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  • Men Falling Behind Women (in Schools and Employment)

    03/06/2011 10:08:04 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 80 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3/5/2011 | Lester Holt
    Where did all the men go? Once the vast majority, they now make up just over 40 percent of the nation's college students. And it’s not just college. Women dominate high school honor rolls and make up more than 70 percent of class valedictorians. And where are the men going? [snip] Experts used to explain away the college gender imbalance by noting that men had plenty of high-paying job opportunities to them in manufacturing and construction, but then came the last recession. The numbers are staggering: 78 percent of the jobs lost since 2007 were held by men, leaving one...
  • MA public school blocks Free Republic, welcomes DU

    10/31/2008 5:50:04 AM PDT · by pabianice · 22 replies · 788+ views
    10/31/08 | vanity
    Good friend is a teacher in Westborough, MA, public schools. Told me that when either student or staff tries to open Free Republic, you get "Site Contains Unsuitable Material. Contact IT Manager." But DumpsterUnderground, Slate, etc. come up just fine. Westborough accepts both state and federal (your) money. Our tax dollars being used to censor conservative opinion.
  • Teacher: Call me 'Mister' (Men in elementary classrooms scarce)

    10/20/2007 5:59:25 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies · 803+ views
    Madison.com ^ | October 20, 2007 | Susan Troller
    It takes a big man to teach small children. At 6 feet 5 inches tall, Josh Reineking towers over his kindergarten students at Stephens Elementary School, but it's actually his large heart and patient, steady manner that keep his lively charges learning, and in line. It doesn't hurt that he finds it easy to laugh, and thinks on his feet. Oh, and he also doesn't mind folding up like a Swiss Army knife to fit in a kindergarten-size chair. "My friends, my friends. Hands up for a message," Reineking says quietly and firmly as his class of 5-year-olds begin squirming...
  • White Privilege Conference (Seattle School District sending students from 4 high schools)

    04/05/2007 2:57:45 PM PDT · by Stoat · 48 replies · 1,646+ views
    Seattle Public Schools ^ | April 5, 2007
    Equity and Race Relations White Privilege Conference For the first time, Seattle Public Schools are sending students from four high schools to attend the annual White Privilege Conference, sponsored by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the University of Denver, Teaching Tolerance, Study Circles Resource Center, The Matrix, Center for Judaic Studies, GLSEN, and many more organizations. Speakers include Geneva Gay, Peggy McIntosh, Joy Leary, John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas and many others who are actively engaged in anti-racism. This year's conference takes place in Colorado Springs from April 18th through the 21st. There are workshops designed specifically for youth, as...
  • CSPAN Featured Film about Leftist and PC Indoctrination in US Higher Education

    05/19/2007 10:03:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 752+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | Lynn Davidson
    The “Weekly Standard” profiled libertarian-leaning conservative and political commentator turned documentarian Evan Coyne Maloney, whose new documentary about the leftist ideological indoctrination and pervasive political correctness in the US higher education system is called “Indoctrinate U”. Saturday May 19, CSPAN ran a segment about his film on the network’s “Washington Journal”, but CSPAN posts footage of the shows online (when they have it up, I'll post it. His spot is at the two-hour mark). You can see a clip of his film on YouTube as well as the film's website, Indoctrinate-U.com. “Indoctrinate U” focuses on the pervasive trampling of free...
  • Professor on Brink of Being Fired for E-Mailing George Washington's Thanksgiving Address

    05/07/2007 9:45:14 AM PDT · by Tank-FL · 68 replies · 3,113+ views
    GLENDALE, Ariz., May 7, 2007—The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has placed a professor on forced administrative leave and has recommended that he be terminated for e-mailing a Thanksgiving message to his colleagues last November. On the day before Thanksgiving, Professor Walter Kehowski sent out the text of George Washington’s “Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1789” and a link to the webpage where he’d found it—on Pat Buchanan’s web log. After several recipients complained of being offended by the e-mail, MCCCD found Kehowski guilty of violating the district’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy and technology usage standards. Kehowski then contacted...
  • Dozens of California Students Suspended for Peacefully Countering Pro-Gay Propaganda

