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Analysis and Commentary

Pity The History Teachers

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

As the start of the school year rushes toward us, millions of teachers across America are girding themselves for their new role as “essential workers” during a persistent pandemic, looking ahead with trepidation to teaching while wearing masks, behind Plexiglas, and to students who will have been out of the classroom for six months or more.


Antifa Scorns College Diversity

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Washington Times
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Antifa Handbook shows that universities can never satisfy Antifa's 'revolutionary' goals.


Is It Finally, At Long Last, Time For Religious Charter Schools?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Seventeen long years ago, I urged the creation of “religious charter schools,” either encouraging their start from scratch or—more realistically—allowing extant Catholic and other faith-based schools to convert to charter status without having to forego the religious elements that distinguish them and that many parents crave for their children.

In the News

A Book That’s A Must-Read For Education Reformers

featuring Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia National Review
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Our education system is a rousing success — if you want it to produce young people who abhor our traditions. On the other hand, if you think it should educate them about our history and institutions, warts and all, so they can lead lives as productive citizens, it is failing miserably.

In the News

Foreign-Student Income Disappearing For Universities

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

In mere months, lockdown measures meant to slow the coronavirus contagion have exposed glaring vulnerabilities throughout global supply chains. One of those supply chains involves millions of international students that keep Western universities financially afloat every year, including here in Canada. Now that scheme is vulnerable.

In the News

Walter Williams: Charter Schools Blowing Public Schools Out Of The Water On Testing

featuring Thomas Sowellvia CNS News
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Dr. Thomas Sowell has just published "Charter Schools and Their Enemies." He presents actual test scores of students in traditional public schools and charter schools on the New York State Education Department's annual English language arts test and its Mathematics Test.

In the News

Teachers Unions In The Post-Janus World

quoting Terry M. Moevia Education Next
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

As school-district officials weigh whether and how to reopen schools this fall during the continuing threat from Covid-19, negotiations with teachers unions will pose a key challenge. Unions at the local level have already shaped districts’ remote-learning strategies during the shutdown, pushing back in some places against what they see as unfair demands on teachers trying to deliver instruction via videoconferencing. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: A Landmark Supreme Court Decision On Scholarships For Religious Schools

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, July 6, 2020

A professor of political science at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Joshua Dunn, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, and the implications it could have for school choice and religious-school parents

Charters Close The Achievement Gap, Says Thomas Sowell

with Thomas Sowell
Friday, July 3, 2020

The economist Thomas Sowell turned 90 on June 30. He has made a career out of judging public policies by their actual results rather than their stated intentions and wished-for effects. As befits one of the great minds of our era, he celebrated his 90th birthday by doing what anyone would do on such an occasion, namely, by publishing a book—Charter Schools and Its Enemies, from Basic Books—analyzing charter schools, their effects, and those who oppose them.


Niall Ferguson On The Remnant With Jonah Goldberg

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg
Friday, July 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the destruction of critical thinking in universities.


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