Lew Andrews

The Immorality of Public School Monopolies in Today’s Political Environment

The argument for school choice—letting parents decide how to spend the public money allocated for their child’s education—has until now rested on two well-documented findings. First, that creating a K-12 education marketplace tends to improve the academic performance of all schools within its region, public and private. And second, that this increase in quality typically comes in …

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When Public Funding for Religious Schools Is a Government Windfall

A recently released school reform study in New Jersey promises timely fiscal as well as educational benefits, and not just for the Garden State. Some quick background helps us appreciate the study’s nationwide implications. In 2011, Arizona became the first state to adopt what is called an education savings account, or ESA, policy. ESA plans …

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Religion’s Critical Contribution to the Pod and Micro-school Revolution

One of the most striking cultural developments to come out of the COVID pandemic is the greater willingness of families to experiment with alternative schooling. Wishing to provide their children with a more stable learning environment than the erratic re-openings of conventional public and private schools, many parents have joined with neighbors to create collaborative …

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The Culture War Over Our Fiscal Crisis

     There seems to be no shortage of explanations these days for America’s unrelenting political polarization: addiction to outrage, populist suspicion of the elites, a psychological preference for revenge over compromise, racial and gender differences, even an epidemic of loneliness that has presumably led to the collapse of online decorum.  But while some of these …

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Secular Progressives: the Real Social Darwinists

Ever since New York Governor Mario Cuomo accused Ronald Reagan of practicing “social Darwinism” in a speech at the 1984 Democrat Party convention, progressive politicians have attempted to cast conservative economic policies as sanctioning predatory business practices. But if we were going to judge policies more by their results than by stated intentions, the label …

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Anti-Socialist Primer from Russia’s Bravest Thinkers

     The novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn, physicist Andrei Sakharov, mathematician Igor Shafarevich, historian Vadim Borisov, and art publisher Evgeny Barabanov – these and other Russian thinkers once admired for their daring criticism of the old Soviet Union are now mostly forgotten.  But were they writing in our own time, what would they make of American conservativism’s …

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The Biggest Threat to Secular Progressivism

     Perhaps the biggest threat to secular progressivism’s claim to scientific validation is the growing awareness of just how little of that validation can be replicated experimentally. In 2005 Dr. John Ioannidis, co-director of Stanford University’s Meta-Research Innovation Center, wrote a now-famous paper showing that much of what has passed for “settled” research in the …

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3 Spiritual Thoughts for a Contentious Election and Continuing Pandemic

“God draweth straight lines but we call them crooked.” — Horace Mann, pioneering educator and president of Antioch College (1853–1859) “One does not live for emergencies, but the emergency discloses what manner of life we have lived.” — Caroline Hazard, president of Wellesley College (1899–1910) Let things flow or ebb, the chain will hold to …

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