Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

University of Chicago: “We do not support so-called trigger warnings”

August 25, 2016
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Time Time    

"In their acceptance letter, the incoming class at the University of Chicago were given a strong mandate by the institution they have elected to join: 'Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn, without fear of censorship. Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.' One way to ensure this, writes Dean of Students Jay Ellison in the letter obtained by Intellectual Takeout, is to eliminate 'trigger warnings' and 'safe spaces,' two topics of frequent discussion in recent years." (08/25/16)

http://time.com/4466021/uchicago-trigger-warnings/  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 08/23/16

August 24, 2016
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"On this edition of the Heartland Institute's education podcast, your host, education research fellow and managing editor of School Reform News, Teresa Mull, spoke to Heartland's own Lennie Jarratt, project manager for education transformation. Gymnast Simone Biles rose to prominence in the recent Olympic Games, winning gold medals and the hearts of Americans who cheered her on. Part of what made Biles so successful in her sport is the fact she was homeschooled. Jarratt, who homeschooled his two children, speaks about why the growing homeschooling movement is so valuable to not only people like Biles, but to any student who needs to tailor his learning to specific needs." [various formats] (08/23/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/08/heartland-daily-podcast-lennie-jarratt-homeschooler-gymnast-simone-biles/  

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No, charter schools don’t push out kids who are too hard to teach

August 23, 2016
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Michael Q McShane  

"Last week, I offered a 'Mythbusters'-style blog on the (mistaken) belief that charter schools suspend students at higher rates than traditional public schools do. I wanted to follow up on that post with a quick addendum on a related issue that charter critics often raise in discussions about the discipline practices of charter schools. They often claim that the draconian discipline systems within charter schools are used to push out students who are lower performing or are too disruptive to handle. Like the myth of charter school suspensions, this one isn't true either." (08/22/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/no-charter-schools-don%E2%80%99t-push-out-kids-who-are-too-hard-teach  

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Teacher licensure screens will not improve public education

August 18, 2016
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.  

"The problem with bad public policy is that it often sounds like good public policy. These ideas have enough of a rational basis for us to buy into them. Upon closer inspection, however, we realize that they aren't what we had hoped for. This lesson hit home with me as I was reading about the new certification requirements for public school teachers." (08/18/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-control/teacher-licensure-screens-will-not-improve-public-education  

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Higher education and accrediting online courses

July 27, 2016
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Christian Yiu  

"Traditional higher education is not meeting the needs of employers. For example, a survey by the data provider PayScale and the executive development firm Future Workplace found that 87 percent of graduates feel they are ready for the workforce, but only 50 percent of mangers feel recent graduates are prepared for a full-time job. In addition, the cost of higher education is ballooning. ... Fortunately, technology is allowing a growing number of students to attend online, and competition has the potential to lower costs and provide increased flexibility -- even at traditional institutions." [summary -- full paper available as PDF download] (07/26/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26577  

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University fees should rise — but let’s have a market, not government, determine them

July 21, 2016
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by TIm Worstall  

"University is not a public good. It is both rivalrous and excludable. It is not even true that having a lot of graduates around is a public good -- Adam Smith pointed out that primary education probably does provide that public good of a generally literate and numerate population but this does not apply to tertiary education. We should thus free the market for university fees and then we can really find out who does benefit, who wishes to partake and who wishes to supply." (07/21/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/university-fees-should-rise-but-lets-have-a-market-not-government-determine-them  

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A common definition of public education

July 20, 2016
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.  

"Before we can begin to discuss the purpose of public education, we have to know what public education is. Our words have to have the same meaning. My suspicion is that the gentleman who emailed me would define public education as synonymous with public school districts. As I wrote in my piece 'Redefining Public Education' a few years ago, that is not the case. School districts are not public education; they are a delivery method. Public education is simply an idea, that everyone has a right to an education financed at public expense. How we deliver that education can vary." (07/20/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/common-definition-public-education  

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Outsourcing public education

July 17, 2016
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.  

