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  • Suggestions Needed for Jr. High Social Studies Textbooks

    01/16/2016 5:52:44 AM PST · by jp3 · 48 replies
    Hello all, I am a junior high SS/Religion teacher in one of the Cincinnati Catholic Schools. We are using an updated textbook from Prentice Hall (Pearson). To be blunt, I hate this textbook! It's all over the place on our American historical roots as well as very biased against American ingenuity and foresight. My principal and parish priest are very open to using resources that have not 'revised' the world's history. Can anyone suggest a textbook company that is not revising history? The textbook we use now is called "America, History of our Nation."
  • Media Hides Key Detail in the Virginia School District’s Islamic Lesson Controversy...

    12/19/2015 4:21:42 PM PST · by don-o · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 19, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    A Breitbart News investigation reveals that mainstream media outlets incorrectly reported a key detail in the story of the 9th grade World Geography teacher in Virginia who sparked a national controversy over a "calligraphy lesson" that required students to hand copy the Arabic characters that comprise the shahada, the Islamic statement of faith. According to news reports, the teacher said she "had not designed the assignment herself, but took it from a standard workbook on world religions." That was how the News Leader, a Gannett daily newspaper headquartered in Staunton, Virginia, initially reported the story on Thursday. Gannett is the...
  • Blame Woodrow Wilson for Americans' Lack of Historical Literacy

    12/01/2015 2:06:43 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | December 1st, 2015 | Williamson M. Evers
    When we think of President Woodrow Wilson, we think of a multitude of historical events: the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank and other progressive legislation at home; idealistic internationalism, a world war to "keep the world safe for democracy," and promotion of the League of Nations abroad. Lately, we think of the Princeton University students protesting against him. In mid-November, they were agitating for the former university president's name to be removed from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs over his legacy of white supremacy. But there's another reason conservatives should revisit Woodrow Wilson. We need...
  • Islamic State Militants Ban Mathematics, Social Studies for Children

    09/17/2014 10:04:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | September 17, 2014
    Thousands of children in swaths of war-torn Syria, now controlled by dreaded Islamic State militants, can no longer study math or social studies under new diktats issued by the jihadists. While sports is banned, the children will not be allowed to learn about elections and democracy. Instead, the children will be subjected to the teachings of the radical Islamist group. And any teacher who dares to break the rules "will be punished." ... The Sunni militant group has captured a slew of Syrian and Iraqi cities in recent months as it tries to establish a caliphate, or Islamic state, spanning...
  • State Board of Ed. Encourages Schools to Include Cesar Chavez into Social Studies Curriculum-MI

    02/25/2014 4:12:57 PM PST · by madison10 · 10 replies
    Michigan Government Website-Dept. of Education ^ | Feb. 13, 2014 | Michigan Dept. of Education
    State Board of Education Encourages Schools to Include Cesar Chavez into Social Studies Curriculum Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs (517) 241-4395 Agency: Education February 13, 2014 LANSING – The State Board of Education this week unanimously adopted a resolution honoring the late Cesar E. Chavez as an American hero, a civil rights leader, Latino, farm worker, and a labor leader; a religious and spiritual figure; a community servant and social entrepreneur; a crusader for nonviolent social change; and an environmentalist and consumer advocate. State Board member Lupe Ramos-Montigny initiated the resolution to honor the life, legacy...
  • Arkansas school assignment: Gut the Bill of Rights

    10/08/2013 9:59:53 AM PDT · by Kip Russell · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jason Howerton
    A parent in Bryant, Ark., claims her sixth-grade daughter brought home a history class assignment that asks students to “revise, omit two and add two amendments” to the “outdated” Bill of Rights. Her daughter is reportedly a student in the Bryant School District. Lela Spears, the girl’s mother, told the Digital Journal that the worksheet requires students to take part in a theoretical special committee, the “National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force.” The committee is charged with the task of revising the Bill of Rights to “ensure that our personal civil liberties and the pursuit of happiness remains guarded...
  • High School AP History Book Rewrites 2nd Amendment

