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  • The Coming Higher Education Bust: ďSome Will SurviveĒ

    03/09/2013 10:20:32 PM PST · by Kevmo · 35 replies ^ | March 1, 2013 | John Rubino
    The Coming Higher Education Bust: ďSome Will SurviveĒ . by John Rubino on March 1, 2013 ∑ 17 comments To understand how close many US universities are to catastrophic failure, letís start with the story of Robert (not his real name, but all the rest is true). Heís 19, a freshman at a state university, a smart kid with eclectic interests but no sense of what he wants to be when he grows up. His favorite class, which he had to battle to get into, is an upper-level creative writing seminar taught by a successful author in which six students,...
  • Govs Call for $10G Bachelor's Degree [ Liberals Unions always oppose online offerings ]

    The $10,000 bachelor's degree could be coming to a campus near you. What began as a challenge from billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates to make college more affordable is now catching on with governors eager to stem spiraling tuition costs and mounting student debt. Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced recently that 23 state-run higher education institutions will soon offer the four-year degree programs for $10,000, following similar calls by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. At least one lawmaker in California is calling for that state's vaunted university system to embrace the idea, too. The bargain baccalaureate...
  • Oklahoma Virtual High School Announces Open Enrollment for 2013-14 School Year

    01/08/2013 7:24:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 7, 2013 | Meg Martin
    Oklahoma Virtual High School (OKVHS), a full-time, completely virtual public school serving students, grades 6-12, throughout Oklahoma, announced today the start of its open enrollment period for the 2013-14 school year. Students and families interested in transferring are invited to submit applications for open enrollment into Oklahoma Virtual between now and March 31 during the Oklahoma State Department of Education`s annual open transfer period. For more information or to apply, call 888-425-7178 or visit OKVHS, a tuition-free program offered by participating schools and districts across the state, combines rigorous online courses and a flexible schedule that lets students work...
  • The $10,000 Degree: Instead of increasing financial aid, two states are decreasing college tuition.

    12/13/2012 7:15:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/13/2012 | Katrina Trinko
    As college costs rise rapidly in most places, Texas and Florida are trying to implement something that has become a radical notion: a degree that costs only $10,000. Texas governor Rick Perry announced this goal for his state last year. (Perry was inspired by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who had remarked that online learning ought to make it possible for students to pay just $2,000 per year for college.) In November, Florida governor Rick Scott announced that he, too, wanted to see state colleges offer bachelorís degrees for $10,000 or less. In Texas, ten colleges have signed on (some of...
  • Needed: A New Model for Public Education

    07/12/2012 11:05:23 AM PDT · by Sopater · 8 replies
    Quality Digest ^ | 07/06/2012 | William A. Levinson
    Two thousand years ago, somebody (like the future Alexander the Great) who wanted to learn from a famous philosopher (like Aristotle) had to visit him in person, or vice versa. Written correspondence was of course possible, but every letter had to be written by hand, and it could take months to reach its destination. It was hardly possible to have an ongoing, two-way exchange of ideas under these conditions. With the invention of the printing press, it became possible for one teacherís ideas to reach hundreds or thousands of students, and the mass production of books increased literacy rates enormously....
  • Three Education Suggestions that Would Cost the Taxpayer NOTHING and Save BILLIONS!

    07/04/2012 7:43:33 AM PDT · by wintertime · 98 replies
    Here are a few suggestions that would cost the taxpayer nothing and possibly save them BILLIONS : 1) Open up the GED to any child of **any** age. Remove all age restrictions on these exams! If they pass this exam, or similar private exam, award them an official high school diploma from their local government owned and run socialist-entitlement K-12 school. 2) Encourage employers to use SAT and ACT scores as measures of a young adult's capacity to learn the job. (Honestly, why does the event's planner at the local Marriott need a bachelors degree? )Most of the work done...
  • Homeschool Tech College

