EDUCATION

Apr 22 09:55

Teachers Aim To Expose Bad Agencies Via Website

Teaching union NASUWT launched a new website yesterday which allows teachers to publicly rate employment agencies in an effort to prevent exploitation in the industry.

Apr 22 08:54

Parents Thought They Were Meeting With the School Principal to Complain About State Testing — Instead, They Were Greeted by a Cop

Two Georgia parents who are refusing to allow their children to participate in the state’s standardized tests were confronted by a police officer and told they were trespassing on school grounds when they attempted to meet with administrators and express their opposition to the exams last week.

Mary and Tracy Finney oppose their children taking the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and had initially sent an email to administrators asking if they could opt out.

Apr 21 14:19

Homeland Security Adviser Warns Parents That Their Mouthy Kids May Grow Up To Be Terrorists

Our nation's singular focus on terrorism has led to various branches of the government and counterterrorism pundits declaring all sorts of things to be warning signs of terrorist activity. Here's a short (but by no means all-inclusive) list of activities that are supposedly indicators of terrorism-in-progress.

Apr 21 14:02

Common Core Rots: Gates-, Carnegie-funded student data group inBloom shut down after NY pulls out amid privacy fears

The head of a student data processing organization says it will shut down in the coming months following criticism that led to the recent loss of its last client — New York state.

The Atlanta-based nonprofit inBloom was started with $100 million in financing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corp.
Win!

Apr 20 16:29

Teach common sense not Common Core

I have seen many educational fads come and go, trying to replace teaching methodology in our public schools with something so revolutionary and never tried before that would make teaching a “science” instead of an art and to place all children into a national standardized one mold fits all in spite of the human variability in intelligence, talent, aptitude, ability, and the desire to learn.

Apr 20 11:40

Teach Common Sense not Common Core

“Common Core will be raising good little socialists, who are in tune with their feelings, not so much their critical thinking skills.” - Author unknown

Apr 20 10:40

Schools use CCTV to spy on teachers

Schools are using CCTV cameras designed to keep pupils safe to spy on teachers, it has been claimed.

Teachers are being subjected to “permanent surveillance”, with school leaders monitoring the footage and using it to make judgments about the performance of their staff, according to the NASUWT teaching union.

In many cases, teachers say they could not turn off the cameras in their classroom.

Apr 20 07:19

Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president

He said - she said BS

"The district felt that the evidence was sufficient to support the termination of Mr. Voigt's employment,

Voigt has said the student misquoted him.

Apr 19 06:24

What Happened To The Middle Class? The Infographic

Restaurants like Olive Garden and Red Lobster are struggling, while high end dining is flourishing. At GE, demand for high-end dishwashers is racing ahead of sales growth for mass-market models. The increased wealth of highly skilled workers, the insane wealth of those with capital, and the outsourcing of lower skilled jobs have left us all asking, “what happened to the middle class?”

Apr 18 23:21

The Cat in the Hat as a child predator: How these stories traumatize and send wrong messages to children

The Cat in the Hat books, by Dr. Seuss, have been a part of American childhood for the past several decades. After my son was born, these were some of the first stories I read to him. The illustrations and verse quickly made them some of his favorite books.

Apr 18 16:01

You Won’t Believe The Method That Common Core Is Using To Teach Our Kids Subtraction

The dumbing down of America is accelerating. A massive federal takeover of education known as “Common Core” is attempting to impose nationwide academic standards on public schools throughout the entire country. Thanks to the backing of billionaire Bill Gates, endless promotion by the U.S. Department of Education, and financial bribes to state governments by the Obama administration, 45 states and Washington, D.C. have already agreed to implement the full Common Core standards in their schools. Unfortunately, these “standards” are doing to public education what Obamacare is doing to our health care system – absolutely ruining it. Just look at how basic math instruction has changed. Posted below is a comparison between the “old method” of subtraction and the “new method” of subtraction being taught in many of our schools. When I first came across this on Facebook, I thought that it was a joke…

Apr 18 15:46

Federal Court Dismisses Case of Chicago School Teacher Who Was Suspended, Accused of Weapons Possession for Lesson on Wrenches, Pliers

An Illinois federal court has ruled that Chicago school officials did not violate the rights of a second-grade teacher who was charged with possessing weapons on school grounds after he displayed garden-variety tools such as wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers in his classroom as part of his second grade teaching curriculum that required a “tool discussion.” In granting a motion to dismiss the complaint in Douglas Bartlett v. City of Chicago School District #299, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Dow, Jr., held that school officials at Washington Irving Elementary School acted properly when they applied a definition of “weapons” contained in a student handbook to the actions of teacher Douglas Bartlett.