    09/16/2013 7:55:35 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 77 replies ^ | 9/16/2013 | RobHino
    It is our duty to stop stuff like this. Guyer High School (and obviously several others) are complicit in attempting to condition students to interpret the 2nd Amendment in a clearly opposite manner in which it was intended. The 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th are also misinterpreted as several commentators below pointed out. This textbook, currently being used by Guyer High School, is attempting to redefine the Second Amendment to impressionable young minds. Parents, you must speak up and demand action. Investigate your child's history book ASAP, and post more pictures in the comments below. Call your school and demand...
  • US to blame for 9/11? School test under fire: Controversy over Texas curriculum (CSCOPE)

    03/25/2013 9:33:56 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 116 replies ^ | 03/25/2013 | Megyn Kelly
    There's no text just a link to the video on Fox News. Link to Video
  • Oregon School Cancels Zombie Survival Classes, Ensures Students Will Be Eaten

    03/24/2013 2:28:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    IO9 ^ | 03/24/2013 | Lauren Davis
    Oregon school cancels zombie survival classes, ensures students will be eaten Armand Larive Middle School had what is perhaps the greatest junior high social studies class ever: Zombie Survival Skills. But the killjoy parents and administrators put the kibosh on the post-apocalyptic class, feeling that undead studies were not appropriate for growing minds. The East Oregonian reported on Rich Harshberger's zombie survival classes at Armand Larive earlier this week, a class that focused largely on real-world survival skills and also had a reading and writing component. Apparently, parents were a bit surprised to learn the school was teaching a class...
  • Abolish Social Studies - Born a century ago, the pseudo-discipline has outlived its uselessness.

    12/10/2012 11:13:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL KNOX BERAN
    Emerging as a force in American education a century ago, social studies was intended to remake the high school. But its greatest effect has been in the elementary grades, where it has replaced an older way of learning that initiated children into their culture with one that seeks instead to integrate them into the social group. The result was a revolution in the way America educates its young. The old learning used the resources of culture to develop the childÂ’s individual potential; social studies, by contrast, seeks to adjust him to the mediocrity of the social pack. Why promote the...
  • The Regnerus Debate (New sociological study says that kids from same-sex marriages suffer.)

    06/15/2012 6:39:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 14, 2012 | Douglas W. Allen
    I am a Canadian economist who has worked on family issues in Canada and the U.S. for the past 26 years. Although I’ve mostly studied matters of divorce, custody, child support, and the general institution of marriage, for the past few years I’ve been working on series of empirical projects related to same-sex marriage. I’ve been using a special data set in Canada that is large (over 300,000 individuals) and random (with weights), that directly identifies sexual orientation, and that was designed by Statistics Canada. In the process of working on same-sex marriage I have read almost every study...
  • Attention graduates: Tone down your egos, shape up your minds.

    05/08/2012 6:18:31 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 7, 2012 | Bret Stephens
    Stephens: To the Class of 2012 Attention graduates: Tone down your egos, shape up your minds. Dear Class of 2012: Allow me to be the first one not to congratulate you. Through exertions that—let's be honest—were probably less than heroic, most of you have spent the last few years getting inflated grades in useless subjects in order to obtain a debased degree. Now you're entering a lousy economy, courtesy of the very president whom you, as freshmen, voted for with such enthusiasm. Please spare us the self-pity about how tough it is to look for a job while living with...
  • House OKs Bible course in schools

    02/23/2012 11:50:42 AM PST · by massmike · 4 replies ^ | Howard Fischer
    The state House voted 42-15 Tuesday to allow high schools to teach elective courses on the influence of the Bible on Western culture and civilization. Tuesday's vote came over the objections of House Minority Leader Chad Campbell. The Phoenix Democrat said limiting schools to using the Old and New Testaments "is going to run into a constitutional challenge." But Rep. Terri Proud, R-Tucson, who wrote HB 2563, said she does not see a problem. She said the language allowing the use of the texts for non-religious purposes has been approved by others. Proud did agree to several last-minute changes, including...
  • Man do we have some dumb teachers teaching students

    06/15/2011 6:55:12 AM PDT · by edcoil · 98 replies
    onlinewsj ^ | 6-15-2011 | edcoil
    Only 35% of fourth-graders knew the purpose of the Declaration of Independence. The news was even more dire in high school, where 12% of 12th-graders were proficient.
  • Norfolk principal apologizes for mock auction of black students

