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  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Says Public Schools Will Remain Open, With A Virtual Option

    11/30/2020 7:52:56 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11/30/20 | Maniel Bokoquez
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says public schools will remain open, with a virtual option. He called closing schools for virus mitigation the biggest public health blunder in US history and labeled those who believe schools should close due to COVID surges "today's flat-earthers." https://twitter.com/BojorquezCBS/status/1333461353982537729
  • Stuck In Online Schooling, U.S. Kids Are Failing More Classes Than Ever And Will Never Recover

    11/30/2020 10:44:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 30, 2020 | Joy Pullman
    'The United States has reached a tipping point: The damage done to schoolchildren with scarce resources is likely to be irreparable.'As report cards begin to roll out for fall, public schools across the nation are reporting a massive increase in children failing classes, due to the majority going online and the chaos of rolling COVID closures. In Fairfax, Virginia, one of the nation’s largest districts, “the percentage of middle school and high school students earning F’s in at least two classes jumped by 83 percent: from 6 percent to 11 percent,” the Washington Post reported Tuesday. That’s nearly 10,000 children.Saint...
  • New York City parents pulling kids out of public schools, data shows

    11/29/2020 12:54:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    SILive ^ | 11/16/2020 | Annalise Knudson
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As families across New York City grapple with ensuring their children are getting an education amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, new data shows that enrollment at public schools is dropping across the five boroughs. According to preliminary data obtained by Chalkbeat, school rosters lost about 31,000 students compared to this time last year — or 3.4%. Current enrollment at New York City public schools is just over 901,000, not including charter schools or early childhood programs. The analysis found bigger drops in enrollment at elementary and middle schools, while high schools remain stagnant. Losses in enrollment...
  • 195 Million Chinese Students Are In School. Why Aren’t Our Kids?

    11/28/2020 5:32:57 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | NOVEMBER 28, 2020 | Evita Duffy
    By Right now in China, 195 million students K-12 are learning in-person in Chinese public schools. Meanwhile, millions of American public school students are learning in a failed remote system that can’t even keep track of thousands of students who haven’t shown up for class all year. In 2018, 15-year-olds in dozens of countries participated in the triennial Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The PISA test measures reading ability, math and science literacy, and other key skills. American scores are decidedly unimpressive, with students scoring in the middle of the pack for all categories. Most frighteningly, China beats the...
  • (Vanity) Sorry but I believe the Millennial generation has really screwed this country badly

    11/19/2020 6:05:34 PM PST · by Taffylucy · 49 replies
    It's obvious the media is shaping the direction and choosing who leads the country. I was struck by how young the reporters were in the presser today--young, spoiled and clueless--and utterly impervious to any understanding of the grave situation the country is in. From the headlines after the press conference, all this ignorant posse were absorbed with was how effectively they could rush out and mock the dedicated professionals and the evidenced-backed information they presented. I'm sure their super cool friends thought they knocked it out the park with the vapid, shallow and mean-spirited coverage they blasted across the media...
  • For Teacher Training, Drop Critical Theory and Add Character

    11/18/2020 5:13:37 AM PST · by karpov · 6 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | November 18, 2020 | Matthew Post
    With the pandemic, more parents are discovering what their children are being taught in public schools—from explicit how-tos in sex-ed class to narratives of power that divide everyone into oppressors and oppressed. Yearning for a richer emphasis on cultural literacy, character, and civil discourse, parents are turning to alternative curricula, such as Core Knowledge and classical education, as well as learning environments such as homeschooling, pods, micro-schools, and public charters. The opportunity for reform is there, but we must first understand how much needs to change. The content in many schools is a problem, but a deeper one remains: Too...
  • School Bans 3rd Grader's 'Jesus Loves Me' Mask, Threatens Suspension

    11/05/2020 6:20:50 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 21 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | 11/3/2020 | Michael Foust
    A Mississippi family is alleging religious discrimination against their third-grade daughter’s elementary school after officials there forced her to remove her face mask with the phrase “Jesus Loves Me.” Matthew and Jennifer Booth filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Simpson County School District in Mississippi because their daughter, Lydia, was ordered to remove the mask on Oct. 13 and replace it with one her school, Simpson Central, supplied. All students are required to wear masks to help slow the spread of Covid-19. Booth could be suspended if she continues wearing her faith-themed mask. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the family....
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Weekend Version Biden Wins, Trump Wins Tyranny Continues It Must End

