Daily Archives: January 23, 2013
Tests are supposed to be about assessing knowledge and evaluating learning, but Roy Cordato discusses in his newsletter today how North Carolina’s End of Course tests, and the science courses behind them, are too often becoming instruments of propaganda instead. This “education” is a disservice to children in public schools, and we should demand better.
Did you happen to catch the news over the weekend that 140 countries have agreed to sign a UN mercury pollution reduction treaty? Mercury is legitimately nasty stuff, and mercury poisoning can cause all sorts of brain, sensory, and kidney problems. You know the phrase “mad as a hatter” that we still sometimes use? Well,Continue Reading
Well, the holidays have past and it’s time new Chief Investment Officer, Kevin SigRist, for the North Carolina Retirement Systems to start working (announced as the new CIO on December 19th, 2012). He did a good job in Florida, he even made it through a Florida Supreme Court ruling requiring all public employees in FloridaContinue Reading
In this piece, Cato’s Malou Innocent writes about the mess of trouble we blundered into in North Africa by taking sides against Qaddafi, which has led to the loss of life in Benghazi and now spreading Islamist power in Mali. Once upon a time, the Democrats were vociferously against the imperial presidency that could getContinue Reading
Doug Bandow has a sharp piece today on The Freeman’s site. He discusses the tendency for politicians to congratulate themselves (in particular, California’s Pete Stark) for their “public service” but asks how much good politicians really do, compared with people who work in the free market. The former can and regularly do use coercion toContinue Reading
According to a story in Education Week, colleges and universities are flooding the job market with elementary school teachers. Education Week reporter Stephen Sawchuk writes, Though universities’ economics departments preach the gospel of supply and demand, that principle is not always followed when it comes to their education departments. Data, while imprecise, suggest that someContinue Reading