Education

The state of education reform today

By |June 5th, 2015|

(By Bill Moloney, 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. Hailed as a key element in Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” program, the law was quickly transformed into a generalized entitlement with only limited impact on real reform. This baleful precedent set a pattern […]

Achievement: Why are we afraid?

By |May 19th, 2015|

(Centennial Fellow) May is the month for most high school and college graduations across the U.S.  Commencement exercises mark a key milestone in the life of the student.   For some it’s the end of their formal education, for others a marker toward the next educational or professional milestone, and for all, it’s the start of the rest of their lives.  Whatever the context, graduation certainly is worth celebrating.  But in the United States, graduation progressively has become more about being “done” and getting that diploma, rather than recognition of achievement and educational advancement.  The term achievement has progressively become less “PC” in American lexicon, and the idea of advancing in education has become less accepted.  The result is a decline in educational motivation and mobility in America.  And the consequences of that decline can be significant for not only students but for our American society as a whole. […]

School reform rises from the ashes

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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 […]