    10/31/2020 7:25:01 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/31/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Welcome to the weekend the new lockdowns announced in places like France and Germany in recent days keep Big Business open with big factories and Big Government open with schools while many suffer from it... In this Corporatist world Stalinist purging of the "undesirable" elements and the challenge to remember Pastor Niemoller's words: "first they came for" And they're going after all kinds of people like Piers Corbyn brother of Jeremy Corbyn arrested for organizing a rally opposing the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK and now of course the former Labor Party leader getting suspended from his party for saying...
  • Country Day School, which Newsom children attend, is one of the private schools getting waiver. He said today that whether his kids return to classroom is up in the air.

    09/13/2020 2:18:12 PM PDT · by rintintin · 11 replies
    Dan Walters, CalMatters ^ | Sep 11 2020 | Dan Walters, CalMatters
    Country Day School, which Newsom children attend, is one of the private schools getting waiver. He said today that whether his kids return to classroom is up in the air.
  • The Newsom children's return to school reinforces concerns from lawmakers that families who can afford private schools have a jumpstart, further widening the achievement gap.

    10/31/2020 8:49:34 AM PDT · by rintintin · 30 replies
    Mackenzie Mays ^ | Oct 30 2020 | Mackenzie Mays (Politico)
    Mackenzie Mays @MackenzieMays The Newsom children's return to school reinforces concerns from lawmakers that families who can afford private schools have a jumpstart, further widening the achievement gap. Newsom sends his children back to private school classrooms in California politico.com 2:05 PM · Oct 30, 2020·Twitter Web App
  • Minnesota state agencies defend fourth-grade reading material after police criticism

    10/31/2020 9:16:41 AM PDT · by karpov · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 31, 2020 | Morgan Gstalter
    The Minnesota Health and Education departments defended a children's book about racial injustice after a law enforcement trade organization in the state claimed it demonizes police officers. The two agencies issued a joint statement praising the book “Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice” after it was slammed by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA), the Minnesota Star Tribune reported Friday. The agencies said they recommend the book, which won multiple awards and was authored by psychologists, because it seeks “to help children process a difficult set of issues.” However, MPPOA sent a letter...
  • As Covid-19 Closes American Classrooms, Families Turn to India for Homework Help. The coronavirus pandemic is boosting India’s education-technology industry; ‘We get that one-on-one attention they need and it’s affordable’

    10/29/2020 8:10:09 AM PDT · by karpov · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 29, 2020 | Eric Bellman
    NEW DELHI—Sheri Akerele has been struggling to keep her sons in third and seventh grade focused on online classes as coronavirus fears shut down in-person classes in their school in Atlanta for months. Like many parents, she found her children weren’t absorbing their lessons completely, but she could spend only so much of her busy day walking them through their lessons. Luckily, she has online backup: an experienced teacher who lives in a small town in central India. “We get that one-on-one attention they need and it’s affordable,” she said. “It’s so hard learning from home.” Demand for online study...
  • Smashing “Whiteness” in the Classroom. Ohio’s education department offered—and withdrew, at least for now—a startling collection of “antiracist” teaching supplements.

    10/27/2020 4:34:57 AM PDT · by karpov · 19 replies
    City Journal ^ | October 26, 2020 | Max Eden
    Ohio may be a red state with a Republican governor and state legislature, but the Ohio Department of Education kicked off this school year by promoting far-left, racialist, anti-police propaganda in the form of its recommended “Anti-Racist Allyship Starter Pack,” a resource for social studies teachers. The starter pack contains about 200 links to “antiracist” op-eds, essays, and blog posts, which exemplify what President Trump meant when he spoke of a “left-wing cultural revolution” in our schools “designed to overthrow the American revolution” in favor of “far-left fascism.” The ODE recommended an article on “The Souls of White Folk.” The...
  • (NYC Department of Education) grading policy won’t penalize students over late work or attendance

    10/26/2020 10:38:32 AM PDT · by karpov · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 26, 2020 | Selim Algar
    The Department of Education will not lower grades for late work or attendance this academic year, according to its new policy. “Schools must ensure that their grading policies and practices acknowledge the impact of remote and blended learning models on the ways in which students must complete their assigned work,” reads the document, which was emailed to principals Monday morning. Citing COVID-19 disruptions, the DOE said schools “must adjust” expectations for timely work and are “encouraged to lessen or eliminate penalties for late work beyond these deadlines.” Student attendance will not impact grades. The policy states that “courses that currently...
  • Wokefornia: California's ethnic-studies mandate for K-12ers is dead for now, but cultural Marxism is flourishing.

