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  • Phonics vs. Sight-Words / VIDEO

    09/24/2016 1:39:16 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | January, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Parents with children in elementary school should take a look at this short video. At this moment, tens of thousands of public schools are making millions of little children memorize sight-words. This malpractice will retard their education and cripple their reading ability. This four-minute video explains why. Sight-words are, of course, the problem that Rudolf Flesch wrote about in 1955 in his famous book "Why Johnny can't read." Our Education Establishment is relentless in pretending that phonics is no good and must be replaced by various "modern" methods. These methods had many names over the last 80+ years. But it...
  • "Peacetime" in the Communist States: Atrocities against Civilians

    --No victims in any category below have been double-counted. --Outside Peru, no war-related deaths or imprisonments have been included.
  • Seaweed Solid State Cell

    09/23/2016 10:46:01 AM PDT · by amorphous · 5 replies
    Robert Murray-Smith Youtube Channel ^ | 15 Sep 2016 | Rober Murray-Smith
    I posted this so you could share that moment of discovery - there is no real point in asking me about performance characteristics regarding this cell as it is quite literally 1 day old - so i have no idea. - Robert Murray-Smith.
  • Union and School Illegally Take Dues from Teachers' Paychecks

    09/22/2016 5:57:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/20/2016 | Derek Draplin
    The Armada Area Schools teachers union contract allows for automatic union dues deductions, which is a violation of state law. The agreement between the Armada Board of Education and the Armada Education Association, which was agreed upon on March 6, 2013, explains how teachers can pay union dues. “The Service Fee shall not exceed the amount of Association dues collected from Association members,” the agreement says. “The bargaining unit member may authorize payroll deduction for such fee.” The contract appears to be a violation of Public Act 53 of 2012, which states: “A public school employer’s use of public school...
  • School Superintendent: 13-Star 'Betsy Ross' Flag Injects 'Hostility' and 'Hate'

    09/21/2016 7:05:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 37 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/19/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A Michigan public school superintendent wrote in a published “letter to the community” that students at a high school football game injected “hate” and “hostility” because they waved a historical Betsy Ross flag that has 13 stars to represent the original 13 colonies. The students waved the flag at a Sept. 9 football game at Houseman Field between Forest Hills Central and Ottawa Hills. The students also brought a Donald Trump for President banner to the event. The superintendent received a complaint from a parent and then published the letter which is dated Sept. 12. “And to wave a historical...
  • Yeshiva U. Students Back Donald Trump in Poll — Women Even More Than Men

    09/21/2016 12:36:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Forward ^ | September 20, 2016 | Josh Nathan-Kazis
    Donald Trump has struggled with low poll numbers among college students and among women. But a new survey from Yeshiva University’s student newspaper suggests that at least one type of student prefers Trump: Orthodox Jews, and particularly Orthodox Jewish women. According to a survey of 300 Yeshiva University students published September 18 by student paper The Commentator, 37% prefer Trump, while 27% back Hillary Clinton. Another 17% said they were undecided. Among female students, the paper’s reported results were more striking: 45% of the female students surveyed backed Trump, compared to 35% who back Clinton. That’s in sharp contrast to...
  • CWA Releases Important Information About Virginia Gender-Identity Policy in Public School

    09/18/2016 12:21:24 PM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 10 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | September 18, 2016
    Concerned Women for America, a national conservative activist group with up to 750,000 members, has exposed the implications of the FCPS "gender-identity" policy, and urging parents to opt their children out of the annual FCPS Youth Survey. Dear Friend, Do you or someone you know live in Fairfax County? If so, please read the following important information and pass it along to any parents of students in the Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) District. We reached out to you in July regarding the new transgender “guidelines” that were to be implemented into the curriculum by the Fairfax County Public School...
  • ‘Making America Great Again’ not welcome on Canadian Campus

    09/16/2016 5:15:28 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/16/16 | Judi McLeod
    Since 'safe spaces' have been up and running, some critics have deemed them to be a convenient excuse for the extension of political correctness They live in a country whose Liberal Government only last week made calling ISIS Daesh official, but some students at Mount Royal University in Calgary are afraid of a baseball cap bearing the words “Make America Great Again”. Just wearing the cap somehow threatens “safe spaces” so a female student claiming that the cap’s message stands for “hate language” loudly insisted in a sustained confrontation with a male cap-wearing student that he “must” take it off.
  • Social Justice Hypocrites (Ryan McElveen's Transgender Crusade)

