California’s latest K–12 test scores were released earlier this month. Despite spending 26 percent more per pupil after inflation since 2011, test scores remain low, and improvement is proceeding at a glacial pace. Just 40 percent of California schoolchildren are proficient at math. What should be done? Seattle’s idea is to teach their students that US math education is racist, is used to oppress people of color and the disadvantaged, and has been used to exploit natural resources.
"Baby Shark, do do, do-do, do-do, Baby Shark, do do, do-do, do-do. . . . ” I am not sure how reassuring I would find that song if I were 15 months old, in a car surrounded by a crowd of political protesters. However, credit to them for doing their best to soothe the little Lebanese lad, whose mother had made the mistake of driving into their demonstration last week.
Tom G. Palmer, at Cato @ Liberty, has written a moving tribute to Vladimir Bukovsky, who died yesterday at age 76. I had always wondered why the Soviet government didn’t outright murder him. I think I understand a little better after reading Tom’s tribute.
Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen talks about the House of Representatives' plan to take its first vote to support the ongoing impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump and the potential implications for the presidential election.
Recently, there has been a push to lower the voting age from 18 to 16. Last March, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal), advocated the voting age to be lowered. "I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said. “I think it's really important to capture kids when they're in high school, when they're interested in all of this, when they're learning about government, to be able to vote.” Other supporters include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass).
What remains of ISIS -- the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria -- is yet to acknowledge the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who died in a raid by US forces in northern Syria on Saturday.
The two technologists, in conversation with Hoover Institution fellow Amy Zegart, shared visions for ethical education, concerns for data privacy and the need for integrating technology in policy-making — bridging “the suits and the hoodies,” as Hoffman jokingly said — while acknowledging that the misuse of technology could lead to unintended harm.