    04/26/2007 4:38:36 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 112 replies · 3,271+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/26/07 | John Henry Westen
    SACRAMENTO, April 26, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Students in at least three school districts around the Sacramento region were suspended for peacefully expressing their views last week about the Day of Silence - a day during which homosexual activist students, with the approval of schools, hand out pro-homosexual literature.  The Day of Silence is an annual event staged in April at many high schools. Students are encouraged to go the entire school day without speaking as a protest against harassment of gay and lesbian students, and to "demand change." Approximately thirty students at Rio Linda alone were sent home, suspended or...
  • The death of school diversity

    12/06/2006 1:46:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 65 replies · 1,710+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 12-06-06 | Lynne Varner
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A week ago, I pondered whether public-school integration was dead. I got my answer Monday as I sat in the audience listening as the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court probed and prodded on the matter of race. Diversity, as a tool of public education, is dead as a doornail. It was in the air. The elegantly gilded courtroom turned somber as one justice after another dismissed the notion of purposeful diversity efforts in public education. Someone next to me whispered they had just seen the widow of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. As a...
  • USSCR Report Examines Benefits of Diversity (and Doesn't Finds Them)

    12/04/2006 7:11:14 AM PST · by freespirited · 17 replies · 711+ views
    US Commission on Civil Rights Media Advisory ^ | 11/28/06 | US Commission on Civil Rights
    Commission report finds scant evidence of educational and social benefits of diversity. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Less than one week before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral argument in two significant cases involving the use of racial benefits to reduce minority isolation in elementary and secondary education, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights today issued an important briefing report on The Benefits of Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Elementary and Secondary Education. The report finds that social science studies provide scant proof of the benefits for racial and ethnic groups attributed to diversity in elementary and secondary education. Specifically, the Commission...
  • The Dream Palace of Educational Theorists

    12/02/2006 2:20:13 PM PST · by Leisler · 53 replies · 1,362+ views
    New English Review ^ | December, 2006 | John Derbyshire
    Education is a subject I find hard to contemplate without losing my temper. In the present-day U.S.A., education is basically a series of rent-seeking rackets. There is the public school racket, in which homeowners and taxpayers fork out stupendous sums of money to feed a socialistic extravaganza in which, when its employees can spare time from administration, “professional development” sabbaticals, and fund-raising for the Democratic Party, boys are pressed to act like girls, and dosed with calming drugs if they refuse so to act; girls are encouraged to act like boys by taking up advanced science, math, and strenuous sports,...
  • Michigan Mandarin [Mary Sue Coleman, U of M President]

    11/27/2006 7:06:57 PM PST · by justiceseeker93 · 27 replies · 1,196+ views
    New York Post (Editorial) ^ | November 26, 2006
    University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman is offering students an interesting lesson: Never let the law prevail over your own vanity. Just one day after Michigan voters overwhelmingly passed Proposal 2 - thereby ending racial and gender preferences in the state's public sector, Coleman said she'd do everything possible to avoid incorporating racial equality into her school's admissions policies.
  • Court shoots down U. gun ban [University of Utah]

    09/09/2006 6:28:47 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 38 replies · 1,110+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 9/9/2006 | Pamela Manson and Sheena McFarland
    The state's highest court ruled Friday that the University of Utah has no right to ban guns on campus, rejecting the argument that prohibiting firearms is part of the school's power to control academic affairs. Writing for the 4-1 majority, Utah Supreme Court Justice Jill Parrish said case law "is incompatible with the university's position." "We simply cannot agree with the proposition that the Utah Constitution restricts the Legislature's ability to enact firearms laws pertaining to the university," Parrish wrote. In a dissent, Chief Justice Christine Durham said policies that are reasonably connected to the school's academic mission are within...
  • Student can wear Bush-mocking T-shirt: court

    08/30/2006 9:00:34 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 110 replies · 2,328+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 31 August 2006
    A US student who sued school officials after he was made to censor his T-shirt that labelled President George W Bush "Chicken-Hawk-In-Chief" and a former alcohol and cocaine abuser won an appeal yesterday to wear the shirt to school. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favour of Zachery Guiles, who through his parents claimed his free speech rights had been violated. School officials made him put duct tape over parts of his T-shirt that showed a Bush image surrounded by cocaine, a razor blade, a straw and a martini. Guiles, who as a seventh grader in 2004...
  • HOW THE SCHOOL ACTIVISTS ARE DESTROYING OUR SONS

