Tag Archives: education

Homeschoolers: The enemy of forced schooling

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kerry McDonald

"I was born in 1977, the year John Holt launched the first-ever newsletter for homeschooling families, Growing Without Schooling. At that time, Holt became the unofficial leader of the nascent homeschooling movement, supporting parents in the process of removing their children from school even before the practice was fully legalized in all states by 1993. Today, his writing remains an inspiration for many of us who homeschool our children." (08/13/17)


Is Missouri's teacher pension system unfair?

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

"Teachers who participate in Missouri's Pubic School Retirement System (PSRS) throughout a lengthy career will end up with fairly generous retirement benefits. And while it's good to know that long service at a demanding job is rewarded, we need to remember that not everyone who embarks on a teaching career will stay at the job for decades. For teachers who leave the profession after 5 or even 15 years, it's worth asking how the benefits they receive match up with the amount they contribute to the system during their time on the job." [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (08/09/17)


What would the Iron Lady do with the US Department of Education?

Source: Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

"Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently delivered an address at the 44th Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Denver, Colorado. In her remarks DeVos insisted that 'education is best-addressed at the state, local and family levels' and recalled some words of wisdom from Lady Margaret Thatcher, who served as the United Kingdom's first woman Education Secretary from 1970 to 1974. … Like DeVos, Thatcher supported parental choice in education, and believed that ensuring students receive a quality education shouldn't require dictating a curriculum to teachers. DeVos, however, is in a much better position than Thatcher was when it comes to restoring local control over education." (08/03/17)


The campus speech debate spends summer break in statehouses

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"Until this summer, the debate about free speech on college campuses was shaped by small groups of student activists, forcefully protesting an ever-expanding list of controversial speakers, and their critics and defenders, who were mostly reactive. The clearest conflict, amid many shades of gray, concerned the subset of those activists who went beyond mere protest and tried to shut down events. … Those most extreme activists succeeded in denying campus platforms to some speakers, generated a lot of media attention, and seemed for a while to suffer no consequences, even as observers like the socialist activist and academic Freddie deBoer cautioned that, for few if any gains, they were courting an inevitable backlash. That backlash is now upon them." (08/03/17)


Report: US DoJ to probe affirmative action in college admissions

Source: Aol News

"The U.S. Justice Department is planning to investigate and possibly sue universities over admissions policies that discriminate against white applicants, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing a department document. The internal memo seeks lawyers in the department's Civil Rights Division who are interested in working on a new project on 'investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions,' the Times reported." (08/02/17)


Congress finds consensus on free speech on campus

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"If you’ve been following the debate about free speech among administrators, faculty, and students on college campuses, this congressional hearing may be most striking as a reminder that, in Washington, D.C., almost no elected official in the Republican or Democratic Party agrees with the most censorious parts of the campus Left. Republican legislators emphasized the least defensible efforts to shut down speech, while Democratic legislators cautioned against passing any laws that might chill the speech of protesters and emphasized the threat white supremacists pose to minority students. But there was no support for the philosophy of Herbert Marcuse, or for censoring Heather Mac Donald, or for the idea that the safety of students is threatened by microaggressions, or even for denying open bigots the right to speak." (08/01/17)


Teaching freedom

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

"Fighting for better curriculums, more localized control, and stronger unions is important but so are youth rights. Ending compulsory school attendance and allowing more student input into educational decision making can both go a long way towards empowering children to take charge of their own education. Everyone’s learning process looks different and that’s why rigid universal standards in education do not work. What we need is diversity. When people hear privatization, they automatically think of corporate-run schools overcharging for tuition and zapping up all of the funding from smaller schools, leaving the poor less educated and disadvantaged. While that may very well be a possible outcome under the rigged markets we currently operate under, privatization doesn’t mean that we have to hand over our children to be indoctrinated by capitalist propaganda." (07/31/17)


Orientation or indoctrination? Forcing political doctrine on students is an affront to the First Amendment and higher education

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Sam Foer

"It was August 2015, and I was entering Hampshire College as an excited freshman, ready to begin an undergraduate career that I hoped would be characterized by exploration and intellectual challenge. Hampshire appealed to me because it advertised itself as an institution that fostered civic-mindedness, emphasized critical inquiry and academic rigor, and stood by progressive values. I assumed that most of my incoming class applied for similar reasons. Hampshire sounded like an ideal institution for independent thinkers. This was going to be a dream come true! Unfortunately, the opposite was the case, and prompted my transfer to my current school. It quickly became clear that Hampshire’s advertisements were disingenuous (or I just didn’t know what being progressive actually meant), and that it was infringing on its students’ freedom of conscience to advance a political and social agenda. These weren’t the progressive values I stood by." (07/21/17)


When higher education morphs into ideological indoctrination, expect fewer customers

Source: Disloyal Opposition
by JD Tuccille

"In the past two years, high-profile companies including Ernst & Young, Penguin Random House, and PriceWaterhouse Coopers have publicly deemphasized college degrees in their hiring processes. E&Y 'found no evidence to conclude that previous success in higher education correlated with future success in subsequent professional qualifications undertaken.' The other companies made similar announcements. They won’t discriminate against degree-holders, they say. But they’ll happily hire those who haven’t bothered with the time and expense of college, and train them in-house. How many other companies are making the same changes quietly?" (07/12/17)


The Purdue-Kaplan earthquake

Source: Heartland Institute
by Jane Shaw

"The news that Purdue University, Indiana’s public land-grant university, will buy Kaplan University, an online for-profit school, managed to produce only a small blip in national media attention in April. For people in higher education, however, it was an earthquake whose tremors may reverberate for years to come." (07/11/17)