Apr 18 14:27

The Geneva agreement on Ukraine, translated

The talks in Geneva resulted in an agreement that is in favor of all that is good and opposed to all that is bad. That's the basic gist of it; but what does that mean? Let's translate this memorandum from the language of high diplomacy into the language of the Ukrainian crisis.

Apr 18 07:08

The Cat in the Hat as a Child Predator: How These Stories Traumatize and Send the Wrong Messages to Children

The Cat in the Hat books, by Dr. Seuss, have been a part of American childhood for the past several decades. After my son was born, these were some of the first stories I read to him. The illustrations and verse quickly made them some of his favorite books.

Apr 18 06:56

White House Counterterror Chief: “Confrontational” Children Could be Terrorists

In a speech delivered at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday evening, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said it could help prevent terrorism if parents watched for “sudden personality changes in their children at home.”

Apr 17 15:14

The Slippery Slope to Gun Violence: Student Suspended for a Bright Yellow Water Gun

With this latest episode from the "Zero Tolerance Idiocy Files", we may have reached the absolute peak point of stupidity. One must wonder how it could possibly get worse.

A kid in Maine got suspended for another imaginary gun. This one was so incredibly far from anything that could pass as a real firearm that no one could have possibly made that error.

The tenth grader was punished after the terrifying contraband fell out of his backpack, receiving a 10 day suspension for his infraction against the school's "firearms policy." The superintendent of Lewiston schools, Bill Webster, defended the action.

Apr 17 08:41

Colorado approves lower tuition for illegal immigrants

This ought to piss off more Americans!

Colorado has joined thirteen other states in allowing undocumented immigrant students to attend college at an in-state tuition rate. The governor hailed the new law as a victory that would grant illegal students with a “path forward”.

"Today we're here to tell you, in Colorado, that the doors are open and the dream is alive" said state Sen. Mike Johnston, one of the sponsors of the bill, as hundreds of people cheered at the ratification of Senate Bill 33.

Apr 17 08:27

THIS 4TH GRADE COMMON CORE ASSIGNMENT WILL SHOCK AND ANGER YOU

El Paso, Texas: Parents of at least one 4th grader were livid when they saw this homework assignment yesterday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What on Earth do they think they are teaching with this one?!?

Apr 16 14:42

After we win: 3 education policy proposals: Truth/facts, Love/community, Lifelong virtue

*hyperlinks live at source*
Education builds the future, and as you who read alternative media know so well, is a lifelong upgrade in virtue.

Alternative media is engaged in an education contest. We educate the public that US “leadership” is an oligarchy immersed in “Big Lie” crimes centering in war, money, and media (also in ~100 other crucial areas). The oligarchy “educates” through “leaders” that their actions are legal, wise, and in the public’s best interest. The oligarchy’s media controls textbooks, and are a major source of their propaganda.

To be clear: the above links (among work of hundreds in alternative media) easily explain, document, and prove a “1%” criminal oligarchy engage in psychopathic crimes that annually kill millions, harm billions, and loot trillions. The education contest is not about what the objective facts are, but the art and science of communication for public recognition of those facts.

Apr 15 16:05

Bullied Teen Recorded His Tormentors – and Guess Who Ended Up Being Charged With a Crime?

A Pennsylvania teenager who endured months of bullying at school decided to gather evidence of his tormentors in action.

On February 11, Christian Stanfield, a 15-year-old sophomore at South Fayette High School, recorded seven minutes of the bullying on his iPad. His mother showed school officials the footage the next day.

The school officials, including Principal Scott Milburn and Superintendent Bille Pearce Rondinelli, took immediate action.

They contacted police for a possible violation of wiretapping laws.

When they realized the case did not fall within wiretapping criteria, South Fayette police Lt. Frank Kurta charged Stanfield with disorderly conduct instead.

Apr 15 14:56

Teachers' strikes can beat Michael Gove’s attacks on education

Teachers are engaged in a fierce battle with Tory education secretary Michael Gove—and it’s a fight that they can win.

