Why children fail

by Samuel Blumenfeld -- Last week, the people of Massachusetts were given the results of the MCAS tests, and they were pretty dismal. The fourth and eighth graders showed a little improvement more…

Speaking of monopolies

by Samuel Blumenfeld -- Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's ruling that Microsoft is a monopoly raises the question of how that monopoly is to be remedied or abolished. The judge wrote, "Microsoft has more…

Title I: Not making the grade

by Samuel Blumenfeld -- If any proof is needed that federal education programs don't work, and in fact make things worse, all one has to do is look at the sorry record more…

The literacy war goes on

by Samuel Blumenfeld -- I've just received the October 1999 issue of Educational Leadership, which is the official journal of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. It's the voice of the more…

The government voucher trap

by Samuel Blumenfeld -- It looks like government-funded school vouchers are going to be a campaign issue for both Republicans and Democrats. Al Gore, who has gotten the endorsement of both the more…

Rush Limbaugh and the conspiracy

by Samuel Blumenfeld -- First, let me say that I am an avid fan of Rush Limbaugh's. I particularly enjoy his perceptive and humorous critiques of liberals. No one in America can more…

Politics and reality

by Samuel Blumenfeld -- I have been involved in conservative politics since the 1960s, when I voted for Barry Goldwater for president. Even though Lyndon Johnson won the election by a landslide, more…

Thinking of homeschooling?

by Samuel Blumenfeld -- By now your kids have probably been in school for several weeks. And you're having second thoughts about putting them on the bus, agonizing over whether or not more…

Politics and phonics

by Samuel Blumenfeld -- Last week, George W. Bush, speaking on education, said he'd like to see children of three years' age learn to read using phonics. He cited a study by more…

The season for dyslexia

by Samuel Blumenfeld -- About 4 million children will be entering first grade in the public schools this fall. They all expect to be taught to read. After all, that's what school more…