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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... 

Think Differently

Think Differently
Since I was young, I have always found myself pushing back against authority, and against conformity. I struggled listening to teachers and superiors telling me not only what the appropriate way to act was, but what the appropriate way to think was as well. I struggled with what their words demanded, and what my evolving worldview and value system was telling me.  I struggled as to what type of person... 

The Class Size Debate

The Class Size Debate
Across the country, states are being crushed by large deficits which are the result of a decreased tax base coupled with bloated government. To address the deficits, many governors and legislatures are looking to pare the sky high costs of public education to help bridge the gap.  To the horror of many education advocates who have been arguing for years for reduced class sizes in order to improve... 
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