The Edifier

A ‘meh’ year for NAEP

The 2017 scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – the biennial test of US student performance in math and reading – were released last week, and the results in both subjects were underwhelming. Fourth and eighth-grade math scores and fourth-grade reading results were...

The unfinished business of school discipline

Educators are doing something right inside our public school buildings. While it’s not often reported, indicators of disciplinary problems have been showing steady declines in recent decades, including for such serious infractions as gang activity, physical threats of violence, and weapons carried on school property. But it’s too early to start high-fiving. A...

It’s complicated – How the public views school choice

A desire for choices is embedded in Americans’ collective DNA. Whether we’re choosing candidates in the voting booth, movies at the neighborhood multiplex or breakfast cereal in the supermarket, we expect to have options as our entitlement. No surprise then that when asked if parents and students should have their choice of school, the public overwhelmingly says “yes....

The First Amendment and public schools

Can a high school athlete take a knee during the national anthem? Can teachers participate in off-campus political action? Is student protest protected speech?

We Americans are accustomed to speaking our minds with the expectation that we won’t be arrested or silenced no matter how unpopular our words. While there are a few, narrow limits to the practice — we can’t...