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  • Let's Repeal Reality

    10/10/2014 5:56:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Katherine Timpf is young, beautiful and very sane. Oh, have I said something wrong? Good. Writing for National Review, Timpf covers the complete flight from reality that characterizes today's progressivism/feminism. A quick glance at her recent titles gives the flavor of the world they seek to create and impose. "Feminists: Remove World War II Sailor Statue Because It's 'Sexual Assault'" (that would be the iconic image from Times Square on VJ Day in 1945). "Feds Spending Money To Find Out Why Obese Girls Get Fewer Dates." "Feminists: Slow Motion Is Sexist." And today's installment: "Schools Told to Call Kids 'Purple...
  • Look Who's Data Mining Your Toddlers

    10/10/2014 4:16:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Attention, parents: Have your little ones been subjected to "TS Gold" in school yet? If you care about student privacy, data mining and classroom intrusions, you might want to start asking questions and protecting your children now before it's too late. What's happening here in Colorado with this onerous testing regime is happening everywhere. Informed families and teachers from all parts of the political spectrum agree: It's a Big Government/Big Business "gold" rush you don't want to join. "TS Gold" stands for Teaching Strategies Gold. This "school readiness assessment system" was mandated in our state several years ago. It has...
  • Teacher Indoctrination

    10/08/2014 4:51:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Students at several Jefferson County, Colorado, high schools walked out to protest the school board's recently proposed curriculum review committee that seeks to promote patriotism, respect for authority, free enterprise, plus the positive aspects of U.S. history. The teachers union, whose members forced two high schools to close by calling in sick, is against the implementation of performance-based pay. The union has encouraged and applauded student protests against what it's calling academic censorship.The average parent and taxpayer has little idea of what is being taught to our youngsters. In February 2006, I wrote a column titled "Indoctrination of Our Youth,"...
  • Dems Try to Kill Education Funding in the Name of "Political Correctness"

    10/06/2014 1:45:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Political correctness is apparently more important than educating children. At least that’s the message I take away from a Colorado Democrat’s plan to defund schools that have “unauthorized” mascots. Wielding the self-righteous tomahawk of political correctness, Democrat Joe Salazar has decided to leverage Colorado’s pawns kids as a bargaining chip in his effort to rid the world of “offensive” Native American mascots.Under the Thornton legislator’s plan, schools will be required to seek permission from Native American tribes for their western-themed mascots, or go without any state funding. (On the bright side, I can now honestly say I’ve seen a Democrat propose...
  • Newer New Math

    10/03/2014 5:09:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    The other night I could hear my wife and third-grade daughter talking heatedly about something. I assumed they were having an argument. But eavesdropping on the raised voices, I realized that was not it. They were both loudly, angrily complaining about my daughter's math homework. Her assignment involved one of several methods of subtraction she must learn. The way most people learn to subtract -- carrying numbers and borrowing -- is derisively called the "Granny Method" and is discouraged. The task at hand the other night involved subtracting using the "Counting-Up Subtraction Method." This method of subtracting actually uses addition....
  • 'A' Is for Agitation: What's Really Going on in Jefferson County Schools

    09/26/2014 1:10:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    There's a big battle brewing in the Jefferson County, Colorado, school system. The manufactured controversy over a proposed curriculum review is generating national headlines. But the fight is not about what misguided students and biased reporters say it's about. "Censorship" is a red herring. The real issue is union control. Here's the deal: Public school teachers in this Denver-area district walked out of their classrooms this week to protest the implementation of performance-based pay. The JeffCo school board approved the new compensation system last week, which rewards the most highly effective teachers with 4.2 percent raises, effective teachers with 2.4...
  • Howard Fuller Has the Answer for Ferguson

    09/08/2014 5:03:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Star Parker
    Eight days before 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, he received his high school diploma from Normandy High School in the Normandy School District near Ferguson. In January 2013, Normandy district schools lost their accreditation from the Missouri state Board of Education because of poor performance on standardized tests and poor graduation rates. The 2014 evaluations have just been issued from the state board and the Normandy district score has dropped even further from last year. Scores are based on compiling results of a number of different performance measures and in order to remain accredited, a...
  • The Dead-End Road Called Pre-K

