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  • SAN FRANCISCO: Play with a condom, get extra credit

    02/15/2012 12:53:06 PM PST · by SmithL · 34 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 2/15/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    As The Chronicle reported today, Galileo High School celebrated Valentine’s Day with a “Love Fest” that featured same-sex marriage ceremonies and safer-sex games. In one exercise, students puts on goggles “that made their vision slightly blurry, simulating a drunken state.” A teacher told students “to put a condom on a wooden penis. Most of the students left air in the condom tip, which could lead to breakage, and that prompted an instructional rebuke from (teacher Raina) Meyers.”
  • Federal Agents Inspect Your Child's Lunch

    02/14/2012 1:45:56 PM PST · by NYer · 63 replies ^ | February 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This is from Rayford, North Carolina. Carolina Journal. I'm gonna read it to you exactly as it printed out here: "A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious. The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips and apple juice did not meet US Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day." Again, let me read this to you again: "The...
  • Rising Black Social Pathology

    02/14/2012 7:47:01 AM PST · by Perseverando · 54 replies ^ | February 15, 2012 | Walter Williams
    The Philadelphia Inquirer's big story Feb. 4 was about how a budget crunch at the Philadelphia School District had caused the district to lay off 91 school police officers. Over the years, there's been no discussion of what has happened to our youth that makes a school police force necessary in the first place. The Inquirer's series "Assault on Learning" (March 2011) reported that in the 2010 school year, "690 teachers were assaulted; in the last five years, 4,000 were." The newspaper reported that in Philadelphia's 268 schools, "on an average day 25 students, teachers, or other staff members were...
  • Disgraced 'Ogle' Teacher Retires (NYC - King of the 'Rubber Room' Teacher Quits)

    02/10/2012 8:41:06 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 10, 2012 | TODD VENEZIA
    Disgraced 'ogle' teacher retires The city's king of the "rubber room" has stepped down. Disgraced educator Alan Rosenfeld, 66, retired on February 3, after a decade of milking tax payers for a $100,049-a-year salary even though he hasn't set foot in a classroom since 2001, school officials said today. The retirement came just days after the Post ran a series of stories exposing Rosenfeld, including how he was banished to a "rubber room" in 2001 for allegedly ogling eighth grade girls -- but then spent his time working on a personal real estate portfolio worth up to $10 million. An...
  • California's school funding measure under siege in tough times

    02/04/2012 7:55:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/4/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    When teachers unions and education groups backed Proposition 98 nearly a quarter-century ago, they told voters it was "a well-thought-out plan for California's schools to once again be among the very best in the nation." But as public schools pack more than 30 students into kindergarten classrooms, cut a week of instruction and shutter campus libraries, education advocates wonder to what extent Proposition 98 has served its purpose. The state ranks among the worst in students per teacher and spent 12 percent below the national average per pupil even before the recession. Compared to their high-water mark in 2007-08, K-12...
  • What is the role of the modern progressive teacher? Use children effectively in any crisis

    01/24/2012 6:29:02 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 15 replies · 3+ views
    Hat Tip to Michigan Capitol Confidential: Teachers' Union Manual Shows How to Organize Illegal Strikes, Use Children During Bargaining This is evil, evil stuff. You want to know just how deep down the rathole that the school systems have gone? Take a look inside this crisis manual. On page 17 of the manual(searchable alternative link here) it says "Pick a target - personalize - and polarize the opposition" which is right out of Saul Alinsky. It was Horace Mann who said it best: We, then, who are engaged in the sacred cause of education, are entitled to look upon all...
  • Tennessee Tea Party Wants Schools to Be Nicer to Founding Fathers

    01/24/2012 1:20:04 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    The late comedian George Carlin used to say America was built on a double standard: “This country was founded by slave owners who wanted to be free.” We wonder how his joke would have sat with members of Tennessee’s tea party, which just presented state legislators with five priorities for action, including amending state laws governing school curriculums to change textbook selection so that “no portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers."
  • Juan Williams Skewers Chicago Teachers Union in New Film

    01/24/2012 7:39:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | January 24, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    <p>“A Tale of Two Missions” – a film by Juan Williams and Kyle Olson (and directed by Chicago-based Andrew Marcus) – tells the story of competing cultures in American education through examples from Chicago.</p> <p>While the fight for school choice rages across the nation, perhaps no better example exists than that of the Windy City. Traditional alliances are breaking down. Both political parties are pushing for education reform and expanded school choice. The status quo is under attack, because most reasonable people understand that thousands of Chicago students are trapped in failing schools.</p>
  • Oakland schools try new way of placing teachers

    01/22/2012 6:39:11 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/22/12 | Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    In the world outside public education, people apply for a job they want, interview with their potential boss, compete against other applicants and are ultimately selected if they look like a good fit for the position. It doesn't work that way in public education. In schools, teachers do all the normal things to get hired, but when it comes to placement, seniority is what counts, not the perfect fit. The teacher with the longest tenure in a district gets first dibs on any available job at a school, with the principal - the school's boss - getting little or no...
  • Parents Outraged Over School Book's Graphic Sexual Content

    01/20/2012 6:36:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 61 replies · 1+ views
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A class reading assignment infuriates the parents of a 14-year-old Valley Traditional High School student. They said their daughter's questions about the book left them speechless. The book is called "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." "She was masturbating and (describing) how to masturbate and how she did it and also giving a boy a (expletive) and going into great detail of how to perform it," said Vincent. Vincent took the book to her daughter's step-father, who became speechless. "Her being the age that she's in right now, you just freeze up. You don't know...
  • LAUSD Students Roundly Reject Healthier School Lunch Menu

