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  • ‘Who should survive?’: Common Core assignment mixes race, religion and lifeboats

    10/19/2013 7:35:16 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 44 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/19/2013 | Twitchy
    Here’s another bizarre school assignment to add to the pile, courtesy of Wisconsin-based talk show host Vicki McKenna. Students are asked to work in groups to choose seven people to save from a shipwreck. To help in their decision, they are given some rudimentary information about each passenger, such as race and religious views. Mr. Blake, for example, is a Mormon who “sympathizes with anti-black views,” while Mr. Newton is a “black power advocated” [sic] who is “suspected of homosexual activity.” You can see the educational value, especially when you take into account Father Frans, a priest who is “often...
  • 11-Year-Old Docked Points for Not Bashing Trump

    02/20/2017 5:29:35 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/20/2017 | Tom Knighton
    To say that some people dislike Donald Trump may well be the understatement of the year. It's hard to imagine any duly elected president seeing so many protests in his first two months in office, yet here we are. It's so bad that now an 11-year-old in Annadale, New York, was docked 15 points on a homework assignment because she failed to answer a question demanding students bash Trump: Vincent Ungro, a dad from Annadale, New York, has an 11-year-old daughter who attends I.S. (Intermediate School) 75. She asked him for help with her vocabulary homework last Friday night because...
  • Does Homework Help

    08/23/2016 7:33:07 AM PDT · by rey · 39 replies
    From a post below, a Texas teacher is not assigning homework She claims they are unable to prove homework improves performance. This is hard to believe. Repetition and further study doesn't improve performance? Somebody better tell major league athletes and professional musicians. Just because you can perform something right once does not mean that performance is ingrained or repeatable. I know professional musicians who are studying, practicing, refining 8-14 hours a day, same with athletes. Why would my friend earning his pro card drive bucket after bucket of balls down range if homework did not help? Why would actors...
  • Texas teacher's new homework policy goes viral on social media

    08/23/2016 3:43:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 140 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 22, 2016
    A teacher in Fort Worth has gone viral after she sent home a note to parents outlining her new homework policy for the year. In the note, Mrs. Brandy Young says, "After much research this summer, I am trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day. There will be no formally assigned homework this year." [Snip] The note ends: "Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance. Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success....
  • Utah school apologizes for homework assignment to make propaganda poster for terrorist group

    11/20/2015 2:36:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Fox 13 Now ^ | 11/19/15 | Dora Scheidell
    SALEM, Utah -- Students in 9th grade at Salem Junior High School were given a homework assignment where they were told to draw a propaganda poster for a terrorist organization. After parents complained, the assignment was canceled. However, many students had already completed it, leaving some parents concerned about what they had been exposed to in the process. Annie Langston couldn't believe her 14-year-old daughter Mikalia was given the assignment. "My initial response was, 'there's no way you're going to do this assignment,'" Langston said.
  • Kids have three times too much homework, study finds; what's the cost?

    08/12/2015 9:35:43 AM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Kelly Wallace
    (CNN)—Nothing quite stresses out students and parents about the beginning of the school year as the return to homework, which for many households means nightly battles centered around completing after-school assignments. Now a new study may help explain some of that stress. The study, published Wednesday in The American Journal of Family Therapy, found students in the early elementary school years are getting significantly more homework than is recommended by education leaders, in some cases nearly three times as much homework as is recommended. The standard, endorsed by the National Education Association and the National Parent-Teacher Association, is the so-called...
  • School Bans “God” From Homework

    05/27/2015 10:21:18 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 26 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 24, 2015 | Tony Perkins.
    Mackenzie Fraiser may be a sixth grader, but she knows more about her constitutional rights than Somerset Academy. The Las Vegas school took a big gamble when it told a 12-year-old girl to drop God from a paper for leadership class — despite the Education Department’s own rules allowing it. For a project on self-esteem, Mackenzie wanted to use John 3:16 to explain how her faith affects her identity. Since she was required to include an “inspirational statement,” Mackenzie turned to what inspired her most: the Bible. Before she could finish, the teachers ordered her to strip any reference to...
  • Cheating 101: The college culture of cheating

    03/03/2015 4:54:27 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    KMTV Action 3 News ^ | Feb 20, 2015 | Emily Szink
    OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - According to a "U.S. News and World Report" around 75 percent of college students admit to cheating. And ever since the age of the Internet, cheating has gone high-tech. But now a website that is quickly gaining popularity makes it even easier to type in a URL, sit back and get an “A.” “It cost me about $20 to create the website and after my first week of launching the website I had already made $3000,” said the creator of, Jessica Mott. New York native Jessica Mott went from making $30 an hour tutoring, to...
  • Pushing back on homework: Tenafly parents protest the load, joining nationwide trend

    12/08/2014 6:45:47 PM PST · by SMGFan · 53 replies
    North Jersey,com ^ | December 8, 2014
    TENAFLY — Pressured by parents, school district officials are considering lowering the stress of homework with such measures as homework-free nights and vacations, and giving students more information about the demands they will face in choosing courses. The district also will organize workshops for parents on reducing children's stress. The measures are being taken after a group of high school parents confronted the school board, arguing that homework is wreaking havoc on their children's lives.
  • Growing Number of Schools Ban Homework to Lessen Stress

