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As news broke of Oregon allowing 15-year-olds to receive tax-payer funded sex change surgery without parental notification, school choice still remains a controversial issue in the state. Some states in the forefront of educational reform have charters, ESAs, tax credits, and even vouchers for the needy. Neither ESA nor tax credit legislation has ever made it to […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Obama Wants School Choice… But Only for the Rich

 
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Barack Obama, graduating from Punahou School, a private preparatory academy.

President Obama shared his thoughts on private education at an anti-poverty summit Tuesday. Held at the Georgetown University, the president slammed parents who send their kids to private schools:

What’s happened in our economy is that those who are doing better and better — more skilled, more educated, luckier, having greater advantages — are withdrawing from sort of the commons. Kids start going to private schools; kids start working out at private clubs instead of the public parks. An anti-government ideology then disinvests from those common goods and those things that draw us together. And that, in part, contributes to the fact that there’s less opportunity for our kids, all of our kids.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Rand’s Reforms: The Ricochet Survey

 

RandHere’s a protip for the approaching presidential campaign season: when the candidates take to the stump, always read the transcript rather than watching the speech. I adopted this technique during the 2008 presidential campaign, when it simply became too arduous to sit through 75 minutes of mass hysteria (and at least one audience member fainting) to get through 15 minutes worth of Barack Obama’s cotton candy remarks.

The transcripts are clarifying. You’re not distracted by the delivery or the audience dynamics. You’re essentially alone with the candidate and his thoughts. And, nine times out of ten, you’re going to be disappointed — because the vast majority of these guys don’t have much to say.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Alabama Giving School Choice a Try

 

Alabama’s education system has struggled for years. This August, the state was ranked 48th in the nation in a study evaluating math and reading scores, dropout rates, and student-to-teacher ratio.

This week, Alabama’s leadership took a big step in correcting this seemingly intractable problem. Instead of building elaborate new facilities, handing out iPads, or pumping more money into the broken system, the state is giving choice a chance.

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I recently participated in a lengthy round table on race at my church, and the subject of white privilege cropped up. Repeatedly. I think the common definition of “white privilege” is WAY off-base. From Wikipedia: White privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societal privileges that benefit white people beyond what is commonly […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. School Choice: Do We Dare Make It Federal?

 

It has often been pointed out that the Federal Government does not run an elementary or high school, or directly educate a single student. And so, when the national Republican platform includes charter schools, vouchers, or school choice, it often looks like an irrelevant cheap shot — not dissimilar to observations about Hollywood marriages.

But there is a way we could force states to adopt school choice: we could do precisely what the government already does when it shares highway money, or student loans, or a host of other packages for states. We could tie federal grants to conformance with federal policy on school choice.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Importance of Learning at Home

 

Rewards BookNearly all children are “home schooled” during their first four or five years before being enrolled in a formal school. Growing numbers of students – approximately 1.7 million to 2.1 million – continue to be schooled at home after they are old enough to attend conventional schools, but in some capacity all students continue to be, or should be, substantially “home schooled” for their entire K-12 careers. This is because in their first 18 years, only about 12 percent of children’s time (when they’re not sleeping) is spent in school.

Some parents do all they can to ensure their children rank first in all their academic classes in school. Best-selling author Amy Chua, for example, described herself as a “Tiger Mother” and was much ridiculed for her impressive and successful efforts to gain her daughters’ entrance to Ivy League universities and for one to even make a solo performance at Carnegie Hall. Her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, noted that rigorous family emphasis on achievement is common in Asian cultures. It sparked a national debate about parents’ roles in educating and pushing children to achieve.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Let’s Welcome Robots into the Classroom

 

An exclusive school in Abu Dhabi is hiring a new kind of teacher this school year:

Merryland International School in Mussafah has launched what it claims is the first robotic lab in a UAE school, with more than 30 cutting edge robots including humanoids with built-in intelligence.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Rich Have School Choice, Why Shouldn’t Everyone?

 

It’s back-to-school week in California, but one celebrity’s kids are heading to a new school this fall.

Cindy Crawford pulled her two children out of their high school ahead of the back-to-school sweep, citing concerns over their health and safety at the Malibu, Calif., institution.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Hillsdale Conspiracy

 

I’ve been reluctant to write about Hillsdale’s conspiracy to educate our K-12 children, for fear of betraying one of the most effective schemes to restore the Republic ever devised by the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.

But, since public education is a perpetual topic of debate here among the center-right (see here, here, and here), I thought readers might like to know about my kids’ public charter school, which teaches a classical curriculum provided by Hillsdale College. Yes, that Hillsdale. The Hillsdale of Ricochet’s own Paul Rahe, the online courses on The Constitution and The Great Books, Imprimis, and the most excellent Hillsdale Dialogue interviews by Hugh Hewitt of President Larry Arnn and other members of the faculty.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Half of All School District Employees Aren’t Teachers

 

Whenever parents are unhappy with America’s education system, politicians and professionals have one answer. Whether the complaint is dropping test scores, overcrowded classrooms, or the gelatinous sludge passed off as meatloaf, sophisticates promoting the status quo all say the same thing: “Give us more money.”

Every election cycle, the usual suspects beg voters to support new borrowing and/or raise taxes. Campaign signs show frowning kids and concerned teachers, beseeching civic-minded passers-by to dig a little deeper. If elections required truth in advertising, the signs instead might feature palatial school district office buildings and bleachers filled with bureaucrats and overpaid contractors.

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Julie Kleffel is a Florida mom who only wants what’s best for her daughter. Like most seven-year-olds, Faith has learned to read, write and do basic math. She’s also on a swim team and enjoys long-distance running. These accomplishments are all the more impressive since Faith was born with Down syndrome.

After a local preschool didn’t offer the special attention Faith required, her mom decided to homeschool. Her education is now specialized to ensure she gets the one-on-one teaching and speech therapy required.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Progressive Education Panel Offers No Solutions, Only Outrage

 

While at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit last week, I attended a few panels on public education. I’ve kept up to date on the school choice movement for the past few years, but hadn’t witnessed an anti-choice meeting for quite some time.

Compared to the education reformers’ message of optimism, enterprise and fresh thinking, the Netroots discussions seemed like an alternate universe — and a grim one at that.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Former Obama Staffers See the Light

 

bio_gibbsThis is to be encouraged, from Politico:

Teachers unions are girding for a tough fight to defend tenure laws against a coming blitz of lawsuits — and an all-out public relations campaign led by former aides to President Barack Obama.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Best Public Schools Embrace School Choice

 

All kids are weird — but especially mine. I can usually identify their personality traits as coming from me or my wife, but they’re all jumbled up. It’s like we’re the original track and our kids are the dance remixes.

My eldest is analytical and conscientious when work needs to be done, but fearless and funny in her down time. Her younger sister will procrastinate and goof off, but will create her own elaborate, amazing projects just for fun. They are definitely related, but very different.

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