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Jan 30 04:13

Education And The Dismantling Of The Mind

Over the last 40 years or so, school systems, under the aegis of government, have expanded their role. Using “duty” as the prow, these institutions have generated enormous programs to teach children what to think about everything from aluminum cans to bestiality.

Jan 29 12:50

A Time for Warriors, Time to Put Away Childish Things -Stefan Verstappen


WARNING : DISTURBING
My latest video illustrating why we all need to become warriors if there is any hope for the future.
http://www.chinastrategies.com/the-way-of-the-warrior/

Jan 29 08:12

Education and the Dismantling of the Mind

Outside groups with agendas worm their way into schools.

Jan 28 15:12

Education and the dismantling of the mind

Are there any States in the Union that allow public schools to opt out of providing sex education to children?

Of course, a counter-argument would be made that, although there was once a time when our country abounded in responsible two-parent families, that’s not the case anymore. Therefore, education about sex is lacking. Therefore, schools have to step into the breach and supply what is missing.

Jan 26 13:13

Scott Adams Invites Dale to Celebrate Pelosi’s Stunning Victory in the Fifth Inning.

What border security plan would President Hillary Clinton offer?
How would it compare to President Trump’s plan?
President Trump’s border security concept
Experts advise what works to address various challenges
Build the most efficient structure possible for least cost
President Trump has educated and weaponized voters
Now…people CARE about solutions for the border
Solutions will HAVE to be cost efficient and effective
Pelosi didn’t do her job, everyone wants border security
She didn’t “win”, she failed to offer solutions

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1089176223798841344

Jan 24 15:30

University of California Regents: Distance yourself from Canary Mission

U.S. campuses are sites of political controversy and, at their best, spaces for debate and engagement across different perspectives. At universities across the U.S., the question of whether and how professors and students can exercise free speech has emerged as the most salient of our time. Often ignored in the discussion of academic freedom is the power dynamic inherent to the space of communication. On campuses, both funding and political influence privilege certain actors to exercise “free speech,” while others are censored and even vilified. In this climate, exposure of power is in itself a political act. The California Scholars for Academic Freedom has decided to be pro-active in challenging the online website the Canary Mission, because of the serious harm it has caused to students and faculty in California institutions of higher learning and, more broadly, to academic freedom in the United States.

Jan 24 12:11

Scott Adams: The Future of Online Education with VR, Apps and Hollywood Teams

Bonus broadcast!

Online learning works, the future is here (Whiteboard)
A Socialist vision of education, but with decreased cost
Learning can be tailored to how different people learn
VR learning possibilities include historical event immersion

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1088459598678224902

Jan 24 11:29

Political payback for the statewide teacher walkout? Slew of newly filed bills aim to punish, limit future protests

Oklahoma lawmakers have filed a host of bills that seek to crack down on the methods educators employed to stage a statewide walkout and Capitol protest last spring.

Proposed measures range from criminal penalties for disrupting the Legislature to the mandatory loss of pay and teacher certification for those who strike or shut down schools to resolve differences with state leaders.

At its peak, the two-week teacher walkout in April had more than 500,000 students out of school — about two-thirds of the state’s student population.

The Oklahoma Legislature had just scrambled to pass teacher raises, but teachers walked off the job anyway in protest of the effects on students of Oklahoma’s nation-leading state funding cuts over the last decade.

Jan 24 09:53

Students threatened to be fined if they are refusing of watching homoerotic movie in Kokkola Finland

Small scale county out roar has risen in Kokkola caused by local high school students forced to watch gayerotics movie under threat of sanction. School’s principal says that this is one part of tolerance education

Jan 23 11:11

The Pro-Israel Push to Purge US Campus Critics

While Palestinian rights are getting more attention than ever, advocates still face accusations of Israel-centric anti-Semitism, anti-BDS harassment, and most of all, censorship on college campuses – as evidenced in the Marc Lamont Hill incident. The Anti-Defamation League and Zionist Organization of America have put pressure wherever they see criticism of Israel, endangering both free speech and academic freedom.

The capacity to critically evaluate the exercise of state power is vital to responsible citizenship, and the US – and Israel – should encourage, not discourage, healthy dialogue.

Jan 23 02:03

The Neocon Dream for Everlasting Hegemony Has Turned America Into a Nightmare 

A straight line can be drawn between today’s political hysteria and the 1970s era of right-wing Soviet hysteria as Russia stands accused of “meddling” in American democracy. The merits of those charges have been discussed in depth elsewhere. According to the dean of American intelligence scholars Loch K. Johnson as reported in the New York Times, the United States has done extensive meddling in other nation’s elections.

