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Educational Freedom
Three Reasons Oklahoma Needs School Choice

December 7, 2009 - 3:51pm CST

In a recent article, I offered a modest proposal to enhance school choice in Oklahoma. I proposed that Oklahoma start funding a $3,000 tuition scholarship for every K-12 student who enrolls in an accredited Oklahoma private school. Such a proposal, I argued, would provide parents with more freedom, ... READ MORE

Productivity Collapse Staggering

October 5, 2009 - 4:21pm CDT

To boost the economy out of the recession, President Obama has chosen to spend an additional $100 billion on public schooling over the next two years. His education secretary, Arne Duncan, has been touring the nation to promote this education "stimulus." The president has committed this new money t... READ MORE

Leading Analysts Back School Choice for Special Needs, Early Childhood

September 1, 2009 - 3:52pm CDT

In recent months, Oklahoma has become a hotbed for substantive discussion of educational policy. At the July 27 Oklahoma Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment, three prominent analysts, including Nobel Prize-winning economist Dr. James Heckman, made the case for increased spending on early ... READ MORE

Schools in the Slums

August 3, 2009 - 3:57pm CDT

While researching private schools in India for the World Bank, James Tooley wandered into the slums of Hyderabad's Old City and was shocked to find it overflowing with small, parent-funded schools. So began the adventure lyrically told in The Beautiful Tree and excerpted here-the story of Tooley... READ MORE

Entrepreneurial Spirit and a Mother's Love

August 3, 2009 - 3:54pm CDT

Four decades of involvement in education -- as a volunteer, writer, and sometime teacher -- have blessed me with riches that cannot be measured in normal ways. I have read stories to children at east Oklahoma City schools, then walked to lunch with a dozen giggling children clinging to hands, finge... READ MORE

Adrift in the Slow Lane of Learning

June 1, 2009 - 4:15pm CDT

For many college students, their years of "higher education" don't involve much education at all. Sure, they take a lot of courses and usually pass with As and Bs, but that is no guarantee that they have learned much. Between the inflation of grades and the watering down of the curriculum, stude... READ MORE

Great Teaching Can Still Be Found

June 1, 2009 - 4:08pm CDT

As George Leef points out, many professors are too preoccupied with "research" to be bothered with niggling chores like teaching undergraduates. But all is not lost. OU classics professor J. Rufus Fears has racked up 25 awards for outstanding teaching, and he's not done yet. (Dr. Fears also ser... READ MORE

Oklahoma Charter Schools Prevail

June 1, 2009 - 4:05pm CDT

The struggle for quality education in Oklahoma, particularly in terms of consumer choice and empowerment, is rarely marked by dramatic moments. Most forward movement toward better schooling comes in small increments. The rare exceptions that bring high drama are therefore memorable. One such moment... READ MORE

How High Is Teacher Pay in Oklahoma?

June 1, 2009 - 4:03pm CDT

When it comes to teacher pay in Oklahoma, here's a familiar refrain: Oklahoma has one of the lowest average salary levels for public school teachers in the nation, and we need to pay more to compete for the best. And here's another one: Compared to other professionals, teachers are woefully... READ MORE

The Ivory Tower: Crumbling From Within?

June 1, 2009 - 1:06pm CDT

In 1996, Jeff Sandefer saw a fatal mixture of moral decay and arrogance at Enron Corporation and publicly predicted the company's decline. He was right; Enron disintegrated within five years. Now Sandefer senses the collapse of another hallowed institution, the U.S. system of higher education. ... READ MORE

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