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  • School District Bans “Tag” [semi-satire]

    09/29/2015 8:45:10 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 15 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 Sep 2015 | John Semmens
    The Mercer Island School District in the State of Washington has barred students from playing the game of “tag” on school grounds or within eyesight of school personnel. Communications director Macy Grade described the ban as “an essential step to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students.” In the game of “tag,” one child is designated as “it” until he or she can tag/touch another child and pass along the “it” status. Grade characterized the game as “potentially devastating to children’s self-esteem. First of all, the person who is ‘it’ is isolated and stigmatized. Second, all the other...
  • In spirit of Revolutionary War, students win right to hold “American Pride” dance [Update]

    03/24/2015 2:14:25 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies ^ | Marhc 24, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Patriotic teenagers in the birthplace of the American Revolution held their ground and fought back attempts by school administrators to cancel an “American Pride” dance on April 10 and replace it with a more inclusive event. (snip) Principal Laura Lasa told me the April 10th dance had never been canceled. They merely wanted to “dialogue” with students about inclusivity. “We were in a conversation with the kids about how the theme would be presented so that we could make sure that it was inclusive to all students,” Lasa said. “they took that as being told they could not.” (snip) Over...
  • University Bans Use of Sexist Salutations [semi-satire]

    01/31/2015 9:30:24 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    Contending that "Mr., Mrs., and Ms" are hurtful and offensive to those with nontraditional gender identification, City University of New York wants its employees—professors and staff—to stop using these greetings. Dean of Students Peter Beaver explained that "for us to assume that because a person looks male we should address him as 'mister' overlooks the possibility that inwardly that person may identify as female. The situation for those who look female is even more complex, as 'miss' and 'missus' inject a marital status into the equation." "The appropriate form of salutation will be situational," Beaver said. "If a university employee...
  • Canned Goods to Provide Security at Alabama School [satire]

    01/21/2015 1:07:03 PM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    Huntsville, Alabama’s W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscilla Holley sent a letter home with students asking the parents of each of them to equip their child with 8 ounces of canned goods that the student would use as a weapon against armed intruders. The idea is that the possibility of being hit by a can of beans would deter gunmen from harming the children. A key feature of this plan, according to Holley, is “the element of surprise. We believe that a barrage of cans thrown by our 12 and 13 year-old students would be a formidable response.” The Principal...
  • Why Is Teaching Anal Sex in the Chicago Public School Curriculum? [satire]

    11/26/2014 7:16:06 AM PST · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    Parents of students attending Chicago’s Andrew Jackson Language Academy were shocked to discover that 5th graders are slated to study “the pleasures of anal sex.” Chicago Public Schools spokesman Bill McCaffrey characterized the parents’ reactions as “excessively dramatic” and “not well thought out. It’s our job to help prepare our students for life in the real world. Teaching them the skills needed for safe sex is at least as critical a part of our job as teaching them how to read.” “Sex is a topic of universal interest to students,” McCaffrey asserted. “What we teach them about this topic will...
  • Milford 5th-grader suspended for pointing imaginary gun [Massachusetts]

    11/20/2014 11:38:25 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 47 replies
    The Milford Daily News ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bill Shaner
    A Milford parent is questioning the two-day suspension of his 10-year-old son from Stacy Middle School. Nickolas Taylor, a fifth-grader, was suspended after pointing an imaginary ray gun - his finger - and mouthing laser sounds in the school’s cafeteria last Friday, said Brian Taylor, Nickolas' father. “I think this is very slanderous toward Nickolas and his character,” said Taylor. “It was non-threatening. He’s just a typical boy with an imagination.” A conduct slip, written by Assistant Principal Noah Collins, lists the offense as a threat. Collins could not be reached for comment despite numerous phone calls and emails seeking...
  • School's Nation of Islam handout paints Founding Fathers as racists [Tennessee]

