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This week on “The Learning Curve,” Bob Bowdon is joined by guest host Alisha Thomas Cromartie, personal growth coach, education leader, and former Georgia state legislator. They talk with Derrell Bradford, Executive Vice President of 50CAN, about the myth that school choice programs siphon funds away from traditional public schools, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, […]

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Intimidation still reigns at many college campuses against students who “frighten others” through their speech. This “problem” is just another way of saying that conservative students are being threatened with punishment if they make statements that the students on the Left see as offensive. I’m all for fighting against the efforts to squelch free speech. But I wonder if some of these efforts are always helpful.

A fairly new organization, Speech First, is championing students’ rights to free speech. Speech First, in part, explains their goals:

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This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara talks with Montse Alvarado, Vice President & Executive Director of the Becket Fund, about the implications of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court school choice case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the pervasiveness of 19th-century, anti-Catholic Blaine amendments across the country, and some of Becket’s legal victories in high-profile religious […]

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From Mark Regnerus: I am beginning to look for a full-time research associate for ideal (re)location in the Austin area. The required qualifications for this position are: at least an MA/MS (if not a PhD) in economics, sociology, statistics, psychology, human development, or a related field–or demonstrable evidence of advanced education in the social sciences. […]

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I was going through pre-Ricochet writing on FB, when longer pieces were posted in the form of “Memos.” I found this item from 2010, and although I may have posted it before, I thought a reprise would be fun. Note: My experience with this age group was much improved later, due to a new teacher […]

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Happy New Year! Co-hosts Cara and Bob talk with Lance Izumi, Senior Director of the Center for Education at the Pacific Research Institute. He discusses his new book, Choosing Diversity, and the wide range of both the student populations served, and the variety of learning models offered, by the charter schools that he visited. Some schools […]

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Recently I was asked a few times to explain my “evolution.” These are the books that have probably been the most influential on me over the course of my short life. 10. Ben Carson’s Gifted Hands and Tom Landry’s Autobiography I think my now flourishing love of the American South was formed between these two […]

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I thought this was an interesting article about the type of cross-cultural experiences that could help everyone understand each other better, if not exactly agree with each other: My Semester with the Snowflakes. The part that got me thinking most: As the younger students started to express their thoughts, the young woman (truly a unicorn […]

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Here is my current list of 9 colleges that are largely free of regulation because they don’t accept federal funds. It’s not definitive since there are so many colleges in the US, but it’s the longest I’ve seen. All are explicitly conservative save Principia which is affiliated with Christian Science. I’ve included only four-year institutions […]

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Will Fitzhugh, founder and editor of The Concord Review, an international journal that has published high school students’ history essays for 30 years, joins “The Learning Curve” this week. He discusses the importance of assigning serious history research and writing, and reading non-fiction, in K-12 education. Will describes the diverse backgrounds and successful college and […]

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Co-host Bob Bowdon talks with Joy Pullmann, executive editor of The Federalist, about the mediocre NAEP and PISA results, after a decade of the Common Core national education standards and the failed experiment with federal involvement in standards, curricula, and tests. They also discuss social emotional learning, parental involvement, and the media’s coverage of K-12 […]

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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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