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  • America’s higher education brought low

    11/26/2015 9:33:04 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | George F. Will
    Give thanks this day for some indirect blessings of liberty, including the behavior-beyond-satire of what are generously called institutions of higher education. People who are imprecisely called educators have taught, by their negative examples, what intelligence is not. Melissa Click is the University of Missouri academic who shouted “I need some muscle over here” to prevent a photojournalist from informing the public about a public demonstration intended to influence the public. Click’s academic credentials include a University of Massachusetts doctoral dissertation titled “It’s ‘a good thing’: The Commodification of Femininity, Affluence, and Whiteness in the Martha Stewart Phenomenon.” Her curriculum...
  • Ted Cruz pledges to kill Common Core if elected

    11/16/2015 4:23:06 PM PST · by Isara · 41 replies
    EAG News ^ | November 16, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    ORLANDO, Fla. - Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz signed a pledge to kill Common Core if elected.Cruz was the only one of 14 Republican presidential primary candidates at the Florida Sunshine Summit - a conservative rally put on by the state's Republican Party - to vow, in writing, to oppose any federal efforts to mandate, impose or influence standards assessments or curriculum across the country, Sunshine State News reports."As the Republican Party of Florida begins its Sunshine Summit, Senator Cruz's pledge provides needed leadership on the critical issue of education that so impacts the many residents and students of the State...
  • Ted Cruz Only Sunshine Summit Candidate to Sign Pledge to End Common Core

    11/16/2015 7:39:18 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 27 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | November 14, 2015 | Allison Nielsen
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, officially committed to end the controversial Common Core State Standards if elected president, signing a pledge with Florida Parents Against Common Core on Friday. The pledge says he will oppose any federal efforts to mandate, impose or influence standards, assessments or curriculum across the country. Disgruntled by the lack of response from Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Education over repealing Common Core, FPACC was ready to make its voice heard in one of the most important states for 2016, and members opted to start at the top of the political chain to...

    11/10/2015 2:28:22 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/09/2015 | Will Ross
    Modern Educayshun, a short film by Neel Kolhatkar, is a hilarious take on social justice and Oppression Olympics culture, and we urge you to watch it. It’s the followup to his short film #Equality, which enjoyed over a million views and has been making the rounds all year on social media since it was released in January. Neel Kolhatkar is an emerging talent in Australia. We like him!
  • Common Core Standards Failing

    11/09/2015 7:10:33 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 7, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    A recent American Institutes for Research (AIR) assessment noted that Common Core standards are not matching National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) standards at the fourth grade level: “There are substantial differences in some content areas, particularly areas where NAEP assesses content that the CCSS has shifted to later grade levels…Only 62% of NAEP grade 4 algebra items were associated with a standard in the CCSS at or below grade 4; only 57% of grade 3 and 4 CCSS standards within the operations and algebraic thinking domain had at least one NAEP item associated with them.” Translation: Common Core has...
  • Students Asked About Prostitutes And Drug Dealers On MATH Quiz [common core]

    11/08/2015 3:53:34 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 47 replies
    Eighth-grade students in southwest Florida were asked about prostitutes, pimps and sex abuse on a take-home math test. They were word problems on an algebra test at Lexington Middle School - and parents are outraged. The set-up for the questions is the life of the writer Maya Angelou. The questions highlighted parts of Angelou's life that are not only inappropriate for young teenagers, but equally inappropriate in a math class. The questions were sent home with almost 100 honor students. One of the questions said, "Trying to support her son as a single mother, she (Angelou) worked as a pimp,...
  • Education Expert: Political Elites Only See Children As Cogs In A Machine

    11/08/2015 8:04:38 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/08/2015 | Ginni Thomas
    Joy Pullmann, a nationally-recognized education expert, claims that "normal people in fly-over country" feel exploited by cultural and political elites who have moved from not listening to the people, to exploiting them. What worries the education expert - who is now the managing editor of The Federalist - the most about a Hillary Clinton presidency is "the distaste factor" stemming from the former secretary of state raising her child with nannies. According to Pullmann, Hillary is "so out of touch" with so little to share with parents. Pullmann continues in the exclusive interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation by...
  • Marco Rubio's Wall Street Sponsor Dumped Hundred's of Thousands Into Common Core

