January 2016 Phyllis Schlafly Report

January 2016 Time to Leave ‘No Child’ Behind After seven years of rule by decree by President Obama’s Chicago crony Arne Duncan, why are Republicans reauthorizing the federal government’s authority over the nation’s public schools? And why did the new Speaker, … Continue reading






Learning “Toys” Hacked

Back to January 2016 Ed Reporter Learning “Toys” Hacked When children today “play” with items that are actually sophisticated computers, unsuspecting parents could be putting their family’s security in danger. VTech is a Hong Kong company that offers a variety … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to January 2016 Ed Reporter Education Briefs In October, a parent lunch monitor and the principal at Glendo High School in Platte County, Wyoming told Christian students that they couldn’t form a prayer circle and pray before eating a … Continue reading






Google Still Spying On Students

Back to January 2016 Ed Reporter Google Still Spying On Students Google Chromebooks make up over half of all computers purchased for use in the nation’s schools. About 50 million American students, teachers, and administrators use Google Apps for Education, … Continue reading






Doing Reform Wrong in Newark

Back to January 2016 Ed Reporter Doing Reform Wrong in Newark In 2010, three people came together to change Newark, New Jersey public schools. They didn’t work with parents or local educators to come up with a plan. In fact, … Continue reading






Arne Has Left the Building

Arne Has Left the Building by Phyllis Schlafly January 6, 2016 On the last day of 2015 the longest serving member of President Obama’s Cabinet, Arne Duncan, quietly stepped down from his official position as what the Washington Post called … Continue reading






Students Have Religious Liberty

Back to December 2015 Ed Reporter Students Have Religious Liberty Some wonder how much Christian students will be allowed to celebrate Christmas at public schools or to share about their religious beliefs. Since it is important to know what rights … Continue reading






December 2015 Education Reporter

Transgender Issues: Who Are the Bullies? Age 13: One-Night Stands & STDs Preschoolers Need More Time Outside Education Briefs Students Have Religious Liberty Book of the Month: World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students, Yong Zhao, Corwin Publishing, 2012, … Continue reading






Transgender Issues: Who Are the Bullies?

Back to December 2015 Ed Reporter Transgender Issues: Who Are the Bullies? Some believe transgender people’s quest for special rights has gotten out of hand. Among them is feminist Germaine Greer, who has simply had enough. The author of The … Continue reading






The Deconstruction of Gender

Back to December 2015 Ed Reporter The Deconstruction of Gender by Babette Francis A speech delivered on September 13, 2015, at the 44th Eagle Council, the major annual conference of Eagle Forum, held in St Louis, Missouri. Reprinted with permission. … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to December 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs On November 14, about 150 yelling and confrontational Black Lives Matter protestors went into the main library on the Dartmouth College campus; they proceeded up several floors, hurled obscenities and racial slurs … Continue reading






Age 13: One-Night Stands & STDs

Back to December 2015 Ed Reporter Age 13: One-Night Stands & STDs A New Jersey 8th-grade class homework assignment was allegedly based on Sean Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, but it had little to do with that … Continue reading






Preschoolers Need More Time Outside

Back to December 2015 Ed Reporter Preschoolers Need More Time Outside As more communities approve universal preschool, many schools aren’t doing what’s best for young children. Research shows that children benefit from active, outdoor activity. In many preschools, children sit … Continue reading






Take Action: Obama Signs Education Bill!