Jan 22 11:39

Writing Professor: Grading Based On Quality Is Racist

American University in Washington, D.C. is hosting an event on Feb. 1 on "antiracist" grading with a professor who serves as director of a writing center which argues that American grammar is a "racist," "unjust language structure."

The seminar, titled, "Grading Ain't Just Grading: Rethinking Writing Assessment Ecologies Towards Antiracist Ends," will be led by University of Washington-Tacoma professor Asao Inoue, who previously published an essay titled, "A Grade-less Writing Course that Focuses on Labor and Assessing," in which he argues in favor of "dispens[ing] almost completely with judgments of quality when producing course grades."

Jan 22 11:28

University Defends Radical Professor Who Made Anti-White Remarks

The University of Georgia explained to Big League Politics that while they take “all claims of discrimination and harassment seriously,” they are planning no disciplinary action because the statements were made on social media, and not on campus.

Last week video surfaced of a University of Georgia instructor, identified on video as Professor Irami Osei-Frimpong, defending anti-white remarks he made on social media. Among these, he instructed his Twitter followers to “take war to the White Christian family,” characterized whites as lazy, autistic, psychopathic, and sociopathic, and declared that “fighting white people is a skill.”

Jan 22 10:33

Palestinian professor sues SF State for breach of contract, discrimination

Last week, lawyers for Professor Rabab Abdulhadi filed suit in US District Court against San Francisco State University (SFSU) and top administrators including President Leslie Wong, seeking a permanent court judgment to protect the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) program and protect the civil rights and freedom of speech of AMED director Professor Rabab Abdulhadi PhD and her students.

SFSU hired Dr. Abdulhadi in 2006 with a written promise to build a real program. “For ten years, they have refused contractually agreed support for AMED Studies. They broke their commitment to me and to the AMED community, but we built the program anyway,” said Dr. Abdulhadi. “They’ve been trying to dismantle it and prevent its institutionalization ever since. Now they’re trying to destroy it,” said Mark Kleiman, one of the lawyers for Dr. Abdulhadi.

Jan 22 08:42

Kunstler: America's "All Is Lost" Moment Looms

As in this age of Hollywood sequels and prequels, America prefers to recycle old ideas rather than entertain new ones, so you can see exactly how the 2020 presidential election is shaping up to be a replay of the Great Depression, with Roosevelt-to-rescue! — only this time it’ll be with somebody in the role of Eleanor Roosevelt as chief executive. Donald Trump, of course, being the designated bag-holder for all the financial blunders of the past decade, gets to be Herbert Hoover. As was the case in the original, economic depression will segue into war, with maybe not such a happy ending for us as World War Two was.

Jan 20 10:35

Pollak: Educating Illegal Aliens and Their Children Costs L.A. Schools Hundreds of Millions Per Year

The ongoing strike by the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is about teacher pay, classroom size, support staff, and especially charter schools, which the union says take money away from the district.

Left unspoken, however, is the cost of educating illegal aliens, and their children — which could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars per year, if not billions, experts say.

Jan 19 09:52

SUGAR INDUSTRY QUIETLY PAID SCIENTISTS TO POINT BLAME AT FAT

n the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to “refute” concerns about sugar’s possible role in heart disease. The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding.

The sugar-funded project in question was a literature review, examining a variety of studies and experiments. It suggested there were major problems with all the studies that implicated sugar, and concluded that cutting fat out of American diets was the best way to address coronary heart disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Proving that Harvard is not above creative lying, when the money is concerned is ample, but does it so tastefully, completely covered in the clothing of "
pure science", that few people are the wiser, when it comes to the real facts.

Jan 19 09:00

UNIVERSITY DEMANDS STUDENT PAY $500 FOR PUBLIC RECORDS ON ITS CHINESE PROPAGANDA INSTITUTE

Crowdfund to ‘show public agencies they can’t make requesters go away’

Under scrutiny from lawmakers of both parties and academic groups, universities have been closing their Chinese government-run centers at a brisk pace.

The University of Kansas has not publicly moved to shutter its Confucius Institute, however, and a KU student wanted to know if administrators had discussed the possibility. He filed a public records request a month ago.

The taxpayer-funded university gave him an answer Thursday: $506.50.

Conner Mitchell set up a crowdfunding page to raise the money demanded by KU to hand over emails from top administrators that include the phrase “Confucius Institute.” He describes himself as a freelance journalist who has previously written for The Kansas City Star, Palm Beach Post and KU’s hometown newspaper, the Lawrence Journal-World.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this institution is taxpayer funded, it should have no problems in meeting his request for only as much as it has to pay in copying, or handling, fees; this is thoroughly outrageous, and makes utterly no sense, except for attempting to squeeze this guy financially, as though he were a tube of toothpaste.

