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  • Bogus reading instruction is the 800-pound quack in many classrooms

    04/07/2014 5:14:33 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 34 replies
    Edarticle ^ | June 8, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The single most important aspect of education is reading.   If children are not reading, their entire education comes to a halt. That’s what has happened in millions of lives.  All the statistics for many decades reveal a curious surprise: our public schools don’t actually know how to teach reading or, more likely, they pretend not to know.  This is a bizarre scandal, especially given that children have been learning to read for thousands of years, and 100 years ago this country was thought to be moving toward universal literacy.   An odd thing happened circa 1931. The Education Establishment pushed look-say (or...
  • The ABC's of School Choice

    04/03/2014 3:56:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    When people speak of a legacy, they usually mean something other than what the late economist Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, left behind, namely the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice (edchoice.org). The foundation has just released a small book entitled "The ABC's of School Choice: The comprehensive guide to every private school choice program in America." The Friedman philosophy can be summed up in two sentences, which are posted on their web page: "School choice gives parents the freedom to choose their children's education, while encouraging healthy competition among schools to better serve families' needs. School choice lets parents...
  • Merkel backs call for EU school lessons to counter ‘growing Euro-skepticism’

    03/07/2014 11:13:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:00PM GMT 07 Mar 2014 | Bruno Waterfield
    School students should be given a “European Union education” in the classroom to tackle “ignorance” and growing public Euro-skepticism, according to an election manifesto signed by Angela Merkel and eight other of Europe's leaders. The European People’s Party (EPP), the EU’s biggest political grouping, is convinced such a program would improve the public image of Brussels, which has never been lower. Its manifesto for May’s European elections calls for the introduction of “EU education in schools across Europe in order to prepare the next generation for future challenges and to nurture a European approach”. […] Rather than scaling back the...
  • Standardized Absurdity: A Preview of Common Core Testing, Part 1

    01/28/2014 12:40:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2014 | Terence Moore
    Let’s put the Common Core to the test. Specifically, let’s look at a pilot standardized examination created by Smarter Balanced, one of the two testing consortia formed to create exams aligned to the Common Core, the educational regimen that prevails in forty-five states in the nation. We shall leave aside the questions of why everyone has been so quiet about what these tests will look like and whether states outsourcing testing to unaccountable agencies that will in turn dictate the curricula of the schools constitutes a gross violation of the principle of local control. For now we shall simply try...
  • Common Core again threatens to make little kids pee their pants

    01/07/2014 4:58:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 7, 2014 | Eric Owens
    School officials at a public elementary school in Chicago are ordering teachers to sign students up for “designated restroom times” when entire, overcrowded classes of little kids must use the bathroom each day. The rationale for the draconian pee policy is to improve the school’s dreadful results on Common Core-related standardized tests. An anonymous teacher at the unidentified pre-K-8 forwarded a memo concerning the policy to Anthony Cody of Education Week. The memo reportedly went out to all faculty members at the school last week. “Welcome back and Happy New Year!” the memo reads. “In order to maximize student learning...
  • Michigan teachers union demands $10K severance pay for child molester teacher

    12/13/2013 9:02:49 AM PST · by grundle · 13 replies
    hotair.com ^ | December 13, 2013
    The Michigan Education Association is going to arbitration to try to force the West Branch-Rose City school district to pay a former teacher who was convicted of molesting a student a $10,000 severance buyout. The father of the victim is outraged, calling the union’s efforts on behalf of the sex criminal “ludicrous” and saying any school money due to the teacher should go to his son, who is “out there trying to make it in this world all messed up.” Neal Erickson, a former math teacher at Rose City Middle School, was convicted this summer of raping a young student...
  • Suspension of 5th grader over imaginary bow could land school in lawsuit

    12/11/2013 7:51:43 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 69 replies
    WBTW News 13 ^ | 12/11/2013 | Julie Roy
    Johnny Jones who attends school in Fawn Grove, Pa., was suspended from school for a day after he made an imaginary bow out of his pencil, pulled back an imaginary string and shot his imaginary arrow. That was back in October and now his parents are deciding on whether or not to bring legal action. Ten-year-old Johnny Jones was disciplined under the school's zero-tolerance weapons policies. Apparently he asked the teacher for a pencil and while he was walking back to his seat, a classmate held his folder up like an imaginary gun and "shot" at Johnny. Johnny played along...
  • Law Firm: Fifth-Grader Suspended for 'Shooting' Imaginary 'Arrow' at Classmate

