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  • If Bill Gates really wants to help education…..

    02/05/2016 10:22:34 AM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 15 replies
    linkedin.com/pulse ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Bill Gates is one of Americas greatest business geniuses. But when he turned to education, his magic touch vanished. He is now known as the man who squandered several billion dollars trying to foist Common Core on a combattive public. Indeed, Common Core is so unpopular that its very mention quickly doomed Jeb Bushs presidential campaign. Today, Donald Trump casually promises that he will get rid of it forever; and audiences cheer. Why Bill Gates felt he should promote this thing is a major mystery. Here is a possible theory. When a tycoon decides he wants to help public schools,...
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards orders state to drop anti-Common Core lawsuit

    02/05/2016 9:22:44 AM PST · by amorphous · 10 replies
    The Advocate ^ | 4 Feb 2016 | Will Sentell
    Gov. John Bel Edwards directed the state Thursday to drop a federal lawsuit challenging Common Core that was pushed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal. Edwards also ordered the termination of a $475,000 state contract to handle the legal challenge held by the law firm of Alexandria attorney Jimmy Faircloth, a former Jindal aide. The governor, in a prepared statement, said newly enacted federal legislation makes moot issues raised in the lawsuit. It does not benefit students to continue to use time and resources to pursue litigation that no longer has any bearing on classrooms in Louisiana, Edwards said in the...
  • National Campaign Launched to Abolish U.S. Education Department

    02/04/2016 8:00:26 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 31 replies
    The New American | 2-2-2016 | Alex Newman
    After years of running up against unconstitutional federal education mandates imposed on states using bribes and bludgeoning from Washington, D.C., a group of parents and grassroots education activists from across America is launching a fresh effort to shut down the U.S. Department of Education once and for all. The mission: "Stop Fed Ed." In the crosshairs is everything from dumbed-down "standards" such as the Obama-backed Common Core nationalization of schooling and associated federal testing regimes, to the deeply controversial federal data gathering and data mining encouraged and financed largely by the feds. The group hopes to pressure Congress into ending...
  • Jeb Bush sees insults and 'backbenchers' in Iowa, looks ahead to NH 'reset'

    02/01/2016 8:18:25 PM PST · by The people have spoken · 56 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Jordan Frasier
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire---Jeb Bush didn't exactly name names when he made his prediction for which of his fellow candidates would finish in the top three in Iowa, but it was clear who he was talking about. "It's all about him and insulting his way to the presidency is the organizing principle," Bush said of Donald Trump. "The two other candidates that are likely to emerge in Iowa are two people that are backbenchers who have never done anything of consequence in their lives," he added, seemingly of Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
  • I Want To Give A Thanks To FR Homeschoolers (vanity)

    02/01/2016 7:37:59 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 19 replies
    I just want to send a thanks to everyone who was helpful on this thread. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3349192/posts We are homeschooling, now, and I do appreciate the support and advice. Finding out what what is NOT being taught. It's disgusting.
  • New York Times: Jeb Bush 'Savaged' By Donald Trump

    02/01/2016 7:26:11 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/1/16 | Dr Susan Berry
    Bloomberg News' former top editor, Al Hunt, says GOP candidate Jeb Bush has been "savaged" by Washington-outsider Donald Trump. Alongside various self-inflicted mistakes and hits from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), "Jeb Bush suffered most from being savaged by Mr. Trump, the billionaire developer, who derided him, insulted his family ties and mocked him with the lasting epithet that he was 'low energy,'" Hunt writes in a column at the New York Times. Hunt explains that Bush missed an opportunity in the first half of 2015 to define himself as a reform candidate and to showcase conservative credentials that appeal to...
  • It's Official: Put a Fork in John Kasich's Candidacy

