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  • Gabby Petito case: Brian Laundrie was allegedly seen reading novel about missing women

    09/20/2021 6:01:36 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 46 replies
    NY Post ^ | 09/20/2021 | Yaron Steinbach
    Internet sleuths claim Gabby Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie is seen reading a book about women who go missing in a video uploaded to the couple’s Youtube travel channel. Laundrie, who has been named a person of interest in the case, is briefly shown reading what appears to be Jeff VanderMeer’s “Annihilation,” a 2014 novel about four women who venture into the so-called Area X, where three of them die and the fourth stays permanently. “The clip is of … Brian reading a book, and it is apparently called Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, about groups of people exploring uncharted terrain that...
  • Oregon High Schools Stop Teaching Reading So Kids Won't Be Influenced By Thomas Sowell Books

    08/13/2021 12:37:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | August 12, 2021 | The Babylon Bee
    OREGON—Oregon high schools have removed requirements to learn reading, writing, math, and basic social skills for kids graduating and moving on into the real world. The reason, according to one Oregon school board member, is to make sure they aren't influenced by far-right misinformation present in Thomas Sowell books, Jordan Peterson books, and other Nazi-adjacent authors. "We have to protect these kids," said Dr. Ethan Bremington (they/them), a superintendent of one Portland high school. "They were learning to read and going off and reading unapproved material. We really hoped they would use their reading skills to read The Communist Manifesto...
  • Leaked documents show Baltimore high schoolers perform math, reading at grade school level

    08/11/2021 6:25:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    WBFF ^ | June 2nd 2021 | CHRIS PAPST
    An alarming discovery out of Baltimore City Schools. Project Baltimore has obtained student assessment data that North Avenue does not release publicly. That data shows some students who could soon graduate, are performing at an elementary school level, academically. Project Baltimore, over the years, has heard from many parents who say their children are being pushed through Baltimore City Schools without getting the education they need. Julie Gaskins told us back in 2018 that her seventh grader was doing math and reading at a second-grade level. Project Baltimore also spoke with Gregory Gray, a Baltimore City Schools father, back in...
  • Oregon students shouldn’t have to prove they can write or do math to get a diploma, lawmakers decide

    06/21/2021 4:16:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 111 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | Jun 16, 2021 | Betsy Hammond
    Students in the class of 2021 did not have to prove they could write or do math at a basic level to earn their diplomas. A bill headed to Gov. Kate Brown would prohibit any such requirement at least until 2027. A bill to prohibit Oregon schools from requiring students to show they can read, write and do math at a basic high school level is headed to Gov. Kate Brown after lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday. The idea is to hit pause on the requirements, in place since 2009 but already suspended during the pandemic, at least until the...
  • CANDACE OWENS: Why The American Education System Is Systematically Producing Failures

    04/04/2021 9:53:33 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | April 3, 2021 | Candace Owens
    The American education system is producing adults with more degrees that are infinitely dumber — and that’s not just an opinion. In recent years, students are graduating at higher rates, yet they are scoring lower and lower on standardized tests. How is that possible? It’s possible because our education system is being effectively rinsed of hard academics and objective metrics, in favor of woke, emotional, psychological conditioning. In essence, students today are being taught that it’s not what you know, it’s how you feel. How you feel is the goal of education initiatives like critical race theory, and “anti-racism”— initiatives...
  • Education Disaster

    11/18/2015 6:57:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | November 18, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    The 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress report, also known as The Nation's Report Card, shows that U.S. educational achievement, to put it nicely, leaves much to be desired. When it comes to reading and math skills, just 34 percent and 33 percent, respectively, of U.S. eighth-grade students tested proficient or above -- that is, performed at grade level or above. Recent test scores show poor achievement levels in other academic areas. Only 18 percent of eighth-graders are proficient in U.S. history. It's 27 percent in geography and 23 percent in civics. The story is not much better when it...
  • Upstream Reviews: The Only website dedicated to good conservative fiction

    04/06/2021 5:45:18 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 8 replies
    Upstream Reviews ^ | 04/01/2021 | Robert Kroese
    Welcome to Upstream Reviews! Posted on April 1, 2021 | by robkroese For a while now, I’ve been frustrated with what you might call the mainstream institutions of publishing–particularly science fiction and fantasy publishing. The Hugo Awards have been a joke for years, WorldCon and most other science fiction conventions have been taken over by the pronoun people, and now Amazon is starting to ban books that don’t fit within their approved spectrum of political thought. Many of the more conservative-leaning (or simply open-minded) people in this industry have been trying for some time to shine a spotlight on the...
  • Texas Lt. Gov. On American Airlines Condemning New Law: They ‘Admitted’ CEO Didn’t Even Read It

    04/02/2021 1:24:03 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 31 replies ^ | April 1, 2021 | Ryan Saavedra
    Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick slammed American Airlines on Thursday evening after the airline called out the state’s new security measures to protect elections, claiming that a representative from the company called him and told him that the head of the company didn’t even read the bill. “Earlier this morning, the Texas State Senate passed legislation with provisions that limit voting access,” American Airlines said in a statement that echoed remarks made by leftists who have attacked recent measures to secure elections across the country. “To make American’s stance clear: We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like...
  • Congress Should Probe The Military’s Investment In Anti-White Extremism

