Education

Colbert rips Common Core
Monday, April 14th, 2014

Stephen Colbert plays a "conservative" on Comedy Central. When he takes over the the "Late Show" from David Letterman next year, Colbert supposedly will reveal his inner liberal self. We'll see. In the meantime, Colbert just attacked President Obama's "Common Core" dumbing-down education scheme t...

What IS going on in CA schools?
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
What IS going on in CA schools?

California's government school students score among the lowest on national tests. Now this: Uproar over classroom scuffle reflects a profession under siege Groundswell of support for teacher who wrestled disruptive student to the floor shows the public is fed up with the disciplinary problems and ...

Why CalSTRS fix is impossible: It would force cut in teacher take-home pay
Friday, April 11th, 2014

The California State Teachers' Retirement System is terribly underfunded. The last official report put its shortfall at $74 billion. State officials say it needs an infusion of $4 billion more money a year for decades to come. This week, as reported by Cal Watchdog founding editor Steve Greenhut ...

CA media: GOP dysfunction bigger topic than mass poverty
Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Los Angeles Times' news analysis about how recent controversies are likely to hurt California Republicans with two constituencies they are trying to woo -- Latinos and women -- isn't loaded or biased. It's likely true. Here's a bit of it: "On Monday, a GOP gubernatorial candidate's inflammatory...

CA Latino lawmakers value careers over Latino students
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
ca.hispanic

The recent dissent in California Democrat ranks -- in which Asian lawmakers balked at racializing UC admission policies in a way that would punish current smart Asian students for the history of white racism -- drew lots of deserved attention. But in the U-T San Diego, I made the case that anothe...

UC prof charged with assaulting student
Monday, March 24th, 2014
UC prof charged with assaulting student

What's going on in California's public universities? Fox News reported: "A feminist studies professor at a California state university is facing criminal charges after a videotaped run-in with a teenage pro-life demonstrator in which she snatched an anti-abortion sign and appeared to get physical ...

CA Asians finally grasp that under affirmative action, they’re victims
Monday, March 10th, 2014
minorityquota1

The fact that Asian-Americans in California tend to be Democratic seems to me to be almost entirely a function of the perception of Democrats are more welcoming to minorities and Republicans more hostile. Surveys and anecdotal evidence show that Asian-Americans are generally more entrepreneurial ...

‘Inspiring’ de Blasio channels CA Dems: White teachers > minority students
Friday, February 28th, 2014
02-1n004-deblasio-300x300

In the run-up to Bill de Blasio's recent election as mayor of New York City, I lost count of how many times I heard pundits describe the tall Democrat with the mixed-race marriage as offering an inspiring new progressive vision of what America could become. On Thursday, it became clear that this ...

Study of Los Angeles: Prosperity increases income inequality
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
logo_brookings.gif_.axd_

Coverage of income inequality is shockingly slanted and inept. Lazy, populist demonization of the 1 percent is the standard default starting position for explaining why poor people make a small fraction of what the very wealthy do. But as I've written for CalWatchdog before, there are a lot of much ...

Push to restore CA bilingual education dubious in more than one way
Friday, February 21st, 2014
ron.unz

When software tycoon Ron Unz's Prop. 227 campaign to end bilingual education in California won landslide approval in 1998, one reason was that a lot of Latinos and white liberals shared Unz's fundamental view that bilingual ed wasn't working well in the nation's largest state. L.A. Times columnist F...