Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

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
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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
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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
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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)

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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)

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Surviving public school

November 14, 2011
posted by

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"The indoctrination system we have is exactly what we can expect from one absent competition. With state-mandated attendance and no real-world performance measurements, state-licensed group leaders deliver a state-controlled catechism. It was most likely my exposure to it as a father that began my journey to the libertarian perspective in the first place." (11/11/11)

http://idaholiberty.com/?p=916  

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Why allow kids to be hostage to government monopoly?

October 26, 2011
posted by

Fox News Forum
by John Stossel  

"Conventional wisdom is that government must run the schools. But government monopolies don't do anything well. They fail because they have no real competition. Yet competition is what gives us better phones, movies, cars -- everything that's good. If governments produced cars, we'd have terrible cars. Actually, governments once did produce cars. The Soviet bloc puts its best engineers to work and came up with the Yugo, the Volga and the Trabant." (10/26/11)

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The importance of digital learning

October 17, 2011
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Audrey Spalding  

"Somehow, it seems appropriate that the announcement of Digital Learning Day, a national campaign to highlight innovative and successful uses of digital technology in public education, came during the same week that the new iPhone update was announced. We are increasingly using technology to improve our lives. It makes sense that we should extend the use of technology to the classroom." (10/14/11)

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Stop the slander of inner-city parents

October 13, 2011
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason  

"The argument is this: school choice will fail because inner-city parents are too ignorant and indifferent to make wise choices about their kids’ education. This claim is usually proffered sotto voce, since inner-city parents are often members of ethnic minorities. The argument can be accused of having a racist cast, yet the people who offer it are typically politically correct progressive liberals who love accusing the rest of us of racial insensitivity." (10/11/11)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/669  

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Random thoughts on education

October 10, 2011
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"Talking with my younger son on the phone, he mentioned that he was planning to write and web an account of his recent playing of Rome: Total War, a computer game he is fond of -- and do it as the work of a later historian describing the rise of whatever empire established itself as victor in the course of the game." (10/09/11)

http://bit.ly/qHKAXJ  

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The higher education bubble

August 25, 2011
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"Where a bachelor’s degree once set people apart from the crowd, now it’s a master’s degree. Some day, I’m sure a PhD will be the minimum. Standards have fallen and costs have risen as the bubble grows. Once, everybody wanted to own expensive tulips. Today, people are putting their money into letters after their name." (08/25/11)

http://bit.ly/nznZq1  

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Obama regime announces rule by decree in education

August 8, 2011
posted by

Bloomberg News    

"President Barack Obama’s administration will bypass Congress to override the nation’s main public-education law, granting waivers to states if they agree to his schools agenda. ... Saying Congress has failed to take action to fix the nine- year-old law, the U.S. Education Department will offer states waivers as soon as this school year. [Education Commissar Arne]Duncan opposes the legislation’s focus on holding schools accountable only through testing proficiency, which he has said encourages dumbed-down standards." (08/08/11)

http://bloom.bg/omkPuu  

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Schools without classrooms

August 7, 2011
posted by

EconLog EconLog
by Arnold Kling  

"In the legacy education model, teachers combine coaching, feedback, and content delivery. By coaching I mean advice, guidance, and encouragement. Feedback includes formal grading as well as informal praise and criticism. Content delivery includes lectures and reading assignments. Perhaps the key to radically changing education is to break up those functions." (08/04/11)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2011/08/schools_without.html  

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Playing the percentages

August 4, 2011
posted by

Jeffersonville Evening News
by Debbie Harbeson  

"Take a moment and pick something you value, such as your income, your family or maybe even the number of hours you sleep. Now, if you suddenly lost 20 percent, would anything change? For example, if your spouse suddenly went from being 100 percent faithful to 80 percent faithful, would you still define your relationship as a marriage? What if we could ask Maria Montessori if she would accept 20 percent less focus on her philosophy? How do you think she might respond?" (08/04/11)

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It’s not personal; it’s institutional

July 13, 2011
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Wendy McElroy  

"'My husband is a good man!' The indignation came from an email acquaintance to whom I had explained one reason I reject the public-school system — namely, rather than educate children, it indoctrinates them and teaches unthinking obedience. As it happened, her husband was a grade-school teacher." (07/13/11)

http://mises.org/daily/5439/Its-Not-Personal-Its-Institutional  

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