Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

SD: Bill would allow teachers to question evolution and climate change

January 29, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Lawmakers in South Dakota are pushing a bill that would allow teachers to address the supposed 'weaknesses' in the scientific theories of evolution and global warming. The bill, which is described as academic freedom legislation, would free up teachers from interference by state or local education officials, reported the Argus Leader. ... The legislation is based on suggestions by the Discovery Institute, which promotes intelligent design instead of evolution. The measure proposed in South Dakota does not advance intelligent design or creationism, but it would allow teachers to question accepted scientific theories." [editor's note: If this bill promoted constructive discussion on GMO foods, these same horror-stricken folks would be applauding - SAT] (01/29/15)

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Three myths about homeschooling

January 29, 2015
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Anne Butcher  

"Having someone ask you 'but if you're homeschooled, how do you make friends?' is like the unofficial initiation into the homeschooling community. In many places, homeschooling networks develop in order to make more social and academic opportunities available. I attended a homeschool prom, a homeschool graduation ceremony, sang in a homeschool chorus and attended various other events for homeschooled students. I've had people talk to me at other social functions who said they were surprised to find out I was homeschooled because I was outgoing and talkative. I've met homeschooled students who were socially awkward, but I've met plenty of public school students who were too. I've never heard anyone say 'they’re so antisocial, I guess you can blame their public school.'" (01/28/15)

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Education is too important not to leave to the marketplace

January 27, 2015
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US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul  

"The movement against Common Core has the potential to change American education. However, anti-Common Core activists must not be misled by politicians promoting "reforms" of the federal education bureaucracy, or legislation ending Common Core while leaving all other federal education programs intact. The only way to protect American children from future Common Core-like programs is to permanently padlock the Department of Education." (01/26/15)

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Schooling an industrial proletariat

January 27, 2015
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by John Taylor Gatto  

"It was under my nose, of course, but for years I avoided seeing what was there because no one else seemed to notice. Forced schooling arose from the new logic of the Industrial Age -- the logic imposed on flesh and blood by fossil fuel and high-speed machinery. This simple reality is hidden from view by early philosophical and theological anticipations of mass schooling in various writings about social order and human nature. But you shouldn't be fooled any more than Charles Francis Adams was fooled when he observed in 1880 that what was being cooked up for kids unlucky enough to be snared by the newly proposed institutional school net combined characteristics of the cotton mill and the railroad with those of a state prison." (excerpt from 2003's The Underground History of American Education; posted 01/26/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/schooling-an-industrial-proletariat  

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Thanks, Tom Hanks, but here’s the real price of “free” community college

January 27, 2015
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Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"Recently, in response to President Obama's proposal to make community college free nationwide, I wrote a piece for the Washington Post that ran under a headline calling community colleges 'terrible.' It elicited numerous angry retorts, several of which suggested people read actor Tom Hanks'[s] personal reflection on his community college experience instead. To this I offer two major thoughts: (1) Op-ed writers often don't write their own headlines, and (2) thank you, Mr. Hanks, for illustrating a major concern." (01/26/15)

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The pros and cons of homeschooling

January 26, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Suzanne Schaefer  

"It’s National School Choice Week, which means it’s time to reflect on the education systems in America. National School Choice Week is about supporting the right for parents and children to choose the method of education that works best for them. For some that’s good, old-fashioned public school, for others, it’s homeschooling. For those rich snobs, there’s private school. Despite what the miserable, anti-school choice lot may have to say about it, homeschooling is a valid method of schooling and one that many parents seriously consider for their children." (01/25/15)

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College for eoall would set many up for trouble

January 18, 2015
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Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"Say not everyone should go to college, and you're heading for a world of rhetorical hurt. 'How dare you consign people to second-class citizenship,' you'll be angrily queried. 'That's just an excuse to leave kids behind,' you'll hear. But whether you think everyone is college material or not, reality is inescapable: The economy simply can't handle an America full of degrees. Not even close." [editor's note: Actually, "the economy" would handle it just fine -- it's just that a lot of people with degrees would find those degrees of little value - TLK] (01/15/15)

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Ministerial whims and the state of education

January 18, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Alka Sehgal Cuthbert  

