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  • High school students engage in mass disobedience after principal cancels 'America Pride Day'

    10/05/2015 7:15:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/05/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    It was a sight to warm the cockles of my heart: students proudly wearing “American flag capes, American flag headbands, American flag shorts and all manner of beautifully and garishly patriotic American flag ornamentation” in defiance of their principal, who canceled “America Pride Day” the day before. The Daily Caller picked up on a report in the local Jackson Hole News & Guide: Jackson Hole High principal Scott Crisp blamed the results of a student survey and his concerns that some students may feel excluded if they see an American flag for the administration’s decision to cancel “America Pride...
  • Texas high school student suspended over American flag T-shirt

    09/20/2015 2:26:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Fox ^ | September 20, 2015
    A Texas high school student was punished with in-school suspension last Monday after a teacher discovered he was wearing an American flag T-shirt, FOX 4 reported. The student, a junior whose name is Jaegur, was wearing the shirt -- which featured an American flag design with an eagle in the foreground -- at Seagoville High School in Dallas when an administrator determined the shirt violated the school dress code. Jaegurs mom, Shelly Goode, fears the suspension will show up as a permanent mark on his record, ruining any chance her son can earn a scholarship through the ROTC program. He...

    09/18/2015 9:38:20 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 135 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/18/15 | Trent Baker
    The mother of Fritz Moncion, the Linden, NJ high school football player who took the helmet of an opponent and hit him with it, spoke out on her sons behalf and said the vicious hit, which caused ten stitches, was without intention and he is very, very sorry and is calling his punishment of being suspended from school, kicked off the team and potential criminal charges too severe. Hes a great kid. He really didnt intentionally do this. Hes very hurt. Hes crying To keep him off the team, I dont think that is the answer, reports Moncions said....
  • California issuing free diplomas to high school students who flunked out

    09/13/2015 11:54:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/13/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Plenty of state school systems are struggling with ways to not only keep up with national mandates and restrictions, but to boost their graduation rates so they can maintain their funding and reduce criticism from the public. California seems to have come up a rather unique, back door approach to the problem. You could always take tens of thousands of former high school students who flunked out and simply give them a diploma anyway. (Daily Caller) The state of California is poised to award thousands of high school degrees to dropouts by passing a new law retroactively removing the...
  • California Will Give Free High School Diplomas To Kids Who Flunked Out

    09/12/2015 8:05:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 11, 2015 | Blake Neff
    The state of California is poised to award thousands of high school degrees to dropouts by passing a new law retroactively removing the requirement to pass a high school exit exam. The California High School Exit Exam (CASHEE) was created in 2004, and is intended to make sure that students have a rudimentary grasp of English and mathematics before being awarded a high school diploma, and to counter the phenomenon of students receiving passing grades while learning almost nothing. The test is hardly complex. The math test, for instance, only covers 8th grade-level material and can be passed if students...
  • High School Girls Save First Amendment

    07/28/2015 8:26:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 27, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of high school girls has done something Republican members of Congress only talk about: They saved the First Amendment by actually using it. samantha jones fights atheists pledge of allegiance lawsuit In July 2014the summer before her senior yearSamantha Joness father told her family the American Humanist Association (AHA) was suing the Matawan-Aberdeen (N. J.) School Board on behalf of an anonymous atheist family, Paula Parker reports in the August 2015 issue of Citizen magazine. They claimed reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in schools was unconstitutional and discriminatory because it includes the phrase Under God. Citizen is published...
  • The Return of High School Shooting Sports

    07/13/2015 5:33:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 12, 2015 | Michael Walsh
    These kids are going to be future legislators, and theyre going to get in there and know the truth about weapons. When I was in high school, back in the Stone Age, many if not most American high schools, both public and private, had shooting teams. Then the wilting violets and pansies took over and set about effecting Fundamental Emasculation of American society. But now, gradually, shooting sports are coming back: ... Competitive musketry dates to 16th century England and has been an Olympic sport since 1896. Today trap, a cousin of skeet and sporting clays, is as popular with...
  • City fixes grades for failing high school students ( NYC )

