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  • Unsayable Truths about a Failing High School

    05/23/2017 10:42:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | May 23, 2017 | Kay Hymowitz
    Earlier in the month, my high-school alma mater in the prosperous Montgomery County suburbs of Philadelphia went viral. A video of a student brawl injuring four security officers and eight teachers appeared on YouTube, bolstering long-whispered rumors of the district’s decline. Four students were taken into custody; one of them, 18 and charged as an adult for four counts of aggravated assault, is still in jail as I write. All four of the students were black females.
  • Why getting rid of grades would help rich students — and hurt poor ones

    05/13/2017 3:48:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Catherine Rampell
    Think grade inflation has made grades less meaningful? A consortium of 100 elite prep schools agrees. But rather than impose stricter grading curves, these schools plan to eliminate grades altogether. “People are nonstandard,” says D. Scott Looney, head of Cleveland’s Hawken School and founder and board chair of the new Mastery Transcript Consortium. “They grow and evolve in the world in nonstandard ways. Distilling that down to a simple common number like a GPA shaves off a lot of humanity in that journey.” These are not artsy-fartsy alternative schools; the consortium includes some of the most famous pressure-cooker private institutions...
  • It's Time For High School 2.0

    05/06/2017 5:24:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/5/2017 | Kevin Teasley
    Are we "doing" high school right these days? Is it enough to say we have improved our schools by offering more electives, more AP courses, IB classes, and STEM programs? Is that impactful enough, or at all? These are inputs, not outputs, and they are no guarantee to students that they will get a job or get into the college they want to attend when they graduate. So, again, are we doing high schools right, today? As the issue of school choice heats up, this is a question that needs an answer. If the choice is between two schools that...
  • Media Awakening? Reuters Tells Reporters Covering Trump To "Get Out Into The Country And Learn"

    02/01/2017 6:02:10 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-1-2017 | Tyler durden
    "This is our mission, in the U.S. and everywhere. We make a difference in the world because we practice professional journalism that is both intrepid and unbiased," explained Reuters Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler to his pool of reporters this morning in a message to staff about covering Trump the Reuters way. But, in a strange twist, it appears the mainstream media is waking up to reality as Adler says: "Get out into the country and learn more about how people live, what they think, what helps and hurts them, and how the government and its actions appear to them, not to...
  • Do teachers actually teach anymore?

    01/19/2017 1:02:50 PM PST · by Kf90 · 70 replies
    1/19/2017 | ME
    My 7 yr old daughter came home from school with a practice study test for her Social Study's test two days prior to the test date. The first night my husband helped her study, asking the questions and my daughter answering from multiple choice answers. The second night, I helped her study and she seemed to struggle with about 6 questions. I asked her if her teacher went over the test or if anything was taught to her about the test at all and my daughter simply said "We just went over the test today." I asked her why and...
  • New Year, New Congress

    01/03/2017 12:41:29 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | January 3, 2017 | Lily Eskelsen García
    We Urge Members to Hear Our Voices. However painful 2016 was, a new year offers a fresh start.  This year, we will take nothing for granted.  The challenges we will inevitably face may mean that we can see new strategies and new solutions that would have eluded us in the past.  2017 marks the start of the 115th Congress, and we’re reaching out to members of Congress to encourage them to approach the unfolding year with a different perspective, too. We’re asking them to put families ahead of partisan politics and renew America’s commitment to public education so that all students, regardless...
  • To Sir, With Love author ER Braithwaite dies aged 104

    12/14/2016 1:56:33 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 14th December 2016
    ER Braithwaite, the Guyanese author of To Sir, With Love, has died at his home in Maryland at the age of 104. Born in Guyana on 27 June 1912, Eustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite was the child of privileged parents, both graduates of Oxford University. His father was a diamond miner while his mother raised the family. During the second world war, he joined the Royal Air Force to fight as a pilot before going on to Cambridge to read physics. He later said that he experienced no racial prejudice within the RAF. On graduating, he found himself barred from work...
  • Teaching Is an Art, Teachers are Not Made

    06/21/2016 10:06:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/21/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Mass government education is just mass indoctrination into a program mandated by the federal government across all fifty states “To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm.” – Friedrich Hayek, The Pretence of Knowledge The week of June 11, 2016 issue of The Economist published a one page editorial on “How to make a good teacher.” It makes a very weak case that teachers can be...
  • How to Create Functional Illiteracy in 7 Easy Lessons

    06/09/2016 5:43:25 AM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 9, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Public schools are expert at creating illiteracy. Our K-12 system can usually guarantee that students don't become fluent readers. The system is nearly foolproof. Parents and teachers can make children illiterate or semi-literate simply by following this well-tested seven-step formula: 1) FORGET ABOUT THE ALPHABET. Do not teach the alphabet, the sounds, or the blends. Reading maestro Frank Smith maintained in Reading Without Nonsense (1973): "I have said that children should not be taught the alphabet[.] ... Until children have a good idea of what reading is about, learning the names of letters is largely a nonsense activity."
  • Chinese Crowding Our College Campuses

    04/05/2016 9:30:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2016 | Phyllis Schlafly
    High school seniors are eagerly watching their mail this month, hoping for the "fat envelope" indicating acceptance by the college of their choice. Unfortunately, more American students are receiving the "thin envelope" because college acceptance rates are continuing their decade-long decline. The most selective public colleges, such as UCLA and Michigan, now take one out of six applicants, compared to one out of three a decade ago. Top private colleges, such as Stanford and Harvard, admit one out of 20 applicants, compared to one out of 10 a decade ago. What explains the steady decline in college admission rates for...
  • Stupid in America: Students Are So Bad, Professor Can’t Grade Them

