Educators tap dance as legislators call the tune

Greater transparency and accountability may have exposed padded student counts Kentucky Department of Education briefers unsuccessfully tried to tap dance today around a firestorm that has blown up over the next school year’s funding for preschools. Their two-step involved one of the most confusing presentations I have ever heard in a state legislative meeting (for…

Good question from Sentinel-News

The Sentinel-News’ editors are asking why kids are still in school now that all of the testing is finished (subscription). As the newspaper correctly points out, “The week of school after KPREP/year-end exams seems a bit of a waste of time.” There isn’t much, if any, learning going on. It’s just a wasteful bureaucratic way…

Economic dreaming

I have a problem with people who somehow think certain sectors of the economy can magically be shielded from the realities of economics. The facts are that sooner or later, when real resources are not available, every area of society suffers. A case in point of the magical thinking viewpoint about economics came out today…