    06/29/2015 6:20:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 28, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    How do you fix a failing high school? Change the grades. Under pressure to boost student achievement, the state-designated out of time Automotive HS in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has resorted to rigging Regents exam scores. The failing scores of five students who took the Regents in January were switched to passing scores of 65 or higher on their transcripts, the city Department of Education has confirmed. One junior saw his scores upped to pass two exams required for graduation Living Environment (biology) and algebra even though he had failed both classes. The student insisted he deserved a break on...
  • Clay Target Shooting In Minnesota, The Hot High School Sport

    06/19/2015 7:52:22 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies ^ | 6/19/15 | AP
    Kalley Johnson was hunting with her father by age 4. She had a bow and arrow in hand two years later. She once shot a zebra on a productive big-game trip to Namibia. Who knew those skills would earn her varsity letters? Sometimes if I tell a random person Im on the trapshooting team, they kind of look at me funny like, Youre a girl. You can do that? Im like, Yeah, we do it all the time,' said Johnson, a just-graduated senior at Delano High School. But its definitely getting better. The first year it started, there were only...
  • Best of class? In Dublin (Ohio), 222 grads tie (for valedictorian)

    06/12/2015 12:58:20 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 3, 2015 | Charlie Boss
    Graduation ceremonies might still be going on if Dublin schools had asked all of its valedictorians to speak. There were 222 of them. That means two out of every 10 graduates at Dublins three high schools received top honors this year. [Snip] The valedictorian was once the single highest-performing graduate and some districts, such as Hilliard and South-Western, still adhere to the practice. But experts say its more typical to see multiple valedictorians or none at all as educators try eliminate the competition among students to be No. 1 of their class.
  • Shameless Vanity. Vote in USA Today contest for my nephew

    05/29/2015 9:16:46 AM PDT · by Fizzie · 13 replies
    5/29/20`5 | me
    St. Margaret's Tartans are in the USA Today final round for best HS boys lacrosse team in the country! St. Margaret's won the Southern California title recently, which is as high as HS teams can progress. (There is no state or national championship.) Thanks to friends like you voting in the 1st two rounds, St. Margaret's finished #3 in the country in Round 2 voting, and 1st in bracket. (Bracket and popular vote weren't necessarily in synch, depending on bracket) . In the final vote, it's all popular vote, which is serious business. (Dopey way of determining the best boy's...
  • Teens accused of making threats at Hutch High making court appearances

    05/28/2015 8:10:18 PM PDT · by kathsua · 8 replies
    Hutch Post ^ | May 26, 2015 | Fred Gough
    HUTCHINSON, Kan. Two of five teenagers accused of conspiring to carry out a shooting at Hutchinson High School were back in court Tuesday morning where one entered a not guilty plea to the charges, that being 16-year-old Takota Bowman (shown above). Later, 16-year-old Dominic Collins was before Juvenile Judge Patty Macke Dick where his attorney asked that he be released from custody, arguing that his client had no history with the court or history of violence. Attorney Mike Robinson also argued that he has done well in detention. But Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Allen argued against it citing things...
  • Student: High School Wont Let Me Start a Pro-Life Club (Las Vegas)

    05/23/2015 7:39:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 22, 2015 10:24 am
    A Las Vegas high school sophomore says school administrators denied her application to form a pro-life club on campus. West Career and Technical Academy Vice Principal Allan Yee allegedly told Angelique Clark that the club would be controversial and would make pro-choice students feel left out. He also reportedly said that others were more qualified to speak on the issue than a high school sophomore.
  • NJ teacher who had students write 'get well' notes to cop killer fired

    05/14/2015 12:05:49 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies ^ | 5/14/15 | foxnews
    A New Jersey public school teacher who instructed her third-grade students to write get well letters to a convicted cop killer was fired at a raucous school board meeting that stretched into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, despite her pleas that theres a community behind me. Marylin Zuniga, a first-year teacher who drew widespread condemnation for assigning her young charges the task of writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal, was canned at the meeting of the Orange Board of Education, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported.
  • FBI Speaks To Bergen County High School Students About ISIS Recruitment Threat

