Education Achievement Gaps: Race & Socioeconomic Status

The Brookings Institution recently published a very interesting study about the persistence of an achievement gap between white and minority students in the nation’s classrooms. The research looked at multi-racial student performance–a population that was rarely studied before increasing rates of intermarriage produced enough children to allow for reliable conclusions. The study is explained more fully by the linked article, but here […]

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The Republican Attack on Universities, Education & Intelligence


Yesterday brought news of a recent poll in which a majority of Republicans blamed universities for taking the  nation in the “wrong direction.” Think about that. I don’t know Henry Giroux, but his recent article in Salon was what we used to call a barn-burner, and it provides a context for that sorry and depressing poll result. It began: Donald Trump’s ascendancy in American politics has […]

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Reality Doesn’t Care Whether You Believe It (Part I)

Trump anti intellectualism - make america think again

La La Land isn’t just the title of a movie. Increasingly, it’s where our government officials live. The Trump administration is debating whether to launch a governmentwide effort to question the science of climate change, an effort that critics say is an attempt to undermine the long-established consensus human activity is fueling the Earth’s rising temperatures. This effort is being pushed by […]

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Automation and Education: America’s Under-Recognized Problem

the economics of automation

I  think there was a movie titled “While You Were Sleeping.” I feel as though that would be an excellent title for America right now. While we are being governed by ideologues and fools intent upon destruction of our already inadequate social safety net, our most pressing problems go unaddressed–and in a number of cases, unidentified. Unlike Congress and the […]

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DeVos “Refuses To Affirm” Protection for LGBTQ Students

Betsy DeVos “Refuses To Affirm” Protection for LGBTQ Students

In her second appearance before Congress in two weeks, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee and refused “to affirm” whether her department would protect LGBTQ students from discrimination. The refusal to answer questions on her intentions follows a contentious hearing late last month before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in which DeVos argued […]

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DeVos Refuses To Protect LGBTQ Students From Discrimination

Betsy DeVos Refuses To Protect LGBTQ Students From Discrimination

Speaking before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education yesterday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos argued she could see no situation where the federal government should step in to protect students from discrimination in schools. Her remarks were in response to questions from Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) focusing on a school in Indiana that has a policy of expelling and/or denying […]

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Vouchers & Private Schools: Evidence Shows They Harm Students

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

Students at one of America’s historically Black colleges recently booed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who had (inexplicably) been invited to deliver the graduation speech. Many of the graduates also turned their backs when she spoke. This behavior was rude–but it was understandable. Like most of Trump’s Cabinet, DeVos is manifestly unfit for public office. She is an ideologue in the Pence […]

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Civic Ignorance: The Evidence Keeps Accumulating

civic literacy - we the people

Periodically, I use this blog to indulge a rant about Americans’ lack of civic literacy. (Regular readers are probably getting tired of my preoccupation with civic education–or more accurately, the lack thereof.) Be warned– I’m going to beat that dead horse again today. A column written by Colbert King from the Washington Post has highlighted still another research project confirming Americans’ low levels […]

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Sweden, Taxes and the Common Good


I know “real Amuricans” sneer at the notion that we might learn from the experiences of other countries. Universal healthcare? A commie plot! Decent mass transit? People who can’t afford–or don’t want– cars shouldn’t be coddled! A comprehensive social safety net? You are a commie! Every so often, however, a “real American” finds living in a country that actually offers these and […]

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Florida Religion in School Legislation SB 436 Passes

Religion in public schools may become law thanks to Kim Daniels and Dennis Baxley - SB 436

Late on Friday, the Florida legislature passed SB 436 (also known as the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act”) as a part of a compromise to pass changes to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Upon becoming law, SB 436 will prohibit Florida public school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious viewpoints or expression.” At […]

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