Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

“The Chalkening” spreads, tests universities’ commitment to free speech

April 14, 2016
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Chris Marchese  

"It started with Emory University, but quickly spread to other schools across the country. 'The Chalkening,' as some are calling it, is a combination of loosely-coordinated and spontaneous acts of students expressing support for presidential candidate Donald Trump -- often in chalk on campus sidewalks. These chalkings wouldn't be newsworthy if it weren't for the responses these chalkings have received, with some likening such expressions to mass murder, and schools responding with promises of cracking down on speech." (04/13/16)

https://www.thefire.org/the-chalkening-spreads-tests-universities-commitment-to-free-speech/  

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Restricting speech: An unjust privilege

April 13, 2016
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Chris Marchese  

"Free speech is the great equalizer in our society. It doesn't matter about your race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, class -- you get the point -- the First Amendment protects your right to speak freely. Despite this, some student activists -- perceiving unequal social conditions, including at institutions of higher education -- are fighting for social change at the expense of free speech. The sad irony, however, is that free speech only becomes privileged when it's restricted, which is why free speech must remain a right equally applicable to all." (04/12/16)

https://www.thefire.org/restricting-speech-an-unjust-privilege/  

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The campuses lost in The Clouds

April 13, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Geoffrey M Vaughan  

"Higher education in America is in a perilous state. Like The Thinkery in 'The Clouds' it is being assailed from without while those within seem incapable of defending it. And while there is much to apologize for, losing the modern academy would be a great blow to civilization, if only because no one has developed an even passable alternative. Can we save it in its present form? Yes, if we can first learn to laugh with Aristophanes. Higher education is not only too expensive and of dubious worth. It has become a parody of itself. It is the butt of a joke. And as all graceless victims of comedy it seems to have no sense of humor." (04/13/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-campuses-lost-in-the-clouds/  

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TX: Teacher arrested after video surfaces of assault on student

April 11, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"A Texas teacher got a taste of her own medicine. After an Ozen High School math teacher repeatedly slapped a student at her Beaumont school, Jefferson County deputies slapped her with an assault charge. ... The clip shows [Mary] Hastings striking the teenager five times before he fired back asking 'Why'd you hit me?' The footage does not explain what happened leading up to the classroom assault though a witness said the boy asked about his grade, KBMT-TV reported." (04/11/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-teacher-arrested-assault-teen-student-article-1.2595806  

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Is liberal arts education founded on a lie?

April 11, 2016
posted by

Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"Defenders of liberal arts education, or of higher education in general, claim that obtaining a college degree tends to develop a wide range of soft skills. But that's an empirical claim, and it turns out that educational psychologists and others have attempted to test this thesis. In general, as Caplan reviews in the book, they tend to come up with null results. If so, what does that tell us about the ethics of selling higher education?" (04/11/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/04/is-liberal-arts-education-founded-on-a-lie/  

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Don’t confuse the cost of college with the cost of an education

April 7, 2016
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"For years, those who face the costs of educating themselves or their children hear a nearly incessant drum beat of how expensive a college education is, and how much debt they'll likely be taking on. On the other hand, we're told repeatedly that a college education is absolutely essential because people with a college degree allegedly make a million dollars per year more than those who do not attend college. Most everyone agrees that tuition and fees are certainly increasing in terms of the price tag. There is far less agreement, however, on why the price of a college education is going up so quickly. The answer lies in a mixture of government policy and the fact that colleges and universities today spend vast amounts of money on amenities and staff that have little to do with classroom instruction." (04/07/16)

https://mises.org/blog/don%E2%80%99t-confuse-cost-college-cost-education  

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Homeschooling without God

March 30, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Jaweed Kaleem  

"The modern homeschooling movement is one of revolt. From its humble beginnings in the ’70s, led by graduates of the hippie generation who saw public schools as too constrained and religious, to its pop-cultural peak in the ’80s and ’90s under conservative Christians who wanted more God and less evolution in the classroom, homeschoolers and their parents have pushed aggressively against mainstream education. Today, there are more than 1.7 million homeschooled kids in the U.S., roughly double the number of those at the turn of 21st century." (03/30/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/03/homeschooling-without-god/475953/  

