Education

Socialism Lives in Public Schools

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A piece entitled “Education is not just another product in the market economy,” by Bob Chase, president of the National Education Association, is one of the clearest expressions of socialism and collectivism that one could ever encounter. His article also contains both errors and omissions. He begins with a significant error. Chase claims that in the 19th century when people ... [click for more]

Should Government Run Churches … or Schools?

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What if government ran our churches? Imagine the spectacle. If the government were in charge of religion, there would be just one for everyone. No more competition between differing sects and denominations. No longer would there be diverse and numerous places of worship flourishing all over our cities and ... [click for more]

Cancel Christmas, the Government Owns Your School

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The moral case for separating school and state was made long ago. Still, the role that government played in micro-managing the holiday season in Americas public schools this year proved yet again the wisdom of this cause. In the December 20 Washington Times, readers got to glimpse another of the fiascoes which make up our government-run education system. An increasing ... [click for more]

The Problem Is the Schools

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I’ll bet Michael Newdow doesn’t care if private schools have kids say “under God.” Newdow is the father who sued the government school district near Sacramento, California, because his daughter’s school begins the day with the Pledge of Allegiance, which contains those words. An atheist, Newdow objects to the school’s ... [click for more]

Teaching Obedience, Not Algebra

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There’s no such thing as public education. Education happens to exactly one person at a time. There are some things that you just have to do by yourself. Even if I’m your teacher, you can’t have my education; your education is a private task that is given to yourself. The education of someone or everyone else doesn’t add a single ... [click for more]

Ending Public School Violence

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Washington, D.C., officials are shocked over a Washington Times report detailing an extraordinary increase in violence in D.C. public schools. The Times reported that “the number of assaults with deadly weapons in the District’s schools has doubled during the past four years, with as many as 423 students caught ... [click for more]

Becker, Competition, and Education

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How frustrating to read an economist’s paean to competition — only to have it followed by a policy proposal that misses the point he set out to make. In 1999, Nobel-prize-winning economist Gary Becker gave a talk at the Heritage Foundation simply titled “Competition.” It started off promising. Becker begins by saying he relishes talking about this topic “because I ... [click for more]

Sell the Schools

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In the state of Arkansas, it’s 1925 again. That was the year of the famous Scopes “monkey” trial in Tennessee. Now a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives has introduced a bill in essence prohibiting the public schools from using textbooks that say Darwin’s theory of evolution is ... [click for more]

Free Market Education Stops School Violence

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In case you were wondering where they stood on the issue, the U.S. House of Representatives has issued a formal condemnation of the shooting at Santana High School near San Diego. The vote was unanimous. (Whew!) The House proclamation also "encourages the people of the United States to engage in a ... [click for more]

What Happened to the Conservatives?

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Are conservatives so desperate to have a Republican in the White House that they are ready to toss their principles overboard and become boosters for whatever President George W. Bush hands them? It seems so. Mr. Bush’s two earliest initiatives — education and aid to faith-based organizations — should have ... [click for more]
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