    09/22/2014 10:08:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Sep. 22 2014 4:18PM
    A growing number of schools across the country are banning after-school assignments to lessen stress on children and families. Some educators and parents say homework has become too time-consuming and support the lighter workload, but others are concerned it might hurt kids in the long run. …
  • 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...
  • Copy machine reduces teacher workload by hand-grading student papers

    05/15/2013 9:09:38 AM PDT · by null and void · 12 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 5/15/13 | Nicolette Emmino
    If you think back to your school days, teachers often spent a lot of time grading your tests. What could they do if they weren’t consumed with this task? XEROX, the well-known company famous for its document management technologies, has unleashed software that can actually hand-grade student tests, homework, and even essays. This technology goes way beyond the fill-in-the-bubble tests you may already be familiar with. When confronted with developing a technological solution that would help increase the amount of individual attention teachers could give their students (especially with tight budgets and large class sizes), researchers at the XEROX Research Center Webster...
  • The French Great Socialist Revolution Will Be Homework-Free, And Very, Very Cold

    10/19/2012 9:09:17 AM PDT · by Snuph · 9 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/19/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Whereas some may have welcomed the latest development in the Great French Socialist Revolution chronicles, primarily those 8-16 year olds who would directly benefit from president Francois Hollande's attempt to capture the vote of those still ineligible to actually vote, by promising to do away with homework (because it encourages "inequality" as homework apparently "favors the wealthy"), everyone else saw right through it for the sad attempt at populism it was. Luckily, the impact of this idiotic policy, if it were to actually pass, would not be visible for at least a decade at which point French society would be...
  • French President Hollande vows to ban homework as part of 'education reforms'

    10/17/2012 7:33:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10/17/2012
    French President Francois Hollande has vowed to ban homework as part of wide-ranging reforms to the country's education system. Hollande has expressed worries over the fact that privileged children benefit from parental assistance on take-home assignments and that disadvantaged children do not have support at home. "An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home," the New York Daily News quoted Hollande, as saying. According to a report by France 24, Hollande's extensive education reform plans also include increasing financial aid while combating truancy. He also intends to provide incentives...
  • French president pushing homework ban as part of ed reforms

    10/16/2012 2:26:08 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | OCTOBER 15 2012 | Valerie Strauss
    French President Francois Hollande has said he will end homework as part of a series of reforms to overhaul the country’s education system. And the reason he wants to ban homework?  He doesn’t think it is fair that some kids get help from their parents at home while children who come from disadvantaged families don’t. It’s an issue that goes well beyond France, and has been part of the reason that some Americans oppose homework too. Hollande’s reform plans include increasing the number of teachers, moving the school week from four days to 4 1/2 days, overhauling the curriculum and...
  • Here's the real truth on homework

    03/28/2012 5:55:30 AM PDT · by jda · 88 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 28 March 2012 | Lisa Power
    Research reveals primary school homework offers no real benefit - and only limited results in junior high school. Only senior students in Years 11 and 12 benefit from after-school work, associate professor Richard Walker said. "What the research shows is that, in countries where they spend more time on homework, the achievement results are lower," Dr Walker, from Sydney University's Education Faculty, said. "The amount of homework is a really critical issue for kids. If they are overloaded they are not going to be happy and not going to enjoy it. There are other things kids want to do that...
  • Vanity: Are you smarter than a 7th grader? (Need help with my kid's algebra homework)

    01/18/2012 6:08:38 PM PST · by Maceman · 58 replies
    The problem is: 3-4x = 6X+13 Can someone (please) demonstrate how to solve this? (I always was terrible at math). Thanks.
  • 'If Fred Got Two Beatings Per Day…' Homework Asks

    01/07/2012 10:33:54 PM PST · by Altariel · 126 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | January 7, 2012 | Olivia Katrandjian
    Third graders in in Gwinnett County, Ga., were given math homework Wednesday that asked questions about slavery and beatings. Christopher Braxton told ABC News affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta that he couldn't believe the assignment his 8-year-old son brought home from of Beaver Ridge Elementary school in Norcross. "It kind of blew me away," Braxton said. "Do you see what I see? Do you really see what I see? He's not answering this question." The question read, "Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?" Another math problem read, "If Frederick...
  • Los Angeles gives up on homework

    06/27/2011 8:13:40 AM PDT · by van_erwin · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 27, 2011 | Howard Blume
    Vanessa Perez was a homework scofflaw. The Marshall High School senior didn't finish all of it — largely because she worked 24 hours a week at a Subway sandwich shop. Alvaro Ramirez, a junior at the Santee Education Complex, doesn't have his own room and his mother baby-sits young children at night. "They're always there and they're always loud," he said, explaining his challenges with homework. The nation's second-largest school system has decided to give students like these a break. A new policy decrees that homework can count for only 10% of a student's grade. Critics — mostly teachers —...
  • NASA Questionnaire (Homework Help)

    11/28/2010 11:14:24 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 57 replies
    November 28, 2010 | Pan_Yan's Daughter
    My daughter is taking a survey for her fourth grade science class. She needs 50 people to answer the following YES/NO questions: 1. Was sending a human to the Moon a good thing? 2. Should NASA build a space station as part of an international project with other countries? 3. Do you think NASA should send astronauts to Mars? 4. Was sending a chimpanzee to space a good idea? 5. Is ending the Space Shuttle program a good idea?