Education

Yes, Virginia, There Are Lessons We Have Learned

Yes, Virginia, There Are Lessons We Have Learned

The recent election in Virginia has provided a trove of “teachable moments.” As a former educator, I know a teachable moment when I see one. And the political doings in Virginia this fall have been a goldmine. While the Democrats still maintain a small majority in the Old Dominion’s Senate in the recent election, Virginia...

By Larry Sand

The Year of the Parent

The Year of the Parent

Battle lines have been drawn, the war is on, and the great parent awakening of 2021 will have permanent consequences. Back in the 1950s and early 1960s, my parents could send me off to school and assume I would be taught by people who shared their values. Those days are long gone, however. To be...

By Larry Sand

California Department of Education’s failure will cost kids big

California Department of Education’s failure will cost kids big

California’s public-school administrators took a test this year, and they failed miserably. No, we’re not talking about their refusal to reopen classrooms when data showed it was safe to do so. And no, we’re not talking about abysmal student reading and math scores. We’re talking about the way they’ve demonstrated that, even with unprecedented amounts of...

By Celeste Fiehler

Normal parents fought Merrick Garland and saved America in just 18 days. In California, the battle continues

Normal parents fought Merrick Garland and saved America in just 18 days. In California, the battle continues

On October 4, Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the FBI to investigate parents of school-age kids who object to school closures, mask mandates, vaccine mandates, the teaching of critical race theory, and a new law that deprives parents of information about medical treatments recommended for school-age kids. Garland spied with his beady eyes a “disturbing...

By Will Swaim

The kids most definitely are not all right

The kids most definitely are not all right

The latest NAEP scores indicate a very troubled education system, and eliminating standardized tests certainly won’t solve the problem. On the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), or “nation’s report card,” test scores in both reading and math declined for 13-year-old students, the first drop registered in 50 years. The test showed that...

By Larry Sand

Parents Marched on Sacramento and Across the State to Protest Student Vaccination Mandate

Parents Marched on Sacramento and Across the State to Protest Student Vaccination Mandate

Thousands of parents and students took part in a school walkout across the state on Monday protesting Governor Newsom’s school vaccine mandate. Many of them came to the state Capitol in Sacramento for a rally called “Our Children, Our Choice,” and many more rallied in their home districts, leaving some school districts to mark notable...

By Brandon Ristoff

Reining in rogue educators

Reining in rogue educators

To ensure transparency, all classroom lessons should be recorded. Over the past year, there have been many suggestions as to how concerned parents could deal with the “woke” agenda that has become all too prevalent in our nation’s classrooms. Most recently, a new group, Parents Unite, held a conference in which several fight-back strategies for...

By Larry Sand

Activist parents are painted as terrorists

Activist parents are painted as terrorists

America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat from parents, according to the National School Boards Association and Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland. In a story straight out of the “No matter how cynical I get, I just can’t keep up” file, the National School Boards Association sent a letter to President...

By Larry Sand

Domestic terrorists?

Domestic terrorists?

If there’s a silver lining to be found in the way teachers’ unions robbed a year-and-a-half of learning from students, it’s that parents across the country have become more engaged in their children’s education. For months, we’ve seen parents band together to ask more of their school districts, and not a week goes by without...

By Lance Christensen

California’s children are property of the state

California’s children are property of the state

Mandatory vaccines and behind-your-back procedures are in the works. California has a long history of “firsts.” The Golden State was home to the first computer, the first movie theater and importantly, the first martini. Sadly, the state is now leading the nation in abusing children. For starters, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a vaccine mandate last...

By Larry Sand

It’s time to end government-run schooling

It’s time to end government-run schooling

We need to bulldoze the education establishment and privatize schools. The National Center for Education Statistics recently published K-12 enrollment data for the 2020–21 school year, and it showed a 3% drop – about 1.5 million kids from the previous year. With a total k–12 enrollment of about 51 million students in the U.S., that...

By Larry Sand

Two ballot proposals hold great promise for CA students

Two ballot proposals hold great promise for CA students

Political observers speculated there was just one reason many schools re-opened this fall: teachers union leaders wanted to help Gov. Gavin Newsom, then fighting off a campaign to remove him from office. Were Newsom to win, they argued, California’s teachers unions would have a loyalist in office, allowing teachers unions to work from home, and...

By Chantal Lovell

Student Centered Funding, School Choice and Racism

Student Centered Funding, School Choice and Racism

The plan to veer away from educational central planning in Los Angeles is on hold, and a professor of educational history farcically links school choice to racism. When the Los Angeles school board met last week, one of the items on its agenda was voting on the new Student Centered Funding (SCF) plan. As California...

By Larry Sand