Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

Distorted education attack ads hide the facts

October 29, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Political campaigns across the country are heating up -- thanks in no small part to all the hot air surrounding accusations about alleged 'cuts' to education funding. ... If the rationale behind the political ad campaigns were true, students in top spending states would outperform those in cellar-dweller spending states -- but that's not the case ..." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qfqfnc5  

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School doesn’t have to suck when you teach your own kids

October 22, 2014
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Fortunately, my son is now homeschooled -- or, technically, attends a private online school. He uses online lessons and offline texts and workbooks to learn, coached by his mother and me. The lessons are means to an end; he takes them as needed, and can take as much or little time as necessary, until he demonstrates his mastery of a topic in a unit assessment test. Then he moves on. Find your vocabulary set a breeze? Then skip the review lessons. Stumped by long division? Then spend a few hours working it out." (10/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pmxjt7k  

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We have no idea if universal preschool actually helps kids

October 22, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by David J. Armor  

In political campaigns around the country, at least one proposal enjoys bipartisan support: expanding early childhood education. In gubernatorial races in Florida, Texas, Alabama, Michigan and Georgia, both the Democratic and Republican candidates support expanding government provision of 'high-quality' pre-kindergarten education. And why wouldn’t they? A raft of recent studies claim major benefits for children who start school early. The problem is, most of the studies that show benefits have major research design flaws, one of which is an inability to demonstrate long-term gains. And the few top-quality studies out there reveal few, if any, lasting benefits." (10/21/14)

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Opposing Common Core is not enough

October 1, 2014
posted by

Liberty Chat
by Keith Farrell  

"Common Core has become a hot issue among conservative legislators lately. With midterm elections approaching, the new national education standards have been in the crosshairs of many Republicans seeking office. While these politicians are certainly correct that the Common Core standards are problematic, they miss a much larger point about the American education system’s woes." (10/01/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/10/opposing-common-core-enough/  

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Tech/Knock/Crazy

October 1, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"When Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' spoke out in defense of Common Core, he succumbed to the urge to carry baggage from other disputes. He laid much of the blame for opposition to Common Core on the creation/evolution debate, basically just blurting out that people who objected were objecting to 'science.' Amusingly for someone with “science” in his moniker, Nye missed the fact that science isn’t part of Common Core. Math and English are. There are many ways to learn and teach both. I see no reason to standardize either." (10/01/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/10/01/techknockcrazy/  

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When it comes to student loans, it’s all political

September 25, 2014
posted by

Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"As I’ve reiterated on numerous occasions, federal student aid is almost certainly self-defeating, enabling rampant tuition inflation, massive noncompletion, wasteful campus extravagances, and dangerous credential inflation. The response to this from more progressive types is usually that I’m wrong in my conclusions, or I’m too callous about the plight of lower-income Americans. From the right, the answer is usually that I’m pretty much correct in my assessment, but getting rid of aid is 'politically impossible.' Many on the right then offer, as Kelly and James did, very marginal changes, like expanding Income-Based Repayment, and even possibly plussing-up grants for lower-income students. The important point here is that both rejoinders are ultimately political in nature." (09/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nlbnwcw  

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Public schools and government schools

September 24, 2014
posted by

Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"Among the many insightful observations I heard from Stan [Marshall] was the distinction he made between public schools and government schools. Government schools should not be called public schools, he said, because they are not open to the public. In order to attend one, you must live in a particular district, so government schools exclude most of the public from being able to attend. The schools we refer to as private schools, in contrast, are open to the public, so those schools really are public schools. As Stan saw it, non-government schools are public schools, while government schools are not." (09/23/14)

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Time to jailbreak online education

September 22, 2014
posted by

Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"Online learning, whether for profit or not, is a marginal improvement over traditional universities. But like Uber and Lyft, it’s still stuck between two worlds, modeled on the legacy higher education system rather than emerging as the real networked, open-source thing we need to build." (09/19/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/31865  

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Homeschooling: The kids like it (and Mom and Dad have homework again)

September 18, 2014
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Just weeks after signing on to home-based schooling, and two days into formal lessons, we're running into a fair number of kindred spirits who also opted out of brick and mortar schools. Some are using traditional homeschooling methods from a variety of sources, others (like us) are paying for online private schools, and the majority use virtual charter schools, which are an easy option in Arizona." (09/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/khd69h8  

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Obama’s latest hostile takeover target

September 14, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"The Obama administration’s latest college crusade claims it will help students. In reality, it’s a hostile takeover attempt by government of the private for-profit career college sector that will hurt students, taxpayers, and the economy." (09/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m2grwtq  

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The libertarian case against public schools

September 9, 2014
posted by

Laurence M. Vance LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M. Vance  

"Conservatives and libertarians have a precarious relationship. On the surface, they appear to agree on some issues, but once you dig a little deeper, vast philosophical differences quickly become evident. To get votes and support, Conservatives sometimes spout libertarian rhetoric, claim they are 'libertarian leaning,' and -- their favorite pastime -- criticize liberals. The truth, however, is that conservatives are bitter opponents of libertarianism, lie incessantly, and are no better than liberals on most issues. Yet, the case of public schooling is one where conservatives and libertarians appear to have some common concerns." (09/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kglrmze  

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Public school groups sue to limit public’s educational options

September 7, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Andrew J. Coulson  

"Last week, Florida’s state school establishment sued to kill an education tax credit program that benefits 60,000 low income, mostly black and Hispanic children. The credits cut taxes on businesses that donate to non-profit scholarship organizations .... Studies show performance gains for both the students who switch to private schools and the students who remain in public schools, and taxpayers save tens of millions of dollars every year. The tax credits thus create a win-win-win scenario. But Florida’s teachers union, school administrators association, and school boards association want to kill the program anyway." (09/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nlz267t  

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How much are teachers really paid?

