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  • White House claims ´historic´ lowering of income inequality

    09/23/2016 1:37:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/23/2016 | Joseph Lawler
    President Obama´s economic advisers boasted Friday that he has presided over a "historic" lowering of income inequality, and presented a paper saying that Obamacare and higher taxes on the rich have reduced inequality. "Over the last eight years, President Obama has overseen the largest increase in federal investment to reduce inequality since the Great Society," the White House Council of Economic Advisers concluded in the paper. Jason Furman, the head of the council, also published an op-ed in the Washington Post making the same case. Taking into account all of Obama´s tax hikes for high earners, tax cuts for poor...
  • Better Business Bureau - Give.Org: Clinton Foundation - Standards Not Met (Measuring Effectiveness)

    08/26/2016 10:56:15 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    BBB, Give.Org ^ | May 2016 |
    Clinton Foundation - Programs: The Clinton Foundation works with businesses, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change by implementing programs, facilitating opportunities and forming creative partnerships. The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) collaborates with governments and partners to increase the resiliency of communities facing climate change by creating and implementing replicable and sustainable models that foster cross-sector collaborations. The Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) develops and operates agribusiness projects that empower smallholder farmers to increase...
  • New wi-fi standard triples connectivity speeds

    06/29/2016 8:32:48 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 30 2016 6:57AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    The Wi-Fi Alliance standards body has added new features to its 802.11ac specification that promise up to three times the speed of existing wi-fi devices and the potential to move data faster than wired, gigabit ethernet local area networks. Named Wi-Fi Certified ac, the new specification add-ons include multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) radio aerial technology. This allows more devices to connect to the wi-fi access point and send and receive simultaneously for better throughput and responsiveness, an important consideration in enterprise and events settings. Older wi-fi access points manage connections in a round-robin fashion, with only one device...
  • Putting women on the front line is dangerous PC meddling. We will pay for it in blood

    04/06/2016 4:31:06 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 49 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 5, 2016 | Colonel Richard Kemp
    The Ministry of Defence admits it is reviewing military physical fitness standards in preparation for the expected announcement later this year that women will be allowed to serve in all front-line combat units, including the infantry and SAS. The MoD denies that standards will be reduced, but of course that is precisely what is going to happen. Generals – having put up a fight for many years – have been told women will join front-line units and, like the good soldiers they are, intend to make it work. The people who have demanded this change – politicians desperate to be...
  • Cruz for President Campaign Asks Radio Stations to Pull False Attack Ads Running in Iowa

    12/01/2015 4:44:21 PM PST · by Isara · 45 replies ^ | 12/01/15
    Ad Makes Bogus Claim About Cruz Support for Oil SubsidiesHOUSTON, Texas - The Cruz for President Campaign today sent a letter to Iowa radio stations requesting they stop running a false ad placed by America's Renewable Future, a lobbyist group that wants to keep taxpayer subsidies going to the ethanol industry.The ad falsely claims, "Politicians like Ted Cruz support subsidies for Big Oil, but want to end support for ethanol.""It is blatantly false to suggest that Sen. Cruz wants to end the Renewable Fuel Standard while maintaining subsidies for oil," Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler said. "Cruz has repeatedly stated that...
  • Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism

    07/30/2015 7:26:15 PM PDT · by Maceman · 8 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 7/29/15 | ZOË SCHLANGER
    The company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students will release a revision to the standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning, after significant pushback from conservatives who claimed the redesigned course framework, released last year, painted American history in too negative a light. More at:
  • Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism

    07/30/2015 12:38:37 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 29, 2015 | By Zoë Schlanger
    The company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students will release a revision to the standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning, after significant pushback from conservatives who claimed the redesigned course framework, released last year, painted American history in too negative a light. The new framework significantly pares down last year’s framework, simplifying and condensing the course’s Thematic Learning Objectives from 50 to 19, according to an official at the College Board, the nonprofit organization that administers AP exams. In the process, a new section on the concept of “American exceptionalism” has been added. Some names...
  • Percentage of African-Americans in U.S. Police Departments Remains Flat Since 2007

    05/15/2015 5:31:03 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Ben Kesling and Cameron McWhirter
    Percentage of African-Americans in U.S. Police Departments Remains Flat Since 2007 But police hiring of other minorities has increased, report shows By Ben Kesling and Cameron McWhirter May 14, 2015 2:43 p.m. ET 28 COMMENTS The percentage of African-Americans in U.S. police departments has remained flat since before the recession, even as police hiring of other minorities has increased, according to a U.S. Department of Justice survey released Thursday. A lack of black officers, especially in communities with large African-American populations, has been cited frequently in the wake of police-involved deaths of black residents that sparked riots in cities from...
  • Microsoft Edge: Building a safer browser

    05/12/2015 5:50:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    Microsoft Edge Dev Blog ^ | May 11, 2015 | Microsoft Edge Team
    With Microsoft Edge, we want to fundamentally improve security over existing browsers and enable users to confidently experience the web from Windows. We have designed Microsoft Edge to defend users from increasingly sophisticated and prevalent attacks. This post covers some of the advanced technologies used to protect Microsoft Edge, including industry leading sandboxing, compiler, and memory management techniques developed in close partnership with Windows. Web Security Threats While the web is predominantly a safe environment, some sites are designed to steal money and personal information. Thieves by nature don’t care about rules, and will use any means to take advantage...
  • None from first-ever group of female soldiers training to be Army Rangers advance through 1st round

