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Grade Inflation Concerns Are Overblown
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Grade Inflation Concerns Are Overblown

Throughout the nation’s college and universities, grades are getting higher. In fact, they have been getting higher for eighty years. But suddenly, government officials with too much time on their hands have decided that something needs to be done about it.

04/17/2013
The New Luddites
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The New Luddites

Today, Ned Ludd and his followers are best known from the term Luddite: a much needed contribution to the English language that expresses fear or hatred of technology. But while the word has since taken on the connotations of a back-to-nature, Druidic-like disdain for modernity, it should be remembered that the original motivations for the Luddite movement were purely economic. The textile artisans saw their livelihood threatened by advances in mechanization, and lashed out to protect their own interests.

04/11/2013
Fate of Tennessee School Vouchers to be Decided
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Fate of Tennessee School Vouchers to be Decided

The fate of school vouchers in Tennessee will be decided tomorrow, and there is an usual fight brewing. The problem doesn’t seem to be whether or not to offer vouchers, but how many and to whom. Arguments over these details could lead to vouchers being scrapped altogether. 

04/02/2013
The FreedomCast - Episode 22 - Texas School Choice Legislation
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The FreedomCast - Episode 22 - Texas School Choice Legislation

On today's edition of The FreedomCast, Director of Grassroots for FreedomWorks, Whitney Neal joins me to discuss several school choice bills currently making their way through the Texas legislature and why school choice is the civil rights issue of our times.   You can support FreedomWorks' efforts in Texas and on behalf of children everywhere who deserve school choice.

03/28/2013
Profiles in Education: The Thompsons
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Profiles in Education: The Thompsons

Meet the Thompsons, a homeschooling family from Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson both attended traditional public schools, but decided they wanted something different for their own four children. So, how did this family decide that homeschooling was best for them, and what happened next?

03/27/2013
The Battle Against Common Core Standards
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The Battle Against Common Core Standards

Quietly and almost without notice, an initiative which significantly erodes local and state control of school curriculum has passed in 46 states. The Common Core Standards Initiative sets Math and English curriculum in every participating state at the same level. In adopting this “common core” states are relinquishing their right to compose their own education requirements.

03/27/2013
Republicans Lead Civil Rights Charge with School Choice
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Republicans Lead Civil Rights Charge with School Choice

Republicans are beginning to coalesce around School Choice with Senators Rand Paul and Lamar Alexander’s amendment.  Senator Ted Cruz of Texas began with a rallying cry in his key-note address at CPAC declaring “education is too important for it to be controlled by bureaucrats in Washington, taking choices away from parents and kids…We need to champion school choice – the civil rights issue of the next generation.”  Not only is Senator Ted Cruz correct about school choice being the civil rights issue of the next generation, but it is the civil rights issue of this generation.

03/27/2013
How School Choice Helps Traditional Public Schools
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How School Choice Helps Traditional Public Schools

Kids are weird — especially mine. Sure, I can identify personality traits as coming from me and my wife, but they’re jumbled up in odd ways. If we’re the original track, our kids are the dance remixes. My eldest daughter is analytical and conscientious when work needs to be done, but fearless and funny in her off time. Her younger sister will procrastinate and goof off, but will create elaborate, amazing projects just for fun. Definitely related, but wildly different.

03/27/2013
School Choice in Tennessee is good for everyone
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School Choice in Tennessee is good for everyone

While Tennessee currently allows students to switch from one public school to another, both in-and-out of district, their overall options are very limited. With the currently proposed legislation, SB196/HB190, legislators aim to create much greater educational opportunities that improve the lives of all children; especially low-income families. Children don’t deserve to fall victim to bureaucracies that standardize school programs when their individual needs are at stake.

02/28/2013
How You Can Save Your Country
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How You Can Save Your Country

Government goes to those who show up, right?  We've learned that we can't go to sleep and expect our nation to survive. Those with a penchant to support overbearing government programs to solve every societal ill never rest. Those of us who want to rein in government spending and fight for individual liberty cannot rest either. To limit government and keep it honest, we can't start at the top. We have to start at the bottom, at the most local level, where the trouble  often starts. The best place to start saving the country is right where you are. Local government controls much of what you and your family does on a daily basis.  Whether it's water rights, local taxes, street signage or the curriculum being taught in your schools, you should have a voice and be involved.  Find your passion and get busy. There are some activities that are easy to start doing that can produce immediate results, and give you a great sense of accomplishment along the way.

02/20/2013

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