Education

  • The Common Core Standards are coming! The Common Core Standards are coming!

    The Common Core Standards are on the educational horizon, though their advent perhaps does not have the same urgency as an impending British invasion. In...

  • According to Minnesota's Constitution, "it is the duty of the legislature to establish a general and uniform system of public...

  • An American Founder once famously noted that "it is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be...

  • It's no secret that overall the American public school systems are struggling to provide quality education for children. While costing taxpayers more and more every year, they have achieved no appreciable improvements...

  • In recent years, it has become increasingly common for politicians to campaign for the idea of expanded government preschool services. They claim that early childhood education is vital to prepare children for success...

  • While philosophers have long extolled the virtues of reading great works, Great Books programs as an initiative to improve American education go back to the early 1900s. The first Great Books course was introduced at...

  • Americans are continually talking about the nation’s deplorable state of public education. Solutions to the problem abound, some of which include school choice, longer school days, smaller class sizes, and more teacher accountability. One of the...

  • The Race to the Top fund (RTTT) was initiated in 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The brainchild of President Barack Obama and education secretary Arne Duncan, Race to the Top was formulated as a contest in which states...

  • The "achievement gap" refers to the documented difference in academic performance and test results between racial or ethnic groups. In the United States, White and Asian students consistently outperform their Hispanic...

  • While many would agree that the public school systems are in need of a serious overhaul, there is considerable disagreement over how to achieve it. One factor that has consistently been promoted as deserving attention...

  • Since the establishment of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) in 1990, the City of Milwaukee has been at the forefront of alternative education options throughout the country. MPCP is currently the nations...

  • Have you ever driven through an inner city neighborhood? If so, the images left on your mind were probably those of dilapidated houses, trash-littered sidewalks, and gang-filled bus stops. In all likelihood, those...

  • In recent years, the era of school choice has provided the public with a vast array of new education options, including charter schools,...

  • As has been mentioned numerous times before, the American education system has undergone major changes in the past fifty years as the principles of teacher-directed education have gradually given way to student-...

  • While riding a wave of political bipartisan support in early 2002, President George W. Bush signed legislation that sought to massively remedy the woeful shape of America’s educational outcomes. Popularly known as No...

  • In 1972, a small, seemingly harmless paragraph was included in a piece of legislation known as the “Education Amendments of 1972.” This paragraph simply prohibited education opportunity discrimination based on a...

  • What kind of picture does the word “apprenticeship” conjure up in your mind? For some the concept of apprenticeship might be viewed as an undignified and outdated way to escape the college grind, while for others it...

  • What is education? For many in today’s society, the answer to that question would probably consist of various school-related descriptions that apply to people between the ages of 5 and 22. However, if people put more...

  • In the last few decades, almost every area of life has been affected by the explosive growth of the internet and other digital technologies. Education is no exception. Despite its recent arrival on the education scene, the great potential offered...

  • The era since World War II has seen dramatic changes in a variety of areas for American society. Many of those changes make a profound and deep impact on the nation’s future, but probably none so much as the changes...

  • Imagine that it is your first year of college. You’re eager to learn, enthusiastic about your new friends, and devoted to your new professor. Everything is moving along beautifully, until one day your beloved...

  • Picture this: You and a friend are walking by a school parking lot one day, when you notice a beautiful, new, expensive vehicle parked there. As you are admiring it, you look around and notice that the lot is full of...

  • Every weekday morning for approximately nine months of the year, thousands of American adults get up and spend their day standing in front of a room full of children. Apart from teaching children the basic skills of...

  • If you are like many American college students, you have probably waited anxiously with great fear and trepidation for the letter. When it finally arrives, you grab it from the mail stack, rip it with...

  • In recent decades, Americans have watched with dismay as the quality of the nation's K-12 public education system has deteriorated. This deterioration has prompted many proposed solutions, including calls for increased spending, better teachers,...

  • The foundational pillars of American education had already begun to crack by the mid-1800s, but they did not come crashing down until the rise of the Progressives at the turn of the 20th century, arguably led by the...

  • Over the past few decades, homeschooling has gone from fringe oddity to a more accepted part of the American educational landscape. Current estimates suggest that over...

  • Whole-language. Phonics. Student-centered. Teacher-centered. Holistic. Direct Instruction. These are just a few ideas in the long list of philosophies concerning how children learn. Though sifting through the many...

  • Minnesota enacted the United States' first charter school law...

  • Dickson A. Mungazi, author of The Evolution of...

  • Continuing along the timeline of education in America from Colonial Education, the early and mid...