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  • Vanity: Best path to becoming a country doctor?

    12/27/2014 11:25:55 AM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 38 replies
    I've got a cousin who is a senior in high school and ultimately wants to practice medicine in a small town. He's heard that there are programs available to help him pay off any student debt if he choose an area with few doctors. Plus, he's a small-town boy and thinks he'd like to live somewhere like the place he grew up. He'd been thinking obviously of family medicine, but it looks like there are residencies in rural medicine and even some special tracks in some medical schools in rural medicine. He thinks a family residency with a rural track...
  • What Not To Get Your Girlfriend for Christmas

    12/24/2014 12:53:16 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 107 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 23, 2014 | Robbie Sherrard
    Video LinkNotes and rules...
  • Video: Hecklers interrupt abortion debate, get unexpected rebuke

    12/24/2014 10:39:20 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Dec 23, 2014 | Lauren Enriquez
    A University of Victoria abortion debate was interrupted by pro-abortion hecklers who did not feel that abortion “was up for discussion.” As a result, they crowded into the back of an auditorium where pro-life Stephanie Gray was engaged in peaceful debate with UVic professor Eike-Henner Kluge, who took the pro-abortion position. The debate was sponsored by Youth Protecting Youth (YPY), which is UVic’s pro-life student group. The hecklers received a surprising rebuttal from an immigrant whose stance on abortion wasn’t even mentioned. For her, the fundamental right to free speech was threatened by the pro-abortion heckler’s refusal to let Gray...
  • NYC takes on 'man spread'

    12/23/2014 11:18:27 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 33 replies
    amNewYork ^ | Kerry Cavanaugh
    ""Manspread" - the habit some male NY subway riders have of spreading their legs beyond the confine of their hips to take up two, or even three, seats - is a source of increasing irritation for polite riders concerned about the comfort of others."
  • American Sniper (The Movie)

    12/22/2014 3:31:51 PM PST · by mabarker1 · 38 replies
    Internet ^ | 12/22/2014 | Chris Kyle/Clint Eastwood
    American Sniper- The MovieI've read the book and passed it on to others
  • Here's The Most Educated Town In Every State

    12/20/2014 6:28:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/20/2014 | Andy Kiersz
    We recently looked at the most affluent towns in every U.S. state. Now we're turning our attention to educational achievement.The American Community Survey is an annual survey run by the Census Bureau to allow the government, corporate and academic researchers, and anyone who is curious about demographics to better understand the population of the U.S. Among many other subjects, the ACS includes questions about respondents' education levels.Using the 2008-2012 ACS estimates for places with at least 1,000 population, Business Insider made a map showing, for each state, the town with the highest percentage of adults over 25 who have at...
  • 200 Fort Carson soldiers celebrate Thanksgiving with safe return from Afghanistan (gay photo)

    12/20/2014 9:32:25 AM PST · by dennisw · 20 replies
    stripes.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | By Debbie Kelley
    ) — The old saying, "Home for the holidays" carried special meaning Thursday, when another 195 Fort Carson soldiers made it back to Colorado Springs from Afghanistan just in time for a turkey dinner with their loved ones. Tears, hugs and gratitude were as abundant as the pumpkin pie to come. "It gives a new meaning to the word 'Thanksgiving,'" said Lt. Brian Solomonson, kissing his daughter, Sophia, who was born on Thanksgiving Day last year. The homecoming marked the return of nearly all of the 2,500 deployed soldiers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Another 250 soldiers with...
  • World War I in Photos: A Century Later

    12/20/2014 8:40:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.theatlantic.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alan Taylor
    Yesterday, June 28, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Assassin Gavrilo Princip fired the first shot in what was to become a horrific years-long bloodbath. However, after the sound of gunfire was silenced on Armistice Day, the deaths continued to mount. Revolutions spawned in Russia and Germany, arbitrary redrawing of national borders set the stage for decades of conflict, harsh reparation demands inspired the rise of Nazi Germany and the onset of World War II. The first World War continues to kill to this day - just this past March, two Belgian construction workers...
  • New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs' extinction

