Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

Will the nation’s capital have universal school choice?

March 2, 2016
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Carol Haynes  

"Recently, United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the Educational Freedom Accounts Act (S. 2455), which would create a universal private school choice program in Washington, D.C. for every public school student, including those enrolled in public charter schools. Companion legislation (H.R. 4426) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Modeled after the recently passed Education Savings Account (ESA) law in Nevada, the bill allows the amount normally spent per pupil in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to be placed in a parent-controlled account. The funds can be used for tuition, fees, tutoring, curricula and other qualifying expenses to customize the child's education." (03/01/16)

http://educationblog.ncpa.org/will-the-nations-capital-have-universal-school-choice/  

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Fear and trembling in Phoenix: A Common Core cautionary tale, part 1

February 25, 2016
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Arizona is widely hailed as the national leader in school choice. It is also one of a growing number of states turning against Common Core. But you wouldn't know it from what's going on inside the Capitol these days. Proposed legislation affirming parents' basic rights over their children's education is being held or amended within an inch of its life in the House and Senate Education Committees -- all in spite of an existing explicit statutory Parents' Bill of Rights affirming their inalienable liberty over their children's education and upbringing .... As more states fight back against federal contamination of classrooms, Arizona offers an important lesson about extinguishing Common Core for good -- so it doesn't keep rising from the dead in one infectious form or another." (02/25/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/25/fear-and-trembling-in-phoenix-a-common-core-cautionary-tale-part-i/  

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The new SAT: Common Core sealant

February 25, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"National Common Core-aligned standardized tests for elementary and secondary schools are in the midst of a death spiral, despite the $360 million the Obama administration spent on the creation of the two consortia, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced, five years ago. Only six states report they will administer PARCC testing in 2016; five years ago, PARCC proudly counted 23 states in its fold." (02/25/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/the-new-sat-common-core-sealant/  

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Preparing our kids for the future

February 24, 2016
posted by

Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by The Dissident Dad  

"I don’t think we can stand around any longer and just send our kids off to school and hope it will all work out. Globalization and tremendous advancements in technology have led to fundamental changes, which in my opinion, have left traditional public schooling in the dark ages. Assembly line education is simply not working out for young people any longer, and ironically, many of these kids are so ignorant they actually think their problem is that they need even more 'education.' In reality, the dumbing down of their minds with indoctrination and a focus on political correctness has made them grossly unprepared for life outside the sheltered cocoon of formal schooling." (02/23/16)

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2016/02/23/the-dissident-dad-preparing-our-kids-for-the-future/  

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Post-Katrina New Orleans: A step forward, but not a model

February 24, 2016
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by John Merrifield  

"I'm glad my friends at the influential Thomas B. Fordham Institute (edexcellence.net) have concluded that, 'New Orleans: A success story? Yes. A national model? Maybe not.' I'm going further: 'yes, an improvement on Pre-Katrina, but definitely not a model.' We can learn a lot from the New Orleans story, and we need to, but we've learned enough already to know we should NOT copy it. The New Orleans story demonstrates, again, for education that we need a price system to orchestrate the provision of anything. Trying to fudge -- to get by without the opportunity/need signaling and resource allocation work achieved passively by price change and market entry/exit -- will yield a huge mess, and perhaps disastrous unintended consequences." (02/23/16)

http://educationblog.ncpa.org/post-katrina-new-orleans-a-step-forward-but-not-a-model/  

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School choice for whom?

