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Twittergated: When Technology Turns on One of Its Own

Robert Holland, Irony is delicious when delivered in less than 140 characters. Dig it, tweet it: Technology genius Bill Gates discovers common folks have used technology to drive down support for his Common Core scheme. The Microsoft mogul supposedly found that out by paying for a high-powered team of university-based technology experts to discern why

Education Reform Expert Recommends Shutting Down Department of Education

Nancy J. Thorner, Vicki Alger, research fellow at the Independent Institute, delivered a speech at The Heartland Institute on February 1 about her new book, Failure: The Federal Misedukation of American ‘s Children. You can watch her presentation here. Alger ‘s research at the Independent Institute focuses on education reforms that provide a competitive education marketplace and increases parental control over their

Make Education Great Again: Confirm Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

Arthur Schaper, President Trump knows how to hire the right people (and I mean that in the moral as well as political sense). US Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General has amnesty panderers and gun-runners on edge. He will enforce our laws, and the lawbreakers will be forced to get with the program, or the

U.S. Students Make Unimpressive Showing on International Tests

Elizabeth BeShears, U.S. students scored below the international average in math and showed no improvement in reading and science on the most recent Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. Every three years, 15-year-old students in countries across the world take the two-hour PISA test administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Teachers Unions Given an Extra Week to Criticize Betsy DeVos

Teresa Mull, The confirmation hearing of President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, has been pushed back a week to accommodate the U.S. Senate’s schedule. The hearings will now begin January 17, giving DeVos’s pro-public school critics another week to lambaste her. The Huffington Post reports the teachers unions are taking advantage of

Restoring Educational Choice Means Ditching The Department Of Education’s Regulations

Robert G. Holland, For the Feds in the U.S. Education Department, ‘flexibility’ means there’s nothing left to lose. Flexibility is a quality Olympic gymnasts possess. When federal bureaucrats claim they are being flexible in administering massive programs of aid to elementary and secondary education, spectators would be wise to hold their chants of “USA! USA!

Utah Governor Renounces Support of Common Core, Easily Wins Re-Election

Jenni White, Utah incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert (R) will begin his third term after switching positions on Common Core during a contentious campaign for the Republican nomination. Formerly a proponent of the Common Core State Standards, a national program dictating what students should know at the end of each grade level, Herbert expressed opposition to

Lack of Worthwhile Content Is Ravaging Our Children’s Educations

Jay Lehr, Review of Why Knowledge Matters: Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories, By E.D. Hirsch Jr.   In Why Knowledge Matters, E.D. Hirsch Jr., founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation and professor emeritus of education and humanities at the University of Virginia, provides an outstanding treatise on the growing failure of the U.S. K–12

Classroom Choice Could Relieve Many Parents’ Education Concerns

Sandra Stotsky, Little birds are flying around everywhere these days, tweeting “school choice” as the last hope for education reform.  We find it praised on the editorial pages of Education Next, in a book by DC-based, self-styled education policy expert Chester Finn, and by Donald Trump, the next president of the United States. “Choice” was also

Number of Homeschooled Students Has Doubled Since 1999

Michael McGrady,  The number of homeschooled students in the United States more than doubled between 1999 and 2012, according to U.S. Department of Education (DOE) estimates. “The percentage of students ages 5–17 with a grade equivalent of kindergarten through grade 12 who are homeschooled—the homeschooling rate—has increased over time,” states the study, titled “Homeschooling in

Concerns Arise with Trump’s Likely Secretary of State Selection Tillerson

Matthew Boyle, President-elect Donald Trump may have demonstrated another instance of veering from his core campaign policy platforms with a major cabinet selection in his likely Secretary of State pick, ExxonMobil CEO and chairman Rex Tillerson. Tillerson has a history of supporting policies opposite to many of the themes the president-elect highlighted during his campaign,

Common Core Is ‘Substandard,’ Incompatible with Catholic Education, Study Reports

Teresa Mull, The Common Core State Standards are not compatible with a Catholic education because their workforce development emphasis “dramatically diminishes children’s intellectual and spiritual horizons,” a new study reports. Common Core is a set of national standards dictating what students should know at each grade level. The report, “After the Fall: Catholic Education Beyond