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  • Betsy DeVos: Common Core is dead at U.S. Department of Education

    01/17/2018 11:16:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 51 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via WPXI ^ | January 17, 2018 | Maureen Downey
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave a far-ranging speech today in Washington at an American Enterprise Institute conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.” She announced the death of Common Core, at least in her federal agency. DeVos also decried the federal government’s initiatives to improve education. “We saw two presidents from different political parties and philosophies take two different approaches. Federally mandated assessments. Federal money. Federal standards. All originated in Washington, and none solved the problem. Too many of America’s students are still unprepared,” she said. And she touched on a favorite topic, school choice. “Choice in...
  • DC Mayor Addresses How High School Grads All Got Diplomas Without Meeting Requirements

    01/16/2018 6:44:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    Residents in Washington, D.C. are still baffled over how every single student at Ballou High School got their diploma, despite many of them not even showing up to class.It wasn't just one school. Students across the city graduated despite having missed more than 30 days of school in a single course, findings from the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent investigation found. The investigation is still ongoing, but parents' demand for answers prompted city officials to share some initial findings. The city wide audit came after an initial investigation by WAMU and NPR at Ballou, in which they discovered a high rate...
  • Williams College Students Can Report Each Other for Social Media Comments About Religion or Politics

    01/16/2018 11:28:19 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Reason ^ | Jan. 16, 2018 | Robby Soave
    Williams College Students Can Report Each Other for 'Making Comments on Social Media' About Religion or Politics Bias incident reporting system undermines the very point of having a university. Williams College is one of at least 100 campuses with a system in place for students to report each other for saying or doing something slightly offensive. These trivially disturbing occurrences are known as "bias incidents"—and at Williams, virtually anything could qualify. According to the Massachusetts college's website, "name-calling and stereotyping" are examples of bias. Telling a joke that draws its humor from a stereotype is also wrong. Students shouldn't use...
  • Can Government Officials Have You Arrested for Speaking to Them?

    01/16/2018 10:19:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | JAN 15, 2018 | Garrett Epps
    The Supreme Court faces a test of the authority of politicians to use police to silence their critics.If a citizen speaks at a public meeting and says something a politician doesn’t like, can the citizen be arrested, cuffed, and carted off to the hoosegow? Suppose that, during this fraught encounter, the citizen violates some law—even by accident, even one no one has ever heard of, even one dug up after the fact—does that make her arrest constitutional? Deyshia Hargrave, meet Fane Lozman. You need to follow his case. Hargrave is a language arts teacher in Kaplan, Louisana. She was arrested...
  • Handcuffed Teacher in Louisiana Says School Board Head Should Resign

    01/16/2018 11:02:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    <p>Laving signs heralding free speech and chanting "Stand by Deyshia," about 100 people gathered in a light rain Thursday to rally to support Deyshia Hargrave -- the Louisiana teacher ejected from a school board meeting and roughly handcuffed in a video-recorded arrest after she questioned her superintendent's pay raise.</p>
  • Murphy must address growing segregation in schools

    01/15/2018 8:15:03 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 39 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 15, 2018 | Christian Estevez
    New Jersey has some of the best public schools in the country. But our current system is not operating on a level playing field. While wealthy suburban schools continue to provide rich educational experiences for their mostly white student population, too many Latino and African American students attend segregated schools hampered by intense poverty. We allowed segregation to permeate our state education system for too long, institutionalizing a separate but equal doctrine. New Jersey's schools are among the top five most segregated in the country. This decades-long failure continued under both parties. The Latino Action Network is heartened that Governor-Elect...
  • Vanity: Where's Betsy DeVos

    01/15/2018 5:15:06 PM PST · by spacejunkie2001 · 72 replies
    1/15/18 | me
    I have not seen anything pertinent that Betsy DeVos has done for the education system (how about getting rid of the dept of education), so I thought I'd post and ask those in the know. What is the latest about ridding ourselves of common core, or implementing the Bible back into schools? Or incorporating vocational training back into high schools which is exactly what this nation needs. The messaging that every kid needs to go to college or they're a loser makes me sick. The school system is awful, truly. Our kids (foster, who have since left home) quit school...
  • University rejects Chinese Communist Party-linked influence efforts on campus

