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  • Top U.S. school district to 'indoctrinate' teachers against Israel

    10/19/2017 2:46:08 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 37 replies
    WND ^ | 10/18/2017 | Chelsea Schilling
    Attendee: Courses teach 'Christians and Jews were always better off under Muslim rule'! The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school district in America, is co-sponsoring a “professional development” workshop for K-12 teachers to “Learn about Islam and the Arab World” – and the district has apparently partnered with an anti-Israel group for lessons on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Learning about Islam and the Arab World” is the topic of a two-part course that began Oct. 14 and will continue Oct. 21. It is being led by LAUSD teachers Richard Jessel and Rosa Melendez, according to a posting on the...
  • Just half of Massachusetts students meet MCAS test expectations

    10/18/2017 5:28:16 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 27 replies
    MetroWest Daily News ^ | 10/18/2017 | na
    Just half of Massachusetts students in grades three through eight met or exceeded expectations on the new "next generation MCAS test" in math and English — the first time the test has been administered. Massachusetts education officials released the spring 2017 test results on Wednesday. Educators were quick to caution against making direct comparisons between a student's performance on the new test and the original, nearly 20-year-old, MCAS. Scoring for the new test falls into four categories: Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations and Not Meeting Expectations. As a result, some students who scored "proficient" on last year's MCAS...
  • A School Named After Jefferson Davis Will Be Renamed After Obama

    10/18/2017 8:38:50 AM PDT · by kevcol · 39 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | October 18, 2017 | Henry Rodgers
    “Jefferson Davis, although infamous in his own right, would probably not be too happy about a diverse school promoting the education of the very individuals he fought to keep enslaved being named after him,” Davis Magnet IB PTA President Janelle Jefferson told the board. Jefferson said the school, where 98 percent students are black, wanted to rename the campus after Obama “to reflect a person who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves.”
  • Racial identity policies are ruining Edina's fabled schools

    10/16/2017 5:24:08 AM PDT · by Architect of Avalon · 22 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | October 9 2017 | KATHERINE KERSTEN
    In place of academic excellence for all, the district’s primary mission is now to ensure that students think correctly on social and political issues — most importantly, on race and “white privilege.” District leaders enshrined this new mission in EPS’s “All for All” strategic plan, adopted in 2013. The plan mandates that, going forward, the EPS must view “all teaching and learning experiences” through the “lens of racial equity.” If “equity” meant “treating kids equally,” all thinking Minnesotans would support it. In this context, however, it’s code for racial identity politics — a simplistic blaming of “white privilege” for the...
  • An island of conservatives in a sea of liberals

    10/13/2017 10:57:03 AM PDT · by Republic Rocker · 12 replies
    Palo Alto Online ^ | Oct 13 2017
    When Palo Alto High School sophomore Jackson Druker wore his red "Make America Great Again" hat to school last year, he said he was bullied, harassed and even physically assaulted. Students took his hat and stepped on it. Others cursed at him. One student punched him in the back of his head, he said. Another told him "I literally want to shoot you right now if you don't take off that hat," he said during a class presentation on the experience. Druker's account with online schoolwork-management system Schoology was hacked and his contact information changed to hillaryclintonlover3@gmail.com, he said.
  • Georgia mom upset about sexual 'identity definitions' quiz at school

    10/11/2017 7:26:50 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/09/2017 | na
    The DeKalb County School District in Georgia is facing backlash after a “sexual identity” assignment was given to the sixth graders of Lithonia Middle School. The middle school’s health teacher assigned a quiz that defined 10 “sexual identity” terms, such as gay, lesbian, and transgender. The quiz required the sixth graders to identify and differentiate between various sexual orientations and identities, FOX 5 Atlanta reported. One mother, Octavia Parks, was particularly shocked when her 12-year-old daughter came home with the assignment. "Why are they teaching that in school?” Parks said. “What does that have to do with life?" Parks felt...
  • New Book Sheds Light on Anti-Trump Agenda in Public Schools and Politicization of the Classroom

    10/01/2017 8:28:53 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 31 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 10/01/2017 | Ali Meyer
    Safety, religious bias, sexualization of the classroom are factors bolstering school-choice argument! In his newly published book, The Corrupt Classroom, Lance Izumi of the Pacific Research Institute illustrates how the public school classroom has become increasingly politicized, with liberal teachers indoctrinating students with an anti-Trump and leftist agenda. Izumi makes the case that while many school choice supporters rely on academic school performance data to show that public schools are failing, there are many other equally important reasons to support it. "Many parents, for example, are rightly concerned about the growing politicization of the classroom," Izumi explains. "Far from being...
  • Minneapolis: Black Parents Flee to Charter Schools

