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  • With Liberty and iPads For All

    08/20/2014 5:47:04 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 28 replies
    vanity | 8-20-14 | vanity
    All textbooks on iPad at my child's high school, computers for all from K-12 in the school district where I live. This even though most kids already have one and some have more than one computer of their own, the schools private and public have purchased from Apple zillions of MacBook Airs and iPad Airs to bestow upon their students. Students are to use a program called Noteability to write on the screens with the stylus that came with the "device" and use Google connect to send in to their teachers. Did anyone ask the parents for input on any...
  • Where It All Leads: Professor Death Supports Doctor Death

    08/20/2014 5:30:53 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 5 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 19, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    Where It All Leads: Professor Death Supports Doctor Death Wesley J. Smith August 19, 2014 2:21 PM | Permalink It is time to start calling Peter Singer "Professor Death."The Princeton moral philosopher -- surely a misnomer in his case -- is the world's foremost proponent of infanticide. He typically uses examples of disabled babies, but the reason he believes they can be killed is that they are supposedly not "persons." Thus, Singer has refused to state that killing a baby because she was ugly would be wrong.Professor Death also supports euthanasia, both voluntary and non-voluntary against ill human non-persons, such as Alzheimer's patients.He has...
  • Special needs student says he was left to sit on bus with others for more than an hour after school

    08/20/2014 4:27:57 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    wowktv ^ | Jessie Shafer
    CLENDENIN, West Virginia - Mark Jasper is a student at Chandler Academy. He has some learning disabilities, and needs a little extra help. He's doing great, however, and the school year has started off just fine. That's why what happened Tuesday afternoon has his family very upset. His father, Jamie Jasper, said, "It was a shock to me." Tuesday, there had been a power outage at Chandler Academy, and that caused a small electric heater to overheat. Smoke got in the school. Mark said, "All the sudden, the fire alarm went off, I was pretty spooked about it.
  • Study: Half of All School Employees Not Teachers, 130% Increase Since 1970

    08/20/2014 12:33:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 18, 2014 - 3:57 PM | Zoey DiMauro
    The ranks of non-teachers—such as administrators, counselors, teacher aides and cafeteria workers—has swelled 130 percent since 1970 and they now make up 50 percent of all public school employees according to a new study, The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach.Looking at data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that the growth of non-teaching staff has greatly outpaced student growth over the past four decades.From 1970 to 2010, the number of students grew by 8.6 percent, while the number of non-teaching personnel increased by 130 percent. Non-teachers now consume over a...
  • Republicans throw a conniption over the teaching of U.S. history (barf alert)

    08/19/2014 5:53:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 19, 2014 11:17 AM | Michael Hiltzik
    As students prepare to return to school in the next few weeks, there's no better time for a conservative freakout over education. The issue of the moment is a new outline, or “framework,” issued by the College Board for advanced placement classes in US history. The framework is here. According to a resolution passed at the recent summer meeting of the Republican National Committee meeting in Chicago, it “reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects.” The RNC calls the framework, which is to be implemented for some 500,000 AP history students this fall, “biased and...
  • This 16-year-old girl may spend 25 years in prison thanks to the sexual liberation movement

    08/19/2014 3:33:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    LIFE SITE ^ | Ben Johnson
    The sexual revolution has presented itself as the great emancipator of women, freeing them from the shackles of outdated misogynistic double-standards that prevented the fairer sex from engaging in as much unbridled, shameless promiscuity as men. But insisting that all women, and sometimes children, are equally capable of exercising their “sexual rights” may get a young girl 25 years in prison. Her name is Jessica Burlew, a 16-year-old girl who is being tried as an adult for killing (one of) her abuser(s) before he could perpetrate a statutory rape. I came across her story as I was researching this story...
  • Why Employers Are to Blame for the ‘Skills Gap’

    08/19/2014 2:12:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 08/19/2014 | BY ROB GARVER
    Complaints about a “skills gap” that make it difficult for employers to fill open positions have become commonplace in discussions about the economy and unemployment levels. Workers, the story goes, simply don’t have the educational background or professional training for the kinds of jobs that exist in today’s knowledge economy. The argument certainly feels like it makes sense – things have changed an awful lot in the past decade, and it could be that older workers simply don’t have the necessary skills for employment today. The trouble is that economists have become increasingly skeptical about the skills gap narrative, not...
  • Biological information: New perspectives from intelligent design

    08/19/2014 11:24:31 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 11 replies
    Human Events ^ | 8/19/2014 | Robert J. Marks II
    Biological information: New perspectives from intelligent design By: Robert J. Marks II A diverse group of scientists gathered at Cornell University in 2011 to discuss their research into the nature and origins of biological information. The symposium brought together experts in computer science, numerical simulation, thermodynamics, evolutionary theory, whole organism biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics, physics, biophysics, mathematics, and linguistics. The proceedings of this symposium have recently been published for public consumption in a book. There is a wrinkle, though, which may make this technical volume of unusual interest to Human Events readers. Most of these researchers, with Ph.D.’s...
  • Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing

    08/19/2014 7:20:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4-15-14 | NY TIMES
    Police Commissioner William J. Bratton lists the following guidelines on his blog. There is some doubt among scholars that Sir Robert Peel actually enunciated any of his nine principles himself — some researchers say they were formulated in 1829 by the two first commissioners of London’s Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Los Angeles schools make discipline less harsh

    08/18/2014 9:12:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 19, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Matt Hamilton
    Students at the nation’s second largest school district will be shielded from prosecution and sent to administrators for low-level offenses as part of a sweeping reform to the way school police respond to bad behavior. Zoe Rawson of the Community Rights Campaign says students caught fighting or possessing alcohol or marijuana will receive interventions by a guidance counselor or school administrator, a shift that will prevent students, especially minorities, from becoming mired in the criminal justice system. …
  • USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

    08/18/2014 9:02:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 18, 2014 2:00 PM EDT
    A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock. A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she reaches the age of 18, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday. And that doesn’t include college—or expenses if a child lives at home after age 17. Those costs that are included—food, housing, childcare and education—rose 1.8 percent over the previous year, the Agriculture Department’s new “Expenditures on Children and Families” report said. …
  • A New Video Documentary Reveals the Hidden Ideological and Scientific Roots of World War I

    08/18/2014 9:30:18 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 24 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 18, 2014 | News
    A New Video Documentary Reveals the Hidden Ideological and Scientific Roots of World War I Evolution News & Views August 18, 2014 5:55 AM | Permalink This month marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War. Between 1914 and 1918, the conflict took 16 million lives in brutal combat yet its causes remain strangely cloudy to most of us. One historian titled his recent book about the origins of the war The Sleepwalkers, as if nations and leaders stumbled into the global catastrophe almost by accident, unmotivated by any particular philosophy or ideology.World War II is...
  • Teachers lounge vending machines exempt from new federal snack rules

    08/18/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT · by W. · 27 replies
    Eagnews.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    The school teachers lounge is a respite from more than just bratty kids. It’s a safe zone from the long arm of Michelle Obama’s food police. Students are already revolting against the newly-implemented school snack regulations that affect what is sold in vending machines. They will probably be equally upset to learn the vending machine just across the hall – in the teachers lounge – is exempt from the regulations.
  • Who needs a man once an Alaska girl has mastered the chain saw?

    08/17/2014 4:02:20 PM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 104 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | August 16, 2014 | Laureli Kinneen
    NOME -- I used to joke and tell my friends that other than for obvious reasons, I only need a man to operate my chain saw. Because really, I’m an Alaska girl, and can bleed the line when I run out of fuel at the house. I thaw my pipes when they freeze. I can change a flat tire, butcher a caribou and catch, filet, smoke and can a silver salmon. Oh, and shoot a few ptarmigan with a .22 for dinner. You know. Normal stuff. But here’s the thing. I’ve relied on a man for seven years to supply...
  • Georgetown Study: Sex Education Should Start At Age 10

    08/16/2014 5:41:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Aug. 16, 2014 1:42 PM
    How young is too young to start teaching children about sexual health? According to a Georgetown University study, kids between 10 and 14 should be getting sex education because children at that age are susceptible to experimentation. …
  • Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

    08/16/2014 11:47:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-16-14 | Kevin Burbach
    Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living. "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" — Wilder's unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series — is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire...
  • Professors Now Say SLAVERY Forced Colleague To Batter Teen, Destroy Her Anti-Abortion Poster

    08/16/2014 6:18:03 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/16/2014 | Eric Owens
    The saga of University of California, Santa Barbara feminist studies professor Mireille Miller-Young has taken yet another bizarro twist after her defenders urged a judge to excuse the criminal allegations against her because of the “cultural legacy of slavery.” Miller-Young pleaded no contest last month to misdemeanor counts of battery, theft and vandalism after she rallied up a small gaggle of female vigilantes and attacked abortion protesters Thrin Short, 16, and Joan Short, 21. UCSB history professor Paul Spikard charged in his letter to Judge Hill that Miller-Young has been the victim of “an energetic smear campaign that seems to...
  • 37,000+ Unaccompanied Minors Ready To Enroll in U.S. Public Schools

    08/16/2014 1:15:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 14, 2014 - 10:00 AM | Paul Lagarde
    Public school systems around the country preparing to begin a new school year will be facing the added burden of enrolling more than 37,000 unaccompanied minors who have entered the U.S. illegally. According to the Administration for Children & Families’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, 37,477 alien children have been placed with relatives or other sponsors around the country so far this year while their immigration cases are being processed in court. In the meantime, they are entitled to attend U.S. public schools, which have dropped out of the top 20 in global rankings for math, reading and science. …
  • Gun Culture : We're pikers compared to most of the Middle East.(video)

    08/15/2014 5:36:43 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 8 replies
    senseofevents ^ | Friday, August 15, 2014 | Donald Sensing
    " only the large scale here is exceptional. This is the traditional celebratory gunfire at a wedding celebration. Note that the arms being fired are fully-automatic sub-machine guns. And you thought the United States had a "gun culture!" We're pikers compared to most of the Middle East...."
  • Obama and the Hollywoodification of Everything

    08/15/2014 2:05:51 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    What's real and what is a movie set? Can we tell anymore? Can you? If we had an honest media, we wouldn't have Obama. To make him fly, they had to cut off their own wings. The media go through the motions of pretending to deliver news. Their real passion is protecting Obama. What's the best way? Keep facts to a minimum. Report on illusions. Any illusions. So we might have before us a mountain of corruption, fanaticism, and evil. But who notices? Everyone in the media is engaged in a conspiracy to ignore the facts, and then to persuade...
  • The West’s Prostration to Islam

    08/14/2014 5:11:33 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 10 replies
    Raymond Ibrahim....Islam Translated ^ | 8-5-14 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Editor’s note: Raymond Ibrahim was recently interviewed by Fronda, a leading website in Poland. The English-language version of the Polish interview, originally titled “Raymond Ibrahim: Prostration before Islam,” follows: Who is Raymond Ibrahim? A scholar, a writer, an activist? What is his mission and the main goal? Raymond Ibrahim: I am a little of all that and more. Due to my background, academic and personal, I have had a long interest in the Middle East and Islam, especially the historic and contemporary interaction between Islam and Christianity. After the strikes of September 11, 2001, I took an interest in the...
  • 'Cray,' 'YOLO,' 'Amazeballs' Added to Oxford Dictionary

    08/14/2014 10:53:30 AM PDT · by don-o · 33 replies
    NBC ^ | August 14, 2014
    Pop culture and Internet slang are becoming more official, as confirmed by Oxford's editors this week. Oxford Dictionaries, the arm of the Oxford family that focuses on current English, announced their latest batch of words Wednesday to be officially added to the ranks. And really, it's amazeballs. Among the new words: acquihire, amazeballs, binge-watch, bro hug, clickbait, cray (as in cray cray), douchebaggery, FML, hot mess, humblebrag, mansplain, side boob, side-eye, SMH, subtweet, vape, YOLO and zonkey. Now before you throw your hands up in the air or threaten a bro hug, recognize that this is not the official Oxford...
  • Teacher accused of giving kindergarten student black eye

    08/13/2014 9:35:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    WAFF ^ | Janice Broach
    MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC) - The mother of a 5-year-old Sheffield Elementary student says her daughter's kindergarten teacher gave the child a black eye. Tiffany McConnell said it happened the first week of school.
  • Ex-teacher to stand trial on charges of sexually abusing his students

    08/13/2014 9:11:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    salt lake tribune ^ | marissa lang
    A former Kamas middle school teacher accused of sexually abusing his students was ordered to stand trial Wednesday. Rory Bowen, 36, faces four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child — a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison — in the alleged assault of four 12- and 13-year-old girls in Bowen’s former math class.
  • Released Advanced Placement U.S. History practice exam

    08/13/2014 6:11:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    College Board ^ | August 2014
    The College Board has changed the framework for the U.S. Advanced Placement History exam and has released a practice exam. I have just glanced at it, but the reading passage for questions 18-20, from "Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America" by Mae Ngai are interesting.
  • The copy of the U.S. Constitution that's installed on every Mac

    08/13/2014 1:30:56 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    TUAW ^ | Aug 12th 2014 at 9:00AM Share: 447841 | by Steven Sande
    Sometimes when I see just how ignorant many American politicians are of the Constitution of the United States, I get the urge to send them a copy along with some annotations. Perhaps now that more of those in the federal government are using Macs, we might begin to see them paying more attention to this document that outlines the supreme law of the land. Why? Well, there's a copy of the U.S. Constitution on each and every Mac in the Dictionary app. To see this information from The New Oxford American Dictionary, just launch the Dictionary app from your Applications...
  • Bronx after-school worker arrested on child sex abuse charges

    08/12/2014 9:21:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    ABC ^ | Sandra Bookman
    EAST TREMONT (WABC) -- Police have arrested a Bronx teacher's aide on allegations of sexually abusing children at an after-school program. According to authorities, 21-year-old Steven Walters, a former teacher working with the nonprofit Good Shepherd Services, was found to have sexually assaulted at least three students at The School of Science and Applied Learning (PS 300). The victims are said to be two 8-year-old girls and a 7-year-old girl.
  • Former Metro teacher arrested for making meth again

    08/12/2014 8:54:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    wkrn ^ | staff
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the second time in three months, police have arrested a former Metro school teacher for making meth inside her west Nashville home. The condemned home on Illinois Avenue is owned by former Metro school teacher Monica Adkins. Around 11:15 p.m. Monday someone called 911 to report a fire at the residence.
  • 'LGBT Bingo' Homework Part of Radical Campaign to Indoctrinate Youth

    08/12/2014 12:29:49 PM PDT · by massmike · 35 replies
    charismanews.com ^ | 08/12/2014 | n/a
    A homework project that asks pupils to look out for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters in TV shows has been criticized by campaigners. The project includes a bingo-style game where children are asked to cross off squares when they come across an LGBT character or reference. The game encourages children as young as 11 to analyze how the media portrays same-sex relationships. It is part of a series of teaching resources developed by the Sex Education Forum, which lobbies for compulsory sex education in all schools. The Forum launched the game in its latest e-magazine for teachers in primary...
  • Vanity: A TIME FOR CHOOSING (The Speech – October 27, 1964)

    08/12/2014 11:12:30 AM PDT · by Krosan · 7 replies
    www.reagan.utexas.edu ^ | October 27, 1964 | President Reagan
    Now let's set the record straight. There's no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there's only one guaranteed way you can have peace—and you can have it in the next second—surrender. Admittedly, there's a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face—that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back...
  • 15 Roommate Horror Stories to Get You Pumped for College

    08/11/2014 6:41:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Your very first day of college is filled with excitement — then you meet your new weirdo roommate. Shipping off to school to live in a tiny cinderblock box with strangers is something everyone should experience, but when your creepy new roommate reveals they're a messy kleptomaniac with a passion for eating lip balm, it may be time to start thinking about off-campus residencies next semester. Don't worry incoming freshman, Thanksgiving break is just around the corner.
  • A Star-Powered School Sputters: Prime Prep Academy, Founded by Deion Sanders, Comes Under Scrutiny

    08/11/2014 5:43:01 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 4 replies
    ny times ^ | 8-9-14 | Michael Powell
    DALLAS — A few years back, Deion Sanders, the Hall of Fame cornerback and N.F.L. commentator who still digs being called by the nickname Prime Time, was approached with a splendid business proposition. A partner suggested creating a Texas charter school. They would name it after Sanders: Prime Prep Academy. They would collect and mentor the finest male athletes in Texas and elsewhere and become a powerhouse. God only knows what business opportunities might come along, particularly if they could tap Sanders’s deep-pocketed backers, like the sports clothing manufacturer Under Armour, for which Sanders works as a brand ambassador. All...
  • White students to no longer be majority at school

    08/09/2014 7:04:29 PM PDT · by EinNYC
    AP ^ | 8/9/14 | KIMBERLY HEFLING and JESSE J. HOLLAND
    KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children. The changing demographics of American education are apparent inside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom, where giggling grade-schoolers mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language. The sign outside the classroom reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting.
  • White students to no longer be majority at school

    08/09/2014 1:38:23 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    AP ^ | KIMBERLY HEFLING and JESSE J. HOLLAND AP
    KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) -- The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting. Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. This poster and classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are a subtle representation of America's changing school demographics. For the first time, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic...
  • Littleton teacher accused of sexual relationship with girl; Joel Fischer teaches at Euclid Middle

    08/08/2014 10:43:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    ABC ^ | staff
    LITTLETON, Colo. - A longtime Littleton Public Schools teacher was arrested Friday, accused of sexual assault on a child by one in a a position of trust. Joel H. Fischer, a 45-year-old physical education teacher at Euclid Middle School since 2004, was booked at the Arapahoe County Detention Facility on a $200,000 bond.
  • Burlington County Middle School Teacher Charged With Attempted Luring Of Former Student

    08/08/2014 10:15:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    CBS ^ | staff
    EAST WINDSOR, NJ (CBS) – A 30-year-old middle school teacher has been arrested on attempted luring charges. Officials in Burlington County say the teacher, Patrick N. McGwier, taught the girl, who is now 15, when she was a student in eighth grade at Memorial Middle School in Willingboro.
  • Vanity, Who are the Sovreign Citizens?

    08/08/2014 7:43:54 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 46 replies
    Vanity ^ | 8-8-2014 | MtnClimber
    I was in a government threat briefing recently and they brought up the "Sovreign Citizen" movement as a threat even before islamic extreamism. I had never heard of Sovreign Citizen, but I surely have heard and seen the destruction by islamic exremists. Am I missing something? Are these Sovreign Citizens just labels being tagged to TEA Party members? I am just suspicious that the greatest security threat in the USA is a group I have never heard of. Can anyone fill me in on this?
  • Education: None Dare Call Them Commies

    08/08/2014 3:16:57 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies
    Right Side News ^ | June 23 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [Summary: Decline in American public schools is best explained by the far-left politics of our Education Establishment. These people prefer mediocrity.]-- Historically, Socialism and Communism were sometimes synonyms. But generally there was a sense that Socialism was softer. If you had enough power, you moved on to Communism, which was more coercive. One intellectual summed up the matter this way. Socialists persuade you with speeches. Communists persuade you with guns. In the days after the Russian Revolution, American leftists expended billions of hours trying to describe the perfect society. Fundamentally, all the debates turned on how much power the central...
  • The College Industial Complex and Illegal Immigration ~ Vanity

    08/08/2014 10:52:04 AM PDT · by GraceG · 9 replies
    GraceG
    Do the Colleges have anything to gain over Legalizing of lawbreaking aliens? Answer: Yes they do. Why is this? Well the answer is quite simple, if you take away the conventional entry level jobs away from the Youth in High School and College you make the supposed "need for college" almost mandatory. In the conventional sense a young adult growing up would have at least a summer job even in high school. Now some people would think this job would be useless in havin a career as a lawyer or doctor later on in life, however they would be wrong....
  • The 13 Most Rabidly Leftist, Politically Correct Colleges For Dirty, Tree-Hugging Hippies

    08/08/2014 4:28:30 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-7-2014 | Eric Owens
    College campuses in America are frequently teeming with all manner of liberals and trustafarian socialists who drive Volvos . Some of these schools are worse than others. Some are just egregiously awful.Here, The Daily Caller presents the 2014 rankings for the most annoying, rabidly politically correct, dirty-hippie, tree-hugging colleges and universities across the fruited plain. You have been warned. Swarthmore College in the suburbs of Philadelphia is a leftist hothouse full of wealthy white kids. In February, Swarthmore sophomore Erin Ching criticized her school for allowing a conservative — Christian thinker Robert George — to speak on campus. “What really...
  • More Studies Show Children Are Wired for Religious Belief: A Brief Literature Review

    08/07/2014 7:03:27 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 16 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 7, 2014 | Casey Luskin
    More Studies Show Children Are Wired for Religious Belief: A Brief Literature Review Casey Luskin August 7, 2014 4:07 AM | Permalink Back in April, David Klinghoffer noted a story in the Wall Street Journal about how Boston University psychologist Deborah Kelemen advocates "suppressing" belief in a "God-like designer" by trying "to get young children to understand the mechanism of natural selection before the alternative intentional-design theory had become too entrenched." What was intriguing was not just how evolutionary scientists are scrambling to indoctrinate children against perceiving intelligent design in nature, but also how children have an innate tendency to...
  • Where Did All the Entry-Level Jobs Go? Many Firms Expect New Graduates to Arrive Job-Ready

