Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

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

May 15, 2014
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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
posted by

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
posted by

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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Mexico: Masked, armed teachers revolt against Nieto’s reform proposals

April 14, 2013
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Fox News    

"'I've got the children here. If there aren't any classes while they're here, I have to teach them,' said the cook, who shared only her first name, Gudelia, for fear of retaliation from striking teachers. A short drive away, teachers marched by the thousands through the streets of the state capital, some masked and brandishing metal bars and sticks in an escalating showdown over education reform that's become a key test of President Enrique Pena Nieto's sweeping project to reform Mexico's most dysfunctional institutions." (04/14/13)

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Groupthink raises its nasty collectivist head again

April 10, 2013
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"A modern Trapp Family fled the Germans and came to America in search of political asylum and citizenship. But unlike the von Trapps (Think 'The Sound of Music' here) who fled the Nazi regime in Austria, Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their five children fled Germany to escape the socialist Germans. ... The US Department of Justice will try to deport the Romeikes on April 23 because of its ideological commitment to a groupthink theory of rights." (04/09/13)

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On the effects of homeschooling: A bet

April 7, 2013
posted by

EconLog EconLog
by Art Carden  

"I think the burden of proof in public policy should fall on those who seek power rather than those who seek liberty; in short, there should be a presumption in favor of liberty. I offer the following $100 bet to those who do not think there should be a presumption of liberty with respect to schooling, to be settled on April 1, 2033, which will be when our youngest is finishing college (you might recognize this from Facebook if you're in my network) ..." (04/07/13)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2013/04/on_the_effects.html  

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No matter what you hear about it, unschooling is not all unicorns and rainbows

April 3, 2013
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Breezy V. Stevens Everything Voluntary
by Breezy V. Stevens  

"I don't regret for a moment pouring my heart and soul into raising my children the way I have, and my enthusiasm for raising children in this manner is not dimmed. But I think we owe it to ourselves and to them to be open-minded and realistic with our expectations, and realize the possibility that their future lives may be very, very different than anything we could ever imagine. The best we can do is the best we can do, and I don't believe that allowing children to grow in freedom and to determine their own destinies is ever wasted, no matter the outcome. Give them your best, and hope for the best. The rest is outside your control, as it truly should be." (04/02/13)

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In the corporate-state education system, you’re the product

March 29, 2013
posted by

Kevin Carson Libertarian Alliance
by Kevin Carson  

"If the institutionalized educational system is a mass-production factory with the human resource as its product and the employer as its customer, an educational system organized around the agency of the learner will be a lean, demand-pull system. Rather than moving human beings to an assembly line to be processed, it will move knowledge to the point of consumption, when and where it is needed. If young people are alienated from the old mass-production schools, they understand instinctively how to use new networked learning tools for their own autonomous purposes." (03/27/13)

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Three laws of major mismatch

March 28, 2013
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"In self-reports, roughly 55% of college majors say their job and major are 'closely related,' 25% say 'somewhat related,' and 20% say 'not related.' These self-reports probably understate the severity of mismatch; after all, it's embarrassing to admit that you couldn't find a job that uses your skills. In relative terms, though, self-reported mismatch seems meaningful. Robst reports three robust laws of major mismatch. The first two are precisely what you'd expect ..." (03/28/13)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2013/03/three_laws_of_m.html  

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IN: School voucher program upheld

March 27, 2013
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Christian Science Monitor    

"The Indiana Supreme Court Tuesday unanimously upheld the state’s expansive school voucher program, which extends to middle-income families the opportunity to send their children to private schools with public assistance. A coalition of teachers, parents, and union officials had challenged the voucher program as unconstitutional, saying it uses public money to promote religious education. But Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson wrote that whether or not the program is 'wise educational or public policy,' it is constitutional because the state funds 'do not directly benefit religious schools but rather directly benefit lower-income families with school children.'" (03/27/13)

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More American compulsory education nightmares

March 18, 2013
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Government goons are running amok today within the compulsory education classrooms of our United Statists of America. American children and parents are forced by the state to abide by a system of compulsory education in which the kids at school are treated like penitentiary inmates and their parents can do nothing about it. Government violations of human and constitutional rights against school children have become so commonplace that the abuse no longer even seems unusual to the cowed populace." (03/17/13)

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Shortchanging special needs students — another poor mark for government schooling

September 26, 2012
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Parental choice is a better way to get students with special needs the services they need, without all the bureaucracy and overhead. Seven states have special needs voucher scholarship programs: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Utah. Four states have special-needs student tax-credit scholarship programs, many of which include students from foster care and military dependents who often have special educational needs: Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia." (09/26/12)

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Help wanted: High-performing teachers need not apply

September 18, 2012
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by James Shuls  

"As the Chicago teacher’s strike carries into its second week, many interesting facts are coming to light. We know the average Chicago public school teacher earns more than $71,000. What makes this figure interesting is that on average, Chicago Public School teachers only scored a 19 on the ACT. That is lower than the national average of 21.1 and the Illinois average of 20.9 .... The question is not why are teachers earning so much, but why are we attracting so many below average individuals in terms of academic aptitude into the classroom and so few high-performing ones?" (09/17/12)

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“Turnaround” schools still plagued by grade inflation

April 1, 2012
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Las Vegas Review-Journal
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"The public schools, as we now know them, have had most of a century to show some results. The clock on the public's patience is ticking down." (04/01/12)

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CA: School board to parents — “screw the law, we do what we want”

March 29, 2012
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Reuters    

"A group of activist parents in this impoverished community were thwarted again in their bid to become the first in the nation to seize control of a public school under a controversial 'parent trigger' law designed to shake up chronically failing schools. Capping an emotional four-hour meeting, the board of the Adelanto School District in California's Mojave Desert voted 5-0 on Wednesday night to reject a petition invoking a 2010 state law that permits parents to effectively seize control of low-performing schools. But supporters of the petition vowed to challenge the board's action in court." (03/29/12)

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PA: Girl, 11, in lawsuit over school drug tests

March 22, 2012
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CBS News    

"The family of an 11-year-old central Pennsylvania girl is suing her school district claiming that drug testing she's required to undergo to participate in choir and other activities is unconstitutional. ... The lawsuit says the girl was removed from the orchestra and chorus at Swift Middle School, and can't participate in athletic or academic teams, because she won't consent to having her urine screened on a random basis by school officials." (03/22/12)

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Is this school or prison?

March 8, 2012
posted by

Debbie Harbeson Jeffersonville Evening News
by Debbie Harbeson  

"Imagine you want to leave your current job. You have decided, for whatever reason, that the position is not meeting your needs. Even if leaving might make life hard, and it’s quite possible you will have to endure negative consequences, you are at the point where leaving and getting on with your life is the best choice. Now imagine that your employer says you can’t leave for two years." (03/08/12)

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