    12/05/2013 7:38:14 PM PST · by grundle · 50 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | December 5, 2013 | Craig Bannister
    On Wednesday, the Rutherford Institute announced it has come to the defense of a 10-year-old boy who was suspended under a school zero tolerance policy for shooting an imaginary "arrow" at a fellow classmate, using nothing more than his hands and his imagination. Additionally, Rutherford Institute says the student has been threatened with expulsion for his make-believe actions, which were a response to another student "shooting" an imaginary gun at him: "Johnny Jones, a fifth grader at South Eastern Middle School, was suspended for a day and threatened with expulsion under the school's weapons policy after playfully using his hands...
  • Public education is a Rube Goldberg contraption

    11/25/2013 2:51:11 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    Educationimproved blog ^ | November 18, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A new book, “The Art of Rube Goldberg,” has just been published. Even though Goldberg died four decades ago, his name and fame are as great as ever. His comic genius was to show simple things made immensely complicated. This image of a nuclear bomb to kill a fly, as it were, perfectly captures a lot of the evils in our modern world. Things are over-designed, over-legislated, over-regulated, over-dictated, over-everything. Except successful. Which brings us by perfect segue to our public schools. People are always saying we don’t spend enough money. Probably we’re spending twice as much as we need...
  • Dad Breaks School Pickup Rule, Gets Arrested

    11/22/2013 1:06:14 PM PST · by grundle · 21 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | November 20, 2013 | Beth Greenfield
    A Tennessee father of two found himself under arrest after attempting a school pickup on foot last week. The school policy is to wait in the car. “It’s ridiculous,” Jim Howe, a professional drag racer, tells Yahoo Shine, adding that he is “absolutely considering” legal action against the school.
  • Police say (Pennsylvania) teacher raped 16-year-old student in school, additional victims possible

    11/01/2013 1:43:41 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 1, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    <p>A Pennsylvania high school industrial arts teacher allegedly raped a 16-year-old student in a back room at the school and authorities have not ruled out the possibility of additional victims and charges in the case.</p> <p>Todd McCullough, a 28-year-old teacher at Saltsburg High School, was arraigned Thursday on rape and related charges in connection to the April 2012 incident that state police say occurred in a back room near the shop where McCullough taught. But police only learned of the alleged assault last week after another student told school officials she was hearing rumors that she was “next on the list” of McCullough’s potential targets, Trooper John Matchik said.</p>
  • (Breitbart Sports) D.C. High School Will Consider Banning Redskins Clothing

    10/12/2013 10:03:22 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | 11 Oct 2013 | Breitbart Sports
    D.C. High School Will Consider Banning Redskins Clothing The principal of Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. will discuss with the school's students a potential ban on Redskins clothing. “I do plan on having a discussion with my student council officers and representative to get their take on this idea,” Wilson High School principal Pete Cahall said, according to WJLA.com.
  • Third-Graders Learn to Protest Against Their School SEIU-Style –

    10/11/2013 1:31:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    Every day our staff at EAGnews wrestles with the following questions: “What are our children being taught in school?” and “How is the information they’re learning going to change America?” Those are important questions to ask, particularly since government schools in more than 40 states will soon be teaching students a curriculum that’s aligned to the new Common Core national standards. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about Common Core. One of the biggest is, “What kind of ideas are leftists going to try and slip into your child’s classroom through the Common Core experiment?” There’s no...
  • Common Core assignment makes sixth-graders SCRAP ["outdated"] Bill of Rights amendments

    10/09/2013 2:47:15 PM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 8, 2013 | Eric Owens
    Well, America: if you thought the people behind the Common Core couldn’t possibly be any more moronic or tone deaf, you were wrong. A Common Core worksheet handed out this year in a sixth-grade history class in Bryant, Ark. required students to ditch two amendments from the Bill of Rights, reports EAGnews.org. Students were also told to plug their rights eliminations by creating “a visual aid that could act as a clear representation of your proposal.” EAGnews says the assignment is part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, an attempt by educrats to standardize various K-12 curricula across the...
  • Lassiter student arrested for knife at school

