Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

Chicago Teachers Union prefers money over students reading books from the library

December 22, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Lennie Jarratt  

"Budget cuts continue to affect students, parents, and school staff in Chicago Public Schools. This time the librarian at Pritzker Elementary in Wicker Park was handed the pink slip. To keep the library open for more than 700 students, parents of Pritzker schoolchildren volunteered to operate the checkout process. However, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) objected to the parent volunteers, thus, keeping the library closed. The message this sends is simple: only those paying union dues can work in the school library. This is not the first time CTU has chosen what is best for the union over what is best for the students." (12/21/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/12/chicago-teachers-union-prefers-money-over-students-reading-books-from-the-library/  

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Why our coercive system of schooling should topple

December 21, 2016
posted by

Everything Voluntary Everything Voluntary
by Peter Gray  

"Decades ago, schools were tolerable primarily because they didn't take too much of young people's time. Children and teens had much time after school, on weekends, and all summer long for self-directed pursuits. But over the years, the school system has intruded increasingly, and ever more disruptively, into children's and families' lives. The length of the school year has increased (it now averages 5 weeks longer than in the 1950s). The number of years of required attendance has increased. The amount of homework has increased immensely, especially in elementary schools. Recesses have been reduced, or even been eliminated. ... Children now often spend more time at school and at homework than their parents spend at their full-time jobs, and the work of schooling is often more burdensome and stress-inducing than that of a typical adult job. A century ago we came to the conclusion that full-time child labor was child abuse, so we outlawed it; but now school is the equivalent of full-time child labor." (12/20/16)

http://everything-voluntary.com/coercive-system-schooling-topple  

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Riverview Gardens students lose the right to transfer

December 13, 2016
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Emily Runge  

"After nearly a decade of failing to achieve state accreditation, Riverview Gardens School District achieved provisionally accredited status, which will take effect in January 2017, leaving the Normandy Schools Collaborative as the only unaccredited district in the state. This may be good news for the school district, but it could be bad news for students who have transferred out of the district over the past several years. ... Missouri's accreditation system and transfer law create a trap for students in districts just barely performing above the threshold -- the schools perform too well for the students to be allowed to leave, but not well enough to prepare the students for work or college. Missouri families deserve to make their own educational choices and shouldn't be bound by fluctuating quality measures of the districts where they live." [editor's note: This piece mentions the awful Normandy school district, where I used to live -- even more so than most, it was a combination daycare center and juvenile prison with education as at best a tertiary concern. Aside from a general aversion to government schools, the complete suckiness of that district pushed us to becoming homeschoolers when we lived there - TLK] (12/12/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/accountability/riverview-gardens-students-lose-right-transfer  

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Try parental choice to reverse poor global rankings

December 13, 2016
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"For all the promises made by elected officials over the past several decades, not to mention all their costly federal programs, plans, and spending, American students still perform toward the bottom of the pack internationally. In 2015 compared to 35 developed countries, the U.S. ranked 19th in science, 20th in reading, and 31st in math. To be sure, there is no silver bullet when it comes to improving academic achievement for all American students. But one thing is clear: DC does not know best when it comes to educating other people's children." (12/12/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/12/12/try-parental-choice-to-reverse-poor-global-rankings/  

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We should pay teachers more

December 8, 2016
posted by

Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"I've heard the argument many times: teachers should be paid more. According to the slightly out of date figures on the NEA website, the average starting pay for teachers in the 2012-13 school year was $36,141. At least part of the argument is that we could have a better educational system if we paid teachers more. Why would we get better educational outcomes if we paid teachers more? The most obvious answer is: we could hire better teachers. The teachers we have now are the best we can get at the salaries we now pay. If we're happy with the quality of the teachers we now have, we don't have to pay more." (12/07/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/12/07/we-should-pay-teachers-more/  

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The evils of public schools — revisited

