Tag: Education

Penn Law’s Amy Wax on Being Ousted from Her First-Year Class

 

Amy Wax is the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she specializes in social welfare law and policy as well as the relationship of the family, the workplace, and labor markets.

Professor Wax has become a controversial figure because of her politically incorrect comments advocating in favor of bourgeois values and the WASP culture from which they stem, and in her claims that black students had generally performed at lower levels than other students in her classes in context of a conversation about the downsides of affirmative action — comments that got her ousted from teaching the first year civil procedure class for which she had previously won an award for “teaching excellence.”

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The Curating Impulse and the Conservation of Diversity

 

We live in a golden age of identity politics. We set people in myriad boxes and categories — racial, sexual, religious, political — and stamp our feet when a few intrepid souls dare to leave their alloted places. Our culture finds value in variety and shuns all forms of unity, save for whatever unity develops within the […]

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Youth culture, social media, and the decline of grown-up politics

 

I wrote this column about Paul Ryan’s retirement for USA Today, and C-SPAN was nice enough to have me on this morning to talk about it. An excerpt: More

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This week on Banter, AEI Resident Scholar Nat Malkus joins the show to discuss the DC Public Schools graduation scandal. After posting a record graduation rate in 2017, an audit revealed that one-third of graduates received diplomas in violation of the District’s attendance policy. If the District’s attendance policy had been followed, the graduation rate would have fallen from 73 percent to less than 50 percent. What implications does this have for education reform and what systems should be developed to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future? Read more about the scandal at the links below.

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A quarter of a century since the nation’s first charter school opened in Minnesota, a new administration in Washington speaks of “school choice.” Eric Hanushek, the Hoover Institution’s Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, and Macke Raymond, a Hoover distinguished research fellow and director of the Stanford-based Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), discuss the health of the charter-school movement and what needs to be done at the federal, state and local levels to improve the nation’s classrooms.

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How Many Armed Teachers Per School?

 

I doubt there will ever be armed teachers on campus in my deep-blue school district. Be that as it may, my operational mind can’t help but wonder what “right” looks like regarding what the right combination of teachers and arms would be in the event of an active shooter threat at my school. We have […]

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Someone to Have on Your Speechwriting Team

 

I’m recuperating tonight from two and a half days of subbing in a fourth-grade classroom. There were some struggles, but it mostly went well. There were lots of vivid moments that are satisfying to remember. For example, the students were assigned to take a position on an issue from an argument feature of Scholastic News, then give reasons to back up their claim. They completed this in teams, and voted on one team member to go up to the front and present their conclusions. (It was cute to see one team that kept raising their hands. I’d go over there, and then realize that they were just voting.) The kids elected to speak did a great job, for the most part standing up straight, looking at the audience, and speaking in complete sentences.

One reserved little girl gave an unexpected argument in defense of keeping the penny that charmed the socks off me. I asked her if she had seen it in the Scholastic issue, since the “for” and “against” items are written by kids. Nope, it was her own, she corrected me in her quiet way. See, Ricochet members, if we get rid of the penny, we are losing out, because finding a penny is good luck. We won’t have these serendipitous discoveries anymore if we coldheartedly pull these one-cent pieces out of circulation. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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Psychologist Chris Grace of Biola on Children & Discipline, the AARon Show E19

 
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All They Need Is a Name

 

Over the last few weeks, I’ve felt ill-at-ease about the shootings at Parkland in a way that went far beyond the deaths and desperation that has followed the episode. I finally put my finger on my perceptions. And it raised great concern for me. Let me summarize first what has been happening nationwide regarding the shootings, students, and protests.

Students are obviously in great emotional pain and are motivated to take action following the traumatic experience of the shootings. They have come together for a primary cause. They have made the National Rifle Association their primary focus/scapegoat, and secondarily the legislature. They are saying to everyone that you are either anti-gun or against their teens. Companies have boycotted the NRA. Those who didn’t support the calls for new legislation are the enemy. Hundreds of students and adults all over the country have organized protests. Millions of dollars have been donated to their cause, including GoFundMe sites, many of which are for the survivors and their families; included with the donors are Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, and his wife.

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Teen Responses to School Shooting – More Evidence of the Failure of Modern Education?