Take Action: Obama Signs Education Bill! December 10, 2015 After months of secret negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the education reauthorization to replace the failed No Child Left Behind, President Obama has signed the Every Student … Continue reading






Eagle Forum Statement on ESEA Reauthorization

Eagle Forum Statement on ESEA Reauthorization FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2015 CONTACT: Ryan Hite, Communications Director O 314.721.1213 / C 636.357.4292 / [email protected] Washington, D.C.: After months of secret negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the … Continue reading






Time to Leave “No Child” Behind

Time to Leave “No Child” Behind by Phyllis Schlafly December 2, 2015 After seven years of rule by decree by President Obama’s Chicago crony Arne Duncan, why are Republicans about to reauthorize the federal government’s authority over the nation’s public … Continue reading






Book of the Month

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Self-Evident Truths: Foundations of American Political Thought, Bill Burtness, Xulon Press, 2012, $15.99 Self-Evident Truths is an excellent civics or history textbook for students (it even has study questions at … Continue reading






Union Case to Watch

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Union Case to Watch The Supreme Court will rule on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case brought by ten California teachers who are forced to pay union dues, which they say results in … Continue reading






Contorted Common Core Polls

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Contorted Common Core Polls It’s not surprising that teachers, parents, and citizens are confused about Common Core standards. Campaigns that offer biased claims or slanted information have been sponsored by the National Governors Association … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs In a plea agreement that would lessen her jail time to about seven years, Barbara Byrd-Bennett admitted to accepting bribes and kickbacks from her former employer, an education consulting firm, while she … Continue reading






Colorado Drug Culture Harms Students

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Colorado Drug Culture Harms Students In September, Denver police cited seven pot shops for selling to those under age 21. The Denver Post called the citations “a blow to recreational marijuana in Colorado.” Colorado’s … Continue reading






Unions Choose Hillary

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Unions Choose Hillary In a controversial move, the National Education Association executive board voted to support Hillary Clinton as their candidate, although internal polling shows many NEA members support Bernie Sanders. There was no … Continue reading






Nothing New Under Dem Sun

Back to November 2015 Ed Reporter Nothing New Under Dem Sun During the first Democratic debate, presidential candidates showed that they believe “the era of big government is back.” They didn’t even pretend they aren’t in favor of growing federal … Continue reading






November 2015 Education Reporter

Islamic Indoctrination in Social Studies Class? Nothing New Under Dem Sun Unions Choose Hillary Colorado Drug Culture Harms Students Education Briefs Contorted Common Core Polls Union Case to Watch Book of the Month: Self-Evident Truths: Foundations of American Political Thought, … Continue reading






Public Sector Unions Are Losing Their Clout

Public Sector Unions Are Losing Their Clout by Phyllis Schlafly October 28, 2015 Although the Republican Congress has been unable to roll back big government in Washington, a more optimistic record is being built in states with Republican governments. One … Continue reading






Ahmed’s Amazing “Invention”

Back to October 2015 Ed Reporter Ahmed’s Amazing “Invention” When a 14-year-old Texas student brought a briefcase with clock components to school, alarmed educators at MacArthur High School called police, fearing the contraption was a hoax bomb. The story is … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to October 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs In 2009, the Gates Foundation promised $100 million dollars in grants to Hillsborough County Schools in Florida if they’d follow certain steps, including raising a pre-determined amount of money and agreeing to … Continue reading






Arne Duncan’s Regrets

Back to October 2015 Ed Reporter Arne Duncan’s Regrets On September 23, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was interviewed by an Education Week reporter who asked him about his biggest regrets during the years he’s been a Cabinet secretary. The … Continue reading






Grading Candidates’ Common Core Fight

Back to October 2015 Ed Reporter Grading Candidates’ Common Core Fight The Common Core Report: Grading the 2016 GOP Candidates was issued in August by American Principles in Action, The Pulse 2016, and Cornerstone Policy Research Action. This report grades … Continue reading






Teachers Saving Children

Back to October 2015 Ed Reporter Teachers Saving Children At the 2015 National Education (NEA) union convention held in Orlando, Florida, sentries made certain that all who entered were delegates wearing badges or their credentialed guests. Once inside, there was … Continue reading