December 8, 2016
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The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"I have not spoken poorly and with contempt for the government-run, tax-funded 'public schools' for a while (except for those 'affirming' the hurt of their little snowflakes over the recent election), so it is time to take a whack at these institutions of tyranny again. And the Blaze provides the perfect opportunity. An 11-year-old girl, after sharing some fruit with a friend, has been suspended for violating the idiot school's policy of 'zero tolerance' for weapons. Not only that, but the schools turned the case over to the local police department (in some enclave from reality in Florida) who have in turn turned it over to the State's Attorney to prosecute her for this hideous act of terrorism. Her crime? She used the butter knife (as admitted by the school in writing) from her cherished set of tableware (a knife, fork, and spoon with thick toddler handles and decorated with cartoon animal prints) to cut a peach in half so that she could share the peach with her friend." (12/07/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10200  

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US students lag peers in East Asia in math, science

November 29, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"American students have strides to make when it comes to math and science, where they lag behind a solid block of East Asian countries, according to results released Tuesday from an international exam. ... Singapore topped the rankings, taking first place in both grades for math and science on the tests, known as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS. The tests are administered every four years to a random sampling of students in dozens of countries. Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan also dominated the lists for each grade in both subjects. The United States placed 10th in fourth-grade science as well as in eighth-grade math. In eighth-grade science, the U.S. tied with Ireland in 10th place. It ranked 14th for fourth-grade math, just behind Portugal and Kazakhstan." (11/29/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/us-students-lag-peers-in-east-asia-russia-in-math-science/2016/11/29/f0d41628-b612-11e6-939c-91749443c5e5_story.html  

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It’s a great time to be a homeschooler

November 29, 2016
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Kerry McDonald  

"A lot has changed for homeschooling and education choice since the late-90s. Homeschooling has become much more mainstream. There are numerous resources for homeschooling families, including community-based, self-directed learning centers scattered across the country. Education choice is in high demand and family empowerment grows. With President-elect Trump's appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, the umbrella of education choice promises to widen for more families. As The New York Times reports: 'Ms. DeVos will probably be a boon to the relatively small, growing population of families that home-school their children.'" (11/29/16)

https://fee.org/articles/its-a-great-time-to-be-a-homeschooler/  

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Education system broken: Let’s try “Ed-Exit”

November 22, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Politicians will not voluntarily relinquish control over education to parents. Therefore, parents and other concerned citizens should take a page from the UK and work to 'Ed-Exit' government-controlled education. Parents and other concerned citizens should pressure Congress to finally shut down the Department of Education and return the money to American families. They also must pressure state governments and local school boards to reject federal mandates, even if it means forgoing federal funding." (11/21/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/education-system-broken-lets-try-ed-exit  

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Will Trump close Department of Education?

November 21, 2016
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"Parental choice was Trump's most substantive education proposal in his presidential campaign. Advocacy of this cause from the White House could boost the morale of parents and others working hard at state and local levels for education savings accounts, vouchers, tax-credit scholarships, and/or public charter schools. However, Trump's idea of converting $20 billion of existing federal aid into federal stipends or vouchers to help needy children choose better schools could have the perverse effect over time of increasing federal interference and restricting choice. The problem is federal controls inevitably follow federal money, and as a result, participating private schools could lose their independence. A wiser approach would be to institute a plan for closing down the U.S. Department of Education altogether and letting parents and localities use the mega-billions in savings to make their own choices." (11/20/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/11/will-trump-close-department-of-education/  

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How utopians are destroying America’s children

November 9, 2016
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner  

"Given that mandatory government schools were spreading nationwide, Socialist John Dewey managed to seize control of the schools with his plot to deliberately begin to dumb down children. He realized that control was the way to achieve a 'new social order.' Having visited the Soviet Union he applauded the schools for producing collectivists and cited Looking Backward as a model appropriate for the U.S. John Dewey understood, like all utopians, that education is the key to crushing liberty, Biblical values, etc. Dewey's dumbing down of children as an educator, began in the primary school. Using the entire country as his experiment, Dewey's reintroduced Mann's whole word method of reading which had already been deemed a failure in Boston in 1844." (11/09/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/11/how-utopians-are-destroying-americas-children/  

