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  • What Will Become of Our Schools?

    07/06/2020 7:27:31 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 22 replies
    The American Mind ^ | 07/06/20 | Inez Feltscher Stepman
    “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be,” quipped Thomas Jefferson, one of the principal advocates for then-controversial public education. The American public school system was born, not from the need for a highly-trained workforce, but from this seed of purpose. Man may be born with natural rights, but it takes education to teach him to be a responsible, self-governing citizen of a republic. By this fundamental measure, America’s public system, even before the virus upended schools across the nation, is a dismal failure. Out...
  • Catholic Schools, Cut The ‘White Privilege’ Lectures And Teach About Marxism’s Evils

    07/06/2020 7:26:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 6, 2020 | Carina Benton
    Teach About Marxism’s Evils We cannot allow another generation to emerge from our schools so ignorant of communism's horrors that they see no problem in courting, dabbling with, or even passively accepting one of history’s most noxious ideologies.
 My child’s Catholic school sent home a letter to parents this week recommending “conversations about white privilege” to encourage “compassionate hearts and confident minds.” Regurgitating the radical-left bile that fuels the fires of resentment and division will not enrich students emotionally or intellectually. Instead, Catholic schools should teach students about the evils of Marxism.Marxist apostles are orchestrating the chaos and violence plaguing...
  • Teaching history at home (vanity)

    06/29/2020 11:12:32 AM PDT · by PistolPaknMama · 49 replies
    Hello Dear Freepers! My little grandsons are almost 7 and 10. They attend a private Christian school, but we remain concerned about what is required history -- or rather what is not required. Do any of you have suggestions for age appropriate materials for teaching at home so it's fun and interesting? They are both very bright and the oldest is all about some Trump and likes to talk politics. I just don't want their history taken from them. Thanks in advance! PPM
  • 6 Resources To Help You Jump Into Real Homeschooling This Fall

    05/26/2020 12:49:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 2, 2020 | Margot Cleveland
    Rather than risk another year of subpar education for your children, this fall may be the time to make a move to real homeschooling. Thanks to the coronavirus, millions of American parents have spent the last two months overseeing their children’s education from home. That experience, however, was a far cry from homeschooling, as governments merely co-opted mom and dad to execute public school curricula and schedules. True homeschooling boasts flexibility, creativity, and real education—not the social-engineering and feel-good assignments handed out in most public schools.Now so-called experts, such as Michael Chertoff, who is advising D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser on...
  • NOT THEIR FINEST HOUR ‘Brainwashed’ pupils being taught Winston Churchill was a ‘war criminal’ in tutorial shared by thousands of teachers

    05/05/2020 8:52:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    The Sun ^ | 20 Apr 2020 | Elizabeth Perkins
    SECONDARY school pupils are told that Winston Churchill was a “war criminal” and “a blundering reactionary” in a teaching tutorial shared by thousands of teachers. It is also claimed the wartime leader’s speeches were “poorly received”, he was “drunk” during his “finest hour” message and Bob Geldof is more important to our history. The lesson plan, Winston Churchill: Hero or War Criminal?” appears on the website of global education company Tes. Using halos and red devils’ horns as bullet points, the lesson contains a potted history of the career of what it calls “an intensely controversial figure”. Part of it...
  • K-12: The Most Appalling Things About Today's Students

    04/08/2020 6:30:52 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 50 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | March 23, 2020 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Our schools claim to teach sophisticated topics such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, the meaning of math, social emotional learning, and dozens of other buzzwords. Truth is, the schools hardly bother to teach even basic skills and foundational knowledge. Simultaneously, children are indulged and excused, which encourage the least desirable personal traits. All of which explains the answers left by teachers (on an internet forum, Quora) when asked this question: what are the most appalling things about students nowadays? “One of the big things that disappeared over the years from teenagers is common sense. Teens would do something really stupid,...
  • A Scholar’s Lament

    03/27/2020 7:22:59 AM PDT · by karpov · 8 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | March 27, 2020 | George Leef
    Professor John Ellis has served on college faculties since 1963 and is now an emeritus professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz. He has witnessed enormous changes in higher education over his years and he finds those changes to be deplorable. In his new book The Breakdown of Higher Education, Ellis explains how our system was subverted, why it matters, and what it will take to put it back on the proper track. Americans, Ellis observes, used to have almost unlimited confidence in our colleges and universities. They were expected to provide advanced learning for serious students and a forum...
  • How Tulsa University Was Turned into Toxic University