    03/30/2016 2:45:04 PM PDT · by detective · 67 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 March 2016 | Selwyn Duke
    What does it say when in two days a teacher exhausts the ink in his red pen? Since a nation cannot be “ignorant and free," as Thomas Jefferson put it, it perhaps means we face a threat graver than the Red Menace. Apathetic or even hostile students, dumbed-down tests, often incompetent and ideologically driven teachers, Cracker Jack-box degrees, morally toxic curricula, revisionist history, the new math — education has collapsed in America. And one of the sincere educators, wandering amidst the rubble, recently provided a window into this academic apocalypse.
  • 5 Ways to Protect Your People From False Teachers

    03/08/2016 8:16:11 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 21 replies
    http://www.spiritoferror.org ^ | August 30th, 2013
    A good shepherd doesn’t just cuddle his sheep. He also fights off wolves. In light of this, here are five things I recommend all pastors do to protect their flocks from false prophets, false apostles, and false teachers. Show them the math. In other words, don’t just teach the Bible correctly. Take some time to show them how you arrived at your interpretation. The problem with a lot of preaching is that people are not being taught how to interpret Scripture for themselves. Thus, they can’t spot unsound interpretations. So you need to teach them sound principles of biblical interpretation,...
  • Education: Schools for Sabotage

    02/20/2016 1:26:41 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    It is a common scene in World War II movies: a captain maneuvers in close to a big ship and fires a spread of torpedoes. None of them detonate. Some submarine officers lost the will to fight and had nervous breakdowns. In fact, German engineering was not always at fault. Sabotage (sporadic, opportunistic, often a personal enterprise) was almost a second army arrayed against the Third Reich. Here are some revealing war stories: 'U-505s fifth patrol, in July 1943, lasted less than two weeks--she was attacked by Allied airplanes and had to return to France for repair. The next four...
  • My year of terror and abuse teaching at a NYC high school (Liberal Mugged by Reality)

    01/18/2016 11:41:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 77 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 17, 2016 | Maureen Callahan
    In 2008, Ed Boland, a well-off New Yorker who had spent 20 years as an executive at a nonprofit, had a midlife epiphany: He should leave his white-glove world, the galas at the Waldorf and drinks at the Yale Club, and go work with the city’s neediest children. “The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School” (Grand Central Publishing) is Boland’s memoir of his brief, harrowing tenure as a public school teacher, and it’s riveting. There’s nothing dry or academic here. It’s tragedy and farce, an economic and societal indictment...
  • Saving K-12 education in 2016

    01/01/2016 11:56:25 AM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    educationimproved.blogspot.com ^ | Jan 1, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Sort of a New Year's resolution... For many years I've focused on education reform; that work will continue. I have more than 400 articles on the Internet and over 3,000,000 views/visits on YouTube and various sites [e.g. FreeRepublic]. To find education articles and videos, simply enter your interest in Google with the name Bruce Deitrick Price. It's an easy way to find a lot of material quickly. You can assume this material is intelligent, practical, lucid, conservative, and intended to help every student advance as far as possible. During 2015, I was constantly struck by two main trends we need...
  • Misleading and Using Blacks

    12/30/2015 5:06:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ran headlong into the leftist meat grinder by questioning whether college admission of blacks with academic achievement levels significantly lower than the rest of the student body is beneficial to blacks. His question came up during oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, wherein the court will rule whether the use of race in college admission decisions violates the 14th Amendment's guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" to all citizens. Justice Scalia's questions generated news headlines such as "Justice Scalia Suggests Blacks Belong at 'Slower' Colleges," "Scalia questions place of some black...
  • Blame Woodrow Wilson for Americans' Lack of Historical Literacy

    12/01/2015 2:06:43 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | December 1st, 2015 | Williamson M. Evers
    When we think of President Woodrow Wilson, we think of a multitude of historical events: the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank and other progressive legislation at home; idealistic internationalism, a world war to "keep the world safe for democracy," and promotion of the League of Nations abroad. Lately, we think of the Princeton University students protesting against him. In mid-November, they were agitating for the former university president's name to be removed from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs over his legacy of white supremacy. But there's another reason conservatives should revisit Woodrow Wilson. We need...
  • Teacher's answer to Common Core math problem has parents steaming

    10/27/2015 9:05:45 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 102 replies
    sheknows ^ | 10/27/2015 | Christine McDow
    A new trend in math at elementary schools around the country has parents pulling out their hair. Mainly because it is the opposite of how most of today's adults were taught to do simple multiplication in the first place. According to a Common Core math worksheet that's gone viral, an elementary child today cannot just say, "5 x 3 = 15." Instead they have to change the multiplication problem to addition before solving the equation. However, if the child says, "5 + 5 + 5 = 15," they will still lose points because the problem must be written as it...
  • COMMON CORE:Suspicions Confirmed: Testing Action Plan is Trojan Horse

    Four years ago, Tom Vander Ark (former executive at the Gates Foundation, current partner at Learn Capital) wrote in an email exchange with members of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Council for Chief State School Officers: “New tests will hinder rather than help competency-based models…In short, I don’t want one big cheap end of year test used for more than it should be…I don’t want it to lock in the teacher-centric age cohort model for another decade. I don’t want simple assessments…I want a system that will incorporate all the performance feedback that students will be receiving...
  • American History Must Be a Priority in Schools

    10/26/2015 6:01:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2015 | Callista Gingrich
    We frequently hear about American students’ low-test scores in science and math, and everyone from the PTA to candidates for the White House is rightly concerned with how to improve them. Indeed, this concern is a major part of our national conversation. And those who worry about our educational system often suggest that better instruction in these areas could help solve America’s economic, fiscal, and social problems, too. Certainly, there are plenty of good reasons to boost our efforts in science and math. But we should not lose sight of the fact that there are other subjects in which we...