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  • Is this place for real

    12/21/2014 8:36:02 AM PST · by Calif4Palin · 37 replies
    Google maps | 12/20/14 | Calif4Palin
    Is this place for real? Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy 4730 South Lancaster Road Dallas, TX 75216
  • Here's The Most Educated Town In Every State

    12/20/2014 6:28:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/20/2014 | Andy Kiersz
    We recently looked at the most affluent towns in every U.S. state. Now we're turning our attention to educational achievement.The American Community Survey is an annual survey run by the Census Bureau to allow the government, corporate and academic researchers, and anyone who is curious about demographics to better understand the population of the U.S. Among many other subjects, the ACS includes questions about respondents' education levels.Using the 2008-2012 ACS estimates for places with at least 1,000 population, Business Insider made a map showing, for each state, the town with the highest percentage of adults over 25 who have at...
  • Jesuit University [Marquette] Bans Prof from Campus After He Exposed Pro-Gay Scandal

    12/19/2014 6:30:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/18/14 | Kimberly Scharfenberger
    Dr. John McAdams, a professor of political science at Marquette University whose blog posts have brought to light many of the Jesuit University’s actions undermining its Catholic identity, has reportedly been suspended, banned from campus and is now under formal investigation by the administration. The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to the University in order to determine the grounds for the disciplinary action. McAdams released the news on his blog, Marquette Warrior, which included an email sent to him from the dean of Marquette, Richard Holz. The email stated that McAdams was to remain off campus while his conduct was reviewed...
  • U-M Department Chair: 'It's Okay to Hate Republicans'

    12/19/2014 12:42:16 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/17/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Professor Susan J. Douglas, a department chair at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and Arts, wrote a column this week for the liberal website inthesetimes.com entitled, ‘It’s Okay To Hate Republicans.’ Douglas, who is chair of the Communications Studies program, opened her article with the line, “I hate Republicans.” The article includes a photo of three U.S. Senators who are Republicans, with the caption, “It’s okay to despise these men.” Douglas, whose university pay was $178,786 last year, did not respond to a request seeking comment. “We see this as a free speech issue,” said Rick Fitzgerald,...
  • Transgender Student Files Federal Complaint Against School District For Banning Him From The Boys...

    12/19/2014 12:01:57 PM PST · by PROCON · 68 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | Dominic Holden
    Gavin Grimm and the ACLU argue that the Gloucester County School Board violated Title IX when it approved a rule restricting school restrooms to students with “corresponding biological genders.” A transgender teenager in rural Virginia is taking his case to the U.S. Department of Justice, arguing in a complaint that the Gloucester County School Board violated his rights by approving a policy this month prohibiting students from using restrooms that do not correspond to their “biological genders.” The complaint, sent Thursday, argues the school board ran afoul of Title IX, a 1972 law that bans gender-based discrimination, which has been...
  • More 'Tolerance' From Stalinist Universities

    12/19/2014 12:13:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Honestly, sometimes leftist thought police surprise even me, not so much with their unreasonableness, extremism and tyrannical tactics but with their brazenness in openly showing who they are. Each new day's headlines trump yesterday's. A few weeks ago, Fox News' Todd Starnes reported on a Marquette University student's encounter with his ethics instructor. The professor, Cheryl Abbate, was leading her "Theory of Ethics" class in a discussion about the application of philosophical theories to controversial political issues. Among the issues listed on the blackboard were gay rights, gun rights and the death penalty. Professor Abbate removed gay rights from the...
  • Jeb Bush Must Explain His Support For Common Core

    12/18/2014 3:39:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 45 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 18, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Election 2016: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush embraces one-size-fits-all national education standards that would turn schools into re-education camps for the left. His decision could cause trouble with GOP primary voters. As is the tradition these days, Jeb Bush, brother of one former president and son of another, has announced via social media that he is preparing to run for president, setting the stage for another Bush-Clinton contest in 2016 should former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton get the Democratic nomination. To be the Republican nominee, Bush must run a gauntlet of primaries where he'll need to persuade Tea Party...
  • Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper: You’ll need the government to educate your children

