February 19, 2015

 

Vaccination used to be something that a patient (or his or her parent) decided upon with the guidance of a doctor. It was primarily a medical issue. Today, with the recent outbreak of measles (121 cases in 17 states and the District of Columbia), everyone seems to be...

December 11, 2014

One of the aspects of our public school system that comes under fire time and again is the quality of the teaching. Most people, both politicians and citizens alike, believe that a great teacher makes a huge difference in the lives of his or her students. That’s why th...

November 27, 2014

On November 10, 2014, the U.S. Education Department sent a letter to all Chief State School Officers setting a deadline for them to submit plans to place excellent teachers in schools serving poor and minority students. This type of plan was actually required by the No...

August 14, 2014

In the United States, we don’t trust teachers. We think that, because we went to school, we know how schools should work. We think that because our children are entitled to a free public school education through high school, we are entitled to tell teachers what to do...

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