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Students Aren’t Failing Tests, Tests Are Failing Students

Recently, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said you're either "moving forward with courageous reforms" and "piloting new and better assessments" (the graduate school term for "standardized tests"), or you're one of the "arm chair pundits who insist our efforts are doomed to fail." Duncan exposed his own fallacy when he said, "Many people in the real world, outside the beltway and blogosphere, have tuned out this debate." Actually, the opposite is true. In the birthplace of the legislative dumpster fire known as No Child Left Behind, most Texans are lining up against test-driven reforms.

October 24, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


For health care, please stay on the line

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

October 23, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


A New Hope for School Accountability

Students are protesting standardized testing. Parents are refusing to let schools give their kids the tests. Teachers are refusing to administer the tests. School boards are begging for relief from testing mandates. That's all nice, say the dwindling number of defenders of linking accountability to standardized testing, but if we got rid of tests what would you replace them with?

October 23, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Tyrades!

bonus column was originally published in October of 2007

October 22, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


RINOs and AINOs

Now we bore deep into the bunker that houses the triumphant Tea Party headquarters, where they are celebrating a tactical victory over the forces of complacency and complaining loudly about all the chicken-hearted Republicans In Name Only who bowed to the will of our socialist president, and voted to reopen the government and avoid a global financial meltdown.

October 22, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Weaker by the Week

A lot of people are asking what the heck is wrong with the Republican Party.

October 20, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


That’s not investigative journalism

Ten years ago, Rosilyn Wells filed for bankruptcy.

October 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Columnists


The Tea Party is the Country’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’

Is politics imitating art? In "The Phantom of the Opera," opera singer Christine Daaé is kidnapped by the deformed, masked Eric. The most dramatic scene is when Christine rips off Eric's mask, revealing underneath the horrifying face of a rotting corpse. And so it is in 2013: independents, moderates, centrists, Democrats, moderate Republicans, traditional conservative Republicans, the Republican establishment have all now seen the underlying face of the Tea Party. And it isn't pretty.

October 18, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Obama’s Uncivil America

The "new era of civility in politics" called for by President Obama after former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot, lasted about five Washington minutes. Since then Obama has adopted a scorched earth public policy in an attempt to destroy his political enemies, but sacrificing the Constitution as collateral damage.

October 17, 2013 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Here are some interesting bullet points

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

October 17, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


So much for spell check

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

October 16, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


The Real Deficit’s in Leadership

"Man, this government shutdown is making America look foolish."

October 16, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Fukushima Sushi

Which is harder to believe? The ludicrous shenanigans going down in Washington or the fact that nobody seems particularly interested in doing anything about them? Good neighbors -- it looks like we got ourselves one heck of a bumper crop of official dysfunction this year. Near as high as Manute Bol's eye.

October 15, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Obama, the Shutdown and ‘Rules for Radicals’

"Republicans are terrorists!" "Arsonists!"

October 15, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obama’s Thuggish Behavior, Part II

Predictably, my column last week, which expressed my extreme displeasure at the images of World War II vets being barricaded from visiting their memorial on the National Mall, produced a flurry of reactions, both positive and negative.

October 13, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


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Americana on a Bun

It's July, and we know what that means: time to celebrate the American hot dog.

July 31, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


More the Merrier

I've got to congratulate Donald Trump for how fast he's become more annoying to the Republican Party than a mouse in an air ...

July 31, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Are We a Kirk or Picard?

It's a sign of the times that the dumbest answer in the presidential campaign so far yielded the deepest question. As usual, Ted Cruz ...

July 30, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Gun Control: Eating Steak with Teaspoons

President Obama told the BBC he's "stymied" because he's not gotten his way regarding gun control --yet. So, apparently we should just relinquish ...

July 30, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Intelligence in 21st Century America

So much for the bell curve.

July 29, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Trump: Rising From the GOP's Ashes

There's no shortage of publicity maestro, name-emblazer Donald Trump think pieces on the Internet these days. Most will attribute his straight talk to his ...

July 29, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Why the Media Loves Donald Trump

Donald Trump is the politically unhinged train wreck equivalent of the Kardashians.

July 28, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Misleading Monikers in the News

Pop quiz: Which of the following was hatched in the mind of George Costanza? (a) The Center for Financial Stability, (b) The Center on Budget ...

July 28, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


No Outrage From Environmentalists About Pot?

File this in the large and growing 'Government Unintended Consequences' folder.

July 26, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Rumpus Chumpus Trumpus

For all those bemoaning the lack of noise in the Republican presidential sweepstakes, it's time to get down on our knees and give thanks ...

July 26, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Trump, Cruz and the All Caps Vote

Despite his penchant for counter-factual pronouncements, Ted Cruz is clever, educated, and aggressively intellectual. But he's not stupid, so when he defends Donald Trump ...

July 24, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Iran Agreement Boosts Peace, Defeats Neocons

Last week's successfully concluded Iran agreement is one of the two most important achievements of an otherwise pretty dismal Obama presidency. Along with the ...

July 24, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Senate Could Destroy Your Car's Trade-in Value

The Senate may vote soon on an amendment by Democratic senator Dick Blumenthal that would make it illegal for dealers to sell any car with ...

July 23, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Peace is Boring

In all of America's 239 years of existence, only roughly 20 of them have been without warfare of some kind. And no, those are ...

July 23, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


War Hero War Zero

July 22, 2015 | | Columnists


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