Tag Archives: education

The Perils of Standardized Testing

by Ralph Scharnau There is less public discourse on standardized testing today than a few years ago. This comes, partially at least, from President Donald Trump’s penchant for using twitter. His nearly daily tweets often chaotically careen from one topic … Continue reading

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Senator Bob Dvorsky On Education

Iowa is among the first states to create a teacher leadership system designed to boost student achievement, increase teaching expertise and raise the status of the teaching profession. Research shows a correlation between a school’s ability to keep good teachers … Continue reading

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Education Reformers Fail To Address Source Of Problem

Tenure, Unions, and K-12 Teachers by Ralph Scharnau Public schools are required to educate all people, and they embody the hard-won principles of equity and inclusion. Public school teaching has become the most controversial profession in America. No other profession … Continue reading

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Loebsack: How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy

(Editor’s Note: Below are Congressman Dave Loebsack’s (IA-02) remarks on data mining and protecting students privacy. The remarks were given at a Joint Hearing of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, which Loebsack serves as Ranking Member, … Continue reading

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The President's Plan For Student Debt Repayment

President Obama signed a memorandum on Monday, June 9, directing the Secretary of Education to propose regulations that would allow nearly 5 million federal direct student loan borrowers to cap their loan payments at 10 percent of their income. (View … Continue reading

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Profiles In Courage?

Sometimes I feel sorry for those who are tasked with picking the recipient of the Kennedy Library annual Profile In Courage Award. From what we see recently in this country, there are certainly not a lot of candidates around. When … Continue reading

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This Week on the Fallon Forum

Dear Friends, As I begin to train more seriously in preparation for next year’s 3,000-mile Great March for Climate Action, I am rediscovering the joys of walking. The weekly walks around Gray’s Lake with friends and fellow climate marchers have … Continue reading

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Support Public Education — Vote Democratic

It is no surprise that the Republican Party of Iowa supports political indoctrination of school children. What is surprising is how far they go to assert their point of view. They want a free market education where public schools teach … Continue reading

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Cedar Valley Voices: Wrapping Up

Today’s guest post is by Larry Hodgden of Tipton. Larry is a retired Viet Nam era veteran of the USAF. He and his  wife of 40 years, Sharon, have three children and seven grandchildren who keep him very busy. Family, … Continue reading

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Getting our money’s worth?

Today’s guest post is by Larry Hodgden of Tipton. Larry is a retired Viet Nam era veteran of the USAF. He and his  wife of 40 years, Sharon, have three children and seven grandchildren who keep him very busy. Family, … Continue reading

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