WASHINGTON — Education experts argued that the Common Core educational standards prove the major obstacle to school choice, a program that could revolutionize K-12 education across the United States, giving parents the best options and giving a hand up to the poor and disabled.
"Now I am going to show you a mythical creature on par with the unicorn and the jackalope — a government program with 100 percent satisfaction," declared Jason Bedrick, a policy analyst for The Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom. Bedrick discussed Arizona's Education Savings Accounts (ESA) program, which gives a specific amount of state money to parents for them to use with a variety of educational options. He said such complete satisfaction for a government program is unheard of.
Tim Keller, executive director of the Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter, told the stories of four families whose children benefited from the program. Lexie Weck, for instance, has cerebral palsy, mild mental retardation, and Autism. After the public school refused to send her to a private program, her mother Andrea was able to afford it under the ESA program. "This year, Lexie went rock climbing, she is learning to ride a horse, and she danced with her mom at her mom's wedding," Keller explained. more >>
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 >>