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Because no one else is. But if someone else is, that may be helpful, as your duplication of them obscures your identity further. I presume, from the profusion of pseudonyms (I hope they are pseudonyms) as well as the absence of bios, that many subscribers don’t want to be unmasked. That may be wise. But […]

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More Misconceptions About College

 

Now that we’ve all had a good airing of grievances about elite colleges and their attendant injustices, let’s get some perspective.

While the number of high school graduates heading off to college has increased in recent years, the percentages graduating with a four-year degree have not increased much. Many students, especially those who are the first in their families to attend college, drop out before receiving a degree. (They cannot drop out of student loan payments though.)

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are a bit surprised by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff signaling they don’t plan to pursue impeachment of President Trump unless there’s a bipartisan consensus for it. They also look on sadly as New York City’s exorbitant taxes […]

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School Voucher Plans Can Stop the Propaganda Machines of the Left

 

Florida’s new governor, Ron DeSantis, has been going at warp speed to make changes in the state. His latest effort is to deal with a 14,000-student waiting list for a state tax credit scholarship program. But he’s getting resistance from the usual suspects—the school unions and traditional administrators. I realized, however, that the fight is about much more than union control; it’s about who controls the minds of our children.

Gov. Jeb Bush started the first-in-the-nation private voucher program, enacted in 1999. Unfortunately his efforts were stopped:

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday. Book Review ‘Class Dismissed’ argues college isn’t the only answer By MARK LARDAS […]

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Greg Ashman distills his wisdom on a complex topic. Is there application to fields besides education? Probably the clearest sign that an expert knows what he or she is on about comes from the way they present their arguments. They will tend to take a position on something and they will explain how the research supports that […]

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Just in time for the long holiday weekend, an early edition of the Power Line Show, with special guest Justin Buckley Dyer of the University of Missouri. Prof. Dyer is the co-author (with Micah Watson) of a terrific book on C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law. Though Lewis was known as a literary […]

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When I first took Portuguese lessons, in San Antonio in 1985, I was told by my tutor and her husband that Campinas, Brazil was like Austin. Both are, by repute, college towns. This sounded good. But was it? Is it? And most important: should it? Not much given to political philosophizing, I’ll nevertheless venture this: […]

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Granny grammar grumping: who mainstreamed the unnecessary “of” in sentences like the following (from PJ Media)? You could make just as good of an argument that America is a matriarchy as a patriarchy. Is that now correct? Do we all have to do it?  More

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The Hidden Costs of the LA Teachers Strike

 

The recent teachers strike in Los Angeles was resolved on terms that have generally been regarded as a victory for the teachers against the embattled Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The LAUSD is financially strapped because of ever heavier pension obligations for retired teachers and high operating expenses. Nonetheless, the LAUSD capitulated to the demands of the teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). It agreed to a 6% pay raise for the teachers to be phased in over two years, and class size was reduced by two students per class. The District also vowed to beef up its employee base by hiring 300 nurses, 82 librarians, and 17 counselors by 2020.

LA mayor Eric Garcetti, who has higher political ambitions, crowed: “When we see a problem, we fix it.” AFT President Randi Weingarten noted optimistically, “Everything teachers are demanding would strengthen public schools.” Going out on strike, she said, was about “ensuring that all public schools have the conditions they need for student success.” But those remarks, as Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal notes, must be taken with a large gain of salt, for self-interest offers a better explanation of the AFT’s strategy than its supposed altruism. The AFT thought that its gambit was worthwhile for its members, but a closer look at the settlement shows that in the long-run, the union teachers got less than they hoped for, while everyone else lost big time.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America dissect the Mueller indictments of Trump ally Roger Stone and how the latest revelations should concern the president. They also comb through the indictment and marvel at Stone’s intimidation tactics, which David likens to a rejected script for a mobster film. And they slam […]

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Every term I try to come up with new projects for students to engage different learning styles with history. I started thinking about an assignment that I’m not sure will work, so I want to get your thoughts here. The idea: I am going to have students design a CD cover for different figures in […]

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Professors are lining up behind AOC (the encapsulation of their work) to advocate forcing taxpayers to bail out student debt. Here’s an idea – people need to be held accountable for the skyrocketing tuition costs over the past few decades which created that student loan bubble in the first place. A few more ways to […]

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Government can be a real pain sometimes, are they really necessary? When men began to farm incredible wealth first became possible. Incredible to those who had only experienced the inevitable times when the hunt failed and/or the gatherers couldn’t find sufficient roots and berries to sustain everyone. In those times the very old and very […]

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As libertarian high school students at a public school, we decided to make our latest podcast episode a respectful challenge to the bureaucracy. This is our first time posting to Ricochet, so please comment and let us know what you think! https://anchor.fm/statesponsoredprogramming/episodes/Censorship–School-Choice-ft–Superintendent-Jodie-Hausmann–Ep–8-e2ne70 More

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I have mentioned before that I decided to go back for a Master’s degree after receiving my Bachelor’s 13 years prior. My program is made up of about 25 students; only five of which (including myself) are over 35 and have careers. I am a lifelong Conservative, and remember back when I was in undergrad […]

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As I watched the livestream of Senator Ben Sasse’s keynote address kicking off this year’s ExcelInEd Conference, I was reminded of a fairly famous Latin phrase: non scholae sed vitae discimus – we learn not for school but for life. Senator Sasse is a smart guy, a former college president, and well-read. I’m a fan […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast number 202!!! it is the Tear Jerker edition of the show with you sob-sister hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This week, the wave crested, the migrant invasion massed to the border, threw their handful of projectiles and, with a tiny little burst […]

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School Choice and Civics: A Brief Note Inspired by Jonah Goldberg

 

I had the opportunity to watch a live stream of an event hosted by the Fordham Institute, Education 20/20. Jonah Goldberg was one of the two featured speakers. It was great, and I appreciated that Michael Petrelli, who was the moderator, highlighted that the best approach to addressing the issue was persuasion.

Mr. Goldberg mentioned that the private schools in his area (the DMV) are highly progressive in their approach, relying on the Howard Zinn narrative of American history. He noted that “school choice” may not solve the issue of kids not learning civics, tying this issue to the larger Schumpeterian phenomenon of the elites failing to pass along the values that made their position and wealth (capitalism itself) possible.

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Students at Williams College Demand Freedom from Speech

 

Students at Williams College in Massachusetts are angry. According to a petition (PDF) signed by hundreds of students, the faculty is urging the college to enact “reckless and dangerous policies” that will “imperil marginalized students,” and amount to “discursive violence.”

What awful set of policies could Williams College faculty possibly be considering?

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