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

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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December 6, 2006

Simon Says: To Extend The Metaphor

Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face belongs to a dastardly villain, who deserves what they got. >;-(

Posted By: Simon Jester @ 9:06 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Keep and Bear Arms,Media
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November 13, 2006

What If Coffee Shops Were Run Like Public Schools ?

Over at The American Spectator, Andrew Coulson wonders what might happen if coffee shops were run the same way we run public education: Imagine what would happen if coffee shops were run like schools. Let’s say that state and local officials granted Starbucks a “public coffee” franchise, paying it $10,000 annually per customer (about what […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:50 pm || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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July 26, 2006

Atlanta Prefers Government Control to Results

Achieve Academy could be shut down But Achieve Academy may close, a move that would force Zicuria and the school’s 170 or so other students from grades five through seven back to the traditional public schools they left. Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall is recommending against approving Achieve Academy’s charter, citing a weak curriculum, a history […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:58 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Monopolies,Politics
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July 16, 2006

Patrick Henry on the Constitution

I was talking recently about Patrick Henry. When I was looking into some of his history, I found this speech. Patrick Henry was an anti-Federalist, against the Constitution and a centralized consolidated Government. Perhaps this excerpt will explain why: You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:56 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Education,Individual Rights,Theory and Ideas
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July 13, 2006

Libertarianism: The Problem of Children

Over a year ago, when I was still a new blogger, I posted this entry at The Unrepentant Individual. And I still don’t have an answer for it. Can anyone help me out? —————————————————————– My adherence to libertarianism, as much as an “Unrepentant Individual” adheres to any set political party or philosophy, is based upon […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:07 pm || Permalink || Comments (15) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,Individual Rights,Privacy,Theory and Ideas
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July 4, 2006

The Founding Fathers

A frequent commenter here and at The Unrepentant Individual asked me the below question. Given that today we celebrate the official acceptance of the Declaration of Independence, I thought it might be a good day to explain. I am curious to find out what you think of Benjamin Franklin. I live in Philadelphia and so […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:27 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Education
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June 19, 2006

When did they stop?

When I was a kid, and that isn’t exactly a geological age ago; there was a U.S. Flag in every single classrom. Most were on angled jackstaffs flying on the wall next to the P.A. speaker, over the chlakboard, or maybe over the main door. This didnt warrant notice, any more than desks or chalkboards […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 9:06 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Education,Politics,The Bill Of Rights
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April 6, 2006

Where Markets Beat Government — and Vice Versa

I checked out Perry’s site the other day, and ran across this post on Wal-Mart. It looks like Wal-Mart is opening its doors again in New Orleans, while Congress is still pointing fingers. It got me thinking: why is it that we see for-profit businesses flocking to the area, while FEMA is still trying to […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:32 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Education,Monopolies,Politics
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March 1, 2006

Carnival of Education

The Carnival of Education is up at Education Wonk. Several articles from The Liberty Papers are featured in the Carnival, all from Monday’s massive venting against our current education system.

Posted By: Eric @ 11:04 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education
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February 27, 2006

Teacher’s Unions: The Enemy Of Education

Reading Brad and Eric’s posts on education earlier today brought to mind this post I wrote recently: Today’s Wall Street Journal has a piece cataloging the ways in which teachers unions in Florida and Wisconsin are acting to prevent any efforts to reform education in a way that will actually help students. First in Wisconsin: […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:12 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Education,General
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