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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The NCLB Paradox Enters the Twilight Zone

by Diane Ravitchvia Education Week
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Over the past week, you and I have each weighed in on the defects of testing...

Analysis and Commentary

The Congressional Seizure Of Private Health Care Plans

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The current incoherent struggle over health care reform is fast coming to a head...

Analysis and Commentary

Life, Death and DDT

by Henry I. Millervia Far Eastern Economic Review
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Scientists recently discovered in Southeast Asia the first evidence of resistance to the world's most effective drugs for treating malaria, the artemisinins...

Analysis and Commentary

The Underdogs

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It is a good reflection on Americans that they tend to be on the side of the underdog...

Analysis and Commentary

Choosing The Right College

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

There is so much for high school seniors and their parents to know about colleges that they not only need to get a lot of information but also need to make sure it is the right kind of information...

Analysis and Commentary

Two-Front Wars — Theirs and Ours

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Monday, September 21, 2009

Something is not quite right about the conventional wisdom about the Afghanistan war...

Analysis and Commentary

Competition in Media Works

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, September 21, 2009

When I read that President Obama would make the rounds of all the major network news shows except that of Fox News Channel, I was skeptical that any hard information would come out...

Analysis and Commentary

Is The Stimulus Working?

by Charles Calomiris with John F. Cogan, John B. Taylorvia National Journal
Monday, September 21, 2009

As time goes by and data piles up, the debate is heating up over whether President Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill is responsible for the apparent improvement in the economy...

Analysis and Commentary

The Feds' Attack on Freedom of Speech

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, September 21, 2009

Not the Fed, as in Bernanke, but the Feds, as in the federal government...

Analysis and Commentary

Fending Off Failure in Afghanistan

by Kori Schakevia Washington Post
Monday, September 21, 2009

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top military commander in Afghanistan, in a confidential assessment submitted to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, warns in grim and urgent language that he needs additional troops — from 10,000 up to 45,000 more in the next year — or the conflict “will likely result in failure.”...

Analysis and Commentary

The fallacy of respecting the presidency

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, September 21, 2009

After Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted out “You lie!” during President Obama's speech to Congress last week, one of Obama's cheerleaders at The New York Times intoned gravely that even if one disapproves of a given officeholder, one ought to show respect for the office...

In the News
In the News

Democrats on path to repeat housing disaster

with Russell Robertsvia Washington Examiner
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

With all the attention paid to the health care battle, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, and the president's "Full Ginsburg" appearances on five Sunday talk shows, few people noticed a hearing with an exceedingly boring title -- "Proposals to Enhance the Community Reinvestment Act" -- held last week in the House Financial Services Committee...

In the News

City charter students narrow gap between Harlem and Scarsdale

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Gotham Schools
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New York City charter school students are performing so well on state tests that they may soon catch up to students in Scarsdale, the upscale suburb north of the city, according to an extensive update of a multi-year charter study released today...

In the News

Charter school students fare better academically than noncharter pupils, claims new study

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Daily News
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Students in city charter schools, where the instruction day is usually longer, fare better overall than their noncharter counterparts, a new study claims...

In the News

Recession winners: historians and hedge funds

with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

That’s it, then...

In the News

Skills Set Drafted For Students Nationwide

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Washington Post
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Experts convened by the nation's governors and state schools chiefs on Monday proposed a set of math and English skills students should master before high school graduation, the first step toward what advocates hope will become common standards driving instruction in classrooms from coast to coast...

In the News

Study bares charter advantage for kids

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia New York Post
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The difference is off the charts...

In the News

Charter Schools Pass Key Test in Study

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New York City students who win a lottery to enroll in charter schools outperform those who don't win spots and go on to attend traditional schools, according to new research to be released Tuesday...

In the News

Study Shows Better Scores for Charter School Students

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia New York Times
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Students who entered lotteries and won spots in New York City charter schools performed better on state exams than students who entered the same lotteries but did not secure charter school seats, according to a study by a Stanford University economist being released Tuesday...

In the News

‘China’s unofficial empire’, as perceived by Niall Ferguson

with Niall Fergusonvia Asian Investor (Hong Kong)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"We're in a period of transition of great powers becoming weak powers," said Professor Niall Ferguson in the keynote speech at the CLSA conference in Hong Kong yesterday...