The Teacher Wars

I’ve just read a fascinating review of Dana Goldstein’s new book, “The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession.” As we continue to wrestle with issues related to Common Core standards, high-stakes testing, and teacher tenure, this looks like a book we should all add to our reading lists.

Did you know that at the end of the 19th century, 90% of American schoolteachers were men? And that, over the past hundred years or so, that ratio has flipped, with about 75% of teachers …

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Hobby Lobby: The “Gift” That Keeps On Giving

When the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision came down in June, those of us who opposed the ruling warned that it created a terrifyingly slippery slope that could allow employers to refuse to cover not only a variety of birth control methods, but possibly other types of health care that might violate the religious sensibilities of corporate “persons.”

In July, the New York Times argued that the concept of corporate “personhood” has been dangerously expanded since its original formulation in the 19th century, and that the …

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Increasing Contempt for George Will

Once upon a time George Will brought an intelligent, incisive Conservative perspective to the editorial pages of American newspapers. I began reading his column decades ago and, while I disagreed with him on almost every issue, I used to find that he provided challenging food for thought – facts and arguments that pushed me to rethink and re-articulate my own positions on the issues.

In recent years, however, Will has become an anti-government fanatic and a shill for the corporate interests who are working behind the …

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Militarizing Our Police

The tragic shooting death of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri last Sunday, and the response of local police to the civil unrest that followed, have focused national attention on an issue that unites people from across the political spectrum: concern about the increasing militarization of law enforcement at all levels of American government. Conservatives, Liberals, Independents, Libertarians, Tea Partiers, civil rights activists, and faith-based groups have found common ground in their condemnation of a trend which began in the 1960’s and has accelerated rapidly …

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The ProWayne Forum

The ProWayne Forum

Dedicated to providing a forum for the education, enrichment, and enlightenment of the citizens of Wayne County. We do this so that we may help empower the electorate, in order to encourage the widest possible participation in our country’s political process. We believe this participation will ensure the preservation of Liberty for ourselves and our posterity.

Constructive comments, and suggestions for other topics, will be welcomed.  HOWEVER, only civil discussion will be permitted, and The Moderator assumes the right to delete comments not suitable.

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The Common Core Conundrum

 

 

Recently the Wooster Daily Record reported that two Ohio lawmakers are launching an initiative to repeal the Common Core standards being implemented in the state’s schools. Meanwhile, as the Columbus Dispatch notes, Governor John Kasich has voiced doubts about the standards, which he originally supported when they were adopted by Ohio in 2010.

If you’re confused and frustrated by the rancorous debate surrounding Common Core, you’re not alone. In an excellent overview of this issue, Jaime Fuller of the Washington Post summarizes the history of the …

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