Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

May 31, 2007

Religious Zealot Fails To Remove Harry Potter From Schools

In Georgia, a holier than thou Christian by the name of Laura Malloy has tried, and failed, for the 5th time to remove Harry Potter from Gwinnett County government school library shelves. Malloy says the books cause children to embrace witchcraft: A judge gave Laura Mallory 64 minutes Tuesday to argue why the Harry Potter [...]

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April 23, 2007

Chavez To Begin Indoctrination Socialist Formation Classes

You know, ever since I started working from home, I’ve found myself to be much more productive. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I no longer spend time in meetings. Does Hugo Chavez realize the damage he’ll do to productivity by sending people to socialism classes for four hours [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:30 am || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Education,Foreign Affairs,Government Regulation,Socialism
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April 19, 2007

Have We Created A Nation Of Wimps ?

Stephen and Mike have both written excellent posts this week which basically ask why someone at Virginia Tech didn’t try to stop Cho Seung Hui during his killing rampage. Mark Steyn has an interesting piece at National Review Online where he basically argues that part of the problem is that we’ve created a nation of [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 3:01 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Individual Rights,Keep and Bear Arms,Theory and Ideas
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In Defense of Self-Defense, part II

This started as a comment in response to Stephen’s post, but I decided it was big enough to warrant its own post. In the comment section to the afore mentioned post, there’s a discussion going on about exactly what, if anything, the VT students could have done to act in their own self defense. First, [...]

Posted By: mike @ 12:48 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Individual Rights,Theory and Ideas
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April 18, 2007

In Defense of Self-Defense

So much has already been written here at The Liberty Papers about the Virginia Tech massacre and how gun control laws may have contributed leaving law abiding citizens defenseless. The fact that this disturbed individual was the only person on campus with a firearm is completely inexcusable and unacceptable. While I wholeheartedly agree with my [...]

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April 17, 2007

Sex Education: Another Government Program That Doesn’t Work

A new study shows that the abstinence-based sex education programs championed by the Bush Administration and social conservatives don’t work after all: A long-awaited national study has concluded that abstinence-only sex education, a cornerstone of the Bush administration’s social agenda, does not keep teenagers from having sex. Neither does it increase or decrease the likelihood [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:59 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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April 6, 2007

Is this a function of government?

Throw this one in the What the #$%*? file, it seems that Michigan House Democrats have passed an earmark that would provide every school aged child with an iPod: Facing a budget deficit that has passed the $1 billion mark, House Democrats Thursday offered a spending plan that would buy a MP3 player or iPod [...]

Posted By: Jason Pye @ 2:11 pm || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Government Waste
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March 15, 2007

Republicans Turning Against No Child Left Behind

The Washington Post reports today that Republicans in Congress are turning against the crown jewel of President Bush’s education policy, the No Child Left Behind Act: More than 50 GOP members of the House and Senate — including the House’s second-ranking Republican — will introduce legislation today that could severely undercut President Bush’s signature domestic [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 3:55 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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March 7, 2007

Bill Gates Sees The Problem; Not The Solution

Bill Gates says our schools are failing: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told Congress on Wednesday that overhauls of the nation’s schools and immigration laws are urgently needed to keep jobs from going overseas. “The U.S. cannot maintain its economic leadership unless our work force consists of people who have the knowledge and skills needed to [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:33 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Government Regulation,Politics
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February 24, 2007

Muzzling Professors

In Arizona, a state Senate committee approved a bill that would make the First Amendment null and void at that state’s universities. In the name of promoting tolerance and diversity of thought on campus, committee has decided to ban professors from doing the following: *Endorsing, supporting or opposing any candidate for local, state or national [...]

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February 20, 2007

Memo: The Earth Doesn’t Move

Cross posted here at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds Kansas’ government school science curriculum is no longer the laughing stock of the nation and the world; the dubious honor may next be bestowed on Georgia. Georgia state representative Ben Bridges has circulated a memo to other state lawmakers around the country encouraging his colleagues to [...]

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February 18, 2007

Steve Jobs Takes On Teacher Unions

Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, blames teacher unions for most of what’s wrong with education today: AUSTIN — Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs lambasted teacher unions today, claiming no amount of technology in the classroom would improve public schools until principals could fire bad teachers. Jobs compared schools to businesses with principals serving as [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:37 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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February 12, 2007

Public Schools In Washington, D.C.: Broken Beyond Repair

The Distrct of Columbia spends more per pupil on it’s public education system than 47 out of the 50 states, and yet it’s public education system ranks as one of the worst in the nation. If nothing else, this is testament to the idea that throwing money at public schools will not solve their problems. [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:11 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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February 11, 2007

Education and Liberty

In a recent thread on schools and gifted children, one of our frequent commenters said a couple of things that I think bear further discussion. First, she said: I do believe there are successful public schools. Well, I do too. I happen to be, from an education perspective, a product of public schools. My first [...]

Posted By: Adam Selene @ 10:25 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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February 10, 2007

How To Fix Education For Gifted Students

In the Washington Post, Joann DiGenarro discusses what needs to be done for gifted students in our schools. As she points out at the beginning of her article, the problems facing gifted students are largely ignored, and this is a situation that there are no plans to change (emphasis added): At an educators’ meeting in [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:26 pm || Permalink || Comments (32) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Theory and Ideas
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February 1, 2007

Signs Of Progress For School Choice

In today’s Washington Post, George Will writes about what may be signs that the battle for school choice has taken a turn: The public school lobby, which apparently has little confidence in its product, lives in fear of competition — the fear that if parents’ choices are expanded, there will be a flight from public [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:55 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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January 23, 2007

Another Reason To Homeschool

If we had a free market in education, this would be simple. If you don’t make it to parent-teacher conferences, the private school your child is attending can threaten to expel, or threaten to issue its own fine, etc. But when the government is involved, you’re headed in front of a judge, buddy!

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:52 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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January 5, 2007

A Shining Example

Earlier today, Doug pointed out how Bernie Marcus believes in the power of free enterprise to improve the world, rather than government action. His belief in the power of private action over public action is backed up elsewhere. Late in 2005, the Georgia Aquarium opened, immediately becoming the world’s largest. It will be a boon [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:30 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Theory and Ideas
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December 10, 2006

Teacher’s Unions: Enemies Of Free Speech

Labor unions exist to protect the interests of their members. All their members. Right ? Well, not so fast. Let’s say you happen to be a member of the teacher’s union in the State of Washington who doesn’t want your union dues used to fund political activities you don’t believe in. Well, at least according [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:48 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Free Speech,Individual Rights
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December 7, 2006

Public vs. Private Discrimination

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a private school in the state of Hawaii can discriminate in favor of Native Hawaiians SAN FRANCISCO — A divided federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a private school in Hawaii can favor Hawaiian natives for admission as a means of helping a downtrodden indigenous population. [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:53 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Individual Rights
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