Taking Advantage of the Newtown Massacre

December 17th, 2012

By Dan Miller The spotlight brings glory, even posthumously. Glory is politically useful. There have been more “news” reports than there has been substantive, confirmed news about the Newtown, Connecticut massacre. That’s to be expected. At some level horror is relished — even by sane adults — provided it can be relished vicariously. That’s why […]


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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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Academic Success More Than ABCs

February 15th, 2011

By Dr. Jim Taylor Making sure children have the academic knowledge and skills necessary for educational and career success is a hot topic these days all along the education and child development food chains. At the bottom, reform efforts have included overhauling school curricula, increasing teacher quality, reducing class size, and providing laptop computers to […]


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From Whence I Came

May 5th, 2010

By Larry Ennis I have long tried to understand what motivates some people to feel that they have a license to treat their fellow man with so little respect or kindness. My parents were mild-mannered and humble southern people. My mother was a Baptist and saw to our Christian up-bringing. That simple and innocent statement […]


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