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The Daily Signal… Why Pulling ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ From the Classroom Hurts Students,
Daniel Davis - October 18, 2017 - This year, as in years past,
eighth-graders in Biloxi, Mississippi, began reading the classic
American novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” And then, partway through and
with little warning, they stopped. Why? Because, according to the
school board vice president, it “makes people uncomfortable.” If you
attended American schools...
The Daily Signal… The False Ideas Intellectuals Peddle at
College Campuses, Walter E. Williams
October 11, 2017 - As George Orwell said, “some ideas are so stupid
that only intellectuals believe them.” Many stupid ideas originate with
academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn’t infect
the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in
the way a circus is. Let’s look at a few stupid ideas peddled by
The Daily Signal… Many People Would Save Their Dog Over a
Stranger, Dennis Prager
October 10, 2017 - A while ago a human-interest story from South Africa
was reported internationally. As described in The Wall Street Journal:
On Aug. 4, Graham and Sheryl Anley, while yachting off the coast of
South Africa, hit a reef, capsizing their boat. As the boat threatened
to sink and they scrambled to get off, Sheryl’s safety line snagged on...
The Daily Signal… The Truth About Columbus,
October 06, 2017 - Is this the last time we can celebrate Columbus Day?
A wave of cities have decided to remove the holiday from the calendar
and replace it with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Christopher Columbus,
the Italian explorer credited with discovering America, and his legacy
are under attack figuratively and, increasingly, literally. Several
Washington Post… Why is Virginia, cradle of America, killing
its U.S. history tests?
By Jay Mathews -- October 1 -- My entire life I have heard complaints
about how little we Americans know about our history. So why is
Virginia killing its annual U.S. history tests, while still requiring
state exams in English, math and science? I always liked Virginia’s
Standards of Learning tests, particularly U.S. History to 1865 in fifth
grade, U.S. History 1865 to Present in middle school...
NPR Ed… States Plan To Use Student Absences To
Measure Success, Elissa Nadworny
How do you judge how good a school is? Test scores? Culture?
Attendance? In the new federal education law (the Every Student
Succeeds Act, or ESSA) states are asked to use five measures of student
success. The first four are related to academics — like annual tests
and graduation rates. The fourth measures proficiency of English
Springfield News-Sun… Sexting and teens: Ohio looks to set up
diversion program as problem grows;
Sexting bill would require courts to set up juvenile diversion program,
By Laura A. Bischoff -- September 24, 2017 -- Columbus — Sexting is
rampant among teens, putting them at risk for criminal charges, school
expulsion and images of their privates being displayed and shared in
the digital world. The behavior is so common that Montgomery and Clark
counties set up diversion...
Zanesville Times Recorder… Driver got students safely off her bus when
it caught fire,
Shelly Schultz, Reporter - 'It's my job to protect them' - Sept. 20,
2017 - NEW CONCORD - Marianne Hall starts each school year by
explaining the rules for riding her bus, the consequences for breaking
the rules and, of course, safety drills. On Sept. 13, days after
completing the emergency evacuation drill with more than 100 students
who ride her bus...
The Daily Signal… Due Process Rights in Campus Sexual Assault
Hans von Spakovsky, Elizabeth Slattery - September 08, 2017 - Education
Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in a speech Thursday that she will roll
back an Obama-era “guidance” document that drove colleges to implement
Star Chamber-like tribunals to mishandle sexual assault cases. The
guidance forced colleges to weaken already minimal due process
protections for those accused of rape...
The Daily Signal… The Mythical Constitution, by
September 14, 2017 -- The nation marks the 230th birthday of our
Constitution this weekend. On Sunday, many Americans of all political
persuasions who are aware of Constitution Day will praise the Framers
of that document and express gratitude that they live under its
protections. They will celebrate the fact that we have a representative
democracy, where the laws are written by people...