    05/20/2015 10:42:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 4 replies
    CBS ^ | 05/20/15
    The FBI has targeted Bergen County, New Jersey to stop Islamic State militants from getting a stronghold there and agents have been going to high school with a message. Christine Sloan was there when agents visited a Bergen County school on Tuesday. An FBI intelligence analyst who did not wish to be identified spoke at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter School in Hackensack. He warned students about a new threat a sophisticated recruitment video trying to lure them into joining the terrorist group ISIS. Theres a role for everybody. Every person can contribute to the Islamic State,...
  • High schools changing rules for gowns at commencement

    05/17/2015 3:55:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 16, 2015 | Jeremy C. Fox
    For years, Sharon High School parents had help finding their sons and daughters among the sea of gowns on graduation day: boys all sported deep maroon, while girls wore pristine white. But last year, students approached principal Jose Libano with a proposal: end the tradition, which alienated some students. Now, all graduates wear maroon. Around the region, longstanding customs of assigning graduation colors by sex are giving way to new realities, driven by transgender student activists and supportive educators and classmates of all stripes. The change reflects a growing awareness that simple categories of male and female do not fit...
  • Demanding appropriate dress at the high school prom is now slut shaming

    05/15/2015 5:24:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This probably looks like an unusual topic for Hot Air, but the rather frivolous nature of the subject speaks to some deeper societal questions which cross all sorts of boundaries. In Connecticut, one high school issued guidelines for proper attire at the prom this year and it has some of the teenagers up in arms. (And a lot more than just arms are visible in some cases.) Shelton High School sent out a memo letting families know that their daughters should not show up looking like Lady Gaga on the red carpet when prom night comes. This is apparently...
  • Creating social justice spaces in high schools (Shows you how far we've fallen)

    04/22/2015 1:55:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Daily Targum of Rutgers University ^ | April 14, 2015 | Kenya O'Neill
    As a first year, I came into the University knowing I was passionate about social justice, but I did not necessarily have the vocabulary and resources to articulate my beliefs. I knew that there were practices in place that exploit marginalized people economically, but I did not know that the driving force behind this was called unregulated capitalism. I knew that there was a difference between the way half of my family lived versus the other half, but I did not know the driving force behind these differences was due to institutionalized racism. I knew that there were more than...
  • Photo Emerges of Marco Rubio Acting Like a High Schooler in High School

    04/16/2015 4:42:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    NY Observer ^ | 4-16-15 | Ken Kurson
    At the end of March, two weeks before he declared his candidacy for President, Marco Rubio visited New York Citys Upper West Side to meet the moneyed class and hand out his new book American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone. In a gorgeous apartment overlooking the Park and the Museum of Natural History, Mr. Rubio delivered a spellbinding speech, skewering the president and articulating a cohesive worldview, especially in the arena of foreign policy. The smart and funny senator from Florida also took questions on all topics, impressing the room of well-heeled elites, plus journalists like Bret Stephens and...
  • High School Writing Assignment: 'Pretend You Are a Muslim' (10th Grade World History Class)

    04/15/2015 11:44:44 AM PDT · by drewh · 54 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | April 15, 2015 7:58AM | by Fox News Insider
    High school students in Wisconsin were asked to pretend that they were Muslims for a 10th grade World History writing assignment. Union Grove High School teacher Beth Urban asked students to write a five paragraph essay in which they pretend they are a Muslim male or female in the U.S. "Give three examples of what you do daily for your religion and any struggles you face," Urban instructed. The assignment has some questioning why this is part of a World History class and also if similar assignments were given for other religions. "I wonder if any of the kids who...
  • Ted Cruz, Onetime High School Drama Geek, Loved Playing the Bad Guy

    04/09/2015 6:42:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 9, 2015 | Carrie Dann
    Conservative firebrand Ted Cruz is used to having plenty of opponents cheer for his demise, and it turns out that he got some practice for that role back when he was a high school drama geek. The Texas senator and presidential aspirant says that he relished playing the villain in his teenage theater productions, which he enjoyed so much that he toyed with dropping out of school to try his luck in Hollywood. "It's one thing to play the good guy in drama," he told CNBC's John Harwood in an interview. "It's a fun thing also to play the bad...
  • School District Discriminates Against Pro-Life Clubs