    08/26/2014 6:33:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    After President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address called for a new federal entitlement for taxpayer-funded free preschool or pre-K for all 4-year-olds, we thought his idea would be quickly discredited, not only by its enormous cost, but even more importantly by the overwhelming weight of research proving the lack of any long-term benefit from such programs. Now we are dismayed to learn from Politico that a dozen Republican-governed states are expanding state-based pre-K programs or are planning to do so next year. And in Washington, some Republicans are offering bipartisan support to a pre-K bill drafted...
  • Fired Texas Principal Speaks Out: It Would Be Best to Speak English in Classrooms

    08/10/2014 2:34:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    On November 12, 2013, Amy Lacey, the principal of Texas Hempstead Middle School, was placed on administrative leave and subsequently fired when she made a simple request to students: speak English. Now that the gag order has expired, Lacey is speaking out about what happened that day, dispelling rumors that she banned Spanish from the schools campus. I informed students it would be best to speak English in the classrooms to the extent possible, in order to help prepare them for [state] tests, she wrote in a letter to the Houston Chronicle explaining her side of the story. It is...
  • Readin', Writin' and Social Justice Agitatin'

    08/08/2014 3:21:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    It's back-to-school season across the country. But in an increasing number of districts, "back to school" doesn't mean back to learning. Under the reign of social justice indoctrinators, academics are secondary to political agitation. Activism trumps achievement. In Massachusetts, the John J. Duggan Middle School will open on August 25 with a new name and mission. It is now a "social justice magnet school." As a hiring advertisement for teachers explained earlier this year, the emphasis will be on "helping students develop the necessary skills to analyze and synthesize information and to generate empathy by looking at multiple sides of...
  • Please Stop Helping Us

    07/30/2014 4:48:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    While reading the first chapter of Jason Riley's new book, "Please Stop Helping Us," I thought about Will Rogers' Prohibition-era observation that "Oklahomans vote dry as long as they can stagger to the polls." Demonstrative of similar dedication, one member of Congress told Vanderbilt University political scientist Carol Swain that "one of the advantages and disadvantages of representing blacks is their shameless loyalty. ... You can almost get away with raping babies and be forgiven. You don't have any vigilance about your performance." In my opinion, there appear to be no standards of performance low enough for blacks to lose...
  • The Paranoids are Back

    06/28/2014 9:02:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    "American politics has often been an arena for angry minds." So begins "The Paranoid Style in American Politics," a classic work that the historian Richard Hofstadter wrote in 1964, another time of deep division and mutual suspicion. In that essay, he traced the roots of an American style that goes back at least to the late 19th century, when a plethora of mass movements kept finding new candidates for the source of all our troubles. It might be International Bankers one year and the gold standard the next as older scapegoats -- Catholics, immigrants, Masons -- gave way to...
  • Opt-Out of Common Core, Opt-In to The Ron Paul Curriculum

    06/24/2014 4:45:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Oklahoma recently took action to protect the state's children from the federal education bureaucracy by withdrawing from Common Core. Common Core is the latest attempt to bribe states, with money taken from the American people, into adopting a curriculum developed by federal bureaucrats and education "experts." In exchange for federal funds, states must change their curriculum by, for example, replacing traditional mathematics with "reform math." Reform math turns real mathematics on its head by focusing on "abstract thinking" instead of traditional concepts like addition and subtraction. Schools must also replace classic works of literature with "informational" texts, such as...
  • Many Democrats Prioritizing Black Families Over Teachers Unions

    06/16/2014 4:22:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    Five teacher hiring and firing laws bit the dust in California this week. In a major blow to teachers unions, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treus ruling struck down teacher tenure, while freeing districts from spending hundreds of thousands to fire teachers and from having to fire newly-hired teachers first during layoffs. The ruling is being applauded as a major civil rights victory, with Judge Treu comparing it with historic desegregation battle Brown v. Board of Education. Treu said both cases addressed a students fundamental right to equality of the educational experience. The data could not be clearer...
  • Dept. of Education Erects Obstacles to Keep States in Common Core

