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Are Lowering Qualifications an Answer to the Teacher Shortage?

The Current Teacher Shortage Though we are accustomed to thinking of teacher shortages as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, in fact, the supply of teachers has been inadequate for some time. For example, this article from University of Massachusetts Global points out that during the 2016-2017 school year, 80% of California school districts …

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Open Access to Advanced Placement and Other Rigorous Classes

Introduction Open Access is one of those ideas with which I wholeheartedly agree with the philosophy behind it but have problems with the way in which it is often implemented. Equality of educational opportunity is a cornerstone of our society. We all want students to achieve at the highest level possible. However, that is still …

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How Should American History Be Taught?

Personal Background In thirty-six years of teaching, one of the lessons I learned is that injecting politics into educational policy is nearly always a bad thing. That’s partially because politicians often take positions on educational issues that are motivated more by a desire to achieve their own political objectives than to improve education in any …

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The College Admissions Scandal Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Most people have probably heard the details of the recent college admission bribery scandal, so I won’t repeat them. If you need a quick reminder, there is an excellent summary here. Though many of the court cases are ongoing, enough people have plead guilty, both as givers of bribes and as recipients, that we can …

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