Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

Inner-city education fails without the church

June 9, 2011
posted by

Acton Institute
by Anthony B. Bradley  

"As Congress moves toward reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the problem is not that the Department of Education is not doing enough but that it suffers from an acute case of what psychologists call 'organizational narcissism.' If they really wish to address America’s inner-city public school crisis, federal education officials must look beyond the boundaries of their own agencies and recognize the crucial role of churches." (06/08/11)

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MA: Charter school may exit union

June 6, 2011
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Boston Globe    

"Teachers at the first charter school in Massachusetts to form a union are now debating whether to dissolve it, dealing a potential blow to an effort to unionize charter schools statewide. Three years ago, when teachers at Brighton’s Conservatory Lab Charter School formed a union, the elementary school quickly became a poster child for the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts, the state’s second-largest teachers union, which had launched a charter-school unionization campaign." (06/06/11)

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CA: SCOTUS declines immigrant tuition case

June 6, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court refused on Monday to examine a California law that allows illegal immigrants to attend state colleges and universities at preferential in-state tuition rates that are roughly one-third the cost charged to students from out-of-state. Under the state law any individual ... who graduates from a California high school after attending for three years qualifies for the same tuition discount offered to California residents. The discounts apply at all public universities in the state, including the system’s most prestigious and highly-competitive institutions." (06/06/11)

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Pass without distinction

June 5, 2011
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The American Prospect    

"After a nearly two-year drafting and revision process, the Department of Education (DOE) has finally begun to crack down on schools like Ashford, whose students are often lured in by flashy advertising and the promise of a lucrative future, then left with little but mounting debt to show for their education. Yesterday, the DOE announced rules requiring career colleges to certify that their graduates are 'gainfully employed' in order for their students to qualify for federal aid." [editor's note: As usual, a "private" enterprise becomes just another "gravy train" subsidy recipient, however indirectly it may be - SAT] (06/03/11)

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Don’t nationalize education

June 2, 2011
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by John Payne  

"A number of educators, academics, and political figures recently signed a statement released by the Albert Shanker Institute favoring a 'common content core curriculum' for all public schools in the United States. The idea has an obvious appeal: Simply select what students should learn and tell the schools to teach it. However, as H.L. Mencken wrote, 'there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.' There is no single best curriculum for all students in all districts, and any attempt to create one at the federal level opens the door to political meddling in educational content." (06/02/11)

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Students and their education

June 1, 2011
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Tibor R. Machan A Passion for Liberty
by Tibor R. Machan  

"Columnist David Brooks of The New York Times, now sadly a reliable lapdog of conservative statism, has come out, in his May 31, 2011 column 'It’s Not About You,' against college and university students regarding their education as a means for advancing themselves in their lives. No, he believes their education ought to serve society, the country, the nation, the public, humanity or some such vague purpose." (05/31/11)

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Government school per-student spending rises … again

May 26, 2011
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Fox News    

"If the quality of public schools can be measured by the amount of money spent per student, then U.S. students should be performing fabulously. The national average in fiscal year 2009 was $10,499, a 2.3 percent increase over the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, citing data from Public Education: 2009. Some states spent way above the national average, starting with New York, which spent $18,126 per student. ... The states that spent the least amount per student were Utah ($6,356), Idaho, ($7,092), Arizona ($7,813), Oklahoma ($7,885) and Tennessee ($7,897)." [editor's note: Of course the PTB here in my adopted Volunteer State cite this low spending figure (with no income tax as well? tsk,tsk!) as clear evidence of how much we disvalue the chill-drenn! - SAT] (05/26/11)

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The drug of choice for public schools

May 26, 2011
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard Schwartzman  

"A government-provided education is not necessarily an education at all. It works well for some, but in all too many cases it’s just a way to socialize kids, teaching little more than obedience to authority or simply acting as a babysitter who is boring kids half to death." (05/24/11)

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1105p.asp  

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Mind-boggling increases in tuition since 1960 even as students learn less and less

May 25, 2011
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OpenMarket.org
by Hans Bader  

"There has been a truly mind-boggling increase in college tuition since 1960. For example, law school tuition has risen nearly 1,000 percent after adjusting for inflation .... Meanwhile, college students learn less and less with each passing year." (05/25/11)

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Tax credits better for schools than vouchers

May 17, 2011
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Andrew J. Coulson  

"Twenty-five people were killed in the Philadelphia Bible Riots of 1844, a hundred more were injured, and St. Augustine's Church was burned to the ground. The cause of all that mayhem? The city's Catholics asked to have their children exempted from readings of the Protestant King James version of the Bible, or to use their own Douay version instead -- in the public schools. The riots of 1844 have a lesson to teach us about the school-choice debate raging today in Pennsylvania's legislature." (05/15/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13110  

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Reflections on gifted programs

May 17, 2011
posted by

EconLog EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Full disclosure: The idea of schools without gifted programs fills me with visceral meritocratic outrage. In junior high and high school, tracking was the only thing that made my life bearable. In my memory, normal classes were a combination of Waiting for Godot and Lord of the Flies. So I thought it best to mellow out a few days before commenting on Arnold's recent posts on gifted programs." (05/16/11)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2011/05/reflections_on_7.html  

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You can choose your child’s education

May 12, 2011
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Debbie Harbeson Jeffersonville Evening News
by Debbie Harbeson  

"Now that Indiana’s government has passed the school voucher law, proponents are excited about increased choice in education. But let’s be clear, the increased choice they’re talking about still falls inside a coercive system of funding, which means we will see all the associated problems and flaws that always come with force. All we’ve really seemed to accomplish here is to add one more special interest group — private schools — into the mix of those who will continue to fight to gain access to the pot of government-controlled funds designated for education. ... If your child’s needs are not being met inside government-approved educational institutions of any sort you do have another choice. It is possible to free your family, to become independent and take control if you want. How? By going independent and choosing home education." (05/12/11)

