Editor's Notebook

Ruing the Interface of Politics and Education

hainesIn one of the few remarks any conservative candidate has devoted to education in the 2016 presidential campaign, Governor Chris Christie said on Jan. 9, “The single most destructive force for public education in this country is the teachers’ union.” One week later, he pocket vetoed a bi-partisan legislative bill that would have mandated twenty minutes of recess. He called it a “stupid law.”


Stepping up in service to public education

haines“Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils, and that the tax which will be paid for this purpose is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priest, & nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance,” said Thomas Jefferson to George Wythe in 1786.