    04/09/2011 8:26:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | April 9, 2011 | Steve G. Veghe
    NORFOLK The principal of Sewells Point Elementary School has apologized to parents for a teacher's classroom exercise last week that cast her black and mixed-race fourth-graders as available for sale. The apology came after the teacher separated the students from their white classmates and auctioned them, division spokeswoman Elizabeth Thiel Mather said. The exercise was part of an April 1 class on the Civil War. In an April 6 letter sent to parents of students in the class, Principal Mary B. Wrushen wrote: "I recently became aware of a history lesson that was presented to the students in Ms. Jessica...
  • Rome Will Kick Your Butt--TV Series

    11/04/2010 3:02:22 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 41 replies · 1+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | Oct 30, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    (Television series proposal, submitted to History Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E, Learning Channel, Disney, et al, by Word-Wise Productions.) Marketing context: American public education has been dumbed down, neutered, rendered dull and boring. Little is taught. One thing especially is not taught. History. There is thus an unfed hunger for History real, raw, and revelatory. Everything that makes children and adults love History has been eliminated from History. Starting in the 1920s, progressive educators used a gimmick called Social Studies to constrict the teaching of History. Less was taught, and taught in a less interesting way. Throughout the 20th century History...
  • Of Pedagogy & Propaganda

    03/17/2010 6:49:31 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 131+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 17, 2010 | Mary Grabar
    Of Pedagogy & Propaganda Mary Grabar, March 17, 2010 Your column “As the Third World Turns” did a good job of pointing out the even larger entanglement between the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and organizations putting on workshops about Islam for teachers. However, I feel that your (largest) section about Barbara Petzen’s presentation left out some very important points. When I wrote that Petzen offered a “defense for Muslims who rioted and killed over the publication of cartoons about Muhammad” I meant that as an assessment in the context of her presentation. I took into account her...
  • Texas ed board adopts social studies standards

    03/12/2010 1:20:27 PM PST · by La Lydia · 37 replies · 1,117+ views
    Google AP ^ | March 12, 2010 | April Castro
    AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education agreed to new social studies standards on Friday after the far-right faction wielded its power to shape the lessons that will be taught to millions of students on American history, the U.S. free enterprise system, religion and other topics. In a vote of 11-4, the board preliminarily adopted the new curriculum after days of charged debate ... Decisions by the board — long led by the social conservatives who have advocated ideas such as teaching more about the weaknesses of evolutionary theory — affects textbook content nationwide because Texas is one...
  • Texas braces for fight over social studies lessons

    01/13/2010 10:27:15 AM PST · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 8 replies · 675+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 1/13/2010 | APRIL CASTRO
    AUSTIN, Texas – Parents, teachers and activists lined up Wednesday for the chance to help shape the way history — topics from the Roman Empire to Texas cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash — will be taught to millions of Texas children for the next decade. The State Board of Education began taking testimony ahead of a tentative vote later this week on new social studies curriculum standards that will serve as the framework in Texas classrooms. But, as usual in votes before the conservative-led board, the wide-reaching guidelines are full of potential ideological flashpoints. Early quibbles over how much prominence...
  • California School District’s Anti-Bullying Program Under Fire(Parents pushing for recall vote)

    09/27/2009 12:38:43 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 3 replies · 722+ views ^ | Sep 24, 2009 | by Kilian Melloy
    Claims made by the anti-marriage side of the Proposition 8 battle that unfolded last year in California asserted that unless marriage parity was stripped away from gay and lesbian families, children in kindergarten would be "indoctrinated" through school lessons teaching them about alternative families. Though education officials denied this, the message resounded with voters, who rescinded existing family rights for gays and lesbians at the ballot box last November. But even though gay and lesbian families lost access to marriage in that state, California parents are still asserting that kindergartners are being exposed to lessons about gays and lesbians in...
  • Parents React to Children Being Coaxed to Sing Praises to President Obama - Video 9/25/09

    09/25/2009 11:49:42 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 17 replies · 1,168+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 25, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of some parents of kids at the New Jersey school where children were coaxed into singing praises to President Obama, giving their reaction. Some parents are outraged by it, but others seem to think it was fine. . . . (VIDEO)
  • State Board of Education Pulls Reins on “Radical” Curriculum Group (TEXAS)t

