Oren Cass wrote one of the worst op-ed’s the New York Times has ever published. That is no small feat. His premise is that we spend too much money (and time) preparing college-bound students and do too little for vocational education in our public schools. I argue that his thesis illustrates how deeply conservatives misunderstand […]Read more "The Conservative Elite Crusade To Make Sure Working Class Kids Pursue Working Class Jobs"
Something notable happened this week that did not involve another Donald Trump scandal or twitter absurdity (those happened too). The first-ever charter school teachers strike took place in Chicago. The teachers at Acero (who is Chicago’s largest charter school system and runs 16 schools) are demanding higher pay, increased diversity among teaching staff int heir […]Read more "Laboratory Schools"
I like Crooked Media. A lot. I listen to a lot of their pods several times a week– especially Pod Save America, Pod Save the World, and With Friends Like These. I’m obviously sympathetic to many of their goals, in particular, progressive social policies on LGBTQ and racial equality. Those are the foundation of my […]Read more "A Coalition of the Willing"
The National Review published a glowing personal profile of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos this month. It would be hard to find a less critical, more fawning piece of “journalism” if you tried. The obvious conflict of interest– her husband Dick DeVos is a trustee of the National Review Institute, which owns the National Review […]Read more "The Education of Betsy DeVos"
Max Boot is the latest former GOP operative to write a book explaining why they left the Republican party. Like David Frum, Bill Kristol, George Will, and Rick Wilson, the election of Donald Trump forced Boot to look at the ideological bubble he had long lived in and he came to some unsettling conclusions. Like […]Read more "Political Introspection"
The disappearance and suspected murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi might be the spark that finally lights the Saudi powderkeg the United States has been sitting on for decades. If you don’t know the story, check out the New York Times wonderful reporting on it. The ascension of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed […]Read more "The Saudi Problem"
Holding incompatible beliefs should give people pause. In American politics, it rarely does. Most people save this for the big picture issues– like being pro-life and pro-death penalty– but Dennis Prager isn’t most people. He’s a real-life troll. Prager, loyal hack that he is, sprang to the defense of Brett Kavanaugh with his usual combination […]Read more "Dennis Prager Believes in Redemption, Except for When He Doesn’t"