Category: Education

It’s the Republican fight over…everything. 

This week’s Courier Herald column: At least we’re fighting.  It’s all we seem to know how to do these days. The fights of each party take on different tones and use different weapons.  Today’s focus is the fighting nature of Georgia “conservatives”.  Air quotes are used because the word seems to have as many meanings

Adults Need To Deal With “High Stakes” Testing

This week’s Courier Herald column: Those in charge of educating our children have been playing the long game with the public’s willingness to drop rules and protocols in an ongoing effort to remove objective results and accountability from the system.  The latest casualty is “high stakes testing”, as the State School Board has capitulated to

Guest Editorial: The Case For Virtual & In-Person Options For Schools

Editor’s Note: The following editorial was written by State Rep. Wes Cantrell (R-Woodstock). “Georgia schools have become a breeding ground for this pandemic.”       This quote was attributed to my legislative colleagues by CBS Channel 46 News. When I contacted these colleagues about this outrageous quote, one of them invited me to join him in a

Sense Of Urgency Needed In Education

This week’s Courier Herald column: To understand the future, we first need to understand the past.  To change the future, we first must change the present. There was a time, not long ago at all, when good policy was good politics. Good policy wasn’t hyper partisan – quite the contrary.  Good policy was post-partisan.  Good

Georgia’s Skills Gap Affects Wages, Economic Growth

This week’s Courier Herald column: There’s a lot of wisdom behind the old saying “he couldn’t see the forest for the trees.”  Sometimes we get so focused on what is right in front of us that we can’t see the bigger picture, no matter how obvious it is. This phrase can also help us understand