Tag: NEA

Why Even Have Sex Ed?


With Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law (which has nothing to do with saying “gay,” oddly enough) and all of the disproportionate hand-wringing, mud-slinging, and poo-flinging for all to see, I have come to wonder why we let schools have sex education anyway.

It is possible that this will mark me (yet again!) as some sort of dinosaur.  But follow me here.  What was the original purpose of sexual education?  If you ask Planned Parenthood, it is to promote sexual health and wellness.  If you ask others, it is to promote awareness of the body, reproductive functions, and to limit negative behaviors that result in unwanted pregnancies and STIs.  If you ask even more people, they’ll tell you that it is to teach healthy sexuality and promote monogamy.  Everyone has their own definition and purpose of what it is.  Newsweek even had an article on the history of sexual education in the US starting from the 1920s onward.

The National (Socialist) Education Association All-in for “Anti-Racism”


The National (Socialist) Education Association is all in for poisoning children’s minds with the racist doctrine of “anti-racism.” The largest K-12 teachers’ union celebrated multiple examples of teachers twisting their subjects, from music to Spanish, into hate and loathing injection systems at every grade level. At the same time, the NEA lied about their opposition, smearing parents and politicians as white supremacists. What should surprise no one is the open display of Marxist advocacy under this branch of cultural Marxism. Here they are in their own words, still available on the NEA website, and available forever on the internet archive Wayback Machine:

Consider this music teacher’s twisting of history, to bury Stalin’s (and her, and the NEA’s) murderous Marxism, playing the same trick Stalin’s allies here played in the 1930s and following.

Greg is back. Join him and birthday boy Jim Geraghty as they hammer the National Education Association for wanting every student vaccinated before agreeing to face-to-face instruction. They also slam Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for vetoing legislation that would require Voter ID and signature matching there. And they are grateful for the inspiring Independence Day message from former President Thomas Whitmore.

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If we have to listen to the blame aimed at the NRA for the actions of a crazed individual, can’t we point an accusatory finger at the NEA as well? They are the thugs who run the state-enforced monopoly of public schools that are producing these bullied, scared, sick children. It is certainly their fault […]

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Education Spending and Results: An Idaho Story


So does spending more per student improve outcomes in Idaho? In a word, no.

I have a graduate-level background in statistics. I was asked by a local conservative think tank to see whether increased spending on secondary education on Idaho has a meaningful effect on student outcomes. Idaho periodically administers its own ISAT achievement tests to elementary and secondary students. The 10th grade science test from 2014 was the latest set of results that I could obtain with a broad sampling of students with the longest exposure to public schooling. Public schools in Idaho also submit their annual budgetary information on a standardized set of accounts, 2013 was the latest available. I extracted the operating portion of districts’ budgets (educational and overhead expenses) and scaled that by the average daily attendance (ADA) in each district, showing how much was being spent per student.

The Arts in 2017


Federal arts policy received not a whit of attention from either presidential campaign this year.  I’m not surprised.  Before I became a curator and museum director, I had a long career in political life.  Over many years, I found most people who ran for office or had high-level political jobs singularly unfocused on the arts.  Didn’t matter whether they were Republicans or Democrats.  The nice surprise was the politico with a passion for art, dance, music, theater, film, or good writing.  They do exist, and I enjoy hearing about their interests.

At one point I’ll write about why politics and the arts are a rarefied mix, but in this post I’ll suggest some new thinking the new order can bring specifically to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  Some of these ideas can apply to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  I happen to know the NEA best.

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This has been my year for poets. Usually one doesn’t come across poets in one’s day to day life. They’re like actuaries and Feng Shui consultants: you know they’re out there but you don’t expect to see them. But this year U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway spoke at my daughter’s college graduation. Last April I […]

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