Editorial

Why Johnny won’t read

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

  There was an interesting study recently completed of New York City schoolchildren, reported on in Monday’s New York Times. Two groups were formed, one was taught the way most children in the city have been for quite some time, using the predominant reading strategy known as “balanced literacy.” This is actually the “whole language” [...]

A Green Light for Israel

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

GUEST EDITORIAL (Editorial of The New York Sun – nysun.com • March 6, 2012)   Prime Minister Netanyahu’s summit meeting with President Obama turned out to have quite a satisfactory outcome, as far as we’re concerned, in that, at least from what one can deduce from the public record, Israel has gained a green light [...]

Demeaning the teachers

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

  To much fanfare, and an equal amount of hand-wringing, the city has released the results of a pilot teacher evaluation system which reveals, by name, what is purported to be the relative performance of teachers using a value-added assessment. As supporters of the release of the data rejoice, we predict that this may well [...]

Gerrymandering? Be careful what you wish for

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

  Fifty years ago, The Bronx was home to four Congressional districts, neatly carved into identifiable quadrants: one district covered the northwest Bronx, another the southwest, one in the northeast and one in the southeastern portion of the borough. These districts averaged about 375,000 people, about half the number that you would find in a [...]

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