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Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed

By at September 2, 2014 | 11:14 am | 0 Comment

Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed

It’s Labor Day weekend, the schools have been in session about a week, and the disgruntled voices of a minority drone on. Their screeching refrain, often in letters to the editor and talk show call-ins, is familiar: –Teachers only work half a year. –Teachers are overpaid. –Local school districts and their taxpayers shouldn’t have to […]

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How Do We Improve Public Schools? Take Away Their Funding, Terrorize Teachers, and Send Kids Somewhere Else (According to lawmakers)

By at April 17, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

How Do We Improve Public Schools? Take Away Their Funding, Terrorize Teachers, and Send Kids Somewhere Else (According to lawmakers)

By Elizabeth Walters How can we improve public education for our children? The answers to this question–and the perspectives on the current quality of public education in the United States–are as varied and individualized as the 55 million students who attend public school in this country. Recently, legislators in Louisiana, like their counterparts in many […]

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“A little rebellion…”

By at May 12, 2011 | 1:11 pm | 59 Comments

“A little rebellion…”

At a time when increasing numbers of our people are out of work, when the cost of getting to work is on the rise, and when far too many of our young men and women take their Senior Trip to exotic places such as Iraq and Afghanistan at least partly because there is nothing for them to do by staying home …

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A new K-12 system will not be free

By at April 26, 2011 | 10:03 am | 470 Comments

A new K-12 system will not be free

Step One: Make taxpayers believe they are paying for substandard schools, using standardized testing criteria virtually impossible to meet, then blame teachers for the failure.

Step Two: Make taxpayers believe they can have a better education, for free.

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Public Schools not “too big to fail”

By at April 6, 2011 | 12:39 pm | 43 Comments

Public Schools not “too big to fail”

Teachers, we are told, are to blame for our schools’ abysmal performance, and their unions are the scourge of our wallets. The proper course, according to Good King Corbett, is “school choice.” Take the money from the public schools and give it to commercial enterprises, which promise to, lead us from the darkness of illiteracy to the sunshine of epitomous knowledge.

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Governor Corbett’s Country Club Budget

By at March 9, 2011 | 5:23 pm | 1,612 Comments

Governor Corbett’s Country Club Budget

As we still pour over Governor Corbett’s budget, one thing sticks out, and that is the governor’s call for shared burden. However, the closer one looks at the proposed spending plan, and the more clear it becomes that not everyone will share the pain, and that includes some of Pennsylvania’s largest industries.

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