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  • The Paranoids are Back

    06/28/2014 9:02:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    "American politics has often been an arena for angry minds." So begins "The Paranoid Style in American Politics," a classic work that the historian Richard Hofstadter wrote in 1964, another time of deep division and mutual suspicion. In that essay, he traced the roots of an American style that goes back at least to the late 19th century, when a plethora of mass movements kept finding new candidates for the source of all our troubles. It might be International Bankers one year and the gold standard the next as older scapegoats -- Catholics, immigrants, Masons -- gave way to...
  • Opt-Out of Common Core, Opt-In to The Ron Paul Curriculum

    06/24/2014 4:45:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Oklahoma recently took action to protect the state's children from the federal education bureaucracy by withdrawing from Common Core. Common Core is the latest attempt to bribe states, with money taken from the American people, into adopting a curriculum developed by federal bureaucrats and education "experts." In exchange for federal funds, states must change their curriculum by, for example, replacing traditional mathematics with "reform math." Reform math turns real mathematics on its head by focusing on "abstract thinking" instead of traditional concepts like addition and subtraction. Schools must also replace classic works of literature with "informational" texts, such as...
  • Many Democrats Prioritizing Black Families Over Teachers Unions

    06/16/2014 4:22:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    Five teacher hiring and firing laws bit the dust in California this week. In a major blow to teachers unions, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu’s ruling struck down teacher tenure, while freeing districts from spending hundreds of thousands to fire teachers and from having to fire newly-hired teachers first during layoffs. The ruling is being applauded as a major civil rights victory, with Judge Treu comparing it with historic desegregation battle Brown v. Board of Education. Treu said both cases addressed “a student’s fundamental right to equality of the educational experience.” The data could not be clearer...
  • Dept. of Education Erects Obstacles to Keep States in Common Core

    05/13/2014 1:09:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | David Craig
    When someone hears bureaucratic terms like “compliance, mandates and penalties,” they might think of the EPA, the IRS, or these days, the Department of Health and Human Services. But another federal government department is fast adopting the language of strict and onerous regulation. Annoyed that Indiana wants to extricate themselves from the Common Core education standards, the U.S. Department of Education is erecting procedural obstacles to make this as difficult possible. At stake for Hoosiers is $200 million in federal education funds. The Obama Administration is using “No Child Left Behind” waivers to warn Indiana officials of the penalties they...
  • Charter School Fair Weather Fans Abound

    05/09/2014 8:16:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | Edward Lindsey
    In the twenty-three years since Minnesota became the first state to adopt a charter school law, the legislative slog to expand educational freedom elsewhere has borne massive advancements for parents and students. Often tedious and sometimes nasty, the success of this long fight has hinged on the willingness of stout legislators in state houses across the country to forge coalitions of the unlikely. We've done that exceedingly well in Georgia and have much to celebrate as we mark National Charter Schools Week. Now, that's not to say that we haven't suffered setbacks, like in 2011, when Georgia's high court ruled...
  • Good Riddance: Common Core Backlash Claims New Political Casualties

    05/09/2014 4:46:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | Michelle Malin
    All politics is local. So Republican politicians with national ambitions better pay attention to what grassroots parents are saying and doing about the federal education racket known as Common Core. In bellwether Indiana this week, anti-Common Core activists won a pair of pivotal electoral victories against GOP Gov. Mike Pence. Pence's attempt to mollify critics by rebranding and repackaging shoddy Common Core standards is fooling no one. Tuesday's Republican primary elections in the Hoosier state resulted in the landslide defeat of two establishment incumbents running for statewide re-election. Pence had endorsed GOP State Rep. Kathy Heuer over challenger Christopher Judy....
  • Another Bite At The For-Profit Education Apple

    05/08/2014 4:32:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    President Obama is passionate about education, especially for underprivileged kids … or so he says. An ardent opponent of school choice, except when it comes to his own kids, one of his first acts was to try to kill the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship that provides poor kids in the nation’s capital the chance to escape failing schools. He’s repeatedly tried to ax the program, only to be blocked by Republicans. But the President’s assault on education doesn’t end with just young kids, it continues throughout the entire education system. For the last few years, the Obama administration has waged a...
  • Cross Burners, Cross Banners, and Cross Dressers