"If politicians were to butt out of education today, where would that leave teachers, parents and pupils? Would teachers be free to pursue their subject knowledge and teach as freely and creatively as they wished? And would children be free to enter a school every morning to grapple with the demands and pleasures of learning academic subjects? No, they would not. And that is largely because politicians may have power, but they have neither the moral nor the intellectual authority to shape the culture in which educational policymaking takes place." (01/16/15)

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Proposed Keiki caucus bills would undermine parental rights

January 16, 2015
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Hawaii Reporter
by State Representative Bob McDermott (R-HI)  

"Keiki Caucus bills are intended to advocate for children and youth, and have merit -- but two bills proposed for 2015 are an affront to parental rights and require greater scrutiny. The first bill would undo the DOE's new 'opt-in' requirement specifying that sexual health education must be provided in all public schools -- even elementary schools -- but forces parents to 'opt-out' via written request if they do not want their child to participate. This is a disappointing development, and disrespectful to parents." (01/15/15)

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Education’s no dollar left behind competition

January 15, 2015
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki E Alger  

"One of education’s most important annual rituals began last week, when Education Week released its annual Quality Counts report, which grades states based on a variety of criteria, including spending. On cue came the predictable hand-wringing over K-12 education funding." (01/14/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5275  

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The Common Core standards’ undemocratic push

January 15, 2015
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Williamson Evers Education Week
by Williamson M. Evers  

"In the 1830s, when Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States, he found Americans intensely loyal to their local schools. Americans saw schools as extensions of their families and neighborhoods. They viewed public schools as akin to voluntarily supported charities and as part of what social scientists today call civil society. ... Today, Americans retain much of the sentiment about local schools they had in Tocqueville's day. But, increasingly, parents and taxpayers view the public schools as an unresponsive bureaucracy carrying out edicts from distant capitals. Today, we are dealing with a deteriorating situation in a declining institution, namely widespread ineffective instruction in the public schools." (01/14/15)

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Students learning how they learn and how they don’t

January 15, 2015
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Nat Hentoff Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff  

"For years, educational reformers have too often just glibly emphasized 'critical thinking' as a key goal of education. But students who are mainly talked at by teachers and then graded by collective standardized tests don’t get to do much critical thinking in school." (01/14/15)

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Even for-profit universities are better than America’s terrible community colleges

January 13, 2015
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Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"President Obama announced a plan Friday to provide free community college to any 'responsible' student who wanted it. That's a bad idea. Community colleges perform poorly, and any additional government subsidy of these already heavily subsidized, weak performers would likely be a waste of money. For proof, compare them to much derided for-profit institutions. While these schools have their own flaws, their students do better on a variety of measures." (01/13/15)

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Building a culture of liberty, part 4: Radical unschooling

January 13, 2015
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Skyler J Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins  

"As shown in the previous installment, schooling is an extremely poor practice for building a culture of liberty. Parents who've begun building that culture at home through attachment and positive discipline will find schooling to be a major counter-productive step in the socialization and enculturation of their children toward liberty. Instead, such parents should educate themselves on the philosophy known as radical unschooling. Not only does it meet the psychological and intellectual needs of children better than schooling, but it's also the best way to continue building a culture of liberty." (01/12/15)

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Free community college another step in the march to socialism

January 12, 2015
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Frank Worley-Lopez The Canal
by Frank Worley-Lopez  

"President Bara[c]k Obama announced has proposed tuition-free community college for all students who 'work for it.' The idea of 'free' college education is not new and has its roots in modern socialism. The plan would require students to maintain a 2.5 GPA, and community colleges would have to improve their standards. Sounds good, but as we have seen in the past, what sounds good isn’t always a good thing. So far, Obama has left out the most important detail: how to pay for it." (01/12/15)

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Education beyond capitalism

January 12, 2015
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Grant A Mincy Center for a Stateless Society
by Grant A Mincy  

"Liberated of state, and beyond capitalism, education will evolve. Our societies will evolve. We will have more time to invest in learning, community, family and friends. Obama’s proposal is progressive, but unimaginative -- the burden of state capitalist power remains. We can imagine more. We can be free people, in a free society." (01/11/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/34920  

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Education and the “progressive” corporate state

