State Board could make science standards right

Or will Kentucky abandon science education beyond the 10th grade? As climate and evolution arguments swirl around Kentucky’s adoption of the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), some very important, far more basic issues are being totally overlooked. Essentially, the new NGSS cut off science at the 10th grade level. While NextGen Science does include…

Senators Paul and McConnell on School Choice: Part of the Solution to Our Broken Education System

In a major release, Kentucky’s US Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell take a strong and informed position in support of expanded school choice options for parents and students as an effective way to improve the nation’s chronically under-performing public school system. Some of the senators’ points: • “All children, no matter who they are…

Changing dropout age to 18 minimum worries Jefferson County Board of Education Member

While enough Kentucky school districts have now approved a minimum dropout age of 18 to make this mandatory in a couple of years for all school districts, there is plenty of quiet concern that this policy change may not really work so well. Among the doubters is Jefferson County Board of Education member Linda Duncan,…

Respected Journal of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Electric Cars – Unclean at Any Speed

Here’s an article that is already driving up the discussion about the true pollution-fighting value of electric cars: Unclean at Any Speed, Electric cars don’t solve the automobile’s environmental problems. No, this isn’t coming from some radical anti-green group’s blog. It just appeared in the respected IEEE Journal, the primary monthly publication of the Institute…

Family Foundation points to deficiencies in the proposed Kentucky Core Academic Standards for science

Family Foundation spokesman Martin Cothran makes important points in this Herald-Leader Op-Ed. Cothran doesn’t cover all the issues regarding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which the Kentucky Board of Education voted earlier this month to incorporate as the science standards portion of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. For example, Page 31 of a June…