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  • End of the English Major? Hardly!

    03/15/2023 1:21:13 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies ^ | 3/8/2023 | CUNY Office of Communications and Marketing
    Is the humanities degree going the way of the dodo bird? An article in The New Yorker, “The End of the English Major,” posits as a eulogy for the bustling humanities programs of yesteryear, citing dwindling investment and a generational shift toward science and technology and degrees that can be monetized. Faculty members at the Graduate Center, however, say that while the article is a clarion call, the death of the humanities is exaggerated. The desire and need to study the human past remain strong. Scholars shared their views on the current state and future of the humanities: Tanya Agathocleous,...
  • ANALYSIS: Schools are abandoning progressive curricula from teachers colleges

    03/01/2023 12:31:34 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | February 27, 2023 | Shelby Kearns
    Recent reports attribute the nationwide low reading proficiency for K-12 students, in part, to progressive curricula from teachers colleges. Progressive approaches to teaching reading, one education advocate said, come from a 'desire to ... move away from what had been thought of as the drudgery and pain of institutional style education.' ... Recent reports show that school districts are ditching progressive curricula from teachers colleges and returning to best practices for reading. The nationwide low reading proficiency for K-12 students is attributed, in part, to these curricula. Though Campus Reform has identified teachers colleges as sites of social justice and...
  • Charters succeed at teaching — that’s why their enemies hate them

    02/25/2023 2:42:02 PM PST · by TBP · 17 replies
    The New York Post ^ | February 23, 2023 | Editorial Board
    Faced with the undeniable fact city kids attending charters schools do far better on state exams than those stuck in the regular public-school system, critics routinely complain that charters “teach to the test” — as if that’s somehow a bad thing. Tests, after all, measure what kids are supposed to learn. Schools that don’t “teach to the test” effectively aren’t teaching at all. In other words, the critics are just avoiding the fact that public charter schools work — and, most embarrassing to the vested interests that depend on the regular system, work far better for lower-income minority children. Indeed,...
  • School District Enlists ‘Black Lives Matter Task Force’ To Help Teach 7th Graders How They’re Implicitly Biased

    02/19/2023 8:37:20 PM PST · by Fiji Hill · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 19, 2023 | Reagan Reese
    California school district is using lesson plans designed by its Black Lives Matter Task Force (BLM) to help teach 7th graders about their implicit bias during Black History Month, according to the curriculum obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. In an effort to address “issues related to racial justice,” Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) requires 7th through 12th grade teachers to use a curriculum created by the schools’ Black Lives Matter Task Force, a coalition dedicated to creating equity for African American students and staff within the district, according to screenshots of the curriculum obtained by the DCNF....
  • Two-Thirds of Kids Struggle to Read, and We Know How to Fix It

    02/13/2023 1:31:37 PM PST · by JSM_Liberty · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Feb. 11, 2023 | Nicholas Kristof
    A lovely aphorism holds that education isn’t the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. But too often, neither are pails filled nor fires lit. One of the most bearish statistics for the future of the United States is this: Two-thirds of fourth graders in the United States are not proficient in reading. Reading may be the most important skill we can give children. It’s the pilot light of that fire. Yet we fail to ignite that pilot light, so today some one in five adults in the United States struggles with basic literacy, and after more...
  • Why 65 Percent of Fourth Graders Can't Really Read

    02/13/2023 12:40:25 PM PST · by george76 · 135 replies
    PJMedia ^ | FEBRUARY 12, 2023 | RICK MORAN
    230,000 children who failed to show up for class when public schools reopened after the pandemic. It’s a tragedy without parallel in American history as many of the no-shows are very young — K through 3rd grade. Critical skills learned in early education were not taught to these kids, who are now hopelessly behind. ... Consider the fact that 65% of American fourth-grade students can barely read. This is a result of a radical shift to a new way of teaching children how to read. What was wrong with the old way? Well, it was old. ... What exactly are...
  • Student's 'racist' joke at East Bay school mocks Black History Month with cotton balls

    02/10/2023 7:25:00 PM PST · by Fiji Hill · 39 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 9, 2023
    A student brought cotton balls to Diablo View Middle School allegedly to mock the celebrations of Black History Month, school officials said.
  • Want to Teach in Minnesota? Christians Need Not Apply.

