Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

Students unsure whether anatomical models are appropriate at Johns Hopkins

April 16, 2015
posted by

Susan Kruth Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth  

"For three decades, the North Baltimore Pro-Life Study Group has set up a display of anatomical models of fetal development as part of Johns Hopkins University's (JHU's) annual Spring Fair. This year, however, JHU's Arts and Crafts Committee decided to disallow the display because it 'contains triggering and disturbing images and content.' Thankfully, after pushback from student Andrew Guernsey, president of the student group Voice for Life, the Committee reversed its decision. But as Guernsey points out in emails to the student government, speakers on campus may still be subject to policies that can be used to censor a broad range of speech -- despite JHU's written commitments to free expression." (04/15/15)

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Two reasons why Cal Poly Pomona lawsuit is different

April 12, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Catherine Sevcenko  

"Last week, student Nicolas Tomas sued California State Polytechnic University, Pomona for violating his First Amendment rights by limiting his efforts to campaign for animal rights to a tiny 'free speech zone' that makes up about 0.01 percent of the campus. Tomas's suit, the ninth in FIRE's Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project (SUFS), was the fifth to challenge the constitutionality of a free speech zone -- a particularly obvious type of violation of the First Amendment that FIRE has challenged both in and out of court for years. This case has produced two interesting variations, however." (04/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lhoow5j  

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For the kids — and for profit

April 9, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Howard Baetjer Jr.  

"The Wall Street Journal has exciting news for economic development in Africa: Well-capitalized American investors have created a company, Bridge International Academies, that provides low-cost schooling for poor African children. So far, that's nice, but not especially exciting. After all, wealthy people have provided charity schooling for the poor for centuries. What's exciting is that Bridge is for profit. It treats the poor as customers, not charity cases. 'How is that possible?' one might ask. 'The poor can't afford private schooling.' But they can; they have for generations; they do right now." (04/09/15)

http://fee.org/blog/detail/for-the-kids-and-for-profit  

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GA: Eleven teachers face prison for “worst cheating scandal in US history”

April 2, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Eleven former teachers and administrators from the US city of Atlanta are facing up to 20 years in jail after being convicted in the biggest school cheating scandal in US history. The scandal, which first broke in 2008 when local school started to show inexplicably good test scores, has raised questions about the quality and competitiveness of education in the United States. The teachers, including several school heads, were convicted of allowing students to erase incorrect answers to in order to inflate their schools' rankings and collect cash bonuses for achieving high-performance targets.The 11 were convicted on racketeering charges that carry a maximum 20-year jail sentence following a high-profile six month trial that lifted the lid on a nationwide issue of the results of standardised education tests being unfairly massaged." (04/02/15)

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Free speech and safe spaces on college campuses

April 2, 2015
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nikki Burgess  

"Free speech has become an increasingly limited and precarious right, especially on college campuses. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) notes that 58% of public campuses still enforce shockingly illiberal speech codes. Furthermore, 1 in 6 of America's largest and most prestigious colleges have free speech zones which limit where free speech can occur. Some of these zones compromise areas as miniscule as 1.37% of the total campus, and many require weeks-long approval processes for any expressive activity. Attitudes towards on-campus speech have been shaped by fears that controversial expression creates a hostile educational environment and makes other students feel unsafe. However, even offensive and hateful speech remains constitutionally protected at public institutions, so long as it does not incite imminent lawless action or constitute tangible threats of violence." (04/02/15)

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Should school districts be too small to fail?

April 2, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by James Shuls  

"When an individual gets financial support from the government, we call it an 'entitlement.' When a large business gets tax breaks, we call it 'corporate welfare.' However, when a small school district cannot afford to keep its doors open without significant support from the state, we call it an 'issue of local control.' Right now, there are 191 districts with 350 or fewer students enrolled. These districts get less than half of their funding from local sources, 46 percent on average. The rest comes from state (44 percent) and federal (10 percent) sources." (04/01/15)

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Community College of Baltimore County instructs applicants to leave thoughts out of the interview process

April 1, 2015
posted by

Susan Kruth Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth  

"Brandon Jenkins was rejected from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in 2013 following an interview for admission in which he was asked, 'What is the most important thing to you,' and answered, 'My God.' After receiving an email from an administrator explaining that his chosen field -- radiation therapy -- 'is not the place for religion,' Jenkins sued the college in federal court, alleging he was discriminated against based on his viewpoint and his religion, in violation of the First Amendment. While the case is still underway, the administrator's message is an alarming example of just how hostile some institutions of higher education are to ideas with which their officials may disagree." (03/31/15)

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The power of state indoctrination