    05/13/2014 1:09:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | David Craig
    When someone hears bureaucratic terms like compliance, mandates and penalties, they might think of the EPA, the IRS, or these days, the Department of Health and Human Services. But another federal government department is fast adopting the language of strict and onerous regulation. Annoyed that Indiana wants to extricate themselves from the Common Core education standards, the U.S. Department of Education is erecting procedural obstacles to make this as difficult possible. At stake for Hoosiers is $200 million in federal education funds. The Obama Administration is using No Child Left Behind waivers to warn Indiana officials of the penalties they...
  • Charter School Fair Weather Fans Abound

    05/09/2014 8:16:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | Edward Lindsey
    In the twenty-three years since Minnesota became the first state to adopt a charter school law, the legislative slog to expand educational freedom elsewhere has borne massive advancements for parents and students. Often tedious and sometimes nasty, the success of this long fight has hinged on the willingness of stout legislators in state houses across the country to forge coalitions of the unlikely. We've done that exceedingly well in Georgia and have much to celebrate as we mark National Charter Schools Week. Now, that's not to say that we haven't suffered setbacks, like in 2011, when Georgia's high court ruled...
  • Good Riddance: Common Core Backlash Claims New Political Casualties

    05/09/2014 4:46:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | Michelle Malin
    All politics is local. So Republican politicians with national ambitions better pay attention to what grassroots parents are saying and doing about the federal education racket known as Common Core. In bellwether Indiana this week, anti-Common Core activists won a pair of pivotal electoral victories against GOP Gov. Mike Pence. Pence's attempt to mollify critics by rebranding and repackaging shoddy Common Core standards is fooling no one. Tuesday's Republican primary elections in the Hoosier state resulted in the landslide defeat of two establishment incumbents running for statewide re-election. Pence had endorsed GOP State Rep. Kathy Heuer over challenger Christopher Judy....
  • Another Bite At The For-Profit Education Apple

    05/08/2014 4:32:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    President Obama is passionate about education, especially for underprivileged kids or so he says. An ardent opponent of school choice, except when it comes to his own kids, one of his first acts was to try to kill the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship that provides poor kids in the nations capital the chance to escape failing schools. Hes repeatedly tried to ax the program, only to be blocked by Republicans. But the Presidents assault on education doesnt end with just young kids, it continues throughout the entire education system. For the last few years, the Obama administration has waged a...
  • Cross Burners, Cross Banners, and Cross Dressers

    04/29/2014 1:06:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Author's Note: This column uses some information previously published in my 2007 column "A Tale of Two Bigots."It's not often that I have to defend a leftist because a university is trying to restrict his First Amendment rights. But I do so whenever I have the chance. It helps to set a good example for my students by showing that the First Amendment is there to protect speech - not just speech you personally agree with. (Note that it also protects those who end their sentences with prepositions). Today, I write in defense a Gene Nichol in spite of the...
  • Facts and Fallacies About Paycheck Fairness

    04/15/2014 7:54:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    President Barack Obama and his feminist friends have been trotting out their tiresome slogan that women are paid only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Every reputable scholar who has commented has proved that this is a notorious falsehood that anyone should be embarrassed to use. U.S. law calls for equal pay for equal work, but the feminist slogan is not based on equal work. Women work fewer hours per day, per week, per year. They spend fewer years as full-time workers outside the home, avoid jobs that require overtime, and choose jobs with flexibility to take time...
  • Aiming High

    04/15/2014 4:48:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Appril 15, 2014 | Mona Charen
    There's an MRCTV video circulating on the Internet that features a man with a microphone asking college students in Washington, D.C., to name just one member of the United States Senate. At least half a dozen are stumped. When he asks how many senators each state has, the same crew is equally flummoxed. One hundred percent of the students could name the hit song from the movie "Frozen," though. These surveys about how ignorant Americans are have become hardy perennials. Survey data confirm that large numbers of Americans lack even rudimentary knowledge of what used to be called "eighth-grade civics."...
  • Yet Another Pre-School Program?