    01/15/2023 10:33:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/15/2023 | Scott Hogenson
    I grew up in Minnesota when it was a very nice, normal place; a time when the unofficial state motto was “30 Below Keeps The Riff-Raff Out,” and the meanest thing about it was that lady who scowled at Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat into the air on TV.But in a couple years, Christians will not be allowed to work as public school teachers. Neither will Muslims or Jews. The reason for this religious bigotry is new teacher licensing rules that will require teachers to personally affirm transgender ideology. Biology, genetics, endocrinology, physiology and anatomy have shown that, with...
  • Award for Pro-Mask, Pro-Lockdown?! NYC Teacher Has a Lot to Learn

    11/02/2022 5:13:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    New York Post ^ | November 1, 2022 | Maud Maron
    Bashing the parents of the students you teach, especially those who fought to get kids back into your classroom and freed from irrational and harmful totems like face masks, is apparently a good career move for some New York City schoolteachers — and profitable, too. Bobson Wong, a 17-year veteran math teacher, was just awarded $20,000 and the MfA Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education for “influencing the teaching profession in exceptional ways” and his “ability to have a positive impact within [his] school community and drive change outside of [his] own classroom.” On Twitter, meanwhile, Wong regularly and...
  • The Latest in Elite Education Is… Homeschooling? Power brokers and parents of child stars are going old school when it comes to educating their kids. Meet the tutor who is helping some of them make it happen.

    10/23/2022 8:53:49 AM PDT · by DoodleBob · 20 replies
    Town and Country Mag ^ | October 21, 2022 | Nicole Laporte
    For Tiffany Sorya, the path to becoming a homeschooling tutor to celebrities and other one-percenters was hardly intuitive. During her first years at Portland State University she admits that she was a “horrible” student. But by the time she graduated she had turned things around and was making such high grades that friends would ask, “How did you go from failing O(rganic) Chemistry to acing O Chem?,” she recalls. For fun, she started tutoring friends who needed help. But when the now 36-year-old, first-generation Cambodian American with Instagram-chic style (she has over 306,000 followers) graduated and moved to Los Angeles,...
  • Schools should stop teaching US history until they can get it right

    10/07/2022 10:22:28 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 54 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | August 27, 2020 | LaShawn Ford and Charles V. Frederick
    We should stop teaching history in our schools. The way history is now being taught leads to a racist society, perpetuates white privilege, and overlooks the contributions of women and minorities. I ask school districts to immediately remove history curricula, books, and materials that unfairly communicate history until suitable alternatives are developed. Enslaved people built our young nation and made possible an economy that would throw off the control of the most powerful country then on earth, Great Britain. But, oh, at what a price. According to Bennett Minton in The Washington Post, some schools across the country intend to...
  • Licensure changes ask teachers to make students ‘agents of social change’

    08/25/2022 6:38:04 PM PDT · by Boomer · 22 replies
    Alpha News ^ | Aug. 25, 2022 | Evan Stambaugh
    According to the Center of the American Experiment, the changes will impact teacher licensure programs and “require aspiring educators to ‘demonstrate’ ideologically driven content in their coursework to obtain their teaching license.” This goes for educators who end up teaching at private schools, too. -snip- In another section on “planning for instruction,” the draft standards say a teacher should “create opportunities for students to learn about power, privilege, intersectionality, and systemic oppression in the context of various communities and empower learners to be agents of social change to promote equity.”
  • Teachers’ Union Calls for Summer Reading to Include Book About Disrespecting the National Anthem

    08/11/2022 5:15:11 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 27 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 10 Aug, 2022 | Eric Lendrum
    The largest teachers’ union in the country recently proposed that its summer 2022 reading list for students include a book that defends the act of disrespecting the National Anthem by kneeling for it before sporting events. As reported by The Daily Caller, the National Education Association (NEA) lists the book “Why We Fly” on its website for suggested reading in August of 2022, as students prepare to return to school. The book includes marijuana use by teenagers and focuses on two cheerleaders who decide to kneel for the National Anthem after being inspired to do so by a football player...
  • The Origins and Impact of Racially Divisive Curricula

