Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

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

July 30, 2014
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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)

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Is Common Core on the ropes?

July 30, 2014
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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
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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)

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Lessons from Teach For America

July 25, 2014
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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
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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)

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OK: Supreme Court upholds Common Core repeal

July 16, 2014
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Fox News    

"The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Legislature had the authority to repeal Common Core education standards for English and math in the state's public schools. The state's highest court took the action a little more than four hours after attorneys presented oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the Legislature's action. The lawsuit alleged lawmakers violated the state Board of Education's constitutional authority over the 'supervision of instruction in the public schools' when they repealed Common Core standards earlier this year. But the Supreme Court's 8-1 decision said the Legislature's action was not unconstitutional." (07/15/14)

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Teachers’ job security more important than kids’ futures?

June 25, 2014
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Nat Hentoff Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff  

"Having organized a labor union at a Boston candy store when I was 15, during the Depression -- where students worked nights and weekends for 35 cents an hour -- I am not anti-labor union. Threatening a strike as Christmas business neared, we won our 50 cents an hour. But in recent years, as a reporter on education, I have found teachers' unions bullishly and contractually protective of their members' jobs, most commonly at the expense of low-income and minority students." (06/25/14)

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Armed teachers — school shooters

June 25, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"There are several items in the news these days about 'allowing' some teachers and administrators to be armed in order to respond to 'school shootings.' In fact, some schools are actively in the process of providing for this. Even more surprising is the fact that many in 'law enforcement' are starting to support the idea. While I very much agree that teachers, like anyone else, must be free to carry arms for self defense, maybe a better alternative to armed teachers and 'guards' in 'public schools' is to stop gathering hundreds or thousands of helpless potential victims into these tactical nightmare environments." (06/24/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4941  

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Drop out and get a real education

June 25, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by James Guzman  

"We presently have the tools to completely change the face of education. The only things holding us back from fully implementing these new techniques are awareness and the psychological borders people have been trained to believe in. In today’s economy, it is more important than ever to think as entrepreneurs and harness innovation as it becomes available. The amount of opportunity out there for an autodidact is hard to fathom, as we are swimming in a sea of information." (06/24/14)

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How the Common Core supports capital

June 24, 2014
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In These Times
by Shawn Gude  

"Glenn Beck and Karen Lewis, state’s rights proponents and Gates critics, anti-standardized testing skeptics right and left -- all are lining up to pillory a policy that counts Randi Weingarten, Jeb Bush, and the National Parent Teacher Association among its supporters. Opponents, if one can draw parallels between the grievances of prudish conservatives, militant unionists, and Louis C.K., fret that the Common Core circumscribes creativity and regiments schooling. Conservative detractors are skittish about government indoctrination, lefties about corporate domination. So severe is the scorn that even the Gates Foundation, a financial backer of the standards, is backpedaling; last week, it said schools should hold off on using test scores to evaluate teachers and promote students until the two-year initial implementation process is complete." [editor's note: I'm far more alarmed about how it distorts & prevents actual learning of the basics, like simple math? - SAT] (06/24/14)

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The danger of Big Data and the progressive plot for education

June 19, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Hailey Vrdolyak  

"With the federal government’s increasing involvement in education, advocates of this national education system claim gathering immense amounts of data is necessary for the system to properly function. This data is more than simple aggregate of test scores, but rather it is personal information about individual students, including their values and facts about their family life." (06/18/14)

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LA: Jindal seeks to block Common Core tests

June 18, 2014
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took steps Wednesday to block the use of tests tied to the Common Core education standards, a move that puts him at odds with state legislative, education and business leaders but one that could help the likely 2016 presidential candidate with tea party supporters and conservative voters. Top Louisiana education officials said the Republican governor's executive order is meaningless and they intend to go ahead and roll out the standards and the testing tied to them. Jindal once supported Common Core, but reversed his stance earlier this year." (06/18/14)

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The threat of Common Core: Confusing the true purpose of education

June 4, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Hailey Vrdolyak  

"The true aim of education is to create free persons, capable of governing themselves and independent from any large entity, enabling them to pursue their own, individual goals for the sake of the common good. Education is a type of liberation that equips individuals with the proper tools to be able to discern their own future rather than have it dictated to them. Antithetical to the true purpose of education, the Common Core State Standards Initiative simply prepares students to enter college o[r] the workforce." (06/04/14)

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Common Core: Raising the bar-barians

May 27, 2014
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Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki E. Alger  

"Supporters claim Common Core will provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students should know to be prepared for college and their future careers. On the contrary, many experts serving on Common Core review committees warn that academic rigor was compromised for the sake of political buy-in from the various political interest groups involved -- including teachers unions. Unsurprisingly, the curriculum is being used to advance a partisan political agenda, showcasing one-sided labor union, ObamaCare, and global warming materials, along with more graphic, adult-themed books under the auspices of promoting diversity and toleration. But the politicization doesn’t stop there." (05/26/14)

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Incentives matter: Why government education is still mediocre after all these years

May 15, 2014
posted by

The Canal
by Terry McIntyre  

"In 1984, psychologist Benjamin Bloom reported the surprising results of replacing traditional forms of education with one-to-one or one-to-few tutoring: 50 percent of tutored students reached or exceeded the results of 98 percent of those taught by traditional methods; 90 percent of tutored students reached the 80th percentile level. That was three decades ago; why haven’t schools been revolutionized since?" (05/15/14)