    03/29/2014 1:24:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    When some people hear that the president has proposed a new federally funded pre-school program, they might think, Great idea. Its about time! But theyd say this, surely, because theyre unaware that Washington is already running pre-school programs. Not just one or two, in fact, but 45 early learning and child-care initiatives. And no fewer than 12 of them are explicitly designed to provide early childhood education. The rest, however, also allow funds to be used for that purpose. So if the federal government is already bankrolling -- excuse me, if you and I and other taxpayers are already bankrolling...
  • Get To Know the Common Core Marketing Overlords

    03/21/2014 4:30:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    They're everywhere. Turn on Fox News, local news, Animal Planet, HGTV, The Family Channel or talk radio. Pro-Common Core commercials have been airing ad nauseam in a desperate attempt to persuade American families to support the beleaguered federal education standards/testing/technology racket. Who's funding these public relations pushes? D.C. lobbyists, entrenched politicians and Big Business interests. The foundational myth of Common Core is that it's a "state-led" initiative with grassroots support that was crafted by local educators for the good of all of our children. But the cash and power behind the new ad campaign tell you all you need to...
  • Bill de Blasio Attacks New York Citys Charter Schools

    03/19/2014 2:06:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Patrick Hannaford
    After assuming office in January, Mayor Bill de Blasio wasted no time mounting his assault on New York Citys charter schools. His recent decision to pull the plug on three previously approved charter schools has drawn praise from teachers unions. However, some supporters have accused him of not going far enough. This view displays an ignorance of school choice and a misguided understanding of the purpose of public education. Nothing exemplifies this ignorance better than the response made by Brooklyn City Councilman Vincent Gentile. Referring to one of the 14 charter schools that were permitted to move forward by de...
  • Solutions to Black Education

    02/26/2014 4:36:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    A fortnight ago, my column focused on how Philadelphia's schoolteachers have joined public-school teachers in cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Columbus, New York and Washington in changing student scores on academic achievement tests. Teachers have held grade fixing parties, sometimes wearing rubber gloves to hide fingerprints. In some cases, poorly performing students were excused from taking exams to prevent them from dragging down averages. As a result of investigations, a number of schoolteachers and administrators have been suspended, fired or indicted by states attorneys general. Most of these cheating scandals have occurred in predominantly black schools across the...
  • Celebrating Mediocrity At The Expense Of Merit

    02/06/2014 4:46:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Americans love sports, as evidenced by the fact that the Super Bowl last Sunday was the most watched television event in history. While the game was a blowout and boring because of it, people didnt tune in to see a tie, they watched to see one team beat the other, unambiguously. But sports, at least on the professional level, are just about the last bastion of meritocracy left in the country, and the damage its loss will bring to the future is immeasurable. There were controversies this week in Silver Spring, Maryland, and with comedian Jerry Seinfeld that will have...
  • Schoolteacher Cheating

    02/05/2014 4:26:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Philadelphia's public school system has joined several other big-city school systems, such as those in Atlanta, Detroit and Washington, D.C., in widespread teacher-led cheating on standardized academic achievement tests. So far, the city has fired three school principals, and The Wall Street Journal reports, "Nearly 140 teachers and administrators in Philadelphia public schools have been implicated in one of the nation's largest cheating scandals." (1/23/14) (http://tinyurl.com/q5makm3). Investigators found that teachers got together after tests to erase the students' incorrect answers and replace them with correct answers. In some cases, they went as far as to give or show students answers...
  • Do You Know What Theyre Teaching Your Kids?