    10/28/2014 6:55:01 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 26 replies ^ | October 27, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The mother of an eight-year-old wants to know why a Tennessee school teacher gave her child a handout from the Nation of Islam that portrayed the presidents on Mount Rushmore as being racists. Sommer Bauer tells me her son was given The Nation of Islam handout at Harold McCormick Elementary School in Elizabethton. The handout asked “What does it take to be on Mount Rushmore?" The handout then explains that George Washington hailed from Virginia, a “prime breeder of black people.” Of Theodore Roosevelt, it was alleged he called Africans “ape-like.” There were also disparaging remarks made of Thomas Jefferson...
  • School Board to Add Masturbation to Kindergarten Curriculum

    09/27/2014 2:35:32 PM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    The Las Vegas School Board has drafted a new sex education curriculum that has some parents alarmed. Part of the new curriculum includes teaching kindergartners and pre-schoolers how to masturbate. Clark County School Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky called the plan “common sense. Rather than have these students learn about this in back alleys and lavatories we’re bringing it out into the open.” Skokowsky tried to reassure parents, telling them that “trained professionals from places like the Mustang Ranch will be brought in to conduct the demonstrations. Only the most tried and effective techniques will be displayed. Enabling our students to efficiently...
  • Student Punished for Sharing His Lunch

    09/21/2014 9:54:15 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Weaverville Elementary School (Calif) eighth grader Kyle Bradford was sent to detention for sharing his burrito with another student. Tom Barnett, the Superintendent of the Trinity Alps Unified School District explained that “there is a district wide policy that prohibits students from exchanging the meals that the school provides. In this particular instance Mr. Bradford’s apparent act of kindness was undermining the school’s food allocation decisions.” The student Bradford gave half of his burrito to had been “allocated” a cheese sandwich that was not to his liking. Bradford was unimpressed by the school’s rationale and undeterred regarding potential future food...
  • School Confiscates American Flags from Students

    09/14/2014 9:38:30 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 36 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Woodruff High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina confiscated American flags from the vehicles of four students this past week. The school’s principal, Aaron Fulmer, explained that “professions of patriotism do not write a ‘blank check’ for egregious behavior. Many of our undocumented students may feel intimidated by such flagrant demonstrations. And as President Obama has pointed out, the American flag, like the Confederate flag, is seen as a symbol of oppression in many parts of the world.” “Flaunting so-called American exceptionalism also contradicts the lesson of humility our school is trying to inculcate,” Fulmer said. “The United States is just...
  • St. Paul schools workers' compensation claims jump 50 percent. But why?

    08/11/2014 6:40:28 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-7-14 | Mila Koumpilova
    St. Paul Public Schools workers are filing more injury reports and claims under the workers' compensation program. And district officials are not entirely sure why. Injury reports were up 50 percent in 2013 compared with four years ago, and the number of claims seeking payment for medical expenses or lost wages are up almost 30 percent, all while district employment stayed stable. Officials say they are watching how much the district is paying out more closely than the number of reports and claims. Those amounts have not risen in the past two years -- though they'll likely go up as...
  • CCAC cutting hours to avoid health-care mandate

    11/15/2012 9:08:45 PM PST · by knak · 38 replies
    Community College of Allegheny County will trim hours for about 400 of its part-time workers to avoid having to provide them with health insurance coverage, the school's president, Alex Johnson, said Thursday. Mr. Johnson told members of Allegheny County Council that complying with the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act, informally known as Obamacare, would have cost CCAC $6 million annually for part-timers who have been working at least 30 hours per week. Affected employees include both adjunct faculty and maintenance workers. CCAC has an annual operating budget of about $110 million and is facing reductions in county support...
  • On Leno, Obama Admits He Can't Do Math Above 7th Grade Level

    10/25/2012 9:21:14 PM PDT · by djwright · 78 replies
    fox nation ^ | 10/25/2012 | fox nation
    JAY LENO: When you help your daughters with their homework, is there a subject you struggle with? PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, the math stuff I was fine with up until 7th grade. But Malia is now a freshman in High School and I'm pretty lost. It's tough. Fortunately, they are great students on their own. And if something doesn't work I'll call over to the Department of Energy to see if they have a physicist to come over!
  • Beware of Backfire - Striking Chicago teachers may turn Illinois into Wisconsin.