    07/25/2006 8:10:42 AM PDT · by Lovingthis · 95 replies · 2,438+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring '06 Quarterly edition | Gerry Garibaldi
    How the Schools Shortchange Boys, by Gerry Garibaldi In the newly feminized classroom, boys tune out. Since I started teaching several years ago, after 25 years in the movie business, I’ve come to learn firsthand that everything I’d heard about the feminization of our schools is real—and far more pernicious to boys than I had imagined. Christina Hoff Sommers was absolutely accurate in describing, in her 2000 bestseller, The War Against Boys, how feminist complaints that girls were “losing their voice” in a male-oriented classroom have prompted the educational establishment to turn the schools upside down to make them more...
  • "Social Justice” and Other High School Indoctrinations

    04/13/2006 5:37:20 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 9 replies · 546+ views
    front page magazine ^ | 13 april 2006 | Sol Stern
    Leftist political indoctrination in the classroom is now even more pernicious in K-12 education than it is on the university campus. While their protestations are often a sham, the higher education professorate at least pays lip service to the ideal of political neutrality in the classroom and of disinterested scholarship. When there have been revelations of professors egregiously indoctrinating students in leftist political views or intimidating conservative students (as in the Ward Churchill case) administrators have responded that these are isolated examples. When confronted with surveys showing that liberals outnumber conservatives in their humanities departments by a factor of 10-1...
  • Temple to publicize grievance process amid academic-freedom suit

    07/24/2006 3:41:04 PM PDT · by wjersey · 5 replies · 330+ views
    Philly.com (AP) ^ | 7/24/2006 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    PHILADELPHIA - Temple University, accused of discriminating against those with conservative viewpoints, has approved a new grievance procedure and will publicize it to students this fall. Temple's Board of Trustees voted last week to enact a uniform policy at its various schools for students with complaints about academic freedom, spokesman Raymond Betzner said. The state Legislature held a two-day public hearing on the subject at Temple last year, but school officials do not believe there is a widespread problem. During the hearing, now-retired Temple President David Adamany said he had not received a single complaint on the subject in his...
  • Horowitz' Sleeping Giant

    04/19/2006 12:08:33 PM PDT · by JSedreporter · 7 replies · 1,197+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 19, 2006 | Rosemarie Capozzi
    The big difference in the latest spate of horror stories about academic abuse is that they are taking place in lower grades. Sean Allen, a 10th-grader from Colorado who made national news when he taped his World Geography teacher’s political rant, spoke from experience, “I was flooded with similar stories from students across the nation,” he said at a conference on academic freedom. “We can’t simply deal with this on a case-to-case basis, we have to get to the root of it.” Sean firmly believes that the Academic Bill of Rights crafted by conservative author and activist David Horowitz gives...
  • Teaching the Second Amendment

    07/13/2006 12:51:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 350 replies · 4,676+ views
    SierraTimes.com ^ | July 13, 2006 | Jennifer Freeman
    The public education system has tremendous influence in shaping the views of millions of young Americans. In many cases, the public school system is the only exposure that many children have to the Bill of the Rights. It is imperative, therefore, to ensure that our nation's teachers are enlightening our young people and teaching them correctly about our rights and the meaning behind them. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of educators in the United States appear to promote an anti-gun agenda or, at the very least, prefer not to teach the Second Amendment in its true light. We base this opinion,...
  • Teachers, and a Law That Distrusts Them [Or: NYT Ed Reporter Michael Winerip leaving NYT]

    07/12/2006 7:16:41 AM PDT · by summer · 90 replies · 973+ views
    The NY Times ^ | July 12, 2006 | Michael Winerip
    THIS is my last education column after four years.... The columns about teachers generated the most mail... As readers know, I’m not a fan of No Child Left Behind, the 2002 federal law aimed at raising education quality. Instead of helping teachers, for me it’s a law created by politicians who distrust teachers. Because teachers’ judgment and standards are supposedly not reliable, the law substitutes a battery of state tests that are supposed to tell the real truth about children’s academic progress. The question is: How successful can an education law be that makes teachers the enemy? Even No Child’s...
  • Ga. Tech defends gay-inclusive policies