    04/08/2015 5:14:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/08/2015 | Blake Neff
    Two students seeking to start school pro-life clubs in Fargo, North Dakota, are claiming they are victims of unconstitutional discrimination from officials opposed to theircause.According to a complaint lettersent by the Thomas More Society (TMS), a public interest law firm assisting the students, Brigid OKeefe of Fargo North High School and Katie McPherson of Fargo DaviesHigh School have each spent months attempting to establish pro-life clubs at their schools, to no avail. McPhersonfirst applied to found a club in September 2014, while OKeefeapplied last February. Both had their applications declined, with OKeefe saying she and other potential club members were...

    Authorities say they've charged 19 students, 18 of them girls, in connection with a brawl that broke out at an upstate New York high school. Local media report that the Chemung County Sheriff's Office announced the arrests Wednesday, a week after a large fight occurred shortly before noon March 18 in the main lobby area at Elmira High School. Officials say the fight appears to have been planned. The melee led to the school being placed on lockdown for a short period.
  • Franklin drops gender from graduation ceremonies (Seattle high school)

    02/19/2015 2:15:27 PM PST · by lowbridge · 27 replies ^ | february 17, 2015 | leah todd
    For as long as anyone at Franklin High School can remember, young men and women have marched in pairs into the schools graduation ceremony. The band strikes the first note of a processional song. Then come the students two by two girls draped in green robes, boys in black. For the whole event, the girls sit separate from the boys on opposite sides of a wide aisle. Five other Seattle high schools graduate in a similar way, with gender-specific gowns. At least one school in Shoreline and two in the Lake Washington School District do, too. But Franklin will...
  • Florida student told no 'God bless America' in morning announcements

    02/13/2015 12:10:43 PM PST · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 2/13/15 | Letitia Stein
    A Florida high school told a student this week to stop adding the phrase "God bless America" when reading scripted morning announcements, drawing protests and irate phone calls from around the nation, school officials said on Friday.
  • Two students shot outside Frederick High School

    02/04/2015 8:03:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Frederick News-Post ^ | February 4, 2015 | Terence Walsh
    Two students were shot this evening outside Frederick High School near the gymnasium, police said. Officers were called shortly after 8 p.m. The assailants, described as four black males dressed in black, are at large, said Officer First Class M. Cox. A SWAT team was searching the area. Two students were wounded, and all other students and staff in the building are safe, according to an email alert from Frederick County Public Schools. Lt. Bruce DeGrange said the students injuries were not considered life-threatening. Police did not release the victims names because they are under 18. A junior varsity boys...
  • MY idea for H.S. graduation requirements

    01/23/2015 8:12:46 AM PST · by knarf · 22 replies
    self, various input ^ | January 23, 2015 | knarf
    I heard a sound byte today from the FOX internet ...
  • Civics - A Great Step In Arizona

    01/17/2015 10:06:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | January 17, 2015 | Hank Adler
    It has been reported that David Bradley, a Democratic State Senator from Arizona, commented on his vote against Arizona's new law requiring high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test on civics before graduation:"My point now is tests don't make citizens, citizens are tested by their actions."We should be hopeful that State Senator Bradley is not asked to vote on written portion of drivers' license tests or just about anything else where a test is required to get a license. Ignorance may be bliss for individuals on individual issues. Ignorance of civics by what may be a majority of...
  • Freep a poll!( require high school students to pass a civics test to earn a diploma?)

