Meet the "Lexile," the absurd reading metric for the Common Core.
Maya Angelou and Judy Blume Are Wrong About Childhood Reading
October 22, 2013
This morning, over 120 children’s book authors and illustrators sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concern for “our readers,” a.k.a. tots through tweens.
What Slate Missed: 5 Other Reasons College Women Shouldn’t Get Drunk
October 16, 2013
Emily Yoffe has managed to outrage everyone on Twitter this morning despite having written nothing about our infuriating Congress.
College Admissions Requirements in America Are Crazy. Here’s a Solution.
September 29, 2013
Students are headed back to school, which means the media is busy enlightening us yet again about the university admissions process.
Tests Make Kids Smarter. Let's Give Them More.
September 24, 2013
Why American schools need more testing, not less.
I Have Nothing Against Classical Music—But That's Exactly My Point
September 20, 2013
I’m really grateful to Paul Berman for his reply to my recent New Republic column “Stop Forcing Your Kids to Learn a Musical Instrument,” a reply that is good-humored and sympathetic.
Parents Absolutely Should Force Their Kids to Take Music Lessons
September 19, 2013
Should children study violin—or rather, be forced to study violin? Or forced to study ballet?
Stop Forcing Your Kids to Learn a Musical Instrument
September 16, 2013
Our daughter Rebekah, who is in second grade, takes three after-school classes every week. On Monday there is violin; on Wednesday, Hebrew; and on Thursday, ballet.
Abolish Public Schools: Ron Paul's Education Proposal
September 15, 2013
Do you have an eight-year-old child? Is your son or daughter currently being educated by a teacher, in a school? If so, you are a failure as a parent, and as an American.
College Diplomas are Meaningless. This is How to Fix Them.
September 15, 2013
Every year, millions of Americans embark on the quest to earn a four-year college degree. Many motives propel them. They go to acquire skills and knowledge from experts in their fields.