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  • As an Asian American, I Say DEI Must Go

    As an Asian American, I Say DEI Must Go3

    As someone who was involuntarily used as a poster child for Asian American and Pacific Islander month by my university, yet listened to some classmates rant that Asian Americans “would be nowhere without black people,” take it from me: Diversity, equity, and inclusion offices make racism worse, not better. Nobody should wonder whether circling their

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  • Do Teachers Unions Actually Care about Kids?

    Do Teachers Unions Actually Care about Kids?2

    The 1857 formation of teachers unions was intended to elevate the profession of teaching with the ultimate goal of benefiting the students. The basic idea was to professionalize teaching and standardize education for both teachers and students to ensure a good learning experience for all. Unions became a popular means of advocating for various groups

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  • Why Emotions Are Necessary in Education (So Is Logic)

    Why Emotions Are Necessary in Education (So Is Logic)2

    In education, there is a tradition of separating reason from emotions. We learn best, the conventional wisdom goes, when able to rationally consider information in a dispassionate manner. Emotions cause us to become impulsive and make rash judgments. When we try to acquire knowledge while in an emotional state, we allow biases to infect our

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  • Bans on Smartphones in the Classroom Gain Favor Across Political Spectrum

    Bans on Smartphones in the Classroom Gain Favor Across Political Spectrum0

    The school year is over, and the results should leave parents and educators with more anxiety than relief. Achievement scores are near historical lows and student absenteeism is high. There is some bipartisan agreement, though, on classroom management that could help students begin to rebound in the fall: Prohibit smartphones in classrooms. Earlier this year, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb,

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  • What Do ‘Good Schools’ Look Like? It Depends on What Parents Want

    What Do ‘Good Schools’ Look Like? It Depends on What Parents Want0

    I often hear people in the education world, especially those who are more rooted in traditional schooling models, express concern about the “quality” and “outcomes” of the innovative schools and spaces now emerging. “How do we know these are ‘good’ schools with high academic achievement and strong outcomes for students?” they’ll ask. My response is always some

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  • In Defense of the Freedom to Be Wrong

    In Defense of the Freedom to Be Wrong0

    It is the rare fortune of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks. —Tacitus It’s very important for institutions of concentrated power to keep people alone and isolated: that way they’re ineffective, they can’t defend themselves against indoctrination, they can’t even figure out what they think. —Noam Chomsky

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