Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

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

February 17, 2015
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Bumper 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)

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/16/15

February 17, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"Director of Communications Jim Lakely speaks with Managing editor of School Reform News Heather Kays about the latest Common Core news in today’s Heartland Daily Podcast." [Flash video] (02/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k3jy6u7  

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The inherent defectiveness of public schooling

February 17, 2015
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Unfortunately, all too many believers in public schools just don't get it: It doesn't matter who they get to be superintendent, and it doesn't matter what reforms they adopt. It won't make any difference whatsoever. The problem with public schooling is public schooling." (02/16/15)

http://fff.org/2015/02/16/inherent-defectiveness-public-schooling/  

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How school choice could come back to bite Republicans in the butt

February 16, 2015
posted by

Joy Pullmann Heartland Institute
by Joy Pullmann  

"Obama and Republicans have common ground on K-12 education in one major area: Charter schools. In this, Obama has long bucked the teachers union gorillas in the Democrat closet. And who can really rage against charter schools, given that high-quality studies keep showing these independent public schools educate children better and for less cost than traditional public schools? Unions can, but Obama occasionally ignores them, since they backed Hillary instead of him in 2008. The problem with federal support for charter schools is the problem with federal support for a lot of things: Federal support usually means money with strings attached, which often ends up suffocating the thing you’re trying to inflate." (02/16/15)

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First graders do not need to visit colleges or fill out applications

February 15, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Joy Pullmann  

"In some ways, our culture idolizes childhood, but in others, it utterly destroys it. Perhaps the two go hand-in-hand. The New York Times asked recently, 'Is Your First Grader College Ready?' It details classes full of elementary students going on college visits and filling out mock applications. At some colleges, the wait list for elementary-school tours is so long, they offer virtual campus visits. But that's not all. Oh, no, that is not all." (02/13/15)

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Will a degree help you do your job?

February 11, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Joseph S Diedrich  

"Jeff enrolled at Greendale essentially as punishment. Community's pilot episode reveals that he was once a proud and brilliant attorney. However, at the height of his career, he was disbarred. 'The state bar has suspended my license,' Jeff says to Professor Ian Duncan (John Oliver), who happens to be a former client. 'They found out my college degree is less than legitimate.' Jeff never graduated. Jeff is a liar and a manipulator. But his personal character is beside the point. Adept at his profession, he successfully represented his clients. And he didn't need a diploma to do so. Of course, the state bar disagreed." (02/11/15)

http://fee.org/blog/detail/will-a-degree-help-you-do-your-job  

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The disastrous marriage of public schooling and the national security state

February 6, 2015
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Among the biggest disasters in U.S history has been the adoption of public (i.e., government) schooling and the national-security state and the subsequent marriage of these two governmental apparatuses. Public schooling has inculcated a mindset of conformity, regimentation, and deference to authority within the American people. That was its purpose. That's why governments throughout the world, including those in communist regimes, take control over the education of children and insist that parents submit their children to state-approved schooling." (02/06/15)

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Obama’s budget proposal portends more problematic micromanaging by OCR

February 5, 2015
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth  

"Given recent oversteps by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR), FIRE was dismayed to learn of President Obama's proposal to increase OCR's funding by 31 percent -- to 131 million dollars -- for 2016. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, this would allow OCR to hire 210 additional full-time employees to join its current staff of 544, for a total of 754 employees. As Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) senior attorney Hans Bader, who used to work for OCR, argued in a post on CEI's blog yesterday, OCR has already done significant damage and should not be rewarded for hurtling beyond the bounds of its authority." (02/05/15)

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Wanted: Uber-ized education

February 4, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jason Bedrick and Lindsey Burke  

"Innovation has enabled Uber to create a better experience for both consumer and provider. And nowhere is that kind of innovation more desperately needed than in our K-12 education system. An Uber-ization of education -- something that is already beginning to happen -- will improve service for students and teachers. Take the example of teacher-led schools."