    04/29/2014 1:06:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Author's Note: This column uses some information previously published in my 2007 column "A Tale of Two Bigots."It's not often that I have to defend a leftist because a university is trying to restrict his First Amendment rights. But I do so whenever I have the chance. It helps to set a good example for my students by showing that the First Amendment is there to protect speech - not just speech you personally agree with. (Note that it also protects those who end their sentences with prepositions). Today, I write in defense a Gene Nichol in spite of the...
  • Facts and Fallacies About Paycheck Fairness

    04/15/2014 7:54:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    President Barack Obama and his feminist friends have been trotting out their tiresome slogan that women are paid only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Every reputable scholar who has commented has proved that this is a notorious falsehood that anyone should be embarrassed to use. U.S. law calls for equal pay for equal work, but the feminist slogan is not based on equal work. Women work fewer hours per day, per week, per year. They spend fewer years as full-time workers outside the home, avoid jobs that require overtime, and choose jobs with flexibility to take time...
  • Aiming High

    04/15/2014 4:48:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Appril 15, 2014 | Mona Charen
    There's an MRCTV video circulating on the Internet that features a man with a microphone asking college students in Washington, D.C., to name just one member of the United States Senate. At least half a dozen are stumped. When he asks how many senators each state has, the same crew is equally flummoxed. One hundred percent of the students could name the hit song from the movie "Frozen," though. These surveys about how ignorant Americans are have become hardy perennials. Survey data confirm that large numbers of Americans lack even rudimentary knowledge of what used to be called "eighth-grade civics."...
  • Yet Another Pre-School Program?

    03/29/2014 1:24:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    When some people hear that the president has proposed a new federally funded pre-school program, they might think, “Great idea. It’s about time!” But they’d say this, surely, because they’re unaware that Washington is already running pre-school programs. Not just one or two, in fact, but 45 early learning and child-care initiatives. And no fewer than 12 of them are explicitly designed to provide early childhood education. The rest, however, also allow funds to be used for that purpose. So if the federal government is already bankrolling -- excuse me, if you and I and other taxpayers are already bankrolling...
  • Get To Know the Common Core Marketing Overlords

    03/21/2014 4:30:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    They're everywhere. Turn on Fox News, local news, Animal Planet, HGTV, The Family Channel or talk radio. Pro-Common Core commercials have been airing ad nauseam in a desperate attempt to persuade American families to support the beleaguered federal education standards/testing/technology racket. Who's funding these public relations pushes? D.C. lobbyists, entrenched politicians and Big Business interests. The foundational myth of Common Core is that it's a "state-led" initiative with grassroots support that was crafted by local educators for the good of all of our children. But the cash and power behind the new ad campaign tell you all you need to...
  • Bill de Blasio Attacks New York City’s Charter Schools

    03/19/2014 2:06:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Patrick Hannaford
    After assuming office in January, Mayor Bill de Blasio wasted no time mounting his assault on New York City’s charter schools. His recent decision to pull the plug on three previously approved charter schools has drawn praise from teachers unions. However, some supporters have accused him of not going far enough. This view displays an ignorance of school choice and a misguided understanding of the purpose of public education. Nothing exemplifies this ignorance better than the response made by Brooklyn City Councilman Vincent Gentile. Referring to one of the 14 charter schools that were permitted to move forward by de...
  • Solutions to Black Education

    02/26/2014 4:36:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    A fortnight ago, my column focused on how Philadelphia's schoolteachers have joined public-school teachers in cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Columbus, New York and Washington in changing student scores on academic achievement tests. Teachers have held grade fixing parties, sometimes wearing rubber gloves to hide fingerprints. In some cases, poorly performing students were excused from taking exams to prevent them from dragging down averages. As a result of investigations, a number of schoolteachers and administrators have been suspended, fired or indicted by states attorneys general. Most of these cheating scandals have occurred in predominantly black schools across the...
  • Celebrating Mediocrity At The Expense Of Merit

