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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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