The Digital Divide And The Uselessness Of Race

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Explainer: What is Common Core?

What is Common Core? The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics. Continue Reading...

Why Such Hostility About Religious Liberty?

In a nation founded upon (at least in part) the ability to practice one’s religious beliefs without government interference, we Americans are in a weird spot. It seems that everywhere we turn, folks who practice their religious beliefs are under assault. Continue Reading...

Trickle-Down Welfare Economics?

Over at NRO, Thomas Sowell takes on what he calls the “lie” of “trickle-down economics.” Thus, writes Sowell, “the ‘trickle-down’ lie is 100 percent lie.” Sowell cites Bill de Blasio and Barack Obama as figures perpetuating the “lie,” along with writers in “the New York Times, in the Washington Post, and by professors at prestigious American universities — and even as far away as India.” But we should also note that “trickle-down theories” get a mention in Evangelii Gaudium, too: “some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world.” In the midst of his discussion, Sowell asks the following penetrating questions: Why would anyone advocate that we “give” something to A in hopes that it would trickle down to B? Continue Reading...

Let’s Define ‘Income Inequality’

The saga of “income inequality” stretches on. The young people of the Occupy Wall Street movement now have a website, and President Obama has proclaimed it the “defining issue of our time.” But what IS it exactly? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.07.14

Lord Acton and the Importance of Economic Education R.J. Moeller, The American Spectator As a kid, I always hated even just the thought of summer school. But during my grad school years, Acton U became a refreshing oasis I looked forward to every year. Continue Reading...

What is the Most Important Factor in Improving Education?

What is the key to improving education in America? Stuart Buck says that Barker Bausell’s book, Too Simple to Fail: A Case for Educational Change, provides the answer: His main thesis: that the only thing that improves education is spending more time on instruction at a given child’s level. Continue Reading...