    01/30/2014 2:56:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Imagine your sweet daughter, barely into puberty, coming home from school and showing you a photograph she took with her phone of a sex poster at school; a poster that lists the many ways people express their sexual feelings," including "grinding," "anal sex", "oral sex", and just about everything else you can think of. And imagine, even further, that the school district representative, when asked about the poster, shrugs and says it is part of a health and science curriculum that aligns with national standards of sexuality education. Youd be right to be mad. Only this isnt a thought experiment....
  • Standardized Absurdity: A Preview of Common Core Testing, Part 2

    01/29/2014 1:13:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2014 | Terence Moore
    We shall continue with our Common Core standardized exam, provided by the testing consortium Smarter Balanced. Recall that this is an eleventh-grade English Language Arts examination. Much Ado About Much Ado About Nothing It was the first day back at school after the holiday break. Our drama teacher, Mrs. Kent, handed out our next assignment: an in-depth study of a scene from one of Shakespeares plays. I was so excited to see that I had been assigned a scene from Much Ado About Nothing. Finally, here was my long-awaited opportunity to act out a comedy scene from Shakespeare! My joy...
  • If You Hate Your Kids, Send Them to Public School

    01/20/2014 11:00:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Yknow, when I was a wee lad growing up in West Texas, public schools werent all that bad. We started our day off with the pledge of allegiance, said prayers during football games, actually studied our nations founding docs, sang patriotic songs, and we celebrated the true meaning of both Christmas and Easter. In addition to that pro-American bliss, nearly everyone and their dog graduated. Its true. Dogs were actually graduating from school back then. I know. Weird, eh? Indeed, out of our large graduating class there was only one drop out and that was my childhood buddy who left...
  • Obama Administration Mandates Racism in Schools

    01/17/2014 2:59:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The Departments of Education and Justice have teamed up to make the lives of students in tough neighborhoods even tougher. Framed as a measure to combat discrimination against black and Hispanic children, the guidelines issued by the Obama administration about school discipline will actually encourage racial discrimination, undermine the learning environments of classrooms and contribute to an unjust race-consciousness in meting out discipline. Claiming that African-American and Hispanic students are more harshly disciplined than whites for the same infractions, the Obama administration now advises that any disciplinary rule that results in a "disparate impact" on these groups will be...
  • Impervious to Evidence, Liberals Ride Again

    01/03/2014 5:51:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2014 | Mona Charen
    "We will restore science to its rightful place ... " So intoned a "dismissive and derisive" President Barack Obama in his first inaugural. It's been oft quoted in the five years since (frequently by me, I'll confess) for its arrogance and condescension, which has continuing relevance, but before turning to the left's latest departure from scientific rigor, I cannot resist a fuller quotation. The second part of this sentence from Obama's first inaugural reads " ... and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost." Hmm. In his second inaugural (compared to Abraham Lincoln's second by...
  • Common Core

    01/01/2014 4:30:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | John Stossel
    My TV producers asked our Facebook audience to vote for a topic they'd most like to hear discussed on my year-end show. The overwhelming winner, for some reason: the education standards program Common Core. Most Americans don't even know what that is. But they should. It's the government's plan to try to bring "the same standard" to every government-run school. This may sound good. Often, states dumb down tests to try to "leave no child behind." How can government evaluate teachers and reward successful schools if there isn't a single national standard? But when the federal government imposes a...
  • America's Knockout Novel: The Adventures of Huck Finn

    12/10/2013 3:45:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | Lee Culpepper
    With recent footage of black teenagers cold-cocking random strangers in a deadly game known as Knockout, Americans should recognize how badly our country needs a selfless voice of leadership heard in all of our homes. But until the dignified message of someone like Dr. Ben Carson becomes mainstream, Mark Twains classic punch to the face has always packed the power to knock some sense in to people who need it the most. Nearly 130 years after The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published, Twains timeless lessons on race and humanity continue to offer America a remedy to racial bigotry --...
  • Is Common Core Good for Kids and Teachers? (Part 5)

    12/10/2013 3:32:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Advocates of Common Core State Standards love to point out how 45 states and the District of Columbia have voluntarily adopted this new national public school regimen. What they're not telling you, however, is how federal and state funds were used to muscle its adoption or how expert reviews and efficacy shortfalls have prompted political and educational action in at least 17 of those states to restrict or reverse the tides of CCSS rollout, according to a brand-new report in The Huffington Post. In August, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Oklahoma and Utah withdrew from the assessment groups designing tests for the...
  • A Textbook That Should Live in Infamy: The Common Core Assaults World War II

