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  • Government Schools Harm Hispanics

    09/11/2014 6:29:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 10, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Frequently, left-wing ideologues manage to harm the very people they claim they are aiding. “When your government and your school are constantly telling you that you’re a victim of a racist society who needs protection, you may start believing it at some point,” Mike Gonzalez writes in the recently released book, A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic-Americans. mike gonzalez book Gonzalez shows, in part, how government schools are failing Hispanics. “In May 2010, the American Psychological Association (APA) published a handful of studies conducted on Latino students, and they had their share...
  • Moral Relativists In The University: They Aren’t Who You Think They Are

    08/24/2014 1:44:13 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 8-24-14 | Collin Garbarino
    This year the movie God Is Not Dead preyed on every Christian parent’s fear of sending a child off to college only to have their family’s faith and values undermined by an atheist college professor espousing some form of moral relativism. The movie hinges on a certain cliché, but the cliché is a cliché because many of us took a class with “that professor.” He might not have been so over-the-top, but his prejudices were evident. The American university tends to be fairly hostile to the conservative movement. One of the core tenets of conservatism is the Judeo-Christian teaching that...
  • The Origins of Political Correctness

    08/23/2014 11:59:32 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 44 replies
    Where does all this stuff that you’ve heard about this morning – the victim feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, all the rest of it – where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic. We call it “Political Correctness.” The name originated as something of a joke,...
  • Conservatism and Education

    08/23/2014 11:56:29 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 3 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | Jan 31, 2006 | Paul M. Weyrich
    As conservatives, we seek to build on past successes wherever we can rather than start anew. Fortunately, when we look at the question of education, the next conservatism quickly finds a lot to build on. The existing conservative movement has done some things right in this area. The most important achievement is the home schooling movement. Today, over a million American children are getting real educations at home instead of being propagandized in the public schools. Unfortunately, a new problem has cropped up which the next conservatism needs to take on now, before it gets bigger. Political Correctness, which is...
  • What Are Your Kids Learning In School?

    08/23/2014 11:38:49 AM PDT · by fifedom · 106 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 22, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    (D)escriptions, written by Twin Cities area high school teachers, of how their schools teach literature classes. This one comes from Edina High School, which was once known as an excellent institution: Acceptance and inter-cultural understanding can be fostered through the use of powerful texts, discussion, analysis, and exploration in the classroom. An English curriculum grounded in social justice rests on a belief based in equity—that each person should have access to resources regardless of race, gender, ability, age, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation.
  • Teen Arrested, Suspended for Shooting a Dinosaur (In a Story He Wrote)

    08/20/2014 5:05:34 PM PDT · by bamahead · 102 replies
    Reason ^ | August 20, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Now that summer is over and school is starting up again, it's time for the torrent of ridiculous "zero tolerance" suspensions and arrests to resume. Summerville High School in Summerville, South Carolina, is wasting no time: A 16-year-old student was arrested and suspended for writing a story in which he used a gun to kill a dinosaur. The student, Alex Stone, was assigned by a teacher to write a story about himself. Stone chose to embellish his story with obviously fictional details, like dinosaurs. But the teacher saw the word "gun" and the rest is history, according to NBC-12: Stone...
  • States Ditch Common Core - The ObamaCare Of Education

    06/11/2014 3:40:08 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 11, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Education: Oklahoma joins South Carolina and Indiana in opposing one-size-fits-all U.S. education standards that have turned schools into leftist re-education camps, with political statements masquerading as instruction. Not as much attention has been paid to Common Core as has been paid to ObamaCare. But like the faux Greek columns in Denver at Barack Obama's nomination in 2008, they were supposed to be the twin pillars of his legacy. Both, however, are fake promises, Trojan horses for government control of key sectors of American society and our economy. Five years ago, 46 states gave up a big chunk of their sovereignty...
  • Teacher 'White Privilege Conference': Whites Are Never Cured of Racism