"Time and again we see benefits from outsourcing public services to private companies. Yet, many fail to see how private school choice programs, such as vouchers or tax credit scholarships, could yield the same benefits. Indeed, the same principles apply to both situations." (07/15/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-control/outsourcing-public-education  

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Grateful remembrances of my government high schooling

July 13, 2016
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Robert Higgs Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs  

"I do not speak Spanish fluently. Indeed, I am often at a loss for the right words, not to mention a proper conjugation of the verbs, and I frequently fail to understand what people say to me. Yet all in all, I am astonished that, living in a part of Mexico where few people speak English, I get by as well as I do. And whenever I spend a day in Chetumal, as I did yesterday, dealing successfully with one sort of business or another, I never fail to remember with gratitude my high-school Spanish teacher, Mrs. Tocher, who taught me at least 90 percent of the Spanish I know today. She will always hold a cherished place in my affections." (07/12/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/12/grateful-remembrances-of-my-government-high-schooling/  

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Even when school choice works, critics call it a failure

July 12, 2016
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Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Thomas Paine recommended vouchers to help parents afford private schools for their children more than 200 years ago. While most college students today use vouchers to attend public or private colleges and universities, the concept remains needlessly controversial when it comes to parents using them for their school-age children. For example, in a recent Washington Post article Emma Brown recently claimed school choice hasn't worked based on evidence from New York City, where students are no longer assigned to public high schools based on their zip codes." (07/11/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/11/even-when-school-choice-works-critics-call-it-a-failure/  

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School may be out, but the criticism of Common Core isn’t taking a vacation

July 7, 2016
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Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"As the school year was winding down, results from the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation's Report Card, showed flat reading performance, and a decline in math performance among high school seniors compared to their pre-Common Core predecessors. So much for college-readiness." (07/07/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/07/school-may-be-out-but-the-criticism-of-common-core-isnt-taking-a-vacation/  

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Why education matters

July 6, 2016
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Rik W Hafer  

"Does more education help predict higher future income? In a study to be published by the Show-Me Institute, my co-author, Gail Heyne Hafer, and I compare educational attainment by adults 25 years ago to median family incomes in 2015 across all Missouri counties. What we find is that, yes, past education is a good predictor of future income." (07/05/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/employment-jobs/why-education-matters  

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Education reform: One size does not fit all

June 28, 2016
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"Lately, education scholars at Washington, D.C.-based, nominally conservative think tanks have spun themselves into a tizzy about the education reform movement's splintering into quarreling factions. Who knew such a monolithic movement existed? Even among strong advocates of parental choice, lively arguments have raged for decades over vouchers versus tax-credit scholarships, with each side arguing its proposal is the most powerful and/or practical way to empower families. Debate is healthy in a democracy, is it not?" (06/27/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/06/education-reform-one-size-does-not-fit-all/  

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Throwing money at a problem? OCR shouldn’t get a budget increase for breaking the law

June 23, 2016
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Alex Morey  

"Last week, The Huffington Post's Tyler Kingkade took a look at why the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) fails to regularly report schools being investigated for mishandling sexual harassment cases under Title IX. Kingkade reported that only those cases which deal with sexual assault, a more severe Title IX violation, make the case list OCR gives to the media. He also noted the extreme backlog of Title IX investigations and its impact on students. Certainly, Kingkade's concern over whether sexual misconduct on America's campuses is being adequately addressed is not misplaced. However, he seems to agree with several of his sources who think the solution is increasing OCR's funding for more people and for additional, faster investigations. That assertion extends from the flawed premise that what OCR is doing when it comes to investigating Title IX violations is an appropriate way of addressing sexual assault on campus." (06/22/16)

https://www.thefire.org/throwing-money-at-a-problem-ocr-shouldnt-get-a-budget-increase-for-breaking-the-law/  

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Higher education’s academic monoculture

June 16, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Loyd S Pettigrew and Carol A Vance  

"We teach in a millennium where our junior, senior, and graduate students come to us indoctrinated to loathe the evil of capitalism, pursuing their education to work for either the government or not-for-profits. They want to save the world without recognizing the correlation between where the funding for the government and not-for-profits is derived and those evil capitalist corporations they abhor. Higher education is offering very little ideology to enlighten these attitudes." (06/16/16)

https://mises.org/blog/higher-education%E2%80%99s-academic-monoculture  

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Expanding the school monopoly one toddler at a time

May 22, 2016
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Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"A few years back House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was insisting that we have a childcare 'crisis,' which, of course, only government can fix. President Obama has repeatedly insisted universal preschool critical [sic] for long-term economic prosperity. And, Hillary Clinton has vowed to advance Obama's 'Preschool for All' by doubling Head Start Funding, which is currently $8.6 billion. The ineffectiveness of government-run preschool is well documented. Moreover, the programs hailed by preschool proponents have serious flaws. ... A closer look at Mayor de Blasio's 'Pre-K for All' plan, however, reveals the true agenda behind the push for universal preschool." (05/20/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/05/20/expanding-the-schooling-monopoly-one-toddler-at-a-time/  

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Parental choice: A better way to fulfill the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education