    12/03/2013 10:53:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2013 | Terrence Moore
    Saturday the 7th of December will mark the seventy-second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The commemoration of that date which will live in infamy brings up memories of more than Pearl Harbor but of the entire American effort in World War II: of the phenomenal production of planes and tanks and munitions by American industry; of millions of young men enlisting (with thousands lying about their age to get into the service); of the men who led the war, then and now seeming larger than lifeChurchill and F.D.R., Eisenhower and MacArthur, Monty and Patton; and of the...
  • Feds' 3 Tentacles in the Common Core (Part 3)

    11/26/2013 4:00:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    After months of the feds doing everything they could to distance themselves from the origin and launch of the controversial Common Core State Standards, more and more of Washington's tentacles are surfacing through public rage, implementation revelations and the White House's own foot-in-mouth disease. After Education Secretary Arne Duncan cast bigoted blame on "white suburban moms" for nationwide resistance to CCSS -- an oops from which he still is reeling in public humiliation and maternal fury -- White House spokesman Jay Carney dodged Duncan bullets by claiming ignorance to his statements. But then Carney buried the White House in federal...
  • Feds' 3 Tentacles in the Common Core (Part 2)

    11/19/2013 3:35:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Last week, I explained what the Common Core State Standards are and how, despite the federal government's saying it's staying out of the classroom standards business, there is much evidence to show that the feds are intricately linked to them. The first way I demonstrated that was by pointing out that the feds have spent $350 million of taxpayer money, funding and giving grants and waivers to muscle and bribe states and local school districts to accept CCSS. And all of that was done without a single act of Congress, meaning the federal government -- including the White House --...
  • Love Your GovernmentAnd Its Forms: The Common Core Prepares Young People for Bureaucracy

    11/18/2013 8:53:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2013 | Terrence Moore
    The Founding Fathers understood government forms. What they meant by the term was the arrangement of power found in any civil society, whether monarchy, aristocracy, or democracy. This is what Thomas Jefferson meant when he wrote in the Declaration, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. The careful, prudent balancing of the forms of government in the U.S. Constitutioncombining...
  • School Choice: A Solution to Bullying

    11/17/2013 7:36:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    As readers may or may not be aware, its School Choice Week. However, given the items in the news, you could be forgiven for not knowing. In fact, given those same items, one might get the idea that weve instead been going through something like Bullying Month. After years of hand-wringing about the phenomenon of bullying, whether in its generic form oragainst specific groups, it appears to have taken the phenomenon of hazing in the National Football League to get the practice widely condemned to the degree it deserves. In an ideal world, this would lead into a wider discussion...
  • Feds' 3 Tentacles in the Common Core (Part 1)

    11/12/2013 3:04:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    In 2007, a group of governors and state education chiefs got together to try to remedy the declining and degraded U.S. public academic system. Their goal was to establish a new set of standards that better prepared kids for college, careers and their ever-changing, hyper-connected and globally competitive world. In short, as a result, the Common Core State Standards were born. In 2010, standards were published and made available for mathematics and English language arts. Though standards for science and social studies are still in development, the goal is for states to have 85 percent of their curricula based upon...
  • The Heat Is On

    06/08/2013 4:39:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    So, last Saturday I'm back on the ball field coaching my 9-year-old boy's little league team along with three other fathers. We lose big. Why? Because it was hot. Yes, I know what you're thinking: Wasn't it hot for the other team? Stop with the logic, OK? My team wilted in the fourth inning. In fact, three of the players cried. One missed his mother. I told him the game would be over shortly and she was looking forward to seeing him. He accepted it, but struck out anyway. The right fielder cried when the ball hit his thumb after...
  • The Education Blob's Revenge

    04/24/2013 4:34:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2013 | John Stossel
    I wrote recently how teachers unions, parent-teacher associations and school bureaucrats form an education "Blob" that makes it hard to improve schools. They also take revenge on those who work around the Blob. Here's one more sad example: Ben Chavis, founder and principal of the American Indian Public Charter Schools, got permission to compete with the Blob in Oakland, Calif. Chavis vowed, "We'll outperform the other schools in five years." He did. Kids at the three schools he runs now have some of the highest test scores in California. His schools excel even though the government spends less on...
  • De Pasquale Dozens with Author and Columnist Mike Adams