    12/19/2014 11:42:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.sciencedaily.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Source: Princeton University
    A definitive geological timeline shows that a series of massive volcanic explosions 66 million years ago spewed enormous amounts of climate-altering gases into the atmosphere immediately before and during the extinction event that claimed Earth's non-avian dinosaurs, according to new research from Princeton University. A primeval volcanic range in western India known as the Deccan Traps, which were once three times larger than France, began its main phase of eruptions roughly 250,000 years before the Cretaceous-Paleogene, or K-Pg, extinction event, the researchers report in the journal Science. For the next 750,000 years, the volcanoes unleashed more than 1.1 million cubic...
  • NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds first alien planet of new mission

    12/19/2014 6:12:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | Published December 19, 2014 | By Mike Wall
    NASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again. The prolific spacecraft has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013, researchers announced Dec. 18. The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a "super Earth" about 2.5 times larger than our home planet. It lies 180 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Pisces — close enough to be studied by other instruments, scientists said. "Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries," study lead author Andrew Vanderburg, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics...
  • Sstudents sneaking back into Jamaica Queens high schools prompts lockdown

    12/18/2014 9:00:11 PM PST · by EinNYC · 27 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 12/18/15 | Matt Kozar
    A scare forces a local high school to go on lockdown. CBS2's Matt Kozar reports. Watch video.
  • The Top 10 Skills That Got People Hired This Year, According To LinkedIn

    12/18/2014 7:46:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/18/2014 | JILLIAN D'ONFRO
    >With more than 330 million people using the service to list their resumes, find jobs, or find new hires, LinkedIn has a lot of data about the job market. To close out 2014, the company released a list of the top skills people who got hired this year had listed on their profiles and that recruiters searched for the most. These are the 10 skills that got people jobs this year:
  • Hook-ups, binge drinking, and violent porn: and we’re surprised by campus rape culture?

    12/17/2014 6:04:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 43 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Jonathon van Maren
    About a month ago, Rolling Stone Magazine published a savage story that made headlines across North America, detailing a brutal gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. Controversy erupted almost immediately, with the same tiresome lines being trumpeted: Feminists declaring that this assault was evidence of the prevalence of “rape culture,” and conservatives arguing that rape culture didn’t exist. As the UVA rape story began to unravel, feminists got rather shrill, justifiably worried that this could result in other anti-rape measures being taken less serious. Conservatives were a bit triumphant, rather ironically stating that this was another example of...
  • VANITY: Teaching Readin

    12/17/2014 5:52:27 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 57 replies
    My husband and I saw a TV news segment about Common Core this evening, and the strange way it appears to teach mathematics. Somehow, we started talking about how we learned to read and write. I can't remember much at all; I seemed to just 'absorb' it somehow. I recall learning to sing the ABCs (a good way to learn the letters) and I recall learning to write the letters. But I don't recall anything about the technique that was used to teach me to actually recognize words and read. (This would have been in the late-1950's, early 1960's.) Does...
  • Grades, Finals and Protests (Snowflakes Wanted No Failures for Semester)

    12/17/2014 9:59:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Inside Higher Ed ^ | December 17, 2014 | Scott Jaschik
    The "Black Lives Matter" protest movement continues to reverberate on campuses. At Oberlin College this week, the president rejected a petition signed by more than 1,000 students demanding no failing grades this semester. Student activism over decisions by grand juries not to indict police officers for the deaths of unarmed back men in Missouri and New York remains strong. And unlike most student protest movements, this one has extended into finals -- and has some students asking for flexibility on grades or exams, and others taking the unusual step of protesting in libraries during a period when student stress about...
  • $524,403 Gov’t Study Examines Link Between Diabetes and Lesbian, Bisexual Women

