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Education Reform Must Begin With the Legislature Says Former Seattle School Board President

News Release Discovery Institute Robert Crowther (206) 292-0401 x107 [email protected] Education Reform Must Begin With the Legislature Says Former Seattle School Board President This week, the Legislature begins its deliberations during this short session (60 days). The top priority will be “education” and the need to comply with the Supreme Court decisions on charter schools and funding. The charter school issue should be the easier of the two according to Don Nielsen, former Seattle School Board President and author of Every School: One Citizen’s Guide To Transforming Education. “Charter schools are simply deregulated public schools, and the legislature needs to pass legislation allowing public funds to be given to schools that are granted waivers from state regulations,” said Nielsen. “It Read More ›

Intelligent Design Is Older Than You Think — A Lot Older

The modern intelligent design movement may be traced to a seminal meeting organized by Phillip Johnson at Pajaro Dunes in 1993, although the Wistar Symposium of 1966 and a persistent march of Darwinian skeptics certainly prepared the soil for that fertile meeting. But ID as a concept long predates the twentieth century. Just as modern materialism and physicalism have their roots in the ancient atomists (notably Leucippus, Democritus, Lucretius), so too ID has a deep and rich history. Continue reading at Evolution News.

Discovery Institute Senior Fellows’ Message to Congress: Support Permanent Internet Tax Freedom

December 11, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hance Haney [email protected] 202-558-7083 George Gilder, Hance Haney and John Wohlstetter of the Discovery Institute’s Technology & Democracy Project urge Congress to pass the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 644). “The Internet Tax Freedom Act has prevented broadband Internet access services from being taxed like alcohol, tobacco and telecommunications since 1998. Had the Internet been taxed like telecom, it would have added 18% on average to the cost of a monthly subscription and slowed the growth of Internet services. “The time has come for Congress to extend this important consumer protection, which expires today. A tax on broadband would be regressive, inefficient and contrary to the goal of affordable broadband for all Read More ›

Wesley J . Smith: Who Decides to Discontinue Medical Treatment?

Medicare will now reimburse doctors $86 for half-hour consultations about the kind of treatment patients would—or would not—want should they become incapacitated. Writing at The Weekly Standard, DI Sr. Fellow Wesley J. Smith explains why this new regulation exposes patients to the threat of a doctor’s potential refusal to provide them with the life-extending treatment that they want. Read his article at The Weekly Standard.

On Election Day, Discovery Institute President Steven J. Buri Says “Thank You” to Politicians

In his Seattle Times op-ed, DI President Steven J. Buri reminds us to thank our fellow citizens who choose to place their names on a ballot. At a time when many Americans are fed up with politics, we should take a moment to appreciate those that aspire to public service—often at great personal sacrifice and little personal gain. Read his article at The Seattle Times.

Tom Alberg Says Schools Need ‘Radical’ Fixes

In a Seattle Times interview, Tom Alberg — co-founder of the Seattle venture capital firm Madrona Venture Group, who also serves on the Advisory Board of Discovery Institute’s new program on education reform — cites K-12 education reform as on of the most important issues of our time, and gives his recommendations on what is necessary to fix education locally in Seattle: Q: What are issues that need to be addressed? Alberg: I think the one place that a lot of tech people are really concerned about is education, K-12 education. I mean, we should have the best public schools (in the country) and we don’t. I think we need some radical steps and my two radical steps are: Transfer Read More ›

Pope Francis’ Confused Message on the Economy

Writing for Fox News, CWPM Senior Fellow Jay Richards points out that though Pope Francis demonstrates sincere concern for the poor, he has failed to recognize how economic freedom has greatly reduced poverty across the globe. Indeed, thanks to the expansion of free trade, extreme poverty has been cut in half since 1990. Read more as Dr. Richards discusses why Pope Francis needs to clarify his message to distinguish his criticism of corporatist cronyism from a criticism of economies that are founded on rule of law, property rights, and economic freedom.