Tag Archives: education

Vermont’s motto madness shows science education is not enough

Something happened the other day in Vermont that reminded me of the saying, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” After an eighth-grade student wrote to a state legislator to propose Vermont adopt a Latin motto and the proposal went forward, some less-than-knowledgeable residents got really angry. There was, as Senate Minority Leader Joe […]

Goodbye summer. Hello college and paying for it.

Late August is always a busy, bittersweet time. Summer is ending and school is starting. Two months from now, costumed children will come knocking, shouting “Trick or treat.” Two months ago, high schools sent another crop of young people off to jobs, the military, technical school and college. For the first time in 25 years, my […]

Why did LePage say Mainers take a special college entrance test?

Along with saying that people outside of Maine look down on Maine students, Governor LePage offered, what he said, was evidence. “If you go to William & Mary, apply to William & Mary, before they’ll look at your application, if you’re from a Maine school, you have to take a placement exam to see if […]

LePage’s education plan won’t pass, but his rhetoric hurts Maine

Disclosure: I hold a faculty position at the University of Maine. My children were or are enrolled in the Bangor school system, which includes the largest high school in the state and a high school ranked as among the best in the nation. In talking about K-12 education in Maine, Governor LePage said: I don’t […]

Short hits: voting laws, education research, crime, and Obamacare

1. Voting laws: Particularly since Republicans won many state-level elections in 2010, a number of states passed laws making it harder to vote. In Pennsylvania, the very strict rules will affect 9.2% of voters — over 800,000 people, mostly in urban areas and mostly affecting supporters of Democratic candidates. These citizens are also disproportionately non-white, […]

Flawed research: Rockport’s boys-only math classroom

Last November, the Bangor Daily News published an article about Rockport trying out a boys-only classroom for math. Because this article did not point out the very basic research flaws in Rockport’s effort, I wrote a critique. Once again, the Bangor Daily News has an article about this which doesn’t address the flawed research design.  I […]

Short hits: Gallup’s skew, Maine blueberries, and online cheating

1. George Gallup made his mark in polling when he and the other “scientific pollsters,” called the presidential race right in 1936, while the Literary Digest did not. Now the Gallup organization’s recent polling has a skew, as it tended to show less support for President Obama than other polls. Mark Blumental offers a long […]