    05/13/2006 6:02:50 PM PDT · by SteveH · 28 replies · 2,581+ views
    Southern Voice ^ | 5/12/2006 | Dyana Bagby
    Ga. Tech defends gay-inclusive policies Lawsuit among rising tide of challenges to so-called ‘speech codes’ By DYANA BAGBY Friday, May 12, 2006 Responding this week to a federal lawsuit filed by two students against the Georgia Institute of Technology, state attorneys said the public university’s policies do not limit the free speech rights of those who oppose gay rights. Tech does not "prohibit or restrict expressive speech or activity by students or their organizations. Students, faculty and friends of Tech have the right to make statements as they please in the public areas without fear of reprisals," Assistant Attorney General...
  • Students sue over Confederate image ban

    03/03/2006 7:57:10 AM PST · by LouAvul · 30 replies · 1,022+ views
    ap/modbee ^ | 3-3-06 | duncan mansfield
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Three students and their parents sued their school district in federal court, claiming their free-speech rights are being denied by a ban on the Confederate battle flag at the students' high school. The William Blount High School students, Derek Barr, Chris Nicole White and Roger Craig White, said they were threatened with suspension if they refused to cover or turn inside out shirts bearing the Confederate emblem. The students complied but they and their parents sued, seeking a preliminary injunction to lift the ban. "Out of all the T-shirts that are worn to school every day,...
  • Teacher Escorted From Class After Student Broadcast

    03/03/2006 7:47:22 AM PST · by ShadowDancer · 11 replies · 1,549+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | March 1, 2006
    Teacher Escorted From Class After Student Broadcast Student Producers Say Message Is ImportantPOSTED: 12:10 pm EST March 1, 2006 ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. -- A St. Clair Shores teacher was escorted from her classroom Tuesday because of a controversial segment warning students about the dangers of a popular Web site, Local 4 reported. Lakeview High School students produced a newscast showing some controversial content from MySpace.com during a broadcast class, Local 4 reported. The student report showed clips and images from MySpace.com, but were edited and blurred out, Local 4 reported. "A lot of people are saying it is the...
  • Students Suspended For MySpace Postings

    02/17/2006 7:21:16 AM PST · by Millee · 67 replies · 2,312+ views
    The Denver Channel ^ | 2/17/06 | Staff
    Some Littleton High School students are planning a protest after two students were suspended for postings on the popular Web site MySpace.com, a site where teens create personal pages to keep in touch and make friends. Each teen can have their own page, with photos and blogs and musings -- basically whatever they want. But two students from Littleton High School typed postings that the school administration found out about and didn't like, and now there's a question of whether the school is imposing on the student's first amendment rights to free expression. The ACLU has also been contacted and...
  • Students Call for Banning of Peace Studies Class

    02/27/2006 12:44:06 AM PST · by freespirited · 50 replies · 1,954+ views
    Washington Post (aka Pravda on the Potomac) ^ | February 26, 2006 | Lori Aratani
    For months, 17-year-old Andrew Saraf had been troubled by stories he was hearing about a Peace Studies course offered at his Bethesda high school. Last Saturday, he decided to act. He sat down at his computer and typed out his thoughts on why the course should be banned . "I know I'm not the first to bring this up but why has there been no concerted effort to remove Peace Studies from among the B-CC courses?" he wrote in his post to the school's group e-mail list. "The 'class' is headed by an individual with a political agenda, who wants...
  • The Trouble With Newsweek’s Cover Story About Boys -- Reverse Sexism At Its Worst

    01/22/2006 5:33:42 PM PST · by Only Waxing · 32 replies · 1,380+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 1/22/06 | Noel Sheppard
    In the new millennium, articles describing the intellectual differences between the genders have been altogether too commonplace. As a result, it wasn’t difficult to presage from the cover of Newsweek’s most recent issue where the editors were going with a headline like “The Boy Crisis.” In fact, once inside, the featured piece, “The Trouble With Boys,” turned into just another in a long line of “exposes” depicting girls as being smarter than boys. After a pleasant introduction, author Peg Tyre began her laundry list of male deficiencies:
  • Educators vs. Education

