Join the Bluegrass Institute at the Owensboro Tea Party today. Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications, will speak at the event held from Noon to 2 p.m. outside Owensboro City Hall, 101 E. Fourth St.
The TEA party’s call for lower taxes, less spending and limited government does not find its strength in radical ideas but in our nation’s founding principles and the democratic fabric of our country.The founding fathers believed that the greater the distrust of government, the less citizens would surrender wealth and choice to government.
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Education Week reports that a new federal study on character education in schools shows these programs don’t really work.
Per Ed Week,
“In the end, researchers found no evidence that the programs, taken individually or together, improved students’ behavior, academic performance or gains, or their perceptions of the school climate. And the results were no better for schools with better implementation.”
This one report, while supposedly the most extensive conducted to date in this area, isn’t the final answer. But, it does raise a very uncomfortable question: is character education going to be yet another educator fad idea (e.g. “New Math,” “Fuzzy Math,” “Whole-Language Reading”) that doesn’t pan out?
Most Americans do NOT want more federal interference in states’ education policies. But they DO want merit pay for teachers.
Cato’s Neal McCluskey reports in the latest edition of School Reform News that a new Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll indicates “seven in 10 Americans say a teacher should be paid ‘on the basis of his or her work.'”
Also, there’s been a sharp rise in support for tying teacher pay to test scores — from 60 percent in 2000 to 73 percent in the latest poll.
Adding to the impressiveness of these results is the fact that PDK in its release of the poll included “vignettes from teachers union leaders and other education establishment voices,” according to comments given to McCluskey by Jeanne Allen, president of the Center for Education Reform.