    01/20/2012 4:09:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    CBS) ^ | January 19, 2012 2:30 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The revamped school lunches at Los Angeles Unified School District have won awards, commending them for improving the menu at the second largest school district in the nation. Too bad the students don’t agree. Rejecting healthful alternatives like vegetarian curries and tamales, quinoa salads and pad Thai noodles, students are throwing them in the trash by the thousands, bringing junk food from home and buying instant noodles and other decidedly unhealthy fare from the “black markets” that have begun to thrive at campuses across the district, according to the Los Angeles Times. The wholesale rejection to...
  • Study: Junk food doesn’t cause obesity in middle schools

    01/17/2012 11:45:52 AM PST · by yinandyang · 9 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | Jan 17, 2012
    A new study of nearly 20,000 middle schoolers has found that kids who attend schools that sell junk food such as soda and doughnuts do not gain more weight than students who attend schools where that type of food isn't avai
  • Amherst principal shapes approach to reducing racial disparities in discipline

    01/13/2012 12:22:05 PM PST · by qwerty1234 · 23 replies
    Latino and African-American students at the Amherst Regional Middle School are cited for behavior infractions more frequently than white students, according to data Principal Michael Hayes presented to the Regional School Committee this week. Although this has been a common refrain over the past 10 years, members of a watchdog group that follows racial disparities in school discipline expressed optimism that Hayes has the right attitude and tools to address the problem.
  • High school teacher faces sack over anti-gay Facebook comments

    01/13/2012 12:15:09 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-13-2012 | Daily Mail
    A New Jersey school teacher accused of writing anti-gay comments on Facebook is stirring a new pot on free speech rights versus her possible termination. Tenure charges were formally filed against high school English teacher Viki Knox, 50, last month after she was placed on leave in September for words her school board argues to be potentially harmful to their students. 'Why parade your unnatural immoral behaviors before the rest of us?' a Facebook user with her name wrote calling homosexuality 'a perverted spirit,' 'sin,' and which 'breeds like cancer,' according to
  • Students hurt by 'last hired, first fired' rule

    01/04/2012 9:50:18 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/4/12 | Editor
    Layoffs are an unfortunate feature in these tough times – including in public schools. "Pink slip" season is coming upon us again, March 15.California is one of only 15 states that require school districts to follow a "last in, first out" principle in budget-based layoffs. The newest teachers go first, based on seniority. But the seniority rule is not absolute. The law does allow some exceptions – and the Sacramento City Unified district is using them. It is trying to keep newer teachers who have been specially recruited and trained to teach at seven of the city's most struggling schools....
  • In The Clutches of the Sight-Word Monster

    01/02/2012 7:18:49 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 160 replies
    EdFrontier ^ | Dec. 20, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Prrice
    GOOD INSIGHTS ON WHY MILLIONS OF KIDS CAN'T READ. (A FOLLOW-UP FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN EARLIER POST TITLED "FAKE READING THEORY IS THE SLAVE TRADE OF OUR ERA.") The country continues to be plagued by illiteracy. The reason is simple. The country continues to be under the heel of some of the most reckless and reprehensible “experts” imaginable. They make little children memorize the SHAPES of words, which most little children simply can’t do. Ergo, these children experience major reading and cognitive problems.  Don Potter, the phonics guru and as well a teacher in Texas, recently sent me this illuminating...
  • Some Elk Grove teachers are 'working to the contract' and no more

    12/31/2011 8:18:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/31/11 | Diana Lambert
    My Phan, a senior at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, says she can't get help from teachers before or after school.She and other members of the school's National Honor Society no longer can meet on Wednesday mornings because the teacher isn't in the classroom."Teachers used to be at school early – about an hour before classes started," Phan said. "But now they show up 15 minutes before the bell rings. They leave right after school." Many Elk Grove Unified teachers are "working to the contract." They are putting in their required 7.5-hour days and nothing more, said Maggie...
  • Secretary asked to remove nativity scene from desk

    12/22/2011 5:47:20 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 40 replies · 1+ views
    The Frederick News-Post ^ | Dec 22, 2011 | Blair Ames
    After Kim Gaines found a small nativity scene in a box of old Christmas decorations, she decided it would look nice on her desk in the main office at Urbana High School. Almost a week after she placed the figures on her desk, the school's secretary of eight years said she was called into Principal Kathy Campagnoli's office, where Campagnoli said staff members had told her the display promotes Christianity and that Gaines should take it down. Gaines obliged and removed the nativity scene. "I didn't want a big fight on my hands, but I was very upset over it,"...
  • L.A. Schools' Healthful Lunch Menu Panned By Students [Meals Rejected "En Masse"!]

    12/17/2011 8:33:29 PM PST · by Steelfish · 102 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 17, 2011 | Teresa Watanabe,
    L.A. Schools' Healthful Lunch Menu Panned By Students For many students, Los Angeles Unified's introduction of healthful lunches — part of a campaign against obesity, diabetes and other problems — has been a flop. The district says the menu will be revised. By Teresa Watanabe December 17, 2011 It's lunchtime at Van Nuys High School and students stream into the cafeteria to check out the day's fare: black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears and other items on a new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District. But Iraides Renteria and Mayra Gutierrez don't even...
  • As California mandate looms, some LGBT curriculum already in place

    12/10/2011 9:31:09 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | Saturday, December 10, 2011 | Debra Goldschmidt
    California schools must meet a January deadline to include LGBT history in their curricula. In 10th grade English at Los Angeles’ Grover Cleveland High School, Danielle Taklender's students read the book "Luna" by Julie Anne Peters. It's a story about a transgender teen. Taklender has been teaching the book for seven years without any fanfare or push back. It’s getting noticed now as her school district takes the lead in developing a plan to comply with the first state law mandating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and social science curricula. The California law, which takes effect in January, stops...