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Co-hosts Cara Candal and Bob Bowdon engage in a thought-provoking conversation with Professor E.D. Hirsch, Jr., founder and chairman of the Core Knowledge Foundation, professor emeritus at the University of Virginia, and acclaimed author. Professor Hirsch elaborates on his career-long thesis that the critical ingredient of academic achievement is the shared background knowledge needed for […]

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One good and two crazy martinis await today. Jim and Greg react to House Democrat Brenda Lawrence backing away from impeachment and now saying censuring President Trump would be more appropriate in an election year. They also try to figure out what Barack Obama’s 2020 approach is as he not only doesn’t endorse Joe Biden […]

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In case you missed it, @bethanymandel brought up some excellent and important points regarding the messages that schools are sending to young girls when they force them to accommodate transgender girls (actual boys) in their formerly sex-segregated spaces.

I’d like to add that our school board has issued the following draft policy for addressing transgender accommodations on field trips:

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As it happens, at Church this morning we had a visitor whose native language was Hungarian. I much enjoyed our conversation. He took a medical degree and is now doing medical research for a US pharmaceutical company, He has lived for some years in the deep south but, for business reasons, frequently spends time up […]

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Co-host Bob Bowdon talks with Steven Wilson, Founder and former CEO of Ascend Learning, a charter school network in Brooklyn, New York. They discuss the emergence of anti-intellectualism in K-12 schooling, the topic of a controversial blog post in which Steven raised concerns about the increasing politicization and radicalization of the curriculum. He argues that […]

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Liberals have long used education to re-enforce their ranks with future liberals coming out of school. Conservatives, in the noble desire to not unfairly try and manipulate children into how to think, have been reluctant to wage ideological battle in the classroom. One thing we can promote in school that is not overtly partisan but […]

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Bob and Cara talk with Jason Bedrick, EdChoice’s director of policy, about New York’s controversial “substantial equivalency” proposal that would give the state Department of Education oversight of school curricula at yeshivas and other private and parochial academies to ensure parity with their public school counterparts. Jason explores the historical roots of “substantial equivalency” statutes, […]

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Dr. Lindsey Burke of the Heritage Foundation talks with co-host Bob Bowdon about her new book, The Not-So-Great-Society, co-edited with Jonathan Butcher, which includes contributions from top policy experts. They explore why Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” is an inflection point for federal intervention in local school policy. The constitutionally limited national role in K-12 education […]

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The first week of October, Ray and I flew to Michigan to help Hillsdale celebrate its 175th Anniversary (the school was founded in 1844). We saw this guy while we were on campus. More

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New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut joins “The Learning Curve” for a fascinating conversation about how to accelerate innovation in schooling and scale creative models, such as the New Hampshire Career Academy and the state’s education tax credit scholarship program. Bob and Commissioner Edelblut also discuss the new NAEP results, the importance of objective measures […]

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It’s all good martinis today! Join Jim and Greg as they stunningly applaud former President Obama for telling liberals that just blasting people for not being sufficiently woke actually accomplishes nothing. They’re also glad to see the House of Representatives vote overwhelmingly to blame Turkey for the Armenian genocide committed over a century ago and […]

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Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week and author of the new book, The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child, is the Newsmaker Interview guest this week on The Learning Curve. Bob talks with Andrew about the many school choice options available to parents, and the steps they […]

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Good polls, confusing polls and politicizing math are the focus of our martinis on Wednesday. Jim and Greg are glad to see Republican U.S. Senate challenger John James already in a virtual dead heat with Democratic Sen. Gary Peters in Michigan. They also shake their heads as a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey shows a […]

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Cara and Bob talk with the great Dr. Howard Fuller, Distinguished Professor of Education, in this week’s Newsmaker Interview, about his passionate activism on behalf of education reform, his concerns about the lack of support among Democratic presidential candidates for charter schools, the power of teacher unions, and recognition of the need to continue organizing […]

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I recently posted about a crackpot professor with her whacko theory about SpongeBob SquarePants being racist. Not to be outdone, a new whacko theory by a different crackpot professor has surfaced: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-policies-racism-may-cause-some-black-womens-weight-problems-professor-says More

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In the Newsmaker Interview, Cara talks with Wilfred McClay, University of Oklahoma Professor and author of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story, a new high school history textbook that seeks to provide an account of this nation’s rich and complex story that puts it in proper perspective, and that is both […]

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/judge-determines-harvard-s-race-conscious-admissions-policy-is-constitutional-11569958184 garbage decision by Obama appointment  More

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In our Newsmaker Interview, Bob talks with Max Eden, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, on the gravely misguided policies that he believes are contributing to shocking tragedies such as the Parkland school shooting, the subject of his new book, Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students. Stories […]

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Bruce Holsinger’s new satire would fall flat as a joke told too soon if his latest novel wasn’t so precisely well-timed. In The Gifted School, released in July, wealthy parents use personal connections and apply their professional expertise to help their children apply for a selective school.

George Will’s review also notes that the book’s timing is apt. After the FBI found Felicity Huffman and a host of other high-profile names trying to buy access to exclusive colleges for their children in March, one would think Holsinger’s publisher rushed to print. The Bureau’s “Operation Varsity Blues” may have people wondering if that is where the author found his inspiration (it was not, but as Will says, “American life uncomfortably imitates [Holsinger’s] art”).

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We know we’re in Heinlein’s crazy years. Yes, the same Andrew Sullivan who was obsessed with Sarah Palin’s pregnancy has written a remarkably insightful piece on how intersectionality is a religion that children are being indoctrinated into.  More

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