What if Students Can’t Pass Immigrants’ Citizenship Test? Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch -- Considerable evidence exists that appallingly large numbers of students would not pass the exam of basic civic knowledge required for naturalization. The test asks basic questions: Who is in charge of the executive branch? What do we call the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution? The mark for passing is 6 correct answers — 60 percent. The U.S. Senate is set to take action on the Education Sciences Reform Act, where it could restore our single best tool to measure how well our schools teach history and civics.
Teach for America a Strong Bet to Improve Chicago Student Achievement Of all of the strategies underway to improve student achievement in Chicago, leveraging the contributions of Teach for America's teaching corps may prove the most valuable. Chicago's students have shown modest overall gains in achievement in recent yea ...
Newt Gingrich interviews Don Soifer about Blended Learning Speaker Gingrich talks blended learning with Lexington's Don Soifer on his weekly podcast. They discuss how it works, where it is working best, and what potential it holds for American public education.
How to Help Charter Schools – And Virginia Kids Richmond Times-Dispatch -- Increased autonomy, equity in funding and facilities access, and longer charter contracts represent the sort of “across the board” policy improvement consistent with the frameworks in states where charters have demonstrated the most convincing performance records.
Postal Service Competes For Package Delivery Business On The Backs Of American Letter Writers The mission of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is to provide the American public with trusted, affordable, universal mail service. In order to ensure sufficient revenues to meet its obligations, the USPS was granted a monopoly on the delivery of letters ...
DC’s Students are Improving, But Not Fast Enough Daily Caller - For students in Washington DC’s most underserved neighborhoods, opportunities to attend high-performing schools remain limited, and overlooked.
Keeping The Lights On: How Electricity Policy Must Keep Pace With Technology The basic functions of American society and economy are reliant upon uninterrupted access to electricity to an unprecedented degree. Meanwhile, requirements for systems that safeguard power reliability and quality have become more complex amid sweeping changes in the electricity sector itself. This paper focuses on three pressing areas where advancing solutions to bolster grid resilience will depend on electricity policies that keep pace with technology and markets.
The True Costs of President Obama’s Student Loan Plan In June, President Obama signed an executive order intended to ease the burden of student loan repayment for millions of young Americans. The action extends to borrowers the ability to cap monthly payments for certain federal student loans at 10% of th ...
Celebrating History We Don’t Remember From the first hot dog to the last firework bursting over the East River, this year’s Independence Day celebrations will again demonstrate our collective pride in our nation, its traditions and its history. Too bad ever fewer Americans know much about that history, since our public education establishment doesn’t put much priority on teaching it, or on instructing young minds in the basics of civics.
Why the Pledge Stands as Civics Fails With government requirements redirecting the focus of achievement goals exclusively toward math and reading, the importance of civics and American history in the classroom is in fast decline.