    09/16/2016 5:00:15 PM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 2 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | September 16, 2016
    >>> To all Free Republic members who are not aware of who Ryan McElveen is, he is a leftist school board member in Fairfax County Virginia, which is in the top 10 largest school districts nationally. He is behind the Fairfax transgender policy, which allows students and teachers to use whichever locker room, bathroom, or shower they wish, based on their current "gender identity." He also attempted to push through a policy that would censor all student speech, both in and out of school, that criticizes the LGBTQAAIABCXYZ agenda. >>> Ryan McElveen has long been considered a "social justice warrior."...
  • Virginia Supreme Court to Hear Lawsuit Against Fairfax School Board

    09/15/2016 2:13:53 PM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 3 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | September 15, 2016
    Recently, the Virginia Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed against FCPS by the conservative organization Liberty Counsel, which represented an anonymous FCPS student and his/her parents. The student alleges that his/her civil rights were violated by the FCPS policies that allow individuals to use restrooms, locker rooms, and showers based on their "gender identity", not their actual, physical, gender. According to the Liberty Counsel, the FCPS policy constitutes an invasion of privacy. The lawsuit was appealed from the Fairfax Circuit Court, where Judge Brett Kassabian dismissed it on procedural grounds. However, the Virginia Supreme Court disagreed with the...
  • Guns that shoots around corner

    09/15/2016 8:00:37 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/15/2016 | J Hines
    Without leaving your Head out in the Open Guns that shoot around corners are more than grist for the mill of an old Bugs Bunny plot in a Saturday morning cartoon. They’re real, and were first used, with limited success, by the German army in World War II. The weapon in question was the STG44 Krummlauf, a variant of the standard STG44 assault rifle. Why on earth would you want to shoot around a corner? The better question is why on earth wouldn’t you? It’s a lot safer than standing out in broad daylight where the enemy can take shots...
  • What to do if the government comes after you

    09/15/2016 6:08:31 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 20 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | mainestategop
    In our last article we talked about warning signs that the government had it in for you and planned to take away your home and your livelyhood. Well today well talk about what to do in the even you uncover these warning signs or if government tries to come after you! The tips we'll be giving you came from people I've known over the years who've had their struggle with the government, people you may know like Maurice NewHope, who was wrongfully arrested and detained in a psychiatric hospital for handing out copies of the constitution in East Harlem....
  • Open Carry at the Gas Station with Colorado Visitor

    09/15/2016 4:41:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I often open carry, especially in the summer when the temperatures make concealed carry a bit more cumbersome.  I was open carrying at this Yuma, Arizona gas station when a man approached me. He asked if Arizona were an open carry state.  I said that it was, and went on to explain that most states were.  He said he was from Colorado, where open carry was forbidden in some cities.  Yes, I said, the Colorado Supreme Court had made a weird decision that Denver could ignore state law.  He said the city of Aurora also prohibited open carry in...
  • I’m Black and I’m Horrified That African-American College Students Are Choosing Segregation

    09/13/2016 11:40:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Heat Street ^ | September 10, 2016 | Kira Davis
    In 1938, Lloyd Lionel Gaines, a young black scholar from Mississippi, filed a suit against the University of Mississippi School of Law after being denied entry because he was “colored.” The Supreme Court eventually ruled that under the “separate but equal” clause Mississippi had the obligation to either admit him or establish a separate law school to accommodate people of color. Mississippi chose to do the latter. The NAACP planned to challenge the inadequacy of the school, as was their strategy against the tone-deaf “separate but equal” laws of the day. Unfortunately, Gaines never saw this suit completed: He disappeared...
  • How many Drywall does it take to stop a .22LR bullet?

