Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

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)

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Students learning how they learn and how they don’t

January 15, 2015
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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)

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

January 13, 2015
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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)

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Building a culture of liberty, part 4: Radical unschooling

January 13, 2015
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Skyler J Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins  

"As shown in the previous installment, schooling is an extremely poor practice for building a culture of liberty. Parents who've begun building that culture at home through attachment and positive discipline will find schooling to be a major counter-productive step in the socialization and enculturation of their children toward liberty. Instead, such parents should educate themselves on the philosophy known as radical unschooling. Not only does it meet the psychological and intellectual needs of children better than schooling, but it's also the best way to continue building a culture of liberty." (01/12/15)

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Free community college another step in the march to socialism

January 12, 2015
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Frank Worley-Lopez The Canal
by Frank Worley-Lopez  

"President Bara[c]k Obama announced has proposed tuition-free community college for all students who 'work for it.' The idea of 'free' college education is not new and has its roots in modern socialism. The plan would require students to maintain a 2.5 GPA, and community colleges would have to improve their standards. Sounds good, but as we have seen in the past, what sounds good isn’t always a good thing. So far, Obama has left out the most important detail: how to pay for it." (01/12/15)

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Education beyond capitalism

January 12, 2015
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Grant A Mincy Center for a Stateless Society
by Grant A Mincy  

"Liberated of state, and beyond capitalism, education will evolve. Our societies will evolve. We will have more time to invest in learning, community, family and friends. Obama’s proposal is progressive, but unimaginative -- the burden of state capitalist power remains. We can imagine more. We can be free people, in a free society." (01/11/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/34920  

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Education and the “progressive” corporate state

January 12, 2015
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"Speaking in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 9 US president Barack Obama unveiled an initiative to provide two years of community college tuition-free, nationwide, to anyone meeting attendance and grade requirements. The idea, inspired by a similar program in Tennessee, aims to make two years of college as universal as high school is now. Obama’s proposal is in keeping, in more ways than one, with traditions going back to the origins of the American corporate state 150 years ago. Since the mid-19th century, a few hundred large industrial corporations and banks have dominated the American economy. And the American state, functionally, has been closely intertwined with the interests of those corporations." (01/10/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/34917  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 01/09/15

January 11, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"Paul Molloy of Freedom Works -- The Paul Molloy Show on Tantalk1340 in Florida -- interviewed School Reform News Managing Editor Heather Kays. Molloy and Kays discuss possible presidential hopeful Jeb Bush's defense of Common Core and the many problems related to the Common Core standards. Kays addresses criticism against politicians who have changed their minds regarding the standards." [Flash video] (01/09/15)

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Obama to promote little schools that can’t?

January 11, 2015
posted by

Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"Today, depending on when this is posted, President Obama either will have delivered a speech, or is about to, extolling the virtues of community colleges. The talk is expected to be a preview of the upcoming State of the Union address, in which Obama has promoted community colleges -- the little schools that can -- before. Or are they really the little schools that can't? All signs, alas, point to the latter. By a lot." (01/09/15)

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NYC to lift ban on student cellphones in schools

January 7, 2015
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Brooklyn Daily Eagle    

"Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to lift a longtime ban that prevented children from having cellphones in New York City public schools. De Blasio is set to announce the policy change Wednesday afternoon in a news conference at a Brooklyn’s High School of Telecommunications Arts and Technology. The existing rule requires cellphones and electronic devices like iPads to be left at home." (01/07/15)

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Building a culture of liberty, part 3: Schooling

January 6, 2015
posted by

Skyler J Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins  

"Schooling is the typical next step in a person's life, and the socialization that occurs in school is quite ill-suited to building a culture of liberty. That's the intent, actually. Modern schooling was founded in Prussia as a means to socialize children into the acceptance of state authority (always illegitimate) and a life of subservience to parents, opinion makers, educators, bureaucrats, and bosses. The brilliance of schooling in this regard was not lost on the rest of the world's ruling class. It quickly spread to every country on earth. Today, schooling is touted as a child's right and necessary for becoming a functional adult. But everything about school is antithetical to building a culture of liberty." (01/05/15)

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The next step in school choice

January 6, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jason Bedrick and Lindsey Burke  

"Education savings accounts operate like the 'partial voucher' that Friedman envisioned more than a decade ago, allowing families to seek out the best educational opportunities for their students -- whether those be in a private or parochial school or a mix of non-traditional education options. Two states have already adopted ESAs, and numerous other state legislatures have considered them. ESAs constitute a critical refinement of Friedman's voucher idea, moving from school choice to educational choice. The challenge for state policymakers is to overcome implementation issues, avoid constitutional roadblocks, and resist harmful regulations masquerading as 'accountability.'" (01/05/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/next-step-school-choice  

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Constitutional federalism beats feds’ bribery of the states

January 4, 2015
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Almost five years ago the final Common Core national standards were published. These national standards epitomize government that has grown beyond all constitutional bounds. As elected officials learned more about the 'voluntary' standards, the less they liked, and efforts to reverse course are underway in the states as well as Congress." (12/30/14)

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NY: Cuomo vetoes his own Common Core bill

December 30, 2014
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Poughkeepsie Journal    

"In June, Gov. Andrew Cuomo negotiated and proposed a bill that claimed to 'protect New York's standing as a national leader in teacher evaluation.' On Monday, Cuomo vetoed the very same bill, saying it doesn't 'fix the foundational issues with the teacher evaluation system.'" (12/30/14)

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How I put away my Atari 2600 and learned to love school choice