    11/04/2015 8:10:28 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/4/2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Billionaire Paul Singer, who is endorsing Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 80%, is a supporter of the Common Core standards and his foundation has been a donor to the heart of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bushs education empire: the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Singer, who recently threw his support behind Rubio, founded the Paul E. Singer Foundation, whose work thus far has 'focused on supporting research and scholars in the areas of free market economics, the rule of law, U.S. national security, and the future of Israel, as well as LGBT equality efforts and health-care delivery innovation.'...
  • Kid's brilliant answer to exam question... is too hilarious to be wrong

    11/04/2015 9:29:57 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | Updated 15:15, 4 Nov 2015 | By Gemma Mullin
    The pupil was given a maths question and then asked to show how he had worked it out, but he took it quite literally and drew his response Sometimes kids are far smarter than adults give them credit for - and this child is no exception. It's not clear whether this pupil was try to be deliberately hilarious, or just taking the task at face value in their answer. But either way they responded to the question brilliantly and his parents shared it online, much to the amusement of Reddit users. The exam question asks: "Bobby has four dimes. Amy...
  • Help for Homework Help: Teaching Parents Common Core Math

    11/03/2015 4:20:50 AM PST · by don-o · 18 replies
    AP via ABC | November 3, 2015 | michelle r. smith
    Any adult who has tried to help a second-grader with homework has noticed math is not what it used to be. Now schools are unlocking the secrets of Common Core math for mystified parents. They're holding special classes or giving out materials designed for adults so they can help children with their math homework.
  • Saudi Prince Pledges $32 Billion to Promote Islam/Sharia in America

    10/30/2015 7:08:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | Jul 9, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a senior member of the Saudi monarchy, says he'll pledge his $32 billion to advance the islamization of America. This is a MOAB (mother of all bombs) in the information battle-space. Looks as if I will be keeping busy for quite some time. The Saudis have spent billions already. 80% of the mosques build in America are Saudi funded. Islamic groups working to impose the sharia are largely funded by the Saudis. We can look forward to 32 billion more of the kingdom's brand of Islam, while censoring criticism of Islam. And it's not just...
  • Jeb Bush, Common Core cronie$, Pearson, PARCC, and your kids’ privacy

    Jeb Bush was in New Hampshire, pressing on with his sordid campaign to delude conservatives into swallowing Common Core and massive, unfettered immigration policies. He has fashioned himself a champion of the American worker, even as he pompously pushes Gang of Eight amnesty as the “adult” plan in the room. And he has fashioned himself a champion of American parents, students, and “school choice,” even as he zealously crusades for failed Fed Ed rackets and data-mining schemes masquerading as “higher standards.” (Amnesty and Common Core are two sides of the “same sides of the coin,” in more ways than one.)...
  • NYC Schools Passing Failing Students, Colleges Accepting Them

    10/28/2015 8:30:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Education News ^ | 08. 5, 2015 | Jordan E. Wassell
    It turns out that you dont have to get good grades or even show up to class often to graduate from high school in New York. Several students from New York City have spoken out about passing classes they know they should have failed and receiving high school diplomas they feel they didnt earn. Melissa Mejia, a senior at William Cullen Bryant High School, was surprised to find out she was due to receive her diploma in June when she was fully aware she hadnt completed all of the credits to earn it, she admitted in a letter to the...
  • Nation's Report Card: Only a Third of 8th-Graders Are At or Above 'Proficient' in Math and Reading

    10/28/2015 8:02:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    CNS ^ | October 28, 2015 | JENNIFER C. KERR
    It's a not-so rosy report card for the nation's schoolchildren. Math scores slipped for fourth and eighth graders over the last two years, and reading grades were not much better, flat for fourth graders and lower for eighth graders, according to the 2015 Nation's Report Card. ... Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged parents, teachers, and others not to panic about the scores as states embrace higher academic standards, such as Common Core.
  • Teacher's answer to Common Core math problem has parents steaming