    12/18/2014 10:19:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Redstate catches an unguarded moment with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at a lunch earlier this week where he speaks extemporaneously and gives us a peek into what he believes the proper role of government to be. You might be surprised at just how little responsibility he feels you should take for yourself. Government should do what people individually canÂ’t do, or canÂ’t do well themselves. You know, educating our young people, [emphasis added] making sure our roads are designed and built properly, making sure our communities are safeÂ…that our economic system is robust, but at the same time fairÂ…that every...
  • District won't revise abortion content in textbook

    12/18/2014 9:23:07 AM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | staff
    PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix-area school district will not edit a high school honors biology textbook to remove content to comply with a state law on abortion-related instructional material. The Gilbert Unified School District board agreed during a meeting Tuesday to find an alternative solution that does not involve redacting the textbook, the Arizona Republic reported (http://bit.ly/1z4FP7y ). Superintendent Christina Kishimoto had asked the board to reverse its request, saying editing the copyrighted book could open the district to legal issues. At issue is a chapter in the textbook, "Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections," that discusses abstinence, birth-control methods, tubal...
  • Wisconsin won’t admit it, but its new egalitarian policy leads to grading quotas

    12/18/2014 5:41:27 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    Pope Center for Higher Education Policy ^ | December 17, 2014 | W. Lee Hansen
    In July, I wrote about the pressure that University of Wisconsin officials have been exerting on the faculty for greater “equity” on campus. My “Madness in Madison” essay pointed out that university administrators are so caught up in egalitarian groupthink that they want to reduce or eliminate differences in students’ choice of majors and in the distribution of grades. That essay elicited a defensive reaction from the university. Chief Diversity Officer Patrick Sims stated in a July 22, 2014 press release that UW’s diversity plan does not entail “a quota system for apportioning grades by race.” Bringing up quotas, however,...
  • U Michigan Department Chair: We Should ‘Hate Republicans’ [Soviet Indoctrination Continues!]

    12/17/2014 5:21:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | December 17, 2013 | Katherine Timpf
    DECEMBER 17, 2014 U Michigan Department Chair: We Should ‘Hate Republicans’ A professor explains that studies show the GOP is bad. By Katherine Timpf A University of Michigan department chairwoman has published an article titled, “It’s Okay To Hate Republicans,” which will probably make all of her conservative students feel really comfortable and totally certain that they’re being graded fairly. “I hate Republicans,” communications department chairwoman and professor Susan J. Douglas boldly declares in the opening of the piece. “I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell...
  • Second-Graders' Ferguson Protest Sparks Controversy

    12/16/2014 11:36:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 16, 2014 | By RHEANA MURRAY
    A protest put on by a group of second-graders in Massachusetts has sparked controversy, but the school says it was just teaching the kids a lesson in civics. The peaceful demonstration happened on Friday, a spokesperson for the Alma del Mar Charter School in New Bedford told ABC News today. Second-graders gathered in front of the school with signs, some that said "Honk For Justice." "A group of scholars played on the playground while other scholars held their demonstration without incident," Will Gardner, the school's executive director, said today in a statement.
  • School Budgets Safe Under ‘No New Taxes’ House Road Funding Package

    12/16/2014 11:14:18 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/14/2014 | Jack Spencer
    When House Republicans passed a version of road funding legislation Dec. 4 that did not include a tax increase, a cry went up that this would jeopardize appropriations for schools and local government revenue sharing. However, regardless of one’s opinion of the overall usefulness of the plan, the plan would not cause school and local government funding cuts. The measure, House Bill 4539, would phase out the 6-percent sales tax on gas and diesel motor fuel sales over a six-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2016. This tax, which is collected at the pump, is used primarily to provide some of...
  • Feds Banish Sex Stereotypes in Classrooms

    12/16/2014 7:00:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The Obama administration is now trying to outlaw single-sex classrooms, a practice that has been growing as parents and teachers see its good results. The Obama administration is discouraging that option in conformity with demands by the feminists who believe in the interchangeability of the genders and insist that schools forbid any deviation from their peculiar belief that there is no difference between male and female. The Minnesota State High School League, which controls policy for all extracurricular activities in all schools, public and private, voted 18 to 1 to outlaw recognition of all sex differences in high-school sports. The...
  • Police Sweep at Oceanside High Stirs Up Debate Over Student Rights

