More Voices Join the Chorus Against Social Emotional Learning

As alarm about the problems, dangers, and poor research related to social emotional learning (SEL) spreads, prominent new voices are entering the fray to speak against it. Bob Kellogg at One News Now recently discussed SEL’s harm to parental autonomy and the academic dilution it causes, while Max Eden, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, wrote in National Review about the problematic SEL curriculum adopted by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio for that city’s schools. The One News Now article referenced the op-ed that Jane Robbins and I wrote for The Federalist, based on our white paper for the

Poll Shows Steep Drop in Americans Valuing Patriotism, Religion, Having Children

A new poll released last week by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal contains surprising information that could have a profound cultural impact in the years to come. It is interesting to note that the article releasing the results of the poll buries the lede. The NBC News’ headline reads, “‘A deep and boiling anger’: NBC/WSJ poll finds a pessimistic America despite current economic satisfaction.” Carrie Dann writes, “The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that — despite Americans’ overall satisfaction with the state of the U.S. economy and their own personal finances — a majority say they

Prominent Rocker Calls for Christians to Embrace “Truth over Feeling”

The evangelical world has been jolted over the last month by a handful of prominent Christian leaders who have renounced the faith and condemned what they previously stood for. Now a well-known rocker is calling for Christians to resist relativism and embrace “truth over feeling.” It started with Joshua Harris, a former megachurch pastor best known for authoring the 1997 bestseller I Kissed Dating Goodbye. The book had encouraged teenagers and young adults to forgo casual dating in favor of courtship, a “more intentional approach to dating focused on marriage and commitment,” as Joy Pullmann of The Federalist describes it. Last year, Harris

Maryland Lawmakers Prioritize Leftism over Education

The founding father, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Chase once said that “religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government.” It is almost certain that if the famous Marylander were to come back today, he would recoil in horror at the heavy-handed, anti-religious actions of his state’s General Assembly and Department of Education. Those who pay attention to the news cycle should be aware of how disappointingly common infringements upon religious liberty are these days. One such predicament is the one which Maryland’s

Are Americans Rejecting the Left’s Push for Social Emotional Learning?

As this nation continues to contend with major social and political discord and violence, perhaps the education world is turning to the roots of faith present before and since America’s founding. For the first time, the 51st annual Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) poll on public education issues included questions on teaching Bible classes in public schools. Given that PDK is a secular organization, the results were surprising: Specifically, among all adults, 58% say schools should offer Bible studies as an elective, and 6% say Bible studies should be required, totaling 64% who favor Bible classes in one of these formats.

Ted Cruz Smiles Down Tiny Mob of Leftist Hecklers at Airport (VIDEO)

A tiny mob of leftists surrounded Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this week, but Cruz was unmoved. A 45-second clip circulating on Twitter shows some hecklers shouting various clichés and slogans as “We will not be silenced!” and “Free the children!” — an apparent reference to the crisis at the southern border. The hecklers appear to number only about a half dozen, with a larger crowd of bystanders filming the incident. Cruz, dressed in casual clothes, is unintimidated, smiling silently at the commotion. In fact, a young woman approaches to ask for his picture and

Democratic Debate, Round 2: Key Things to Watch

As the Democratic candidates prepare for the second round of presidential debates Tuesday and Wednesday night, here are four key candidates whose economic agendas I’ll be watching for: Joe Biden Biden will likely come out swinging after his last debate performance was broadly criticized for appearing overly tired. On economic issues, I am most looking forward to seeing if he puts forward a more centrist vision than he has thus far in the campaign. While Biden has held back support for Medicare-for-All by continuing to champion Obamacare, he has held the socialist line on tax policy, stating the “first thing”

San Francisco Bans Employee Paid Travel to Pro-Life States

Expanding a 2016 ban on city-funded employee travel to certain locations, San Francisco will now also prohibit employees from taking paid travel to states that are pro-life. San Francisco Supervisor Vallie Brown introduced the proposal on Tuesday at a meeting for the city’s board. The proposal would expand the current ban on paid travel to states that have “anti-LGBT” laws by including highly pro-life states as well. Brown argued that this proposal, “will expand the existing ordinance to states that have waged war on our constitutionally protected right to an abortion.” All eleven members of the board were “yes” votes,