Nathan on Education
People like Betsy Picciano, Paul Weinzierl, Bill Wilson, John Schultz and Vern Capelle are among Minnesota’s education heroes. They’re examples of leaders who have used Minnesota’s pioneering laws to help thousands of Minnesota high school students earn free college credit, up to and including...Read More
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Familiar, sad and urgent. Those three words describe my reaction as a former high school history teacher to recent events around the “Black Lives Matter” campaign. From the Mall of America, to threats by the Bloomington city attorney, to deaths of African Americans and New York City police, ther...Read More
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Families, high school students and educators would be wise to spend five to 10 minutes reading Bill Blazar’s recent comments about jobs in Minnesota. Blazar is interim president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. In December, he described the large and growing number of technical jobs available...Read More
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Seven Minnesota education stories strike me as especially encouraging in looking back on 2014. This isn’t to suggest everything is perfect. But we should give students, families, school faculty, Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislators credit for some important steps. First, in a terrific Senate hea...Read More
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Too many Minnesotans are spending thousands of dollars to earn a degree in fields where there are not many well-paying jobs. And we need to do a far better job of helping more students graduate with some form of higher education certificate or degree. These were two of the strongest messages of a De...Read More
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Jeanne Krile, Angie Johnson and Lisa Gale are three wise women who are helping students and their families. Gale is a mother who asked important questions about Minnesota’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO). Johnson and Krile are Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) employees who responde...Read More
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Regardless of whether you think justice has been done in the lack of an indictment of police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the case provides an important “teachable moment” for our students. Polls find Americans are deeply divided about the outcome of the ...Read More
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One of my saddest and happiest days in school was the first day I wore my glasses, in the third grade. I already disliked my ears, which stuck out, and now I was the only kid with glasses. I felt super ugly and hated the idea of going to school. Fortunately, a teacher intervened. She [...]...Read More
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