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Government = Good?

Building a Good Government The Northwest Ordinance of 1787— which established our nation’s first incorporated territory and the structure that would govern and guide it — speaks both to the purpose of government and to the systems and standards that will make it effective. It speaks to the philosophy of government in the acquisition of…

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What’s Your Bias?

What’s Your Bias?   Is it possible to have a view of the world – and of education in America – that’s shaped by something bigger than the world around us? Are any of us unbiased in our perspectives on what the right path forward should be?   The obvious answer is “No.” Nobody is unbiased….

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Adversary Culture in the 21st Century

Understanding the language, the culture, the movements, and the conversations that surround us In last week’s episode of Education America, we welcomed back to the show a frequent guest, who, as it has turned out, also is one of our favorites. Katherine Kersten has been a lifelong contributor to good conversations with both a depth…

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Patriotism: What it is, what it isn’t, and whether it’s still a good thing

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “American Exceptionalism.” It used to be said much more, and its meaning used to be much more understood. It does not mean “American Superiority.” In other words, it’s not saying America is intrinsically supreme over all other nations — in the eyes of God or even in our own eyes…

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A Bigger and Better Discussion about Success

Our definitions of success and standards for goodness and beauty seem to be constantly shifting — and even spiraling — in our culture. On one hand, these shifts are a result of plummeting values that are permeating almost every other area of life. When urinals on a wall can be called art and when an…

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Mental Health, Legislation, and the Classroom

The last 18 months of life in the classrooms of this country have been some of the most difficult in our educational history. From government-mandated shut downs to social isolation, fear, and undefined standards for performance, our students, teachers, and administrators have been facing truly unprecedented challenges. The new model they found themselves in made…

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Education in America: Declining or Hopeful?

There’s a quote that is attributed most often to William Butler Yeats that says, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Education, in its purest form, isn’t about to-do lists or “getting it done with” but about the freeing of a mind. It’s not requirements and deadlines but igniting within…

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Better Ideas for Education

School Choice, Political Agendas, and Saving the Classroom Politics and Education. In each, one general principle seems to hold fast: It’s easier to know what people are against than what they’re for. People don’t speak out in favor of what they determine to be a good idea often enough. They’re much more likely to speak…

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Education & Legislation (and Why it Matters to All of Us)

At Education America, we’re committed to leading better conversations about education. Sometimes that means we’re talking to educators about what’s working and what’s not. Sometimes it means we’re asking parents what they care about and how they’re helping their kids make the most out of learning. Sometimes it’s about trends or traditions; books we’ve read…

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Turning the Page

You’ve probably seen the quote before — if not in your own reading and research then most certainly in your interactions with Liberty Classical. It comes from Abraham Lincoln and says, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” It’s also a statement — and…

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