Education

Founders’ Fridays – Thoughts on Education

By John Biver

Continuing with our series of letting the Founding Fathers speak for themselves, below are a handful of quotes from men who proved that they were no dummies. I also encourage everyone to turn into Glenn Beck’s TV show every Friday for his ongoing series about the Founding Fathers.

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Founders’ Fridays: Thoughts on Education

By John Biver

Continuing with our series of letting the Founding Fathers speak for themselves, below are a handful of quotes from men who proved that they were no dummies. “Knowledge is, in every country, the surest…

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Public Education and the Global Failure of Socialism

By John Biver

The above is the title of a speech given by Warren T. Brookes in 1990. That’s right, 1990. Brookes was a Detroit News Syndicated Columnist who died in 1991. If we were to revive him and he saw the world in 2010 – I’m sure he’d have a heart attack.

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Two films many Illinois Republican state legislators should watch

By John Biver

The June copy of the Heartland Institute’s fantastic newspaper School Reform News finally was in my mail box the other day and a quick perusal of it reminded me of this terrible news from last month: “Illinois House Votes Down Voucher Bill; Bipartisan Effort Undercut by Republican Opposition.”

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Silence from the education “professionals” speaks volumes

By John Biver

One of my favorite writers, Laurie Higgins, heads up the Division of School Advocacy at the Illinois Family Institute. Some of her best writing isn’t even for publication – but is contained in letters and emails to those who work to undermine traditional values and imagine that left-wing inspired political utopia is possible. Laurie is hard-hitting and to the point.

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No holds barred education reform

By John Biver

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to meet with the representative of an Illinois business group to discuss the perennial issue of school reform. His review of the problem mostly tracked with my own – low academic performance, high costs, and an unmovable bureaucracy. It’s a decades old tale – the only thing lacking is the political will to force the kinds of changes that will produce the schools taxpayers and children deserve.

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Politics, education, and the choice of ignorance

By John Biver

If you’re like me, you sense fewer Americans than ever understand what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they authored the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Our education system – both K12 and colleges – are clearly a part of the problem.

Excerpts from two recent op eds. First up is – “Dumb and Dumber, By Choice” by Dan Kennedy from October 23, 2009.

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In Brief: the 2008 GOP National Platform – Education

By John Biver

The next chapter in the National Platform is on Education – here is the title and the section headings:

Education Means a More Competitive America

Principles for Elementary and Secondary Education

Early Childhood Education

Giving Students the Best Teachers

Asserting Family Rights in Schooling

Reviewing the Federal Role in Primary and Secondary Education

Maintaining our Commitment to IDEA

Higher Education

Meeting College Costs

Innovation Will Lead to Lifelong Learning

Community Colleges Continue to Play a Crucial Role

Special Challenges in Higher Education

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