Commentary and Opinion

Commentary and opinion

Of clustering, cloistering and class during the pandemic

Little Miss Ruffit Cried, “Mom, lets slough it Who needs that school anyway?” Said Mom, “Dear, we do. Must work to feed you You’ll learn your stuff there today.” I see no handy solution to the “either stuck-at-home or stuck-at-work” dilemma of the Ruffit family. And I have sympathy, not[Read More…]

Pandemic offers opportunity to extend learning time

Editor’s note: This commentary from Nick Sheltrown, chief learning officer of National Heritage Academies, a network of more than 80 charter schools serving more than 59,000 students in nine states, first appeared on Education Next. The disruptive influence of pandemic-related school closures on student learning may serve as a catalyst[Read More…]

South Carolina gives parents confidence about school this fall

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in months of uncertainty for families with children in K-12 schools, but South Carolina officials on Monday made one thing clear: The state’s families will have more options this academic year. Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, announced creation of a private school scholarship program for[Read More…]

You better start swimmin’ for the times they are a-changin’

Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you Is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they[Read More…]

School re-openings: Parents, students don’t need national consensus, they need this strategy

Editor’s note: redefinED guest blogger Jonathan Butcher wrote this commentary for Fox News Network and offered it to redefinED for republication. Parents looking for a national consensus on whether schools should open in the fall won’t find one. But that’s okay. We don’t need one. As soon as President Trump[Read More…]

Setting this newspaper straight about school choice

Editor’s note: On July 5, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune published an op-ed that named Step Up For Students, the nonprofit that hosts this blog, and made numerous errors about the scholarship programs Step Up administers. On July 6, Step Up’s director of policy and public affairs submitted a short rebuttal. By[Read More…]

Scenes from the K-12 era pandemic, Cactus Patch edition

The opening scene of Saving Private Ryan follows our protagonists as they invade the beaches of Normandy. Pinned under inadequate cover and facing heavy German machine gun fire, Captain Miller, played by Tom Hanks, bellows an order for his men to move out. Observing with incredulity the heavy machine gun[Read More…]