Education

4 Reasons People Assume I’m Smarter Than My Contractor

Changes in schools, testing, and the workplace have conditioned us to undervalue the intelligence of laborers.

- October 13, 2015

The Biggest Myth about Student Loans

Yes, debtors can discharge their loans in bankruptcy, and the taxpayers pay for it. 

- October 06, 2015

Donald Trump Is Winning Because Voters Don't Have a Clue

Donald Trump will fall eventually, but the high-octane ignorance that fueled his rise will not. 

- October 06, 2015

Is "Banned Books Week" a Myth?

In America, there's basically no such thing as a "banned book," but that doesn't stop the American Library Association from claiming censorship is worse than ever. 

- October 02, 2015

Why Are College Textbooks Such a Racket? And What Can We Do about It?

While other book prices have fallen, textbook prices have risen 1,000% since 1977 — but why?

- September 30, 2015

Homeschooling Is a Threat to Public Education

Advocates of government education are right to be worried by the number of homeschool families, but not because homeschooled kids are learning any anti-government ideology at home. The greatest threat that homeschooling poses to the government system is its diversity, its resiliency, and its undisputed academic success.

- September 22, 2015

Dear Principal: Stop Turning Our Schools into Prisons

Turning schools into oppressive fortresses just teaches children to be terrified and insecure.

- September 18, 2015

#IStandWithAhmed Tells Us Something about Public School

A 14-year-old student built a digital clock to impress his teachers; they had him arrested and interrogated.

- September 17, 2015

Students for Sale

A public school teacher says there has to be a better way, one in which students are not mere cogs in a machine or widgets to be delivered at the end of production. 

- September 15, 2015

What Are Students Learning? Not What Colleges Teach.

The evidence overwhelmingly shows that students don't learn much in college. 

- September 11, 2015

How Taxpayers Fund Alternative Medicine Quackery

Politics — not science — pushed alternative medicine out of the fringes and into the heart of the medical system. 

- September 10, 2015

If You Haven’t Engaged with the Work, Your Opinion Is Worthless

When did it become an acceptable critical stance to condemn a work of art without ever having engaged with it

- September 10, 2015

3 Stock Market Tips from an Economist

Studying economics won’t show you how to get rich playing the stock market, but it will spare you from making a fool of yourself at the next cocktail party.

- September 09, 2015

Don’t Assume I'm Smarter Than My Contractor

Our school-influenced culture wrongly tells us that what some do is more cerebral and therefore requires more smarts than what the next guy does. And that’s a bad assumption.

- September 07, 2015

Missionary for Free Markets

“Truth,” he said, “is not a numbers game. You can be alone and you can be right.”

- September 04, 2015

Want to Study Economics?

To learn the economic way of thinking — or any discipline — find a scholar, not just a teacher.

- September 03, 2015

God’s Forgotten Libertarian

Machen saw liberty as God’s intention for humanity and would not abide the presumptuous claims of earthly governments to diminish it “for our own good.”

- August 28, 2015

Can Millennials (And Universities) Take a Joke?

American institutions of higher learning have become veritable minefields of trigger warnings, safe zones, and speech codes. 

- August 15, 2015

Staking the Dracula of School Choice Myths

"There's no evidence it works!" Except for a ton of evidence.

- August 14, 2015

"Excuse Me, Professor": Larry Reed on the Tom Woods Show

Lawrence Reed talks with Tom Woods about FEE's new book: Excuse Me, Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism.

- August 12, 2015

The Credential Is Killing the Classroom

As long as legal and cultural norms make the degree the primary signal of value in the marketplace, the classroom will continue to decline in quality. 

- August 11, 2015

Low-Cost Private Schools Are Leaping Ahead in the Developing World

Private schools for the poor are growing rapidly throughout the developing world.

- August 05, 2015

Government Loans Make College More Expensive, Worsen Income Inequality

Federal student aid makes education more costly and makes the distribution of income more unequal. 

- August 04, 2015

Who Is Doing More for Affordable Education: Politicians or Innovators?

Change for the better is coming to higher education. Just don’t expect it to come from Washington.

- July 31, 2015

New York Orders Fast-Food Workers Replaced With Robots, Kiosks, Mobile Apps

"Fight for $15" scores a victory for robots and unions against immigrants and young people. 

- July 23, 2015

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