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Apr 21, 2016
I participated on a panel earlier this week on the stubborn persistence of achievement gaps, and as you might guess, at the first opening I jumped in and started talking about the importance of giving parents more opportunities to send their children to private schools, if they believe doing so is in their children’s best interest. I said what I said because research is clear that many lower-income and minority kids (not all) do better in private schools, very much including religious ones, than they otherwise might in public schools.
Apr 18, 2016
The most dangerous places in St. Paul, Minnesota, these days may not be the city’s tough East Side or Frogtown neighborhoods, but its public schools.
Mar 25, 2016
It should be great news: Graduation rates for our state’s black and Hispanic students — which have long lagged white students’ rate — are on the rise.
Mar 22, 2016
Kathy Kersten discusses St. Paul school violence on AM1130's Jack Tomczak Show (3.22.16, at 32:00)
Mar 20, 2016
A St. Paul Central High School teacher is choked and body-slammed by a student and hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury. A teacher caught between two fighting fifth-grade girls is knocked to the ground with a concussion. Police are compelled to use a chemical irritant to break up a riot at Como Park High School.
Mar 16, 2016
The Minnesota Legislature won’t deal in any comprehensive way with education spending until next year, but any legislative session is a good time to take a look at the connections, if any, between how much money Minnesotans and other Americans spend on public education and how much students actually learn.
Mar 3, 2016
A few bulleted, campaign-inspired thoughts about political correctness, which I started writing about in the 1970s. One of the best things I wrote in graduate school back then was a paper titled “Academic Values and Liberal Orthodoxy,” in which the latter two words were stand-ins for PC. It was a paper that my professor – a wonderful scholar but no right-winger – called a “contribution to the sociology of ignorance,” which she really did mean as a compliment.
Feb 25, 2016
This is the newest installment in Dr. Pearlstein’s year-long review of how well Minnesota and U.S. students are doing in various international and other comparisons. This one takes a different tack as it highlights how much better American girls and young women are doing compared to American boys and young men, educationally and in other ways.
Feb 23, 2016
A Gaylord chicken farmer plans to turn his campaign for school board into a teachable moment for the Sibley East Public Schools officials who asked a court to award $2.9 million in damages against him, as a result of his fighting a controversial $43 million bond referendum."
Feb 18, 2016
On Tuesday of this week, the Star Tribune ran a story about how sizable proportions of public school teachers in St. Paul would not recommend their school to parents seeking a place for their child. More precisely, more than a third of them described their “commitment” to their respective schools as either “weak” or “very weak.” Interestingly and for whatever reason, a larger proportion, more than half, were negative if their school had preschool programs.