    01/29/2016 1:29:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 01/29/2016 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Feel free to believe that there is a glimmer of hope for Ohio Gov. John Kasich's bid for the Republican presidential nomination. If that gives you comfort or plays to your own preferences, be my guest. I certainly wouldn't want to make you uncomfortable. But even if you believe that, try also to understand that Kasich's campaign is done. You can stick a fork in it. He will not be the GOP nominee for president in 2016. Recent endorsements from two New England newspapers prove that. Kasich continues to plug away in New Hampshire, hoping that lightning will strike and...
  • Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

    01/30/2016 11:04:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 6:03 AM EST | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama says he'll ask Congress for billions in new spending to help students learn computer science skills. Obama announced the plan in his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday. He says developing analytical and coding skills is a must for jobs in the new economy. ...
  • STUDENT PUNISHED FOR REFUSING TO RECITE ISLAMIC PROFESSION OF FAITH (MD Lawsuit)

    01/29/2016 4:54:14 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 62 replies
    WND ^ | Jan 28 2016 | BOB UNRUH
    A Maryland high school punished a student for refusing to profess faith in Islam, gave her failing grades for a series of assignments that violated her Christian beliefs then threatened her father with arrest for complaining, a federal lawsuit charges. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court against the Charles County Public Schools in La Plata, Maryland, its board of education, Principal Evelyn Arnold and Vice Principal Shannon Morris by the Thomas More Law Center. [ ] The lawsuit charges that the defendants' "curriculum, practices, policies, actions, procedures, and customs promote the Islamic faith by requiring students to profess...
  • Exclusive: Former Houghton Mifflin Exec Reveals How Pearson Unfairly Won the LAUSD iPad Deal

    01/27/2016 9:53:03 AM PST · by Rockitz · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 27 Jan 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A former Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) executive reveals in a Project Veritas undercover investigation how textbook publishing giant Pearson Education won the $1.3 billion contract to put Common Core-curriculum-loaded iPads into the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), despite the fact that, he alleges, other publishers outpaced Pearson in their bids for the contract. In this fourth video of a series by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas – focused on exposing the corporate cronyism behind the Common Core standards reform, Gilbert Garcia, Ph.D. tells the undercover journalist that “the big boys” of the textbook publishing world are Pearson, McGraw-Hill and HMH....
  • Undercover Video Exposes Common Core

    01/26/2016 4:36:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2016 | Phyllis Schlafly
    A new set of undercover videos has been released by Project Veritas, the organization started by young journalist James O'Keefe who exposed ACORN in 2009 and NPR in 2011, resulting in the resignation of top officials at both organizations. The new videos reveal the mindset of the people who developed the Common Core education materials and the publishers who profit from it. The expose comes just in time for the opening of this year's Education Policy Conference in St. Louis, which is the essential event for parents, citizens and educators concerned about what our children are being taught (and not...
  • Time to Seriously Boycott Fox TV? Lucifer, Exorcist Episodes Celebrate Satan. No Longer a Joke

    01/24/2016 3:35:15 PM PST · by Be Careful · 100 replies
    Celebrating Satan? While Homeschool w/ no TV really is the answer for our kids, we need to push back as hard as we can on Fox. Ideas beyond the obvious of just tuning out?
  • Poll: Jeb At One Percent in Iowa

    01/25/2016 8:04:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/25/16 | MICHAEL WARREN J
    Jeb Bush has the support of just one percent of likely Republican caucusgoers in Iowa, according to a new poll from CBS News. The poll, released Sunday, found Bush with the same level of support as Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, and John Kasich. That puts Bush behind Chris Christie (2 percent), Rand Paul (3 percent), Ben Carson (5 percent), Marco Rubio (13 percent), Ted Cruz (34 percent), and Donald Trump (39 percent). The poor numbers for Bush come nearly a month after Right to Rise, the super PAC supporting the former Florida governor, made a $25 million ad buy in...
  • Common Core Politicizing America’s Schoolchildren