    05/11/2015 7:03:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 9, 2015
    None from first-ever group of female soldiers training to be Army Rangers advance through first round: officials BY Rachelle Blidner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, May 9, 2015, 5:24 PM The first-ever female soldiers allowed to train to be Army Rangers did not make it through the first round of the course, officials said Friday. Eight women and 101 men who made it through the first tests of the 20-day Crawl Phase will have to try again to pass the last few at one of the toughest soldier training schools, officials said.
  • Common Core State Standards aren’t so easy to replace

    12/25/2014 7:16:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/24/14 | Michael J. Petrilli, Michael Brickman
    **SNIP** Starting from scratch, on the other hand, pulls the rug out from under educators who have spent almost five years implementing Common Core in their classrooms. “You just get frustrated and tired with trying to appease people who really have no idea what’s going on with you day to day,” one kindergarten teacher told Mississippi’s Clarion-Ledger. “It’s just really mind-blowing that this is something they’re considering doing at this point.” Teachers are all too familiar with the fad du jour. Policymakers promised them that Common Core would be different, that it would have staying power. Teachers are right to...
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to sue Obama Administration on Common Core

    08/27/2014 7:24:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-27-14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he was filing a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Obama administration over alleged manipulation of grant money to force states to accept Common Core as their school standards. Mr. Jindal is also accusing the White House of manipulating the regulatory process to compel states to take the much-disputed educational program, The Associated Press reported. The U.S. Department of Education used its $4.3 billion grant program and waiver policy to press states into accepting the same educational testing and standards program. Mr. Jindal said that action “effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum,”...
  • Classics radio still has a home on Western Pennsylvania dials

    08/27/2014 5:03:55 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 15 replies
    Pitt Trib Review ^ | 8/26/14 | Patrick Cloonan
    Some oldies fans get their fix from XM radio stations or internet streaming music like Pandora. But since WJAS (1320 AM) was sold and switched from “nostalgia” programming to talk earlier this month, fans have been searching for a new radio station to hear their favorite music. “It was a shock for them to shift to talk shows from music that a lot of people liked,” said Anne Zuza, 70, of Ross. As another ex-WJAS listener emailed: “Is there any other station that plays the classic hits of the '50s, '60s and '70s?” That depends on your interpretation of “classic...
  • 'Pink Slime' Recovers as Beef Prices Surge

    05/24/2014 7:46:59 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 13 replies
    Newswr ^ | 5-24-2014 | John Johnson
    "Pink slime" may have become the scourge of the meat industry a few years back, but time and rising beef prices can work wonders. The Wall Street Journal reports that the two biggest producers of the product they prefer to call "finely textured beef" have mostly bounced back after sales bottomed out in 2012 amid a flurry of negative media reports. "Two years ago, no one would return our calls," says an exec with Beef Products Inc. "Now some of those same people are calling us unsolicited, and we don't have the sales staff to maintain the new business." And...
  • Eros and Estrogen on the Front Line (no successful military in history has put women in combat)

    04/22/2014 11:10:38 AM PDT · by xzins · 93 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 22, 2014 | Michael R. Shannon
    Instead woman already in the military ... will find themselves assigned to combat arms to meet a quota designed by a wide–load Member of Congress whose most strenuous activity is the Pilates class she makes once a month. Still, they won’t be seeing the elephant overnight. Right now only a handful of the 203,000 women currently in the military can pass the physical for combat infantry or Marines. When faced with the reality that women can’t pass the test, Congress and Pentagon paper–pushers will change the test until they can pass. Unfortunately, when you lower standards by definition you get...
  • Scott Walker backs revisiting Common Core standards in Wisconsin

    01/25/2014 8:56:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-24-14 | Lydia Mulvany
    Wisconsin should develop its own academic benchmarks by re-examining the Common Core Academic Standards already adopted by Wisconsin and many other states, Gov. Scott Walker said at an education conference Friday. In a speech at the State Education Convention in Milwaukee, Walker said he is working on legislation that would create a commission, chaired by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, to revisit the Common Core standards, which he said weren't high enough and were being dictated by people who weren't from Wisconsin. "We embrace high standards in the state of Wisconsin," Walker said. "There's got to be a way...
  • Cemetery withdraws approval for SpongeBob gravestones

    10/21/2013 10:38:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12 hours ago | Mike Krumboltz
    A cemetery's decision to withdraw its approval for a pair of SpongeBob SquarePants headstones has sparked a controversy in Cincinnati. Sgt. Kimberly Walker was killed this past Valentine's Day. Her boyfriend, Sgt. Montrell Mayo, was charged with her murder. Walker was apparently a passionate fan of SpongeBob SquarePants. Her mother, Deborah Walker, told WLWT that they placed the Nickelodeon cartoon character in Kimberly's casket. Seeking to honor Kimberly further, the family had two 6-foot-tall SpongeBob SquarePants headstones erected. The first, dressed in an Army uniform, would be for Kimberly. The second, dressed in Navy attire, would be for her twin...
  • Robin Williams Is New King of TV...[Blatant Error in Second Sentence]

