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Mar 28 06:35

Disabled teacher in Gaza inspires his students to never give up

A young teacher who lost three limbs in an Israeli missile strike leads by example, showing his young students how to overcome adversity.

Mar 27 15:47

3 USG justices resign after being threatened with impeachment

“No one wanted to be responsible for taking OSU Divest’s initiative off of the ballot,” she wrote in a letter she told The Lantern after the meeting that she had read to the USG General Assembly. “Many people, including those that have accused my actions of simply having a meeting to compromise a solution to a problem and suggesting action as unconstitutional, wanted to see the issue off of the ballot.”

Mar 27 07:56

President TripAdvisor: “We Compete With Google”

The American company TripAdvisor Inc. 14 years of the little-known site with tips for travelers and feedback into a business that combines multiple services with annual revenues of more than $ 944 million. The site came up with Harvard graduate, the programmer Stephen Kaufer – today he is the president and CEO of TripAdvisor Inc.

http://whatisusa.info/president-tripadvisor-we-compete-with-google/

Mar 27 04:01

Internships With The National Park Service In Historic Places

The Foundation shall elect twenty undergraduate and graduate students to work with the team of NPS.

Hispanic Access Foundation, in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) launched the Latin Legacy Program: Internship Program 2015, known in English as the Latino Heritage Internship Program, or LHIP.

This professional internship program has been designed by the NPS in order to prepare the next generation of protecting our public lands and historic sites, the availability of these, and the participation of the Latino community in conservation.

http://whatisusa.info/internships-with-the-national-park-service-in-hi...

Mar 26 14:54

Parents Must Sign Permission Slip Before Kids Can Eat Oreos

There are 18-wheelers with brake problems, hungry bears just stumbling out of hibernation, and lawnmowers that suddenly shift into reverse. And then there’s the unparalleled danger of Double Stuf Oreos. Thank goodness this teacher requires parents to sign off on cookie consumption—if they dare.

Mar 26 12:25

Eloquent 4th Grader Brings Crowd To Its Feet After She Rebukes Govt School Testing

One Florida 4th grader, who could barely see over the podium as she gave a rousing speech to the Board - just couldn't take being a mere statistic any more when it came to the new standardized testing.

Students aren't even allowed to tell parents what the test covers...

WATCH and applaud this 9-year-old...

Mar 26 07:03

What today’s college activism is all about; And the revolt against the empire

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

In the 1960s, there was a fearful and terrible thing called college activism.

It was fearful and terrible for the US war machine, during the Vietnam disaster.

From that moment, the establishment decided: this must never happen again...

Mar 25 20:53

3 Subjects Schools Could Teach to Improve the World

As a former teacher who spent 7 years in the system, one of the things that really bugs me about today’s schools is the undercurrent of fear and control-based social conditioning that they subject our children to. Yes, our children do learn valuable skills and information, but often at the cost of their overall health and prosperity. Our schools, while they do indeed try, ultimately fail to fully harness the power of today’s young minds because they emphasize routine, discipline and testing over exploration, compassion and innovation.

Another problem today in education is that we simply aren’t teaching kids what they really need to know to be successful in life. While it is important to learn basic math, science, and reading to survive in today’s world, it is also important to teach kids how to thrive.

Mar 25 11:24

TEXAS BILL WOULD HAVE TEACHERS ASSESS STUDENTS MENTAL HEALTH & REPORT TO COPS

Schools are already a hotbed of “criminal” activity as assessed by teachers, with students routinely suspended or arrested for having bubble guns, toy guns, or even drawing guns. In the latter case, a girl of five drew a shape resembling a gun in crayon, then turned the drawing towards a classmate and said “pew, pew!” That was enough for the teacher to report her to school administrators, who then forced the girl to sign a “suicide and homicide” contract, stating that she wouldn’t harm herself or others. They also wanted the girl’s mother to take her into a psychologist for “her issues,” which the mother has rightly refused to do.

Mar 25 09:48

GROWING SUPPORT FOR BDS AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES

Student union at McMaster University in Hamilton votes to support the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Mar 25 09:11

No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects

Finland, one of the leading educational hotspots in the world, is embarking on one of the most radical overhauls in modern education. By 2020, the country plans to phase out teaching individual subjects such as maths, chemistry and physics, and instead teach students by 'topics' or broad phenomena, so that there's no more question about "what's the point of learning this?"

Mar 25 03:07

NASA Conducted An Experiment With Twins Astronauts

This study aims to understand the behavior of the body for a long time in space.
Astronauts twins hope to provide the US space agency (NASA) a better understanding of the effects of long space travel on the human body with a unique experiment in its class to begin this week.

Seeking fly a manned mission to Mars, astronauts experienced, and twin brothers, Mark and Scott Kelly, will participate in a study of one year.

http://whatisusa.info/nasa-conducted-an-experiment-with-twins-astronauts/

Mar 24 22:11

Ipredia OS

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IprediaOS

IprediaOS is a fast, powerful and stable operating system based on Linux that provides an anonymous environment. All network traffic is automatically and transparently encrypted and anonymized.

Many applications are available in IprediaOS, including mail, peer-peer, bittorrent, IRC chat and others.

Mar 23 14:40

Chef's Input Helps Make School Meals Healthier, Study Finds

How chefs can spot mistakes of school staff to help children eat better

Mar 23 11:30

Rotten to the “Common Core”

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CC) for primary and secondary education in public schools are the latest in a long line of bureaucratically imposed directives pushed by cultural communists and multinational corporations in order to establish a single, uniform educational system throughout the United States.

Mar 23 10:20

9 BILLIONAIRES ARE ABOUT TO REMAKE NEW YORK’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS—HERE’S THEIR STORY

Hedge-fund manager Whitney Tilson stands at a Harvard club podium in midtown Manhattan, facing a room full of investors eating eggs and bacon, and eager to learn more about charter schools. The walls of the wood-paneled room are lined with the portraits of Tilson’s Harvard forefathers. Above the podium where Tilson stands hangs an ornamental gold ship, swaying. In the corner of the room is a large screen, on which the logos of the day’s sponsors, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, float like guardian angels. Two large stone fireplaces dominate the west end of the room. Their exaggerated mantelpieces are each decorated with two empty crests and a laurel—symbols of power drained of any purpose.?

Mar 23 07:45

Stephen King: I’m rich, tax me

Mar 22 07:59

Making “America as user-friendly to Jews as possible.” The Anti-Defamation League and the Indoctrination of our Youth

I’ve recently been occupying my spare time with careful study of the ADL’s “Anti-Bias Lesson Plans and Resources for K-12 Educators.” On the ADL’s website, it is said that these lesson plans, which target children in grades three through twelve, have been designed to help “educators” “integrate multicultural, anti-bias, and social justice themes into their curricula.”

Mar 21 19:13

A+ 3-minute rap video: Schools fail to educate on Life’s most vital issues

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Hat tip: Zen Gardner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xe6nLVXEC0

Boy in a band’s 3-minute Don’t stay in school rap video powerfully communicates usual frustrations about high school-level education:

Students learn structure of government, including rights and leaders’ rosy rhetoric, but never compare current events to discover to what extent those rights exist, and to what extent leaders’ rhetoric match the reality of actual events.
Students aren’t trained about how money is created, mortgages, and having a job.
Students don’t know promised universal human rights (and here, here, here).
Students learn abstract math that 99%+ of adults never use (algebra, trigonometry, calculus) masked as “real-world” situations, when real-world problems exist that kill thousands and millions (and have solutions).
The conclusion is that topics that don’t apply to actual practical living, “don’t stay in school.”

We in alternate media agree.

Mar 21 14:15

CANADIAN PUBLISHER FACES JAIL FOR POLITICAL WRITINGS!

Hello. My name is Arthur Topham and I am the owner, publisher and editor of the online alternative News site RadicalPress.com which has been operating in Canada for the past sixteen years. Over the last eight years I have been involved in legal battles with the Canadian government, first the Canadian Human Rights Commission and now the federal legal system over alleged offences that purportedly violate Canada's "Hate Propaganda" laws (Sections 318 - 320) of the Canadian Criminal Code (CCC).

Mar 21 09:29

Scholarslip - Inside the Student Loan Debt Crisis

Determined to speak up about America’s crumbling higher education system, three students at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism rallied the voices of an indebted generation. The trio of aspiring journalists—Alex Lancial, Tara Molina and Jake Stein— produced a documentary entitled “Scholarslip”. The 26-minute production examines the student debt crisis in the United States and delves into issues local to Arizona. Illustrated through the voices of student debtors as well as university and government policymakers, “Scholarslip” explores five critical issues: increasing costs of tuition; deteriorating quality of higher education; diminishing value of a college degree in the job market; student dependence on state and federal financial assistance; and the effects on personal lives and aspirations.

Mar 21 01:33

Conformity Starts Earlier than You Might Expect

The human mind easily adapts and conforms to ideas, behaviors and the environment around it, often as a means of fitting in and surviving. Most people are content to follow along with what others are doing, even if it transforms them to the point that they do not recognize themselves. Over time, one’s convictions morph to what is widely acceptable in society, destructive acts are deemed constructive and necessary, succumbing to authority is considered necessary, and blurring the lines of morality becomes the norm.

Mar 20 20:31

Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (7 of 7)

*hyperlinks live at source*

The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections:

Instructions (1 of 7)
Contextual orientation: seeing the past as clearly as possible (2 of 7)
Money and bank credit (3 of 7)
Fractional reserve banking (4 of 7)
Debt (public, private) and money supply (5 of 7)
Historical struggle between government-issued money and private bank-issued credit (6 of 7)
Cost-benefit analysis for monetary reform in your world of the present (7 of 7)
**

6. Cost-Benefit Analysis for Monetary Reform

Mar 20 11:00

“By Any Standard, Wealth Inequality At Historic Levels” Since Recovery From 2008 Economic Crisis

Charles Hugh Smith

Note to the higher education industry: issuing diplomas doesn’t magically create new jobs in the real world.

By virtually any standard, wealth inequality has soared to historic levels in the six years of “recovery” since the Great Recession of 2008-09. Economist Emmanuel Saez, who has long collaborated with Thomas Piketty, described the recent extremes of wealth inequality in a recent paper Striking it Richer: The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States, which provides an in-depth look at the widening gulf between the top 1% and the bottom 90% from 2009 to 2012.

Here is a chart of the top 10% share of income, based on their research (the note in red marking the beginning of financialization in 1982 is my own):

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Mar 19 09:38

Bailout is back: Fannie and Freddie likely need “additional Treasury investment” after derivatives losses

There is trouble again for federal mortgage backers and bailout queens Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, whose failures helped to trigger the housing market collapse and subsequent 2008 economic crisis

Mar 19 09:20

University of California President Janet Napolitano Says ‘We Don’t Have To Listen To This Crap’ As Students Protest Potential UC Tuition Hikes

University of California President Janet Napolitano remarked to a fellow regent that they “didn’t have to listen to this crap” as protesters denounced potential tuition hikes during a meeting Wednesday in San Francisco.

Mar 19 08:30

The Group Is All

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

“A single thought simultaneously held by several people isn’t some miracle. The course of history is a process of liberation from that circumstance, and the emerging miracle was one individual thinking his own thoughts. That was the great change. And now people want to reverse it. They want to go back. They want to call it evolution.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

More and more, education is entraining children to think of themselves as part of a group.

This is one basic way to cut off the consciousness of being an individual and what it really means.

The government, the State, has now become the beneficent leader of The Group, and if you need confirmation, just ask any politician. He’ll give you a sound bite or two...