February 18, 2016
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance  

"The government forcibly takes money from people (many of whom don't even have any children) through compulsory taxation and uses it to pay for the education of other people's children. It doesn't matter if the education is taking place in a public school of the parents' choice or a private school paid by vouchers. The whole concept of 'school choice' is a misnomer. Giving one group of Americans the choice of where to spend other Americans' money to educate their children is immoral and unjust. If that was describing anything but education, it would be denounced as an income-transfer program and, in the case of vouchers, a subsidy to private industry, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers." (02/18/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/school-choice-for-whom/  

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IL: Protesters stage “walk-in” at 200 Chicago government schools’ campuses

February 17, 2016
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ABC 7 Eyewitness News    

"Protesters walked into nearly 200 Chicago Public Schools Wednesday morning as part of a national day of action in defense of schools. The Chicago Teachers Union organized the demonstration. The union said the 'walk-ins' are in protest of CPS and what they call the district's failure to address the needs of teachers and students. Teachers, parents, students and community members gathered outside each school about 30 minutes before classes began and marched in as a group. CPS sent a letter home to parents and staff Tuesday saying principals are not to let strangers into the buildings." (02/17/16)

http://abc7chicago.com/education/protesters-stage-walk-in-at-200-cps-campuses/1203882/  

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How to escape the student loan debt crisis: Online college degrees

February 16, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Justin Haskins  

"While it's certainly possible to be successful without a college degree, the reality is many employers won't hire an applicant for a quality job unless he or she has a college degree. What can prospective students do then? Well, one alternative to the traditional education model is to pursue an online degree. Online degrees are now being offered by an increasing number of quality educational institutions, and you simply cannot beat the value in terms of dollars and cents. They aren't for everyone, to be sure, but they are an excellent option for lots of students who have no trouble learning online, who have families at home, or who are working through their college years." (02/16/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/how-to-escape-the-student-loan-debt-crisis-online-college-degrees/  

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Education without intervention

February 16, 2016
posted by

Voices of Liberty
by Jenny Li  

"Education is important for any modern society. Educated workers, researchers, and leaders are vital for bolstering the economy, encouraging innovation, discovering new ideas -- essentially, a well-educated populace drives progress and nurtures the next (hopefully even more well-educated) generation. The government, of course, recognizes this importance and works towards making a good education affordable and accessible no matter the student's race, ethnicity, background, location, income, and so forth. This is a noble goal; people do need to be educated, and it is absolutely correct to attempt to drive costs down without sacrificing quality. However, the government tries to achieve its goal through operating public school systems. Unfortunately, public schools only harm poor areas and encourage the indoctrination of a whole generation of young people who could have lived with open minds and freedom of choice." (02/15/16)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/supporting-education-without-intervention/  

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Homeschooling, socialization, and the new groupthink

February 9, 2016
posted by

BK Marcus Foundation for Economic Education
by BK Marcus  

"'But what about socialization?' We who educate our children outside the school system confront an exhausting array of accusations posing as concerns, but the most puzzling -- and the most persistent -- is the socialization question. For years, I've taken it at face value: How, the skeptic seems to be asking, will your kids ever learn to be sociable if you keep them locked up at home all day? That very few homeschooled kids lead the lives of sheltered isolation implied by this question does not seem to assuage the questioner. There's something kids are assumed to receive from the process of group schooling -- especially from large, government-funded schools -- that helps them fit in better with society at large." (02/09/16)

http://fee.org/articles/homeschooling-socialization-and-the-new-groupthink/  

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We can’t afford “free” college

February 9, 2016
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki E Alger  

"There's no such thing as a free lunch, or free college. But that didn't stop President Obama from pushing it (again) in his final State of the Union Address, or presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a recent interview. The biggest problem with 'free college for all' is that college degrees would become as expensive and meaningless as many high school diplomas are today. American public elementary and secondary schools spend more than $13,000 per pupil per year on average -- slightly more than two-year colleges spend. That's hardly the kind of 'free' any of us can afford, even if public secondary schools were getting results -- which they do, of course, but the wrong kind." (02/09/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8673  

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MI: Detroit teachers’ union says district blocked its health inspectors

February 4, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The Detroit Public School District refused to allow environmental inspectors hired by a teachers['] union to investigate its schools, according to a news release from the Detroit Federation of Teachers. ... This current row is part of a bigger fight between the school system and teachers. Detroit schools are hundreds of millions of dollars debt, and many of its facilities are falling apart. Teachers are fed up with, among other things, working in conditions they say are unsafe, and have protested by calling out sick en masse." (02/03/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/03/us/detroit-school-health-inspectors/  

