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  • K-12 Redesign: Achievement Instead of Time

    04/13/2021 9:14:38 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 30 replies
    Discovery Institute ^ | April 12, 2021 | Keri D. Ingraham
    K-12 Redesign: Achievement Instead of Time [Editor’s Note: Other articles in the K-12 Redesign series: Perfect Time for a K-12 Redesign, A Financial Overhaul, School Calendar]The U.S. K-12 education system is based on time, not student achievement. Too many students exit the system logging the required time but not meeting learning proficiencies. A redesign that promotes students based on their competency, not the school calendar, is urgently needed.The flawed system utilizes time as the constant and achievement as the variable — students progress from one unit to the next based on teacher lesson plans and due dates instead of...
  • How Will Decolonizing the Curriculum Help the Poor and Dispossessed?

    04/12/2021 4:02:58 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 17 replies
    Quillette ^ | 04/10/2021 | Samantha Jones
    The path to progress is definitely not paved by destroying the epistemological framework bequeathed to us by the Enlightenment. Yet it is important to understand why many young people are more attracted to social justice-based decolonization demands than to Enlightenment era intellectual advancements. Social justice ideology appeals to young adults’ desire to establish their identity, independent from their parents, and an ideology that represents itself as subversive is compelling. Also, as young people become aware of injustices, they are understandably captivated by a movement that represents itself as the most righteous way to advocate for justice. For these reasons, it...
  • Why Liberal Arts Colleges Are Failing and How to Revive Them

    03/31/2021 5:17:54 AM PDT · by karpov · 19 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | March 31, 2021 | Abraham Unger
    The loss of public trust in universities that has risen to front page news did not suddenly emerge in 2020. In 2018 the non-partisan Gallup organization found that, for the first time, less than half of Americans have “a lot of confidence” in higher education. Even more pointedly, Gallup reported that “No other institution has shown a larger drop in confidence over the past three years than higher education.” The loss of civic faith in higher education has been building for a while. American liberal arts education has lost its moorings. A 2012 article in Inside Higher Ed crystallizes the...
  • K-12: Commies and Liberals in bed together

    03/27/2021 7:56:53 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies
    Renew America ^ | Jan 31, 2021 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The subtitle of this article might be The Strange Semantics of Subversion. Oh, the irony of it all. I remember reading, years ago, that Liberals and Communists were on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Communists oppose individual freedom. On the other hand, liberal used to means someone who celebrates individual freedom, as in liberty, liberation, liberating, and libertarian. A Jeffersonian Liberal was anyone who honored all the ideas contained in our Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. That's simple enough. A big problem for the far-left, however, was that they hated all those ideas. They would kill millions...
  • Revenge of the Gods; California’s Proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum Urges Students to Chant to the Aztec Deity of Human Sacrifice.

    03/19/2021 6:39:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    City Journal ^ | 3/10/21 | Christopher F. Rufo
    Next week, the California Department of Education will vote on a new statewide ethnic studies curriculum that advocates for the “decolonization” of American society and elevates Aztec religious symbolism—all in the service of a left-wing political ideology. The new program, called the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, seeks to extend the Left’s cultural dominance of California’s public university system, 50 years in the making, to the state’s entire primary and secondary education system, which consists of 10,000 public schools serving a total of 6 million students. In theoretical terms, the new ethnic studies curriculum is based on the “pedagogy of the...
  • How California Is Embracing Mandatory Racial-Injustice Study for All of Its 1.7 Million High Schoolers

    03/12/2021 12:00:28 AM PST · by knighthawk · 11 replies
    Realclear Investigations ^ | March 10 2021 | John Murawski
    California has struggled for five years to create a politically palatable “ethnic studies” curriculum that would teach high schoolers how systemic racism, predatory capitalism, heteropatriarchy and other “structures of oppression” are foundational to American society. Now, after more than 82,000 public comments, and four major rewrites, the state Board of Education is expected to approve the latest version next week, clearing the way for lawmakers to make a semester-long course in the material a graduation requirement for all of California’s 1.7 million high school students.
  • Why I Am Leaving a Great Career in Public Education

