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  • Public Education: How Wishful Thinking and Good Intentions Destroyed Public Education

    New Book on Public Education Public Ed Dread: How Wishful Thinking and Good Intentions Reformed Academics Right Out of Our Public Schools is a must-read for concerned parents, homeschoolers, grassroots reformers, and concerned citizens alike trying to make sense of American public education. This book was written by a teacher with years of experience in the system. The author taught in a low-income, Title I failing school in California where she experienced the politics of whole language and No Child Left Behind. She also taught in a middle-class, suburban school where she witnessed the effects of the accountability reform movement...
  • Report cards out again, and, yes, I'm complaining again (vanity)

    11/18/2011 1:45:25 AM PST · by MacMattico · 87 replies
    So my student gets the report card today and quite frankly expects her high 90 gpa to continue. All of the grades I've seen have been high. She wanted to keep her average, each quarter, above a 90 to receive a special award at the end of the year for never having a quarterly average below 90 in the past 4 years. It's a big deal to the kids, I know it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things, but it's important to them. Two years ago, I found grading errors (averaging and such) and had to complain...
  • 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...
  • Rick Perry: Texas Home School Coalition Convention Speech [Woodlands, Tx 2009]

    10/29/2011 8:19:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    YouTube ^ | August | Rick Perry
    Homeschooling, parental rights, Constitution, 10th Amendment and families: Texas Home School Coalition Convention Speech by Governor Rick Perry, Part I Texas Home School Coalition Convention Speech by Governor Rick Perry, Part II Texas Home School Coalition Endorses Governor Perry - THSC is one of the largest advocacy organizations for home schoolers in the nation, working to support more than 120,000 Texas families who home school an estimated 300,000 Texas children. For almost 25 years, THSC has protected the right of parents to teach their children at home, and is dedicated to promoting a greater knowledge, understanding and acceptance of home...
  • Cross dresser shows up at middle school to fill in as a substitute (Vancouver, WA)

    10/28/2011 8:23:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    KATU News ^ | Oct 27, 2011 | Anita Kissee
    Parents of some Vancouver sixth graders are worried about what to tell their kids after a male substitute teacher showed up at school this week in women's clothing. The substitute teacher filled in at Wy'East Middle School on Wednesday, covering a humanities class. Students said it was obvious that their substitute teacher was a man dressed in women's clothing and from what we understand, some of the kids had a hard time settling down because they were laughing and making jokes. Some were eventually pulled out of class. The school and the Evergreen School District would not talk on camera...
  • Occupy Arrest Scam Unmasked

    10/18/2011 5:49:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | October 18, 2011 | Kyle Olson
    Leftists love to get arrested at protests. It must make them feel like adults and compensates for their otherwise very childish behavior. But new video released exclusively by EAGtv shows the protestors pre-arrange who is to be arrested. That’s right – the arrests are as scripted as a professional wrestling match, at least on the occupiers’ end. Cameras were rolling in Chicago recently and captured Chicago Teachers Union organizers finalizing plans for who in the crowd would be arrested. That’s right – it was staged. Comparing lists on clipboards, the footage shows two union organizers in CTU shirts questioning whether...
  • Stuttering student told not to talk

    10/13/2011 12:30:25 PM PDT · by ToxicMich · 19 replies
    A student at a New Jersey community college who stutters said he was told not to speak in his class, WCBS-TV reports. [Click on link for video]
  • No-contact order over a student's rosary

    09/26/2011 2:15:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 72 replies
    A high school student from Eastern Washington got a restraining order against his principal, after claiming the school leader threatened to use a pocketknife and to cut off a rosary the teen wears around his neck. 18-year-old Roel Corral, a student at Kiona-Benton City High School, is Catholic and wears a rosary to school. He says principal Wayne Barrett told him to remove it and threatened him, according to the Tri-City Herald newspaper which has been following this story. Corral won a court hearing that ordered Barrett to stay at least 100 feet away from Corral, but earlier this week...
  • Father upset over homework promoting polygamy, Islam

    09/24/2011 12:59:55 PM PDT · by takenoprisoner · 56 replies
    WSB-TV Atlanta, Ga ^ | 9/24/2011 | Tom Regan, reporter
    A father's complaint that his daughter's homework promotes the Muslim faith could lead to a lesson change in Cobb County. Channel 2's Tom Regan talked to the father who showed him where his daughter’s homework which said there's nothing wrong with having multiple wives...
  • Canadian Study Finds That Homeschooled Kids Are Smarter Than Public School Students

    09/15/2011 10:31:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/15/2011 | Jill Krasny
    The right kind of homeschooling can give students an edge over their peers at public school, according to a new study in the Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science. Researchers studied 74 kids ages 5-10 who were living in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, 37 at home and 37 at local public schools. While the public school kids tested at or above grade level, the students from a structured homeschool tested well above par. Structured homeschooling involves textbooks, trained teachers and formal assessment. It is also the most expensive option. The study also included 12 kids from unstructured home schools, who...
  • Obama's right: Spur the economy by repairing schools

    09/14/2011 6:18:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 14, 2001 | By Steve English and Mary Filardo
    In the jobs bill President Obama sent to Congress on Monday, he proposes using federal funds to repair 35,000 schools nationwide. Now, we must hope Congress embraces the idea, which has the potential to create jobs, spruce up decrepit school buildings and inject money into stagnating local economies. Can the U.S. afford such a program? Certainly — if we rearrange our priorities. If Congress were to put improving schools and adding jobs ahead of tax breaks to hedge-fund managers and subsidies to the oil and gas industries, a national school renovation effort wouldn't boost the deficit. It is high time,...
  • What teachers really want to tell parents

    09/10/2011 6:51:05 AM PDT · by erkyl · 164 replies
    CNN ^ | September 6, 2011 | Ron Clark
    Ron Clark is an award-winning teacher who started his own academy in Atlanta He wants parents to trust teachers and their advice about their students Clark says some teachers hand out A grades so parents won't bother them It's OK for kids to get in trouble sometimes; it teaches life lessons, Clark says
  • "The first thing we do, let's fire all the curriculum directors.''

    08/30/2011 4:06:54 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 54 replies
    Aug. 30, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Subtitle: Behind The Scenes At Your Local Public School Here are a few quotes about education that reveal a lot. Edutopia, a huge site financed by George Lucas, consists of hundreds of discussion groups. One such group focused on “authentic assessment.” A principal raved about a School of the Future in Manhattan. Needless to say, this school was doing all the latest things. Not convinced, I posted this challenge: “This seems very vacuous to me. What if anything do these kids know? It mainly seems to be administrators and planners bragging, as if by calling something authentic it automatically becomes...
  • Grand Jury Calls for Investigating Homeschoolers (Response...)

    08/09/2011 6:02:08 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 61 replies
    On July 25, 2011, the Miami-Dade grand jury released several sweeping recommendations in a detailed report on the Nubia Barahona case. The murder of 10-year-old Nubia, apparently at the hands of her adoptive parents earlier this year in Florida, was a heinous crime for which the perpetrators should be severely punished...While it is right to conduct a thorough review in the aftermath of tragic events in an effort to prevent similar tragedies, it is also important not to overreact. Unfortunately, the grand jury report overreacts in its recommendations to amend Florida’s homeschool laws because of Nubia’s adoptive parents’ claim that...
  • Could You Modify It ‘To Stop Students From Becoming This Advanced?’

    07/28/2011 11:39:35 AM PDT · by netmilsmom · 50 replies
    cato institute ^ | 7-25-11 | Andrew J. Coulson
    The free Web tutoring service “Khan Academy” has gotten much well-deserved attention, including a feature story in the current issue of Wired. That story includes a quote that literally took my breath away: ~~~"Even if Khan is truly liberating students to advance at their own pace, it’s not clear that the schools will be able to cope. The very concept of grade levels implies groups of students moving along together at an even pace. So what happens when, using Khan Academy, you wind up with a kid in fifth grade who has mastered high school trigonometry and physics—but is still...
  • State Superintendent: “Homeschoolers Need More Oversight”

    05/18/2011 11:29:57 AM PDT · by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 · 154 replies
    HSLDA ^ | May 17, 2011 | HSLDA
    In her first address to West Virginia’s joint standing committee on education this week, incoming West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple criticized homeschoolers. According to a West Virginia homeschooler who posted to an Internet group, Speaker pro tem and Delegate Ron Fragale told her that Mrs. Marple said “West Virginia homeschoolers need more oversight, better standards, better evidence of progress; homeschoolers have too much flexibility.” Delegate Fragale told the homeschooler that “he’s not sure why Mrs. Marple is so negative about homeschooling. Perhaps there are some new board members who don’t have a good impression of it. However,...
  • Was the $5 Billion Worth It?

    07/23/2011 9:47:07 PM PDT · by sinanju · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | Julyk 23, 2011 | Jason L. Riley
    "...On the fraught issue of school choice, his foundation has been a strong advocate of charter schools, and Mr. Gates is particularly fond of the KIPP charter network and its focus on serving inner-city neighborhoods. "Whenever you get depressed about giving money in this area," he volunteers, "you can spend a day in a KIPP school and know that they are spending less money than the dropout factory down the road." Mr. Gates is less enamored of school vouchers. "Some in the Walton family"—of Wal-Mart fame—"have been very big on vouchers," he begins. "And honestly, if we thought there would...
  • Homeschooling in North Carolina--any big organizations and support groups?

    07/13/2011 6:31:00 PM PDT · by Mamzelle · 10 replies
    Looking for contacts for homeschooling in western North Carolina, support groups, ways of dealing with state government. Am inquiring on behalf of a friend.
  • Gay History Taught in Calif. Public Schools?

    07/06/2011 9:13:49 AM PDT · by fifedom · 34 replies
    Textbooks and history classes in California schools would be required to include the contributions of gays, lesbians and transgender Americans under a proposal given final legislative approval in the Assembly on Tuesday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
  • Homeschooling: Right Choice for Your Child?

    06/14/2011 10:53:54 AM PDT · by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 · 52 replies ^ | June 13, 2011 | Emily Driscoll
    Over the last decade more parents are choosing to have their children taught at home as opposed to in a traditional school environment. According to a study conducted by the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), during the spring 2010 there were a little more than 2 million K-12 homeschool students in the U.S. A driving factor behind homeschooling becoming a more accepted way of learning is largely due to the accessibility of curriculum on the Internet, according to Rebecca Kochenderfer, senior editor of and author of Homeschooling and Loving it! “[Children] can study with some of the best...