Education Special Report

Commentary and Analysis on Education in America

Exciting Schools

John Stossel, FOX Business

Closing America's Civic Education Deficit

Sandra Day O'Connor, Philly Inquirer

What If the Secret to Success Is Failure?

Paul Tough, NY Times Magazine

Given how preoccupied everyone is with the economy, education is even less of an issue in this presidential campaign than usual. Most of the Republican candidates do not even inclu...(full article)

School spending has doubled over the past 30 years. Yet what do we get? More buildings and more assistant principals -- but student learning? No improvement. If you graph the numbe...(full article)

Every morning at the beginning of class, students all over America stand and place their right hands over their hearts to give the Pledge of Allegiance. Sadly, for too many kids, t...(full article)

FROM Toronto to Wroclaw, London to Rome, pupils and teachers have been returning to the classroom after their summer break. But this September schools themselves are caught up in a...(full article)

Dominic Randolph can seem a little out of place at Riverdale Country School — which is odd, because he’s the headmaster. Riverdale is one of New York City’s most ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Teaching: "An Industry of Mediocrity" - Bill Keller, New York Times

A Radical Teaching Method Could Unleash Geniuses - Joshua Davis, Wired

José Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the US border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked city of 489,000 that is a fl...

Single-Sex Schools Can Benefit Young Black Men - Freeden Oeur, CNN

One of No Child Left Behind's controversial initiatives -- support for single-sex public schools and classes -- has come under heavy fire from critics. A common objection is that t...

The Absurd Banning of Halloween - Nick Gillespie, Time

In the latest example of small-mindedness plaguing our educational system, schools around the country are attempting to ban costumes and candy on what is surely one of most kids&rs...

Higher Education: Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong - George Leef, Forbes

Are Private Schools Worth It? - Julia Ryan, The Atlantic

Sarah Theule Lubienski didn’t set out to compare public schools and private schools. A professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she was studying math inst...

Schools Shut Out Top Students From AP Courses? - Jason Richwine, NRO

The Los Angeles Times reported last week that some high schools have made advanced placement (AP) courses open to all students regardless of ability. If an AP class is oversubscrib...

Trampling the Rights of Teachers - Steve Forbes, Los Angeles Times

America's Problem: We're Too Dumb - LZ Granderson, CNN

On Racial Preferences, Michigan Voters Have Spoken - Detroit News

This Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments relating to Michigan’s affirmative action ban. The 2006 constitutional amendment, known as the Michigan Civil Rights Init...

Why College Costs Will Soon Plunge - Barton Hinkle, Richmond TD

“My goal,” says the candidate, “is a healthier America. That is why I am setting an ambitious target of sending 1 million more Americans to the hospital in the ne...

Schools Outlaw Handshakes, Dodge Ball, and Fun - New York Post

Why N.C. Teachers Can't Feed Their Kids - Joy Pullmann, The Federalist

Vouchers Don't Do Much for Students - Stephanie Simon, Politico

Ever since the administration filed suit to freeze Louisiana’s school voucher program, high-ranking Republicans have pummeled President Barack Obama for trapping poor kids in...

A Misguided War on Single-Sex Classrooms - Christina Sommers, Atlantic

Wealthy families have always had the option of sending their children to all-male or all-female schools, but parents of modest means have rarely had that choice. That changed in 20...

Escaping "Government" Schools - John Stossel, FOX Business

People say public schools are "one of the best parts of America". I believed that. Then I started reporting on them.Now I know that public school -- government school is a better ...

Education Should Rise Above Partisanship - Gov. Jay Nixon, Politico

Gainesville, Mo., is a small town tucked into the foothills of the Ozarks. It is home to about 800 people, in a county with a median income of $32,000. Each morning, a few hundred ...

Schools Are Not Parents - Charles Cooke, National Review

Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results - Joanne Lipman, Wall St. Journal

Racism, Inc. - Roger Kimball, RealClearPolitics

What is it about the term “racism” that silences conversation and sends an anticipatory shudder of delight down the spines of politically correct vigilantes of virtue? ...

This Year's SAT Scores Are Grim - Julia Ryan, The Atlantic

Of the 1.66 million high school students in the class of 2013 who took the SAT, only 43 percent were academically prepared for college-level work, according to this year’s SA...

Schools Need More Testing, Not Less - Ezekiel Emanuel, The New Republic

Losing Is Good for Your Children - Ashley Merryman, New York Times

LOS ANGELES — AS children return to school this fall and sign up for a new year’s worth of extracurricular activities, parents should keep one question in mind. Whether...

6 Lies Most People Believe About US Schools - Joy Pullmann, The Federalist

Popular lies about U.S. education certainly don’t do the kids any good. They just let the adults continue to feel comfortable while kids receive increasing diagnoses of ADHD ...