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How to make higher education affordable

November 7, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jason Morgan  

"Assuming state legislatures find the political will to defund courses on pornography, and the Congress ends the student-loan crony capitalism bonanza, what would a world of privatized universities look like? It could look very good, it turns out. ... Without the artificial demand generated through taxpayer-funded subsidies, universities will be forced to lower their tuition prices to meet what students and their families are able and willing to pay. This new reality will force higher education institutions to adapt to the needs of students." (11/07/16)

https://mises.org/blog/how-make-higher-education-affordable  

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Free college is a REALLY stupid idea

October 27, 2016
posted by

Aria DiMezzo The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo  

"No, it's not really stupid because it's socialist in nature. It is socialist in nature, and that is, itself, pretty stupid. However, even if we accepted the idea of socialism, the notion of free higher education is nothing short of stupid. It is also backward and is a great example of how the state and its many institutions and institutionalized practices keep society from properly evolving. If the state hadn't morphed into a nanny government, the solution I'm about to propose would already have manifested, because it's both obvious and logical; it's literally the next step in social evolution, but instead everyone is looking to the government to solve a problem that the government honestly can’t solve." (10/27/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/10/27/free-college-is-a-really-stupid-idea/  

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School choice with public funds is government choice

October 25, 2016
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Corey DeAngelis  

"Allocating public funds to private schools increases competitive pressures in the short-run and leads to specialization, but this comes at a price we all must pay in the long-run. Whenever a private institution accepts public funding, that private entity gives up some of its autonomy. The main cost associated with accepting public funds is that the government is able to stipulate how the school operates, similar to the current phenomenon in the public school sector. When the government is able to control how institutions operate, private schools become more like public schools, and the degree of specialization and educational choice exercised by families is reduced." (10/24/16)

https://fee.org/articles/school-choice-with-public-funds-is-government-choice/  

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The school choice generation wants a full educational menu

October 21, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"Atlanta's public school superintendent, Meria Carstarphen, recently made headlines when she quipped school choice is as American as McDonald'’s Happy Meals. 'People like choice,' she told reporters after delivering her October 7 state-of-the-school-district address. 'They want to pick their president. They want to pick their Happy Meal.' Carstarphen was touting her plan for having two local nonprofits manage charter schools to help inner-city families find alternatives to low-performing public schools. Her analogy, while clever, might suggest families would be happy if they had a choice of schools operating like fast-food chains. (It is also questionable how many Americans are thrilled with having Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as their major-party presidential choices.) In reality, most parents want diverse and meaty options for their children’s education." (10/20/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/10/the-school-choice-generation-wants-a-full-educational-menu/  

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Education Savings Accounts for Texas

October 20, 2016
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki E Alger  

"Integral to Texas's strong economic performance and business success is its cultivation of a welcoming environment for entrepreneurs and businesses of all shapes and sizes. More than one out of 10 of the country's largest public and private businesses call Texas home. Texas also adds new businesses at a rate that is more than double the national average. But the dominance of Texas in the competitive economic sector stands in stark contrast to its distinctively un-competitive K–12 education sector, which is essentially dominated by one type of provider: public district schools. In contrast, Florida, which also enjoys a vibrant business climate, has a far more inviting educational climate, one that encourages new providers through a variety of educational choice programs beyond the public system, including education savings accounts (ESAs)." (10/19/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8904  

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WA: 2,000 Seattle teachers wear “Black Lives Matter” shirts to class

