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  • K-12 is a land of mystery

    02/17/2020 2:35:04 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 10, 2020 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    For those who enjoy a good puzzle, K-12 education is more intellectually entertaining than most people imagine. Classrooms are full of convoluted theories and mystifying methods. Probably the teachers themselves can't explain the reasoning behind approaches that are used almost universally in American public schools. Chat with friends who are smart and successful. Try to find even one who can explain Sight-Words, Prior Knowledge, Multiculturalism, Constructivism, Reform Math, or Common Core Math. Why are Geography, History, and Science so often slighted? What justifies the hostility toward memorization and academic content? Can anyone understand the paradox of most students getting A...
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Three Kings" Poem with a Fine Old Melody

    01/06/2020 5:28:06 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 3 replies
    An MP3 file ^ | 01-06-2020 | CharlesOConnell
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote The Three Kings poem in 1877. Sir John Stainer arranged a late medieval melody as The Golden Carol of Melchior, Casper and Balthazar (YouTube). Longfellow's poem has not previously been arranged with this overall melody. The poem seems long to modern audience, but comes in only at a little more than 6 minutes.The poem has been recorded several times, but it is sufficiently difficult that it seems most of the readers find it hard to catch the rhythm. THE THREE KINGS by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow — the classic Christmas poem The Three Kings by Henry Wadsworth...
  • The Cancel Culture Comes For Homeschooling As Busybodies Attack Hugely Popular Program

    12/19/2019 1:28:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/19/2019 | Jenni White
    If utopian tyrants whose vision for the world encompasses only theirs are continued to be allowed, like locusts, to devour every institution in their path, there won’t be even one left to provide an alternative worldview to anyone enlightened enough to seek it.Recently, at a weekly neighborhood Bible study, I was surprised to hear a friend describe a letter sent to a church that hosts a Christ-centered program she uses to homeschool her kids called “Classical Conversations” (CC). The unsigned letter threatened the church with loss of their non-profit status for hosting a for-profit company. When the woman, a...
  • Battling the Guards of Red Pedagogy

    12/09/2019 6:37:41 AM PST · by karpov · 9 replies
    Martin Center ^ | December 9, 2019 | Shannon Watkins
    As education goes, so goes nearly everything else: politics, culture, and social cohesion. And those who form the minds of teacherswho, in turn, instruct young mindsarguably wield even greater influence. It is unsurprising, then, that schools of education, where teachers receive their training, are at the epicenter of ongoing ideological battles. As the Martin Centers Jay Schalin pointed out in his report released earlier this year, schools of education were politicized from their founding, but have become even more so over the years. Schools of education have particularly become the home of critical theoristswho aim to radically alter society according...
  • Prominent Historians Criticize The NY Times 1619 Project As Biased, Anti-Historical

    12/01/2019 10:24:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/01/2019 | John Sexton
    The NY Times 1619 Project was a sprawling effort earlier this year to convince Americans that slavery was part of the DNA of America. Made up of various pieces by different authors, the 1619 Project seemed to promote an idea that matched current far left sentiment about the importance of identity with an underlying anti-capitalism. The Times is now promoting the Project for inclusion in high school curricula, so its likely it will be with us for some time. But where did all of this material come from?One site has done some important work looking into the Times Project...
  • Five Reasons to be Thankful for School Choice

    11/27/2019 6:56:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | November 27, 2019 | Teresa Mull
    Education is such a fundamental element of American life, we often take it for granted. Yet the fundamental nature of education is precisely what makes it the political policy every citizen should care about. Whether you have children or not, education policy affects you. Children spend 12 of the most formative years of their lives -- typically seven hours a day, 180 days per year -- in school. Thats a minimum of 1,260 hours per year, or 15,120 total hours from the first grade through the 12th grade. During those thousands of hours, the minds of American youth are being...
  • We Teach Nothing, We Know Nothingand That Could Cost the United States Everything