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IL: Chicago Teachers Union sets plans for Friday walkout

March 29, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"In addition to early morning pickets at schools, the Chicago Teachers Union plans a full day of teach-ins and rallies at sites around the city during a one-day strike Friday that the union promises will shut down the schools, according to a preliminary schedule issued Monday. ... CTU's walkout, while in part intended to bring attention to differences with the district over a contract, is also intended to mobilize pressure on Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers to approve legislation that would send money to public education and social service agencies. The union has said it will have support from some 50 allied community groups and unions Friday." (03/28/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-schools-strike-schedule-met-20160328-story.html  

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No such thing as a “free public charter school”

March 29, 2016
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"People throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex have been mailbox-bombed by up to six (!) bright, shiny, slick, professionally produced oversized 'post cards' from the (desperate?) International Leadership of Texas (ILTex). The biggest headline on these cards says 'Free Public Charter School.' These four words strung together no doubt caused instant mirth in the minds of every libertarian in the area. Take each word one at a time and see why." (03/28/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/no-such-thing-as-a-free-public-charter-school  

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Yes, this is how school competition works

March 28, 2016
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"School competition works in exactly the same manner as other forms of competition that is. It's something that happens at the margin, that margin then dragging up the performance of others .... academies, the competition and freedom to experiment that they bring, are improving the school system by their existence. Thus let's do more of it so as to have an ever better education sector." (03/28/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/education/yes-this-is-how-school-competition-works/  

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Back door for Common Core in Kansas

March 16, 2016
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign for Liberty
by Blake Branson  

"The education establishment is talking out of both sides of its mouth and hoping you won't notice. While some members of the education establishment are telling us teachers won't be able to teach basic math if Common Core is eliminated, others are telling us Common Core has ALREADY been eliminated! You and I know both statements are utter nonsense but sadly, there are legislators who are falling for it! And that's not all ... Inside sources at the Capitol have alerted our team to the next stage of the education establishment's plans to destroy, warp, and weaken our bill." (03/16/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/back-door-common-core-kansas  

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Who will protect parental choice in post-Scalia era?

March 15, 2016
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"Over the past 25 years, parents and children have won many hard-fought battles for the right to choose the best schools, public or private, to meet their educational needs. A majority of states now have programs providing some degree of access to K–12 private schools. Political victories would not have come without the backing of the U.S. Supreme Court, and no justice was a greater stalwart for the school-choice cause over the past three decades than liberty-loving Antonin Scalia, who died in February at age 79. Scalia's eventual replacement could open the door wider for full-scale school choice programs by voting to uphold parents' right to send their children to private secular or religious schools, or he or she could slam the door shut by narrowing choice options to secular, government-backed schools." [editor's note: The right of parents to send their kids to private secular or religious schools hasn't ever really been in question. What Holland is referring to is the "right" to do so AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHER TAXPAYERS. That kind of "school choice" is no solution. What we need is complete separation of school and state - TLK] (03/14/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/03/who-will-protect-parental-choice-in-post-scalia-era/  

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Michelle Obama’s school lunches get an “F”

March 4, 2016
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Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco  

"The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was championed my First Lady Michelle Obama and signed into law in 2012. A press release for the program issued at its launch claimed that the 'new standards will improve the health and well being of 32 million kids.' Unfortunately for the children of America, the lunch line may be their first experience with government paternalism and a rough introduction to some fundamental economics." (03/03/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/03/03/michelle-obamas-school-lunches-get-an-f/  

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Working-class kids should be challenged, not tested

March 2, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Joanna Williams  

"Of all the controversial policy directives forced upon schools in recent years -- and there have been many -- plans to introduce 'baseline assessments' must win the prize for being the least popular of all. The image of little four-year-olds being yanked away from play, squeezed into school uniforms and corralled into taking formal tests just days after starting school is surely only something the most child-hating of Gradgrinds could support. Yet from this September, every child starting school in England will be assessed according to the reception baseline. Their skills in reading, numeracy and writing, as well as their social and emotional development, will be measured, scored and recorded. In fact, the development of each child in all of these areas will be combined into just one score. Complex children with emerging personalities and preferences that change daily will be reduced to one single number." (03/02/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/working-class-kids-should-be-challenged-not-tested/  

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Will the nation’s capital have universal school choice?

