| Nov 1, 2013
| 4:38 PM
The Los Angeles school board made the right move this week, blunting Supt. John Deasy's threat to leave with a contract that keeps him here until 2016.
Deasy's not perfect, but he'd be hard to replace. He's become a hero to civic leaders, who credit his...
| Oct 28, 2013
It hasn't been the best of football seasons for Liberty and Freedom.
Yet, just as is the case in Allentown with Allen and Dieruff and many other area rivalries, the records don't matter. The two Bethlehem public schools get all pumped up for spirit week....
| Oct 20, 2013
The University of Chicago is Parris Island for economists.
From the days when Milton Friedman, George Stigler and Arnold Harberger led the charge, if not before, it's been a rigorous training ground that produces not U.S. Marines but scholars with a...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 7:22 PM
There is more at stake than test scores in the effort to provide iPads to 600,000 Los Angeles Unified students in time for the state's upcoming switch to online achievement exams.
If my inbox is a measure of public opinion, the district's credibility is...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Is it difficult to push yourself each day to go to a boring job?
If you are looking for a way out, consider how you got there in the first place.
It may be that you chose that boring job over a more interesting one because you didn't think alternative...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 8:40 AM
Heard about the kindergarten building in Germany that's shaped like a giant cat? Students enter the front door/mouth as though they're being swallowed.
Cute, you might say. But is that intelligent architecture? In such buildings, function and...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 4:58 PM
We teach kids a lot in public schools.
Courses are offered in everything from calculus to sex ed.
One thing we still don't teach our children?
How to balance a checkbook. How to create a household budget. How to invest in stocks and manage a 401(k)....
| Oct 11, 2013
The Lake County school district is close to signing a labor contract with teachers that would make the starting salary among the highest in Central Florida and would begin to even out pay inequities created as far back as 2008.
On the surface, it...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 3:31 PM
My wife has taken to snapping at the TV every time the Capital Blue Cross ad appears.
The company's new slogan is "Live Fearless," and a little girl says that at the end of the commercial.
My wife always responds, "LEE!" and begins complaining anew...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 10:39 AM
There are a lot of things I love about you. The winter weather. The splendor of your marshes and coastlines. The diversity of culture.
But I'll be honest. When it comes to education, you pretty much blow chunks.
In our schools, the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 3:54 PM
There's this old joke, or there could be: How many art teachers does it take to load a life-size T. rex skull into the back of a rented pick-up truck?
The answer, on a recent afternoon at the Field Museum, was "two, plus a few other people who were...