    04/01/2014 7:47:54 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 121 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/1/2014
    More details are emerging about what was presented at the "White Privilege Conference" held in Madison, Wisconsin, where tax money was spent to train teachers how to annihilate "white privilege" and "white supremacy" in American schools. One session insisted that whites can never be cured of their permanent racist attitudes. On March 30, Breitbart reported on the conference, now in its fifteenth year. Over these years, teachers have been told that whites have been pushing "white supremacy" on kids since the country was created, and that whites are so infused with racism that they aren't even cognizant of their crimes....
  • Unbelievable: Common Core Problem Asks Kids to Choose Two Amendments to Remove From Bill of Rights

    03/31/2014 1:58:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    IJReview ^ | 03/31/2014 | Emily Hulsey
    A mother in Arkansas has expressed concern over her daughter’s recent Common Core school assignment that asked her to remove and replace two of the first ten amendments of the Constitution. The team assignment stated that the Bill of Rights is “outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.” Here is a copy of the assignment:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE PHOTO The mother who spoke up said she was particularly troubled by the fact that her daughter’s Sixth Grade History class had received no prior training in civics or how to amend the Constitution, which may...
  • Parents empowered while fighting against Common Core in public schools

    03/31/2014 7:52:41 AM PDT · by usalady · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | March 30, 2014 | Martha
    Common Core indoctrination has become an issue in coming elections as parents target politicians who support the Federal government imposed program on school districts.
  • Can a lawsuit by nine students topple teacher tenure?

    03/30/2014 9:32:51 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 30 replies
    PBS NewsHour ^ | March 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM EDT | MEGAN THOMPSON
    The nine student plaintiffs in the case – known as Vergara v. California - are challenging two main areas of state law: permanent employment and dismissal statutes the plaintiffs say make it difficult to get rid of bad teachers, and the seniority-based layoff system, which they say makes it hard to keep good, less-senior teachers during difficult times.
  • Common Core: Anatomy of a Failure

    03/31/2014 7:03:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 3-30-14 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    When Bill and Melinda Gates go to Africa and see healthy people and sick people, they presumably have a single thought: what can we do to make everyone healthy? The problems are easily understood; goals can be clearly stated. Given a big commitment, there’s a high chance of success. ~snip~ What fascinates Bill Gates is something else entirely: namely, the variety and incoherence from school to school, city to city, and state to state. It looks so messy and inefficient. And he thinks: a guy with my money and management skills should be able to organize all this disorder, turn...
  • A Teacher's Take on Common Core (Vanity)

    03/31/2014 8:27:20 AM PDT · by A_perfect_lady · 216 replies
    My seething mind | 31MAR14 | Moi
    I have been a Freeper for 12 years and a teacher for 10. I work in Los Angeles, in a public school, and I teach English. I want to say something about Common Core, although my observations will be strictly limited to my particular domain: English. I cannot comment on the Math portion. I will begin bluntly: I do not understand the conservative outcry about Common Core. Perhaps it’s only because I teach in California, but to me it is an improvement, at least in some ways. If you aren’t a teacher (and most conservatives aren’t, which is a pity)...
  • First Grader Silenced For Mentioning Jesus

    03/29/2014 9:11:56 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 45 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | 3/28/14 | Phyllis Schlafly
    A first grader in California has been told she’s not permitted to talk about the Bible at school. A teacher at Temecula Valley School told her first grade class to bring an object to school that represented a family Christmas tradition and then give a one-minute presentation. Brynn Williams brought the star that tops her family’s Christmas tree and shared how her family remembers Jesus’ birth at Christmas. “The star is named the Star of Bethlehem,” Brynn said. “The three kings followed the star to find the baby Jesus, the Savior of the world.” Brynn had planned to end her...
  • School Omits 'Christ' from 'Silent Night,' Upsetting Parents {Edited Version Allowed]

    12/21/2013 12:49:54 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 20, 2013 | Beth Greenfield
    School Omits 'Christ' from 'Silent Night,' Upsetting Parents By Beth Greenfield, Dec 20, 2013 Christ has officially been removed from Christmas. At least that was the case at one middle school on Long Island, New York, where its holiday-concert chorus sang a version of "Silent Night" that had all references to "the savior" and "holy infant" removed by school administrators. But the effort to avoid alienating people seems to have backfired. "It's offensive," one father of a student at the Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School in Kings Park told CBS New York. "If you're going to remove words to not...
  • OH Bill Would Require Parents to Undergo State Investigation Before Homeschooling