    01/16/2015 3:30:27 AM PST · by dynachrome · 15 replies ^ | 1-15-14 |
    Should Arizona require high school students to pass a civics test to earn a diploma? yes no
  • High school teacher who pressured a 17-year-old into affair arrested AGAIN after threatening to kill

    01/10/2015 5:49:07 PM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 January 2015
    A former Connecticut high school teacher awaiting sentencing over a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student has been arrested again after allegedly threatening to kill one of her accusers. Police say 32-year-old Danielle Watkins of Norwalk was arrested Friday. She was first arrested in July, accused of having sex with one student at Stamford High and giving marijuana to another. Police say she threatened one of the victims at a doughnut shop Friday. Watkins pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor last month under a deal with prosecutors. The agreement calls for her to...
  • Con: [MN] Transgender policy defies common sense

    12/04/2014 3:19:30 AM PST · by rhema · 27 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 12/3/14 | JOHN D. HAGEN JR.
    Its a matter of common sense that putting boys in a girls locker room would create confusion, anxiety and discomfort. Its a matter of common sense that boys, with their greater muscle mass, should not be allowed to compete on girls athletic teams. Those norms are self-evident to an overwhelming majority of the public. On Thursday, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) will vote on abolishing those norms of common sense. A pending policy would end the traditional rule of dividing athletes by biological gender. Instead, it would grant boys with a deeply felt internal sense of being female...
  • Radical Leftists Now Endangering Female Athletes

    11/30/2014 6:59:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | November 30, 2014 | Matt Barber
    Matt Barber vs. Louis Parker The inmates are running the asylum in Indy.Until recently I had not heard of the National Federation of State High School Associations, or NFHS. This Indianapolis-based organization has, since 1920, developed and published playing rules for high-school sports in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.Like so many other national organizations charged with establishing curricula, policies and practices for primary and secondary education (consider the NEA), the NFHS has become completely overrun by radical leftists and sexual extremists. It has placed political correctness and the adult LGBT political agenda above the welfare and safety...
  • New York High School Rejects Student's Request to Launch Christian Club 'Dare to Believe'

    11/19/2014 8:07:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/19/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    A New York high school has rejected a student's request to have a Christian club on campus, prompting possible legal action by a Texas-based organization. Wantagh High School of the Wantagh Union Free School District recently denied official recognition for Elizabeth Loverde's proposed club "Dare to Believe." In response to the rejection, Loverde and her family contacted the Plano, Texas-based Liberty Institute, which sent a letter Monday to the principal, as well as to other school district officials. "Once a secondary school such as yours creates a limited open forum, it cannot deny equal access to student groups on the...
  • What Do College Undergrads Spend Their Student Loans On: High-School Classes

    11/19/2014 7:55:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/19/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Over the weekend we closed the chapter on the "mystery" of America's collapsing labor force and the record 90+ million Americans out of the labor force. As Pew reported, confirming what we had said all along, it has little to nothing to do with Boomers retiring - simply because under ZIRP they can't afford to retire - and everything to do with Millennials staying in school because they can't find the well-paying jobs they had expected, raking up $1.2 trillion (and exponentially rising) in government-funded student debt in the process. To wit: More and more Americans are outside the...
  • OR High Schools Adding 13th Grade to Boost State's On-Time Graduation Rate

    10/24/2014 11:52:43 AM PDT · by PROCON · 18 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | Joseph Perticone
    ( -- Some high schools in Oregon are creating an optional 13th grade in order to provide students with another year of academic support while boosting the state's on-time graduation rate. Starting with the Class of 2014, hundreds of students who have completed four years of high school but have not received their diplomas will be considered graduates" for statistical purposes. At 69 percent statewide, Oregon had the second-lowest graduation rate in the nation for the Class of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Students photo of skimpy Michelle O school lunch sparks outrage (Moochelle Obama lunch)

    10/16/2014 10:26:05 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 144 replies
    Eagnews ^ | 10/16/14 | Kyle Olson
    CHICKASHA, Okla. Lunch meat, a couple of crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower qualified as lunch in Chickasha Public Schools Monday. Chickasha lunchStudent Kaytlin Shelton took a photo of the skimpy lunch and showed it to her parents. It makes me want to take that and take it to the Superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch, the girl tells Fox 25. I can go pay a dollar for a Lunchable and get more food in it, her father, Vince Holton, says. [Snip] The new lunch complies with lunch regulations championed by...
  • For Second Time, High School Forced to Reverse Ban on Christian Student Group