    10/27/2015 9:05:45 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 102 replies
    sheknows ^ | 10/27/2015 | Christine McDow
    A new trend in math at elementary schools around the country has parents pulling out their hair. Mainly because it is the opposite of how most of today's adults were taught to do simple multiplication in the first place. According to a Common Core math worksheet that's gone viral, an elementary child today cannot just say, "5 x 3 = 15." Instead they have to change the multiplication problem to addition before solving the equation. However, if the child says, "5 + 5 + 5 = 15," they will still lose points because the problem must be written as it...
  • Common Core out: Arizona education board votes to repeal controversial standards

    PHOENX The Arizona State Board of Education in a 6-2 decision voted to repeal the Common Core State Standards Monday morning. Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas brought the motion to the board to reverse the 2010 adoption of the standards. In a letter addressed to board President Greg Miller, Douglas wrote, It is hereby moved that the actions of the State Board of Education (SBE) on June 28, 2010 to adopt Common Core, now referred to as the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards, as the standards for language arts and mathematics be reversed and that all links...
  • COMMON CORE:Suspicions Confirmed: Testing Action Plan is Trojan Horse

    Four years ago, Tom Vander Ark (former executive at the Gates Foundation, current partner at Learn Capital) wrote in an email exchange with members of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Council for Chief State School Officers: New tests will hinder rather than help competency-based modelsIn short, I dont want one big cheap end of year test used for more than it should beI dont want it to lock in the teacher-centric age cohort model for another decade. I dont want simple assessmentsI want a system that will incorporate all the performance feedback that students will be receiving...
  • Why '5+5+5=15' is wrong under the Common Core

    10/25/2015 3:53:05 PM PDT · by grundle · 125 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 25, 2015 | Jacob Shamsian
    Here's a "repeated addition" Common Core problem that's taught in third grade in US schools: Use the repeated-addition strategy to solve: 5x3 If you answer the question with "5+5+5=15, you would be wrong. The correct answer is "3+3+3+3+3. Mathematically, both are correct. But under Common Core, you're supposed to read "5x3" as "five groups of three." So "three groups of five" is wrong. According to Common Core defenders, this method will be useful when students do more advanced math. This way of reading things, for instance, can be used when students learn matrices in multivariable calculus in high school. But...
  • Trump promises to end the grotesque, Common Core assault on Americas kids

    10/20/2015 8:28:26 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/21/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    As president Id end Common Core. Common Core is a disaster. Bush is totally in favor of Common CoreEducation has to be local, says front runner Donald Trump who continues to get bashed by the establishment and its propagandists, the Mainstream Media. The candidate continues to hit all of the right chords as he explains the repertoire of issues important to Conservative Americans. The father of five and soon to be grandfather of eight, Trump each day is becoming one of historys warrior heroes who fight to keep their fellow countrymen from becoming extinct. While Homers Odysseus used truncheons, Trump...
  • Students OUTRAGEOUS Questions For Mom Leads To SICKENING Discovery About 9/11 Lesson

    10/20/2015 5:40:22 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    America's Freedom Fighters ^ | October 19, 2015 | Dean James
    A mother from Illinois was concerned when her daughter came home from school inquiring about the 9/11 attacks as well as having some disturbing questions about the QURAN, ALLAH and other Muslim stuff. After looking into the situation the mother found that the students were being taught things about the 9/11 attacks that were totally unacceptable. Thats what these liberal teachers do. They pollute our children with their sick ideals. No facts. All garbage. I would yank my kid out of school in a heartbeat rather than be taught by some Obama loving liberal scumbag. Mary Cooley at the Belleview...
  • Bush ridicules Trump's fitness to lead military in new video (Jeb comes out swinging)

    10/18/2015 1:34:40 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | Eugene Scott
    The long-running feud between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump escalated yet again Saturday, with the former Florida governor releasing a two-minute video on social media mocking the billionaire's fitness to be commander-in-chief. *snip* The clip is the latest salvo in the Bush-Trump rivalry, which has often been marked by bitter and personal exchanges between the two prominent Republican presidential candidates. On Friday, Trump suggested Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, shared in the blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks because they occurred during his presidency. Saturday's round centered on a video set to the tune of circus music that...
  • Common Core-aligned writing lesson on gun debate fuels claims of political agenda

