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Op-Ed: School shootings are no reason to attack home schooling

School shootings are tragedies and should be mourned, not politicized. Unfortunately, leaders in the two old parties seem unable to comprehend this basic truth. 

A bipartisan committee, appointed by leaders in both old parties, has decided that the Sandy Hook shooting is an opportunity to attack home schoolers and the rights of families. 

Raising and educating your own children is a right, not a privilege; yet the commission suggests requiring the state's approval to educate your own children, and that this approval be revoked at the state's discretion. Home schooling is not the cause of school shootings, and your children are not the property of the state.  This is only understood by the Libertarian Party, not the intellectually bankrupt older parties. If this suggestion becomes law, any state legislator who votes in favor should expect to face a Libertarian challenger and to answer for their actions in the court of public opinion. Joshua A. Katz is the chair of the Libertarian Party of Connecticut, a member of the party's national board, and an elected Planning Commissioner in Westbrook. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: In again! Out again! A need for more equitable schools

McTighe and Wiggins, proponents of ‘backwards curriculum-design’ popular among teaching communities, refer to the importance of asking essential questions. The best ones, they argue, are perennial and enduring. They weather turbulent roads – Gordian knots – and are open-ended, thought provoking, and intellectually engaging. Since beginning a teaching career in 1995, I’ve found myself revisiting three questions: “Why poverty? Why educational inequities? Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: March Sunday because healthy communities need climate action

As nurses, we care for our communities. We are there for the boy with the broken arm, the lady from the bank with heart problems, or the retiree with the flu. We are there when our friends and neighbors are hurting, and we do our best to get them better. We are there to help after disaster strikes, but we also work to protect our communities from harm. As nurses know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Continue Reading →

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