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  • 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...
  • BREAKING (GRAPHIC): Multiple people reported stabbed. Some reports of fatalities in vicinity of a Black Lives Matter protest in Reading, UK

    06/20/2020 1:30:47 PM PDT · by rxsid · 55 replies ^ | 06.20.2020 | Raheem Kassam
    BREAKING (GRAPHIC): Multiple people reported stabbed. Some reports of fatalities in vicinity of a Black Lives Matter protest in Reading, UK
  • Phonics Starter Kit -- for parents, teachers, and national leaders

    06/06/2020 7:01:07 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 36 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 18, 2020 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Sad to say, the Reading Wars continue in the USA. Millions of children are made to memorize sight-words, a proven road to illiteracy. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of websites, continue to assert things that are the opposite of truth. For example, we are told that English isn’t a phonetic language and students have no choice but to memorize the vast English language one sight-word at a time. Nonsense, as Rudolf Flesch famously explained in his 1955 bestseller "Why Johnny Can't Read.” Why does this destructive charade go on? The official experts continue to disorient the public with incorrect theories, fake research,...
  • Presidential Message on Read Across America Day, 2020

    03/02/2020 9:21:02 AM PST · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | 02/02/20 | President Donald J Trump
    As millions of students across the United States celebrate Read Across America Day, Melania and I are pleased to join them in celebrating the wonders of reading and literature, while also honoring our Nation’s outstanding educators, librarians, and families who support America’s remarkable young people. Read Across America Day is a celebration of the joys of literacy and an important reminder that we must make every effort to ensure that our Nation’s children receive the necessary education in reading and writing to cultivate the skills they need to pursue their American Dream. To help all of America’s students unlock their...
  • Aspen area elementary schools show low reading proficiency ( Common Core )

    12/10/2019 6:25:18 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Aspen Daily News ^ | Dec 9, 2019 | Megan Tackett
    It’s a jarring statistic, so much so that it became a talking point among Aspen school board candidates in the runup to the most recent election: At Aspen Elementary School, a mere 41 percent of students were deemed proficient in reading against the state’s standards. “I think this should be an all-hands-on-deck solution now. I suspect there are curriculum alignment issues: it’s not one teacher; it’s not one kid; it’s not one bad day,” newly elected Katy Frisch said during a school board candidate forum in October. “It’s completely unacceptable.” Johnathan Nickell, who won the other open board seat in...
  • K–12: Phonics Is Winning

    12/05/2019 4:42:33 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 54 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Oct. 25, 2019 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Important Ed News /// Phonics is winning, finally, at long last, after 85 stupid years, after 50 million functional illiterates, after one of the most stubborn subversive schemes against common sense ever to brutalize a country. Finally, the one correct way to teach reading is again embraced as the one correct way to teach reading. Go ahead, shout "OMG." The fix has been in for so many dumbed down decades that many people may have given up hope. You may think this is now crazy optimism on my part. But I will show you some signs that things have suddenly...
  • Pennsylvania ends future child sex abuse charges time limits

    11/27/2019 8:21:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 26, 2019 | Associated Press
    READING, Pa. — Pennsylvania overhauled its child sexual abuse laws Tuesday more than a year after a grand jury report showed the cover-up of hundreds of cases of abuse in most of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses over the last seven decades. The central bill signed by Gov. Tom Wolf gives future victims of child sex abuse more time to file lawsuits and to end time limits for police to file criminal charges. The grand jury report spurred several states to change their laws and other states to begin similar investigations.
  • Colorado has spent hundreds of millions to help kids read. $5.2 on why it’s not working./Trunc

    11/20/2019 6:17:38 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 35 replies
    Chalkbeat ^ | 20 Nov, 2019 | Ann Schimke
    Full Title: Colorado has spent hundreds of millions to help kids read. Now, it will spend up to $5.2 million to find out why it’s not working. Colorado’s education department will spend up to $5.2 million over six years on a consultant charged with determining why the state’s 2012 landmark reading law failed to produce significant gains for struggling readers. The unusual external audit, to be conducted by the nonprofit WestEd, will dig into how the state’s schools are using about $40 million a year meant to boost third-grade reading proficiency. The review could last up to six and a...
  • Socialists Used Public Schools to Destroy Literacy in America

    11/02/2019 6:28:02 PM PDT · by Windflier · 19 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | October 30, 2019 | Alex Newman
    Widespread illiteracy and the ignorance it produces represent an existential threat to the United States today. But it was not always this way. And it can be fixed. Fortunately, neither the cause of this crisis nor the solution to it is a mystery—at least to anyone who has studied the issue. To blame for this dangerous phenomenon are socialist “educators” going back to the mid-1800s. In particular, it was their quack methodologies ostensibly aimed at “teaching reading” to children. The answer to the illiteracy crisis is simple, though: America must go back to what worked for thousands of years and...
  • Reading Chick-fil-A Outlet to Close in LGBT Rights Row [UK]

    10/20/2019 7:41:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/18/19
    A US fast-food chain will cease trading at its first UK outlet amid a row over donations to anti-LGBT groups. Gay rights campaigners called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A, which opened its first branch at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading on 10 October. A spokeswoman for the centre said "the right thing to do" was to not extend the restaurant's lease beyond the "six-month pilot period". Chick-fil-A said its donations were purely focused on youth and education. The family-owned company, founded in Atlanta in 1967, is one of the biggest fast-food chains in the USA and boasts about 2,400...
  • Fixing K-12: How We Can Do It

    09/09/2019 6:51:13 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | August 7, 2019 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Many practical people say the situation is hopeless. The Education Establishment controls the country’s public schools with an unyielding grip. Unfortunately, these educrats seem to be socialist ideologues. (That’s not surprising as their Godfather—that is, John Dewey—was a socialist ideologue.) They are obsessed with social engineering, not academic gains. The school is for them a laboratory where they can design the brave new child that will populate their Brave New World. Whether these new children can read, write, or do arithmetic does not seem to be a major concern. Just as unsettling, our Education Establishment has created a far-reaching support...