• The Travesty of Teacher Tenure

    The Travesty of Teacher Tenure

    The mills of justice grind slowly, but life plunges on, leaving lives blighted when justice, by being delayed, is irremediably denied. Fortunately, California’s Supreme Court might soon decide to hear — four years after litigation began — the 21st century’s | Read More »

  • Fiddling Away Black Futures

    Fiddling Away Black Futures

    Most black politicians, ministers, civil rights advocates and professionals support Hillary Clinton’s quest for the presidency. Whoever becomes the next president, whether it’s a Democrat or Republican, will mean little or nothing in terms of solutions to major problems that confront many black people. We’ve already seen that even a black president means little or nothing.

  • Dry Rot in Academia

    Dry Rot in Academia

    Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited — and then disinvited — to give a talk on a college campus, in this case Virginia Tech.

  • Education Insanity

    Education Insanity

    Some credit Albert Einstein, others credit Benjamin Franklin, with the observation that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing year after year and expecting different results.”

  • Education Disaster

    Education Disaster

    The 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress report, also known as The Nation’s Report Card, shows that U.S. educational achievement, to put it nicely, leaves much to be desired.

  • Academic Stalinism Still Thriving

    Academic Stalinism Still Thriving

    There are many opinionated people on each side of the political spectrum, including me, but I haven’t heard of any conservatives trying to muzzle leftists. Liberals on the other hand? Ha.

  • Choice is Better than 'War on Truancy'

    Choice is Better than ‘War on Truancy’

    School-attendance effort echoes flawed zero-tolerance strategy.

  • Why Home Schooling?

    Why Home Schooling?

    Many public primary and secondary schools are dangerous places. The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics show that in 2012, there were about 749,200 violent assaults on students.

  • Academic Fascism II

    Academic Fascism II

    Last week’s column highlighted college campus absurdities and the ongoing attack on free speech and plain common sense. As parents gear up to fork over $20,000 to $60,000 for college tuition, they might benefit from knowing what greets their youngsters. Deceitful college officials, who visit high schools to recruit students and talk to parents, conceal the worst of their campus practices. Let’s expose some of it.

  • How High School Nearly Destroyed Me, and Why School Choice Matters

    How High School Nearly Destroyed Me, and Why School Choice Matters

    Many say school choice is a dangerous idea because it turns parents and students into customers and teachers into something like service providers. In my experience, the absence of school choice turns parents and students into captives with no ability to make decisions that would improve educational opportunities.

  • Turning The Tables on Campus Anti-Free Speech Codes

    Turning The Tables on Campus Anti-Free Speech Codes

    Use Progressives’ Anti-Free Speech Codes Against Them

  • Improving Black Education

    Improving Black Education

    Some might conclude that such a statistic is evidence of hiring discrimination. That’s a possibility, but we might ask what percentage of blacks met hiring qualifications on the civil service examination. Are there hundreds of blacks in Ferguson and elsewhere who achieve passing scores on civil service examinations who are then refused employment? There is no evidence suggesting an affirmative answer to that question.

  • Don't Go!

    Don’t Go!

    It’s graduation time! Have we learned much? No. College has become a scam.

  • Is Student-Loan Bubble Starting to Pop?

    Is Student-Loan Bubble Starting to Pop?

    For-profit colleges close after feds turn off easy loan spigot.

  • Report on School Choice Avoids Facts, Protects Status Quo

    Report on School Choice Avoids Facts, Protects Status Quo

    Teachers unions and other defenders of the education status quo are terrified of school choice. As a result, they frequently present misleading reports as truthful.

  • Diversity -- or Meritocracy?

    Diversity — or Meritocracy?

    A voracious and eclectic reader, President Nixon instructed me to send him every few weeks 10 articles he would not normally see that were on interesting or important issues.

  • Can Family Breakdown in Low-Education America Be Reversed? Maybe

    Can Family Breakdown in Low-Education America Be Reversed? Maybe

    Our kids, at least many of them, are not doing very well.

  • Revolt in the regulated lunch room

    Revolt in the regulated lunch room

    Resistance to Michelle Obama’s school lunch program grows, spreading even unto Illinois.

  • The origin of specious thinking: public schools

    The origin of specious thinking: public schools

    The nation’s system of public, government-run schools is by its very nature a corrupting influence, and a fundamental offense against individual freedom.

  • Mitch Daniels and the business of education at Purdue

    Mitch Daniels and the business of education at Purdue

    Trimming the administrative fat from a well-fed bureaucracy is no easy task.