    10/15/2015 4:45:48 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 12 replies
    Common Core backers are sneaking a social and political agenda into nationalized curriculum, say critics, who now have new ammo in a writing lesson plan for teachers that they say gives a slanted perspective of the gun debate. A study guide dubbed, "The Battle Over Gun Control," authored by KQED, a northern Californian affiliate of National Public Radio, and the nonprofit, taxpayer-subsidized National Writing Project, states that "moderate gun control" measures introduced following the Sandy Hook school massacre were deep-sixed by the "powerful political influence" of the NRA. Second Amendment advocates say the wording, in supplemental material designed to help...
  • Common Core-aligned writing lesson on gun debate

    Common Core backers are sneaking a social and political agenda into nationalized curriculum, say critics, who now have new ammo in a writing lesson plan for teachers that they say gives a slanted perspective of the gun debate. A study guide dubbed, "The Battle Over Gun Control," authored by KQED, a northern Californian affiliate of National Public Radio, and the nonprofit, taxpayer-subsidized National Writing Project, states that "moderate gun control" measures introduced following the Sandy Hook school massacre were deep-sixed by the "powerful political influence" of the NRA. Second Amendment advocates say the wording, in supplemental material designed to help...
  • Bill Ayers and Social Injustice

    10/14/2015 5:53:36 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 3 replies
    religion.Rentrave.com ^ | August 12, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    From John Dewey circa 1915 to Bill Ayers a century later, we hear the same progressive spiel. There must be drastic change, and perhaps much destruction and death, in order to create a more just society. A dubious trade if you stop and think about it. Lenin gave the same deal to the hapless Russians. Dewey was a professor of education; Ayers, once a famous terrorist, is now also a professor of education. So what will be the impact of their philosophy on the classrooms of America? The short answer is that children will get a lot more indoctrination, and...

    10/14/2015 1:00:21 PM PDT · by Slyfox
    Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research ^ | October 14, 2015 | Mary Grabar
    Much has been written about Arne Duncans surprise announcement on October 2 that he would be leaving his post as Secretary of Education. A longtime friend of Barack Obama from Chicago, Duncan has also been the longest-serving member of the Obama Cabinet. Duncans announcement came only days after a glowing profile in Politico described Duncans undersecretary getting choked with emotion and crying when he talked about how Duncan was fighting for students. The article also noted that Duncan left an unprecedented national stamp on a policy area with a long and strong tradition of local control. Pundits who favor a...
  • What is Initiative 42

    10/14/2015 11:55:15 AM PDT · by DrewsMum · 38 replies
    42forbetterschools.com ^ | October 5, 2015 | Better Schools, Better Jobs
    What is Initiative 42?
  • The Not-So-Subtle Ways Public Schools Promote Islam at the Expense of Christianity

    10/13/2015 1:25:55 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 55 replies
    National Review ^ | October 13, 2015 | David French
    Here in Tennessee, the public battle over Islamic indoctrination in public schools rages on. Last month, I reported that parents in my home county were upset after their Middle School-agechildren were forced to recite the Shahadathe declaration that there is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet. Following this revelation, my old colleagues at the American Center for Law and Justice filed open records requests with Tennessee school districts, demanding to see copies of policies, communications, and curriculum related to instruction in Islam and other world religions. Incredibly, several school districts flatly refused to comply with the request....
  • CAIR Demands Tennessee 7th Graders Learn 'Muhammad Is The Messenger of God'

    10/13/2015 12:34:26 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 80 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/13/2015 | Eric Ownes
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on people in Tennessee to oppose a bill that would prevent public schools from teaching the principles of Islam and every other religion until students reach the 10th grade. Tennessee state legislator Sheila Butt, a Republican, proposed the bill late last week in response to a grassroots campaign across the state by parents primarily evangelical parents against what they perceive as an inappropriate focus on Islam in history and social studies courses in taxpayer-funded middle schools. House Bill 1418, if it becomes law, would prevent the teaching of all religious...
  • Common Core standards a 'misguided quest to reinvent the mathematical wheel

    10/10/2015 6:23:39 PM PDT · by 100American · 27 replies
    http://www.pennlive.com/ ^ | October 08, 2015 at 3:00 PM | Cathy Souders
    Money section get to the mind early... in schools... As the proud parent of two elementary school-aged children, I am extremely concerned about my children being used as guinea pigs in the Department of Education's misguided quest to reinvent the mathematical wheel. A spokeswoman for the department, Jessica Hickernell, was quoted as saying, "It's a transition, so it takes awhile." While "awhile" may seem perfectly acceptable to Ms. Hickernell and the Department of Education, I could not disagree more as I recognize the elementary years as, unarguably, the most influential ones in shaping their entire educational future.
  • 10 Key Ways To Break The Mass Delusion Machine

