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  • Social media elevate school fights to new realm

    05/26/2015 5:08:07 PM PDT · by ExSoldier · 19 replies
    Norwalk Reflector ^ | May 26th 2015 | TNS REGIONAL NEWS
    The student sitting at the front of the class doesn’t know she’s about to be attacked. But others in the room apparently do. As another teenager approaches her from behind, several students in the class whip out their cellphones. They have no intention of dialing for help, however. Their aim is to record the encounter between the two teenage girls so that they can upload it to Instagram, YouTube and other sites. In the recordings, shot from multiple angles, the girls exchange words and, before long, a punch is thrown. A scuffle breaks out, with squeals and laughter from classmates...
  • Ravi Zacharias Q&A 2015, 'Is America Really Christian?'

    05/26/2015 4:05:04 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    youtube/Ravi Zacharias International Ministries ^ | 5/16/15 | Ravi Zacharias, et al
    Jeff Foxworthy hosts a question and answer time with Ravi Zacharias and Michael Ramsden following Ravi's lecture "Is America Really Christian?"
  • GA teacher arrested and placed in shackles after town issues warrant over son's school absences

    05/26/2015 1:20:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 25, 2015 | Chris Spargo
    ".....'I received a certified letter Saturday about this issue and [my husband] Keith contacted the [Board of Education] on my behalf yesterday while I worked subbing. I have been notified that a warrant for my arrest will most likely be issued. 'My family’s doctor has written a character reference for me, and I have the support of many [Board of Education] employees, but at the moment it still appears I will be arrested. 'If the Sheriff and the Attendance Officer moves forward I will be given the opportunity to turn myself in. I spoke to a county employee yesterday that...
  • Sowell: Graduation Gifts

    05/25/2015 11:20:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 26, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    This is the season of college graduations, and many people may be wondering what kinds of gifts would be most appropriate for young people leaving the world of academia and heading out to face the challenges and opportunities of adulthood in the real world. Given the narrow range of left to far left views of the world on most college campuses, and the vast ignorance of other views, even among graduates of elite academic institutions, one valuable gift might be a book giving a different perspective on the world. The recent publication of "American Contempt for Liberty" a hefty, 417-page...
  • Sacramento 11-year-old graduates from college

    05/25/2015 9:57:04 AM PDT · by rey · 21 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | 25 May 2015 | PHILLIP REESE
    <p>Most kids finish elementary school at age 11. Sacramento prodigy Tanishq Abraham just graduated from college at age 11 – with three degrees.</p> <p>Tanishq started kindergarten at Heron Elementary a few years ago, skipped first grade, completed second grade, and started taking classes at American River College when he was 7, easily becoming its youngest student.</p>
  • Oxford graduates ‘give back’ degree to protest over fossil fuels investment

    05/25/2015 5:24:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Blue and Green Tomorrow ^ | 5/25/14 | Ilaria Bertini
    Almost 70 Oxford alumni have symbolically handed back their degrees to criticise the university’s weak policy on fossil fuels investment – which excludes only direct investment in oil sands and coal but fails to address other money invested in unsustainable sources of energy. Oxford University announced last week it would maintain its position of not having direct investment in high-risk oil sands and coal; it also pledged to follow environmental and social criteria for its investment. However, many have noted this policy does not go far enough, since it doesn’t rule out investment in all dirty energy sources. As a...
  • Surprise school sports legislation stirs up critics in Wisconsin (non-public school kids get access)

    05/25/2015 7:50:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | May 25, 2015 | Dana Ferguson
    MADISON — Critics are blasting Wisconsin legislators after the state's budget committee passed a surprise motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled and online charter students to participate in public school district athletics and activities. The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee passed a motion early Wednesday morning that included the plan. The plan wasn't addressed in the meeting. "For that to be done in a sneaky, behind the scenes fashion and passed at 1:30 in the morning without any discussion ... that's a problem," said Larry Kaseman, executive director of the Wisconsin Parents Association. While nonpublic school students in some...
  • Unprecedented Demonstration in Jerusalem of Christian Schools