Mar 19 07:38

Christina Aguilera Praises Unschooler Musician "There's No Teaching What You Do"

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Producers of NBC's The Voice present him as a "shy farm boy," but 15-year-old Sawyer Fredericks' unique folk sound may be aided by something else. He is unschooled.

Sawyer's father runs the Facebook page The Unschool Dad described as "A radical unschooling dad of 5 sharing our journey!"

Although the show never mentions this fact, Christina Aquilera, a judge on the show, made a comment following Fredericks' successful performance in the second round of the show that sort of proves the point of unschooling...

Mar 19 06:57

BACK OFF BITCH NO ONE CAN MAKE ME SAYS BLACK STUDENT

After a black high-school boy repeatedly punched his teacher in the
face, sending her to the emergency room, the teacher, who is white, was
advised by the assistant principal not to press charges. The
administrator lectured her about how hard it is for young black men to
overcome a criminal record.

Mar 19 06:42

Supreme Court to rule today on religious teaching in schools

The Supreme Court of Canada is set to issue a ruling this morning that could determine how religion is taught in some schools.

The case centres on Loyola High School in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood, a private Catholic school that wants to opt out of Quebec's ethics and religious culture program.

Loyola High School was founded by the Jesuits in 1896 with the mission of teaching with a Catholic perspective.

When the Quebec government introduced its provincewide ethics and religious culture course in 2008, Loyola tried to get an exemption — but failed.

Mar 19 05:05

Suspended A Fraternity Of Penn State For Posting Illicit Images

Members of Kappa Delta Rho had a social network with images of selling drugs and naked women.
A fraternity at the Penn State University was suspended while officials investigate allegations that the group maintains a private Facebook page where he allegedly posted photos of partially nude women and illicit activities and the consumption and sale of drugs.

The bodies of university security officials said members of the fraternity published pictures of selling drugs, acts of ‘bullying’ and women seemed to unconsciousness or asleep. Police said the page, which belongs to the members of the fraternity Kappa Delta Rho, had about 150 members exclusive invitation, some current students and graduates and others.

http://whatisusa.info/suspended-a-fraternity-of-penn-state-for-posting...

Mar 18 09:06

World War II myths fuel Western crimes

Freshman US Senator Tom Cotton already has two claims to fame. First he wrote a letter to Iran in an effort to sabotage his own President’s diplomatic efforts and start a war. And then he set an all-time record by invoking Hitler in less than one minute during his first Senate speech.

Sen. Cotton thus stands condemned under Godwin’s Law, which states that whoever mentions Hitler first automatically loses the debate. “Playing the Hitler card” is widely reviled. Yet people like Cotton cannot resist the temptation.

Why has the demonization of Hitler—and of anybody one wants to demonize through comparisons to Hitler—become such a massively overused, utterly shopworn cliché?

Mar 18 07:15

‘Jew-hating campaign’ seen with Israel divestment movement on campuses

The three swastikas found over the weekend inside a Jewish fraternity house at Vanderbilt University weren’t the first — the Nazi symbols were painted recently on Alpha Epsilon Pi houses at Emory University and the University of California, Davis.

It could be a drunken prank, or it could be that those few smears of graffiti represented something larger. A survey of 1,157 Jewish college students at 55 campuses released in February by Trinity College and the Louis D. Brandeis Center found that a whopping 54 percent said they had experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism in the past year.

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Those swastikas could also be another hate crime hoax by Israel's supporters to build public sympathy. There have been many such hoaxes exposed time and again, such as the professor at Claremont College in California or the jewish student caught drawing swastikas on her own door at George Washington University.

If you think about it, nobody BUT Israel still thinks the swastika is important.

When you were a child, and played cops and robbers or cowboys and indians, you wanted to be the good guy, either the cops or cowboys. The younger children had to be browbeaten into playing the bad guys whether robbers or indians. Well, the Nazis are generally viewed as the bad guys and nobody really wants to be them. The posers pretending to be modern nazis inevitably turn out to be a front for some intelligence or propaganda operation.

For the rest of us, WW2 and the Nazis are history from before we were all born, including myself, and I am 62. Were it not for Israel's constant exploitation of the Nazis for political gain, most of us would recall Hitler as poorly as we recall the Kaiser!

But contrary to the "Jew hater" or "Antisemitism" spin, the opposition to Israel's government is the result of their actions, not their religion or ethnicity. It is their BEHAVIOR that is a problem and defending Israel's aggressions by screaming "Jew hater" makes as much sense as defending the Nazis by screaming "German hater!"

Mar 17 20:05

Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (5 of 7)

*hyperlinks live at source*

The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections:

Instructions (1 of 7)
Contextual orientation: seeing the past as clearly as possible (2 of 7)
Money and bank credit (3 of 7)
Fractional reserve banking (4 of 7)
Debt (public, private) and money supply (5 of 7)
Historical struggle between government-issued money and private bank-issued credit (6 of 7)
Cost-benefit analysis for monetary reform in your world of the present (7 of 7)
**

4. Debt (public, private) and money supply

Mar 17 14:42

It's Official: Americans R Stupid

As Americans, we tend to be pretty full of ourselves, and this is especially true of our young people. But do we really have reason for such pride? According to a shocking new report from the Educational Testing Service, Americans between the ages of 20 and 34 are way behind young adults in other industrialized nations when it comes to literacy, mathematics and technological proficiency. Even though more Americans than ever are going to college, we continue to fall farther and farther behind intellectually. So what does this say about us? Sadly, the truth is that Americans are stupid. Our education system is an abysmal failure, and our young people spend most of their free time staring at the television, their computers or their mobile devices. And until we are honest with ourselves about this, our intellectual decline is going to get even worse.

Mar 17 12:17

The Graduation Rate Of Hispanics Increased

The education gap between majority and minority in the US decreases slowly.
The high school graduation rate of Hispanic students increased by four percentage points between 2011 and 2013, at a rate faster than most Anglo students and other minorities, according to data provided by the Department of Education.

According to statistics, between 2011 and 2013 the total rate of high school graduation increased by 2.4 points to 81.4 percent (%), to stand at its highest level in history.

http://whatisusa.info/the-graduation-rate-of-hispanics-increased/

Mar 17 10:24

School Kicks Gifted 11-Yr-Old Student out for Having Marijuana... That Just Turned out to Be an Ordinary Leaf

These are the people in charge of public education and our criminal justice system, America.

People who will completely ruin a child, screw up his life, and overreact to the point that it makes soap operas look like CSPAN on a Tuesday and all because they can’t bother to tell the difference between a smoke-able illegal substance and a normal ass leaf.

I don’t even know what else to say. This is the dumbest story I have read all year, perhaps even more ignorant than that time the school suspended the kid for “making a terroristic threat” by declaring he was going to make another kid disappear with his magical one ring from The Hobbit movie.

I actually feel dumber for having read it, for it thus lodging into a crack somewhere in my grey brain matter and possibly staying there forever like the Three’s Company theme song.

Thanks a lot, Bedford County public schools for making me stupid, too.

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Mar 17 09:12

ITALY, SPAIN TO FOLLOW IF GREECE EXITS EUROZONE, SAYS GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER

Panos Kammenos, Greece’s defense minister, spoke to German newspaper “Bild” on Saturday, saying his country’s leaving the euro could precede an exit by Italy and Spain, followed by Germany in the future. “If Greece explodes, Spain and Italy will be next and then at some point, Germany. We therefore need to find a way within the eurozone, but this way cannot be that the Greeks keep on having to pay,” Kammenos told Bild.

Mar 17 08:35

It’s official: Americans R stupid

As Americans, we tend to be pretty full of ourselves, and this is especially true of our young people

Mar 17 07:19

Boy Suspended for Year and Prosecuted for Bringing A Leaf to School

Carey Wedler
Activist Post

An 11-year-old boy has endured relentless attacks from the government for bringing a leaf to school that tested negative for marijuana.

Nevertheless, he was suspended from school for a 364 days and charged with possession of marijuana – even after it was proven on multiple occasions that the plant was not weed...

Mar 16 18:05

This Is A National Crisis: Parents Should Be Screaming Bloody Murder About The Quality Of The Education That Their Children Are Receiving.

As Americans, we tend to be pretty full of ourselves, and this is especially true of our young people. But do we really have reason for such pride? According to a shocking new report from the Educational Testing Service, Americans between the ages of 20 and 34 are way behind young adults in other industrialized nations when it comes to literacy, mathematics and technological proficiency.

Mar 16 17:57

Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (4 of 7)

*hyperlinks live at source*

The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections:

Instructions (1 of 7)
Contextual orientation: seeing the past as clearly as possible (2 of 7)
Money and bank credit (3 of 7)
Fractional reserve banking (4 of 7)
Debt (public, private) and money supply (5 of 7)
Historical struggle between government-issued money and private bank-issued credit (6 of 7)
Cost-benefit analysis for monetary reform in your world of the present (7 of 7)
**

3. Fractional reserve banking

Mar 16 11:37

Toy Guns in America: The 1950s Versus Today (Video)

Check out this old toy gun commercial from the 1950s or '60s and compare it to how children who play with toy guns (or even their own food or fingers fashioned like a gun) are treated today.

Do you think kids today are going to want to uphold their 2nd Amendment rights after they are terrorized and suspended or expelled by their schools for chewing a breakfast tart into an L-shape or being forced at age five to undergo a psych eval for bringing a Hello Kitty bubble gun to class? Even little kids playing with finger guns are considered a serious threat today.

Mar 16 10:55

VIDEO: Cop Shoots 8th Grade Child With Taser Gun for “Being Disruptive”

POWHATAN COUNTY, VA — Think back to 8th grade: do you remember ever talking out loud or being “disruptive”?

Imagine if the punishment was an armed police officer approaching you and shooting you with a Taser gun, frying your nervous system with electrical voltage, for being “disruptive.”

That’s what happened at Powhatan Junior High School on Friday, according to reports.

Mar 16 07:50

ORWELLIAN NIGHTMARE UNLEASHED ON SCHOOLKIDS

Rather than merely asking for a right or wrong answer to a math, history or science question, the new assessment industry is capable of boring into a child’s attitudes, values, opinions and beliefs, all of which parents and privacy advocates say is no business of the government’s.

The pushback has led some state education systems to recommend a reduction in the amount of high-stakes testing in public schools.

But, parents beware, the sudden realization that maybe too much testing is going on is not going to lead to less data being collected. Quite the opposite.

But what if your child’s teacher could have access to a software application that allows her to collect data on your child in real time, without ever rolling out a test?

Enter the BOSS app. It is just one of countless new data-collection products available to school systems looking to collect data on the sneak.

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And please be aware: these dossiers will follow the kid from kindergarten through high school.

Mar 16 07:48

SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT CONFIRMS COMMON CORE PUBLISHER IS SPYING ON KIDS’ SOCIAL MEDIA

They’ll say they need to do it to keep your kids from cheating, but this is just the beginning.

Mar 16 07:03

VIDEO: COP SHOOTS 8TH GRADE CHILD WITH TASER GUN FOR “BEING DISRUPTIVE

Think back to 8th grade: do you remember ever talking out loud or being “disruptive”?

Imagine if the punishment was an armed police officer approaching you and shooting you with a Taser gun, frying your nervous system with electrical voltage, for being “disruptive.”

That’s what happened at Powhatan Junior High School on Friday, according to reports.

An officer at the school shot an 8th grade student with a Taser gun for “being disruptive.”

The Powhatan Sheriff’s Department claims that it started when the student was “disruptive” in the cafeteria.

The student was then taken to the assistant principal’s office, where, they claim, the “disruptive” behavior continued.

An armed police officer stepped in and decided to try to place the student in handcuffs, but the student reacted by trying to flee, according to reports.

