September 26, 2017
Politics

Loesching The Left

July 17, 2017 1willford 1

By: Mike McDaniel    As a teacher of high school English, I labor ceaselessly to ensure my students are not only capable of reading the words on the page, but accurately understanding not only their denotations–dictionary definitions–but their connotations–the ideas and images the words invoke–as well. This is not always [Read More]

Education

Testing Tyranny, Part 4

July 9, 2017 1willford 0

By: Mike McDaniel    In the first three installments of this series (available here, here and here), I explained some of the many negative effects of mandatory, high-stakes testing.  In this article, I’ll focus on the history of this testing craze and explain why testing has very little to do with education. In [Read More]

Education

Testing Tyranny, Part 3

July 2, 2017 1willford 1

By: Mike McDaniel    In the first article of this series–Education: Testing Tyranny, Part 1–I explained the incredible amount of time lost to mandatory, high-stakes testing (and other matters) each year.  In the second installment–Education: Testing Tyranny, Part 2–I focused on trends and damages caused by testing, particularly forcing mandatory [Read More]

Education

Testing Tyranny, Part 1

June 18, 2017 1willford 0

By: Mike McDaniel    I last updated this series of article in 2014. Much has changed since then, but the problems presented by mandatory, high stakes testing remain. As is always the case, I don’t know where the series–and the interests of readers–will take me. I simply hope I can provide some [Read More]

Education

Deconstructing Shakespeare

January 2, 2017 1willford 0

By: Mike McDaniel    As a long-suffering teacher of English, I watch with dismay at what is happening in all too many colleges. When, in the not too distant future, I retire and become a former English teacher, who will replace me? Will they be eager, dedicated young people that believe [Read More]