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/wanted-uber-ized-education  

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University of Iowa asks students how best to show its disregard for First Amendment

February 2, 2015
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Peter Bonilla  

"We haven't revisited the deplorable censorship case of art professor Serhat Tanyolacar at the University of Iowa (UI) for some time now. It has not slipped FIRE's mind, however, that UI has yet to demonstrate any awareness of the First Amendment principles it trampled on by censoring and publicly denouncing Tanyolacar's work. FIRE and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) have harshly rebuked UI for its handling of the case, in both a joint letter and joint press release. And though I didn't think my opinion of UI's management of this case could get any lower, it turns out I was wrong." (01/30/15)

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ND: Pols consider measure to scrub Common Core

February 2, 2015
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Rochester Post-Bulletin    

"The House Education Committee is slated to hear testimony on a bill that would require North Dakota to scrub Common Core education standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. ... [Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo] and other critics contend Common Core represents a federal takeover of education." (02/02/15)

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Jeb Bush’s Common Core hedging undermines reform efforts

February 1, 2015
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Heartland Institute
by Heather Kays  

"Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and prospective GOP presidential contender, was wrong to support Common Core. Now, on the campaign trail, he appears to be backtracking a bit. He should go all the way and admit he was wrong in the first place." (01/31/15)

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SD: Bill would allow teachers to question evolution and climate change

January 29, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Lawmakers in South Dakota are pushing a bill that would allow teachers to address the supposed 'weaknesses' in the scientific theories of evolution and global warming. The bill, which is described as academic freedom legislation, would free up teachers from interference by state or local education officials, reported the Argus Leader. ... The legislation is based on suggestions by the Discovery Institute, which promotes intelligent design instead of evolution. The measure proposed in South Dakota does not advance intelligent design or creationism, but it would allow teachers to question accepted scientific theories." [editor's note: If this bill promoted constructive discussion on GMO foods, these same horror-stricken folks would be applauding - SAT] (01/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kdwk7qx  

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Three myths about homeschooling

January 29, 2015
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Anne Butcher  

"Having someone ask you 'but if you're homeschooled, how do you make friends?' is like the unofficial initiation into the homeschooling community. In many places, homeschooling networks develop in order to make more social and academic opportunities available. I attended a homeschool prom, a homeschool graduation ceremony, sang in a homeschool chorus and attended various other events for homeschooled students. I've had people talk to me at other social functions who said they were surprised to find out I was homeschooled because I was outgoing and talkative. I've met homeschooled students who were socially awkward, but I've met plenty of public school students who were too. I've never heard anyone say 'they’re so antisocial, I guess you can blame their public school.'" (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m4tj4go  

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Education is too important not to leave to the marketplace

January 27, 2015
posted by

Ron Paul The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul  

"The movement against Common Core has the potential to change American education. However, anti-Common Core activists must not be misled by politicians promoting "reforms" of the federal education bureaucracy, or legislation ending Common Core while leaving all other federal education programs intact. The only way to protect American children from future Common Core-like programs is to permanently padlock the Department of Education." (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohrvr7y  

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Schooling an industrial proletariat

January 27, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by John Taylor Gatto  

"It was under my nose, of course, but for years I avoided seeing what was there because no one else seemed to notice. Forced schooling arose from the new logic of the Industrial Age -- the logic imposed on flesh and blood by fossil fuel and high-speed machinery. This simple reality is hidden from view by early philosophical and theological anticipations of mass schooling in various writings about social order and human nature. But you shouldn't be fooled any more than Charles Francis Adams was fooled when he observed in 1880 that what was being cooked up for kids unlucky enough to be snared by the newly proposed institutional school net combined characteristics of the cotton mill and the railroad with those of a state prison." (excerpt from 2003's The Underground History of American Education; posted 01/26/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/schooling-an-industrial-proletariat  

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Thanks, Tom Hanks, but here’s the real price of “free” community college

January 27, 2015
posted by

Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"Recently, in response to President Obama's proposal to make community college free nationwide, I wrote a piece for the Washington Post that ran under a headline calling community colleges 'terrible.' It elicited numerous angry retorts, several of which suggested people read actor Tom Hanks'[s] personal reflection on his community college experience instead. To this I offer two major thoughts: (1) Op-ed writers often don't write their own headlines, and (2) thank you, Mr. Hanks, for illustrating a major concern." (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kczggvl  

