The Edifier

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...

Lessons from Bush and Obama education reform efforts

Earlier this week, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a forum that asked researchers and policymakers what education reform efforts, under the Obama and Bush administrations, have taught us about K-12 education. The day-long event was chalked full of experts including four panels with researchers from higher ed institutions like the University of Virginia and Brown University and...

Some takeaways about the U.S. education from 2017

Ed Week recently published an article that highlighted 10 different education statistics from data reports that were released in 2017. The article provided a broad overview of different data that was collected relating to various aspects of education policies. My aim is to highlight three of the...