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David Kirkpatrick


    Wed, September 28, 2011

    School Choice History Part # 12


    Vermont's 1777 constitution is the oldest state constitution, ten years older than the 1787 constitution of the United States. It provides that "a competent number of schools ought to be ...

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    Wed, September 14, 2011

    School Choice History - Vermont


    Countering arguments that school choice is new, untried, tried but failed, or will not work in rural or low population areas is my home state of Vermont, where I graduated from high school long ...

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    Tue, July 05, 2011

    School Choice History: John Stuart Mill


    All attempts by the State to bias the conclusions of its citizens on disputed subjects, are evil; but it may very properly offer to ascertain and certify that a person possesses the knowledge, ...

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    Tue, June 28, 2011

    School Choice History Part # 8


    Consider, for example, the case of education. Is it not almost a self-evident axiom, that the State should require and compel the education, up to a certain standard, of every human being who is born ...

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    Thu, June 16, 2011

    School Choice History


    One does not ordinarily think of Tom Paine when considering education. Not only a revolutionary and radical, in Part 2, Chapter 5 of The Rights of Man, he places himself squarely in the company of ...

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    Mon, May 23, 2011

    Thomas Jefferson and School Choice


    This is the fifth essay reviewing original sources of today's educational
    debate over direct funding of students rather than of the institutions they
    attend. The first four all drew ...

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    Mon, May 16, 2011

    School Choice History Part # 4


    This is the fourth and final essay drawing upon pp 716-740, "Of the Expense of the Institutions for the Education of Youth, in Adam Smith's, The Wealth of Nations,," NY: ...

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    Tue, May 10, 2011

    School Choice History - Part III


    This is the third essay drawing upon pp 716-740, "Of the Expense of the
    Institutions for the Education of Youth, in Adam Smith's, The Wealth of
    Nations,," NY: The Modern ...

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    Thu, May 05, 2011

    History of School Choice


    Last week's essay was based on Book V, Chapter 2d, pp 716-740, "Of the Expense of the Institutions for the Education of Youth, in Adam Smith's, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of The ...

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    Mon, September 27, 2010

    Higher Education: The Coming Collapse?


    The following is supplied by Michael Terry, a longtime acquaintance, in Grants Pass, Oregon. Originally the thought was to incorporate it into a mutual work but his thoughts were of sufficient value ...

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    Thu, September 02, 2010

    Teacher Rights and Their Unions


    One of the most notorious violations of teachers' rights, and an ongoing battle, derives from what dues, if any, nonmembers must pay the union.

    In its Beck decision in 1988, the U.S. ...

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    Thu, August 26, 2010

    Teachers and Their Unions


    This is another look raising legitimate questions as to how, or even if, teacher unions can reasonably be said to recommend their members which, of course, they maintain they do. These are not ...

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    Tue, August 17, 2010

    Teachers and Their Unions


    Teacher unions like to say they represent their members and look out
    for their best interests, including protecting their rights to speak out
    without reprisal. Teachers are by the ...

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    Thu, July 22, 2010

    The NEA and Vouchers


    The National Education Association first condemned vouchers at its 1970 convention in San Francisco. The organization's leadership was concerned about a study done for the Office of Economic ...

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    Wed, June 16, 2010

    School Choice Crosses Ideological Lines


    This issue is largely perceived as one Conservatives support and liberals oppose and, as many have observed, in politics perception is often reality. In this instance perception reverses reality. ...

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    Wed, June 09, 2010

    The Circle School


    In 1968 the Sudbury Valley School was established in Framingham, Massachusetts where it continues to this day. Unusual in its operation and literally unique when it opened, the school has served as ...

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    Wed, May 26, 2010

    Crazy Like a Fox


    Columnist George F. Will describes Dr. Ben Chavis as "the most politically incorrect person on the planet (and) not coincidentally, one of the people most correct about inner-city ...

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    Wed, May 19, 2010

    Justice Thomas: Constitution and School Choice


    The June 2002 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, upholding Ohio's school choice plan for Cleveland found all five in the majority concurred with the same opinion ...

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    Fri, May 07, 2010

    Education Freedom Day


    On June 1, 1925, 85 years ago, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court handed down this decision which clearly established the right of parents to determine how their children would be educated. The right ...

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    Thu, April 29, 2010

    Public Education: Good Days Always Just Ahead


    Perhaps no public institution is the subject of as many rosy predictions as public education. From the 1840s, when Horace Mann was assuring everyone that more public schools would mean fewer ...