December 21, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Todd Krainin  

"I was like a lot of 13-year-old kids growing up in New York City. I had no sense of my own future, much less a concrete political ideology to guide me. All I knew for sure was that my junior high school was stiflingly, soul-numbingly dull. Another thing I didn’t realize at the time: I was zoned for a public high school that was no different. Until somewhere around the 8th grade, I had assumed public high schools were like every other consumer good, that my parents could choose the school that was best for me. So it came as a strange shock to learn that public schools were not like shoes or cars or even public universities." (12/20/14)

http://reason.com/blog/2014/12/20/the-rise-of-charter-schools  

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Students need choice, not pie-in-the-sky solutions

December 21, 2014
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by James Shuls  

"No, simply consolidating school districts will not solve St. Louis’ educational problems. The editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch realizes as much. When they called for a city-county school district in April 2014, they wrote that their ideal school district would utilize 'some form of open enrollment.' The editorial board implicitly recognized that school choice must be a part of any plan to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged students in the Saint Louis area. Though the city-county school district will likely never happen, there are ways in which we can expand options for students. For starters, it should be easier for students in low-performing schools to take the dollars allotted for their education to the school of their choice." (12/18/14)

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Increasing STEM engagement with school choice

December 14, 2014
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Lloyd Bentsen  

"Education reformers have recently turned their attention to STEM -- the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- because of a lack of STEM workers and a mismatch in STEM degree-holders in STEM fields. Today, there are 277,000 STEM job vacancies, and it is estimated that there could be 2.4 million STEM vacancies by 2018. Moreover, the number of STEM degree-holders do not match up with actual employment data .... How can the United States tackle this problem?" (12/12/14)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25162  

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“Free” education? Be careful what you wish for

December 3, 2014
posted by

Frank Worley-Lopez The Canal
by Frank Worley-Lopez  

"It is human nature not to value those things that were granted without earning them. As free education goes, just like free health care or free anything else, it is only a matter of time before such education programs become worthless in the real world. The costs will either skyrocket -- because you never can tax those evil rich people too much -- or the quality will plummet, or both." (12/01/14)

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Religion and unschooling

November 30, 2014
posted by

Art Carden EconLog
by Ar Carden  

"Parenting is really, really hard. We're unschoolers, which means we don't really follow a curriculum (though we do some math and reading stuff with the kids every day). It's wickedly difficult to fight the urge to compare our kids to Little Billy or Little Johnny down the street, but we let them direct their own learning. A lot of this happens by watching videos on YouTube of different things they're interested in (right now, a lot of it is Minecraft tutorials), and we make our library and entertainment selections based on what the kids are interested in. Last night, for example, we were talking about the solar system on our way home from my Dad's house, so before bedtime we watched a TED talk on the possibility of life on one of Saturn's moons." (11/30/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/11/by_request_reli.html  

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Students won’t be collateral damage in California big spenders’ showdown

November 24, 2014
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"It started back in 2012 when Gov. Jerry Brown threatened to slash state funding for California’s 10 University of California campuses unless his Proposition 30 (also known as the 'Millionaire’s Tax') passed. The UC Regents fired back that slashing funds would compel them to hike tuition some 20 percent mid-year -- about $2,400. The massive tax hike passed by more than 55 percent, and Sacramento’s coffers are brimming at $108 billion, with another $3 billion surplus projected for next year. In return, UC officials froze tuition -- until this week, that is. The UC Regents, led by UC President Janet Napolitano, say their share’s not big enough, and they want more of the spoils. So they voted to hike tuition 5 percent annually over the next five years unless they get more state funding." (11/22/14)

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The school religious holidays problem is really a public schooling problem

November 24, 2014
posted by

Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"There's a lot of anger in Montgomery County, Maryland, after the school board voted to officially remove all religious holidays from the district calendar. The goal was to placate Muslim families tired of their kids having to go to school on Muslim holidays while children of other religions got their holidays off. The end result has been widespread indignation from people of all religious stripes. But religion is not the root problem. Public schooling is. " (11/22/14)

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Education vs. school — why we are homeschooling our children

November 24, 2014
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by The Dissident Dad  

"Sit down, listen, and shut up. The universal lesson in any classroom you have ever stepped foot in. Bringing my brain back to a state of usefulness after 12 years of being pounded with information that the central planners wanted me to learn was no easy task. Much of it was meaningless information that I only learned for the day of the test, and this life experience has prompted us to decide not to institutionalize our children." (11/20/14)

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Religion and public education

November 21, 2014
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M. Vance  

"In a free society, there would be no controversies concerning the teaching (or lack of teaching) of religion in public schools. That is because there would be no public schools, which, after all, are nothing but government schools. In a free society, not only would the government not operate schools, it would have nothing to do with education." (11/20/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/religion-public-education/  

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Affirmative action: The real racism on campus

November 19, 2014
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Rossa Minogue spiked
by Rossa Minogue  

"Of course, being denied a university place on the basis of one’s race is unjust, but more galling still is the fact that such discrimination takes place in the name of anti-racism. Apart from the inherent unfairness of these policies, such selection processes also undermine the academic integrity of the universities themselves. The fact that prestigious universities like Harvard or UNC are choosing students on any basis other than their academic achievement makes a mockery of the idea of the university." (11/19/14)

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Obama’s undisciplined school discipline reforms

November 16, 2014
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"During the No Child Left Behind Era of George W. Bush, parents were supposed to have an Unsafe School Choice Option. Partisan politics and perverse incentives combined to ensure that less than 50 schools nationwide ever met Byzantine definitions of an unsafe school each year -- so kids most at risk stayed stuck. Flash forward to the Obama Administration and things aren't much better." (11/13/14)

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