    01/23/2006 8:51:36 PM PST · by AZ_Cowboy · 36 replies · 1,424+ views
    FrontPage ^ | 1/23/06 | George F. Will
    Jan. 16, 2006 issue - The surest, quickest way to add quality to primary and secondary education would be addition by subtraction: Close all the schools of education. Consider The Chronicle of Higher Education's recent report concerning the schools that certify America's teachers. Many education schools discourage, even disqualify, prospective teachers who lack the correct "disposition," meaning those who do not embrace today's "progressive" political catechism. Karen Siegfried had a 3.75 grade-point average at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but after voicing conservative views, she was told by her education professors that she lacked the "professional disposition" teachers need. She...
  • Disappearing Act

    12/03/2005 8:39:34 AM PST · by Daralundy · 40 replies · 1,100+ views
    Washington Compost ^ | December 4, 2005 | Michael Gurian
    In the 1990s, I taught for six years at a small liberal arts college in Spokane, Wash. In my third year, I started noticing something that was happening right in front of me. There were more young women in my classes than young men, and on average, they were getting better grades than the guys. Many of the young men stared blankly at me as I lectured. They didn't take notes as well as the young women. They didn't seem to care as much about what I taught -- literature, writing and psychology. They were bright kids, but many of...
  • Profs get warned of freedoms

    11/14/2005 8:23:01 AM PST · by Exigence · 13 replies · 853+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Nov. 12, 2005 | MENSAH M. DEAN
    Profs get warned of freedoms By MENSAH M. DEAN deanm@phillynews.com Words such as "McCarthyism" and "chill" buzzed through a group of Temple University professors and students who gathered on campus yesterday to discuss a state legislative committee's investigation of political diversity at state-run colleges. The "teach-in," sponsored by the Temple Association of University Professionals, drew an audience overwhelmingly convinced that the committee's very existence is a threat to academic freedom. "I think that there is a concern that people are going to start coming in and say, 'You can do this, but you can't do this.' If we are teaching...
  • A Closer Look at Churchill's 'Five Stooges'

    11/07/2005 7:58:57 AM PST · by jwpaine · 10 replies · 778+ views
    PirateBallerina ^ | 11-5-2005 | Jim Paine
    A Closer Look at the 'Five Stooges' Investigating Ward Churchill by Jim Paine from Dictionary.com: stooge (stj)n. The partner in a comedy team who feeds lines to the other comedian; a straight man. One who allows oneself to be used for another's profit or advantage; a puppet. One would think that with all the public attention on the actions of CU's Standing Committee on Research Misconduct (SCRM) vis á vis its treatment of the Ward Churchill investigation, SCRM would approach the task of selecting the final investigating committee members with care, nay, with great fear and trembling. One would think SCRM...
  • K-12 Educational Brainwashing

    11/04/2005 6:13:44 PM PST · by AJ Kaufman · 14 replies · 839+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | November 4, 2005 | Ari Kaufman
    It is no longer a secret that many public and private universities are populated by professors who use their classrooms to recruit students to their political agendas. But while the politicization of the universities is now common knowledge, an even more distressing instance of this abuse is to be found in the nation’s K-12 schools. I have that on good authority. I have been a teacher in Los Angeles-area elementary and middle schools and have witnessed first hand how students who are younger and more impressionable are being regularly indoctrinated by leftwing teachers. Having worked in a number of different...
  • UC Santa Barbara guide urges return to student radicalism

    10/10/2005 7:51:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 55 replies · 1,577+ views
    AP ^ | 10/10/5
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Leftist leaders at the University of California, Santa Barbara have begun distributing a profanity-sprinkled "Disorientation Guide" that calls for a return to the activist spirit of the 1960s. The guide, which came out last week, features interviews with the college's "most politically active" professors, a directory of local liberal organizations and commentaries on subjects including feminism, corporate media, proper "queer" terminology and the value of blogs.It also chronicles the history of UCSB activism, including the infamous 1970 burning of the Bank of America in Isla Vista."A lot of people have passion for certain issues, but never...
  • WSJ: Congress Wades Into Campus Politics-Republicans Push Right To Ensure 'Dissenting Viewpoints'

    10/04/2005 6:26:30 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 719+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 4, 2005 | JUNE KRONHOLZ
    College campuses can be political hotbeds. And that has some members of Congress thinking they should get involved. Some Republicans are pushing a measure through the House of Representatives meant to ensure that students hear "dissenting viewpoints" in class and are protected from retaliation because of their politics or religion. Colleges say the measure isn't needed, but with Congress providing billions of dollars to higher education, they are worried. The measure's chief promoter, Marxist-turned-conservative activist David Horowitz, says an academic bill of rights will protect students from possible political "hectoring" and discrimination by their professors.... The federal government provides loans...
  • Controversial Topics Tough in Class-Teachers' views can come into classroom ("Outfoxed" shown?)