    10/15/2019 2:22:12 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 14 Oct 2019 | Bryan Preston
    A couple of years ago, a retired teacher who stays in close touch with history teachers across Texas told me something disturbing. Like most states, Texas has standardized testing. Unlike most states, Texas requires public school students to study Texas history in the 4th and 7th grades. Texas history is red in tooth and claw and full of big personalities and big ideas. Standardized testing is forcing teachers to drop about half of the second semester of Texas history to focus on U.S. history -- not to deepen students' understanding of American history, but to teach to the standardized tests....
  • Black Conservative Headmistress Hits School Results Jackpot; Left Throws Tantrum

    08/24/2019 8:14:21 AM PDT · by mairdie · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Aug 2019 | James Delingpole
    Why does the success of the Michaela School so infuriate the left? Because though the headmistress Katharine Birbalsingh is black, shes the wrong kind of black: a conservative who doesnt believe in playing the race card or identity politics. Because though the kids come from largely working-class, migration-background families, they are the wrong kind of working-class immigrants: ones who dont know their role is to be victims and to blame their failures on racism and government inaction. Because though the results are some of the best in the country, they were achieved using the wrong kind of methods: not the...
  • Reforming Higher Education: A Reading List

    06/29/2019 5:30:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | June 28, 2019 | Anthony Hennen
    As more students have headed to college and a degree is seen as a way to shape students as workers and as citizens, higher educations mission has become more important. Its leaders, and their personal beliefs, have become more contentious, too. In recent months, many conservative thinkers have publicly debated how to reform higher educationor, even, if they should. Political liberals, as well, have joined in. From reform and technocratic changes to complete withdrawal and abolition, below is a selection of the more-insightful additions to the debate over higher education, and perhaps, a look at where future reformers will pull...
  • When Christian Colleges Teach Students to Fear, Not to Think

    04/13/2019 3:43:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2019 | Ryan Bomberger
    Christians are called to be strong and courageous. But thats not what Christian students are being taught on many Christian college campuses today. Too often, theyre taught to fear and to hide behind a false pretense of grace while extending none.Christian writer, speaker and authorMatt Walshwas protested by college staff and students, at Baylor University, who didnt want to hear a Biblical perspective on culture-shifting issues. How dare a Christian father speak Biblical truths about abortion, marriage and gender! Thats hate speech." This is intolerable in a day and age when many define their own subjective truth which cannot, apparently,...
  • Invitation to attend filming; Homeschool appearance schedule

    12/31/2018 6:06:51 AM PST · by LS · 4 replies
    self | 12/31/2018 | LS
    FOR THOSE IN ARIZONA: I invite you to come out on January 14-16 to the filming of 15 live "lessons" in U.S. history as I teach "A Patriot's History of the United States" from Columbus to Reconstruction for the March launch of my new website, "The Wild World of History." We need 8-10 "students" in each "class." Each session will last about 1 hour. You are welcome to attend one, or all with your children/students, or just for fun. The sessions will begin about 8:30 a.m, then about 9:30, 10:30, break for lunch, 1:00 and 2:00. We do not have...
  • 9 Years Into Common Core, Test Scores Are Down, Indoctrination Up

    11/05/2018 9:48:08 AM PST · by fwdude · 43 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 5, 2018 | Joy Pullmann
    Common Core sucked all the energy, money, and motivation right out of desperately needed potential reforms to U.S. public schools for a decade, and for nothing. Its been about nine years since the Obama administration lured states into adopting Common Core sight unseen, with promises it would improve student achievement. Like President Obamas other big promises If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor this ones been proven a scam. If you set and enforce rigorous and challenging standards and assessments; if you put outstanding teachers at the front of the classroom; if you turn around...
  • Many NYC students are bombing the writing portion of state exam

    10/07/2018 3:21:24 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 49 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 6, 2018 | Susan Edelman
    An alarming number of NYC students have scored three or more zeroes for their writing answers on the statewide English exams, a new study reveals.On the English Language Arts exams between 2013 and 2016, in addition to multiple-choice questions, students had to read nine or 10 short stories or texts, then write responses aimed at showing their ability to think critically and cite evidence to support their answers.
  • Kavanaugh withdraws from teaching course on Supreme Court at Harvard Law School

