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Is Technology Really Better for Education?


Of the propaganda that generally swirls around public education, none is more prominent than the claim that technological “personalized learning” can transform learning. Ed-tech companies trumpet how “innovative” and “engaging” their products are, perfect for efficiently training the 21st-century drones needed by the global economy. Buy our digital devices for your students, they urge, and […]

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Education Savings Accounts Are the Best Choice in School Choice


The movement to provide choice in schools increasingly, and perhaps predictably, offers more choices. If vouchers represented an advance on charter schools, Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) appear as another evolutionary step. Just five states make ESAs available, and Nevada, alone among those states, makes it almost universally available. This looks to change very quickly. Legislatures […]

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If Teachers Unions Are So Great, Why Aren’t Our Schools?


Last August hosted National Employee Freedom Week, a time to celebrate our nation’s 28 right-to-work states, lament over the 22 non-right-to-work states, and reflect on the destruction America’s teachers unions are inflicting on our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. Government schools enroll the vast majority of U.S. students, about 90 percent. Despite the unions’ insistence […]

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School Choice Still More Debated Than Utilized — But for How Long?


How would consumers react to the state mandating that Americans shop at only the supermarket nearest to them? When the corner market corners the market, it can offer inferior products, inflate prices, and treat customers as pests instead of patrons. Left without choice, shoppers become dependents, a class of people forced to settle for less […]

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Back to School Blues: Visiting a Private School and a Public School Makes Betsy DeVos an Enemy of Teachers?


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited a public school and a private school in Florida on Tuesday. The representatives of teachers at one type of school took it as a declaration of war of sorts upon them that DeVos paid a visit to the other type of school. “It’s no surprise that Betsy DeVos […]

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America’s Two Democracies


America has two democracies, one political and the other free market. The concept of a political democracy dates back to Plato and his “Republic.” Ludwig von Mises and my mentor Dr. Bill Peterson (a student and colleague of Mises) wrote extensively about our market democracy. Both of these great men are now just a memory […]

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Treating Teachers as Normal Employees Benefits Children


The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has been treating its teachers as though they are normal, private-sector employees, and it’s paying off for students. “Since 2012, we have been studying IMPACT, a seminal effort by the [DCPS] to link teacher retention and pay to their performance,” Education Next reported recently. “Under IMPACT, the district […]

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Can School Choice Reduce Crime?


We know different parents have different preferences regarding how their children are educated. Some may place an emphasis on standardized test scores, while others want certain moral or religious values. And most all parents care about sending their child to a safe learning environment. That’s why the most recent findings on school choice are incredibly important. There is […]

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Will ‘Opportunity’ or ‘Inequality’ Motivate Imminent Reforms?


Google’s Ngram, which charts the use of written words over time, tells us something profound in its display of the opposing trajectories of “inequality” and “opportunity.” As “inequality” enjoys the growing inequality between the two terms, the chance for “opportunity” shrinks. Given the chart abruptly stopping in 2008, a dreadful year that helped catalyze the […]

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Higher Than What? More Campus Foolishness


Don’t ever bet that higher education can’t go any lower. You’re bound to lose. Two recent and sorry examples prove the point. With a nod to Mae West, one foreign and one domestic. One Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California’s community college system, wants to eliminate the algebra requirement for graduation because too many Californians […]

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