Conservatives: What Happened to Personal Responsibility?

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times highlighted the woeful state of children’s health and fitness: about 1 in 3 California students passed the physical fitness test in 2010. Specifically, 28.7% of students in grade five, 34.6% in grade seven, and 38.5% in grade nine were rated as “fit,” or to use accountability parlance, […]

Merit Pay: The Issues People Ignore

I wanted to share my response to journalist Nicholas Kristof in his The New York Times article, Paying Teachers More, which also advocated tying teacher salaries to student performance (i.e., merit pay). Minor adjustments were made below from my original submitted comment: Your views tends to be typical of those that do not appear to […]

Asians on Education: What Poverty?

All this talk in education about poverty being the major reason for poor academic achievement and performance got me thinking: Is it really just poverty? No doubt it plays an important role. Researchers Hart & Risley’s well-cited longitudinal study in the early 1990s found that children in welfare families were exposed to substantially less language at […]

America’s Outlook: Looking Ahead or Looking Back?

  The debate on America’s global position between geopolitical analyst Fareed Zakaria and journalist David von Drehle in this week’s Time characterizes the typical dichotomous perspective in current political polemics: One is forward-thinking, while the other looks back. For quite some time Zakaria has questioned America’s commitment to maintain economic dominance, as written in the […]