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Education (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Proposed ‘Students’ BILL OF RIGHTS’ Leans Heavy On Gun Control Measures

    10/22/2018 11:47:23 AM PDT · by PROCON · 18 replies
    guns.com ^ | Oct. 22, 2018 | Chris Eger
    A planned Student Gun Violence Summit held in Washington, D.C. over the weekend has generated a proposal geared towards extensive gun control ideas. The summit was designed to merge existing plans to reduce gun violence and merge them into a single “Students’ Bill of Rights,” after a weekend conference. The group, a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt social welfare organization, was formed by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher Melissa Falkowski, along with Jami Amo, a survivor of the Columbine shooting; and Abbey Clements, a teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary School. The summit was sponsored with the assistance of several national gun control...
  • "Educator Apologizes For Her Mistakes" -- ANIMATION

    10/20/2018 6:37:57 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sept 5, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Older-but-wiser principal named Edwina Educator apologizes for dumb decisions she made when running a big public school. Only three-minutes long, this little video tells you everything you need to know about the public school system. Please share. ------------------------------------------------------------- I made it 6 years ago. The primary purpose was to test new video software called Xtranormal. You first type your script, then you can have characters move around and speak your words as you see in this video. Quite remarkable. Some of you would enjoy experimenting with it. Unfortunately Xtranormal, which was free, is dormant. Other options are now available but...
  • New Penn prof Jeb Bush discusses 'tribal tendencies' of partisan politics at College Hall

    10/19/2018 8:28:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Pennsylvanian ^ | October 18, 2018 | Courtney Daub
    In a packed room in College Hall on Wednesday night, former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush gave his first talk at Penn since being named the second Presidential Practice Professor. Bush addressed the partisan nature in politics today and the lack of dialogue that exists across the aisle, urging conservatives to return to the idea that America is the land of opportunity. The event, co-hosted by the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy and Penn Political Union, focused on the state of American democracy and what Bush calls increased “tribal tendencies” in partisan politics in a time of...
  • Answering the Perennial Question: Why Does College Cost So Much?

    10/19/2018 7:09:36 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 52 replies
    Last month, Amanda Riley, writing for The Atlantic, asked a good question: why does higher education in the United States cost significantly more than in every other OECD nation except Luxembourg? Related to that: Why have college costs risen sharply over time? Unfortunately, while the questions Riley raises are compellingly important, the answers she provided are, in my opinion, severely wanting. She fails to even fleetingly mention one thing unique to American higher education that has been an enormous factor in driving up costs: the federal student financial assistance programs. The money from those programs has provided universities an opportunity...
  • The Evidence for Standardized Tests Already Exists

    10/17/2018 5:22:00 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | October 17, 2018 | Jenna A. Robinson
    Making college admissions “test-optional” has been steadily gaining steam among elite and liberal arts American colleges. In late September, Colby College and Rosemont College joined the hundreds of other institutions that do not require their applicants to submit standardized test scores to be admitted to the school. Other schools that have “test-optional” policies include Bowdoin College, Bryn Mawr College, George Washington University, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Chicago, and Wake Forest University. And now, the University of California system has announced plans to study whether including standardized tests adds value to the admissions process. Many observers, including students, scholars,...
  • Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren Outed as Fake Woman of Color+Fake Cherokee

    10/16/2018 3:39:42 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/16/18 | Mitch Wolfe
    Does this clueless woman have no judgment? Does she have no shame? In the 1990s, Warren self-described herself as a “woman of color”. There is a 1997 Fordham Law Review article in which Warren is described as Harvard’s Law faculty, first woman of color. The footnote at the end of the article, because law review articles are rigorously researched and fact-checked for accuracy, refers to a conversation had with the news director of Harvard Law School, in August 1996, which confirms in Harvard Law’s view that Warren is a woman of color.
  • School board votes to take guns away from monitors (NY)