    12/20/2013 7:25:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | December 20, 2013
    A new bill proposed by Senator Capri Cafaro (D-Ohio) would require parents who have decided to homeschool their child to undergo an investigation by social services, who would then decide whether or not it would be permitted. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) website is reporting that on December 3, 2014, Senate Bill 248 was introduced in Ohio. This bill is the latest attack against families from state legislatures who want to severely restrict choice to homeschool children. The HSLDA summarizes this bill: It requires all parents who homeschool to undergo a social services investigation which would ultimately determine...
  • Michigan Schools Promoting Large Number Of Students Who Cannot Read

    12/16/2013 6:27:21 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/12/2013 | Tom Gantert
    More than half of the third graders at Three Lakes Academy in the Upper Peninsula failed to score proficient on the state reading test in 2010-2011. But none of the school's 14 third-graders were held back. At Howell Public Schools, none of the 35 third-graders who didn't rate proficient at reading were held back. However, a proposed bill would require those students show they are proficient at reading before advancing to fourth grade. House Bill 5111 would hold back third grade students who were not proficient in reading on the state assessment. The bill grants exemptions for students with a...
  • Sheriff's Office report: Island teacher admitted inappropriate behavior with student

    12/15/2013 12:58:06 PM PST · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    The State ^ | 14 December 2013 | Rebecca Lurye
    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC — A Hilton Head Island High School substitute teacher admitted she sent an inappropriate picture to a student, kissed him and asked him to buy marijuana for her, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report released Saturday. Margaret Ann LaMantia, 23, was charged Tuesday with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and disseminating harmful material to a minor, according to the jail log. During an investigation of the incident, LaMantia, a long-term Spanish substitute at the school, told deputies she and a 16-year-old male student in her class began talking around Nov. 25. They...
  • Mother of girl in Colorado first-grade kissing suspension says boy's punishment was merited

    12/15/2013 9:21:14 AM PST · by Zakeet · 73 replies
    Fox News/AP ^ | December 14, 2013
    The mother of a girl involved in the case of a 6-year-old Colorado boy who was suspended for giving a classmate unwanted kisses says the school did the right thing. [Snip] First-grader Hunter Yelton was given a two-day suspension, with a sexual harassment infraction on his discipline record. The boy's mother said the "sexual harassment" mark was too harsh.
  • Parents stunned that the union seeking $10,000 severance for teacher who molested their son

    12/12/2013 10:05:41 AM PST · by massmike · 6 replies
    http://joeforamerica.com/ ^ | 12/12/2013 | n/a
    The Michigan Education Association is going to arbitration to try to force the West Branch-Rose City school district to pay a former teacher who was convicted of molesting a student a $10,000 severance buyout. The father of the victim is outraged, calling the union’s efforts on behalf of the sex criminal “ludicrous” and saying any school money due to the teacher should go to his son, who is “out there trying to make it in this world all messed up.” Neal Erickson, a former math teacher at Rose City Middle School, was convicted this summer of raping a young student...
  • Protest Planned Against Last-Minute Bloomberg Push for Mandatory Flu Vaccines

    12/10/2013 12:05:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Politicker.com ^ | December 9, 2013 | Colin Campbell and Jill Colvin
    Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren.On Wednesday, with just three weeks to go until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s controversial Board of Health is set to vote on new rules that would force children as young as six months old to be immunized each year before December 31 if they attend licensed day care or pre-school programs.“Young children have a high risk of developing severe complications from influenza. One-third of children under five in New York City do not...
  • Parents and Teachers Object to Common Core

    12/10/2013 10:57:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The media are currently filled with reports of students in the U.S. scoring poorly on international tests. The Program for International Student Assessment, which compares 15-year-olds in most industrialized countries, reports that American students dropped from 25th to 31st in math, 11th to 21st in reading and 20th to 24th in science. The solution consistently offered for these low rankings is to spend more money on schooling. But numerous studies examining the billions of dollars we've spent on education in the last decade show that money has not improved the performance of U.S. students, and higher-scoring foreign countries spend far...
  • Common Core Lesson Teaches Children Obama Is A Messiah

