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Public Education Is Superior and Must Be Protected from Competition Opponents of School Choice Can’t Make Up Their Minds Kevin Currie-Knight from the Foundation for Economic Education Defenders of public education often point to data showing public schools to be as good as or better than private alternatives. A recent book celebrating such data is The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools. Public schools, according to the authors, tend to outperform private rivals on a variety of metrics. Such groups as the National Education Association teachers’ union have used this research to make a case against “privatization.” (The book’s research has been criticized in some quarters for using flawed research methods, and other data show that […]

selected quotations

You may have noticed in the right sidebar a rotating series of quotes. I uploaded a large collection of those I have found to be particularly significant. Most have come to my e-mail box via my signing up at liberty Tree for a daily trio. While they aren’t all striking, many are. Those I save and share here. The set below are most effective together. They came days apart, but relate to each other … and to us. ————— “A family member asked my wife, “Aren’t you concerned about his (our son’s) socialization with other kids?” My wife gave this response: “Go to your local middle school, junior high, or high school, walk down the hallways, and tell me which […]

home education help

You might note that the headline below says “10 Great Books…” and I only included 7 in this clip. I didn’t want to give it all away. You really should go to her website to read the whole post. Click the headline link to get there. 10 Great Books for Homeschooling Parents January 30, 2016 by Emily We live in a time when there’s no shortage of great reading options for home educators. I’m incredibly grateful for that because that’s exactly where we turned when we began homeschooling. We turned to our local library and researched diligently to prepare for our journey. Since then, I’ve continued to turn to books for homeschooling parents for encouragement, further learning, and new ideas. […]

explaining to 9-year-olds

The Story of Two Buses By Gary North Your son asks you a question. “What are those two buses, Daddy?” You tell him that they are two very different kinds of buses. ” How are the different?” he asks. You explain that on the first bus are prisoners who are being taken to jail. On the second bus are students who are being taken to school. “But how is that different?” your son asks. That’s what I’m asking, too. You tell your son that the men on the first bus are required to get on that bus. Then your son asks you if the students on the yellow bus have a choice in the matter. You think about it. Neither […]

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Off the Grid Tired Attending Memorize and Obey School? Try The Make School. from myeclinik.com Conventional school system lags behind the advancing industry, shifting norms and its services are too costly for the average household. In US alone, the total student loan burden has reached $1.2 trillion and rising, covering 40 million Americans. What made this whole thing a scam is that it would take some good long years working under meager wages to be able to pay the principal loaned amount and its corresponding compounded interest. While this may make good business sense to the banks, certainly that’s not the case for the student-victim. These facts frustrated one MIT student to dropout from college in order to co […]

Home Education Inspires a Love of Learning

Real Heroes: Homeschool Parents from Foundation for Economic Education by Lawrence W. Reed The hero in this story is not any one person but rather nearly two million Americans — moms and dads who go the extra mile and who, often at great sacrifice to themselves, are rescuing children in a profoundly personal way. They are the homeschoolers, parents who give up time and income to directly supervise the education of their children. They teach, they arrange learning experiences within their home and elsewhere in cooperation with other parents, and they inspire an appetite for learning. Of all the ingredients in the recipe for education, which one has the greatest potential to improve student performance? No doubt the teachers unions […]

big spender on public schools

I wrote, published and used the article below as part of my election campaign for Idaho Governor in 2006. Nine years later I’m looking smarter and smarter. But the electorate put their Xs next to the R … hmmm does “R” stand for “Rather not think about it”? Butch the R just signed a bill for $125,000,000 worth of public schooling. If I did that the first reaction would by hilarity. Most of us sign a bill expecting to pay it. But even Mr. Moneysponge, who actually could pay it, has absolutely no intention of contributing even a penny of it. Nope. He signed it FOR YOU. You, your friends and neighbors now owe that money. Lemmesee, Idaho housing starts […]

Who is raising the children?

It used to take a village to raise a child. That is obsolete. Now the central government, mainstream media and other children of the same age do the job. As well-depicted in Lord of the Flies, youngsters don’t do a good job of raising kids of the same age. Yet our society segregates its children by age from 5-years-old until adulthood. No big brother’s nearby to bonk the bullies on the head. No neighbors to help head off bad behavior. No older kids to steer younger ones away from stupid moves. One quarter of their formative years passively accepting and regurgitating lessons purported to be true and valuable. Another quarter passively absorbing flashing images and scripts from one of the […]