Larry Sand

Larry Sand is president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network.
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Sand: New Federal Transgender Policies are Misguided and Harmful to Children (Commentary)

The Biden Administration in March celebrated the “International Transgender Day of Visibility” by extolling the virtues of the kindly sounding “gender-affirming care.” But this innocuous-sounding term can be extraordinarily hazardous to the...

The Enduring Teacher Shortage Myth

The teacher shortage is a myth; there are plenty of them, and they aren't quitting the profession at greater rates than other occupations. “Many teachers have left the profession and gone into other work...

Social Emotional Learning Curricula Has Been Politicized (Commentary)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) was always a bad idea, and now that it is politicized, it’s a nightmare. As a longtime teacher, I have seen firsthand that education is a fad-filled field. Culturally...

California Teachers Unions Keep Fighting Accountability (Commentary)

California teachers unions have fought to keep it all but impossible to remove incompetent or criminal teachers. Back in 1975, I lost my 6th-grade teaching position in New York City. As a newbie,...

Sand: Don’t Buy Into SEL (Social Emotional Learning)

As a longtime teacher, I have seen firsthand that education is a fad-filled field. Culturally responsive education, inventive spelling, new math, experiential learning, balanced literacy, etc. are educational styles that have come...

Sand: Joe Biden, Teacher Union Toady

As a presidential candidate in 2019, Joe Biden agreed with National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García’s claim that charter schools—independently operated public schools of choice that don’t have to follow the...

Larry Sand: TK Is Not OK

According to just-released data from the California Department of Education, the state has lost 110,000 students this school year, and has fewer than 6 million students for the first time this century. Additionally,...

Florida Aims to End Sexualization of Children

The stories are jaw-dropping, infuriating, and plentiful. The school district in St. Paul, Minnesota is partnering with an organization that offers LGBTQ-affirming curricula for students as young as 3 years old. In Idaho, an 11-year-old...

School Transparency Wars

Bologna. The FDA insists that every last ingredient of the heavily processed food is listed on the package label. No one has an issue with that because it’s important to know what we put into our...

Standardized Tests Show Decline in Academic Achievement Before Pandemic Lockdowns

On the most recent  (NAEP), or “nation’s report card,” test scores in both reading and math declined for 13-year-old students, the first drop registered in 50 years. The test showed the decline was...

Larry Sand

Larry Sand is president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network.

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