Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

Do you hear that? It’s the drumbeat for school choice getting louder

September 21, 2016
posted by

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

"In January 2011, Mike McShane and I co-wrote our first opinion editorial for a Missouri newspaper. At the time we were in grad school at the University of Arkansas, but still keeping an eye on our home state. We followed up with another piece, 'A to-do list for legislators,' one year later. In both pieces we argued that Missouri lawmakers should expand educational options for students. Since then, we have continued to advocate for these policies. Though we have had some small successes, the policies of today are very similar to the policies of 2011." (09/21/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/do-you-hear-it%E2%80%99s-drumbeat-school-choice-getting-louder  

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Hardly: “Free” college plan comes with $350 billion price tag

September 20, 2016
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki E Alger  

"Hillary Clinton's free college plan is long on promises but short on specifics -- like who'll pay for it. Maybe the Clinton Foundation could foot the bill. After all, it received at least $500,000 from Arizona State University, not to mention tens of millions more from 180 other donors who lobbied the State Department when Clinton was in charge. If there's one thing the Clintons understand, it's how to generate free cash. But not even the Clinton Foundation, with nearly $333 million in reported net assets, could afford Clinton's college give-away, which she projects will cost $350 billion over the next 10 years." (09/19/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8876  

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Education funding, burger flipping, and the law of diminishing returns

September 7, 2016
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Michael Austin  

"Imagine you own a burger joint, but you only have one grill, no one to work it, and a line out the door for your burgers. If you hire one burger flipper, you can make 10 burgers an hour. If you hire two more, you might get up to nearly 30 an hour. Why stop there? Let's keep hiring more workers on that same grill and we'll continue to make more burgers every hour, right? Kind of. At a certain point the grill gets cramped and workers elbow for space. The fourth or fifth flipper might increase burger output, but at a decreasing rate relative to the gain in burger production from the first or second hire. This is what is known in economics as the 'Law of Diminishing Returns.' Unfortunately, when it comes to education, this is a law that many don't believe exists." (09/07/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/accountability/education-funding-burger-flipping-and-law-diminishing-returns  

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Public school indoctrination in China … and here

September 7, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The fundamental goal of public schooling here in the United States is the same as it is in China: To indoctrinate children into becoming good citizens -- that is, citizens who conform and submit to authority, who are unable to engage in critical thinking when it comes to the government, who develop a patriotic devotion to the government, and who develop a mindset of extreme deference to the government when it comes to war and policies toward other nations. By the time people graduate from high school, both here and in China, most of them have absolutely no idea what was done to them. That's the ultimate success story when it comes to indoctrination -- when the person whose mind has been molded to glorify the state doesn't even know that he has been indoctrinated." (09/06/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/09/06/public-school-indoctrination-china-elsewhere/  

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All ITT Technical Institutes closing after government sanctions

September 6, 2016
posted by

KHOU    

"ITT Educational Services says it is ceasing operations of all its ITT Technical Institutes permanently, the Houston location included. The company says the closure is due to an investigation and sanctions by the U.S. Department of Education. ... Last week the Associated Press reported the U.S. Department of Education banned the for-profit college chain from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid." [editor's note: As bad as the state is, it gets its hooks even deeper into you when you accept its money. Personally I think there's a new secret policy of closing down as many "private" alternatives to community college as possible so as to roll out Obama's proposed "free" option as a sort of "universal single payer" higher education scheme - TLK] (09/06/16)

http://www.khou.com/news/education/all-itt-technical-institutes-closing/314430822  

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MI: Detroit schools, union reach pact, but will teachers approve it?

September 5, 2016
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Detroit Free Press    

"Four months ago, the Detroit teachers union sent out an e-mail warning its members dire days were ahead -- including the possibility of payless paydays. Now, the situation appears to have drastically changed -- but some veteran teachers aren't ready to celebrate yet. ... on Labor Day -- just hours before school was scheduled to start Tuesday morning — the union made one more announcement: A tentative contract agreement has been struck. It was quickly confirmed by the district's top administrator. ... not all the teachers are jumping up and down about the potential agreement. Several teachers contacted by the Free Press on Monday night said they want to see raises, not just one-time bonuses and reductions in class size, among others." (09/05/16)

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/09/05/detroit-teachers-reach-contract-agreement-school-district/89891296/  

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Back to school: What you should know about political speech on campus

August 31, 2016
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon  

"Every election season, FIRE hears from students who are told they can't engage in partisan political speech or activity on campus. The examples are many and varied. Some students aren't allowed to start a club to support a candidate. An already-existing club like the College Democrats is told it can't reserve space on campus to hold a 'Support Hillary' event. A student is told she can't hang political flyers on her dorm room door. The list goes on. As part of our Back to School series, today we want to highlight a resource to help you push back against suppression of political speech." (08/30/16)

https://www.thefire.org/back-to-school-what-you-should-know-about-political-speech-on-campus/  

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ITT Tech no longer accepting new students following government ruling

August 30, 2016
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WTHR 13 News    

"Carmel-based ITT Education Services is no longer enrolling students at any of its campuses across the country. The move comes only a few days after the federal government declared the for-profit college could no longer enroll new students who receive federal financial aid. That is a massive blow to an institution that depended on financial aid for more than 68% of its revenue last year, according to the US Department of Education." (08/30/16)

http://www.wthr.com/article/itt-tech-no-longer-accepting-students  

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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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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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