Learning Losses During the Pandemic: Reviewing the Evidence

The losses in lifetime earnings are of course only part of the issue: “Empirical evidence has linked school closures to several factors, including rising mental health concerns, lower levels of engagement, reports of violence against children, rising obesity, increases in teenage pregnancy, rising levels of chronic absenteeism and dropouts, and overall deficits in the development of socioemotional skills due to social isolation from networks and peers.”

These effects tend to be larger for student who are from economically disadvantaged families, and those who are already falling behind academically. Schools tend to be a “great equalizer,” making up to some extent for the unequal distribution of other educational resources across families. Those children who depended most on public schools also lost the most when the schools shut down.

How America’s Growing Diversity Weakens the Case for Racial Preferences in Education

When a policy originally intended to compensate blacks for a long history of oppression has gradually morphed into efforts to cap the number of Asian students at selective universities, something has gone badly wrong.


Fewer People Are Going To College. That Could Be a Good Thing.

“If I would have gone to college after school, I would be dead broke,” one high school graduate told the A.P.

“Why do I want to put in all the money to get a piece of paper that really isn’t going to help with what I’m doing right now?”


Los Angeles Public Schools Are Increasingly Passing Students Who Don’t Meet Grade-Level Standards

The issue is the result of a districtwide policy of de facto grade inflation.

The widening gap between grades and actual academic performance shows the perils of letting concern for “equity” drive educational policy. In a quest to pass more disadvantaged students, Los Angeles public schools may in fact be failing them.


Doing Pickering Balancing Right

It is not a workplace “disruption” that co-workers objected to a MAGA hat

The court here correctly, I believe, worked from the assumption that a government school was constitutionally required to be institutionally neutral about political values. The school as such could not prefer Black Lives Matter posters to MAGA hats, and could not base employment decisions on such preferences. It is evident that many university professors, administrators and leaders, at both public and private institutions, would not work from that same assumption.


Biden’s Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Plan Just Faced Its Third Major Setback in a Month

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court denied the Biden administration’s request to block a Texas judge’s ruling that declared the policy unconstitutional.


Required Diversity Statements on Campus: Are They Constitutional?

“Academics seeking employment or promotion will almost inescapably feel pressured to say things that accommodate the perceived ideological preferences of an institution demanding a diversity statement, notwithstanding the actual beliefs or commitments of those forced to speak.”