Save Money with Adjuncts, Spend it on Bureaucrats

Back to April 2015 Ed Reporter Save Money with Adjuncts, Spend it on Bureaucrats by Mary Grabar First appeared at the Manhattan Institute’s MindingTheCampus.com on March 17, 2015. Reprinted with permission. Jordan Schneider, like many part-time college instructors, teaches on … Continue reading

All-day Kindergarten For Minnesota Kids

Back to April 2015 Ed Reporter All-day Kindergarten For Minnesota Kids When Minnesota made all-day kindergarten a free option for the 2014-15 school year, more than 57,000 students enrolled. Parents of 99% of all students chose the all-day option. During the … Continue reading

The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

Back to April 2015 Ed Reporter The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten by Wendy Lecker This article originally appeared in the Stamford Advocate on February 21, 2014 and is reprinted with permission. One of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is … Continue reading

Book of the Month

Back to April 2015 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Hope for America: Restoring Ageless Principles to Education, by David A. Norris. Faithful Life Publishers, 2014, $11.99 When did the atmosphere at public schools get worse in America? Some say … Continue reading

Don’t Close the Zoos

Back to April 2015 Ed Reporter Don’t Close the Zoos A February 13, 2015 article in Outside magazine demonstrates just how off base an observer can be. The author of “The Case for Closing Zoos” alleges that because his ten-year-old … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to April 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs A New Hampshire father who was arrested in May of 2014, whose conviction for disorderly conduct was pursued by local authorities for seven months after he spoke at a school board meeting, … Continue reading

African-American Homeschoolers Thriving

Back to April 2015 Ed Reporter African-American Homeschoolers Thriving Paula Penn-Nabrit homeschooled her three sons in the 1990s. In 2003, she wrote a book about her family’s experience, Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled Our African-American Sons to the Ivy … Continue reading

Opting Out of Testing

Back to April 2015 Ed Reporter Opting Out of Testing As the standardized testing season begins at public schools, districts are greeting them in a variety of ways. Some districts respect parental objections to Common Core testing and have made … Continue reading

April 2015 Phyllis Schlafly Report

April 2015 What’s Going On On College Campuses? Who would have thought, only a few years ago, that our basic First Amendment right of free speech would be under attack on college campuses (of all places!)? But those are now … Continue reading

Book of the Month

Back to March 2015 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don’t Have to Be, Anya Kamenetz, 2015, Public Affairs Books, $25.99 “Teaching to the test is failing,” … Continue reading

Single-Sex Classrooms in Jeopardy

Back to March 2015 Ed Reporter Single-Sex Classrooms in Jeopardy The state ranking of Charles Drew Elementary School near Fort Lauderdale, Florida went from a D to a C over a two-year period after 25% of classes were changed to … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to March 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs Bryn Mawr women’s college in Pennsylvania has clarified its admissions policies in order to accept transgender women and “individuals who live and identify as women at the time of application.” Bryn Mawr … Continue reading

Profiting From Charter Schools

Back to March 2015 Ed Reporter Profiting From Charter Schools In North Carolina, businessman Baker Mitchell runs charter schools and those same schools rent or lease property and buy supplies from a company he owns. “Every year millions of public … Continue reading

The Rush to Reauthorize NCLB

Back to March 2015 Ed Reporter The Rush to Reauthorize NCLB A plan to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and to revise No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is being rushed through the U.S. Congress. House education committee … Continue reading

Book of the Month

Back to February 2015 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Family Gets a Computer, Ben Halpert, Savvy Cyber Kids, Inc., 2014, $15.99 Computers are wonderful and dangerous. The Savvy Cyber Kids non-profit organization’s aim … Continue reading

702% Increase in Non-teaching Staff

Back to February 2015 Ed Reporter 702% Increase in Non-teaching Staff A Fordham Institute report, “The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach,” exposes the huge increase in non-teaching employees at schools. It states: The number of non-teaching staff in … Continue reading

NYC Middle Schoolers Get Dinner at School

Back to February 2015 Ed Reporter NYC Middle Schoolers Get Dinner at School New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has delivered to voters his promised expansion of after-school programs. At least 75,000 of the approximately 225,000 middle school students … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to February 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs After initially announcing that the Muslim “call to prayer” would be sounded from the belfry of the famed Duke University Chapel tower, the university reversed its decision. Duke has historic links to … Continue reading

$100,000 Raise For Every Principal?