    09/12/2012 12:59:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies
    City Journal ^ | 11 September 2012 | Christian Schneider
    If Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has spent the last 18 months painting a portrait of public-employee unions as intransigent and selfish, the Chicago Teachers Union this week provided him with confirmation. On Monday, 25,000 Chicago teachers (average salary: $76,000 before benefits) walked out of their classrooms, leaving nearly 350,000 schoolchildren and their parents in the lurch. The teachers are fighting to protect their lavish pay and benefit packages and also trying to stave off a new accountability plan that would evaluate their effectiveness using studentsÂ’ test scores. The Chicago strike serves as a counterpoint to events in Wisconsin after WalkerÂ’s...
  • Feds search PA Cyber headquarters, say school not “current target” of investigation

    07/13/2012 12:15:46 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 6 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh Area) ^ | 13 July 2012 | By Bill Vidonic
    Federal agents served a search warrant on Thursday at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Midland, the largest cyber school in the state with more than 11,000 students. The Department of Justice would not say what agents with the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Education were seeking there or at least three other locations where warrants were served. In a statement, the Justice Department said the Beaver County school, founded in 2000, “is not a current target of this investigation.” Founder Nick Trombetta, 57, could not be reached for comment. On June 30, he stepped down...
  • Mona McNee -- Why She Fights For Phonics

    04/28/2012 11:57:58 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 40 replies ^ | April 25, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    For more than 40 years, Mona McNee has been fighting the good fight on behalf of intelligent reading instruction. She is the author of "Step By Step" (a phonics program) and "The Great Reading Disaster" (with Alice Coleman, 2007, 335 pages), which chronicles the incompetence of the UK's Education Establishment. I always think of Mona McNee as the Patron Saint of Reading.Mona has recently prepared a booklet called "Why Billy can't read," which sums up her message in 30 pages. You can find a pdf of this booklet, and as well her free phonics program, on (link below). Mona...
  • Teacher/Bully: How My Son Was Humiliated and Tormented by his Teacher and Aide

    04/24/2012 5:26:41 PM PDT · by netmilsmom · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4-20-12 | StuChaifetz
    This dad wired his Autistic son because he was told that he was violent. The teacher and aids abuse the child and even called him a "b@stard". It makes me sick. Union teacher has tenure, aide was fired.
  • The Big Hoax (Thomas Sowell)

    03/12/2012 11:45:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 13, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    There have been many frauds of historic proportions — for example, the financial pyramid scheme for which Charles Ponzi was sent to prison in the 1920s, and for which Franklin D. Roosevelt was praised in the 1930s, when he called it Social Security. In our own times, Bernie Madoff's hoax has made headlines. But the biggest hoax of the past two generations is still going strong — namely, the hoax that statistical differences in outcomes for different groups are due to the way other people treat those groups. The latest example of this hoax is the joint crusade of...
  • "Let Them Eat Sight-Words"

    02/21/2012 3:37:12 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 36 replies
    CanadaFreePress ^ | Feb. 15, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Marie Antoinette, on hearing that French peasants had no bread to eat, suggested, “Let them eat cake.” This quip perfectly captured the haughty indifference which many people attributed to the French monarchy. A few years later, she was punished for her hauteur: execution by guillotine. The famous quote was probably never uttered. Real or not, it’s a handy symbol for an arrogant elite, indifferent to the suffering of the people. When you read in the newspaper that the US has 50 million functional illiterates, the disdainful queen should flash into your mind.During the 1920’s, the American population was moving toward...
  • Toilet-gate has California students flush with anger