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NYC, teachers strike deal that could be template

May 1, 2014
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"New York City and its largest teachers union struck a deal on a new contract Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced, ending a nearly five-year labor dispute and potentially setting a template for negotiations with the city's other unions. Teachers will receive back pay equivalent of nearly 8 percent of their salaries and a series of additional small raises through 2018, according to the nine-year contract, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press in advance of the deal announcement." (05/01/14)

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Education and equity

April 29, 2014
posted by

Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"The public schools, from their very beginning, were factories for processing raw material -- children -- into human resources. The first organized state public school systems came about in New England to serve mill owners’ needs for a work force trained to show up on time, line up at the sound of a bell to eat and void their bladders, and obey orders from authority figures behind desks. Work discipline and acceptance of the distribution of power in our economic system are the primary form of 'learning' in even the richest schools. This is coupled with another lesson, described by Ivan Illich as confusing process with substance: That is, accepting our status as passive consumers whose needs are all met through the mediation of professional bureaucracies." (04/28/14)

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A teachers’ union speaks power to truth

April 24, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy Foundation for Economic Education
by Wendy McElroy  

"It has been almost a century since the labor movement had any claim to being an underdog or the voice of workers' rights. The New Deal turned unions into state-sponsored organizations with such legal privileges as state certification (that is, a monopoly within specific industries) and the 'right' to collective bargaining. Interestingly, the new unions were championed by leaders of industry such as Gerard Swope, then-president of General Electric. Big business may not have liked the 'new union,' but it was vastly preferable to wildcat strikes, slowdowns and other disruptive tactics pursued by their grassroots counterparts." (04/23/14)

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Progressives fight to keep poor kids trapped in failing schools

April 16, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Jim Epstein  

"With NYC's per pupil spending at $20,000, why can't public schools afford pens?" (04/15/14)

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Common Core wants children to rewrite the Bill of Rights

April 13, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Dollar Vigilante
by Wendy McElroy  

"A new furor has erupted over Common Core -- an aggressive educational agenda in America that seeks to make state standards conform to a common federal [sic] one. A mother in Arkansas sparked it. Her daughter's 6th-grade homework required her to 'prune two and add two amendments to the Bill of Rights.' The document was called 'outdated' and so 'may not remain in its current form any longer.'" (04/10/14)

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Profiting off the children

April 4, 2014
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Cathy Reisenwitz Foundation for Economic Education
by Cathy Reisenwitz  

"Writing at Salon, David Sirota is horrified that capitalists are supposedly making money off school choice initiatives. ... The problem of public education money misspent on technology is a serious one, and Sirota is right to make an issue of it. But Sirota’s distrust of the profit motive causes him to miss the solution. Rather than use arcane procurement rules to attempt to force schools to spend wisely, simply look at expenditures versus results—you know, like Microsoft and Amazon do. School choice means that schools that waste money on useless toys will lose students, while smart spending schools will gain them." (04/03/14)

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CA: Case challenges teacher job protection laws

March 28, 2014
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Reuters    

"Incompetent teachers in California are holding back poor and minority children, an attorney for several students said on Thursday in closing arguments for a closely watched trial that could change the way public school teachers are hired and fired in the most populous U.S. state. ... The two-month trial has focused on whether five laws meant to protect teachers' jobs are unfair to poor and minority students by putting them at a disproportionately greater risk of being taught by less effective teachers." (03/27/14)

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NY: Charter schools worry about de Blasio’s plans

December 25, 2013
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Kansas City Star    

"Operators of New York City's publicly financed, privately run charter schools are bracing for changes promised by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio -- including the possibility of having to pay rent -- that they worry could reverse 12 years of growth enjoyed under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. De Blasio has pledged to charge rent to 'well-resourced' charter schools and has called for a moratorium on allowing new charters to share buildings with traditional schools, taking aim at a Bloomberg policy that helped the schools grow from 17 to 183 during his time in office. The policy has also led to complaints that the charters draw an unfair amount of resources." (12/25/13)

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An open letter to the members of the Delaware House of Representatives

May 6, 2013
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Delaware Libertarian
by Steve Newton  

"Within the near future, SB 51, which purports to raise standards for teacher education preparation programs in Delaware will come across to the House. I am asking you to look past the 'feel good' rhetoric in the precis of the bill, to look past the unanimous Senate vote in favor of it, and to look past the claims by the Governor's office that these changes will make Delaware eligible for additional Federal grant money." (05/03/13)

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What is unschooling? I don’t know (and you don’t either)

April 16, 2013
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Breezy V. Stevens Everything Voluntary
by Breezy V. Stevens  

"It's easy for people who have been raised in hierarchical households and who have grown up in an authoritarian educational system to want to pin things down and fit them into tidy boxes. Our whole young lives were spent being taught, overtly or covertly, that for every question, there is an authority we should look to for answers; and because unschooling can seem especially foreign, we may feel as though we are in over our heads, especially in the beginning. And so we often do what we've always been told to do: ask an expert. But is there such a thing as an unschooling expert?" (04/16/13)

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