    10/11/2015 7:26:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Federalist ^ | August 27, 2015 | Stella Morabito
    Perception is everything. Wars are often won or lost based on how the actors perceive one anothers strengths and weaknesses, not so much how strong or weak they are in reality. So it goes with any agenda item. When people sense a shift in public opinion on an issue, a fair number will shift right along with what they perceive. Thus, power elites can shape behaviors and attitudes by applying various techniques of crowd psychology, focused on propaganda and silencing dissent. ... Effective propaganda also keeps you in the dark about the fact that you are being manipulated. You Cant...
  • Yes, there are other people running besides Donald Trump

    10/10/2015 8:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | Rob Jenkins
    After my last two columns on Donald Trump, several people have written to ask what I think about some of the other Republican presidential candidates. So I thought Id address that question this week. Hey, Im nothing if not responsive to my readers. Please excuse me if I dont mention everyone. Ive only got 500 words. Ben Carson. No question, Dr. Carson is manifestly the smartest person in the race, on either side. His slogan should be, Its just politics, folks. Not brain surgery. I dont necessarily agree with him on every issue, but I believe hes a man of...
  • Val Kittington is Running for President and she's Republican

    10/09/2015 11:20:28 AM PDT · by chopperman · 17 replies
    Val Kittington is a Military Veteran of the U.S. Navy. She claims to be Pro-God, Pro-Gun, Pro-Life, Pro-Military, Pro-Israel, Pro-Constitution, Anti-Obamacare and Anti-Common Core.
  • Bush Donors Upset With Attacks on Rubio (Updated)

    10/07/2015 12:47:38 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/7/2015 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Jeb Bush is qualifying some recent criticism of fellow Floridian and GOP rival Marco Rubio. Last week the former Florida governor said that the young senator does not have the skills to fix things as president. Whats with the change of emphasis? As CNNs Sara Murray reported Sunday, some donors to Bushs campaign are not pleased with prospect the super PAC supporting Bush, Right to Rise, will aim its fire at Rubio. They actually like Rubio, Murray said of the Bush donors. They think he could be a good second choice if Bush cant get his poll numbers up, they...
  • Ohio RINO John Kasich compares enemies of ObamaCARE to ISIS

    10/06/2015 9:21:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Fire Andrea Mitchell!!! ^ | October 6, 2015
    So far, there are two Republicans I will NOT vote for under any circumstances if they are the nominee in 2016. One is Jeb Bush. The other is this jackass John Kasich. While pandering to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, John Kasich said: Ohio RINO John Kasich compares enemies of ObamaCARE to ISIS I mean, look at Medicaid expansion. You know how many people are yelling at me? Ive gone to events where people yell at me. You know what? You know what I tell em? I mean, God bless em, Im telling them a little bit better at...
  • Teacher Gives PATHETIC Assignment on Islam, then a Mother DOES THIS!

    10/06/2015 11:24:48 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 43 replies
    political insider ^ | 10/6/2015 | TPIWriter
    Too often, our children are prohibited from learning the Christian principles America is founded upon. This is thanks to liberal teachers and political correctness. But schools seem to have no problem teaching Islamand one students mother in Bakersfield, California is furious about it! Her son is in the 7th grade, and was given a hand out entitled Islamic Beliefs and Practices where students were taught to memorize the 5 Pillars of Islam and view a YouTube video. The mother made it clear that her son will NOT be participating. She first shared details of the assignment on KGET-TV 17 Facebooks...
  • Arne Duncans Dismal Record ( Common Core

    10/05/2015 3:16:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | October 5, 2015 | Frederick M. Hess
    On Friday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced he would be stepping down after nearly seven years on the job. This makes it a good moment to assess Duncans legacy, especially since his tenure has been shrouded by more than its fair share of puffery and overheated PR. This was predictable when it came to the usual Obama cheerleaders (Tom Friedman wanted Duncan to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state). But it also showed up at times as generous, even fawning, laurels tossed by the likes of David Brooks, Jeb Bush, Newt Gingrich, and Lamar Alexander. ... Duncan ...
  • Failed NY Education Commissioner Is the New Secretary of Education