    10/05/2013 10:15:44 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 42 replies
    Marietta Journal Online ^ | by Leo Hohmann | September 25, 2013
    The weapons-at-school hysteria generally peaks with a suspension. Not so for a high school student in Georgia who is facing felony charges because the contents of a tackle box in his car. 17-year-old Cody Chitwood was busted during a random sweep of the Lassiter High School parking lot by police and this student who has never been in trouble before now faces prosecution, large fines, prison time, and the loss of his plans to join the Air Force in the future due to a hysterical overreaction that has resulted in his arrest. Cody Chitwood, 17, is a senior at Lassiter...
  • Common Core For All

    09/30/2013 9:49:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    “The schools [utilizing Common Core]… are organized in a highly centralized government-run system. They [Common Core courses] have the following characteristics in common: they are overwhelmingly secular in orientation; a common school is provided through at least grades seven or eight; little or no tuition charge is made; schools are mostly coeducational; the curricula are tightly prescribed, as are the textbooks...students are offered few electives…” Sound familiar? Although this sounds like Common Core, with the exception of the inserted text, it’s actually a description from “Common Features of Education System in Communist Nations.” Common Core is a top-down national curriculum...
  • High School Student Ordered To Remove NRA T-Shirt Because It Promotes Gun Violence

    10/03/2013 7:25:24 AM PDT · by billorites · 49 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | October 2, 2013
    A student at a high school in Anaheim Hills said administrators ordered her to change out of a T-shirt that promoted the National Rifle Association. Sophomore Haley Bullwinkle said when she wore her NRA shirt to Canyon High School last month, she landed in the principal’s office for violating the school’s dress code that forbids offensive, violent or divisive clothing. “They were treating me like I was a criminal,” she said. “I was not allowed to wear that at school because it promoted gun violence.” The shirt, which was a gift from Bullwinkle’s father when he became a card-carrying member...
  • 8-Year-Old Florida Boy Suspended for Making Gun Shape With Fingers: ‘It Was a Game’

    10/01/2013 1:32:36 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 47 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | october 1, 2013 | Liz Klimas
    A pretend game of cops and robbers landed a Florida elementary school boy with a very real suspension after he made a pretend gun with his thumb and index finger. The mother of 8-year-old Jordan Bennett said her son was only playing with his friend at Harmony Community School in St. Cloud. She fears his one-day suspension, which was handed down Friday, wrongly labels Jordan as a violent person. “There was nothing in his hand. He used his thumb and index finger,” Bonnie Bennett told WKMG-TV. “It was a game. He made no threatening advances or threats to harm anyone....
  • Insanity: seventh-grader suspended three days for gun keychain the size of a quarter

    09/29/2013 3:10:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/29/2013 | Eric Owens
    Yet another student has landed in trouble for having something that represents a gun, but isn’t actually anything like a real gun.This time, the student is 12-year-old Joseph Lyssikatos, a student in advanced math who had perfect attendance last year. The seventh-grader made the mistake of bringing a ridiculously small, silver keychain shaped like a gun to Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School in Coventry, R.I, reports local NBC affiliate WJAR.The two-inch keychain fell out of Lyssikatos’s backpack while he was at school.After another kid picked it up and displayed it to other students, a teacher intervened and impounded the keychain.Apparently fearing that the...
  • So Long Cursive Writing? A Critical Part of America’s Education

    09/23/2013 1:07:21 PM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 73 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | September 23, 2013 | R.G. Yoho
    When it comes to the matter of educating children, the state of Ohio and the federal government are run by a host of blithering idiots. It was over a year ago that I learned the state of Ohio will no longer be teaching cursive writing in their classrooms. Upon first learning of the announcement, I foolishly believed that the state’s educators might eventually return to their collective senses and re-institute the teaching of this critical skill.
  • Parents Upset Over School’s Corporal Punishment Permission Form (Alabama)

    09/22/2013 9:19:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Sep 22 2013 6:32pm
    Some parents at Leeds Elementary Public School in Alabama were in for a shock when their kids brought home a permission slip for corporal punishment. It stated that failure to return the form would be considered authorization for school personnel to administer the punishment. Corporal punishment is legal in 19 states in America. …
  • Extreme binge drinking not uncommon in high school

