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Sit Down, Shut Up and Learn

Sit Down, Shut Up and Learn
Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new $500 million state-level grant competition, the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge.  The program is intended to encourage better coordination, clearer learning standards and increased access to early learning programs for low income and disadvantaged children. Like... 

The Luxury of Questioning

The Luxury of Questioning
Children are by nature curious beings. From the moment they are born they are surrounded by an endless stream of stimuli which fascinate or confuse them. Over the very short period of a couple of years they learn to recognize faces, objects and sounds, and their own existence among the world around them. Eventually, children begin to mimic adults and older siblings in their communication with one another,... 

Government Needs More Oversight, Not Homeschoolers

Government Needs More Oversight, Not Homeschoolers
Jorea Marple, the West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools, recently gave a speech in which she said homeschoolers need more oversight, better standards, better evidence of progress; homeschoolers have too much flexibility. She either doesn’t know homeschoolers very well, or she knows them too well. I’ll explain later. Government can no better manage the education of homeschool students... 

Classroom Management is Incompatible with Proper Education

Classroom Management is Incompatible with Proper Education
Despite holding our children captive over a period of 6.5 hours a day, 180 days a year for 13 straight years, our schools fail to deliver anything resembling a quality education. Most children graduate high school, if they even stay in school, unable to think for themselves, ill-equipped to lead self-directed lives, and unprepared to enter into a university system which, with rare exception, doesn’t... 
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