    02/06/2014 4:46:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Americans love sports, as evidenced by the fact that the Super Bowl last Sunday was the most watched television event in history. While the game was a blowout and boring because of it, people didn’t tune in to see a tie, they watched to see one team beat the other, unambiguously. But sports, at least on the professional level, are just about the last bastion of meritocracy left in the country, and the damage its loss will bring to the future is immeasurable. There were controversies this week in Silver Spring, Maryland, and with comedian Jerry Seinfeld that will have...
  • Schoolteacher Cheating

    02/05/2014 4:26:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Philadelphia's public school system has joined several other big-city school systems, such as those in Atlanta, Detroit and Washington, D.C., in widespread teacher-led cheating on standardized academic achievement tests. So far, the city has fired three school principals, and The Wall Street Journal reports, "Nearly 140 teachers and administrators in Philadelphia public schools have been implicated in one of the nation's largest cheating scandals." (1/23/14) (http://tinyurl.com/q5makm3). Investigators found that teachers got together after tests to erase the students' incorrect answers and replace them with correct answers. In some cases, they went as far as to give or show students answers...
  • Do You Know What They’re Teaching Your Kids?

    01/30/2014 2:56:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Imagine your sweet daughter, barely into puberty, coming home from school and showing you a photograph she took with her phone of a sex poster at school; a poster that lists the many ways people “express their sexual feelings," including "grinding," "anal sex", "oral sex", and just about everything else you can think of. And imagine, even further, that the school district representative, when asked about the poster, shrugs and says it is part of a health and science curriculum that “aligns with national standards” of sexuality education. You’d be right to be mad. Only this isn’t a thought experiment....
  • Standardized Absurdity: A Preview of Common Core Testing, Part 2

    01/29/2014 1:13:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2014 | Terence Moore
    We shall continue with our Common Core standardized exam, provided by the testing consortium Smarter Balanced. Recall that this is an eleventh-grade English Language Arts examination. Much Ado About Much Ado About Nothing It was the first day back at school after the holiday break. Our drama teacher, Mrs. Kent, handed out our next assignment: an in-depth study of a scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays. I was so excited to see that I had been assigned a scene from Much Ado About Nothing. Finally, here was my long-awaited opportunity to act out a comedy scene from Shakespeare! My joy...
  • If You Hate Your Kids, Send Them to Public School

    01/20/2014 11:00:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Y’know, when I was a wee lad growing up in West Texas, public schools weren’t all that bad. We started our day off with the pledge of allegiance, said prayers during football games, actually studied our nation’s founding docs, sang patriotic songs, and we celebrated the true meaning of both Christmas and Easter. In addition to that pro-American bliss, nearly everyone and their dog graduated. It’s true. Dogs were actually graduating from school back then. I know. Weird, eh? Indeed, out of our large graduating class there was only one drop out and that was my childhood buddy who left...
  • Obama Administration Mandates Racism in Schools

    01/17/2014 2:59:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The Departments of Education and Justice have teamed up to make the lives of students in tough neighborhoods even tougher. Framed as a measure to combat discrimination against black and Hispanic children, the guidelines issued by the Obama administration about school discipline will actually encourage racial discrimination, undermine the learning environments of classrooms and contribute to an unjust race-consciousness in meting out discipline. Claiming that African-American and Hispanic students are more harshly disciplined than whites for the same infractions, the Obama administration now advises that any disciplinary rule that results in a "disparate impact" on these groups will be...
  • Impervious to Evidence, Liberals Ride Again

    01/03/2014 5:51:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2014 | Mona Charen
    "We will restore science to its rightful place ... " So intoned a "dismissive and derisive" President Barack Obama in his first inaugural. It's been oft quoted in the five years since (frequently by me, I'll confess) for its arrogance and condescension, which has continuing relevance, but before turning to the left's latest departure from scientific rigor, I cannot resist a fuller quotation. The second part of this sentence from Obama's first inaugural reads " ... and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost." Hmm. In his second inaugural (compared to Abraham Lincoln's second by...
  • Common Core