    09/16/2013 2:09:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2013 4:31 PM EDT | Lindsey Tanner
    Almost 1 in 10 U.S. high school seniors have engaged in recent extreme binge drinking—downing at least 10 drinks at a rate that barely budged over six years, according to a government-funded report. Less severe binge drinking, consuming five or more drinks in a row, has mostly declined in recent years among teens. But for high school seniors, the 2011 rate for 10 drinks in a row—9.6 percent—was down only slightly from 2005. The most extreme level—15 or more drinks in a row within the past two weeks—didn’t change from 2005 to 2011. Almost 6 percent of high school seniors...
  • 4th Grade Students Taught: “Government Is Like Your Family”, Provides For You

    09/02/2013 4:16:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    Saving Our Future ^ | Sept. 2, 2013
    If you come from a broken or dysfunctional family, or bad neighborhood, how enticing and deceptive this indoctrination is… Via The Blaze: Fourth-grade students in Illinois are learning that “government is like a nation’s family” because it sets rules and takes care of needs such as health care and education. So says a worksheet for social studies homework that was distributed to students at East Prairie School in Skokie, Ill, complete with a drawing of Uncle Sam cradling a baby that represents the citizens. Students are then prompted to answer 10 questions comparing government and families, including how their family...
  • The Ignorance of American Public Opinion

    09/02/2013 8:56:37 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | September 2nd, 2013 | Bruce Karlson, staff writer
    There is outrage among the chattering class over Assad’s use of toxic chemicals, and a supine public is sullenly acquiescing. The United States is about to start its 3rd war in the area. One cannot easily discern coherence as to our interests/policy in Syria from the “wizards” currently pretending to be in charge in DC, a familiar state of affairs, unfortunately. Syria is a mess and one imagines history will show that this administration contributed to it through vacillation and late starting “covert” weapons supply. The Assad father/son tag team is truly evil and guilty of most of the allegations...
  • 49 things that defenders of government run schools don’t want you to know

    09/01/2013 9:52:25 PM PDT · by grundle · 12 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 2, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog 49 things that defenders of government run schools don’t want you to know 1) The United States is tied for first place with Switzerland when it comes to annual spending per student on its public schools. However, this has never stopped liberals from making the false claim that U.S. public schools are “underfunded.”2) Education majors have the lowest SAT scores of any college major.3) Public schools teach math and science much better when the teachers don’t have a degree in education.4) When Barack Obama lived in Chicago, he refused to allow his children to attend Chicago’s...
  • Liberal Guilt, Public Education, My Clear Conscience

    09/01/2013 8:36:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2013 | James Allen
    A new cornerstone piece on public education by Allison Benedikton on Slate.com titled, "If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person," was shocking but consistent and clearly revealed that liberals value the word “education,” as long as the word “public,” precedes it. According to the author, public schools continue to fail because parents are sending their children to private schools, instead of public schools. Parents who spend their hard earned money to send their children to private schools are in fact destroying the fabric of America’s public education: which is immoral. For liberals, abortion is...
  • Obama: Sex Ed for Kindergartners ‘Is the Right Thing to Do’

    08/30/2013 3:46:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 30, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The Chicago Public Schools this year are mandating that the district’s kindergarten classes include sex education, fulfilling a proposal President Barack Obama supported in 2003 when he served in the Illinois state senate and later defended when he ran for president in the 2008 election cycle. At a Planned Parenthood convention at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., on July 17, 2007, a teenage girl who said she worked as a sex-education “peer educator” in the D.C. public schools asked then-U.S. Sen. Obama what he would do to encourage the teaching of “medically accurate, age-appropriate, and responsible sex...
  • Detroit Teachers Moonlight As ‘Sugar Babies’ (i.e., Paid Escorts) To Offset Wage Cuts

    08/28/2013 7:55:18 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | August 28, 2013 | CBS Detroit
    Detroit Teachers Moonlight As ‘Sugar Babies’ To Offset Wage Cuts DETROIT (WWJ) - It’s back-to-school season and many Detroit teachers are struggling in the wake of budget cuts and overcrowded classrooms. According to the National School Supply and Equipment Association, the average teacher spent at least $485 on school supplies for their classroom last year. So, what are some Detroit women doing to offset their struggles in the classroom? Well, they’re becoming “sugar babies” of course — seeking financial assistance from wealthy men online. In the Detroit School District alone, 201 teachers are moonlighting as sugar babies to offset wage...
  • The Janczewski’s – Their Son Raped For Years By ... President of The Michigan Teacher’s Union