    09/13/2016 6:16:51 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 60 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/13/2016 | J Hines
    This was tested with a Henry Lever Action Rifle and a S&W M&P 22. The purpose of the test was that there are some people do use a 22 long rifle for home defense. If they missed their target and hit the drywall in their home. The video was demonstrated by 22Plinkster and discovered most of the .22 rounds went through 9 drywall and some into the tenth drywall, its very impressive for a 22 round. See the test here.
  • Finally, A Little Honesty About Islam In Mainstream Media

    09/12/2016 8:07:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Advice Goddess Blog ^ | September 12, 2016 | Amy Alkon
    A little, that is. Shadi Hamid writes in the LA Times about why Islam isn't like other faiths -- as I've long been explaining here. He explains the reason the Quran is different from the Bible in very articulate terms: Contrary to what many think, there is no Christian equivalent to Koranic "inerrancy," even among far-right evangelicals. Muslims believe the Koran is not only God's word, but God's actual speech -- in other words, every single letter and word in the Koran comes directly from God. This seemingly semantic difference has profound implications. If the Koran is God's speech, and...
  • Voters’ Support for School Choice Remains Strong

    09/12/2016 8:13:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/6/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    MLive reports this week that the share of Michigan students enrolling across school district lines or in public charter schools has reached 23 percent. Still others choose private schools (7 percent) or homeschooling (3 percent). The growing trend of families to access different school options is reinforced by the broader popularity of choice found in a new Mackinac Center public opinion survey. The new scientific statewide poll, conducted by Marketing Research Group, shows 55 percent of Michigan voters support public charter schools as an option for families, more than twice as many as are opposed. stayENGAGED Receive our weekly emails!...
  • Young Hunters Score in Yuma Dove Hunt

    09/12/2016 6:03:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 Sept, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Mason and Joe after a successful day's hunt. As many have learned, teaching a skill can be more enjoyable than exercising it. Last year I took Joe hunting, and he shot his first doves.  In between seasons, I taught him to drive.  This year I asked if he wanted to go hunting again, and he did.  He asked if he could bring a friend, Mason.  Mason had already been dove hunting, he said.  After a few questions, I agreed.  Mason is 16.  The boys were up and ready at 05:30, as I had asked.  It was gratifying to see...
  • 'Reformed' 'Ex-Jihadist' Hired by GWU Counterterror Think Tank Wants to End U.S. Counterterrorism

    09/12/2016 5:49:45 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 4 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 9/11/16 | Ben Weingarten
    Several days ago CNN and other major media outlets published stories on Jesse Morton (fka Younus Abdullah Muhammad), a former Al Qaeda-allied American jihadi who went to jail for threatening the lives of South Park's co-creators over an episode in which they depict Muhammad in a bear suit, only to emerge from prison years early as a supposedly "reformed," "deradicalized" voice for peace now working to "counter" jihadis at a George Washington University counterterror think tank. In the press reports around Morton, there was little evidence indicating that Morton explicitly rejected the Islamic supremacist, Sharia ideology to which he adhered....
  • Schooling Outside the Box: State Bans Aid to Private Innovators Like This School

    09/12/2016 5:10:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/9/2016 | Anne Schieber
    Detroit Cristo Rey is a college preparatory, private school — exclusive, but not in a way most people expect. Students must have a certain family income to enroll there — that is, the income must be less than a certain figure. “As a result, the average family income of our students is about $30,000 a year,” said Cristo Rey President, Michael Khoury. To understand how families living near the federal poverty level can afford private school, we need to recognize what drives parents to seek out the school in the first place. “My mom did not finish high school nor...
  • Time for the One Nation Full Court Press

    09/11/2016 8:14:03 AM PDT · by RobaWho
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | September 11, 2016 | Rob Cunningham
    Leverage these talented Americans to help teach why America is an amazing, noble, prosperous, charitable and beautiful nation. Why Now? Because truth awakens the spirit and truth is instantly recognizable. Millions have never been respected enough to hear these profound truths. You can share these great gifts with those never taught these insights.
  • Dear Penn State students, you can have a brief personal chat with Chelsea Clinton for just $2,700

    09/09/2016 9:03:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 30 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/09/16 | Robert Laurie
    But why would you? If there’s one truism about college students, it’s that they’re awash in near-endless piles of cash. Oh wait. Hang on. That’s not it. It’s that they’re perpetually broke, eating fifty-cent Ramen Noodles in their dorm rooms or scraping by in ramshackle shared housing just south of fraternity row. Once you factor in books, beer, gas and tuition it’s hardly surprising that they don’t normally have any expendable funds. Clintons don’t care about any of that. If the Clinton Foundation pay-for-play scandal teaches us anything, it’s that your worth lies in your ability to give her the...
  • Governor Gives Academically Failed Detroit Schools a Three-Year Pass