    02/12/2012 10:40:04 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 99 replies
    College Times ^ | 11 Feb 2012 | Theresa Harrington
    CONCORD, Calif. — Instead of beating the bell between classes at Mount Diablo High, senior Charles Campos often finds himself waiting frantically for a chance to use a rare unlocked restroom on the sprawling campus. Relief has been hard to come by since beleaguered Principal Kate McClatchy closed all but one boys and girls' bathroom to the 1,400 students last year. Although McClatchy unlocked a second set of restrooms this week, the dearth of commodes may violate the state's education code. She refused to say why she did it, but district trustee Gary Eberhart said he's been told it's because...
  • “Balanced Literacy“ -- Unbalanced and Unhinged

    01/09/2012 2:37:06 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | Jan. 7, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [MORE ABOUT READING, SPECIFICALLY, THAT SO-CALLED BALANCED LITERACY IS ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE LONG-RUNNING HOAX:] So here’s the deal. The same people who lied to us about reading for 70 years now want us to believe they are finally telling the truth. They said that English isn’t phonetic, that children don’t need the alphabet and the sounds, that children need only to look at words and memorize the shapes. All this was utter nonsense. They further said that if children didn’t recognize a word (which they typically didn’t as it’s hard work to memorize a word by its shape), they...
  • Suspension gap riles St. Paul school board

    11/28/2011 2:36:46 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 21 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 11-25-11 | DAAREL BURNETTE II
    About 15 percent of black students in St. Paul were suspended at least once last year, compared with 3 percent of whites. To address the problem, the district decided in 2009 to spend about $450,000 of $58 million it received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to institute the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. The program requires administrators and teachers to periodically evaluate their school rules and determine which ones call for suspensions and which call for lesser punishments. They're also encouraged to be more explicit about what is expected of students in order to be successful...
  • High-tech classrooms don’t mean higher scores

    09/05/2011 4:46:00 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 42 replies ^ | 4 Sept 2011 | Matt Richtel
    CHANDLER, Ariz. - Amy Furman, a seventh-grade English teacher, roams among 31 students sitting at their desks or on the floor. They are studying Shakespeare’s “As You Like It’’ - but not in any traditional way. In this technology-centric classroom, students are bent over laptops, some blogging or building Facebook pages from the perspective of Shakespeare’s characters. One student compiles a song list from the Internet, picking a tune by the rapper Kanye West to express the emotions of Shakespeare’s lovelorn Silvius. The class, and the Kyrene School District as a whole, offer what some see as a utopian vision...
  • Shelton High senior has a date, but can't go to the prom

    05/11/2011 12:02:41 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 61 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 05/01/2011 | Anne M. Amato
    SHELTON -- It began as a simple gesture. Shelton High School senior James Tate just wanted to make his good friend, Sonali Rodrigues, feel special. So instead of the usual way of asking her to the senior prom, Tate and two friends went to the high school campus in the middle of the night and posted 12-inch tall, cardboard letters on the outside of the building -- at the main entrance. The message that many saw when they arrived to school Friday, read: "Sonali Rodrigues, Will you go to prom with me? HMU Tate." She said yes. "It took a...
  • Accreditation of Public Schools

    04/30/2011 12:57:52 PM PDT · by BobNative · 2 replies
    In his five-page response to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools dated April 28, Superintendent Fred Sanderson states he has “genuine concerns” about the Cobb Board of Education’s ability to “govern effectively.” Sanderson’s letter, which was obtained by the Journal through an Open Records Request, addressed allegations about the school board’s ethics and leadership. The allegations against the board were sent in a letter addressed to Sanderson by Mike Bryans, the state director of AdvancED and SACS, on March 29. Sanderson had 30 days to respond to the accreditation agency. On the lightning-rod issue of newly elected board members...
  • School Boys May Be Expelled for Possession of Oregano

    03/19/2011 5:03:17 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 51 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 19 March 2011 | John Semmens
    Four boys at the Hickory Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia were suspended and may be expelled for handling a baggie full of oregano at the school. The ill-fated prank was held to be “unacceptable mockery of the school’s ‘zero tolerance policy’” by the school administration. “While oregano isn’t a banned substance, per se, I mean we use it home-ec classes, placing it in a small plastic bag and passing it to another student is the same thing a student would do if it were,” said Vice-Principal Jesse Twitman. “It’s an act of disrespect and defiance toward school authority. If there’s...
  • Non-Christian Education Is Sin, Spiritual Child Abuse

