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June 28, 2005

Concerned about administrators

Posted by Lindalyn Kakadelis at 5:00 PM

Tom Shuford is a retired teacher and a board member for the North Carolina Education Alliance.
His letter in the Raleigh News & Observer
pointed out a disturbing statistic from the Graduate Record Examination --

Within the Education category, applicants for graduate study in educational administration had the lowest individual and composite scores: mean verbal -- 429; mean quantitative -- 520; total composite -- 949. That happens to be the lowest individual and composite scores of all 34 subcategories tabulated by the Educational Testing Service.

Assuming that most of the education administration applicants are accepted [virtually all are] and eventually certified to lead schools and school systems, what do data like these mean for the quality of the decision-making about curricular issues, methods, teachers, etc?

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Supreme Poetic Justice

Posted by Paul Chesser at 2:53 PM

Souter may no longer be master of his eminent domain.

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Punch...Judges and One More Post on Kelo

Posted by Kent Lassman at 10:06 AM

In order to beat George to the punch, here is a link to Professor Sowell's essay de jour at RCP. He tackles the mainstream thinking that dominates jurisprudence.

In particular, I'm enamored with his application of Hayek's principle of local knowledge. To wit:

There are trade-offs made by attorneys on the scene and more familiar with local juries than anybody in a marble building in Washington can possibly be. Supreme Court Justices themselves are bound to know that. But the liberals among them take every opportunity to put obstacles in the way of executions.

They are in the mainstream.

He then elaborates on why judicial nominations are so politically contested.

The very desperation in political fights over judicial nominees is a clue to what is wrong with our legal system. It should not matter very much which particular man or woman becomes a judge, if that person has the competence and the integrity to apply the laws and uphold the Constitution.

The reason it matters enormously is that, over the past half century or so, many judges have gone beyond their judicial roles to impose their own policy preferences. Since these kinds of judges have almost invariably imposed policies favored by liberals, they have been cheered on -- not only by liberal politicians, but also by most of the media, the law schools and the intelligentsia.

Also, I found Lynne Kiesling's rundown of Kelo commentary interesting. I think that she is overly hopeful that the ruling is enough to swing the pendulum back toward respect for private property...but hope should count for something.

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Public schools "cannot choose" their students

Posted by Janie Neeley at 09:53 AM

This excuse is trotted out each year after test scores are published. It's also a favorite saying of school choice critics who attack choice as inherently elitist.

Yet, the truth is essentially the opposite. Selective admission policies are widespread in public schools. Take a look at Wake county's year-round school debate.

Certainly equity and diversity are important, but at what point does this concern trump the needs and personal circumstances of the parents involved. It is no wonder why low-income parents lack trust in our public schools. They are continually used as political pawns.

Two quotes stand out to summarize this debate:
"Mandatory is unfortunately the way we'll have to go if we want to keep all schools healthy." - Rosa Gill, Wake County School Board Member

"Power always thinks it has great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak." John Adams

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