    01/24/2016 6:20:46 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 1/24/2016 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    "Common Core will be raising good little socialists, who are in tune with their feelings, not so much their critical thinking skills."-Author unknown "Common sense of the common people is more important for the health of the nation than the ideas of the philosophical elites."-Wayne Brasler The best documentary on the National Common Core Standards, Building the Machine, was directed by Ian A. Reid, who set out to illuminate the sixty-two percent of Americans who had not heard of Common Core in 2013. Common Core, the brainchild and work of 30 individuals under the aegis of the Governors' Association and...
  • Donald Trump Scores Big At Vegas Rally: ‘It’s a Phenomenon’

    01/22/2016 6:22:36 AM PST · by xzins · 90 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jan 16 | PATRICK HOWLEY21
    Donald Trump delivered the most optimistic speech of his campaign so far Thursday afternoon to a friendly audience in the city of Las Vegas. Trump received massive ovations throughout the rally, which was held indoors in a packed room at the South Point Hotel on the Vegas Strip. "It's a phenomenon," Trump said. "No matter where we go, it's this. It's people like this. We love our country," Trump said. "It's very sad what's happening and we're going to turn it around." Trump devoted an adequate amount of time to Senator Sen. Ted Cruz "When he talks, he talks like...
  • Common Core Exec: 'Damn the Second Amendment'Says conservatives are "idiots."

    01/22/2016 4:38:26 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 21 Jan 16 | Trey Sanchez
    Project Veritas has released its third undercover video of another Common Core executive revealing the political ideology behind the national educational standards. And this time the anti-American agenda is made clear. The featured Common Core salesperson in this video is Kim Koerber of National Geographic Education (funded by the Gates Foundation, by the way) and a former Pearson Education publishing executive. Her expressions of hatred for America's founding documents coupled with her undying love for Common Core brings the problem to an entirely new level. Plus, she brings a new meaning to the word disgust when talking about those...
  • Exclusive: Former Pearson Exec Reveals Anti-American Agenda in Common Core

    01/21/2016 7:53:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/21/16 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A former marketing executive for textbook publishing giant Pearson Education reveals the anti-American agenda behind Common Core and the Advanced Placement U.S. History framework in the third video of a series produced by Project Veritas and focused on the corporate cronyism behind the education reform known as Common Core. Kim Koerber, a former Pearson executive who now works as a sales consultant for National Geographic – another Gates Foundation-funded Common Core publisher – tells the Project Veritas undercover journalist that “conservative voters are afraid of everything,” and proceeds to say why Common Core is important in her view. She explains...
  • The Bush blame game begins

    01/21/2016 4:24:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/21/16 | ANNA PALMER and ELI STOKOLS
    With Jeb struggling, supporters, staff and donors start pointing the finger at the super PAC's chief, Mike Murphy. They think he wasted money on everything from an iPad-sized video mailer to direct mail for donors in states that don't yet matter. They think his attacks on Marco Rubio are doing more harm than good. And they worry that, at the end, all he will have accomplished is the destruction of the Bush family brand. The big-money supporters fueling Jeb Bush's super PAC have found their boogey man: Mike Murphy, a sharp-witted, Twitter-obsessed veteran GOP ad man who runs Right to...
  • Undercover Common Core Vid: Exec Says "I hate kids...it's all about the money"

    01/12/2016 7:44:41 AM PST · by grundle · 17 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8tZGl1SVs0
  • Huckabee offers Obamacare shooting targets

    01/07/2016 5:59:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 6, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee didn't just blast President Obama's new gun control initiative and move on, he's produced three shooting targets for opponents to aim their fire directly at the administration. "Americans should go out and buy a new gun – and to improve your accuracy, you can take aim at Washington stupidity, blow holes in ridiculous government programs and shred our unfair tax code with a customized shooting target," said the former Arkansas governor and shooter.
  • Cruz for President Announces “Homeschoolers for Cruz” Coalition Totaling an Astounding 6,670..

