Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

Unlock the school library

May 21, 2015
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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)

http://tinyurl.com/ocqjpw4  

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Corinthian should just be a sideshow

May 13, 2015
posted by

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)

http://tinyurl.com/p66x8xy  

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Should I favor the abolition of public schools (or state-school separationism)?

May 11, 2015
posted by

Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Andrew Cohen  

"Is there such a thing as a libertarian education policy? I have always been partial to J.S. Mill's suggestion that (a) people should be allowed to educate their children how they wish subject only to the caveat that the government will test the children, periodically, to see that they know certain essentials (what the essentials and how often they should be tested can be left to the side) and (b) government can provide some schools for those who want or need such. More and more, though, I find myself drawn to a strict abolition of state administered education. (Nothing I say here argues directly against state funding of education.)" (05/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nclyrn3  

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Corinthian Colleges files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

May 5, 2015
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MarketWatch MarketWatch    

"Corinthian Colleges Inc. on Monday filed for chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., closing the book on the embattled for-profit school operator whose business had been embroiled in controversy since last summer. The California company last month closed its remaining 28 campuses, affecting about 16,000 students. The company had sold the bulk of its campuses in November to a new nonprofit firm." (05/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nk46yl3  

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Charter schools and the aspiring classes

May 5, 2015
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Sophie Sandor  

"There is significant research concluding that the ever-spreading charter schools in the U.S. are markedly improving pupils' performance. Charter schools are free to attend, open to all children and publicly funded but independently run -- the most similar comparison close to home being the Free Schools Programme in England. Since the first charter school law passed in Minnesota in 1991, almost seven thousand have opened with two and a half million children now being educated in a charter school." (05/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7mnbxn  

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Chicago state plaintiffs show court what chilled speech looks like

April 26, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Catherine Sevcenko  

"'Chilling effect' on speech is the most common metaphor in First Amendment law. The government may not punish people for expressing unpopular views, nor may it create a climate of fear (i.e., a chill) that induces citizens to censor themselves to stay out of trouble. Not surprisingly, chill is notoriously difficult to quantify. Courts have spilled many gallons of ink explaining why one government action would cause someone to remain silent, thus violating the First Amendment, whereas another doesn't cross the line." (04/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmvn6hz  

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Everything is choice in Florida

April 21, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Brittany Wagner  

"When Missourians think of public school choice, they might think of charter schools or the school transfer law, which allows students in failing schools to transfer to quality ones. Currently, only students in Kansas City, Saint Louis, and outlying counties have access to options other than the school they were assigned to. What if all students in Missouri had public school choice? In Florida, legislators are moving quickly on a bill that would provide students in the Sunshine State with just that." (04/20/15)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2015/04/everythings-choice-florida.html  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 04/20/15

April 21, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by  

"Heather Kays speaks to Gina (pronounced Jenna) Ray, a mother of four and grassroots activist fighting against Common Core in Arizona. Ray is a member of the self-proclaimed Mommy Lobby, a group of parents, teachers and residents who want Common Core repealed and replaced in Arizona." [Flash video] (04/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ox5xbmg  

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What public schools can learn from homeschool parents

April 17, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute
by Brittany Wagner  

"Beverly was a mother who homeschooled her two boys. Lacking a college degree, she was afraid she would not be able to properly educate her children. One day, Beverly took her sons to the public library to pick out books that interested them. The boys gravitated toward cartoons. At home, they spent time creating their own drawings using homemade equipment. They caught the attention of a Disney cartoonist, who was amazed at what the boys were able to do on their own. Chris and Allan Miller are now professional graphic artists. If the Miller brothers had been educated in a traditional school, certainly they would have been taught by a teacher with a college degree or higher, but would their creative interests have been fostered?" (04/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kq2cvkv  

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Students unsure whether anatomical models are appropriate at Johns Hopkins