March 2, 2016
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Carol Haynes  

"Recently, United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the Educational Freedom Accounts Act (S. 2455), which would create a universal private school choice program in Washington, D.C. for every public school student, including those enrolled in public charter schools. Companion legislation (H.R. 4426) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Modeled after the recently passed Education Savings Account (ESA) law in Nevada, the bill allows the amount normally spent per pupil in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to be placed in a parent-controlled account. The funds can be used for tuition, fees, tutoring, curricula and other qualifying expenses to customize the child's education." (03/01/16)

http://educationblog.ncpa.org/will-the-nations-capital-have-universal-school-choice/  

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Fear and trembling in Phoenix: A Common Core cautionary tale, part 1

February 25, 2016
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Arizona is widely hailed as the national leader in school choice. It is also one of a growing number of states turning against Common Core. But you wouldn't know it from what's going on inside the Capitol these days. Proposed legislation affirming parents' basic rights over their children's education is being held or amended within an inch of its life in the House and Senate Education Committees -- all in spite of an existing explicit statutory Parents' Bill of Rights affirming their inalienable liberty over their children's education and upbringing .... As more states fight back against federal contamination of classrooms, Arizona offers an important lesson about extinguishing Common Core for good -- so it doesn't keep rising from the dead in one infectious form or another." (02/25/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/25/fear-and-trembling-in-phoenix-a-common-core-cautionary-tale-part-i/  

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The new SAT: Common Core sealant

February 25, 2016
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland  

"National Common Core-aligned standardized tests for elementary and secondary schools are in the midst of a death spiral, despite the $360 million the Obama administration spent on the creation of the two consortia, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced, five years ago. Only six states report they will administer PARCC testing in 2016; five years ago, PARCC proudly counted 23 states in its fold." (02/25/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/the-new-sat-common-core-sealant/  

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Preparing our kids for the future

February 24, 2016
posted by

Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by The Dissident Dad  

"I don’t think we can stand around any longer and just send our kids off to school and hope it will all work out. Globalization and tremendous advancements in technology have led to fundamental changes, which in my opinion, have left traditional public schooling in the dark ages. Assembly line education is simply not working out for young people any longer, and ironically, many of these kids are so ignorant they actually think their problem is that they need even more 'education.' In reality, the dumbing down of their minds with indoctrination and a focus on political correctness has made them grossly unprepared for life outside the sheltered cocoon of formal schooling." (02/23/16)

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2016/02/23/the-dissident-dad-preparing-our-kids-for-the-future/  

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Post-Katrina New Orleans: A step forward, but not a model

February 24, 2016
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by John Merrifield  

"I'm glad my friends at the influential Thomas B. Fordham Institute (edexcellence.net) have concluded that, 'New Orleans: A success story? Yes. A national model? Maybe not.' I'm going further: 'yes, an improvement on Pre-Katrina, but definitely not a model.' We can learn a lot from the New Orleans story, and we need to, but we've learned enough already to know we should NOT copy it. The New Orleans story demonstrates, again, for education that we need a price system to orchestrate the provision of anything. Trying to fudge -- to get by without the opportunity/need signaling and resource allocation work achieved passively by price change and market entry/exit -- will yield a huge mess, and perhaps disastrous unintended consequences." (02/23/16)

http://educationblog.ncpa.org/post-katrina-new-orleans-a-step-forward-but-not-a-model/  

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School choice for whom?