Gove is intent on wrecking teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions.

Apr 13 09:58

Feds to Ban Junk Food in Schools

The government is putting its (big) foot down. No more junk food in schools.

Apr 13 05:25

British Journalist, Author Patrick Seale passes away

British journalist and author Patrick Seale passed away Friday after a long struggle with cancer

Apr 12 08:17

Students could be paying loans into their 50s - report

Most students will still be paying back loans from their university days in their 40s and 50s, and many will never clear the debt, research finds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

College is no longer the gateway to a better life, but has become yet another tool of the money-junkies who enslave the people with debt.

Apr 11 17:30

Revolution Against Corporate Education Targets Achilles Heel

Late last month, over 100 teachers, students, and parents from across the country gathered in Denver for the United Opt Out National Spring Action, a conference aimed at growing the resistance to corporate education reform and high stakes standardized testing across the nation. Throughout the weekend, the education activists brainstormed and planned in area-focused work groups, interspersed with talks from, among others, a Finnish teacher and education scholar, a parent turned education activist, and a high school senior. All of it revolved around one central theme: organizing resistance to the global corporate education reform movement.

Apr 11 15:35

Teacher suspended for starting a rail gun/air cannon project with his students

“I think that if I had said it was an electromagnetic propulsion system it would not have been taken out,” he said.

Apr 11 12:17

How to Get a Whole Generation to Sell Out

No one cares about selling out anymore. It’s an argument I encounter almost weekly, in a trend piece or through an online acquaintance. Times have changed, these commentators insist. Young people—“millennials,” they call adults just younger than me—simply don’t see things the same way their predecessors do.

Apr 11 10:33

Senior athlete suspended for weed-related retweet sues district

A Clear Fork High School senior who was suspended from the soccer team after retweeting a post from someone who favors decriminalizing marijuana is suing the district.

He contends school officials violated his right to free speech and denied him due process in his appeal of the decision.

Apr 10 09:34

TRI Asks Federal Court to Strike Down N.J. Anti-Bullying Law as Unconstitutional Restraint on Students’ 1st Amendment Rights

Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have asked a federal court to declare a New Jersey anti-bullying law unconstitutional in light of its chilling effect on students’ free speech rights. The Institute’s latest brief, which counters a move by the New Jersey Commissioner of Education to have the lawsuit dismissed, argues that the state’s enforcement of the anti-bullying act represents a violation of students’ rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the New Jersey state constitution. Institute attorneys filed the First Amendment lawsuit in Lim v. Board of Education of the Borough of Tenafly in December 2013 on behalf of a 4th grade boy who was punished under the act for truthfully stating that a fellow student had head lice.

Apr 09 18:42

Michelle Obama’s school lunches — “Is that photo taken from death row?”

She’s launched a wide array of initiatives targeting Americans receiving government nutritional benefits, as well as school lunch programs across the nation. Nowhere have the First Lady’s efforts been more visible than in the cafeteria’s of America’s schools.

Apr 09 17:34

Israel’s War on American Universities: Chris Hedges

The focus of many Students for Justice in Palestine chapters at U.S. universities has been responding to the 2005 call of Palestinian civil society for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, on the model of the international campaign against Apartheid South Africa. By boycotting Israeli goods, divesting our universities from companies that directly assist the colonization of Palestine and pushing for an arms sanction against Israel until it complies with international law and discontinues its war crimes and crimes against humanity, the groups hope to join with Palestinians and people of conscience internationally to bring down another apartheid state.

Chris Hedges, award winning author, journalist and activist, spoke at Northeastern University, in Boston at an event to raise awareness of the human rights crisis in Palestine and in support of its now banned Students for Justice in Palestine chapter – April 6, 2014.

Watch his speech:

Apr 09 13:02

Mass Stabbing at Pennsylvania High School

Up to 20 people have been stabbed at Franklin Regional High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One person, believed to be a student at the school, was taken into custody by the police. The wounded range between 14 and 21 years-old. Several are seriously injured and are undergoing surgery at local hospitals.

Apr 09 12:47

The Dumbing Down of America’s Schools

I admit, to being a bit “dumb about the subject of education” right off the bat. My usual “playground” is writing articles on economics, science, and politics…well, when I went to school those were considered fair areas for study too.

