National Freedom Museum High School Essay Contest

January 7, 2015

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma march. The National Liberty Museum is sponsoring an essay contest for high school students in response. The topic:

“The movie Selma tells the story of how Martin Luther King, Jr. and others peacefully protested to advance voting rights. What do you think needs to be done today to protect individual freedom and self-determination? What are you doing or will you do to peacefully advance those rights?”

The contest is open to students aged 14-18 in public, private and home school programs. Details about the prizes and contest requirements can be found here.


Arkansas Conquers Texas

December 30, 2014

My prayers have been answered…Alamo Drafthouse to Open in AZ in 2015!!!!!!!!!!!

December 24, 2014

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Oh yes!!!! Best thing to happen to the Valley since the invention of the air conditioner. Now if we could get a Chuy’s I could die happy. Plus tickets for the Interview are on sale at the Austin locations starting tomorrow.

Cowardly Cowards and their Colossal Cowardice

December 18, 2014

I noted this morning that the Alamo Draft House movie theater in Dallas was showing Team America: World Police because Sony Pictures had withdrawn The Interview from distribution.  I praised the Alamo for having the courage that Sony and virtually every national cinema chains lacked in being willing to mock the barbaric stone-age despot, Kim Jong Un.

Well, Paramount Pictures has joined the ranks of the cowardly cowards in their colossal cowardice by apparently refusing to grant Alamo Draft House and another independent movie house, Cleveland’s Capitol Theater, permission to show Team America. Who will stand for liberty when capitulation is so common?

Remember that these same movie companies and cinema chains are all too happy to show movies praising Julian Assange or Edward Snowden.  Perhaps they know how generally benign the US government is in that it will do little or nothing to punish them for (rightly) criticizing it  for illiberal actions.  But the really menacing forces trying to block airing The Interview or publication of images of Muhammad are appeased.

Please save us, Team America!

Alamo Draft House Stands for Liberty

December 18, 2014

While national movie chains have cowered in the face of unsubstantiated threats from North Korean stooges and Sony Pictures withdrew The Interview from all forms of distribution (presumably including DVD and Netflix), the Alamo Draft House movie theater in Dallas decided to fight back by showing Team America: World Police.  OK, it features Kim Jong Il instead of Kim Jong Un, but that’s basically the same thing.  Take that, barbaric stone-age despot!

While Hollywood proves that these colors don’t run — they flee screaming in terror — Alamo Draft House proves, in the spirit of Fasi Zaka, that the defense of liberty requires a good mocking of tyrants.  And apparently only the Alamo has the nerve to do it.  America!  What I wouldn’t do to get an Alamao Draft House in Fayetteville?

Don’t worry, even if Kom Jong Un threatens Hollywood into submission, he’ll still feel very lonely all by himself in his giant palace surrounded  by millions of starving North Koreans.

Theater Study is an Audience Favorite

December 16, 2014

TheatreSquared’s performances of Hamlet and A Christmas Carol were a hit with the student audiences that saw them.  And apparently our study of what students learned from those performances was a hit with the readers of Education Next.  It was the second most viewed article in Ed Next during 2014 despite coming out toward the end of the year.  This follows on our study of the effects of field trips to an art museum earning the #1 spot as the most read article in Ed Next during 2013.

Students are very interested in these cultural experiences.  The education policy community is very interested in these studies.  Now if only policymakers, administrators, and foundations showed similar levels of interest.

Reason Foundation: Will Regulation Ruin School Choice in the Big Easy?

December 11, 2014

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Well worth watching…similar tensions exist in all choice programs to some degree.


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