    01/01/2014 4:30:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | John Stossel
    My TV producers asked our Facebook audience to vote for a topic they'd most like to hear discussed on my year-end show. The overwhelming winner, for some reason: the education standards program Common Core. Most Americans don't even know what that is. But they should. It's the government's plan to try to bring "the same standard" to every government-run school. This may sound good. Often, states dumb down tests to try to "leave no child behind." How can government evaluate teachers and reward successful schools if there isn't a single national standard? But when the federal government imposes a...
  • America's Knockout Novel: The Adventures of Huck Finn

    12/10/2013 3:45:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | Lee Culpepper
    With recent footage of black teenagers cold-cocking random strangers in a deadly game known as “Knockout,” Americans should recognize how badly our country needs a selfless voice of leadership heard in all of our homes. But until the dignified message of someone like Dr. Ben Carson becomes mainstream, Mark Twain’s classic punch to the face has always packed the power to knock some sense in to people who need it the most. Nearly 130 years after The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published, Twain’s timeless lessons on race and humanity continue to offer America a remedy to racial bigotry --...
  • Is Common Core Good for Kids and Teachers? (Part 5)

    12/10/2013 3:32:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Advocates of Common Core State Standards love to point out how 45 states and the District of Columbia have voluntarily adopted this new national public school regimen. What they're not telling you, however, is how federal and state funds were used to muscle its adoption or how expert reviews and efficacy shortfalls have prompted political and educational action in at least 17 of those states to restrict or reverse the tides of CCSS rollout, according to a brand-new report in The Huffington Post. In August, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Oklahoma and Utah withdrew from the assessment groups designing tests for the...
  • A Textbook That Should Live in Infamy: The Common Core Assaults World War II

    12/03/2013 10:53:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2013 | Terrence Moore
    Saturday the 7th of December will mark the seventy-second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The commemoration of that “date which will live in infamy” brings up memories of more than Pearl Harbor but of the entire American effort in World War II: of the phenomenal production of planes and tanks and munitions by American industry; of millions of young men enlisting (with thousands lying about their age to get into the service); of the men who led the war, then and now seeming larger than life—Churchill and F.D.R., Eisenhower and MacArthur, Monty and Patton; and of the...
  • Feds' 3 Tentacles in the Common Core (Part 3)

    11/26/2013 4:00:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    After months of the feds doing everything they could to distance themselves from the origin and launch of the controversial Common Core State Standards, more and more of Washington's tentacles are surfacing through public rage, implementation revelations and the White House's own foot-in-mouth disease. After Education Secretary Arne Duncan cast bigoted blame on "white suburban moms" for nationwide resistance to CCSS -- an oops from which he still is reeling in public humiliation and maternal fury -- White House spokesman Jay Carney dodged Duncan bullets by claiming ignorance to his statements. But then Carney buried the White House in federal...
  • Feds' 3 Tentacles in the Common Core (Part 2)

    11/19/2013 3:35:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Last week, I explained what the Common Core State Standards are and how, despite the federal government's saying it's staying out of the classroom standards business, there is much evidence to show that the feds are intricately linked to them. The first way I demonstrated that was by pointing out that the feds have spent $350 million of taxpayer money, funding and giving grants and waivers to muscle and bribe states and local school districts to accept CCSS. And all of that was done without a single act of Congress, meaning the federal government -- including the White House --...
  • Love Your Government—And Its Forms: The Common Core Prepares Young People for Bureaucracy

    11/18/2013 8:53:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2013 | Terrence Moore
    The Founding Fathers understood government forms. What they meant by the term was the arrangement of power found in any civil society, whether monarchy, aristocracy, or democracy. This is what Thomas Jefferson meant when he wrote in the Declaration, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,” and “mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” The careful, prudent balancing of the forms of government in the U.S. Constitution—combining...
  • School Choice: A Solution to Bullying