    05/06/2012 5:04:09 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 34 replies
    05.06.12 | chickensoup
    My son is in homeschool. He is an experiential kind of guy and is taking couses (some self taught) in tiling, heavy equipment and CDL. I may be able to graduate him as a two year senior with full CDL license. There are a number of other courses I could have him take after highschool, from building post and beam homes, to basic plumbing and electricity, engine repair, to gunsmithing and others. many are available to adults and provided by the private sector. I would love to be able to provide him with a post high school experiential program which...
  • Sal Khan: Building a better university

    02/16/2012 6:22:59 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/8/2012 | Scott Olster
    Student debt is nearing a record $1 trillion in the U.S. Jobless law school grads are suing their alma maters for false advertising. Needless to say, the cost of higher education -- not to mention the return on the investment -- has become a sore spot for many. With an election on the horizon, the Obama Administration has not been deaf to the grumbling. The president addressed the topic in his State of the Union, and his administration has since launched a campaign to stem the rise in college tuition by tying a school's federal aid prospects to its affordability....
  • The Real Problems in Higher Ed (Our Universities are working on a doomed business model)

    02/06/2012 12:57:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/06/2012 | Jeff Sandefer
    ‚ÄėRace to the Top‚ÄĚ federal handouts, increasing Pell Grants, and executive-branch decrees won‚Äôt lower college tuition or improve the quality of university degrees, despite President Obama‚Äôs bluster in his State of the Union address. If only it were that simple.The truth is that over the next decade, many universities may bankrupt themselves by clinging to an educational approach that confuses lecturing with learning and protects highly paid, tenured faculties and administrators from a tsunami of technological change that soon will deliver transformational learning at a fraction of today‚Äôs costs.There‚Äôs a word for business models that have high and increasing...
  • College is a waste of time

    07/01/2011 4:41:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | June 3, 2011 | Dale Stephens, Special to CNN
    I have been awarded a golden ticket to the heart of Silicon Valley: the Thiel Fellowship. The catch? For two years, I cannot be enrolled as a full-time student at an academic institution. For me, that's not an issue; I believe higher education is broken. I left college two months ago because it rewards conformity rather than independence, competition rather than collaboration, regurgitation rather than learning and theory rather than application. Our creativity, innovation and curiosity are schooled out of us. Failure is punished instead of seen as a learning opportunity. We think of college as a stepping-stone to success...
  • Are We Getting Our Money's Worth in Higher Education?

    03/22/2011 6:58:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/22/2011 | Aaron Gee
    President Obama has stressed that a college education is critical to the future of America and our ability to compete in the world marketplace. To achieve that aim, our government is spending 60% more in 2011 than 2008 and providing 123% more in tax breaks for post secondary education (i.e., college). The Government has taken over all federally backed student loans, pushing almost all private lenders out of the 100 billion a year market. But are we getting our money's worth? One of the hallmarks of bad government is spending that is out of proportion to what is actually...
  • The Higher Education Problem and Some Solutions

    01/20/2011 6:54:36 PM PST · by amill727 · 14 replies
    Town Hall Blog ^ | 01;20/2011 | Abraham H.. Miller
    The Higher Education Problem and Some Solutions Abraham H. Miller A recent study of college undergraduates showed that there was no significant learning, critical thinking development, or writing improvement among nearly half of college students by the end of the sophomore year. At the end of four years and tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses, more than a third of college students learned little to nothing. No one who has taught in a college or university in the last several decades would be surprised by those findings. A lot of people go to college...
  • Chatham County Principal Calls My Daughter a High School Drop Out

    11/22/2010 6:21:47 PM PST · by RandysRight · 27 replies
    Randy's Right ^ | Today | Randy's Right So Principal Blice calls my daughter a High School Drop Out by law and will have to explain for the rest of her life why she didnít graduate from a public school, what a crock!! My wife and I worked hard with the our daughter and the public education system but it was not working for her. We spent hours after school trying to assist her with homework and even consulted a personal tutor. Yet when we as a family decided what was best for our daughter, we choose to have her complete her education at CCCC to complete...
  • Some say bypassing a higher education is smarter than paying for a degree (Hey, just skip college!)