October 19, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"About 2,000 Seattle educators wore Black Lives Matter shirts at their schools Wednesday to call for racial equity in education. Schools across the district held 'Black Lives Matter at School' rallies before classes began for the day. Students, parents and teachers also wore stickers and buttons emblazoned with the 'Black Lives Matter' slogan. At Chief Sealth International High School, about 60 educators had ordered the shirts. Some of them gathered outside the building and held up banners and signs." (10/19/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/2000-seattle-teachers-wear-black-lives-matter-shirts-to-class/  

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PA: Faculty at 14 state universities hit picket line

October 19, 2016
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    

"Faculty at the 14 state-owned universities went on strike today and began taking up picket lines on campuses statewide and at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg after bargaining to prevent the first classroom walkout in the system's 34 years collapsed. The strike against the State System of Higher Education by the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties affects 105,000 students and more than 5,000 faculty. Both sides had negotiated for five days but the talks broke apart over issues including health care costs shortly before 9 p.m." (10/19/16)

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2016/10/19/Faculty-at-14-Pa-state-owned-colleges-are-on-strike-pennsylvania/stories/201610190147  

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Compulsory education is jail for innocent kids

October 5, 2016
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Enrico Sanna  

"Sitting or standing or marching like ants when they are told, and eating when and what they are told, unthinkingly obeying the orders is what compulsory 'education' is all about. That's what all public school systems were created for in the first place, and that's also the reason attending classes was made compulsory. Compulsory, 'free' education is a tool of the state, perhaps its most important. It's through education that the state first asserts its control and authority on a person's life. Real communities can only be created through freedom of association. Thus compulsory education is a hindrance to true, meaningful communities." (10/04/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46484  

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No candidate for homeschoolers

October 3, 2016
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Matthew Hennessey  

"Neither major presidential candidate has made homeschooling an issue during the campaign. Most of my fellow homeschoolers interpret this as a good sign. We know from bitter experience that it's best to be ignored. Without a candidate to back, however, homeschoolers are feeling anxious about the future. What will become of us?" (10/03/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/no-candidate-for-homeschoolers/  

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Growth of school choice perturbs government lords

October 3, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"Federal laws and regulations oblige public school districts to provide so-called 'equitable services' under IDEA and Title I to eligible students who attend private schools. Reading tutors and speech therapists are the sort of providers dispatched to the private schools. Districts are authorized to find the private school children in need and decide who needs which services the most. Until recently, affected special-needs students have been those whom public schools have farmed out willingly to designated private schools. Now that parents themselves are opting out of the public system and choosing their own private schools or service providers, some bureaucrats say they are confused -- or perhaps they just have their noses out of joint." (10/02/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/10/growth-of-school-choice-perturbs-government-lords/  

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The student loan scam killed ITT Tech

September 27, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Nathan Keeble  

"ITT Technical Institute announced that it was shutting the doors of its campuses earlier this month, after the Department of Education barred the company from accepting federal student aid funds. Thousands of employees have lost their jobs and tens of thousands of students are left saddled with monstrous debt, no degree, and credits that are scarcely accepted elsewhere. This is clearly nothing short of a disaster for those involved, but could this be a glimpse into a grim future for the education sector?" (09/26/16)

https://mises.org/blog/student-loan-scam-killed-itt-tech  

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Presidential candidates debate on college campuses, but can the students?

September 25, 2016
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Adam Steinbaugh  

"On Monday, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will participate in the first of three scheduled presidential debates, facing off at three college campuses: Hofstra University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The vice presidential contenders, Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence, will have one debate, hosted by Virginia's Longwood University. But what about the students at these host campuses -- can they engage in the same rough-and-tumble, freewheeling debate that drives American politics (for better or for worse)? Sure they can -- but only if they'll agree to their university's diktat that they do so in free speech zones, risk being summoned to meet with a 'bias response team' if they offend another's partisan political sensitivities, or get an administrator's permission to pass out political flyers." (09/24/16)

https://www.thefire.org/presidential-candidates-debate-on-college-campuses-but-can-the-students/  

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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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