Entries by Kerry McDonald

Why So Many Families Are Uprooting and Fleeing to Freer States

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

Emily Burns had every intention of staying in Massachusetts. A longtime Boston resident, she, her husband, and three children left the city to settle in the upscale suburb of Newton in January 2020. What followed were two years of ongoing disruption and frustration. Prolonged school closures and continued coronavirus policies such as mask mandates angered […]

Youth Depression, Suicide Increasing During Pandemic Response

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

As data on the unintended consequences of pandemic policy becomes gloomier, policy makers are beginning to acknowledge tradeoffs. Government policies meant to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in unintended consequences that threaten lives—including, tragically, the lives of young people who are generally spared from the worst effects of COVID-19. School closures, stay-at-home orders, and shutdowns of […]

New Harvard Study: Homeschoolers Turn Out Happy, Well-Adjusted, and Engaged

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

Homeschooled children fared better than children who attended public schools in many categories. Researchers at Harvard University just released findings from their new study showing positive outcomes for homeschooled students. Writing in The Wall Street Journal  last week, Brendan Case and Ying Chen of the Harvard Human Flourishing Program concluded that public school students “were […]

Harvard Study Shows the Dangers of Early School Enrollment

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

Are ADHD rates rising because we send children to school at younger ages?   Every parent knows the difference a year makes in the development and maturity of a young child. A one-year-old is barely walking while a two-year-old gleefully sprints away from you. A four-year-old is always moving, always imagining, always asking why, while a […]

Biden’s Universal Preschool Plan

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

There are four primary reasons that free, universal preschool should be vigorously opposed. Last week, President Biden unveiled his “American Families Plan” that would dramatically expand the federal government’s role in education and family life. In addition to paid leave, subsidized child care, and two years of “free” community college for all Americans, the $1.8 […]

These Parents and Teachers Have Had Enough of Woke Classrooms and Critical Race Theory

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

Parents are starting to push back. Here’s what we can do to empower them. More parents are waking up to the “woke” ideology that is seeping into their children’s classrooms and curriculum. Increasingly, they are speaking up and opting out. Last week, Andrew Gutmann, a father of a student at the elite, $54,000-a-year Brearley School […]

How Three Women Sought to Sway Americans Away From Socialism

Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes

The “Libertarians of ‘43” were outspoken advocates of American individualism and human ingenuity. In 1943, as collectivist policies were ascendant, an extraordinary thing happened. Three women published three books that year that would jolt Americans from their socialist stupor and remind them of the fundamental American values of individual liberty, limited government, free-market capitalism, and […]