Ron Isaac: What Would Scott Say?

Wednesday, Jun, 15 at 12:59 pm,

He sat in the last seat of the first row near the back door of my middle school English class. No trouble as long as you left him alone. No [...]

District blames Celesta for gaps in math skills – (part 2)

Thursday, Jun, 09 at 10:34 am,

Laurie H. Rogers – Celesta is an 11th grader in Spokane Public Schools who carried a 3.6 GPA, got As in all of her math classes, passed all of her math tests and who did so well she was placed last fall into honors pre-calculus.

Who cares about Celesta?

Monday, Jun, 06 at 5:47 pm,

Laurie H. Rogers – Celesta is a high school junior in Spokane Public Schools. She’s a good
student – “attentive,” she says. But she’s missing basic math skills, and
she’s struggling to get through her 11th-grade math class.

Agenda Game

Saturday, Jun, 04 at 1:48 pm,

Beverly K. Eakman – Conservatives and traditionalists are losing ground on many fronts, especially social issues, because, until recently, they haven’t understood the dynamics of the liberal-left’s Agenda Game.

Waving Goodbye to Public Education

Thursday, Jun, 02 at 4:04 pm,

Peter Stern – Texas Legislature doing what it does best…. removing tax dollars from public education

The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture

Tuesday, May, 24 at 3:53 pm,

Western civilization is approaching bankruptcy, literally and spiritually. The welfare state has been revealed to be a self-destructive farce with no long-term benefit to anyone but a small group of quasi-totalitarian elites.

Public Education Funding Must Focus on Classroom, Instructional Materials

Monday, May, 23 at 12:32 pm,

Ken Mercer – …this year the SBOE provided budget writers with $3 billion of non-tax revenues form the Permanent School Fund. The price tag for the new instructional materials is under $500 million, one sixth of the amount we transferred to legislative budget writers.

Understanding the Educational Needs of Boys

Friday, May, 20 at 11:26 am,

Matthew Lynch – Too many boys are struggling in schools today. Dr. Leonard Sax, a staunch proponent of the single-sex schools, suggests several reasons for this phenomenon.

The Separation of Religion and School

Monday, May, 16 at 11:24 am,

Matthew Lynch – In 1996, a New Jersey Highland Regional High School student sued the school because of the school’s decision to have a prayer before graduation.

Marc Tucker and the take over of public education by the feds

Saturday, May, 14 at 12:52 pm,

This federal thrust was touted as the answer to Bennett’s “A Nation At Risk”. However, in order to participate (receive federal funds),each Governor was advised that its state eduction statutes had to be revised in order to receive grants that would reflect the reform underway. Each

The Higher Education Governor Rides Again…

Wednesday, May, 04 at 11:04 am,

Peter Stern – How can so many Texans continue to be fooled by The Emperor’s New Clothes? Approximately 5 years ago, Texas Governor Rick Perry placed his 10-gallon Stetson on his famous head of hair, polished his snake skin cowboy boots and galloped around the state pushing for the deregulation of tuition at higher education institutions.

The Silver Bullet: Look in a Different Place

Saturday, Apr, 23 at 9:57 pm,

John Jensen, Ph.D. – The last idea there, “easy to use,” hints at why so much of the national discussion of education has resulted in so little improvement. Check me on this, but everything I find treated routinely in the national media about education is hard to use. Unions? Federal policy? Allocating billions? Redefining curriculum?


Wednesday, Apr, 20 at 6:39 am,

Will Fitzhugh – It seems that the academic expository writing of our public high school students will rise, or fall, to the level of our expectations.

Is There a Silver Bullet?

Monday, Apr, 18 at 9:30 am,

John Jensen, Ph.D. – You might dispute whether silver bullets kill werewolves, but a nuance of the picture lingers: a specific, quick, effective solution to a difficult problem that may seem almost magical. One is rightly skeptical of any proposed for the multi-directional tug-of-war comprising education. A priori no specific solution should unravel such a tangle.

Honoring a beloved teacher, Ron Moeller

Saturday, Apr, 16 at 1:01 pm,

Joe Nathan – This is the story of a beloved public school teacher. It’s about Ron Moeller, who recently died at age 48. More than 300 St. Paul, Minnesota parents, educators and students attended a spaghetti dinner and memorial service in his honor last week.


Wednesday, Apr, 13 at 1:03 pm,

Sonam Shahani – The fact that it’s been so long since I’ve written speaks to how busy this semester has been. As a full-time student teacher in 5th grade, it has taken me months to get used to the full-time job schedule.

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