March 30, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Conservatives just don't get it. They complain about Common Core, saying that the federal government shouldn't be involved in education. Fair enough. No problem with that position. But the problem with conservatives is that while they want to get the federal government out of education, they steadfastly want state and local governments to continue 'educating' children." (03/27/15)

http://fff.org/2015/03/27/power-state-indoctrination/  

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Battle against the union blob

March 24, 2015
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith
by Sophie Sandor  

"It is not surprising that teaching unions are objecting to the proposed 2% pay rise for England's top teachers. Unions have long protested against performance-based pay for teachers and now they pose another barrier to the School Teachers Review Body. In the STRB's latest submission to the government, highlighted is the need for a wages increase to encourage the desired competition in the teaching profession."" (03/24/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/education/battle-against-the-union-blob/  

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Hashtagging education in Missouri

March 17, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Brittany Wagner  

"Social media is a platform for discussion, and education policy is a popular topic. In a recent study, researchers looked at the Twitter hashtag, #commoncore. Over a six-month period, there were 25,000 to 35,000 tweets per month using the CCSS hashtag. Not surprisingly, researchers found that the discussion more often surrounded larger political issues rather than the standards themselves. I looked at two popular Missouri education hashtags: #moedchat and #motransfers from March 9 to March 11. Using arguably less sophisticated methods, here are a few interesting things I found." (03/14/15)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2015/03/hashtagging-education-missouri.html  

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Leveling the playing field for online education

March 13, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Governments at all levels annually give traditional colleges about one-third of a trillion dollars. That's roughly $1000 per American per year, a massive subsidy. Question: Why don't cheerleaders for online education loudly call for slashing or ending this subsidy, to put traditional colleges on an even footing with the online alternative? In my experience, even libertarian fans of online education rarely make a big deal out of these subsidies -- even though they are a very big deal indeed." (03/12/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/03/leveling_the_pl.html  

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Raising children in an increasingly obsolete system

March 12, 2015
posted by

Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by The Dissident Dad  

"Technology is making education more efficient, yet there are still millions willing to get in debt to spend years and years in a classroom, when at the click of a mouse, they have an entire world of information just waiting for them. All they have to do is let go of the idea that their education comes through structured (and expensive) academia. Given the incredibly rapid pace of technological advancement, one has to wonder if a student who enters college in 2015 will even have a relevant degree in 2019." (03/11/15)

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University of Oklahoma expels students for constitutionally protected speech

March 11, 2015
posted by

Susan Kruth Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth  

"University of Oklahoma (OU) President David Boren has decided to expel two students, who were members of the university's now-shuttered chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity, for their alleged 'leadership role in leading a racist and exclusionary chant,' as shown in a video posted online recently. As FIRE wrote on The Torch yesterday, absent additional elements like true threats, the expression shown in the video is protected under the First Amendment, and punishing students for their participation in the chant is almost certainly unconstitutional." (03/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxr5s5s  

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As free speech is so often punished, how worried are you?

March 11, 2015
posted by

Nat Hentoff Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff  

"Now that more colleges and universities that ban free speech are becoming known, what action, if any, should the students' parents -- who believe tuition must include First Amendment rights -- take? How many of the 2016 candidates for president are likely to mention the forced disappearance of the First Amendment from college campuses?" (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mqe38nm  

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How the education system destroys social networks

March 11, 2015
posted by

Jeffrey Tucker Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker  

"This is not another article to disparage the value of a college degree. I would like to raise a more fundamental question. It concerns the strange way in which our education system has overly segmented our lives into a series of episodic upheavals, each of which has little to do with the other, the value of one accomplishment being oddly disconnected from the next stage, and none of them directly connecting to our professional goals except in the unusual case." (03/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7qjjk3  

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Legos build student interest in science, technology, engineering and math

March 9, 2015
posted by

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

"New ways to increase competition in public/private education are always a benefit to the entire education system. Projects that promote student engagement in STEM subjects are successfully entering both the private schools and the public schools. As more school choice options appear, even more competition within the educational system will happen in educational areas such as STEM." (03/09/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25436  

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Uber, education, and barriers to entry

March 4, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by James Shuls  

"What do taxicab cartels and traditional education groups have in common? This is a question I contemplated on a car ride from my hotel to the Association for Education Finance and Policy's annual conference in Washington, D.C., last week. Instead of taking the Metro, I decided to use Uber. Joe Miller has written a bunch on Show-Me Daily about Uber and Saint Louis' and Kansas City's taxicab commissions' fight against the ridesharing service. On my short ride, I realized that many education groups are a lot like the taxicab cartels -- they have attempted to place incredible barriers to entering the profession/industry." (03/03/15)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2015/03/uber-education-barriers-entry.html  

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Rev. Jesse Jackson and the listening gap

March 4, 2015
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Robert L Morris, Jr.  