February 18, 2016
posted by

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

"The government forcibly takes money from people (many of whom don't even have any children) through compulsory taxation and uses it to pay for the education of other people's children. It doesn't matter if the education is taking place in a public school of the parents' choice or a private school paid by vouchers. The whole concept of 'school choice' is a misnomer. Giving one group of Americans the choice of where to spend other Americans' money to educate their children is immoral and unjust. If that was describing anything but education, it would be denounced as an income-transfer program and, in the case of vouchers, a subsidy to private industry, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers." (02/18/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/school-choice-for-whom/  

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IL: Protesters stage “walk-in” at 200 Chicago government schools’ campuses

February 17, 2016
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ABC 7 Eyewitness News    

"Protesters walked into nearly 200 Chicago Public Schools Wednesday morning as part of a national day of action in defense of schools. The Chicago Teachers Union organized the demonstration. The union said the 'walk-ins' are in protest of CPS and what they call the district's failure to address the needs of teachers and students. Teachers, parents, students and community members gathered outside each school about 30 minutes before classes began and marched in as a group. CPS sent a letter home to parents and staff Tuesday saying principals are not to let strangers into the buildings." (02/17/16)

http://abc7chicago.com/education/protesters-stage-walk-in-at-200-cps-campuses/1203882/  

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How to escape the student loan debt crisis: Online college degrees

February 16, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Justin Haskins  

"While it's certainly possible to be successful without a college degree, the reality is many employers won't hire an applicant for a quality job unless he or she has a college degree. What can prospective students do then? Well, one alternative to the traditional education model is to pursue an online degree. Online degrees are now being offered by an increasing number of quality educational institutions, and you simply cannot beat the value in terms of dollars and cents. They aren't for everyone, to be sure, but they are an excellent option for lots of students who have no trouble learning online, who have families at home, or who are working through their college years." (02/16/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/how-to-escape-the-student-loan-debt-crisis-online-college-degrees/  

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Education without intervention

February 16, 2016
posted by

Voices of Liberty
by Jenny Li  

"Education is important for any modern society. Educated workers, researchers, and leaders are vital for bolstering the economy, encouraging innovation, discovering new ideas -- essentially, a well-educated populace drives progress and nurtures the next (hopefully even more well-educated) generation. The government, of course, recognizes this importance and works towards making a good education affordable and accessible no matter the student's race, ethnicity, background, location, income, and so forth. This is a noble goal; people do need to be educated, and it is absolutely correct to attempt to drive costs down without sacrificing quality. However, the government tries to achieve its goal through operating public school systems. Unfortunately, public schools only harm poor areas and encourage the indoctrination of a whole generation of young people who could have lived with open minds and freedom of choice." (02/15/16)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/supporting-education-without-intervention/  

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Homeschooling, socialization, and the new groupthink

February 9, 2016
posted by

BK Marcus Foundation for Economic Education
by BK Marcus  

"'But what about socialization?' We who educate our children outside the school system confront an exhausting array of accusations posing as concerns, but the most puzzling -- and the most persistent -- is the socialization question. For years, I've taken it at face value: How, the skeptic seems to be asking, will your kids ever learn to be sociable if you keep them locked up at home all day? That very few homeschooled kids lead the lives of sheltered isolation implied by this question does not seem to assuage the questioner. There's something kids are assumed to receive from the process of group schooling -- especially from large, government-funded schools -- that helps them fit in better with society at large." (02/09/16)

http://fee.org/articles/homeschooling-socialization-and-the-new-groupthink/  

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We can’t afford “free” college

February 9, 2016
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki E Alger  

"There's no such thing as a free lunch, or free college. But that didn't stop President Obama from pushing it (again) in his final State of the Union Address, or presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a recent interview. The biggest problem with 'free college for all' is that college degrees would become as expensive and meaningless as many high school diplomas are today. American public elementary and secondary schools spend more than $13,000 per pupil per year on average -- slightly more than two-year colleges spend. That's hardly the kind of 'free' any of us can afford, even if public secondary schools were getting results -- which they do, of course, but the wrong kind." (02/09/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8673  

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