Jan 18 10:15

Universities Across the Country Help Students Prepare for Women’s March

Arts and crafts events are being hosted at universities across the country in preparation for 2019 Women’s March, giving students the opportunity to get together and create signage for the upcoming anti-Trump march.

Jan 18 09:37

Racist Professor Gets A Pass From Uni. Guess Which Race He Hates?

Well, that was quick, and easy…not even one semester of fighting and his university forgave him. I’m not even sure what “reverse the charge” means in this context…does this mean outright approval of his racism? I guess I’ll let legal scholars figure that one out.

Is this going to be yet another example of SJW hypocrisy, or will other, similar infringements of free speech by universities likewise be overturned before a long court battle ensues?

Only time will tell, but, call me cynical, I lean towards hypocrisy here.

Jan 18 05:27

When Jewish Leaders Decide to Harass College Kids - To 'Support' Israel

In 2015, the Jewish community's strategy shifted. Leaders who favored aggressive confrontation with perceived enemies, particularly critics of Israel, won out. Jewish and pro-Israel groups both in the U.S. and Israel used significant resources to direct hard-line, often secretive tactics against their targets. In recent months, the Forward has reported on how this strategy played out: An online blacklist called Canary Mission, which went live in 2015, targeted college students critical of Israel. Professional pro-Israel operatives posed online as college students. Pro-Israel campus groups hired top-tier professional Washington, D.C. political consultants and sent them to work on college campuses. An Israeli spy firm pitched U.S. Jewish donors with a proposal to covertly undermine the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel.
Note: Please read this article slowly and absorb the evil.

Jan 17 18:43

LA Teachers Strike: 73K Is Not Enough

Unfortunately for those who seek the truth, the coverage is void of facts.

For instance, what is often absent in the discussion is the political representation. L.A. has a Democratic mayor, California has a Democratic governor, Democrats have a supermajority in the state legislature, and the courts are left-leaning. The right cannot be blamed for this one.

So, it’s really the left that is engaging in a war on teachers? Not exactly.

Let’s begin with the makeup of the school district: It boasts a $7.52 billion budget and more than 60,000 employees, including about 26,000 teachers, with the average annual salary being $73,000. While employment has gone up 16% since 2004, enrollment has dropped 10% in the same period.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For Betsy De Vos, Director of Education: a word, please.

I can tell you precisely what these teachers are afraid of; a growing movement in this country is realizing the depth of failure in terms of overall student performance in public school.

Notice the reality that these horrendous attacks we've been seeing at the public schools, and not at the private ones; go figure.

You, my dear lady, needs to be talking with the highest CEO's of places like the Kumon School; the Montessori Schools, and the Wardorf Schools, and develop a program where kids will be taught in public schools, grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade, but by one of these three methods.

And set it in a neighborhood which is distressed and disadvantaged. See how the performances compare at every level.

Oh, and another thing about this: the teachers at these private schools are not unionized, but of course, you would want to present a reasonable, and fair package of benefits.This will put unionized teachers squarely on notice that when kids do well, teachers should be rewarded; if they are not "hitting the mark", they may be replaced by someone who is.

Jan 17 13:45

Student Loan Debt Is A Crisis That’s Also Impacting The Housing Market

Student loan debt is a fundamental crisis. Students are borrowing money to pay for school at an alarming rate. But as the problem worsens, it seeps into other sectors, such as the housing market, putting the entire economy on edge.

Jan 17 11:54

6 Benefits of Garden-Based Learning

By Tim Moore

If you have children or work with children, then you probably have noticed that hands-on experiences help them make connections to the lessons they are learning. This is especially true when the lesson involves something you enjoy or have made a hobby out of, such as gardening. Hands-on learning experiences surround us if we take the time to look, and educational opportunities abound with a little ingenuity to turn daily tasks into lessons.

The outcomes have reflected positively on children, which has led many educators to use gardens as part of their educational toolbox...

Jan 16 15:29

Animal Farm (1954)

Film by Halas and Batchelor, based on the book Animal Farm by George Orwell

Jan 16 12:56

VIDEO: LA teachers surround cars, block parking lot, scream ‘scum!’ at subs

Members of the United Teachers Los Angeles Union are continuing to hold education hostage for higher pay and increased staffing, and they’re getting a lot of help from their socialist and communist allies.

Pictures and videos posted to Twitter show Democrat Socialists of America – Los Angeles are aiding and abetting the teachers strike in a variety of ways, from heckling the “scabs” that dare defy the union to keep schools open to sponsored taco lunches to show solidarity with their union brethren.

Jan 16 11:28

University students given ‘trigger warnings’ in case Shakespeare upsets them

Jan 16 10:53

You Are in School

We have all been to school at some point in our lives, and we have cause to know and recognize the process. Like our first lessons walking, we often fall down and make mistakes before our feet flatten and our center of balance stabilizes and we are suddenly able to run.

