Tag Archives: education

Private school choice provides more options close to home

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

“‘School choice may work in Saint Louis and Kansas City, but it won’t impact most students in the rest of Missouri.’ I hear that a lot. On its face, the argument seems reasonable. There just aren’t that many private schools. They’re too far away. Missouri is not populated densely enough to support a substantial supply of private schools outside of Saint Louis and Kansas City. The only problem with that interpretation is that it isn’t true.” (04/24/17)


Returning education to the state and citizens

Source: Independent Institute
by Vicki E Alger

“President Donald Trump has called for major changes to federal education policy. During his bid for the White House, he vowed to cut wasteful federal spending on education while preserving funding for services; he pledged to champion school choice; and he promised to return educational policymaking to the state and local level. ‘We cannot have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child’s education,’ he said in a television campaign ad. All of these goals can be accomplished during the Trump administration, but not without a major overhaul of the US Department of Education (ED).” [editor’s note: Instead of returning education to the states, and to citizens as a group, why not return it — all of it, including financing — to the people actually involved? Separate school and state! – TLK] (04/20/17)


Busting the “free college” myth

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jonathan Newman

“A new program just passed by New York’s state government promises ‘free tuition’ for middle-class students to attend a public college or university in the state. While there are similar programs elsewhere in the US, this is the first to include four-year schools. All of the headlines include some variation of the term free college, which makes this a great opportunity to discuss what actually happens when a government provides something for ‘free.’ Let us consider this program from three different perspectives.” (04/18/17)


Attacking charter schools with “alternative facts”

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

“In a recent letter to the editor of the Joplin Globe, Caroline Tubbs, a public high school teacher, makes a series of inaccurate claims about charter schools. As someone who has studied the issue of school choice closely for many years, I suspect the statements from Tubbs are the product of the misinformation she and many others have received. As is often the case with thorny public policy issues, the debate around school choice is often clouded with what we might now call ‘fake news.’ For instance, Tubbs suggests charter schools in Missouri do not have to administer state tests. This is simply not true. Charters administer the same exams to students as the traditional public schools do.” (04/17/17)


Why our coercive system of schooling should topple

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Peter Gray

“I’ve been called a crazy optimist, a Pollyanna, a romantic idealist. How can I believe that our system of compulsory schooling is about to collapse? People point out that in many ways the schooling system is stronger now than ever. It occupies more of children’s time, gobbles up more public funds, employs more people, and is more firmly controlled by government — and at ever-higher levels of government — than has ever been true in the past. So why do I believe it’s going to collapse — slowly at first and then more rapidly — over the next ten years or so? Here are four reasons …” (04/17/17)


Pour the public education Kool-Aid down the drain

Teresa Mull

Source: Heartland Institute
by Teresa Mull

“The Obama administration, like many of its predecessors, spent billions propping up failing public schools, and what did we get for all our hard-earned tax dollars? High-school graduates are worse off. But many in the general public, having drunk the pro-public-schools Kool-Aid, mixed mainly by the nation’s corrupt and powerful teachers’ unions, are largely under the delusion that public education is a great and sacred institution worthy of preservation — no matter what.” (04/17/17)


The real educational choice debate isn’t about money. It’s about government control

Source: Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

“Last week I had the pleasure of speaking about the future of school choice at an event hosted in Washington, DC, by the Independent Women’s Forum, featuring The Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke and SAVE President Edward Bartlett. The core issue of this public policy debate is not about money. It’s about competing visions over who has the right and responsibility for the education and upbringing of children. The rationale animating the creation of the US Department of Education is that government knows best.” (04/17/17)


Sanders, Warren, Ellison join forces on new “free” college scam

Source: MarketWatch

“Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is back with a proposal to make college free [sic] — this time featuring a few digs at President Donald Trump. Sanders introduced a bill Monday that builds off his previous efforts both in the Senate and on the presidential campaign trail to make public college free [sic]. … The introduction of Monday’s bill and the progressive heavyweights joining Sanders to announce it, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D.-Minn.), indicate that Democrats may be looking to continue the battle at the national level. … Under his bill, the federal government would kick in at least $41 billion a year to states to help eliminate tuition, conditional on them taking steps to control costs, maintain funding for need-based financial aid and other steps. That would account for about 67% of the cost of making college free; state governments would provide the other 33%.” [editor’s note: Is it just me or does $60 billion a year not sound very much at all like “free?” – TLK] (04/04/17)


Education, politics, and peers

Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“If educators are as left-wing as they seem, why would education have such contradictory effects on students’ stances? The charitable story is that educators keep their politics out of the classroom. The more plausible story, though, is that educators are unpersuasive. The Jesuits say, ‘Give me the child until he is seven and I’ll give you the man.’ Society gives liberal educators the child until he’s fifteen, eighteen, twenty two, or thirty. But issue-by-issue, teachers are about as likely to repel their students as attract them. Educators could protest, ‘The problem isn’t that we’re unpersuasive, but that students are stubborn,’ but students revise their opinions all the time. The longer they stay in school, the more they revise. They just don’t revise in a reliably liberal direction.” (04/03/17)


Integrating schools by expanding choice

Source: Heartland Institute
by David S D’Amato

“In the ’60s and ’70s, following the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, schools steadily desegregated, the plans often compelled and overseen by the courts. But American public schools have seen a recrudescence of racial segregation since the ’80s, even as other social institutions and areas of life have become more integrated. In a report for EdChoice, economist Benjamin Scafidi suggests that this increased race and class segregation may be the result of ‘growing programmatic homogenization’ in American public schools. As public schools across the country grow more alike, students sort by race and class rather than according to interest or school specialization, which has effectively been precluded. A large and growing body of evidence suggests that introducing more choice and autonomy for parents would help to reverse the harmful resegregation trend of the last few decades.” (04/03/17)