Dec 17, 2016 ~ Teresa Mull, 'Teacher Pension Crisis Is Punishing Children and Taxpayers' - $500 Billion shortfall - further proof that public sector unions and pension systems in general are unsustainable
Dec 31, 2016 ~ David Solway, 'The End of the University?' - useless majors like Gender Studies, Peace Studies, Fat Studies, Black Studies, Aboriginal Studies, Queer Studies, etc. The dilution of the more respectable subjects, no longer recognizable in their purpose
Feb 4, 2017 ~ Rich Lowry. 'The Shameful War on Betsy DeVos'. Dems hate the idea of school choice even though it has benefited the poor. They smear her by saying she doesn't care about punishing sexual assault because she wants to restore due process which dems don't think is important.
Feb 14, 2017 ~ Michael S. Goldstein, 'A Brief and Appalling History of the Department of Education' - No constitutional basis for federal involvement in education - started small but as usual grew to $70 Billion, 5000 employee monstrosity. Suck tax dollars up, doles some back down.
Feb 14, 2017 ~ Thomas Sowell, 'Education at a Crossroads' The great Dr. Sowell comes out of retirement to argue for once in a lifetime opportunity of confirming Betsy Devos so that inner city kids have a chance for a good education. Argues for why vouchers and school choice can work better.
Feb 14, 2017 ~ Protesters initially physically block DeVos from entering a DC school she is trying to help - screaming 'shame shame shame' at her. She said 'No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation's school children.' This is the modern left.
Mar 13, 2017 ~ Peter Hasson, 'New York To Scrap Literacy Test For Teachers In The Name Of Diversity'. Too many black, Hispanic teachers can't pass the test so as usual the standards are lowered or scrapped. More important for teachers skin to 'match our student body'. Students are the losers.
Apr 8, 2017 ~ Walter Williams, 'Educational Sabotage' Obama restorative justice decrees requiring black students not be disciplined in school because it was out of proportion to other races have been proven failures. The result is that schools now are more dangerous and education is worse.
Apr 10, 2017 ~ Daniel Pipes, 'A Return to the Academy'. Former academic laments how toxic higher education has become - race, sex, nationality and religion based political correctness is beyond out of control - avoid big issues to obsess about obscure micro issues.
May 28, 2017 ~ Kay Hymowitz 'Unsayable Truths about a Failing High School' Videos show the level of violence, rudeness, disrespect, profanity etc. directed at teachers, students in failing black high schools. These problems are never permitted to be addressed so that kids who want to can learn.
Aug 1, 2017 ~ Elliot Kaufman, 'How Low Will the Teachers' Unions Go?'. Teachers' Unions and the left make ridiculous false claims that those pro school choice are racists and then compares them to climate deniers. The reality is poor minorities would benefit the most from school choice.
Sep 15, 2017 ~ Austin Community College Professor Rob Ranco tweets 'I'd be ok if #BetsyDevos was sexually assaulted. #SexualAssault #TitleIX' Was Sexually Assaulted' because Devos is restoring the due process rights guaranteed by the constitution. Due process is an essential protection.
Sep 28, 2017 ~ John Stossel, 'Disabled by Government' - Universities have made vast amounts of courses available online but are having to take them down because they don't comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and its too expensive to add captions to all. Unintended consequences.
Oct 9, 2017 ~ Wall Street Journal reports that more and more schools are eliminating Valedictorian Award saying it leads to unhealthy competition - we are living more and more in a participation trophy world.
Oct 14, 2017 ~ Katherine Timpf, 'The Disgusting Harvard Protest against Betsy DeVos'. Vile protesters held 'White Supremist' signs in front of her and shouted slogans over her speech. 'That's what white supremacy looks like!' Her policies have helped black people far more than democrats'.
Nov 12, 2017 ~ Larry Elder, 'Black-on-Black Racism at Cornell' American black people are upset because colleges admit more foreign blacks than American blacks. But foreign blacks outscore them on SATs etc. that are supposed to be racially biased tests. Detroit 4% 8th graders sufficient at math.
Dec 3, 2017 ~ Sheriff David Clarke 'Statistical Bigotry' Liberals demand that black children be held to different standards of behavior. Teachers must allow them to be disruptive, even violent. Disciplining or calling the police for assault is racist. Teachers must deal with lack of parenting.
