Author: Catherine Durkin Robinson

There’s no time like a worldwide pandemic to change your mind

Recent polls suggest some who have opposed education choice in general and homeschooling in particular might be changing their minds. Before allies do a victory lap or sprain our arms patting each other on the back, let’s pause for a moment to examine why minds are changing. It has little[Read More…]

An education choice advocate’s wish in the time of coronavirus

There is an understandable wish that something good come out of a tragedy. It’s normal, right? Uniquely human. To experience a painful, uncertain time filled with suffering – especially for our most vulnerable populations – and to hope for a silver lining. Hope gives us something to look forward to.[Read More…]

Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation

Editor’s note: At the midpoint of National School Choice Week, Step Up For Students’ executive director for advocacy and civic engagement offers her thoughts on a grassroots education choice group launched to exert political influence in the labor union model. You can read about the group’s founding and principles in[Read More…]

Who says parents don’t always choose the best schools?

Recently, Arianna Prothero wrote a column for Education Week titled, “Why Don’t Parents Always Choose the Best Schools?” This is a sensitive topic, and she handled it well, but I wondered out loud as I was reading: “Who says they don’t?” Prothero mentions a very specific point of view from[Read More…]

An education choice advocate reflects on benefits of A+ Plan

Editor’s note: During this holiday season, redefinED is republishing our best articles of 2019 – those features and commentaries that deserve a second look. This article from Step Up For Students’ executive director for advocacy and civic engagement Catherine Durkin Robinson was another in our “Education Revolution” series marking the[Read More…]

Opening up education choice conversation increases chances for success

According to the National Review, progressive education reformers are ruining everything. I had no idea. How many progressive education reformers are we talking about? Is this like when my mother in-law throws two or three chocolate chips into my oatmeal when I’m not trying to have dessert for breakfast? Or[Read More…]

What’s in a name?

Should we refer to our movement as “education choice” or “education freedom”? That’s a big discussion these days. Which would better rally our supporters? Which would encourage opponents to give this movement a second glance? Those are questions I was recently asked, and I fought the urge to say, “Who[Read More…]

Bridging the gap between left and right on education choice

“If you care about children, parents, and communities, you can’t vote for Bernie Sanders. He’s the teachers’ union candidate.” This is the message educational opportunity activist (and CEO of Education Post) Chris Stewart posted on Twitter over the weekend. Too many parrot this type of argument, and it’s hurting our[Read More…]