    01/04/2016 5:29:06 PM PST · by Isara · 13 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 01/04/16
    Cruz for President Announces "Homeschoolers for Cruz" Coalition Totaling an Astounding 6,670 Members Marlin Bontrager, William Estrada, and Vicki Crawford to serve as National Co-ChairsHOUSTON, Texas - Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, will roll out his Homeschoolers for Cruz coalition at an event in Winterset, IA later this evening.Cruz for President Homeschool Coalition (Video)The group represents homeschool communities across the country who are dissatisfied with their local school districts, the recent implementation of Common Core, or just wish to be more involved in their children's upbringing.This coalition already totals 6,670 members, and will be co-chaired by Marlin Bontrager, William Estrada, and...
  • LIVE STREAM: HUGE Donald Trump Rally in Biloxi, MS

    01/02/2016 3:46:49 PM PST · by JoeSeales · 71 replies
    Right Side Broadcasting ^ | 1-2-16 | Donald Trump
    Live stream thread for the Trump rally in Biloxi tonight. Expect crowd size in the tens of thousands...should be massive. Streams (Post any others that you find): Right Side Stream (Very Reliable): http://rsbn.tv/watch-live-donald-trump-holds-rally-in-biloxi-ms/ PROBABLY abcnews.go.com fox10tv.com/
  • Trump Pummels Media, Opponents Before Record Crowd in Mississippi

    01/03/2016 10:55:08 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Jan 2016 | Jeff Poor
    BILOXI, MS – On a chilly January evening, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump addressed an overflowing crowd at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum – at a rally billed as the largest presidential campaign event in Mississippi history. Trump’s wide-ranging speech touched on topics from “Trojan horse” Syrian refugees and trade deals to Common Core, the Iran nuclear deal, illegal immigration and ISIS. He told the audience that although he has not spent the most money of the GOP candidates he will begin to spend more in order to avoid taking “any chances.” Trump, however, argued his campaign should be a model...
  • Trump Pummels Media, Opponents Before Record Crowd in Mississippi

    01/02/2016 9:38:10 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 2 2016 | Jeff Poor
    BILOXI, MS – On a chilly January evening, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump addressed an overflowing crowd at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum – at a rally billed as the largest presidential campaign event in Mississippi history. Trump’s wide-ranging speech touched on topics from “Trojan horse” Syrian refugees and trade deals to Common Core, the Iran nuclear deal, illegal immigration and ISIS. He told the audience that although he has not spent the most money of the GOP candidates he will begin to spend more in order to avoid taking “any chances.” Trump, however, argued his campaign should be a model...
  • Saving K-12 education in 2016

    01/01/2016 11:56:25 AM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    educationimproved.blogspot.com ^ | Jan 1, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Sort of a New Year's resolution... For many years I've focused on education reform; that work will continue. I have more than 400 articles on the Internet and over 3,000,000 views/visits on YouTube and various sites [e.g. FreeRepublic]. To find education articles and videos, simply enter your interest in Google with the name Bruce Deitrick Price. It's an easy way to find a lot of material quickly. You can assume this material is intelligent, practical, lucid, conservative, and intended to help every student advance as far as possible. During 2015, I was constantly struck by two main trends we need...
  • October 21, 2015: BOOM:Trump Reveals First Dept.He’ll Cut as President…Liberals Howl in Horror

    12/29/2015 4:47:09 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 179 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | October 21, 2015 | By: V Saxena on October 21, 2015 at 6:00pm
    Speaking with Fox News host Chris Wallace this weekend, 2016 GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump made a remarkable statement about what he planned for the Department of Education, if and when he becomes president. "I may cut Department of Education," Trump said. "I believe Common Core is a very bad thing. I believe that we should be -- you know, educating our children from Iowa, from New Hampshire, from South Carolina, from California, from New York. I think that it should be local education." Many Americans agree, especially as the Department of Education has grown into a massive bureaucracy more...
  • Cruz on DAY ONE: 'Rescind every single illegal, unconstitutional' Obama action

    12/28/2015 7:42:46 AM PST · by Isara · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/28/15 | Paul Bedard
    Surging Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is laying out what would be the most aggressive first day in office every for a new president, starting with the elimination of "every single illegal and unconstitutional" executive action taken by President Obama.In an epilogue to his father Rafael Cruz's upcoming autobiography, the Texas senator also said that he would rip up Obama's controversial deal with Iran, open an investigation into Planned Parenthood's abortion practice, end the IRS's "persecution of religious liberty," and shift the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem."All of that is on day one. It is an example of...
  • California Laws: On January 1st, Students Won’t Have to Pass High School (Exit Exams) to Receive