    01/14/2018 9:07:56 PM PST · by cba123 · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 14th 2018 | Josh Rogin
    As part of a broad effort to interfere in U.S. institutions, China tries to shape the discussion at American universities, stifle criticism and influence academic activity by offering funding, often through front organizations closely linked to Beijing. Now that aspect of Beijing’s foreign influence campaign is beginning to face resistance from academics and lawmakers. A major battle in this nascent campus war played out over the past six months at the University of Texas in Austin.
  • Cornell student says Fox appearance led to campus harassment

    01/14/2018 8:12:45 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | 01.12.18 | Fox New
    Last year Cornell University undergraduate Neetu Chandak appeared on “Fox and Friends” to share her objection to a course description that seemed overly critical of President Donald Trump while glorifying former President Barack Obama. Now, in an essay in The College Fix, Chandak says her remarks on Fox expressing concerns about liberal bias at the college and the explicit agenda of the course led to threats on her life and such constant harassment that she sought therapy and was afraid to leave her apartment. “It is difficult to express conservative views as a college student without being called names, attacked...
  • Moody Bible President and COO Both Resign, Provost Retires

    01/12/2018 4:51:07 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 1/10/18 | Kate Shellnutt
    Board unanimously decides "it is time for a new season of leadership." Amid “widespread concerns over the direction” of Moody Bible Institute (MBI), the historic Chicago school announced today that President J. Paul Nyquist and Chief Operating Officer Steve Mogck have resigned, while Provost Junias Venugopal has retired. “Let there be no mistake that the Board of Trustees holds these three men in high regard for their ethical, moral, and spiritual leadership,” stated Randy Fairfax, chair of the board of trustees...
  • On This Campus, The First Amendment Prevails -- For One Hour A Day In A Tiny Area

    01/11/2018 8:43:58 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 10, 2018 | George Leef
    Free speech has been faring poorly on American college campuses. Many students don’t believe in it at all (a point I examined recently in this piece), and many administrators believe they can restrict it to small areas and only with their prior approval. The trustees and top officials at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) are in that group. For the system’s flagship campus at Amherst, the officials have decreed a policy that places student First Amendment rights in a straightjacket. Free speech and rallies may only be held on a small plot of land (less than one percent of the...
  • Iran bans English lessons in primary schools

    01/07/2018 11:23:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/18 | Elad Benari
    Iran has banned the teaching of the English language in primary schools, a senior education official said on Sunday, according to The Guardian. “Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations,” Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run high education council, was quoted as having told state television. “The assumption is that in primary education the groundwork for the Iranian culture of the students is laid,” he added. The decision to ban English came after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a western “cultural invasion”....
  • Grand jury empaneled in Burlington College case

    01/07/2018 7:25:47 PM PST · by GreyHoundSailor · 18 replies
    VT Digger ^ | 1/07/18 | Jasper Craven
    The federal probe into a 2010 land deal orchestrated by former Burlington College president Jane Sanders, wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has deepened. VTDigger has confirmed that a grand jury has been empaneled and has taken sworn testimony in the case. Former Burlington College board member Robin Lloyd says she testified for about an hour on Oct. 26 before a grand jury at the federal courthouse in Burlington. Lloyd’s appearance is the first public confirmation that the federal government has empaneled a grand jury, whose principal function is to decide whether to issue a criminal indictment.
  • A VERY STABLE GENIUS

    01/06/2018 8:29:25 PM PST · by huckfillary · 37 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | January 6, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    A VERY STABLE GENIUS President Trump is quick to tout his intelligence, his wealth, and his accomplishments. Today, he called himself a "very stable genius." At least half of America thinks he's an obnoxious blowhard, even crazy. I think there is a method to his madness. Millions of American kids have been brainwashed by the public education system and modern culture to believe that their intelligence and accomplishments, like those of their parents, are a function of "privilege." Something to be ashamed of. Diligence and motivation have nothing at all to do with it. Students are now being tested across...
  • Antifa Group Leader Yvette Felarca Loses Lawsuit, Has To Pay Up

