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  • School Inc.

    06/28/2017 11:11:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2017 | John Stossel
    Every year, almost every industry improves. We get more choices -- usually better choices, for less money. "But of all the products we make and the services we provide, there's one that stands out as an exception," according to the Cato Institute's Andrew Coulson. "One activity in which excellence doesn't spawn countless imitators or spread on a massive scale: schooling." Why not? What can be done about it? These questions are asked and often answered by Coulson's new PBS TV series "School Inc." It's a wonderful three hours, reaching back years to America's first experiments in education and traveling the...
  • Behind education reform & Trump’s most important cabinet appointment

    02/17/2017 8:51:47 AM PST · by CanaryBlog · 1 replies
    The Canary in The Mine ^ | 2/17/2017 | The Canary
    It is difficult to ascertain which of President Trump’s cabinet appointment elicited the most resistance (because practically all were strongly opposed by Democrats); but the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education was, certainly, one of the most contentious. Because two female Republican senators joined the Democrats in opposing her nomination, Vice President Mike Pence had to cast the decisive vote in her confirmation in a 50/50 split senate. The aggressive opposition to DeVos was led by one of the strongest constituents of the Democratic Party in recent election cycles, the National Teachers Union. This union’s power in opposing...
  • How to Reform the University System

    11/07/2016 6:36:58 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 39 replies
    Mind of Corporate Stepsister | November 7 2016 | Corporate Stepsister
    How would you reform the university system? How would you find a way to lower tuition and raise standards?
  • The K-12 Joke: “The Heck You Can’t”

    07/23/2016 2:38:19 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    religion.Rantrave.com ^ | July 6, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    It's a joke widely told. This guy goes into a hotel restaurant and instructs the waitress: "Please bring me one tiny glass of frozen orange juice diluted until you can see through it. Two cold and burned pieces of toast. One infinitesimal and frozen pat of butter. Scrambled eggs that look like they were cooked the day before yesterday. And one piece of bacon cooked so long that, when you try to cut it, it splits into 37 different pieces." "Hey, what is this?" the waitress complains. "We can't make you a breakfast like that." "The heck you can't," says...
  • Education’s Intellectual Machinery Is Broken

    01/17/2015 3:35:42 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Nov. 9, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [Summary: To save public schools, we have to fix the underlying sophistries and fallacies.] ---- When we contemplate public schools, two things are certain. Almost everyone agrees that the schools are not as good as they should be, given the huge effort and expenditure. Second, everyone has a theory. You can hardly read a newspaper without some expert telling you yet another reason why the public schools are a mess. Much blame is heaped on parents. Other culprits include popular culture, the Internet, teachers, the students themselves, and of course, the perennial favorite, not enough money. We are often told,...
  • Five great school-choice stories for 2014

    01/02/2015 2:06:14 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher
    Absolute Rights ^ | 01/02/2015 | Jon E Dougherty
    It’s a new year, and there are all sorts of “Best of 2014″ lists of this and that posted online. So in keeping with that trend, we thought we’d put up a few lists of our own – lists aimed at inspiring free-market conservatives.
  • The GOP majority should sack 'No Child Left Behind'

    12/31/2014 8:26:19 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 15 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 12/31/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    Conservatives have regularly complained that the last time the Republican Party held both chambers of Congress and the White House – during six of President George W. Bush’s eight years in office – we missed a once-in-a-lifetime chance to dramatically roll back the federal leviathan.
  • Common Core Becomes a Nightmare

    07/08/2014 3:19:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Americans are waking up to how bad Common Core really is for education, but its nightmare does not go away quickly. Liberal education bureaucrats ("educrats") are now trying to enforce Common Core through the courts, with one lawsuit already filed in Oklahoma and another likely in Louisiana. In both states the governors tried to get rid of Common Core, but parents are shocked that it may return by court order as unelected educrats claim they have more power than the state legislature and governor combined. The Oklahoma legislature approved a law to repeal Common Core, and the governor signed...
  • Opt-Out of Common Core, Opt-In to The Ron Paul Curriculum

    06/24/2014 4:45:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Oklahoma recently took action to protect the state's children from the federal education bureaucracy by withdrawing from Common Core. Common Core is the latest attempt to bribe states, with money taken from the American people, into adopting a curriculum developed by federal bureaucrats and education "experts." In exchange for federal funds, states must change their curriculum by, for example, replacing traditional mathematics with "reform math." Reform math turns real mathematics on its head by focusing on "abstract thinking" instead of traditional concepts like addition and subtraction. Schools must also replace classic works of literature with "informational" texts, such as...
  • More Child Abuse at a Government-Run School

    06/08/2014 3:33:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    From a macro perspective, the most distressing aspect of America’s education system is that taxpayers spend a lot of money (more than any other people in the world, on a per-student basis) and we get very mediocre results. And it’s getting worse over time. This famous chart, prepared by my colleague Andrew Coulson, shows how spending and bureaucracy have skyrocketed since 1970 while test scores have been stagnant. Blacks and other minorities are the biggest victims. They are trapped in the worst-performing schools, largely because leftist politicians would rather curry favor with union bosses then help the poor. But I...
  • Common Core is Uncommonly Bad Ed. Policy