    04/22/2013 7:05:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2013 | Lisa DePasquale
    If youre a regular Townhall reader, youre familiar with Mike Adams columns. If youre any other Townhall columnist (and competitive like me), always seeing him scattered among the Top 10 most-read most-commented columns makes you want to finally give in and do a column on Mike Adams with the hopes of cracking the top 10. Adams graduated from high school with a GPA of 1.8. Despite his apparent fear of success, he still managed to get an Associates degree from San Jacinto College. He then got his B.A. with a more respectable 3.4 GPA and Masters in psychology from Mississippi...
  • Taking Swipes at the Smartphone Generation

    03/29/2013 12:38:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    The digital age continues to confuse and confound a generation of adults who have learned to participate in it, but lack the ability for what Ethel Merman as Annie Oakley called "doin' what comes naturally." We still think a microwave is for heating coffee and thawing frozen food, never the name of a computer game. We weren't born to researching on Wikipedia or Googling for facts. Our fingers can text, but often strike two letters on the Android, making for some strange communications. We despair of catching up with the tools at hand and wonder what it all means...
  • The Whole Record: Rick Scotts Successful Pro-Growth Policies in Florida

    03/20/2013 5:12:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    A stunning announcement out of Florida this week. The state that was exhibit A for economic disaster two years ago is now experiencing a tremendous rebound thanks to Gov. Rick Scotts pro-growth policies. Washington should take a page no several pages out of Scotts book. Since December 2010, one month before Scott took office, the unemployment rate in Florida has dropped from 11.1 percent to 7.8 percent that rate is lower than the national average. After two years of Scotts policies, 282,000 private sector jobs have been created; in the previous four years the state had lost...
  • The Blob That Ate Children

    03/20/2013 2:19:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | John Stossel
    Shortly after I did my first TV special on education, "Stupid in America," hundreds of union teachers showed up outside my office to yell at me. They were angry because I said union rules were a big reason American kids don't learn. The union is a big reason kids don't like school and learn less. Union contracts limit flexibility, limit promotion of good teachers, waste money and make it hard for principals to fire even terrible teachers. But I was wrong to imply that the union is the biggest problem. In states with weak unions, K-12 schools stagnate, too. Education...
  • Common Core: What's Hidden Behind the Language

    03/18/2013 7:33:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    Conservatives are in an uproar over Common Core, an educational curriculum being forced upon the states by the Obama administration, which is scheduled to be mostly implemented this year in the 46 states that have adopted it. Common Core eliminates local control over K-12 curriculum in math and English, instead imposing a one-size-fits-all, top-down curriculum that will also apply to private schools and homeschoolers. Superficially, it sounds good. It creates universal standards that supposedly educate all children for college. But along with the universal standards come a myriad of problems, which the administrators of Common Core are disingenuously denying. The...
  • Note to Union Teachers: If You Want to be Treated Like Professionals, Act Like It

    03/14/2013 7:29:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    I was deeply troubled when video surfaced last week of striking Strongsville, Ohio teachers heckling substitute teachers who were applying to be their temporary replacements. Over 300 teachers are on strike because the school board is refusing to give them automatic raises, and the school board undercut their mass temper tantrum by hiring substitutes to keep schools open. The substitutes, complete with police escorts, had to endure heckling and jeering by the strikers. The unionists often followed alongside the substitutes, berating them and yelling in their faces as they headed to the local police department for mandatory background checks. The...
  • Educational Rot

    03/13/2013 5:50:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    American education is in a sorry state of affairs, and there's enough blame for all participants to have their fair share. They include students who are hostile and alien to the education process, uninterested parents, teachers and administrators who either are incompetent or have been beaten down by the system, and politicians who've become handmaidens for teachers unions. There's another education issue that's neither flattering nor comfortable to confront and talk about. That's the low academic preparation of many teachers. That's an issue that must be confronted and dealt with if we're to improve the quality of education. Let's look...