Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

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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End welfare for colleges and universities

May 5, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Last week the New York Times carried an article detailing how small colleges across the country are experiencing severe financial crises. Some are actually struggling to survive. The number of high school graduates is decreasing, and families are questioning whether expensive private schools, which oftentimes leave students in debt, are worth it. Many families are considering state-supported public universities to cut down on costs, which obviously impacts the smaller schools, which partly depend on tuition revenue. All this raises an important question: Why should the state provide welfare to any college or university? And yes, 'state support' for such schools is definitely welfare, no different from food stamps, Social Security, Medicare, farm subsidies, or any other welfare program.'" (05/05/16)

http://fff.org/2016/05/05/end-welfare-colleges-universities/  

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How Internet filtering hurts kids

April 27, 2016
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic    

"Zealously blocking their access to certain websites can end up undermining learning." (04/26/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/04/internet-filtering-hurts-kids/479907/  

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Get ready to ditch the SAT and ACT

April 26, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"Decades from now, education historians may observe Common Core (CC) provoked a wave of activism that resulted in decentralizing U.S. education. That was not what the power elites intended when they concocted standards and assessments intended to apply to all students, teachers, and schools. Their objective was centralization. But their arrogance has activated a hornets' nest of angry parents intent on reclaiming control over their children's schooling. The revolt is going beyond the widespread opt-outs from federally mandated Common Core-linked testing. Behind the scenes, hard work is proceeding on long-dreamed-of alternatives to the College Board's century-old dominance of college-entrance testing." (04/25/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/04/get-ready-to-ditch-the-sat-and-act/  

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Death to “safe spaces”

April 21, 2016
posted by

Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco  

"Free speech is dead on many campuses, as is the ability to reflect upon and grapple with difficult subjects. This became clear last year at Yale, when someone dared to question the university-wide email calling on students to be cautious in choosing their Halloween costume (because God forbid anyone should be offended). Students were outraged, calling for the offending faculty member to be fired, even surrounding him outside a building to yell at him. Students at Emory University are apparently unable to cope with a chalk image of presidential candidate Donald Trump. What have we come to that young adults attending some of the most elite educational institutions have the emotional capacity of toddlers and intellectual skin as thin as puff pastry?" (04/21/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/04/21/death-to-safe-spaces/  

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Educational socialism versus the free market

April 20, 2016
posted by

Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  

"Academia has long been thought of as the 'marketplace of ideas,' the arena where truth may be pursued through dispassionate discourse and openness to competing views. Yet higher education in America has moved a great distance from this ideal and its practice and into arenas of collectivist indoctrination. Too many of our colleges and universities have become cloistered 'hothouses' of bias and intolerance –– schools of closed-mindedness." (04/19/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/educational-socialism-versus-free-market/  

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Disappointing student speech ruling from Ninth Circuit threatens student journalism

April 19, 2016
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Will Creeley  

"On April 7, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed down its opinion in O'Brien v. Welty, ruling against California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) student Neil O'Brien's First Amendment challenge to the university's harassment policy. The decision is a disappointing setback for student speech rights, and may have particularly negative ramifications for student journalists asking hard questions." (04/18/16)

https://www.thefire.org/disappointing-student-speech-ruling-from-ninth-circuit-threatens-student-journalism/  

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“The Chalkening” spreads, tests universities’ commitment to free speech

April 14, 2016
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Chris Marchese  

"It started with Emory University, but quickly spread to other schools across the country. 'The Chalkening,' as some are calling it, is a combination of loosely-coordinated and spontaneous acts of students expressing support for presidential candidate Donald Trump -- often in chalk on campus sidewalks. These chalkings wouldn't be newsworthy if it weren't for the responses these chalkings have received, with some likening such expressions to mass murder, and schools responding with promises of cracking down on speech." (04/13/16)

https://www.thefire.org/the-chalkening-spreads-tests-universities-commitment-to-free-speech/  

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Restricting speech: An unjust privilege

April 13, 2016
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Chris Marchese  

"Free speech is the great equalizer in our society. It doesn't matter about your race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, class -- you get the point -- the First Amendment protects your right to speak freely. Despite this, some student activists -- perceiving unequal social conditions, including at institutions of higher education -- are fighting for social change at the expense of free speech. The sad irony, however, is that free speech only becomes privileged when it's restricted, which is why free speech must remain a right equally applicable to all." (04/12/16)

https://www.thefire.org/restricting-speech-an-unjust-privilege/  

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The campuses lost in The Clouds