    08/14/2013 6:16:28 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 80 replies
    Eagnews Blog via The Conservative Treehouse Blog ^ | August 14, 2013 | posted by blog member "sundance"
    This is a story that SCREAMS for attention. In Michigan a family has been, and continues to be, brutalized by a systemic rot within the school system. A rot that perpetrates, and unbelievably as it sounds, excuses CHILD RAPE – despite the community outrage. This just came onto our radar screen. However, a cursory review shows this storyline has a similar disposition to the Penn State, Sandusky scandal. The Janczewski’s son was brutally raped over a period exceeding three years (2006-2009) by his middle school math teacher, Neal Erickson. Years later, in 2012, an anonymous tipster alerted authorities to video...
  • A Monstrous Story for a Monstrous Curriculum: The Ugly Heart of Common Core

    08/25/2013 1:39:28 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    http://dcclothesline.com ^ | august 25, 2013 | Dana R Casey
    I have been teaching for over twenty years. Generally, I have been given either no curriculum or curriculum that was focused on skills, not specific texts. I would have to get those skills taught in whatever way I wanted to get there. Sometimes I was given more direction and that direction was generally pretty good including texts, key terms, supplemental stories, and suggested writing assignments. These directions were created at a school level by the teachers in the school. I helped write some myself. Mostly, I have had a lot of freedom in how I could achieve the learning goals....
  • School District Ends Policy Of Forcing Students To Kneel Down For Dismissal

    08/21/2013 10:19:41 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 63 replies
    CBSLA ^ | 08/20/2013 | CBSLA
    At least one mother told KCAL9′s Tom Wait she was upset after hearing that her 7-year-old daughter was allegedly forced to kneel before Carter. “She says that she has to drop down on one knee with her hands at her side, wait for the principal to come out, lift his arms and tell them to go to class,” said the mom. “I feel that the principal wants to be like a king, and we don’t have kings in America,” she added. District officials said Carter will schedule a future meeting with parents to plan different safety options on campus.
  • Would Thomas Jefferson Approve of Today's Public Education? (Part 2)

    08/20/2013 3:49:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    A few weeks ago in Part 1, I finished by discussing how Thomas Jefferson distinguished the U.S. from other countries in asking, "What but education has advanced us beyond the condition of our indigenous neighbors?" But is today's public education system what he and other Founding Fathers were imagining it could be back then? The answer is: Yes and no. Yes, Jefferson foresaw that public education would teach a broad range of basics. But no, he didn't imagine that academia would be run by the federal government or that it would turn into limited indoctrination camps for political correctness and...
  • Failing Our Children, Part Two

    08/15/2013 11:22:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2013 | Armstrong Williams
    There is very little meaning in things simply given away. America’s public education system has become the quintessence of that idea -- a “free” system that produces unprepared and overly entitled youths ill-equipped to advance America's future. High-minded progressives see public education as something to be protected from private competition and the ravages of more innovative systems at home and abroad. I spared teachers from my ire of my last column, but they are not without fault. For the most part, though, teachers are superseded by education reformers, especially on the right. In public education, teachers are rarely specialists in...
  • Father of molested student talks about his outrage toward seven teachers who supported the rapist

    08/14/2013 12:36:29 PM PDT · by grundle · 42 replies
    EAG News ^ | August 13, 2013 | Victor Skinner
    ROSE CITY, Mich. – August 19 is the crucial day.At 7 p.m. in the Ogemaw Heights High School auditorium, the Rose City community will learn the fate of seven West Branch-Rose City teachers who recently wrote letters in support of a colleague convicted of molesting a young student.John and Lori Janczewski, the victim’s parents, want the teachers fired. They also want school board member Michael Eagan – who sat with the family of convicted child molester Neal Erickson during his sentencing – recalled from office.“We had been quiet … and sat back and said nothing,” John Janczewski said of the...
  • Cuccinelli Unveils Education Plan

    08/14/2013 8:00:46 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 9 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | Taylor Colwell
    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for this year's gubernatorial race, outlined a comprehensive education reform plan during a campaign stop today. Cuccinelli aims to create an easier process for opening charter schools, extend tax credits that send low-income preschoolers to private schools, allow parents to close failing schools by majority petition, expand virtual schooling, and improve curriculum and testing through a new panel. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II unveiled a 12-point education plan on Tuesday that would push for charter schools, offer voucher-like scholarships for preschoolers and empower a majority of parents to close down, convert...
  • Flowing Wells parents asked to sign weapons contract

    The “Student/Parent/Principal Contract For Eliminating Guns and Weapons at School” was sent as part of the district’s registration packet for the 2013-2014 school year. Under the contract, parents must agree to teach “…including by personal example, my teenager about the dangers and consequences of the misuse of guns and weapons and I will keep any guns and all weapons under lock and away from school grounds and away from my children.”
  • So You're a Revolutionary?

