Arne Takes The Stand As we reported yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan faced both praise and skepticism yesterday as he testified befo...
Less Texas Testing? As Texas prepares its budget, lawmakers in the Lone Star State are trying to make a statement on standardized testing. Currently, KUT News notes, testing is "zeroed out" in the House budget. That means it's still in there, just followed by a bunch of zeroes. "We want to start the conversation on testing," House Budget writer and Republican state representative Jim Pitts told KUT. "And we're gonna have a lot of hearings between now and the end of the session on education and some things that we're going to do in education. And we sure want testing to be one of the number one things. And that's why we did it." We are grateful to KUT for asking, since we were wondering ourselves: yes, says Texas Education Agency spokesperson Dabbie Ratcliffe, this is probably the first time in Texas history such a tactic has been used to discuss testing.
I will always be a supporter of continuing sexual education. I frequently travel to kink classes and conferences; it's educational and a pretty good time when you start forming friendships that reignite during conferences.
Hastily meting out consequences to satisfy a public relations problem hurts everyone and compromises the integrity of the entire school system.
The state of our economy -- with high unemployment, a looming fiscal crisis, a growing skills gap, and sticky ladder of social mobility -- rightfully preoccupies our national dialogue. One solution is clear -- we need to educate our way out of the economic crisis.
If it's such a good idea to stay in school until the age of 18 or graduation, why have only 21 states passed this law? Because by the time a student reaches 16, it is often too late.
Simply mandating that young people remain in school without addressing the causes for their leaving will accomplish little.
The legal profession isn't the only sector of our society that has focused excessively on the needs of moneyed power, but it can help lead the way to redressing the balance.
Are the monks and the sisters but marginal Catholics in these concerns? I dare say that they are not. In recent years Pope Benedict XVI has made some important statements about respect for the environment.
As summer comes to an end, school is just around the corner for children across the United States. For children enrolled in state schools, this typically means the return of unhealthy lunches.