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Education researcher suggests parents should try “unschooling” during coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted and changed the education landscape, placing pressure on students, parents and schools to quickly adjust to the various levels and dimensions involved in emergency learning during a health care crisis. But what if we took a step back and used this current moment as an opportunity to rethink how we teach children?...

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Harvard law professor wants to ban homeschooling, calls it “dangerous”

Aside from the unsettling cover image that shows a sad homeschooled girl trapped inside a house with prison bars over the window while other kids play outside, the article “The Risks of Homeschooling” is filled with assumptions and mischaracterizations of parents who teach their children at home. Professor Elizabeth Bartholet argues that families who homeschool violate children’s right to a “meaningful education” and their right “to be protected from potential child abuse."...

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More accountability needed for nearly $600 million aimed at low-performing students

Nearly $600 million a year ($551 million in fiscal year 2018) is sent directly to school districts, charter schools, and other educational organizations across Minnesota to pay for the educational needs of students who do not meet performance standards appropriate for their age. But according to a 2020 evaluation report from the Office of the Legislative Auditor, the statewide impacts of the revenue are unknown. ...

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Abigail Thernstrom, R.I.P

One of the highlights in doing research for a book of mine published in 2014 was interviewing political scientist Abigail Thernstrom and her historian husband Stephan Thernstrom at their home outside of Washington, DC.  The book was Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America’s Future, and I had been particularly interested in talking to them about the educational implications as well as racial aspects of so many young people growing up mostly or exclusively with one parent, not two. Thanks to my American Experiment life, I’ve been lucky to become friends over the years with insightful, fearless, and essential scholars. ...

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Coronavirus emergency aid for K-12 schools coming soon

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has released the guidance and application information for the $3 billion in emergency education block grants governors can apply for. As Governor Walz and his administration think through how to spend this extra money, the Center urges our state’s officials to focus on using it in a way that empowers and equips all students to continue learning—regardless of where the student goes to school....

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