Dec 5, 2017 ~ Walter Williams, 'Diversity Obsession'. 'Black parents should not allow their sons and daughters to attend a college where they would not be admitted if they were white.' It does them more harm than good. The only goal is meeting diversity quotas and making liberals feel good.
Dec 12, 2017 ~ Walter Williams, 'Black Self-Sabotage'. Baltimore ranks 3rd in nation per pupil spending. In many high schools 0% test proficient yet they graduate and many accepted in college. Violent and disruptive behavior accepted. Holding these kids to different standards is not helping.
Dec 16, 2017 ~ Katherine Rodriguez, "45 Pennsylvania Teachers Resign over Students' Violent Behavior" No longer permitted to properly discipline or suspend violent students. 'those who raise concerns' are called racist. With legit concerns going unaddressed, teachers are just giving up.
Dec 16, 2017 ~ Kyle Smith, 'Too Many Americans Are Going to College'. Lower and lower academic standards, more and more totally worthless degrees. Higher education has become a huge racket. Colleges accept for the money. 45% don't graduate in 5 years. Many would be better off learning a trade.
Dec 20, 2017 ~ Walter Williams, 'Undermining Academic Achievement' - black 12th graders, 17% proficient in reading, 7% in math. In Detroit, 7% reading and 4% math. Problem not a lack of funding. The most money is spent on the worst schools in DC and Detroit. DeVos wants to give them a choice.
Dec 28, 2017 ~ Walter Williams, 'Educational Rot' Professor Williams looks at another reason for poor performance by black students. The quality of the teachers has fallen to abysmal levels - 700 Georgia teachers failed VERY EASY certification - 300 failed 5 or more times.
Dec 29, 2017 ~ David Solway 'Why I quit teaching'. Hiring is done based on race, gender. Too much time having to discipline unruly students. Calibar and capability of the students have fallen so far, its pointless. 'The ability to write a coherent English sentence was practically nonexistent.'
Jan 8, 2018 ~ Lenore Skenazy & Jonathan Haidt article, 'The Fragile Generation' - Helicopter parenting has become the norm - not good for kids - they don't learn to evaluate risks - they don't learn from mistakes and they need authority figures to always watch over them.
Jan 11, 2018 ~ Kerri Toloczko, 'Making School Lunch Edible Again' - Administration undoing Michelle Obama's failed program - her intentions were good but it was a one size fits all program and solutions tailored to local conditions are what works.
Feb 25, 2018 ~ DC's Graduation Rate Scandal. Frank W. Ballou High School and others were praised as Obama Era reform success stories. Obama visited some. 100% of seniors graduating. Investigation found massive fraud. Many could barely read or write. Half missed more than 3 months of school.
Mar 10, 2018 ~ Segregated staff meetings were instituted at Nichols Middle School in Evanston, Ill. because of a big gap in test scores between blacks and whites. Which was of course assumed to be due to racism. In other schools where these measures were taken black scores fell instead of rose.
Mar 11, 2018 ~ Years After Obama's School Lunch Rules, Kids Fatter Than Ever - Obama lunch program was not only widely disliked by the students, it did not even achieve the desired results - the opposite in fact. Childhood obesity continues to rise. - Thomas Phippen
May 15, 2018 ~ John Stossel, 'Hating DeVos' - Taxpayers spend $634 Billion per year on education, tripled over 30 years but test scores stayed flat - DOE spends $193 Billion, DeVos wanted to cut but got $2 Billion increase - Charter schools deliver better results.
Jun 9, 2018 ~ Andrew G. Biggs 'Myths about Teacher Pay'. 70% said needs to be raised but underestimated by $20K what they thought teachers made $39.5K vs actual average $58.3K - even teachers underestimated - majority does not support when found out real salaries - pensions are also generous
Jun 9, 2018 ~ Walter Williams, 'Past Versus Present Americans'. In Baltimore, 4 teachers or school staff are assaulted in schools PER DAY. In Philadelphia, 'on an average day 25 students, teachers, or other staff members were victims of a violent crime'. Can't expel or even discipline them.
Jun 17, 2018 ~ Tenured Economist Professor Bryan Caplan writes a book called 'The Case Against Education' explaining why higher education is not worth it for most people and is essentially a very expensive fraud. Most kids don't learn anything useful, Arrogant ignorance. Cost far too high now.
