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Can Secular Homeschoolers Escape The Weird Majority In The Homeschooling Movement?

When most people think of homeschoolers, a particular image comes to mind: A Christian mother who is intent on making sure that her children don’t learn about the scientific theory of biological evolution through natural selection, or birth control, or climate change, or PG-13 movies.

Christian homeschoolers tend to suck all the air out of [...]

After We Bring Back Our Girls, Can We Beat Them?

Of the 411 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to express outrage about violence against children in Nigeria, 389 have not signed their names to legislation to stop violence against children by public schools in the United States. [...]

My $1000 Bet: No Teacher is Going to Be Shot at Holding a Bulletproof Whiteboard in 2014

As I noted yesterday, the latest report on school violence from the Bureau of Justice Statistics has been released. As the data in that report show, the in-school homicide rate in 2010-2011 was 0.00002%; in other words, a child’s chance of being killed in school during that year was 1 in 4.5 million.

To [...]

Education With Another Organ

I prefer education that works with my liver.

What organ do you think children should be learning with?

Business Does It Better? Top 3 Private For-Profit Universities have Staggering Loan Default Rate

A week ago, I wrote to share the news that a quarter of students departing the private for-profit Kaplan University are so desperate that they default on their student loans. Defaulting on student loans is a big deal: it absolutely wrecks a person’s credit rating, it leads to harassment by collecting agencies, and is almost [...]

Defunding Abstinence-Only Failure

It’s fine for individuals to make decisions about sex according to their own religious beliefs, of course. It’s not acceptable, however, for the religious beliefs of a minority of Americans to warp the educational process for the nation as a whole. [...]

Those Poor Socialist Countries

Gene Berkman writes:

Rather than screw the poor, capitalism has created the most prosperous societies in human history. The socialist regimes are all charactized by depravation and loss of liberty. When government grows, it takes resources from the civilian economy, and makes everyone poorer.

From Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Statistics:

Life expectancy:

France [...]

Libertarian Says It Is Irrational To Seek Support For Education And Science Through Politics

As they blabber on with ridiculous ideas such as the elimination of public schools, Libertarians unintentionally become living examples of how important politically mustered public support of education is. [...]

Libertarian Says Poor Kids Can Stay At Home Or Work Instead Of Going To School

It’s true that Ken Krawchuk’s educational proposal does not include Jon Roland’s details of children’s militias and robot armies, but fundamentally, the two Libertarian plans are the same:Destroy schools and let American children fend for themselves. [...]

Libertarian Candidate Wants To Convert Schools Into Military Boot Camps

Note to Libertarians: Children in militias instead of schools, made obsolete by killer robots, is not a political goal that liberals share in common with you. [...]

A Literally Massive New Educational Program Is Underway With Knewton

It’s telling that Knewton’s web site doesn’t mention obesity very often, except in study materials for the GMAT that warn, “Obesity is the most urgent nutrition-related health problem in America today.” Premed student, heal thyself. [...]