    03/25/2020 4:52:35 AM PDT · by karpov · 24 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | March 25, 2020 | Jacob Howland
    Suffering from self-inflicted wounds, the University of Tulsa is sick and getting sicker. This is a case study in how “progressive” academic leadership can wreck a once-excellent university. Last April 11, the university’s administration rolled out “True Commitment,” a radical restructuring that gutted the liberal arts, raised course loads, dissolved academic departments, and effectively turned the university into a technical and vocational school. I wrote about the turmoil that caused in this article for the Martin Center, but I’ll recap the events below. A campaign of opposition to the restructuring formed immediately, sparked by the circulation of an article that...
  • Homeschooling ideas? (Vanity)

    03/16/2020 8:21:15 AM PDT · by P.O.E. · 42 replies
    n/a | 03/16/20 | Me
    Just thinking about schools being closed, and how to keep the kids/grandkids on track. I've used Enchanted Learning (requires a somewhat reasonable subscription for most stuff). Lots of printables to color, make booklets, etc. Mostly for grade schoolers. Dr. Binocs has odd but informative videos for the young ones. Kahn academy has a slew of informative videos, mostly jr. high / high school stuff (science, math, history) with practice problem demos and the like. Crash Course series has lively video lessons for all grades (science, history) Anybody else have ideas for resources to share? Disclaimer: I have no financial or...
  • K-12 is a land of mystery

    02/17/2020 2:35:04 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 10, 2020 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    For those who enjoy a good puzzle, K-12 education is more intellectually entertaining than most people imagine. Classrooms are full of convoluted theories and mystifying methods. Probably the teachers themselves can't explain the reasoning behind approaches that are used almost universally in American public schools. Chat with friends who are smart and successful. Try to find even one who can explain Sight-Words, Prior Knowledge, Multiculturalism, Constructivism, Reform Math, or Common Core Math. Why are Geography, History, and Science so often slighted? What justifies the hostility toward memorization and academic content? Can anyone understand the paradox of most students getting A...
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Three Kings" Poem with a Fine Old Melody

    01/06/2020 5:28:06 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 3 replies
    An MP3 file ^ | 01-06-2020 | CharlesOConnell
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote The Three Kings poem in 1877. Sir John Stainer arranged a late medieval melody as The Golden Carol of Melchior, Casper and Balthazar (YouTube). Longfellow's poem has not previously been arranged with this overall melody. The poem seems long to modern audience, but comes in only at a little more than 6 minutes.The poem has been recorded several times, but it is sufficiently difficult that it seems most of the readers find it hard to catch the rhythm. THE THREE KINGS by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow — the classic Christmas poem The Three Kings by Henry Wadsworth...
  • The Cancel Culture Comes For Homeschooling As Busybodies Attack Hugely Popular Program

    12/19/2019 1:28:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/19/2019 | Jenni White
    If utopian tyrants whose vision for the world encompasses only theirs are continued to be allowed, like locusts, to devour every institution in their path, there won’t be even one left to provide an alternative worldview to anyone enlightened enough to seek it.Recently, at a weekly neighborhood Bible study, I was surprised to hear a friend describe a letter sent to a church that hosts a Christ-centered program she uses to homeschool her kids called “Classical Conversations” (CC). The unsigned letter threatened the church with loss of their non-profit status for hosting a for-profit company. When the woman, a...
  • Battling the Guards of Red Pedagogy

    12/09/2019 6:37:41 AM PST · by karpov · 9 replies
    Martin Center ^ | December 9, 2019 | Shannon Watkins
    As education goes, so goes nearly everything else: politics, culture, and social cohesion. And those who form the minds of teachers—who, in turn, instruct young minds—arguably wield even greater influence. It is unsurprising, then, that schools of education, where teachers receive their training, are at the epicenter of ongoing ideological battles. As the Martin Center’s Jay Schalin pointed out in his report released earlier this year, schools of education were politicized from their founding, but have become even more so over the years. Schools of education have particularly become the home of critical theorists—who aim to radically alter society according...
  • Prominent Historians Criticize The NY Times’ 1619 Project As ‘Biased,’ ‘Anti-Historical’