    09/11/2010 1:05:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 146 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/11/2010 | Sarah Kaufman
    Across the region and around the country, parents are kissing their college-bound kids -- and potentially up to $200,000 in tuition, room and board -- goodbye. Especially in the supremely well-educated Washington area, this is expected. It's a rite of passage, part of an orderly progression toward success. Or is it . . . herd mentality? Hear this, high achievers: If you crunch the numbers, some experts say, college is a bad investment. "You've been fooled into thinking there's no other way for my kid to get a job . . . or learn critical thinking or make social connections,"...
  • Khan Academy - Online educational tutorials (Vanity)

    08/30/2010 9:59:03 AM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies
    Here ^ | August 30, 2010 | Me
    Slashdot posted about Bill Gates touting the Khan Academy, Glenn Reynolds linked to the Slashdot post so khanacademy has been Instalanched, i.e., may be overloaded. Khan Academy looks like it may be good. And it's gratis.
  • Glenn Reynolds: Higher education's bubble is about to burst

    06/06/2010 11:16:47 AM PDT · by decimon · 31 replies · 1,240+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Jun 6, 2010 | Glenn Harlan Reynolds
    SUNDAY REFLECTIONS CONTRIBUTOR ó It's a story of an industry that may sound familiar. The buyers think what they're buying will appreciate in value, making them rich in the future. The product grows more and more elaborate, and more and more expensive, but the expense is offset by cheap credit provided by sellers eager to encourage buyers to buy. Buyers see that everyone else is taking on mounds of debt, and so are more comfortable when they do so themselves; besides, for a generation, the value of what they're buying has gone up steadily. What could go wrong? Everything continues...
  • Denied college because of age -- she's 13 [home-schooled]

    05/30/2010 4:41:07 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 245 replies · 2,510+ views
    upi ^ | May 30, 2010
    ORLANDO, Fla.- Parents of a home-schooled 13-year-old Florida girl say they are filing a complaint because she's being denied entry to college because of her age. The retired engineer parents of Anastasia "Annie" Megan say they have gone as far as they can go in educating their daughter. She's almost completed her high school education and they've applied for Annie to take dual-enrollment classes at Lake-Sumter Community College in Leesburg, Florida, but they've been turned down by college officials, who say she's not ready to be in classes with older students, the Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday. The parents have filed...
  • Idaho plan would pay kids to graduate early

    03/08/2010 1:53:12 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 92+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 3, 2010 | Jessie L. Bonner
    BOISE, Idaho Ė Every high school has at least a handful of them, gifted students who blow through Faulkner as if it were a comic book, teenagers who catch on to calculus as if it were checkers. These students are often just marking time in high school and typically become bored and withdrawn as they long for a bigger academic challenge. States are responding to the problem by making it easier for gifted students to head off to college sooner. Idaho lawmakers have proposed giving scholarships to high school students who enroll in college early. Eight other states are participating...
  • Should Have, Could Have: What Parents Regret About High School

    02/26/2010 9:42:41 AM PST · by Sopater · 45 replies · 1,069+ views
    EducationWeek ^ | February 23, 2010 | Robert L. Hampel
    Each semester, my undergraduate history-of-education students ask their parents 10 questions about their time in high school. The interviews usually confirm what we discuss in classóthe impact of protests in the late 1960s, the rise of special education, more female sports, and contrasts between rural and urban, Catholic and public schools. But the replies to one question have surprised me: ďIf you could travel back in time, what would you changeóin your own behavior or in the school itselfóto make your high school experience better?Ē Rather than fault their schools, most parents criticize themselves. Of the 178 respondents since 2007,...
  • High Schools to Offer Plan to Graduate 2 Years Early

    02/18/2010 1:59:08 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 64 replies · 1,362+ views
    NYTimes ^ | February 17, 2010 | By SAM DILLON
    Dozens of public high schools in eight states will introduce a program next year allowing 10th graders who pass a battery of tests to get a diploma two years early and immediately enroll in community college.
  • Utah Considers Cutting 12th Grade -- Altogether [Time For Vouchers,Vouchers, Vouchers!]

