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Archive for the 'Educational Policy and Reform' Category


   Oct 22

A New Education Adventure

A while back, I wrote a post basically stating that decision to send your kids to school or not was so personal and based on specific family needs that it was unproductive to try to elevate one as a better choice. Last month, I got to put my money where my mouth was. It started [...]

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   Sep 15

Film: Waiting For “Superman”

I just saw the trailer for a new film, “Waiting For “Superman,” which looks compelling and heart-wrenching at the same time. From Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), comes a film about the current state of the US public education system and how it is failing. Seriously. It follows five different kids from diverse families and [...]

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   Sep 15

The President’s 2nd Annual Back to School Address

This morning my eldest son and I watched the President give his annual pep talk to students across America. It was the usual “work hard and you’ll succeed” mantra- but two things seem to resonate with my child of just 7.8 years of age: The line about “You are the writer of your own destiny” [...]

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   Aug 10

Good for Her! And Duh. (H.Res. 1593)

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, 30th District of Texas, has introduced a resolution (H.Res. 1593) to support academically-based social studies curriculum standards for the U.S.’s public schools in reaction to the standards that were recently approved by the Texas State School Board. My first reaction was: “Hurrah! A voice of reason! Good for her!” My second [...]

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   Jun 30

Race to the Top, but Miss the Journey

This article by Ron Miller was written last fall, but there has been a new flurry of debate recently on the topic, which reminded me that it is just as valid today as it was then. If I was to write a response to such a worthless program, this would be it more or less. [...]

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