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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)

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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)
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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!

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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.

Read Full Story: http://whatisusa.info/nobody-knew-what-famous-scientist-henry-norris-r...

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.”

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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.

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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...

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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!

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