State Representative Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City) unsuccessfully offered a constitutional amendment to replace the Right to Keep and Bear Arms resolution, that passed in the Iowa House, that would have effectively ended private school and homeschooling in the state.
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) in his new book, The Vanishing American Adult, notes the slide toward shallowness public education started on in the 1970s.
Jason Schultz: The Iowa Senate passed SF 455 which will start to bring equity to the funding levels between small and large geographic districts.
Shane Vander Hart & Brian Myers talk to Robert Cramer, Republican candidate in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District Race, and discuss recent polls on marriage.
Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, RI canceled their traditional Spring Honors night because school officials felt it was too exclusive.
Northeast Middle School in Bristol, CT gave its students a worksheet on the Second Amendment that can only reasonably be called indoctrination.
MSNBC Host and Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry endorses collective responsibility and “ownership” of children that is harmful to parental rights.
I wrote about this earlier today on another blog, but wanted to expand my comments here. Over the weekend Diane Ravitch, defender of public teachers and public education everywhere, responded to the statement that the Louisiana State Superintendent of Education, John White, made defending that state’s voucher program, “To me, it’s a moral outrage that […]
The National Education Association is reinventing itself after they have had a significant drop in membership over the last several years, The Huffington Post reports. The NEA expects a loss of 308,000 members and $65 million in dues between 2010-2014. They there is a new call for more responsibility from teachers. If you are a […]
As a contributor for Caffeinated Thoughts for some time, many of you know my passion for Christ-centered education and free-market solutions to our educational and cultural problems. As the lobbyist for the Iowa Association of Christian Schools and ardent advocate for Iowa’s children and Iowa’s private schools, I’ve become increasingly passionate about what is going […]
The last time I sat down with former Des Moines School Board Member Jonathan Narcisse to discuss An Iowa Worth Fighting For. I asked if he was considering a gubernatorial run. He said, “that’s an idea worth considering.” We met at Smokey Row in Des Moines last Friday to discuss why he’s running as what […]
The Des Moines Register ran a front page article this morning entitled “Should Iowa pay millions for home schools?” Fidei Beattie’s education is an unlikely collision of two worlds. In one world, Fidei learns from her mother about spelling, algebra and Jesus Christ in the privacy of their Carlisle home. In the other, the shy […]
Part of a well-rounded education would be studying government, social sciences, economics, etc. Part of the curriculum would be looking at Presidents past, and the current administration. I understand that, and I think most reasonable people understand that. My primary concern when the President spoke to students directly was the accompanying curriculum. I didn’t think […]
This may be one reason education is failing, but hey, don’t tell Annie Leonard that. Watch this “wonderful” video – The Story of Stuff (funded by the Tides Foundation) and see if you would rate this as education or indoctrination. Wow, talk about drinking the kool aid. If your school shows this, call the school […]
My wife brought Rekha Basu’s latest contribution to our bird cage’s lining to my attention yesterday. It was her Tuesday op/ed in the Des Moines Register entitled – “Remember, religion isn’t fact.” She wrote: Back in February, Republican State Rep. Rod Roberts of Carroll introduced a bill in the Iowa Legislature purporting to protect the […]
We consistently hear from the education community that there is a teacher shortage, that too few college students are getting their education degrees, and that more money will not only solve this problem, but ensure greater teacher quality. I’m not so sure. It may be that our public schools are simply not creating a quality […]