Jeb Bush's Latest Common Core Snit Fit - Michelle Malkin, Townhall

This is priceless. Former Fla. GOP Gov. Jeb Bush, consummate politician and 2016 presidential aspirant, has now bitterly accused opponents of his federal education schemes of posse...

DOJ Sends Poor, Black Kids to Failing Schools - Juan Williams, FOX News

The Obama Justice Department filed a civil rights lawsuit last month to stop Louisiana from giving vouchers to poor students in failing schools. The Justice Department claims that ...

The Decline of College - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

For the last 70 years, American higher education was assumed to be the pathway to upward mobility and a rich shared-learning experience. Young Americans for four years took a commo...

How College Dorms Got Luxe - Inga Saffron, The New Republic

Part of the ritual of returning to college at this time of year used to mean giving up the comforts of home, particularly the cozy private bedroom that is such a staple of American...

Student Indoctrination - Walter Williams, Townhall

On Constitution Day, a Push for Civic Education - Rep. Mike Honda, RCP

Last month, tens of thousands of people traveled to the nation's capital to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. While Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic spe...

The Obama Administration vs. Minority Children - Chicago Tribune

With increasing regularity, Louisiana mother Lakisha Fuselier was leaving work early to deal with her second-grader, Albert.Albert, now 9, has attention deficit hyperactivity disor...

How to Make School Better for Boys - Christina Hoff Sommers, The Atlantic

The MSNBC skeptics are hardly alone in dismissing the plight of boys and young men. Even those who acknowledge that boys are losing in school argue that they’re winning in li...

President's War Against School Choice - Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg

One of President Barack Obama’s conceits is that he is a pragmatist who seeks policies that work rather than pursuing a partisan agenda. On school choice, he doesn’t li...

One Classroom, Two Genders - Jennifer Boylan, New York Times

BELGRADE LAKES, Me. — MY favorite teacher in high school was a man named Robert Ulysses Jameson, a terrifying, red-faced man whom the students called “Chopper.” C...

Liberals Don't Want Parents to Have a Choice - Naomi Schaefer Riley, NYP

Well, it’s official: I’m a bad person. So says Slate columnist Allison Benedikt, who last week declared that anyone who sends his or her children to a private school is...

Donations to Public Schools: Not Very Giving - Robert Reich, NY Times

STANFORD, Calif. — AS school gets rolling across the country, many parents will be asked to make a large financial contribution to their children’s school. In Hillsborough, Cal...

DOJ Sues Louisiana to Limit School Choice - Gov. Bobby Jindal, Wash Post

While President Obama was publicly celebrating the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech last week, his administration took action behin...

The Holder-Jindal Collision - Michael Warren, The Weekly Standard

The Left's Many Unintended Consequences - Thomas Sowell, IBD

One of the many unintended consequences of the political crusade for increased homeownership among minorities, and low-income people in general, has been a housing boom and bust th...

Obama, Holder Stand In La. Schoolhouse Door - Investor's Business Daily

Pro-Choice: The Justice Department has asked a federal court to stop 34 school districts in Louisiana from handing out private-school vouchers so kids can escape failing public sch...

DOJ Bids to Trap Poor, Black Kids in Ineffective Schools - Washington Post

When Good People Use Bad Logic - James Taranto, Wall Street Journal

Slate.com, you're obviously trying to bait us with the headline of that Allison Benedikt post: "If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person." Well, good job. You s...

Eric Holder's War on Private Schools - Seth Mandel, Commentary

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the civil-rights milestone will continue to loom large in the ideological media. The right will talk about how much ...

The Key to Success? Grit - Angela Lee Duckworth, TED Talks

ANGELA LEE DUCKWORTH: When I was 27 years old, I left a very demanding job in management consulting for a job that was even more demanding: teaching. I went to teach seventh grader...

According to Slate, It Turns Out I'm a Bad Person - Ken White, Popehat

I'm a bad person, at least according to Alison Benedikt of Slate. No, it's not for any of the excellent reasons you're thinking about right now. It's because I'm sending two o...

How the Govt Killed an Education Experiment - Zeitlin & Smith, BuzzFeed

Last Friday, President Barack Obama was speaking to students in Scranton.“We’re going to encourage more colleges to innovate, try new things, do things that can provide...

Only Bad People Send Their Kids to Private School - Allison Benedikt, Slate

I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve....

Rigid Ideology Hurts Poor Black Kids - Derrick Wilburn, American Thinker

Notorious for being violent, under-performing laggards, D.C. public schools have among the highest dropout and lowest graduation rates in the country. In 2007, D.C.'s 4th and 8th g...

A Devastating Affirmative-Action Failure - Heather Mac Donald, NRO

The Los Angeles Times recently published a devastating case study in the malign effects of academic racial preferences. The University of California, Berkeley, followed the diverso...

Colleges Are Headed for a Reckoning - Charles Lane, Washington Post

President Obama deserves credit for using his bully pulpit to address the crisis in college affordability. Especially admirable is his insistence that institutions must contro...