    12/14/2014 2:32:19 PM PST · by NewHampshireDuo · 44 replies
    The Free Press (Midcoast Maine) ^ | 12/11/2014 | Andy O'Brien
    A police sweep at Oceanside High School East in Rockland last week has stirred up a passionate debate over how to balance the individual rights of students with "zero tolerance" drug policies. Principal Renee Thompson said that although there have not been any specific drug problems at the school, she organized the raid by the Rockland Police along with the Knox and Lincoln County Sheriff's Departments in an effort to "send the message that we have zero tolerance for drugs, tobacco and paraphernalia brought on school grounds." According to Rockland Police Detective Sergeant Chris Young, it's the first time in...
  • Michelle Obama's school lunch disaster

    12/14/2014 9:18:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/14/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    By making herself queen of the school lunchroom, Michelle Obama has managed to screw things up almost as badly as Obamacare has screwed up health insurance, albeit on a smaller scale.  The Twitter hashtag #thanksmichelleobama accompanying pictures of inedible school cafeteria slop is evidence that a generation of nanny state-hating youngsters will eventually enter the voting booth, just as many of their parents are turning on Democrats over Obamacare.  And like Obamacare devastates family finances with high deductibles and cost increases for many,  the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that Mrs. Obama pushed so hard is devastating the finances of...
  • The Bogeyman has entered the nursery

    12/14/2014 10:49:28 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/14/14 | Judi McLeod
    More frightening than anything else: In the nightmare world progressives are designing for civil society, little tots are no longer your little tots. They are government-sought human resources to be raised as tomorrow’s anarchists. “On Wednesday, the White House Summit on Early Education will unveil nearly $1 billion in new “investments” to “expand access to high-quality early childhood education to every child in America” from “birth and continuing to age 5.” It’s a retread of President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union school-spending plan, which was a repackaging of his 2011 Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge program.”...
  • Feds Say Transgender Students’ Gender Identity Must Be Respected

    12/14/2014 7:45:13 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 70 replies
    http://time.com ^ | Dec 3 2014 | Katy Steinmetz
    New government guidance has LGBT rights advocates "thrilled" In one short paragraph of a 34-page memo released on Dec. 1, the Department of Education articulated a clear stance on gender identity, saying transgender students in public schools should be enrolled in single-sex classes that align with how they live their lives day-to-day. “We’re thrilled,” says Shannon Minter, the legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “It’s so critical to the health and well-being of those students, and it’s going to be so helpful to have that guidance in writing so that schools understand what their obligations are.” The...
  • Advocates aim to save Baltimore children from impact of violence

    12/14/2014 2:35:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | December 13, 2014 | Andrea K. McDaniels
    The first time she witnessed a student's major tantrum — a 2-year-old hurling a toy stove filled with plastic pots and pans—Shanikia Johnson had just started as a teacher at Little Flowers Child Development Center in West Baltimore.She knew toddlers acted out. But the rage-filled reaction, triggered when Johnson wouldn't allow the boy to play with a toy, stunned the 22-year-old teacher. Then, time and time again, she saw other children throwing classroom furniture. Bookcases, chairs, tables—all were flung around the room.Some students bit classmates, leaving teeth marks on hands and cheeks; a few threatened to hurt staff members. Other...
  • Parents surprised to learn 9th graders being told they can choose gender, prep for sex

    12/13/2014 9:25:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/13/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Welcome to California, home of the finest, most progressive school system in the country. And if your 13 and 14 year old children are attending Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California, they can learn all sorts of amazing things. For example, they are probably right up to date on the best water based lubricants for intercourse, the best way to beat a pesky, sexually transmitted infection, and the wide range of options they have regarding which gender they would like to be. Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their childrenÂ’s sex ed class at Acalanes High...
  • A Funny Thing Happened In School Today

    12/13/2014 5:20:29 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 28 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | Sept. 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A funny thing happened in school today. Not funny ha-ha but funny as in bizarre and unexpected. Funny as in funny money. And not just today. Yesterday. Tomorrow. Every day. Every time a school teaches reading in a way that doesn't work. That's funny, right? You teach reading but somehow nobody learns to read? How funny can you get? And not just in any one school. No, this epic lack of progress is happening everywhere. Point to a school and you're probably looking at a dead zone literacy-wise. That's funny, right? A school's first job is to teach kids to...
  • 5 Special Things Black People Lost When Schools Were Integrated . . .