    10/16/2018 1:49:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    guns.com ^ | Oct. 15, 2018 | Chris Eger
    Armed for decades, the grounds monitors of a New York school district will no longer be allowed to have access to firearms. The Saratoga Springs City School District Board voted last week 5-4 to disarm the group of school security employees, many of whom are former police officers, with the majority siding with advocates who argued firearms did not belong on campus. “I want to stress,” said Superintendent Michael Patton, “that this vote does not imply that we don’t value or support a safe learning environment.” The push to disarm the monitors was backed by Saratogians for Gun Safety, a...
  • Now Is The Time For All Good Women To Come To The Aid Of Their Country

    10/15/2018 7:49:28 AM PDT · by Richard William I · 5 replies
    And, by Good Women, I am referring to all those ladies who are not so extremist that they would believe that other women cannot lie, and would rather not replace the  Constitution with radical uncaring, unfeeling womananity (unfeminine Feminism). At one time we called men who were so gendercentric  "Male Chauvinist Pigs." Maledom  has been so demeaned by the modern culture in the media, academia, Hollywood, and especially the Democrat Party, that it is a wonder that there are any males still associated with the Dems. This is why there is a record number of women running for elected office,...
  • Protesters Disrupt Stanford Pro-Kavanaugh Rally; Student GOP Leader Alleges Assault

    10/12/2018 7:08:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    KPIX-TV ^ | October 12, 2018 | Melissa Caen
    STANFORD (KPIX 5) — Politics led to tempers flaring on the Stanford campus and one disagreement among students got physical this week. Campus Republicans were holding an event in support of Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday when other students came up and started tearing up their posters. The president of the Stanford College Republicans, John Rice-Cameron, also claims he was shoved by a fellow student Melinda Hernandez. The incident was first reported by the Stanford Daily. Rice-Cameron is the son of Susan Rice, fomer U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama. Last week, Rice made...
  • Deranged media gets Trump advisor Stephen Miller’s 3rd grade teacher to badmouth him (And Rabbi)

    10/12/2018 3:36:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 11, 2018 | William A. Jacobson
    So many lines have been crossed by Democrats and their supportive media, IÂ’m not sure there are any lines left. Stephen Miller, advisor to Trump, is hated by Democrats and other leftists because of his role helping elect Trump and MillerÂ’s strong positions on immigration. MillerÂ’s condo building has been the subject of protests. The New York Times investigated MillerÂ’s high school and college years: Mr. MillerÂ’s journey to this point, outlined over dozens of interviews with friends, classmates and current and former colleagues, is a triumph of unbending convictions and at least occasional contrivance. It is a story of...
  • Dozens of faculty at Eastern Kentucky University sign letter opposing Trump ahead of rally

    10/11/2018 1:51:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 11, 2018 | Avery Anapol
    Dozens of faculty and staff members at Eastern Kentucky University have sent a letter to the school’s president in opposition to President Trump. The letter, with over 100 signatures, comes days before Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign rally on the university’s campus. The faculty letter does not oppose the rally itself, but condemns Trump and the campaign he ran, saying it is against to the university’s values. It also raises concerns about “disruption” to student life from the rally. “We must object to this campaign which has consistently, openly, and unambiguously attacked the values of inquiry, learning, and...
  • ‘Kill Kavanaugh’: Special ed teacher put on paid leave after posting tweet

    10/08/2018 1:19:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Journal-News ^ | October 8, 2018 | Bob D’Angelo
    A special education teacher in Minnesota was placed on paid administrative leave after her weekend tweet appeared to advocate killing new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Star Tribune reported. The teacher, who is listed as an instructor at the Alliance Education Center in Rosemount, has deleted her Twitter account, but a tweet on Saturday was captured by dozens of users, who reported it to the FBI and Secret Service, the Star Tribune reported....
  • At a Korea-sponsored school, Americans learn the language with K-pop, dramas and more

    10/08/2018 12:15:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 8, 2018 | Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil
    The King Sejong Institute Foundation — part of the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism — operates 174 language centers in 57 countries. IRVINE, Calif. — The South Korean government has chosen a Southern California language program to become part of its global initiative to advance the Korean language. The King Sejong Institute Foundation — which is part of the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism — operates 174 language centers in 57 countries as a way to encourage non-native speakers to learn Korean. This year, it named 16 new sites, including the Korean American Center...
  • Leftist Threats over Kavanaugh Proliferate [semi-satire]

    10/06/2018 9:42:03 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Oct 2018 | John Semmens
    Democratic Senators aren’t the only ones behaving badly in the Kavanaugh confirmation process. Planned Parenthood sent out a tweet warning saying “Roses are red. Violets are blue. Vote NO on #Kavanaugh or else we’re coming for you.” Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of the organization, justified the vague threat, saying that “preservation of the sacred right of abortion is essential to the health of the women’s movement. Anyone who will not commit to upholding this right against all challenges or limitations is an enemy of the movement. Enemies should expect to be attacked.” Laguens reserved “a very special contempt” for...
  • why so angry at being called a rapist?