    04/26/2009 8:30:37 AM PDT · by CHEE · 17 replies · 1,760+ views
    Texas Republic News ^ | April 23, 2009 | James Aalan Bernsen
    Social Studies curriculum group had tossed out traditional American history to make room for left-leaning agenda The Texas State Board of Education on Wednesday came down with a reprimand on its social studies curriculum working group after a draft proposal of the group’s new curriculum came to light showing a series of far-left changes that education bureaucrats wanted to install in place of the traditional Texas social studies curriculum.
  • ACLU defends students' right to mark Obama victory

    01/16/2009 5:49:46 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 23 replies · 694+ views ^ | 01/15/09 |
    NEW ORLEANS -- The American Civil Liberties Union is urging Louisiana school officials to respect students' right to express their views on the day when Barack Obama is sworn in as president. In an open letter sent to school superintendents this week, ACLU of Louisiana executive director Marjorie Esman expressed concern that students in some Louisiana communities were punished for voicing support for Obama's victory in the November election. Esman says some students were told not to mention Obama's name or discuss the election at all. She is encouraging schools to treat Inauguration Day next Tuesday as a teaching tool.
  • Teachers bringing inaugural to classrooms

    01/12/2009 11:35:26 AM PST · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 682+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2009
    Teachers bringing inaugural to classrooms Richard C. Gross Monday, January 12, 2009 Teachers nationwide will have a chance to bring to their students President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration and the history lessons it can teach. The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association jointly developed five suggested lesson plans about the inauguration plus a recommended reading list, most of which are geared to grades six through 12, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
  • Muslim Presentation at Friendswood School Draws Fire

    05/31/2008 6:32:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies · 211+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2008
    FRIENDSWOOD — Parents of some junior high students are upset they weren't notified about a school presentation on Islamic culture, an omission that violated school district policy. The parents' letter-writing campaign stems from a May 22 presentation at Friendswood Junior High, where two Muslim women gave a 30-minute presentation about Islamic life as part of a yearlong study of respect, tolerance and culture, The Galveston County Daily News reported Saturday. The guest speakers discussed Muslim culture, including topics such as food, religion, dress, beliefs and famous Muslims. School district spokeswoman Karolyn Gephart said principal Robin Lowe had "best intentions," but...
  • Military memories landing in new schoolbooks

    05/24/2008 1:11:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 82+ views
    TIPP CITY, Ohio — When 83-year-old Edmund Jackson uses a hand trimmer to clip the grass, one of the 22 pieces of shrapnel in his right arm dances under the skin of his wrist. ---- snip ---- The schoolbook program is designed to spark greater interest in history by giving students an emotional connection to it and showing them it’s made by real people like themselves.
  • One Dad's Journey To Overthrow American History Curriculum

    03/15/2008 1:24:38 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 134 replies · 2,417+ views
    Red State ^ | March 15, 2008 | Tim Schieferecke
    "I don't want to read anymore of this!" My son angrily threw his history book on the ground. When he cooled down a little, I asked him what was wrong, and he told me in tears about The Trail Of Tears. He couldn't take it. He didn't want to face the fact that our blessed Nation could do something so wrong. He couldn't believe that a lot of our Founding Fathers had been slave owners that had written about freedom while benefitting from the fruits of slave ownership. He was shutting down before my very eyes as to the love...

    03/10/2008 1:23:17 PM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 68 replies · 1,778+ views
    I was sorting out some papers over the weekend ... and came upon one of my favorites. It's a page out of an "Activity Book" published by Harcourt Brace, now called Harcourt Education. This page is entitled "Rights & Wrongs" and comes from the Harcourt social studies textbook "United States in Modern Times." The heading for this page says: "In the late eighteenth century many people complained that the Constitution did not list rights of the people. So the authors of the Constitution decided to write a Bill of Rights. These first ten amendments to the Constitution state simply and...
  • Cary students become immigrants for a day

    12/13/2007 2:15:14 AM PST · by chicagolady · 28 replies · 218+ views
    The Northwest Herald ^ | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 | JIM BUTTS -
    CARY – After closely examining the immunization records and marriage and birth certificates of the eighth-grade “immigrant” with a magnifying glass, Brent Lueck asked him the important question. “You’re from Ireland,” he said. “Are you a Catholic?” Lueck said he was worried that the “immigrant” might try to subvert America in the name of the pope. “I’ve got some issues with you, some loyalty issues.” It was just one example of the mock prejudice faced by about 120 eighth-grade students Friday at Cary Junior High taking part in a simulation of immigrant arrivals and experiences at Ellis Island. Millions of...
  • History Says Pick Clinton, Thompson