    10/12/2014 9:46:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 12, 2014 | Gabriella Morrongiello
    High school students in Long Island, N.Y., were recently denied the right to establish a club for Christian students by their school administrators. This marks the second time theyve run into trouble. Last year, John Raney, a 17-year-old student at Ward Melville High School, created Students United in Faith as an extracurricular club where Christian and non-Christian students could come together to discuss faith and pursue hunger-relief charity projects. I wanted to start the club because I thought it would provide a safe space for Christians to meet and talk about their faith, Raney told Fox News. Administrators at Raneys...
  • School Bans Christian Club... Again

    10/07/2014 8:08:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | October 6, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Educators at Ward Melville High School are either woefully ignorant of the U.S. Constitution or they really dont like Christian teenagers.For the second year in a row, the Long Island, New York high school has denied students the right to form a Christian club.I feel like they have something against me and my faith, 17-year-old John Raney told me. I feel marginalized.John is the founder of Students United in Faith, a service-oriented Christian club. Nearly 20 young people wanted to join the club but the school said no.I wanted to start the club because I thought it would provide...
  • Victory! Boys born as boys can shower with girls in Kentucky school

    09/30/2014 2:26:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I probably would have missed this story were it not for Maggie Gallagher at The Corner. It seems that the good people on the appeal board considering a case at Atherton High School (part of the Jefferson County public school system) have determined that you can use the girls’ bathrooms, locker room and showers if you say you’re a girl. No physical required. A transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as a female, can continue to use a women’s restroom and locker room at a Jefferson County Public School. In a 5-to-1 vote, an appeal board upheld...
  • Atheists Try Interception on Intercession

    08/20/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 18, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    Plenty of football players exercise on Chestatee High School’s field — it’s the exercising of their faith that atheists object to! Georgia locals found that out the hard way when the bullies at the American Humanist Association lined up against the team’s posters and prayers. In a move that’s almost comical, the national group sent an undercover photographer to practices and games, hoping to catch the team in an act of blatant religiosity. “We have received reports,” AHA insisted, “that CHS coaches have joined players in prayer while standing in a circle, hands interlocked.” Gasp! football team prayer The organization’s...
  • Unintended consequences: More high school math, science linked to more dropouts

    08/04/2014 12:25:17 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 51 replies
    Phys Org ^ | 01 August 2014
    As U.S. high schools beef up math and science requirements for graduation, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found that more rigorous academics drive some students to drop out. The research team reported in the June/July issue of the journal Educational Researcher that policies increasing the number of required high school math and science courses are linked to higher dropout rates. "There's been a movement to make education in the United States compare more favorably to education in the rest of the world, and part of that has involved increasing math and science graduation requirements," explained first author...
  • Police: Stamford High teacher threatened student for sex ( Connecticut )

    07/20/2014 7:34:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Hearst Media ^ | July 17, 2014 | Martin B. Cassidy
    A Stamford High School teacher accused of threatening to fail an 18-year-old student if he did not have sex with her and providing him and a friend with marijuana, turned herself over to police early Thursday. Danielle Watkins, 32, of Fort Point St., Norwalk, was charged with two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sale of marijuana and one count of risk of injury to a minor ... A day after the student reported the allegations, police executed a search warrant of Watkins's car during a motor vehicle stop in Norwalk. During the stop, police said Watkins tried to...
  • California Students Given Good Grades for Holocaust-Denial Essays

    07/15/2014 12:50:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | July 15, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    Earlier this year, eighth graders enrolled in the Rialto Unified School District in Rialto, California were assigned a rather questionable essay assignment: Did the Holocaust happen, or was it "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth[?]" The district immediately apologized for the assignment once it came to light, and initially claimed that no students wrote that the Holocaust was a hoax. That allegation was wrong, as the San Bernadino County Sun newspaper discovered that over 50 students expressed doubt that the Holocaust happened in their essays, and were given high marks for their views. I...
  • Unprepared grads the scandal New Yorks pols ignore

    06/27/2014 6:50:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 24, 2014 | Bob McManus
    the states ability-to-function-in-a-modern-economy rate among graduates hovers at a dismal 37 percent. That is, according to the state Department of Education, only 37 of every 100 students who entered high school in 2009, and stayed long enough to graduate, learned enough by last June to do college-level academic work or to enter the workforce in any meaningful way. And in New York City, the ratio was one in four. So lets cut to the chase: If 75 percent of New York high-school seniors get diplomas, but only 37 percent are academically or economically functional ... Per-student spending just...
  • Rachel Jeantel: Im still standing.