    08/07/2014 6:54:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/07/2014 | LAUREN WEBER and MELISSA KORN
    Entry-level work isn't what it used to be. Companies bruised by the recession have stayed lean by automating and outsourcing core functions while slashing training budgets and payrolls. But in an effort to cut costs, some companies also have cut entry-level jobs that serve as a crucial first step on the path to a professional career. And others have made the responsibilities for first-timers more sophisticated, raising the bar for new graduates, who are expected to arrive job-ready from day one. These developments may be making it more difficult for some young adults to gain a foothold in the labor...
  • When Ideology Trumps Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos on Global Warming

    08/07/2014 5:48:05 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 23 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 6, 2014 | Jay W. Richards
    When Ideology Trumps Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos on Global Warming Jay W. Richards August 6, 2014 1:15 PM | Permalink I finally had a chance to watch the twelfth, penultimate episode of Cosmos, "The World Set Free." I was out of the country in June when it originally aired, but since there's no doubt the series is headed into the schools and remains relevant, I'll take this opportunity to comment. The episode stands out from most previous installments. Just when we've grown accustomed to circuitous narrative threads with obscure segues from one topic to the next, we get...
  • List of the top 20 party, sober colleges in the US for 2014

    08/06/2014 8:33:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    KSN.COM ^ | 08/06/2014 | Ryan Newton
    <p>BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation’s top party school.</p> <p>The No. 1 ranking was revealed Monday by The Princeton Review based on a nationwide survey of 130,000 students.</p> <p>Syracuse’s student newspaper ranked second best among the 379 colleges surveyed, and its sports scene, rated third best, likely helped the party mood.</p>
  • Why any decent website doesn't know your password. (video)

    08/06/2014 7:24:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    dump.com ^ | 8-6-2014 | Tom Scott
    A brief introduction to password hashing for the uninitiated -- and why you should never trust a site that emails your password back to you!
  • California couple struggling after being forced to pay deceased daughter’s student loans

    08/06/2014 6:47:14 AM PDT · by Innovative · 90 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Agu 6, 2014 | Fox News
    Lisa Mason had taken out close to $100,000 in student loans in order to pay for nursing school, and was making payments on the debt when she died. Steve Mason said he and his wife, who had co-signed the loans, were contacted immediately after his daughter’s death and were told they must start making payments. “We knew if she didn’t pay her debt we would be responsible by co-signing, but we didn’t know that if she died the debt would fall to us,” he said. Mason said his daughter’s debt has ballooned to $200,000 and the payments exceed $2,000 a...
  • The 1 Question to Ask to Identify a Narcissist

    08/06/2014 1:06:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 5, 2014 | Melissa Dahl
    If you suspect someone in your life is a narcissist, there may be an incredibly straightforward way to confirm your suspicions: Just ask them. New research suggests that simply asking narcissists to out themselves can be surprisingly effective. Specifically, researchers asked this question over a series of 11 studies: “To what extent do you agree with this statement: I am a narcissist.’” The participants — and there were about 2,200 of them in total — were told to answer on a scale of one to seven. As it turned out, their self-scoring results closely matched scores on the traditional method...
  • How far will a 9mm kill

    08/05/2014 8:28:12 PM PDT · by School of Rational Thought · 18 replies
    Some evidence to end the debate about size.
  • The K-12 Conspiracy

    08/05/2014 5:36:24 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies
    American thinker ^ | July 16, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    John Dewey is often blamed (by me and many others) for being the cause of the long, relentless decline in American public education. In fairness, he is only the famous face of a bigger story. In the early years of the 20th century, as the Victorian era moved toward the wasteland of World War I, anxiety and ferment rippled across America and Europe. Unions were rising; revolution was preached in every capital; assassinations were common. There was genuine fear that civilization would fly apart. Edward A. Ross, a sociologist, published an influential book in 1901: Social Control: a survey of...
  • Do Atoms Ever Touch? (video)

    08/05/2014 6:10:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 8-5-2014 | Sixty Symbols
    Professor Philip Moriarty expresses his displeasure with oft-repeated belief that atoms do no physically touch each other.