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2004: The Horrors of Public Education

“School sucks.” Most students will agree, and many have voiced their disgust concerning this abomination we call public education. They spite the good students who obey like little sheep, frown at imposed conformity, and laugh at the hypocritical nature of the system. The same will be done here, but there is a big difference between these defiant students and me, the author. I was one of those good little Continue Reading

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2013: Closing the School-Readiness Gap: The Benefits of Preschool for Children of Color

Laying the groundwork for America’s future success and broadly shared prosperity means investing in our growing communities of color today. The majority of children under age 1 in the United States today are children of color; that one simple fact means that our future will be very different from our current reality. Before we reach the end of this decade, more than half of all youth in this country Continue Reading

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2013: How Privatizers Are Killing Our Schools

Apparently working together as a community is anti-American ‘Communism’ now. Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast called the public school system a “socialist regime.” Michelle Rhee cautions us against commending students for their ‘participation’ in sports and other activities. Privatizers believe that any form of working together as a community is anti-American. To them, individual achievement is all that matters. They’re now applying their winner-take-all profit motive to our children. We’re Sliding Backwards, Towards Continue Reading

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AGAINST SCHOOL

How public education cripples our kids, and why By John Taylor Gatto John Taylor Gatto is a former New York State and New York City Teacher of the Year and the author, most recently, of The Underground History of American Education. He was a participant in the Harper’s Magazine forum “School on a Hill,” which appeared in the September 2001 issue. I taught for thirty years in some of Continue Reading

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As Universities Cut State Strings, Some Fear ‘Privatization’ of Public Schools

Many are worried that as public universities gain freedom, they will end up sidelining broader goals such as access and affordability. The chancellor of Oregon’s higher-education system currently oversees all seven of the state’s public colleges and universities. But as of July next year, she’ll be chancellor of four. The schools aren’t closing. Rather, Oregon’s three largest state schools are in the process of breaking away from the rest Continue Reading

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Is College A Waste Of Time And Money?

Are you thinking of going to college?  If so, please consider that decision very carefully.  You probably have lots of people telling you that an “education” is the key to your future and that you will never be able to get a “good job” unless you go to college.  And it is true that those that go to college do earn more on average than those that do not.  Continue Reading

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Koch-Backed Charter School Founder Makes Millions From Public Education

Businesses can now run chains of public schools, conflicts of interest be damned. Versions of this story were co-published with the Daily Beast, Raleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer. In late February, the North Carolina chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a group co-founded by the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers, embarked on what it billed as a statewide tour of charter schools, a cornerstone of the group’s education agenda. The first — Continue Reading

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Nation’s Top Teacher Drops Resignation Bomb: "I Can’t Drill ’em and Kill ’em"

Heather Callaghan An award-winning, nationally recognized teacher gave a “mic-dropping” speech that ends with the announcement of her teaching resignation at Elyria, OH public schools. Stacie Starr was not just any teacher, however. She was the number one finalist in 2014’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” ‘Top Teacher’ award, a people’s choice and enviable contest of sorts. It’s like the “American Idol” for teacher contestants, and it drove her into the Continue Reading

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One Connecticut Public School Student Was Restrained Over 700 Times in One Year

A new state report found that Connecticut schools pin down and restrain a ‘staggering’ number of kids. Connecticut public schools are far too quick to restrain or isolate unruly children against their will, leaving hundreds with injuries and many others with unmet educational needs, a state report released last week found. The report cited “significant concern” that schools are overusing restraints and so-called seclusion, particularly on kids with emotional Continue Reading

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Robert Reich: Why Is the Government Subsidizing the 1 Percent of Colleges?

What justifies so much government spending per student at private elite universities? Imagine a system of college education supported by high and growing government spending on elite private universities that mainly educate children of the wealthy and upper-middle-class, and low and declining government spending on public universities that educate large numbers of children from the working-class and the poor. You can stop imagining. That’s the American system right now. Continue Reading

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Why Bridging the Gap to College for Low-Income Students Is As Important Today As It Ever Was

A Q&A with the creator of Upward Bound, a half century after its creation. It’s been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson launched his historic “War on Poverty,” which aimed to bolster the federal government’s support of impoverished communities nationwide. As a result of Johnson’s efforts, the mid-1960s saw the birth of notable poverty-reducing initiatives such as Job Corps, Head Start, and the TRIO program—a group of “federal Continue Reading

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Why Tuition Keeps Rising (Spoiler Alert: Government Intervention)

Submitted by Omid Malekan, Imagine for a moment that you are the owner of a popular restaurant located on a street with many restaurants. You do your best to provide the best experience to your customers while staying ahead of the competition by keeping your prices down. You try to avoid spending too much on labor, and do as much of the work yourself as you can, often putting Continue Reading

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