Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

The debate over free [sic] community college

July 29, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Emily Deruy  

"This fall, Cesar Sanchez, 18, will do something he never thought possible. He'll enroll at Southwest Tennessee Community College through a state program called Tennessee Promise, which lets students complete two years of community college at no cost [sic]. ... While the Obama administration's proposal to make community college free [sic] languishes in the Beltway, several states, including Tennessee, are moving ahead with their own plans to make earning an associate's degree as standard as a high-school diploma." [editor's note: Of course it's not "free" or "at no cost." It's just that someone other than the end use is paying the cost - TLK] (07/27/15)

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Fighting for free speech at private universities

July 28, 2015
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Dashaya Foreman  

"Simply put, private universities generally have the right to restrict expression as they see fit, and often times do so within an adopted set of values or principles which students are expected to uphold. However, censoring and punishing speech goes against the concept of intellectual freedom and undermines the benefits of attending a liberal arts institution. Though private universities largely are not bound by the First Amendment, there are several precautionary measures students can take to ensure their freedom of speech is protected on campus. The first of these is to educate yourself." (07/27/15)

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How student loans create demand for useless degrees

July 16, 2015
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Josh Grossman  

"The reality of this situation is that assuming a student loan interest rate of 6.8 percent and a ten-year repayment period, the average student will be paying $326.83 every month for 120 months or a cumulative total re-payment of $39,219.28. Depending upon a student's job, this amount can be a substantial monthly financial burden for the average graduate. Unfortunately, there is no price incentive for students to choose degrees that are most likely to enable them to pay back loans quickly or easily. In other words, these federal student loans are subsidizing a lack of discrimination in students' major choice." (07/16/15)

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Personal teaching breaks through nationally

July 16, 2015
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Nat Hentoff Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff  

"Over time I have learned that when students are liberated from the effects of being taught as members of a group -- say, for a standardized test -- they are allowed to shine as individuals. Making teaching personal, and not based on the limits of standardized testing, is the first step to leading students to become active American citizens." (07/15/15)

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“Free” community college already costs 50 percent more than originally estimated

July 11, 2015
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Scott Shackford Reason
by Scott Shackford  

"For those who missed the whole thing, here are the basics: President Barack Obama and several leading Democrats want to make community college free for students who would then transfer to four-year colleges for bachelor's degrees and for those who are in training programs for occupations that the state determines to be part of an 'in-demand industry sector.' The federal government will pay two-thirds of the cost, but states will have to chip in one-third to participate. The bill would limit annual tuition increases to 3 percent of the total tuition. This will prevent any outrageous increases in order to milk the program, but it also essentially incentivizes an annual increase in tuition in every single state, which presumably would also affect students who don't qualify for this program." (07/10/15)

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Separate school from state

July 9, 2015
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Fairfax County School Board member Jane Strauss claims that (as you summarize her position) 'the board's work, in theory, should not be political' ('The outspoken conservative riling the Fairfax County School Board,' June 7). Such a claim makes no more sense than does one that insists that the army's work, in theory, should not be military: it denies the very nature of institution. ... If Ms. Strauss really wishes to de-politicize K-12 education, she should advocate the separation of school and state." (07/08/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/07/separate-school-and-state.html  

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Rubio urges overhaul of US college “cartel”

July 7, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio called for an overhaul of the U.S. higher education system on Tuesday, saying colleges were operating as a 'cartel' and not meeting the needs of students or the economy. 'We do not need timid tweaks to the old system. We need a holistic overhaul,' Rubio said in a policy speech in Chicago. 'We need to change how we provide degrees, how those degrees are accessed, how much that access costs, how those costs are paid, and even how those payments are determined.' The speech was part of a move by the U.S. senator from Florida to raise his visibility on the campaign trail after focusing on Senate business recently. Rubio is one of 14 declared candidates vying to represent the Republican Party in the November 2016 election." [editor's note: He's got this one right - SAT] (07/07/15)