    03/11/2021 3:50:40 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | A Disillusioned Administrator
    *snip* As a former teacher of history, I have taught many students about the worst totalitarian movements around the world. As I ponder what is happening to our society and public education, I see many similarities to Mao’s Cultural Revolution. In America’s Cultural Revolution, the radical racialists of BLM and Antifa are leading the charge. These two avowed Marxist organizations are full of indoctrinated and disgruntled youth, like the Red Guards of Mao’s China. The campaign of destruction in many American cities and harassment of people minding their own business led by BLM and Antifa, is comparable to the terror...
  • Don’t Get Scammed By So-Called STEM Education

    03/05/2021 6:52:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 5, 2021 | Tony Kinnett
    America's STEM classrooms are devolving — wasting valuable class time with toys, barely applicable coding games, and victim-mentality nonsense.If you ask any administrator about the future of education, he’ll likely mention the blending of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics: STEM. Indeed, it’s so attractive to schools, billions of dollars are spent every year by corporations, startups, and the U.S. federal government in an 1850s-style “gold rush” of gadgetry and glittering lights. To stand out from the competition and get into classrooms, curriculum developers, policymakers, and advocacy groups have begun to scam the education market by forsaking common-sense STEM principles in...
  • If You Liked Common Core, You’re Going To Love Joe Biden’s Anti-American Civics Project

    03/02/2021 7:57:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 2, 2021 | Joy Pullman
    We have just the perfect solution for American kids' deep ignorance about their nation's founding principles, system of government, and history. It's making them into political activists!It’s deja vu all over again. A coalition of government- and billionaire-funded nonprofits has a “bipartisan” plan for national curriculum goals, this time concerning U.S. history and government. Today this “state-led” coalition is releasing a major report they hope will get the attention of the Biden administration and state governors to “collaboratively” enact their vision nationwide. Remember, these sorts of national plans are supported by people on the right and left, so there can...
  • Conservative Educators Blog #1

    02/28/2021 3:58:36 PM PST · by GeorgianaCavendish · 7 replies
    my inbox | Feb 28 2021 | Georgiana Cavendish
    I am conservative. I am also an educator. For a while now, I have felt an increasing need to report the sort of things that go on at Public School (and probably at private school although you don't hear about it). I share many concerns with other Freepers about our educational system, and it is these concerns that have made me decide to start publishing the garbage I receive from the left. My goal with this blog is to create a record of the comings and goings of public education for you all. This includes: -emails we receive -educational opportunities...
  • Boston public schools cancel new advanced classes for high performing students because of racial inequalities

    02/27/2021 9:08:07 AM PST · by Stravinsky · 102 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 26, 2021 | Carlos Garcia
    Boston Public Schools officials said that a program with advanced learning classes would be cancelled over concerns that the classes served disproportionate racial groups. The program known as Advanced Work Classes was intended to serve high-performing students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grade. Students are encouraged to study their subjects in a deeper and non-traditional manner. School officials became concerned when a report showed that the program was disproportionately serving white students, and underserving black and Hispanic students. The district analysis found that more than 70% of the students in the program were white or Asian, while nearly 80%...
  • Now's Our Chance To Create Public School Alternatives

    We have never had a better opportunity to create an alternative to the crumbling, corrupt public school system. Conservatives must decide how to act and then act quickly. Throughout parts of the United States, children have not been in school for a year. Instead, they are expected to daily attend zoom classes. What that means in practical terms is that many kids sit somewhere at home, log in to class, turn off the camera, and go back to bed or play games on their phone throughout the “school” day. One young man I know is one of only two students...
  • Maybe the children whose schools are still closed are the lucky ones: Two more tales of madness from America’s schools remind us that there is an upside to having teachers refuse to teach

    02/16/2021 7:21:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/16/2021 | Andrea Widburg
    There are currently two dominant narratives about K-12 education in America: The first is the fact that many teachers in huge urban school districts are refusing to return to their classrooms. The second is the fact that the schools that are back in business are using their power over people’s children to indoctrinate both the children and their families in hard-left ideologies, especially about race and sexuality.In many Republican-run regions across America, schools are back in session and nothing bad has happened. There hasn’t been a mass teacher or student die-off. Instead, the kids are once again learning and socializing...
  • Studies show Westerners allegedly getting dumber: IQ Scores have been declining in Western nations for decades.