Apr 09 09:54

Violent mass stabbing wounds at least 20 high school students in PA., assailant in custody

A 16-year-old student armed with two knives went on a stabbing rampage Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School, wounding at least 20 students. One adult also suffered from a medical condition related to the stabbing, reports say.

Apr 09 06:57

Introducing "The Spark"

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

"The Spark" is an interesting and ongoing grassroots project that fits in well with an older article featured on LocalOrg titled, "Decentralizing Big-Retail." The article illustrated the waste, disparity, and exploitation promoted by the current "big-retail" monopolies and the consumerist paradigm modern society is dependent on, and suggests as an alternative the leveraging of technology to replace entirely this paradigm with local solutions.

It featured a combination of projects from urban farming to technological havens called "makerspaces" or "hackerspaces" working in tandem to turn a city block into a sustainable, self-sufficient economic unit driven by open source collaboration, technology, and local entrepreneurship...

Apr 09 06:55

4 students seriously hurt in Pa. school stabbings

An official says four students were believed to be seriously injured at a high school near Pittsburgh, where a student with a knife stabbed or slashed others, injuring as many as 20.

Stevens says the suspect used a knife, though he didn't say what kind or why he attacked the others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will wager a plugged Turkish piaster the kid was medicated for ADHD, but of course the focus will be put on the evil knife!

Apr 09 04:04

States Rebranding Common Core to Gain Parental Approval

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has rejected Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and replaced the federal standardized education with new guidelines written “by Hoosiers for Hoosiers.”

Apr 08 23:24

Teen suspended for helping students opt-out of Common Core English test

An eighth-grade student in New York says she was suspended from school last week after informing classmates that they could opt-out of an upcoming Common Core English test.

Apr 08 19:46

The Dumbing Down of America's Schools

I admit, to being a bit “dumb about the subject of education” right off the bat. My usual “playground” is writing articles on economics, science, and politics…well, when I went to school those were considered fair areas for study too.

Apr 08 18:45

Miami-Dade Police Internal Affairs Lieutenant Accused of Helping Cocaine Traffickers

Miami-Dade cop Ralph Mata, the feds said Tuesday, protected cocaine smugglers, bought them firearms, doled out sensitive law enforcement intelligence and even concocted a detailed plot to murder rivals.

Apr 08 12:03

Setting the Stage for Tyranny: Public Schools Deliberately Create a Culture of Fear

What is the best way to ensure that gun control takes place within a generation?

Forget trying to change the minds of those who already have guns. The best way to do this is to encourage a culture of fear among young people.

And the public school system, with all of its zero tolerance lunacy, is doing just that. They are setting the stage for tyranny.

Apr 08 07:34

Students Fed Up With Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Overhaul — Menu-Item Snapshots Spell Out Why

In this the Age of Social Media, a picture is still worth a thousand words. Now that virtually everyone has a camera on their mobile phone and the internet connectivity to publish pictures instantly, it is no wonder that the backlash against Michelle Obama’s school lunch program is starting to achieve a louder volume.

Now, students don’t have to explain why the meals conceived by Michelle Obama’s plan are bad, now pictures can instantly show how lame these supposed lunch meals really are.

Apr 08 05:14

WTF? NJ Boy Suspended For Twirling Pen

Apr 07 20:35

Teachers Push Back Against High-Stakes Testing

This past week, third through eighth graders in New York State public schools took the English Language Arts standardized tests. In New York City, the tests have an unusually high-stakes dimension absent in most of the rest of the state (and the country) in that students’ scores can play a significant role in their admission to middle school.

Apr 07 12:35

7th Grader Suspended and Subjected to Psychological Evaluation for…Twirling a Pencil

A New Jersey 7th grader was subjected to a five-hour physical and psychological examination for twirling a pencil in class.

Here’s how it went down:

Ethan Chaplin was twirling a pencil with a pen cap on it when a fellow student yelled, “He’s making gun motions – send him to juvie!”

The student who made the accusation had bullied Ethan earlier in the day and was trying to get him in trouble, Ethan says. He said the school administrators wouldn’t hear his side of the story.

Ethan was suspended and told he could not return to school until a complete physical and psychological examination was conducted.

Apr 07 11:19

Tennessee to approve free community college for all high school grads

Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature proposal this year, a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, appears on track to pass as lawmakers enter the waning days of the legislative session. The details, however — including how to pay for this perk in the years to come — remain scattered.

