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  • A New Twist on Teaching Economics

    06/21/2017 7:14:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    Greg Caskey is a 27-year-old Abington, Pennsylvania, native who is a social sciences teacher at Delaware Military Academy. The academy is a thriving charter high school in Wilmington, Delaware, that was founded in 2003 by two retired military officers, Charles Baldwin and Jack Wintermantel. Students from all socio-economic backgrounds attend the school, which is doing a stellar job of teaching reading, writing and arithmetic and, just as importantly, moral character and self-discipline. Mr. Caskey is one of the school's standout teachers. He has developed an innovative way of teaching the principles of economics to the school's students -- a curriculum...
  • Undermining Academic Achievement

    03/01/2017 4:16:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2017 | Walter E.Williams
    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement, "The president's decision to ask Betsy DeVos to run the Department of Education should offend every single American man, woman, and child who has benefitted from the public education system in this country." Expressing similar sentiments, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond said, "I expect that Mrs. DeVos will have an incredibly harmful impact on public education and on black communities nationwide." Those and many other criticisms of Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could be dismissed as simply political posturing if we did not have an educational system that...
  • 2016 Highlights Battles Ahead for Choice Schooling

    11/19/2016 5:49:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2016 | Kevin Glass
    The biggest narrative coming out of the toplines of the 2016 election is that Americans voted for change. When it comes to traditional K-12 education, though, many voters showed they’re voting for some of the same status-quo policies that have left so many American parents and children behind.In Massachusetts and Georgia, two major school reform measures were put directly to the voters – and rejected wholesale. Massachusetts’ measure would have increased the artificial cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state, while Georgia’s would have given the state government flexibility to relax rigid rules on failing schools....
  • The STEM Education Challenge

    07/26/2016 11:08:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Allen West
    (Editors’ note: This column is co-authored by Chris MacFarland)New, robust partnerships between the public and private sectors are needed today to attract and educate the young scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians for tomorrow.A stem is the main trunk of a plant, and STEM — short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — is the main trunk of our economy.A plant that gets too little water will fail to grow. Unfortunately, that’s also what’s happening to STEM education in our country today.We’re simply failing to attract and educate a sufficient number of young scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Demand for these...
  • The Future for the Real American Dreamers

    07/13/2016 4:40:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2016 | Allen West
    (Editors’ note: This column was co-authored by Luke Twombly) “Tolerance is a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness” – Sir James Goldsmith“When tolerance becomes a one way street, it leads to cultural suicide” – LTC Allen B. West (USA, Ret)The song by Neil Diamond, “America” is one that expresses the true essence of the attainment of that which we refer to as the American dream. It is here upon these shores where one is rewarded for an indomitable, individual drive…that singular thing we call work ethic. Those are the ingredients which go into that...
  • Education Nightmare Continues

    05/24/2016 8:20:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Armstrong Williams
    For far too many years we’ve tried to address the problem of failing educational achievement in America essentially by ignoring it. And by ignoring it, I mean, throwing money at it and hoping it’ll go away. But yet those problems persist. To wit, in the past year, for the first time in U.S. history, the majority of U.S. public school students fall into the category of the economically impoverished. This, despite the fact that spending per pupil in most American school districts is at an all-time high. There’s a gross disconnect here that no one’s talking about, and no one...
  • What Passes for Anti-School Choice Rhetoric is Frightening

    02/09/2016 1:56:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2016 | Tim Benson
    The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss has inadvertently done the country an invaluable service by allowing the rest of us to travel through the looking-glass into a universe where things are the opposite of real life: the world of far-left thought on education. Strauss gave premium blogspace to a bitter article by a former education fellow for The Progressive magazine, Sarah Lahm. The piece, titled "What Passes for School Choice Rhetoric is Frightening," is rife with errors and half-truths. It is hard to imagine a more factually bankrupt anti-school choice "argument" could be written, and by shining a gigantic spotlight on...
  • Hell Freezes Over

    01/01/2016 5:04:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2016 | Mike Adams
    Some readers may have noticed that six months have passed since I wrote a column criticizing the whacky leftist administration at my university, UNC-Wilmington. I am happy to report the reason for the silence is that the wacky leftist administrators are now gone. In addition to that, on July 1st of this year our university got its first out of the closet conservative chancellor. You heard that right. UNC-Wilmington is now under the leadership of a conservative chancellor. And he makes no effort to hide it. Jose "Zito" Sartarelli is just the man we have been looking for. Unlike me,...
  • Common Core: Where a Wrong Answer Can be Right and the Right Answer Can Be Wrong

    12/02/2015 5:06:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2015 | Lennie Jarrett
    Another Common Core-aligned math problem is going viral. This time a 3rd grade math problem was marked as incorrect even though the student found the correct answer. On the other hand, submissions with the wrong answer have been counted right. The question asked the student to find the result of 5 multiplied by 3, using the "repeated addition strategy." The student wrote "5+5+5" and correctly found the answer to be 15. Apparently, this strategy didn't fit with the Common Core-established method for teaching multiplication, so the teacher punished the student for getting the right answer in a way not prescribed....
  • The Degeneration of American Schools: From Revering the Bible to Reviling the Bible

    10/09/2015 12:13:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Did you know that in 1647, early American settlers passed the “Old Satan Deluder Act” to encourage children’s education so they could learn to read the Bible? According to Christian educator Tim Hoy, “One of the earliest education laws in our country was passed by the early settlers in 1647, called the ‘Old Satan Deluder Act.’ The settlers came to America to escape religious and political persecution in Europe. They believed that the persecutions (acts carried out under Satan’s delusion) were allowed to take place because of the populace’s illiteracy in general and biblical illiteracy in particular. To combat a...
  • Alexander, Murray Bill Tightens the Screws of Mandated Assessments

