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Competency-based education: It’s already here

Each student is a distinct individual with a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Parents know this; students know this; so it makes sense that education should reflect this as well. Yet in the call for robust school reform, we’re accustomed to getting more standardization (i.e., age-level, grade-level sameness). Perhaps for this reason, a self-paced […]

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No-progress progressive policies

How should we address the social and economic problems of inequality? If you ask a progressive liberal, they are likely to say something along these lines: “The problem is that the super-wealthy get all of the benefits of economic growth but don’t pay their fair share in taxes. So one thing we need to do […]


Pope Francis (and others) on religious liberty

One sorry trend that has gained steam in the wake of the movement to redefine marriage is an attempt to marginalize religious liberty. Thus, when Indiana was considering a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), commentary in opposition acted as if the bill were a form of special pleading against gay rights. But the federal statute […]


Economics 101: Hayek versus Keynes

Among the standard-bearers in the field of economics are two giants of innovation: Nobel Prize economists John Maynard Keynes (pronounced Canes) and Friedrich von Hayek (pronounced HI-yek). Keynes (1883-1946) founded the philosophy of a nation spending its way out of economic downturns. As an economy sours, Keynes proposed, government ought to interfere in the marketplace […]


How elastic can the Constitution be?

With serendipitous timing, [Tuesday] morning the online journal Public Discourse published an excellent article by Professor Steven Smith, a law professor at the University of San Diego. In the article, Professor Smith notes that while during the middle period of the Roman Empire, “the outward forms of the ancient republican constitution were largely preserved … […]


Justices who stood for justice

In a weekly column published by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), Lawrence Reed relates stories “of people whose choices and actions,” in his view, “make them heroes.” Reed has served as president of the FEE since 2008. In his offering of Sept. 25, “Four Justices Who Stood for Justice – Real Heroes: Sutherland, Butler, […]

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Just how does increased income improve family life?

Scholarly research has long found connections between higher income and better life outcomes, especially for children. But how does having more money lead to things like better health and social development? Is it just because the rich can afford to pay for better health care and higher-quality schools? New research suggests that this simple answer […]


Family – the foundation

Wednesday, Sept. 23, marked not only the autumnal equinox – the first day of autumn – but also the 20th anniversary of the public presentation of The Family: A Proclamation to the World by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Proclamation included not only declarations intended for members of the […]