Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

Another disappointing circuit court ruling on off-campus high school speech

September 3, 2015
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon  

"Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit became the most recent of the federal circuit courts to expand the power of secondary schools to punish students for their off-campus Internet speech. In an en banc decision in Bell v. Itawamba County School Board, the Fifth Circuit took a significant bite out of students' First Amendment rights outside the schoolhouse gates. The decision sets a disappointing precedent that will not only impact students in elementary, junior high, and high school, but could very well leak onto college campuses. The case began in 2011 after Taylor Bell, a high school senior in Itawamba County, Mississippi, posted a rap song he had written and recorded to his Facebook page and later to YouTube, outside of school hours and away from school grounds." (09/02/15)

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In an info age, we need knowledge more than ever

September 1, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Martin Robinson  

"Knowledge is vital in an information age. We are surrounded by information -- some of it true, but all of it presented as if it were of equal value. Those who think that the internet has changed education forever misunderstand the significance of knowledge. They argue for a collapsed curriculum that is no longer reliant on subjects, with teachers who simply guide pupils through project-based work in which they can pick up the transferable, soft skills that will guarantee them future jobs. But this is a complete misreading of the situation in which we find ourselves. Rather than no longer needing subjects and teachers, we need them more than ever." (09/01/15)

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“Little green steps” reflect sustainability in education, part 2

August 25, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil  

"The word 'sustainability' is now being overused throughout our public education system. The claim is that teaching sustainable development to students will help them solve problems, such as climate change and poverty reduction, by teaching students how to change their behavior and thus help combat issues deemed as problems." (08/24/15)

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Glittery debt perspective

August 25, 2015
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Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Daniels sang the praises of income-share agreements, a means of financing college in which investors pay for a student's schooling in exchange for an agreed upon percentage of his or her earnings over a set period of time. I like ISAs -- Cato published a paper on them back in 2002 -- and they are decidedly not an over-the-top idea. What I thought excessive was this: Daniels wrote that student debt, averaging around $27,000 per borrower, is equivalent to 'indentured servitude.'" (08/24/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/glittery-debt-perspective  

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Clinton’s college plan: Reinventing a very old wheel

August 20, 2015
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"In the farcical, technocratic future society of Vonnegut's Player Piano, you have to have at least a bachelor's degree to do even the most menial service jobs -- of which there aren't a lot left. The great majority of jobs have been automated out of existence, and the ranks of the still employed are dominated by high-IQ, doctorate-wielding managers and engineers who run the society. The unemployable, degreeless majority either go into the armed forces, tens of millions strong, which police America's post-WWIII global empire, or join a massive public works project called the Reconstruction and Reclamation Corps ('Reeks and Wrecks'). ... Hillary Clinton's higher education policy proposals are the perfect next step on the century-long road to building such a society in real life." (08/20/15)

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The credential is killing the classroom

August 13, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Isaac M Morehouse  

"Not every classroom is that painful, but few inspire the joy of learning. Consider this: when class is cancelled, everyone is happy -- students and professors alike. What other good can you think of where you pay in advance and are excited when it's not delivered? But what is the product that colleges are selling? The professors may not always realize it, but it's not their lectures the students are buying. It's nice to get a little enjoyment and knowledge out of the deal, but that's not what tuition pays for. After all, if that's all that students were seeking, they could simply sit in on classes without registering or paying. They are there for the credential." (08/12/15)

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NY: 20% of students opted out of standardized tests, officials say

August 12, 2015
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New York Times    

"Twenty percent of New York State’s third through eighth graders sat out at least one of New York’s standardized tests this year, state education officials said Wednesday, in a sign of increasing resistance to testing as more states make them harder to pass. ... The large increase in students opting out coincided with a push by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to make teacher ratings more dependent on test scores, a move unpopular with teachers' unions and many parents." (08/12/15)

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 08/12/15

August 12, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"In today's edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of School Reform News Heather Kays speaks with Tennessee Director for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) Mendell Grinter. Grinter and Kays discuss whether School Choice should be considered a Civil Rights issue." [various formats] (08/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ofkx796  

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Real education reform leaves the government behind

August 10, 2015
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Ron Paul The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul  

"Among the items awaiting Congress when it returns from its August break is reconciling competing House and Senate bills reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. These bills passed early this spring. Each bill is being marketed as a huge step toward restoring state and local control over education. However, an examination of both bills shows that both provide local schools with only limited relief from a few federal mandates." (08/10/15)

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How college taxpayer subsidies for students drive up college tuition

August 10, 2015
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by William F Shughart II  

"Quickly on the heels of the release 'Love Gov' -- the Independent Institute's satirical videos series on meddlesome government -- a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York concludes that federal aid to college students raises the cost of higher education. Duh!" (08/07/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7471  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 08/05/15

August 6, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"In today's edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of School Reform News Heather Kays speaks to Dick Komer, Senior Attorney at The Institute for Justice. Komer has litigated on behalf of parents and children in many school choice cases, including the recent victory for North Carolina's Opportunity Scholarship Program." [various formats] (08/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwq5uuv  

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Student loans and bankruptcy

August 4, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"One of the main things I learned while writing The Case Against Education: Contrary to almost everyone, student loans are virtually the least objectionable government subsidy for college. Why? As you know, I firmly subscribe to the view that -- from a social point of view -- Americans spend far too long in school. Student loans are benign because they do almost nothing to increase schooling." (08/04/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/08/student_loans_a.html  

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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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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)

http://tinyurl.com/p9anwed  

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The long history of school choice division

June 15, 2015
posted by

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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