    06/30/2015 9:56:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jane Robbins
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Heidi Huber, founder of Operation Opt Out Ohio.Parents across the nation are in open revolt against the testing mania that has seized public schools under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Common Core national standards. In some states, thousands of students — 200,000 in New York alone — are refusing the “mandatory” assessments. One would think the Washington politicos who are writing the NCLB reauthorization bill would take note of this widespread rebellion and would ease — or better still, eliminate — the federal testing requirements. But unlike the repentant thief who...
  • ESPN: The Enlightened Socialist Progressive Network

    05/11/2015 2:48:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Watching ESPN is painful these days. What used to be a good sports channel is now a platform for bad pop sociology and “progressive” political commentary. The commentary was in full force recently as I watched a sports commentator try to explain how the riots in Baltimore were a function of socio-economic factors. He had it wrong from the beginning. The cultural disintegration that is happening in Baltimore – and, indeed, all around the country – is not due to a lack of money. It is mainly due to a lack of education – or, to put it more bluntly,...
  • The Past Is the Present

    03/11/2015 3:22:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    The past is never dead. It's not even past.--William Faulkner A friendly critic wants to know why go on and on about historical events when this is supposed to be a column mainly about current events, not past ones. Even though he knows full well that in response he'll get another lecture about the continuing relevance of the past to the present, and why ignoring the connection may result only in replaying past tragedies. Santayana said it: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The three biggest challenges facing American society remain education, education and...
  • Taylor Swift's Bad Investment

    03/05/2015 6:42:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    Pop star Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the New York City public school system. Swift, who was named the world's sixth most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, has commendably performed numerous acts of charity since moving into her $20 million Tribeca residence last year, including visits with sick children at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The age and cultural divide notwithstanding (she's 25, I'm not, and Elvis was my adolescent icon), I like Taylor Swift, but her money would have been better invested with much higher returns somewhere other than the dreadful New York City public schools, whose problems are...
  • Let’s Destroy Liberal Academia

    03/02/2015 4:23:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    It’s time to give current university system the Old Yeller treatment, except normal Americans will giggle when this rabid mongrel gets put down. Sure, the legions of administrative timeservers, otherwise unemployable tenure ticks, and loan-loaded future baristas who infest our colleges will be plenty sad. After all, their free ride will come to an end when we derail their gravy train. And it shall be glorious, for the tears they shed when forced into a world that demands achievement, effort and accountability, will be a powerful tonic for productive citizens like us who have carried these obnoxious parasites for the...
  • Education is Too Important Not to Leave to the Marketplace

    01/27/2015 4:23:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ron Paul
    This week, events around the country will highlight the importance of parental control of education as part of National School Choice Week. This year's events should attract more attention than prior years because of the growing rebellion against centralized education sparked by the federal Common Core curriculum. The movement against Common Core has the potential to change American education. However, anti-Common Core activists must not be misled by politicians promoting "reforms" of the federal education bureaucracy, or legislation ending Common Core while leaving all other federal education programs intact. The only way to protect American children from future Common Core-like...
  • Let's Repeal Reality

    10/10/2014 5:56:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Katherine Timpf is young, beautiful and very sane. Oh, have I said something wrong? Good. Writing for National Review, Timpf covers the complete flight from reality that characterizes today's progressivism/feminism. A quick glance at her recent titles gives the flavor of the world they seek to create and impose. "Feminists: Remove World War II Sailor Statue Because It's 'Sexual Assault'" (that would be the iconic image from Times Square on VJ Day in 1945). "Feds Spending Money To Find Out Why Obese Girls Get Fewer Dates." "Feminists: Slow Motion Is Sexist." And today's installment: "Schools Told to Call Kids 'Purple...
  • Look Who's Data Mining Your Toddlers

    10/10/2014 4:16:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Attention, parents: Have your little ones been subjected to "TS Gold" in school yet? If you care about student privacy, data mining and classroom intrusions, you might want to start asking questions and protecting your children now before it's too late. What's happening here in Colorado with this onerous testing regime is happening everywhere. Informed families and teachers from all parts of the political spectrum agree: It's a Big Government/Big Business "gold" rush you don't want to join. "TS Gold" stands for Teaching Strategies Gold. This "school readiness assessment system" was mandated in our state several years ago. It has...
  • Teacher Indoctrination

    10/08/2014 4:51:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Students at several Jefferson County, Colorado, high schools walked out to protest the school board's recently proposed curriculum review committee that seeks to promote patriotism, respect for authority, free enterprise, plus the positive aspects of U.S. history. The teachers union, whose members forced two high schools to close by calling in sick, is against the implementation of performance-based pay. The union has encouraged and applauded student protests against what it's calling academic censorship.The average parent and taxpayer has little idea of what is being taught to our youngsters. In February 2006, I wrote a column titled "Indoctrination of Our Youth,"...
  • Dems Try to Kill Education Funding in the Name of "Political Correctness"

    10/06/2014 1:45:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Political correctness is apparently more important than educating children. At least that’s the message I take away from a Colorado Democrat’s plan to defund schools that have “unauthorized” mascots. Wielding the self-righteous tomahawk of political correctness, Democrat Joe Salazar has decided to leverage Colorado’s pawns kids as a bargaining chip in his effort to rid the world of “offensive” Native American mascots.Under the Thornton legislator’s plan, schools will be required to seek permission from Native American tribes for their western-themed mascots, or go without any state funding. (On the bright side, I can now honestly say I’ve seen a Democrat propose...