    09/08/2016 6:32:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/5/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The demand by the media and Democratic politicians for more oversight in Michigan’s public schools has been almost entirely focused on charter schools. Yet, consider the academically failing schools run by a district that has been riddled with corruption for more than a decade. That district, in which more than half the schools are failing academically, recently received a $617 million state bailout because it was insolvent. And now, Gov. Snyder just handed the district's schools a three-year pass on the threat of closure. The governor cited a legal opinion on Thursday from the law firm Miller Canfield that the...
  • Chuck Todd: ‘Anti-Intellectualism’ Has Taken Over the GOP

    09/08/2016 5:15:16 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 58 replies
    Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Chuck Todd, the moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” quipped that “anti-intellectualism” had taken over the Republican Party. (snip) “Anti-intellectualism,” Todd said, “that’s what’s taken over the party. It’s almost this, you know, there’s almost this disdain with some in Trump world that are like, ‘Yeah OK, so the college educated crowd isn’t for it. There’s almost a disdain that they’re embracing about this. But it is hurting the party. It’s going to hurt the party down the road.”
  • Charter School-Prison Comparison Misses the Mark

    09/07/2016 1:47:42 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/5/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    This year’s back-to-school season has brought out more than the usual share of anti-charter hostility — with local critics seeking to amplify national voices. On his HBO show, comedian John Oliver skewered charter schools with 18 minutes of uninformed and outdated (but otherwise funny) satire. The NAACP has called for a moratorium on new charters, which has provoked a bewildered backlash from many who see the benefits they have provided for children of color. Playing a similar tune, the chair of Michigan State University’s music education department last week unleashed an off-key analogy: “As with the private prison scenario, the...
  • Statewide Student Test Scores Are In and the News Isn't Good

    09/07/2016 1:02:58 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/3/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Thank goodness for Michigan’s fifth-graders. The results are in for statewide student tests administered last spring, and fifth-graders provided the highlight: More than half made a score deemed ‘proficient’ on one of the four subject-area tests administered. But not by much. Specifically, 50.6 percent of fifth-graders scored ‘proficient’ or better in English, saving the state from having the majority of every grouping of grade and subject branded as less than proficient in English, math, science and social studies. The fifth-graders’ math test was one of 18 grade and subject groupings covering students from third to 11th grade in those four...
  • ITT Tech Shutters All Campuses After Federal Aid Sanctions

    09/06/2016 2:34:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 6, 2016 | Collin Binkley, The Associated Press
    The for-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute is shutting down all 130 of its U.S. campuses, saying Tuesday it can't survive recent sanctions by the U.S. Department of Education. In a letter to more than 35,000 students, the Indiana-based parent company ITT Educational Services announced that campuses won't open for the fall term that was scheduled to begin Sept. 12 — leaving students scrambling for last-minute options since many U.S. colleges already have started fall classes. ITT also cut more than 8,000 jobs immediately....
  • "Oh Say Can You Shill" (Vanity - An Ode to Queen Hillary)

    09/06/2016 5:19:25 AM PDT · by RobaWho
    Rob Cunningham ^ | Sept. 6, 2016 | Rob Cunningham
    BleachBit, hammers and public lies, oh my; The stench of her YouTube Benghazi alibi. Perverts and bimbos with Weiner & Slick Willy, Hill’s character & judgement’s truly quite silly. Syria, ISIS, and her Middle East ablaze, Muslim Brotherhood still advises her ways. A slush-fund foundation built on pay-to-play, Dead broke to uber rich, the Clinton way. Head trauma, “amnesia” and 13 devices, Hill’s cleaners excused with FBI passes. Rule of law and blind justice bounced on it’s ass, Tricky Dick Nixon is surely aghast. For America to remain the home of the brave, We must not elect her or we...
  • 6 countries where college tuition is completely (or essentially) free for Americans