    05/24/2015 3:01:45 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 48 replies
    ComeAndSee ^ | May 21, 2015 | Christian Website from Nazareth
    Picture: Fr. Fahim Abdelmaseh, Bishop Giacinto-Bulos(center), and Catholic Arab students On Wednesday, the 27th of May 2015, at 11:00 AM, an unprecedented demonstration will be held in the plaza in front of the Lev Ram building in Jerusalem (Ministry of Education headquarters) by the Christian Schools in Israel against the policy of the Ministry of Education. Participants in the demonstration will include clergymen (Bishops, Priests, Nuns, and Pastors) in addition to parents of children in Christian schools throughout the country. The Christian schools in the country consist of more than 30,000 students, almost equally divided between Christians and Muslims....
  • Scott Walker's GOP rips apart local democracy

    05/24/2015 5:33:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    Madison Capital Times, Your Progressive Voice ^ | May 24, 2015 | John Nicholas, Associate Editor
    Scott Walker and his legislative minions have no respect for local democracy. One of Walker’s early acts as governor was to sign a law that pre-empted Milwaukee’s paid sick days ordinance — which voters had approved by 69 to 31 percent and which the state Court of Appeals had upheld. Dana Schultz of 9to5, the National Association of Working Women, described the state override of the Milwaukee law as “an assault on democracy, local control and working families." The assaults have continued, with Walker and his allies moving again and again to prevent Wisconsin’s towns, villages and cities from acting...
  • College Students Are Not Customers

    05/24/2015 3:17:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 119 replies
    Slate ^ | May 23, 2015 | By Rebecca Schuman
    In what is apparently a vogue of Republican state legislators exercising misplaced vendettas against college professors, Iowa Sen. Mark Chelgren recently made headlines when he introduced Senate File 64, “an Act relating to the teaching effectiveness and employment of professors” at Iowa public institutions. Each year, the bill stipulates, any faculty who fails “to attain a minimum threshold of performance” based solely on student evaluations would be automatically fired regardless of rank or tenure. Lest you think that firing professors based on a questionable assessment metric affords them too much dignity, rest assured there is more. Some beleaguered governing body...
  • Student: High School Won’t Let Me Start a Pro-Life Club (Las Vegas)

    05/23/2015 7:39:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 22, 2015 10:24 am
    A Las Vegas high school sophomore says school administrators denied her application to form a pro-life club on campus. West Career and Technical Academy Vice Principal Allan Yee allegedly told Angelique Clark that the club would be “controversial” and would make pro-choice students feel left out. He also reportedly said that others were “more qualified to speak on the issue than a high school sophomore.” …
  • Brooklyn teacher acquitted of drugging and raping middle school student demanding job back

    05/23/2015 6:56:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 23, 2015
    A Brooklyn teacher who was arrested in 2011 on charges of drugging and raping a middle school student is demanding that the city let her keep her teaching job, according to a new lawsuit. Claudia Tillery, 45, argues in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that she was acquitted of all criminal charges in April 2014 and the Department of Education’s hearing officer improperly used sealed evidence, DNA tests and the prosecutor’s testimony to toss her from the teaching post she's had since 1996.
  • NJ teacher who had students write 'get well' notes to cop killer fired

    05/14/2015 12:05:49 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/14/15 | foxnews
    A New Jersey public school teacher who instructed her third-grade students to write “get well” letters to a convicted cop killer was fired at a raucous school board meeting that stretched into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, despite her pleas that “there’s a community behind me.” Marylin Zuniga, a first-year teacher who drew widespread condemnation for assigning her young charges the task of writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal, was canned at the meeting of the Orange Board of Education, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported.
  • Hm: All 15 Charter School Applicants Rejected in NY

    05/23/2015 3:31:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) recently proposed the Parental Choice in Education Act as a way to provide more opportunity for parents in choosing which schools would be the best fit for their children. The legislation would use $70 million in taxpayer money to create an education tax credit for families making $60,000 or less. Parents who qualify could receive up to $500 in a tax credit or refund for each student attending a private school. Among other benefits, it would also encourage more private school scholarships. "This is about fairness and this is about parents choosing the school that is...
  • Democrats Seeking Pell Grants for Inmates at the Expense of the Law Abiding

