Category - Education

Dan Seligman, who seems to delight in pathologizing the poor, writes in a new piece for that attempting to close the gap in achievement between disadvantaged and middle/upper class kids is is a waste of time, because it’s impossible...

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Apparently the Billings Gazette disagrees with my assessment of the decision of the Billings School District to hire a professional PR person. In the editorial today, the Gazette argues: It’s obvious that Billings Public Schools need to...

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Way to Go, Evolution

Science named genome sequencing and field research about how evolution works as its number 1 Science breakthrough of 2005: Colin Norman, news editor of Science, said the choice was based solely on the merits of the research, not the battle over...

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School Dollars at Work

As a teacher, I always find stories like this one in the Billings Gazette amusing. Despite the almost constant complaints from school districts that there is not enough money for students, there always seems to be enough to hire people outside of...

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Matt Singer already did a nice piece about the lack of real benefit to Missoula from the “economic development” package that brought 900 jobs to Missoula. Now the AP is reporting that each of those jobs cost $22,500: The nearly $18...

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Intelligent Design on the Ropes?

Intelligent Design may not be making the headway its press would suggest. Some choice quotes from a New York Times article: Behind the headlines, however, intelligent design as a field of inquiry is failing to gain the traction its supporters had...

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Linda McCullough: U R sew write!

Montana’s Superintendent of Public Schools, Linda McCullough, has some intriguing ideas about education, specifically about writing. At a recent meeting with the Board of Public Education, McCullough offered this insight: Superintendent...

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A Sobering Article on Education

Anyone interested in the state of education in the United States must read this article by Jonathan Kozol in the September issue of Harpers. It is heartbreaking and unbelievable. Two quick excerpts: In San Diego there is a school that bears the name...

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Who Are These People?

Honest question…who are these people who really believe that America is in the grasp of socialism? Who honestly looks at a society that is more nakedly pro-capitalist since anytime before World War I, a society whose president doesn’t...

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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