    10/04/2015 12:50:06 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | October 3, 2015 | S. Noble
    John King Jr. was a miserable failure as Commissioner of Education in New York. He waylaid his failure in New York into the assistants job in the US Department of Education. He will be the new Secretary of Education. King came to New York as an extremely well-educated egghead with little educational experience and none in public schools. He implemented Common Core in a bizarre manner and blamed the horrendous results on New Yorks ignorant children. Even though New Yorks standards were the highest in the nation, he claimed the students were not used to high standards. He tied...
  • Breaking: This Place Was Just Named Number One for Islamic Threats in America- Spread This

    10/01/2015 10:38:19 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 44 replies
    When you think of places one might call ground zero for Islamic extremism in the United States, several places spring to mind. Perhaps New York City or Michigan where one major city has earned the moniker Dearbornistan would be your choice. However, according to an expert on Islam in America, the answer is a surprising one the state of Tennessee, where she says Islamist indoctrination is happening on a massive scale in the school system. Tennessee is ground zero for Muslim activism in the United States, Cathy Hinners said at a panel at the Values Voters Summit...
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Step Down in December

    10/02/2015 4:05:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct 2 2015, 5:15 PM ET | Halimah Abdullah
    Education Secretary Arne Duncanan advocate for reform and, at times, a target for criticism from the left and the rightwill be stepping down from his post in December. Duncan is one of just two remaining Cabinet secretaries who have served in the administration since the beginning of President Barack Obamas first term. The other is Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Obama lauded Duncans efforts at education reform saying Americas going to be better off for what he has done. During his tenure, Duncan occasionally drew the ire of liberals and conservatives for such as initiatives the Race to the Top competitive...
  • Georgia Schools Are Teaching Kids "Allah Is the Same God Worshipped By Jews and Christians"

    10/02/2015 9:24:15 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 71 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 10/02/2015 | Casey Fiano
     There’s nothing necessarily wrong with children learning about Islam. But learning about Islam to the exclusion of Christianity, and that Allah is the same God worshipped by Jews and Christians, has a lot of parents angry. Several Walton County parents say their children are being forced to learn about Islam, and want the option to exclude their children from these lessons. The teaching of Islam has banded together a group of upset parents. “My daughter had to learn the Shiad, and the five pillars of Islam, which is what you learn to convert, but they never once learned anything...
  • The Cost of Common Core

    10/01/2015 7:32:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 1, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Well, it may not work terribly well but Common Core sure is expensive. The treatment of textbooks as mountains of words is one of the signature elements of Common Core, Peter Wood of the National Association of Scholars (NAS) pointed out at the National Press Club Monday. In the past half-decade, the 26 states aligned with the Common Core has dropped to 7 but the price tag keeps increasing. The Pioneer Institute estimates that the 7-year cost of Common Core is $16 billion, Silicon Valley engineer Zeev Wurman said at the same Press Club event Wood spoke at. The pro-Common...
  • Tennessee School Districts Balk At Revealing Islam Lessons

    09/30/2015 10:34:21 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 47 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 09/30/2015 | ERIC OWENS
    Tennessee School Districts Say Revealing Islam Lessons May Cost Millions, Take Too Darn Long Dozens and dozens of taxpayer-funded Tennessee school districts are refusing to comply with an open records request from a conservative legal nonprofit seeking materials and documents relevant to the way public schools are teaching Islam primarily to middle schoolers. The American Center for Law & Justice, a law firm that generally promotes conservative and Christian principles, sent its open records requests to all 146 taxpayer-funded school districts in Tennessee earlier this month, reports The Tennessean, Nashvilles main newspaper. A Nashville attorney, Chuck Cagle of the...
  • The Purpose of Public Schools