That’s when the officer pointed his Taser gun at the student and shot him as the student was running away from the officer.

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So, THIS is what passes for education in Virginia?!?

Were I a parent at this school, I would pull my kid out of that school immediately, and home-school.

The camera footage will tell the tale; but whatever happened to being able to talk to a kid coherently, and getting them to talk about what is making them angry?!?

IF education in this country is reduced to teaching to the test, coupled with the application of stun gun attacks, with no exposure to critical thinking and problem solving, this country's future is in deep jeopardy.

Mar 16 06:08

"Cancel All Student Debt" - The Petitions Begin

With global moral hazard having long ago become institutionalized, and codified as "monetary policy", catering almost exclusively to the TBTF entities in the financial sector, we were surprised it took as long as it did for Obama to announce (as he did last week), that the administration is now studying "new bankruptcy options" for student loan borrowers: code word for an across the board student debt moratorium, or forgiveness.

Mar 15 10:49

Help With Math Homework

Trasmitele taste for mathematics your child with activities of daily living.

By Miriam Myers

Math homework your child brings home may look different than remember when you were a student. How can you help your child if you do not understand the procedure? And if so, how you can guide your child with homework without just give the answer?

http://whatisusa.info/help-with-math-homework/

Mar 15 08:09

The Familiar Double Standard in Oklahoma

The uproar over a racist fraternity chant rolls on and has now prompted the (illegal) expulsion of two University of Oklahoma students for speech crime. Besides foreshadowing what could be the future for fraternities, there’s a familiar double standard popping up in this case.

Mar 14 12:03

Fourteen Students Are Accused Of Raping Two Fellow High School In LA

Police said eight of the arrests were made in school.
Nine teenagers between 14 and 17 years were arrested Friday on charges of raping two minors, for over a year and off the campus of the Venice High School, according to police and school staff. Police said eight of the arrests were made in school.

Detectives say that 14 young violations allegedly attacked two high school students Venice many times, as revealed by the Commander Andrew Smith told reporters participated. The other five students are being targeted Police Department as partners of the facts.

All defendants are minor and are fully identified, Smith said.

http://whatisusa.info/fourteen-students-are-accused-of-raping-two-fell...

Mar 14 11:35

Obama Recognizes That Much Remains To Be Done To Expand Access To Universities In The US

The US president, Barack Obama.
United States requires further efforts to ensure the right to higher education for millions of young people, in the words of President Barack Obama.

In his regular weekly address, Obama felt that this task becomes more important to the facilitating role that higher education plays to expand and strengthen the middle class, in an economy that increasingly relies on innovation.

“Knowledge is the most important skill you can offer. That is why higher education is now more than ever, the safest access to the middle class way, “he said.

http://whatisusa.info/obama-recognizes-that-much-remains-to-be-done-to...

Mar 12 08:36

Straight-A college student kicked out because he was homeschooled

With all this talk about mandatory vaccination legislation, a lot more parents are discussing homeschool as an option (while that option is even still

Mar 12 06:24

Straight-A College Student Kicked out Because He Was Homeschooled

Building one’s mind the old fashioned way will be increasingly treated the same way conscientious objectors to vaccines are, with the scorn of a system that wants everyone kept under total and utter control.

Mar 12 05:59

Obama’s OFA FAIL: ‘85% of 8th Graders Believe in Man-Made Climate Change, Too Bad Only Half the Senate Agrees’

So… eighth graders are now the scientific standard for policy decision making in this country? Gotta love these responses, too.

Mar 11 18:33

Getting Past The Issue Of Being Jewish – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

…those who oppose Israeli behaviour have to be careful not to fall into the Zionist trap of assuming, or even inferring, that Israel is identical with the Jewish people and that individual Jews cannot do other than support the Zionist state.

Mar 11 10:18

The student debt crisis time-bomb is about to implode

There’s a generational time-bomb ticking — and the student debt crisis is the trip wire.

Adults under 35 disproportionately bear the brunt of escalating inequality.

Mar 11 09:54

Obama Signs Memorandum To Help Young People To Manage College Debts

Barack Obama.

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed an executive memorandum with new measures to help college to better manage student loan debt left over 70% of whom are licensed with an average figure of $ 28,000.

By signing the memorandum in the Oval Office, Obama emphasized that a priority since coming to the White House has been trying to ensure that “all young” country willing to make the effort “can afford to go to college “.

http://whatisusa.info/obama-signs-memorandum-to-help-young-people-to-m...

Mar 11 07:23

Christian university shuts down bake sale benefiting homeless LGBT youth

A Christian university in Michigan has told students that they are forbidden from raising money for a group that benefits homeless LGBT youth because to do so would “conflict” with the university’s “mission and practices.”

According to Blue Nation Review, students at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan wanted to hold a bake sale to benefit Fierce Chicago, a relief group dedicated to providing services to LGBT homeless youth, who make up an estimated 40 percent of kids under 18 in the U.S. who have no place to live.

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Apparently this allegedly Christian university hasn't, in the 21st, century, gotten the memo that Jesus said, "Love thy neighbor as thyself", and there are zero exemptions to that exhortation to love - and that means loving everyone, and doing practical things to help those less fortunate, no matter what their sexual identity is.

This action by this dean is truly cringeworthy, and I feel very sad at the condemnatory, judgmental understanding he has regarding his faith; prayers that at some point, he will realize these are just kids who desperately need help, and not turn away from them because they are "different" in their orientation.

Mar 10 13:30

Next Mega-Bailout On Deck: White House Studying "New Bankruptcy Options" For Student-Loan Borrowers

Why is this a problem? Because as the TBAC revealed a few months back, the default risk from the $1 trillions in student loans is several orders of magnitude above the 9% student loans which the Fed has revealed as currently "in default", as one has to add those 12% of loans in deferment and 11% in forbearance to the entire risk pool. In short: a third of all student loans are likely to end up unrepaid!

Mar 09 19:44

8 Inspiring Women From History

March is Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by honoring some of the most inspiring, revolutionary and unconventional women of all time. There are plenty of well-known and celebrated women on this list, but there are plenty of others that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve. Read on for some of the most ground-breaking, revolutionary and fascinating women in history.

Mar 09 05:59

Nobody knew what…Famous Scientist: Henry Norris Russell was going to do!

Until the early 19th century, astronomers could do little more than watch the night sky and the movements of the stars charting. But astrophysics brought many new opportunities. The American Henry Norris Russell was one of the first astrophysicists he suggested a color-luminosity diagram for research into the life of stars. This so-called HR diagram is still a resource for astronomers.

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Mar 08 14:50

Don't Stay in School

Mar 08 12:19

The Punishment for Ignoring Obamacare Penalty Might Surprise You

Now that April 15th is on the horizon, many taxpayers are bracing themselves for the inevitable penalty that will hit them if they don’t sign up for Obamacare. It’s estimated that at least 3 million households may have to pony up 1% of their income, or $95 per adult, if they don’t have insurance; a number which is poised to expand to 2.5% for the 2016 tax year.

However, for all its bluster and intimidating language, the Affordable Care Act might not have any teeth. Recently, a tax expert writing for Forbes noticed that Obamacare, while far-reaching and burdensome in terms of what it demands from the American people, offers little to no repercussion for anyone who would be tempted to avoid it.

Mar 08 10:39

SWAT Team Shows Up To Elementary School to Promote Police State USA

Arlington, Texas – A fully loaded and equipped SWAT team invaded Webb Elementary School for “Career Day” this week.

The officers weren’t there to raid the school or arrest anyone, but they certainly looked like they were going to so. The SWAT officers were all carrying high-powered weapons and wearing paramilitary gear as if they were about to raid a terrorist organization.

The police proudly bragged about the event on their Facebook page, posting a number of pictures with fully-clad SWAT members standing on a stage in front of small children.

The police say that they were there to “educate” the children, but were these theatrics truly necessary for a career day at an elementary school?

One of the comments on the facebook post by Arlington police summed up the entire premise of such a display:

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Were I a parent of a child at that school, and had not been given a written/emailed notice by the teacher of my child that this was going to happen, with an "opt-out option", after that event, I would have pulled that kid out of school and started home schooling so quickly, that the principal's head would be swimming.

This has absolutely no place in true education, and that the principal didn't have the horse sense to resist this must mean that they were "educated" via Common Core Curriculum!!

Mar 07 07:40

New Study: Endocrine Disruptors in These 6 Products Causes Obesity & Lowered IQ

Researchers from New York University (NYU) have published a study showing how endocrine disrupting elements found in common chemicals and pesticides “could be disrupting hormones resulting in health costs of up to €157 billion ($209 billion) across Europe.” Thomas Zoeller, biology professor at the University of Massachusetts (UM), told the press : “I hear often this concept that if there isn’t overt toxicity, you don’t have a problem. The effects of EDCs on the population level are not consistent with overt toxicity like death or cancer. A decrease in IQ is not something that’s visible on the surface, but you are taking away human potential.”

Mar 07 07:16

VIDEO: How ADHD Is Linked To A Failing Education System

Robinson believes that ADHD is a by-product of this chaos, pointing out that the condition “has risen in parallel with the growth of standardized testing”. He questions whether the children who are being prescribed Ritalin to calm them down aren’t simply being anesthetized instead, adding that a focus on the arts (being present and fully alive) would be a much better solution to the problem of boredom and fidgeting in class. “Anesthetics shut your senses off and deaden them,” says Robinson. “We shouldn’t be putting [children] to sleep; we should be waking them up.”

Mar 07 06:22

Ohio State to require proof of vaccinations for incoming students

New Ohio State University students will have to prove that they’ve had shots to protect against a list of vaccine-preventable illnesses.

The vaccine requirement, which starts in August, comes almost a year after a mumps outbreak on and near campus sickened almost 500 people. A later measles outbreak north of central Ohio amplified discussions about boosting immunization rates throughout the state, including at universities and colleges.

Mar 06 08:42

Common Core rebellion: Thousands of HS students walk out over test

Two New Mexico high school students who organized what became thousands of kids to walk out of class this week appeared on national TV Thursday to explain why they did it — and describe the ugly reality that is Common Core.

Students across the country are required to take an annual Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC test, which is aligned with Common Core standards. For students in New Mexico, scoring on PARCC exams determine 50 percent of their grade.

The tests “don’t encompass the learning styles of many different other students and that kind of leaves people out,” Guiney added.

He predicted that if all schools switch to the Common Core teaching style the PARCC tests are geared to, “some students are going to stop going to school.”

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The tests are not about education, and critical thinking; they are about indoctrination, and having a work force incapable of thinking for itself, which is the agenda nearest and dearest to the heart of the US Federal Government and Department of Education.

I know a number of small independent schools here in Hawaii who are not teaching Common Core standards, and it is their kids who have the best chances at being accepted at the college of their choice, finishing well, and doing well in life.

Mar 06 08:34

Parents who let kids walk home alone found responsible for 'unsubstantiated' neglect

The Maryland parents under investigation over letting their children walk home by themselves have been found "responsible for unsubstantiated child neglect" by local child protective services.

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv said they received a letter last weekend notifying them of the Feb. 20 decision in a case that has garnered national debate over parenting styles and philosophy. They plan to appeal the finding but said they first consulted with an attorney before commenting publicly Monday.

Officials began investigating Meitiv and her husband after someone called police last Dec. 20 to report that their children — Rafi, 10, and Dvora, 6 — were walking home from a playground about a mile away from their house in Silver Spring, a Maryland suburb outside Washington, D.C.

Police had also received an anonymous call about the kids two months earlier, on Oct. 27, after the kids were playing at a closer park, just blocks away from their home. That case was later dropped by CPS.