    09/11/2005 3:35:44 PM PDT · by Mark · 21 replies · 1,261+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 9/11/05 | Naush Boghossian, Staff Writer
    Government teacher Nareg Keshishian never expected a parent to complain when he advised his Advanced Placement class he planned to show a documentary on media bias in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But a parent did, telling the principal of Glendale's Hoover High School that the documentary "Outfoxed," which alleges right-wing bias at Fox News, was one-sided and that Keshishian wasn't presenting the "facts" about the attacks in a fair and balanced way. "When they come up with a documentary showing the bias in CNN, I will happily air it. I want to bring to the students'...
  • English: The Language of White "Oppressors"-professor: Ebonics superior to tongue of White Devils

    08/04/2005 5:06:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 216 replies · 6,129+ views
    A Brooklyn College professor says Ebonics is superior to the tongue of White Devils --Assistant Professor of Adolescence Education at Brooklyn College --Teaches that rap music is an effective tool for teaching English literacy to schoolchildren, and that proper English is language of white "oppressors" --Required students to view Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 Priya Parmar is an Assistant Professor of Adolescence Education at Brooklyn College's School of Education in New York, where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses to aspiring teachers. Of special interest to Parmar, whose doctoral dissertation is titled "KRS-One Going Against the Grain: A Critical Study...
  • Some can't hide contempt for colleagues on the right

    07/30/2005 6:40:27 AM PDT · by pabianice · 47 replies · 2,416+ views
    Rocky Mountain N ews ^ | 7/30/05 | Seebach
    For certain enlightened liberals on university faculties, the lesser intellectual stature of Christians and conservatives is so much taken for granted that they do not hesitate to write about them in terms dripping with condescension and contempt. An example I encountered this week is especially odious, and I am happy to bring it to the attention of a wider, non-academic audience. The authors are four political scientists at the University of Pittsburgh - Barry Ames, David Barker, Chris Bonneau and Christopher Carman. Their paper is a critique of a study, published earlier this year, examining the statistical evidence that not...
  • CA: Teachers deserve say on where union dues go

    07/13/2005 9:29:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 585+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/13/05 | Aaron Hanscom and Ari J. Kaufman
    Imagine for a moment that your next paycheck is short $53. You call your employer for an explanation and are told that the money is being used to fight for your employee rights and provide you with job protection. Sounds like a good deal, right? Not so fast. Mandatory union dues make this hypothetical scenario a reality for public-school teachers across the country. As employees of the Los Angeles Unified School District, for example, we are required to pay a monthly fee to United Teachers Los Angeles, regardless of whether or not we want to become members of the union....
  • These Are Your Teachers?

    07/16/2005 5:27:49 PM PDT · by FFforFreedom · 103 replies · 4,091+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 14, 2005 | Joseph Farah
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- These are your teachers? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: July 14, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com The National Education Association recently concluded its annual meeting in Los Angeles - and you might be surprised what the largest teachers' union in America talked about and decided. I mean, let's face it. The state of public education in American today is not exactly state of the art. You might think falling test scores, higher drop-out rates, and functional illiteracy of graduates - despite ever increasing taxpayer commitments - would be causes for concern and debate at a forum like this. You would...
  • Why Nevada education is not about to improve

    07/15/2005 9:27:23 PM PDT · by SteveH · 4 replies · 351+ views
    Common Voice ^ | July 11, 2005 | Steven Miller
    Why Nevada education is not about to improve Steven Miller July 11, 2005 Here in Nevada the political class endlessly professes its dedication to getting our public schools out of their seemingly interminable rut. It�s clear, of course, why elected politicians are so eager to appear responsive on this issue. When parents see evidence that a fifth-rate government school monopoly is depriving their kids of first-rate futures, parents understandably get quite anxious. And anxious parents in large numbers can quickly translate into thoroughly dead political careers. Consequently, everyone in the Nevada Legislature today endlessly proclaims his or her eagerness to...
  • NEA: No Dollar Left Behind

    07/01/2005 11:07:25 AM PDT · by truth49 · 35 replies · 999+ views
    The National Education Association (NEA) is holding its annual meeting on July 1-6, 2005, in Los Angeles, California. The NEA Representative Assembly, the organization’s highest decision-making body, has over 9,000 delegates from all fifty states; however, critics believe the NEA is hardly the representative body it claims to be. With 2.7 million members each paying approximately $137 per year in union dues, the NEA has nearly $370 million at its disposal, making it a major force in American politics and education. Though one would naturally expect that an overwhelming majority of union dues would go toward collective bargaining activities, making...
  • Conservatives see liberal bias in class - and mobilize

    06/05/2005 9:55:23 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 11 replies · 809+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 6/6/05 | G. Jeffrey MacDonald
    Concerned that public schools are becoming sites of liberal indoctrination, activists have generated a wave of efforts to limit what teachers may discuss and to bring more conservative views into the classroom. After all, they say, if related campaigns can help rein in doctrinaire faculty on college campuses, why not in K-12 education as well? So far this year, at least 14 state legislatures have considered bills aimed at colleges that would restrict professors and establish grievance procedures for students who perceive political bias in teaching. None have become law, but the movement has momentum: Four state universities in Colorado,...
  • 'Disposition' Emerges as Issue at Brooklyn College (my alma mater at it again...ugh!)

    05/31/2005 6:45:20 PM PDT · by Braak · 20 replies · 898+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | May 31st, 2005 | JACOB GERSHMAN
    Brooklyn College's School of Education has begun to base evaluations of aspiring teachers in part on their commitment to social justice, raising fears that the college is screening students for their political views. The School of Education at the CUNY campus initiated last fall a new method of judging teacher candidates based on their "dispositions," a vogue in teacher training across the country that focuses on evaluating teachers' values, apart from their classroom performance. Critics of the assessment policy warned that aspiring teachers are being judged on how closely their political views are aligned with their instructor's. Ultimately, they said,...
  • Multiculturalist dogma inflitrates science texts (Our Children Suffer)

    05/11/2005 5:27:36 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 22 replies · 869+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May. 10 2005 | Editorial
    Thanks to generations of indoctrination, Mexicans believe California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and southern Colorado still belong to Mexico. The tens of millions of dollars the Mexican government took in exchange for the land notwithstanding, Mexican children are taught early and often that the 1845 annexation of Texas, the 1848 treaty after the Mexican-American War and the 1852 Gadsden Purchase allowed the United States to "steal" the American Southwest from Mexico. This is why so many Mexicans don't believe they need anyone's permission to enter this country whenever they please. As badly as Mexican schools have mangled history, they are...
  • Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit Hits Le Moyne College

    05/05/2005 3:00:45 PM PDT · by winner3000 · 8 replies · 802+ views
    Newsmax ^ | May 5, 2005 | Newsmax
    Today, former graduate student Scott McConnell filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, because it expelled him from its education master’s program based on his personal beliefs. In January 2005, administrators summarily dismissed McConnell because he had expressed views that opposed "multicultural education” and had stated in an academic assignment that "corporal punishment has a place in the classroom.” Story Continues Below The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) took up McConnell’s case, reminding Le Moyne, a Jesuit college, that its actions breached its own promises to respect students’ academic freedom and due process....
  • Nutsy profs are good; Nazi profs are bad

    05/03/2005 9:20:16 AM PDT · by KeyesPlease · 6 replies · 936+ views
    NJ.com The Star Ledger ^ | 05/03/2005 | Paul Mulshine
    Let us consider politics in terms of the two types of beer. It would be perfectly logical to proclaim that all beer is bad. But it would be idiotic to proclaim, for example, that lager is evil while ale is morally sound. It would be similarly illogical to proclaim ale evil and lager good. Let us now apply that logic to the two systems of totalitarian government jointly responsible for killing off 100 million or so innocent people in the 20th century. It is perfectly logical to argue that all totalitarianism is evil. But it's silly to argue that Nazism...
  • Handout Hysteria’ or Insensitivity? [Campus speech suppression]