    03/18/2021 7:46:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 18, 2021 | Joy Pullman
    Adm. Michael Gilday has refused to pull anti-white books from the U.S. Navy reading list, reports Fox News, despite pressure from House Republicans.Adm. Michael Gilday has refused to pull anti-white books from the U.S. Navy reading list, reports Fox News, despite pressure from House Republicans. Several members of Congress, most of them veterans, sent Gilday a letter objecting to the inclusion of these extremist works on the military’s recommended list. Gilday essentially told these elected officials who oversee his service to take a hike, saying that adding the racially divisive works was the result of military leadership’s attempts “to identify...
  • House Duo Target 3 Books of ‘Poison’ on Navy’s Reading List for Sailors

    03/17/2021 8:16:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 3/16/2021 | Fred Lucas
    Two members of Congress are asking the Navy to pull three books promoting identity politics and wokeness from its official reading list. The books teach young sailors that they’re being asked to fight and possibly die for “a systemically racist country,” the lawmakers say. The books—“How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi; “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander; and “Sexual Minorities and Politics” by Jason Pierceson—are listed as part of the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program. All Navy personnel pledge to defend the Constitution, yet these books portray America as fundamentally bigoted, Reps. Doug Lamborn,...
  • Amazon’s book banning leading to multiple Restricted Policy Violations (Amazon punishing sellers)

    01/16/2021 1:32:19 PM PST · by UnwashedPeasant · 39 replies ^ | 1/16/2021
    I’ve sold mostly books on Amazon for about 12 years, excellent customer service and compliance to the extent a person can remain compliant with the constantly moving targets. You don’t keep bucking the AZ bronco for 12 years without being thrown minus doing things right. In total I’ve carried about 15,000 titles, currently over 5,000 in inventory. Lots of interesting and often rare stuff, all genres, many academic titles. The account despite excellent metrics is now showing as At Risk with 3 Restricted Policy Violations because Amazon has without warning banned 3 titles for content. The first was a college...
  • The Lord of the Rings TV Series Official Synopsis Confirms Setting and Story

    01/12/2021 8:36:06 PM PST · by be-baw · 39 replies ^ | January 12, 2021 | PATRICK CAVANAUGH
    Ever since Amazon Studios announced that it was developing a TV series inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, fans have wondered exactly what the series will explore, with unveiling the series' official synopsis, which gives insight into what fans can expect. The synopsis confirms that the new series will take place during the Second Age of Middle-earth and will explore an ensemble of characters, with the site claiming that this ensemble means both new and familiar figures for the franchise will be featured. Given that the title "The Lord of the Rings" refers to a specific...
  • 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...
  • The Tragedy of Black Education Is New

    12/03/2020 5:32:28 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 14 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 2 Dec 2020 | Walter Williams
    Several years ago, Project Baltimore began an investigation of Baltimore’s school system. What it found was an utter disgrace. In 19 of Baltimore’s 39 high schools, out of 3,804 students, only 14 of them, or less than 1%, were proficient in math. In 13 of Baltimore’s high schools, not a single student scored proficient in math. In five Baltimore City high schools, not a single student scored proficient in math or reading. Despite these academic deficiencies, about 70% of the students graduate and are conferred a high school diploma—a fraudulent high school diploma. The Detroit Public Schools Community District scored...
  • Don't be a laggard. Buy and read this from a great FReeper.

    07/25/2020 8:20:34 AM PDT · by old-ager · 15 replies
    Matt Bracken ^ | 2011-07-04 | Matt Bracken
    If you work this right, you will get an inscribed copy from the author. Required reading or get the funk out. Ranya Lives!
  • Absolved

    07/25/2020 8:14:31 AM PDT · by old-ager · 3 replies
    Mike Vanderboegh via Bill St Clair ^ | 2008-07-23 | Mike Vanderboegh
    [ Mr. St Clair has posted a useful muzzuzzle vel. chart as well ] Absolved Chapter Links [Note, 10/23/2016: My reformatted copy of the entire available Absolved book is at] The following is the list of intended chapters for Mike Vanderboegh's novel Absolved. The title numbering and names were listed at Mike' site here. Links are mostly from David Codrea's Examiner site, now only available at The asterisk ("*") links at the end of each line are to my local copy of each chapter. Chater 32 (in three parts) was not in Codrea's index. Thank you to
  • Daniel Silva Becomes Dan Brown (“The Order” book bashes Right Wing)

    07/23/2020 2:12:49 PM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 48 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 7/20/20 | Marvin Olasky
    We interrupt our regularly scheduled reviews to warn readers who have absorbed my annual praise for Daniel Silva’s usually exquisite novels. Like clockwork a new book featuring Israeli spy hero Gabriel Allon has appeared each July. But I feel painfully obligated to say this: Despite Bob Woodward’s “Can’t put it down” recommendation, you should save your money and not pick up Silva’s latest, The Order (Harper, published on July 14).
  • American among UK terror victims, US ambassador confirms

    06/22/2020 5:29:42 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 22 2020 | Associated Press
    An American man was among the three victims stabbed to death in a park in the English town of Reading that is being treated as a terror attack, the U.S. ambassador to Britain confirmed Monday. Ambassador Woody Johnson offered his “deepest condolences'' to the families of those killed in the attack on June 20. A 25-year-old man who is believed to be the lone attacker is in custody but officials said the motive for the carnage was unclear. “Our thoughts are with all those affected,'' Johnson said. “We condemn the attack absolutely and have offered our assistance to British law...