Commentary: Can Americans ‘Handle the Truth’ About Individual Achievement Differences?

by George Leef   In the 1992 movie A Few Good Men, there is a courtroom scene where the prosecuting attorney (played by Tom Cruise) tells the defendant Marine officer Nathan Jessup (played by Jack Nicholson) that he wants the truth. To that, Jessup shouts back, “You can’t handle the…

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Texas School Cuts Ties with SAT Over Controversial ‘Adversity Scoring’

  Members of the Houston, Texas-based Saint Constantine School announced Thursday they will do away with all SAT prep and AP/PSAT programming. School officials said in an emailed statement the SAT’s new adversity score prompted them to act. As The Tennessee Star reported, the people responsible for the SAT exams…

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SAT ‘Adversity Scores’ Part of ‘a Left-Wing Strategy,’ Tennessee Expert Says

  The people responsible for the SAT exams now assign an adversity score to every student to consider their social and economic background. Critics, including a Tennessee education expert, say the adversity scores are ridiculous. According to The Wall Street Journal, colleges will take the numbers into account while reviewing…

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EXCLUSIVE:  Rep. Sheila Butt:  Bill Focuses On The Success of Our Students

Rep. Sheila Butt (R-Columbia) told The Tennessee Star in an exclusive interview on Capitol Hill that HB 617, a bill she has sponsored in the current session of the Tennessee General Assembly, will improve options for high school testing in math and English language arts. “HB 617 is a bill which…

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