Public Schools

Going the distance

Education | Distance education can give students access to great teachers
by Joel Belz
Posted 3/25/20, 02:06 pm

My father was the ultimate do-it-yourselfer. He wasn’t always an especially patient man—which prompted him fairly often to “get on with things.” He dropped out of college and seminary two or three times, and always had an appropriate skepticism for academia. Which was odd, because folks who knew him tended mostly to take seriously his views on the task of education. In many ways, Dad was, until his death in 1978, the quintessential self-educated man.

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A socialist future?

Politics | If America has one, our K-12 public schools will be one of the big reasons
by Joel Belz
Posted 2/27/20, 05:07 pm

Do you really think it’s possible,” a visitor to my office last week asked, “that we might elect a self-professed socialist to our presidency before this year is out? How could that conceivably happen?”

Well, yes, I do think it could conceivably happen. Not likely, I add. But so many other unlikely things have happened in this topsy-turvy world in recent months that I’m reluctant to call anything impossible.

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Not-so-great moments in history

Education | New Jersey schools turn to LGBTQ promotion instead of teaching important lessons about the past
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 2/13/20, 03:59 pm

Starting in September, New Jersey public schools will be teaching children in grades five, six, eight, 10, and 12 about the great historical contributions of LGBTQ people to United States history. 

What are these great historical contributions, you ask? Well, for example, that Barbra “Babs” Siperstein was the first transgender person to serve on the Democratic National Committee. Yes, it’s true! You may have lived your whole life in deplorable ignorance, but your children will never again be deprived of this knowledge. 

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