At Broad Rock Middle School in South Kingstown, school authorities apparently interpret the Will of the Universe in order to “re-teach” behavior that will turn the school into a “nirvana” as defined by local government employees.
State officials supporting a toll on large trucks may have their numbers and their predictions, but Theodore Vecchio says what they don’t have is common sense.
Those who fear the threat of Millennials’ full socialism must embrace a more-full conservatism.
With Ted Cruz in the lead in the GOP primary race, Erica Grieder’s profile suggests he’s pretty much what you’d expect him to be, if you thought about it.
Governor Raimondo’s approach to economic development is to force a lower-skilled, lower-income population to subsidize jobs for higher-skilled, higher-income people from other states.
Public sector pay, tolls, and regulation of political activity all point to a dangerous, unstable future for Rhode Island.
Many of our fears about the future of the economy in light of Baby Boomer retirements and technological advancement could be allayed if we’d just let free market principles work without protectionism.
At least when it comes to economic development, Rhode Island appears to be designing itself as a playground and laboratory for Ivy Leaguers.
The Brookings Institution study recommending steps to reinvigorate Rhode Island’s economy conspicuously leaves out suggestions about how to overcome state government’s addiction to spinning the people.
Legislation targeting every individual who becomes active in local direct democracy for campaign finance reports should disqualify its supporters from public office.
The world of The Walking Dead is one in which it should be easier, not harder, to find meaning in life.
Themes interweave between distrust of government in the Obama Era, Governor Raimondo’s approach to economic development, and Donald Trump’s rise.
More information about Rhode Island’s new chief innovation officer only increases the importance of Rhode Islanders’ keeping an eye on what Governor Raimondo is doing.
Warnings that the fears of conservatives are overwrought look too closely at present stability and not closely enough at the air between the wheels and the track.
Really quick thoughts: Saying no to Donald Trump, and choosing between Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
Some sympathetic skepticism from Dan Yorke suggests that Justin has work to do persuading people to be concerned about developments in government in Rhode Island (and across the United States).
Thinking through the incentives of global trends reveals that protectionism and divisiveness is designed to keep power where it is, rather than disperse it in response to competition.
When it comes to public education, cognitive elites still can’t see that they’re demanding a standardized answer to an open-ended question.
Even before one gets to policy differences, it’s stunning that nobody on the left has questioned whether a divisive standard-bearer like Hillary Clinton would be good for the country.
2016 should be the year that the people of Rhode Island, the U.S., and the West put the onus on the powerful to acknowledge that our pains and fears are legitimate, not figments of our imagination.
Today’s edition of the Providence Journal offers an end-of-the-year snapshot of why the state is struggling and likely to continue doing so.
We seem to equate adversity with misery, these days, but perspective can reverse the correlation.
In their understanding of rights and government, Obama and progressives are the true descendants of imperialists, colonialists, nationalists, and racists.
A practical explanation for our willingness to invest in rescuing each other doesn’t undermine the degree to which it proves our belief in intrinsic value.
In Washington and Rhode Island, journalists have been complaining about an increasing lack of respect among elected officials (mainly Democrats) for their authority, but will it change the fundamentals of their coverage?
The warning signs for civil unrest are all there, plain to see, but America’s ruling class is marching along nonetheless
Rhode Island doesn’t need tolls. What it needs is a greater number of people taking William F. Buckley, Jr.’s advice to yell Stop.
Comparing Donald Trump to Italian Fascist Benito Mussolini should cause a giant light bulb to go off for liberal journalists about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
It isn’t mere coincidence that Rhode Island is simultaneously poorly run and uncharitable.
With the release of Rhode Island’s abysmal results on its first round of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests, the adults who ought to be held accountable for the travesty are out in force to redirect blame.
Joseph Crowley, executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School Principals, insists (in the words of his headline) “Poverty, not schools” are “to blame for low scores” (Commentary, Nov. 27). Meg O’Leary and Sarah Friedman, co-directors of The Learning Community charter school, agree but promise that more money for lower-income districts is a solution (“Change formula to help poor,” Commentary, Nov. 16). Anna Cano Morales, director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and chairwoman of the Central Falls School District’s Board of Trustees, says we’re not doing enough to help Latino and English-learning students (“R.I. must close learning gap,” Commentary, Nov. 29).
On and off the commentary pages, the excuses fly, most of them demanding more money or calling for an end to the last traces of reform. In a bad spot out of the gate, Rhode Island’s new education commissioner, Ken Wagner, responded to unsatisfactory results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests by saying the state must have “the will to persist in what we know works” (“Notes of caution as R.I. scores dip in latest ‘Nation’s Report Card’,” news, Oct. 28).
Fine, but what “works”? When the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity put together an online tool to track NAEP scores across the country, the first observation to jump off the screen was that nine years of accelerating improvement in Rhode Island came to a halt after 2011. Something had stopped working.