Tag: Education

Conscripting Four-Year Olds: California’s Latest Preschool Plan »

From House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to President Obama, Washington politicians are scrambling to get their hands on other people’s toddlers. But they’re not alone. Back in 2010 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010. Basically, every year since 2012-13 children must celebrate their fifth birthday sooner and...
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Retiring Teacher Seniority in California? »

California is legendary for its protection of unionized teachers. But if a new measure makes it onto the November ballot, voters would decide whether California teachers would have to bank on more than seniority to keep their jobs. Matt David of StudentsFirst submitted the measure to the Secretary of State last month, where it’s awaiting...
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Immigrants and Poor Kids Aren’t to Blame for Poor PISA Performance »

Recently I wrote about the latest PISA results for American 15-year-olds in reading, math, and science. (See PISA Results Show We’re No. 1...in Spending, Not Performance.) One commenter stated that she saw “very little control for demographics” with international assessments such as PISA. In particular, the commenter objected that while other countries may surpass...
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Rationing Schooling Freedom in Collectivist Oakland »

You can’t have too much of a good thing—unless you mean freedom and you live in Oakland, apparently. Oakland Unified School District school board member Jody London says enough’s enough when it comes to parents looking out for their own kids’ education. What does she mean? Oakland has the highest concentration of charter schools...
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PISA Results Show We’re a World Leader . . . in Spending, Not Performance »

Spending more and getting less—it’s an increasingly common refrain in education circles these days. Even U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the performance of American 15-year-old students, who slipped in the latest international reading, math, and science rankings, a portrait of stagnation. Every three years since 2000 the Organization for Economic Cooperation and...
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Twelfth Grader Schools School Board over Common Core National Standards »

Earlier this month a Farragut High School senior, Ethan Young, explained to the Knox County, Tennessee, school board why he believes the local school district should dump Common Core national standards: The president essentially bribed states into implementation via ‘Race to the Top,’ offering $4.35 billion taxpayer dollars to participating states, $500 million of...
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More on Common Core: It’s about Snooping, Not Standards »

Common Core national standards are weak, costly, politicized, and unconstitutional. That last fact tends to be downplayed among the education expert set, but it’s worth emphasizing that there’s a very good reason our federal government has no authority over education—a word, by the way, that does not even appear in our Constitution. Recent revelations...
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Shocker: Common Core Is about Politics, Not Academic Standards »

In what should be a surprise to no one, once we let Washington determine what schoolchildren should study in school, the curriculum is going to be politicized. It is already well publicized that the latest federal push, Common Core, has resulted in standards that are mediocre, costly, unconstitutional, and yes—highly politicized. Controversy erupted in...
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On My Libertarian Catholicity »

Since the late 1970s, I have been working in some capacity with think tanks and similar organizations that one might view as interested in education, research, and advocacy in the broad area of classical liberal, libertarian, and free-market thinking. One does not have to follow such organizations very long to discover that they differ in...
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Schooling for Profit: Doing Good for Students while Creating Wealth for Staff »

Making money is anathema to members of the government schooling establishment (of course, begging for public subsidies then complaining it doesn’t have enough certainly isn’t). So what if a schooling outsider decided to design and sell schools on a grand scale? Well that’s exactly what entrepreneur Max Ventilla is doing. A founder of Aardvark...
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