    06/23/2014 3:51:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    District Chronicles ^ | June 23, 2014 | Jazelle Hunt
    As Rachel Jeantels high school graduation neared, she reminded herself of the promise she was keeping. Her slain friend, Trayvon Martin, would have wanted her to finish school, and she had promised his parents and other supporters that she would do it. And she did. The world met Jeantel during the investigation of Martins murder. It was disclosed that she was the last person to speak to him before he was killed by George Zimmerman. Over the course of two days, she testified as a key witness in the trial, withstanding questioning that lasted for six hours. She faced a...
  • Advocate Harbour teen OK with being sole grad

    06/21/2014 5:59:03 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 4 replies
    Halifax Chronicle-Herald ^ | June 21, 2014 | Francis Campbell
    Kerstyn MacLellan will omit a common introductory phrase from her graduation speech Friday at Advocate District School fellow graduates. MacLellan, 18, is the lone graduate at the Advocate Harbour school, which has 56 students in grades primary to 12. Shes probably heard all the cliches: a class of her own, one of a kind, the one and only. But it doesnt seem to bother her. At graduation, the graduates usually sit on the stage, MacLellan said. Ill be the only one this year, so Ill be doing the valedictory speech. I dont think there is any problem. I feel...
  • The Power of Ambition: Homeless Valedictorian to Attend FSU

    06/04/2014 10:07:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 8 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 5 2014 | By Rehema Ellis
    Griffin Furlong is a Florida teenager who knows something about heartaches and joy. The 18-year-old is homeless, but he graduated at the top of his class from Florida Coast High School in Jacksonville.
  • In Memory of Trayvon, Rachel Jeantel Keeps Her Promise: Key witness graduates from high school

    05/30/2014 2:01:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | May 30, 2014 | Nicole Phillip
    Donning a white cap and gown, Rachel Jeantel came through on a promise to her late friend, Trayvon Martin, this Friday. She graduated from high school. Jeantel was the last to speak to 17-year-old Martin, moments before the unarmed teenager was shot dead by George Zimmerman in 2012. Jeantel later served as a key witness for the prosecution. Unlike those that mocked Jeantels speech and mannerisms during the trial, Martin allegedly never judged Jeantel for her personality or the way she spoke. According to Jeantel, Martin cared about you. Thats a good human. Miami defense and civil rights attorney...
  • High school trap shooting teams reawakening Minnesota's aging gun clubs

    05/26/2014 7:49:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies ^ | 5/26/14 | Jenna Ross
    The shooting range was quiet Saturday morning as Jason Kelvie unlocked the gate, raised the faded red flag and began unloading his truck. Then the teenagers pulled up. The Lakeville South High School teammates bounded onto the Suburban Sportsman Clubs field, its grass still soaked with dew, scarfing doughnuts, joking with coaches and filling their vests with ammunition. Are you ready? Kelvie, the head coach, asked Stone Swanson, a junior. I was born ready, Swanson replied with a raised eyebrow. Trap shooting teams like this one, part of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, are reawakening aging gun...
  • Hillary And The Homecoming Queen

    05/20/2014 9:07:54 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/20/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Most of us are familiar with the bromide Real life is more like high school than college. This proverb is widely accepted, for the simple reason that it isas the Brits would saybang on. Supposedly childish high school elements such as cliques, gossip, outward displays of wealth and status, risky behavior, base envy, pettiness, and romanticization of criminal elements are all found to play dominant roles in real life. Consider the unlikely career of one Hillary Rodham Clinton, who after a shockingly inept tenure as Secretary of State considers herself worthy to be president. Objectively, Hillary has accomplished these few...