    12/06/2007 6:12:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1,127+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | December 06, 2007 | Paul Bedard
    If history matters to you, then voters should pick Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton and Republican Fred Thompson as their parties' presidential nominees. That's because they are the choice of America's social studies teachers. In a miniconvention sponsored by Pearson, the education and media giant, Clinton, the former first lady viewed as the most experienced in the field, was first with 41.9 percent, followed by Sen. Barack Obama with 34 percent and John Edwards at 12.3 percent. On the GOP side, Thompson, the actor and former Watergate prober, won 23.2 percent, followed by Rudy Giuliani at 20.5 percent and surging Mike...
  • Clinton, Thompson Win First Presidential 'Primary'

    12/03/2007 5:47:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 630+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | December 3, 2007
    U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee are the top choices for the 2008 Democratic and Republican nominations for President of the United States, according to the nation's first Presidential "Primary" of voters at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference in San Diego. Sponsored by Pearson, more than 700 of the nation's social studies teachers flexed their voting muscles and put the principles they teach about every day into action by casting their votes. Senator Clinton won her party's nod with 41.9% of the vote. Senator Thompson was...
  • Social studies get left behind, educators say

    11/22/2007 1:46:19 PM PST · by Coleus · 18 replies · 302+ views ^ | November 11, 2007 | PATRICIA ALEX
    Thanksgiving's coming and you're concerned that your third-grader doesn't know much about the Pilgrims. Join the club. Educators in North Jersey and across the nation say social studies have been given short shrift in today's classrooms -- neglected in the drive to spend more time preparing for math and reading tests mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Just 27 percent of high school seniors were deemed "proficient" in civics and 53 percent had "below basic" knowledge of U.S. history, according to a federal report last year. Anecdotal evidence of a lack of civic knowledge seems to...
  • Seattle schools warn staff about Thanksgiving 'mourning'

    11/16/2007 9:43:43 AM PST · by Patriot62 · 81 replies · 1,207+ views
    King 5 News ^ | 11/16/2007 | ERIC WILKINSON
    SEATTLE – A letter from the Seattle School District is raising some eyebrows about Thanksgiving and how it should be handled in the classroom. The letter tells school district staff that the holiday is seen by many Native Americans as a "time of mourning." It all started three years ago when some Native American parents voiced concerns about how Thanksgiving was being observed in Seattle Schools. "In terms of what they were seeing in some of the use of the feathers and those things because those are of spiritual and ceremonial significance to us," said Willard Bill, Seattle Public Schools....
  • School's 'Holocaust' Experiment Upsets Parents

    03/30/2006 7:44:42 AM PST · by ChessMan · 89 replies · 1,467+ views
    School's 'Holocaust' Experiment Upsets Parents Dad: Son Cried Over Becoming Jew For Day POSTED: 5:53 pm EST March 29, 2006 UPDATED: 9:02 am EST March 30, 2006 Several parents in Apopka, Fla., are upset over a surprise school "Holocaust" project that some say tormented children, according to a Local 6 News report. Local 6 News reported that eighth-graders with last names beginning with L through Z at Apopka Memorial Middle School were given yellow five-pointed stars for Holocaust Remembrance Day. Other students were privileged, the report said. Father John Tinnelly said his son was forced to stand in the back...
  • Racism Gets a Whitewash

    03/28/2006 11:03:07 PM PST · by Coastal · 17 replies · 1,292+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | 03-29-06 | Michelle Malkin
    Few things make liberals more uncomfortable than being confronted with the racism of politically correct minorities. Two weeks ago, I wrote about Autum Ashante, the precocious 7-year-old black nationalist poet, who said white people are "devils and they should be gone." If this daughter of a Nation of Islam activist father had instead been an Aryan supremacist child of a Klan activist, she'd still be all over the network news and pages of pop culture magazines (as a pair of white nationalist teen pop singers, Lamb and Lynx Gaede, have been since last fall). But with rare exceptions, nobody wanted...

    03/16/2006 6:53:01 PM PST · by tbird5 · 115 replies · 3,700+ views
    michelle malkin. ^ | March 15, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    Remember how much media attention those racist white nationalist teen singers received last fall? (Indeed, they're still getting press. Here they are in the most recent issue of GQ.) Well, here's a little experiment with race, double standards, labeling, and MSM bias. My column today is about Autum Ashante, a 7-year-old racist black nationalist poetry "prodigy."

