Tag: education

 

Why We Have a Federal Department of Education

Following her historic confirmation as Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos may find herself unemployed. A bill (H.R. 899) has already been proffered to eliminate the Department of Education. The bill, introduced by Representative Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), and co-sponsored by seven other Republican members of the House, is terse by any standard invoking just one sentence: “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.” …Read more

FREEDOM: The unfounded and unfunded myths of entitlement

Policy - MinisterialRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., November 21, 2014 – Our elected officials have a ministerial duty to create and administer the law without allowing their personal ideologies to affect this responsibility. They are not supposed to abuse whatever limited discretion they may have nor are they to perform their mission with improvidence. Based upon those criteria, they have failed miserably when it comes to what have become known as “entitlements” … Read more

FREEDOM: What is the true ‘common core’ of education? (Part 2)

Policy - Education - Part 2RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 25, 2014 – The United States federal government spent approximately $141 billion on public education in fiscal 2014, yet test scores continued to fall in our K-12 schools and tuition continued to rise in our institutes of higher education. Additionally, vocational training remained relatively stagnant. Rather than throw more money at the problem, perhaps we should try to identify the root causes of the problems and try to fix them. That would be the “smart” thing to do … Read more

FREEDOM: U.S. education policy gets a failing grade (Part 1)

Policy - Education - Part 1RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 21, 2014 – The United States’ public education system needs to be taught a lesson. Skyrocketing costs plus plummeting test scores on international exams do not equal a successful educational program regardless of how we might be instructed to do the math. We need to develop an education policy that intelligently addresses the challenge our Nation faces in assuring that its future generations remain competitive in a global economy … Read more

FREEDOM: A ‘Common Core’ enhancement for political leaders

FREEDOM ImageRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 22, 2014 – Whether the Common Core State Standards Initiative is a success or failure, it was spawned by the plummeting performance of the public education system in the United States. Given the plummeting performance of our political leaders, perhaps it is time to consider establishing a set of expectations for those who aspire to provide leadership but seem to consistently fall short of the mark. Allow me to reintroduce The FREEDOM Process™  … Read more

 

What happens when higher education lowers itself?

BY-NC-SA (Wayan Vota)RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., May 12, 2014 – There are a few growing trends in our institutes of higher education, and the trends aren’t good. College campuses are beginning to treat the Constitution as if it were Chairman Mao’s Red Book (although the latter might fare better in today’s academic world), critical thinking has been replaced by conformance, and Civics has been abandoned in favor of political correctness. Is it any wonder our academic standing and global competitiveness have begun to suffer? … Read more

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