    02/05/2011 5:41:53 AM PST · by RJR_fan · 72 replies
    American Vision ^ | Feb. 4, 2011 | John Lofton
    To put a child through 15,000 hours of Godless, Christless, Holy Spiritless, no-Bible, non-Christian “education” (K through 12) is sin and ignores what has been said by many of the greatest teachers of the Reformed faith. A Godless “education” is not bringing children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Such an “education” is not “for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) — or which we are commanded to do everything. ... Here's a link to the rest of this page, rich in quotes from such luminaries as
  • As S.F. schools struggle, board raises its budget

    10/25/2010 12:31:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/25/10 | Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    While San Francisco schools have been squeezing every dime out of their dwindling budgets, the city's school board has increased its own budget each of the past four years, spending more on travel to conferences, taking taxis around the city and paying for a board member's babysitter.All told, the board has increased spending by 28 percent over the past four years, which includes the added cost of televising board meetings as well as increases in staff salaries and benefits, according to 600 pages of public records obtained by The Chronicle.In each of those years, the board failed to stay within...
  • Coconut Grove Elementary principal under fire for obscene e-mail sent to parent

    05/15/2010 8:00:39 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 33 replies · 1,459+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 5/14/2010 | Tania Valdemoro
    Parents at Coconut Grove Elementary School are calling for the ouster of Principal Eva N. Ravelo this week after she told a parent in an e-mail to "eat sh-- and die." The controversy, which is now under review by the Miami-Dade County school district's central office, started Monday. Abigail DuBearn, a member of the school's Educational Excellence School Advisory Committee, or EESAC, had asked Ravelo and other council members whether student representatives of the committee "could be notified today and be invited to attend and participate'' at Monday's meeting. Ravelo, 44, then replied to DuBearn's e-mail with the message: "Advise...
  • Minnesota teachers union is being hit from all sides

    04/11/2010 10:19:26 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 23 replies · 1,201+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 4-10-10 | megan boldt
    Republicans love to bash Education Minnesota, claiming the statewide teachers union and its powerful lobbying force essentially control the Democratic Party. But this legislative session, the union is alienating even some of its DFL allies. Observers say relationships are strained because of the union's resistance to proposed reforms — particularly bringing in new teachers and stabilizing the statewide pension for educators. "I'm just absolutely frustrated with some of the stances they're taking on the issues," said DFL Rep. Marsha Swails, who is an English teacher at Woodbury High School. "Maybe all those folks in the Education Minnesota building are a...
  • Texas teachers warned against being 'heterosexist'

    12/31/2009 10:57:05 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies · 1,870+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 31, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    Candidates for certification to teach in public schools in Texas are being told that they will be held accountable for any "heterosexist" leanings and must become agents working to change society, according to one candidate who was alarmed by the demands. The applicant, who requested anonymity for fear of repercussions, told WND part of the teachings on multiculturalism required him to read several online postings about the issue inside the education industry. One warns that "teachers and administrators must be held accountable for practices deemed to be racist, sexist, heterosexist, classist, or in any other way discriminatory." And a second...
  • Battle lines drawn against U [of Minnesota] initiative [FIRE leads fight against thought control]

    12/12/2009 4:43:12 PM PST · by rhema · 14 replies · 997+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 12/11/09 | Katherine Kersten
    In this age of political correctness, a college student's best friend is FIRE -- the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Since 1999, FIRE has safeguarded the civil rights of students across the ideological spectrum -- winning victories at 121 colleges and universities, bringing an end to 81 unconstitutional or repressive policies, and benefiting 2.7 million students. Now, FIRE is riding to the rescue of students at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where a heavy-handed attempt at thought control is underway. The Race, Culture, Class and Gender Task Group of the U's College of Education and Human Development has...
  • Muslim Group Demands Right to Pray in School