    02/14/2010 5:28:18 PM PST · by Steelfish · 104 replies · 1,710+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 14, 2010 | DeeDee Correll
    Utah Considers Cutting 12th Grade -- Altogether The proposal by state Sen. Chris Buttars would chip away at Utah's $700-million shortfall. He's since offered a toned-down version: Just make senior year optional. By DeeDee Correll February 14, 2010 Reporting from Denver - At Utah's West Jordan High School, the halls have swirled lately with debate over the merits of 12th grade: Is it a waste of time? Are students ready for the real world at 17? For student body president J.D. Williams, 18, the answer to both questions is a resounding no. "I need this year," he said, adding that...
  • Class Without Rooms: Online Higher Education

    10/02/2009 5:45:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 869+ views ^ | October 2, 2009 | Marvin Olasky
    Some trends are so evident that even I can't miss them. Chapter 9 of a book I wrote in the 1980s, Prodigal Press, has the title, "Network News and Local Newspapers: The Coming Economic Judgment." It was easy to forecast that "use of personal computers in homes will lead to a more efficient delivery system" for the news, and that in the process liberal behemoths would stagger and fall. Should Christians be upset that some major city news≠papers have gone out of business, and that even the mighty New York Times has mortgaged its headquarters? No: We should work on...
  • The Track Not Taken

    09/30/2009 12:59:13 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 318+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 30, 2009 | Allie Winegar Duzett
    The Track Not Taken by: Allie Winegar Duzett, September 30, 2009 Students today can sometimes go to high school and college simultaneouslyóbut what happens when itís over? ďWith nearly half of African-American students and 40 percent of Latino students attending high schools where the majority of students do not graduate, we must change our approach,Ē Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.) of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education stated at a recent hearing. What witnesses before the committee intended to do was expand the so-called ďdual enrollmentĒ program, in which students can go to high school and college...
  • How Much Can You Really Learn With a Free Online Education? [MIT, CAL, etc. free online]

    09/18/2009 10:57:44 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 52 replies · 3,493+ views
    Popular Science ^ | Sept 2009 | Josh Dean
    The worldís most prestigious universities have begun posting entire curricula on the Webófor free. Is there such a thing as a free higher-education lunch? I enrolled to find out. I was not screwing around. When I took the first physics class of my life, at age 35, it was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and my professor was Walter Lewin, one of that institution's most respected instructors. Lewin is a man so comfortable with his vectors that he diagrams them in front of a classroom audience while wearing Teva sandals. OK, I wasn't really "at" MIT. And "took" the...
  • Dropouts Seek a Boost From Equivalency Exams

    09/14/2009 7:18:59 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 3 replies · 737+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept 12, 2009 | S. MITRA KALITA
    Dropouts Seek a Boost From Equivalency Exams Numbers Seeking a Degree Swell -- But Gains May Be Limited A growing number of Americans are taking high school equivalency tests in their hunt for any leg up in a bleak labor market. Adult-education centers across the country report backlogs and waiting lists for prep courses cramming dozens of topics and years of lessons into weeks or months. But the potential for a better job and pay that drives many to seek a General Educational Development diploma comes with a caveat: The certificate generally is of limited value unless students use it...
  • The Career Path to Pro Tennis Often Passes High School By (homeschooling)

    08/31/2009 10:47:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 555+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 30, 2009 | David V. Johnson
    ... American junior tennis has had a major change in the last five years. Aspiring pros now commonly abandon regular school for home or online educational programs. Although alternative schooling is not new to junior athletics, tennis is perhaps the only sport whose full participation requires it because of year-round competition and travel. Smith persuaded Mkrtchian and three others to join a special U.S.T.A. training program. ďItís got to be a six-hour day,Ē Smith said. ďItís normal for foreigners.Ē Marcos Giron, then 15, was convinced after hearing about Roger Federerís ambitious junior tournament schedule. But Giron was considering the option...
  • Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom

    08/19/2009 12:32:44 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 1,249+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 19, 2009 | Steve Lohr
    A recent 93-page report on online education, conducted by SRI International for the Department of Education, has a starchy academic title, but a most intriguing conclusion: ďOn average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.Ē The report examined the comparative research on online versus traditional classroom teaching from 1996 to 2008. Some of it was in K-12 settings, but most of the comparative studies were done in colleges and adult continuing-education programs of various kinds, from medical training to the military. Over the 12-year span, the report found 99 studies in which there were quantitative...
  • The Realities of ĎCollege Educationí