Back to February 2015 Ed Reporter $100,000 Raise For Every Principal? In June of 2014, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute released a report called “Lacking Leaders.” In it, Fordham suggests giving every principal of every public school in the nation … Continue reading

Entitlement Promise in SOTU Speech

Back to February 2015 Ed Reporter Entitlement Promise in SOTU Speech In his annual State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced a new federal program called “America’s College Promise.” It is a guarantee to provide students with a … Continue reading

February 2015 Education Reporter

Entitlement Promise in SOTU Speech Common Core Math Invasion $100,000 Raise For Every Principal? Education Briefs NYC Middle Schoolers Get Dinner at School 702% Increase in Non-teaching Staff Book of the Month: Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Family Gets … Continue reading

Common Core Math Invasion

Back to February 2015 Ed Reporter Common Core Math Invasion The November 12, 2014 edition of Education Week, “American Education’s Newspaper of Record,” features a 26-page section that attempts to explain and justify Common Core math. The supplement is titled, … Continue reading

Book of the Month

Back to January 2015 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The Great American College Tuition Rip-Off, Paul Streitz, Oxford Institute Press, 2005, $12.99 “Despite the liberalism of academia, when it comes to taking money from middle-class families, academia is as … Continue reading

Permission to Carry Knives at School

Back to January 2015 Ed Reporter Permission to Carry Knives at School “Zero tolerance” school weapons policies have resulted in the suspensions of an elementary school student for biting a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun and a kindergartner … Continue reading

Back Door Sex Education

Back to January 2015 Ed Reporter Back Door Sex Education Most would agree that information about eggs, sperm and fertilization is basic to the understanding of biology. But when did contraception and abortion become part of the biology curriculum for … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to January 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs According to a Gallup poll, 35% of public school parents view Common Core standards negatively and 33% view them positively, while 27% report being unfamiliar with CC and 5% have no opinion. … Continue reading

The Common Core Pipeline

Back to January 2015 Ed Reporter The Common Core Pipeline A June 7, 2014 Washington Post article is titled: “How Bill Gates Pulled Off the Swift Common Core Revolution.” It states: “The Gates Foundation spread money across the political spectrum, … Continue reading

Illegal Immigrants Strain Many School Districts

Back to January 2015 Ed Reporter Illegal Immigrants Strain Many School Districts While New York launches a review of procedures used to enroll illegal immigrant students, Washington, D.C. is straining under the tremendous burden of educating such students. The influx … Continue reading

January 2015 Phyllis Schlafly Report

January 2015 What Parents Don’t Like About Common Core Common Core is replacing the teaching of traditional American history with a new left-leaning curriculum. Those who say that Common Core doesn’t prescribe curriculum but only spells out standards are playing … Continue reading

Schools Don’t Teach Kids to Read

Schools Don’t Teach Kids to Read by Phyllis Schlafly December 31, 2014 A high school English teacher at Rosemount High School in Minnesota, which was called a “top ranked school” by the Minnesota Department of Education, given the Blue Ribbon … Continue reading

Faculty Are Increasingly Skeptical About MOOCs

Back to December 2014 Ed Reporter Faculty Are Increasingly Skeptical About MOOCs by Rachelle Peterson This article originally appeared in November at the Manhattan Institute’s Minding the Campus and on the website of the National Association of Scholars (NAS.org). It … Continue reading

Evidence of Dumbing Down

Back to December 2014 Ed Reporter Evidence of Dumbing Down Middle School Reading Lists: 100 Years Ago versus Today by Annie Holmquist This article originally appeared on October 31, 2014 at Better-Ed.org and is reprinted with permission. I recently dug … Continue reading

