Education

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]

Vouchers Are Just Another Welfare Scheme

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If proponents of school vouchers get their way, Americans might well be permanently saddled with one of the most massive government welfare programs in history. What began many years ago as a modest proposal to help those on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder with their ... [click for more]

The Black Hole of Higher Education

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ONE OF THE GREAT growth industries in America in the second half of the 20th century was higher education. Prior to World War II, there were only 1.5 million students enrolled in some 1,700 colleges and universities. Spending per student was about $450. By the late 1990s, the student population had grown to 14.4 million ... [click for more]

Public Schooling: Education or Indoctrination?

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In her critique of libertarian opposition to government (public) schooling, public-schoolteacher Angela Harding fails to answer some important questions. ("Libertarians Are Forever Exposing Their Radicalism," June 16) If public schooling is the tremendous success she claims it is, and if the system enjoys such widespread support among the citizenry, ... [click for more]

Education and the Presidential Race

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THE REPUBLICANS, as the old saying goes, never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Gov. George W. Bush demonstrated that truism when he clinched the presidential nomination and told the nation that education would be at the center of his campaign. Over and over he has said that a Bush presidency would “reform education” and make sure every ... [click for more]

Children are Property of the State

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Americans everywhere were outraged at the Cuban diplomat's remark that Elian Gonzales is the property of the Cuban state. If only their outrage extended to their own homeland! For more than 100 years, Americans have lived under a system of state schooling or, as it is commonly termed, public schooling. Under ... [click for more]
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