2018年4月17日 星期二

RealClearEd Today: 04/17/2018 

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Nat'l Academic Standards Have Produced a Lot of Nothing

Jonathan Butcher, RCEd

We all want students to succeed, so the publication of national test results naturally launches a scramble to interpret the scores and figure out what is and is not working.Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released the latest Nation's Report Card, documenting results from the standardized reading and math tests taken every two years by 4th and 8th grade students. In both subjects, the national average scores remain essentially unchanged from 2015 for both grades (with the exception of a 2-point improvement in 8th grade reading). National average scores have now remained steady for...

Don't Revoke Obama School Discipline Letter

Bonnie Coleman, Fatima Graves, USAT

Both of us are black women in leadership positions: one a congresswoman, the other the president of a national non-profit organization. We are path breakers, and in our roles we successfully manage large staffs and fight for policies that will help others. We are smart, assertive and confident, and use those traits regularly to support others and guide decision-making. We speak up and expect others to listen. These are undisputed and highly prized qualities of a leader.But when we were black girls in school, these same leadership qualities were rarely rewarded. Our assertiveness and...

Community Colleges, the PROSPER Act, & Student Success

Rep. Virginia Foxx, RCEd

April is Community College Awareness Month. Community colleges have provided the path for millions of Americans to reach the goals they have for themselves. Community colleges have also changed the face and the future of many communities across America by developing programs in specific areas and economies that need to grow and thrive.Some of the most informative and transformative years of my life were spent as an instructor and administrator at Mayland Community College in North Carolina. Since that time, as a member of Congress, it's been my duty to work with people across the country to...

When Nothing Works: On Millennial Discontent

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Commentary

Why do Millennials like socialism? According to a recent poll, 58 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have a favorable view of it, compared with only 23 percent of those between 55 and 64. It would be easy to chalk up this difference to the idea that people get smarter as they get older. But there are other reasons that this generation has soured on capitalism and that their views may not change much as they get older. Start with this: Ninety percent of Americans born in 1940 made more money than their parents. But as Malcolm Harris writes in his book Kids These Days, it's...

Dear Humanities Profs: We Are the Problem

Eric Bennett, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Can the average humanities professor be blamed if she rises in the morning, checks the headlines, shivers, looks in the mirror, and beholds a countenance of righteous and powerless innocence? Whatever has happened politically to the United States, it's happened in stark opposition to the values so many philosophers and English professors, historians and art historians, creative writers and interdisciplinary scholars of race, class, and gender hold dear.We are, after all, the ones to include diverse voices on the syllabus, use inclusive language in the classroom, teach stories of minority...

University of the Swamp

Ken Masugi, American Greatness

Is this just a gratifying dream or a frightful, dangerous fancy: to have a government agency that cracks down on the sources of intellectual and spiritual pollution the way the Environmental Protection Agency treats manufacturers that produce toxic pollutants?The dream is reality, at least in part, as evidenced by the recent intervention and inquiry of the Department of Justice in lawsuits against Harvard and other elite colleges and universities. The real monster here is not expanded powers of government that might endanger free minds in higher education but rather the administrative state...

The Story Behind the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout

Deven Carlson, Brookings

National news stories have frequently framed the Oklahoma teacher walkout as a red-state revolt, a sudden explosion of dissatisfaction with education funding in the Sooner State. Such a framing is understandable. After all, who expected deep-red Oklahoma to be the site of massive protests over the state of public services? Although the red-state revolt framing is intuitive, it greatly oversimplifies a highly complex issue.Education funding in Oklahomaand the inseparable issue of teacher salarieshas been a long-simmering frustration of citizens in the state. And while the...

How Much Control Do Unions Have Over Teacher Walkouts?

Mike Antonucci, 74

As I write this, the Oklahoma teachers strike has entered its second week. Large-scale protests have also taken place in Kentucky and Arizona. Coupled with the strike in West Virginia, we have now had more than seven weeks of almost entirely positive media coverage, local school district support, and an extraordinarily quick legislative response for teacher job actions.So the question in Oklahoma and elsewhere is, What will it take to end the teacher walkout?The answer, unfortunately, is no one knows not even the teachers unions.

Cruz's Parkland Massacre Is Far From Whole Story

Paul Sperry, RCInvestigations

Broward County, Fla., school officials portray as a great success their Obama administration-inspired program offering counseling to students who break the law, instead of having them arrested or expelled. They insist that it played no role in February's school massacre by Nikolas Cruz. They also claim that in fact juvenile recidivism rates are down and school safety is up, thanks to the program.The evidence tells a far different story.Broward County juvenile justice division records, federal studies of Broward school district safety and the district's own internal reporting show that years...

Inside America's Public Schools

Josephine Sedgwick, The New York Times

Broken laptops, books held together with duct tape, an art teacher who makes watercolors by soaking old markers.Teacher protests have spread rapidly from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona in recent months. We invited America's public school educators to show us the conditions that a decade of budget cuts has wrought in their schools.We heard from 4,200 teachers. Here is a selection of the submissions, condensed and edited for clarity.

Why Stop States From Helping Student Borrowers?

Adam Harris, The Atlantic

Every year, the Department of Education issues billions of dollars in student loans. And every year, outside companies are contracted to collect on those loans. The loans themselves are the subject of fierce debate among the higher-education crowdbut how they are collected tends to draw the most ire.Borrowers have reported that these outside companiesloan servicers, they're calledhave lost their paperwork, made it harder than it should be to to zero out their balances after becoming totally disabled, and incorrectly calculated their income when registering for a repayment plan based...

Steven Pinker's Myth of a Secular Harvard

Francis X. Clooney, Commonweal

Steven Pinker's new book, Enlightenment Now, moves along quickly and lucidly, as one expects from a practiced popular speaker and writer. Its larger thesis merits the attention of anyone who wants to think properly, and with some historical perspective, about life on earth today. Given how dark the daily news cycles tend to be, we can all benefit from being reminded of the solid and wholesome progress we are making for the betterment of the human race. Pinker tells us, again and again, of the need to safeguard the attitudes and values that sustain integral human progress: freedom of inquiry,...
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