Common Core: An Uneven Playing Field

Back to December 2014 Ed Reporter Common Core: An Uneven Playing Field Many parents, teachers, legislators and citizens are fighting against the Common Core juggernaut. Some are becoming disillusioned and fear they might never overcome the well-planned and well-financed takeover … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to December 2014 Ed Reporter Education Briefs After police received two handwritten letters threatening to behead children at local elementary schools, three Rhode Island school districts will have extra patrols present at schools through the end of the year. … Continue reading

The Scandal of African-American Studies

Back to December 2014 Ed Reporter The Scandal of African-American Studies The third investigation into “irregular” classes for athletes and other students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) may have uncovered the collusion between academics and … Continue reading

December 2014 Education Reporter

Teachers Unions Lost Big on Nov. 4 The Scandal of African-American Studies ‘If You Like Your Stay-at-Home Mom, You May Keep Her!’ Education Briefs Common Core: An Uneven Playing Field Book of the Month: Who Killed the American Family?, Phyllis … Continue reading

Feds Banish Sex Stereotypes in Classrooms

Feds Banish Sex Stereotypes in Classrooms by Phyllis Schlafly December 17, 2014 The Obama Administration is now trying to outlaw single-sex classrooms, a practice that has been growing as parents and teachers see its good results. The Obama Administration is … Continue reading

The War on School Discipline

Back to November 2014 Ed Reporter The War on School Discipline Six Years of Meddling by Arne Duncan’s Office of Civil Rights by Michael J. Petrilli First published on October 13, 2014 in National Review. Reprinted with permission of the … Continue reading

Book of the Month

Back to November 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked, Paul Raeburn, Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014, $26.00 Paul Raeburn is a past president … Continue reading

Preschool and Kindergarten Data Mining

Back to November 2014 Ed Reporter Preschool and Kindergarten Data Mining In Colorado, more than 42,000 toddlers through kindergartners have been subjected to Teaching Strategies Gold (TS Gold) assessments. Colorado parent and political commentator Michelle Malkin reports that TS Gold … Continue reading

Useless Student Privacy ‘Pledge’

Back to November 2014 Ed Reporter Useless Student Privacy ‘Pledge’ Although several technology companies that collect data about schoolchildren signed a voluntary “Pledge to Safeguard Student Privacy” in October, there is no means to enforce this agreement, nor is there … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to November 2014 Ed Reporter Education Briefs As the Supreme Court begins its 2014-2015 term, it is noted that the Justices may have reined in a propensity “to serve as the nation’s school board.” In the past five years, … Continue reading

Students Terrified by School Speaker

Back to November 2014 Ed Reporter Students Terrified by School Speaker Amherst, Massachusetts middle school students and 9th-graders were recently told by a visiting social justice activist during school assemblies to visualize their loved ones killed by an assailant, then … Continue reading

Students Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Back to November 2014 Ed Reporter Students Guilty Until Proven Innocent President Obama, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the Department of Justice are forcing colleges to adopt policies to punish students for sexual harassment. The … Continue reading

My Brother’s Keeper

Back to October 2014 Ed Reporter My Brother’s Keeper In February, President Obama appointed a task force to examine ways philanthropies and corporations can help overcome bad outcomes for minority boys. His initiative, called My Brother’s Keeper, is a program … Continue reading

L.A. Computer Rollout: Something is Fishy

Back to October 2014 Ed Reporter L.A. Computer Rollout: Something is Fishy Los Angeles Unified School District has suspended its contract with Apple Computers and Pearson Education under a cloud of controversy. The second-largest school district in the nation selected … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to October 2014 Ed Reporter Education Briefs Wesleyan University in Connecticut is forcing all fraternities “to become coed within three years” and to ensure that females are “well represented” in all leadership positions. Non-compliance will result in loss of … Continue reading

Students Agitating for Union Politics

Back to October 2014 Ed Reporter Students Agitating for Union Politics The College Board and the National Education Association (NEA) union support the student protests that have disrupted learning for days at high schools in Jefferson County, Colorado. Thousands of … Continue reading

What’s Wrong With Sex Education?