    10/02/2018 7:59:12 AM PDT · by Envisioning · 38 replies
    OAN Newsroom ^ | Oct. 2, 2018 | OAN Newsroom
    President Trumps Supreme Court nominee will not be returning to Harvard this winter to teach his law school course. The Ivy League school sent an email to students Monday, saying Brett Kavanaugh indicated he cannot commit to teaching his class titled The Supreme Court Since 2005. This comes shortly after Kavanaugh expressed worry this would be the outcome during his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. In a letter to this committee my former students, male and female alike, wrote that I displayed a character that impressed us all. I love teaching law, but thanks to what...
  • French Class As the Perfect Way to Teach Everything

    09/27/2018 6:36:00 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Sept 10, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    There is one constant throughout the past 100 years. Professors of education came up with ever more exotic schemes and nomenclatures for how education should be organized, even as these schemes confused students and destroyed achievement. Each scheme had a catchy name (Open Classroom, Life Adjustment, Multiculturalism, Constructivism, Common Core) and a phalanx of resistance-is-futile jargon. Somehow the proposals didnt translate into gains. One might cynically conclude that the jargon was a goal in itself (to get a grant, to build a career, to impress ordinary citizens). You may even suspect that the larger purpose of all these schemes is...
  • Update: Detroit School Board OKs Hiring Teachers Who Took Only Online Courses

    07/14/2018 12:46:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Deadline Detroit ^ | July 12, 2018 | Alan Stamm
    Detroit recruiters can hire online teacher training graduates to help fill about 200 classroom vacancies this fall. Education reporter Koby Levin follows up on her Chalkbeat Detroit preview of the desperation move: Detroit’s main district is proceeding with a plan to hire teachers who are certified but have received no training in the classroom — adding an element of controversy to efforts to fill hundreds of teacher vacancies by the end of summer. The board of education on Tuesday approved a hiring plan proposed by Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, signaling that the district will lean partly on programs that offer so-called...
  • This Company Is Hiring Work-from-home Teachers And Pays Up To $20 Per Hour

    06/09/2018 11:53:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Bloomington Pantagraph ^ | June 8, 2018 | Kaitlin Gates
    Working from home certainly seems to be increasing in popularity, and its not hard to see why. Not only does it mean you can stay in your pajamas, but youll also save money in gas and perhaps the best part no actual co-workers you have to pretend to like. Dozens of companies are jumping on the stay-at-home bandwagon, like Xerox, Philips and even The Disney Store. While many of these jobs are in customer service, some are for things you probably didnt know you could do from home like teaching. Qkids is looking for college students, teachers,...
  • China-based online ed. companies just launched aggressive hiring spree in search of U.S. teachers

    05/16/2018 7:45:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | April 25, 2018 | Connie Loizos
    Teachers have long supplemented their incomes by tutoring. And theres perhaps never been a better, or easier, time to do it than right now. The reason: China-based online education companies are in an apparent race with each other to hire U.S. teachers whod like to work from home this summer and, using their webcams, teach cute kids the English language in the marketing parlance of one of those companies, Beijing-based VIPKid. If you doubt thats true, you havent been looking at the classifieds. Just today, five-year-old VIPKid i which reportedly raised $200 million in fresh funding last summer...
  • School districts increasingly hiring foreign teachers to fill shortages

    05/14/2018 10:02:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 14, 2018 | Andrew Craft
    LAS VEGAS Adrian Calabano, 23, left his native Philippines to fill a void of teachers in a Nevada suburb. He said he sold his car to pay for his flight and hefty administrative fees so he could get a salary several times higher than he would receive in his homeland. But his salary is still lower than an average American teacher. He was hired to teach sixth grade special education class at Greenspun Junior High School in Henderson, Nev., a suburb of Las Vegas. My salary is much better than what I receive and get from the Philippines, he...
  • Amazon's Alexa will soon be teaching your child manners

    05/09/2018 1:35:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 04/28/2018 | Hayley Tsukayama
    Amazon.com's Alexa has a little something to teach your kids about manners. After receiving feedback from some parents concerned about how voice assistants are affecting their kids attitudes, the company updated Alexa to reward children who asks for things nicely. Kids are some of the biggest fans of voice assistants, with some learning to talk to Alexa, Apple's Siri or Google's Assistant before they can form full sentences. But some parents have worried that having voice assistants around the house will make their children more rude, since the youngsters can bark out demands for a favorite television station or song...