    05/23/2015 8:59:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Red Statements ^ | May 23, 2015 | Steven Ahle
    Six democrats are seeking to grant Pell Grants to inmates in prison. They claim that it will make them desirable applicants to companies when they get out of prison. Hey liberals, believe it or not companies aren’t clamoring for graduates of Stu’s University online even if they haven’t knocked off a bank or raped small children. So, why would these cons be employable? Of course, if they were to take computer classes they might stop mugging senior citizens and join the growing identity theft industry. It’s also important to know that there is not an endless pool of money in...
  • Controversy over ‘global warming’ in Wyoming school curriculum

    05/23/2015 6:08:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    Eagle News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    The proposed adoption of $300,000 worth of reading materials for Cody, Wyoming students stalled this week amid criticisms about the curriculum’s “very liberal, very slanted view of the world.” School board and community members spoke out against a slate of proposed materials for K-12 students that cover topics like global warming, evolution and race. The materials are published by education giant Pearson and Boston publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ... that aligns with the national Common Core standards. But many in the community are concerned about how the texts address issues like global warming, which is treated as settled science ......
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Mom Arrested, Shackled Over Son's Unexcused School Absences

    05/22/2015 5:25:17 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 75 replies
    insider.foxnews.com ^ | May 21, 2015
    A Georgia mother and substitute teacher says she was arrested and placed in shackles because of her son's unexcused absences. Julie Giles reportedly wrote on Facebook that a warrant had been issued for her arrest after her son tallied 12 unexcused absences from school. The total is six more than the Screven County school district allows. Giles argued that her son's doctor re-issued a note for three of the absences, meaning she would be arrested over a total of three absences. Giles said she was briefly placed in ankle shackles, with police saying it was normal procedure. She was released...
  • University Approves ‘history’ Class That Doesn’t Mention Both World Wars

    05/22/2015 6:54:48 AM PDT · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 18 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 5/8/15 | David Hookstead
    Sacramento State University will now allow an anthropology course to fulfill the school’s general education history requirement, a decision that has prompted fierce debate, with history scholars noting it effectively allows students to take a “history” class that doesn’t even mention either World War, among other important topics.As it stands, the anthropology class will reportedly focus on “the intersection of race, class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality; the political economy of institutions and ideas, such as racism, classism, sexual stereotyping, family, religion, state, color blindness, multiculturalism, etc.; and, discourses of cultural diversity in the U.S.”
  • The 'Science' of Sex Education

    05/22/2015 5:03:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    There's no classroom experience the libertine supports more mightily than "sex education." They have struggled to banish even a whisper of a religious worldview from the classroom. Only the secular and "science-based" ideology is allowed. The Daily Beast website recently celebrated a San Francisco ruling: "Hero Judge Rules Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Illegal." Judge Donald Black ruled "access to medically and socially appropriate sexual education is an important public right," and that one district had provided "medically inaccurate information," like the notion that sexual abstinence prevents pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. Do the guardians of "science" -- like the happy...
  • Four Things That Can Replace Common Core

    05/20/2015 4:08:41 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 29 replies
    Return to Order ^ | Posted on May 16, 2015 | by John Horvat II
    Progressive educators have an obsession for results, especially test scores. Higher scores supposedly prove children will be more “career and college ready” after graduation. Uphold Marriage and the Family; Uphold Society: Sign the Return to Order Petition For this reason, these educators are forever coming up with all sorts of one-size-fits-all programs like Common Core that they believe will solve the problem of flagging test scores. Since new schemes are always appearing, it would seem that they are not working. Educators should look at those things that work. If scores are the ultimate indicators of success, then it would stand...
  • Groundbreaking Study on Shifting Attitudes Toward Gays Used Faked Data

    05/20/2015 11:13:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Slate ^ | May 20, 2015 | Mark Joseph Stern
    In December, I wrote a post about a groundbreaking new study published in Science,which had profound implications for the gay rights movement. The study’s researchers claimed that a mere 20-minute conversation about the importance of marriage equality could convince same-sex marriage opponents to support gay rights. People who spoke with straight canvassers demonstrated a slight boost in tolerance;those who spoke with gay canvassers demonstrated—and retained—an even more significant boost in support for gay rights.Does that sound too good to be true? It was. The study was co-authored by Donald Green, a professor of political science at Columbia University,and Michael J....
  • The Slow Death of Common Core

