The trouble with teacher training

Among the successful attacks on President Bush’s education bill, already mauled by the education establishment and its pack of congressional Dobermans, is a provision to dump more federal money into training “certified” teachers. I suggest that a large part of the explanation for the poor student performance, however, is the fact that our teacher-education programs are often worse than useless.


New technologies enable cheaters, detectors in a matter of keystrokes

Rapid changes in technology are providing students with newer, easier, and quicker ways to cheat. They are also making it easier for teachers to detect cheating. Perhaps the most well-known way of cheating in the Digital Age is through what are called “on-line paper mills,” web sites that provide ready-made term papers on thousands of topics for a per-paper fee.




Study Proposes Over $100 Million in State Higher Ed. Savings

A state budget crisis has a new governor hamstrung, legislators flummoxed, state agencies fearful of reductions, taxpayers fretting over future tax increases, and state lottery opponents afraid they’ll lose their issue. Changing Course IV, a publication of the John Locke Foundation, proposes a biennial budget for North Carolina that would calm the fears of the taxpayers and lottery opponents. It would exacerbate those of the state agencies, however.