• Georgians Will Continue to Fight for School Choice Options
    When any group dares to escape the clutches of a one-size-fits-all government-run education system, the bureaucracy kicks into gear. The playbook is simple: First, attempt to scare lawmakers, and if that doesn’t work… sue, sue, sue. This is exactly what happened. Gwinnett County Schools and other public systems immediately filed suit to try and put an end to this success story. The legal claim was money—essentially, they didn’t want local tax dollars to follow the child if a student dared leave their precious system and attend a public charter school. It is important to realize that while money may sometimes be the stated opposition to educational freedom, make no mistake, control is at the core.
  • Embracing a classical education
    Classical theory divides childhood development into three stages known as the trivium: grammar, logic and rhetoric. During the “grammar” years (kindergarten through fourth grade), children soak up knowledge. They memorize, absorb facts, learn the rules of phonics and spelling, recite poetry, and study plants, animals, basic math and other topics.In the “logic” stage (roughly grades five through eight), children learn to analyze, question, discern and evaluate. Students learn to think through arguments, pay attention to cause and effect and begin to see how facts fit together.The “rhetoric” stage (grades nine through 12) concentrates on acquiring wisdom and applying knowledge. Students learn to express themselves persuasively.
  • 3rd Graders Indoctrinated in School Budgeting by Milwaukee Teacher
    It’s not fair for school teachers to brainwash young students in their political philosophies. If they were true educators, they would present all sides of an issue (if third graders could understand the complexities of most issues) and let them draw their own conclusions.
    It’s also not fair for teachers to use children as props in their political movement
  • Charter-School Battle: What We Can Learn from the Backlash
    The education marketplace is not an economic one, with the best ideas winning out. Rather, it’s a political marketplace, with the loudest or most organized voices usually carrying the day and the most compelling examples winning the public debate. So one spectacular charter screwup counts for more than 100 quiet successes, and the good and great schools can’t overcome the headwind created by the laggards.
  • Report indicates Pre-K program an educational hoax
    By implementing a bonus structure for educators who are “model teachers” or “exemplary teachers,” Knox County is sending a message to teachers in East Tennessee, the state, the nation and the world who are committed to excellence that Knox County will reward them for doing their jobs well. This should not been seen as a “retention strategy,” as Carson said, but as a recruitment tool. When recent graduates and experienced teachers learn they can earn a $1,500 bonus for being a model teacher or $2,000 for being an exemplary teacher in Knox County, methinks many motivated, ambitious teachers will give Knox County Schools a second look due to the innovative pay structure.
  • American Chemical Society’s Project SEED perfect for motivated teenagers
    American Chemical Society Project SEED, an eight-week intensive summer program. The national program, which the University of Memphis joined in 2005, recruits talented Memphis high school students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. “Students are doing actual research,” said Dr. Ted Burkey, program director, mentor, and professor at the University of Memphis. “It’s putting kids in an environment of passionate people that are making a good living from doing what they love.”
  • Gold Medal List | US News Best High Schools
    US News looked at more than 21,000 public high schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The following are the 100 schools that performed the best in our three-step Best High Schools ranking analysis. Two TN schools make list.

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