OPINION | … and the Bunkum Award goes to a Minneapolis think tank


The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado recently conferred one of its Bunkum Awards to Minneapolis-based conservative think tank, The Center of the American Experiment.   The big brains on 6th Street, kitty corner from Block E, published a study on Minnesota’s learning gap authored by former Strib columnist Katherine Kersten.  

After viewing the Democratic Visions video, Dr. Susan Eaton, Research Director at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School, sent me an email advising,
“The Bunkum Award video is pretty hilarious. And at the same time, it is also a serious problem that “junk science” like this finds its way to publication. I hope this will be spread widely through Minnesota.” 

The dubious honor to the Center of the American Experiment is only one of four to be conferred for the most brazen,  misleading, psuedo-scholarly studies on education to be published in 2012. 

AM 950 Radio’s Nancy Nelson introduces the presentation of the award handled nicely (in a great looking, show bizzy tux)  by NEPC Director Kevin Welner.
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