September 4, 2014
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Pamela Villarreal, Nick Novak and Christian D'Andrea  

"Los Angeles and New York City elementary school teachers are some of the highest paid in the country according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data. It is no surprise that the country’s two largest cities would be atop this list, but what may be surprising is the city that beats New York and L.A." [executive summary -- full article available as PDF download] (09/03/14)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/how-much-are-teachers-really-paid  

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Oklahoma: Losing federal waiver, winning back rightful control over education

September 1, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"By this school year all American students were supposed to be proficient in reading and math according to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the latest iteration of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). By 2011 it was clear that no state was even close, so the US Department of Education made states an offer far too many thought they couldn’t refuse ..." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q26moo2  

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LA: Jindal reportedly to sue federal government over Common Core

August 27, 2014
posted by

Fox News    

"Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal reportedly will file a lawsuit against the Obama administration in federal court Wednesday, claiming that the Department of Education has illegally manipulated grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the controversial Common Core standards. A draft copy of the lawsuit was provided to The Associated Press by the governor's office. Jindal planned to file it Wednesday in the federal court based in Baton Rouge." (08/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m3ku2uv  

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For-profit colleges: Felonies or feeding frenzy?

August 26, 2014
posted by

Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"For-profit colleges have been feeling a lot of heat over the last few years, and likely some of it has been fueled by politicians driven as much by politics or ideology as concerns about a uniquely awful higher ed sector. That said, for-profits do have some atrocious outcomes, and no doubt some have very shady practices. So how does the public know if attacks on specific for-profits are about real malfeasance, or about politicians -- including lots of attorneys general -- trying to make names for themselves by aggressively going after easily demonized schools?" (08/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kk99pj4  

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Parental choice, not Common Core, is the key to academic accountability

August 25, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"As long as the federal government and powerful political special interest groups control education, parents and the taxpaying public will remain in the dark about just how well students are actually doing in school. Teachers’ union leaders fight objective measures of student achievement. Washington politicians and unelected bureaucrats devise elaborate, expensive testing regimes that purport to be objective, but in reality they’re based on benchmarks that are so low significant numbers of students are deemed performing when, in fact, they have not mastered basic knowledge and skills." (08/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/msc8ohr  

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NC: Judge rules private school vouchers unconstitutional

August 21, 2014
posted by

Miami Herald    

"A new school voucher program for low-income families was ruled unconstitutional Thursday by a judge who said taxpayer money should not be used for tuition to private or religious schools. The vouchers pay for students to attend privately run K-12 schools that do not have to meet state curriculum requirements, violating the state constitution, Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood said." (08/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m5nhb8k  

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Is education policy economic policy?

August 4, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Lenore Ealy  

"We live with a collective sigh of despair, punctuated by angry controversy over various proposals for reform ranging from school choice to the Common Core standards movement. Yet for all the tax dollars, political capital, and ink spilled on issues of education reform and school improvement, we have failed to ask a fundamental question: Who is education for?" (08/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o2dzejg  

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A word on teachers

August 4, 2014
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Keir Martland  

"Those of a certain age who perhaps attended a grammar school and have done moderately well ought to be forgiven for believing that, while the state system is now grossly inefficient and obviously dumbed-down, the students have never had it so good. ... Quite the contrary. State high schooling is a highly depressing and demotivating experience; nowhere else can you get the atmosphere of a police station, a hospital, and an asylum all in one." (07/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/km3sgd4  

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College: Not the be all, end all we’re led to believe

July 30, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Gannon LeBlanc  

"The average starting salary for the class of 2013 was $45,259 a year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. While such earnings are certainly enough to get by, a graduating member of the class of 2013 also owed an average of US$35,200 in student loans. Meanwhile, salary growth is only at 2.4 percent and barely keeping up with annual inflation of 2.1 percent. With these deflating facts in mind, young people need to start looking at themselves in the mirror and asking if college is what’s truly right for them." (07/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lxqlhg5  

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Is Common Core on the ropes?

July 30, 2014
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Opponents of rigid and controversial Common Core education standards just may be winning the battle. That pending victory is something Reason has pointed out in the past, as we've urged that libertarians should cheer for such an outcome, and work instead for expanded flexibility in education, and more consideration for the diversity of the kids on the receiving end of educrat ambitions. It's impassioned moms who are defeating Common Core, suggests Stephanie Simon at Politico, overwhelming 'sedate videos' and 'talking points.'" (07/29/14)

http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/29/is-common-core-on-the-ropes  

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More states abandoning the sinking Common Core ship

July 29, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Originally, 45 states signed on to Common Core, but so far four states have formally pulled out. Indiana recently became the first one to reverse course and implement state standards instead. This decision earned a threatening letter from the U.S. Department of Education about withholding funds and revoking Indiana’s waiver from onerous federal No Child Left Behind Act mandates. South Carolina, Missouri, and Oklahoma have also ditched Common Core standards." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p4tvqnx  

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Lessons from Teach For America

July 25, 2014
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Lloyd Bentsen IV and Megan Simons  

"There is widespread agreement among education reformers that public school teachers should be hired based on their subject matter competence rather than their formal credentials; that the best teachers should be assigned to the lowest performing schools; and that teachers should be paid based on performance rather than tenure. Exactly the opposite takes place in most school districts. However, there is a program that does recruit, select, train, pay and evaluate teachers in a manner that most reformers would support." (07/24/14)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ib147  

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LA: Common Core supporters sue Jindal

July 22, 2014
posted by

ABC News    

"Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards are suing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the Republican governor and his Division of Administration 'have sown chaos in the education system' and violated the Louisiana Constitution by issuing a series of executive orders aimed at undermining Common Core." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ldmj4ha  

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