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Why bullying remains a problem

May 12, 2011
posted by

Classically Liberal
by CLS  

"We have crappy, violent schools because they don't have to be better. They have a captured audience and captured funding. Only when a blatantly awful thing happens, and can't be ignored, does it get attention. Otherwise it is business as usual." (05/11/11)

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The “education” mantra

May 10, 2011
posted by

Freedom Politics
by Thomas Sowell  

"One of the sad and dangerous signs of our times is how many people are enthralled by words, without bothering to look at the realities behind those words. One of those words that many people seldom look behind is 'education.' But education can cover anything from courses on nuclear physics to courses on baton twirling." (05/10/11)

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A variation on Friedman — school vouchers for teachers?

May 8, 2011
posted by

J. Neil Schulman J. Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J. Neil Schulman  

"What if — instead of attaching the educational voucher to the student — the educational voucher was attached to the teacher? Thus, a teacher’s salary, pension, and other benefits would attach not to the school but to the teacher, and both public and private schools would have to compete for the teacher in order to secure that funding." (05/07/11)

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A strategic defeat for educational freedom

May 8, 2011
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Adam B. Schaeffer  

"An expansive new voucher program, signed into Indiana law today, has been widely praised as a momentous victory for school choice and Gov. Mitch Daniels on the brink of his long-awaited presidential campaign announcement. In reality, the voucher program is a tactical victory for highly constrained choice won at the price of a broad strategic defeat for educational freedom." (05/04/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13078  

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CT: Mother pleads not guilty in school case

April 28, 2011
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Associated Press    

"A homeless single mother who lives in her van pleaded not guilty yesterday to stealing nearly $16,000 worth of education for her son by enrolling the kindergartner in her baby sitter’s school district. Tanya McDowell, 33, was arraigned in Norwalk, where she was arrested April 14 on felony charges of committing and attempting to commit first-degree larceny. Prosecutors say McDowell used her baby sitter’s address to enroll her son in Norwalk schools in the fall but should have registered the boy in nearby Bridgeport, a significantly poorer urban district and the location of her last permanent address." (04/28/11)

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IN: Lawmakers OK broadest voucher plan in US

April 27, 2011
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San Jose Mercury News    

"Indiana will create the nation's broadest private school voucher system and enact other sweeping education changes, making the state a showcase of conservative ideas just as Gov. Mitch Daniels nears an announcement on whether he will make a 2012 presidential run. The Republican-controlled state legislature handed Daniels a huge victory Wednesday when the House voted 55-43 to give final approval to a bill creating the voucher program that would allow even middle-class families to use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools." (04/27/11)

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17941118  

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Grocery school

April 25, 2011
posted by

Cafe Hayek Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Suppose that we were supplied with groceries in same way that we are supplied with K-12 education. ... Does anyone believe that such a system for supplying groceries would work well, or even one-tenth as well as the current private, competitive system that we currently rely upon for supplying grocery-retailing services? To those of you who might think so, pardon me but you’re nuts." (04/24/11)

http://cafehayek.com/2011/04/grocery-school.html  

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Education Department financial aid rules backfire, harming students

April 22, 2011
posted by

OpenMarket.org
by Hans Bader  

"The Education Department tried to restrict the use of financial aid by for-profit colleges by barring them from getting more than 90 percent of their funding from federal financial-aid programs. How did they respond?" (04/21/11)

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Beyond the education bubble

April 20, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"The education bubble, like the finance bubble, is fueled by excess money looking for an outlet and unscrupulous promoters looking for suckers. Just as shady bankers lured people into mortgages that were beyond their means, the higher education industrial complex — through its affiliated high school counselors — lures kids into obtaining what seems to be easy money through Sallie Mae with the promise of higher lifetime incomes." (04/19/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6845  

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Emergency laws and public school indoctrination

April 20, 2011
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"An interesting aspect of the Syrian protests shows, once again, the big success of public (i.e., government) schooling in America. Syria is ruled by a brutal dictatorship. Everyone agrees on that. The world is witnessing the power of that dictatorship today, as it employs overwhelming police and military force to suppress dissent and anti-government demonstrations by the Syrian populace." (04/20/11)

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2011-04-20.asp  

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Public education: Failing in America

April 19, 2011
posted by

Authority! Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Almost everyone graduates now. We see kindergartners today wearing the traditional cap and gown for 'graduation' up to the first grade. They 'graduate' with cap and gown from elementary school too; but most of them still can’t read." (04/19/11)

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School choice news

April 12, 2011
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason  

"A closely-divided Court decided (5–4, in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v.Winn) to uphold an Arizona law meant to facilitate school choice. The law allows people who donate to organizations that support religious schools to write off all their school payments on their state income taxes. Opponents of the law — including, naturally, teachers’ unions and public school administrations — argued that the tax credit amounted to establishment of religion, and was thus unconstitutional." (04/11/11)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/535  

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ME: An iPad for every kindergartner?

April 11, 2011
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Fox News    

"Does your 5 year old need an iPad? School officials in Maine certainly think so, where the Auburn Schools Committee voted unanimously to provide all kindergartners with a brand new iPad 2 next year -- with the process repeated for each new incoming class. It's a move that will ultimately cost the school system about $200,000 next year, including Apple's $25 discount from the designer tablet's regular retail price." (04/11/11)

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/04/11/ipad-kindergartner  

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