New Federal Study Finds Four Major Supplemental Reading Programs Don’t Work

A new federal study on four reading comprehension programs for fifth grade students came to a disturbing conclusion. Three of the programs had no effect, and the fourth actually had a negative effect. Education Week reports (subscription), “that Project CRISS, developed by Creating Independence Through Student-Owned Strategies; Read About, produced by Scholastic Inc.; and Read…

Really? Is that it?

A pro-federal stimulus group in Virginia has put up at tv attack ad against a gubernatorial candidate there who opposed borrowing money to prop up the state’s unemployment fund. And increase benefits. And cause taxpayers to dig deeper in their pockets to pay back those borrowed funds. Seriously, is this all they’ve got? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQSMh0k793I] Kentucky…

How far can we be from this?

A southeastern Chinese province has set up a smoking mandate for its public employees. In the not-too-distant past, we would laugh something like this off without a second thought. As we earmark funds from ever-increasing sin taxes to generate an ever-increasing government doing other things unimaginable only months ago, though, we now have to wonder.