Tag Archives: education

School choice for me, but not for thee, part 3

Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

"Local control of public schools is as American as apple pie and baseball. In the vast majority of U.S. school districts, governance is of the people. Citizens in the local school district elect school board members. The citizens control the school system. Some worry that school choice would strip local taxpayers of this ability. Is this true? Just as is the case in considering finances, the simple answer is yes. In most school choice systems, whether public charter schools or private school choice programs, citizens do not have the ability to elect school board members. Here again, we must consider what this means." (10/10/17)


School choice for me, but not for thee, part 2

Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

"When a student moves to another public school district, the home district receives less money. When a student leaves to attend a charter school, the home district loses money. When a student uses a voucher to attend a private school, the home district loses money. But it is also true that when a student leaves a district, that district has one fewer student to educate. What’s more, because most school choice programs actually allow fewer dollars to follow the student than would otherwise be spent on him or her, most school choice programs leave money behind in the district. As a result, per-pupil spending in the district goes up. School choice doesn’t hurt school districts any more than families moving does, and we wouldn’t dream of banning people from moving. Why should we prevent them from finding a better schooling option for their child?" (10/09/17)


So, you're thinking about homeschooling …

Kerry McDonald

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kerry McDonald

"Welcome to the exciting world of learning without schooling! You have already taken the important first step in redefining your child's education by acknowledging the limitations of mass schooling, recognizing the ways it can dull a child's curiosity and exuberance, and seeking alternatives to school. Now it's time to take a deep breath, exhale, and explore." (10/02/17)


We'll gladly pay you on Tuesday for teaching today

Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

"J. Wellington Wimpy, the burger-eating cartoon character from the Popeye series, may have been best known for saying, 'I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.' It may sound crazy, but in some ways we are saying the same thing about teachers — we’ll gladly pay you in retirement for teaching today. Nat Malkus, an education policy research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has a terrific piece this week in U.S News & World Report, 'Beware the Cost of Teacher Benefits.' In it, he shows that school districts are increasingly spending money on benefits, such as teacher pensions, at the expense of teacher salaries. Nationally, benefits increased from 21 percent of total compensation in 2003 to 28 percent in 2014." (09/26/17)


Superstitions regarding school

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

"My family has been on our unschooling journey for going on six years now. Within that time I have had the opportunity to meet countless other unschooling parents, families and people raised with unschooling, both online and in person. (See my interview of two unschooled adult brothers.) In every case I have learned more about how unschooling works and the effects of being raised in such an unconventional way. What I have learned has revealed to me bit by bit the superstitious nature that is the belief in the necessity of school and other forms of compulsory education. With links to some very good resources (all from the great Sandra Dodd), here is a list of superstitions associated with school …" (09/25/17)


Compulsory schooling is incompatible with freedom

Kerry McDonald

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Kerry McDonald

"If we care about freedom, we should reject compulsory schooling. A relic of 19th-century industrial America, compulsory schooling statutes reduced the broad and noble goal of an educated citizenry into a one-size-fits-all system of state-controlled mass schooling that persists today." (09/17/17)


Treating teachers as normal employees benefits children

Teresa Mull

Source: Heartland Institute
by Teresa Mull

"The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has been treating its teachers as though they are normal, private-sector employees, and it’s paying off for students. 'Since 2012, we have been studying IMPACT, a seminal effort by the [DCPS] to link teacher retention and pay to their performance,' Education Next reported recently. … Teachers have a tough job; there’s no question about that. Molding the minds of young people is no easy task, and many teachers work long hours for mediocre pay. But there’s a myth in this country, perpetrated primarily by teachers unions, that public school teachers are a protected class that is never deserving of rebuke. However, the truth of the matter is public education, and government in general, tends to attract the worst types of employees: those who want a cushy job with lots of perks that is nearly impossible to lose." (09/05/17)


Study: Letting kids sleep in could save US $9 billion per year

Source: WSOC 9 News

"Starting school no earlier than 8:30 a.m. could not only save the U.S. $9 billion every year, it might also lead to improved educational achievement and fewer traffic accidents among tired teenagers. Those are a couple of conclusions from an extensive Rand Corporation study on delaying school start times. The research suggests that a later school start time could result in economic increases in a relatively short period of time after the change with an $83 billion fiscal impact after a decade." (09/04/17)


Student privacy tips for teachers

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Gennie Gebhart & Amul Kalia

"The new school year starts next week for most schools across the country. As part of the first line of defense in protecting student privacy, teachers need to be ready to spot the implications of new technology and advocate for their students' privacy rights. Our student privacy report offers recommendations for several stakeholder groups. In this post, we'll focus specifically on teachers." (08/30/17)


Can self-directed education exist in public schools?

Kerry McDonald

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Kerry McDonald

"Last week on this blog's Facebook page I asked: 'Do you think Self-Directed Education (SDE) can be integrated into the current public schooling model?' Responses ranged from 'no way' to 'anything is possible,' with commenters pointing out the key factors that would need to exist to make it work: increasing parental empowerment and mobilization; loosening compulsory schooling regulations; trusting children more and weakening the authoritarian structure of modern schooling; investing in smaller schools and classrooms. I particularly like The Open School’s reply: 'Why would you want to? That would be like trying to convert your car into a lawn mower. You’d stick a blade on the bottom of it? Reduce the engine size? You would still have a hard time making tight turns and probably either get stuck or go too fast and crash. It would be cheaper, faster, and more reliable to sell the car and buy a lawn mower. We already have working SDE schools. But most people don’t want SDE.'" (08/24/17)