Education

School reform rises from the ashes

April 18th, 2015|

(Centennial Fellow) This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the landmark legislation that launched the Federal Government as the principal force in American school reform. […]

School funding suffers from ObamaCare

April 4th, 2015|

Coloradans’ eyes understandably pass over reports about legislators working on the annual state budget. After all, the “long bill” – so named because it spans nearly 500 pages – is a necessary but mind-numbing legislative drudgery, salted with indiscernible acronyms, and largely incomprehensible to anyone outside the State Capitol. […]

Education reform's bridge to nowhere

October 18th, 2014|

Sigmund Freud’s classic definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over yet always expecting different results- seems not to have registered with American education reformers who endlessly propose look-alike standards and assessments they claim will really, really work this time. […]

APUSH won't prepare students for college bias

October 6th, 2014|

(Centennial Fellow) While some people consider the controversy in Jeffco schools over AP history standards to be a distraction from the debate over performance pay for teachers, the former issue will have a greater impact on students and the future of the nation in the long run. […]

Jeffco dramatizes US schools' history deficit

October 3rd, 2014|

(Centennial Fellow) Refuse to think, assume the worst, overreact, disregard laws and rules and then pronounce yourself someone standing up for the best in education. That’s what we’ve recently witnessed in Colorado’s Jefferson County, the scene of pretentiously delinquent student walkouts and teacher stay-at-home protests cheating young people out of learning. […]

Jay Ambrose: Common Core is a major risk widely misunderstood and should be abandoned

May 18th, 2014|

Common Core is a brave, new issue that maybe hasn’t come your way yet, and so let’s sum it up. It is a mathematically weak, humanities-jabbing, ideologically inebriated, innovation-squashing, sparsely tested and therefore unproven scheme to dramatically change the educational lives of tens of millions of American children in grades K-12. You might want to study it some. […]

What's education for? The Founders knew better than we seem to

May 13th, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) What a great honor it is to be here to address the graduating class of 2014! First, congratulations! Second, a special thank you to your outstanding president Bill Armstrong and to your board of trustees. Thank you for your leadership and for providing a remarkable institution of quality and integrity. […]

Universities and liberal education: Lamenting our loss

March 16th, 2014|

(Centennial Fellow) Martin Gilbert, in his biography of the greatest leader of the 20th century, Winston Churchill, tells of rumors seeping out to Germany of “the extent of the German slaughter of Jews on the eastern front, the murder by gas of Polish Jews in three special death camps […]

My students' U-turn on sharing the wealth

February 14th, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) As part of my research into the intellectual proximity of Ayn Rand’s objectivism and social conservatism, I have spent stimulating time […]

Who caused Jeffco Schools blowup? You decide

February 13th, 2014|

(’76 Editor) Don’t buy the false narrative that three reformers on the five-member Jefferson County School Board set off the uproar last weekend […]