The same thing happens with learning to talk. We discover our voice box early and make sounds, but not words. Then, we learn to say words, sentences, whole paragraphs.... It doesn't happen overnight and it does not happen without errors. Plenty of errors. This process continues as we learn to write.

I have been writing for six decades and I still make plenty of errors.

Jan 15 18:39

Police Seized My Clients’ Children Because They Homeschooled. Last Week a Court Ruled It Was OK

By Robert Clarke

The Wunderlich family wanted to do what thousands of families in America do with no questions asked: educate their children at home.

But homeschooling is not allowed in Germany, and the state has relentlessly pursued the Wunderlichs and even seized their children. One morning in August 2013, 33 police officers and seven social workers showed up at their front door, threatening to open it with a battering ram. The parents cried as their children were carried screaming out of their home.

The children were later returned but were ordered to attend public school. Since then, the Wunderlichs have continued their fight in court, ultimately reaching the European Court of Human Rights...

Jan 15 14:46

Student Debt Crisis Worsens: Florida Board Of Health Suspends Licenses Over Defaults

The United States Department of Education estimates more than 10 percent of student loan borrowers are in default. The federal government estimates Americans owe $1.2 trillion in student debt. That figure is now larger than all outstanding U.S. credit card and vehicle debt combined.

Jan 14 22:38

Rich students save by paying fees up front

The wealthiest students are going to university in England for the lowest cost, by paying their tuition fees up front, say researchers.

About 10% of students are not taking out loans and so avoid interest rates of 6.3% paid by other students, says the Intergenerational Foundation.

The think tank says it "makes a mockery" of claims that the fees system is fair for poorer students.

Jan 14 13:33

Thanks To Their Student Loans, Millennials Expect To Die In Debt

In some cases, their debt load is so soul-crushing they expect to die without ever paying what they owe back. So how much does this problem have to do with the higher-education crisis the country is facing? As it turns out, everything.

Jan 13 12:05

Thanks to Their Student Loans, Millennials Expect to Die in Debt

By Chloe Anagnos

Adulting, the now common idiom goes, is hard. And to many millennials, the grim realization that debt will always be part of their lives is not making it any easier.

In some cases, their debt load is so soul-crushing they expect to die without ever paying what they owe back. So how much does this problem have to do with the higher-education crisis the country is facing? As it turns out, everything...

Jan 11 08:33

Kenyon College Adds ‘Diversity’ and ‘Inclusion’ to Tenure Guidelines for Professors

Kenyon College in Ohio has revised its tenure and promotion guidelines for professors to include engaging in “diversity” and “inclusion” efforts as part of the faculty’s evaluation process.

While many faculty members in higher education already dedicate what appears to be an exorbitant amount of time toward issues revolving around their ideas of diversity and inclusion, Kenyon College has now decided to write it into its guidelines for achieving tenure status and promotions, as reported by Diverse.

“In order to assure equity in evaluating members of the faculty being reviewed in consideration of reappointment, promotion in rank, and salary adjustments, the faculty, in cooperation with the administration and the Board of Trustees, has adopted the following Evaluation Criteria and Procedures,” states Kenyon’s revised guidelines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The longer I teach here, diverse it gets!

Jan 10 10:08

British Parents Removing Children from Lessons on Islam, Report Finds

A report that found that parents in Essex are removing their children from Religion Education (RE) lessons on Islam and school trips to mosques.

The Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) has found that parents in Thurrock, South-East England, “have objected to the teaching of Islam and withdrawn children from lessons and visits to places of worship,” the Thurrock Gazette reports.

SACRE, which recommends the teaching of religion in schools, said that it would need to launch an investigation into how many parents are pulling their children from aspects of religious education teaching.

Jan 09 13:05

A teacher exposes the LGBT agenda coming into in elementary schools

A teacher warns that parents have no idea how bad it is

Jan 09 11:29

Expert says free-speech laws not necessary for post-secondary institutions

A political science professor at UW adds the new policies won't make it easier to draw the line on when freedom of speech is being infringed upon

Jan 08 22:55

Students Hate Trump's Immigration Quotes… Don’t Realize They’re From Democrats

Students at American University

Jan 08 09:23

Some school lunch rules rolled back by Trump Administration

On December 7, the Trump administration relaxed rules aimed at making school lunches healthier, affecting 30 million children annually, many of them from low-income homes. Kid-friendly favorites like noodles, tortillas, biscuits, pasta, and an overall abundance of refined grains will be returning to school menus. [1]

Jan 07 12:19

The $1.2 Trillion College Debt Crisis Is Crippling The Economy

A whopping two-thirds of American college students graduate school already deeply in debt. But the decision to go into debt to pay for a college degree is a $1.2 trillion crisis that’s crippling the economy.