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    Tue, April 13, 2010

    Choice News


    The idea of funding students to pay for their education rather than schools/institutions which thus become relatively immune to the need to be responsive to any one or group or to be held accountable ...

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    Wed, March 31, 2010

    School Choice in the Netherlands


    Surprisingly little has been written on school choice in the Netherlands, despite its long history - 100 years - of equal funding to public and private schools. A recent World Bank study helps to ...

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    Wed, March 24, 2010

    Conservatives, Liberals ~School Choice


    School choice is largely perceived as one conservatives support and liberals oppose. Ion reality, school choice emerged as a liberal idea from the pen of Adam Smith and remained largely so until ...

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    Thu, February 25, 2010

    John Stuart Mill on Education


    Consider, for example, the case of education. Is it not almost a self-evident axiom, that the State should require and compel the education, up to a certain standard, of every human being who is born ...

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    Wed, February 17, 2010

    Tom Paine on Education


    One does not ordinarily think of Tom Paine when considering education
    or schools. As the author of Common Sense and the American Crisis
    papers, he was a revolutionary, not only a ...

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    Thu, February 11, 2010

    Thomas Jefferson on Education


    One advantage of interpreting those no longer with us is that it is frequently possible to imply that they said what we would like them to say rather than what they did say. In this regard, no ...

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    Tue, February 02, 2010

    Adam Smith on Education - Part III


    This commentary concludes a summary of the education ideas of Adam Smith in Book V, Chapter I, Article 2d, Of the Expence (sic) of the Institutions for the Education of Youth, Adam Smith, The Wealth ...

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    Thu, January 28, 2010

    Adam Smith on Education


    This commentary continues to look at the education ideas of Adam Smith as found in Book V, Chapter I, Article 2d, Of the Expence (sic) of the Institutions for the Education of Youth, pp 716-740, ...

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    Fri, January 22, 2010

    Adam Smith on Education


    In 1776 The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith was published. Termed
    "The first truly scientific argument for the principles of political
    economy," Smith's work also contains ...

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    Mon, January 18, 2010

    Cyber Charter Schools


    Until about 20 years ago there were no charter schools in the United States. Today there are more than 4,500 with total enrollments approaching perhaps 2,000,000. Such growth is significant by ...

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    Tue, December 22, 2009

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


    The following excerpts are from the above-named document which may be found online at the United Nations website, www.un.org/en/documents/udhr. Alternatively, a Google search for the document ...

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    Mon, December 14, 2009

    International Association for Learning Alternatives


    I want to call your attention to the International Association for Learning Alternatives (IALA), a 38-year-old organization that, in recognition of the obvious fact that not all students learn alike, ...

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    Fri, November 20, 2009

    School Choice in India, Finland and Sweden


    For some years I have corresponded with Larry Willmore, formerly
    with the United Nations in New York, currently with the International
    Institute for Applied Systems in Austria. In ...

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    Wed, November 04, 2009

    How Professors Think


    How Professors Think by Harvard University Michelle Lamont is a recently published book from the Harvard University Press.
    Obviously not a report on how all professors think, its basis is better ...

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    Thu, October 22, 2009

    Wasted Votes


    It's that time of year when Americans can exercise their constitutional right to abstain from voting. Which they do. Even in the presidential election of 1964, when President Lyndon B. Johnson ...

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    Fri, September 11, 2009

    A Class-ic Mistake


    Periodically, public education is seized by a fad whether or not it has any real effect. One such is the rush toward reducing class size to some arbitrary number.

    Let it first be ...

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    Tue, August 04, 2009

    Maintaining the Status Quo in Education


    Potential sources of reforming public education are the institutions of higher education. After all, virtually all of the professionals in the K-12 system are products of higher education, from at ...

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    Mon, June 29, 2009

    (De)Certification


    Despite the lack of evidence that requiring public school educators to be certified results in qualified staff, the idea of decertifying them has not won the approval of the establishment, including ...

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    Tue, June 16, 2009

    The Education 'Profession'


    Public school educators like to consider themselves to be professionals, rather than the publicly employed hired hands that they actually are. Compare them with some of the generally recognized ...

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    Tue, June 02, 2009

    Pierce vs Society of Sisters


    On June 1, 1925, 84 years ago today, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court handed down this decision which clearly established the right of parents to determine how their children would be educated. The ...

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    Thu, May 14, 2009

    Problem Solving 101: A Review


    This slim book by Ken Watanabe, (111 pages, made even slimmer for reading by the use of numerous "useful diagrams and quirky drawings"), is subtitled A Simple Book for Smart People, all of ...

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