Health & Education

The Theory of Education in the United States

Logan Albright
Mises Canada

In 1931, political theorist Albert Jay Nock delivered a series of lectures at Virginia University laying out his understanding of the theory of education in the United States and the ways in which this theory goes badly wrong. Over the course of fourteen short speeches, he makes the case that the entire foundation of modern educational theory is flawed and needs to be fundamentally rethought in order to have a system that actually functions.

Collected together as The Theory of Education in the United States, these make for a profoundly thought-provoking book, and Nock makes some genuinely good observations about the American education system, but unfortunately, many of his conclusions are ultimately flawed, being based on assumptions that he does not, and cannot defend. Continue reading


Common Core English: Indoctrination, Pornography and Thought Control

Parental Rights and Education

PARENTS BEWARE

Article 6 in a series on Common Core Standards

By Celeste Busby

It is no secret that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English will change dramatically what and how students are taught.  There will be less emphasis on reading books that are fiction (the classics) and more emphasis on reading informational texts.  In early grades, even elementary grades, 50 percent of reading material will now be informational text that can be anything from instruction manuals, Environmental Protection Agency announcements and Executive Orders to historical documents.  In the junior and senior year of high school, that figure increases to 70 percent.  How can reading instruction manuals promote a love of reading?

It has been stated that reading informational text does not provide students with the deep cultural information that develops pride of ones heritage and also does not promote the critical thinking that promoters of the CCSS promise. Continue reading


Student Privacy Under Attack

Editor’s note: This article was originally published at Eagle Forum.org.

Big Brother

With increased emphasis on computer analytics as a means to assess student progress and overall learning, particularly that demanded due to Common Core standards, wide-ranging personal information about students and families is stored on computer systems. Khaliah Barnes, a lawyer with a privacy watchdog group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, claims that “Student privacy is under attack.” Her opinion represents that of a cadre of parents, advocacy organizations, school districts, and governmental agencies that fear student information is being used and abused due to carelessness, deceit, and subterfuge, sometimes for commercial profit.

inBloom, a $100 million student data collection project funded by the Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation, closed up shop in April after the nine states that signed up to use the service realized the security of personally identifiable student information could be at risk. The organization claimed its storage was secure but many doubted this. Continue reading


Why Butter is Better: Nutrition Conference Focuses on Healthy Fats, Traditional Foods

International Wise Traditions 2014 to be held in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IND – May 29, 2014—[ GlobeNewswire ]Scientists and educators will explore the health benefits of traditional fats like butter and coconut oil at Wise Traditions 2014, the 15th annual conference of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF).

The health and nutrition conference is coming to Indianapolis on November 7-9, 2014. “Focus on Food” is the weekend’s theme and the event offers good news for those who are ready to turn away from low-fat and other fad diets and return to the wholesome and nutritious foods of our ancestors. Continue reading


Common Core Math Fails the Grade for STEM

Common Core State Standards

Common Core fuzzy math are motivating States to back out of Common Core Math Standards

 

Another Reason For States To Back Out Of Common Core

Article 5 in a series on Common Core Standards

by Celeste Busby

As far as curricula for Common Core (CC) goes, there are a couple of major issues that concern parents. One is “fuzzy” math and the other is the CC Reading List that is not always age appropriate, and in some cases, is even pornographic. I’ll cover the latter in Article 6. For now, let’s talk about math and the fact that Virginia’s Math Standards of Learning are closely aligned with Common Core Math Standards.

Prior to about 1958, students were taught what is called Traditional Math, and they memorized the Multiplication Table that gave them a learning advantage, for example, being able to figure simple problems in one’s head and estimating. Continue reading