Nathan on Education
New ideas, attitudes and opportunities are coming for Minnesota students. That was a central theme at the Feb. 6 “Pathways to Postsecondary” conference, cosponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. If things work out as state official...Read More
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It was quite a bipartisan celebration. From Brainerd, Crystal, Golden Valley, Forest Lake, Princeton and the Twin Cities, students and adults danced, sang and spoke at a meeting in St. Paul, Jan. 28, about the value of Minnesota’s various forms of public school choice. The ceremony was part of Nat...Read More
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The friendship of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and evangelist Billy Graham was just one of many unexpected things I learned about at a recent terrific Minnesota History Day celebration at a St. Paul high school. For people interested in youngsters, schools and learning with four or five hours to share...Read More
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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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