    12/12/2014 10:03:34 AM PST · by Fester Chugabrew · 53 replies
    Atlanta Black Star ^ | November 25, 2014 | Nick Chiles
    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, that state laws establishing separate public schools for Black and white students were unconstitutional, violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The 9-0 decision was hailed as a major victory for the civil rights of African-Americans, paving the way for the integration of the nation’s schools. But in retrospect, while there was reason to celebrate the court decision, there were also many things the Black community lost after the Brown decision.
  • Dept of Education to Schools: Let Students Choose if They Are Boy or Girl, Even for Sex Ed Classes

    12/12/2014 7:38:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/12/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    In single-sex classes, which are common for sex education, students must be allowed to go to the class of the gender they consider themselves to be rather than their actual gender, the U.S. Department of Education directed schools that receive federal funds in a Dec. 1 memo. The memo, from the department's Office for Civil Rights, provides guidance for K-12 schools for when they are allowed to have same-sex classes or extracurricular activities and remain in compliance with Title IX, a 1972 law to protect against gender discrimination in education programs that get federal aid. Schools may divide students by...
  • Texas professor: 'The tea party are like the Nazi's'

    12/10/2014 1:16:43 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 10, 2014 | Joshua Fechter
    <p>A YouTube video of a Texas professor comparing the rise of the tea party in the United States to the rise of the Nazi Party in 1930s Germany has drawn criticism from conservatives online.</p> <p>In the video, filmed during a Nov. 17 lecture, Blake Armstrong — psychology professor at South Texas College in McAllen — said, "In 1931, which was really interesting, the Nazis — people are kind of tired of them. They've been around since 1920, 11 years now, they've won seats — they're like the tea party. Look, that's such a good example. Don't tell anybody I said that, though. 'The tea party are like the Nazis.'"</p>
  • Parents angry after school tells 13-year-olds they can have sex, choose gender (Lafayette CA)

    12/09/2014 8:16:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 09, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Students at one northern California high school are learning more than just the birds and the bees. Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are “ready for sex” and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a "genderbread" person for lessons in gender identity. “[Parents]...
  • College president sorry for saying 'All lives matter'

    12/10/2014 6:10:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    Fox ^ | 12/10/14 | Maxim Lott
    The president of prestigious Smith College is red-faced and apologetic Tuesday for telling students on the Northampton, Mass., campus that "all lives matter." Kathleen McCartney wrote the phrase in the subject line of an e-mail to students at the school.... “We are united in our insistence that all lives matter,” read the e-mail,in which she made clear she was strongly behind the protests, writing that the grand jury decisions had “led to a shared fury… We gather in vigil, we raise our voices in protest.” But she soon received backlash from students for her phrasing. They were offended that she...
  • Welcome to TotCare: Obama's Preschool Takeover

    12/09/2014 10:33:03 PM PST · by bd476 · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Townhall Welcome to TotCare: Obama's Preschool Takeover Michelle Malkin | December 10, 2014 The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round, just like the endless cycles of big, bad government programs to federalize preschool and daycare. On Wednesday, the White House Summit on Early Education will unveil nearly $1 billion in new "investments" to "expand access to high-quality early childhood education to every child in America" from "birth and continuing to age 5." It's a retread of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union school-spending plan, which was a repackaging of his 2011 Race to the Top Early...
  • Pushing back on homework: Tenafly parents protest the load, joining nationwide trend

