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HARPERS- Kerry Was Right: Bad Students Are Getting Stuck In Iraq

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Remember John Kerry's mangled attempt at humor when he quipped about students who didn't do well in school might end up getting 'stuck in Iraq?' Despite the fact that Kerry claimed the comment was meant as a barb at President Bush, it turns out that his Freudian slip may have ...

Discipline? We Don’t Need No Stinking Discipline!

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

This, friends, is the reason our schools and future generations are going to hell in a handbasket. It seems that schools are no longer to be a place of learning, but rather a place of walking on eggshells so as not to make anyone upset. Roy Culberson, director of youth services ...

Thought Police and Teens

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

How many men had violent fantasies when they were teenagers? Today, that could land a kid in jail. As always, American over-reaction causes more problems than it solves. A 14 year old boy was arrested and charged with "making threats or conveying false information concerning acts of ...

School Funding and Local Control

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

(This is the final essay in a four part series on Education. The first three essays can be read here, here, and here.) When we pay for something tangible, we own that thing and may use it, for the most part, as we see fit. This rule applies to our cars, ...

Realistic Expectations For Successful Education

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

(This is the third of a four part series on education that was first posted at Common Sense.) In the world of professional racing, you will never see a match up between a Ferrari, a Volkswagon van, and a bicycle. The reason you will never see this is because the three ...

A Nation of Teachers

Friday, September 1st, 2006

(This is the second part of a four part series I wrote on education reform back in 2005 on my blog Common Sense. ) Every event in a young persons life is a teaching moment, whether we recognize it as such or not. Every first sound, every new sight, every ...

Respect Education

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

How can we fix our national education problem? Of course we must first admit that there is a problem. With all of the proposals being floated around the politicians - testing, accountability, more taxes, more discipline, higher teacher’s salaries, school vouchers, and magnet schools for example - someone must think ...

The Purpose of Public Education

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

It is not a misstatement to say that education is the equalizer of humanity. If you teach people the skills to master modern civilization, they stand a much better chance of becoming a contributing, responsible member of the species. All parents hope that their children might someday have a better ...

Quote of the Day 7/26/06

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

I hate it when he's right... It is always more difficult to fight against faith than against knowledge. – Adolph Hitler

Social Darwinism

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Fear comes in many flavors. One of the reasons cited by the religious right in opposition to evolution is that the theory is not moral. The point that evolution is a scientific observation of evidence doesn’t matter, because evolution could lead to ideas that are immoral. The point that nature could ...