"The Rev. Jesse Jackson was recently back in the Bay Area and talking tough. But during this trip, the civil-rights legend failed to showcase anything new. 'What we now have is disparity by class and culture,' Jackson told the congregation of Richmond's Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church on Jan. 25. 'Too few got too much.' In what reporters described as a 'rousing talk,' Jackson drew parallels between the voting struggles of the 1960s and the 'diversity gap' in boardrooms and at major companies today. He also cited an 'opportunity gap' .... Jackson's time would have been better spent in conversation with teachers and educators about updating educator skills and performance criteria rather than reinforcing the existing system based on tenure." (03/02/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5341  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/25/15

February 26, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute
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"Heather Kays speaks with Associate Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, Neal Mccluskey, about a recent Cato forum which focused on limited political ideologies presented in U.S. Colleges. Their conversation questions if and how academic centers can introduce additional perspectives to academia." [Flash video] (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2rgffj  

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A-B-C-Don’t indoctrinate me

February 26, 2015
posted by

Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"The lawmakers in Oklahoma and elsewhere claim that their children are being indoctrinated. These 'un-American' history classes are tainting young and impressionable minds. I'll be blunt -- they must think the kids in their state are pretty stupid. If one course can completely sway a 17 or 18 year old in his opinion, he has been taught to have the critical thinking capacity of an Orwellian sheep. What these laws are essentially saying is that students are incapable of coming to their own conclusions about historical events and policies. In order to get them to come to the 'right' conclusions, we need to stack the deck in favor of a particular way of thinking." (02/25/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/02/25/a-b-c-dont-indoctrinate-me/  

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Make college free-market, not “free”

February 23, 2015
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki E Alger  

"The biggest problem with President Barack Obama’s proposal to make two-year community college 'as free as high school,' which he has dubbed America's College Promise, is that the new 'free' associate degrees will become as costly and meaningless as many high school diplomas. For the record, American public elementary and secondary schools already spend more than $13,500 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 are, of course, but the wrong kind." (02/23/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5329  

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Education by force? Really?

February 22, 2015
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Bradley Harrington  

"Prussia, after having been occupied by Napoleon during the Fourth Coalition War of 1806-1807, decided afterwards that flaws in its educational system were the cause of its humiliating defeat. Consequently, Prussian intellectuals took the country’s compulsory-school model, first implemented decades earlier by Frederick the Great, and revamped it considerably. The stated goal was the production of loyal, socially-compliant citizens who would obediently follow the orders of the nation-state. Normally, these facts would qualify as little more than historical footnotes. In 1843, however, Massachusetts Board of Education founder Horace Mann toured Prussia’s academic establishments and was so impressed with what he found that he imported those standards back to Massachusetts, where they were adopted in 1852." (02/21/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6978  

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The liberty advantages to homeschooling

February 19, 2015
posted by

Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by The Dissident Dad  

"Despite my best efforts in unshackling myself from my own conventional education, I still harbored many insecurities about taking the plunge into homeschooling. It's one thing to make choices for myself; it's quite another to make them for a small child. These thoughts weighed heavily on my mind, despite the fact that I can't stand 'the state,' and have proven quite successful in life by doing the exact opposite of what my teachers and school councilors advised me to do throughout my life." (02/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mcsna6h  

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College speech codes: A quick critique

February 18, 2015
posted by

Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"This Slate article has been making the rounds. It argues that campus speech codes are defensible in large part because college kids really are still kids, in a way. They have bad impulse control, underdeveloped brains, and thus need paternalism for their own protection. But even if all of the article's premises are true, it doesn't establish its conclusion. It fails in the way that many arguments for regulation, paternalism, and censorship fail." (02/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfgsqv8  

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Laura Dekker: Public school failure or free-market success story?

February 17, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"I recently watched a fascinating documentary entitled Maidentrip about a Dutch teenage girl named Laura Dekker who is the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the world in a sailboat alone. She completed the journey at 16 years of age. She would have done it sooner but for the Dutch authorities. They filed a custody suit, seeking to prevent the teenager from embarking on the voyage. They felt that the state, not the parents, should have ultimate control over such decisions. The Dutch courts finally ruled in favor of Laura but only on the condition that she continue her state-approved education while conducting her voyage. ... To satisfy the condition that the Dutch court imposed on her, Dekker signed up for some sort of worldwide self-education course. Along the voyage, however, she mentioned publicly that she wasn't keeping up with the coursework given the time she had to devote to managing a one-person sailboat on the high seas. Well, as you can imagine, the Dutch public-school authorities and the Dutch mainstream press went ballistic, even suggesting that the girl had thrown her textbooks overboard and thus was no longer getting educated." (02/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mu8cml3  

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