    03/15/2006 12:18:51 PM PST · by BronzePencil · 71 replies · 10,466+ views
    The New York Post ^ | 3/15/06 | By DAVID ANDREATTA
    Autum Ashante, the 7-year-old poetry prodigy whose work sparked an uproar in a Westchester County school district, made no apologies yesterday, saying she did the right thing. "I feel good about the response," Autum said of the firestorm engulfing the Peekskill City School District, where her recitation of a poem at a high school and a middle school offended students. "I know it was the right thing." The schools sent recorded phone messages to 3,000 parents last week apologizing for Autum's poem, "White Nationalism Put U In Bondage," which accuses Christopher Columbus and Charles Darwin of robbing blacks of their...
  • Poet, 7, Sets Off Racial Controversy

    03/16/2006 12:31:23 AM PST · by Psalm_2 · 34 replies · 3,107+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 14, 2006 | ADRIENNE MAND LEWIN
    Poet, 7, Sets Off Racial Controversy Performance Upsets Adults and Students -- for Different Reasons By ADRIENNE MAND LEWIN March 14, 2006 — - A 7-year-old New York poet has fired up adults following a racially charged performance at a middle school. Autum Ashante, who is home-schooled and lives with her father in Mount Vernon, was invited by a music teacher to present her poetry during a Black History Month program at Peekskill Middle School on Feb. 28. She has written her own poetry and performed in front of audiences since she was 4. Before reciting a poem, Ashante asked...
  • NYC leaders support black girl who read white nationalism poem

    03/16/2006 12:10:52 AM PST · by beaversmom · 74 replies · 4,027+ views
    Newdsay ^ | March 14, 2006 | MARCUS FRANKLIN
    NEW YORK -- Autum Ashante, a 7-year-old black girl who caused a stir at two Westchester schools by reciting a poem she wrote about white nationalism, received support from some New York City leaders on Tuesday. First, she stood on the City Hall steps with Councilman Charles Barron, who denounced what he described as attacks and harassment since Autum spoke last month at a middle and high school. Barron said he planned to ask Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office to look into whether the girl's free speech rights were violated. Later, she had an appearance scheduled with the Rev. Al...
  • How School Textbooks Misreport the Clinton Impeachment

    12/28/2005 6:43:15 AM PST · by RepublicNewbie · 11 replies · 1,126+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | 12/28/05 | Michael J. Gaynor
    The Associated Press's Ben Feller has written an article entitled "School Textbooks Tackle the Clinton Impeachment." For people who think of tackling as the kind of head-on tackling seen at football games, tackling is the wrong word. Mr. Feller's article indicates that the school textbooks are obfuscating (making obscure or confusing) instead of "tackling." The kind of contribution to the Hillary in 2008 campaign that will not be officially reported, because it is not money or property, but will be appreciated by the Clintons, each of whom indisputably misled the American people. One more scandal involving the Clintons. (If Hillary...
  • Sometimes public schools get it right

    11/10/2005 1:59:20 PM PST · by pjd · 34 replies · 1,430+ views
    My daughter attends public school in Berkley, Michigan. Today, she came home today with a U.S. Marines T-shirt. She won it in her Social Studies class. 'How did that happen?' I asked. She expalined that they had a special guest in their class today. It was her teacher's brother who is a Marine Sgt. with 9 years in the Core. I think he was there to commerate the 230 birthday today of the Marines. His main topic was about 'What's REALLY going on in Iraq.' He started off by saying something like, 'I don't want to tell you that the...
  • What US textbooks have to say about Israel, America and Islam ("Jews evil")

    10/27/2005 8:50:26 AM PDT · by pabianice · 35 replies · 1,006+ views
    JTA ^ | 10/27/05
    NEW YORK, Oct. 23 (JTA) — The state of California is on the brink of a major election that involves neither Arnold Schwarzenegger nor Clint Eastwood. The candidates are textbooks and other teaching materials that will influence what schoolchildren across the state — and across the United States — will learn for more than a decade. With a debate under way over evolution and intelligent design in science textbooks, a less-publicized battle is being waged over the content of social studies and history materials — some of which are pro-Islamic, anti-American, anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic. California is in the final...
  • 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'...
  • The Watergate Channel (Nostalgia over nailing Nixon leaves students yawning.)