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It is obvious that Maryland's CPS is at war with the families of that state, just as the CPS departments are at war with families nation-wide.

And can someone please tell me how the sam hill the state can charge the parents with "unsubstantiated child neglect"?!? The word "unsubstantiated means that there is no tangible proof of child neglect.

These people appear to be good parents; they just need to be at their jobs during the day, as millions of other American parents need to be. Does that make all these parents bad parents, particularly if they have done the "due diligence" to insure that when they settle into a neighborhood, if they have, or are planning to have kids, that the neighborhood is safe?!?

I think not.

And what, pray tell, is the Maryland CPS doing about police brutality against inner city kids who deal with violence perpetrated by school cops?!? As reported this January by wbaltv.com:

he 11 News I-Team has obtained video of a violent scuffle between a school police officer and three middle school girls, and it brings into question whether the officer's use of force was justified. Tashona Neals' daughter, Diamond, after a fight inside Vanguard Middle School in October. The girls had to be taken to a hospital, and their children were sent to alternative schools. A gash in a forehead and blood on a shirt is not what any parent expects to happen to a child, especially at school. "She had six stitches. No, I'm sorry -- 10. Four on the inside and six on the outside," said Tashona Neals, the mother of 13-year-old Diamond. The girl's injuries came at the end of October inside Vanguard Collegiate Middle School in northeast Baltimore. What happened that day was captured on the school system's surveillance cameras. The altercation started when Diamond's cousin, Starr, had an encounter with the school police officer, who could be seen on the video looking up a stairway. "Starr said they was changing classes," said Vanessa Ward, Starr's grandmother. "The officer was hollering at her and said, 'Little girl, get down here.' And so Starr said, 'My name is not little girl, it's Starr.' Starr came on down the steps, and Starr said that's when the officer grabbed her." The video shows the officer push Starr against a wall. Starr's sister, who was also a student at the school, said she heard there was a fight.

So what the hell is the Maryland CPS doing to protect kids like this from the real probability of physical abuse they face from school police, who very obviously have had zero training in walking and talking back confrontational behaviour?!? One big, fat, hairy NOTHING.

For Maryland's CPS's perspective the Meitiv family was a "safe" target to attempt to label as neglectful, as a means of scaring other families in the situation where no family member was available to walk or drive their kids to, and from school.

But for a kid like Diamond Neals, who desperately needed to feel safe and protected at her school, Maryland's CPS doesn't give a rat's anus. Otherwise, there would be intensive training to school police about avoiding confrontation, which sure as hell hasn't happened.

Mar 06 07:47

Students accused of rape have too many rights, say some at campus rape panel

A “Confronting Campus Rape” discussion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Monday night delved into the rights of the accused versus the rights of the accuser, a panel discussion during which participants suggested campus rape victims are largely mistreated and dismissed.

Some in the audience even suggested that the accused should not be innocent until proven guilty, and the emotionally charged talk included suggestions by UW-Madison professor Anne McClintock that “men on campus … are at greater risk of being assaulted on campus than they are of being falsely accused of a rape” and that “this university does expel students for plagiarism, but not for rape.”

A UW-Madison student on the panel who described herself as a rape survivor said she had, however, successfully gotten the first male student ever expelled from UW-Madison for rape.

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The US tried this back in the 1990s, creating a non-existent rape crisis and hysteria, to turn women and men against each other in the usual divide and conquer tactics used to prevent the American people from uniting against the real threat to them; the US Government itself and the predations of the Federal reserve. During the 1990s, militant feminism made rape the second most falsely reported crime in America, according to the FBI's Supplemental Crime Statistics.

Mar 06 07:28

This state thinks teaching US history is dangerous

Not enough American exceptionalism

Mar 05 15:04

“I’m Gonna Show You What a D*** Is”: 12-Yr-Old Student Records Teacher’s Profanity-Laced Tirade

The teacher actually told his students he is going to show them what a d*** is, then he goes on to say, “I’m gonna d*** your a** over.”

Perhaps the crazier part of the story is how the principal reportedly reacted to the video when the parent of the student who shot it showed up at the school, recoding in hand...

Mar 04 16:39

Conservative campus paper warned over satirizing terrorists

No student or student group at a public university should have to fight for their First Amendment rights. But as I’m preparing for graduation in a few short months, that’s exactly what I find myself doing—fighting for the rights of my student publication.

Mar 04 13:16

6-Year-Old Suspended and "Reeducated" After Pointing Finger Like Gun

Yet another in a series of crazy "guns that never were" in the school system, where a child must bear harsh punishment.

Mar 04 12:42

Terror 101: Scottish primary school kids given terrorism homework

A Scottish school has come under fire for issuing primary school kids homework featuring questions about global terrorist organizations. Children were asked to describe the various tactics of Al-Qaeda, the IRA and Hamas.

Mar 03 07:18

Kansas Could Put Teachers In Prison For Assigning Books Prosecutors Don’t Like

Testifying against the bill earlier this month, Kansas National Education Association general counsel David Schnauer called the legislation “a solution looking for a problem,” arguing that its real effect would not be to protect minors from harmful materials, but to undermine “legitimate educational programs and curriculum.”

Mar 02 10:40

Four Reasons Young Americans Should Burn Their Student Loan Papers

Hell No, We Won’t Go –1967
No Way, We Won’t Pay –2015

Fifty years ago students burned their draft cards to protest an immoral war against the people of Vietnam. Today it’s a different kind of war, immoral in another way, waged against young Americans of approximately the same age, and threatening them in a manner that endangers not their lives but their livelihoods.

There are at least four good reasons why America’s young adults – and their parents – should take up the fight against financial firms who are holding high-interest student loans that total more than the nation’s credit card debt, and more than the total income of the poorer half of America.

Feb 26 08:12

EU is being promoted in skewed history lessons: Academics warn teachers are promoting a 'soft push' for further European integration in British classrooms

The history of Europe is being taught to pupils in a ‘distorted’ way in order to promote the EU, a leading British historian has claimed.

Professor David Abulafia, of Cambridge University, said the ‘soft push’ for further European integration that had been seen in French and German education was beginning to ‘creep in’ to British classrooms.

Feb 25 10:00

Watch as Florida Parents are Treated Like Children for Questioning School Curriculum

I examined seventh-grade “Civics in Practice” and it contained numerous factual inaccuracies. For example, on Page 100 it states, “The Constitution can be changed in two ways; formally by Amendment, and informally by Government.” This notion of dictatorship is enhanced by eighth-grade textbook “United States History,” which states on Page 185, “The President issues Executive Orders. These commands have the power of law.”

While some called us book-burning Nazis, Page 274 of “Civics in Practice” states, “Citizens must be alert to propaganda” and glittering generalities is a “type of propaganda which often uses words such as freedom and patriotism.” This world government indoctrination is augmented on Page 425, where a geographical map of North America eliminates the United States, and places our great nation in nine new “cultural nations.”

For pointing this out, one public speaker at the School Board textbook workshop called us “narrow-minded, racist Bible-thumpers.”

Feb 23 10:36

Worship The State (Performed By School Children)

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Lena Riefenstahl would be proud!

Feb 22 09:23

Enter The Common Core Nazis....Dad Faces 10 Years In Prison For Asking Question At School Meeting

Feb 22 08:27

This state thinks science should be cut from the curriculum

The public educational system is totally broken, and if you need proof look no further than considerations of the Colorado Board of Education to allow local districts to cut science and social studies from graduation requirements.

Incredibly, these “proposed reductions…stem from the group’s conclusion that the bar should be college readiness, not success.”

Feb 21 09:26

The bizarre war against AP U.S. history courses

This week an Oklahoma legislative committee voted overwhelmingly to effectively ban the teaching of Advanced Placement U.S. history classes. The bill’s author, Rep. Dan Fisher (R), said that state funds shouldn’t be used to teach the course — which students can take to receive college credit — because he believes it emphasizes “what is bad about America” and characterizes the United States as a “nation of oppressors and exploiters.” Fisher’s proposal to replace the ready-made, nationally used, college-recognized AP curriculum — studied by hundreds of thousands of high school students each year — with a homegrown substitute would cost the state an estimated $3.8 million.

Feb 20 08:04

Students allege “travesty of justice” as Ohio university muzzles debate on Israel divestment

After several hours of debate on Tuesday night, the student government at the University of Toledo in Ohio shut down a hearing on a resolution to divest from firms abetting Israel’s crimes.

Just before the vote was to take place by the student senate, the university’s Student Judicial Council, part of the student government, announced that it had ruled a resolution calling for divestment “unconstitutional” on the grounds that it was “discriminatory” and “one-sided.” The ruling allowed no recourse or debate and the entire vote was then scrapped.

As The Electronic Intifada reported, the university administration had insisted that discussions relating to the resolution be conducted in a secretive manner.

Feb 20 07:07

Innocent College Student Subject to Restraining Order for Resembling Alleged Rapist

An innocent male student was reportedly banned from entering large areas of his liberal-arts school in Oregon after a female classmate accused him of slightly resembling a rapist she encountered months prior in another state.

According to Professor Janey Halley, who detailed the incident in an article for the Harvard Law Review, the unnamed male student was forced to abide by the restraining order despite being found innocent during an extensive school investigation.

“I recently assisted a young man who was subjected by administrators at his small liberal arts university in Oregon to a month-long investigation into all his campus relationships, seeking information about his possible sexual misconduct in them…” Halley wrote.

Calling the investigation “an immense invasion of his and his friends’ privacy,” Halley stated that the ensuing punishment resulted in the near-complete dismantling of his education at the college.

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The feminists are trying to revive the rape hysteria of the 1990s to divide and conquer (and enslave) us again. This idea of issuing a restraining order against a man simply because he resembled a rapist shows the ludicrous lengths they will go to to push their agenda.

Feb 18 10:25

Ohio university imposes secrecy on divestment resolution

At the Unviersity of Toledo in Ohio tonight, student activists will argue in favor of a resolution to divest from US companies profiting from Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.

But the university administration is mandating that they must do so in a “closed meeting,” preventing both the resolution’s supporters, opposition and the general public from hearing presentations to the student government.

The resolution voting process will also be done by secret ballot, meaning that the student body won’t be able to know how their representatives voted on the resolution.

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Meaning the election is wide open to fraud.

Feb 17 09:44

UK university rebuffs call by Israel lobby to cancel conference

Southampton University has rejected calls to cancel a conference on Israel and international law, after the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) said it would "have a detrimental impact on cohesiveness."

The conference, 'International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism', is billed as "the first of its kind", and is being organised by Southampton-based academic and former Israeli Oren Ben-Dor, and Palestinian-American law professor George Bisharat.

According to the Jewish News, several "Jewish community leaders" have expressed their "opposition" to the conference and "lodged protests with the university's vice-chancellor."

Feb 17 07:19

Climate “Science”: Consensus or Conformity?

I started a PhD program in Environmental Engineering because I worried about climate change. It didn’t take long for me to become a skeptic.

My first paper, a study about precipitation intensity over the U.S., was rejected by reviewers because it contradicted the climate model projections. Though they could find nothing wrong with the methodology, they decided observational data must be flawed because climate models couldn’t possibly be wrong and wrote that the paper could not be published.

Feb 13 07:07

People Inflation – A Good Reason To Become ‘Generalists’

People inflation and technological upheaval are some of the primary culprits behind widespread unemployment. It’s time to become generalists again.

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The money-junkies do not like generalists. Generalists have too many options. If they get pissed off at being poorly treated at one job they can go do another. Money-junkies prefer everyone to be limited in skills to one ability only, to be a fitted as a cog in a giant economic machine with no freedom to depart and go anywhere else.