    12/01/2009 10:34:06 AM PST · by John Semmens · 22 replies · 1,373+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 28 November 2009 | John Semmens
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is demanding that the Lewiston (Maine) School District allow seventh-grader Nasra Aden to pray in school at the regularly designated times for Islamic daily prayers and in the regularly prescribed prostrated posture. The District has not been accommodating in-school prayers under the apprehension that prayers are not permitted in public schools. CAIR said it cannot accept the District’s insistence that any praying be done silently and unobtrusively. “Islam is a very vocal faith,” CAIR spokesman, Runha Amuk said. “God commands that we praise him frequently and openly. To demand silence is an insult to...
  • Two Potential “Blood Baths” Narrowly Averted by School Officials

    10/19/2009 8:59:34 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 15 replies · 922+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 18 October 2009 | John Semmens
    Two separate incidents of potential school yard mayhem were narrowly averted by decisive action on the part of public school officials in New York and Delaware. In Delaware’s Christina School District, 1st grade student Zachary Christie was spotted eating lunch with an unauthorized Boy Scout mess kit tool—a combination knife/fork/spoon. Disaster was avoided when the vice-principal quickly disarmed and immobilized the child. The school’s “zero tolerance” policy calls for the offending 6-year old student to be sentenced to 45 days in reform school. School officials rebuffed arguments that the child’s age and the circumstances should be taken into consideration. “This...
  • 'Dear Mr. Obama,' Why are our Kids so Brainwashed?

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has launched a wonderful little feature that will run until Barack Obama takes the oath of office next month. They are calling it "Dear Mr. Obama" and it is a heartwarming exercise in child indoctrination and brainwashing. The Post-Gazette will be publishing letters from local students to Obama asking him for all sorts of global warming fixes, Iraq war enders, and big government programs. Sadly, it appears that the government schools these kids have been subjected to have failed to teach their charges about anything like the American system, federalism, even science seems neglected. But they SURE...
  • Kindergartener With Mohawk Suspended From School

    02/27/2008 4:56:15 AM PST · by E Rocc · 342 replies · 1,754+ views
    Newsnet5 (Cleveland WEWS-TV) ^ | February 27, 2008
    PARMA, Ohio -- A kindergarten student with a freshly spiked Mohawk haircut has been suspended by school authorities who said the hair was a distraction for other students. Michelle Barile, the mother of 6-year-old Bryan Ruda, said nothing in the Parma Community School handbook prohibits the haircut, characterized by closely shaved sides with a strip of prominent hair on top. "I understand they have a dress code. I understand he has a uniform. But this is total discrimination," she said. "They can't tell me how I can cut his hair." An administrator at the suburban Cleveland charter school first warned...
  • Sex ed led by teens is dividing parents

    02/17/2008 4:58:59 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies · 235+ views
    Philadephia Inquirer ^ | 02/17/2008 | John Sullivan
    A tussle that began with a condom and a banana has morphed into all-out war at a New Jersey high school, with some parents trying to end a peer-to-peer sexual-education course taught in about 45 other public schools statewide. Parents opposed to the classes at Clearview Regional High School, in Mullica Hill, say that kids shouldn't be instructing kids about sex ---snip--- Do you want a 16-year-old boy teaching your 14-year-old daughter how to put on a condom by using a banana?" asked Lisa Westermann, whose son said the course had made him uncomfortable

    11/20/2007 6:35:56 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 187 replies · 167+ views
    Nealz Nuze/WSB RAdio ^ | November 20, 2007 | Neal Boortz
    In California, a summit has been called to "close the achievement gap" in government schools. California government school warden Jack O'Connell thinks that minority students are performing poorly because of teachers' "widespread cultural ignorance." In other words, the white teachers can't relate to the black and Latino students. Now enters a man by the name of Glenn Singleton, who runs the Pacific Education Group in San Francisco. He is a consultant for government schools. They take thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds and give those dollars to this man in return for his words of "wisdom." He is the...