    12/27/2015 5:52:42 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Dec 2015 | William Bigelow
    On January 1, California residents will have to accustom themselves to a number of new laws that will be implemented in the state. These are some the laws that will likely have the most profound effect: SB 172: High school seniors will receive their diploma whether or not they pass or even take an exit exam; the law also applies retroactively to students who have graduated since 2004; ... SB 707: Bans concealed firearms from college campuses and K-12 school grounds
  • Technology and the Delusional Mind

    12/26/2015 8:54:48 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 12/26/2015 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    I often wondered if progressives around me live in an alternate reality. How else can people so fat claim poverty and oppression when citizens of other countries live on less than $2 a day and are so thin, you can count their ribs through their skin? What causes this obvious delusion? There are quick answers - mental illness, mass hysteria, abundance, lack of jobs, lack of a moral compass, disintegration of families, the MSM telling them constantly that they are oppressed and enslaved to the “evil” white male, too much drug use, and indoctrination in schools to the detriment of...
  • SHAME: The epidemic of Americans ‘RAPING’ their presents and bragging about it on Twitter

    12/25/2015 2:09:33 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 54 replies
    therightscoop.com ^ | 12/25/15 | Soopermexican
    I did not realize that holiday rape culture was such a persistent and deep problem in America, but after a very simple search on Twitter, I see that it has reached epidemic levels.
  • Report: Virginia Teacher of Islamic ‘Calligraphy Lesson’ Circulated Koran, Excluded Bible

    A ninth grade World Geography teacher who assigned students near Staunton, Virginia to hand copy the Arabic characters representing the shahada–the Islamic statement of faith–also circulated a Koran to her students while refusing to do the same with the Bible, according to reports from a parent meeting. Conservative talk show host Rob Schilling filed this report last Tuesday: Parents of students at Greenville, Virginia’s Riverheads High School were shocked by a recent assignment given in World Geography class.
  • No to Tariq Ramadan

    08/20/2015 8:14:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | January 25, 2010 | Stephen Suleyman Schwartz
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has lifted the visa ban on the European theoretician of radical Islam and virtuoso Jew-baiter, Tariq Ramadan, allowing him to take up a position similar to that he was offered at Notre Dame University, but which was filled because of his unavailability. At the same time, a U.S. entry prohibition against a South African leftist, Adam Habib of Johannesburg University, was voided. The decision to admit Tariq Ramadan is profoundly wrong. Adam Habib is an innocuous figure. Tariq Ramadan is not. Ramadan was first barred from the U.S. in 2004 ... the denial of...
  • Students practice calligraphy by writing "There is no god but Allah"

    12/15/2015 2:15:59 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 145 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Todd Starnes
    A Virginia school district is defending a classroom assignment that required students to practice calligraphy by writing the Muslim statement of faith, "There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah." Female students at Riverheads High School in Staunton, Virginia, were also invited to wear Muslim clothing -- a story first reported by The Schilling Show. "Neither these lessons, nor any other lesson in the world geography course, are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion, or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief," the district said in...
  • Common Core Computer Crack-up

    12/08/2015 7:47:11 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 6, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    What do Common Core and Obamacare have in common, other than the enthusiasm they engender in the White House and widespread disappointment they generate outside of it? Both programs have fatal computer glitches. "New Hampshire-based company Measured Progress, which developed online Common Core tests used in Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota, has acknowledged a major glitch in the tests' rollout," Chris Neal reported in School Reform News. "Technical malfunctions, such as servers crashing during testing, resulted in only 37 percent of Nevada students being able to take their exams." "Meanwhile, Montana and North Dakota only managed to test 76 percent...
  • As Voting Nears, Jeb Bush Continues to Struggle