    12/08/2014 6:45:47 PM PST · by SMGFan · 53 replies
    North Jersey,com ^ | December 8, 2014
    TENAFLY — Pressured by parents, school district officials are considering lowering the stress of homework with such measures as homework-free nights and vacations, and giving students more information about the demands they will face in choosing courses. The district also will organize workshops for parents on reducing children's stress. The measures are being taken after a group of high school parents confronted the school board, arguing that homework is wreaking havoc on their children's lives.
  • Mathematically Challenged Core

    12/08/2014 7:06:44 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 25 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 6, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The roster of actual mathematicians taking issue with the math in Common Core grows. “In mathematics, mastery of several calculation skills is delayed by one or two grade levels when compared with the standards recommended by the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (NMAP),” David V. Anderson writes in Replacing Common Core With Proven Standards of Excellence, a study published by the Heartland Institute. “Common Core specifies only three years of high school mathematics, compared to the traditional four years of instruction recommended by NMAP.” Anderson is a retired research physicist and fellow of the American Physical Society who has taught high...
  • The College Rape Overcorrection

    12/08/2014 1:14:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Slate ^ | December 7, 2014 | Emily Yoffe
    ".....Any woman who is raped, on campus or off, deserves a fair and thorough investigation of her claim, and those found guilty should be punished. But the new rules—rules often put in place hastily and in response to the idea of a rape epidemic on campus—have left some young men saying they are the ones who have been victimized. They are starting to push back. In the past three years, men found responsible for sexual assault on campus have filed more than three dozen cases against schools. They argue that their due process rights have been violated and say they...
  • Bobby Jindal hates on Common Core on Fox News (Their headline)

    12/07/2014 4:40:27 PM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | December 7, 2014 | Danielle Dreilinger
    Gov. Bobby Jindal continued his attack on the Common Core academic standards Sunday in an appearance on Fox News. Jindal has sued the federal government, saying the mathematics and English benchmarks are tantamount to a national curriculum and illegally infringe on state sovereignty. "This is a violation to the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. Existing federal law says that the federal government shouldn't make curriculum decisions," he told host Chris Wallace Sunday. snip
  • White Lone Star College Student Doesn't Want to Learn About White Privilege

    12/07/2014 1:22:43 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 110 replies
    Houston Press ^ | Dec. 4 2014 | Michael Barajas
    The concept of white privilege remains controversial in the same way people still argue about climate change. A small, increasingly-fringe faction might argue that it doesn't exist at all. Another broad, more conservative group might concede that it does, technically, exist, but still disagree about what it means, whether it's important and what, if anything, we can do about it. Still, many others would argue that acknowledging and working to understand it is an important step toward fixing the problem -- in the case of white privilege, the problem being compounded, inter-generational inequality that, although sometimes subtle, is still present...
  • Critics say Common Core includes collecting psych data on kids

    12/06/2014 10:34:11 PM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    foxnews ^ | Dec. 7, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A little-known aspect of Common Core should have students worried about what goes on the dreaded "permanent record," say critics of the national education standard. Parents in Pennsylvania have written outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett to demand a moratorium on the collection of what they describe as sensitive and personal information on students, which they say is part of a federal database to track the development of every child. And education activists around the nation say it is part and parcel of the controversial campaign to impose a uniform, national standard for math and English. “This follows them from the cradle...
  • NYC principals strike 9-year, $743M labor deal with city (Guess whose side de Blasio is on?)

    12/06/2014 5:49:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 6, 2014 | Aaron Short
    City principals received a new nine-year, $743 million contract in a deal Mayor de Blasio and union officials announced Saturday. The mayor called the agreement a “long overdue achievement” and praised principals for working without a contract since 2010. “That was wrong, that was unacceptable, and that ends now,” he said. “Given the hard work you do, you will get fair pay, you will get what you deserve and at the same time we will protect the city’s long term fiscal health.” The union’s 6,000 members will receive an average 2-percent raise annually through 2019 and a $1,000 bonus when...
  • Why are Americans so stunningly ignorant?

