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Jul 30, 2014
K-12 education in Minnesota faces many problems. Turning around such dangerous prospects will be hard under the best of circumstances. But to succeed, Minnesota must narrow not just one achievement gap but three.
Jun 30, 2014
Anybody remember Caroline Bird? A feminist writer of no particular economics expertise, she wrote a reasonably high-profile book in 1975, The Case Against College, in which she argued: "The gap between the income of the college educated and noncollege educated will surely begin to narrow very soon."
May 15, 2014
Sure, girls could use a gender-sensitive boost to gain higher representation in some (certainly not all) STEM fields, but boys have bigger problems these days.
May 4, 2014
When it comes to elementary and secondary education in Minnesota and especially the Twin Cities, vouchers represent the single most promising approach for reducing immense achievement gaps between white and many minority students. Gaps which are just about the biggest in the country and which pose greater threats to economic and individual progress here than perhaps in any other major metropolitan area in the nation.
Feb 27, 2014
“Antibullying” legislation is a top priority for DFL leaders at the Capitol this year. In the last session, their bill got hung up in the Senate, and they appear determined to muscle it through this time around.
Jan 8, 2014
A new abridged version of Mitch Pearlstein's book "From Family Collapse to America’s Decline" is now available.
Nov 5, 2013
Why is it that so many savvy players, when talking about achievement gaps and other educational problems, make it sound as though if we just got this or that policy calibrated right, or if the body politic just rose adequately to the occasion, or if taxpayers just shelled out more, we would make great progress?
Sep 22, 2013
As the school year kicks off, Gov. Mark Dayton and his DFL allies are congratulating themselves on pumping hundreds of millions of new dollars into Minnesota schools during the last legislative session. Thanks to their enlightened leadership, they assure us, our schools are now on track to produce the “world’s best workforce” — and to achieve the ever-elusive goals of closing our yawning racial achievement gap and attaining a 100 percent graduation rate.
Sep 5, 2013
Rather than wait for political winds to blow their way, millions of families are embracing their own form of school reform, through homeschooling.
Aug 28, 2013
President Obama’s universal preschool proposal and the surrounding (and supporting) discussion raises several issues for both the federal and state governments.