Education

Labels as a First Step Toward Finding Deeper Meaning

By | January 18, 2005 |

I received the December 2004 issue of The Proposition, a publication of the Claremont Institute. As a graduate of Harvey Mudd College, one of the Claremont Colleges, who also satisfied the requirements for a political science major at Claremont McKenna College, I found one of the quotes in the issue to be an interesting perspective…

The Politics of Charter Schools: Addendum

By Marc Comtois | January 12, 2005 |

Confirming my thoughts from an earlier post, Jennifer Marshall and Kirk Johnson have put up a piece over at National Review Online that explains how to interpret the often conflicting Charter School data that has recently been released. In my original post, I compared the data and found that the research (PDF) of Caroline Hoxby,…

RE: Where is the Moral Outrage

By Marc Comtois | January 12, 2005 | Comments Off on RE: Where is the Moral Outrage

To continue building on previous posts (here, here, here and my post yesterday), it seems that progress is being made on one front in the battle for academic freedom. As I have previously mentioned, some Columbia students were outraged when confronted by blatantly anti-Israel rhetoric in the classroom. Thanks to the David Project and the…

Where is the Moral Outrage…Again?

By | December 28, 2004 |

I previously posted a piece entitled Where is the Moral Outrage? which documented both the political harassment of American college students by left-wing professors and the hiring by Hamilton College of an instructor who was an unapologetic alumna of the Weather Underground terrorist group. Yesterday’s mail brought the January 2005 issue of Commentary magazine to…

Relevancy of the Humanities and Questions Unasked

By Marc Comtois | December 15, 2004 | Comments Off on Relevancy of the Humanities and Questions Unasked

In the course of yet another article about bias in our univerisities, William Pilger (a pseudonym), a conservative tenured professor in a southern university, managed to both display the value of a humanities education and the reluctance (and reason) that students show for engaging in any type of classroom discussion that may touch on current…

RE:Where is the Moral Outrage

By Marc Comtois | December 9, 2004 |

I became more interested in bias in academia when I re-entered “the academy” to pursue an MA in History (at Providence College). Thankfully, I have not personally felt any real “quashing of dissent.” Although I have heard a few pithy political asides in the course of unrelated lectures, my experience at Providence College has been…

Warwick School Board Election: A Litmus Test

By Marc Comtois | December 8, 2004 | Comments Off on Warwick School Board Election: A Litmus Test

Yesterday I “braved” the rain to vote in a special election that sought to winnow down the candidates for an open school committee seat from 5 to 2. Dr. Saleh R. Shahid and Lucille Mota-Costa emerged as the winners. Shahid is a registered Republican who has unsuccessfully run for both the State Legislature and State…

Re: The Politics of Charter Schools

By | December 7, 2004 | Comments Off on Re: The Politics of Charter Schools

Marc: I published a ProJo editorial in March that noted the ludicrous comments last Spring about Governor Carcieri’s then-proposed modest increase in charter school funding and insignificant reduction in general education funding. What made the comments so ridiculous was the proposed small changes in funding for the upcoming year were completely dwarfed by the hefty…

The Politics of Charter Schools

By Marc Comtois | December 7, 2004 |

While visiting The Learning Community Charter School in Pawtucket, Governor Carcieri floated the idea of removing the state’s charter school cap, which limits each school district to two charter schools (except Providence, which is allowed four). Predictably, there are those who disagree with the Governor about removing the cap, even though recent studies have shown…

No Child Left Behind – It’s Working

By Marc Comtois | November 23, 2004 | Comments Off on No Child Left Behind – It’s Working

Presiden’t Bush’s much vilified No Child Left Behind Act appears to be working, at least that’s the conclusion drawn from reading this story in today’s Providence Journal. More than half of Rhode Island’s public schools have jumped into the high-performing category, and school leaders across the state say that’s in no small part due to…

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