Larry Sand
Larry Sand
Education reformer, writer, speaker, agitator.Source
Los Angeles, CA
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The Unamazing Randi

The Unamazing Randi

James “The Amazing” Randi, who died at age 92 in 2020, began his career in the 1940s as an illusionist and escape artist. But eventually he became a “disillusionist” who traveled the country “exposing seers who did not see, healers who did not heal, and many others. Then there is the head of the American Federation of Teachers, Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten, who is actually the antithesis of the Amazing Randi. In fact, had James Randi lived, he could have devoted the rest of his life to skewering Weingarten, and he would have had little time for anything else. What follows is a brief summary...

Oct 23
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Educational Freedom Is on the Move › American Greatness

Educational Freedom Is on the Move › American Greatness

I  early last month that COVID-related lockdowns were leading many states to implement or advance already existing school choice measures. Just a few weeks later, it is happening at breakneck speed.Legislators and parents have become fed up, and are doing what they can to regain control of the educational lives of children. They have watched as private schools flourish, while many of the government-run variety—typically at the behest of the teachers’ unions—have been shuttered. Also, because of forced online learning, parents have been given a Zoom-view as to just what teachers are—and...

April 7, 2021
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Teachers’ Unions Are Promoting School Choice › American Greatness

Teachers’ Unions Are Promoting School Choice › American Greatness

As I , opposition to teacher union-mandated lockdowns is growing. Parent groups are springing up all over the country, demanding that schools reopen. They see the irreparable harm being done to their kids on a daily basis, and a growing body of data justifies their concerns.A details the tragedy that has befallen children. FAIR Health, a company that “possesses the nation’s largest collection of private healthcare claims data,” reports that young people are suffering profoundly. For example, comparing August 2019 and August 2020, there was a 333.93 percent increase in intentional self-harm...

March 13, 2021
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Elite Private Schools Go Woke › American Greatness

Elite Private Schools Go Woke › American Greatness

Some parents are paying $50,000 a year for their kids to be indoctrinated.Colleges have been fertile fields of woke craziness for years now. Just a few recent examples: Middlebury College Professor Jonathan Miller-Lane claims that “To preserve American democracy, so that bodies designated as ‘White’ might become human.” A Washington and Lee University law professor insists that votes of black Americans should be counted twice as a form of “.” Not to be outdone, students, alumni, and faculty at Assumption University, a Catholic school in Massachusetts, have attacked the school’s promotion of...

February 19, 2021
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Biden favors teachers unions over students’ education

Biden favors teachers unions over students’ education

Joe Biden’s inaugural speech on Jan. 20 stressed “unity” or a variant of the term . This unity evidently doesn’t include the broad swath of Americans, including some traditional Democratic constituencies, who support school choice. The latest poll on the topic, conducted by the Democratic polling firm Beck Research, found that . Moreover, 74 percent of African Americans and 71 percent of Latinos, groups that stand to gain the most from choice, are staunch supporters as well. Less than 36 hours after President Biden took the oath of office, however, First Lady Jill Biden feted union...

February 6, 2021
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