    11/17/2013 7:36:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    As readers may or may not be aware, it’s School Choice Week. However, given the items in the news, you could be forgiven for not knowing. In fact, given those same items, one might get the idea that we’ve instead been going through something like Bullying Month. After years of hand-wringing about the phenomenon of bullying, whether in its generic form oragainst specific groups, it appears to have taken the phenomenon of hazing in the National Football League to get the practice widely condemned to the degree it deserves. In an ideal world, this would lead into a wider discussion...
  • Feds' 3 Tentacles in the Common Core (Part 1)

    11/12/2013 3:04:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    In 2007, a group of governors and state education chiefs got together to try to remedy the declining and degraded U.S. public academic system. Their goal was to establish a new set of standards that better prepared kids for college, careers and their ever-changing, hyper-connected and globally competitive world. In short, as a result, the Common Core State Standards were born. In 2010, standards were published and made available for mathematics and English language arts. Though standards for science and social studies are still in development, the goal is for states to have 85 percent of their curricula based upon...
  • The Heat Is On

    06/08/2013 4:39:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    So, last Saturday I'm back on the ball field coaching my 9-year-old boy's little league team along with three other fathers. We lose big. Why? Because it was hot. Yes, I know what you're thinking: Wasn't it hot for the other team? Stop with the logic, OK? My team wilted in the fourth inning. In fact, three of the players cried. One missed his mother. I told him the game would be over shortly and she was looking forward to seeing him. He accepted it, but struck out anyway. The right fielder cried when the ball hit his thumb after...
  • The Education Blob's Revenge

    04/24/2013 4:34:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2013 | John Stossel
    I wrote recently how teachers unions, parent-teacher associations and school bureaucrats form an education "Blob" that makes it hard to improve schools. They also take revenge on those who work around the Blob. Here's one more sad example: Ben Chavis, founder and principal of the American Indian Public Charter Schools, got permission to compete with the Blob in Oakland, Calif. Chavis vowed, "We'll outperform the other schools in five years." He did. Kids at the three schools he runs now have some of the highest test scores in California. His schools excel even though the government spends less on...
  • De Pasquale Dozen’s with Author and Columnist Mike Adams

    04/22/2013 7:05:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2013 | Lisa DePasquale
    If you’re a regular Townhall reader, you’re familiar with Mike Adams’ columns. If you’re any other Townhall columnist (and competitive like me), always seeing him scattered among the “Top 10” most-read most-commented columns makes you want to finally give in and do a column on Mike Adams with the hopes of cracking the top 10. Adams graduated from high school with a GPA of 1.8. Despite his apparent fear of success, he still managed to get an Associate’s degree from San Jacinto College. He then got his B.A. with a more respectable 3.4 GPA and Master’s in psychology from Mississippi...
  • Taking Swipes at the Smartphone Generation

    03/29/2013 12:38:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    The digital age continues to confuse and confound a generation of adults who have learned to participate in it, but lack the ability for what Ethel Merman as Annie Oakley called "doin' what comes naturally." We still think a microwave is for heating coffee and thawing frozen food, never the name of a computer game. We weren't born to researching on Wikipedia or Googling for facts. Our fingers can text, but often strike two letters on the Android, making for some strange communications. We despair of catching up with the tools at hand and wonder what it all means...
  • The Whole Record: Rick Scott’s Successful Pro-Growth Policies in Florida

    03/20/2013 5:12:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    A stunning announcement out of Florida this week. The state that was exhibit A for economic disaster two years ago is now experiencing a tremendous rebound thanks to Gov. Rick Scott’s pro-growth policies. Washington should take a page – no several pages – out of Scott’s book. Since December 2010, one month before Scott took office, the unemployment rate in Florida has dropped from 11.1 percent to 7.8 percent – that rate is lower than the national average. After two years of Scott’s policies, 282,000 private sector jobs have been created; in the previous four years the state had lost...
  • The Blob That Ate Children

    03/20/2013 2:19:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | John Stossel
    Shortly after I did my first TV special on education, "Stupid in America," hundreds of union teachers showed up outside my office to yell at me. They were angry because I said union rules were a big reason American kids don't learn. The union is a big reason kids don't like school and learn less. Union contracts limit flexibility, limit promotion of good teachers, waste money and make it hard for principals to fire even terrible teachers. But I was wrong to imply that the union is the biggest problem. In states with weak unions, K-12 schools stagnate, too. Education...
  • Common Core: What's Hidden Behind the Language

