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Abuse during the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Look for the signs of misdirection in Providence schools’ denunciation rallies.

By Justin Katz | October 5, 2022 |

The student protest against Providence teacher Ramona Bessinger ought to be a teachable moment.  Thus far, not a single credible accusation against her relates to anything she’s done in the classroom or involving particular students.  The students are incensed by her personal social media activities. Linda Borg’s article on the matter is telling. The tone…

A dark classroom

Teachers aren’t fleeing Providence schools.

By Justin Katz | April 15, 2022 |

The Annenberg Center on the Study of Educators at Brown University took a look at employee retention in the Providence school district and concluded that there has not been an “exodus of teachers”: Using data up and including the start of the 2021-22 school year, we show that, while retention did fall in Providence more…

Tiles with abuse words

The Providence teachers union goes full DARVO.

By Justin Katz | March 15, 2022 |

The amazing thing about Sarah Doiron’s report on the staged protest of the state Department of Education by teachers union members  is that it doesn’t say why the state took control of their schools.  The audacity is nothing short of shocking: More than 100 teachers marched the streets of Providence Monday afternoon to demand the state…

A medical mask on the sidewalk

We’re sure to see many studies about the lunacy of lockdowns.

By Justin Katz | February 1, 2022 |

Johns Hopkins is an early example: A new working paper from Johns Hopkins University’s “Studies in Applied Economics” institute claims that COVID-19 lockdowns imposed by a variety of governments worldwide had “little to no effect” on COVID-19 mortality. The study, conducted by three professors from around the world, also found that lockdowns “imposed enormous economic…

Teenager gets vaccinated

Tell institutions not to let superstition lead to dangerous COVID policies.

By Justin Katz | December 23, 2021 |

As elite colleges begin the process of peer pressure among institutions to implement mandates for COVID-vaccine booster shots, an op-ed by Johns Hopkins medical professor Dr. Marty Makary is a must-read: The U.S. government is pushing Covid-19 vaccine boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds without supporting clinical data. A large Israeli population study, published in the…

Perseverance sign at E-Cubed Academy

What does a double-timing Providence principal tell us about that job in Rhode Island?

By Justin Katz | December 1, 2021 |

News about former Providence principal Michael Redmond, and the fact that for a period of time he was working full time (during the same hours) for both the school district of Providence and the Washington, D.C., school district (remotely), has been broadly reported in Rhode Island.  Unfortunately, the public debate falls quickly into the lines that divide…

Valrie Ranglin-Brown tweets about the Johns Hopkins report

Weird how every insight other than the testimony of vested interests in the system turns out to be suspicious to the vested interests.

By Justin Katz | November 16, 2021 |

Putting aside the insinuation of bad faith on the part of people with whom she disagrees, Providence English teacher Valrie Ranglin-Brown — sister of Rhode Island Representative Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D, Providence) — makes a point well worth considering: The John Hopkins Report on Providence Schools is truly not reflective of our schools. Its goal was…

Union head Maribeth Calabro tweets teacher complaints

The attitude of Providence public school employees proves failing students will continue.

By Justin Katz | November 2, 2021 |

In June 2019 — two and a half years ago, when Rhode Island students now in their senior years were finishing their freshman years — the Institute for Education Policy at Johns Hopkins School of Education published a ground-shaking report on systemic failure in the Providence public school system.  The first “challenge” the authors emphasized…

2021 RICAS & SAT results

What difference do COVID-related education declines in RI make?

By Justin Katz | October 28, 2021 |

Not to be cynical, but the question of this post’s headline is serious.  I look at the results for students on the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) — with overall proficiency drops from 38% to 33% in English and from 30% to 20% in math — and I think, “So what?”  The same goes…

A dark classroom

At least the Wall Street Journal is supporting Bessinger against the “education horror show.”

By Justin Katz | October 15, 2021 |

Yesterday, I wondered why the plight and complaints of Providence middle school teacher Ramona Bessinger weren’t of more concern to teachers, parents, the community, the union, and Rhode Islanders generally.  Today, the Wall Street Journal editorial board has proven that somebody actually cares, giving their editorial the sharp headline, “Education Horror Show, Continued.”  (Search the headline…