2018年3月27日 星期二

RealClearEd Today: 03/27/2018 

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Education Reform Must Include Discipline Reform

Abel McDaniels, Erin Roth, RCEd

As Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos prepares to rescind President Obama's school discipline guidance, the D.C. Council's Education Committee approved a bold bill that would reaffirm students' right to a public education. These two strategies stand in stark contrast of one another. Rescinding federal guidance leaves suspensions and expulsions up to local discretion, regardless of the disproportionate impact on students of color. The District's proposed legislation, by contrast, would lower the continuing disproportionate impact of exclusionary discipline on historically underserved...

Uncritical Gaze Leads Ed Reformers Astray

Frederick M. Hess, Brendan Bell, TH

A January audit of the D.C. Public Schools reported that more than 900 students or one-third of the system's high school graduates last year should not have received their diplomas, due to truancy and other problems. It turns out that corner-cutting and gamesmanship were largely responsible for record-setting DCPS graduation rates.A January audit of the D.C. Public Schools reported that more than 900 students or one-third of the system's high school graduates last year should not have received their diplomas, due to truancy and other problems. It turns out that corner-cutting...

When Campus Free Speech Is a Marketing Ploy

Osita Nwanevu, Slate

On Jan. 24, it was announced that former White House adviser and Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon had accepted an invitation from University of Chicago business school professor Luigi Zingales to participate in a debate on campus. I can hardly think of a more important issue for new citizens and business leaders of the world than the backlash against globalization and immigration that is taking place not just in America, but in all the Western World, Zingales wrote in a statement. Whether you agree with him or not (and I personally do not), Mr. Bannon has come to interpret and...

Deep-Freezing the Truth at Penn

Heather MacDonald, City Journal

The diversity imperative demands dissimulation and evasion. The academic-achievement gap, the behavioral differences that produce socioeconomic disparities, and the ubiquity of racial preferences must all be suppressed in public discourse, since they undercut the narrative that white racism is the driving force in American society. This dissimulation was on display last week at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, when Dean Ted Ruger announced that law professor Amy Wax would no longer teach mandatory first-year law courses at the school. In a memo announcing his decision, Ruger accused...

Betsy DeVos Needs to Resign

Peter Cunningham & Richard Whitmire, USA Today

She has been roasted on Saturday Night Live, humiliated on 60 Minutes, and interrogated on Capitol Hill. All of which raises the obvious question, will Education Secretary Betsy DeVos be the next to go? And if not, why not?Unlike the ousted Rex Tillerson, who might have been the worst secretary of State in history, DeVos does not have the excuse of an erratic, meddling president with no vision. She inflicts damage to education causes all on her own.

In Defense of Betsy DeVos

Neal McCluskey, Washington Examiner

Other than maybe the highly voluble William Bennett, Ronald Reagan's second education chief (who still has a radio show), it is difficult to think of a U.S. Secretary of Education who has garnered as much attention as Betsy DeVos. But not in a good way. As exemplified by her much-lambasted interview on 60 Minutes recently, from basically the day her nomination was announced she has been condemned as dangerous and unprepared for the job.And it can be difficult to disagree with the latter. Perhaps, that is, unless you think the job should not exist.Would it be useful for advancing the...

To Motivate STEM Students, Ask Them Better Questions

Richard C. Larson, RCEd

What do these four questions have in common?1. Can all the children of Lake Wobegon be above average?2. On average, do your friends on Facebook have more friends than you do?3. Do credit cards make you gain weight?4. How do I estimate distances to nearby stars?

If We Disagree About Morality, How Can We Teach It?

Michael Hand, Aeon

People disagree about morality. They disagree about what morality prohibits, permits and requires. And they disagree about why morality prohibits, permits and requires these things. Moreover, at least some of the disagreement on these matters is reasonable. It is not readily attributable to woolly thinking or ignorance or inattention to relevant considerations. Sensible and sincere people armed with similar life experiences and acquainted with roughly the same facts come to strikingly different conclusions about the content and justification of morality.For examples of disagreement about...

Scholar Who Defended Colonialism Now Defends Himself

Vimal Patel, Chronicle

Bruce Gilley's full-throated defense of colonialism caused an uproar last September. Gilley, a professor of political science at Portland State University, in Oregon, made the unpopular argument in an article for an obscure but respected journal, Third World Quarterly. Thumbing his nose at the overwhelming majority of recent scholarship, he wrote that colonialism had improved many lives, whereas "a century of anticolonial regimes and policies" had taken "a grave human toll."

Spending Bill Rejects Much of DeVos Agenda

M. Balingit, D. Douglas-Gabriel, WP

Congress dealt a blow to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's school choice agenda in a tentative spending bill released late Wednesday, rejecting her attempt to spend more than $1 billion promoting choice-friendly policies and private school vouchers.The House on Thursday approved the $1.3 trillion federal spending package, which includes a $3.9 billion boost for the Education Department. It heads to the Senate for a vote.DeVos had sought to cut Education Department funding by $9 billion about 13 percent. She wanted to eliminate money for after-school programs for needy youth and ax a...

The Third Education Revolution

Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic

When the giant Indian technology-services firm Infosys announced last November that it would open a design and innovation hub in Providence, the company's president said one of the key reasons he chose Rhode Island was its strong network of higher-education institutions: Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Community College of Rhode Island.In a higher-education system that is often divided between two- and four-year colleges and further segregated between elite and nonelite institutions, it's not often that a community college is mentioned in the same breath as an Ivy...

Parkland Students: Our Manifesto to Change America's Gun Laws

Eagle Eye, TG

As a student publication, the Eagle Eye works to tell the stories of those who do not have a voice. Today, we are the ones who feel our voice must be elevated.In the wake of the tragedy that occurred at our school on 14 February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, our lives have changed beyond what we ever imagined. We, along with our publication, have been transformed. We will remain so for the rest of our lives.
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