U.S. high school students and their teachers agree that people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions, according to the Knight Foundation’s Future of the First Amendment survey. Photo: Mathias Reding/Pexels Fifty-seven percent strongly agree and 32 percent mildly agree. There’s been little change in nearly 20 years. Support drops to 40 percent when opinions are “offensive” and even lower when speech is “threatening.” Still, 62 percent of students say it’s more import
A college education isn’t intended to make people think any more, write Greg Lukianoff, a First Amendent specialist, and Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist, in The Coddling of the American Mind. “It is meant to make them comfortable.” The culture of “safetyism” promotes three Great Untruths, they write. What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. In a New York Times op-ed, they cite “efforts
The right to an education doesn’t include a right to literacy — yet. However, “a judge has ruled that California can be put on trial for failing to give low-income students equal access to literacy instruction,” reports LA School Report’s Esmeralda Fabián Romero on The 74. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos set an October, 2019 court date. Ella T. v. State of California resembles a Michigan lawsuit that was dismissed earlier this month by a federal judge who r
High school students observe a moment of silence outside the North Carolina Capitol in Raleigh in memory of the victims of the Florida school shooting. Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters Schools need to do more to prepare students to become “engaged, informed, and compassionate” citizens and strengthen our democracy, concludes the 2018 Brown Center Report on American Education. While scores on NAEP civics assessments “remained steady or climbed slightly from 1998 to 2014, “there a
The Parkland survivors are experts on how it feels to be terrorized by a gunman.
That doesn’t make them experts on what policies would lower the risk of mass killings in the future. Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the Douglas High shootings, has become a gun-control activist. Under the #NeverAgain banner, young activists are calling for school walkouts on March 14 to protest gun violence and demonstrations on March 24. (Youth In Front has advice for student activists.) Darren,
Charter-school networks, such as Eva Moskowitz’s high-scoring Success Academies, are creating “high-functioning school systems” that produce much better results for disadvantaged students, writes Chalkbeat editor Elizabeth Green. While district schools are beset by local, state and federal edicts, charter networks are “large enough to provide shared resources for teachers, yet insulated from bureaucratic and political crosscurrents by their independent status.” Success Academ
“Every peaceful transition of power is a historic moment,” a fourth-grade teacher in Michigan told parents in an email. Brett Meteyer will let students watch the inauguration, but not Donald Trump’s inaugural speech. He fears “inflammatory and degrading comments about minorities, women, and the disabled” and “profanity.” As it turned out, the speech was G rated with a “we the people” theme. President Trump criticized an “education system flush with cash but which leaves our