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[17 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Susan Ryan The 97th General Assembly has already rolled out over 200 bills since last Wednesday. Many will die in the Rules Committee. Some will not and we’ll wearily watch and advocate to keep our freedoms and a little…

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[10 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

Joel Klein, former chancellor of New York City’s public schools, makes a common sense suggestion that would reduce the public’s burden of financing overly generous pension benefits while giving teachers what they say they want: Equity (better) pay when they…

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[6 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

Mark Twain’s classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a scathing attack on racism and other mores during the years preceding the Civil War. But a publisher’s decision to scrub the words "nigger" and "injun" from the book makes it…

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[29 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

Within minutes of Illinois Review posting comments earlier this week on Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel’s faux education reform plan, we received a note from another candidate touting his own education plan. The campaign of Gery Chico, former Chicago Public…

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[27 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

When Rev. James Meeks departed from the list of 2011 Chicago mayoral candidates, Rahm Emanuel left behind a key competitor on education reform. The only notable one left is former Chicago School Board member Gery Chico, who remains in the…

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[5 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Up on the screen….look…not a bird…not a plane…it’s “Waiting for Superman,” the pro-charter school, anti-teachers-union propaganda film created to clinch a long-running public-relations campaign designed to sell high-stakes standardized testing as the be-all and end-all of American education.

Never mind that high-stakes tests in math and reading offer no fair measure of a genuine education—they merely prove that some kids know how to take tests better than others and an increasing number of teachers focus on teaching to the test at the expense of other important curriculum elements. To say nothing …

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[24 Sep 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Some sanity from Chris Kennedy coming out against an Emeritus status for Bill Ayers
I intend to vote against conferring the honorific title of our university to a man whose body of work includes a book dedicated in part to the man who murdered my father, Robert F. Kennedy.
There is nothing more antithetical to the hopes for a university that is lively and yet civil, or to the hopes of our founding fathers for their great experiment of a self-governing people, than to permanently seal off debate with one’s opponents by …

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[9 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

The bookshelf housing blistering critiques of public education this decade might stretch from Chicago to Detroit, but performance analyses of American college education outside of academe are rare events—apart from those questionable college rankings in popular magazines.

We find the occasional article about the stratospheric ascent of tuitions or complaints by overworked, horribly underpaid teaching assistants and adjunct professors. But until now no one has deconstructed the entire college and university system from the Ivy League to tv-touted trade schools, which Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus have just done in a …

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[2 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

Last night on my talk radio show I decided to take a plebiscite to see how many people are going against the odds and supporting Blago. There are 10 phone lines in the studio and within seconds of my announcing this informal and non-scientific survey, all lines were burning and all the callers were supporting Blago. I couldn’t take all of them but as I read their comments on the screen they took on the same coloration: Nobody proved he stole any money and when compared to those …

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[30 Jul 2010 | 6 Comments | ]

U of I-Champaign adjunct professor Kenneth Howell will return to the university classroom to teach “Catholicism” in next Fall’s semester. Attorneys representing the university contacted the Alliance Defense Fund that he can teach once more in the Fall semester after having been fired for explaining the Church’s position on homosexuality which prompted one anonymous letter-writer (who didn’t take the class) to object on behalf of an anonymous class-member that Howell was homophobic. Howell’s email to the class demonstrated that he was not but merely was describing …