    09/28/2013 11:59:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    Showbiz 411 ^ | 9/27/13 | Roger Friedman
    Almost 16 million people watched Robin Williams’ new comedy on CBS last night. The Oscar winner and extremely funny comedian’s first TV sitcom, “The Crazy Ones,” had 15.6 total viewers. It was the second most watched show on Thursday night behind the season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory.”
  • It’s Time To Hold Progressives To Their Own Standards

    09/22/2013 3:25:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | September 22, 2013 | Dereki Hunter
    If there’s one thing liberals/progressives can’t handle it is being held to their own standards. They support higher taxes but shelter their wealth in trusts and tax havens, which already is earned and no longer taxable as income, so they can avoid the death tax. They claim “the rich” aren’t paying their “fair share” and decry “loopholes” but then avail themselves of every deduction their accountants can find. They will not live the way they seek to impose on others unless and until it is imposed on others, and then only maybe. In the case of Obamacare, Members of Congress...
  • College professors should be more involved in K-12 education

    09/16/2013 4:08:08 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 8, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [SUMMARY: All levels of education influence each other. College professors can greatly help higher education by joining the fight to improve secondary education.]-- No school is an island; each school, each sector of education, is connected to the others. Influences flow between them. It’s reasonable to think a nation’s educational institutions will rise and fall together. College professors may hope they can retreat to an ivory tower, untouched by the mediocrity in our public schools. Some professors may believe they are an intellectual aristocracy, and as such cannot be contaminated by the rabble below. However, the contamination relentlessly spreads and...
  • Common Core Conspiracy Unraveling? (UPDATE)

    09/09/2013 5:10:44 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies ^ | Sept. 2, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Recent headline on an education site sums up the story: “The majority of public supports Common Core, but opposition is growing.” Another ed site announced, with a map: “Breaking News: 20 States' Pending Reject or Limit Common Core." Common Core Curriculum, steamrollered across the country several years ago and adopted by almost 45 states, may be faltering. Why do so many people consider this wonderful news? Here are 8 good reasons: 1) Common Core represents a federal takeover of education. This is a dream that progressives and liberals have pursued for a century. States and communities have traditionally been...
  • Were children smarter a century ago?

    07/31/2013 5:25:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 80 replies
    Test for eighth graders in Kentucky dated 1912 ignites debate over kids' intelligence today A general examination to test eighth grade students in Kentucky's Bullitt County school system in 1912 has stumped some adults and ignited a debate over the intelligence of children today. The arithmetic, geography, civil government, physiology, grammar and history questions range from 'What is a personal pronoun?' to 'Who first discovered Lawrence River?' and 'Define Cerebrum'. Posted on Lew Rockwell, the type-written test has promoted some adults to try and answer the questions, and caused some parents to critique the U.S. school system. 'I performed poorly,'...
  • Common Core supporters fight back

    06/13/2013 9:55:20 AM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 12 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 13, 2013 | Catherine Candisky
    As some conservative state lawmakers push last-minute legislation to block Common Core standards for math and English, supporters of the curriculum guidelines adopted by Ohio and 44 other states are going on the offensive. StudentsFirst, an education-advocacy group, is mailing fliers this week to Republican voters in the districts of GOP legislators touting some well-known conservative politicians and business leaders who back the standards. “Our intent is to combat myths about Common Core standards that are being perpetuated by some conservative provocateurs such as Glenn Beck, which have spread like wildfire, and seem intent on falsely casting (the standards) as...
  • No closer to common ground: Hearing airs concerns on Common Core

    05/23/2013 6:06:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-22-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON –Nearly three years after state Superintendent Tony Evers signed off on implementing the Common Core State Standards, the Assembly and Senate committees on education got around to holding a public hearing to get the facts on the changes in Wisconsin classrooms. The room was packed Wednesday, mostly made up of ‘stop Common Core’ advocates with signs and red T-shirts. There was no mixing up these Common Core opponents with the suit-wearing government bureaucrats and experts asked to testify. Some attendees were shipped down the hall to an overflow room to watch the hearing. The showing at the Capitol could...
  • “Common Core” or “Rotten to the Core” — You Decide (Government propaganda for schoolchildren)

    05/13/2013 9:04:17 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies ^ | 5/12/13 | Diane Rufino
    Common Core is an educational curriculum being forced upon the states by the Obama administration, which is scheduled to be mostly implemented this year in the 45 states that have adopted it. Common Core eliminates local control over K-12 curriculum in math and English, instead imposing a one-size-fits-all, top-down curriculum that will also apply to private schools and homeschoolers. Common Core was has been promoted in a manner that sounds good and commendable – “States working together to create national standards for education… standards that are designed to be robust and relevant in the real world.” Common Core describes itself...
  • The W3C's Soul at Stake

    05/03/2013 9:14:22 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    Free Software Foundation ^ | 02 May 2013 | