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Education (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • A Monumental Question

    07/23/2018 5:03:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 23, 2018 | Shannon Watkins
    Today’s radical left has embarked on a quest to purge college campuses of their controversial histories. These “social justice warriors” not only believe themselves licensed to tear down statues—they view it as their sacred duty to rid universities of monuments that do meet their standards of political correctness. But merely removing statues they deem to be offensive is not enough for these activists. Instead, they are demanding that campuses be remade according to their radical vision. This includes calling for the installation of new monuments and memorials to be erected that are more in line with the updated values they...
  • Amazon Locks Reviews on Site’s BEST SELLING Book to Censor Conservatives

    07/22/2018 1:52:02 PM PDT · by upchuck · 37 replies blog ^ | July 21, 2018 | Andrew West
    [snip - stuff you already know] ... Amazon has limited the reviews for Pirro’s most recent book, which she had intended to promote on the daytime television program before being unceremoniously accosted and forced off set. This is why we laugh so heartily ever time the left proclaims themselves as the bastions of “tolerance”.
  • The Blithe Ignorance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shows Why Socialism Appeals to Millennials

    07/22/2018 11:19:08 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 65 replies
    Conservative Opinion ^ | 21 July 2018 | Editor in Chief
    It sounds like the plot of some brain-dead Hollywood comedy that has already been made too many times: Movie executive: OK, here’s an idea. You know those geniuses who Jay Leno used to interview on the street who couldn’t answer basic questions like who the vice president is, or what Columbus Day celebrates? Well, what if someone like that ran for Congress and actually won? How funny would that be!Producer: Great! We’ll get Amy Schumer or Lena Dunham to play the lead!Executive: No, I said it’s supposed to be funny. Yes, you’ve seen some version of this before. It was...
  • Roseanne explains the Valerie Jarrett tweet.

    07/20/2018 2:09:51 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    Roseanne, like always, cuts through the bull$!]] and gets the heart of the matter.
  • How Corporate America Is Filling The Gaps In Public Education

    07/18/2018 10:41:22 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies ^ | 07-18-2018 | Fred
    America is trying to win a race of technological dominance over China, but the education system isn’t exactly playing along, and increasingly, it’s up to the corporate world to fill in the gaps. U.S. employers face serious skill shortages in several industries including health care and science and technology, with some reports claiming that as many as 500,000 tech jobs go unfilled each year, and the U.S. Labor Department saying for a decade starting in 2015 there will be an estimated 1 million computing jobs without applicants to fill them. The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) estimates that 1.8 million...
  • A Professor’s Tough Examination—Of Our Higher Education System

    07/18/2018 5:49:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 18, 2018 | George Leef
    There are lots of people in our higher education system who claim that it is “the envy of the world” and just needs more money to graduate more young Americans with the degrees that are supposedly in great demand. One naysayer who disputes that rosy picture is Professor Warren Treadgold, who teaches history at Saint Louis University. He has just written a book entitled The University We Need that gives readers a decidedly negative assessment of our higher education system. Something like the mafia’s code of silence—the academic omerta—keeps most professors from speaking unpleasant truths about the system, Treadgold argues,...
  • U. Minnesota may punish people who refuse to use someone’s preferred gender pronoun

    07/16/2018 12:32:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The College Fix ^ | July 16, 2018 | Jennifer Kabbany
    The University of Minnesota is considering a policy to discipline students or professors who refuse to call someone by their preferred gender pronoun, with penalties that could include being fired or expelled. The draft policy under review may change, but as of now it states that “university members and units are expected to use the names, gender identities and pronouns specified to them by university members, except as legally required.” When someone does not go along with a person whose biological sex does not match their preferred gender — such as refusing to call a biological man a woman —...
  • The Student Debt Bubble Expands As Parents Do More Of The Borrowing

    07/14/2018 5:05:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Dollar Collapse ^ | 07/14/2018 | John Rubino
    Not so long ago, student debt was mostly the responsibility of students. That is, you paid for college with loans and then paid off those loans with the proceeds of the good job you got with an advanced education. These days it’s a little different. The cost of higher education is soaring, the jobs available to college grads don’t pay as much, relatively speaking, as they used to, and the size of loans available to students – though huge – don’t cover the full cost of many degrees. One might expect these changes to lead more students to work for...
  • Update: Detroit School Board OKs Hiring Teachers Who Took Only Online Courses

    07/14/2018 12:46:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Deadline Detroit ^ | July 12, 2018 | Alan Stamm
    Detroit recruiters can hire online teacher training graduates to help fill about 200 classroom vacancies this fall. Education reporter Koby Levin follows up on her Chalkbeat Detroit preview of the desperation move: Detroit’s main district is proceeding with a plan to hire teachers who are certified but have received no training in the classroom — adding an element of controversy to efforts to fill hundreds of teacher vacancies by the end of summer. The board of education on Tuesday approved a hiring plan proposed by Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, signaling that the district will lean partly on programs that offer so-called...
  • Lindbergh continues to charge for kindergarten in Missouri (Immigrants free though)

    07/13/2018 10:32:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Bristol Herald Courier ^ | July 13, 2018 | Kristen Taketa
    SAPPINGTON, Mo. (AP) — Like many other parents, Rachel Major moved to the Lindbergh School District in 2006 because she wanted good public schools. Lindbergh, a slice of south St. Louis County where a typical home costs more than $200,000, is one of the highest-rated school districts in Missouri. But when her oldest son was finishing preschool two years ago, she was surprised to learn that she would have to pay $3,500 for him to attend Lindbergh's full-day kindergarten. "Why are we paying tuition to a public school?" said Major, whose 5-year-old daughter will start full-day kindergarten at Sappington Elementary...
  • Them Too

    07/13/2018 8:44:55 AM PDT · by buckalfa
    Eleven Warriors ^ | July 12, 2018 | Ramzy Nasarallah
    Michael DiSabato says he knows where all of the bodies are buried. Just ask him. You won't have to slowly pull the names or locations out of a riddle, follow breadcrumbs or solve a cryptic puzzle only to discover clues that lead to other clues. He'll just tell you, straight up. However direct he may be, DiSabato still does not draw a clean map, and his landscapes switch without warning from actual physical spaces to terrain in his mind. You'll come to realize you're in for more than you expected or probably wanted. The former Ohio State wrestler has the...
  • Teacher reportedly compares pro-Trump MAGA hat teen to Nazi in vulgar tweet: 'F--- EM'

    07/13/2018 8:35:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 13, 2018 | Caleb Parke
    A sixth grade social studies teacher is under investigation for a tweet comparing the Texas teen who had his “Make America Great Again” hat stolen inside a Whataburger to a “Nazi,” with the teacher reportedly adding: “F---” him. Houston-area Channelview Independent School District is investigating Jogi Pattisapu, who teaches sixth grade social studies at Anthony Aguirre Junior High, for the vulgar tweet, Director of Communications for the school district LaKeisha LeBlanc told Fox News in a statement....
  • K-pop drives boom in Korean language lessons

    07/11/2018 8:44:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | July 11, 2018 | Matt Pickles
    Korean is rapidly growing in popularity, in a language-learning boom driven by the popularity of the country's pop stars. A desire to learn the lyrics of K-Pop hits like Gangnam Style has boosted the Korean language's popularity explode in countries like the US, Canada, Thailand and Malaysia. A report by the Modern Language Association shows that Korean uptake in US universities rose by almost 14% between 2013 and 2016, while overall language enrolment was in decline. The latest statistics show 14,000 students are learning Korean in the US, compared to only 163 two decades earlier. The language learning website Duolingo...
  • Trump’s Merit-Based University Attendance Policy Assailed [semi-satire]

    07/11/2018 10:25:51 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 July 2018 | John Semmens
    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) issued a statement taking issue with a recent Trump Administration policy reversing an Obama policy pushing racial diversity guidelines. “The Administration’s policy of encouraging universities receiving federal aid to focus solely on merit when deciding which students to admit leaves us deeply concerned,” the statement reads. “The assumption that competence is more important than diversity when determining who will be allowed to practice medicine is a departure from the directive given by the immediately previous administration.” “We don’t deny that that competence should play a role in the process, but it should not...
  • The New Head of the Office for Civil Rights Charts a Very Different Course

    07/11/2018 8:07:48 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 11, 2018 | George Leef
    Last month, the Senate voted to confirm Kenneth L. Marcus as assistant secretary for civil rights in the Department of Education. The vote was 50-46, with not one Democrat supporting him—a point I will return to presently. In that position, he will head up the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). This is the second time Marcus has held the post since he was “delegated the authority” to run OCR during the administration of George W. Bush. During his career, Marcus, a University of California-trained lawyer, has also served as staff director of the United States Commission on Civil Rights...
  • Confucius Institutes: Chinese Cultural Exchange, or Trojan Horses for Penetration of US Colleges?

    07/11/2018 7:00:19 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 4 replies
    Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten ^ | 2018-07-11 | Ben Weingarten
    For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, my guest was Rachelle Peterson, director of research projects at the invaluable National Association of Scholars, and author of the groundbreaking report "Outsourced to China: Confucius Institutes and Soft Power in American Higher Education." Peterson’s investigation into these Chinese Communist Party-backed purported cultural exchange and language studies centers on U.S. college campuses — which she demonstrated were actually used to propagandize and penetrate our schools — preceded the recent disclosure of an FBI investigation into Confucius Institutes and a legislative effort to probe and counter their malign activities. Given China’s increasingly...
  • Why North Korean defectors learn English

    07/07/2018 4:30:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | July 7, 2018 | Casey Lartigue Jr. and Eunkoo Lee
    Sunhee, female, arrived in South Korea in 2014 Some people think that because I am studying hair design and working in a beauty salon that I don't need English, but that is not true. There are so many things about my work that require English, and of course there are also foreign customers that I need to communicate with properly. If I make a mistake because of English, then of course they will blame me and say that I made a mistake because I'm from North Korea. "I have attended many workshops and career fairs where it is clear that...
  • The Coming Implosion After Diversity’s Victory

    07/04/2018 9:31:17 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 10 replies
    Minding the Campus ^ | 2 July 2018 | Mark Bäuerlein
    something: the ideological contests are fading. What Irving Kristol famously said in his 2001 Bradley Lecture, “We in America fought a culture war, and we [conservatives] lost,” applies well to higher education. Conservatives fought wars over multiculturalism, Western Civilization, affirmative action, the Academic Bill of Rights, and political bias in hiring, and we lost every time. The educators have no reason to debate ideas, much less ideology. None of those old issues are up for discussion. (It should be said that Kristol noted that conservatives still had some influence in one theater of American life, religion, but that exemption is...
  • Op-Ed: Independence Day is not an act of Congress

    07/04/2018 7:47:08 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies ^ | July 3, 2018 | William Haupt III
    Op-Ed: Independence Day is not an act of Congress By William Haupt III | 23 hrs ago “You’ll never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve ‘your’ freedom.” – John Adams If you’ve paid attention to the U.S. calendar of official holidays, then you’ve noticed some holidays are fixed like Christmas, which is always Dec 25. You are also aware others are flexible as to which date they fall upon. Memorial Day falls on the last Monday in May and Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September. And it’s no coincidence Washington’s birthday and...
  • Colleges Reject Duty to Teach Liberty’s Framework

    07/04/2018 7:13:47 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 4, 2018 | Anthony Hennen
    Though college leaders constantly remind the public about the value of a college degree, graduates sometimes leave without important knowledge. As Americans celebrate the 4th of July holiday, it’s a good time to reflect on just how little college students know about the Declaration of Independence and American history. The data are depressing. A 2016 report from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni called the lack of knowledge “a crisis in civic education.” Surveying over 1,000 liberal arts colleges, ACTA found that only 18 percent require an American history course for graduation. Almost 40 percent of college graduates didn’t...