Isaac Asimov Saw The Future of Learning Way Back in 1988

In 1988, Isaac Asimov was interviewed on PBS, and made some truly futuristic pronouncements about online learning (though he didn’t call it that at the time). For example, Asimov argued that, “Nowadays what people call learning is forced on you, and everyone is forced to learn the same thing on the same day at the same speed…,” and, he added, “Now, there’s the possibility of a one to one relationship for the many.”

Public Sector Pension Plans to Face Tighter Scrutiny

Government pension plans have been in the news a great deal the past few years and it hasn’t been pretty – due in large part to poor investment performance these public plan costs have skyrocketed along with their unfunded liabilities. Governments all over the country have been hit hard with huge increases in legally required pension contributions that are devastating their budgets. New accounting rules coming soon will bring even more attention to these issues.

Attorney General Sam Olens

The state is a better state due to the Foundation and the pressure you put on the legislators to enact good legislation rather than just legislation to get re-elected. I certainly appreciate the work.

Would Student “Data Backpacks” Infringe on Civil Liberties?

Digital Learning Now! Has just released the second paper in its “Smart Series.” Here is a review of paper # 1. This second installment makes the case for two improvements based on school data. First, the authors argue that states should create a “data backpack” for each student, which would include a standardized electronic copy of their test and grade histories, their discipline records, their “personal bests” on various types of assignments, and other items, and which could be accessed and used as students move across grades, schools, districts, and states.

In Our Family, There Will be No Child Left Behind

The greatest joy of my life is being the father of two beautiful daughters whom everyone will agree – look just like me! Like my father and grandfathers, I embrace the awesome responsibility to make sure their future is brighter than my own. In our family, there is no confusion about the meaning of the phrase, no child left behind.

The Charter School Issue Comes Down to Choice

By Lawrence W. Reed In less than two months, Georgia voters will decide an important question about the future of education in our state: Should charter schools be authorized by a statewide, appointed commission or must they secure the approval of local school boards? I’ve lived in Georgia for less than three years, but I worked on education reform issues for 30 years in Michigan. The two states are hundreds of miles apart but in so many ways, the issues of charter schools and education reform share the same background … Continue Reading →

Kids Are Not the Priority for Chicago Teachers Union

(Editor’s Note: Illinois Policy Institute President John Tillman published this article just as Chicago Public School system teachers prepared to strike this week.  Tillman is the Opening Speaker at 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Friday, September 21 at the W Hotel in Atlanta.) By John Tillman Now that Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has announced that CTU will strike Monday morning, it is very clear: Children are not the top priority for teachers who belong to the Chicago Teachers Union. The two things that matter most to these … Continue Reading →

What is the Future for Marginal Revolution University?

By Eric Wearne Add another entrant to the growing number of free online education start-ups (see here or here).  Marginal Revolution University comes from Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, two economics professors at George Mason University (and hosts of the economics blog Marginal Revolution). MRUniversity was announced at the World Bank meeting last week.  According to Tabarrok, “Here are a few of the principles behind MR University: 1. The product is free (like this blog), and we offer more material in less time. 2. Most of our videos are short, so you can view and listen … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health

Americans too often lose sight of the longer-term debate about health care when they focus on arguments dictated by the framework of an election cycle and partisan political lines. Hence Heartland Institute’s “Ten Things Everyone Should Read About Health Care.”

Checking Up On Health

What does the boss think of the new federal health law? Nearly two-thirds of employers see it as a step in the wrong direction,

Health Care Technology

Technology is transforming health care. To learn more and see some examples, explore the links below.  A new technology developed by Invivo Therapeutics has helped paralyzed monkeys run again, giving hope to humans with spinal cord injuries. TEDxBoston – Frank Reynolds – “Changing the Face of Neuroscience” A new technology is capable of healing second degree burns in record time, reducing both scar tissue and the risk of infection. 60 Minutes reports on how technology is helping our body repair itself. “UGA discovery uses ‘fracture putty’ to repair broken bone in days,” February 3, 2012 “Building Body Parts,” August 8, 2012 … Continue Reading →

