Daily Archives: December 3, 2013

PISA 2012 reading scores

The following is a list of education systems that scored higher than the United States on the 2012 International Student Assessment (PISA) reading test: Shanghai-China 570 Hong Kong-China 545 Singapore 542 Japan 538 Korea, Republic of 536 Finland 524 Ireland 523 Chinese Taipei 523 Canada 523 Poland 518 Estonia 516 Liechtenstein 516 New Zealand 512Continue Reading

PISA 2012 science scores

The following is a list of education systems that scored higher than the United States on the 2012 International Student Assessment (PISA) science test: Shanghai-China 580 Hong Kong-China 555 Singapore 551 Japan 547 Finland 545 Estonia 541 Korea, Republic of 538 Vietnam 528 Poland 526 Canada 525 Liechtenstein 525 Germany 524 Chinese Taipei 523 NetherlandsContinue Reading

PISA 2012 math scores

The following is a list of education systems that scored higher than the United States on the 2012 International Student Assessment (PISA) math test: Shanghai-China 613 Singapore 573 Hong Kong-China 561 Chinese Taipei 560 Korea, Republic of 554 Macao-China 538 Japan 536 Liechtenstein 535 Switzerland 531 Netherlands 523 Estonia 521 Finland 519 Canada 518 PolandContinue Reading

The menace and immorality of the welfare state

That is the title of a great piece by Professor Richard Ebeling here. Ebeling shows that the harm done when statist coercion shoulders aside voluntary charity to assist the needy is gigantic.

U.S. falling behind in reading, math, and science

The 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results were released today.  The news was not good. Education Week reports, U.S. performance in reading, math, and science has remained stagnant since 2009 as other nations have plowed ahead, according to new results from a prominent international assessment. Nineteen countries and education systems scored higher thanContinue Reading

Is the “Affordable Care Act” just a rerun of “managed care”?

MainStreet writer Michael Tremoglie argues here that the hilariously misnamed “Affordable Care Act” (makes you wonder if Lenin’s collectivization of agriculture in the Soviet Union was preceded by something like “The Affordable Food Act”) is just a return to the unpopular managed care of 25 years ago. Yes, but worse, given all the unintended badContinue Reading

‘How we use our money is a moral issue.’ Ah, yes. About that …

So it was said yesterday, to impugn the “morality” of someone who uses his money in this way: To mitigate the effects of the federal government shutdown that spanned the first half of October, the John William Pope Foundation has announced $185,000 in grants to humanitarian charities in central, eastern, and western North Carolina. “TheContinue Reading

Unanimous N.C. Appeals Court panel affirms lower-court decision against proposed virtual charter school

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has affirmed a Wake County trial court ruling favoring the N.C. State Board of Education in a dispute involving operators of a proposed N.C. Virtual Charter School. Among other appellate court opinions released this morning: A unanimous three-judge panel rejected a challenge of the N.C.Continue Reading