    09/25/2017 7:18:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 21, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Minneapolis public school system is experiencing a massive student exodus and guess where they’re going. "About 70 percent of the kids leaving the district are headed to charter schools," Beena Raghavendran and Mary Jo Webster report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Many of these independent public schools have established themselves in north Minneapolis, catering to black parents concerned about academic achievement, discipline and safety in the district schools." "Harvest Network has three schools and plans to grow. It aims to educate 3,800 of the kids on the North Side by 2025. That would cut MPS’ North Side enrollment by...
  • Angry Dad’s 8 Words Shut Down School Board For Teaching Kids Sharia (Video)

    09/25/2017 5:06:33 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 40 replies
    Rank Politics ^ | 09/23/2017 | Casandra Chesser
    What is the role of the education system in our children’s lives? It seems that it’s constantly changing. Once upon a time, it involved teaching our children things like reading, writing, math, science, history — typical subjects to prepare them for the real world. Now, liberals are seemingly adding more and more to the curriculum, and not everyone is happy about it. Parents were reportedly furious after learning that the San Diego School Board of Trustees partnered with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, to launch an anti-bullying campaign. The campaign involves educating children about Islam, with the purported...
  • Girls as Young as Four ‘Forced’ to Wear Hijab in British State Funded Schools

    09/24/2017 5:39:29 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/24/2017 | Oliver JJ Lane
    Islamic schools including those funded by the British government and private institutions are forcing children — some of whom are very young — to wear the Islamic Hijab as part of their uniform code. The garment, which is designed to shield women from the lust of men, is heavily associated with conservative interpretations of the Islamic faith. The revelations over children being forced to wear the shroud at school comes just weeks after a Transport for London road safety campaign featuring a child girl in a hijab was criticised and ultimately scrapped for “sexualising four-year-olds”. The revelation comes from research...
  • Educational Non-Fiction Content Provider Apologizes for September 11 Fact Sheet

    09/17/2017 9:21:49 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 11 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 09/17/2017 | Rachel Frommer
    Commentary included Israel having a 'shady history'! An educational non-fiction content provider has issued an apology for offering teachers across the country a fact sheet on the September 11 attacks that included commentary about Israel having a "shady history" and having previously "belonged to the Muslims." Newsela prides itself in being a reliable source of current event pieces and historical articles, each edited by Newsela staff to meet multiple reading skill levels, for teachers to use in their elementary and middle school classrooms. On 9/11, fifth and sixth grade teachers found available an article, adapted by Newsela staff from a...
  • Kindergarten celebrates 5-year-old transgender ‘transition;’ kids traumatized

    09/14/2017 5:07:12 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 26 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 08/21/2017 | Lianne Laurence
    A number of angry parents are considering legal action after a charter school kindergarten teacher staged what one critic calls a transgender “transition ceremony” in class for a five-year-old boy without informing parents beforehand. But Rocklin Academy Schools has countered that it didn’t have to tell parents about the transgenderism lesson that has left a number of five-year-olds shaken and disturbed. Because gender identity isn’t sex education, the administration said, it's not subject to California’s parental consent and opt-out laws, reported Fox40News. Moreover, with gender identity and gender expression prohibited grounds for discrimination in the state, not to accept a...
  • Transgender Kindergarten Lesson has Rocklin Parents Split

    09/14/2017 4:49:09 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 34 replies
    FOX40 ^ | 08/16/2017 | Joe Khalil
    How young is too young to introduce a child to the concept of gender identity? That is a question the Rocklin Academy Schools district tried to handle after a young student revealed herself as transgender. Some parents applauded the district's efforts while others questioned whether it was handled properly. Ankur Dhawan's 5-year-old daughter was in the classroom that day. She came home and talked about what she learned. "She said, 'Well, we learned about a girl in a boy's body,'" Dhawan said. "This turned out to be a fairly decent way of introducing a topic that I wouldn't otherwise know...
  • Revolt over school's 'outrageous' drug and sex quiz