    09/26/2015 3:27:13 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 31 replies
    EducationViews.org ^ | Sept. 9, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The traditional view is simply stated: the purpose of public education is to take each child as far as each child can be taken. Who can disagree with that? If a school is aiming for less, that school would seem to me to be guilty of malpractice or false advertising. Doesnt the word education imply a striving for excellence? At the end of each school year, children are presumed to know more than at the start. Isnt that a reasonable presumption? Somewhat bizarrely, given whats going on in our public schools, the Education Establishment might claim they agree. Oh yes,...
  • About 260 Chicago Public Schools lose money due to enrollment losses

    09/26/2015 10:36:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-25-2015 | Juan Perez
    Chicago Public Schools ... The district said it would freeze funds for schools where students appear to be enrolled, but have not attended any days of classes or received class schedules. ... The district said 10th day enrollment totaled 367,499. In 2002, the district's enrollment was 438,589.
  • Education Secretary Duncans children to go to Chicago private school he attended

    09/26/2015 10:49:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2015 | Valerie Strauss
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan grew up in Chicago and attended the private, prestigious University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. The pre-K-12 Lab Schools are progressive institutions ... resident Obamas two daughters attended the school before moving to Washington in 2009, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuels children are enrolled there now. And in the fall, Duncans children will be attending Lab, too, while his wife works there. .... his children will attend a progressive private school in Chicago, a school that does not follow key school reform policies that his Education Department has set for public schools. It does not, for example,...
  • Common Core Disses Bilingual Education

    09/21/2015 11:20:14 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 21, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The bad reviews of Common Core keep pouring in, and not just from the right of center. Among bilingual educators there has been much debate about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Jeff Bale writes in the Fall 2015 issue of Rethinking Schools. Some of the most respected scholars of bilingual education have endorsed the Common Core and are working hard to make it relevant for English learners. Others have been more suspicious. Not only do the standards focus on English-only, critics note, but they were bankrolled by the Gates Foundation, pushed on states in a way that amounts to...
  • This Dad Wrote Out a Common Core Math Check to the School and Its Brilliant

    09/19/2015 10:20:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/19/2015 | PAULA BOLYARD
    An Ohio dad wanted to let his son’s elementary school know how frustrated his family is about Common Core math. Douglas Hermann from Painesville posted a picture on his Facebook page of a check made out to Melridge Elementary School with place value chart in place of the dollar amounts: If you’re unfamiliar with this method of teaching math, check out this video of a little girl demonstrating how to add three-digit numbers using both the traditional method and the Common Core method: Little Girl Destroys Common Core Math in Under 2 MinutesHermann also wrote on his Facebook page, “It’s sad...
  • Dont Listen To Trump: Heres the Truth About Carly Fiorinas Business Record

    09/16/2015 6:40:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    IJReview ^ | 09/16/2015 | Liz Mair
    Earlier this week, someone who had read my piece about Donald Trump’s less-than-A+ record in business asked me if I’d write something about Carly Fiorina’s business record and why I think despite Democratic and Trumpette knocks on it, it actually indicates that she would do a good job as President (full disclosure: I have worked with and consulted for Carly Fiorina in the past). With that in mind, here goes nothing.First, let’s start broad brush, with the basic recognition that Carly Fiorina is a self-made woman. Unlike Trump, she comes from a family of academic types, not business people—let alone...
  • Republicans jockey for conservative credibility (Jeb BOOED)

    09/18/2015 8:54:15 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 32 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 18, 2015 | STEVE PEOPLES and BILL BARROW
    [SNIP] Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush triggered boos when he defended his early support for the Common Core education standards, a policy developed by state leaders in both parties that has become a target of tea party ire. "I'm for higher standards, and Common Core standards are higher than the standards that exist," Bush said before being interrupted by boos. "If South Carolina wants to be without Common Core standards, great, just make sure the standards that you apply are higher than the ones before you had Common Core. Standards matter. Accountability matters." [SNIP]
  • Minority Teachers Quitting Due To Racism And Black Income Disparity; Common Core, Child Discipline?

    09/17/2015 5:08:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    .Inquisitr.com ^ | September 17, 2015 | Patrick Frye
    A new report claims the United States education system is seeing minority teachers quitting at an alarming rate. Experts cited by the Washington Post claim it is possible a history of racism and income disparity might explain why some black teachers are quitting their jobs, but others believe the new standardized curriculum like Common Core and the inability to apply child discipline may have frustrated these teachers.