New Report: Republicans Can’t Win Without the Family

Veritable droves of right-of-center commentators and would-be eminences are more than happy to sound off ad-nauseam about tax cuts and job creation. Those priorities are spoken about as if they are the only political issues that conservatives can win on. In 2018, before November’s midterm elections, a group of Republican insiders and strategists happily gloated that another round of tax cuts would leave Democrats completely stumped, flailing in confusion at their loss. On the other hand, after those commentators were proven wrong, with Democrats winning those elections by a concerning margin, they stuck to the “tax-talk” strategy, dolefully weeping that

New Preschool Changes Are Hurting Children and Crippling Achievement

A recent article by Erika Christakis in The Atlantic titled “The New Preschool Is Crushing Kids” again highlights the problems with making kindergarten and preschool overly academic and how the huge expansion in preschool is actually harming academic achievement and doing little if anything to close the achievement gap. The accountability movement of strict standards and testing moving down to the earlier grades that includes Common Core has exacerbated these problems. The author, who is a preschool teacher, notes the seismic shift in preschool and kindergarten goals: Until recently, school-readiness skills weren’t high on anyone’s agenda, nor was the idea