Public hearings show continued public disdain for Common Core

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The Idaho State Board of Education held hearings in August about Common Core education standards. Comments made by attendees prove that parents, students, business owners, and even some educators are not entirely supportive of the standards that Idaho adopted almost a decade ago. Interestingly, the standards are being backed chiefly by the state’s education labor union, the Idaho Education Association, …

Common Core hearings scheduled, a chance to undo bad policy

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Some long-overdue public hearings and discussions regarding Idaho’s education standards are coming your way. Hundreds of Idahoans asked the State Board of Education to open a discussion on Idaho’s decision, nine years ago, to adopt Common Core. (Though revised a bit in 2017, much of the troublesome standards remains). As a result, the petitioners got their wish.  The State Board …

BSU’s diversity agenda doesn’t work in the corporate world

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In a recent commentary, former BSU President Bob Kustra attempted to deflect scrutiny from the university’s radical diversity agenda by comparing it to corporate diversity programs. Kustra’s analogy misleads on two fronts, however. First, BSU’s agenda is so extreme, no business would replicate it, making the comparison a smokescreen. Second, while corporations do promote diversity, mandates forcing diversity are counterproductive, …

Neo-segregation is real, and it is wrong for Idaho

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The Post Register would have its readers believe there’s nothing controversial about “diversity” programs at Idaho’s public colleges and universities. Actually, they are controversial. Quite so. So much so that the National Association of Scholars has a name for these types of programs: neo-segregation. The president of the NAS, Peter Wood, says neo-segregation “is a disguised form of political oppression.” …

Lawmakers have a duty to oversee public institutions

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Boise State University is going in the wrong direction. Instead of prioritizing academic excellence and achievement above all else, the BSU elites have decided to implement a radical social justice agenda that won’t lead to anywhere good. That’s why 28 courageous Republican lawmakers signed a July 9 letter to BSU President Marlene Tromp. These 28 legislators exercised their duty as …

Campus segregation programs raise many questions that deserve answers

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Writing recently in the National Review, Peter N. Kirsanow, an attorney and member of the U.S. Commission on Human Rights, calls for  an end to segregationist activities on college campuses across the country. He notes that they have done nothing to reduce the student achievement gap and have increased racial resentment. “Yet campus segregation has expanded from separate orientations to …