Feb 11 08:37

Stripping a Professor of Tenure Over a Blog Post

Professor John McAdams is being stripped of tenure by Marquette University for writing a blog post that administrators characterize as inaccurate and irresponsible.

Academics all over the United States ought to denounce the firing of the 69-year-old, a Harvard Ph.D. who taught courses on American politics and public policy. If tenure can be taken away based upon one controversial blog post, what protection does it offer? How many tenured professors will censor themselves from participating in public conversation to avoid a similar fate? Marquette has violated core academic values, regardless of what one thinks of McAdams' commentary or the shabby treatment of the graduate instructor he was criticizing (who deserves sympathy for the horrifying torrent of misogyny others directed at her).

Feb 10 08:22

Pro-Israel appeal to US patriotism fails to halt “historic” California divestment vote

The campaign for divestment from companies that assist and profit from Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights took a big step forward in California this weekend.

The board of the University of California Students Association (UCSA) passed two resolutions at its 8 February meeting in Los Angeles urging university governors to divest from companies including Boeing, Caterpillar and Hewlett-Packard that make weapons and systems Israel uses to commit violations of Palestinian rights.

Feb 09 07:39

The Troubling Case of Professor Stephen Cohen and the American Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

What’s the problem? Well, Cohen is not only a well-known scholar, he is a prominent public intellectual and commentator on U.S.-Russian relations. Recently he has criticized in print and on television U.S. and European policy in Ukraine. This has led some journalists and “pundits” (but few, if any, scholars) to claim that he is “Putin’s American toady,” as The New Republic put it. He has also been branded an “apologist,” a “useful idiot,” and a “dupe.”

Feb 07 08:14

School suspends 9-year-old after considering his ‘Lord of the Rings’ toy a ‘terroristic threat’

A 9-year-old in Texas was suspended after Kermit Elementary School officials called it a threat when the boy, Aiden Steward, told a classmate he could make him “disappear” with a ring forged in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle Earth’s Mount Doom, the Odessa American reported.

The Stewards had just watched “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” days earlier and Aiden was just using his imagination to reenact some of his favorite scenes on the playground.

Feb 06 07:05

Epidemic Of Police Brutality Now Sweeping Through Schools

There are now daily stories emerging of police officers assigned to schools assaulting and abusing children, indicating that the epidemic of police brutality in America is more far reaching than previously thought.

Today’s woeful tale is set in Houston, Texas where a former student of South Houston High School is suing the Pasadena Independent School District and an offending police officer after it emerged he had received a severe beating with a baton merely for cussing at the cop.

Feb 04 16:28

A Conflict of Principles: The Battle Over Affirmative Action at the University of Michigan

"No state . . . shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." So says the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, a document held dear by Carl Cohen, a professor of philosophy and longtime champion of civil liberties who has devoted most of his adult life to the University of Michigan. So when Cohen discovered, after encountering some resistance, how his school, in its admirable wish to increase minority enrollment, was actually practicing a form of racial discrimination—calling it "affirmative action"—he found himself at odds with his longtime allies and colleagues in an effort to defend the equal treatment of the races at his university.

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Today's radio guest

Feb 02 08:20

Professor Sues University of Illinois Over Firing for “Uncivil” Gaza Tweets

A professor who was fired from a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign because of his tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s bombing of Gaza last year has filed a civil rights suit against the University and its top officials, saying that his firing violated his First Amendment right to free speech and other constitutional rights, and basic principles of academic freedom.

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In an honest court system this guy would win, because the tweets in question were part of his private life, not his conduct while on campus. Israel's supporters pressured the university into firing him to try to scare other academics into obedient silence regarding Israel in their own private lives. If Steven Salaita wins his case and there is a huge settlement, the floodgates will open and Israel will find itself facing the reality of a nation where freedom of speech is reaffirmed.

Feb 01 10:07

Anoka-Hennepin Schools May Start Depression Screenings

Minnesota’s largest school district is discussing screening high school students for depression and anxiety in the classroom.

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And telling the parents what drugs they must buy!

Jan 31 12:04

WATCH: Baltimore girl left bleeding after officer attacks her with a baton

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So, THIS is the "new normal" for inner city teens?!?

No bloody wonder there is such an horrific school to prison pipeline!!

Apparently, for the Baltimore PD, this is how they interpret "to protect and serve" for school children.

Most probably, the kids and their families here are phenomenally lucky that they did not get shot dead.

Jan 31 09:54

UC Davis passes divestment resolution, five other campaigns launched across US

Last night, the student government at the University of California at Davis voted in favor of a resolution to divest from corporations profiting from Israel’s occupation.

In a landslide vote — eight voting yes, two against and two abstaining — the student government at UC Davis recommended that the University of California system’s governing body divest from Caterpillar, G4S, Veolia Environment and Raytheon.

The divestment victory comes just months after the UC Davis administration appeared to be receptive to efforts by the Anti-Defamation League — a leading Israel lobby group — to treat boycott, divestment and sanctions efforts as “hostile events” that the university should deem security threats.

Jan 30 10:51

Picture: Student Served Most Disgusting “Michelle Obama” Lunch Ever

Recently, major changes came to school lunches because of the efforts of the First Lady, Michelle Obama. The USDA claims that “the new standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools.”

It was only recently that dozens of teenagers posted their lunches to social media, specifically calling out Michelle Obama for the reforms she pushed.

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You know you live in a dictatorship when the dictator's wife decides what your children eat for lunch.

Jan 29 12:12

Common Core Report Cards Now Grading Children on “Sensitivity to Others”

Common Core-aligned report cards are now grading students based on their “sensitivity to others,” as well as “grit” and “gratitude” across California.

Instead of having standard grades based on students’ proficiency in classes alone, these “detailed reports” now report whether students are sensitive and assigns them a grade.

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Grading behavior? Is that not a form of mind control?

Jan 28 14:32

Univ. of Penn Offers “Wasting Time on the Internet” Class Taught by “Robotic Erotica” Professor

The University of Pennyslvania is now offering a “Wasting Time on the Internet” class that will earn students credit.

The class, literally named “Wasting Time on the Internet,” is being taught by Professor Kenneth Goldsmith this Spring 2015 semester. In 2010, Professor Goldsmith also taught “Uncreative Writing: Robotic Erotica/Erotic Robotics: Scribing a Non-Expresssive [sic] Sexuality.”

Goldsmith writes for his new class that “students will be required to stare at the screen for three hours, only interacting through chat rooms, bots, social media and listservs.

“Distraction, multi-tasking, and aimless drifting is mandatory,” the description adds.

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And just what career path does this prepare you for?

(I already qualify for a PhD in this subject.)

Jan 28 09:15

Obama drops plan to raise taxes on ‘529’ college savings accounts

The Obama administration said it would drop a plan to tax so-called 529 college savings accounts, after the proposal sparked widespread criticism over its potential impact on the middle class.

Jan 24 11:18

Fake schools draw scrutiny of federal investigators

From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master's degree. Its website featured smiling students in caps and gowns and promised a leafy campus in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.

Months later, her hands were in cuffs as federal investigators questioned her motives for being in the U.S. Authorities told her that Tri-Valley was a sham school. It was selling documents that allowed foreigners to obtain U.S. student visas, and in some cases work in the country, while providing almost no instruction, according to federal investigators.

Jan 24 10:27

Shut-up, White Boy! Professors: White Men Should Speak Last

We look to a day when people will not be judged by the content of their character, but by the color of their skin.

And the configuration of their chromosomes.

This seems the hope of a panel of professors and activists at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, assembled to improve campus race relations and tackle matriculator misogyny. And relating to this they put forth an idea:

Women and blacks should be called on first in classroom discussions.

Jan 22 11:16

Arizona State University offers Class on “the Problem of Whiteness”

Arizona State University is now offering a class that details the problems that “whiteness” has caused in the United States.

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Creating racial divide is now a college course!

Jan 21 09:13

Campus cops load up on military weapons like semiautomatic rifles, Humvees

Under the same program that has been criticized as “militarizing” local law enforcement, campus police departments have ramped up their armed presence, with Florida State University getting a Humvee and other university officers carrying semi-automatic rifles.

Nearly all police at universities are now armed, with weapons ranging from handguns to pepper spray. About two-thirds of public and private campuses employed armed officials during the 2011-2012 school year, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report released Tuesday.

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Kent State is now included in all campuses!

Jan 19 09:24

Alabama school superintendent bans high school history club from seeing ‘Selma’

A school trip to the see the historical civil rights drama ‘Selma‘ by a high school history club has been cancelled by the school superintendent over concerns over language, reports WAFF.

DeKalb County school superintendent Hugh Taylor cancelled the outing by students at the predominately minority school, saying he was concerned about obscene language and “racial profanity” in the Oscar-nominated film.

Taylor was elected DeKalb County school superintendent in 2013 despite concerns that he sends his own four children to a private Christian academy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This history is the history of every African American kid in that school district, and they have the right to know it. Yes, it was an ugly chapter in Alabama's past, but it gave (or should have given) every one of those kids two priceless things: a chance for a decent education, and the right to vote.

As to profanity: every high school kid know double the dirty words they may hear in this film, and sideways.

And a memo to De Kalb county School Board; next time you elect a superintendent, perhaps vote for someone with enough faith that they send their kids to public school, not a private academy.

Jan 18 08:48

Welcome to the Oligarch Recovery – Majority of Public School Students are in Poverty for First Time in 50 Years

“When they first come in my door in the morning, the first thing I do is an inventory of immediate needs: Did you eat? Are you clean? A big part of my job is making them feel safe,” said Sonya Romero-Smith, a veteran teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary School in Albuquerque. Fourteen of her 18 kindergartners are eligible for free lunches.

She helps them clean up with bathroom wipes and toothbrushes, and she stocks a drawer with clean socks, underwear, pants and shoes.

From the Washington Post article: Majority of U.S. Public School Students are in Poverty

It’s a recovery so lopsided only Timothy Geithner or an oligarch could love it. Since 2008, U.S. economic policy has concentrated on funneling as much money as possible to billionaires, keeping the poor alive and submissive through government programs, and squeezing the middle class to death while at the same time holding out the carrot of hope that things will return to how they were before (they won’t).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please be aware that numbers like this do not just happen by accident.

Obama has been a master at waving his faux populism about,in order to get the masses to believe that he actually thinks this way.

But at the end of the day, he is no less a flunky to the monied classes who got him elected twice than was his predecessor, George Bush.

Jan 14 13:38

Lawsuit says Caltech Provost andothers ignored Israeli spying and thenretaliated against whistleblower

Following is a deeply disturbing excerpt from a civil lawsuit filed by a Caltech professor against Caltech, often named the world’s top research university. Caltech’s official name is the California Institute of Technology.

According to the lawsuit, a small coterie of Caltech professors and administrators ignored Israeli spying and theft of taxpayer-funded U.S. technology and then retaliated against the professor for reporting it.

Caltech Provost Edward Stolper, who has ties to Israel and received an honorary degree from one of its universities, seems to have been one of those leading the charge.

Jan 14 09:40

Lobby group persuades Dutch college to ban “boycott Israel” event

A Dutch university banned a public meeting on the academic boycott of Israel scheduled to take place yesterday.

Although the board of the VU, a university in Amsterdam, had originally given permission to the meeting, it decided to forbid the event at the last minute.

In a statement, Jaap Winter, the chairperson of the VU board, made an apparent reference to the recent attacks on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and on a Jewish supermarket in Paris.

According to Winter, the “civil unrest” created by “the events of last week” evoked “feelings of exclusion and insecurity” around the public meeting.