    05/20/2015 7:24:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/20/15 | Al Caruba
    Common Core teaches collectivism—socialism—and degrades various elements of education from math to English to science Think about the major policy undertakings of the Obama administration over the past six and a half years. It began with a “stimulus” that wasted trillions in the quest of generating jobs, but did little to nothing in achieving that goal. That was followed by ObamaCare which most agree has been a disaster for the nation’s healthcare sector and, finally, Common Core, a one-size-fits-all testing program intended, we were told, to improve learning standards in the nation’s schools. The only thing it has achieved is...
  • Wisconsin budget panel approves K-12 education package

    05/20/2015 6:02:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Wisconsin Radio Network ^ | May 20, 2015 | Andrew Beckett
    Wisconsin’s K-12 public schools would see about $200 million more in state funding and the private school voucher program would be broadly expanded, under a sweeping package of changes approved by the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. The 29-page proposal, released just hours before the committee voted on the changes late Tuesday night, would increase funding for public schools by about $70 million in the 2016-17 school year, while keeping about $127 million in funding for schools in place that Governor Scott Walker had proposed cutting. It would amount to a $250 per pupil funding increase over the course of the...
  • Common Core-Approved Workshop Teaches Sympathy for Hamas

    05/19/2015 11:00:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 5/19/15 | Sara Dogan
    A Common Core-approved workshop on the Middle East conflict titled “Whose Jerusalem?” has sparked controversy among critics who charge that the program portrays Israel and America in a negative light while cultivating sympathy for terrorist group Hamas. The “Whose Jerusalem?” curriculum was created by Boston University professor Carl Hobert, who describes the goal of his program as “educational civil disobedience, where students are learning about the Middle East and they’re putting pressure on our government to create a Palestinian state.” It has already been used in numerous high schools and has now been approved as part of the Common...
  • Walker's ban on Common Core approved by committee

    05/20/2015 1:12:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 20, 2015
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's proposal prohibiting the state superintendent from forcing local school districts to adopt Common Core academic standards has been approved by the Legislature's budget committee. [snip] State Superintendent Tony Evers adopted the Common Core standards in 2010, but Walker's proposal would prohibit him from advocating for or promoting the standards to school districts.
  • Trigger warnings, colleges, and the ‘Swaddled Generation’

    05/20/2015 12:22:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 19, 2015 | Kathleen Parker
    Those accustomed to reading or listening only to liberal commentators may not be aware of “trigger warnings” and “safe zones” on college campuses. It seems that mostly conservative sites and writers are concerned with the increasingly draconian suppression of free speech on college campuses. But then, it is mostly conservative writers and speakers who are treated as though they’re bringing the Ebola virus rather than contrarian ideas to the sensitive ears of what we may as well name the “Swaddled Generation.” A trigger warning is usually conveyed on a sign carried or posted near the auditorium where a speech is...
  • Michigan’s one-room schoolhouses make one last stand

    05/19/2015 5:05:13 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 11 replies
    Bridgemi.com ^ | 19 May 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
    HARBOR BEACH ‒ Most elementary and middle schools fairly buzz with noise just before the school day starts, as a stampede of students put away coats, take seats and share boasts over video game exploits or exchange giggles about young romance. But one of the first things you notice at the Eccles School along rural stretch of Michigan’s Thumb is the quiet shuffle as students move from door to desk to computer station, creating a low-level hum until the Pledge of Allegiance. After which, there’s an exchange of news about soccer, a puppy and one student’s gig as bat boy...
  • Is desegregation dead?