Maryland Leads 4th, 8th Grade Gains; Georgia Moving Up

By Mike Klein What’s in the Maryland water?  A student performance analysis that contains encouraging news about Georgia also leads to the inescapable conclusion that Maryland has really gotten its act together during the past decade.  In a comparison of 2003 and 2011 students, Maryland led the nation in fourth and eighth grade reading improvement and it also led in eighth grade math. Comprehensive data from the Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) also shows Georgia fourth and eighth graders made great strides during the same eight-year span.  Georgia students … Continue Reading →

The Better Idea: A Health Contract with America

By John Goodman Opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) have a nifty catch phrase: repeal and replace. Unfortunately, they are much clearer on “repealing” than they are on “replacing.” Until now. The Congressional Health Care Caucus has posted on their website a Health Contract with America, fashioned by yours truly.  I conducted a Capitol Hill briefing on the subject and you can find more details at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) website. Let’s hope every candidate for office this fall endorses the Contract. Here are the main ideas: Tax Fairness. The federal government should … Continue Reading →

Checking Up on Health

Health Policy Briefs: Posted May 15 Compiled by Benita Dodd Water, water everywhere, but …: According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 780 million people still lacked safe drinking water in 2010. On Monday, May 21, more than 400 attendees are expected to attend, “Sustaining American Leadership in Global Health and Water,” described as “a major conference on how the United States, even in the midst of fiscal austerity and political division, can best advance the world’s health.” Hosted by three Atlanta-based groups – the World Affairs Council of … Continue Reading →

Fulton Science Academy M.S. Will Try Private School Path

By Mike Klein Fulton Science Academy’s middle school will try to remain open this fall in Alpharetta even after the state board of education denied its state charter application on Thursday.  The Academy was already rejected by Fulton County last December so it does not have another public school option. “Our only viable option right now is to go to a tuition-based private school model which is not our first choice because then it won’t be open to everybody in the public,” board member Angela Lassetter said in a hallway … Continue Reading →

Foundation Unveils Transportation Study at May 23 Leadership Breakfast

Atlanta — Ahead of Georgia’s July 31 regional referendum on a penny transportation sales tax, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation will host “Getting Georgia Going,” a Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club.   Reason Foundation transportation policy analyst Baruch Feigenbaum will unveil a study of the state of transportation in Georgia, focusing on the transportation project list for metro Atlanta, and discuss “Getting Georgia Going” into congestion relief and mobility. Feigenbaum, a resident of metro Atlanta, has a diverse background researching and … Continue Reading →

Cherokee Charter: The Perfect Place to Sign House Bill 797

By Mike Klein Cherokee Charter Academy almost never happened.  Last spring it seemed possible – maybe even probable — that Cherokee Charter would never open because of a state Supreme Court decision.  What a difference a year makes.  Governor Nathan Deal will visit the school Thursday morning when he signs legislation to create the structure for a new state charter schools commission. “We’re very excited that not only is the Governor pro-charter but he is coming to our school to sign House Bill 797,” said Cherokee Charter Principal Vanessa Suarez.  … Continue Reading →

Checking Up on Health

Health Policy Briefs: May 1, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Health care reform in remission: If it seems to you that health care policy is in limbo, you’re right. Most legislatures and policy-makers are adopting a wait-and-see attitude. Everyone is waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Nowhere is that more evident than in Georgia, which has seen no action and little interest after a law passed last year that would allow health insurers in … Continue Reading →

Will Georgia Avoid Last Year’s Farm Labor Shortage Fiasco?

By Mike Klein This summer the U.S. Supreme Court will decide what authority if any states have to determine immigration policies within their borders.  This year the Georgia agriculture industry hopes to avoid a repeat of last year’s fiasco when just the possibility of a new state law caused seasonal workers to leave or avoid the state; an estimated $400 million in crops rotted in the fields. Wednesday morning the Supreme Court heard arguments in the Obama administration effort to stop Arizona’s immigration law.  Arizona says the federal government has … Continue Reading →

Trial Lawyers & Insurance Companies Are True Beneficiaries of Medical System

By Dr. Hal Scherz Dr. Jeff English the Docs4Patient Care, Georgia Chapter President and the Director of Clinical Research at the MS Center of Atlanta and I have seen looming problems with the implementation of ObamaCare. Like all practicing physicians we know that it is time to get serious about medical liability reform. Two years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, it is now clear the law fails to control healthcare costs – the very reason advocates called for its passage. In fact, costs have accelerated faster under Obamacare … Continue Reading →