A Calendar of Indoctrination

Back to September 2015 Ed Reporter A Calendar of Indoctrination At the NEA convention, teachers were given colorful 2015-16 school calendars created by the union’s Read Across America Campaign. The calendar is titled “Read, Discover, Explore” and it claims to … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to September 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs NEA convention delegates laughed at a speaker who raised a question about the legitimacy of global warming during discussion of New Business Item 18, having to do with “climate disruption.” Union leadership … Continue reading






Book of the Month

Back to August 2015 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage, Paul Kengor, Ph.D., WND Books, 2015, $18.95 Paul Kengor says the enemies of communism are “morality, tradition, … Continue reading






NEA Embraces Transgenderism

Back to August 2015 Ed Reporter NEA Embraces Transgenderism Having fairly well succeeded in their attempt to normalize lesbian and gay lifestyles, the National Education Association is now focused on doing the same for transgender individuals. Several New Business Items … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to August 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs Total membership in the NEA, which includes retirees who pay reduced dues, continued to hover just below three million in fiscal year 2013-14. But active membership dwindled to 2,595,275, which is a … Continue reading






NEA will fight ‘Institutional Racism’

Back to August 2015 Ed Reporter NEA will fight ‘Institutional Racism’ New Business Item B, introduced by the NEA Board of Directors and passed unanimously at the Orlando convention, claims that the nation, and particularly its schools, are places of … Continue reading






NEA Seeks to Strip Christians’ Religious Freedoms

Back to August 2015 Ed Reporter NEA Seeks to Strip Christians’ Religious Freedoms The National Education Association union has long promoted special privileges for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning. NEA members seem thrilled about the … Continue reading






NEA’s Plan to Indoctrinate Schoolchildren

NEA’s Plan to Indoctrinate Schoolchildren by Phyllis Schlafly August 5, 2015 If you want to stay on top of what’s going on in schools, watch the policies adopted by the National Education Association (NEA) which attracts nearly 10,000 delegates to … Continue reading






July 2015 Phyllis Schlafly Report

July 2015 Don’t Give Obama More Power Over Schools After spending most of the summer giving President Obama new authority (called fast track) to negotiate trade deals with low-wage countries in Asia, Congressional Republicans are now poised to give Obama … Continue reading






Opposing the 2014 APUSH Framework

Back to July 2015 Ed Reporter Opposing the 2014 APUSH Framework This June 2, 2015 letter is in opposition to the new Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) course. It was written by an ad hoc committee of historians, and … Continue reading






Book of the Month

Back to July 2015 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The Long War and Common Core: Everything You Need to Know to Win the War! by Donna H. Hearne, Freedom Basics Press, 2015, $10.00 “Common Core is the latest effort … Continue reading






Here Come the Feds, Again

Back to July 2015 Ed Reporter Here Come the Feds, Again Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democrat Senator Patty Murray negotiated and unanimously led passage out of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee, a bill that would reauthorize No … Continue reading






Transgender-Focused Books for Schoolchildren

Back to July 2015 Ed Reporter Transgender-Focused Books for Schoolchildren In August, Scholastic Press publishers will release a new book by an author that “identifies as genderqueer,” meaning the individual “falls outside of the male/female binary, and goes by the … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to July 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs Over a year ago, NYU professor of education and author Diane Ravitch called for a Congressional investigation of Bill Gates and Common Core, saying, “The idea that the richest man in America … Continue reading






Activist Professor’s Nude Final Exam

Back to July 2015 Ed Reporter Activist Professor’s Nude Final Exam For the past 11 years, University of California at San Diego students who take an art class taught by Professor Ricardo Dominguez perform their final exam nude, in a … Continue reading






NGSS Gets in Through Back Doors

Back to July 2015 Ed Reporter NGSS Gets in Through Back Doors Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have been adopted by 13 states and the District of Columbia for K-12 students. They could face a tough road after the failure … Continue reading






Don’t Give Obama More Power Over Schools

Don’t Give Obama More Power Over Schools by Phyllis Schlafly July 8, 2015 After spending most of June giving President Obama new authority to negotiate trade deals with low-wage countries in Asia, Congressional Republicans are now poised to spend July … Continue reading






