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    The Crime of Being Bullied: 15-Year-Old Special Needs Student Convicted of Disorderly Conduct for Recording Evidence of Bullying

    It’s a horrific case study in bullying. A high school sophomore who suffers from comprehension delay disorder (an information-processing disorder), ADHD, and an anxiety disorder was regularly shoved and tripped, nearly burned with a cigarette lighter, and psychologically tortured by his peers. He fought back in the only way he … More

    Common Core: The Least Common Denominator

    Common Core proponents have long argued that the push toward national standards promotes “college and career readiness.” Not so, argues a new report by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute for Public Policy. According to Pioneer, Common Core does not prepare students for admission into highly selective four-year universities and STEM (science, … More

    VIDEO: The Essentials of a Classical Education

    Leigh Bortins believes classical education is the key to fostering individuals who are curious, free, confident, and knowledgeable. As the founder and chief academic officer of Classical Conversations, her homeschooling organization reaches a national and international audience with the goal of equipping parents and students with the classical tools of learning. Bortins, … More

    One Parent’s Fight Against Common Core Education Standards: “Is This America?”

    That was the question asked by a parent while he was being escorted out of a public forum held by the Maryland State Department of Education. The reason he was escorted out: He dared to challenge the school superintendents on Common Core education standards. The concerned parent, after being interrupted … More

    “Zero Tolerance” Zombies: Seventh Graders Suspended for Playing with Toy Gun

    It didn’t look like a real gun. It shot plastic pellets. It was labeled “Zombie Killer.” It didn’t hurt anyone. And it was being used on private property by a seventh-grader. Nonetheless, some officious intermeddler called the Virginia Beach police when she saw Khalid Caballo holding an air-soft gun on … More

    No Child Left Behind: Alexander Unveils Rewrite

    Senator Lamar Alexander (R–TN), ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, has just introduced a proposal to “fix” No Child Left Behind (NCLB). While restoring excellence in education will require more than a fix to the bureaucratic law—states should be allowed to opt-out of NCLB entirely—Alexander’s Every … More

    Idaho’s Khan Academy Initiative: Embracing Educational Technology

    Today’s technology means that education can be tailored to the specific needs of each child. Idaho is leading the way in adopting these types of innovations with its statewide initiative to integrate Khan Academy videos into the classroom. The Khan Academy is an online-based learning tool that creates a self-paced … More

    New Graduates Heading Back to Parents’ Houses

    As commencement season winds down, it’s discomfiting to think that almost half of new graduates know exactly where they’re headed when school’s out: Back to their parents’ homes. The Pew Research Center reports that 45 percent of college grads younger than 25 are “living with family.” That percentage is almost … More

    Coverdell Education Savings Accounts to Be Thrown from Fiscal Cliff?

    Lost in the fiscal cliff discussion has been any hint of whether Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) will be permitted to continue in their current form. As it stands, beginning January 1, parents will no longer be able to use these accounts for expenses for kindergarten through high school without … More

    Children of Same-Sex Unions: New Research on Family Stability and Structure

    Primary schoolchildren in married heterosexual households are 35 percent more likely to make typical school progress than peers in same-sex households, according to a new study published in the respected academic journal Demography. The finding is based on data from 1.6 million children in the 2000 Census, which included 8,632 … More