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Mary McLeod Bethune’s School Choice

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was an educator who pioneered private schools for African American girls in Daytona, Florida. Numerous schools are named for her, and she was truly a great lady in American history.Wikipediahas a good summary on the life of the woman muckraking journalist Ida Tarbell put number ten [...]

By |2020-05-19T13:37:12-04:00February 15th, 2017|Press|Comments Off on Mary McLeod Bethune’s School Choice

Editorial: A Gamble Helped Black Students Thrive

ByWILLIAM MATTOX Tallahassee, Fla. Something curious happened at a Black History Month program held at Florida A&M University last week. An actress portraying African-American educatorMary McLeod Bethune(1875-1955) praised someone with a demographic profile eerily similar toBetsy DeVos,who earlier that day was confirmed by the Senate as education secretary. As the [...]

By |2020-05-19T13:37:43-04:00February 14th, 2017|Press|Comments Off on Editorial: A Gamble Helped Black Students Thrive

What today’s campus ‘snowflakes’ could learn this Black History Month

I have a suggestion for college students tired of being ridiculed as emotionally-fragile snowflakes constantly in need of safe spaces - and for their elders who often think they're more thick-skinned than they really are. Why don't they - why don't we - all commemorate Black History Month by considering [...]

By |2020-05-19T13:41:06-04:00February 5th, 2017|Press|Comments Off on What today’s campus ‘snowflakes’ could learn this Black History Month

Manipulation of Education Data Sacrifices Best Interests of Students

By William Mattox Last fall, during a routine check of education testing data, an enterprising reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat, Amanda Claire Curcio, noticed something curious about the Florida Department of Education’s annual “report card” for Godby High, a Leon County public school that draws many of its students [...]

By |2020-05-22T13:12:31-04:00October 11th, 2016|Journal, Publications|Comments Off on Manipulation of Education Data Sacrifices Best Interests of Students

William Mattox: Let’s Honor Mary McLeod Bethune with a K-12 Scholarship Program

This opinion editorial was originally published in Florida Politics on May 3, 2016. Now that the federal government has decided to putHarriet Tubmanon the $20 bill, the state of Florida needs to find a good way to honor one of our own:Mary McLeod Bethune, the legendary educator who founded a [...]

By |2020-07-29T14:00:39-04:00July 11th, 2016|Press|Comments Off on William Mattox: Let’s Honor Mary McLeod Bethune with a K-12 Scholarship Program

Double Standards Abound in Public Education

This opinion editorial orginally ran in Context Floridaon April 12, 2016. Last fall, for the first time in 25 years, my wife and I didn’t buy any school supplies, monitor any homework assignments, or attend any “Back-to-School Nights.” With our youngest child now away at college, we are, at [...]

By |2020-05-20T10:28:11-04:00April 13th, 2016|Press|Comments Off on Double Standards Abound in Public Education

A Better Way to Honor Bethune’s Legacy

This opinion editorial orginally ran in The Daytona Beach News-Journalon April 10, 2016. The most symbolically significant legislation adopted by the Florida Legislature in 2016 is now spurring a great deal of interest in honoring the right person — in the wrong way. The legislation calls for replacing the statue [...]

By |2020-07-29T14:08:09-04:00April 11th, 2016|Press|Comments Off on A Better Way to Honor Bethune’s Legacy

William Mattox: Bang-for-Buck Study Should Inform Florida’s Per-Pupil Spending Debate

Context Florida WILLIAM MATTOX: BANG-FOR-BUCK STUDY SHOULD INFORM FLORIDA’S PER-PUPIL SPENDING DEBATE By: William Mattox 2/26/2016 A team of scholars from Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Munich recently made a startling discovery: Florida delivers better bang-for-buck in K-12 education than any other state in the nation. And it isn’t [...]

By |2020-05-20T10:38:36-04:00February 26th, 2016|Press|Comments Off on William Mattox: Bang-for-Buck Study Should Inform Florida’s Per-Pupil Spending Debate

Debate Over Mandatory Recess Exposes Folly of Education “Uniformity”

Florida Politics Debate Over Mandatory Recess Exposes Folly of Education Uniformity By: William Mattox 2/10/2016 What would you think if your neighbors decided one Christmas that instead of getting their daughter a much-wanted hula hoop and their son a long-prized model airplane (that loops the loop), fairness demands that they [...]

By |2020-05-20T10:53:55-04:00February 10th, 2016|Press|Comments Off on Debate Over Mandatory Recess Exposes Folly of Education “Uniformity”

Debate about Mandatory Recess exposes folly of “Uniformity” in education

Context Florida Debate about Mandatory Recess exposes folly of Uniformity in education By: William Mattox 2/9/2016 What would you think if your neighbors decided one Christmas that instead of getting their daughter a much-wanted hula hoop and their son a long-prized model airplane (that loops the loop), fairness demands that [...]

By |2020-05-20T10:54:24-04:00February 9th, 2016|Press|Comments Off on Debate about Mandatory Recess exposes folly of “Uniformity” in education
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