking a big hit as a result of this debate, the Times and the Post have decided to enter the fight on behalf of CRT. The Post’s approach »

How Radical Are the Teachers’ Unions?

Featured image America’s teachers’ unions are the country’s single most malign influence. They do more to promote leftist extremism, and do it more effectively, than anyone else. The teachers’ unions dominate the schools of education, from which most teachers come, and they control school board elections in most districts. In effect, they run the public schools, which is the main reason why the public schools are so bad. How radical are they? »

The more I learn about Ron DeSantis,

Featured image the more I like him. My visit to Florida in April also left me with a good feeling about its governor. How refreshing to experience life in a state comparatively free of excessive covid restrictions. Now comes word, via Stanley Kurtz, that DeSantis has vetoed a stealth protest-civics bill, S.B. 146. Stanley reports: Ostensibly, S.B. 146 was designed to forward “civic literacy education.” In fact, it was a quiet effort »

Free to Learn

Featured image A new organization called Free to Learn has been set up to combat “woke” education. Its mission, in part: The Free to Learn Coalition advocates for classrooms independent of political influence. We do this by partnering with parent and community groups that are ready to take on political activism at their school. We provide tailored coaching, local support, planning, and resources to counter the unique challenges within a community. *** »

Anti-cop hysteria leads to end of a beautiful relationship

Featured image For four years, Johnny Larios and Gary Argueta have worked as police officers at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. They are armed and thus provide genuine security for students and staff at the school. More than that, according to this excellent report in the Washington Post by Hannah Natanson, they have become an important part of the T.C. Williams community. Larios and Argueta have befriended students, becoming mentors »

A 9-Year-Old Tells It Like It Is

Featured image Where I live, the number one issue is exploding violent crime. The number two issue is Critical Race Theory in the schools, which the overwhelming majority hate. I posted here a video that has gone viral of a 15-year-old boy addressing my own local school board on the evils of CRT, which is deeply embedded in the public schools. Now, here is another one: a nine-year-old girl in a suburb »