    05/19/2015 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2015 | Heather Knight, Chronicle Special Report
    San Francisco gives parents a say in where their children go to school — and that is leading to less diversity [snip] A federal judge ordered desegregation, and in 1971 San Francisco put children on buses that crisscrossed the city so they could be in multiracial schools. The plan almost immediately ended racial isolation — but it also helped drive families out of the district and into the suburbs or into private schools. Many Chinese families resisted integration, boycotting district public schools and creating their own private “freedom schools” for their children instead. From the 1960s to 1983, the school...
  • Stupefying Generations of Americans

    05/19/2015 8:53:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/19/15 | Al Caruba
    Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children I used the verb “stupefying” to describe a long process in our nation’s schools that has produced several generations of Americans, dumbed down and resulting in more than half who are functionally illiterate, nor can do math, and, as a recent headline reported “Student’s Results in Social Studies Stagnate.” “U.S. middle-school students’ performance on social studies didn’t improve much between 2010 and 2014, federal test scores released Wednesday (April 29) show, underscoring concerns about the uniformed citizenry and workforce.” When it comes to U.S. history, the...
  • Watch: Michelle’s Race-Baiting Shredded By Black Guy Who Gives Her A Must-See History Lesson

    05/19/2015 5:53:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 18, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    Watch: Michelle’s Race-Baiting Shredded By Black Guy Who Gives Her A Must-See History Lesson VIDEO B. Christopher Agee May 18, 2015 at 2:32pm In a recent installment of Zonation, host Alfonzo Rachel reacted to Michelle Obama’s recent commencement address at Tuskegee University. As Western Journalism reported, the first lady used the forum to spread a message of victimhood among black graduates. “I’m disappointed that the students at Tuskegee University didn’t get up and walk out on Michelle Obama’s speech,” Rachel said. “It’s like the graduates spent all that time at the college and didn’t learn anything worth a hard donut.”
  • Walker's ban on Common Core up for vote

    05/19/2015 3:22:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    KLS, Utah ^ | May 19, 2015 | AP
    <p>MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's proposal prohibiting the state superintendent from forcing local school districts to adopt Common Core academic standards is up for a vote in the Legislature's budget committee.</p> <p>The Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to act on the proposal Tuesday.......</p>
  • School voucher proponents pull out boxing gloves, welcome Scott Walker

    05/18/2015 2:48:43 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    NEW ORLEANS — The American Federation for Children, which wants a dramatic expansion of charter schools and voucher programs, picked a boxing theme for its annual policy summit this week. Red boxing gloves became table centerpieces at the opening lunch Monday. Panel titles included "Knocking out yesterday's education models" and "Training parents to win the fight." And the first keynote speaker was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely Republican presidential contender who is best known for aggressively fighting and weakening his state's education labor unions..... ....Wisconsin is home to the nation's first modern voucher system. The state adopted legislation in...
  • Duke University Professor on Leave After Racist Online Comments Spark Outrage [Racist?]

    05/17/2015 11:15:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Slate ^ | May 17, 2015 | Daniel Politi
    A Duke University professor has reportedly been placed on leave after posting racist comments online that included talk of “the blacks” and “the Asians.” Jerry Hough commented on a New York Times editorial titled “How Racism Doomed Baltimore”...The key question,though,according to Hough, “is whether my comments were largely accurate. In writing me, no one has said I was wrong, just racist.”....full comments in the New York Times:This editorial is what is wrong. The Democrats are an alliance of Westchester and Harlem,of Montgomery County and intercity Baltimore. Westchester and Montgomery get a Citigroup asset stimulus policy that triples the market. The...
  • Student Who Got In to Eight Ivy League Schools Picks Alabama Instead

    05/17/2015 7:13:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Ronald Nelson from Memphis, Tennessee, is a senior at Houston High School. He was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools--that's Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, Cornell, and UPenn--along with Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and Vanderbilt, among a few other schools. While any of these schools are fantastic options, Nelson made headlines for another reason: he turned them all down. Nelson will be attending the University of Alabama this fall, as a member of the school's honors program.While it may seem shocking that a student would turn down a prestigious university for a state school, Nelson actually showed impressive maturity...
  • High schools changing rules for gowns at commencement

    05/17/2015 3:55:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 16, 2015 | Jeremy C. Fox
    For years, Sharon High School parents had help finding their sons and daughters among the sea of gowns on graduation day: boys all sported deep maroon, while girls wore pristine white. But last year, students approached principal Jose Libano with a proposal: end the tradition, which alienated some students. Now, all graduates wear maroon. Around the region, longstanding customs of assigning graduation colors by sex are giving way to new realities, driven by transgender student activists and supportive educators and classmates of all stripes. The change reflects a growing awareness that simple categories of male and female do not fit...
  • Teacher assails practice of giving passing grades to failing students