 

The teen responses I have heard in response to the school shooting in Florida provide no indication that they have applied any critical thinking or analysis, nor that there are any teachers encouraging critical and analytical thinking. I recognize that teen brains are still developing, and that teen hormones mean that emotions often overtake thinking. […]

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Educate Teachers on Guns

 

Teachers and medical health professionals are mandatory reporters. They are required to learn about abuse, what abuse looks like, and how children may present when they have physical or psychological abuse. They are required to take a test and have a certification demonstrating competency. Some of us must even complete these competencies yearly. Perhaps it […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 16, 2018, it’s number 162, the Liz Warren 2020! edition of the show with your humble hosts, Todd Feinburg, radio guy and Mike Stopa nanophysicist. This week, in anticipation of her nomination, election and coronation in 2020, is our all Liz week! What’s the point of swimming upstream? Socialism is nigh. We didn’t build it! Who doesn’t need a shrill school marm to keep us all in line? Who doesn’t yearn for that Patron Saint of people who can’t read the fine print on their credit card application?

We will reveal some things you never knew about Granny Warren and discuss some things you know only too well.

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Question: To Stay or Leave Teaching in Public Schools?

 

I’m thinking about this question, and I’m curious what the Ricochetti might answer: Is it time to for this teacher to abandon the Public School system? Here’s some of the circumstances relating to the question:

  1. I hold K-8 multiple-subject and secondary Biology certificates, and I have over 20 years of classroom experience in grades 6 through 12.
  2. I’m also an evangelical Christian, white male, politically and socially conservative.
  3. My school district has adopted the Progressive doctrine of “Cultural Competence” based upon the philosophy that all social inequalities are the result of institutional “privilege.” Correcting this “privilege” means seeking “equity,” a short-hand term meaning equality of outcome on behalf of identified victims of “privilege.”
  4. I work in a state that allows the teachers union to withhold 100% of apportioned membership dues from my paycheck, and then forcing me to request to be reimbursed of whatever portion the union decides wasn’t spent advocating on my behalf (typically about 30% of the total withheld).
  5. I am required by law to teach district-approved curriculum and content. As a science teacher, this has included such scientifically dubious subjects as man-generated global climate change (and the associated advocacy for progressive solutions) and contentious social issues such as acceptance of transgender behavior.

So … here’s where I’m at: A local private Christian school has a job posting for a junior high/high school science position for next year. Do I pursue it? Or, do I stick with the public schools, on the basis that as a Christian, I have been called to be “salt and light” to the world?

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California, the land of anti-Trump “resistance”, has its own problems both irresistible and intractable – mounting public pension debt, underfunded schools, and a revenue stream too dependent upon capital gains. David Crane, a Stanford lecturer, past economic aide to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and co-founder of Govern for California, weighs the health of the state so bitterly opposed to Trump.

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On this episode of Viewpoint, AEI’s Katharine Stevens sits down with photographer Chris Arnade. Arnade has a PhD in physics and was a Wall Street trader. After a crisis of conscience following the 2008 financial crash [3:02], Chris abandoned his banking job to travel the country and chronicle the lives of America’s forgotten masses. But more compelling than the photos were the real conversations that Chris had with real people across the United States [5:23]. He discusses analyzing the “front row and back row” of educational classes [13:56].

This interview originally was published on AEI’s YouTube channel.

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Group Writing: An Open Letter to Conservatives About Public Schools

 

Dear Fellow Conservatives: I love conservatism for its informed, logical view of the world. Yet when it comes to public education, I am dismayed at the tenor of the conservative conversation. Because conservatives maintain principled opposition to federally funded education for all, they frequently over-generalize, speak dismissively, and dispense unwarranted criticism about institutions and practices […]

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Max Eden joins Seth Barron to discuss student discipline and suspension policies, and how discipline “reform” has led to chaos in many classrooms.

In January 2014, in an attempt to reduce out-of-school suspensions, an Obama administration directive forced thousands of American schools to change their discipline policies. Proponents of the new discipline rules say that teachers and school administrators have been racially discriminatory in meting out punishments, creating a massive disparity in suspension rates between white and black students. Their claims, however, ignore the significant discrepancies in student behavior.

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