April 16, 2015
posted by

Susan Kruth Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth  

"For three decades, the North Baltimore Pro-Life Study Group has set up a display of anatomical models of fetal development as part of Johns Hopkins University's (JHU's) annual Spring Fair. This year, however, JHU's Arts and Crafts Committee decided to disallow the display because it 'contains triggering and disturbing images and content.' Thankfully, after pushback from student Andrew Guernsey, president of the student group Voice for Life, the Committee reversed its decision. But as Guernsey points out in emails to the student government, speakers on campus may still be subject to policies that can be used to censor a broad range of speech -- despite JHU's written commitments to free expression." (04/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/na8gmyu  

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Two reasons why Cal Poly Pomona lawsuit is different

April 12, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Catherine Sevcenko  

"Last week, student Nicolas Tomas sued California State Polytechnic University, Pomona for violating his First Amendment rights by limiting his efforts to campaign for animal rights to a tiny 'free speech zone' that makes up about 0.01 percent of the campus. Tomas's suit, the ninth in FIRE's Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project (SUFS), was the fifth to challenge the constitutionality of a free speech zone -- a particularly obvious type of violation of the First Amendment that FIRE has challenged both in and out of court for years. This case has produced two interesting variations, however." (04/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lhoow5j  

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For the kids — and for profit

April 9, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Howard Baetjer Jr.  

"The Wall Street Journal has exciting news for economic development in Africa: Well-capitalized American investors have created a company, Bridge International Academies, that provides low-cost schooling for poor African children. So far, that's nice, but not especially exciting. After all, wealthy people have provided charity schooling for the poor for centuries. What's exciting is that Bridge is for profit. It treats the poor as customers, not charity cases. 'How is that possible?' one might ask. 'The poor can't afford private schooling.' But they can; they have for generations; they do right now." (04/09/15)

http://fee.org/blog/detail/for-the-kids-and-for-profit  

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GA: Eleven teachers face prison for “worst cheating scandal in US history”

April 2, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Eleven former teachers and administrators from the US city of Atlanta are facing up to 20 years in jail after being convicted in the biggest school cheating scandal in US history. The scandal, which first broke in 2008 when local school started to show inexplicably good test scores, has raised questions about the quality and competitiveness of education in the United States. The teachers, including several school heads, were convicted of allowing students to erase incorrect answers to in order to inflate their schools' rankings and collect cash bonuses for achieving high-performance targets.The 11 were convicted on racketeering charges that carry a maximum 20-year jail sentence following a high-profile six month trial that lifted the lid on a nationwide issue of the results of standardised education tests being unfairly massaged." (04/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plhhy5x  

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Free speech and safe spaces on college campuses

April 2, 2015
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nikki Burgess  

"Free speech has become an increasingly limited and precarious right, especially on college campuses. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) notes that 58% of public campuses still enforce shockingly illiberal speech codes. Furthermore, 1 in 6 of America's largest and most prestigious colleges have free speech zones which limit where free speech can occur. Some of these zones compromise areas as miniscule as 1.37% of the total campus, and many require weeks-long approval processes for any expressive activity. Attitudes towards on-campus speech have been shaped by fears that controversial expression creates a hostile educational environment and makes other students feel unsafe. However, even offensive and hateful speech remains constitutionally protected at public institutions, so long as it does not incite imminent lawless action or constitute tangible threats of violence." (04/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k5q79sn  

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Should school districts be too small to fail?

April 2, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by James Shuls  

"When an individual gets financial support from the government, we call it an 'entitlement.' When a large business gets tax breaks, we call it 'corporate welfare.' However, when a small school district cannot afford to keep its doors open without significant support from the state, we call it an 'issue of local control.' Right now, there are 191 districts with 350 or fewer students enrolled. These districts get less than half of their funding from local sources, 46 percent on average. The rest comes from state (44 percent) and federal (10 percent) sources." (04/01/15)

http://bit.ly/1xXJiFW  

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Community College of Baltimore County instructs applicants to leave thoughts out of the interview process

