Tag: Education

New Faculty for 2014 Challenge of Liberty Student Seminars »

Every year, the Independent Institute’s Challenge of Liberty Student Seminars become a forum for students to learn the foundations of a free and prosperous society. These seminars are inspiring, challenging, and fun—in large part because the speakers we invite are exceptionally devoted to teaching and mentoring students. In 2014, three new speakers will join...
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Unlearning Liberty to the Detriment of Us All »

“A nation that does not educate in liberty will not long preserve it and will not even know when it is lost.” —Alan Kors Since my days as an undergraduate, I’ve been a major supporter of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and its tireless efforts in defending the academic freedom of...
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Challenge of Liberty Student Seminars—Application Deadline: March 31 »

The Challenge of Liberty Student Seminars are returning for another exciting season! Thanks to the generous support of donors, we will hold two seminars for college students—one at the University of Denver (June 16–20) and one at the University of California, Berkeley (July 7–11)—and one seminar for high-school students at the Independent Institute’s headquarters...
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State of the Union 2014: More Preschool Politics? »

Pundits are predicting that President Obama will try to recycle last year’s universal, government-run preschool plan in tonight’s State of the Union address. The Los Angeles Times’ Kathleen Hennessey, for example, isn’t jazzed: Little of what the president proposes in his most high-profile speech of the year is likely to get done, at least...
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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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