Tag Archives: education

Vouchers, thy name is welfare

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

"The problem with vouchers is a simple one. They are a form of welfare. They might not be called welfare. They might not be considered welfare. But vouchers are welfare. They are welfare just like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), refundable tax credits such as the EITC, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps). Before the government can issue a voucher to one American for education, housing, or health care, it must first take money from another American. Vouchers distort the market by artificially increasing demand and raising prices on the services they are used for. Once government vouchers for education, housing, and health care are deemed to be acceptable, no reasonable or logical argument can be made against the government’s providing vouchers for other services such as car repair, haircuts, transportation, dry cleaning, landscaping, or even entertainment, recreation, and vacations." (02/17/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/vouchers-thy-name-welfare/

What if food distribution worked like public education?

Eric Schuler

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

"One of the most important things to consider when buying a house is the quality of the grocery district. As the name implies, the grocery district determines which public grocery store you and your family get to use. District maps are drawn by the government to ensure each grocery store has an appropriate number of patrons based on its capacity. Most residents are assigned to the public grocery store that is closest to their home. Groceries are paid for primarily by local taxes. If residents go to their local public grocery store, they get their weekly groceries without any additional out-of-pocket cost. However, they cannot get groceries from a public grocery store that's outside of their district. In theory, all of the public grocery stores are supposed to provide equal access to high-quality food." (02/14/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/2017/02/food-distribution-worked-like-public-education/

The misguided attacks on Betsy DeVos

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Let's assume that the critics had their way. Let's find the most competent and most knowledgeable public school principal in the country and appoint him or her to run the Department of Education. Would public schooling then be improved? Nope. Nothing would change. The dismal results would be the same. This is what these people just don't get. It doesn't matter who is selected to run the Department of Education. The results at the public-school level are going to be just as bad and grow progressively worse. There is a simple reason for that: public schooling, like all socialist institutions, is an inherently defective paradigm. Something that is inherently defective cannot be fixed. Attempts to fix it inevitably just makes it worse." (02/10/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/02/10/misguided-attacks-betsy-devos/

Unschooled kids will be different

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

"A concern I've heard regarding unschooled kids is that 'they'll be different.' What is meant by this is that they won't have the same education, the same experiences, the same memories, the same cultural influences, yadda, yadda, yadda, as their 'peers.' In my opinion, that's just dandy." (02/11/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/unschooled-kids-will-be-different

NY: Entire homeschooling family kidnapped by the state

Source: Foundation for Economic Education

"But despite filing all the relevant and mandated paperwork and working closely with the district to ensure she was adhering to the proper protocol, Harris received a phone call from Child Protective Services a week later, demanding to know why her children had not been attending school. She explained the situation to the state representative and even offered to provide them with copies of the paperwork she had already filed with the district. The representative appeared to be appeased by Harris'[s] explanation, and she believed the matter had been fully resolved. Before even a month had passed since the unexpected phone call, Harris and her family received a visit from social service representatives, who were accompanied by local police officers." (02/10/17)

https://fee.org/articles/entire-homeschooling-family-kidnapped-by-the-state/

Harvard's troubled history with free association, part 2

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Ryne Weiss

"In Part 1, we discussed Harvard's long-hidden 1920 'Secret Court' files — uncovered by an intrepid student journalist in the early 2000s — revealing that Harvard systematically interrogated students about alleged homosexual activity, asking them to make confessions and name associates. At least one suicide was linked to this unconscionable practice. Today, we'll present details of another era in which Harvard saw fit to punish students for exercising their associational rights: In the 1950s, Harvard gave in to McCarthyism and began interrogating alleged communists and communist sympathizers." (02/07/17)

https://www.thefire.org/harvards-troubled-history-with-free-association-part-2/

Cuomo's "free" college proposal nothing more than a welfare program for the upper middle class

Source: Heartland Institute
by Timothy Benson

"In what appears to be the opening salvo in his reelection campaign for 2018, never mind the 2020 presidential election, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is introducing a plan costing $163 million annually to provide 'free' tuition at all Empire State public colleges and universities for students whose families are earning up to $125,000 a year. Free college! Every little Horatio and Horatia Alger, from Champlain to Buffalo to Montauk, no matter how poor, will be able to get their secondary education without having to spend a single red cent on tuition! What's not to love? While this proposal will theoretically lead to more poor New York kids being able to attend college, it is useful to remember the old adage that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is." (02/06/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/02/cuomos-free-college-proposal-nothing-more-than-a-welfare-program-for-the-upper-middle-class/

Freeing butterflies: A grandmother's journey to homeschooling acceptance

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Zann Carter

"While there are some things about Mom’s story that are unique to our family relationships and her personality, I believe that some of the ways she chose to deal with her homeschooling concerns might be useful to other grandparents. Over the last year, in conversations and letters, my mother has shared with me her thoughts and experiences in becoming a grandmother of homeschoolers. She says the story should start with butterflies." (02/04/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/freeing-butterflies

Why you should care about protest waiting periods

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Samantha Harris

"FIRE has long noted that many university policies require students to obtain substantial advance notice in order to hold a protest or demonstration on campus. For instance, students at Lake Superior State University must submit an event application at least 72 hours before holding a demonstration or rally on campus. … On more occasions than I can count, I have explained that such rules impermissibly restrict the right to protest because demonstrations are often spontaneous responses to developing events, and requiring people to wait days to protest can deprive them of the immediacy of their message in a way that greatly affects its impact." (01/30/17)

https://www.thefire.org/why-you-should-care-about-protest-waiting-periods/

Can vouchers save failing schools?

Source: The Atlantic
by Richard D Kahlenberg

"As the Obama administration came to a close, it quietly released a study finding that its biggest education initiative — a $7 billion program to dramatically improve the performance of struggling schools — was a failure. The massive School Improvement Grant investment 'had no significant impacts on math or reading test scores, high school graduation, or college enrollment,' the study concluded. … The favored school-reform strategy of President Donald Trump and his nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is very different. They are likely to cite the failure of Obama’s school-turnaround strategy as a major justification for a $20 billion program to allow low-income students stuck in failing high-poverty schools to choose a different school, including a private school. The program would distribute block grants, which states could then use to fund options such as charter schools and school vouchers." [editor's note: Why should the goal be to "save" a bad system? And how would extending the paradigm of government failure into "private" schools — those vouchers and credits won't come without strings attached — do that anyway? – TLK] (01/31/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/01/can-vouchers-save-failing-schools/515061/