April 1, 2015
posted by

Susan Kruth Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth  

"Brandon Jenkins was rejected from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in 2013 following an interview for admission in which he was asked, 'What is the most important thing to you,' and answered, 'My God.' After receiving an email from an administrator explaining that his chosen field -- radiation therapy -- 'is not the place for religion,' Jenkins sued the college in federal court, alleging he was discriminated against based on his viewpoint and his religion, in violation of the First Amendment. While the case is still underway, the administrator's message is an alarming example of just how hostile some institutions of higher education are to ideas with which their officials may disagree." (03/31/15)

http://bit.ly/1DtGz7N  

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The power of state indoctrination

March 30, 2015
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Conservatives just don't get it. They complain about Common Core, saying that the federal government shouldn't be involved in education. Fair enough. No problem with that position. But the problem with conservatives is that while they want to get the federal government out of education, they steadfastly want state and local governments to continue 'educating' children." (03/27/15)

http://fff.org/2015/03/27/power-state-indoctrination/  

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Battle against the union blob

March 24, 2015
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith
by Sophie Sandor  

"It is not surprising that teaching unions are objecting to the proposed 2% pay rise for England's top teachers. Unions have long protested against performance-based pay for teachers and now they pose another barrier to the School Teachers Review Body. In the STRB's latest submission to the government, highlighted is the need for a wages increase to encourage the desired competition in the teaching profession."" (03/24/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/education/battle-against-the-union-blob/  

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Hashtagging education in Missouri

March 17, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Brittany Wagner  

"Social media is a platform for discussion, and education policy is a popular topic. In a recent study, researchers looked at the Twitter hashtag, #commoncore. Over a six-month period, there were 25,000 to 35,000 tweets per month using the CCSS hashtag. Not surprisingly, researchers found that the discussion more often surrounded larger political issues rather than the standards themselves. I looked at two popular Missouri education hashtags: #moedchat and #motransfers from March 9 to March 11. Using arguably less sophisticated methods, here are a few interesting things I found." (03/14/15)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2015/03/hashtagging-education-missouri.html  

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Leveling the playing field for online education

March 13, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Governments at all levels annually give traditional colleges about one-third of a trillion dollars. That's roughly $1000 per American per year, a massive subsidy. Question: Why don't cheerleaders for online education loudly call for slashing or ending this subsidy, to put traditional colleges on an even footing with the online alternative? In my experience, even libertarian fans of online education rarely make a big deal out of these subsidies -- even though they are a very big deal indeed." (03/12/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/03/leveling_the_pl.html  

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Raising children in an increasingly obsolete system

March 12, 2015
posted by

Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by The Dissident Dad  

"Technology is making education more efficient, yet there are still millions willing to get in debt to spend years and years in a classroom, when at the click of a mouse, they have an entire world of information just waiting for them. All they have to do is let go of the idea that their education comes through structured (and expensive) academia. Given the incredibly rapid pace of technological advancement, one has to wonder if a student who enters college in 2015 will even have a relevant degree in 2019." (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lg542t9  

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University of Oklahoma expels students for constitutionally protected speech

March 11, 2015
posted by

Susan Kruth Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth  

"University of Oklahoma (OU) President David Boren has decided to expel two students, who were members of the university's now-shuttered chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity, for their alleged 'leadership role in leading a racist and exclusionary chant,' as shown in a video posted online recently. As FIRE wrote on The Torch yesterday, absent additional elements like true threats, the expression shown in the video is protected under the First Amendment, and punishing students for their participation in the chant is almost certainly unconstitutional." (03/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxr5s5s  

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As free speech is so often punished, how worried are you?

March 11, 2015
posted by

Nat Hentoff Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff  

"Now that more colleges and universities that ban free speech are becoming known, what action, if any, should the students' parents -- who believe tuition must include First Amendment rights -- take? How many of the 2016 candidates for president are likely to mention the forced disappearance of the First Amendment from college campuses?" (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mqe38nm  

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