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Death to schools

February 2, 2016
posted by

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"Education is critically important. Much too important to allow government to touch in any way, much less control. My appreciation for education explains my opposition to schooling. Supporting 'public' schools has all the ethical foundation of advocating prison for kids because you fear that otherwise they might starve or have nowhere to sleep. To claim that without government's 'public' schools, kids wouldn't be educated is like claiming that without rapists, some women wouldn't feel wanted." (02/01/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/02/death-to-schools.html  

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School choice means not asking politicians for permission to educate your child

February 2, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Lennie Jarratt  

"School choice takes many forms. The most familiar are vouchers and scholarship programs that pay for a student's tuition to attend a school of their choosing, usually with significant limits on who can participate. Education savings accounts are individual accounts funded by the state, with parents directing all state-approved spending, typically via a debit card. The funds can be used for tuition at virtually any school, books, special classes, and even transportation to and from school. Some states allow personal income tax credits for education expenses." [editor's note: In other words, "school choice" DOES mean asking politicians for permission to educate your child. Who does Jarratt think "approves" "state-approved spending," the voucher fairy? - TLK] (02/01/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/school-choice-means-not-asking-politicians-for-permission-to-educate-your-child/  

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The impact of school choice

January 28, 2016
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Katrina Haffner  

"When he asked what the table was for, I gave him my usual spiel, pointing to the list National School Choice Week provided and highlighting the many forms of schooling. He responded positively, saying that he went through one of those programs. Because of trouble he got into at a young age, participating in alternative education got his life back on track. Hence, he was able to get into Western and have this conversation as a student on-track to graduate. I asked him if he wanted to fill out the 'I support school choice because ...' card, and he agreed. When completed, the card said, 'I support school choice because ... I would be homeless or dead without it.'" (01/28/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/01/28/the-impact-of-school-choice/  

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Common Core: A fiasco for the next generation

January 26, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil  

"Presently, Common Core curriculum has been accepted by most states. Cause for great concern is warranted, because Common Core specifies the textbooks and curriculum that must be used in carrying out the Common core lesson plans, curriculum that contains the indoctrination material of the Global elites. Common Core's 'recommended' reading list originated from one centrally controlled location. Why would Global elitists, through the ACLU, want all vestiges of Judeo-Christian tradition removed from the classroom? Their Global education agenda would not and could not work as long as students could compare the elitists' propaganda to the uncompromising Judeo-Christian ethic. In Communist Russia, Lenin and Stalin's solution to Christianity and Judaism was simple: kill the Christians and Jews." (01/25/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/01/common-core-a-fiasco-for-the-next-generation/  

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Four failed federal education reforms

January 26, 2016
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Lloyd Bentsen IV  

"Over the years, federal funding of primary and secondary education has increased, while students' academic performance has flatlined. For instance, the high school reading and math scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress show that student performance has remained flat for the past 20 years. Recent education reform initiatives by several administrations produced, at best, minimal improvements in student performance at a high price to taxpayers. Given its track record, the federal government should get out of the education business." (01/25/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/four-failed-federal-education-reforms  

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How to teach

January 25, 2016
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Kaptain Kanada, aka Manuel Miles  

"Why is home schooling of interest to Libertarians (and many others)? We believe that: a) The State doesn't own our children, b) the 'public' (government) schools do a poor job of educating them, and c) government schools are primarily interested in dumbing down their inmates in order to make them placid, unquestioning slaves of The State." (01/24/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle856-20160124-03.html  

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Flagging Duncan’s excessive celebration over ESSA

