Peter Berkowitz, the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, notes that the trench warfare between President Obama’s Democratic Party and the House-led Republicans over the budget, entitlements, and regulation reflects a profound and historic difference of opinion over the size and scope of the federal government. Accurately understanding what’s at stake in this struggle requires knowledge of American history. But that’s exactly the kind of subject liberal education is denying today’s college students.
Peter Berkowitz, the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, chair of the Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law, and cochair of the the Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society, notes, on Wall Street Journal TV, that public colleges are legally obligated to keep the classrooms free of politics and that classrooms should be places where students are free to explore ideas.
In 2001, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, a bipartisan effort to mandate national education standards and increase federal funding of education. At the time, critics on both sides of the political spectrum were troubled by the expansion of federal power over education that the act represented and by the education standards the act mandated. Now, nearly half a decade later, has No Child Left Behind been a success? If not, how should it be reformed? Peter Robinson speaks with John E. Chubb and Martin Carnoy.
More than fifty years after the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education, there is still an unacceptable gap between the academic achievements of white and black students in America. In fact, by some standards, black students today perform more poorly than they did fifteen years ago. Why? What role does culture play? Does culture explain the disparate performance of Hispanic and Asian students? And just how should we go about trying to close this gap? Peter Robinson speaks with Bernard Gifford, Abigail Thernststrom, and Stephan Thernstrom.
As administrators foist ‘social justice’ on 4,000 suburban students, parents plead for balance.
Will standards-based testing and accountability improve our nation's education system? In January 2002, President Bush signed into law the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2002. The act calls for a mandatory annual test in reading and math for every child in the nation in the third through eighth grades. Schools that fail to improve their students' scores may be held accountable, possibly losing some federal funding. Supporters of the act say that standards-based testing and accountability are the best ways to monitor and improve the nation's schools. Opponents say that such a regime is largely a political ploy that will do more harm than good. Who's right?
This week on Uncommon Knowledge, host Peter Robinson mediates a discussion between PayPal founder and Stanford Professor Peter Thiel and Velocity Capital Management founder and journalist Andy Kessler on the state of technology and innovation in the United States over the past four decades. Thiel argues that, outside of computers, there has been very little innovation in the past forty years, and the rate of technological change has significantly decreased when compared to the first half of the 20th century. In contrast, Kessler asserts that innovation comes in waves, and we are on the verge of another burst of technological breakthroughs. Industries covered include education, medicine and biotechnology, as well as robots and high tech.
Civics education must not be indoctrination, but it also must not be overlooked. By Peter Berkowitz.
We’ve known for years that our schools are failing huge numbers of students. Now, Hoover fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson show how they’re failing the nation.
In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter interviews Hoover senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education Paul Peterson and Rick Hanushek on education in the United States compared to the rest of the world.
Why is the quality of teachers so low? Just try getting rid of a bad one. Hoover media fellow Peter Schweizer explains.
The major media warned of a movement growing among parents and educators to curtail testing for promotion or graduation.
Grading scales may have drifted in the school so that most grades are As and Bs, without improvements in achievement.
Rhoda Rabkin on The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy by Nicholas Lemann and Standardized Minds: The High Price of America’s Testing Culture by Peter Sacks
How to get back on track after No Child Left Behind