Jan 09 10:43

FLASHBACK - A Parent's Horrid Nightmare: Coming Soon to YOUR State?

The state of California has just passed bill AB499, which will permit minor children as young as 12 years old to be vaccinated with sexually transmitted disease vaccines like Gardasil without parental knowledge or parental consent. This means that if you live in California, school or medical personnel would be allowed to vaccinate your child against an STD without your ever knowing it.

Jan 07 07:09

Dalhousie needs a public investigation into its dentistry crisis

Last month, news reports a group of fourth-year dental students had created a private Facebook group known as the "Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen," and were posting comments promoting raping and drugging fellow female students exploded like a cluster bomb over the campus.

Jan 05 06:49

Young people are 'lost generation' who can no longer fix gadgets, warns professor

Young people in Britain have become a lost generation who can no longer mend gadgets and appliances because they have grown up in a disposable world, the professor giving this year’s Royal Institution Christmas lectures has warned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem isn't the kids. The problem is that modern devices are not designed to be taken apart and repaired by the customer. They are designed to be thrown away and replaced, to boost profits for the manufacturers and retailers.

Dec 31 09:58

San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation

Silence isn't something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes.

And school administrators tell NBC News that the violence outside of the school, which is situated in one of San Francisco's poorest neighborhoods, was spilling into the school and affecting the students' demeanor.

"The kids see guns on a daily basis," the school's athletic director, Barry O'Driscoll said, adding, "there would be fights here three-to-five times a week."

With a typical schools days filled with mayhem, O'Driscoll was skeptical when the San Francisco Public School District introduced a meditation program, called "quiet time," to four of its schools, including Visitacion Valley.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While there are no cure-alls for the dismal state of education in this country, this is one modality I wish other schools would explore; it appears to be working, and the numbers speak for themselves.

Dec 31 07:39

Jeb's entry and the problem with Common Core

Teachers unions have often opposed the creation of educational standards in principle, but Common Core often comes under fire from the Right because its compliant textbooks recommend strange methods for learning math that are perhaps not well-suited to children's formation in the subject. It has also given rise to reading lists that exclude timeless classics in favor of contemporary drivel.

Dec 30 11:47

28 Signs That U.S. Public Schools Are Rapidly Being Turned Into Indoctrination Centers And Prison Camps

It has been said that children are our future, and right now the vast majority of our children are being “educated” in public schools that are rapidly being turned into indoctrination centers and prison camps. Our children desperately need to focus on the basics such as reading, writing and math, but instead a whole host of politicians, “education officials” and teachers are constantly injecting as much propaganda as they possibly can into classroom instruction. Instead of learning how to think, our children are continually being told what to think. Not only that, our children are also being trained how to live as subservient slaves in a Big Brother police state. Today, nearly everything that children do in public schools is watched, monitored, recorded and tracked. Independent thought and free expression are greatly discouraged and are often cracked down upon harshly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Had Mike and I had kids, we would have home schooled them, and if we lived in a non-friendly home school state, we would have moved to a state that was more home school friendly.

Dec 30 07:47

In Pennsylvania, Judge Paves Way for Private Takeover of Public School District

Control of the struggling York City School District in Pennsylvania has been handed over to the state, effectively paving the way for public education in that county to be provided exclusively by a private company.

State officials had previously said that, if approved for a receivership (as a state takeover is called), they would bring in Charter Schools USA, an 'education management company' based in Florida, to operate the district.

Dec 24 09:42

Cops Handcuff & Shackle 4-Year-Old Boy, Haul Him Off to Jail for a Temper Tantrum

A four-year-old little boy was handcuffed and then shackled by the local sheriff and taken away in a squad car, after the principal at Nathanael Greene Primary School failed to calm him down.

Back in October the boy allegedly threw blocks, climbed over desks, hit, scratched, and kicked the principal and the director of special education. Unable to gain control of a 4-year-old, the school made the ridiculous decision to call a sheriff’s deputy who is assigned to the schools.

“The boy was out of control, basically, throwing his arms around and kicking– trying to kick the deputy, trying to run away, and the deputy felt that putting the handcuffs on him was for his safety as well as everybody else’s,” County Sheriff Steven Smith said.

Tracy Wood, the boy’s mother, says the school called her to pick up her son, but when she got there, police had already taken him to the station.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So they had no better tools to calm the kid down than police handcuffs and leg shackles?!?

I have worked with special needs kids many years ago, and there are many, many other ways to calm a kid down who is acting like this.

That they believed they had no better tools than the ones they used says volumes about elementary education in this country, and demonstrates a real lack of teacher training to deal with temperamental children.

Dec 23 12:02

Homeschooled children have higher graduation rates, more social prowess

Homeschooling, once steeped in negativity and subject to eyebrow-raising naysayers, is fast-sweeping the nation as an alternative educational method that comes with higher graduation rates than traditional schooling.(1) In fact, there are approximately 2.2 million students in the United States who receive home education, and experts note that its popularity has continued, rather than waned, through the years. These students have been found to score up to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.

Dec 23 11:06

ISRAEL ‘EVICTED’ FROM US CAMPUSES

Only to be followed by the good news of today;

The multitude of anti-Israel incidents, the aggressive discourse and the fact that almost every public event dealing with Israel, Judaism or the Middle East is accompanied by a loud public argument, instinctively deters many people from dealing with Israel, even in fields which have nothing to do with the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you stand there and scream at everyone that you are racially superior, God gave you everything, and we're all wrong not to see that, people stop wanting to be around you.

Dec 22 08:23

King of Common Core Pearson Closes Charitable Foundation Amid Legal Troubles

Publishing giant Pearson Inc. is set to rake in billions of dollars in profits related to the implementation of the Common Core standards, but the corporation is now dealing with legal problems exposing some of its suspicious methods that have led to its status as the King of Common Core.

The Pearson Charitable Foundation states it is closing following “a decision by Pearson plc to integrate all of its corporate responsibility activities and functions into its business as a way to maximize social impact and to no longer fund the Foundation as the primary vehicle for its philanthropic and community activities.”

The truth is, however, that corporate Pearson is closing down its charitable foundation following problems with the law that have exposed some of its methods in acquiring business.

Dec 16 07:54

Why did Israel intervene for convicted US felon Adam Milstein?

Israeli-American real estate mogul Adam Milstein recently made headlines when it emerged that he had solicited funds on behalf of two student senate candidates at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) who espouse strong anti-Palestinian views.

When asked about the donations, which had reportedly been funneled through UCLA’s chapter of the Zionist campus organization Hillel, by Mondoweiss’ Alex Kane, Milstein feigned ignorance: “When I make a donation to the UCLA Foundation or what have you, I don’t know what they’re doing with the money.”

However, Milstein’s claims were swiftly belied by emails discovered by Chloe Hunt of UC Berkeley campus newspaper The Daily Californian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now Israel is buying STUDENT politicians!

Dec 11 15:44

Students Complain About College’s ‘White Privilege’ Assignments

A worksheet designed to raise awareness of racial differences has some students crying foul, reports KPRC-TV.

The assignment asked students to consider whether White Privilege exists and how it might affect their lives.

“I was shocked, I thought it was a joke,” said a student, who didn’t want to be identified. “There was a white privileges handout and a white privileges checklist and a white privileges quiz to see how privileged you are as a white person.”

Students at Lone Star College, Tomball were given a list of 20 statements about race and asked to check off which applied to them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trying to ignite a race war to save DC's life!

Dec 11 09:29

House Budget Deal Strikes Major Blow To Michelle’s School Lunch Program

With school districts around the nation dropping the federal nutrition program backed by Michelle Obama, despite the fact that doing so means a drastic reduction in funding, it is clear that many affected by its mandates are not on board. Students have staged protests against the insufficient, unappetizing fare being offered in lunchrooms, administrators cite the loss in revenue associated with reduced school lunch participation, and parents lament the dearth of choices being presented.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


The new, IMPROVED, Michelle Obama school lunch. Just imagine how nutritious it is!

Dec 09 08:42

Not a parody

Columbia Law School is permitting students claiming to be impaired due to the emotional impact of recent non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner matters to postpone taking their final exams.

Dec 05 07:29

School House Rock - The Constitution

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when our schools actually taught kids about the Constitution instead of lying to them about what it contains?

Dec 02 08:22

No Holds Barred: The ferocious battles for Israel on Western campuses

Since those days the battles have become ever more ferocious, with the much more timid pro-Israel groups at America and Europe’s leading universities being clobbered by Students for Justice in Palestine, Israel Apartheid Week and BDS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, Israel is unhappy that the world sees it for what it really is, rather than what they want us to see.

Nov 26 07:36

Kean University students question need for $219,000 conference table

A high-tech, $219,000 conference table purchased by Kean University raised eyebrows on the school's campus, where some students questioned whether the expense was warranted.

The 22-foot oak table was specially manufactured by a company in China, where Kean recently opened a campus, and serves as the centerpiece of a new conference center.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

King Arthur would be proud!

Nov 21 07:43

False flag? ‘Tolerance’ of ISIS, Israel tested in social experiment at Berkeley (VIDEO)

A US political satirist staged a social experiment at a prestigious university. Waving an ISIS flag was met with no negative reaction, but with an Israeli flag he got a less-than-warm reception from the students.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those college students are smart enough to figure out who the bad guys are for themselves.

Nov 18 06:45

Fredericton High School dress code targeted by young feminists

Fredericton High School’s dress code calls on all members of the education community to dress in a modest and appropriate manner.

But the Fredericton Youth Feminists say the code unfairly targets young women and promotes the idea that sexual assault should be blamed on the woman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an "empowerment" tactic the militant feminists used to use back in the 1990s, dress provocatively then attack any man who tried to pay them a compliment.

Nov 17 07:19

UK teachers asked to inform police on extremist students

Two county councils in southeast England have asked local teachers to inform police about students suspected of Islamic extremist connections. The request shows authorities’ concern at young Britons joining the Islamic State’s cause.

Nov 16 09:45

‘I thought he was going to shoot me.’ Unsuspecting middle school students terrified by active shooter drill.

Police officers in Florida surprised students, teachers and parents Thursday with an active shooter drill. And by “active shooter drill,” we mean that a Winter Haven middle school went into lockdown as two armed police officers burst into classrooms, guns drawn, leaving the unsuspecting children terrified — and their parents furious.

According to Fox affiliate WTVT, officials at Jewett Middle Academy e-mailed parents to inform them of the drill, after it took place. By that point, WTVT reports, cellphones were already filling up with texts from frightened students, who thought there was a real shooter in the school.

In a later statement to The Post, spokesperson Jamie Brown for the Winter Haven police department said they were only aware of one student who texted a parent during the exercise.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Polk County Public Schools spokesman Jason Gearey: this drill was absolutely not about "safety": it was about a total, terrified submission to State authority, any time, anywhere, even though that submission may be hazardous to a student's mental or physical health.

And to the principal, not giving parents a heads-up before the drill, and perhaps choose for their child opt out?!? Pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid.

What if a kid in a classroom in this school had a tendency toward severe asthma, exacerbated by stress?!?!? As reported at yahoo.com"

es, asthma causes 4,000 deaths a year in the United States. But this is during very severe attacks, where an asthma sufferer can turn blue from lack of oxygen and can experience chest pain or even loss of consciousness. Just before loss of consciousness, there is a chance that the patient will feel numbness in the limbs and palms may start to sweat. The person's feet may become cold. Severe asthma attacks which are not responsive to standard treatments, called status asthmaticus, are life-threatening and may lead to respiratory arrest and death.

For me, NO CHILD IS EXPENDABLE, as a result of a drill like this.