Jan 07 09:52

What Gen Z Learned From Millennials: Skip College

Generation Z is already learning from the millennial generation’s mistakes...

For years, millennials have scoffed at the notion of fixing someone else’s toilet, installing elevators, or cleaning a patient’s teeth. Instead, they wanted to get educated in lesbian dance theory, gender studies, and how white people and western civilization destroyed the world. As a result, student loan debt has surpassed the $1 trillion mark, the youth unemployment rate hovers around 9%, and the most tech-savvy and educated generation is delaying adulthood.

Jan 05 10:01

Why School Has Nothing to Do With Students

Teachers plan to go on strike in the Los Angelos school district on January 10th.

They have plenty of complaints. But what they don’t have is accomplishments.

Only 22% of fourth graders in the district scored proficient in math. Even a typical terrible inner-city school district has a 30% proficient rate.

Since 2003, 245,000 students have left the district in favor of better districts, or charter schools.

Jan 05 09:39

University of South Carolina: Student Free Speech Rally Violated Campus Speech Codes

By Ilya Shapiro and Patrick Moran

Public university campuses, once bastions of free thought, have become increasingly hostile toward the freedom of speech. Although students greatly benefit from expressing and being exposed to a wide variety of ideas, administrators often prevent this from happening. An increasing number of universities have even instituted speech codes that subject students to burdensome investigations merely for exercising their First Amendment rights.

Silencing Speech About Free Speech...

Jan 05 08:05

Latest Job Report Is Another Fiction

where the jobs weren't: in any sector that required grossly-overpriced college educations

Jan 04 10:41

FORMER SUPERINTENDENT; AUDITORS CALL FOR FRAUD INVESTIGATION

Scandal-plagued Montebello Unified School District made a nearly $800,000 payout to its former superintendent in 2017, documents show, but the district won’t explain why.

In response to a request for records documenting the wages paid to its employees for the 2017 year, Montebello Unified provided a report that indicated the school paid $782,073 to former superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith.

That amount would make Ms. Contreras Smith by far the highest paid K-12 employee statewide, according to a survey of nearly 700,000 employee pay records posted on TransparentCalifornia.com.

But even stranger than the size of the payment is the timing. A Los Angeles Times report states that Ms. Contreras Smith was fired in November 2016, and filed what would ultimately be a successful whistleblower lawsuit against the district in July 2017.

So why did the school make such a large payout to someone who was no longer on the payroll?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever the reason, this stinks to high heaven, and deserves a thorough, forensic audit to figure out the reason why this was done.

Jan 04 09:57

Hungary Bans Gender Studies…Not An Academic Subject

We really are coming to a crossroads in higher ed. A few decades ago, the possibility that a whole department, based on an entire academic subject, would be tossed as “not useful knowledge” would be considered inconceivable.

But today, in the United States, this sort of thing is common. Shakespeare is being tossed in exchange for a lesbian author. Computer science departments are being shut down, leading to a shortage of computer scientists where the world really needs people who understand computers. Even mathematics is turning into a boiler room operation on many campuses, focusing on passing students over academics.

Jan 03 16:53

Average IQ of College Undergrads and Graduate Degree Holders by Decade

Today’s bachelor’s degree is the equivalent of a high school graduation certificate from fifty years ago, and today’s graduate degree falls short of a bachelor’s degree from a generation ago.

Jan 03 10:48

TWO SOCIOLOGISTS DETAIL ‘THE RISE OF VICTIMHOOD CULTURE’ AND HOW IT’S USED FOR SOCIAL CONTROL

In 2014, Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning, associate professors of sociology at Cal State Los Angeles and West Virginia University, respectively, published a scholarly article titled “Microaggression and Moral Cultures” that detailed the rise of a “victimhood culture.”Sure enough, a paper that discussed microaggressions in what many perceived as a negative light was denounced as — wait for it — a microaggression.

Jan 02 08:32

(Video) The Crisis of Adjunct Professors. Does PH.D Mean The Road To Poverty For Many? Yes.

In the modern higher education racket, do highly paid administrators feel any guilt on the way they've created a glut of PH.D's they can "use" ?

Jan 02 08:02

Sickening...

Jan 01 11:45

"I Had To Quit For My Sanity": Teachers Resigning At Highest Rate Ever Recorded

Teachers and other public education employees are quitting their jobs at the fastest pace on record after roughly 10% of the industry quit over a 12 month period ending in October, according to data from the Labor Department.

