Wholesale school closings predicted as intelligence is enhanced


Posted on 13th March 2010 by Judy Breck in Next | Obamaschool | Schools we now have

Education Futures has posted a provocative timeline of education which refers to the present time as the Dark Ages of Modern Education. The accompanying text explains: “This timeline provides not only a glimpse into the past and present, but plots out a plausible future history for human capital development.”

Clicking through the timeline is a refreshing way to lift your sights from the dreary more of the same path down which government educationists are shoving our children.

H/T Russell Buckley

Government education moving fast to control student loans completely


Posted on 8th March 2010 by Judy Breck in Obamaschool | Politics

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To readers who may think I am imagining the reach in Washington to take over American education, I recommend this Opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal: That Other Government Takeover: What else may go into ‘reconciliation.’

Everyone knows Democrats are planning to use the budget reconciliation process to get ObamaCare through the Senate. Less well known is that Democrats are plotting add-ons to that bill to get other liberal priorities enacted—programs that could never attract 60 votes.

One of these controversial measures rewrites the Higher Education Act to ban private companies from offering federally guaranteed student loans as of this July. Congress has already passed laws in recent years discouraging private lenders from making loans without a federal guarantee. But most college financial-aid departments still want private companies to originate and service the guaranteed loans. That’s because the alternative—a public option run by the Department of Education—has been distinguished by its Soviet-style customer service.

The Democratic plan is to make this public option the only option mere days before colleges send out their financial aid packages to incoming students. The House and Senate budget committees issued instructions last year to look for savings in the student-lending program, so the Democrats have prepared in advance their excuse to jam these changes through the reconciliation process.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan portrays the changes as eliminating subsidies to private companies, but no one should misinterpret these comments to mean that taxpayers will benefit. The plan that passed the House includes $67 billion in “savings,” according to a Friday estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. But the bill also has more than $77 billion in new spending. . . .

Government education overeach, dicey indeed


Posted on 23rd February 2010 by Judy Breck in Obamaschool | Politics | Schools we now have

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In an ideas piece in Politico this morning, the author Nia-Malika Henderson speculates that the Obama education proposals will get broad support. She concludes her article with this quotation from Republican strategist Rich Galen:

“Even if you are a little dicey on it as a Republican because you are worried about government overreach with education, you have to think long and hard about the fact that you voted against kids’ education.”

With apologies to Mr. Galen, his response is Pavlovian: We have been programmed for decades to think throwing money at government (“public”) schooling somehow improves our kids’ education. That education has only gotten worse and worse over those decades.

Now along comes the Obama-led takeover / makeover of America into European-like socialism. The worst of the education piece is it further makes certain an underclass will be formed by the schools — now one that is dependent on and defined by the federal government.

Some thoughts on ending the underclass Obamaschool would perpetuate, and how handschooling is a potent protection of the right and ability of individual kids to learn:

Handschooling will — at last — break each individual child’s learning free to go beyond the control of education establishments. Sound scary? Nothing scares me more about the future than limiting yet another young generation to the analog, tradition-dominated, doling out of a bit of this knowledge and a bit of that knowledge by some remote priesthood (pedagogical, secular, ideological, political, — yes and/or religious too).

We should all be very afraid of education policy reigning from far away. The range of control and chaos these distant pedagogues cause is wide. There is the sort that pumps gushes of money into celebrating mediocrity which perpetuates an underclass the nanny standard setters can count on to keep them in power. There are tyrannies that nurture hatred and spawn fanaticism in the young, even to the horror of blowing people up. Settling for inferior, and even destructive, education for other people’s children is all too easy when those children are in other people’s neighborhoods and towns and beyond.

While we nurture our children up close, we should strive for equal opportunity to learn for each child. Serendipitously, wonderfully — in the 21st century there is a brand new way to do just that! Handschooling has almost suddenly opened the way for every youngster across the world to learn from a global commons of that is known by humankind.