Unions for college football players

The National Labor Relations Board, acting on a case brought by Northwestern University athletes, has ruled that college football players qualify as employees and so have the right to unionize. [Read more...]

Experimental schools that work

“Charter” and “Magnet” schools are designed to allow for alternative and experimental approaches to education in public school systems.  One approach is proving especially popular with parents and children and is outperforming peer institution in test scores and other measures of academic achievement.

In these experimental programs, students stay in one classroom with one teacher, who teaches objective content, holds to high academic standards, requires daily homework, and enforces discipline.  (How could that possibly work?)  The schools that are using this method call it TRADITIONAL education. [Read more...]

The German homeschooling family can stay!

The Supreme Court turned down the appeal of the Romeikes, that German  family who sought asylum in the United States after the German government threatened to take their children because they were homeschooling them.

But despite the family losing what seemed to be their final hope, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly announced that the Romeikes would be given “indefinite deferred status,” which means that they can stay in the United States after all! [Read more...]

Changing West Point in the name of football

West Point has very high standards.  It’s hard to get into.  Cadets have to be outstanding not just in academics but in leadership and other personal qualities.  This is because West Point is not just a good college.  It’s where our elite army officers are formed.

But it doesn’t have a good football team!  And it’s lost to Navy for the past 12 years!  How can that be?  Something must be done!

So some school officials, alumni, and army brass are proposing that West Point change its admissions standards so that the athletic program can recruit really good football players. [Read more...]

Textbook’s version of the Second Amendment

How American history and the Constitution are taught in high schools:

The authors of United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination have taken it upon themselves to change the Constitution of the United States. The high school textbook contains a summary of each Amendment that alters the initial intent in which they were created.

The textbook notes the Second Amendment as, “The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.” [Read more...]

Slandering a Christian teacher

You may have heard about the little boy who wanted to distribute to his class candy canes with messages about they symbolize Jesus and the Gospel.  His teacher wouldn’t let him.  So Glenn Beck, Fox News, and many Christian activists have been excoriating that teacher.

But Hillsdale professor Korey Maas says that the teacher first consulted her principal, who told her that the school did not allow that kind of “witnessing” in class.  And she is far from being a militant secularist or the worse things she is being called.

In fact, she is herself a pious and confessional Christian, though it would be impossible to discern as much from the coverage of much Christian media.

I know this because I was present at her baptism; I participated in the catechesis leading to her reception into the theologically (and, overwhelmingly, politically) conservative Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; I preached at her wedding; my wife and I are godparents to her children, as she and her husband (who is himself on the faculty of a Christian university) are to our youngest. Needless to say, I have complete confidence that her far less dramatic version of events is much the more accurate account. [Read more...]


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