Wyoming Liberty Group
Before I graduated from East High in May 2012, I heard a frustrated teacher of mine comment that if the district administrators were all kidnapped by aliens, it would be weeks before anyone noticed. Granted, there are always some tasks that administrators are needed for. But ultimately, the purpose of a school system is to provide an education, and since teachers are the educators, they must represent most of the school system’s employees, right? Well, the National Center for Education Statistics found that in 2009 only 50.5% of school system employees in the United States are teachers, so teachers are only half the workforce.
CHEYENNE – Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, Louisiana boasts the country’s most ambitious school voucher plan that would pay for students to attend public, private or charter schools of their choice.
Who owns your children? You, the parent? The government? The local school board?
This question lies at the heart of a February incident in Kitchner, Ontario. Apparently four year old Nevaeh Sansone was doodling her fantasies of her father fighting off monsters on a white board at a Waterloo school. Nevaeh’s teacher though she saw a gun in the artwork, and questioned the young artist. The teacher then called social services, who called the police.
What price are we willing to pay to preserve the government’s monopoly on elementary education? The jury may still be out on the answer to that question, but an incident in a small Ohio village has given us a new perspective on this question. From the Columbus Dispatch:
It’s that time of the year again, folks. Banned Books Week runs from September 24 to October 1 this year. Celebrate it by reading a banned book. There are some really good books on that list. You may already have one on your bookshelf. If not, ask your local bookmonger to get it for you. Or ask your local library.
The argument continues over whether the housing bubble was caused by government regulations, predatory lenders, or a combination of both. I think Thomas Sowell did an excellent job making the case against the government in Housing Boom and Bust, and Wendell Cox at the National Center for Policy Analysis recently published an excellent article detailing how local zoning and Smart Growth initiatives caused the worst housing bubbles in the United States.
While Japan reeled from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the American educational establishment got a shakeup of its own. The following quote came, most surprisingly, came from the Douglas County (Colorado) School District (DCSD) Strategic Plan approved unanimously on March 15, 2011.
“We no longer need compliant graduates who have memorized a set of facts, who believe every answer is found in a book, or who have perfected the game of school – to memorize, regurgitate and dump. Instead, our country and our business partners demand graduates who are globally aware, financially literate, creative, adaptable and resilient, collaborative, ethical, problem solvers, critical thinkers, and communicators to accommodate the careers in this new day. These graduates will be the most qualified and highly sought after in the world. They will secure the highest paying jobs and stimulate growth and development in the communities they populate.”