Report: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticizes ‘sycophants of the system’ at Acton dinner

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was warmly welcomed at the Acton Institute’s 27th Annual Dinner on Wednesday night and won applause for her plans to promote innovation and choice in schools. According to an article on her speech published on the MLive news site, she told dinner attendees that “we can amplify the voices of families that only want better for their kids, we can assist states who are working to further empower parents, and we can urge those who haven’t to start.” The “outdated education model” is to blame for the present lack of school choice DeVos stated, and it is this “”antiquated approach, which, incidentally, is being imitated today by too many private and parochial schools as well, fails families by forcing them into the same one-size-fits-all box.” MLive reporter Brian McVicar noted that “DeVos also touched on the status of education” in her home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Continue Reading...

Hurricanes and price gouging: More from Acton analysts

Following Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, price gouging has become a hot topic of conversation. The prices of water, gasoline and hotel reservations in places effected by the hurricanes have skyrocketed, so it’s worth considering the ethical or unethical reasons behind price gouging. Continue Reading...

Religion & Liberty: Out of the frying pan into the fire

  Public Domain. As summer in Michigan begins to wind down, Religion & Liberty Summer 2017 takes a look at several important issues. We explore religious liberty in Eastern Europe, “pink” issues, Martin Luther, cooking and recidivism, the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” and more. Continue Reading...