July 25, 2017
Education

Testing Tyranny, Part 5

July 16, 2017 mcdanielm 1

In the first four articles in this series–available here , here, here  and here–I explored many issues relating to mandatory, high stakes testing.  However, I’ve yet to address one important issue: what are mandatory, high stakes tests replacing?  If these tests are so important and necessary states are willing to spend hundreds of millions–even billions–of [Read More]

Culture

HuffPost: Listen To This

July 15, 2017 mcdanielm 0

By: Mike McDaniel    I find myself, virtually daily, amused and annoyed by the dim-witted emanations of the self-imagined elite of the media and politics. Were I sufficiently foolish to believe them, I’d discover that I, merely by virtue of living in flyover country, am uneducated, crude, unsophisticated, racist, sexist, [Read More]

Education

Testing Tyranny, Part 4

July 9, 2017 mcdanielm 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 mcdanielm 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 2

June 25, 2017 mcdanielm 0

By: Mike McDaniel    In Testing Tyranny, Part 1,  I focused on how mandatory, high stakes testing is destroying the canon, removing enormous amounts of already scarce classroom time, and leaving little time for not only the classics, but for the kinds of writings and other assignments that actually build [Read More]

Education

Testing Tyranny, Part 1

June 18, 2017 mcdanielm 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]

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Donald Trump

Downhome Texas Hospitality, Beltway Style

January 29, 2017 mcdanielm 0

By: Mike McDaniel    Conservatives often think it useless to try to speak with progressives about politics. All too often, the response is irrational anger, obscenities, and recourse to “you’re a racist, sexist, speciesist, nativist, ist, ist, ist.” We know, however, that occasionally, civilized discourse is possible, and kindness can change [Read More]

Education

Grading The Graders

January 16, 2017 mcdanielm 0

By: Mike McDaniel    Familiarity breeds contempt, or so the old aphorism goes. Virtually all Americans have had the benefit of a K-12 education at public expense, but unlike exposure to other experiences, an extraordinary number feel having had that experience makes them education experts. They’ve been exposed to teaching, and [Read More]

Donald Trump

Those Racist Texans!

November 17, 2016 mcdanielm 0

By:  Mike McDaniel    The media have been, of late, featuring “protestors” of color making dark predictions about blacks and other minorities facing certain doom under President Donald Trump. Such predictions are, of necessity, vague, but the narrative–Trump is a racist, so he’s going to do awful things to black people–never [Read More]