10:43 AM, Jan 5, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The school house for American children is, increasingly, the same one where they eat and sleep and live with their parents. As Genevieve Wood of the Daily Signal reports:
In North Carolina, the number of homeschoolers has now surpassed the number of students attending private schools.
In 1973, there were approximately 13,000 children, ages 5 to 17, being homeschooled in the United States. But according to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of the 2011-2012 school year, that number has grown to almost 1.8 million or approximately 3.4 percent of the school age population. Other sources report numbers well over 2 million.
This cannot be read as anything other than a parental rejection of the educational status quo and the iron grip of the teachers’ unions under which it labors. Those with the greatest stakes in the educational system – parents – are giving up on PTAs, school boards, and the like and going it on their own.
Meanwhile, the political class offers as its solution ... Common Core.
9:32 AM, Dec 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama's statement condemning the mass murder in a Pakistan school fails to blame the perpetrators, the Taliban. Here's Obama's full statement:
2:05 PM, Jan 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In school, the intense pressure to do well on tests creates a temptation to cheat. And in Philadelphia, it seems that teachers and their supervisors succumbed to it. As Stephanie Banchero of the Wall Street Journal writes:
10:06 AM, Sep 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Michigan school district has cut the hours of 15 employees due to Obamacare, according to a local report:
10:48 AM, Aug 14, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
It is becoming increasingly clear that President Obama does not approve of the American Founders’ notion that Congress’s role is to pass laws, and the president’s role is to execute them.
5:20 PM, Jun 11, 2013 • By CHESTER E. FINN JR. and MICHAEL J. PETRILLI
For nearly 30 years—at least since Bill Bennett’s tenure as secretary of education and Lamar Alexander’s as governor of Tennessee—education-minded conservatives at both national and state levels have embraced a two-part school reform strategy, focused equally on rigorous standards and parental choice. Recent events have frayed that coalition, but it’s not too late to stitch it back together.
3:31 PM, Apr 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Louisiana high school is in "chaos" after 57 teachers skipped school to protest the governor in Baton Rouge. The problem is that there were not enough substitute teachers to replace those who decided to protest the Republican governor, Bobby Jindal.
"Operations at Lafayette High School were thrown into 'chaos' on Wednesday after 57 teachers were absent, said Lafayette Parish Superintendent Pat Cooper," reports theadvertiser.com.
"Cooper said the majority of those teachers attended a rally of educators at the state capitol in Baton Rouge.
12:01 PM, Jan 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama will put more "counselors" in school to help thwart gun violence. According to a background briefer provided by the White House, Obama hopes to add an additional 1,000 "school resource officers and counselors."
From the White House's document:
4:58 PM, Dec 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
David Gregory mocked the NRA's Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America. But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C.
"You proposed armed guards in school. We'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. You confronted the news media. You blamed Hollywood and the gaming industry. But never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. Is that a meaningful contribution, Mr. LaPierre, or a dodge?," asked Gregory.
11:54 AM, Sep 25, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Criticism is mounting over First Lady Michelle Obama's lunch plan, as kids are complaining they aren't getting enough to feel full after eating.
7:06 AM, Sep 19, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The teachers, if you ask them, resisted the fearful boot of repression and struck a blow for worker's rights:
10:42 AM, Sep 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The school attended by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel's children remains open, even though public school teachers are striking in Chicago resulting in school closures across the city.