    12/05/2015 7:29:09 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Voice of America News ^ | 12/5/15 | VOA News
    Despite being a favorite of the U.S. Republican Party establishment and a presumed top-tier candidate at the start of the race, Jeb Bush continues to struggle to gain momentum in the presidential campaign, even as the voting season quickly approaches. Bush's troubles were underscored this past week with the release of a new CNN/ORC poll, which suggested the former Florida governor now has the support of an astoundingly low 3 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning independents nationwide.
  • At 3% in the polls, Jeb Bush in free-fall

    12/04/2015 3:48:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/4/15 | Nia-Malika Henderson and Ashley Killough,
    Jeb Bush has tried everything. His campaign allies have blanketed the airwaves with almost $30 million in ads. Aiming to shake the "low-energy" tag and prove his toughness, Bush hit Donald Trump as a carnival barker unfit for the serious job of being President. He attacked Sen. Marco Rubio, suggesting his former protege was a dilettante in a hurry. He cut staff, hired a debate coach, and pledged that "Jeb Can Fix It." Bush is now polling at 3% -- and dropping. The 3% figure puts Bush in sixth place in the national GOP race, according to the CNN/ORC poll...
  • Common Core: Where a Wrong Answer Can be Right and the Right Answer Can Be Wrong

    12/02/2015 5:06:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2015 | Lennie Jarrett
    Another Common Core-aligned math problem is going viral. This time a 3rd grade math problem was marked as incorrect even though the student found the correct answer. On the other hand, submissions with the wrong answer have been counted right. The question asked the student to find the result of 5 multiplied by 3, using the "repeated addition strategy." The student wrote "5+5+5" and correctly found the answer to be 15. Apparently, this strategy didn't fit with the Common Core-established method for teaching multiplication, so the teacher punished the student for getting the right answer in a way not prescribed....
  • Income-based school assignment policy influences diversity, achievement

    11/30/2015 7:44:04 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 9 replies
    Science Daily ^ | November 30, 2015
    When Wake County Public Schools switched from a school assignment policy based on race to one based on socioeconomic status, schools became slightly more segregated, according to new research from Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. However, segregation increased much more rapidly in four other large North Carolina school districts that simply dropped race-based strategies and did not attempt to pursue diversity in other ways. In addition, Wake County math and reading scores rose slightly and the achievement gap between black and white students narrowed after the switch. In the four other N.C. districts, scores fell among black students...
  • Student who exposed ‘God is myth’ assignment invited TX Governor’s Mansion

    11/29/2015 12:19:07 PM PST · by bgill · 25 replies
    Red Hot Conservative ^ | Nov. 3, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    When Texas middle schooler Jordan Wooley recently highlighted a reading assignment that required students to deny God, school administrators, her teacher, and some students painted her as a liar. But a flood of support from residents across the state, including and Gov. Greg Abbott, is buoying her spirits as she heads to the Governor’s Mansion Saturday to share her story. Wooley, 12, testified before the Katy Independent School Board last Monday about a reading assignment at West Memorial Junior High in which her teacher instructed students to label statements as fact, opinion or commonplace assertion, which her teacher characterized as...
  • Principal ‘fixes’ failing grades behind teachers’ backs: staff ( NYC )

    11/29/2015 7:25:53 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    The NY Post ^ | November 29, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    The principal of DeWitt Clinton HS, a struggling Bronx school in Mayor de Blasio's multimillion-dollar Renewal program, changed students failing grades to passing without teachers knowledge or consent, insiders told The Post. In one case, Santiago Taveras gave a senior who received a "no show" in a global-history class a 75 and changed her failing 55 grade in gym to a minimum passing 65, records show. She then got a credit for each class, which she did not deserve, several staffers charged. He thinks he is God and can do whatever he wants. ... Taveras changed a students failing 55...
  • 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...
  • THIS HILARIOUS SHORT FILM MOCKING SOCIAL JUSTICE IN SCHOOLS IS GOING VIRAL

    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.