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  • Why parents struggle with Common Core math: “The diagrams are absolutely insane.”

    06/17/2018 6:25:25 PM PDT · by BobL · 123 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 17, 2018 | Karen D'Souza
    (snip) Eight years after California adopted new standards designed to boost students’ critical thinking and analytical skills, it’s become clear that a critical group was left behind in the push to implement Common Core: parents. The good old days of memorizing math formulas or multiplication tables are gone. Instead, Common Core math requires students to show how they reason their way to the right answer. As a result, many parents say homework is far more complicated than it used to be. For example, the right answer to 3×5 isn’t just 15 anymore, as one popular social media post noted. It’s...
  • Teacher Training and the Construction of Illiteracy

    06/15/2018 7:40:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | June 15, 2018 | Terry Stoops
    No cliché is more ubiquitous at teacher protests than signs that read, “if you can read this sign, thank a teacher.” That is, unless you disregard variations on the theme of “pay us more.” And yet, student performance on national and international tests suggest that the reading comprehension of most American students does not extend far beyond an understanding of nine-word sentences and basic signage. In the United States, only a fortunate few acquire reading proficiency. Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have barely budged since 2002. On the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS),...
  • Maryland Teachers, Students Live in Fear of MS-13 Middle Schoolers

    06/14/2018 11:35:25 AM PDT · by davikkm · 35 replies
    breitbart ^ | PENNY STARR
    The ruthless MS-13 gang and the horrific crimes members commit now include students at a Maryland middle school where teachers and students tell of living in fear every day. The gang has been in the spotlight as President Donald Trump has vowed to crack down on its operations. Officials at William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale, Maryland, claim there is not a gang problem on campus where students as young 11 attend, but the teachers and students tell a different story, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. The Post reported: Gang-related fights are now a near-daily occurrence at...
  • Board accepts resignation of teacher who refused to call transgender students by preferred names

    06/12/2018 12:21:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    indy channel ^ | June 12, 2018 | Katie Cox, Matthew McClellan
    BROWNSBURG, Ind. -- The Brownsburg Community Schools board voted to accept the resignation of an orchestra teacher who refused to call transgender students by their preferred names. John Kluge attempted to rescind his resignation before it was accepted after claiming that he was forced to resign because of the school’s transgender policy. Dozens of students and parents gathered at the school board meeting Monday evening to share their support and concerns regarding Kluge's job and the school board's decision.
  • Homeschooling Expands As Parents Seethe Over Liberal Social Engineering And Violence

    06/11/2018 11:12:52 AM PDT · by blam · 65 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 6-11-2018 | Mac Slavp
    Homeschooling rates are skyrocketing as parents are continually getting more and more upset at the leftist social engineering taking place in public schools. The indoctrination is getting so bad, that some parents are even concerned about liberal violence against those who reject the brainwashing. According to The Washington Times, the recent school shooting at Parkland, Florida, was the last straw for scores of parents. The paper noted that “the phones started ringing at the Texas Home School Coalition, and they haven’t stopped yet.” “When the Parkland shooting happened, our phone calls and emails exploded,” said coalition president Tim Lambert. “In...
  • Cuomo: Allow teachers to petition judges to seize guns

    06/05/2018 5:07:54 PM PDT · by blueyon · 21 replies
    WHEC ^ | 6/5/18 | The Associate Press
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  • Kyle Kashuv Endorses School Security Measures Proposed by US Senate Candidate Nick Freitas

    06/05/2018 2:18:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | June 5, 2018 | Marina Medvin
    Nick Freitas is a Virginia Republican legislator and a U.S. Senate candidate. Freitas, who is a father of three and who served two combat tours in the Middle East as a Green Beret, has been identifying school security needs and has been outlining solutions. He has also been implementing solutions for Virginia in the Virginia legislature. Freitas wants to put emphasis on school safety, to protect America’s children. This is one of the issues on his U.S. Senate campaign platform and how Kyle Kashuv became involved. Kashuv announced that after discussing school security with Freitas, he endorses Freitas for U.S. Senate and trusts...

    05/31/2018 9:21:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    The Fullerton Informer ^ | Published on May 21, 2018 | The Fullerton Informer
  • Teacher arrested after texting threat of mass shooting at Las Vegas concert

    05/28/2018 11:45:07 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 28 May 2018 | Robert Gearty
    A Las Vegas teacher was arrested this month on terrorist threat charges after she sent texts saying she was forming a plan to shoot up a concert and wanted to empower women to be serial killers. Leslie McGourty, 48, was exchanging texts with a friend May 16 when she made a threat to “poke a lot of holes in a lot of people” and kill herself, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing her arrest report. The friend took the texts to cops and McGourty was arrested later that day as she was teaching a physics class at Bonanza High School,...
  • Teacher Suspended, Teen Severely Burned In Experiment Gone Wrong

    05/26/2018 4:02:27 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 51 replies ^ | 26 April 2018 | Shannon Antinori
    Bartlett High School student was injured in an experiment involving liquid nitrogen. the teen suffered severe burns to his groin Another student said a small amount of liquid nitrogen was meant to be poured on the teen's chest, "(But the teacher) poured all of it on him and it instantly just burned him,"
  • Elementary children disciplined for mimicking obscene YouTube puppet (Jeffy the Rapper)

