The new school year is now underway and with it come all of the typical classroom management issues that frustrate many teachers, especially at the middle and high school level. One of those problems is cell phones. Since the cell phone has become as common as the Number 2 pencil teachers have been struggling to … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Locking Up Cell Phones
Here's a pop quiz for all you students at every level. It doesn't matter whether you're in school today or if you're simply a student of life (as we all should be until we die). Since Jimmy Carter brought us the Department of Education, what has been the positive impact it's had on our students, … Continue reading The only right answer is to end the Department of Education
By John Ruberry It's been four months since Illinois operated with a budget. But the story goes back a year when Land of Lincoln voters tossed out Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn, Rod Blagojevich's two-time running mate, and chose Republican businessman Bruce Rauner to, as his proclaimed in his campaign slogans, "Bring back Illinois" and "Shake … Continue reading Democrats remain stubborn as Illinois enters fourth month without a budget
By John Ruberry Despite massive influxes of cash into public education from President Bush's No Child Left Behind and his President Obama's stimulus, test scores of public high school students--the final reckoning of our government education system, have been flat for two decades. Where has that money gone? Some of it has been stolen. Last week Barbara … Continue reading The public education racket
Nothing influences the decisions we make today more than our understanding of the past. This influence extends to all aspects of life, from the spiritual and political to the mundane choices we make everyday. Generally speaking, history can be divided into just two categories: the personal and the secondhand stories that society passes down. The history that … Continue reading History Matters
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I've been reading these stories about Horace Mann School. It's not a pleasant tale and I feel bad for those involved. I can't help but wonder however, how many of the elite left who read the Times story and beating their breasts over the revelation will be crying for state investigations, changes in state law … Continue reading Another School that needs to abolish celibacy at once!
For reasons I still can't explain after a night of fast dancing and a fine wedding meal (there is nothing like fast dancing with a fedora) I ended up wide awake at 4 a.m. to be greeted by an e-mail from Barbara Espinosa from the American Freedom blog and host of blog talk radio's hair … Continue reading “Has Massachusetts lost it?”