    09/14/2017 12:25:00 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 45 replies
    WND ^ | 09/13/2017 | na
    'It's just bizarre. I told my daughter not to turn it in' Roy High School teacher Candace Thurgood says she has been giving the same “Know Thyself” quiz to students in her “Adult Roles and Financial Literacy” class for years without complaint, but the questionnaire first published in a 1981 Dear Abby column is not playing so well this year. Thurgood was removed from the classroom and placed on leave from Utah’s Weber School District after parents learned of the class exercise where respondents are asked about their sexual histories and drug and alcohol abuse. The 30 questions are scored...
  • Post-Katrina lessons for Harvey's returning students

    09/12/2017 6:40:54 AM PDT · by Jagermonster
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 11, 2017 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, Henry Gass
    As many students in Houston head back to school starting Sept. 11, observers say there is a need for specialized support for both children and teachers. SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 NASHUA, N.H. AND HOUSTON—Bryan McMillian was supposed to start college Aug. 28 at Prairie View A&M University, near Houston. Now, the apartment he had lined up in nearby Cypress, Texas, is flooded, and he’s trying to figure out if he can take online classes for a semester while he stays with some family in Austin. Harvey wasn’t the first hurricane to disrupt his educational journey. Katrina hit on what would have...
  • The health of our infrastructure: How Nevada ranks and what improvements are on the horizon

    09/04/2017 12:59:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | August 21, 2017 | Daniel Rothberg
    “We have bridges that are falling down,” then-candidate Donald Trump told Fox last August, pledging to double the amount Hillary Clinton wanted to spend on infrastructure as president of the United States. “We’ll get a fund, we’ll make a phenomenal deal with the low interest rates and rebuild our infrastructure.” One year later and eight months into his presidency, Trump has continued to double down on his lofty promises — during “Infrastructure Week” in June, he told his supporters in Cincinnati that the U.S. “deserves the best infrastructure in the world.” But the administration has been slow to move its...
  • Building a Modern Marshmallow Test: New Ways to Measure Social-Emotional Learning

    09/03/2017 11:00:19 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 15 replies
    Education Week ^ | 08/10/2017 | Evie Blad
    Is there a way to consistently and accurately measure students' ability to do things like recognize emotions, solve peer conflicts, and exercise self-control? What if they don't even realize those things are being measured? The winners of a recent design challenge took a crack at it, proposing everything from analyzing students' subtle behaviors when taking computer-based tests to asking them to play video games that simulate real-world experiences and gauging how they respond. The contest winners responded to a prompt from a working group that is seeking to advance conversations about measurement. That group includes the Collaborative for Academic, Social,...
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: High School Teacher Calls Trump Shirt Swastika

    09/03/2017 7:11:56 PM PDT · by apoliticalone · 56 replies
    Turning Point News ^ | 9-2-2017 | Turning Point Staff
    A video was sent in showing a high school teacher who has been identified as Lyn Orletsky from River Ridge High School in Georgia by Turning Point News. The incident happened Thursday according to sources. Lyn Orletsky via Facebook In this video the teacher appears to order her students wearing Trump shirts to turn them inside out. She didn’t want her students wearing these shirts for the same reason ‘you cannot wear a swastika to school’.
  • FBI reveals CHILLING truth about Antifa terrorists’ “day jobs”

    09/03/2017 5:07:44 PM PDT · by Lera · 52 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 9/2/17 | DK
    The ongoing chilling reports on Antifa took another worrisome turn recently when it was discovered that many of the members of the leftist terrorist group are in fact public school teachers. This new information came to light when it was revealed that the group BAMN, or “BAMN – Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary”, has among its members violent demonstrators like Yvette Felarca. One of BAMN’s most prominent organizers is Yvette Felarca, a Berkeley middle school teacher and pro-violence militant. Felarca currently faces charges of inciting a riot for...
  • Inside the NYC schools critics call ‘failure factories’

    09/03/2017 9:26:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    NYP ^ | September 2, 2017 | Susan Edelman
    They are the schools Mayor de Blasio doesn’t mention. At 32 city elementary and middle schools, the average English-math proficiency rate on state exams has not exceeded 10 percent of students for four years in a row. Seventeen of these schools — which enroll nearly 10,000 kids — have been part of the mayor’s signature Renewal program, which has spent $582 million on teacher training, social services and an extra hour a day of instruction. Four did so poorly that the city Department of Education closed them in June. ... Families for Excellent Schools, a pro-charter-school group that analyzed the test...