NPR Ed… The Most Popular High School Plays And
Musicals, Elissa Nadworny
September 15, 2017 - NPR Ed published the first-ever database of the
most popular high school plays and musicals in the U.S. in July 2015.
Today, the 2017 numbers are out, so we've updated our original story.
The brilliant script, the "really fun" music and the exciting tech and
staging feats were just a few of the reasons John Minigan decided...
NPR Higher Education… 'You See In Their Eyes The Fear': DACA
Students Face An Uncertain Future,
Claudio Sanchez -- "You see in their eyes the fear, that's the
heartbreaker," says Erazo, a high school counselor in Olathe, Kan. In
recent months, Erazo says, he's had to be honest with students and
their parents. He stopped encouraging them to apply for DACA, which
stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, because of the
likelihood the Trump administration would revoke it...
The Daily Signal… Hollywood Wants This Profanity-Filtering
Service Out of Business,
Peter Parisi - August 18, 2017 - The ideological and philosophical
divide between Republicans and Democrats has seldom, if ever, been
broader and deeper, and the divide between partisans in the degree of
their aversion to swearing in feature films is just the latest
manifestation of that. A new Harris poll—commissioned by the makers of
a forthcoming faith-based film...
NPR Ed… Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The
Only Statewide School Laptop Program,
Robbie Feinberg -- August 18, 2017 -- It was the year 2000 and Maine's
governor at the time, Angus King, was excited about the Internet. The
World Wide Web was still relatively young but King wanted every student
in the state to have access to it. "Go into history class and the
teacher says, 'Open your computer. We're going to go to rome.com and
we're going to watch...
Washington Post… Getting into college was easy. Staying
there is becoming harder.
By Valerie Strauss - August 14 - However difficult getting into college
may have been, it turns out, that may have been the easiest part of the
transition to college life, admissions officials say. Inadequate
preparation, unrealistic expectations and other issues that college
freshmen don’t anticipate can become important obstacles to happiness
and success. With about one-third...
The Daily Signal… Get Involved Locally. You Might Just Save
the Country, by Slade O’Brien
August 02, 2017 -- While much of the media focuses on lawmakers in
Washington clunking heads and getting little done, the common narrative
has been that change is a pipedream. But great change is afoot. They
just need to look outside Washington to find it. At the local and state
levels, citizen leaders, armed with a belief in economic freedom and
individual liberty, have experienced historic...
The Daily Signal… 5 Ways to Convince College Students That
Free Speech Matters,
Bruce Ashford - July 20, 2017 - In recent days, college students have
shouted down, pepper-sprayed, punched, and otherwise shut down the
campus guests whose ideas they considered offensive. The most prominent
recent cases have included Milo Yiannopoulos (University of California,
Berkeley), Charles Murray (Middlebury College), and Heather Mac Donald...
NPR Ed…We're All Born With Mathematical Abilities
(And Why That's Important),
Julie Dependbrock - August 1, 2017 - As an undergraduate at the
University of Arizona, Kristy vanMarle knew she wanted to go to grad
school for psychology, but wasn't sure what lab to join. Then, she saw
a flyer: Did you know that babies can count? "I thought, No way. Babies
probably can't count, and they certainly don't count the way that we
do," she says. But the seed...
The Daily Signal… Passing Out Copies of Constitution Could
Get You in Trouble at This College,
Christine Roe - August 01, 2017 - A college policy that led to the
arrests of a student and two supporters of a conservative group for
passing out copies of the Constitution on a Michigan campus is getting
its day in court. A lawyer with the First Amendment legal aid group
Alliance Defending Freedom was set to argue in court Tuesday for
suspension of the speech...
The Daily Signal… Shapiro, Carolla Call on Colleges to Teach
By Elle Rogers - July 28, 2017 - Instead of disinviting controversial
speakers, college administrators should model civil disagreement for
students, say Ben Shapiro and Adam Carolla. Shapiro, editor-in-chief of
The Daily Wire, and Carolla, a comedian and radio host, testified
Thursday before a joint subcommittee of the House Oversight and
The Daily Signal… Students File Lawsuit After School Denies
Pro-Life Club Approval
By Grace Carr -- July 14, 2017 -- A religious nonprofit organization is
suing Parkland School District in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, after
Parkland High School deemed a pro-life student club too controversial
and subsequently refused to approve its charter. The national public
interest law firm Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit against the
school district, high school...
