It’s time to redefine the federal role in K-12 education

In December 2015, when President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 — congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle breathed a deep sigh of relief. Not only had NCLB grown...

Remember

When I was young, my parents bought a house in a neighborhood that German and Swedish Protestants were leaving because they did not want to live with Irish, Polish, Italian and other Catholics. Despite that feeling, we all survived, prospered, and even married those...

Teachers’ views have not been heeded

Teachers’ views have not been accorded the weight they deserve in seeking school improvement. Just the opposite–teachers have been unfairly blamed for the lack of progress. Listen to John Thompson for some realism from the classroom....

Advice for Democrats

To win elections, it is helpful to have a disliked opponent. People are more motivated to vote against someone than they are to vote for someone, according to an old adage.   The dreams of Democrats to have such opponents could not be better fulfilled than to...

Hope from the Young

Future leaders often seem to come from high school debate teams. Students participate in these debates because they are interested in current affairs and want to hone their public speaking skills. The National Federation of State High School Associations has announced...