    12/05/2014 11:59:46 AM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 148 replies
    RightSideNews.com ^ | 11 Nov., 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A history professor, writing in VEER (an arts and culture magazine published in Norfolk, Virginia), tells a startling anecdote: “A couple of years back, a student came to me for a conference, late in the semester, and asked, ‘Which came first, the Civil War or the Revolutionary War?’ Never mind that we had spent a week on both, and that he had been in attendance (physically, at any rate), for all of those sessions.” Note that the professor and the student seem equally unashamed. This is not a homeless man with a drug problem. This is an adult student taking...
  • Students slam Michelle O with photos of skimpy school lunches

    12/05/2014 10:01:14 AM PST · by RightGeek · 34 replies
    EAGnews ^ | 12/5/2014 | Kyle Olson
    GREENE, Iowa – While school districts can be blamed for the pitiful preparation of meals, the skimpy portions are due solely to the federal regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Many students are continuing to turn to Twitter to expose their disgusting school lunches, with many of them using the #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag. One student’s meal consisted of a half-scoop of apple sauce, a quarter of an orange, a carton of low-fat milk and … dog’s vomit?Mady Bixby, the student who posted the photo, tells EAGnews this lunch was served at North Butler High School in Greene, Iowa. Others were...
  • Vanity: What is the FCCLA Club?

    12/05/2014 8:48:31 AM PST · by jettester · 14 replies
    My High School-aged son brought home a flyer regarding a group at his school called the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Club and that there are dues required to to join. Do any of my fellow Freepers have any experience with this club/organization? In reading info about them at their website, I admit to the attractiveness of their motto and purpose but I also admit to being a little incredulous - that a Dept. of Ed backed program really cares about "family" and not just another avenue of indoctrination. Your feedback would be appreciated.
  • Clinton: Including Women Essential to Peace Processes - Launches National Action Plan Academy

    12/05/2014 3:11:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Georgetown University ^ | December 4, 2014 | Hillary Clinton
    “Today marks a very important next step, shifting from saying the right things to doing the right things, putting into action the steps that are necessary not only to protect women and children but to find ways of utilizing women as makers and keepers of peace,” says Hillary Rodham Clinton, in reference to the newly launched National Action Plan Academy........SMART POWER “This is what we call Smart Power, using every possible tool…leaving no one on the sidelines, showing respect even for one’s enemies, trying to understand, and insofar as is psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view,...
  • How the 17th Amendment is destroying America

    12/04/2014 6:37:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Megyn Kelly ^ | December 4, 2014 | Justin Haskins
    Few Americans who entered polling booths for the Nov. 4 election and pulled the lever for their favorite candidate for Senate realize that for most of American history, senators were chosen by the state legislatures. It wasn’t until 1913 that the 17thAmendment was passed, granting American voters the constitutional right of directly electing their senators.While this important amendment may seem innocuous, the reality is that few other changes to our Constitution have had the same detrimental effect on our nation than this single, nearly forgotten alteration.The passage of the 17th Amendment was driven largely by the populist movement of the...
  • Gender-bending proposal a threat to Minnesota high school sports, say critics

    12/04/2014 12:55:05 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | December 4,2014
    Minnesota's governing body for high school sports passed rules on Thursday that one critic said could hypothetically put a future NFL linebacker at power forward on a girls basketball team. The Minnesota State High School League voted that boys who "self-identify" as girls and girls who consider themselves boys will be able to compete on and against teams of their preferred gender under the policy that will begin in the 2015-2016 season. "When there is confirmation of a student's consistent and uniform gender-related identity…the student will be eligible to participate in MSHSL activities consistent with the student's gender identification for...
  • Obama Wants Kids to Learn About Global Warming

    12/04/2014 6:33:10 AM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies
    usnews.com ^ | Dec. 3, 2014 | Allie Bidwell
    The administration wants students and teachers to toe the line on climate change.Perhaps unable to convince older Americans of the severity of global warming, President Barack Obama is hoping to have better luck with the next generation by turning to the classroom. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on Wednesday announced it will launch a new initiative aimed at climate education and literacy that will distribute science-based information – in line with the administration's position on the issue – to students, teachers and the broader public. Educators, government officials, philanthropic leaders and those from the private sector...
  • UW-Milwaukee revokes fraternity's charter over drunken party

    12/03/2014 10:42:50 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-3-14 | Karen herzog
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has revoked the charter of a fraternity after a party at its house Sept. 12 left several underage guests severely intoxicated and some with memory lapses they believed were caused by date rape drugs slipped into drinks. The university initially suspended the charter of Tau Kappa Epsilon during its investigation of the party. The fraternity may petition for reinstatement after two years; that would require approval of both the student association and the dean of students. The university launched an investigation after campus police took four incapacitated partygoers to a hospital emergency room. A university spokesman said...
  • Poll: What percent raise should San Diego teachers receive over their two-year contract?