    12/09/2013 4:32:08 PM PST · by raptor22 · 43 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Decemver 8, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Propaganda: A lesson plan for third-graders linked to a controversial federal education initiative makes sure America's next generation does not forget who is the one we have been waiting for. During the Soul Train Awards in 2012, comedian and actor Jamie Foxx exhorted a wildly cheering crowd to "first of all (give) honor to god, and our lord and savior Barack Obama," exhibiting the all-too-widespread hero worship that casts rational thought aside and labels even legitimate criticism as virtual blasphemy. The same cult of personality is creeping into lesson plans and reading materials being created under the guise of the...
  • Boy, 10, suspended from school for ‘firing’ imaginary bow and arrow

    12/09/2013 2:41:03 PM PST · by matt04 · 72 replies
    A ten-year-old boy has reportedly been suspended from school after he ‘fired’ an imaginary bow and arrow at another pupil. Johnny Jones, a fifth grader at South Eastern Middle School in Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania, is said to have been suspended for one day after making the gesture and now faces expulsion. According to the Rutherford Institute, which is defending the youngster, Johnny was accused of breaching the school’s regulations on using weapons, even though the bow and arrow were not real. He was reprimanded after the girl he ‘fired’ the bow at notified a teacher.
  • Common Core Writing Assignment: Think Like a Nazi and Explain Why Jews Are Evil (Video)

    12/08/2013 10:01:31 PM PST · by servo1969 · 106 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-8-2013 | Jim Hoft
    Coming soon to a classroom near you… nazi jew homework A new Common Core writing assignment asks students to think like a Nazi and explain why Jews are evil. This story first broke back in April: The Times Union reported, via Poor Richard’s News: Think like a Nazi, the assignment required students. Argue why Jews are evil. Students in some Albany High School English classes were asked this week as part of a persuasive writing assignment to make an abhorrent argument: “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your...
  • Valentines? Notes on the Pussification of America

    10/28/2013 10:47:25 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 60 replies
    Fred on Everything ^ | 10 27 2013 | Fred Reed
    It is time to get women out of the schooling of boys. It is way past time. Women in our feminized classrooms are consigning generations of our sons to years of misery and diminished futures. The evidence is everywhere. Few dare notice it. The feminization is real. More than seventy-five percent of teachers are women; in New York state, over ninety percent of elementary school teachers are women; in the US, over seventy percent of psychologists are women, with (sez me) the rest being doubtful. This is feminization with fangs. I have just read Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood...
  • Feds: Transgender teen may use boys' locker room

    07/24/2013 10:40:31 PM PDT · by redreno · 74 replies
    http://www.politico.com ^ | 07/24/2013 | By NIRVI SHAH
    The U.S. Justice and Education departments said Wednesday that a transgender California student who is anatomically female but lives life as a male must be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and other facilities designed for boys. The first-of-its-kind decision from the agencies tasks the Arcadia school district outside Los Angeles to change district policies and practices to accommodate the rising ninth-grade student. Teachers and staff must be trained in how to prevent gender discrimination, and federal agencies will be keeping tabs on the district through at least 2016.
  • 5-year-old Interrogated by School Until He Wets His Pants... Because of Cap Gun

    06/01/2013 9:06:25 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 69 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 5/31/2013 | Bobby Eberle
    Ok, come on. It seems like school officials are going nuts these days. Kids can't play "Cowboys and Indians," because that could lead to gun "violence." (Not to mention that the game is so un-PC.) Kids can't think of a gun, draw a gun, or even hold their fingers in the shape of a gun. So imagine what happened when a 5-year-old child brought a cap gun to school. As reported by The Washington Post, "a kindergartner who brought a cowboy-style cap gun onto his Calvert County school bus was suspended for 10 days after showing a friend the orange-tipped...
  • (South Carolina - Government Education) Teacher Who Stomped on Flag Receives $85,000 Settlement

    05/07/2013 7:04:20 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | May 7, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Teacher who stomped on flag receives $85,000 settlement The South Carolina teacher placed on administrative leave after throwing an American flag on the floor and stomping on it was paid $85,000 as part of an out-of-court settlement in a case arising out of that incident. The settlement does not include the salary that Chapin High School English teacher Scott Compton will continue to receive until June 7, according to The State. He continues to get paid although he was placed on leave in January and submitted his resignation on Mar. 27. “Prior to his resignation, attorneys for Mr. Compton informed...
  • School forces all girls to lesbian kiss. Boys get lessons in how to spot 'sluts'

