Why care about the state of education?

Anna Miller Articles, Education Leave a Comment

As human beings, we are bound by the circumstances of time and place. However, an instrument exists that can liberate body and soul, as it nurtures the mind by cultivating our intellect and imagination. By mastering the mind, individuals become the master of their body and thus their circumstance. A discipline of mind is formed, which can last through life …

Will Idaho policymakers continue to empower students?

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Gov. Brad Little recently announced a small grant program to give parents and students more education options during COVID-19. However, less than 10% of Idaho K-12 students will be eligible to receive funds. This will not be enough to support all Idaho parents who are trying to give students an education that best fits their needs. The Strong Families, Strong …

Idaho K-12 education funding: There is plenty of money to educate Idaho’s students

Fred Birnbaum Articles, Education Leave a Comment

When K-12 education funding is discussed in Idaho, it is frequently noted that Idaho ranks low in spending per student compared to other states. Recently the national left-wing teachers union, the National Education Association (NEA), published a study that ranked Idaho dead last. The problem with the NEA’s numbers: They don’t actually match what Idaho spends. (As of this writing …

Little’s grants a step in the right direction, but more ed choice work is needed

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Since COVID-19 led to the shutdown of public school systems in March, parents and students have been victims of massive leadership failure. The public school system has proved to be unable or unwilling to adapt to the needs of Idaho communities. The burden has fallen on families to ensure their children’s educations continue. Nearly six months into the pandemic and …

Kustra attacks conservatives, IFF to deflect from his poor record

Fred Birnbaum Articles, Education, Higher Education Leave a Comment

Former BSU President Bob Kustra’s recent commentary spoke of “[t]aking back Idaho from its fringe politics.” Kustra took aim at legislators he deems extreme and the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Kustra’s examples of fringe politics included: Questioning the science behind the public health district’s mask mandates; supporting legislation that banned biological males from competing in female sports; and, not supporting the …

Here’s how Idaho can develop academically strong ELA and Mathematics Standards when it revises its current standards

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By Sandra Stotsky, Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas Idaho can develop effective non-Common Core standards for mathematics and English/reading if its Legislature requires the development of K-12 standards in mathematics and in English/reading with the following features and guiding policies: In mathematics: Standards for all basic arithmetical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, short and long division) and standard algorithms are taught …