    07/08/2022 10:02:17 AM PDT · by karpov · 3 replies
    In the fall of 2021, it appeared that Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe, would rather easily defeat his Republican challenger, Glenn Youngkin. But the election turned dramatically once a number of parents voiced their opposition to the racially-themed material that was being taught in schools. They didn’t think it appropriate to tell students that America is an irredeemably racist country and that white people hold power and use it to oppress minorities. These parents, of all races, had found out that, despite official denials, concepts embedded in Critical Race Theory (CRT) had been smuggled into school curricula. At this...
  • Media Engineers Hit Campaign From Secret Recording Of Hillsdale College President Telling The Truth About Teacher Training

    07/08/2022 8:35:40 AM PDT · by DFG · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/08/2022 | JOY PULLMANN
    Aguest at a private reception last week with Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee secretly recorded the event and then sent the recording to a local media outlet. News Channel 5 then ran a hit story about Arnn’s accurate remark that “teachers are trained in the dumbest parts of the dumbest colleges in the country.” Selected 30-second clips from the two-hour recording that betrayed event-goers’ confidence were next quickly amplified in state media, including the state’s biggest leftist outlet, The Tennesseean. This pressure campaign on Thursday caused a Tennessee public school to drop its use of...
  • Los Angeles public schools training teachers that 'merit,' 'individualism' rooted in 'whiteness'

    07/06/2022 7:43:48 AM PDT · by grundle · 40 replies
    Fox News via ^ | July 5, 2022 | Jessica Chasmar
    The Los Angeles Unified School District is training teachers and staff that "merit" and "individualism" are concepts rooted in "whiteness" that must be challenged in schools. LAUSD required all employees to undergo "implicit/unconscious bias training" guided by Tyrone Howard, a critical race theory advocate and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, prior to the 2021-2022 school year. The training materials, which were obtained by Fox News Digital through a California Public Records Act (PRA) request, instructed educators to work toward being "antiracist" by challenging whiteness at school, which Howard argued exists in the concepts of "merit" and "individualism."...
  • Uvalde shooting pushes Texas teachers to breaking point- Tuesday’s school shooting is a tragic end to a terrible year for Texas teachers who faced two COVID-19 surges, staffing shortages, school boards fights, book bans.

    05/28/2022 4:09:57 AM PDT · by DoodleBob · 54 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | May 27, 2022 | Brian Lopez
    ...This was to be the successful road back to normalcy for public schools. But after two large COVID-19 surges, a year of angry school board meetings, parents claiming teachers were grooming kids for abuse, and fights over everything from mask mandates for students to what books they can read, teachers were already at a breaking point with nearly 500 quitting even if it meant losing their license. On top of all of that, Texas passed a law last year prohibiting teachers from discussing “a widely debated and currently controversial issue of public policy or social affairs," the state's so-called "critical...
  • Chris Christie on New Jersey schools teaching 2nd-graders about gender identity: 'This should not be going

    04/08/2022 7:42:23 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 10 replies
    Fox news ^ | 04/08/2022 | Fox news staff
    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reacted Friday to New Jersey schools planning to teach gender identity to children. The Republican former presidential candidate blasted his successor, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, for embracing "crazy liberal policies."
  • The Morning Briefing: Democrats' Obsession With Sex and Kids Gets Creepier by the Day

    03/24/2022 11:52:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | MAR 24, 2022 | Stephen Kruiser
    Many of us who have been involved with the conservative side of politics often reminisce about the days when Republicans and Democrats got along better and could hang out socially. We’ve all heard the story about Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill being able to enjoy a drink together after a long day of going at each other. That’s so last century. A big reason for that is that the 21st-century Democrats have gone completely bat you-know-what leftist crazy. It’s easy to have a beer with someone you disagree with over tax policy; not so much with someone who wants to...
  • San Diego County School Retracts “Wheel Of Privilege” Teaching Tool

    02/11/2022 5:25:06 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies
    Nation And State ^ | 2-11-2022 | Brad Jones via The Epoch Times
    A school in San Diego County claims it has removed a “Wheel of Privilege” graphic from its professional development training materials after the image was exposed on social media and parents objected. The image was touted as part of professional development training by the Black Mountain Middle School in Poway Unified School District (PUSD), according to the Californians For Equal Rights Foundation (CFER), whose executive director posted the graphic on Twitter. The “Wheel of Power/Privilege” teaching tool was designed to rank people by power and privilege based on skin color, body size, and gender identity, as well as citizenship, language,...