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Home education inspires a love of learning

July 5, 2015
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Lawrence W. Reed Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed  

"The hero in this story is not any one person but rather nearly two million Americans -- moms and dads who go the extra mile and who, often at great sacrifice to themselves, are rescuing children in a profoundly personal way. They are the homeschoolers, parents who give up time and income to directly supervise the education of their children. They teach, they arrange learning experiences within their home and elsewhere in cooperation with other parents, and they inspire an appetite for learning." (07/03/15)

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States are finally changing how they rate school performance and the left isn’t happy about it

June 29, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Justin Haskins  

"Thanks to reforms implemented by Gov. Pat McCrory (R), North Carolina now assigns each of its public schools a letter grade, to help parents understand where their child's school ranks relative to other schools across the state. The grades, ranging from "A" to "F," are released annually in the state's North Carolina School Report Cards report published by the State Board of Education. Like most other states, North Carolina used its own custom performance designation system before switching to the easy-to-understand A–F grading model. This simple reform may not seem like it could contribute much to the education reform debate, but it actually matters a great deal." (06/28/15)

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How the pressures of Title IX compliance have chilled my college campus

June 29, 2015
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Rachael Russell  

"On my first day of class this past semester, like my previous three semesters at the University of Delaware (UD), I expected to attend my classes and be given syllabi with course expectations. I did not expect to have references to Title IX on my course syllabi, warning students that any reference to sexual misconduct disclosed in class would be reported by my professors." (06/26/15)

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Student who opted out of PARCC tests banned from school party

June 22, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Lennie Jarratt  

"Why would a school punish a student for standing up for her right to refuse a test her parents deem unnecessary? The answer is simple: It's all about money. If too many students opt out of the tests in a school or district, the state board of education can withhold money from that school district. This is done because the U.S. Department Of Education will in turn deny money to the state. Common Core and its associated testing of PARCC and the lesser-known Smarter Balance highlights how the federal government has removed local control over education and imposes its standards on local schools." (06/22/15)

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Nevada legislators want to put parents in control of education

June 15, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Heather Kays  

"When the Nevada Education Savings Account (ESA) law passed last week, there were two main reactions: celebration from school choice advocates who marveled at the scope and positive potential of the law, and the anti-choice crowd's outrage at an allegedly impending dismantling of traditional public schools." (06/15/15)

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The long history of school choice division

June 15, 2015
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Sophie Sandor  

"Most people, acting rationally, would prefer to choose the school their child goes to as opposed to having their child forcibly assigned to a school. So opposition to school choice seems no less strange wherever it comes from. Nonetheless understanding the reasons is enlightening. The divide of opinion on school vouchers in the States, for example, is portrayed as being between the left and the right. Or Republicans against Democrats and whites against minorities. But it is not as simple as this and not really the case." (06/15/15)

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The libertarian case against vouchers

June 14, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"School vouchers have long been a popular education reform vehicle for conservatives and even some libertarians. They call school vouchers 'choice' or a 'market-oriented' educational reform plan. While voucher proponents long ago claimed that their plan would 'gradually' lead to educational freedom, most of them now make their case for vouchers by claiming that they are a way to improve the public-school system through 'competition.' Actually though, school vouchers are nothing more than another socialistic scheme, one based on the same immoral principles on which public (i.e., government) schooling is based. Moreover, they not only do not lead to a genuinely free society but instead, by embedding the state even more deeply into our lives, do the opposite." (06/12/15)

http://fff.org/2015/06/12/libertarian-case-vouchers/  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 06/12/15

June 14, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"In today's edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Heather Kays, managing editor of School Reform News, speaks with Patrick Wolf. Wolf is a professor at the University of Arkansas. Kays and Wolf discuss school choice." [Flash audio or MP3] (06/12/15)

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Wisconsin: Why tenure and shared governance matter