    04/25/2013 5:42:48 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 45 replies
    WND ^ | 4/24/2013 | Chelsea Schilling
    Outraged parents say a New York middle school instructed young female students to ask one another for a lesbian kiss – and boys learned how to spot young sluts – in an anti-bullying presentation on gender identity and sexual orientation, according to Fox News’ Todd Starnes. According to Starnes’ Report, the children attended a special April 11 health class taught by college students at Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, N.Y. Parents say they were not notified of the presentation. The students were introduced to terms such as “pansexual” and “genderqueer.” Some of the young female students said they...
  • Pennsylvania girl, 5, suspended for ... pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles.

    01/19/2013 2:59:28 PM PST · by spodefly · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 19, 2013 | Edmund DeMarche
    A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten. Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days for issuing a 'terroristic threat.' But her punishment was reduced to two days after her mother met with school officials and had the incident dropped to 'threatening to harm another student,' which apparently carries a lesser punishment.
  • Teacher's Reward Program Charges Second-Graders for Bathroom Breaks ( Irving - Dallas )

    12/02/2012 9:11:59 AM PST · by george76 · 78 replies
    nbc dfw ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Kevin Cokely
    The mother of a 7-year-old Irving elementary school student says her son wet his pants in class after his teacher refused to let him use the restroom ... Cross' son, an honor roll student, needed to go to the bathroom, but he sat back down because he didn’t have any Boyd Bucks, his mother said. "He tried to hold it as much as he could, but he just couldn’t," Cross said. "He came home from school, and he was crying and really upset." "Really, that's just unhealthy," Cross said. "I think that she had no concern for the children." Cross...
  • High-School Teacher Threatens To Assault Student For Wearing Romney T-Shirt, Likens It To KKK Sheet

    10/04/2012 5:00:24 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 55 replies
    Red State ^ | Staff
    Apparently, in the City of Brotherly Love, geometry teachers easily confuse this… With this:Racism has again raised its ugly head in this presidential election and it has filtered all the way down to the classroom level where, in Philadelphia, a high school student was threatened with assault by her geometry teacher last Friday for wearing a Mitt Romney t-shirt. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, last Friday was dress-down day for students at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond. One female student decided that she would show her support for Republican presidential candidate a Mitt Romney by wearing a Romney...
  • Gay Curriculum Already Out Of Closet And Into Some City Classrooms

    07/19/2012 6:54:29 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 58 replies
    With the ink barely dry on New York's same-sex-marriage law, city summer-school teachers are already discussing same-sex nuptials in their civics classes, The Post has learned. And the head of the state Board of Regents said lessons on gay marriage will soon make their way into New York's official curriculum...
  • Government Schools at the Root of Our Problem.

    07/01/2012 11:40:22 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 24 replies
    Vanity ^ | 7/1/2012 | Dick Bachert
    If you’ve been following my rants (and you three know who you are), you know how I feel about the current Marxist mess laughingly referred to as the government schools. While there are some exceptions, due to the homogenization of teacher training, textbooks, curricula, the threat by the DOE (which MUST be abolished!) to deny “federal money” (whatever that is) for not toeing the DOE mark, etc., they are very rare. Let’s flashback a few decades to a remark made by that radical Christian conservative/constitutionalist Dr. Gary North. It was he who opined – correctly based on recent events –...
  • Anti-bullying icon bullies students with obscenity-laced anti-Christian rant

    04/29/2012 2:02:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 28, 2012 | Rick Moran
    Part of the hypocrisy of the "anti-bullying" movement is that the concept of bullying is never defined in a meaningful way. Evidently, bullying is one of those things that is defined by the "victim." Hence, we have the spectacle of the man who created the video "It Gets Better" can speak against the bullying of gay kids, but then turn around and bully kids with Christian beliefs - and get away with it. Fox News: As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after an anti-bullying speaker began cursing, attacked the Bible and reportedly...
  • If Halifax NC Students Skip School, Parents Could Face Jail

