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The Truth About the Minimum Wage
by David Laband
March 1, 1988
People don't like to think that anyone's labor is worth less than the minimum wage. Someone might end up flipping burgers for $5.00 an hour.
You might think the minimum wage is a way of paying some sort of dignity premium--hence language like "living wage." People with such good intentions look at the direct beneficiaries of these policies, say, burger flippers now making $7.50 an hour. They pat themselves on the back. But they rarely count the invisible costs: willing human beings who never get hired in the first place. "But $5.00 an hour is not enough to live on!," they'll say. For whom? A teenager living at home with his parents? An elderly person who wants simply to stay active? A single mom with three kids? A single woman sharing an apartment with 2 roommates? Of course, not all of these people could live off of $5.00 an hour. But some of them could given the opportunity. Concerns about those who couldn't don't justify minimum wages even if we ignored the invisible costs of the policy, which include reduced margins to businesses that might otherwise grow (and hire more people).
Homeschool World - Articles - Frequently Questioned Answers About Homeschooling - Practical Homeschooling Magazine
by Growing Strong Enough
August 25, 1995
You've probably heard a million times that there is no such thing as a stupid question. I've pretty much made a career of blowing this theory out of the water.
Answering questions about our homeschooling lifestyle, we have to recognize that there is a difference between "stupid" and "ignorant" and respond to questions accordingly: IGNORANT is when you act stupid because you don't know any better. STUPID is when you know better but act ignorant anyway. With the above observation as our ground rule, let's review some of the Frequently Questioned Answers which homeschoolers encounter in our everyday lives.
Universal Preschool Is No Golden Ticket: Why Government Should Not Enter the Preschool Business
Cato Policy Analysis, Cato Institute
by Darcy Ann Olsen
February 9, 1999
Across the country legislators are deciding whether to require public school districts to provide no-fee prekindergarten classes for all three- and four-year-olds.
Georgia and New York have implemented universal preschool programs for four-year-olds, and other states have taken steps in that direction. Those programs are voluntary so far, but there have been calls for mandatory participation.
Bruce Wiseman is National President of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) and opposes the use of psychiatric medications.
Ecology of Mind
by Testimony of Bruce Wiseman
July 20, 1999
We stand at the dawn of the 21st century with technology hurtling us into a space-age future while an estimated 5 million American children have been legally placed on mind-bending drugs. These drugs are not only addictive but are ti
The use of these drugs - on a dramatic rise amongst school children, particularly over the last two decades - is a primary factor in the creation of acts of random senseless violence among our youth. Indeed, while all manner of reasons have been offered for the recent rash of school shootings, the simple but frightening fact is that the rise of senseless violence in our schools is date coincident with, and directly tied to, the increased use of these prescribed mind altering, mood-changing drugs.
Deliberately Dumbing Us Down
by Sam Blumenfeld
February 19, 2000
Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt's new book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, is one of the most important publishing events in the annals of American education in the last hundred years.
Iserbyt has done what no one else wanted or could do. She has put together the most formidable and practical compilation of documentation describing the well-planned "deliberate dumbing down" of American children by their education system.
Schools Zapped by Advertising
ZapMe! Corp. brings commercials into the classroom via computer
Some web sites accessible on ZapMe!'s "Netspace" contain lists of soft-core pornographic movies and advertisements for violent video games. The software includes more than 100 computer games kids can play during school time and reportedly allows for the monitoring of students' browsing habits as they surf the net.
Idaho Buries School-To-Work
When Idaho Board of Education Chairman Harold Davis officially proclaimed the death of School-to-Work (STW) last month, grassroots citizens breathed a sigh of relief.
Their "Certificates of Employability" had little to do with federal SCANS competencies and more to do with whether or not students could read, spell, punctuate, and perform accurate math computations.
A New Twist on Parental Choice
by Tom G. Palmer
March 1, 2000
Should parents be able to choose the kind of education their children get-
A number of commentators say yes, but only if the choice is between (A) indoctrination in a vast island prison and (B) school in the United States. But apparently the commentators feel that parents' freedom of choice should not extend to deciding which schools are best for their children within the United States.
Fight Over School Choice, Vouchers Heats Up Along The Campaign Trail
by Michael W. Lynch
March 2, 2000
School choice has become an issue politicians can't avoid.
School choice has become an issue politicians can't avoid. In 1997, it passed a limited voucher program for residents of the nation's capital, where few students perform to grade level despite per-pupil spending of $9,123.
No tolerance for zero tolerance
The Cincinnati Enquirer
by Andrea Tortora
April 8, 2000
Zero tolerance - the idea that one punishment fits all crimes and perpetrators.
The expanding web of zero tolerance policies spreading from schools to the juvenile justice system creates a culture in which children are demonized for being children while increasingly being punished as adults, national children's law experts said Friday.
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