March 21, 2018
Critics of the public school system, myself included, often disparage government schools for failing to teach kids. Yes, it’s alarming U.S. students continue to lag academically behind their international peers (only about one-third of high school graduates are prepared for college), and it’s pathetic most students test very poorly in geography, civics, reading, and math. As bad as it is that schools aren’t teaching our kids important areas of learning, it’s what they are teaching that should re...
August 25, 2016
Eight states will be working with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) during the 2016-17 school year to develop new Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) standards.
CASEL, which receives some government funding, states on its website the organization’s mission is to advance “the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students.”
CASEL announced in August it had chosen California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, ...
December 21, 2016
...waste of time and money, and it obviously hasn’t helped improve academic outcomes.
“This summer the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) announced it had chosen eight states to collaborate on creating K-12 social emotional learning’ standards,” Jane Robbins and Karen Effrem wrote for The Federalist in October. “All students, from kindergartners through high-school seniors, would be measured on five ‘non-cognitive’ factors: self-awareness, self-management, social a...
September 2, 2016
Eight states will be working with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) during the 2016–17 school year to develop new social and emotional learning (SEL) standards.
CASEL, which receives some government funding, states on its website the organization’s mission is to advance “the development of academic, social, and emotional competence for all students.”
CASEL announced in August it had chosen California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania,...
January 10, 2019
A new report from the Beacon Center details how a statewide, universal education savings account (ESA) program could provide the Volunteer State $4.26 billion in economic benefits through 2038 due to increasing high school graduation rates and a decrease in criminal activity.
Counting Dollars and Cents: The Economic Impact of a Statewide Education Savings Account Program for Tennessee, authored by the Cato Institute’s Corey DeAngelis and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty’s Will Flan...
November 4, 2013
Having a child who struggles in school torments parents – whether it’s because of attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, an inability to comprehend “whole word” approaches in learning to read, or just a need to “learn differently” from peers. The experience is even harder on the child.
Some just struggle along, with limited help from teachers, school administrators and special programs. Others get little or no help, lag further behind, fall through the cracks, or just give up or drop out of scho...
March 7, 2017
In August of 1993 I was in invited to participate in a conference in Vilnius, Lithuania on “Liberty and Private Business.” This was less than two years after the formal disappearance of the Soviet Union as a political entity on the map of the world.
During our time there my wife and I were offered the opportunity to be given a tour of the building that had served as the headquarters of the local KGB, the infamous Soviet secret police. Our guide was a man who had been a prisoner in its walls in ...
March 6, 2019
After deliberating for two years, a national commission is pushing to implement social-emotional learning (SEL) in all government schools. The commission, led by The Aspen Institute, is farming the movement as a benign matter of developing “the whole child.”
SEL is a red-hot item on the panacea shelf in the fad-prone realm of mass education right now, as is computerized personalized learning. Hence, a plug from Aspen’s globalist thinkers could be an added boost.
The first recommendation of Asp...
February 1, 2005
A new study has found ending social promotion leads to significant academic improvement for previously low-performing students. The study, published in December 2004 by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, looked at third-grade students in Florida who were required to pass a standardized test in order to be promoted to the fourth grade.Researchers Dr. Jay Green, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and Marcus Winters, a research associate at the institute, analyzed data from the F...
June 20, 2017
Second graders in a California public school are having their “interpersonal and behavioral skills [nurtured] through a variety of educational strategies,” Education Week reports.
“In Susannah Young’s 2nd-grade classroom, the first step in a student’s writing process isn’t a rough draft; it’s a conversation with a peer,” Evie Blad writes for EdWeek. “Students explain their ideas to a partner, respond to questions, and push each other to more fully explore their thoughts before they put them dow...