Apr 07 08:24

Chris Hedges on “Israel’s War on American Universities” [Must Watch]

Israel is attacking American universities with data shared to them by the National Security Agency, and “busy” professors are responsible for the degradation of Occupy Wall Street, author and journalist Chris Hedges said.

Hedges said while he and Dr. Cornel West were having dinner, the two of them lambasted lazy journalism professors and other intellectuals of being “too busy” to support free speech. During a speech to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, Hedges revealed a sinister Zionist plot to undermine American efforts at free dialog. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20704

Apr 06 16:42

7th grader suspended for twirling pencil ‘like a gun’

A 13-year-old boy in Vernon, New Jersey was suspended from school last week after being accused of holding his pencil like a gun

Apr 06 09:18

Treated like a criminal? Girl, 13, says she was suspended for opposing Common Core

A 13-year-old student at Orange-Ulster BOCES believes she was suspended from school this week as a result of telling other students they didn't have to take the Common Core English test Tuesday.

The girl, eighth-grader Seirra Olivero, was suspended for two days for insubordination.

While she acknowledges the charge, she contends in a complaint filed with the district that she felt bullied by three administrators because she told other students they didn't have to take the test.

Apr 05 07:56

High School Student Arrested For Telling Principal He's "Disappointed" In Him

In Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana students staged a sit-in over the school's failure to acknowledge a student's suicide. Of note is the fact the principle responds to their protest by saying he's "in charge" and ordering everyone to get out their IDs, basically acting like a two-bit thug cop. After one student makes a snarky comment that he's "disappointed" in the principle, he then orders the student be arrested, to which the lackey cops present immediately oblige.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These kids were obviously in emotional pain at the death of one of their classmates.

An open invitation to group counseling, for those who asked for it (WITH parental permission) right after this suicide happened would have been the right way for the administration to handle it; saying nothing, and doing nothing, was a pretty lousy response, and drove these kids to feeling that they had to do something, even if that something was a disruption to their day.

Apr 04 11:35

Allen West’s book filled with fake Founding Father quotes

That guy is such a TARD

Apr 04 08:44

Police: KIPP Academy Lockdown Likely Caused By Md. Journalism Student’s Tripod Mistaken For Weapon

A Baltimore City school was placed on lockdown after a report with a person with a gun on campus. It’s the second school lockdown in our area just this week.

KIPP Harmony Academy and KIPP Ujima Village Academy were placed on lockdown around 9 a.m. Thursday after students saw what they thought was a man with a gun.

SWAT teams rushed into KIPP Academy in Northwest Baltimore.

After four hours on lockdown, students were evacuated to a nearby high school.

Investigators believe a University of Maryland journalism student was carrying a camera tripod that was mistaken for a gun.

“I think he was there with permission and it was just a misidentification by the kids,” said police commissioner Anthony Batts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Over a tripod?!?

You have GOT to be flipping kidding me!!!

And parents, if humanly possible, please home school your kids.

Public education is getting more scary and dictatorial by the second, and you will most likely do a far better job education your child than most public education systems can.

Apr 03 11:45

Are fed up states finally dumping Common Core?

Out of 45 states that implemented the hideous Common Core State Standards, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a bill last week that officially made his state the first to withdraw:

Apr 03 09:43

Global Power Structures: Masterlist of 1,150 NGOs and 300 Key People in Them

"[Think tanks] exert definite and even considerable influence on the process of elaborating and making political decisions. It is connected with the fact that ... leaders of such centers have as a rule personal close links with the [government]. Second, the centers are created in order to prepare and adopt the major political decisions in the shade, far from public. Third, such analytical and expert centers really accumulate the best intellectual forces of the country and fourth, not always but rather often, the centers were founded simply to provide jobs to [retired] politicians."

Notice that Henry Kissinger is first on the list with 104 known associations.

Apr 03 03:13

The Indoctrination Begins: The Agenda 21 Biased UK Government Suggests 10 Hours a Day School For Children From TWO Years Old

The pompous Chief Inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw has recommended that children in the UK start school at TWO years old.

At two many kids have not finished teething, many are not toilet trained and most still fall asleep at some point during the day. To suggest that babies should be enrolled in school is the most ridiculous thing I have heard in a long time, but from a government perspective it makes perfect sense.