    06/18/2009 4:55:13 AM PDT · by decimon · 28 replies · 1,870+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 15, 2009 | Abraham H. Miller
    The soaring costs of a college degree are prompting colleges to consider a three-year degree program. Britain has long granted a degree for three years of college. I would like to suggest a one-year degree program. And I donít mean an associateís degree. Here are some hard facts most colleges will never tell you and most parents could not tolerate hearing. The general requirements of the first two years at most colleges are what high school should have been. That is what junior should have learned had he not been busy getting high, getting drunk, and being socially promoted. Better...
  • Should Kids Be Able to Graduate After 10th Grade?[New Hampshire]

    11/07/2008 9:52:02 AM PST · by BGHater · 75 replies · 2,368+ views
    Time ^ | 07 Nov 2008 | Kathleen Kingsbury
    High school sophomores should be ready for college by age 16. That's the message from New Hampshire education officials, who announced plans Oct. 30 for a new rigorous state board of exams to be given to 10th graders. Students who pass will be prepared to move on to the state's community or technical colleges, skipping the last two years of high school. (See pictures of teens and how they would vote.) Once implemented, the new battery of tests is expected to guarantee higher competency in core school subjects, lower dropout rates and free up millions of education dollars. Students may...
  • Are Too Many People Going to College ? (College is not all it's cracked up to be)

    10/03/2008 6:19:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 120 replies · 2,603+ views
    The American ^ | Charles Murray
    Americaís university system is creating a class-riven nation. There has to be a better way. To ask whether too many people are going to college requires us to think about the importance and nature of a liberal education. ďUniversities are not intended to teach the knowledge required to fit men for some special mode of gaining their livelihood,Ē John Stuart Mill told students at the University of St. Andrews in 1867. ďTheir object is not to make skillful lawyers, or physicians, or engineers, but capable and cultivated human beings.Ē If this is true (and I agree that it is), why...
  • College education is a ripoff

    09/26/2008 4:27:48 PM PDT · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 98 replies · 1,890+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | September 26, 2008 | Burt Prelutsky
    Higher (Priced) EducationBy Burt Prelutsky Oscar Wilde once described a cynic as a man who knew the price of everything and the value of nothing. It makes me wonder, were he alive today, if he would characterize us as a country of cynics or merely dismiss us as a nation of fools. I mean, how is it that Americans who lived hardscrabble lives 150 years ago could read, write, do math problems, and quote at length from Shakespeare and the Bible, while today, in spite of ‚ÄúSesame Street,‚ÄĚ pre-school, Operation Head Start, computers, and mind-numbing hours of homework, millions...
  • Raising the Bar: How Parents Can Fix Education

    08/29/2008 7:49:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies · 146+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 29, 2008 | Daniel Akst
    [M]y impression is that many prosperous parents pay mere lip service to education. A study of elementary-school families last year in the Quarterly Journal of Economics bears this out. Researchers at Brigham Young and the University of Michigan found that parents preferred teachers who make their children happy over those who emphasize academic achievement. My experience in a nonobsessive school district is consistent with this. Our family's intense focus on learning is regarded warily by some parents, whose dissatisfactions with school are mostly about testing and creativity but never about a lack of foreign-language instruction or overall academic rigor. Indeed,...
  • Prof. Walter Williams: Is College Worth It ?