    08/14/2013 4:25:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Gabriel Lugo is president of the faculty senate at UNC-Wilmington. He's generally a nice fellow with a good sense of humor. But, unfortunately, on August 9th, he sent out a wildly unprofessional memo to the entire university faculty. His memo lends credence to my concern that the UNC system has become little more than a political lobby for the Democratic legislative agenda. Thus I will soon propose that we rename our school DNC-Wilmington to reflect the fact that it is an institution committed to politics rather than honest intellectual inquiry. In a section of his memo allegedly updating them on...
  • Would They Be Proud?

    08/06/2013 4:48:28 PM PDT · by Salman · 17 replies
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | Aug 5, 2013 | Walter Williams
    One can't imagine the fear in the hearts of the parents of those nine black students who walked past shouting placard-carrying mobs as they entered Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Each day, they were greeted with angry shouts of "Two, four, six, eight, we don't want to integrate." In some rural and urban areas, during the school desegregation era, parents escorted their 5- and 6-year-old children past crowds shouting threats and screaming racial epithets. Often there were Ku Klux Klan marches and cross burnings. Much of this protest was in the South, but Northern cities were by no...
  • Public School Advocate Matt Damon Enrolls Kids in Private School

    08/05/2013 1:58:52 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/5/13 | John Nolte
    In an interview with the Guardian published Saturday, Damon revealed that he had just moved to Los Angeles from New York, but that he didn't "have a choice" when it came to putting his four daughters into private schools. The multi-millionaire did say that it was "a major moral dilemma" and then made the bizarre excuse that the public schools aren't "progressive" enough. This would probably mark the first time anyone has ever complained that America's public schools, especially in Los Angeles, aren't left-wing enough.
  • Will Your Kids Grow Up to Be Weird If You Homeschool Them?

    07/11/2013 8:27:58 AM PDT · by Sopater · 64 replies
    PJ Lifestyle ^ | July 8, 2013 | PAULA BOLYARD
    Yes, definitely. But hear me out. Every homeschooling parent knows about the “S” word—socialization. We’ve all had conversations with concerned relatives who wonder if our kids are being properly socialized. Read any article about homeschooling in a mainstream media source and inevitably, the comments section will fill up with concerns about it. Never mind that we also talk about socializing puppies or that it’s something we do at after-work Happy Hours, and that children who are caught socializing too much in school are reprimanded. People who don’t know anything about the homeschooling family down the street have “grave concerns” about...
  • Before-It’s-Deleted Of The Day

    07/10/2013 8:41:11 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 65 replies
    http://www.black-and-right.com/ ^ | July 1, 2013 | Black & Right
    The following was a difficult read because it’s also what liberal blacks call “dirty laundry”: bad stuff about black folk never to be said around whites. The essay was posted on Craigslist and it’s the kind of truth that often is taken back out of PC fear…. Essay by a teacher in a black high school *This is a repost from the rants and raves section from the Mobile, Alabama craigslist.* The truth is usually a tough thing to accept, so I understand if this is flagged. It would be a cowardly thing to do, but I understand it. Some...
  • NEA teachers dance to 'N'-word, sex lyrics ('When it's over you ain't gon need ya vibrator')

    07/10/2013 9:09:07 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    WND ^ | July 09, 2013 | Chelsea Schilling
    Educators boogie to 'When it's over you ain't gon need ya vibrator' (WARNING: This story includes a video and rap song lyrics of a sexually explicit nature and may offend some readers.) At its 2013 national convention in Atlanta last week, the National Education Association encouraged teachers to dance to a sexually explicit rap song that featured the “N”-word and declared, “When it’s over you ain’t gon need ya vibrator.” The NEA, a nationwide labor union that represents public school teachers, played the song titled, “Wobble,” by V.I.C. at its “Raise Your Hand” conference – which was publicized as an...
  • The black education tragedy (Trayvon friend's testimony represents dismal failure of public schools)