Back to September 2014 Ed Reporter What’s Wrong With Sex Education? by Bobbie Ames Originally appeared in The Alabama Gazette on August 1, 2012 and reprinted with permission. Twenty years ago, Dr. Melvin Anchell, M.D, answered the question, “What’s Wrong … Continue reading

Book of the Month

Back to September 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, Twelve Publishing, 2014, $16 “Well, what do you think?” That’s all Anson Dorrance says at half-time when … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood Sex Ed

Back to September 2014 Ed Reporter Planned Parenthood Sex Ed The Making Proud Choices! sex-education program in schools is promoted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was developed in association with Planned Parenthood. The program is … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to September 2014 Ed Reporter Education Briefs The Garden City, Kansas school district spent $105,000 to send staff to Walt Disney World Resort for a Model Schools conference in June. The district spent about $1,750 on each attendee who … Continue reading

$10K To See Children’s Records

Back to September 2014 Ed Reporter $10K To See Children’s Records A Nevada father will have to come up with more than $10,000 if he wants to review the data compiled by the state Department of Education about his four … Continue reading

NEA: Testing Is “Stupid”

Back to September 2014 Ed Reporter NEA: Testing Is “Stupid” Standardized testing of students has been increasing for years but only when student test scores became a tool used to assess teacher performance, determine their compensation, and affect their job … Continue reading

The Dead-End Road Called Pre-K

The Dead-End Road Called Pre-K by Phyllis Schlafly August 27, 2014 After President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address called for a new federal entitlement for taxpayer-funded free preschool or pre-K for all 4-year-olds, we thought his … Continue reading

Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Disorder

Back to July 2014 Ed Reporter Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Disorder Schools may soon be handing out drugs to treat yet another psychological disorder, in addition to ADD and ADHD. The January issue of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology dedicates … Continue reading

Life and Death of Vocational Education

Back to July 2014 Ed Reporter Life and Death of Vocational Education With the advent of the “college-for-all” movement, vocational education has almost disappeared from high schools. But jobs that involve welding, plumbing, 3-D printers, or baking cakes; occupations that include … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to July 2014 Ed Reporter Education Briefs The judge in Vergara v. California has issued a tentative decision in favor of abolishing the union-friendly laws that make it nearly impossible to fire a teacher in that state. Judge Rolf … Continue reading

Common Core Rejected by States

Back to July 2014 Ed Reporter Common Core Rejected by States In June, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation that permanently halts the use of Common Core standards, requires the state to temporarily use previous standards, and directs that new … Continue reading

An Opportunity to Fight Common Core

Back to July 2014 Ed Reporter An Opportunity to Fight Common Core On July 22, Common Core will be challenged during a live, interactive event at local movie theaters across the nation. Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck, and others who are … Continue reading

Obama’s Scary Plan for Preschoolers

Back to July 2014 Ed Reporter Obama’s Scary Plan for Preschoolers On May 2, 2014, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius gave a speech to the Committee for Economic Development. She touted “an exciting investment opportunity.” She … Continue reading

Students v. Teachers Unions

Back to June 2014 Ed Reporter Students v. Teachers Unions A landmark case has been presented in California and awaits a judge’s decision. Vergara v. California pits students against the education status quo and teachers unions. Nine student defendants are … Continue reading

An Embarrassment to Higher Education

Back to June 2014 Ed Reporter An Embarrassment to Higher Education by Mike Adams University of North Carolina-Wilmington Professor of Criminology Mike Adams supports traditional marriage between a man and a woman. He wrote about this in a column at … Continue reading

States Branching Out In STEM

Back to June 2014 Ed Reporter States Branching Out In STEM Educators, state governments, businesses, and philanthropies are joining together in individual states to address the need for increased education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to June 2014 Ed Reporter Education Briefs During what the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) calls the “disinvitation season,” Smith College, the Univ. of California-Berkeley, Rutgers University, and Haverford College will not hear the commencement speaker originally … Continue reading

Boys, Dads, and Schools

Back to June 2014 Ed Reporter Boys, Dads, and Schools The “Secret Behind College Completion: Girls, Boys, and The Power of Eighth Grade Grades,” a research paper by two sociology professors from Ohio State and Columbia University, indicates that grades … Continue reading

Arne Duncan: Education King?

