Fairfax, Va. Schools Pay New York Consultants For Critical Race Theory Curricula
“The superintendent at a major school district in Virginia is eyeing critical race theory training, Parents Defending Education highlighted in an incident report. The district has also contracted for four years with an influential New York consulting group that could get millions of dollars to push the racist ideology on a district where parents have been strongly objecting for years.” - The Federalist, 5/7/21
A New Segregation?
“A segregated dormitory will give these youths a common experience, a tradition that surrounds them and heartens them. Or at least that’s what they assume. I don’t believe it will work out that way. The ensuing culture of the color-dorm will be just as historically shallow and artistically vulgar as most other youth communities, but it’s the thought that counts.” - First Things, 5/7/21
Preschool support, sure — Biden's plan, no
“The overriding problem with President Biden’s education scheme, as presented in his grandiose 'American Families' package, is its focus on more schooling rather than more learning.” - The Hill, 5/7/21
The Localist Legislator: Last Hope Of The Middle Class?
“State legislators are the opposite. They don’t enter politics to fight a national culture war. Their thoughts are typically focused on small business growth, education, caring for seniors, fixing potholes, and beautifying historic parks and downtowns. But the crises of 2020 thrust many state legislatures into the limelight—and they haven’t yet retreated.” - The American Legislature, 5/7/21
Education researchers should think more about educators: Notes from AERA
“In light of the news of the last year, I understand why these dimensions of education are front and center now. I understand and favor a forceful, visible, and moral dimension to research. But what I don’t understand is the shortage of attention to subjects like dyslexia, the teaching of reading, and identification of second-language learners.” - American Enterprise Institute, 5/7/21
Biden Tuition Plan Boosts Colleges, Not Students
“The Biden plan offers variations on the same theme. If the new administration wanted to help more poor kids afford college and to halt rising college costs, it would instead trade in open-ended higher education subsidies and aid in return for a single item — an increase to Pell grants. These help students without inflating tuitions because they provide a fixed amount of money, targeted at families below a certain income level. Colleges that raise costs would risk losing out as recipients hunt for places they can afford.” - Bloomberg, 5/6/21
Diversity Over Discovery
“President Joe Biden has now taken the push for 'diversity' in STEM to a new level. His candidate to head the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the largest funder of the physical sciences in the U.S., is a soil geologist at the University of California, Merced. She has no background in physics, the science of energy, or the energy sector. She has never held a position as a scientific administrator.” - City Journal, 5/6/21
Teachers Union Head Claims ‘1619 Project’ Opponents Trying to Ban ‘Factual Version of Oppression’ in U.S.
“The comments come amid controversy surrounding the U.S. Department of Education push to adopt curriculum based on certain parts of the 1619 Project, unveiled by the Times in 2019. The project initially claimed that the importation of the first slaves to American shores in 1619 constituted the nation’s 'true founding,' although the phrase disappeared from later iterations of the project.” - National Review, 5/6/21