Jun 21, 2018 ~ DOJ gets University of Michigan anti-harassment policy changed which said 'the most important indication of bias is your own feelings' - has to be more objective than that.
Jun 21, 2018 ~ Walter Williams, 'Educational Fraud Continues'. 83% of black high school graduates cannot read at 12 grade level. 93% could not do math at that level. Only 17% test college ready but colleges admit 58%. 'Very often, when they graduate from college' still not at 12th-grade level.
Jun 24, 2018 ~ Sheriff David Clarke, 'Obama Era School Discipline Reform Decreases Public School Scores, Increases Bad Behavior' - was based on the false assumption that black children were disciplined more because of racism - by not punishing bad behavior, they predictably got more of it.
Sep 19, 2018 ~ Trump Education Department under Betsy DeVos restores essential 'due process' back into the way colleges investigate and handle allegations of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. The elimination of due process has been a disaster but dems prefer kangaroo courts.
Sep 28, 2018 ~ Walter Williams, 'University Corruption' - 'All across the country the big question now in STEM is how can we promote more women and minorities by 'changing' [i.e., lowering] the requirements we had previously set for graduate level study'.
Oct 7, 2018 ~ Walter Williams, 'Racial Disparities in School Discipline'. Obama DOJ guidelines to 'fix' so called 'disparate impact' in discipline led to 42.5% reduction in black suspensions and led to a massive increase in teacher assaults and non-conducive behavior.
Oct 14, 2018 ~ A group of bloggers submit nonsensical papers in fake fields such as Gender Studies. Many were accepted for publication including a chapter of Mein Kampf, one about dog rape culture and others that were random victimhood gobbledygook. Not really a surprise for fake disciplines.
Dec 1, 2018 ~ Walter Williams gives examples of how charter schools are helping minority students - dramatic examples where the normal school and charter school are in the same location but the test results are night and day. This is an issue that hurt Gillum with black voters in the election.
Jan 10, 2019 ~ Walter Williams, 'A Glimmer of Hope for Black Education'. Maria Scruggs, president of the St. Petersburg, FL, NAACP said the 'district has shown they just can't do it. Now it's time for the community to step in.' Williams explains all the real things holding black education back.
Jan 14, 2019 ~ RAND Corp. study of 'restorative justice' in Pittsburgh Public Schools - classrooms became more disruptive - 'substantial negative effects on math achievement' especially for black students - had 0 effect on the 'school to prison pipeline'
May 8, 2019 ~ 'Race-Norming' in a Maryland Public-School District. Article by Mike Gonzalez. Asians are being discriminated against in order to increase numbers for whites, blacks and Hispanics. Asian enrollment dropped 23% in 2017, 20% in 2018. Ignores the 'very real racial achievement gap'
Jun 21, 2019 ~ Economist Walter Williams says de Blasio is blaming the wrong thing, racism, for why blacks underperform on 'the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test'. Williams and Sowell point out blacks used to perform competitively but scores steadily declined as black culture changed
Aug 13, 2019 ~ Fatherless homes: 90% of runaways, 71% of pregnant teenagers, 63% of youth suicides, 71% of high school dropouts, 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions, 'twice as likely to drop out of high school and twice as likely to end up in jail.' 26 of 27 deadliest mass shooters.
Sep 19, 2019 ~ George Packer, 'When the Culture War Comes for the Kids' Was all for -everyone is equal- liberalism. Found out 'the new progressivism' is all about 'identity' 'heresy hunts and denunciations of sin' 'White Supremacy Culture' only explanation for test score gaps so no more testing
Oct 24, 2019 ~ Arizona State University Professor Asao Inoue claims that asking students to use proper grammar is racist. 'We are all implicated in white supremacy.' 'Grading is a great way to protect the white property of literacy in schools and maintain the white supremacist status quo.'
Dec 16, 2019 ~ Biden commits to ending standardized testing because its 'racist'. Questioned 'Given that standardized testing is rooted in a history of racism and eugenics, if you are elected president, will you commit to ending the use of standardizing testing in public schools?' Biden, 'Yes.'
Jan 28, 2020 ~ BrightBeam study, 'The Secret Shame: How America's Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunity For All.' Shows how the achievement gap between white and non-white students is FAR HIGHER in cities run by democrats. Weird if racism is the explanation.