    08/27/2008 6:20:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies · 717+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 27,2008 | Walter Williams
    As parents pack their youngsters off to college, they might ask themselves whether it's worth both the money they will spend and their children's time. Dr. Marty Nemko has researched that question in an article aptly titled "America's Most Over-rated Product: Higher Education (" The U.S. Department of Education statistics show that 76 out of 100 students who graduate in the bottom 40 percent of their high school class do not graduate from college, even if they spend eight and a half years in college. That's even with colleges having dumbed down classes to accommodate such students. Only 23 percent...
  • Why We Must Teach Evolution in the Science Classroom [Ecumenical Thread]

    08/02/2008 5:57:18 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 139 replies · 276+ views
    Red Orbit ^ | August 2, 2008 | Laura Lorentzen
    Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2008 8:44:19 AM by Soliton don't remember when I first learned about the theory of evolution, but nowadays I find myself reading of it a great deal in the popular press and hearing it discussed in the media. As my daughter enters elementary school, I find myself anxious to discuss with her teachers what they will cover in science class and where in their curriculum they plan to teach evolution. OUR COUNTRY HAS LAWS THAT SEPARATE church and state. Public institutions like schools must be neutral on the subject of religion, as required by the...
  • Free Republic Homeschool Forum 2008-2009

    07/24/2008 10:19:49 AM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 84 replies · 2,833+ views
    July 24, 2008 | Tired of Taxes
    Free Republic Homeschool Forum 2008-2009A spot for homeschoolers on Free Republic to share information Once again, we are reviving our Free Republic Homeschool Forum where homeschoolers can share tips and talk about curriculum for the upcoming year. Below is a list of educational books, curricula, and other resources recommended by homeschoolers on Free Republic. This list was compiled, updated, and reformatted using the suggestions many of you gave on our last thread. (If any corrections are needed, please advise.) Feel free to add more of your favorite books and products to the comments below. Which curriculum has worked well for...
  • GED Question

    02/10/2008 6:01:44 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 20 replies · 128+ views
    Is the GED test the same in every state or is it different? My son took it yesterday and said it was a piece of cake and said people you would not think would be able to pass it did. Then I had educators from out of state saying that it was a very hard test and one where a lot of studying would be required. My son took it because the public school would not accept credit for his first two years of high school at a non accredited private school. Long story but he dropped out of public...
  • A Modest Proposal for Education Reform

    09/19/2007 12:01:10 PM PDT · by Philistone · 34 replies · 60+ views
    09/19/2007 | Philistone
    A Modest Proposal for Education Reform "A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again." Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism If a little learning is a dangerous thing, then today's schools and universities, purveyors of a little learning par excellence, should be shut down as a public menace. Never before have we spent so much money and granted so many degrees to produce so many people who lack even fundamental abilities in rational thinking. Twenty odd years ago during a brief...
  • Meaningless High School

    09/15/2007 1:45:20 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies · 1,624+ views
    The Bob Circus ^ | 2007 | Bob Wallace
    For the last few decades there has been a lot of controversy among many people about the break-up of families. They have a point, and it's an important one. But when families are intact, there is something else little noticed but very important. As Ortega y Gassett has written, "People do not live together merely to be together. They live together to do something together." Because of the way American life has evolved (in large part due to the interference of the State), there was no place for most teenagers when I was growing up, in society or the family....
  • Things I wish Iíd known when I was younger

    07/24/2007 9:08:03 AM PDT · by Inquisitive1 · 43 replies · 1,854+ views ^ | 7/24/07 | Adrian Savage
    Most people learn over time, but often learning comes too late to be fully useful. There are certainly many things that I know now that would have been extremely useful to me earlier in my life; things that could have saved me from many of the mistakes and hurts I suffered over the yearsóand most of those that I inflicted on others too.
  • CLEPs - One Homeschool Senior's Experience

    07/18/2007 8:09:27 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 22 replies · 473+ views
    Home Educator's Family Times ^ | July 17, 2007 | Lydia Rule
    I was beginning to get a little worried. After 12 years of homeschooling, college was just around the corner. It was time to make decisions- and lots of them. As a freelance writer, I wanted to major in professional writing. But one small problem loomed in my wayÖ Money. Those little green wads of paper that make the world revolve. Twenty grand a year for tuition just wasnít an option. Neither was going into debt. Today, college loans and bills stalk the college grad for years after graduation. In fact, CNN news reports that loans pay 51% of a college...
  • Public school lawyers say parents have no say if public schools teach homosexuality

