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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. [...]

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. [...]