It's time to ask: When the Department of Education refuses to enforce its own laws, who pays the price? Right now, the answer is simple: hundreds of thousands of students around the country. It's time for that to change -- but it won't if Secretary Arne Duncan keeps blaming Congress for his own Department's failures.
The Department of Education (DOE) has finally decided to adapt to the times. Starting this fall, New York City Public School health educators will be able to show students how to properly put on a condom. This, after years of preaching to students the importance of practicing abstinence or safe sex.
Accountability measures are imperative for teacher education programs themselves because this is a time of profound, continuous and accelerating change. As programs undertake modernization, which all must do, they need compelling evidence to understand how well they are doing and the areas in which action is necessary.
Schools all across the country not only fall short on promises of free expression and academic freedom but openly suppress constitutionally protected speech on campus by using tools such as speech codes to shut down forms of expression that might be uncomfortable, disagreeable, or even offensive to some members of the campus community.