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Where are the RFID Tags in Schools Now — and What are they Doing There?

Three years ago, I wrote:

Houston area school districts have implanted RFID chips into kids’ ID tags and installed gear around schools and buses to constantly keep track of children’s locations.

Get ‘em used to it while they’re young and they won’t think twice about it when they’re grown.

Where will implanted chip RFID tracking [...]

Armenia: Libertarian Paradise?

Is it any wonder that Americans overwhelmingly reject libertarian politics, when libertarians suggest that we move to the Armenian model? [...]

Unitarian Universalist Education Teaches Kids To Avoid Deep Thinking About Religion

The lesson encourages teachers to “mention” a well-known quote from the 21st chapter of the Book of Exodus without explaining what the rest of that chapter in the Book of Exodus teaches. [...]

If Connection is a Must for Learning, then Let’s Burn the Austen Books and Shakespeare Plays

Michael Caulfield writes as one of many “connectivist” advocates in education who place a high priority on the formation of social bonds in the classrom — what are often called “personal learning networks.” The amount and duration of connection in a class is seen as the indicator of its success. Caulfield uses connectivist ideas to [...]

Data Mining The First Grade

Last night, my wife and I received the papers you see here as a part of our first.grader’s information packet. The children’s magazine Highlights would give the.classroom a thousand stickers in exchange for our names, address, telephone numbers and email addresses.

There was no promise that the information would not be shared, or used [...]

Fresh Off Hikes to Student Loan Rates, Congressional Republicans Vote to Abolish Food Stamp Program

On Wednesday, Republicans in the Senate voted to double undergraduate student loan interest rates from 3.4% to 6.8%, making it more difficult for people to lift themselves out of economic struggle by earning a college degree.

One of the transformations associated with earning a college degree is decreased dependence on government services like SNAP, the [...]

49 Senators Vote to Double Student Loan Rates (Are Your Senators on the List?)

51 members of the United States Senate voted yesterday for S.1238, a bill to keep the interest rate for undergraduate loans at an annual rate of 3.4% rather than double the student loan rate to 6.8% per year. That’s a bare majority in favor of keeping a university education more affordable for Americans. Low student [...]

18 Democrats Join Push For Student Non-Discrimination Act

You may note that, despite all the talk about Republicans shifting their positions to accept the new reality that Americans accept equality on the basis of sexual orientation, there is not yet a single Republican co-sponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act. [...]

Lagging Democratic Support For Student Non-Discrimination Act In Congress

The first time the Student Non-Discrimination Act was introduced, it had 171 cosponsors. Now, the number of cosponsors is down to 120. [...]

Will They Teach The Rocky Parts Of The Bible In Public Schools?

It was a simulation, but the stonings of the Bible were not merely theatrical. [...]

Anything Government Does, Business Does Better? Try the University of Phoenix

In the SBR Forum, “John Galt” writes:

“Is there anything that the Government does better than the Private Sector?

I ask this question because I honestly can’t think of anything. I do realize there is a need for Government and I’m very happy for some of the things that the Government provides. Such as… our [...]