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How the Ed-Reformers Blew It: Four Massive Screw-Ups

After arguing for decades that “schools should be run like businesses” Indiana’s education reformers simply swapped out one bureaucracy for a vastly more complex substitute.  They failed.  They blew it. Now, they’re getting you mad at me, so that you won’t turn your pitchforks on them. It was the grand …

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A Farewell to Ken Owen

Ken Owen finishes his last semester at the school that groomed him.  A victim of the modern higher-ed disaster unfolding before us, I would feel better if I could find someone to blame.  The trouble is, I can’t. Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the …

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The New (Climate Change) Normal

Climate change is not only affecting temperature, but weather patterns, commercial farming, and is threatening to release diseases we thought long gone. I had the chance to go to Lincoln, Nebraska recently to attend a wedding. I’ve never had much cause to go to Nebraska, save for the fact we …

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I Am Lordstown

By betraying the loyalty of the workers in Lordstown, GM has betrayed my loyalty to them as a customer.  After three consecutive Cruzes in my garage, now I have to find a new car… and a new brand. I have never been to Lordstown, Ohio, but Lordstown, Ohio has been …

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All that “F#€king” Gray Area

A commentary on the “F-Bomb,” with diagrammed sentences. Editorial Disclaimer Number One: This piece uses the dreaded “F-word” a LOT.  And sure, several of us have used it for stylistic effect to appease the sophisticated sensibilities of our readers, but we’ve never used it quite to this degree in both …

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Why Switchyard Is Now My Favorite Brewery

By standing up for teachers, a small brewery told Indiana’s General Assembly to “stick it.” A 6-Minute Read Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of National Road Magazine, the NRM staff, …

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Baseball Days

In the spring of 1991, I covered the Indiana State University baseball team.  In the process I watched them record one of their greatest wins–an obscure afternoon game in Bloomington which few people remember.   A couple weeks ago, while sitting at my desk, I gazed out my window and watched …

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The Real Hero of Indiana State is Not Larry Bird

Like a lot of Sycamores, I’m proud of what happened in 1979.  But none of those guys are my Alma mater’s heroes. Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily …

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The Specific Problem with Standardized Tests

Grading a school or a teacher based on a “blind test” is the same as evaluating a football coach who cannot scout his opponents. When the Hoosier state finally (finally) released this year’s ISTEP results, Indiana House Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) wasted no time in politicizing it: “Less than half …

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A Former Earlham Quaker on the End of Football

A former Earlham College football player laments the school’s recent decision suspend the program. Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of National Road Magazine, the NRM …

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