    05/25/2018 12:53:17 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 24 replies
    Brainerd Dispatch ^ | 2/23/18 | Gabriel Lagarde
    When there's a dark world waiting just a click away, it's a wonder how much parents have to do to protect their children from viewing inappropriate content on the internet. Then along comes Jeffy. Thursday, school officials sent a letter to Garfield Elementary School parents regarding a recent rash of obscene and disturbing behaviors by second- and third-graders. These comments and gestures, perpetrated mostly by boys, the letter stated, are tied to YouTube videos featuring a puppet called "Jeffy the Rapper." "I've been a lady working in education for 20 years. I know that kids can be kids," said Jodi...
  • Parents Outraged After 7th Graders Taught “Graphic” Sex Ed Lesson by Planned Parenthood Partner

    05/24/2018 12:19:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | May 23, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    A group of Pennsylvania parents expressed outrage this week after learning that their seventh-grade students were taught a “graphic” sex education lesson by a group that partners with Planned Parenthood. KDKA News reports parents at the Hazelwood location of Propel Charter School in Pittsburgh said their young students were told graphic details about oral sex during a recent science class. The parents recently met with the principal to discuss their concerns. A parent who asked to remain anonymous told the news outlet what her daughter told her about the class: “‘We said we didn’t know what it meant, and he...
  • 12-year-old boy with autism arrested for brandishing imaginary rifle at Texas school

    (KUTV) — A 12-year-old autistic boy was placed in a Juvenile Detention Center on Monday after brandishing an imaginary rifle at his art teacher, FOX 26 reports. The 5th grade teacher reportedly felt threatened by the child, identified as David Sims, who was arrested by a school police officer. "She (the officer) just put handcuffs on me and told me I need to go with her," Sims said. "They just said, 'We don't tolerate that. We take it as a threat,'" said Amy Sims, the boy's mother. "A threat? He didn't threaten anyone. He didn't do anything but play." Amy...
  • Texas Parents: School District Hiding Transsexual Curriculum from Parents

    05/21/2018 6:13:48 PM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies ^ | 05/21/2018 | Grace Carr
    Schools in Fort Worth, Texas, are reeling after a sex-ed lesson for sixth-graders entailed gender transitions and sexual fluidity. Parents began complaining after their students came home and shared what they’d learned in class. Thirty parents met with educators on April 26 to express their grievances and demand the district make changes to the sex-ed lesson, according to the Star-Telegram. None of the parents had been consulted or told what would be taught in the class.
  • Hugh Hewitt suggests schools ban trench coats after Texas shooting

    05/21/2018 3:12:56 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 70 replies
    Hugh Hewitt suggests schools ban trench coats after Texas shooting Jacqueline Thomsen 2 hrs ago MSNBC host and conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt on Monday suggested that schools ban trench coats days after a gunman reportedly wearing a trench coat opened fire at a Santa Fe, Texas, high school. Hewitt, speaking on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" on Salem Radio Network on Monday in a clip posted by Media Matters, noted that the suspected shooter allegedly did not use an assault-style rifle. He instead used a shotgun and a .38 revolver belonging to his father, according to authorities. Hewitt said that measures...
  • School apologizes for 'insensitive' prom tickets urging kids to 'party like it's 1776'

    05/21/2018 12:36:48 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 40 replies ^ | 05/21/18 | Leada Gore
    A principal at a New Jersey high school has apologized for prom tickets that contained a line urging students to "party like it's 1776." In a letter posted to Twitter Friday, Cherry Hill East High School Principal Dennis Perry said he was "writing to apologize for the hurt feeling this reference caused for members of our school family." "It was insensitive and irresponsible not to appreciate that not all communities can celebrate what like was like in 1776," Perry wrote. "I especially apologize to our African American students whom I have let down by not initially recognizing the inappropriateness of...
  • How Socialist School Teachers Brainwashed the Snowflake Generation

    05/21/2018 12:14:13 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/21/18 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Public education is now confusing children as to which bathrooms they should use, and what sex they are “The universe is made of protons, neutrons, electrons, and morons.” - Anonymous While the left is busy demonizing President Trump for his remarks about the MS-13 gangs who enter our country illegally through the porous southern border, Congressional members, working against the safety interests of the American people and cheered by the leftist media and half of the voting population, are doing their best to stall, defund, and vilify any effort by our president to build a border wall and to deport...
  • Protect Our Children and DEMAND Armed, Trained School Security

    05/21/2018 5:08:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | May 21, 2018 | Marina Medvin
    Santa Fe is the latest tragedy in a line of catastrophic school shootings. Our children are sitting ducks in their schools these days.Our children are everything to us. They are our future. Our happiness. Our light.Why is it that we do not protect our most precious humans like we protect our banks, or police stations, or courthouses? Why are Americans so lackadaisical when it comes to school security measures?The Problem:I attended a City Council meeting and observed PTA mothers ask City Council to NOT place any armed police officers in their kids’ school. They said they did not want anyone armed...
  • A Stroll through the Beautiful Ruins of American Public Education

    05/18/2018 1:52:34 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 35 replies
    Renew America ^ | March 7, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    K-12: Q&A with Bruce Deitrick PriceQ: What is your main feeling about K-12 education today?A: Sadness. There is a perennial waste of energy and money, both taken in great quantities from millions of citizens. Instruction, if logical and systematic, can teach a great deal in a timely way. Instruction, if incoherent, will leave students worse off than when they started. That is why McKinsey and Company, circa 2007, concluded that American students are measurably worse each additional year they remain in the public schools. Our #1 job is stopping this waste. Q: So what is the big sin?A: The Education...
  • Obama Education Secretary: Pull children out of schools until gun laws change

    05/19/2018 2:08:25 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 108 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/19/2018 | John Bowden
    Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that it was "tragically necessary" for parents to pull their children out of school en masse until U.S. gun laws are changed. In a tweet, the former Obama administration official asked what would happen if no children went to school until "gun laws changed to keep them safe." "My family is all in if we can do this at scale. Parents, will you please join us?" he asked.