Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

Learning lessons our schools can’t teach

December 22, 2015
posted by

Mary Ruwart Ruwart.com
by Mary J Ruwart  

"In the early 1900s, our great-grandparents trudged off to their neighborhood school. For the better part of the day, the teacher stood in front of the class, chalk in hand, to expound on lessons contained in the schoolbooks. Today, our children take cars or buses to school, but once they are there, students listen as the teacher stands in front of the class to expound on the lessons contained in the schoolbooks. The facilities are newer, the chalk has become a white board marker, an occasional video clip is shown, and the curriculum includes some additional subjects, but otherwise our schools are stuck in the horse and buggy days." (12/21/15)

http://www.ruwart.com/blog/learning-lessons-our-schools-cant-teach-from-the-cliff-notes-version-of-healing-our-world.html  

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Speech Code of the Month: Auburn University

December 16, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Samantha Harris  

"Student protests have been all over the news this fall. While some of the protesters' demands -- such as demands for restrictions on student and faculty speech -- have been troubling, the right of students to engage in protest and other expressive activities is critically important, and this autumn's events have illustrated the power of student protest. What many people may not realize is that a distressing number of universities across the country maintain onerous restrictions on when and where students may demonstrate. One such institution is Auburn University. Auburn's restrictive and confusing Speech and Demonstration Policy limits where students can demonstrate on campus and gives the administration too much discretion over students' expressive activities." (12/15/15)

https://www.thefire.org/speech-code-of-the-month-auburn-university/  

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Common Core now law of the land

December 16, 2015
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Carole Haynes  

"Congress has repealed the No Child Left Behind Act only to replace it with a far worse centralized control of education -- Every Student Succeeds Act. Congress has admitted that Common Core now will be federal law and that it is not about academic learning but rather changing the beliefs, values, behavior and worldviews of students. In a nutshell, the government is conducting psychological profiling of our children." (12/15/15)

http://educationblog.ncpa.org/common-core-now-law-of-the-land/  

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Universities and race

December 9, 2015
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by David B Rivkin Jr. and Andrew M Grossman  

"The don't-ask-don't-tell era of racial preferences in college admissions may soon be at an end, as Abigail Fisher's challenge to the University of Texas's affirmative-action program makes its second appearance before the Supreme Court, which will hear the case this Wednesday. Significantly, Ms. Fisher isn't asking the Court to ban affirmative action. Instead, her case seeks to hold schools to the general rule that the government may employ race-based measures only as a last resort. And even then, such measures must be almost perfectly calibrated to serve a compelling interest -- in this instance, achieving the educational benefits of diversity." (12/08/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/universities-race  

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End the education fights: Time for a divorce

November 30, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"This past year, brawls over the content of 'public education' seem to have centered around gender identity issues -- who uses what bathroom, locker room, etc. But the brawls themselves are nothing new. They've occurred with regularity ever since government's hostile takeover of American education began in the mid-19th century. Sex education in general has been a recurring topic, as has evolution vs. creationism in science curricula. Even the state's cultish loyalty oath, the 'pledge of allegiance,' has occasioned multiple 12-round heavyweight extravaganzas. The solution to all this constant conflict is simple: If we want to end the political struggles over education, we need to end the involvement of politics itself in education. And the only way to do that is to separate school and state entirely. I said it would be simple. Simple isn't the same thing as easy." (11/28/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3677  

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How to rescue free speech in American academia

November 29, 2015
posted by

Nat Hentoff Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff  

"In last week's column, I described how the national anti-free speech movement poses an imminent threat to freedom of expression in American academia. Those advocating for the anti-free speech movement attempt to interpret the 'language of free speech' to their advantage so that it applies only to them, but not to others. Their analysis often cites Title IX's antidiscrimination provisions and accuses free speech advocates of using 'weaponized words' to silence anti-racism protestors, but invariably ignores the long history of court decisions that have repeatedly applied First Amendment protections to offensive speech at public universities." (11/25/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-rescue-free-speech-american-academia  

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We need to end, not mend, the ESEA

November 19, 2015
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Today a House and Senate conference committee met to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was last reauthorized in 2002 as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). There are numerous problems with the proposed compromise being considered .... But the bigger question we should be asking of Congress is why reauthorize the ESEA in the first place? We've endured 50 years of federal meddling in elementary and secondary education, and we have scant (if any) hard evidence that DC politicians -- whether it's members of Congress, presidents or their education secretaries -- know what's best for other people's children." (11/18/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/11/18/we-need-to-end-not-mend-the-esea/  

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Adam Smith on public policy: Education

November 17, 2015
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Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by Paul Mueller  

