America’s war on testing entered a new phase this spring as every state extracted a federal waiver from end-of-year assessments of its school kids in reading and math, and most also skipped their own end-of-course and high-school exit exams.
Thanks to this summer’s surge in political correctness, “Old Nassau” has revisited an old problem: what do with the legacy of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States and, from 1902-1910, Princeton University’s 13th president.
David Brooks has long been a stalwart supporter of education reform, both the choice-and-charters flavor and the testing-and-accountability variety. So it was a real downer to read his recent column declaring that, when it comes to Black America, “Better education is not leading to equality.”
Progressives are bringing attacks on the federal courts to a new low. They began by launching a campaign of character assassination against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. While Democrats had mounted opposition to Samuel Alito and John Roberts for their past writings and official actions, they had not raised claims of sexual harassment since their failed effort to stop the nomination of Clarence Thomas (disclosure — I served as a law clerk for Justice Thomas).
As federal policymakers consider future legislation to address the economic challenges created by COVID-19, they should take the shortest route possible to get aid to those who need it. Where possible, the assistance should go directly to affected individuals and businesses, rather than through the states. If it’s not feasible for the aid to be sent to recipients directly, states should be held accountable for ensuring that those in need are actually getting it.
Physician and author Vivian Lee talks about her book The Long Fix with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Lee argues that we can transform health care in the United States, though it may take a while. She argues that the current fee-for-service system incentivizes doctors to provide services rather than keep patients healthy and that these are not the same thing.
The CEO of Public Prep, a nonprofit charter school network, Ian Rowe, joins Paul Peterson to discuss the “common struggle” for civil rights in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in police custody.
On Thursday, June 25, Lester Grinspoon, M.D. died, one day after his 92nd birthday. This afternoon, I looked at my markups of two of his books, Marihuana Reconsidered, 2nd ed. 1977 and Cocaine: A Drug and Its Social Evolution, co-authored with James B. Bakalar.
Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell discusses his new book Charter Schools and Their Enemiesand Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses last week’s curious Supreme Court DACA and Bostock decisions.
Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life.
On June 30, 2020, Thomas Sowell turns 90. He is one of the most important economic and social thinkers of the last 50 years. I say that, recognizing that his career overlapped such luminaries as Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman.
Kentucky won’t have final results of last week’s state primary until Tuesday. New York could take twice as long. In Pennsylvania, the state’s largest city, Philadelphia, was still tallying mail-in ballots nearly two weeks after its June 2 primary.
Suppose you’re on a trip overseas and you need to buy a shirt, but you don’t know any of the brands. You see two shirts in a store that both look pretty good, but one costs twice as much as the other. You might assume that the more expensive shirt somehow is superior – that it’s better made or that the locals will see it as more stylish. You might decide it’s worth the price and spend the extra money.
What are the costs of kowtowing to China? India faces this question afresh after clashes on its disputed Himalayan boundary last week took the lives of 20 Indian soldiers and an unspecified number of Chinese troops.
George Floyd’s murder and the unrest that has followed have caused many to think about ways they could be more inclusive in both their organizations and personal lives. One small way to be more inclusive is to read more books by Black authors
In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered a relaxing of essential business restrictions, overruling municipal stay-at-home orders. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is apoplectic. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are at loggerheads over who gets to decide whether schools remained closed or open.
A defining feature of the Trump presidency has been the seemingly rock-solid support of his partisan base. When Donald Trump declared at a January 2016 campaign event in Iowa that “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” most observers took it as hyperbole
“The Tubman Command” by Elizabeth Cobbs is the story of Harriet Tubman’s life in 1863. She is a spy for the Union side during the Civil War. She had tried to save her sisters’ lives when they were younger and stood before the auctioneer. But Harriet was not strong enough. Later, her husband, John, left her for a free woman, and Harriet decided she had no use for another man.
The Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (BPEA) is a semi-annual academic conference and journal that pairs rigorous research with real-time policy analysis to address the most urgent economic challenges of the day. This year, we are adding a special third edition of reports and papers on COVID-19’s current and future impact on the economy.