    09/04/2016 11:44:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    AOL Finance ^ | July 20, 2016 | The Editors
    The price of attending an accredited university in the U.S., whether it be public or private, only seems to be growing. Between tuition fees, application fees, room and board and everything in between, getting a degree in America is no cheap (or easy) feat. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the average cost of attending college or university (tuition plus fees) in the U.S. was $32,405 for private colleges, $9,410 for in-state students at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state students at public colleges, according to Collegeboardî©¥. But unsurprisingly, fees and tuition costs are not streamlined around the globe....
  • Free College Tops Black Lives Reparations List

    09/02/2016 5:09:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Yes! Magazine ^ | September 2, 2016 | Olivia Anderson
    Better education and loan forgiveness are key strategies to address disparities for Black communities and their next generations. This is the first in a series of conversations with contributors to the platform’s demands. The Movement for Black Lives kicked into high gear last month when more than 50 affiliated organizations released demands for social change. The demands include five reparations with a list of 40 possible ways to achieve them. These range from a guaranteed minimum livable income for all Black people to incorporating an examination of colonialism and slavery into school curricula. “The government, responsible corporations, and other institutions...
  • Same paper, same day, same article. Different areas = different title

    09/02/2016 8:00:38 AM PDT · by GilGil · 9 replies
    Twitter ^ | 9/2/2016 | Scott Adams
    An identical story in the Wall Street Journal with two opposite meaning titles!
  • MN: Minneapolis Gun "Buy Back" Works for Second Amendment Supporters

    09/02/2016 4:05:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    image From facebook The Minneapolise gun "buy back" held on 27 August, 2016 was a great success for everyone concerned. Gun haters were able to buy 150 firearms to destroy.  It helped satisfy their urge to "do something"  symbolic and it made them feel good.  The people turning in old, cheap, broken down guns got money to upgrade to better things. Many, if not most, were Second Amendment supporters. Gun manufacturers were able to manufacture new and better guns, and sell them to willing buyers. Private purchasers made some good deals. The publicity was almost a draw.  Gun haters claimed...
  • LIBERAL INSANITY: Public School District Uses Suggestive Poster to Discourage "Sexting"

    09/01/2016 4:40:15 PM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 18 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | September 1, 2016
    A newly released photo, taken by a FCPS student and sent to ResistanceMedia.org, shows a poster in a Fairfax school that warns of the consequences of "sexting", or sending sexual images through text messages. The photo of the poster appears below: Notice the image of a girl with a cell phone, posing suggestively. The poster warns that "sending sexually explicit photos by cell phone, computer, or any electronic device may be a felony." However, if that model in the poster is under 18, it may be FCPS who is committing a felony. Disseminating sexual images of children is considered a...
  • Rutgers Residence Hall Warns Students Against ‘Microassaults,’ ‘Microinsults’ & ‘Microinvalidations’

    09/01/2016 1:36:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Liberty Blitzkrieg ^ | 01 September 2016 | Michael Krieger
    Just when you thought you had a handle on the treasonous thought-police infractions known as microagressions, folks at Rutgers University had to go ahead and further muddy the waters of what is and isn’t allowed to be uttered on today’s college campuses. Since I know you’re all dying to find out, let’s turn to Campus Reform to learn about the latest verbal (and nonverbal) transgressions: “microassaults,” “microinsults’ & “microinvalidations”: Students in at least one Rutgers University residence hall are being encouraged to use only language that is “helpful” and “necessary” to avoid committing microaggressions. The display, photos of which were...
  • TX: Campus Carry having Positive Effect on Austin Campus

    09/01/2016 11:10:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    image from YouTube It has become a truism that a great many college campus environments have become toxic to rights that were once celebrated and are specifically named in the Constitution, Rights such as freedom of speech and the right to keep and bear arms. It used to be axiomatic that on a campus, people were able to argue about controversial ideas without being subject to censorship.  This was especially pushed hard by leftist groups in the 1960's.  It was all a charade designed to gain power for the left. Those efforts led to professors such as Karla Holloway, pictured...
  • Georgetown University to offer admissions advantage to slave descendants