April 13, 2016
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Geoffrey M Vaughan  

"Higher education in America is in a perilous state. Like The Thinkery in 'The Clouds' it is being assailed from without while those within seem incapable of defending it. And while there is much to apologize for, losing the modern academy would be a great blow to civilization, if only because no one has developed an even passable alternative. Can we save it in its present form? Yes, if we can first learn to laugh with Aristophanes. Higher education is not only too expensive and of dubious worth. It has become a parody of itself. It is the butt of a joke. And as all graceless victims of comedy it seems to have no sense of humor." (04/13/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-campuses-lost-in-the-clouds/  

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TX: Teacher arrested after video surfaces of assault on student

April 11, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"A Texas teacher got a taste of her own medicine. After an Ozen High School math teacher repeatedly slapped a student at her Beaumont school, Jefferson County deputies slapped her with an assault charge. ... The clip shows [Mary] Hastings striking the teenager five times before he fired back asking 'Why'd you hit me?' The footage does not explain what happened leading up to the classroom assault though a witness said the boy asked about his grade, KBMT-TV reported." (04/11/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-teacher-arrested-assault-teen-student-article-1.2595806  

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Is liberal arts education founded on a lie?

April 11, 2016
posted by

Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"Defenders of liberal arts education, or of higher education in general, claim that obtaining a college degree tends to develop a wide range of soft skills. But that's an empirical claim, and it turns out that educational psychologists and others have attempted to test this thesis. In general, as Caplan reviews in the book, they tend to come up with null results. If so, what does that tell us about the ethics of selling higher education?" (04/11/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/04/is-liberal-arts-education-founded-on-a-lie/  

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Don’t confuse the cost of college with the cost of an education

April 7, 2016
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"For years, those who face the costs of educating themselves or their children hear a nearly incessant drum beat of how expensive a college education is, and how much debt they'll likely be taking on. On the other hand, we're told repeatedly that a college education is absolutely essential because people with a college degree allegedly make a million dollars per year more than those who do not attend college. Most everyone agrees that tuition and fees are certainly increasing in terms of the price tag. There is far less agreement, however, on why the price of a college education is going up so quickly. The answer lies in a mixture of government policy and the fact that colleges and universities today spend vast amounts of money on amenities and staff that have little to do with classroom instruction." (04/07/16)

https://mises.org/blog/don%E2%80%99t-confuse-cost-college-cost-education  

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Homeschooling without God

March 30, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Jaweed Kaleem  

"The modern homeschooling movement is one of revolt. From its humble beginnings in the ’70s, led by graduates of the hippie generation who saw public schools as too constrained and religious, to its pop-cultural peak in the ’80s and ’90s under conservative Christians who wanted more God and less evolution in the classroom, homeschoolers and their parents have pushed aggressively against mainstream education. Today, there are more than 1.7 million homeschooled kids in the U.S., roughly double the number of those at the turn of 21st century." (03/30/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/03/homeschooling-without-god/475953/  

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IL: Chicago Teachers Union sets plans for Friday walkout

March 29, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"In addition to early morning pickets at schools, the Chicago Teachers Union plans a full day of teach-ins and rallies at sites around the city during a one-day strike Friday that the union promises will shut down the schools, according to a preliminary schedule issued Monday. ... CTU's walkout, while in part intended to bring attention to differences with the district over a contract, is also intended to mobilize pressure on Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers to approve legislation that would send money to public education and social service agencies. The union has said it will have support from some 50 allied community groups and unions Friday." (03/28/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-schools-strike-schedule-met-20160328-story.html  

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No such thing as a “free public charter school”

March 29, 2016
posted by

Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"People throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex have been mailbox-bombed by up to six (!) bright, shiny, slick, professionally produced oversized 'post cards' from the (desperate?) International Leadership of Texas (ILTex). The biggest headline on these cards says 'Free Public Charter School.' These four words strung together no doubt caused instant mirth in the minds of every libertarian in the area. Take each word one at a time and see why." (03/28/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/no-such-thing-as-a-free-public-charter-school  

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Yes, this is how school competition works

March 28, 2016
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"School competition works in exactly the same manner as other forms of competition that is. It's something that happens at the margin, that margin then dragging up the performance of others .... academies, the competition and freedom to experiment that they bring, are improving the school system by their existence. Thus let's do more of it so as to have an ever better education sector." (03/28/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/education/yes-this-is-how-school-competition-works/  

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Back door for Common Core in Kansas

March 16, 2016
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign for Liberty
by Blake Branson  

"The education establishment is talking out of both sides of its mouth and hoping you won't notice. While some members of the education establishment are telling us teachers won't be able to teach basic math if Common Core is eliminated, others are telling us Common Core has ALREADY been eliminated! You and I know both statements are utter nonsense but sadly, there are legislators who are falling for it! And that's not all ... Inside sources at the Capitol have alerted our team to the next stage of the education establishment's plans to destroy, warp, and weaken our bill." (03/16/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/back-door-common-core-kansas  

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Who will protect parental choice in post-Scalia era?

