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Archived May 8, 2007
By Ed Iverson
Lahontan Valley News and Fallon Eagle Standard
Posted March 21, 2007
Excerpt: Education is a religious exercise. It cannot be otherwise. It is never a question about religion in the classroom, yes or no? It is always a question about which religion will inform the classroom...
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Education and the Motive to Lie
Education and the Motive to Lie
As the articles featured below show, public schools have every motive to lie, and they've become adept at it. Lying about test results both protects and prospers them. With a never-ending source of funding — and government at all levels falling over itself to produce more — the temptation is overwhelming.
Do private schools face the same temptation? Better performance can certainly result in more demand for the schools' services, but there is a big difference.
When parents pay for education directly, they also pay attention to the return on their investment — their children's progress. When parents don't pay directly and when they've been trained to trust the state and discouraged from questioning its authority, they assume they're being told the truth about their children's progress, and state schools become essentially unaccountable, left free to play the bureaucratic game of who can attract the most funding.
It's one more reason to reject education by the state and take back our children and our society.
by Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist
© The Boston Globe
Posted March 4, 2007
Excerpt: Once Americans may have agreed on what children should be taught, but that day is long gone. On any number of fundamental issues, parents today are sharply divided, and there is no way a government-run, one-curriculum-fits-all education system can satisfy all sides. The only way to end the political battles over schooling is to depoliticize the schools. And the only way to do that is to separate school and state…
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You can be sure more than one is already brewing to deal with this latest crisis. The good news is that 8 million American students will not be subjected to whatever it turns out to be. The other good news is that there are options for those who are still trapped in the never-ending circus of public school reform. Updated February 23, 2007 WASHINGTON — U.S. high school seniors are taking more challenging coursework and earning higher grades than ever, but their reading skills have actually worsened since 1992, data released Thursday by the U.S. Education Department suggest.
You can be sure more than one is already brewing to deal with this latest crisis. The good news is that 8 million American students will not be subjected to whatever it turns out to be. The other good news is that there are options for those who are still trapped in the never-ending circus of public school reform.
Updated February 23, 2007
WASHINGTON — U.S. high school seniors are taking more challenging coursework and earning higher grades than ever, but their reading skills have actually worsened since 1992, data released Thursday by the U.S. Education Department suggest.
by Liz Austin Peterson
© The Associated Press
Posted February 3, 2007
Excerpt: AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Gov. Rick Perry issued an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
By using an executive order, Perry sidestepped opposition in the Legislature from conservatives and parents-rights groups that fear such a requirement…
Analysis of Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System Reports:
Excerpt: On June 8th 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of GARDASIL, and on June 29th the Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend adding GARDASIL human papilloma virus vaccine to the Centers for Disease Control's national childhood recommended immunization schedule. On July 14th the first report of a serious reaction to the vaccine was filed with the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
A 16-year-old Illinois girl was vaccinated July 7th and 13 days later developed symptoms eventually diagnosed as Guillian-Barre Syndrome. A 14-year-old girl in the District of Columbia was vaccinated on July 11th and complained of severe pain immediately following the injection, fell off the examining table and experienced a 10 to 15 second fainting spell ending up in the emergency room with a headache and speech problems. The report of this reaction, the first in the nation, was filed on July 14th, 15 days after the ACIP vote.
Six months later, 82 reports of GARDASIL reactions have been submitted to VAERS…
Don’t worry if you see this notice after the program has been broadcast or if your local PBS station is not carrying the program. This link will give you the program via streaming video.
My highlight is when Bruce Shortt beautifully answers Professor Reich of Stanford, who advocates more regulation of homeschoolers. If you also like Bruce’s answer, you’ll love Bruce’s article, Homeschool regulation: The revenge of the failures.
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