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A Liberal Journalist Experiences Radical Progressivism in the NYC Schools

George Packer is a staff writer for The Atlantic and lives in New York City.  Like most of us, he is the product of public schools and a strong believer in the importance of “common schools” to educate children of all “religious, social, and ethnic backgrounds.”  Therefore he and his wife were very excited when their young son was accepted into a diverse NYC public school in which two-thirds of students performed well on standardized tests. His sober reflections on his 10 year experience with radically progressive educators is published in the current issue of The Atlantic, “When the Culture War...

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Teachers’ unions complain about charter schools, but students at these schools succeed

With a new school year underway, there are 7,000 charter schools serving thousands of students across the country. And these public schools are able to meet the needs of students in a variety of ways: from traditional school days to online instruction to an online and in-person combination. But according to The Washington Times article by Jonathan Butcher, not everyone is excited that students are succeeding in the learning environment that is right for them....

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Pushing back against teachers’ union is not an attack on teachers

During the month of September, Minnesota teachers have the opportunity to evaluate their relationship with the teachers’ union. It’s a sensitive subject—the teachers’ union has been imbedded in K-12 education for many years. But pushing back against the union’s agenda when it doesn’t promote educational excellence is not an attack on teachers or the teaching profession. Rather, it’s an attempt to start a conversation about the union flexing its political muscle and missing the mark on what teachers want the union to prioritize. Photo source: Getty Images...

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What Back-to-School Means for Teachers

For many teachers, the start of a new school year kicked off last week. And it's a busy time of year for them. But amid business as usual, it's important teachers remember to take the time to consider their options regarding union membership. Educators only have until September 30 to decide. Listen to my radio segment on what opting out means for teachers. ...

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