The job of the education secretary isn’t to defend public schools. It’s to help kids learn.
when we cast a cold look at the performance of schools in recent years, it’s hard not to count the very vices alleged by DeVos’s detractors as the opposite, as virtues sorely needed at the present time.
Expect Good Things From Falwell’s New Role in Higher Education
The idea of the federal government making and enforcing moral standards anywhere would have seemed derisory to a society capable of deciding for itself, thank you, how young men and young women should conduct themselves. That society, seemingly, is comatose.
No, Koch Donations to Higher Education Aren’t Unethical
Philanthropic gifts to support higher education shouldn’t be controversial, but “progressives” who hate the Koch brothers for their advocacy of limited government simply cannot refrain from protesting anything that they do.
Happy New Year! Time to Get to Work on Higher Ed Reform
Happy New Year! It’s time to get serious about rising costs and sinking performance at the places young people go to get their minds — or whatever — trained and shaped up. There’s plenty to do before it’s January 1 again.
Good Advice from Secretary Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan laid out his concerns with teacher training across the nation, a problem which, because of the critical importance of effective classroom teaching to student achievement, is one of the final frontiers in public education reform.
Free College: When Higher Education Policy Jumps the Shark
According to the Urban Dictionary, the phrase “jump the shark” refers to the point at which a once-engaging TV show or movie franchise starts a precipitous decline from its peak of popularity. Even politicians can jump the shark, according to the Washington Post.
Report: The College Board Dumps Historical Accuracy, Embraces Ideology
APEH’s treatment of European history is so twisted that one cannot help but wonder whether its authors wished there had been no United States, at least as it was originally founded. Not only does APEH teach history badly, it seems unable or unwilling to justify its own existence.
A Big Campus Trend: Ignorance of U.S. History
The consequences of these weak academic standards are clear. ACTA’s surveys of college graduates reveal year after year deep and widespread ignorance of United States history and government.
The value of research
Researchers need to make taxpayers and lawmakers aware that, in social science, if you study similar kinds of ideas enough—like parental choices in education—the results may not always impress you.
America’s Ridiculous Notion: Accreditation Is What Makes Colleges Good or Bad
The solution is not to terminate any accreditors or to wipe out schools where many of the students drop out or have trouble after graduating. The solution is to stop subsidizing weak and disengaged students to go to college.