January 14, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"Because Arne Duncan, the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, often engages his mouth before his brain, the case for abolishing the department may have just become stronger than ever. By failing to restrain his end-zone celebration of the Republican-led Congress'[s] recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Mr. Duncan has exposed the deceit and dishonesty of a bipartisan Washington establishment that has imposed top-down controls on education a majority of Americans don't want." (01/14/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/01/flagging-duncans-excessive-celebration-over-essa/  

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Universities must challenge, not conform

January 13, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Joanna Williams  

"A conformist academic culture can be characterised by the dominance of particular views and the suppression of opposing ideas, which only rarely takes place through formal mechanisms but rather is enacted through peer-group pressure. Within academia there is a general tendency for scholars to seek out likeminded individuals for collaborations and to recruit and promote those who share similar views to their own. This is reinforced by the importance of peer review, the emphasis thus falling on securing publication in an increasingly narrow selection of disciplinary specific journals, the need to bid for funding from a relatively small number of sources and the need to demonstrate a narrowly defined measure of impact. Left unchecked, a climate that is intellectually hostile to opposing values and ideas can emerge." (01/13/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/universities-must-challenge-not-conform/  

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Parental choice is a better path to student proficiency

January 7, 2016
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Today Education Week released its annual 'Quality Counts' report. This is one of the main annual spending rankings used to justify more money for public education. However, spending proponents never seem to tell us is just how much more we'll need to spend for students to be proficient in the basics. Of course it costs money to educate students, but even a cursory glance at where the money goes raises serious doubts about how academic achievement is prioritized." (01/07/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/01/07/parental-choice-is-a-better-path-to-student-proficiency/  

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FIRE’s new year’s resolution request: Commit to free speech on campus

January 4, 2016
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by staff  

"Happy New Year! We at FIRE have high hopes that 2016 can be the best year yet for freedom of speech in higher education. If you're a member of a college or university community, you can help by making a commitment to free speech part of your New Year's resolution. Check out these ideas for administrators, faculty, students, and alums ..." (01/01/16)

https://www.thefire.org/fires-new-years-resolution-request-commit-to-free-speech-on-campus/  

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Student loans: The taxpayers lose again

December 29, 2015
posted by

Doug Bandow Foundation for Economic Education
by Doug Bandow  

"So much money, so much effort to forego repayment. Why? Publicly subsidized student loans, whether directly from Uncle Sam or through private banks backed by Washington, make no policy sense. The 'social' benefit from education is greatest at the lowest levels, when people learn to read and write: the building blocks for participation in society. Someone with little academic inclination isn't even likely to gain a lot from high school, which is why kids can leave early." (12/29/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/student-loans-the-taxpayers-lose-again/  

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Interview with John Taylor Gatto, part 2

December 23, 2015
posted by

OpEdNews
by Rob Kall  

"This is the second half of the transcript of my Podcast: John Taylor Gatto, author Dumbing Us Down and Weapons of Mass Instruction." (12/23/15)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/John-Taylor-Gatto--How-t-by-Rob-Kall-Education-Curriculum_Public-Education-151220-398.html  

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Interview with John Taylor Gatto, part 1

December 23, 2015
posted by

OpEdNews
by Rob Kall  

Gatto: "So when I became a schoolteacher, and I became a schoolteacher on a borrowed teaching license -- I wasn't who the license said I was, there were no photographs in those days -- I decided to restore the western Pennsylvania Scotch-Irish Monongahela belief that ordinary people have excellent minds and they will reach to learn difficult, nuanced ideas. And in very quick order -- I probably was the only teacher in the building ... I'm not a very agreeable fellow with anybody let alone with young people -- but in a fairly short time I had no discipline problems at all, and the kids were operating -- there maybe a little hyperbole here but I don't know if there's any -- but they were operating just about on the level of Cornell University freshmen and sophomores there. I was delighted. Then the school began ... the district began to send around teams to observe what on earth I was doing and they were shocked, they were appalled -- I was forbidden to do that ..." (12/22/15)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/John-Taylor-Gatto-author-by-Rob-Kall-Education_Public-Education_Public-Education_School-151220-456.html  

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