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 >>
A federal appeals court has allowed to let stand an earlier decision upholding the legality of a recently passed California law banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that California's Senate Bill 1172 does not infringe on the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs.
The en banc Ninth Circuit denied the rehearing, arguing that SB 1172 "does not violate the free speech rights of practitioners or minor patients, is neither vague nor overbroad, and does not violate parents' fundamental rights." more >>
WASHINGTON – Catholic school experts discussed the twin goals of education reform at religious private schools, arguing that faith formation and high academic standards are equally important to a school's success.
"We're in the business of educating not just citizens but saints," Christian Dallavis, senior director of Leadership Programs at The University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education, declared at an event at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday.
"If your goals are college and heaven, one of those is going to be easier to measure," quipped Michael Q. McShane, research fellow in education policy studies at AEI. McShane moderated a panel involving Dallavis and three other experts. more >>
Twentysomethings are eager to create change in an era led by technological advances and a struggling economy. However, the church doesn't seem to engage them, says the executive director of the Center for Faith and Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
"The calling that God gives people is about changing communities and the world. The church should not dismiss them as selfish and self-entitled," said David H. Kim, who served as a Princeton University Chaplain before coming to Redeemer.
"We need to come together and think what's going to impact them so they can impact the world because when they begin to see the gospel, they can't help but translate the gospel into each part of their lives, because their lives have meaning," he added. more >>
In the official Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address Tuesday, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) stated that her son, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome, was "a gift from God."
In her remarks, Rodgers spoke about her family and its struggles, which included learning after he was born that her son Cole suffered from Down syndrome.
Supporters of school choice are organizing events across the United States in honor of an annual week to raise awareness of their cause.
National School Choice Week 2014, which kicked off Sunday, "allows participants to advance their own messages of educational opportunity, while uniting with like-minded groups and individuals across the country," reads the About section for the site.
"Participants in National School Choice believe that parents should be empowered to choose the best educational environments for their children. Supporters plan events that highlight a variety of school choice options – from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling." more >>