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The pros and cons of homeschooling

January 26, 2015
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Suzanne Schaefer  

"It’s National School Choice Week, which means it’s time to reflect on the education systems in America. National School Choice Week is about supporting the right for parents and children to choose the method of education that works best for them. For some that’s good, old-fashioned public school, for others, it’s homeschooling. For those rich snobs, there’s private school. Despite what the miserable, anti-school choice lot may have to say about it, homeschooling is a valid method of schooling and one that many parents seriously consider for their children." (01/25/15)

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College for eoall would set many up for trouble

January 18, 2015
posted by

Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"Say not everyone should go to college, and you're heading for a world of rhetorical hurt. 'How dare you consign people to second-class citizenship,' you'll be angrily queried. 'That's just an excuse to leave kids behind,' you'll hear. But whether you think everyone is college material or not, reality is inescapable: The economy simply can't handle an America full of degrees. Not even close." [editor's note: Actually, "the economy" would handle it just fine -- it's just that a lot of people with degrees would find those degrees of little value - TLK] (01/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ntn87qz  

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Ministerial whims and the state of education

January 18, 2015
posted by

spiked spiked
by Alka Sehgal Cuthbert  

"If politicians were to butt out of education today, where would that leave teachers, parents and pupils? Would teachers be free to pursue their subject knowledge and teach as freely and creatively as they wished? And would children be free to enter a school every morning to grapple with the demands and pleasures of learning academic subjects? No, they would not. And that is largely because politicians may have power, but they have neither the moral nor the intellectual authority to shape the culture in which educational policymaking takes place." (01/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ngtrcxr  

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Proposed Keiki caucus bills would undermine parental rights

January 16, 2015
posted by

Hawaii Reporter
by State Representative Bob McDermott (R-HI)  

"Keiki Caucus bills are intended to advocate for children and youth, and have merit -- but two bills proposed for 2015 are an affront to parental rights and require greater scrutiny. The first bill would undo the DOE's new 'opt-in' requirement specifying that sexual health education must be provided in all public schools -- even elementary schools -- but forces parents to 'opt-out' via written request if they do not want their child to participate. This is a disappointing development, and disrespectful to parents." (01/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvwv6ct  

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Education’s no dollar left behind competition

January 15, 2015
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki E Alger  

"One of education’s most important annual rituals began last week, when Education Week released its annual Quality Counts report, which grades states based on a variety of criteria, including spending. On cue came the predictable hand-wringing over K-12 education funding." (01/14/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5275  

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The Common Core standards’ undemocratic push

January 15, 2015
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Williamson Evers Education Week
by Williamson M. Evers  

"In the 1830s, when Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States, he found Americans intensely loyal to their local schools. Americans saw schools as extensions of their families and neighborhoods. They viewed public schools as akin to voluntarily supported charities and as part of what social scientists today call civil society. ... Today, Americans retain much of the sentiment about local schools they had in Tocqueville's day. But, increasingly, parents and taxpayers view the public schools as an unresponsive bureaucracy carrying out edicts from distant capitals. Today, we are dealing with a deteriorating situation in a declining institution, namely widespread ineffective instruction in the public schools." (01/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n5y9k75  

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Students learning how they learn and how they don’t

January 15, 2015
posted by

Nat Hentoff Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff  

"For years, educational reformers have too often just glibly emphasized 'critical thinking' as a key goal of education. But students who are mainly talked at by teachers and then graded by collective standardized tests don’t get to do much critical thinking in school." (01/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mzjnlm9  

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Even for-profit universities are better than America’s terrible community colleges

January 13, 2015
posted by

Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"President Obama announced a plan Friday to provide free community college to any 'responsible' student who wanted it. That's a bad idea. Community colleges perform poorly, and any additional government subsidy of these already heavily subsidized, weak performers would likely be a waste of money. For proof, compare them to much derided for-profit institutions. While these schools have their own flaws, their students do better on a variety of measures." (01/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m28bbc4  

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