The Daily Signal… Minimum Wage Hikes Are an Act of Cruelty,
by Walter E. Williams
July 12, 2017 -- There are political movements to push the federal
minimum hourly wage to $15. Raising the minimum wage has popular
support among Americans. Their reasons include fighting poverty,
preventing worker exploitation, and providing a living wage. For the
most part, the intentions behind the support for raising the minimum
wage are decent. But when we evaluate public policy, the effect...
The Daily Signal… Meet the Colorado Woman Training Teachers
to Use Guns to Stop School Violence,
Katrina Willis - July 07, 2017 - This fall, some Colorado teachers will
return to school armed with knowledge—and guns. Laura Carno, author of
“Government Ruins Nearly Everything: Reclaiming Social Issues from
Uncivil Servants,” is bringing advanced firearms training to school
teachers. “Can government stop school shooting...
NPR Ed… Think you can decipher fake news? Take the
Fake news has been on Maggie Farley's mind further back than 2016 when
President Trump brought the term into the vernacular. Farley, a veteran
journalist, says we've had fake news forever and that "people have
always been trying to manipulate information for their own ends," but
she calls what we're seeing now "Fake news with a capital F." In other
words: extreme in its ambition for financial gain or political power...
Heritage Foundation… Welfare Currently Punishes Work and
Marriage. This Bill Would End That.
Sen. Mike Lee - June 20, 2017 - There is much to celebrate in America
today. Americans are, on average, wealthier, healthier, and better
educated than we ever have been. We’ve made huge strides in civil
rights and racial equality. And we have access to technology that would
have awed past generations. But fundamentally, our culture and way of
life has undergone...
Getting the Opioid Epidemic Right,
June 29, 2017 - The numbers are staggering. Until about a month ago, we
had thought drug overdoses were responsible for some 52,000 American
lives in 2015. Now the most recent reporting reveals that number may be
closer to 60,000 in 2016. Think about that: We could now build the
equivalent of one Vietnam Memorial Wall a year given the carnage we are
The Daily Signal… Were Confederate Generals Traitors?
Walter E. Williams
June 28, 2017 - Some argued there should not be statues honoring
traitors such as Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis,
who fought against the Union. Victors of wars get to write the history,
and the history they write often does not reflect the facts. Let’s look
at some of the facts and ask: Did the South have a right to secede from...
How One Man Helped Propel the American
Revolution, Lee Edwards
July 03, 2017 - That the brilliant wordsmith Thomas Jefferson was the
principal author of the Declaration of Independence is indisputable,
but a lesser-known fact is that the man who played the indispensable
role in its adoption by the Continental Congress in July 1776 was John
Adams of Massachusetts, our second president. Jefferson later confirmed...
NPR ED… How To Pick Kids' Apps For The Backseat
This Summer, Anya Kamanetz
It's summer vacation season and many families will be lucky enough to
be heading off for at least a few days. At least half of parents say
quality time together is the most important reason to take a family
vacation, according to a national survey by the rental car company
Alamo. Still, there will inevitably be downtime: at airports, on
planes, trains or in the backseat. So one new travel necessity...
The Daily Signal… How a Family Doctor Works With Police to
Combat a Rural County’s Opioid Epidemic,
Josh Siegel - June 07, 2017 - COLEBROOK, N.H.—Bruce Latham, a lanky,
self-employed doctor, occupies a unique position in the depths of rural
New Hampshire’s opioid drug addiction crisis. As part of his practice
in Colebrook, a town of 2,300 in Coos County, Latham responds to pain
by prescribing opioid painkillers. He says he empathizes...
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