January 12, 2015
posted by

Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"Speaking in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 9 US president Barack Obama unveiled an initiative to provide two years of community college tuition-free, nationwide, to anyone meeting attendance and grade requirements. The idea, inspired by a similar program in Tennessee, aims to make two years of college as universal as high school is now. Obama’s proposal is in keeping, in more ways than one, with traditions going back to the origins of the American corporate state 150 years ago. Since the mid-19th century, a few hundred large industrial corporations and banks have dominated the American economy. And the American state, functionally, has been closely intertwined with the interests of those corporations." (01/10/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/34917  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 01/09/15

January 11, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"Paul Molloy of Freedom Works -- The Paul Molloy Show on Tantalk1340 in Florida -- interviewed School Reform News Managing Editor Heather Kays. Molloy and Kays discuss possible presidential hopeful Jeb Bush's defense of Common Core and the many problems related to the Common Core standards. Kays addresses criticism against politicians who have changed their minds regarding the standards." [Flash video] (01/09/15)

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Obama to promote little schools that can’t?

January 11, 2015
posted by

Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"Today, depending on when this is posted, President Obama either will have delivered a speech, or is about to, extolling the virtues of community colleges. The talk is expected to be a preview of the upcoming State of the Union address, in which Obama has promoted community colleges -- the little schools that can -- before. Or are they really the little schools that can't? All signs, alas, point to the latter. By a lot." (01/09/15)

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NYC to lift ban on student cellphones in schools

January 7, 2015
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Brooklyn Daily Eagle    

"Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to lift a longtime ban that prevented children from having cellphones in New York City public schools. De Blasio is set to announce the policy change Wednesday afternoon in a news conference at a Brooklyn’s High School of Telecommunications Arts and Technology. The existing rule requires cellphones and electronic devices like iPads to be left at home." (01/07/15)

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Building a culture of liberty, part 3: Schooling

January 6, 2015
posted by

Skyler J Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins  

"Schooling is the typical next step in a person's life, and the socialization that occurs in school is quite ill-suited to building a culture of liberty. That's the intent, actually. Modern schooling was founded in Prussia as a means to socialize children into the acceptance of state authority (always illegitimate) and a life of subservience to parents, opinion makers, educators, bureaucrats, and bosses. The brilliance of schooling in this regard was not lost on the rest of the world's ruling class. It quickly spread to every country on earth. Today, schooling is touted as a child's right and necessary for becoming a functional adult. But everything about school is antithetical to building a culture of liberty." (01/05/15)

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The next step in school choice

January 6, 2015
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jason Bedrick and Lindsey Burke  

"Education savings accounts operate like the 'partial voucher' that Friedman envisioned more than a decade ago, allowing families to seek out the best educational opportunities for their students -- whether those be in a private or parochial school or a mix of non-traditional education options. Two states have already adopted ESAs, and numerous other state legislatures have considered them. ESAs constitute a critical refinement of Friedman's voucher idea, moving from school choice to educational choice. The challenge for state policymakers is to overcome implementation issues, avoid constitutional roadblocks, and resist harmful regulations masquerading as 'accountability.'" (01/05/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/next-step-school-choice  

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Constitutional federalism beats feds’ bribery of the states

January 4, 2015
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Almost five years ago the final Common Core national standards were published. These national standards epitomize government that has grown beyond all constitutional bounds. As elected officials learned more about the 'voluntary' standards, the less they liked, and efforts to reverse course are underway in the states as well as Congress." (12/30/14)

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NY: Cuomo vetoes his own Common Core bill

December 30, 2014
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Poughkeepsie Journal    

"In June, Gov. Andrew Cuomo negotiated and proposed a bill that claimed to 'protect New York's standing as a national leader in teacher evaluation.' On Monday, Cuomo vetoed the very same bill, saying it doesn't 'fix the foundational issues with the teacher evaluation system.'" (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nr4srpw  

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How I put away my Atari 2600 and learned to love school choice

December 21, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Todd Krainin  

"I was like a lot of 13-year-old kids growing up in New York City. I had no sense of my own future, much less a concrete political ideology to guide me. All I knew for sure was that my junior high school was stiflingly, soul-numbingly dull. Another thing I didn’t realize at the time: I was zoned for a public high school that was no different. Until somewhere around the 8th grade, I had assumed public high schools were like every other consumer good, that my parents could choose the school that was best for me. So it came as a strange shock to learn that public schools were not like shoes or cars or even public universities." (12/20/14)

http://reason.com/blog/2014/12/20/the-rise-of-charter-schools  

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