Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

Oklahoma: Losing federal waiver, winning back rightful control over education

September 1, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"By this school year all American students were supposed to be proficient in reading and math according to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the latest iteration of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). By 2011 it was clear that no state was even close, so the US Department of Education made states an offer far too many thought they couldn’t refuse ..." (08/29/14)

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LA: Jindal reportedly to sue federal government over Common Core

August 27, 2014
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Fox News    

"Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal reportedly will file a lawsuit against the Obama administration in federal court Wednesday, claiming that the Department of Education has illegally manipulated grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the controversial Common Core standards. A draft copy of the lawsuit was provided to The Associated Press by the governor's office. Jindal planned to file it Wednesday in the federal court based in Baton Rouge." (08/27/14)

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For-profit colleges: Felonies or feeding frenzy?

August 26, 2014
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Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"For-profit colleges have been feeling a lot of heat over the last few years, and likely some of it has been fueled by politicians driven as much by politics or ideology as concerns about a uniquely awful higher ed sector. That said, for-profits do have some atrocious outcomes, and no doubt some have very shady practices. So how does the public know if attacks on specific for-profits are about real malfeasance, or about politicians -- including lots of attorneys general -- trying to make names for themselves by aggressively going after easily demonized schools?" (08/25/14)

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Parental choice, not Common Core, is the key to academic accountability

August 25, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"As long as the federal government and powerful political special interest groups control education, parents and the taxpaying public will remain in the dark about just how well students are actually doing in school. Teachers’ union leaders fight objective measures of student achievement. Washington politicians and unelected bureaucrats devise elaborate, expensive testing regimes that purport to be objective, but in reality they’re based on benchmarks that are so low significant numbers of students are deemed performing when, in fact, they have not mastered basic knowledge and skills." (08/23/14)

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NC: Judge rules private school vouchers unconstitutional

August 21, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"A new school voucher program for low-income families was ruled unconstitutional Thursday by a judge who said taxpayer money should not be used for tuition to private or religious schools. The vouchers pay for students to attend privately run K-12 schools that do not have to meet state curriculum requirements, violating the state constitution, Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood said." (08/21/14)

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Is education policy economic policy?

August 4, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Lenore Ealy  

"We live with a collective sigh of despair, punctuated by angry controversy over various proposals for reform ranging from school choice to the Common Core standards movement. Yet for all the tax dollars, political capital, and ink spilled on issues of education reform and school improvement, we have failed to ask a fundamental question: Who is education for?" (08/04/14)

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A word on teachers

August 4, 2014
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Keir Martland  

"Those of a certain age who perhaps attended a grammar school and have done moderately well ought to be forgiven for believing that, while the state system is now grossly inefficient and obviously dumbed-down, the students have never had it so good. ... Quite the contrary. State high schooling is a highly depressing and demotivating experience; nowhere else can you get the atmosphere of a police station, a hospital, and an asylum all in one." (07/31/14)

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

July 30, 2014
posted by

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)

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More states abandoning the sinking Common Core ship

July 29, 2014
posted by

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)

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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
posted by

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
posted by

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)

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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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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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