Police Seized My Clients’ Children Because They Homeschooled. Last Week a Court Ruled It Was OK

Police Seized My Clients’ Children Because They Homeschooled. Last Week a Court Ruled It Was OK By Robert Clarke The Wunderlich family wanted to do what thousands of families in America do with no questions asked: educate their children at home. But homeschooling is not allowed in Germany, and the state has relentlessly pursued the Wunderlichs and even seized their children. One morning in August 2013, 33 police officers and seven social workers showed up at their front door, threatening to open it with a battering ram. The parents cried…

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Thanks to Their Student Loans, Millennials Expect to Die in Debt

Thanks to Their Student Loans, Millennials Expect to Die in Debt By Chloe Anagnos Adulting, the now common idiom goes, is hard. And to many millennials, the grim realization that debt will always be part of their lives is not making it any easier. In some cases, their debt load is so soul-crushing they expect to die without ever paying what they owe back. So how much does this problem have to do with the higher-education crisis the country is facing? As it turns out, everything. According to a study…

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The $1.2 Trillion College Debt Crisis Is Crippling The Economy

The $1.2 Trillion College Debt Crisis Is Crippling The Economy By Mac Slavo A whopping two-thirds of American college students graduate school already deeply in debt. But the decision to go into debt to pay for a college degree is a $1.2 trillion crisis that’s crippling the economy. According to The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) Project on Student Debt, the average borrower will graduate with $26,600 in student loan debt. That means, that before a dollar is made using the degree, most Americans will owe money to someone…

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University of South Carolina: Student Free Speech Rally Violated Campus Speech Codes

University of South Carolina: Student Free Speech Rally Violated Campus Speech Codes By Ilya Shapiro and Patrick Moran Public university campuses, once bastions of free thought, have become increasingly hostile toward the freedom of speech. Although students greatly benefit from expressing and being exposed to a wide variety of ideas, administrators often prevent this from happening. An increasing number of universities have even instituted speech codes that subject students to burdensome investigations merely for exercising their First Amendment rights. Silencing Speech About Free Speech Two student organizations at the University…

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How Government Ruined Higher Education

How Government Ruined Higher Education By Anthony Mueller The rise of the costs of the American higher educational system began when expansion became the aim of education policy. The new objective was to have as many students as possible in college. Students’ increased ability to pay, which came with easy access to student loans, allowed universities and colleges to raise prices and to invest in areas such as sports and recreational facilities that had little to do with education but made campus life more attractive. Inasmuch as private universities also…

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Handcuffed for Homeschooling? Paperwork Dispute Gets Ugly

Handcuffed for Homeschooling? Paperwork Dispute Gets Ugly By Jennifer Lade A school system in Massachusetts is proving to be malicious, incompetent, or maybe both. Of course, we suspected that already. But the latest example comes from a lawsuit from a woman who pulled her 8-year-old son from Worcester Public Schools to homeschool him last January. Josilyn Goodall is suing the Worcester School Committee, Superintendent Maureen Binienda, and the state Department of Children and Families after police entered her home, handcuffed her, and arrested her over what amounted to a paperwork…

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China Tracks Workers’ Brains; Now Tracking Children With “Smart” Tech Uniforms

China Tracks Workers’ Brains; Now Tracking Children With “Smart” Tech Uniforms By Nicholas West If there is any country on Earth that is most emblematic of the rising governance model that is Technocracy, it is China.  The many pieces to this structure have included much of what we see emerging in the U.S. with pervasive surveillance, biometrics and a notion of protecting the public by instituting pre-crime algorithms in police departments and travel. So, in many ways, China is the very large canary in the coal mine for anyone who…

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Child Handcuffed, Arrested and Thrown in Jail for Missing Too Many Days of School

Child Handcuffed, Arrested and Thrown in Jail for Missing Too Many Days of School By Jack Burns Muskogee County residents, whose school-aged children accrue four absences over a four-week period of time, get a ticket from police and have to see a judge. The citation, if not signed, also leads to the detainment and potential arrest of their children. In police accountability circles, the truancy to incarceration system is known as the “school to prison pipeline.” One mother, whose son was arrested, placed in handcuffs, and taken to the same…

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4 Ways to Teach Kids Finance

4 Ways to Teach Kids Finance By Maureen Buff Finance is hard to see. And as a result, finance can be hard to understand—especially for kids! Let me explain. My sister goes to the grocery store with her debit card. She swipes the card and leaves the grocery store with the card and a bag of groceries. From her son’s perspective, it seems like a sweet deal! It doesn’t look like my sister gave anything up to get the groceries. Her son doesn’t see the exchange; he doesn’t see that…

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The Future of Education is Borderless

The Future of Education is Borderless By Steven Maxwell The entire formal education apparatus seems to reinforce the repetition of learning from past generations rather than forging new ideas and new applications for a world changing at an increasingly rapid pace. As internet connectivity expands and the speed of accessing information increases, the opportunities for formal learning should also accelerate. After all, information itself is already borderless for much of the world’s population that has access to a free and open internet. One would have to assume that the barriers…

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