    03/22/2014 9:13:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | Chad Mathis
    You cannot be a rational, true conservative who opposes Obamacare but supports Common Core education standards. There, I said it. I’ve chosen now to run for public office because I don’t want to see my kids inherit an America worse off than the one I inherited – it gave me the freedom to get an education, practice medicine, start a business, and raise a family. Unfortunately, all of our constitutional protections from an intrusive government are under attack by the Obama administration. The Washington mindset of tax, spend, regulate couldn’t be farther removed from common-sense Alabama values of fiscal restraint...
  • Revolt Against the Testing Tyrants

    03/19/2014 4:35:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Have you had enough of the testing tyranny? Join the club. To be clear: I'm not against all standardized academic tests. My kids excel on tests. The problem is that there are too damned many of these top-down assessments, measuring who knows what, using our children as guinea pigs and cash cows. College-bound students in Orange County, Fla., for example, now take a total of 234 standardized diagnostic, benchmark and achievement tests from kindergarten through 12th grade. Reading instructor Brian Trutschel calculated that a typical 10th-grade English class will be disrupted 65 out of 180 school days this year...
  • 5 Structural Problems That Are Destroying America

    03/15/2014 5:49:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | John Hawkins
    The biggest fallacy in politics is that we need "another Reagan" or more "Tea Partiers" in Congress if we want to save the country. Granted, either would certainly help, but America's structural problems are much bigger than any personnel issues we have in D.C. Even if you're an extremely talented craftsman, you're going to have trouble building a house if the only materials you're allowed to work with are sand and straw. It wouldn't matter if Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant were all on the same basketball team if they were only allowed to put three players...
  • Real Education Reform: Deprogram Liberals

    03/09/2014 6:53:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2014 | John Ransom
    Holly Wrote: Why not also name all the other presidents who used this program?- Rand Paul Versus Barack Obama Dear Comrade Holly, I’m not sure if you’re asking me why I don’t name them in my column or if you are asking Rand Paul why he doesn’t name them in the lawsuit. In either case, the answer is the same: The only president who actually can be forced to do something about it now is the president who sits in the Oval Office. This isn’t a punitive suit seeking damages from the presidents for civil right violations. It’s as suit...
  • MO Republican to Spend State Money on 'Tin Foil Hats' for Common Core Opponents

    02/21/2014 5:10:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2014 | John Ransom
    Former high school teacher, Representative Mike Lair (R-Chillicothe), chair of the state education appropriations committee, is bucking to become former Republican representative to the Missouri House from Caldwell, Carroll, Clinton, and Livingston Counties. This week Mike made the terminal decision to hi-jack the state appropriations process to insert “$8 for tin foil hats,” according to Missouri.net. “The line item’s exact language reads, ‘For two rolls of high-density aluminum to create headgear designed to deflect drone and/or black helicopter mind reading and control technology.’” The line item is was inserted to chastise all those anti-Common Core activists who seem to have...
  • Tear Down this What? The Common Core on the End of the Cold War

    11/11/2013 10:24:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2013 | Terrence Moore
    The ninth of November marked the twenty-fourth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, probably the most important historical event since World War II and the most important lesson about human freedom experienced within the living memory of most of us. Presumably, next year there will be more of a commemoration, but the salient question now is how this lesson is being taught in the nation’s classrooms. For while those of us in our forties and older remember the fall of communism and its causes, today’s teenagers are wholly in the dark. What, then, are the high-school students of...
  • New Orleans is an Early Test for School Choice

    09/30/2013 3:05:04 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    The American Interest ^ | September 30, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    No city has embraced the school choice movement more than New Orleans. Yet over the past few weeks, the Wall Street Journal has been taking a close look at how the idea is working out, and the results have been decidedly mixed. The biggest problem is that there simply aren’t enough high-quality schools to go around. The city grades each public or charter school on an A–F scale, and only 14 percent of seats were in schools with a B or higher. Given the the dearth of high-performers and the limited number of seats at these schools, parents are often left to choose...
  • The Gun Grabbers Try to Grope Our Kids Too

    09/30/2013 4:12:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2013 | John Ransom
    In six weeks there will be a little-followed election that could help determine the path for education reform in the United States for a long time to come. At issue is whether a local school board has the authority to tell the government employee union—you know, the forces of darkness that are preventing commonsense education reform in our schools? -- to take a hike. In July 2012, that’s exactly what Douglas County, Colorado school board decided. After months of negotiations the school board reached an impasse with the union as their contract expired. Previously the union has demanded that the...
  • The Decline of College

    09/19/2013 3:44:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    For the last 70 years, American higher education was assumed to be the pathway to upper-mobility and a rich shared-learning experience. Young Americans for four years took a common core of classes, learned to look at the world dispassionately, and gained the concrete knowledge to make informed arguments logically. The result was a more skilled workforce and a competent democratic citizenry. That ideal may still be true at our flagship universities, with their enormous endowments and stellar world rankings. Yet most elsewhere, something went terribly wrong with that model. Almost all the old campus protocols are now tragically outdated or...
  • Unfair and Unjust

    09/05/2013 8:23:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Before Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department move forward with a lawsuit to block vouchers for thousands of low-income students trapped in failing Louisiana public schools, he ought to speak to parents whose children benefit from the statewide voucher measured called the Louisiana Scholarship Program. One of those parents is Lakisha Fuselier. Fuselier is a single mother of four. Her 8-year-old son, Albert, is a part of the voucher program. A spokeswoman in Gov. Bobby Jindal's office emailed me her story, which first appeared in The Daily Advertiser last December. "Lakisha Fuselier wanted to do something to help...