Were I a parent with a kid at that school, understanding that this had been done without consent, I would have pulled my kid out of that school so fast, the principal's head would be swirling, and either home-schooled, or privately educated my child somehow.

It has become painfully apparent that public schooling in this country equals the public bullying and surveilling of its children.

In many districts, the costs of security devices outweighs what a school district may be paying its teachers, and there is something thorougly and fundamentally wrong with that.

Nov 15 06:57

HAS MICHELLE OBAMA DECLARED A WAR ON CHILDREN?

Angry parents in Chickasha complain their kids aren’t getting enough to eat at school. The Holton family says the meal the district calls a “Munchable” is ridiculous and family members say it needs to change.

The meal that daughter Kaytlin Shelton took a photo of Monday consists of lunch meat, a couple crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower. Schools in Chickasha serve it every other week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." -- Thomas Jefferson (1762-1821)

 
You know you are in a dictatorship when the dictator's wife decides what your kids eat for lunch!

What Michelle Obama says your kids should eat.

 

What Michelle Obama eats.

Nov 14 17:00

School Defends Drill That Had Police Busting Into a Classroom With Weapons Drawn, Terrifying Students and Parents

Florida parents and students were frightened by an unannounced active shooter drill that took place at a middle school Thursday, but officials and police defend not giving prior warning.

“We actually thought that someone was going to come in there and kill us,” Lauren Marionneaux, a seventh grade student at Jewett Middle Academy, told WTVT-TV.

The news station reported that two police officers, one armed with an AR-15, rushed into Lauren’s classroom during the drill.

Nov 13 12:19

How the U.S. Government Could End the Student Debt Crisis Today

Instead of loaning students money, the federal government could just pay for their tuition, without causing any significant economic problems.

Last month, Lower Saxony became the final state in Germany to abolish tuition for all students at public universities. Meanwhile, in the United States, student loan debt has passed the $1 trillion mark. The burden is now becoming increasingly heavy for middle-class and wealthy students, but especially for those from lower-income backgrounds. This injustice has spurred many organizations, like the Occupy Wall Street offshoot Strike Debt, to do what they can to pay off student debt on their own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In those other nations, they are trying to educate their young people. In the US they are just turning them into debt-slaves and making them think it is all their own fault.

Nov 13 11:38

24% Of Millennials “Expect” Student Loan Forgiveness

It appears the concept of no consequences is now deeply embedded in the American society. As Student loan debtloads surge ever higher – and opportunities grow ever lower – NBC News reports a rather stunning 24% of Millennials said they expect their loans will ultimately be forgiven, according to study released Wednesday by Junior Achievement and PwC US. That helps to explain why delinquency rates are at record highs - aside from the massive debtloads and no high-paying jobs – as students see bankers rigging every market in the world with little to no consequence, one can only imagine the lessons being learned.

Nov 11 08:59

Black teacher tells whites to kill themselves

A black teacher in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, is out of a job after suggesting whites should “kill themselves” in a profanity-laced tweet directed at “dumb crackers” critical of her support of the racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Vinita Hegwood, who teaches English at Duncanville High School, has been placed on administrative leave without pay and will be fired at the next meeting of the school board, according to district officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find this teacher's statements highly offensive.

BUT...

She made these comments on her own time, off campus, using her personal computer and access. She apparently did not make these statements in her official capacity as a teacher.

If it is wrong for schools to spy on students when they are off campus, then the same must apply to the teachers. Your commitment to freedom of speech is measured not by how much you support the people you agree with, but by how much you support the people you disagree with.

Nov 07 09:04

Common Core Co-Author Admits He Wrote Curriculum to End “White Privilege”

The truth is, not surprisingly to some, that Common Core is very racist and very political.

According to Dr. Pook, he helped write it to balance the scales because he, and many others, are benefiting from some mythical 'white privilege' that was not earned.

No, it's not about uniform and effective educational standards that benefit our children.

This is about a leftist agenda and yet another shining example of the trainwreck called political correctness.

Dr. Pook's startling admission is contained within the video below:

Nov 06 10:15

Seminars on anal sex now offered at Harvard University

The school, which is number two in the nation, offered a seminar on anal sex on Tuesday aimed at promoting a holistic understanding of that specific type of intercourse despite the fact that it is widely considered taboo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Required course for all political science majors, law students, and economics majors!

Nov 06 08:58

Undisclosed use of cameras roils Harvard

Harvard University is coming under fire from some quarters for having conducted class-attendance research that involved the use of video cameras in 10 lecture halls holding some 2,000 students.

While aggregate attendance was the goal of the research and individuals reportedly were not identified, criticism has resulted because the students were not told about the cameras.

Harvard computer science professor Harry Lewis tells the Boston Globe: “You should do studies only with the consent of the people being studied.”

Nov 06 07:19

15 Calif. School Districts Begin Serving Locally Grown Foods to Students

Last week, 15 school districts across California began serving their students school lunches made from foods grown in California and prepared freshly just for them.

“We are going beyond the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act,” said Jennifer LeBarre, executive director of the Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD) Nutrition Services. President Obama signed it into law by in 2010 and it was championed by his wife, Michelle Obama.

Nov 04 07:58

Obama’s Mental Health Mandate

Using the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre as its justification, the Obama administration has recently given the psychiatric business and pharmaceutical industry a major gift by quietly introducing a behavioral and mental health program in public schools throughout the United States.

Introducing psychiatric explanations and methodologies into school environments guarantees a growing customer base for the psychiatric profession and pharmaceutical industry. Alongside government’s increasing control of healthcare, the technocratic surveillance and management of everyday thought and behavior is likewise emerging as part of what is deceptively termed “wellness.” In reality such efforts ensure an ever-expanding bureaucracy, handsomely line the pockets of a select few, and further normalize a culture of learned helplessness and control within an environment that already privileges conformity as a matter of routine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Knowing that the public school district in which my child was enrolled was doing this, possibly without parental consent, would get me to pull that kid out of that school so quickly that the principal's head would be spinning, and start home schooling them.

Nov 04 07:19

Free College or Another New War?

Noting that U.S. college costs have gone up 500% since 1985, the Washington Post recommends seven countries where U.S. students can go to college for free without bothering to learn the language of the natives or anything so primitive.

These are nations with less wealth than the United States has, but which make college free or nearly free, both for citizens and for dangerous illegals visiting their Homelands.

How do they do it?

Three of them have a higher top tax rate than the United States has, but four of them don’t.

What does the United States spend its money on that these other countries do not? What is the largest public program in the United States? What makes up over 50% of federal discretionary spending in the United States?

If you said “war,” it’s possible you were educated in a fine foreign country.

Nov 02 13:58

States slashing education spending

State-level K-12 education spending has fallen dramatically in many states since 2008. In that time, 29 states cut per pupil spending, shifting the burden of financing education to local school districts and, in many instances, forcing schools to cut costs and even teachers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Except of course for those illegal immigrant children who are getting schooling, pony rides, guitar lessons, medical care and so forth all at taxpayer expense!

Oct 30 12:34

Growing unease among parents, lawmakers over RFID biometric tracking of students

The relatively new tracking technology allows schools to more accurately follow student attendance, lunch purchases and students who ride buses, but lawmakers in many states have banned specific types of student data collection over privacy concerns, Governing.com reports.

"This year, Florida became the first state to ban the use of biometric identification in its schools. Kansas said biometric data cannot be collected without student or parental consent. New Hampshire, Colorado and North Carolina said the state education departments cannot collect and store biometric data as part of student records.

Oct 28 07:07

Jakarta International School: Teachers and staff at top international school accused of raping students as young as five

The school says they had agreed with the parents to keep the case confidential to protect the child, and were surprised when Thomas and Ria shared the details with other parents, and then organised a press conference, to reveal what had happened. Thomas and Ria say they weren’t satisfied with the response of school officials, who they say had advised them against reporting the assault to the police.

Following the claims, six Indonesian cleaners, five men and a woman, were arrested. One of them died while in custody; the police say he committed suicide. The four other men all admitted to the crime, but have since retracted their statements, saying they were obtained under torture. Their lawyers also argue the medical examinations of the boy do not show evidence of rape. Their trial began early September.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are descended from the apes, but apparently not that far!

Oct 27 08:30

Police impose checkpoints, deploy drones at high school football game

Fans were startled by the heavy presence of police officers, drone surveillance, and warrantless checkpoints upon entry at the local high school football game.

The prison-like security at Summerville High School was called “the reality of the world we live in today.” As students and fans filed into the homecoming football game on Friday, October 24th, 2014, they were forced to place their belongings in a bin for police examination, then walk through a metal detector. Stadium-goers were restricted from bringing certain items into the stands.

Fans also were quick to notice the conspicuous presence of police officers mixed among the crowd and perched on the rooftops, surveillance drones whirring overhead, and even SWAT team members ready for action.

The security bonanza was imposed because school district officials had allegedly been tipped off that rival gangs might fight at the game, WCIV reported. No incidents of violence were reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have precisely two words for the parents and the students who were "treated" to this behaviour, courtesy of their local police: home schooling.

Oct 23 08:48

Young Jews are fed up with censorship of critical voices

Over the weekend of October 11-13 over 300 young Jews, as well as some Palestinians, convened at Harvard for the inaugural conference of ‘Open Hillel’. Open Hillel is a movement of Jewish students on campuses across the United States to demand that Hillels (campus Jewish organizations) refrain from preventing critical discussion of Palestinian rights from happening amongst Jewish students and the rest of the campus community.

Oct 20 08:04

These Countries Do the Exact Opposite of What America Does When It Comes to Higher Education

Germany made international news last week when they decided to eliminate college tuition entirely (before this, it was less than €1,000-- the equivalent to $1,300-- per year). Meanwhile in the United States, the average per-year tuition cost was $8,655 for an in-state 4-year public college, $21,706 for an out-of-state 4 year public college, and $29,056 for a private 4-year college. The average American college student will graduate with more than $27,000 in debt, and college costs in the U.S. have gone up more than 1100% since 1978 with little sign of leveling off.

In light of Germany's actions, we decided to highlight 5 countries whose approaches towards financing higher education put ours to shame.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In those other countries, education is just that, education. In the US, education has become just another scam to ensnare the people into banker debt.

Oct 20 07:11

Five coaches suspended in New Jersey sexual abuse and hazing scandal

NJ Advance Media, citing interviews with victims, has reported that the freshman players were held down while other players inserted fingers into their rectums and then their mouths.

Oct 19 09:33

ACADEMIC FREEDOM Vs FREEDOM

I am going to use this space once again to talk about the despicable un-hiring of Steven Salaita at the University of Illinois (I wrote about the Salaita case and what I called The Incivility of Palestinians, last month as well).

I am going to do this because, despite the fact that the academic boycott of the University of Illinois continues apace (there is even, it seems, the rise of a progressive Jewish-identified contingentchampioning Salaita), facile comparisons of Salaita’s case and circumstances with those of various unsavory others are also proliferating.

These comparisons are so thick-headed, so tin-eared, so ham-fisted, that they nearly defy imagination.

Oct 17 12:48

Liberals Sign Petition to Bring Ebola Patients into US & House Them

While many have slammed the CDC and the federal government for refusing to impose a flight ban on travelers from West Africa entering the United States, some liberals who signed the petition agreed that it would be “racist” to do so and that Ebola victims should be allowed to roam free across America.

Oct 16 08:58

Student’s photo of skimpy Michelle O school lunch sparks outrage

Lunch meat, a couple of crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower qualified as lunch in Chickasha Public Schools Monday.

Chickasha lunchStudent Kaytlin Shelton took a photo of the skimpy lunch and showed it to her parents.

“It makes me want to take that and take it to the Superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch,” the girl tells Fox 25.