    05/17/2015 1:58:28 PM PDT · by PROCON · 85 replies
    WAPO ^ | May 17, 2015 | Jay Mathews
    Caleb Stewart Rossiter, a college professor and policy analyst, decided to try teaching math in the D.C. schools. He was given a pre-calculus class with 38 seniors at H.D. Woodson High School. When he discovered that half of them could not handle even second-grade problems, he sought out the teachers who had awarded the passing grades of D in Algebra II, a course that they needed to take his high-level class. There are many bewildering stories like this in Rossiter’s new book, “Ain’t Nobody Be Learnin’ Nothin’: The Fraud and the Fix for High-Poverty Schools,” the best account of public...
  • Shocking video shows American schoolkids running in terror as teacher whips....with belt

    05/17/2015 9:48:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 101 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | 10:13 EST, 17 May 2015 | Alexandra Klausner For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Shocking video shows American schoolkids running in terror as teacher whips 'unruly' children with his belt A group of four boys fighting in their classroom were brutally halted when their teacher took off his belt and started hitting them with it. In shocking cell phone video posted to Live leak on Friday, likely recorded in an American classroom, children can be heard shrieking as the unidentified teacher whips them about three times with his belt. Chairs and tables are overturned, what appear to be middle-school aged boys and girls scream in fear and let out nervous laughter as...
  • Too Many Black Students Suspended Leads Oakland Schools to Stop Punishment

    05/17/2015 2:40:14 AM PDT · by dennisw · 122 replies
    truthrevolt ^ | 5.15.2015 | Trey Sanchez 294
    Board members of California's Oakland Unified School District unanimously voted on Wednesday to cease suspending students for what they call "willful defiance." Those behaviors can include swearing/yelling at teachers, refusing direct orders, texting, and storming out of class, to name a few. The reason? Concern that too many black students are being suspended for willful defiance. One sophomore student, Dan'enicole Williams, told the San Francisco Gate, "They never take time out, if someone is sleeping in class, to ask what’s wrong. They may be acting that way because they didn’t eat the night before.” "We’re getting pushed out of schools,”...
  • Call it 'gender fluidity': Schools to teach kids there's no such thing as boys or girls

    05/16/2015 2:15:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on sexual fluidity and spectrum – the idea that there’s no such thing as 100 percent boys or 100 percent girls. Fairfax County Public Schools released a report recommending changes to their family life curriculum for grades 7 through 12. The changes, which critics call radical gender ideology, will be formally introduced next week. “The larger picture is this is really an attack on nature itself – the created order,” said Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council. “Human beings...
  • Comedian Ed Helms Tears Into Rolling Stone During UVA Commencement Speech

    05/16/2015 11:10:17 AM PDT · by drewh · 6 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 11:41 am, May 16th, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Comedian Ed Helms delivered the commencement address at the University of Virginia yesterday, and took a moment to really tear into Rolling Stone for how much its discredited UVA rape report hurt the community. Helms, whom you’ll recognize as Andy from The Office or Stu from the Hangover movies, mostly kept things light and joke-y, and even gave a shoutout to the UVA a capella group that made an appearance with him one time on The Office. Helms talked about his own experience being “defined by outsiders,” and acknowledge that’s happened to the UVA community as well, before squaring in...
  • To the Class of 2015: Fight for Freedom, Defend the Faith, Love America, and Prosper

    05/16/2015 10:57:03 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 2 replies
    Radix News ^ | May 16, 2015 | Robert F. Agostinelli
    More has been done to further progress by America than anywhere else because we are a people who believe we can do things better. Since Columbus touched these shores, the Pilgrims knelt down and kissed the ground, and our Founding Patriots risked everything for independence, the commitment to pursuing human betterment for all has been understood as our God-given responsibility. This is because Americans believe in the value and potential of every individual, which also is the engine that powers capitalism. Distilled to the bare essence, markets operate based on the principle that the decisions made every day by millions...
  • Son Comes Home With Bad Grades. Then His Father Decides to Give Him Some Tough Love Motivation