    12/02/2014 11:34:58 PM PST · by South40 · 13 replies
    What percent raise should San Diego teachers receive over their two-year contract? Poll Here
  • Ferguson Schools Let Students Leave to Protest in Streets--Without Notifying Parents

    12/02/2014 8:07:20 PM PST · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 2, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    Hundreds of students were allowed to leave several high schools in Ferguson, Mo., Tuesday morning to protest in the city’s streets--a decision the school district made without notifying the children’s parents before or during the protest. Teachers and administrators also walked with the students as they blocked traffic and clogged congested intersections.
  • District ordered to pay transgender student $75K

    12/02/2014 3:49:30 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 2, 2014
    A Maine court has awarded the family of a transgender girl $75,000 in a settlement of her discrimination lawsuit against a school district where administrators made her use a staff, not student, bathroom.
  • The rural Texan school where the teachers carry guns as the first line of defense..

    12/02/2014 11:45:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 2, 2014 | James Nye
    In the tiny Texas town of Harrold, children and their parents do not give much thought to their safety at the community's only school, because they know that some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons. In the remote town, the nearest law enforcement office is 30 minutes away and the residents know each other and trust each other, so the school board made the momentous decision to allow teachers to arm themselves at their work around children. Desperate to avoid the deadly consequences of their own school shooting incident, Harrold Independent School District has utlized armed teachers since 2007...
  • Federal Regs Push Minneapolis Into Illegal School Discipline Quotas

    12/02/2014 9:48:29 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 2, 2014 | George Leef
    Combine an administration that disdains the idea that it has any legal boundaries with the “liberal” penchant for coerced equality and you get some amazingly absurd results. A case in point is the recent cave-in by public school officials in Minneapolis to the Department of Education regulations I wrote about here, regulations that threaten schools with loss of federal funds if they punish “disproportionate” numbers of students from certain groups. The “proportional discipline” rules are beginning to bite. After all, bureaucrats don’t just make rules for the sake of keeping busy – they demand obedience. Public school officials in Minneapolis...
  • Most College Students Don’t Earn a Degree in 4 Years, Study Finds

    12/02/2014 7:22:24 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 81 replies
    NYT ^ | 12-2-14 | Tamar Lewin
    The vast majority of students at American public colleges do not graduate on time, according to a new report from Complete College America, a nonprofit group based in Indianapolis. “Students and parents know that time is money,” said the report, called “Four-Year Myth.” “The reality is that our system of higher education costs too much, takes too long and graduates too few.” At most public universities, only 19 percent of full-time students earn a bachelor’s degree in four years, the report found. Even at state flagship universities — selective, research-intensive institutions — only 36 percent of full-time students complete their...
  • Bill Cosby Quits Board of Alma Mater Temple

    12/02/2014 3:44:43 AM PST · by Enterprise · 4 replies
    newser.com ^ | Dec 1, 2014 | John Johnson
    Today, the 77-year-old resigned from the school's board of trustees, saying, "I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students,"
  • Only 19 Paterson Students Ready For College

    12/02/2014 3:42:58 AM PST · by Neidermeyer · 37 replies
    Fox News NJ ^ | December 1 2014 | Tamara Laine
    Paterson, New Jersey (My9NJ) - In Paterson, New Jersey only 19 kids who took the SAT's are considered college ready. This means that they scored at least a 1500 out of 2400 on the standardized test, and this number is truly shocking considering how large the school district is. Paterson resident Jason Williams is one of the lucky ones. He just graduated high school last year and has been enrolled in college since September, after taking the SAT's three times determined to score over 1500. He says that the key to his success was not falling victim to the streets....