The Education Gadfly Daily

Usually bad ideas flow from academia into our K-12 system. (Think moral relativism, the decline of the core curriculum, dubious pedagogical approaches.) But now one of public education's worst features--its hyper-unionized workforce--is finding its way into higher ed. At least that's the intent of...
Liam Julian
The Discovery Institute's David Klinghoffer defends the link --made by the new Ben Stein movie, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed-- between Nazis and Darwinism. I wish I could write on this with more authority, but the D.C. advanced screening of Expelled was canceled . I just don't get it, though...
President Bush weighed in on the crisis of Catholic school closures at this morning's National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. He also plugged the White House Summit on inner-city children and faith-based schools , scheduled for Thursday: The purpose of the summit is to highlight the lack of educational...
Liam Julian
Herewith an argument from the The Pour (yes, the New York Times wine blog) about why rigid standards--and not popularity--is the adequate gauge of quality. Fordham comes under attack from our libertarian-leaning friends because we support choice with accountability--i.e., we're not content to let...
Liam Julian
Coby informs us (directly below): I find a flaw in Liam's reasoning. First of all, the point of the Times blog post is not that the market does a poor job of gauging wine quality, but that there are a lot of shoppers in the market who don't care about the quality of the wine they're swilling. That'...
Colorado lawmakers voted put forward a plan yesterday to align state academic standards with the ACT exam. This seems wise. Most states have struggled to implement high-quality academic standards in the major subject areas, and in the few states that have raised the bar across the board--...
Fox Business channel must have seen Mike discussing the Catholic schools crisis on the latest episodes of Fordham Factor ( here and here ), because they invited him on to butt heads with Dr. Karen Ristau, who disagrees with him, respectfully: Part 1 Part 2
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Mike and Christina discuss Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States and what he had to say about Catholic schools. httpv://youtube.com/watch?v=xOJnxYJ1U_0
Liam argues that Fordham is "not content to let the market decide which schools are great and which aren't, because when quality counts, the market is often wrong." This post from the New York Times wine blog, which observes that in the unfettered wine market people often choose to drink slop, is...
A year ago today the Village Voice published a lengthy article on the New York City public schools' so-called "rubber rooms," where teachers accused of misconduct are held while their cases are pending. The story is so outrageous it seemed worth revisiting. Frankly, tales like this make it hard to...

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