    10/31/2007 8:37:18 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 4 replies · 161+ views
    Nealz Nuze/WSB Radio ^ | October 31, 2007 | Neal Boortz
    The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) is having its annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland starting today through Sunday. Now taxpayers in every state, listen up. Your money is paying for K-12 teachers from all 50 states to attend the NAME convention. The teachers can sit in on any of the workshops and determine which multicultural propaganda they would like to indoctrinate their government school with upon their return. Let's take a look at some of your workshop options: ***"The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: Dismantling White Privilege and Supporting Anti-Racist Education in Our Classrooms and Schools." Designed to help educators...
  • Men pay more

    11/10/2007 1:45:42 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 85 replies · 136+ views
    The Daily Aztec ^ | 11-7-07 | Justin Lafferty
    NOW @ SDSU's bake sale charges men more for the same goods Imagine going to McDonald's and hearing that, because you're a white male, you pay full price for a Big Mac. Meanwhile, the girl behind you pays three-quarters of the total amount for the same thing. NOW (National Organization for Women) @ SDSU brought that reality to San Diego State yesterday at the Aztec Center by holding a pay equity bake sale. The prices for cookies reflected the difference of pay between genders and races. "It's just to raise awareness," NOW @ SDSU Co-President Amanda Whitehead said. "A lot...
  • Academic Cesspools II (must see protestor pic)

    11/07/2007 6:16:10 PM PST · by Michael.SF. · 11 replies · 128+ views (Via Boortz) ^ | Nov. 7, 2007 | Walter Williams
    In last month's column "Academic Cesspools," I wrote about "Indoctrinate U," a recently released documentary exposing egregious university indoctrination of young people at prestigious and not-so-prestigious universities ( I said the documentary only captured the tip of a disgusting iceberg. The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a frontline organization in the battle against academic suppression of free speech and thought, released information about what's going on at the University of Delaware, and probably at other universities as well, that should send chills up the spines of parents of college-age students. The following excerpts are taken from the...
  • History at Iowa was History at Duke for Mark Moyar

    11/01/2007 9:01:47 AM PDT · by Interesting Times · 22 replies · 76+ views
    The Duke Chronicle ^ | November 1, 2007 | Wheeler Frost
    The University of Iowa's history department and Duke's history department have a couple of things in common. Both have made national news because neither has a Republican faculty member. And both rejected the application of Mark Moyar, a highly qualified historian and a Republican, for a faculty appointment. Moyar graduated first in the history department at Harvard; his revised senior thesis was published as a book and sold more copies than an average history professor ever sells. After earning a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in England, he published his dissertation as "Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965" with Cambridge University...
  • I Just Couldn't Sacrifice My Son (To the Washington, DC School System)

    10/23/2007 5:44:28 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 109 replies · 158+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 23 October 2007 | David Nicholson
    When a high school friend told me several years ago that he and his wife were leaving Washington's Mount Pleasant neighborhood for Montgomery County, I snickered and murmured something about white flight. Progressives who traveled regularly to Cuba and Brazil, they wanted better schools for their children. I saw their decision as one more example of liberal hypocrisy. I was childless then, but I have a 6-year-old now. And I know better. So to all the friends -- most but not all of them white -- whom I've chastised over the years for abandoning the District once their children reached...
  • Biology is Destiny: Why Female Teachers Can't Cope With School Violence

    10/25/2007 5:31:26 AM PDT · by Ouderkirk · 28 replies · 327+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | 10-24-07 | Brunette Republican Sex Kitten
    Liberals are tremendously attached to the idea that we are apes, but are unwilling to face the fact that we humans still retain an awful lot of our ape programming. This is what led to the Christian concept of Original Sin and the Jewish concept that we are all born with both the urge to good and the urge to evil. And this programming is not identical for men and women, because behavior that enables a male chimp to pass his genes on might get a female chimp a new home in a saber-toothed tiger's stomach. Sometimes when I read...
  • Teacher: Call me 'Mister' (Men in elementary classrooms scarce)

