Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

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
posted by

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)

http://tinyurl.com/bqb6n2o  

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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
posted by

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)

http://bit.ly/HKs29C  

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

March 29, 2012
posted by

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)

http://reut.rs/GYQDZ9  

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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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Bishop McFadden and “Totalitarian” public schooling

March 4, 2012
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Michael Tennant  

"Fascist dictators weren’t alone in recognizing that controlling the schools meant controlling the minds of the youth. 'Free education for all children in public schools' is one of the demands of the Communist Manifesto; and Karl Marx’s disciples in the former Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea, and elsewhere have always abolished private schools in favor of state-run indoctrination centers. It is hardly a coincidence, then, that the public schools of 21st-century America are turning out students thoroughly steeped in environmentalism, socialism, and moral relativism but unable to read their own diplomas." (03/02/12)

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1203d.asp  

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Separate school & state, even at the local level

February 28, 2012
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"Why won’t conservatives ever go to the root of the statist problems that face our nation? A good example involves education, an area that most conservatives will admit has long been mired in crisis. Yet, all that conservatives end up doing is dancing around the problem, as they do in so many other areas where statism produces crises." (02/28/12)

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2012-02-28.asp  

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Leaving behind No Child Left Behind

February 23, 2012
posted by

Debbie Harbeson Jeffersonville Evening News
by Debbie Harbeson  

"The passage of NCLB is one of the most uneducated decisions ever made by a group of politicians. And that’s saying a lot. The clues that something was very, very wrong were there from the start and you didn’t even have to know the law’s details to figure this out. The very name provided the first clue." (02/23/12)

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It’s secondary education that needs to get real, Mr. Ebdon

February 22, 2012
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Henry Hill  

"If one phrase were needed to sum up all that is wrong with the choice of Les Ebdon as ‘Fair Access’ Czar of British universities, it must be this: 'I don’t think universities can just say: 'Oh well it is because they are doing the wrong GCSEs' ... Universities have to deal with the world as it is rather than the world as we would want.' What he means is that universities should not be allowed to maintain high standards and insist on schools meeting them. Instead, universities should supplicate themselves to whatever mania is sweeping the teacher training colleges at the time." (02/22/12)

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Escaping the FedEd monster

February 9, 2012
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Paul advocates abolishing the federal Department of Education; however, Kays says 'that is not the right way to solve education problems.' But once the concept of 'education' is properly defined, abolishing FedEd is the only way to solve education problems. Government, by definition, doesn't 'educate.'" (02/09/12)

http://exm.nr/A58RgY  

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Obama to give 10 states passes on No Child Left Behind deadline

February 9, 2012
posted by

Fox News    

"President Obama is set to give 10 states a pass regarding an approaching deadline under the No Child Left Behind law, after the states struggled to meet the proficiency standards for reading and math. The executive action will circumvent Congress, which has been stuck on how to rewrite the law. A White House official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that the 10 states will receive 'flexibility' allowing them to miss 2014 targets for student proficiency." (02/09/12)

http://fxn.ws/wxCiLZ  

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Afghanistan: New textbooks omit past 40 years

February 6, 2012
posted by

Arizona Daily Star    

"In a country where the recent past has unfolded like a war epic, officials think they have found a way to teach Afghan history without widening the fractures between long-quarreling ethnic and political groups: leave out the past four decades. A series of government-issued textbooks funded by the United States and several foreign aid organizations do just that, pausing history in 1973." (02/06/12)

http://tinyurl.com/73bugbu  

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Burn the textbook

February 1, 2012
posted by

Rad Geek People's Daily
by Rad Geek  

"There is in the nature of things no real reason why 'the intersection of the liberal arts and technology' has to be 'a dead-end' for inquiry and intellectual debate. And no reason why it has to serve solely as a dropping-off point for massive profits to monopolistic corporations. The problem is not the technology (which has, of course, outside of the locked-down textbook market, facilitated one of the biggest and fastest explosions of access to primary sources, vigorous debate, and open-ended inquiry in the history of humanity) but the ownership of technology -- the extent to which political and corporate dominance of institutionalized education ensure that the technologies entering this intersection are overwhelmingly the technology of control." (01/30/12)

http://radgeek.com/gt/2012/01/30/burn-the-textbook/  

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How the public schools keep your child a prisoner of the state

January 31, 2012
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Karen De Coster  

"Modern education is built upon a foundation set forth by tyrants. What is most disquieting about the public education mindset is that those who believe most strongly in it are convinced that there are no other suitable alternatives to the compulsory schooling provided via the public domain. The egalitarian core belief of these public education proponents is that society is responsible for obtaining, maintaining, and paying for the process of equally developing young minds." (01/31/12)

http://lewrockwell.com/decoster/decoster191.html  

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Obama brings big government to high school

January 30, 2012
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"The state should not force kids to stay in school until they're 18." (01/30/12)

http://bit.ly/AkIEtW  

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Who is involved in your child’s education?

January 19, 2012
posted by

Nolan Chart Nolan Chart
by J Wright  

"As parents many of us have become a custom to allowing the DOE (Dept. of Education) to raise our children. Who better to guide our nation’s youth, correct?" (01/18/12)

http://tinyurl.com/7yvqz6r  

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AZ: School voucher push is revived

January 18, 2012
posted by

Arizona Republic    

"As he has before, Rep. Jack Harper proposed a bill this month that would let voters decide whether to change the Arizona Constitution to permit the use of school vouchers. The bill would allow many parents to get state vouchers for per-pupil K-12 funding and use them to pay for their children to attend private schools, including religious ones. Harper doesn't expect it to pass." (01/18/12)

http://tinyurl.com/7u39q54  

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In praise of homeschools

January 16, 2012
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Aaron Smith  

"The most admirable group of entrepreneurs is perhaps the least appreciated. Homeschool parents, or parentrepreneurs, are not waiting for politicians and technocrats to fix broken systems of education. Rather, they are eschewing the status quo and finding innovative ways to advance the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth of their children. Unlike their counterparts in the public sector, parentrepreneurs have achieved astounding results with humble budgets." (01/16/12)

http://mises.org/daily/5866/In-Praise-of-Homeschools  

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Compulsory education: The slippery slope

January 11, 2012
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"If the Authority is looking for justification for ObamaCare and the individual mandate for every person to buy health insurance whether they want to or not, there is no better precedent than the laws mandating and upholding compulsory education. If the state can compel the attendance of children in school, it can compel the conduct of adults to buy health insurance -- or to do anything else for that matter -- for their own welfare; for their own good." (01/11/12)

http://bit.ly/w5rEG9  

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Goodbye educrats, hello education

November 20, 2011
posted by

Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Who, beyond literate and well-educated individuals themselves, need and actively seek literate and well-educated individuals? Answer: the world of business." (11/18/11)

http://exm.nr/tunVTC  

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