June 12, 2015
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Peter Bonilla  

"Tensions are running high in Wisconsin's system of higher education, as the state's legislature recently moved closer to etching into reality proposals that could result in $250 million in cuts to the University of Wisconsin System's budget. This alone is dramatic, but in addition to the potential cuts to the system's budget, proposals are also in place to weaken protections both for faculty tenure and shared governance. These latest developments have sparked concern that academic freedom in the UW System suddenly faces threats to its long-term health. FIRE shares those concerns." (06/10/15)

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The best school choice program in America

June 4, 2015
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Brittany Wagner  

"Universal health care, universal broadband, universal daycare -- attaching the word 'universal' to a government service connotes inefficiency, lack of choice, and high costs. But the opposite is true when it comes to universal school choice. Yesterday, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill that will give all parents in the state a choice in how public dollars are spent on their child's education. Nevada is the fifth state to adopt an Education Savings Account (ESA) program." (06/04/15)

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New York teachers’ unions’ “choice” charade

June 3, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jason Bedrick  

"The state teachers['] union may wind up regretting coming out big for parental choice in the recent 'opt-out' wars-- because the same principle dictates support this month for Gov. Cuomo's education-tax-credit bill." (06/02/15)

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Why we need school choice in New Hampshire

May 31, 2015
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Manchester Union-Leader
by Bill Walker  

"Everyone in the United States already has school choice ... if they can afford it. The rich and upper-middle class go to private schools or select schools in wealthy suburbs. Middle-class parents can afford many private schools, or home-school their children. What the new education bill will do is extend those same choices to lower-income families." (05/28/15)

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Private school choice works

May 29, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Private school choice is 'in,' writes Patrick Wolf. 'Far from being rare and untested, private school choice policies are an integral part of the fabric of American education policy.' Now, these 'new ideas' really upset some folks. I'm not one of them. School choice is greater freedom. Freedom works." (05/28/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/05/28/private-school-choice-works/  

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Reasoning Mind engages and prepares STEM students

May 26, 2015
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Lloyd Bentsen IV  

"On a recent visit to the Momentous School in Dallas, I saw students actively, enthusiastically engaged in learning math concepts and applying those concepts to solve problems -- thanks to a state-of-the-art online curriculum and teacher classroom structuring program called Reasoning Mind. According to several evaluations, the Reasoning Mind program offers several advantages over outdated, lecture-based instruction ..." (05/26/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25688  

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Unlock the school library

May 21, 2015
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"If you could change the K-12 curriculum in one small way, what would you change? My pick: Unlock the school library. By this I mean ... 1. Give kids the option of hanging out at the library during every break period. 2. Give kids the option of hanging out the library in lieu of electives. My elementary, junior high, and high schools all had marvelous libraries. But they were virtually always closed to the student body." (05/21/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/05/unlock_the_scho.html  

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The problem of school

May 20, 2015
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The Partial Observer
by James Leroy Wilson  

"We develop differently, but arbitrary age rules punish us." (05/19/15)

http://partialobserver.com/article.cfm?id=4014  

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Children learn more from starfish than from spiders

May 13, 2015
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Pauline Dixon  

"The centralized spider organizational structure is one that is typically seen in education today. A spider uses its web to expand its reach, but with every vibration, the information needs to be processed, acted on, and relayed back so that the spider's brain at the center can decide the action to be taken. The spider system grew out of the highly decentralized starfish system, which existed in early centuries. However, when a spider system breaks down, as is currently the case in developing countries, parents move their children to low-cost private schools in a parallel starfish system." (05/13/15)

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Corinthian should just be a sideshow

May 13, 2015
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Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"To hear the national discussion, you'd think openly for-profit schools like Corinthian Colleges were not just the only problem in higher education, but a problem of alien-invasion-sized proportions. You know, wipe out humanity kind of stuff. But regardless of whether for-profits are as monstrous as many people would have us believe -- and it is much easier to accuse and threaten than prove guilt -- they simply are not the main higher education problem." (05/12/15)

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