    10/20/2007 5:59:25 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies · 803+ views ^ | October 20, 2007 | Susan Troller
    It takes a big man to teach small children. At 6 feet 5 inches tall, Josh Reineking towers over his kindergarten students at Stephens Elementary School, but it's actually his large heart and patient, steady manner that keep his lively charges learning, and in line. It doesn't hurt that he finds it easy to laugh, and thinks on his feet. Oh, and he also doesn't mind folding up like a Swiss Army knife to fit in a kindergarten-size chair. "My friends, my friends. Hands up for a message," Reineking says quietly and firmly as his class of 5-year-olds begin squirming...
  • Global Warming Lecture at CSUF Stirs Controversy [Campus Free Speech Alert]

    10/20/2007 7:15:48 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 19 replies · 125+ views
    Global warming lecture at CSUF stirs controversy Science weighs against philosophy on campus By: Sylvia Masuda Issue date: 10/18/07 Section: News Posted: 10/18/07 Controversy erupted in the Cal State Fullerton science community over Tuesday's global warming lecture in the Titan Theater. Research professor and climatologist Patrick Michaels presented "Reducing the Effects of Global Warming in Southern California," a presentation which explained why global warming is not an imminent problem. The Economics Association organized the event. Over the years, science organizations have criticized Michaels for exaggerating his credentials and for pushing what they feel is a political agenda. CSUF science...
  • 27-0 at the University of Iowa: Diversity is for Democrats.

    10/15/2007 9:54:48 AM PDT · by Interesting Times · 61 replies · 292+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 15, 2007 | Mark Moyar
    It’s not the score of a Hawkeye football game. It’s the number of Democrats versus the number of Republicans in the University of Iowa history department, and it has Iowans in an uproar. So, too, do charges published by Mark Bauerlein that left-wing bias has influenced the department’s hiring process. In response to the revelations, department chair Colin Gordon announced that the department had committed no wrongdoing, and neither he nor the university has expressed any concern about the total absence of intellectual diversity. Rarely have the hypocrisy and mendacity of academia been so thoroughly exposed as in the history...
  • Creating Activists At Ed School (Important culture war essay)

    09/14/2007 11:38:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 816+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 14, 2007 | John Leo
    In 1997, the National Association of Social Work (NASW) altered its ethics code, ruling that all social workers must promote social justice "from local to global level." This call for mandatory advocacy raised the question: what kind of political action did the highly liberal field of social work have in mind? The answer wasn't long in coming. The Council on Social Work Education, the national accreditor of social work education programs, says candidates must fight "oppression," and sees American society as pervaded by the "global interconnections of oppression." Now aspiring social workers must commit themselves, usually in writing, to a...
  • You can't say that. Ever

    09/21/2007 5:08:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 98+ views ^ | September 21, 2007 | Kathleen Parker
    WASHINGTON -- The latest smack-down of former Harvard President Lawrence Summers should extinguish any remaining doubt that political correctness is the new McCarthyism. Summers, you'll recall, was driven out of his university post in 2005 after he suggested at a conference that gender differences might account for an underrepresentation by women in science, math and engineering. Never mind that scientific evidence suggests as much. One simply doesn't say -- ever -- that men and women aren't equal in every way. Summers' remarks were seized upon, taken out of context and misinterpreted by many, including one female biologist from MIT, who...
  • Why The Left Has Changed Journalism, Education And The Courts (Dennis Prager Alert)

    09/17/2007 10:48:56 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies · 169+ views ^ | 09/18/2007 | Dennis Prager
    Whether one is on the left or right, it cannot be denied that the left has had an enormous impact on the major institutions of American society -- specifically journalism, education and the judiciary. In every poll I have seen, liberals overwhelm conservatives in academia, including the teachers' colleges, which are quite far left, and in journalism. And few deny the leftward tilt of the Supreme Court for most of the last 40 years. Former U.S. vice president Al Gore accepts the award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Television during the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California...