“I can go pay a dollar for a Lunchable and get more food in it,” her father, Vince Holton, says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aaaaaaaaaaand ... what is Michelle having for lunch, I wonder?

Oct 15 12:19

'Frustrated Parent' Jeff Severt With Engineering Degree Lashes Out Against Common Core

“I have a bachelor of science degree in electronics engineering which included extensive study in differential equations and other higher math applications,” he wrote. “Even I cannot explain the Common Core mathematics approach, nor get the answer correct.

“In the real world, simplification is valued over complication,” he added, signing the letter as a “frustrated parent.”

Some parents and teachers are divided on the initiative, with one commenter writing on KSDK’s Facebook page: "I can't help my third and fifth graders with their homework because they have to follow ten extra steps to come up with an answer that I was taught how to do in two steps.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The goal of Common Core is to trick children into thinking they are educated but without allowing them to develop skills of critical thought and analysis which would enable them to more easily see through the obvious lies and indoctrination of the government.

Oct 15 11:10

University officials threaten students passing out U.S. Constitution VIDEOS

Oct 15 10:10

NE School Banning Teachers from Saying “Boys & Girls”

Nebraska Watchdog has discovered new training documents that have been given to Lincoln, Nebraska middle school teachers that are meant to train teachers to avoid using gendered terms such as “boys and girls.”

One document, entitled “12 easy steps on the way to gender inclusiveness,” tells teachers to never “use phrases such as ‘boys & girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention.” It also suggests a few “gender neutral” alternatives for teachers to use such as “campers,” “athletes,” or even “purple penguins.” (Yes it actually says purple penguins in the training document)

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Raising a generation of politically correct morons!

Oct 15 07:06

University officials threaten students passing out U.S. Constitution

Oct 14 09:48

Honor student who brought pocketknife to school suspended for the year

The Dearborn Heights District 7 Board of Education chose a less severe punishment for the honor student who was initially expelled after a pocketknife was found in her purse at a football game.

On Monday, after two hours of deliberation, the board voted 6-0 to allow Atiya Haynes to take online classes. She then will be able to graduate with her class in 2015.

The decision still came as a blow to college-bound Haynes, who participated in numerous extracurricular activities including sports.

School officials discovered the knife as she was exiting a bathroom at the game when they searched her purse.

Haynes says the pocketknife was a gift from her grandfather who gave it to her for protection because her summer job required her to ride her bike from southwest Detroit to Dearborn.

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So the "educators" are going to wreck this kid's life over a self-defense weapon? Was she a hardened criminal with a record of violent behavior? On what grounds did they presume to search her purse?

I would like to remind everyone that the Second Amendment reads "The right to keep and bear arms." It does NOT say "The right to keep and bear firearms." The Second Amendment reserves the right to the American people to keep and bear not only guns, but knives, swords, spears, or anything else. The United States Supreme Court ruled in United States versus Miller that the Second Amendment specifically refers to arms as carried by the uniformed military, and the uniformed military do carry knives!

Oct 12 07:49

Illinois chancellor who fired Salaita accused of serial self-plagiarism

Chancellor Phyllis Wise, the top administrator who fired Steven Salaita from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after complaints from pro-Israel donors, is facing allegations from academic peers of unethical conduct that may stretch back two decades.

Evidence has emerged of several instances of duplicate publishing – a widely condemned form of unethical behavior sometimes called “self-plagiarism.”

It occurs when an author publishes the same research or the same or substantially similar paper in multiple venues without acknowledging the fact, in effect passing off the old research as something new.

Oct 11 07:57

Why Are Police Using Military-Grade Weapons in High Schools?

Michael Davis' block in Los Angeles used to have huge trees on both sides of the street, so big they created a canopy. "They were beautiful," says the 17-year-old high school senior. "They covered the whole top of the block." But recently, he says, the trees were cut down. In their place, there are now bright lights and security cameras. Davis is a youth leader with the Community Rights Campaign and its student club Taking Action, which organize around the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, and the criminalization of black and brown communities in Los Angeles. Having the trees on his block replaced with cameras and lights was just one sign of what Davis describes as a nationwide trend of police militarization against communities of color.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are these school districts out of their collective minds?!?

This has nothing to do with education, and everything to do with indoctrination of children into the US's "new normal", where weapon-wielding officers are the norm, to get kids "used to it", as this kind of surveillance/instant punishment goes mainstream.

Were I a mom of a kid in a school where this was being done, I would pull my kid out of that school so fast, the principal's head would spin.

Oct 09 09:48

United States is more evil than ISIS: Harvard University

A conservative watchdog group that monitors liberal-left bias and extremist indoctrination on university and college campuses in the United States released a report and video on Tuesday that shockingly revealed that students at one of the nation's most prestigious and influential institutions of higher learning believe their own country is more evil than a terrorist army marching through Iraqi and Syrian cities and towns killing, torturing and enslaving thousands of people.

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Good for the Harvard students!

Oct 09 09:47

How The NSA Plans To Recruit Your Teenagers

Kids across America no longer have to wait until college to plan on being a part of the National Security Agency. In fact, they could start preparing for their NSA careers as early as age 13.

The NSA has began sponsoring cybersecurity camps for middle and high school students, agency recruiter Steven LaFountain told CNBC’s Eamon Javers in a recent interview. Six prototype camps launched this past summer, and the NSA hopes to expand the program to some 25 schools and, eventually, to have a presence in schools in all 50 states.

The camps, LaFountain told CNBC, teach “low-level programming… where most cybersecurity vulnerabilities are” and sponsor activities like a “wireless scavenger hunt” in which 10th graders were dispatched to hunt down “rogue access points.” The general idea is to eliminate “threats out there on the Internet”

“The students are really, really into it,” LaFountain added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here, is what does the NSA consider a "threat"?!?

Is it a coming from a Christian pacifist (like myself) who believes that wars are a really lousy way of resolving geopolitical differences, and that good faith negotiations are always preferable to people getting killed or maimed for life?!?

IS it people who tell the truth about what a bloated, corrupt instrument of power and control, which always looks out for the monied, this Federal Government has become?!?

The NSA wants business to continue as usual for the major corporations and the wealthy, with never a logical thought about how much better life would be if people were exposed consistently to the truth, in order to have the power to make intelligent, rational choices in their lives.

Oct 07 07:29

New report alleges $30 million in fraud and abuse connected to PA charter schools

A new report charges that Pennsylvania charter school operators have engaged in fraud and abuse amounting to about $30 million.

It was released today by several non-profit groups including the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), Integrity in Education, and ACTION United. The report is called, Fraud and Financial Mismanagement in Pennsylvania’s Charter Schools.

The report claims that within the past 17 years, charter school operators in Pennsylvania have abused the system of at least $30 million. It also asserts that state agencies, charged with overseeing charter schools, are not up to the job of weeding out fraud and abuse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be a hatchet job by the government, which views charter schools as a significant threat to the public system of indoctrination children are otherwise forced to submit to.

Oct 07 06:45

Retired CUNY Professor Gets $560k/Year Pension: 'Darn Right I Deserve It'

McManus, who has written groundbreaking books on slavery, retired in February 2012 after teaching history and constitutional law for more than 50 years. His final salary was $116,364. “They don’t pay you much when you’re working, but the pension is certainly good,” McManus told The Post. “Darn right I deserve it.”

Oct 04 10:17

Call of Duty Director: US Troops Should Occupy Public Schools

A former writer and director behind the successful Call of Duty video game franchise recently expressed his desire to see American soldiers patrolling the hallways of public schools in the near future.

On Wednesday, nonresident fellow Dave Anthony at a recent meeting with the globalist Atlantic Council said it was necessary to have the military stationed at schools to combat the threat posed by Islamic terrorists, whom he claimed could already be working inside America.

“It could be that you have 100 of these guys who may be on our soil right now, who may even be U.S. citizens, who could legally walk into whatever gun store they choose, buy some assault rifles, and start attacking soft targets,” Anthony said, adding a jab at the Second Amendment.

“The threat now, the invasion, comes from within,” Anthony told the Council, adding he envisioned “the soldiers could operate like air marshals on commercial flights,” according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely not!!

The "cure" for this would be massive numbers of Americans deciding to home school their kids, and this is an outcome which I think would be very reasonable if these protocols are adopted nationally.

I would also like to remind to Mr. Anthony that the vast preponderance of school shootings have been done by people on - or just trying to get off - antidepressants, so there are chemical triggers to this behaviour which need to be addressed.

Sep 28 07:25

You Won’t Believe How Much Money Michelle Obama’s Ridiculous School Lunch Program Wastes On A Daily Basis

According to a WCPO report, Michelle Obama’s new school program is costing American taxpayers $4 million. And that’s not over the course of an entire year. That is how much it is costing American taxpayers on a daily basis. That’s right; $4 million each day.

A whopping 81 percent of schools have seen an increase in the number of lunches that now end up in the trash. The report also “shows that 60 percent of fresh vegetables and 40 percent of fresh fruit are being thrown away.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would you be comfortable with your doctor's spouse operating on you? How about riding in a passenger jet where the controls were in the hands of the pilot's significant other?

Being the first lady does not mean Michelle is competent at anything (other than her ability to seduce and marry Obama). And just as you do not allow a doctor's spouse or a pilot's fiancee to take over their duties, nor should the first lady be accorded any authority over our lives merely because of who she married.

Sep 27 08:03

Israeli Reservists “Operate” In US Colleges

Tel Aviv knows it can count on the ongoing financial, political and military support from the United States, but wants to get US campuses to topple any move that aims at divesting from Israeli and international companies that invest and benefit from the illegitimate Israeli occupation and its settlements.

Many reserve soldiers, especially those who graduated from American Universities, have been asked to “go back to school” in order to operate on preventing any move that calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions, and to try to encourage students’ support to Israel.

Sep 25 07:43

In Colorado, a Student Counterprotest to an Anti-Protest Curriculum

A new conservative school board majority here in the Denver suburbs recently proposed a curriculum-review committee to promote patriotism, respect for authority and free enterprise and to guard against educational materials that “encourage or condone civil disorder.” In response, hundreds of students, teachers and parents gave the board their own lesson in civil disobedience.

On Tuesday, hundreds of students from high schools across the Jefferson County school district, the second largest in Colorado, streamed out of school and along busy thoroughfares, waving signs and championing the value of learning about the fractious and tumultuous chapters of American history.

“It’s gotten bad,” said Griffin Guttormsson, a junior at Arvada High School who wants to become a teacher and spent the school day soliciting honks from passing cars. “The school board is insane. You can’t erase our history. It’s not patriotic. It’s stupid.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside." --Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

In other words, you are kept slaves not by force, but by making sure you are unaware of alternatives to the imposed reality.

There is nothing new in erasing from the curriculum knowledge the government and the money-junkies do not want you to have. The prime cause of the American Revolution, according to Ben Franklin and many of the other Founding Fathers, was King George III's Currency act, which forced the American colonists to conduct all commerce using bank notes borrowed at interest from the Rothschild-owned Bank of England. This practice plunged the working classes of America into the same crushing poverty as working people in Britain of the same time. In 1913, when a corrupt Congress and a corrupt President sold us back into the slavery of the very same system of banking, the public schools stopped teaching about the Currency act and presented the American Revolution as being about the Stamp Act, tea in Boston Harbor, and so forth, so that generations of Americans, believing they were educated, were ignorant of the fact that this nation was started and did quite well using an entirely different system of national economics.

Today the government doesn't want children growing up aware that there even was a revolution, given that we now suffer many of the same evils that prompted the first one. I am proud of these students and teachers for taking a stand against manufactured history!

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