    04/29/2005 6:40:59 AM PDT · by aculeus · 6 replies · 577+ views
    Inside Higher Education ^ | April 29, 2005 | by Scott Jaschik
    Jonathan Bean is a popular professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale — even though his libertarian politics don’t always coincide with his students’ views. A historian, he was just named Teacher of the Year in the College of Liberal Arts. But in the last two weeks, he has found himself under attack in his department — with many of his history colleagues questioning his judgment for distributing an optional handout about the “Zebra Killings,” a series of murders of white people in San Francisco in the 1970s. His dean also told his teaching assistants that they didn’t need to...
  • American Education on a Slippery Slope - Part II

    04/24/2005 1:17:27 PM PDT · by TripleD · 6 replies · 456+ views
    April 24, 2005 | George M. Haddad
    AMERICAN EDUCATION ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE - Part II “I enrolled my ten year old daughter Sally in a program through a School District where a teacher spends one hour a week with her. The next thing we know she is primarily doing puzzles with her "tutor" instead of work assignments. I now have a better understanding on why this "tutor" pushes puzzles over academics. Assembling puzzles does not require accountability. This "tutor" was thinking that she might actually have to come up with correct answers if faced with academic questions.” This statement came from my friend Bill (names fictitious)...
  • Columbia Whitewash

    04/07/2005 12:30:32 PM PDT · by Piranha · 3 replies · 518+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 1, 2005 | Richard Baehr
    Predictably, as night follows day, the ad hoc faculty committee appointed by Columbia University President Lee Bollinger to examine the behavior of several Columbia faculty towards Israeli or pro-Israel students has concluded that little or nothing of concern occurred. Rather, given the opportunity to produce a report that is sure to receive widespread publicity, the faculty committee concluded that the more disturbing problem is found elsewhere - with pro-Israel students disrupting lectures on Middle Eastern studies, and some faculty members feeling that they were spied on. So the real problem at Columbia is not anti-Semitism, biased and untruthful teaching, or...
  • Study Finds Academia May Favor Liberals

    04/07/2005 8:10:33 AM PDT · by rface · 32 replies · 1,231+ views
    The Harvard University Crimson ^ | Thursday, April 07, 2005 | SARAH E.F. MILOV
    “Conservatives have a hard time in academia,” Mansfield said. “Just look at my department. There are fifty professors, and two or three are Republicans. How is that possible?”....Graduate School of Education professor Julie A. Reuben said that she believed the abundance of liberals in academia could be due to the fact that as people become more educated, they tend to become more liberal. Harvard’s facetious moniker, “The Kremlin on the Charles,” may be more accurate than previously speculated, according to a report released last week. The study, published in The Forum, an online social science journal, concluded that discrimination may...
  • Testimony of Robert David Johnson (re intellectual diversity on college campuses)

    04/03/2005 10:13:22 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 5 replies · 1,051+ views
        Testimony ofRobert David Johnson, Ph.D.Professor of History, Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New YorkBrooklyn, NYTestimony Before theHealth, Education, Labor, & Pensions CommitteeUnited States SenateHearing on Intellectual DiversityOctober 29, 2003 Mr. Chairman, and Members of the Committee: My name is Robert David Johnson. I am a professor of history at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where I teach courses in U.S. political, diplomatic, and constitutional history. As a historian of the Senate, I am particularly honored to appear before the committee. I have written...
  • College classes taught mostly by liberals, study confirms

    03/30/2005 11:44:13 AM PST · by Crookie Monster · 83 replies · 1,332+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 03-30-2005 | The Washington Post
    College classes taught mostly by liberals, study confirms March 30, 2005 UPDA0330 • Latest: College faculties, long assumed to be a liberal bastion, lean further to the left than even the most conspiratorial conservatives might have imagined, a new study says. • Within those ivy-covered halls: By their own description, 72 percent of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal and 15 percent are conservative, says the study being published this week. The imbalance is almost as striking in partisan terms: 50 percent of the faculty members surveyed identified themselves as Democrats and 11 percent as Republicans. The...