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impending death of our school system

There is a great essay at Everything Voluntary .com about the pending demise of the government-controlled, government-mandated training system covering our children like a suffocating, wet blanket in that space from potty-trained to full time worker bees. Peter Gray shares my view that this monster is staggering and is bound to fall. He articulates four big reasons quite well. I shared bits of them here, but left out A LOT. Click on the title below to get the full article. And, oh yes, check out the Everything Voluntary .com website. There is much there to appreciate. Ted ——————————————————————————- Why Our Coercive System of Schooling Should Topple … 1 …Children now often spend more time at school and at homework […]

government sky rockets

This chart tells many tales. Let’s first talk about inflation figures as published by your government compared to what you see here. They claim that health, food, housing and college costs are “too volatile” to include in their calculations and would confuse people. Therefore they calculate oaf-fish-al inflation without those skyrocketing prices. They happily report that they are “doing a great job managing the economy”, with 2% or 3% reported. They also explain how wonderful inflation is for us. Sure, that’s what the unemployed and underemployed need, is higher food, housing, child and health care costs. Ah yes, but look at how affordable televisions are 🙂 Darn near anybody can afford to have Big Brother leering in their living […]

click bait

Stupid teasers instead of real headlines. I nearly always delete-before-reading, or just pass on by. Real headlines Tell Them What You Are Going To Tell Them. Then the article Tells Them. Then the closing Tells Them What You Told Them. This was taught to people of my generation when they moved from English language fundamentals into literary communication – somewhere around 12 years old. The Dumbing Down of America is well on its way. Trump Makes HUGE Move For Secret Service – No President Has Done This… This is a typical headline. What did it tell you? The President did something. Wow! He does something all day every day. No information whatsoever. The something he did involves the Secret […]

rotten to the common core

In case you don’t have children in government indoctrination centers and have somehow remained ignorant of what they are doing to the education near-monopoly, below is an example of Common Core Math. They are turning the few hard sciences into sewage. Mathematics used to be the refuge of people who thrived, and even required order. That doesn’t serve the masters well. They prefer obedient, unthinking laborers. Confuse the analyticals enough to swallow anything you feed them. Paid enough, or unable to find gainful employment in a useful place, public school teachers spend 12 years with our nation’s children telling them stuff like this. If you catch your child, grandchild, neighbor child, friend’s child or anyone with this garbage, your […]

misspent youth

Actually millions upon millions of them … thanks to the Prussian education model replicated in our country and most of the world. With today’s technology, here is a tantalizing tease of what could be: “In education markets, like the Asian tutoring industry, top teachers are superstars who get to design curricula for thousands or even millions of students and train scores or hundreds of other teachers to use their effective methods. Quality providers expand and are emulated by competitors, and there is a powerful incentive for meaningful innovation. … One teacher in Korea’s private tutoring sector made $2 million last year because his web-based employer has profit sharing and he’s brilliant at what he does, so he gets tons of […]

self-directed education

You might know from (some of) my 59 posts here on the topic, that education, that is truly FREE education is a subject near and dear to my heart. http://www.idaholiberty.com/category/education/ The website everything voluntary just published a real nice, well supported article about education that I find well worth sharing. Why Our Coercive System of Schooling Should ToppleWritten by Peter Gray I’ve been called a crazy optimist, a Pollyanna, a romantic idealist. How can I believe that our system of compulsory (forced) schooling is about to collapse? People point out that in many ways the schooling system is stronger now than ever. It occupies more of children’s time, gobbles up more public funds, employs more people, and is more firmly […]

stealing our formative years

The Washington Post ran a beautiful photo montage of children at work from 100 years ago. I get it. It’s not supposed to be beautiful. It’s supposed to be horrifying. I’m looking at these kids. They are scruffy, dirty, and tired. No question. – from FEE – Foundation for Economic Education – But I also think about their inner lives. They are working in the adult world, surrounded by cool bustling things and new technology. They are on the streets, in the factories, in the mines, with adults and with peers, learning and doing. They are being valued for what they do, which is to say being valued as people. They are earning money. Whatever else you want to say […]

dangerous school choice

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 […]