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Why Education Will Not Be Reformed By Government

Why Education Will Not Be Reformed By Government
There are essentially two camps to the public education debate (I’m ignoring the apathetic and the delusional). There is one side that says the current state of public education is not as good as it can be, that we need to reform it, but only to a degree, and the best way to do that is to pump more money into the system and give more power and control to the state. The other side says that public... 

Should We Be Thankful?

Should We Be Thankful?
“If you can read this, thank a teacher.” Those eight words, a common refrain of public education and teachers union advocates, send a very powerful message.  They remind the absentminded passerby of the perceived value of public education, and perhaps, the supposedly vital role our teachers and schools play in building a functional society.  But, they also inadvertently highlight to the rest... 

More Schooling Is Not the Solution

More Schooling Is Not the Solution
The state of education in America is pretty appalling. Our high school graduation rate hovers around 70%.  Out of 34 OECD countries, we rank 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in mathematics. One third of all college students are unprepared for introductory-level college courses and need to take at least one remedial class. Meanwhile, half of the students who go to college fail to graduate. Many... 

Benefit of Sports

Benefit of Sports
The United State is unique when it comes to the interplay between academics and athletics in both secondary school and post-secondary school in this country.  Given the underwhelming performance of American secondary schools relative to the performance of dozens of nations without integrated athletics programs in their schools, it is hard to take seriously the claim that high school athletics is vital... 
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