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November 02, 2020

Participation Is Only a Part of Democratic Education

Free nations also rely on norms and habits of mind that are less intuitive. Civics education needs to focus on these, too.

July 14, 2020

Trump Botches a Vital Back-to-School Message

President Trump's comments on opening schools boost the odds that reopening—like mask-wearing—will be yanked into the culture wars.

April 01, 2019

Three Thoughts on the Special Olympics Fiasco

On occasion, policymakers have won through on once-unpopular proposals. But this requires diligence, constancy, and principle—traits the Trump administration seems to lack.

September 14, 2017

The Problem with Those Who Cried "Wolf!" on Trump's Education Budget

The hyperbole that greeted the nothingburger of Trump's budget swamped the chance to discuss whether some federal education spending should be cut.

September 05, 2017

Imagining Trump's Big Back-to-School Address on the Importance of Education

As students across the country head back to school, I can't help but imagine what words of wisdom President Trump would have for the nation's classrooms.

June 08, 2017

Picturing Trump as the School Choice Guy

The White House is apparently poised to launch a big school choice push, and I can just imagine what President Trump's nationally televised Oval Office address might sound like.

May 25, 2017

Mixed Emotions on Trump's Education Budget

While there is plenty to criticize in the Trump administration's new budget proposal, the reaction has been enough to make me want to mount a vocal defense on its behalf.

May 22, 2017

Trump Happened, Part Deux

We're four months into a remarkable presidency, one where the usual rules don't always apply. So, for what they're worth, here are a few thoughts as to what this situation means for education.

January 23, 2017

Strange Days, My Friend

From President Trump's first days in office to a litany of developments exposing the last administration's agenda, these are strange days, indeed.

November 21, 2016

RHSU Flashback: As an Education Prez, Trump Would Be Obama's Spiritual Heir

Since it's Thanksgiving week, I figured it might be a nice chance to dwell a bit on the teachable moment we find ourselves in by re-running a few columns that kind of got brushed away at the time, but might register more fully now—and that might help encourage some to perhaps give a second thought to the underappreciated blessings of federalism, limited government, and executive restraint.

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