    05/16/2015 3:45:46 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 45 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-16-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    [VIDEO AT THE LINK Provided below] What do you do when your child comes home with bad grades? Do you cuddle him (or her)? Or do you get angry and tell them they should do better? Or do you go further than that? Do you punish him by, say, not giving him pocket money or by grounding him for a few days? One father decided to take it a bit further than that. When his son told him he failed his class, he gave his son a sledgehammer, threw his most prized possession (Xbox) in the garden and forced him...
  • New Braunfels ISD responds to 'FOCUS room' complaint

    05/15/2015 8:13:24 PM PDT · by Marie · 40 replies
    KVUE ^ | May 15, 2015 | KVUE
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – New Braunfels ISD responded Friday to a complaint from parents of a student at Carl Schurz Elementary School being in a "FOCUS room." A website, called "The 'Focus Room' Horror" and dated May 13, shows photos of a visibly upset boy sitting on the floor of a room. The website writes that the boy is a 9-year-old student named Alex and states that he was confined to the room for more than an hour. According to the website, Alex was told to sit in a circle drawn on the floor for 90 minutes "to earn 90...
  • Feds to Use Social Media to Combat Complaints about Michelle O School Lunches

    05/15/2015 3:15:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/15/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing back against a campaign criticizing First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules by showing one picture of a somewhat appetizing child’s lunch. “They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the digital age we have ample opportunity to document and broadcast every moment, meeting and meal,” wrote Deborah Kane, the national director of the USDA Farm to School Program, in a blog post Thursday. “We have all seen those unappetizing photos of food served at school that quickly go viral,” she said. “A lonesome whole wheat bun atop a sad...
  • Stereotypes

    05/15/2015 1:37:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    It was just a small item in a round-up of the day's news, but like so many such nuggets, it set off a whole train of thoughts: "Mindy McCarty-Stewart, the principal of Mason High School in Ohio, canceled a student-led event that invited girls to spend a day wearing a Muslim headscarf and issued an apology, adding that the school received numerous messages that forced her to reconsider the event's ability to meet its goal of combating stereotypes." In that one sentence, Gentle Reader is offered a panoramic view of the trouble with American education, society and politics. What's wrong...
  • Why Unions Hate School Choice

    05/15/2015 11:07:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/14/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Conventional public school districts may covet the taxpayer dollars that follow a student when parents choose to enroll their child in a Michigan "public school academy" — also known as a charter school. But that isn’t the only motive behind the intense political campaign aimed at limiting the number of public charter schools, or even shutting them down altogether (see the Abed amendment). Union efforts to maintain the flow of school employee dues might be an even stronger motive. For teacher unions and those politically and financially dependent on them, charter schools represent a significant threat. In academically failing school...
  • Showdown: House to Vote on ‘Community Schools’ that Conflict with Texas Values

    05/15/2015 10:09:01 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 5 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 05/13/2015 | by Merrill Hope
    “Community schools” is not a widely-known term, but today representatives in the Texas State House will vote on House Bill 1891, entitled “Relating to Texas Community Schools” – legislation that would, if passed, fundamentally change the role of public education in students’ lives, in ways that conflict with Texas values. HB 1891, written by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), defines a “community school” as any K-12 public school that “partners with one or more community-based organizations to coordinate academic, social, and health services.” Community schools are not the usual workforce-ready education reform. “The vision of a community school must be at...
  • The Ten Dumbest Common Core Problems [March 20, 2014]

    05/15/2015 9:41:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 69 replies
    National Review ^ | March 20, 2014 | Alec Torres
    Sample questions guaranteed to make your brain hurt in all the wrong places. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is widely denounced for imposing confusing, unhelpful experimental teaching methods. Following these methods, some have created problems that lack essential information or make no sense whatsoever. Some 45 states and the District of Columbia have so far adopted Common Core standards, leaving students all around the United States to puzzle over mysterious logic and language devised in accordance with Common Core’s new methods. Here are eleven Common Core–compliant problems that have caused parents, students, and even teachers to scratch their heads...
  • It Begins… SC School Tells Student to Take Down US Flag from Truck – It’s Offensive (VIDEO)

    05/15/2015 6:40:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/14/15 | Jim Hoft
    Peyton Robinson was told his US flag was offensive. York Comprehensive senior Peyton Robinson was recently told by school officials that he could no longer fly his American flag in his pickup truck. It was offensive.