Are high school sports hurting American education?

Even as a lifelong sports fan and an incidental jock myself when I was in school, I have long since begun to wonder if the undue emphasis on athletics in our culture has detracted from the academic mission in institutions that are supposed to be educating American teens. Amanda Ripley has a PROVOCATIVE ARTICLE on this matter in The Atlantic: The United States routinely spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than per high-school math student—unlike most countries worldwide. And we wonder why we lag in international education rankings?...

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A sampling of the drivel taught in some voucher schools

Let’s stipulate at the outset here that many, perhaps even most, of the private schools funded in part by taxpayers through vouchers are doing a good job of educating kids. But some of them aren’t. An INTERESTING ARTICLE by John Aravosis lists some of the nonsense that’s been taught in voucher schools. A few examples: –The Ku Klux Klan was a force for good. –The majority of slaves in the Old South were treated well. –Dinosaurs and humans lived side by side. –Fire-breathing dragons may actually have...

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How the best- and worst-educated states voted last week

  Incidentally, the data in the chart above were compiled by Fox News.

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Just what we need — textbooks that say slavery wasn’t so bad and the Klan had its good points

It says HERE that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (above) is promoting a scheme to teach children a scurrilously fictional account of American history and a wildly perverted version of science: Under a voucher system introduced by the state’s governor Bobby Jindal – a rising star of the Republican party – pupils attending 119 schools in the state, many of them run by the religious right, will be reading textbooks which tell that dinosaurs co-existed with humans,  slaves did not have it so bad and the Ku Klux Klan had some good points. Oh,...

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Democratic campaign ad employs Smokey Robinson to knock Romney on issue of college costs

Fifty-two years after Smokey Robinson and the Miracles scored their first hit single with “Shop Around,” the song is put to good political use in this campaign ad from the Democratic National Committee:

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