While US workers overall at the highest rate since 2001 amid a tight labor market and historically low unemployment, quitting a job in education is notable since the field is known for stability and rewarding longevity, reports the Wall Street Journal's Michelle Hackman and Eric Morath.

Dec 30 17:50

Flashback: Fears state students could be 'shut out of top universities' after being forced to take new tougher GCSEs - while top private schools including Eton shun them in favour of 'easier' tests

State school pupils could be shut out of top universities as they struggle with tough new GCSEs which private schools are avoiding, it is claimed.

Parents of 16-year-olds taking the new exams have reported panic attacks, sickness and exhaustion as the first batch of teenagers sit the revamped GCSEs.

Of 30 top private schools including Eton and Winchester, only one is putting all its students through the revamped GCSEs.

Most private school pupils are instead taking the 'easier' international GCSE, which has not been subject to the government's reforms, The Sunday Times reports.

Dec 30 17:49

Exam reforms boost private pupils in race for universities

Tory education reforms are giving private school pupils a huge additional advantage in the hunt for university places and jobs by allowing them to sit easier GCSEs than the more rigorous exams that are being forced upon state schools, new official figures suggest.

Data released in parliamentary answers, and research into the exams chosen by private schools, shows the extent to which the independent sector is still opting for less demanding, internationally-recognised GCSEs (IGCSEs), which state schools are progressively being barred from using.

Dec 30 11:12

13 Books to Add to Your 2019 Reading List

Dec 28 10:44

COUNTY AGREES TO PAY $390,000 TO STUDENTS ARRESTED BY A SHERIFF 'JUST TO PROVE A POINT'

Back in September, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unshockingly decided that it's illegal to arrest schoolchildren just to "prove a point." The Fourth Amendment demands probable cause for an arrest, even an arrest of students who have (slightly) diminished Constitutional rights.

This was Deputy Luis Ortiz's solution to a problem he shouldn't even have been attempting to solve. Ortiz decided the students he was speaking to about alleged bullying weren't taking him seriously enough, so he tossed a few in squad cars and took them to the Sheriff's office. Nothing about this was legal, but the county decided to defend this all the way to the appellate level. The Ninth Circuit's assessment of Ortiz's actions was harsh but far more fair than Ortiz deserved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good; perhaps this case will prove "inspirational" for preventing other "school based police" from doing the same thing.

Dec 28 08:07

University Of Oklahoma Introduces A Feminist James Bond Course

According to Campus Reform, the three-credit "Gender and James Bond" class will "will focus and analyze the James Bond series in full, from the 'heroic masculinity' of the main character and theme of the films, to how different sexes, genders, national orientation and other forms of identity are represented in the Bond series."

Dec 27 10:47

CHINESE SCHOOLS ARE USING CHIPS IN UNIFORMS TO MONITOR STUDENTS

If you liked skipping classes or sneaking out of school, this would be your worst nightmare.

Chinese schools are adopting “intelligent school uniforms” to keep closer watch on their students, according to the state-run Global Times. The uniforms, made by a local tech firm named Guanyu, have two chips embedded in the shoulders with identification and GPS.

The uniform chips can supposedly alert teachers and parents through an app if students leave the campus during school hours -- and then locate them. One of the schools using the uniforms claimed to Global Times that they won’t track students outside of school hours.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't believe that these are only going to monitor kids during school hours, so one has to wonder; when proven successful at their given task, just when will these chips be mandated in any article of clothing a Chinese person may want to buy?!?

And please don't think for one millisecond, that American educators and professional government despots, are not thinking about having this mandated for every child going to a public school in this country.

Dec 27 09:52

How Government Ruined Higher Education

By Anthony Mueller

The rise of the costs of the American higher educational system began when expansion became the aim of education policy. The new objective was to have as many students as possible in college. Students’ increased ability to pay, which came with easy access to student loans, allowed universities and colleges to raise prices and to invest in areas such as sports and recreational facilities that had little to do with education but made campus life more attractive. Inasmuch as private universities also depend on public subsidies, the whole university system has come under the control of the state and must meet the criteria set by it. The current system puts pressure on the young to go with the crowd. While the costs keep on rising, the benefits fall...

Dec 26 09:09

Handcuffed for Homeschooling? Paperwork Dispute Gets Ugly

A school system in Massachusetts is proving to be malicious, incompetent, or maybe both.

Of course, we suspected that already. But the latest example comes from a lawsuit from a woman who pulled her 8-year-old son from Worcester Public Schools to homeschool him last January.

Josilyn Goodall is suing the Worcester School Committee, Superintendent Maureen Binienda, and the state Department of Children and Families after police entered her home, handcuffed her, and arrested her over what amounted to a paperwork dispute.

According to the lawsuit, Goodall is seeking unspecified compensatory damages for the violation of her Constitutional rights and for the “mental pain and suffering” inflicted upon her and her son.

