Opinion

Christian Education, Opinion November 22nd, 2022

5 ways Christian education just might be the salvation for a hopelessly divided and confused America

A character in the historical movie Braveheart says of 13th-century Scotland, “from top to bottom this country has no sense of itself.” The same could be said of 21st-century America. Our massive mood swings every election have us implementing border security and then abandoning it; cracking down on crime and then cracking up; lowering taxes and…
Opinion, Public Education November 9th, 2022

Opinion: Three of four upstart candidates for Nebraska State Board of Education notch big wins in midterm election

Spurred on by outrageous radicalism coming from members of the State Board of Education in Nebraska, four ordinary citizens made the decision to challenge the long-entrenched board establishment for their seats. Because their beliefs and platforms closely aligned with one another, these four candidates opted to campaign with and for each other, adopting the moniker “Dream…
Opinion, Public Education November 8th, 2022

Lurching from fad to fad: The problematic history of education reform in America

Education in the United States has lurched from fad to fad for the better part of a century, finding ever-ingenious ways to underperform preceding generations.   The causes are myriad, but the mechanisms of failure can be identified, and must be discredited to ensure they never rise again to drag yet more generations of children into an…

Catholic schools outperformed public schools across the nation. Here’s why

According to a data analysis performed by Kathleen Porter-Magee, an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute, “If Catholic schools were a state, they would be the highest performing in the nation on all four NAEP tests.” Amid a contentious national debate over who should exercise greater control over what children learn – teachers or parents – this…
Culture, Opinion, Public Education October 26th, 2022

Op-ed: School dress codes the latest target of a government agency seeking “equity”

In a stunning example of bureaucratic uselessness, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) takes many pages, and presumably many dollars, to note that while most public schools have dress codes, they aren’t all the same. They even discovered – gasp – that dress codes aren’t uniformly enforced. These indispensable arbiters of the obvious wrap up their…
Opinion, Public Education October 17th, 2022

Model bills promise to rein in the radical ideologues in charge of training teachers

Three model legislative bills intended for state legislatures would hamper the use of teacher licensing power as a cudgel to enforce ideological conformity.   The example legislation, drafted by the National Association of Scholars (NAS) with eight other policy organizations, is designed to be introduced in state legislatures as a package.  NAS’s “Model Education Licensure Code,” which…
Opinion, Pro-Life October 13th, 2022

Op-Ed: The DOJ and FBI only arrest pro-life advocates

(The Center Square) – “Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.” – George Washington The city of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, is in the buckle of the Bible Belt about a half hour from Nashville’s famed Music City Row. Home to many country music stars, as well as former country legends such…
General Education, Opinion September 26th, 2022

Neo-Marxism floods Advanced Placement courses in the US

Some of America’s most popular college-credit history classes for high schoolers are littered with anti-Western ideas, identity politics and other neo-Marxist concepts, national scholars say.   The College Board is the foremost provider of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, licensing and selling curricula to high schools with the promise of “dual credit” for the student at both high…
Opinion, School Choice September 22nd, 2022

Public education is doing worse with more money, so let’s give parents more options

If an educational option costs less and produces better results, wouldn’t it be foolish not to fund it? Yet the opposite is happening. As a nation, the U.S. is spending an average of $13,185 per pupil annually to fund K-12 public education.  Homeschool parents, on the other hand, spend less than one-seventh of that – around…
Opinion, Public Education September 21st, 2022

NEA offers master class in Critical Race Theory without naming it

Despite repeated denials of supporting the teaching of Critical Race Theory in public schools, resources from America’s largest teachers’ union suggest otherwise.  The agenda at the National Education Association’s “Conference on Racial & Social Justice” in July, for example, featured workshops on “Applying a Racial Equity Lens,” “Racial Justice in Education Framework Principles” and “Recommendations and…