"Adam Smith was a political and moral philosopher who had a vision for public policy. This third series about Smith and libertarianism explores his arguments on such topics as education, taxation, trade, infrastructure, occupational licensing, price controls, and banking. Many of Smith's insights are still relevant today." (11/17/15)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/adam-smith-public-policy-education  

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Why Tennessee forces seventh graders to learn Islam

November 4, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Kevin Currie-Knight  

"How big is the distinction between education and indoctrination? Not terribly, if you ask some Tennessee lawmakers. They are pushing to remove any mention of religion from Tennessee's State Academic Standards. At issue is an apparently controversial unit in seventh grade world history class that spends some time exploring Islam. At some point, the students even need to commit the five pillars of Islam to memory. Needless to say, this issue has generated a lot of heat on all sides." (11/03/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/why-tennessee-forces-seventh-graders-to-learn-islam/  

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Common Core rollout hits money trouble

November 4, 2015
posted by

Fox News Fox News    

"Educators in this Oklahoma City suburb jumped into action when state leaders in 2010 adopted the Common Core academic standards that were sweeping states across the country. The Edmond school district has a big military population that moves frequently, so officials liked the idea of using the same standards as other states. They also saw Oklahoma’s old standards as inferior. They spent about $500,000 preparing teachers and students, collaborating with educators in other states and buying materials and computers for a new Common Core test, finishing a year in advance. Then state politicians backtracked, for reasons both financial and political. They dropped plans to give the new test, and during an election campaign in which the standards were hotly debated, they repealed Common Core. Edmond employees came in at the end of the summer last year to rewrite their curriculum again." (11/03/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/03/common-core-rollout-hits-money-trouble  

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Let’s take entitlement out of education

October 29, 2015
posted by

spiked spiked
by Christopher Beckett  

"More and more students are demanding instant gratification from their teachers, lecturers and institutions. Whether it's their demand for the right grade, to be taught by their preferred teacher or lecturer, or to have 'dangerous' and 'harmful' topics and speakers censored, students want to assert power over their education. Students, or at least a very vocal minority among them, believe they have the right to be pandered to. There is an obvious reason for this: our education system no longer teaches the virtue of delayed gratification." (10/28/15)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-take-entitlement-out-of-education/17576  

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A homeschool parent confronts “back-to-school” week

October 1, 2015
posted by

Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by The Dissident Dad  

"Maybe it's just me, but all this back-to-school talk is a little awkward ever since we decided to homeschool our children. With one of our children old enough to officially start kindergarten this year, I have recognized that the awkwardness emanates from my own insecurities. I feel like I'm weird, or that other people will assume my children will have a disadvantage in life. There's this perception that I’m denying them social interaction, which I am definitely not." (09/30/15)

http://bit.ly/1JGi1Xg  

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Why I’m homeschooling

September 22, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"I'm homeschooling my elder sons for middle school. On the surface, this makes sense: Homeschooling has been in the libertarian penumbra for decades. If you know my books, however, you should be puzzled." (09/22/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/09/why_im_homescho.html  

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If Common Core is scary, hide from new “Community Schools”

September 21, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil  

"The essence of the new education system, 'Community Schools,' is to provide every need (every meal, health care[)], of the student. Although the bill sounds friendly, it is not. Any initiative that shifts the center of a child's universe away from home, church, and family to that of complete dependence upon a government entity should be seriously questioned. 'Community Schools' goes further than just strengthening government’s authority over our children. It robs parents of their role, their responsibilities, and the time honored family unit that allows families to unite in a bond of cooperation and love that can only be fully realized by those who have nurtured the child from conception to birth and each stage of that child's life." (09/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qhdymh9  

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Happy birthday, US Department of Education … now go away

September 20, 2015
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Next month marks the 36th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Department of Education. Proponents insisted that such a department would improve federal education spending efficiency as well as student achievement. Opponents countered that there is scant (if any) evidence that increasing federal control over education would achieve either. Turns out, they were right." (09/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olkfm3x  

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Students for sale

September 16, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Thomas Bogle  

"When education becomes a public good, the power to make decisions about the educational opportunities for the majority of students falls directly into the hands of politicians and unelected bureaucrats. While these groups can be responsive to parents with children in the public education system -- at least occasionally to a bloc of angry voters -- their voices are simply few among many. Even if the policymakers offer more than lip service to the voting public, they have myriad other constituents who all want their voices to be represented in this domain, too -- from developers who want to build $70 million football stadiums to the teachers' associations and unions." (09/15/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/students-for-sale/  

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Obama wants public groundswell for free [sic] community college