May 18, 2016
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Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"This month marks the 62nd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Oliver Brown et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, which struck down the notion of 'separate but equal' public schooling for black students. In spite of the civil rights advances we've realized over the past several decades, equal educational opportunities remain out of reach for far too many American school children." (05/18/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/05/18/parental-choice-a-better-way-to-fulfill-the-legacy-of-brown-v-board-of-education/  

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End welfare for colleges and universities

May 5, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Last week the New York Times carried an article detailing how small colleges across the country are experiencing severe financial crises. Some are actually struggling to survive. The number of high school graduates is decreasing, and families are questioning whether expensive private schools, which oftentimes leave students in debt, are worth it. Many families are considering state-supported public universities to cut down on costs, which obviously impacts the smaller schools, which partly depend on tuition revenue. All this raises an important question: Why should the state provide welfare to any college or university? And yes, 'state support' for such schools is definitely welfare, no different from food stamps, Social Security, Medicare, farm subsidies, or any other welfare program.'" (05/05/16)

http://fff.org/2016/05/05/end-welfare-colleges-universities/  

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How Internet filtering hurts kids

April 27, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic    

"Zealously blocking their access to certain websites can end up undermining learning." (04/26/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/04/internet-filtering-hurts-kids/479907/  

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Get ready to ditch the SAT and ACT

April 26, 2016
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"Decades from now, education historians may observe Common Core (CC) provoked a wave of activism that resulted in decentralizing U.S. education. That was not what the power elites intended when they concocted standards and assessments intended to apply to all students, teachers, and schools. Their objective was centralization. But their arrogance has activated a hornets' nest of angry parents intent on reclaiming control over their children's schooling. The revolt is going beyond the widespread opt-outs from federally mandated Common Core-linked testing. Behind the scenes, hard work is proceeding on long-dreamed-of alternatives to the College Board's century-old dominance of college-entrance testing." (04/25/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/04/get-ready-to-ditch-the-sat-and-act/  

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Death to “safe spaces”

April 21, 2016
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Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco  

"Free speech is dead on many campuses, as is the ability to reflect upon and grapple with difficult subjects. This became clear last year at Yale, when someone dared to question the university-wide email calling on students to be cautious in choosing their Halloween costume (because God forbid anyone should be offended). Students were outraged, calling for the offending faculty member to be fired, even surrounding him outside a building to yell at him. Students at Emory University are apparently unable to cope with a chalk image of presidential candidate Donald Trump. What have we come to that young adults attending some of the most elite educational institutions have the emotional capacity of toddlers and intellectual skin as thin as puff pastry?" (04/21/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/04/21/death-to-safe-spaces/  

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Educational socialism versus the free market

April 20, 2016
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Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  

"Academia has long been thought of as the 'marketplace of ideas,' the arena where truth may be pursued through dispassionate discourse and openness to competing views. Yet higher education in America has moved a great distance from this ideal and its practice and into arenas of collectivist indoctrination. Too many of our colleges and universities have become cloistered 'hothouses' of bias and intolerance –– schools of closed-mindedness." (04/19/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/educational-socialism-versus-free-market/  

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Disappointing student speech ruling from Ninth Circuit threatens student journalism

April 19, 2016
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Will Creeley  

"On April 7, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed down its opinion in O'Brien v. Welty, ruling against California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) student Neil O'Brien's First Amendment challenge to the university's harassment policy. The decision is a disappointing setback for student speech rights, and may have particularly negative ramifications for student journalists asking hard questions." (04/18/16)

https://www.thefire.org/disappointing-student-speech-ruling-from-ninth-circuit-threatens-student-journalism/  

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“The Chalkening” spreads, tests universities’ commitment to free speech

April 14, 2016
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Chris Marchese  

"It started with Emory University, but quickly spread to other schools across the country. 'The Chalkening,' as some are calling it, is a combination of loosely-coordinated and spontaneous acts of students expressing support for presidential candidate Donald Trump -- often in chalk on campus sidewalks. These chalkings wouldn't be newsworthy if it weren't for the responses these chalkings have received, with some likening such expressions to mass murder, and schools responding with promises of cracking down on speech." (04/13/16)

https://www.thefire.org/the-chalkening-spreads-tests-universities-commitment-to-free-speech/  

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Restricting speech: An unjust privilege

April 13, 2016
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Chris Marchese  

"Free speech is the great equalizer in our society. It doesn't matter about your race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, class -- you get the point -- the First Amendment protects your right to speak freely. Despite this, some student activists -- perceiving unequal social conditions, including at institutions of higher education -- are fighting for social change at the expense of free speech. The sad irony, however, is that free speech only becomes privileged when it's restricted, which is why free speech must remain a right equally applicable to all." (04/12/16)

https://www.thefire.org/restricting-speech-an-unjust-privilege/  

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