    12/01/2019 10:24:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/01/2019 | John Sexton
    The NY Times’ 1619 Project was a sprawling effort earlier this year to convince Americans that slavery was part of the DNA of America. Made up of various pieces by different authors, the 1619 Project seemed to promote an idea that matched current far left sentiment about the importance of identity with an underlying anti-capitalism. The Times is now promoting the Project for inclusion in high school curricula, so it’s likely it will be with us for some time. But where did all of this material come from?One site has done some important work looking into the Times’ Project...
  • Five Reasons to be Thankful for School Choice

    11/27/2019 6:56:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | November 27, 2019 | Teresa Mull
    Education is such a fundamental element of American life, we often take it for granted. Yet the fundamental nature of education is precisely what makes it the political policy every citizen should care about. Whether you have children or not, education policy affects you. Children spend 12 of the most formative years of their lives -- typically seven hours a day, 180 days per year -- in school. That’s a minimum of 1,260 hours per year, or 15,120 total hours from the first grade through the 12th grade. During those thousands of hours, the minds of American youth are being...
  • We Teach Nothing, We Know Nothing—and That Could Cost the United States Everything

    10/15/2019 2:22:12 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 14 Oct 2019 | Bryan Preston
    A couple of years ago, a retired teacher who stays in close touch with history teachers across Texas told me something disturbing. Like most states, Texas has standardized testing. Unlike most states, Texas requires public school students to study Texas history in the 4th and 7th grades. Texas history is red in tooth and claw and full of big personalities and big ideas. Standardized testing is forcing teachers to drop about half of the second semester of Texas history to focus on U.S. history -- not to deepen students' understanding of American history, but to teach to the standardized tests....
  • Reforming Higher Education: A Reading List

    06/29/2019 5:30:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | June 28, 2019 | Anthony Hennen
    As more students have headed to college and a degree is seen as a way to shape students as workers and as citizens, higher education’s mission has become more important. Its leaders, and their personal beliefs, have become more contentious, too. In recent months, many conservative thinkers have publicly debated how to reform higher education—or, even, if they should. Political liberals, as well, have joined in. From reform and technocratic changes to complete withdrawal and abolition, below is a selection of the more-insightful additions to the debate over higher education, and perhaps, a look at where future reformers will pull...
  • It Can Take a Foreigner to Teach Us the American Dream

    06/04/2019 4:59:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2019 | Salena Zito
    NORTH VERSAILLES, Penn. -- Starr DeJesus admits she learned a lot about both the generosity of the American people and her own potential from an immigrant who spoke to her civics class. "I didn't know it was just an America thing to tip servers," the high school senior and part-time Denny's server said. "We rarely emphasize the good things about our culture. The only things you ever hear about on social media are complaints or criticisms." DeJesus said she also didn't consider how much it is within her own power to earn more money. "You gotta push," she said. "Some...
  • When Christian Colleges Teach Students to Fear, Not to Think

    04/13/2019 3:43:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2019 | Ryan Bomberger
    Christians are called to be strong and courageous. But that’s not what Christian students are being taught on many Christian college campuses today. Too often, they’re taught to fear and to hide behind a false pretense of grace while extending none. Christian writer, speaker and author—Matt Walsh—was protested by college staff and students, at Baylor University, who didn’t want to hear a Biblical perspective on culture-shifting issues. How dare a Christian father speak Biblical truths about abortion, marriage and gender! That’s “hate speech." This is intolerable in a day and age when many define their own subjective truth which cannot, apparently,...
  • Invitation to attend filming; Homeschool appearance schedule

    12/31/2018 6:06:51 AM PST · by LS · 4 replies
    self | 12/31/2018 | LS
    FOR THOSE IN ARIZONA: I invite you to come out on January 14-16 to the filming of 15 live "lessons" in U.S. history as I teach "A Patriot's History of the United States" from Columbus to Reconstruction for the March launch of my new website, "The Wild World of History." We need 8-10 "students" in each "class." Each session will last about 1 hour. You are welcome to attend one, or all with your children/students, or just for fun. The sessions will begin about 8:30 a.m, then about 9:30, 10:30, break for lunch, 1:00 and 2:00. We do not have...