Schooling in America didn’t start out atheist

By |November 22nd, 2015|

(By Ellen Densmore, ’76 Contributor) Inscribed on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., are Jefferson’s words, “The God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secured when we […]

Anti-intellectual threat in academe isn’t from the right

By |November 18th, 2015|

“Dear Professor: Is this course going to challenge my faith and make me feel uncomfortable?” While this is not a direct quote from one of Whitney Cox’s students at the University of Houston, it is the paraphrase that Cox used […]

The Red Guards on America’s campuses

By |November 16th, 2015|

(By Helen Raleigh, Centennial Fellow) If you never heard of the term “Red Guards,” allow me to fill you in. During Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution movement (1966-1976), many over-zealous Chinese college students began referring to […]

Government android education

By |November 16th, 2015|

(By Don Devine, ’76 Contributor) So after promising no child left behind by last year, the 2015 “nation’s report card” in math from the National Assessment of Educational Progress actually fell for the first time since the […]

How do we save education?

By |November 9th, 2015|

(By Jay Ambrose, ’76 Contributor) Go back a bit and there was President Barack Obama promising us educational utopia. Then move forward some and what you have is a hugely expensive, bureaucratically dumbfounding mix of […]

Ten reasons I’m glad I was homeschooled

By |November 8th, 2015|

(By Ellen Densmore, CCU Student) “Do you have any friends?” “I wish I could stay in my pajamas all day.” “I couldn’t stand being around my family all the time.” Those are just a few of the common questions and assertions I’ve grown up hearing. as a student who was homeschooled all the way through 12th grade. […]

Will union lies squash successful Colorado education reforms?

By |October 23rd, 2015|

(By Joy Overbeck, ’76 Contributor) Colorado teachers unions are working hard to erase the gains in student achievement that parents want by trying to defeat reform-minded Douglas and Jefferson County school board members in upcoming elections with national implications for educational transformation. […]

Jeffco school reformers face social-media lynching

By |October 22nd, 2015|

(By Melanie Sturm, ’76 Contributor) As a giant marketplace of ideas, Facebook is an astonishing barometer, for better or worse. Its force-multiplying “likes” and “shares” can direct masses toward aspirational “Arab Spring”-type movements or incite mobs with false grievances, […]

When it comes to public education, what’s normal is criminal

By |October 18th, 2015|

(By Helen Raleigh, Centennial Fellow) While most of the country is paying attention to the 2016 presidential election, some local communities will have to make a few consequential decisions this coming November. One such community is […]

Against the Jeffco school board recall: One man’s plea

By |September 4th, 2015|

(By John Newkirk, ’76 Contributor) Fifty-three percent of recent Jefferson County Public School graduates were classified as not ready for college or career in basic math, science, and reading skills. As of 2013, one out of every two students who began their K-12 journey at the dawn of the new millennium were told by the American College Testing board […]