WASHINGTON – Education experts proposed five innovative ideas for reforming K-12 education to free up the system for dynamic growth through the small government "School Choice" movement.
One scholar claimed the current system which focuses on nebulous "quality" enables government bureaucrats to misuse parents and students. "Forget about 'quality' — all the regulators are trying to take quality and make it their own, putting us into a little box," declared Kara Kerwin, president of the Center for Education Reform (CER), at The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Thursday. Kerwin argued that, instead of "quality," education reformers should focus on promoting success.
Michael Q. McShane, research fellow in education policy studies at AEI, warned about the dangers of switching from a public monopoly to a free market in industry and education. Russia, for example, privatized too quickly, allowing the oligarchs to take control of industry, McShane argued. For successful deregulation, a country needs liberalization, stabilization, and institution building. more >>
Jodi Ferris, a homeschooling mom who had her newborn baby seized by Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, spoke about her ordeal for Home School Legal Defense Association's podcast, "Home School Heartbeat."
"The first few minutes at the hospital we were in the same room, but they wouldn't let me see her," Ferris recalled. "And when they took her out of the room, they wouldn't tell me where they were taking her."
Ferris was interviewed by Michael Farris, HSLDA founder and chairman. HSLDA is representing Ferris in a civil lawsuit against the hospital. more >>
A charity founded by the heirs of the major retail chain Walmart stand by their organization's support for a lobbying group that advocates for private school vouchers.
The Walton Family Foundation stands by its support for the Alliance for School Choice, an organization that lobbies for the advancement of alternatives to public school education.
Marc Sternberg, director of the foundation's systemic K-12 education reform focus area, told The Christian Post about the "motivation to invest in school choice." more >>
A charity organization created by the family of the founder of the retail chain Walmart has given millions of dollars to a pro-vouchers lobbying group.
The Walton Family Foundation has donated $6 million to the Alliance for School Choice, a group that advocates for the expansion of alternatives to public school education.
Viral music video artist Rebecca Black debut a follow-up to her hit song, moving from "Friday" to "Saturday" this time around. An entrepreneurship expert praised the pop star for thriving despite the massive public backlash against her first hit, and warned that the true cause behind teens' tendency to party hard and make bad decisions is the oppressive culture of the public school.
"Two PM getting out of my bed, trying to get Friday out of my head, it's all so hazy, got a little too crazy, you know I'd do it all again," sings Rebecca Black in her newest video. Starting the afternoon after "Friday's" explosive shin-dig, she sits up from a tough night on the couch, ready to party some more.
"She's slightly making fun of herself, but really making fun of the extremely negative public reaction," Jeffrey Tucker, executive editor of Laissez-Faire Books and research fellow at the Christian Acton Institute, told The Christian Post on Monday. Tucker praised Black for persisting through the huge backlash to her hit song "Friday," even going so far as to make a sequel. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the Obama administration to respond to a petition by the Home School Legal Defense Association to hear an appeal in the Romeikes deportation case.
The Obama administration has sought to deport the Romeikes, a German family that fled from to the United States to protect their right to homeschool. If they had stayed in Germany, they risked fines or having their children taken from them, as recently happened with another homeschooling family in Germany.
An appeals court agreed with the administration, which argued that the freedom to determine the education of one's children is not a fundamental right. The administration also agreed with a German court's argument that banning homeschooling teaches tolerance of diverse views. HSLDA petitioned the Supreme Court to review that appeals court decision. more >>