    10/05/2018 6:47:37 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 14 replies
    The new cnn doctrine. Why should a guy get angry at being accused of rape? Well hell lets accuse all men of it. lets accuse the cnn male anchors of it, all of them. Hell, lets really be EQUAL and just accuse all the women too. Heres to equality. women can rape. other women and men. Lets see if they dont get bent out of shape and angry about it. CNN says no big deal, we all should be able to roll with it and not be angry at all. Lets get people to conspire and bear false witness about...
  • Struggling Malawi school gets 1.4 million books from Melania Trump

    10/04/2018 1:32:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    News 24 ^ | October 4, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Melania Trump got a different view of educating children as she visited an African primary school on Thursday that has benefited from US assistance but struggles with an enrollment of more than 8 500 students. Some children learn lessons outdoors, seated shoulder-to-shoulder on loose, red dirt. Mrs Trump toured several outdoor classrooms at Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, the second stop on her four-nation tour of the continent. The school is among those in the landlocked country that receive education assistance from the US Agency for International Development, including textbooks. Mrs Trump was on hand as...
  • USM pulls ‘pop-up’ credit for students who protest Kavanaugh appointment (Maine)

    10/03/2018 4:20:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Press Herald ^ | October 3, 2018 | The Associated Press
    The University of Southern Maine has withdrawn an offer for one college credit for students who travel to Washington to protest as Republican Sen. U.S. Susan Collins considers how to vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. USMaine President Glenn Cummings said Wednesday the “pop-up course” was hastily arranged without his or the provost’s knowledge. The Maine Republican Party shared a Wednesday email in which a university employee says students could receive college credit for taking a bus to Washington, D.C., to demonstrate. The email links to an online form asking students if they’re willing to...
  • Higher Education and the Threat of Fascism

    10/03/2018 5:28:09 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | October 3, 2018 | George Leef
    In a recent essay published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Yale philosophy professor Jason Stanley is haunted by a spectre—the spectre of American universities aiding the rise of fascism. (The essay, “Fascism and the University” is subscriber-only content, unfortunately.) He says that “patterns have emerged that suggest the resurgence of fascist politics globally” and lists the United States as among the countries where he sees that occurring. Moreover, he argues that our higher education system could become complicit in the advance of fascism. What does Stanley mean by “fascism?” He defines it as “any ultranationalism—ethnic, religious, or cultural—in which...
  • The Grievance Studies Scandal: Five Academics Respond

    10/02/2018 9:03:15 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 11 replies
    Editor’s note: For the past year scholars James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian have sent fake papers to various academic journals which they describe as specialising in activism or “grievance studies.” Their stated mission has been to expose how easy it is to get “absurdities and morally fashionable political ideas published as legitimate academic research.” To date, their project has been successful: seven papers have passed through peer review and have been published, including a 3000 word excerpt of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, rewritten in the language of Intersectionality theory and published in the Gender Studies journal Affilia.
  • Occasional Birdy Thread Q4 '18(In memory of Swampsniper)

    10/02/2018 6:50:46 PM PDT · by Chipper · 112 replies
    October 2, 2018 | Self
    Going to start this back up, with permission from Islander7. Posts, comments and stories for the birders/birdwatchers/twitchers on FR. Post and share. I was walking through a small sanctuary in my county, when I had two Barred Owls paying very close attention to me. I happened to look straight up over my left shoulder and saw why. Then on the other side of the tree I saw another reason why. One of the best birding experiences I have had. Parent bringing in the food. The other watchful parent Barn Swallow Northern Harrier so focused on hunting it was within 30...