    02/14/2021 10:03:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/14/2021 | Eric Utter
    Recent studies have shown that I.Q. scores have been declining in Western nations for decades. Evan Horowitz, director of research and communication at FCLT Global, wrote a post for in which he stated: “A range of studies using a variety of well-established IQ tests and metrics have found declining scores across Scandinavia, Britain, Germany, France and Australia.” Horowitz added that this plunge in cognitive ability could well lead to “fewer scientific breakthroughs, stagnant economies and a general dimming of our collective future.” Duh.And there are others.These findings have led some to issue dire predictions of a general dumbing down...
  • Rethinking American Education

    02/12/2021 4:13:33 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12 Feb, 2021 | Dennis L. Weisman
    The pandemic has highlighted a serious problem with K-12 education that we ignore at our own peril. Public K-12 education in this country suffers from a lack of effective competition that prevents market forces from working the way they should. What would happen if there was school choice in America today? Parents who are dissatisfied with the educational product their public schools provide could vote with their feet and take their tax dollars and their children to schools that offer better value. Opposition to school choice is highly regressive because the wealthiest families have the ability to pay twice for...
  • Suicide Of The Humanities

    02/03/2021 11:46:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | February 3, 2021 | Rod Dreher
    This NYT profile of Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a radical Princeton Classics scholar, epitomizes what is wrong with the academic humanities in this radical era, and how dangerous the radicalization is to all of us. Dan-el Padilla Peralta is a black Dominican Classics scholar at Princeton. He is also the leading figure in a move to tear down the field of Classics, which is the study of Ancient Greece and Rome. He came to this country as a small child when his mother required medical treatment in New York for complications related to the impending birth of his younger brother. After...
  • Biden revokes Trump report promoting ‘patriotic education’

    01/21/2021 4:30:30 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 21, 2021 | By COLLIN BINKLEY
    President Joe Biden revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda. In an executive order signed on Wednesday in his first day in office, Biden disbanded Donald Trump’s presidential 1776 Commission and withdrew a report it released Monday. Trump established the group in September to rally support from white voters and as a response to The New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which highlights the lasting consequences of slavery in America. In its report, which Trump hoped would be used in classrooms across the nation, the...
  • The Spurning of Old Books: The Devaluation of the Past Threatens Higher Ed

    01/13/2021 3:35:44 AM PST · by karpov · 4 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | January 13, 2021 | Matthew Stewart
    Alan Jacobs’ new book, Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind, is a coaxing argument to read “old books that come from strange times.” Readers of his previous works The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction and How to Think will not be surprised that Jacobs, distinguished professor of humanities at Baylor University, brings intellectual heft to the self-help genre. Jacobs focuses on why we ought to pay attention to old books. There is no surprise in learning that such reading makes us deeper, fuller persons, and more humble. Ex post facto...
  • Fix education now: 8-point checklist for reforming public schools

    01/02/2021 6:52:16 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 44 replies
    Renew America ^ | Nov. 18, 2020 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    If our irresponsible media would do its job, if our politicians and community leaders would be more involved in ending the great national embarrassment, if parents would understand what's going on in the classroom and become so angry they won't take it anymore, we could have better schools in no time. Here is a dirty little secret that deserves your consideration. Most of the problems in the public school are caused by deliberate human actions. Not innocent human error as when somebody pushes the wrong button. No; think of the situation where somebody cuts a plane’s fuel line.George Soros said...
  • To Further Politicize Curriculum, Teachers Are Dumping More Classic Literature

    12/31/2020 9:45:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 31, 2020 | Nathanial Blake
    The woke left rejects Homer, and the rest of the Western canon, because they hate any art that doesn’t reinforce their narrow-minded ideology.The woke are succeeding where Plato failed. In Plato’s most famous dialogue, the “Republic,” the character of Socrates argues the ideal polity will exclude Homer and the rest of the Greek poets and dramatists. But Plato, who loved the poets, leaves the door open for their return. As with much else in Plato’s work, the proposed ban on Homer should perhaps be taken seriously, not literally. Today’s cultural radicals, however, have no such subtlety. When they say we...