The Education Gadfly Daily

Liam Julian
While education is ignored in the U.S. presidential race, it's big-time politics in the U.K., where Schools Secretary Ed Balls (and, by extension, Prime Minister Gordon Brown) is taking it on the chin, not only from conservatives (see here ) and fellow cabinet members (see here ), but now from MPs...
As a national education player, the American Federation of Teachers has been careful not to bash No Child Left Behind too overtly. It even calls its NCLB site " Let's Get It Right " (not, say, "Throw NCLB Under the Bus"). But that's not the tone expressed by the president of its Pennsylvania...
Less-than-humble Liam isn't willing to acknowledge the significance of the recent Philadelphia healthy-eating study . He goes so far as to say that it "has nothing to do with education; it's about whether kids who eat healthful foods for several hours a day will be healthier. Of course they will!"...
Liam Julian
The logistical problems with the "Academic Freedom Act," which is traipsing merrily through the Florida legislature, are legion . The pope's U.S. visit highlights the logical difficulties that accompany the logistical ones, most prominent among them the continued inability of many to distinguish...
Liam Julian
National Review 's John J. Miller recently wrote a portion of our Catholic schools report . Also recently, Miller turned in a NR piece (subscription required) about Wikipedia in which he mentioned Fordham and Mike (Petrilli): In the current issue of Education Next , Michael Petrelli of the Fordham...
For months we've observed John McCain's general lack of interest in education. That appears to be starting to change. First there was his big education speech at his high school alma matter. And now, CBS News correspondent Andante Higgins reports that McCain's recent trip to Memphis has stirred a...
Liam Julian
In Florida, where a state income tax is verboten, the housing crisis has had a particularly damaging effect on state revenues. Education is being hit hard. Piling on, today the St. Petersburg Times reports that "lackluster lottery sales" will hurt school budgets even more. Lawmakers, already...
There's more coverage of Fordham's Catholic schools report today, including a front-page Washington Times story (check out the great pictures); a nice Washington Post metro story ; a post on "The Corner"; and a New York Sun piece . Speaking of the Sun , reporter Elizabeth Green got many things...
No, it's not good that the "financial know-how" of American high school seniors has " gone from bad to worse ." Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is fired up about it: The financial preparedness of our nation's youth is essential to their well-being and of vital importance to our economic future. In light...
Liam Julian
Mike is right: financial literacy is important, but schools can't teach everything. In fact, we wrote as much several months ago in The Gadfly. To suppose that America's possession of more financially literate 12-year-olds would have somehow staved off or lessened the subprime mortgage crisis, as...

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