    03/18/2013 7:33:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    Conservatives are in an uproar over Common Core, an educational curriculum being forced upon the states by the Obama administration, which is scheduled to be mostly implemented this year in the 46 states that have adopted it. Common Core eliminates local control over K-12 curriculum in math and English, instead imposing a one-size-fits-all, top-down curriculum that will also apply to private schools and homeschoolers. Superficially, it sounds good. It creates universal standards that supposedly educate all children for college. But along with the universal standards come a myriad of problems, which the administrators of Common Core are disingenuously denying. The...
  • Note to Union Teachers: If You Want to be Treated Like Professionals, Act Like It

    03/14/2013 7:29:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    I was deeply troubled when video surfaced last week of striking Strongsville, Ohio teachers heckling substitute teachers who were applying to be their temporary replacements. Over 300 teachers are on strike because the school board is refusing to give them automatic raises, and the school board undercut their mass temper tantrum by hiring substitutes to keep schools open. The substitutes, complete with police escorts, had to endure heckling and jeering by the strikers. The unionists often followed alongside the substitutes, berating them and yelling in their faces as they headed to the local police department for mandatory background checks. The...
  • Educational Rot

    03/13/2013 5:50:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    American education is in a sorry state of affairs, and there's enough blame for all participants to have their fair share. They include students who are hostile and alien to the education process, uninterested parents, teachers and administrators who either are incompetent or have been beaten down by the system, and politicians who've become handmaidens for teachers unions. There's another education issue that's neither flattering nor comfortable to confront and talk about. That's the low academic preparation of many teachers. That's an issue that must be confronted and dealt with if we're to improve the quality of education. Let's look...
  • Radical Teachers Push Children’s Books on ‘Palestine’

    01/23/2013 1:01:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    The radical teachers group Rethinking Schools published an article in its Winter 2012-2013 magazine titled, “Books About Contemporary Palestine for Children,” EAGnews.org reported. Before you go any further, here’s a hint about the nature of these recommended books: The editors of Rethinking Schools are anti-Israel and see nothing wrong with Palestinian terrorist attacks against the people of that nation. The article’s author, San Jose State University Professor of Education Katharine Davies Samway, starts off by explaining how she volunteered to work in a booth at a recent local festival that was dedicated to drawing attention to “the impact of...
  • Israel: America's Model for Reducing Violent Crime (Part 1 of 2 on Reducing Violent Crime in the US)

    01/22/2013 3:55:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2013 | Chuch Norris
    This past week, I made an audio recording endorsing the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel's general election Tuesday, Jan. 22. I explained in the endorsement: "You might think I'm a tough guy in my films, but in a rough neighborhood like the Middle East, Israel has its own tough guy. His name is Bibi Netanyahu." Netanyahu's leadership and strength were evident as far back as 1967, when he was a part of the Israel Defense Forces' elite commando unit, Sayeret Matkal. And they were just as obvious in his public service through the years, as I...
  • Will 99,000 Schools Have to Fight for Obama’s 1,000 New Resource Officers?

    01/18/2013 11:21:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    Among his 23 gun control executive orders, President Obama authorized the spending of $150 million to hire “up to 1,000” armed resource officers and school counselors. Just one problem: there are 98,817 government schools in America, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal agency. Therefore only 1 percent of schools would potentially benefit from Obama’s new government solution. Apparently the other 99 percent (hey, where have we heard that term before?) would be left to the whims of deranged individuals who think it’s acceptable to slaughter children. Hiring 1,000 new government employees to potentially cover, on average,...
  • Bursting the University Bubble

    01/18/2013 7:30:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    The last of the college applications have been rewritten, tweaked and polished, and at last entrusted to the tender mercies of the U.S. Mail or the Internet. Fretting over deadlines morphs into waiting, and yearning, wishing and praying for coveted letters of acceptance. This is the annual crisis in thousands of homes with ambitious high school seniors -- the high school seniors and their parents who still believe that college is the route to the American Dream. But wait. While they play the conventional game of aspiration, certain scholars and economists, and hundreds of thousands of "concerned citizens" have initiated...
  • Are Guns the Problem?