    12/16/2014 9:50:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 16, 2014 - 4:57 PM | Melanie Hunter
    The National Institutes of Health through its National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has awarded $524,403 in taxpayer dollars to San Diego University to study diabetes and sexual orientation in women. “Type 2 diabetes (T2D) contributes to substantial morbidity, disability, and premature mortality in the U.S.,” the grant said. “Lesbian and Bisexual (LB) women may be at elevated risk for developing T2D because they are more likely than heterosexual women to experience Obesity and other risk factors linked with T2D such as cigarette smoking, Violence victimization, and depressive distress,” the grant added. …
  • NASA Rover Finds Active and Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars

    12/16/2014 4:22:20 PM PST · by Islander7 · 22 replies
    JPL ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | Staff
    NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill. "This temporary increase in methane -- sharply up and then back down -- tells us there must be some relatively localized source," said Sushil Atreya of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a member of the Curiosity rover science team. "There are many possible sources, biological or non-biological, such as interaction of water and rock."
  • Three school teachers set to be fired after private chat room emails revealshocking discussion about

    12/16/2014 4:04:13 PM PST · by Morgana · 38 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 16 December 2014 | Joel Christie for The Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: Three school teachers set to be fired after private chat room emails reveal shocking discussion about their 'moron' special needs students Three elementary teachers in a New Jersey school district have been caught having a shocking conversation about some of their special needs students, referring to them as 'morons' and 'short bus kids' - and are now set to be fired as a result. The teachers - Tyler Van Pelt, Maria Weber and Maryellen Lechelt - allegedly engaged in an inappropriate online discussion on October 23 while training in a new technology to be implemented in their school...
  • Do we finally have proof of life on Mars?

    12/16/2014 11:00:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 13:36 EST, 16 December 2014 | By Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Unexplained methane spikes suggest bacteria is living on the red planet Nasa scientists in California have revealed evidence for life on Mars They say methane spikes on the planet could be produced by bacteria And, at the moment, there is no better explanation for the spikes The signs were spotted briefly occurring by one of Curiosity's instruments Life is the chief producer of methane on Earth, although there are many non-biological processes that can also generate the gas But no such process could be ruled out during tests - suggesting there may be bacteria living on or under the surface...
  • Education Report Card Suggests Private School Choice Laws Need Improvement

    12/15/2014 2:30:33 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 12-15-14 | Rudy Takala
    Less than half of states make a vibrant effort to provide a wide array of options to their students. In all, 51 private school choice programs exist in 24 states and in Washington, D.C. Fourteen states offer tax-credits scholarship programs, while just two – Arizona and Florida – offer education saving account programs. As a result, private school choice is an area where states tended to do poorly on the report. It would be beneficial for student achievement if policymakers worked to create more options for educational opportunity. The relative decline of American academic achievement corroborates that reality. According to...
  • High school student scores $72M playing the stock market

    12/14/2014 1:14:21 PM PST · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 14, 2014
    He’s the teen wolf of Wall Street. A kid from Queens has made tens of millions of dollars — by trading stocks on his lunch breaks at Stuyvesant High School, New York magazine reports in its Monday issue. Mohammed Islam is only 17 and still months away from graduating — but worth a rumored $72 million. “The high eight figures,” is as specific as the shy and modest teen would get when asked his net worth.
  • New White House college rating system already under heavy scrutiny

    12/14/2014 12:42:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 14, 2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    A controversial Obama administration rating system for colleges and universities already is being scrutinized ahead of its late-December rollout by educators who claim the government’s goal of more transparency could come at the expense of schools that don't happen to fit the ivory tower model. The federal government, with its long-awaited rating system, is trying to hold the country’s 7,000 colleges and universities accountable not only to taxpayers, but also to prospective students trying to weigh the pros and cons of different institutions. But it has many in the education community on edge. Several colleges and education associations have launched...
  • School 'bribes' kids with bikes and iPods to persuade them eat Michelle Obama's....

    12/14/2014 12:15:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 14 December 2014 | Charlene Adams for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: School 'bribes' kids with bikes and iPods to persuade them eat Michelle Obama's healthy lunches There's only one thing to do when the kids won't eat their vegetables: bribe them. At least that's what some Colorado schools are doing now that Michelle Obama's Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act has scared students away from their school lunch programs, according to KUSA. Jefferson County Public Schools now has a 'Hungry to Win' raffle program, EagNews reports. Each time a student buys a lunch, they are entered in the raffle for a chance to win prizes such as jump ropes,...
  • Guy Accidently Hits The Fap Button on His Mechanical Arm :)

    12/14/2014 11:52:14 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 26 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | Nov-17-2014 | unknown
    A man fitted with a mechanical arm goes about demonstrating how it works--with mixed (and hilarious) results.
  • Sex-Ed Classes Taught by Planned Parenthood Anger Parents

    12/13/2014 9:10:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | Drew MacKenzie
    Angry parents of children at a California high school have slammed a sex education class — taught by employees of Planned Parenthood — that they claim encourages young teens to have sex. Parents of 13- and 14-year-olds at Acalanes High School in Lafayette are furious at the methods and materials being used to teach sex-ed without their prior knowledge or consent, FoxNews.com reported. The students are handed worksheets that include a checklist titled, "Sex Check! Are You Ready For Sex?" The document asks the young teens, both girls and boys, if they have water-based lubricants and condoms, and if they...
  • A Funny Thing Happened In School Today

    12/13/2014 5:20:29 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 28 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | Sept. 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A funny thing happened in school today. Not funny ha-ha but funny as in bizarre and unexpected. Funny as in funny money. And not just today. Yesterday. Tomorrow. Every day. Every time a school teaches reading in a way that doesn't work. That's funny, right? You teach reading but somehow nobody learns to read? How funny can you get? And not just in any one school. No, this epic lack of progress is happening everywhere. Point to a school and you're probably looking at a dead zone literacy-wise. That's funny, right? A school's first job is to teach kids to...
  • $446,056 Gov’t Study Explores Link Between Alcohol Abuse, Domestic Violence—Among Lesbians

    12/13/2014 10:46:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 12, 2014 - 2:30 PM | Melanie Hunter
    The National Institutes of Health through its National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has funded a study to uncover the correlation between alcohol abuse and lesbian “intimate partner violence.” The grant, titled “Minority Stress, Alcohol Use, and Intimate Partner Violence Among Lesbians,” was awarded to Old Dominion University. “Alcohol abuse and dependence, and the constellation of problems associated with these disorders, including intimate partner violence (IPV) are a serious health concern for sexual minority women, their partners, their families, and society as a whole,” the grant abstract said. …
  • The Origins of Common Core? VANITY

    12/12/2014 6:56:27 PM PST · by maddog55 · 4 replies
    Ma & Pa kettle ^ | Nany Years Ago | Ma & Pa Kettle
    Pretty much sums up Common Core... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CACQmiaU6CU
  • 5 Special Things Black People Lost When Schools Were Integrated . . .

    12/12/2014 10:03:34 AM PST · by Fester Chugabrew · 53 replies
    Atlanta Black Star ^ | November 25, 2014 | Nick Chiles
    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, that state laws establishing separate public schools for Black and white students were unconstitutional, violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The 9-0 decision was hailed as a major victory for the civil rights of African-Americans, paving the way for the integration of the nation’s schools. But in retrospect, while there was reason to celebrate the court decision, there were also many things the Black community lost after the Brown decision.
  • (Floiduh) Library's tale of woe: Bedbugs biting patrons

    12/11/2014 2:38:14 PM PST · by dennisw · 12 replies
    sun-sentinel. ^ | Dec 8 | By Larry Barszewski,
    You don't need a bed to have a bedbug problem. A librarian could tell you that, especially if the librarian works at the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library, which has been closed since Thursday to combat an infestation there. Patrons at the public computer terminals there started complaining they were being bitten. Bedbugs have infested libraries throughout the country, to the point some even use bedbug-sniffing dogs to track down potential problems. The reason: there are so many people spending time in the buildings, it's easy for someone to unknowingly carry in the bugs on their clothing from an...
  • Extreme SEAL Experience. Navy SEAL Master Chief Hershel Davis Combat Shooting Course. (video)

    12/11/2014 1:35:36 PM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 12-11-2014 | Buds131
    Master Chief SEAL Hershel Davis explains his SEAL Combat Shooting Course at Extreme SEAL Experience. Clips of Master Chief now and clips from his appearance in "Silent Option" when he was Command Master Chief of SEAL Team Five.
  • What happens to society when robots replace workers?

    12/10/2014 1:05:31 PM PST · by giant sable · 43 replies
    Harvard Business Review.com ^ | December 10, 2014 | William Davidow & Michael S. Malone
    The technologies of the past, by replacing human muscle, increased the value of human effort – and in the process drove rapid economic progress. Those of the future, by substituting for man’s senses and brain, will accelerate that process – but at the risk of creating millions of citizens who are simply unable to contribute economically, and with greater damage to an already declining middle class.
  • Harvard Business School professor bullies Chinese restaurant

    12/10/2014 7:17:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    There is a form of derangement to which professors at highly competitive elite institutions are vulnerable. Jonathan Gruber of MIT (Economics PhD, Harvard) is much in the public eye right now, but Ben Edelman of Harvard Business School (Economics PhD, Harvard, along with a Harvard Law School diploma and a masters in statistics) is beginning to join him in the ranks of infamously arrogant. Hillary Sargent of Boston Magazine gained access to an email exchange between Professor Edelman and a Chinese restaurant, which he believes overcharged him, based on the prices in their menu that was part of their...
  • Parents angry after school tells 13-year-olds they can have sex, choose gender (Lafayette CA)

    12/09/2014 8:16:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 09, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Students at one northern California high school are learning more than just the birds and the bees. Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are “ready for sex” and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a "genderbread" person for lessons in gender identity. “[Parents]...
  • Teacher quits after student pens Jesus, pot story (Rio Rancho, NM)

    12/09/2014 12:19:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2014 1:21 PM EST
    A New Mexico high school teacher has left her job after a student rewrote the biblical story about Jesus handing out bread and fish to the poor into a narrative about Jesus handing out marijuana to the sick. Katrina Guarascio, a creative writing teacher at Cleveland High School in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho, had assigned students to take a fairy tale or legend and rewrite it in modern times. …
  • Pushing back on homework: Tenafly parents protest the load, joining nationwide trend

    12/08/2014 6:45:47 PM PST · by SMGFan · 53 replies
    North Jersey,com ^ | December 8, 2014
    TENAFLY — Pressured by parents, school district officials are considering lowering the stress of homework with such measures as homework-free nights and vacations, and giving students more information about the demands they will face in choosing courses. The district also will organize workshops for parents on reducing children's stress. The measures are being taken after a group of high school parents confronted the school board, arguing that homework is wreaking havoc on their children's lives.
  • Fifty Shades of Bull – Lena Dunham, UVA and The Rape Accusation-Industrial Complex

    12/08/2014 9:15:38 AM PST · by golux · 2 replies
    Red State ^ | Dec 05 2014 | Repair_Man_Jack (Diary)
    (... Now in order for there to be a vast and vibrant market for any good and service a higher purpose has got to be served. Let’s look at the important things that we get from having all those false rape accusations out there dominating the media sphere. (1) Careers can be made! Look at the return on investment that Al Sharpton has gotten out of his profitable collaboration with Tawana Brawley. (Crystal Mangum and Mike NiFong met with less success. Read the prospectus carefully before investing!) (2) Evil men are made to live in fear! The Breitbart story has...
  • College Tuition: The Next Debt Bomb

    12/07/2014 8:13:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Kiplinger ^ | 12/07/2014 | By Janet Bodnar
    Whhether you call it a bubble or a bomb, the rapid increase in student debt has become a hot topic in the news, with media stories inevitably focusing on those who have accumulated $100,000 or more in college loans. Straight off the bat, it should be said that six-figure debt isn’t typical. “Most undergraduate students graduate with an affordable amount of debt, with less than 10% of college graduates having total student-loan debt exceeding their annual income,” concludes Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of FinAid.org, which provides resources on paying for college. Average debt at graduation in 2011 was about $27,000, says...
  • Young America's Foundation - Top Conservative College List

    12/07/2014 6:59:09 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies
    http://www.yaf.org ^ | December 6, 2014 | Young America's Foundation
    A wide variety of rankings exist for the market of American colleges and universities. Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases its “America’s Best Colleges” edition. The magazine grades each institution based on factors including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, and student selectivity. Yet, U.S. News does not rank the overall experience that colleges offer. That is why Young America’s Foundation presents the following list of institutions that offer a conservative experience for students. Young America’s Foundation deemed these institutions the best, and they are listed in alphabetical order. Many conservative students seek alternatives in higher...
  • Good Feeling Movie - "High Time" 1960 Bing Crosby [Vanity]

    12/07/2014 6:26:54 AM PST · by SES1066 · 14 replies
    Fox Movie Channel ^ | 12/7/14 | Self
    Against the vehement protests of his adult children, 51-year-old burger baron Harvey Howard registers as a freshman at Pinehurst University and promptly rushes a fraternity. Howard struggles to overcome his age in making friends and immersing himself in college life. But as Howard begins to adjust to the academic environment, he develops a crush on his beautiful French professor Helene Gauthier that results in a serious campus controversy.
  • Critics say Common Core includes collecting psych data on kids

    12/06/2014 10:34:11 PM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    foxnews ^ | Dec. 7, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A little-known aspect of Common Core should have students worried about what goes on the dreaded "permanent record," say critics of the national education standard. Parents in Pennsylvania have written outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett to demand a moratorium on the collection of what they describe as sensitive and personal information on students, which they say is part of a federal database to track the development of every child. And education activists around the nation say it is part and parcel of the controversial campaign to impose a uniform, national standard for math and English. “This follows them from the cradle...
  • Minnesota schools allow male athletes who say they are female to shower with girls

    12/06/2014 9:57:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 103 replies
    Life site news ^ | Dec 5, 2014 | Dustin Siggins
    Athletes in Minnesota’s public schools who say they identify as the sex opposite their biological sex have won the right to shower with athletes of the opposite sex, as well as share locker rooms and hotel rooms. On Thursday, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) approved criteria that will create eligibility standards for schools to let transgendered students on single-sex sports teams. Students would be allowed to be on a team of the opposite gender if parents or guardians, as well as a health care professional, sign written statements affirming a student's “consistent or sincerely held gender-related identity.” A...
  • Do Kids Avoid Punishment by ‘Parent Shaming’ on Social Media?

    12/06/2014 8:25:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Dec 06, 2014 4:53 pm
    Parents are reportedly now finding it tougher to discipline their children, because a punishment could result in “parent shaming” by their kids on social media. A recent article in The Daily Mail asserted that social networks are creating a generation of parents who are afraid their children will complain about them online or even secretly record a parental lecture or rant and then post it. “You can’t be in fear of raising your kids,” Siggy Flicker said on “Fox and Friends Weekend,” adding that the first thing she takes away from her children as punishment is what they value most:...
  • 'Prisoners eat better food': Students hit back at Michelle Obama's school....

    12/06/2014 4:18:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    mail online ^ | 6 December 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    FULL TITLE: 'Prisoners eat better food': Students hit back at Michelle Obama's school lunch program with pictures of woeful servings School lunches have never been known for being appetizing — but these ones are particularly disgusting. Students across America are taking it to social media to demonstrate against the school meal rules championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. They're using the sarcastic hashtag 'ThanksMichelleObama' and posting pictures of piles of mushy lunches, unreasonably small portions and the kind of fare that has some students saying even 'prisoners eat better food.' Scroll down for video
  • Why are Americans so stunningly ignorant?

    12/05/2014 11:59:46 AM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 148 replies
    RightSideNews.com ^ | 11 Nov., 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A history professor, writing in VEER (an arts and culture magazine published in Norfolk, Virginia), tells a startling anecdote: “A couple of years back, a student came to me for a conference, late in the semester, and asked, ‘Which came first, the Civil War or the Revolutionary War?’ Never mind that we had spent a week on both, and that he had been in attendance (physically, at any rate), for all of those sessions.” Note that the professor and the student seem equally unashamed. This is not a homeless man with a drug problem. This is an adult student taking...
  • Vanity: What is the FCCLA Club?

    12/05/2014 8:48:31 AM PST · by jettester · 14 replies
    My High School-aged son brought home a flyer regarding a group at his school called the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Club and that there are dues required to to join. Do any of my fellow Freepers have any experience with this club/organization? In reading info about them at their website, I admit to the attractiveness of their motto and purpose but I also admit to being a little incredulous - that a Dept. of Ed backed program really cares about "family" and not just another avenue of indoctrination. Your feedback would be appreciated.
  • Canadian Olympic Committee teams up with gay activists to push homosexuality in schools

    12/04/2014 6:19:21 AM PST · by massmike · 5 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 12/04/2014 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    On Tuesday the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced plans to partner with two leading homosexual advocacy groups to promote the homosexual agenda among current Olympic athletes, and Olympic hopefuls in Canadian schools. The COC signed an agreement with You Can Play and Egale Canada in order to "foster LGBTQ inclusivity in national sport" by creating homosexuality-focused "resources" to be incorporated into the Canadian Olympic School Program (COSP), which will focus its efforts on students from grades six to eight. The initiative will also create a new "OneTeam Athlete Ambassador" program, which will promote visits to schools across the country by...
  • Phantom' village school stays open despite having no pupils

    12/03/2014 4:45:14 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | DECEMBER 3 2014 | Rosa Silverman
    ike all schools, it has a head teacher, governors, and a caretaker. But unlike any other school, Llanfynydd Primary has not a single pupil. The “phantom” village school near Carmarthen in South Wales remains open despite this, and will remain so for another seven months. Red tape means it cannot be closed for lessons even though all 11 pupils have left for other school. No children have been taught there since last July, when it cost taxpayers £50,000 to run.
  • Watercolorist Russell Black makes it Look Easy

    12/03/2014 2:43:25 PM PST · by Utah Binger · 7 replies
    Thunderbird Foundation | 12/03/2014 | Russell Black
    Here is a copy of the original line sketch on the watercolor paper. The starting point was in the lower left side, and this is one continuous line ending up with my signature in the lower right corner. You can also see "pause" points where I stopped (but never lifted the pencil off of the paper), to check spacing and dimension as I was moving over the subject. At no time was the pencil ever lifted off of the paper. Here is the finished product About Russell Black
  • St. Louis Cops Helping Darren Wilson

    12/03/2014 1:30:43 PM PST · by high info voter · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec 3, 2014 | Oliver Darcy
    Excerpt..... Police officers in the St. Louis-area have been quietly providing former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson with voluntary security while off-duty since the August shooting that claimed the life of Michael Brown and ignited passionate protests around the country. Jim Pasco, executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police, told USA Today Monday that some FOP members have been providing Wilson with round-the-clock security free-of-charge. “I don’t know how he can live a normal life,” Pasco said, adding ......