The lawsuit details Goodall’s multiple attempts to contact the Superintendent after filing paperwork in January saying she was going to homeschool her son. She said she never got a response to any of her phone calls or emails.

Dec 25 14:14

Incoherent Thoughts from the Yankee Capital: Papua New Guinea Looks Better and Better II

Having just returned from two weeks in the curious environs of Washington, DC, I offer a few observations on the national lunacy deposit:

The de-Christianization of the country, or at least this part of it, is almost complete. I can think of hearing the word “Christmas” only twice in two weeks of trough-inciting retail advertising.

Culture shock: We stayed with friends who for various reasons, such as being in the business, always had a television on. At home in Mexico we got rid of the lobotomy box some fifteen years ago, seeing little advantage in paying seventy dollars a month for 250 channels, none worth watching, adorned with twenty minutes an hour of stupid commercials. Coming back to this was like jumping into raw sewage. Perhaps the worst of it was the contempt for the public manifested in running the same ad twice in one commercial break, and in the loving close-ups of pizzas with dripping cheese. Buy, buy, buy.

Dec 23 00:05

Huge reservoir of water ice found in northern lowlands of Mars

Stunning images taken by the European Space Agency (ESA) show a massive ice-filled Martian crater on the cold and dry red planet, the closest candidate that is expected to somehow harbor life and become humans’ next destination for a rainy day.

The images, which have been taken by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter, shows the 82-kilometer-wide Korolev crater, located in northern lowlands of Mars, filled with permanent water ice as thick as 1.8 kilometers in deep places, ESA said in a statement.....

Dec 22 11:03

Schools Banning Parents from Lunchtime Visits

Prohibiting parents from visiting schools during the day is a growing trend.

Dec 22 09:39

China Tracks Workers’ Brains; Now Tracking Children With “Smart” Tech Uniforms

By Nicholas West

If there is any country on Earth that is most emblematic of the rising governance model that is Technocracy, it is China. The many pieces to this structure have included much of what we see emerging in the U.S. with pervasive surveillance, biometrics and a notion of protecting the public by instituting pre-crime algorithms in police departments and travel. So, in many ways, China is the very large canary in the coal mine for anyone who wishes to attempt to slow the rapidity of our slide down the slippery slope toward scientific totalitarianism...

Dec 19 10:34

Report: Stanford Medical Student Reported to Title IX Office over Pro-Life Views

A Stanford medical student was allegedly reported to the university’s Title IX office over pro-life remarks he made on campus.
A medical student at Stanford University was allegedly reported to the school’s Title IX office over his pro-life views, according to a report from The College Fix.

In an email to the student, the Title IX office claimed that there was not an active investigation into his conduct. However, they admitted that they wanted to speak with him to ensure that he was meeting the “expectations” of all Stanford community members.

Dec 19 10:24

FORMER OFFICERS CHARGED AFTER LEAKED VIDEO SHOWS THEM SLAMMING MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT

After a video showing a police officer slamming a middle school student to the ground twice and another thrusting the student's face into a desk surfaced, the officers are facing minor charges.

The student's family believes the charges are a "slap on the wrist," their attorney Kwame Asante told Baton Rouge-based The Advocate. Asante said the teen was sent to the office for cursing on the playground. He then argued with a school administrator about how long he had to stay in detention. That was in October.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more schools treat their students like convicts, in a minimum security prison, the more students will believe that this violent acting-out is the only kind of behaviour acceptible from them, even if they get physically attacked by school police.

You know, it's really interesting; you don't hear about these kinds of incidences happening in Montessori Schools; Waldorf Schools, or Kumon Schools.

And why?!? Because these schools believe that if they ask for the best from their students, and provide a loving, structured learning environment, those students will deliver, and thrive.

Why the American educational system won't learn the lessons to be learned from these highly respected schools, must have a reason behind it.

In essence, in most public schools, they use a combination of outmoded teaching tactics, coupled with harsh punishments if students do not comply, which absolutely guarantee that some of its more rambunctious students will get into trouble, or be summarily medicated, probably without the parents' consent.

And that trouble, frequently, creates a direct pipeline from school to juvenile correction facilities. To understand how frequently this happens in 21st century American public education, is utterly appalling.

Disrupting the school to prison pipeline

Dec 18 15:11

You Gotta Be Sh*tting Me! Boys Can Have Periods Too Children to be taught in latest victory for transgender campaigners.

School children will be taught that “all genders” can have periods in new sex education lessons, in a victory for transgender rights campaigners.