March 15, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"Over the past 25 years, parents and children have won many hard-fought battles for the right to choose the best schools, public or private, to meet their educational needs. A majority of states now have programs providing some degree of access to K–12 private schools. Political victories would not have come without the backing of the U.S. Supreme Court, and no justice was a greater stalwart for the school-choice cause over the past three decades than liberty-loving Antonin Scalia, who died in February at age 79. Scalia's eventual replacement could open the door wider for full-scale school choice programs by voting to uphold parents' right to send their children to private secular or religious schools, or he or she could slam the door shut by narrowing choice options to secular, government-backed schools." [editor's note: The right of parents to send their kids to private secular or religious schools hasn't ever really been in question. What Holland is referring to is the "right" to do so AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHER TAXPAYERS. That kind of "school choice" is no solution. What we need is complete separation of school and state - TLK] (03/14/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/03/who-will-protect-parental-choice-in-post-scalia-era/  

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Michelle Obama’s school lunches get an “F”

March 4, 2016
posted by

Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco  

"The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was championed my First Lady Michelle Obama and signed into law in 2012. A press release for the program issued at its launch claimed that the 'new standards will improve the health and well being of 32 million kids.' Unfortunately for the children of America, the lunch line may be their first experience with government paternalism and a rough introduction to some fundamental economics." (03/03/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/03/03/michelle-obamas-school-lunches-get-an-f/  

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Working-class kids should be challenged, not tested

March 2, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Joanna Williams  

"Of all the controversial policy directives forced upon schools in recent years -- and there have been many -- plans to introduce 'baseline assessments' must win the prize for being the least popular of all. The image of little four-year-olds being yanked away from play, squeezed into school uniforms and corralled into taking formal tests just days after starting school is surely only something the most child-hating of Gradgrinds could support. Yet from this September, every child starting school in England will be assessed according to the reception baseline. Their skills in reading, numeracy and writing, as well as their social and emotional development, will be measured, scored and recorded. In fact, the development of each child in all of these areas will be combined into just one score. Complex children with emerging personalities and preferences that change daily will be reduced to one single number." (03/02/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/working-class-kids-should-be-challenged-not-tested/  

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Will the nation’s capital have universal school choice?

March 2, 2016
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Carol Haynes  

"Recently, United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the Educational Freedom Accounts Act (S. 2455), which would create a universal private school choice program in Washington, D.C. for every public school student, including those enrolled in public charter schools. Companion legislation (H.R. 4426) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Modeled after the recently passed Education Savings Account (ESA) law in Nevada, the bill allows the amount normally spent per pupil in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to be placed in a parent-controlled account. The funds can be used for tuition, fees, tutoring, curricula and other qualifying expenses to customize the child's education." (03/01/16)

http://educationblog.ncpa.org/will-the-nations-capital-have-universal-school-choice/  

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Fear and trembling in Phoenix: A Common Core cautionary tale, part 1

February 25, 2016
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Arizona is widely hailed as the national leader in school choice. It is also one of a growing number of states turning against Common Core. But you wouldn't know it from what's going on inside the Capitol these days. Proposed legislation affirming parents' basic rights over their children's education is being held or amended within an inch of its life in the House and Senate Education Committees -- all in spite of an existing explicit statutory Parents' Bill of Rights affirming their inalienable liberty over their children's education and upbringing .... As more states fight back against federal contamination of classrooms, Arizona offers an important lesson about extinguishing Common Core for good -- so it doesn't keep rising from the dead in one infectious form or another." (02/25/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/25/fear-and-trembling-in-phoenix-a-common-core-cautionary-tale-part-i/  

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The new SAT: Common Core sealant

February 25, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"National Common Core-aligned standardized tests for elementary and secondary schools are in the midst of a death spiral, despite the $360 million the Obama administration spent on the creation of the two consortia, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced, five years ago. Only six states report they will administer PARCC testing in 2016; five years ago, PARCC proudly counted 23 states in its fold." (02/25/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/the-new-sat-common-core-sealant/  

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