    01/16/2013 3:49:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    When I attended primary and secondary school -- during the 1940s and '50s -- one didn't hear of the kind of shooting mayhem that's become routine today. Why? It surely wasn't because of strict firearm laws. My replica of the 1902 Sears mail-order catalog shows 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped. Dr. John Lott, author of "More Guns, Less Crime," reports that until the 1960s, some New York City public high schools had shooting clubs where students competed in citywide shooting contests for university scholarships. They carried their rifles to...
  • Gangs are Latest Excuse for Not Closing Failing, Half-Empty Chicago Schools

    01/14/2013 5:15:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    Instead of appropriately dealing with gang-related violence, an independent Chicago school closure commission is recommending no school closures because such a move could force students to cross gang lines. So in Chicago, gang violence is the “new normal” and instead of combating and gaining some control over the problem, city leaders are simply accommodating it. Wow. Gangs of street punks are now influencing public policy and million dollar decisions. It looks like they really have won. Of course the Chicago Teachers Union, which stands to lose money if schools close, agrees with the recommendation. The CTU has been arguing against...
  • New York City Schools Spend $6,900 Per Student - on Bus Transportation!

    01/13/2013 7:15:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    New York City Schools Spend $6,900 Per Student - on Bus Transportation! Government schools are an expensive endeavor, especially when union labor and no-bid contracts are involved. The New York City Department of Education has been catching heat from transportation unions lately over a decision to solicit bids for private transportation services in an effort to curtail runaway costs. The district has not sought “significant” bids for student transportation services in 33 years. That means it’s probably been using the same companies for years, without competitive bids to naturally control rising costs. And those costs are increased every year...
  • Oakland’s Radical Occupy Teachers Finally Reveal Their Goal: ‘Abolish Capitalism’

    01/12/2013 6:28:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    At least the teachers of Occupy Oakland are finally being honest about their political agenda. They’re openly calling for an all-out abolition of capitalism. The Occupy Oakland Education Committee – comprised of public school teachers from the Oakland, California school district – has renamed its publication “ClassRoom Struggle” and its platform TEACH, which stands for “Transform Education, Abolish Capitalism and Heal.” Finally the radical teachers have acknowledged what we’ve been saying all along: they want to end capitalism and replace it with a socialist economy, quite possibly enforced by a totalitarian form of government. And what, precisely, is their strategy?...
  • The World of All 8 O'clock Classes and No Cuts

    01/10/2013 3:24:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    My undergraduate studies took place at Presbyterian College, a liberal arts school of about 1,000 students in Clinton, S.C. The town was so small that you had to leave it to find a McDonald's or go to a movie. The campus was picturesque. Old, tall oak trees, brick buildings, a lawn where students played Frisbee and football, a girls' freshman dorm that had shared bathrooms in the hall and no air conditioning. When I started, I knew only one other student (the previous year's valedictorian from my high school), but I gained many lifelong friends along the way. While the...
  • Dishonest Educators

    01/09/2013 12:21:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Walter E.Williams
    Nearly two years ago, U.S. News & World Report came out with a story titled "Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal." It reported that "for 10 years, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history." More than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated had cheated on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test, sometimes called the national report card. Cheating orders came from school administrators and included brazen acts such as teachers reading answers aloud during the test and erasing incorrect answers. One...
  • Every Idea Is an Incitement

    01/07/2013 4:07:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Dear CRM 495 Students: Welcome back! It's hard to believe that Christmas break is over and that it's time to start a new semester. It's almost as hard as believing that one of your professors is actually sending you an email using the word "Christmas." But even the liberals agree that I am no ordinary professor. Please allow me to explain. After I got tenure, I left the political Left and became a conservative Republican. I know you've never had a conservative professor before and you are probably wondering what to expect. In a nutshell, you can expect to hear...