Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

MI: Detroit teachers’ union says district blocked its health inspectors

February 4, 2016
posted by

CNN CNN    

"The Detroit Public School District refused to allow environmental inspectors hired by a teachers['] union to investigate its schools, according to a news release from the Detroit Federation of Teachers. ... This current row is part of a bigger fight between the school system and teachers. Detroit schools are hundreds of millions of dollars debt, and many of its facilities are falling apart. Teachers are fed up with, among other things, working in conditions they say are unsafe, and have protested by calling out sick en masse." (02/03/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/03/us/detroit-school-health-inspectors/  

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Death to schools

February 2, 2016
posted by

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"Education is critically important. Much too important to allow government to touch in any way, much less control. My appreciation for education explains my opposition to schooling. Supporting 'public' schools has all the ethical foundation of advocating prison for kids because you fear that otherwise they might starve or have nowhere to sleep. To claim that without government's 'public' schools, kids wouldn't be educated is like claiming that without rapists, some women wouldn't feel wanted." (02/01/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/02/death-to-schools.html  

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School choice means not asking politicians for permission to educate your child

February 2, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Lennie Jarratt  

"School choice takes many forms. The most familiar are vouchers and scholarship programs that pay for a student's tuition to attend a school of their choosing, usually with significant limits on who can participate. Education savings accounts are individual accounts funded by the state, with parents directing all state-approved spending, typically via a debit card. The funds can be used for tuition at virtually any school, books, special classes, and even transportation to and from school. Some states allow personal income tax credits for education expenses." [editor's note: In other words, "school choice" DOES mean asking politicians for permission to educate your child. Who does Jarratt think "approves" "state-approved spending," the voucher fairy? - TLK] (02/01/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/school-choice-means-not-asking-politicians-for-permission-to-educate-your-child/  

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The impact of school choice

January 28, 2016
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Katrina Haffner  

"When he asked what the table was for, I gave him my usual spiel, pointing to the list National School Choice Week provided and highlighting the many forms of schooling. He responded positively, saying that he went through one of those programs. Because of trouble he got into at a young age, participating in alternative education got his life back on track. Hence, he was able to get into Western and have this conversation as a student on-track to graduate. I asked him if he wanted to fill out the 'I support school choice because ...' card, and he agreed. When completed, the card said, 'I support school choice because ... I would be homeless or dead without it.'" (01/28/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/01/28/the-impact-of-school-choice/  

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Common Core: A fiasco for the next generation

January 26, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil  

"Presently, Common Core curriculum has been accepted by most states. Cause for great concern is warranted, because Common Core specifies the textbooks and curriculum that must be used in carrying out the Common core lesson plans, curriculum that contains the indoctrination material of the Global elites. Common Core's 'recommended' reading list originated from one centrally controlled location. Why would Global elitists, through the ACLU, want all vestiges of Judeo-Christian tradition removed from the classroom? Their Global education agenda would not and could not work as long as students could compare the elitists' propaganda to the uncompromising Judeo-Christian ethic. In Communist Russia, Lenin and Stalin's solution to Christianity and Judaism was simple: kill the Christians and Jews." (01/25/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/01/common-core-a-fiasco-for-the-next-generation/  

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Four failed federal education reforms

January 26, 2016
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Lloyd Bentsen IV  

"Over the years, federal funding of primary and secondary education has increased, while students' academic performance has flatlined. For instance, the high school reading and math scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress show that student performance has remained flat for the past 20 years. Recent education reform initiatives by several administrations produced, at best, minimal improvements in student performance at a high price to taxpayers. Given its track record, the federal government should get out of the education business." (01/25/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/four-failed-federal-education-reforms  

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How to teach

January 25, 2016
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Kaptain Kanada, aka Manuel Miles  

"Why is home schooling of interest to Libertarians (and many others)? We believe that: a) The State doesn't own our children, b) the 'public' (government) schools do a poor job of educating them, and c) government schools are primarily interested in dumbing down their inmates in order to make them placid, unquestioning slaves of The State." (01/24/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle856-20160124-03.html  

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Flagging Duncan’s excessive celebration over ESSA

January 14, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"Because Arne Duncan, the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, often engages his mouth before his brain, the case for abolishing the department may have just become stronger than ever. By failing to restrain his end-zone celebration of the Republican-led Congress'[s] recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Mr. Duncan has exposed the deceit and dishonesty of a bipartisan Washington establishment that has imposed top-down controls on education a majority of Americans don't want." (01/14/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/01/flagging-duncans-excessive-celebration-over-essa/  

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Universities must challenge, not conform

January 13, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Joanna Williams  

"A conformist academic culture can be characterised by the dominance of particular views and the suppression of opposing ideas, which only rarely takes place through formal mechanisms but rather is enacted through peer-group pressure. Within academia there is a general tendency for scholars to seek out likeminded individuals for collaborations and to recruit and promote those who share similar views to their own. This is reinforced by the importance of peer review, the emphasis thus falling on securing publication in an increasingly narrow selection of disciplinary specific journals, the need to bid for funding from a relatively small number of sources and the need to demonstrate a narrowly defined measure of impact. Left unchecked, a climate that is intellectually hostile to opposing values and ideas can emerge." (01/13/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/universities-must-challenge-not-conform/  

