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Raising Children – Part I

Aug 30, 2018 by

Photo by Margaret Weir on Unsplash Sandy Kress – Raising children – isn’t that our most important enterprise in life?...

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Pretending We’re in Fant...

Jun 15, 2018 by

Although Texas made substantial gains educationally in the 1990s and the 2000s, especially on the National Assessment of Educational...

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NAEP scores are inexcusably st...

Apr 10, 2018 by

Alexander B. Kress – Sad, disappointed, but not yet despairing. These are my emotional reactions to the release today of the...

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Straining to Get Rich

Feb 15, 2018 by

Sandy Kress – I’m now teaching a six-part seminar at UT SAGE on wisdom sayings from the Jewish tradition. The focus this week...

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A Religious Perspective on the...

Feb 9, 2018 by

(These are introductory remarks at a program of the Austin Jewish Men’s Group, featuring major technological advances in our city and...

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The Not So Strange Journey Fro...

Feb 4, 2018 by

By Sandy Kress – I knew way back when. When I applied to law school, I knew it was the right pathway for the careers I intended...

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On Being Grateful

Nov 22, 2017 by

“All the days of the afflicted are bad, but he whose heart is cheerful has an ongoing feast.” Proverbs 15:15 “A glad heart does good...

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What the Houston Astros’ Succe...

Nov 7, 2017 by

  Sandy Kress – I was inspired by the Houston Astros’ World Series win and Jared Diamond’s recent account of the team’s success...

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The Steady Stream of Poor Acad...

Jul 10, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – The latest round of reports on student achievement shows a continuing, flat-to-down trajectory that is plaguing...

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Edu-policy in Texas Takes a Tu...

May 29, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – The regular session of the Texas Legislature has now come to an end. As to education policy, there are many...

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To Narrow, Or Not to Narrow &#...

May 3, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – It occurs to me that in the old days critics of student testing were worried that the tests might have the effect...

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Texas, How Low Can You Go?

Apr 26, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – Do you ever hear or read of advances in education policy or practice in Texas any more? It was common in the...

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When “Accountability...

Apr 4, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – As an early participant in the movement to bring greater accountability to education, I have always thought that...

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Forever Lowering the Bar in T...

Mar 20, 2017 by

“94 percent are doing a dang fine job.” Sandy Kress – So says an education bureaucrat about the effectiveness of...

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 Godzilla Meets King Kong in a...

Feb 21, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – I must start with caveats. This is not a policy piece, nor is it a product of research. It’s rather an essay on...

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How the Legislature Might Furt...

Feb 7, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – After 15 years of education progress in Texas, toward the end of the 2000s, I had a remarkable conversation with...

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The Divine Comity

Jan 19, 2017 by

by Sandy Kress – As we approach the inauguration of the new President, I think back to 2001 when President Bush was about to...

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Texas Educrats – Exposed...

Jan 8, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – I want to be clear at the outset about what I mean by the term, “educrat.” I am not talking about the many fine...

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Bipartisan Mangling of Educati...

Dec 20, 2016 by

by Sandy Kress – As readers know well, I have been critical of the Obama Administration on many of its major education...

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The Educrats Are Now in a Deep...

Nov 30, 2016 by

Sandy Kress – Absolute scorched earth – that’s been the basic tactic of the “advocacy” campaign the teachers’ unions, the...

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