Posted December 16, 2016, by Mary Grabar: President-Elect Donald Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education has been met with mixed emotions. Of course, the wealthy funder in Michigan education circles stated her opposition to Common Core shortly after the announcement, but activists are wary of her previous financial support of pro-Common Core organizations. Teachers unions hate her because of her advocacy of "school choice."
Many believe that being for school choice in the form of vouchers or charters is all that is needed for reform. But it will take a lot to undo the damage that the Obama administration (with the help of many Republican governors and congressmen) has done in education.
The Examined Life IS Worth Living, guest post by Jack Kerwick, Ph.D., posted December 9, 2016:
Not all news coming from academia these days is necessarily bad news. In my own little corner of this world, some of it is actually quite good, and it’s all that much sweeter when it is considered within the larger context of contemporary events.
At a time when universities and colleges around the country are creating “safe spaces,” hosting “cry ins” and “walk outs,” and distributing coloring books and the like for students and faculty who have been traumatized by the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency; when institutions of higher learning have betrayed their traditional mission by substituting training in political ideology for education of the heads and hearts of their pupils—I’m happy to report that the members of the community of my little college in Southern New Jersey are busy attending to the sorts of matters for the sake of which the liberal arts had historically been prized.
Eagle Council on September 17, joining such distinguished conservatives as Phyllis Schlafly, John Bolton, Ben Carson, and David Horowitz. The council meets from Friday, September 16, to Sunday, September 18, and is an annual event of Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum.Posted September 2, 2016, by Mary Grabar: I am honored to have been invited to speak at the
I will be discussing "Common Core's Effects on Higher Education" on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. It's a topic I've written about extensively for the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research (on Arne Duncan's legacy of "competency-based education" and "social and emotional learning"; through "free" community colleges, and "K-16" Common Core standards) and at the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy ("Common Core is coming to your college")
For a full schedule of speakers and events, please go here. I hope to see you there!
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