    09/01/2016 9:36:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    AOL News ^ | September 1, 2016 | NBC News
    Georgetown will offer an admissions edge to descendants of slaves as part of a comprehensive atonement for the university's historical ties to slavery, its president announced Thursday. Those ties go back nearly two centuries, when the Washington, D.C., school sold 272 slaves and used the proceeds to pay off debt. Georgetown President John J. DeGioia will offer a public apology Thursday afternoon for the 1838 sale and will also outline what the university plans to do to acknowledge racism in its past. In addition to offering descendants the same preferential status in admissions that Georgetown currently offers children of alumni,...
  • Burn the left’s ‘Gender Unicorn’ in effigy in this long weekend’s bonfires

    09/01/2016 9:28:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/01/16 | Judi McLeod
    Taking America back in any meaningful way starts by freeing all school children from the clutches of Marxist progressives Enjoy Labor Day Weekend 2016 with family and friends, while getting ready to hit the ground running on Tuesday. ‘Labor’ is another one of those words heading toward being crossed off the government lexicon list, labor being a concept progressives elected to office strive to have shunned.
  • Detroit Had More Corruption in One Day Than John Oliver Found in Charter Schools Over 10 Years

    09/01/2016 8:56:43 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/28/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A national talk show comedian's 18-minute takedown of the nationwide charter school movement concluded the schools have been allowed to “run wild,” based in part on financial scandals. The segment from HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver was applauded by the Washington Post, Rolling Stone and many other news outlets. But critics of Oliver’s pseudo-serious tirade say he cherry picked incidents from around the country – some as far back as 2000 – to portray a charter school movement with little or no oversight. At one point Oliver talks about a charter school in Philadelphia that was under new...
  • How to make a sawed off Shotgun

    09/01/2016 5:23:19 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 40 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/1/2016 | J Males
    The shotgun has long been a standard in home defense for obvious reasons. The ability to modify this weapon into a shorter more versatile style has sparked the interest of a large number of shotgun owners. This guy seems to know his stuff when it comes to creating a sawed off shotgun. Having a versatile gun like this is important when seeking to be able to protect your family and home from intruders or other external threats. Watch the video here to see how to make a sawed off shotgun. A few simple steps and you are ready to hit...
  • Gender dysphoria - once rare, now 'trendy'

    08/30/2016 3:25:21 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | Aug. 30, 2016 | Bob Kellogg
    A child psychiatrist is shedding light on the issue of transgenderism after a Texas mother asked a school to adopt a transgender bathroom policy to accommodate her kindergartener. EAGNews reports the Pearland Independent School District is refusing to comply with a mother's request this month to change its policy even though she says her transgender child is so distraught he prays to be taken to heaven. Psychiatrist Dr. Allan Josephson of the University of Louisville's Bingham Clinic says a child that age cannot grasp the concept of transgenderism. "To be this troubled to ask to be taken away or go...
  • MU changes bathroom labels to promote gender inclusivity

    08/30/2016 1:38:55 PM PDT · by ncfool · 26 replies
    The Missourian ^ | August 25, 2016 | MP White
    COLUMBIA — Many single-occupancy restrooms across the MU campus that were labeled as "unisex" will be re-labeled "toilet" by the time students return in August. The change to "toilet" will only affect single-occupancy bathroom stalls. In residential halls, single-occupancy stalls with showers and sinks will be re-labeled "shower" and "toilet," depending on the contents of the restroom. The move follows a resolution passed by the Missouri Students Association in January. According to the resolution, the change will "make MU's campus bathrooms more accessible to trans and gender non-conforming students." Sterling Waldman, a social justice chair in the MSA Senate, engaged...
  • Michigan Plans to Close Some Top Public Schools

    08/30/2016 5:05:12 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/26/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Some quality Michigan public schools may be shut down by the state in 2017 due to their standing in a ranking that uses standardized test scores. Some scholars and analysts, though, say that the ranking is incomplete because it does not take into account the impact of students’ social and economic status on how much they are learning. That omission, they say, overlooks the progress that a school may be making with a challenging population. The website Chalkbeat Detroit reported Aug. 15 that more than 100 schools with poor scores on the state’s standardized tests could be closed by June....
  • Planting a mustard seed.