    02/14/2007 10:26:32 PM PST · by SeasideSparrow · 108 replies · 1,782+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Feb. 14, 2007
    Lawyers representing a Massachusetts school district named as a defendant in a parent's civil rights complaint have said teachers at Estabrook Elementary School have a "legitimate state interest" in teaching the homosexual lifestyle, and parents have no input into those decisions.... ...."The state must fight 'discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation' in ways that 'do not perpetuate stereotypes,'" the lawyers for the school district argued. They also explained to the judge that, in their opinion, parents have no right to control what ideas the school presents to elementary schoolchildren, and if parents disagree with that dictate, they can take...
  • Gifted Minds We Need to Nurture

    02/10/2007 6:32:12 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 58 replies · 975+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10 February 2007 | Joann DiGennaro
    At an educators' meeting in Washington last fall, conversation turned to whether the federal government should support programming for this nation's most gifted and talented high school students. Educators overwhelmingly said that top students in secondary schools need no assistance, much to my dismay. Priority must be given to those not meeting the minimal standards in science and math, they reasoned. The ugly secret is that our most talented students are falling through the cracks. Not one program of such major governmental agencies as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation or NASA specifically targets the top 5...
  • Students required to take controversial sex-ed class

    01/17/2007 8:53:47 AM PST · by dcnd9 · 48 replies · 1,577+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 1/16/07 | Dena Levitz
    Montgomery County - Although Montgomery County school officials have been making controversial new teachings on sexual orientation seem as if theyíre optional, the reality is that all 10th-graders must take the class in question in order to graduate, officials said. Schools chief public information officer Brian Edwards explained to The Examiner that the 18-week health course ó which includes two hotly contested lessons mentioning transsexuality and bisexuality within a three-week unit on family life ó is required. Administrators have emphasized during meetings leading up to the approval of the new sex-ed curriculum that the lessons are ďopt-inĒ ó meaning parents...
  • NEA's Plan for Reducing School Dropouts (Slavery for 18 to 21 year olds?)

    12/27/2006 5:59:04 PM PST · by wintertime · 577 replies · 5,247+ views
    NEA ^ | NEA
    1) Mandate high school graduation or equivalency as compulsory for everyone below the age of 21. Just as we established compulsory attendance to the age of 16 or 17 in the beginning of the 20th century, it is appropriate and critical to eradicate the idea of "dropping out" before achieving a diploma. To compete in the 21st century, all of our citizens, at minimum, need a high school education. 2) Establish high school graduation centers for students 19-21 years old to provide specialized instruction and counseling to all students in this older age group who would be more effectively addressed...
  • Commission pushes for overhaul of school system (Bill and Melinda Gates Funded)

    12/15/2006 2:46:51 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 29 replies · 694+ views
    CNN.COM ^ | 15 December 2006 | CNN And AP Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Education and business leaders urged an overhaul of the U.S. school system, including ending high school at the 10th grade for many students. Current teaching is failing to prepare young Americans for the global economy, members of a bipartisan panel said Thursday. Beginning teachers should earn more, according to the group, and money for this idea could come from the scrapping of conventional teacher pension plans in favor of other benefits such as 401(k)s. "People have got to understand what we've got is not working. It's not working for kids, but it's not working for teachers either,"...
  • Proposal for the Free Republic High School Diploma.

    01/08/2005 2:35:26 PM PST · by Kevin OMalley · 39 replies · 2,203+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 1/8/05 | Kevin O'Malley
    We have been discussing inexpensive ways to fast track kids through high school to avoid the liberal agenda: The thread title was not well thought out, because some parents might instinctively skip over it due to attached stigma, whether real or imagined.
  • High School Equivalency Exam

    01/06/2005 7:58:45 PM PST · by Kevin OMalley · 238 replies · 13,724+ views
    World Wide Web Links | 1/6/05 | Kevin O'Malley
    I've been getting asked more and more about my position that high school is a waste of time and my recommendation for parents to give their children a choice to skip high school. This is in response to the liberal agendas now prevalent in high schools as well as the simple fact that such a strategy would give kids a 4 year head start on their peers. Below are some useful links for investigating this option. I will repost my own experience under that. UCB Parents Advice about School Taking the High School Equivalency Exam Advice and recommendations from...