The push for all high school graduates to earn a four-year baccalaureate degree over other post-secondary pathways has resulted in employers struggling to find workers with in-demand technical skills. Vocational education—now more commonly referred to as career and technical education (CTE)—has an image problem, and students (and parents) are skeptical about the workforce value of a two-year degree or credential. But efforts are underway to change public perceptions about these programs and eliminate the lingering stigma that middle-skills jobs are second-class options.
Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius is the latest to weigh in with a Star Tribune counterpoint denouncing my recent op-ed, “Undisciplined: Chaos may be coming to Minnesota classrooms, by decree.” Like other counterpoint authors, she refuses to engage me on the facts or to use logical argument to expose supposed fallacies in my work. Instead, she demands imperiously that my voice be silenced, on grounds that I am a “flat-out racist”—i.e., someone who dares to disagree with her about school discipline policies. Cassellius attempts to bully the Star Tribune into no longer publishing my work, so the people of Minnesota...
Philadelphia has been shut down by a nor'easter. (We call them blizzards). Tomorrow morning, I am going to pop into Independence Hall. Then, assuming this town re-opens, I am going to Penn Law to meet an amazing law professor named Amy Wax. She is a bold, politically incorrect talent on the law faculty that the school and Black Lives Matter mob is trying to gag.
The Star Tribune ran a sobering and important story on Tuesday (March 20) with the headline “Black-White Gap Persists, Even in Affluent America.” It dealt with a new study by four leading researchers, including Raj Chetty, a high-profile Stanford economist who has been writing prolifically about inequality and its causes.
Yesterday (March 20th, 2018) John Hinderaker, John Phelan, and I were invited to give a presentation in front of the Minnesota House of Representatives Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability to discuss American Experiment’s report on wind energy entitled: “Energy Policy in Minnesota: The High Cost of Failure.”
My colleague Kim Crockett testified on Minnesota teacher pensions before the Minnesota Senate Committee on E-12 Finance on Monday (March 19) afternoon. Her message was clear: we need to keep the pension promises made to teachers.