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Parental choice is a better path to student proficiency

January 7, 2016
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Today Education Week released its annual 'Quality Counts' report. This is one of the main annual spending rankings used to justify more money for public education. However, spending proponents never seem to tell us is just how much more we'll need to spend for students to be proficient in the basics. Of course it costs money to educate students, but even a cursory glance at where the money goes raises serious doubts about how academic achievement is prioritized." (01/07/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/01/07/parental-choice-is-a-better-path-to-student-proficiency/  

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FIRE’s new year’s resolution request: Commit to free speech on campus

January 4, 2016
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by staff  

"Happy New Year! We at FIRE have high hopes that 2016 can be the best year yet for freedom of speech in higher education. If you're a member of a college or university community, you can help by making a commitment to free speech part of your New Year's resolution. Check out these ideas for administrators, faculty, students, and alums ..." (01/01/16)

https://www.thefire.org/fires-new-years-resolution-request-commit-to-free-speech-on-campus/  

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Student loans: The taxpayers lose again

December 29, 2015
posted by

Doug Bandow Foundation for Economic Education
by Doug Bandow  

"So much money, so much effort to forego repayment. Why? Publicly subsidized student loans, whether directly from Uncle Sam or through private banks backed by Washington, make no policy sense. The 'social' benefit from education is greatest at the lowest levels, when people learn to read and write: the building blocks for participation in society. Someone with little academic inclination isn't even likely to gain a lot from high school, which is why kids can leave early." (12/29/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/student-loans-the-taxpayers-lose-again/  

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Interview with John Taylor Gatto, part 2

December 23, 2015
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OpEdNews
by Rob Kall  

"This is the second half of the transcript of my Podcast: John Taylor Gatto, author Dumbing Us Down and Weapons of Mass Instruction." (12/23/15)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/John-Taylor-Gatto--How-t-by-Rob-Kall-Education-Curriculum_Public-Education-151220-398.html  

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Interview with John Taylor Gatto, part 1

December 23, 2015
posted by

OpEdNews
by Rob Kall  

Gatto: "So when I became a schoolteacher, and I became a schoolteacher on a borrowed teaching license -- I wasn't who the license said I was, there were no photographs in those days -- I decided to restore the western Pennsylvania Scotch-Irish Monongahela belief that ordinary people have excellent minds and they will reach to learn difficult, nuanced ideas. And in very quick order -- I probably was the only teacher in the building ... I'm not a very agreeable fellow with anybody let alone with young people -- but in a fairly short time I had no discipline problems at all, and the kids were operating -- there maybe a little hyperbole here but I don't know if there's any -- but they were operating just about on the level of Cornell University freshmen and sophomores there. I was delighted. Then the school began ... the district began to send around teams to observe what on earth I was doing and they were shocked, they were appalled -- I was forbidden to do that ..." (12/22/15)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/John-Taylor-Gatto-author-by-Rob-Kall-Education_Public-Education_Public-Education_School-151220-456.html  

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Learning lessons our schools can’t teach

December 22, 2015
posted by

Mary Ruwart Ruwart.com
by Mary J Ruwart  

"In the early 1900s, our great-grandparents trudged off to their neighborhood school. For the better part of the day, the teacher stood in front of the class, chalk in hand, to expound on lessons contained in the schoolbooks. Today, our children take cars or buses to school, but once they are there, students listen as the teacher stands in front of the class to expound on the lessons contained in the schoolbooks. The facilities are newer, the chalk has become a white board marker, an occasional video clip is shown, and the curriculum includes some additional subjects, but otherwise our schools are stuck in the horse and buggy days." (12/21/15)

http://www.ruwart.com/blog/learning-lessons-our-schools-cant-teach-from-the-cliff-notes-version-of-healing-our-world.html  

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Speech Code of the Month: Auburn University

December 16, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Samantha Harris  

"Student protests have been all over the news this fall. While some of the protesters' demands -- such as demands for restrictions on student and faculty speech -- have been troubling, the right of students to engage in protest and other expressive activities is critically important, and this autumn's events have illustrated the power of student protest. What many people may not realize is that a distressing number of universities across the country maintain onerous restrictions on when and where students may demonstrate. One such institution is Auburn University. Auburn's restrictive and confusing Speech and Demonstration Policy limits where students can demonstrate on campus and gives the administration too much discretion over students' expressive activities." (12/15/15)

https://www.thefire.org/speech-code-of-the-month-auburn-university/  

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Common Core now law of the land

December 16, 2015
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Carole Haynes  

"Congress has repealed the No Child Left Behind Act only to replace it with a far worse centralized control of education -- Every Student Succeeds Act. Congress has admitted that Common Core now will be federal law and that it is not about academic learning but rather changing the beliefs, values, behavior and worldviews of students. In a nutshell, the government is conducting psychological profiling of our children." (12/15/15)

http://educationblog.ncpa.org/common-core-now-law-of-the-land/  

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Universities and race

December 9, 2015
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by David B Rivkin Jr. and Andrew M Grossman  