    11/17/2011 6:48:42 AM PST · by wintertime · 171 replies
    Education News ^ | November 16, 2011 | B.A. Birch
    Chief District Court Judge Brenda Branch has ruled that Halifax County (NC) parents are going to be held accountable for their children’s school attendance — and that could mean jail if they are not deemed to have made an effort to promote school attendance, writes the Daily Herald. The proposal is a collaborative effort between the Halifax County court system, three public school systems and county agencies that are looking to address truancy issues for students in the district. It was announced this week at the Halifax County Community Child Protection Team meeting. Branch, along with District Attorney Melissa Pelfrey...
  • Massachusetts Teacher Charged with Armed Robbery

    11/16/2011 5:55:44 AM PST · by MIchaelTArchangel · 8 replies
    Worcester Telegram ^ | Wednesday, November 15, 2011 | No By Line
    WORCESTER — A Billerica middle school teacher arrested Monday for allegedly sticking a gun in a man’s face and stealing his money and prescription drugs Friday has been placed on paid leave. ....
  • School apologizes after student suspended for saying homosexuality wrong

    10/11/2011 1:06:06 PM PDT · by massmike · 42 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 10/11/2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    The Texas school where a teen was punished for saying homosexuality was wrong has apologized and stated the boy “has the right to express an opinion in a manner consistent with law and policy.” The Fort Worth Independent School District has issued a letter fully vindicating high school freshman Dakota Ary, who was given in-school suspension for telling another student that he believes homosexuality is wrong because of his Christian faith. The controversy surrounded an incident that happened when Dakota was in Kristopher Franks’ German language class at Western Hills High School and the topic of homosexuality arose. Dakota said...
  • Conservative Opponents of CA Homosexual History Curriculum Fail to Repeal Law

    10/13/2011 11:27:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Church Report ^ | October 13, 2011
    Opponents of a California law requiring that the contributions of gays and lesbians be taught in public schools failed Wednesday in their attempt to qualify a ballot referendum to repeal the law.   The groups wanted to force a vote on Senate Bill 48, the nation's first law requiring that public schools include gay rights milestones and gay and lesbian contributions in social studies lessons. It takes effect in January. Groups that had been circulating signature petitions said they would not meet Wednesday's deadline. Brad Dacus, a spokesman for the Pacific Justice Institute, said his organization and other opponents collected...
  • Education activists seek to collaborate with Occupy Wall Street (Against "high-stakes testing")

    10/15/2011 12:07:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's The Answer Sheet ^ | October 15, 2011 | Valerie Strauss
    A group of parents, educators, students and activists who have organized to work to eliminate high-stakes testing in public education is now seeking to collaborate with the Occupy Wall Street protest movement on specific demands regarding school reform. The movement, called United Opt Out National, encourages parents to use “opt out” rules in their school districts that allow students to stay home when standardized tests are given. They say that the focus on high-stakes standardized testing in the No Child Left Behind era has failed to improve student achievement and instead has narrowed curricula, wasted public resources and caused anxiety...
  • TX High School Students Made to Recite Mexican National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance

    10/17/2011 7:17:39 AM PDT · by massmike · 66 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/17/2011 | n/a
    Students in a Texas public high school were made to stand up and recite the Mexican national anthem and Mexican pledge of allegiance as part of a Spanish class assignment, but the school district maintains there was nothing wrong with the lesson. Wearing red, white and green, students had to memorize the Mexican anthem and pledge and stand up and recite them in individually in front of the class. That didn’t go over well with sophomore Brenda Brinsdon. The 15-year-old sat down and refused to participate. She also caught it all on video. I just thought it was out of...
  • L.A. teacher loses job over anti-Semitic comments (while attending Occupy Wall Street rally)

    10/19/2011 4:46:36 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 68 replies
    sf gate ^ | 10/19/2011 | ap
    Los Angeles school officials say a substitute teacher has lost her job after making anti-Semitic comments during an interview. In a statement Tuesday, schools Superintendent John Deasy condemned remarks made by Patricia McAllister during a protest rally last week. In an Oct. 12 interview with Reason.com at a Los Angeles rally, McAllister said "Zionist Jews and the Federal Reserve" need to be run out of this country.
  • Fairfield Students Bussed to Hear Gay Advocate Bash the (Catholic) Church