He proposes that more schools should open for extended hours and that eventually all children should be attending school for ten hours a day for a minimum five days a week.

Apr 02 22:07

Common Core Assignment Asks Kids To Solve Unsolvable Math Problem

Kindergarten students in Columbia, Ohio are being asked to solve a math problem that does not allow them to provide the correct answer.

"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four." ~ Winston Smith

Apr 02 13:34

Dumbing Down the Herd: Brain-Numbing New Toys Poop Rainbows, Glitter, and Jewels

Because every little girl needs a doll that poops. Particularly if it emits adorable sparkly poop.

Moxie Girls, a brand of doll made by MGA Entertainment, the company that makes the scantily clad Bratz dolls, now have a new line: Poopsy Pets.

No, you haven't stumbled onto a satire website. This is a thing. Seriously.

Apr 02 10:56

Indiana school system jettisons Common Core standards

Indiana students will soon see new tests, new teaching and new state standards.

With the head of Indiana education in town, we're asking why the state is backing out of the Common Core standard and what it means for the classroom.

The students at Georgetown Elementary School probably thought the woman visiting them on Tuesday was a substitute. But then again, subs don't come with news cameras in tow.

Apr 02 10:35

Are Fed Up States Finally Dumping Common Core?

Out of 45 states that implemented the hideous Common Core State Standards, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a bill last week that officially made his state the first to withdraw.

Apr 02 09:39

Think outside-the-tent for shelter

Shelter plays an important role in thermoregulation. As I peck at my keyboard, the outside temp is 50º with a light rain. Enough exposure to these “mild” conditions without some type of shelter and a search and rescue mission turns into a recovery team.

Apr 02 08:58

Sixth Graders' Common Core Homework: Remove Two Rights from Bill of Rights

An Arkansas mom was disturbed to learn her sixth grade daughter's homework was to "prioritize, revise, prune two and add two" amendments in the Bill of Rights. The homework, part of the controversial Common Core curriculum, said that the Bill of Rights is "outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer."

Apr 02 05:37

Real Self Reliance: A Model for Profitable Micro-Farming (On Just 1.5 Acres)

One of the key tenets of living a sustainable lifestyle is the ability to produce one’s own food. Traditionally, accomplishing such a goal required would-be farmers or ranchers to first find land, come up with a ton of start-up money, and then move the entire family out to rural America. But what if there were a way that you could produce enough food for yourself, while also feeding up to 200 families without the typical start up requirements for farming?

Moreover, not only will you be well on your way towards self reliance, but you can turn it into a profitable business while you’re at it. Jean-Martin Fornier did and he did it using just 1.5 acres – an incredible feat considering most farms requires acres upon acres of land to be successful.

Don’t miss this one – it could well change your life (and if enough individuals and families start their own micro-farms, it could even change how our entire society works from top to bottom).

Apr 01 11:04

Poverty among black children ‘should be considered a national crisis’

African-American children’s poverty, poor housing and lack of access to education pose a national crisis, said a report released Tuesday that found a wide gap in well-being among U.S. children of different races.

In almost every region of the United States, African-American, Latino and Native American children face far greater barriers to their future success than their white and Asian counterparts, according to the study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which aims to improve the life of all children.

The “Race for Results” report used 12 indicators and a single composite score to determine a child’s chance at future success. The factors included whether the children were born at normal birth weight, if they were enrolled in preschool by the ages of 3 to 5, whether they lived with an adult who has at least a high school diploma, and their proficiency at reading and math during elementary and middle school.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a national scandal, and a damned shame, in the 21st century.

But the difficulty is, every time this country has announced a "war" on some social issue, the problem gets worse.

The best family outcomes I have seen have come from a healthy combination of love and structure. When kids have that, it allows them to develop a healthy self image, based on fact, and they can really accomplish what they want to do in life.

So what can be done?!? I think that the more time we spend on the front end, when kids are little, with intense, proven methods of education, the cycle can be broken.

And as crazy as it sounds, legalizing drugs for personal use will financially break the backs of the gangs, which for many of these kids, are the only real "family" they think they have.

By the time these kids hit their teenage years, and consider Juvenile Hall stays a "right of passage" in their communities, it is very late in the game to change or influence behaviour.

But it's not just the kids who need an education; it is the adults in those families learning how to better parents which is critical. No parent in their right mind thinks that they want their child doomed to failure, intermittent jail stays, and and early death: they just don't have the skills to be better parents.

