This week, Justin and RIFuture’s Bob Plain argue the wisdom and need for standardized tests as a graduation requirement.
Quadrupling down on Rhode Island; finding the American-statist antidote in the Ocean State; school choice as the real civil rights battle of the day; who gets media “support” and why.
The government’s continued edging into healthcare and education move the American marketplace in the wrong direction (as people would see plainly if they’d stop and think for a spell).
The opening chapters of Huxley’s Brave New World resonate uncomfortably with observations of the state of education and popular culture.
While the Rhode Island education establishment engages in spats over the flow of federal dollars, evidence suggests that money and results are not linked.
Yesterday, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity recognized the two winners of its essay contest on the topic of school choice, as Rhode Island’s offering in the nationwide celebration of Friedman Legacy Day.
Essays submitted to the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s “Friedman Legacy Day 2013” contest suggest that public schools are preparing students for public dependency, not the dynamic process of overcoming obstacles on which the American dream is founded.
The sky is falling! 22 year olds are leaving college with $27,000 of debt and now they’ll have to pay 6.8% in interest on it! For a career path they chose. Can we stop with the hysteria and look at the bigger picture. They have plenty of time to pay it off and look at the long-term benefits.
A letter writer opposing school choice legislation fails to mention circumstances of his career (and young retirement) that might be relevant to his opinion.
And guess who is the namesake of the NEA RI’s “Union Spirit Award”?
The school choice debate comes down to philosophy and priorities, and the education of the public, in its vast diversity, should come first.
State Board of Education votes to give Commissioner Deborah Gist a two-year contract.
“I believe she will do everything possible to continue to push her corporate, right wing agenda”
Reactions to school choice legislation in the General Assembly raise the question of whether “public education” really means the system by which the public educates itself.
Legislation introduced in the RI House would offer a broad school choice opportunity for Rhode Island families and may indicate that the state’s dire circumstances might finally be opening fissures for big ideas and bold policies.
Taxpayers in the regional Chariho school district scored a substantial victory in getting the district to reduce its 2014 budget request to a zero percent increase, but in the long run, all such victories will be minor unless the victories start including elections for public office.
The education system that John Stossel dubs “the Blob” illustrates the problems with relying on government to provide services and conduct business.
The father of Governor Chafee’s preferred “three Ts” strategy for economic development is beginning to see the limitations and damages of it. A strategy of freedom first would better serve the people of Rhode Island.
An article not about what it’s about; sequester demagoguery; softening kids for “effort shock”; and the rise of grassroots fascism.