    10/20/2011 3:36:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | October 19, 2011
    Fairfield University’s student newspaper The Mirror reports that Fairfield provided transportation for students to hear openly gay sex columnist Dan Savage bash the Catholic Church in his keynote address for the “Pro-Queer Life” conference on Saturday.The lecture contradicts assurances reportedly made by Fairfield President Fr. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., to Bishop William Lori that the conference would “not be a vehicle for dissent.”The Jesuit university reportedly bussed students to Union Theological Seminary in New York as part of their “More Than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church,” an effort by Fairfield and Fordham Universities along with two non-denominational...
  • 2 teachers union lobbyists teach for a day to qualify for hefty pensions

    10/24/2011 7:28:55 AM PDT · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10-24-2011 | Ray Long and Jason Grotto
    SPRINGFIELD — — Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in 2007, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has found. Steven Preckwinkle, the political director for the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and fellow union lobbyist David Piccioli were the only people who took advantage of a small window opened by lawmakers a few months earlier. ---snip--- His paycheck fluctuates as a union lobbyist, but pension records show his earnings in the last school year were at least $245,000. Based on his...
  • In College, Working Hard to Learn High School Material

    10/24/2011 7:20:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 23, 2011 | MICHAEL WINERIP
    In June, Desiree Smith was graduated from Murry Bergtraum High. Her grades were in the 90s, she said, and she had passed the four state Regents exams. Since enrolling last month at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, Ms. Smith, 19, has come to realize that graduating from a New York City public high school is not the same as learning. She failed all three placement tests for LaGuardia and is now taking remediation in reading, writing and math. So are Nikita Thomas, of Bedford Stuyvesant Prep; Sade Washington, of the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem; Stacey Sumulong, of...
  • Mandatory Sex Ed Details May Be Too Racy for Parents: Report

    Details about the new sex education curriculum in New York City public schools are out -- and some are concerned the lessons are too racy. The New York Post obtained workbooks that will be used for the new recommended curriculum, which begins in middle schools and high schools around the city next spring. Parents, they say, may be shocked by details of the work. Middle school students will be assigned "risk cards" that rate the safety of different activities, the paper says, from French kissing to oral sex. The workbooks for older students direct them to a website run by...
  • Department of Education (Let's Get Rid Of It)

    10/25/2011 3:49:58 PM PDT · by bthockey · 19 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 10/24/11 | Bryan Thomas
    Of all the departments of our federal government, the most pointless and unconstitutional is the Department of Education. Since it was created back in 1976, test scores have shown no substantial improvements compared to all the money we are spending. If we are looking for ways to cut back our budget and the debt itself, one of the first places we should look is the Department of Education. The Department of Education's budget has increased over 300% from when it was first established. With this significant increase, one would logically think that test scores of American students would be increasing...
  • Dem Proposal: Charter Public Schools Must Outperform Conventional School Test Scores by 20 Percent

    10/11/2011 11:17:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/11/2011 | Tom Gantert
    A dozen Democratic state senators don’t think charter public schools should be allowed unless they outperform their conventional public school counterparts. During the discussion of Senate Bill 618 that would lift a cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state, Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor, submitted an amendment that would have required charter schools to demonstrate student achievement at least 20 percent higher than the conventional public schools in the district in which the charter is located.
  • Ontario school bans soy spread because it looks too much like peanut butter

    10/13/2011 6:02:06 AM PDT · by Melissa 24 · 47 replies · 1+ views
    The National Post ^ | October 13, 2011 | Tristin Hopper
    A London, Ont., school board has banned peanut butter substitutes simply because they could be confused with their peanut counterparts, angering parents already frustrated by efforts to find an acceptable lunch their kids will eat. In a recent memo, Thames Valley District school board director Bill Tucker wrote that “any products considered to be a peanut butter replacement are no more appropriate in our schools than regular peanut butter.” Parents were asked to “avoid using peanut butter and peanut butter alternatives because of the difficulty in being able to distinguish alternatives from the real thing.” “There’s a lot of upset...