    07/09/2013 11:05:15 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 70 replies
    WND ^ | July 09, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    As if more evidence were needed about the tragedy of black education, Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, put a face on it for the nation to see. Some of that evidence unfolded when Zimmerman’s defense attorney asked 19-year-old Jeantel to read a letter she allegedly had written to Trayvon Martin’s mother. She responded that she doesn’t read cursive, and that’s in addition to her poor grammar, syntax and communication skills. Jeantel is a senior at Miami Norland Senior High School. How in the world did she manage to become a 12th-grader without...
  • Allen West: We will not be ruled by arrogance and edict

    07/01/2013 12:55:09 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 41 replies
    Allen West facebook page ^ | June 30, 2013 | Allen West
    This week we’ll celebrate the 237th anniversary of our independence. But are we a free people? SCOTUS made an ill-conceived ruling believing the choice of sexual behavior should trump the peoples’s referendum. We are free to love anyone or anything we desire in America, but that does not correlate to rights beyond the unalienable ones Jefferson articulated 237 years ago. In California we have a state-funded grant for the Los Angeles Unified School District to abuse the concept of public education by turning public schools into indoctrination factories, forcing children to spout the joys of Obamacare. The district listed as...
  • The Pagans Are Happy to Socialize Your Children

    06/28/2013 2:22:26 PM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | June 26, 2013 | Devin Rose
    A few weeks ago I wrote something criticizing public schooling over this incident. It got the ire up of friends and family members, many of whom have spent decades of their lives teaching and working in public schools. They vehemently disagreed with my portrayal of public schooling. I reflected on what, exactly, bothered me about public schools and other activities or institutions like them, and I came up with a simple thesis:For many hours each day, you cede your authority and parental care to others while letting other children socialize your children.In the case of public school, those “others” are bus drivers, teachers,...
  • Report: Homeschooling Growing Seven Times Faster than Public School Enrollment

    06/26/2013 6:33:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06-08-2013 | Dr. Susan Berry
    As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools. A recent report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times...
  • The Wussification of America?

    06/14/2013 10:57:17 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 12 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-14-13 | Wordsmith
    Thinking about some of the other articles linked in the comments section as it relates to the topic in this earlier post about how children are being conditioned by our schools to view guns, I came across the following video that resonates with the ring of truth: http://youtu.be/GWRdHXbTmrsRandomly stumbled upon this article that mentions: 3) Dodgeball — The Wyndham School District in New Hampshire banned dodgeball and other “human target” games to prevent bullying, the Eagle-Tribune reported. Even before Sandy Hook, allowance of dodgeball, I believe, has been on the wane due to being "too violent". Are the adults making...
  • Sebelius: Kids 'So Far Behind' by 3rd Grade 'May As Well Drop Out'

    06/13/2013 7:51:43 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 130 replies
    CNS News ^ | 06/12/2013 | Penny Starr
    Children who don’t get a pre-kindergarten education, ideally from birth to age 5, might fall behind and “may as well drop out” by third grade, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said on Wednesday at an event to garner support for President Barack Obama's $75-billion proposal to increase pre-school enrollment across the country.
  • Islamizing the Public Schools

    06/13/2013 12:22:33 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | June 13, 2013 | Joseph Klein
    The Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is pressuring public schools in this country to make special accommodations for Muslim students and to deny comparable accommodations for students of other faiths. For example, CAIR’s instructional material for teachers entitled “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices” advises schools to permit Muslim students who wish to attend Friday congregational worship (known as Jum’ah) to “request a temporary release from school.” In Michigan, CAIR went beyond dispensing general advice from its guidebook. In April, 2013, it pushed for public schools in Dearborn, Michigan to accommodate Muslim students who wish to comfortably...
  • 7-Year-Old Boy Who Made Gun-Shaped Pastry Has Appeal Denied

    06/11/2013 7:21:46 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 82 replies
    The family of the 7-year-old boy from Ann Arundel County elementary school who was suspended for making a gun shape out of a pastry has tried to clear the boy’s record. This story made headlines across the country as the gun control debate has taken center stage among many elementary schools as some school administrators flex their muscles with a “zero tolerance policy” that excuses itself from common sense. But according to the Baltimore Sun school officials denied the boy’s family’s appeal on Monday, not allowing the boy’s record to be expunged of the incident. Robin Ficker, attorney for Park...