Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

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)

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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
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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
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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
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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)

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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)

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Obama regime announces rule by decree in education

August 8, 2011
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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)

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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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Should teachers get grades too?

July 13, 2011
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Turner Trapp  

"Tennessee has recently taken an important step toward ensuring that its public schools provide a quality education by setting up a system for grading teachers. Missouri should follow suit and go one step further, streamlining teacher termination policies." (07/13/11)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2011/07/should-teachers-get-grades-too.html  

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Ignoring the elephant

July 11, 2011
posted by

Cafe Hayek Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"In today’s New York Times, education guru Diane Ravitch and seven letter-writers combine to compose 1,800 words on the parlous state of K-12 education. In this geyser of platitudes mixed with opinions on testing, charter schools, and class size, never mentioned is the word 'competition' or any of its variants. Not once." (07/10/11)

http://cafehayek.com/2011/07/ignoring-the-elephant.html  

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Educational isolationism doesn’t work

June 14, 2011
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Anna Moore  

"At an average cost of over £1.5 million per km, the U.S.-Mexico border wall has been pilloried in the British press as 'an expensive white elephant.' What an outrageous example of racist American isolationism, one might say. I would tend to agree, but the phenomenon is not uniquely American. The Home Office’s recently announced immigration reforms seem more like a political ploy to xenophobes than sound policy. They also dangerously encroach upon freedoms of movement and action. Take for example cuts in the number of student visas issued." (06/14/11)

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Are philanthropists backing the best charter schools?

June 13, 2011
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Andrew J. Coulson  

"Our failure to replicate educational excellence has been recognized for years. In an attempt to overcome it, philanthropists have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into scaling-up networks of charter schools — hoping to grow the great ones and crowd-out the laggards. Regrettably, this strategy isn't working." (06/10/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13181  

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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
posted by

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
posted by

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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