The Answer Sheet: speech


Posted at 02:38 AM ET, 09/29/2013

Is professor's #NRA tweet a firing offense or protected speech?

University of Kansas academic was put on leave. Here's why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:38 AM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free Speech, School Reacts

Posted at 04:05 AM ET, 05/21/2013

'I once thought Maryland was below me'

It's not all about STEM. A student gives a telling speech at the commencement ceremonies for the University of Maryland's English Department.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:05 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commencement Speech, Student Gives Commencement Speech

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Obama's three education references in inaugural speech

Here are the three references to education that President Obama made in his inaugural speech today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:51 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Inaugural Speech, Schools and Teachers

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 10/24/2012

What if Texas cheerleaders wave banners with Koran verses?

A Texas judge rules that cheerleaders at a public high school can display at football games banners with Bible verses. What if the banners were emblazoned with quotes from a Wiccan text?

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:42 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Constitution, Freedom of Speech, Texas Cheerleaders

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/02/2011

Should Obama be commencement contest prize?

Again President Obama is offering himself as a commencement speaker to the high school that wins a new contest. So what's the problem?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Race to the Top, Race to the Top | Tags:  commencement contest, commencement speaker, commencement speech, obama commencement, obama commencement speaker, president obama and commencement, race to the top contest, stephen colbert

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/01/2011

'It makes no sense:' A dissection of Obama's education view

Here is a dissection of what President Obama said about education in his State of the Union speech, plus more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  china and india and education, china education, chinese schools, education, education policy, education reform, indian schools, international competitiveness, obama speech, president obama, president obama school reform, public schools, race to the top, school reform, schools, state of the union, u.s. education

Posted at 10:15 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Obama’s faulty education logic: What he said and failed to say

Someone should have told President Obama that there were important contradictions in the education portion of his State of the Union address before he delivered it to Congress.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:15 PM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Poverty, Poverty, Poverty | Tags:  education reform, no child left behind, obama, obama education initiative, obama education reform, obama race to the top, obama speech, obama state of the union, president obama, public school reform, public schools, race to the top, state of the union, state of the union speech

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/29/2010

University of Virginia reforms speech code

The University of Virginia has eliminated four controversial policies that restricted the free speech of students and faculty, becoming one of a minority of schools across the country to do so.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education, Higher Education | Tags:  FIRE, free speech, free speech on campus, speech codes, university of virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Obama picked wrong school to give speech

The Philadelphia school chosen for President Obama’s second annual “back to school” speech to students around the country is consistently ranked as a great public college-preparatory institution. That’s why he should have picked a different school to visit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  central falls high school, elliott school, obama and back to school, obama and back to school speech, obama and masterman school, obama and school reform, obama and speech, obama and speech and students, obama speech, president obama and back to school, president obama and school reform, restructured schools, t.c. williams, t.c. williams high school, urgent need of reform list

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/30/2010

Obama, education, Snooki, civil rights and Bryan Bass

It's hard to make sense out of what happened in the world of education this week. But let's try.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Race to the Top, Race to the Top | Tags:  al sharpton, arne duncan and urban league, civil rights leaders and obama, obama and snooki, obama and urban league, obama mentions snooki, obama's education speech, obama's speech to urban league, snooki, snooki and jersey shore, urban league convention

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/27/2010

Duncan and education’s “quiet revolution”

Some things speak for themselves. That includes this blogpost on the Education Department’s website about a major speech Secretary Arne Duncan is giving today. The post talks about a “quiet revolution” in education now sweeping the country, one in which...

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  duncan anounces race to the top finalists, duncan speech, quiet revolution and education, race to the top finalists, rttt finalists

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 07/12/2010

Bill Gates' troubling involvement in school reform

Bill Gates is surely smart and rich, but his involvement in public education is highly troubling for a number of reasons. Here's why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 07/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers | Tags:  bill gates, bill gates and teachers, bill gates at aft convention, gates foundation and education, gates foundation and race to the top, gates speech to teachers, teachers

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 06/01/2010

Clemson student charged for rude e-mail

Here’s another in a long list of overreactions by school officials to young people saying things in a way others would rather they didn’t. At Clemson University, an undergraduate was charged with "disorderly conduct," "harassment" and other school rule violations for sending a rude e-mail to an administrator.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 06/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  1st amendment rights, Clemson University, FIRE, disorderly conduct charges, first amendment rights, free speech at school, free speech on campus, student charged for nasty email, student charged for rude email, student charged with disorderly conduct, the right to free speech

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 05/27/2010

Sharp critique of for-profit ed companies

A highly successful and well-known Wall Street trader who has become famous for foreseeing the country's financial crash gives a speech blasting the for-profit education industry.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:06 PM ET, 05/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  for-profit education, for-profit higher education, steven eisman and for-profit education, steven eisman speech, the big short

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 05/26/2010

Ann Curry gives wrong commencement speech

NBC reporter Ann Curry delivered a commencement address at Wheaton College in Massachusetts over the weekend, but thought she was talking to the student body at the Illinois institution of the same name.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:24 PM ET, 05/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Life | Tags:  ann curry, ann curry and speech, ann curry gives wrong speech, commencement speech, wheaton college, wheaton college and commencement and speech, wheaton college commencement, wrong commencement speech, wrong speech

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2010

The funniest commencement speeches

Most graduation speeches are boring; who really remembers theirs? But some classes get lucky, and are graced with a speaker who says something memorable because it is profound rather than sappy, or because it is really funny, or because it is profound and funny at the same time. I like the funny ones, so here are excerpts of some of the funny ones.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  commencement speeches, degeneres speech, ellen degeneres and tulane, funny commencement speeches, funny graduation speeches, graduation ceremonies, graduation speeches, hilarious commencement speeches, jon stewart and commencement address, jon stewart and william and mary, lady gaga and commencement address, lady gaga and new york university, obama and commencement, obama and graduation, obama at hampton, will ferrell and harvard

Posted at 09:04 PM ET, 05/04/2010

Michigan high school wins Obama; five others get consolation prize

Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan is the big winner in a contest that offered as its prize a commencement speech by President Obama, and five other finalists won't walk away empty-handed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:04 PM ET, 05/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School, High School | Tags:  Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo school wins contest, President Obama, Race to the Top, commencement speech and Obama, high school

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 09/11/2009

P.S.: Who Watched Obama's Back-to-School Speech

My colleague Nick Anderson on the national schools beat offers a postscript to the flap over President Obama's back-to-school speech: There was much buzz beforehand about whether it was appropriate to show students the speech that Obama gave Tuesday at...

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:55 AM ET, 09/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Civics Education, Civics Education, Civics Education | Tags:  Arlington Public Schools, Calvert County Schools, D.C. schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, Howard County schools, Montgomery County Schools, P.G. Schools, President Obama, back-to-school, education speech

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 09/09/2009

WHY IT MATTERS: Porn Movie Tests University Leaders

The Answer Sheet bets that setting policy about pornographic movies is not the first thing you would think higher education administrators would be wrestling with at the start of a new year. But at the University of Maryland at College...

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:35 AM ET, 09/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education, Higher Education | Tags:  Maryland legislature, college park, free speech, higher education, pornography, university of maryland

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/04/2009

Kids Should Listen to the U.S. President

Children should listen to the U.S. president. Period. Notice I didn’t say “agree with” or “blindly follow.” But the furor over a speech that President Obama plans to give Tuesday, live online at noon urging kids to take their education...

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Civics Education | Tags:  civics education, obama, speech