Columns (J. Nathan)

Hope, freedom and a sense of humor / Joe Nathan’s Column

Originally published at: Today I’m writing from Europe. This column was started in Prague, Czech Republic, and finished in Linz, Austria. So far, my trip has produced wonderful memories and a few reminders. I hope some of them will be useful for schools and families. Prague was an unexpected delight. Some of my family came from what used to be(…)

Promises kept that will help families and students / Joe Nathan’s Column

Originally published at:   Sometimes people do keep their promises. Fortunately, Larry Pogemiller, Sandy Connolly and their colleagues at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education have kept promises they made a year ago. They agreed to review and update a key, free publication that they distribute throughout Minnesota. This document helps families and students understand,(…)

New policy threatens 30 years of great work in Minnesota / Joe Nathan’s Column

Originally published at:   College in the Schools, aka Concurrent Enrollment, one of the Minnesota’s most family friendly, successful education programs developed over the past 30 years, is threatened by a questionable new policy from the ironically named Higher Learning Commission. The commission is a self-perpetuating, nonpublicly elected group, based in Chicago, that accredits colleges(…)

National poll supports public school choice and reduced reliance on testing / Joe Nathan’s Column

Originally published at:     The 47th annual national Gallup-Phi Delta Kappa poll demonstrates how public and public school parents have fascinating, often complicated, views about public education. Among other things, the poll reports widespread concerns about an overemphasis on tests, mixed views on “opting out” of testing and strong support for public school choice.(…)

MDE urges districts, charters to follow law on PSEO / Joe Nathan’s Column

Originally published at:     The Minnesota Department of Education recently has taken a strong stand for students and families. MDE’s actions followed and were a response to the release of a new report detailing the lack of “up-to-date” information about Postsecondary Enrollment Options on many district websites, as required by state law. PSEO, a(…)