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Amendment 49 Sock Puppets: Maybe Not Too Rich for Your Piggy Bank

My friends at the Education Policy Center usually want me to talk about, well, education. But can I be forgiven if I take a break just for today? This is your official reminder from Eddie to make a bid on the famous Amendment 49 sock puppets. The bidding is already too rich for my piggy bank, but maybe someone out there will think of me on their Christmas list. On second thought, I’d much rather have a new bike. You can keep the sock puppets for yourselves. But don’t forget to keep bidding for a good cause. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the video that started it all:


Why School Choice? Required BBC Viewing for Education Policy Makers

The Education Policy Center people said they’re a little busy today. So instead of having them write anything, I asked them to show you this video, which makes a very compelling argument for school choice: This clip from the 1980s British sitcom Yes Prime Minister should be required viewing for education policy makers. It may come from overseas, and it may be 20 years old, but the brilliant common sense that flows through the satire in this piece feels like a breath of fresh air for Colorado. Of course – for the choices already available to them, Colorado families have a great resource in the School Choice for Kids website. (H/T Jay Greene, via What’s Wrong With the World?)


Account of Ethiopia's Segregationist Education Gives Needed Perspective

This post is a little different than many of the usual ones here, but sometimes it’s good to expand our horizons. My parents say that’s an important part of a good education. Well, anyway, a couple months ago, the Education Policy Center (the whole Independence Institute really) made a new friend in Ethiopian journalist Habtamu Dugo, who fled his homeland to avoid persecution from the government. Here’s a 5-minute video in which Habtamu tells his own story: Now living in the United States, Habtamu recently wrote about the problems with his nation’s education system, particularly how the government’s repressive segregationist policy is so harmful to the ethnic groups not represented by those in power.