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






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