    01/06/2018 2:57:32 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 22 replies
    BlueLivesMatter ^ | 6 January 2018 | HollyMatkin
    The court determined that Antifa leader Yvette Felarca's legal claim "was not brought in good faith." Hayward, CA – Antifa leader and middle school teacher Yvette Felarca was ordered to pay over $11,000 in damages to former Berkeley College Republicans President Troy Worden on Thursday, following an Alameda County Superior Court ruling. Felarca, a national organizer for antifa-aligned group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), filed a civil harassment restraining order against Worden in September, 2017, and alleged that he stalked her by appearing at BAMN events, the San Francisco Gate reported. BAMN also led protests against conservative speakers who came...
  • The Evil that Must Not Be Named on Campus

    01/06/2018 1:11:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | January 6, 2018 | George Harbison
    Academia turns a blind eye to the reality of actual socialism, the ideology practiced by Marxists while they sought the perfection of communism...someday. Socialism is ruining Venezuela today, and the whitewash pervades elite culture, even when the evil strikes close to home for an elite American small college. I attended Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) in the mid-1970s. I enjoyed my time there, made some great lifelong friends, and graduated with a sincere appreciation of the benefits of having a liberal arts education as it was practiced at the time. Over the years, my political perspective has moved well away from...
  • The Dumbing Down of Scholastic Achievement

    01/05/2018 10:40:31 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 06, 2018 | Sheriff David Clarke (Ret.)
    When all 164 of Washington D.C. Frank W. Ballou Senior High School’s graduating seniors last year applied for and were accepted to college, the whole community—students, teachers, administrators, parents, and education reformers—had reason to celebrate the achievements of these obviously hard-working graduates. With a graduating class the school system considered “academically disadvantaged,” someone in the school district should have smelled a rat. After all, 98 percent of Ballou’s 930 students were African-Americans, and two percent were Hispanic/Latino, according to data from the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) system. One hundred percent of them were considered “academically disadvantaged” by the...
  • College Kid Protesting Trump On Highway Gets Hit By Car – Sues School For Not Protecting Her

    01/05/2018 1:42:18 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 61 replies
    GP ^ | January 5,2017 | Mike LaChance
    Last year, students at UC San Diego were protesting the election of Trump and marched out onto a nearby highway. One of the students was hit by a car. Now she is suing the school for not stopping the protest. You couldn’t make this up. The College Fix reported: Student protester hit by car as she blocked freeway sues UC San Diego The University of California-San Diego is now embroiled in a personal injury lawsuit after an election protest gone wrong. Mariana Flores, a sophomore at UCSD, was demonstrating against Donald Trump’s victory on a busy San Diego freeway when...
  • The 'Right' To Disrupt Free Speech On Campus -- It Doesn't Exist

    01/05/2018 8:33:35 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 5, 2018 | George Leef
    When students (and others) disrupt events where speakers are trying to make arguments they dislike, they always say that their conduct is justified. Most commonly, the disrupters maintain that they are merely preventing “hate speech,” which allegedly doesn’t enjoy the protection of the First Amendment. Therefore, they are perfectly free to keep speakers they oppose from being heard. In fact, they say they’re acting righteously, by protecting against speech that supposedly leads to violence or oppression. Student zealots, such as those who prevented University of Oregon president Michael Schill from giving a speech, believe that. So, evidently, do some college...
  • Professor Who Wanted 'White Genocide' Just Got Hired Again

    01/05/2018 7:23:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Drexel University Professor George Ciccariello-Maher sent an incredibly stupid tweet last year wishing for a "white genocide."“All I want for Christmas is white genocide," were his exact words. It appeared to be one in a series of thoughts the professor should have kept to himself. Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I'm trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul.— George Ciccariello (@ciccmaher) March 26, 2017 Following the justified backlash over the "white genocide" tweet, Ciccariello-Maher announced his resignation from Drexel. He didn't seem too regretful in his statement, however,...