Low Teacher Salaries: Have Unions Made the Problem Worse?

By | April 11, 2005 | Comments Off on Low Teacher Salaries: Have Unions Made the Problem Worse?

The abysmal performance of America’s public schools is a well-documented fact and has been discussed in a previous posting. George Will has written last week on an idea about how to get more productive public schools: Patrick Byrne, a 42-year-old bear of a man who bristles with ideas that have made him rich and restless,…

Selfish Focus of Teachers Unions: Everything But What Is Good For Our Kids

By | April 11, 2005 |

I received an email today from someone, who wrote: …how shockingly demanding the unions are at this point. I feel like they are outting themselves as the unreasonably greedy private concerns that they are. This posting is about yet another Rhode Island case study of unreasonable greed by public sector unions.

Laffey Hosts the East Greenwich School Committee

By Marc Comtois | April 8, 2005 |

We at Anchor Rising have been posting about the education problems in Rhode Island since the site’s inception. (Here is a comprehensive rundown of every post we’ve ever made.) One topic we continually revisit has been in the liberal bias in Higher Education (see Justin’s recent post, for example). However, our primary focus continues to…

Rhode Island’s Elite, Redux

By Justin Katz | April 2, 2005 |

In the pre–Anchor Rising days of August 2004, I put together a few graphs to add to Marc Comtois’s investigation into RI teacher salaries. The symbolically salient finding of one of my pie charts was that the average Rhode Island teacher could afford to pay another family’s housing costs, including mortgage, and still have the…

Ripping Out a Handful of Furr

By Justin Katz | March 18, 2005 | Comments Off on Ripping Out a Handful of Furr

Rocco DiPippo has a piece on FrongPageMag investigating Montclair State University’s Grover Furr — professor of (apparently) Leftism. From the extended version that Rocco has published on his blog: … the reader might have concluded that Professor Furr, by spreading disinformation, pushing Marxism and communism on his students, and advocating for one of mankind’s greatest…

Freedom, Hard Work & Quality Education: Making The American Dream Possible For ALL Americans

By | March 13, 2005 |

My family had the privilege of visiting The Statute of Liberty in August 2004 on only the 23rd day after it had re-opened for the first time since September 11, 2001. It was there that we saw first-hand the poem penned by Emma Lazarus and etched on the pedestal of the statute, which includes these…

Victor Davis Hanson on Today’s America

By | March 8, 2005 | Comments Off on Victor Davis Hanson on Today’s America

The March 14, 2005 edition of the Weekly Standard includes an article entitled “The Sage of Fresno: Victor Davis Hanson, down on the farm.” Here is an excerpt: Hanson places much of the blame for this decay on America’s elites, who he says have fostered a cult of post-modernism, identity politics, and affirmative action –…

Teachers & Unionization II

By Marc Comtois | February 18, 2005 |

Picking up on Andrew’s theme, I thought it worthwhile to post a comment and response to an earlier post of mine from Jim, who took the opportunity to convey his perspective on the teacher/union topic: it’s awfully easy and simple to blame the unions, isn’t it? why don’t you put a little less effort in…

AEI – Campus Bias Symposium

By Marc Comtois | February 16, 2005 | Comments Off on AEI – Campus Bias Symposium

While we have focused on the case of Bill Felkner and Rhode Island College quite a bit, it is worth noting that the “phenomena” of campus bias is by no means restricted to our little corner of the nation. The American Enterprise Institute held a symposium on Monday (transcript can be found at AEI) on…

An Example That Should Inspire

By Marc Comtois | February 14, 2005 |

Julia Steiny provides an example of a school that has improved through the work of its teachers. When the Rhode Island state authorities designated North Kingstown’s Stony Lane Elementary only “moderately performing” last year, the school staff was miffed. Indeed, they were so not-okay with the label, brainstorming about how to ramp up their students’…

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