Instead of investing in these horrific wars without end, and the weapons used to fight them, this country would do well to invest in its at-risk youth in a smart, positive way. Otherwise, this downward spiral may well become a permanent aspect of American life, and that would be a real tragedy for this country.

Mar 31 09:53

260,000 graduates in minimum wage jobs

If you thought paying tens of thousands of dollars for a college education guaranteed a high-paying job, think again.

About 260,000 people who had a college or professional degree made at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Mar 30 09:53

Evaluating teachers based on student performance is ‘punitive measure that demoralizes teachers’

What is the policy of evaluating teachers on their students’ performance really about? Ostensibly, it is designed to improve public schools by holding teachers accountable. However, by failing to take into account several factors that impede student learning and over which teachers have no control, this policy is, in essence, a punitive measure that demoralizes teachers and drives many of them out of the teaching profession. The result will be the increasing privatization of education and the destruction of America’s public schools.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I disagree heartily with this premise.

Those factors over which teachers have no control must, logically, be taken into account, but evaluating teachers by the performance of their students MUST happen in American schools, if our kids are ever going to get the desperately needed world-class education they must have in order to compete in a world economy.

Unionization of teachers turned a profession into a trade. Any really present parent with kids in public schools with lousy teachers knows that it is literally impossible to get a bad teacher removed from a classroom because of the union presence.

Education has to be, first and foremost, the responsibility of the parents.

So please, be there for the parent teacher conferences, and be aware of the challenges - and the comfortable areas - in your child's learning skills.

The purpose of school is to learn how to learn. If your kids are NOT getting this at your local public school, think about home schooling, or enrolling your child in a charter school with some great numbers in terms of performance in math, science, and critical thinking capabilities.

Mar 29 09:38

More Parents Choose Homeschooling Due to Common Core

As Common Core champions like Jeb Bush, Bill Gates, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce continue to attack parents, teachers, and taxpayers for what they claim are “myths” spread about the centralized standards initiative, many parents across the nation are not convinced.

Mar 28 09:53

What If Everything You Were Ever Taught Was A Lie?

Ultimately, the education system can be blamed for feeding us propaganda and forcing us to regurgitate it so we can “fit in” with the rest of society. Our public school systems are set up to get the students primed for economic slavery without ever offering courses that allow to students to think creatively or freely.

If you trace the company’s who print our children’s textbooks, you’ll find a Zionist agenda behind them all. For example, George W. Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, was arrested for funding both sides of World War II, yet we never learned this in school. Why? Because had we learned this, NEITHER Bush would have been elected president for having a traitor in their lineage.

And surely, Christopher Columbus didn’t “discover” America.

Mar 28 09:50

Florida set to pass Pop Tart gun bill to protect kids playing in school

The days of kids playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians in the schoolyard may come to an end because of overly zealous “zero tolerance” policies.

Over the past year, schools have increasingly punished children for playing games that involve pretend firearms. Now Florida is leading the nation in stopping this madness.

Mar 28 08:18

Your State Sucks: Tennessee Sucks Because Its Lawmakers Will Make Sure Jesus Gets into the Classroom

The Rude Pundit has taught students in fine Christian areas of the nation, places where the citizens walk around with a tightly-inserted vibrating Jesus butt plug so they can feel the Lord's love convulsing their bodies all day long. He so often had Jesus shoved in his face by students that he created a rule: You cannot argue by using any religion's standard text as a fact that proves or disproves something. "Why?" they would ask. "Don't you care about our faith?"

Mar 26 10:23

Kansas GOP nixes all-day kindergarten for fear it lacks ‘academic rigor,’ will be used by poor

Lawmakers in Kansas have tabled Governor Sam Brownback’s (R) election-year proposal to make all-day kindergarten care available to all.

House Speaker Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell) said that “[n]ow is not the year” for the initiative, which would have compelled schools state-wide to offer all-day kindergarten programs.

Conservatives also complained that all-day kindergarten programs would be abused by poor families as a substitute for day-care sans “academic rigor.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Opposition to this (if in fact, the state of Kansas DOES have a good kindergarten program), just blows me away, and I am reminded of that wonderful one-liner from the American comedian Ron White: "You can't fix stupid!"