    06/07/2005 9:16:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 598+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 6/8/2005 | George Neumayr
    Mark Felt was the topic du jour in an honors philosophy class at Catonsville High School last week, reported the Baltimore Sun, which noted that "most of the 12 juniors in the class said it was unethical for Felt to talk to Woodward." Felt's job, said one student, was "to go to his superiors." Another student said, "if it was truly to benefit society, he wouldn't have kept his name secret." A student named YinYin Yu, 16, opined daringly that Felt's info was beside the point since all politicians behave badly at some point: "They don't have ethics. They have...
  • G.I. Slur

    02/22/2005 5:17:42 PM PST · by DJ Taylor · 41 replies · 1,527+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 22, 2005 | David Andreatta
    The city Department of Education, red-faced over Brooklyn sixth-graders who slammed a GI with demoralizing anti-Iraq-war letters as part of a school assignment, will send the 20-year-old private a letter of apology today.
  • Writing A Wrong

    02/22/2005 12:32:58 PM PST · by Pendragon_6 · 49 replies · 1,143+ views
    NY Post ^ | 2-22-2005 | David Andreatta
    February 22, 2005 -- The city Department of Education, red-faced over Brooklyn sixth-graders who slammed a GI with demoralizing anti-Iraq-war letters as part of a school assignment, will send the 20-year-old private a letter of apology today. Deputy Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina, who has a nephew serving in Iraq, plans to personally contact Pfc. Rob Jacobs and his family, said department spokeswoman Michele McManus Higgins. Continued
  • Contact School That Sent Anti-US Letters To Soldier

    Middle School Students Encouraged to Send Demoralizing Letters to Soldier Pfc. Rob Jacobs is a soldier based ten miles from the North Korean border. His home is in New Jersey. Therefore, it was not a surprise that he was excited when he received letters from sixth-grade students at JHS 51 in Park Slope; near Prospect Park in Brooklyn. But, that was before Pfc. Jacobs opened and read the letters. Monday, David Andreatta of the New York Post reported that these letters were “strewn with politically charged rhetoric, vicious accusations and demoralizing predictions that only a handful of soldiers would leave...
  • WRITING A WRONG (sixth-graders who slammed a GI..)

    02/22/2005 3:36:41 AM PST · by sure_fine · 70 replies · 3,018+ views
    NYP ^ | February 22, 2005 | By DAVID ANDREATTA
    February 22, 2005 -- The city Department of Education, red-faced over Brooklyn sixth-graders who slammed a GI with demoralizing anti-Iraq-war letters as part of a school assignment, will send the 20-year-old private a letter of apology today. Deputy Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina, who has a nephew serving in Iraq, plans to personally contact Pfc. Rob Jacobs and his family, said department spokeswoman Michele McManus Higgins. "She knows how difficult it is to have a loved one in a war zone," Higgins said. Jacobs is stationed 10 miles from the North Korean border and who has been told he may be...
  • US Jews: Israel losing PR war in high schools

    02/21/2005 7:02:42 AM PST · by Alouette · 17 replies · 573+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 21, 2005 | Hilary Leila Krieger & Sam Ser
    The American Jewish community has neglected to properly educate its youth about Israel and the Jewish state in the public opinion war that takes place before students even make it to college, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations warned on Sunday. "We have found the major battleground to be in the high schools. We find that we are losing our youth in the high schools," declared Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the group, which represents 52 American organizations, on the concluding day of the organization's annual trip to Israel. "We take our kids for granted."...
  • HHS Teachers Getting Bad Rap over Conservative Issue

    02/03/2005 5:53:21 PM PST · by Ender Wiggin · 61 replies · 2,070+ views
    The Marlborough Enterprise/Hudson Sun ^ | 2-3-2005 | Lindsay Corcoran
    Recently, a group of Hudson High School students and parents have charged that some teachers at HHHS, specifically in the Social Studies department, are teaching with a liberal bias and stifling the conservative students' opinions. In addition, these students have criticized the administration for violating their commitment to allow students their First Amendment rights. This issue began with the creation of a Conservative Club at Hudson High School. The co-presidents of the new club, Chris Bowler and James Mellilo, hung posters around the school associating themselves with the High School Conservative Clubs of America (HSCCA), and included the Web site,...