School reform straw man

When you can’t defend your own ideology, characterize your opponent’s ideology as something that it isn’t, a la David Sirota: On one side are self-interested teachers unions who supposedly oppose fundamental changes to schools, not because they care about students, but because they fear for their own job security and wages, irrespective of kids. In […]

The cure for bullying

New Jersey has launched a new law aimed at combating school bullying. The measure includes classes to teach “the difference between telling and tattling” and an expanded ability to report bullies, among other things. Though well intended, the law is not being reviewed favorably by all: But while many parents and educators welcome the efforts to curb […]