Education Gone Wild


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The Janus Decision May Restore Respect for Teaching as a Profession

 

Teaching is a noble profession. It enlightens minds, promotes wisdom and insight, and opens the doors of opportunity to a brighter future. Good teachers deserve our respect and admiration for the hard work they do in educating children. Over the last 30 years, though, respect for the teaching profession in public schools has declined due […]

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Will Teacher Unions Imitate Southern Segregationists?

 

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, teachers union officials were not shy in exercising their freedom of speech to express their outrage. However, this is especially ironic because these public-sector unions (and many more) have denied independent-minded teachers their freedom of speech for more than forty years. Justice […]

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Illinois Teachers Unions Fight Smart Lawmaking

 

Illinois lawmakers smartly capped end-of-career salary bumps for state employees in an effort to combat ballooning, budget-busting pension increases, but teachers unions are fighting against the policy. In 2005, legislators limited annual salary increases to 6 percent, and reduced that number to 3 percent this year. Teachers unions in Illinois have circulated petitions that have […]

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Harry Potter and the Reason to Read Another Book

 

The Harry Potter series is the defining work of literature for many Millennials. It has no doubt had an impact, and despite being a children’s series, it is something that many people have carried a love of into adulthood. But, there is a difference between loving a children’s series and using it as the basis […]

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College Isn’t for Everyone … and That’s Okay

 

In recent years, the focus on encouraging high school students to pursue higher education has increased. This has led to a dramatic increase in college attendance, 15% growth between 2005 and 2015 alone. In itself, this encouragement of education is laudable. But, the problem lies in the execution of this encouragement. The focus on higher education is […]

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Goodbye, Privacy? How New EdTech Is Turning Students Into Lab Rats

 

Our children are being groomed to have no expectation of privacy, ever, and to accept constant surveillance as simply how things are. Schools and corporate vendors are playing a major role in stamping out the individual liberty and autonomy that should be our inheritance as Americans. A major tool in this effort is “social emotional […]

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Psychosocial School Rise Raises Need for Choice

 

As educational technology (ed-tech) becomes a pervasive force in U.S. education, does it make you smile or make you want to scream? It is easy to imagine ed-tech bringing smiles to the faces of family members who have gone online and discovered a brilliant lecture or literary/artistic masterpieces to supplement a child’s quest for knowledge. […]

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Bill Gates Doesn’t Get It

 

We’re told that students must have grit, tenacity, and perseverance to succeed in the 21st-century economy, and that schools should spend more time instilling those characteristics than actually teaching academic content. The poster boy for GT&P could be Bill Gates. After wasting many years and billions of dollars on remaking American education in his own image, […]

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What Do You Get When You Google ‘Homeschoolers’?

 

My wife and I have four children and we homeschool them. People often ask us if that is difficult, with the kids there all the time. We usually respond by pointing out the benefits of home schooling. And there are many, many benefits to home schooling our children. There might be more expenses involved than […]

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The Promise of Child Safety Accounts

 

Although violent incidents in schools have declined since the 1990s, recent high-profile school shootings have put parents (and children) on edge, wondering if their son or daughter will be the next victim of a crazed gunman’s rampage. It can be difficult to attribute exact motivations to people, especially younger ones, who commit heinous murders or […]

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