"The don't-ask-don't-tell era of racial preferences in college admissions may soon be at an end, as Abigail Fisher's challenge to the University of Texas's affirmative-action program makes its second appearance before the Supreme Court, which will hear the case this Wednesday. Significantly, Ms. Fisher isn't asking the Court to ban affirmative action. Instead, her case seeks to hold schools to the general rule that the government may employ race-based measures only as a last resort. And even then, such measures must be almost perfectly calibrated to serve a compelling interest -- in this instance, achieving the educational benefits of diversity." (12/08/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/universities-race  

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End the education fights: Time for a divorce

November 30, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"This past year, brawls over the content of 'public education' seem to have centered around gender identity issues -- who uses what bathroom, locker room, etc. But the brawls themselves are nothing new. They've occurred with regularity ever since government's hostile takeover of American education began in the mid-19th century. Sex education in general has been a recurring topic, as has evolution vs. creationism in science curricula. Even the state's cultish loyalty oath, the 'pledge of allegiance,' has occasioned multiple 12-round heavyweight extravaganzas. The solution to all this constant conflict is simple: If we want to end the political struggles over education, we need to end the involvement of politics itself in education. And the only way to do that is to separate school and state entirely. I said it would be simple. Simple isn't the same thing as easy." (11/28/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3677  

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How to rescue free speech in American academia

November 29, 2015
posted by

Nat Hentoff Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff  

"In last week's column, I described how the national anti-free speech movement poses an imminent threat to freedom of expression in American academia. Those advocating for the anti-free speech movement attempt to interpret the 'language of free speech' to their advantage so that it applies only to them, but not to others. Their analysis often cites Title IX's antidiscrimination provisions and accuses free speech advocates of using 'weaponized words' to silence anti-racism protestors, but invariably ignores the long history of court decisions that have repeatedly applied First Amendment protections to offensive speech at public universities." (11/25/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-rescue-free-speech-american-academia  

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We need to end, not mend, the ESEA

November 19, 2015
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Today a House and Senate conference committee met to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was last reauthorized in 2002 as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). There are numerous problems with the proposed compromise being considered .... But the bigger question we should be asking of Congress is why reauthorize the ESEA in the first place? We've endured 50 years of federal meddling in elementary and secondary education, and we have scant (if any) hard evidence that DC politicians -- whether it's members of Congress, presidents or their education secretaries -- know what's best for other people's children." (11/18/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/11/18/we-need-to-end-not-mend-the-esea/  

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Adam Smith on public policy: Education

November 17, 2015
posted by

Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by Paul Mueller  

"Adam Smith was a political and moral philosopher who had a vision for public policy. This third series about Smith and libertarianism explores his arguments on such topics as education, taxation, trade, infrastructure, occupational licensing, price controls, and banking. Many of Smith's insights are still relevant today." (11/17/15)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/adam-smith-public-policy-education  

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Why Tennessee forces seventh graders to learn Islam

November 4, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Kevin Currie-Knight  

"How big is the distinction between education and indoctrination? Not terribly, if you ask some Tennessee lawmakers. They are pushing to remove any mention of religion from Tennessee's State Academic Standards. At issue is an apparently controversial unit in seventh grade world history class that spends some time exploring Islam. At some point, the students even need to commit the five pillars of Islam to memory. Needless to say, this issue has generated a lot of heat on all sides." (11/03/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/why-tennessee-forces-seventh-graders-to-learn-islam/  

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Common Core rollout hits money trouble

November 4, 2015
posted by

Fox News Fox News    

"Educators in this Oklahoma City suburb jumped into action when state leaders in 2010 adopted the Common Core academic standards that were sweeping states across the country. The Edmond school district has a big military population that moves frequently, so officials liked the idea of using the same standards as other states. They also saw Oklahoma’s old standards as inferior. They spent about $500,000 preparing teachers and students, collaborating with educators in other states and buying materials and computers for a new Common Core test, finishing a year in advance. Then state politicians backtracked, for reasons both financial and political. They dropped plans to give the new test, and during an election campaign in which the standards were hotly debated, they repealed Common Core. Edmond employees came in at the end of the summer last year to rewrite their curriculum again." (11/03/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/03/common-core-rollout-hits-money-trouble  

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Let’s take entitlement out of education

October 29, 2015
posted by

spiked spiked
by Christopher Beckett  

"More and more students are demanding instant gratification from their teachers, lecturers and institutions. Whether it's their demand for the right grade, to be taught by their preferred teacher or lecturer, or to have 'dangerous' and 'harmful' topics and speakers censored, students want to assert power over their education. Students, or at least a very vocal minority among them, believe they have the right to be pandered to. There is an obvious reason for this: our education system no longer teaches the virtue of delayed gratification." (10/28/15)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-take-entitlement-out-of-education/17576  

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