September 10, 2015
posted by

Kansas City Star    

"Unable to have his way with Congress, President Barack Obama reached back to his roots as a community organizer and sought Wednesday to spark a national movement in support of his idea for free [sic] community college. Congress has shown next-to-no interest in Obama's $60 billion community college proposal, so he's taking his case to the people." [editor's note: Hey, wait a minute ... is it "free" or is it $60 billion? It can't be both, and I bet you can figure out which one it is - TLK] (09/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/petuqot  

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Common Core test wake-up call is on its way

September 10, 2015
posted by

USA Today USA Today
by Michael J Petrilli & Robert Pondiscio  

"Between 2010 and 2012, more than forty states adopted the Common Core standards in reading and math, setting dramatically higher expectations for students in our elementary and secondary schools. Now comes a critical milestone in this effort. In the coming weeks, parents in most states will receive for the first time their children’s scores on new tests aligned to the standards. The news is expected to be sobering, and may come as a shock for many. Parents shouldn’t shoot the messenger." [editor's note: However, merely exposing the inequities of schooling across the nation was NOT the alleged purpose of this testing - SAT] (09/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opaucyb  

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Caplan family school attendance contract

September 10, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"My wife and I have decided to homeschool our elder sons for middle school. I homeschooled them during the last five weeks of summer vacation as an experiment, and we're all happy with the results. I'll blog my rationale for homeschooling later. For now, here's the attendance contract." (09/09/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/09/caplan_family_s.html  

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Lessons for taxpayers from record low SAT scores

September 8, 2015
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institue
by Vicki Alger  

"Less than two-thirds of American college-bound high school students earned benchmark scores in English (64 percent), dropping to below half in reading (46 percent), math (42 percent), and science (38 percent). Less than one-third of college-bound students (28 percent) earned benchmark scores in all four core subjects. (For individual state reports, go here.) Some might be tempted to blame such low scores on the growing number of English learner students taking the SAT. This is a mistake because frankly, a significant majority of native speakers aren't performing well in core subjects either." (09/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nsfvyfx  

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Another disappointing circuit court ruling on off-campus high school speech

September 3, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon  

"Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit became the most recent of the federal circuit courts to expand the power of secondary schools to punish students for their off-campus Internet speech. In an en banc decision in Bell v. Itawamba County School Board, the Fifth Circuit took a significant bite out of students' First Amendment rights outside the schoolhouse gates. The decision sets a disappointing precedent that will not only impact students in elementary, junior high, and high school, but could very well leak onto college campuses. The case began in 2011 after Taylor Bell, a high school senior in Itawamba County, Mississippi, posted a rap song he had written and recorded to his Facebook page and later to YouTube, outside of school hours and away from school grounds." (09/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odaltxg  

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In an info age, we need knowledge more than ever

September 1, 2015
posted by

spiked spiked
by Martin Robinson  

"Knowledge is vital in an information age. We are surrounded by information -- some of it true, but all of it presented as if it were of equal value. Those who think that the internet has changed education forever misunderstand the significance of knowledge. They argue for a collapsed curriculum that is no longer reliant on subjects, with teachers who simply guide pupils through project-based work in which they can pick up the transferable, soft skills that will guarantee them future jobs. But this is a complete misreading of the situation in which we find ourselves. Rather than no longer needing subjects and teachers, we need them more than ever." (09/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nf3656n  

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“Little green steps” reflect sustainability in education, part 2

August 25, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil  

"The word 'sustainability' is now being overused throughout our public education system. The claim is that teaching sustainable development to students will help them solve problems, such as climate change and poverty reduction, by teaching students how to change their behavior and thus help combat issues deemed as problems." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6v9d6n  

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Glittery debt perspective

August 25, 2015
posted by

Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Daniels sang the praises of income-share agreements, a means of financing college in which investors pay for a student's schooling in exchange for an agreed upon percentage of his or her earnings over a set period of time. I like ISAs -- Cato published a paper on them back in 2002 -- and they are decidedly not an over-the-top idea. What I thought excessive was this: Daniels wrote that student debt, averaging around $27,000 per borrower, is equivalent to 'indentured servitude.'" (08/24/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/glittery-debt-perspective  

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Clinton’s college plan: Reinventing a very old wheel

August 20, 2015
posted by

Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"In the farcical, technocratic future society of Vonnegut's Player Piano, you have to have at least a bachelor's degree to do even the most menial service jobs -- of which there aren't a lot left. The great majority of jobs have been automated out of existence, and the ranks of the still employed are dominated by high-IQ, doctorate-wielding managers and engineers who run the society. The unemployable, degreeless majority either go into the armed forces, tens of millions strong, which police America's post-WWIII global empire, or join a massive public works project called the Reconstruction and Reclamation Corps ('Reeks and Wrecks'). ... Hillary Clinton's higher education policy proposals are the perfect next step on the century-long road to building such a society in real life." (08/20/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/39897  

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