Commencement Speech Invitations Favor Liberals

Back to June 2015 Ed Reporter Commencement Speech Invitations Favor Liberals Results of the 23rd annual Young America’s Foundation Commencement Speakers Survey found that liberal speakers were favored six to one at the top 100 American universities. They called this … Continue reading






Book of the Month

Back to June 2015 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Letters From John Dewey/Letters From Huck Finn: A Look At Math Education From the Inside, Barry Garelick, William R. Parks Publishing, 2014, $7.95 The “math wars” — debates between those … Continue reading






A Single Homogenous Opinion on Campus

Back to June 2015 Ed Reporter A Single Homogenous Opinion on Campus An April 2015 article at The Onion, a satirical news website, celebrates a (fictitious) school that “encourages a lively exchange of one idea.” Facetiously telling about an invented … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to June 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs Parents of children attending Fairfax County, Virginia schools are unhappy that the school board voted to allow teachers and students use of bathrooms and locker rooms of their choosing, regardless of sex. … Continue reading






Spying on Students

Back to June 2015 Ed Reporter Spying on Students Even as parents become increasingly worried about their children’s personal security and privacy, spying on students is increasing. States who signed on to use Common Core standards must also participate in … Continue reading






Schools Hold Key to Christian Decline

Back to June 2015 Ed Reporter Schools Hold Key to Christian Decline While some say it is a mistake to make too much of the recently announced results of the Pew Research Center survey of American’s religious affiliations over the … Continue reading






Students Forced to “Sit and Stare”

Back to June 2015 Ed Reporter Students Forced to “Sit and Stare” At Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Washington, not one junior took Common Core Smarter Balanced (SBAC) standardized tests this spring. At four other Seattle high schools, district … Continue reading






June 2015 Education Reporter

Students Forced to “Sit and Stare” Schools Hold Key to Christian Decline Spying on Students Education Briefs A Single Homogenous Opinion on Campus Book of the Month: Letters From John Dewey/Letters From Huck Finn: A Look At Math Education From … Continue reading






Disappearing Textbooks

Back to May 2015 Ed Reporter Disappearing Textbooks Textbooks aligned to the Common Core standards were unavailable for states and localities to use when the hurried roll out of new standards began, so many school districts use free curriculum they … Continue reading






Common Core Public Relations Campaigns

Back to May 2015 Ed Reporter Common Core Public Relations Campaigns Public relations campaigns aimed at heading off problems that could appear when students take new Common Core-aligned tests are being launched in states including Illinois, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, … Continue reading






DREAMers Get ‘Teach’ Jobs

Back to May 2015 Ed Reporter DREAMers Get ‘Teach’ Jobs When considering the Teach For America (TFA) program, it is common to think of those accepted to it as the best and brightest American college students, who after graduating from … Continue reading






Don’t Be Like Korea

Back to May 2015 Ed Reporter Don’t Be Like Korea Although American politicians and educators sometimes suggest that the South Korean education system is one the U.S. should emulate, Korean education methods and practices should be avoided. An education analyst … Continue reading






Education Briefs

Back to May 2015 Ed Reporter Education Briefs During an education roundtable at an Iowa community college, while voicing her support for Common Core standards and criticizing those who disagree with her, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stated: “How did we … Continue reading






Atlanta Educators Sentenced to Prison

Back to May 2015 Ed Reporter Atlanta Educators Sentenced to Prison After a six-months-long trial with testimony from 162 witnesses, an Atlanta jury found 11 former Atlanta Public Schools teachers, principals, and administrators guilty of the felony of racketeering for … Continue reading






May 2015 Education Reporter

Stop Common Core Candidate Pledge Atlanta Educators Sentenced to Prison Righting the Common Core Fiasco Education Briefs Don’t Be Like Korea DREAMers Get ‘Teach’ Jobs Book of the Month: The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That … Continue reading






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