Monthly Archives: April 2014

How to Improve Teacher Preparation Programs

How to Improve Teacher Preparation Programs The Obama administration wants to improve teacher preparation programs.  Here are some real suggestions from a real teacher:

Economics Book Surging to Top of NYT Bestseller List Hints at Growing Public Support for Economic Reform

Economics Book Surging to Top of NYT Bestseller List Hints at Growing Public Support for Economic Reform Usually economics books have a hard time garnering readers, but a 700-page tome by French economist Thomas Piketty has suddenly topped the NYT bestseller list.  Does this mean that the public is finally waking up to the dangers […]

What TIME Gets Wrong About College Rankings…And What That Could Hurt Everybody

What TIME Gets Wrong About College Rankings…And What That Could Hurt Everybody Soon the Obama administration will rank all colleges and universities according to their affordability, accessibility, and graduation rates.  TIME has created an interactive rubric readers can use to create their own college rankings…but makes a big error in guessing how colleges will try […]

U.S. Supreme Court Creates “Tyranny of the Majority” Debate by Affirming Michigan Referendum’s Ban on Race-Based College Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court Creates “Tyranny of the Majority” Debate by Affirming Michigan Referendum’s Ban on Race-Based College Admissions In 2006 voters in Michigan voted to ban race-based college admissions, but the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the referendum on the grounds that it violated the U.S. constitution’s equal protection clause.  The U.S. Supreme […]

With U.S. Military Cuts Looming, Who Decides Which Service Members Get Laid Off?

With U.S. Military Cuts Looming, Who Decides Which Service Members Get Laid Off? The U.S. Army may have to reduce its numbers to 420,000 by the end of the decade, down from a peak of 570,000 at the peak of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In the midst of the stringent cuts, some layoffs […]

Controversial “Anti-Bullying” Flier Says What We Don’t Want to Hear About Real Bullying

Controversial “Anti-Bullying” Flier Says What We Don’t Want to Hear About Real Bullying An elementary school in Lincoln, Nebraska has provoked the ire of many parents after a controversial flier with nine “tips” to minimize the harmful effects of bullying was sent home with some fifth-grade students.  The offending advice?  Turn the other cheek.  However, […]

Want to Fix Education? Empower Teachers

Want to Fix Education? Empower Teachers A slew of recent articles reveals a number of problems with K-12 public education…but there is one simple solution!