And IF in fact poor families flock to this program, what is the harm in having a safe, secure, comfortable environment for these children through most of their day?

What is the harm in giving them mental "building blocks" so that that they will be learning how to learn, and that, as they get older, their abilities to pick up new skills will be easier?!?

I frankly see no downside, particularly when it comes to verbal and reading skills, and all upside.

I was enormously lucky, in terms of one family value: my parents read to me, and encouraged me to read. They also reinforced that I was going to go to college, and would graduate (which I did).

Some kids, however, are not that lucky, for a variety of reasons, and Brownback is correct when he says that the most money should be spent on early learning, to make later learning easier.

This should be a no-brainer for the Kansas state legislature; why it is not just baffles me.

Mar 25 06:16

Oklahoma Senate committee votes to abolish Common Core academic standards

The state Senate Education Committee on Monday voted to pass a new version of a bill that would abolish Oklahoma’s use of Common Core academic standards for certain subjects in grades kindergarten through 12.

Mar 24 10:59

Kindergarten teacher leaves her profession of nearly 30 years rather than conform to testing requirements mandated by 'No Child Left Behind'

A veteran teacher in a Massachusetts school district is leaving her profession of nearly three decades after she says it has come to rely too much on standardized testing and data collection and not enough 'hands-on investigation' and exploration.

Susan Sluyter has been a teacher in the Cambridge Public School District for nearly 20 years, and has been a teacher for more than 25. Last month, she sent the district her resignation letter, describing her 'deep love and a broken heart' that she has for her profession.

Mar 21 10:40

Ill. budget cuts could mean 13,400 teacher layoffs

Illinois education officials say districts could be forced to lay off thousands of teachers and borrow money to stay afloat if proposed budget cuts take effect next year.

The State Board of Education and other agencies are testifying before lawmakers Friday about the impact of a 20 percent cut.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton says Illinois will have a $3 billion budget gap next year. That includes a $1.5 billion decrease in revenues if a temporary income tax increase expires as scheduled.

State Superintendent Chris Koch says the cuts would mean 13,400 teachers would be laid off.

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Mar 17 11:18

College facing trial for branding innocent student 'rapist'

A federal judge has ruled that a series of claims by a student-athlete against his school will go to trial after he was branded a rapist during a campus hearing even though a local prosecutor who investigated said the case should be dropped.

Mar 17 11:06

Former elementary school lunch lady taken to jail for paying kids $1 to beat up classmate

Brooke Wilson-Johnson, 19, a former cafeteria worker at Campus Elementary enters the courtroom before she is given jail time by Judge Donald Passenger for paying 3 kids a $1 to beat up another student who she says disrespected her.

Mar 17 09:39

Israel's War on American Universities

“To prohibit students from holding leadership roles and student groups simply because they engaged in a peaceful political protest is antithetical to the university’s mission to educate students,” he said. “It erases any pedagogical value disciplinary process might seek.”

“In the last year,” Geller went on, “I have received death threats, been publicly and unfairly maligned, and have been threatened with disciplinary measures. This has made engaging in speech about an issue about which I care deeply, both as a Jew and an American, a fear- and anxiety-causing prospect.”

Israel’s heavy-handed reaction to these campus organizations is symptomatic of its increasing isolation and concern about waning American support.

Mar 15 13:23

Homeland Security Conducts Unannounced School Lockdown Drill

The Department of Homeland Security is expanding its operations by running unannounced school lockdown drills, another sign of the federal agency’s encroachment into more areas of Americans’ lives.

“The NJ DOE team told us that of all the schools they have visited, GRHS was one of the best,” said Superintendent Dr. Mucciolo, confirming that the drills are now becoming commonplace throughout the region.

While authorities justify school lockdown drills as necessary exercises to prepare for potential school shootings, the likelihood of one happening is miniscule. Critics have pointed to the fact that the drills achieve little else than traumatizing school children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this practice doesn't incentivize you to home school your kids, I do not know what will!!

Mar 10 06:37

Chicago’s Columbia College cancels class because of 5 Broken Cameras screening

After Professor Chehade’s in-class screening of the Oscar-nominated film 5 Broken Cameras, which depicts life under and popular resistance to Israeli military occupation, a student complained about “bias.” Dr. Steven Corey, the chair of the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences, then held a meeting with Professor Chehade informing him that he should address the subject matter in a more “balanced” way.

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