Should Parents Raise Their Own Children?

April 16th, 2012

By Dr. Jim Taylor This is, I realize, a rather heretical question to ask given the size of the “parent-industrial complex,” the fact that the word parent has morphed from being a noun (i.e., what someone is) into a verb (i.e., what someone does), and the recent proliferation of “I am a better parent than […]


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Punish the Parents for Failing Students?

June 6th, 2011

By Dr. Jim Taylor Some time ago I wrote a blog post in which I argued, contrary to the current political wisdom (is that an oxymoron?) and education policy that the problem with public education in America is not lousy teachers or failing schools. Rather, failing students are the problem, specifically, students who enter the […]


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Healthy School Lunches – Eat What WE Provide

April 12th, 2011

By Dan Miller Taking the lead as Chicago often does, the principal of Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side, a public school, now bans lunches from home and insists that only nutritious and tasty food prepared by culinary professionals be eaten there. Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their […]


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In Public Education, It’s the Family, Stupid

March 21st, 2011

By Dr. Jim Taylor I love it when I’m right (a rarity, some would argue), or rather, when there is compelling evidence supporting a controversial position I’ve taken. This post is one of those moments. I have argued in previous posts that the billions of dollars being spent on public education reform at the school […]


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The Greatest Sports Phenom You’ve Never Heard Of

January 3rd, 2011

By Dr. Jim Taylor Have you heard the name Mikaela Shiffrin? Not likely, unless you’re a big fan of alpine ski racing, a sport that only grabs America’s attention every four years during the Winter Olympics. Over the last decade, alpine ski racers have gotten their fair share of media coverage, thanks to the gold […]


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