    08/29/2016 8:16:58 AM PDT · by William of Barsoom · 3 replies
    Vanity | August 30, 2016 | William of Barsoom
    I am nobody, and I have no power, money, or access to an audience. I'm just a plain old Citizen. But even so, I'd like to plant a mustard seed (let him who has ears, hear) and in some tiny way strike a blow to save my country -- which is in need of saving before it's too late.
  • Michigan Teacher Pay the Highest in the Nation When Adjusted for Cost of Living

    08/29/2016 5:59:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/25/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A recent study by an Oklahoma think tank found that teachers’ salaries in Michigan are the highest in the nation when adjusted for the lower cost of living here. When salaries are adjusted to reflect the difference between prices here and the national average, Michigan teachers on average earned the equivalent of $69,888 in the 2015-16 school year. The study was authored by Byron Schlomach of the Oklahoma-based 1889 Institute, a free-market think tank. Schlomach said in an email he used salary data from a National Education Association survey. Michigan’s average teacher salary when unadjusted is $63,878, ranking 10th nationally....
  • Alinsky's daughter: Here's the truth about Hillary the media won't tell you

    08/27/2016 7:37:36 PM PDT · by amorphous · 63 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 25 August 2016 | Jen Kuznicki
    In 1993, the president of Wellesley College approved a new rule upon being contacted by Bill Clinton’s White House. The rule stated that all senior theses written by a president or first lady of the United States would be kept under lock and key. The rule was meant to keep the public ignorant about the radical ties of the first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the radical Marxist organizer, Saul Alinsky. The 92-page thesis was titled, “There is only the fight…: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.” The thesis became unlocked after the Clintons left the White House and is...
  • Northern Virginia Parents Can No Longer Opt Out of School Surveys; Sex Education

    08/27/2016 12:17:00 PM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 13 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | August 27, 2016
    Parents in Fairfax County can no longer opt their children out of Family Life Education (a euphemism for sex education) or the annual Youth Survey. All links to opt-out forms for FLE or the Youth Survey are redirected to the home page or a 404 error. Recently, Fairfax County Public Schools released a new website. Karen Garza, superintendent of schools, claimed that the previous website was "no longer meeting [parents' and students'] needs" and that the new website provides a "wide range of information" in a "clear, accessible, and user-friendly way." But, that "wide range of information" no longer includes...
  • Even the Left is recoiling from Hillary’s cynical “free college for everybody” plan

    08/26/2016 9:10:46 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 8/26/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Notwithstanding the lies from her media steno pool, Hillary Clinton does not have high approval ratings among 18 to 29 year old voters. In fact her approval rating from this group has sagged from a high of 47% in July 2015 to just 31% last month. This sharp drop among a group she MUST fool in order to win has probably forced her to recently propose free college for everybody; but the plan is so weak and shot through with obvious flaws that even her strongest supporters on the Left are panning it. Writing for The Atlantic magazine, Ronald Brownstein...
  • Adequacy Study Shows the State Already Spends Plenty on Education

    08/26/2016 6:56:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/22/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    In late June 2016, the state released the long-awaited Michigan Education Finance Study, better known as an “adequacy study.” Twice delayed from its original March 31, 2016, deadline due to errors by different parties, the report purchased by December 2014 state legislation has been greeted with an underwhelming reaction. Colorado-based Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates (APA) secured a $399,000 taxpayer-funded contract to produce the report. Every one of the company’s 13 earlier studies of different states’ school finance systems concluded with the same call: Spend more money. As even the adequacy study shows, a massive increase in spending absent any changes...
  • Make a mini-Flamethrower

    08/26/2016 5:56:45 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 16 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/26/2016 | S Morstan
    Yes, you too can make one to build a fire at your next camp outing or just to bring it up at a cocktail party. However, be warned this may not be most practical gadget to create for fire starting your campsite. But I guess you can chalk one up for ingenuity. Have a look here with instructions on how to build this mini-flamethrower.
  • "Student Journalists": Puppets of the Liberal Establishment

    08/25/2016 3:55:00 PM PDT · by ResistanceMedia
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | August 24, 2016
    In schools across America, "student newspapers" are common activities for middle and high school students who are interested in journalism, media, or technology. However, these "student newspapers" often are little more than mouthpieces for the liberal public school elites. A perfect example of this can be found in Alexandria, Virginia. The West Potomac Wire, a "student-run" publication associated with West Potomac High School, claims to be the "student voice of West Potomac High School." But if their news content is to be believed, that voice is overwhelmingly liberal, and fully content with stretching facts, exaggerating, and forthrightly lying. I challenge...