Dec 18 14:51

73% of Top U.S. Universities Do Not Guarantee the Presumption of Innocence in Title IX Sexual Misconduct Trials

Among the top-ranked universities in the country, only about half require impartial fact-finders in sexual misconduct adjudication—and three-quarters make no guarantees that accused students will be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Those findings are included in a timely report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) that surveyed U.S. News & World Report's top 53 universities' due process protections for students involved in disputes relating to Title IX, the federal statute that governs campus sexual misconduct. According to FIRE, just 30 percent of the schools guaranteed accused students a hearing, and only 10 percent mandated some form of cross-examination. As a result, 86 percent of surveyed institutions received a D or F grade for failing to safeguard the civil liberties of the accused.

Dec 18 12:25

‘Junk News’: Russia Report Done By Anti-Conservative Academics

A new study has claimed Russia’s online interference tried to aid the conservative movement and Donald Trump. There’s a big problem with that assessment. It comes from a left-wing operation that previously classified more than 11 different conservative outlets as “junk news.” And two of those authors were also involved in this report.

The study was released by the Oxford University Computational Propaganda Project and Graphika. It argued that fake accounts, ads, and tweets “all clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party -- and specifically Donald Trump”

Dec 18 12:25

America’s universities little more than training grounds for the next generation of thought police

Colleges were once places of scholarly pursuits, but the educational institutions of the United States have fallen prey to the authoritarian Left’s political agenda. Now, universities are nothing more than “training grounds” for the leftist regime — and the youth of today are being indoctrinated, set to become the thought police of tomorrow. College students today are increasingly intolerant of speech that they dislike, claiming they’ve been “offended” every time someone expresses an opinion contrary to their own.

Dec 18 11:17

Re: Judge rules cops, schools had no duty to shield students in Parkland shooting lawsuit

Congressman Thomas Massie wrotes: @RepThomasMassie
"Remarkably, it’s settled law that the police have no duty to protect. A survivor of Columbine, who vigorously supports letting teachers carry, explained this to me two years ago. After being shot he escaped only to find the police waiting outside."

Dec 17 11:12

How School Districts Weaponize Child Protection Services Against Uncooperative Parents

Public Schooling Breeds Obedience
Most of us played this game as schoolchildren. We know the rules. The kids who raise their hands, color in the lines, and obey succeed; the kids who challenge the rules struggle. The problem now is that the rules are extending beyond the classroom. Parents are increasingly required to obey, to conform to a school’s demands even if they believe such orders may not be appropriate for their child.

In my advocacy work with homeschooling families across the country, I frequently hear stories from parents who decided to homeschool their kids because schools were pressuring them to comply with various special education plans, push medications onto their children, or submit to other restrictive procedures they felt were not in their child’s best interest. Even more heartbreaking is the growing trend of school officials to unleash child protective services (CPS) on parents, homeschooling or not, who refuse to give in to a district’s demands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This process has to be stopped, and immediately.

There is a hideous gap in the kind and quality of education our kids get, depending on what zip code they live in; let' s say the kids of Beverly Hills will get a far better educational outcome than will the kids living in Watts, because there is an expectation that the kids from Beverly Hills will "do something" with their lives.

For the kids in Watts, the outcome is far worse, because there is no expectation that the kids will "do something" with their lives.

I am reminded of the Edgar J. Olmos film, "Stand and Deliver", where his character took a bunch of primarily Hispanic kids, inspired the heck out of them, and had them compete in a math competition.

The kids performed so well, that the monitors at the test accused these kids of cheating. Well, the Olmos character kept their hopes up, and the following year, they won this competition, hands down.

Inspiration, love, structure, and family are the foundations of people doing well, academically, or otherwise.

Dec 17 08:51

A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States — So She Lost Her Job

A CHILDREN’S SPEECH PATHOLOGIST who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic, and speech-impaired elementary school students in Austin, Texas, has been told she can no longer work with the public school district after she refused to sign an oath vowing that she “does not” and “will not” engage in a boycott of Israel or “otherwise tak[e] any action that is intended to inflict economic harm” on that foreign nation. A lawsuit on her behalf was filed early Monday morning in a federal court in the Western District of Texas alleging a violation of her First Amendment right of free speech.

Dec 15 12:16

Baltimore County Spends $147 Million On School Laptops; Four Years Later Test Scores Still Terrible

Four years ago Baltimore County began a $147 million program to put laptops in the hands of students from first through 12th grade in the hopes that access to technology would transform the way kids learn and boost the lowest standardized test scores in the state, according to a new report cited by the Baltimore Sun's Liz Bowie

Dec 14 17:00

The Future of Education is Borderless

By Steven Maxwell

We are finally starting to see indications that countries are competing for new employees by offering a range of incentives to become residents, but strangely we have yet to see such a borderless approach when it comes to incentivizing the students who will help build the most productive new crop of employees...

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