Tag Archives: education

A war on teachers? Let's hope so.

Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

"'Are Trump and DeVos waging a war on teachers?' asks the Center for American Progress (CAP). A little reading reveals that by 'teachers,' the painfully establishmentarian CAP means one-size-fits-few, government-run institutions. Given that such institutions have spent decades waging their own sort of hostilities against children, innovation, and choice, we should certainly hope that the new Education Secretary has some sort of pushback in mind to give kids a better chance at a real education. What gets CAP so hot and bothered is that Secretary Betsy DeVos is a fan of allowing families to make decisions about their children's education with something like the freedom they exercise when deciding on food, clothing, housing, and most other areas of life." (06/13/17)


The common "logic" of compulsory education, homophobia, and transphobia

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Vishal Wilde

"Anyone arguing against compulsory education will inevitably encounter (a variant of) this objection: 'but a child cannot possibly know what is good for them and what they need to function well in society, we need some basic standards that everyone can conform to.' This contention — that children and youth do not know 'what is good for them' and that these crucial choices should be made for them — shares common, purportedly logical grounds with transphobic and homophobic social attitudes. Such logic has been used to oppress LGBT peoples and is also employed when enforcing and imposing compulsory education." (06/05/17)


In US universities, a divorce is needed

Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

"If the worthwhile parts of the U.S. universities are to continue to thrive, or even to survive as serious endeavors, it would seem that a parting of the ways must come. The STEM fields must separate themselves from the bullshit parts of the universities. The latter can then go their own way to fester in their nonsense until the general public awakens to the need to cease supporting such activities altogether. This divorce cannot come too soon." (05/31/17)


Stealing to reform or transform — what's the big diff?

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"[T]he money pouring into our 'public schools' every day has already been stolen. All DeVos is doing is changing who ultimately gets it. Someone once remarked (perhaps Mark Twain) that every election is just an advance auction of stolen goods. Nowhere is that more true than in our government-run, theft-funded institutions of 'learning.' Local, state, and federal tax money pours into an ever-expanding, always empty hole, and comes out … where? Actually, all that tax money already goes into the pockets of private businesses and private individuals. Did you know that public school teachers get PAID for their work?" (05/28/17)


Licensing is preventing the best teachers from teaching

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kerry McDonald

"The idea that teachers must be trained to teach — rather than being subject-matter experts in their field eager to share their knowledge with others — dates back to the early days of American compulsory schooling. In the mid-19th century, as compulsory schooling statutes mandating attendance under a legal threat of force spread across the nation, teacher training schools — then called 'normal schools' — were implemented to supply teachers for the new common schools. Over the last century, normal schools have evolved into conventional teacher training colleges that certify individuals — who often have no real-life experience in their field — to teach in government schools." (05/22/17)


School choice criticism: Heads we win, tails you lose

Source: Show-Me Institute
by Michael Q McShane

"On multiple legs of my commute this week I’ve heard parts of an NPR series on school vouchers. In general, I think much of the commentary has been fair. School vouchers are not some miracle cure that improves schools overnight. Voucher programs are created imperfectly, implemented imperfectly, and thus have growing pains, so not everyone is happy with them. Those people deserve to have their stories told just like families who use vouchers and are thriving. However, one line of criticism has irked me. The headline of this story encapsulates it well: 'Indiana's School Choice Program Often Underserves Special Needs Students.' It is true that a smaller percentage of voucher-using students in Indiana are identified as having special needs. It is also true that the maximum voucher amount in the state is $4,800." (05/19/17)


Do we really need colleges?

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"They are as ubiquitous in 21st Century America and the rest of Western Civilization as monasteries and convents were in 13th or 14th Century Europe, and all of Western Civilization then. According to the people of the era, and the historians, these huge institutions provided an invaluable and essential service. Yet, today, 95 percent of those are gone; often not even ruins mark their location. And very few people miss them. Some people point out that colleges and universities inherited, in many ways, the mantle of the monasteries, which preserved and expanded the knowledge of mankind during their era. They were enclaves, sanctuaries against interference from the world and its woes. Protected even from many taxes, blessed by generous gifts from benefactors, and committed to service to others, they were a blessing. Today, we are told similarly, the institutions of higher education of the various states and nations provide an invaluable, essential, and irreplaceable array of services to their locales, regions, states, nations, and the world." (05/13/17)


Curiosity is the best educator

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Aaron White

"We give Cambria free reign over Netflix and Amazon Prime. She is regularly finding new shows. Several days ago she challenged us slightly for a minute. She found Family Guy and was burning through some episodes, and I forgot how vulgar the show was. After a little discussion, I thought it was fine and tolerable and Rose decided it was best to not restrict things. This morning I thought about it a little more while watching some episodes of Blue’s Clues with Cambria. I think Family guy is vastly better than Blue’s Clues for her. Blue’s Clues is basic and redundant. It doesn’t represent life in any meaningful way. It addresses very few concepts of the world in a sterilized fashion without context." (05/11/17)


Why are you waiting? Get them out!

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"You have children (or grandchildren) of school age in your family, your home, your church, or your neighborhood. They probably go to 'public schools' (that is, government-run, tax-supported schools). Ninety percent of American children do. Let us look at some very recent events at these schools. From Edgewood Ohio, we have this tale of a thirteen-year-old male student and criminal. According to AOL News his crime was clicking 'like' on a photo on Instagram. … The photo was of a 'gun' — an AirSoft pistol. Bowlin’s parents received a note that cited the reason for the suspension as, 'Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.' Welcome to Tyranny in Schools[TM] in the Fifty States of 2017. It isn’t just the suspension for a harmless act, in a kind of Thought Crime that fits well in the 1984 universe. It is that this school apparently has the time and technology to constantly monitor their students’ social interactions — and in close to real time. (Or deploy a network of informers.)" (05/10/17)


If you call it "school choice," you'll go to hell

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

"The charter school movement’s inroads occur, almost without exception, in places where choice has been suppressed by the state. The Charter Mafia hates choice. Charterization, where it occurs, is imposed by a process about as free and democratic as the National Party coup that established Apartheid in South Africa. Charterization is just another example of the kind of corporate 'privatization' that is advocated by right-libertarians, in which public assets created at taxpayer or ratepayer expense are enclosed by politically connected private actors." (05/08/17)