    10/23/2020 9:53:40 AM PDT · by karpov · 4 replies
    City Journal ^ | October 23, 2020 | Larry Sand
    It’s not surprising that an effort is underway to recall California governor Gavin Newsom, who administers a state with record homelessness, rising crime, and exploding pension debt. He rules imperiously, mandating arbitrary pandemic-related restrictions. In September, Newsom decreed a ban on gas-powered cars starting in 2035 because California is facing “a climate damn emergency.” And he signed a bill mandating the “study and development of proposals for reparations for blacks who live in the Golden State.” Newsom insisted in a tweet that “our past is one of slavery, racism, and injustice.” Is he aware that California was admitted to the...
  • Oregon Governor Sued for Allowing Small Public Schools To Reopen; Christian Schools? Not a Chance

    10/22/2020 9:25:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Red State ^ | 10/22/2020 | Mike Miller
    As Ronald Reagan might have said to embattled Oregon Democrat Gov. Kate Brown, “There you go again.” Now a small Christian school in Oregon is suing Brown and other state officials after claiming the state is discriminating against private and religious schools by keeping them locked down while allowing public schools to reopen. The lawsuit claims that Brown has allowed public schools with less than 75 students to reopen, but has continued her ban on the reopening of private/religious schools that meet the same qualifying number of student enrollment, as reported by the Daily Wire.The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed...
  • San Francisco Won't Reopen Schools. But It Will Rename Them.

    10/19/2020 5:21:36 AM PDT · by karpov · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | October 16, 2020 | Robby Soave
    The officials in charge of San Francisco's public schools are hard at work—not coming up with a plan to quickly reopen the schools, but to rename as many as 44 of them. As parents, teachers, and principals deal with the frustrations of distance learning, the San Francisco Unified School District recently asked them to brainstorm replacements for schools that are "inappropriately" named after problematic historical figures, such as Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and even Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.). "I don't think there is ever going to be a time when people are ready for this," Mark Sanchez, president...
  • San Diego Unified School District Changes Grading System to ‘Combat Racism'

    10/16/2020 3:10:27 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 60 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | October 15, 2020 | Alexis Rivas
    Students will no longer be graded based on a yearly average, or on how late they turn in assignments. Those are just some of the major grading changes approved this week by California's second-largest school district. The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is overhauling the way it grades students. Board members say the changes are part of a larger effort to combat racism... Academic grades will now focus on mastery of the material, not a yearly average, which board members say penalizes students who get a slow start, or who struggle at points throughout the year. Another big change,...
  • More Va. Public Schools Using Kids As Guinea Pigs For Critical Race Theory

    10/13/2020 8:21:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 13, 2020 | Ian Prior
    Based on the recommendations of consultants they paid nearly half a million taxpayer dollars, the Loudon County school board recently approved an Equity Plan steeped in critical race rhetoric. Ever since the unfortunate death of George Floyd, corporate media, virtue-signaling neighborhood leftists, and politicians have been talking about “systemic racism” in America, even though there was and still is no evidence that Floyd’s death was motivated by race.This is emblematic of the growing concern about “critical race theory,” in which everything is viewed through the lens of race because, the theory claims, “racism is present in every aspect of life,...
  • ‘Ghost town’: In-person attendance dwindles at NYC schools

    10/12/2020 4:43:33 AM PDT · by karpov · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 10, 2020 | Susan Edelman
    In-person attendance at some Big Apple schools is so low, instead of students, teachers expect to see tumbleweeds rolling down the hallways, staffers told The Post. Three weeks after Mayor de Blasio trumpeted the reopening of schoolhouse doors to kids from 3-K to high school, the city Department of Education refuses to publicly report any daily attendance data. But insiders working in largely deserted buildings revealed last week just how bad attendance has become. “Ghost town is definitely the right word for it,” a Brooklyn high school teacher said. “It’s very quiet.” The teacher said only a handful of students...