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White Privilege Training for Edina’s Custodians and Bus Drivers? Can It Get Any Crazier?

Of the countless examples of left-wing bullying that we have received from Edina school parents, students, teachers and staff, none will make your skin crawl quite like this one. A widow sent this to us yesterday. It is a training program that her late husband, a bus driver for the Edina public schools, was forced to attend in 2012 which left him utterly humiliated. At this "Equity and Racial Justice Training" day, bus drivers and custodians were instructed in diversity, cultural competency, oppression, racism, and whiteness. Bus drivers and custodians. Equity and Racial Justice Training.  What?! Edina schools has reached a whole new level...

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Edina Lefties Try to Push Back, But Fail Miserably

For a week or more, leftists in Edina have been yammering on Facebook about how they were going to collect a huge number of Thinking Minnesota magazines that were mailed to residents of Edina, and deliver them to our office. Today, they finally tried to do so. Two women showed up at our office with a big box that contained a few copies of Thinking Minnesota. I introduced myself and invited them to come in, saying that I wanted to interview them. They refused to go beyond the entrance to our office, and one of them wouldn't even tell me...

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Center’s Exposé Dominates Debate Over Edina Schools

Kathy Kersten's bombshell cover story in the Fall issue of Thinking Minnesota on political indoctrination in the Edina public schools continues to reverberate. Today's spotlights the article's impact: "Charge of 'political indoctrination' heats up Edina school board race." An article alleging political “indoctrination” in the Edina School District has become one of the central topics of this year’s crowded school board race. The article was published in Thinking Minnesota, a magazine produced by the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative think tank, and sent to all households in Edina. Its author, Katherine Kersten, an Edina resident and senior fellow at the...

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Union Retweet Needs Some Fact Checking

Most of the Center’s readers are well aware by now of the fall cover story in Thinking Minnesota that focuses on Edina Public Schools and the district’s shift in educational philosophy. The author of the article, my colleague Kathy Kersten, writes about the over-emphasis Edina places on racial identity policies at the expense of academic excellence. Part of her publication appeared in the Star Tribune and elicited over 350 comments—both supporting her courage to bring this concerning shift into the light and accusing her of “hatred” and “fear mongering.” If you know Kathy personally, you know these depictions of her are...

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Kathy Kersten Needs Defending in the Same Way a Fish Needs a Bike Path

About 25 years ago, not for the first time and not nearly for the last time, Kathy Kersten wrote something that made a lot of people on the left mad, really mad.  A quarter century later, she has done it again, making many of the ideological descendants of the people who were steamed at her back then steamed again.  I don’t recall what the big controversy was in the early 1990s, but the current one deals with her exposing education-corrupting, lefty activism in Edina schools.  For examples, see her Thinking Minnesota cover story or her Star Tribune op-ed summary of...

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Great two-year programs that often out-earn four-year college grads

It’s common wisdom in our society today that you must have a four-year college degree to get ahead in life. But a new Center of the American Experiment study concludes that Minnesotans who choose a two-year degree, apprenticeship or occupational certificate often do better financially than their peers with a four-year degree. The study—No Four-Year Degree Required: A Look at a Selection of In-Demand Careers in Minnesota—concludes that median lifetime earnings for machinists, radiologic technicians, plumbers, electric line installers and similar jobs exceed those of their counterparts with a four-year degree by up to 61 percent. The study addresses the “skills gap”...

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Kersten responds to Star Tribune Counterpoints re: Edina School District’s racial identity policies

On Saturday, October 7, the Star Tribune ran my op-ed piece on the Edina Public Schools ("Racial Identity Politics are ruining Edina’s fabled schools”).  Today the paper features two commentaries in opposition, and four letters to the editor (all opposed). Together, they provide a window on why our public schools face the ideological assault they do. The first commentary is the most revealing. It’s headlined “Why it’s crucial for today’s students to unlearn racism.” The author is Annie Mogush Mason, Program Director of Elementary Teacher Education at the University of Minnesota. Though Mason asserts that “Kersten’s commentary rests on untenable ground throughout,”...

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Watch the Presentation that Kicked Off the Edina School Controversy

We started writing about political indoctrination in the Edina public schools during the Summer, but the event that first gained widespread attention in Edina was my presentation to the Senate District 49 BPOU meeting on September 26. The speech was basically a preview of Kathy Kersten's article in Thinking Minnesota, which came out the following Monday, with a couple of items that were too new to make the magazine article. Several representatives of the schools attended the meeting. Whether it was because of their reports or for some other reason, misrepresentations about my presentation were spread on Edina social media. (In...

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Racial identity policies are ruining Edina’s fabled schools

Instead of striving for academic excellence, jackboot methods are being used to force students to think "correctly" on social issues.  This op-ed originally appeared October 7, 2017 in the Star Tribune. Editor’s note: A longer version of this article appears in the fall issue of ‘Thinking Minnesota,’ a publication of the Center of the American Experiment. For years, the Edina Public Schools (EPS) have been one of the brightest stars in the firmament of Minnesota public education. Parents who moved to the affluent Twin Cities suburb gladly paid a hefty premium for a house, because it meant their kids could attend the district’s...

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Edina’s Superintendent Misrepresented Facts to Civil Rights Commission

As you know if you have followed the controversy over the Edina school district's penchant for left-wing indoctrination, the district's bullying and intimidation of nonconforming students, parents and teachers was severe enough to draw an inquiry from a Commissioner of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, who was concerned that Edina's schools are violating the civil rights of non-leftist students. Superintendent John Schultz responded to Commissioner Peter Kirsanow's letter on September 21. In that response, Schultz said that some of the parents and students who were quoted in posts on this web site said things that were not correct. This is...

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