Back to June 2014 Ed Reporter Arne Duncan: Education King? U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan revoked Washington state’s No Child Left Behind waiver in April. In doing so, the federal government has put itself in conflict with the Washington … Continue reading

Book of the Month

Back to May 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations, Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Hyperion, 2013, $24.99 After the death of a New Jersey music teacher, whose instructional … Continue reading

Professors on Food Stamps

Back to May 2014 Ed Reporter Professors on Food Stamps Even as the price of attending college has soared, those who actually teach students are sometimes not even making minimum wage. It is estimated that over 3/4 of those who … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to May 2014 Ed Reporter Education Briefs When a 19-year-old engineering student leapt off a 4th-floor balcony in March while behaving “strangely hostile” after ingesting a legally purchased marijuana-laced cookie, the Denver coroner’s report indicated he had no history … Continue reading

SAT Test To Align With Common Core

Back to May 2014 Ed Reporter SAT Test To Align With Common Core Common Core architect David Coleman, who has been the president of the College Board since 2012, says that organization’s SAT test has “become disconnected from the work … Continue reading

Student Privacy Under Attack

Back to May 2014 Ed Reporter Student Privacy Under Attack With increased emphasis on computer analytics as a means to assess student progress and overall learning, particularly that demanded due to Common Core standards, wide-ranging personal information about students and … Continue reading

May 2014 Education Reporter

NEA Dues Increase to Rescue Common Core Student Privacy Under Attack SAT Test To Align With Common Core Education Briefs Parents Say No! to Standardized Tests Professors on Food Stamps Book of the Month: Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and … Continue reading

Common Core’s Newer Math

Back to April 2014 Ed Reporter Common Core’s Newer Math: A Return to Mathematical Ignorance By David G. Bonagura, Jr. First published on January 17, 2014 in National Review. Reprinted with permission of the author and National Review, Inc. © … Continue reading

Book of the Month

Back to April 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Sex, Lies, and Hook Ups: A Parent’s Guide for Fighting Back, Sally B. Raymond, et al., Heritage Community Services, 2012, $34.95. Sex, Lies, and Hook Ups is written by Heritage … Continue reading

When Abstinence Doesn’t Mean Abstinence

Back to April 2014 Ed Reporter When Abstinence Doesn’t Mean Abstinence Parents in Shawnee, Kansas were disturbed when students at Hocker Grove Middle School were shown a sexually explicit poster in a “health” class that is supposedly “abstinence-based.” One father … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to April 2014 Ed Reporter Education Briefs Indiana is the first state to reverse its decision to use Common Core standards, but drafts of the replacement standards are disappointing. Dr. Sandra Stotsky, creator of the excellent (former) Massachusetts standards, … Continue reading

Math As Indoctrination

Back to April 2014 Ed Reporter Math As Indoctrination From January 17-19, 2014, self-described “social justice educators” held a conference at University High School in Los Angeles. They called their sixth annual conference “Creating Balance in an Unjust World.” The … Continue reading

Local or Federal Lunch Standards?

Back to April 2014 Ed Reporter Local or Federal Lunch Standards? At Uintah Elementary School in Salt Lake City, as many as 40 children had their school lunches thrown in the garbage by cafeteria employees. The students were only allowed … Continue reading

Federal Race-based Disciplinary Quotas

Back to March 2014 Ed Reporter Federal Race-based Disciplinary Quotas The Departments of Justice and Education issued a 23-page joint memorandum to states, districts, and schools warning them that they must “meet their obligations under Federal law to administer student … Continue reading

Just The Ticket for Students

Back to March 2014 Ed Reporter Just The Ticket for Students January 26 to February 1, 2014, was National School Choice Week, an event celebrating educational opportunity. Schools, organizations, and individuals offered 5,500 events independently planned as nonpartisan and nonpolitical … Continue reading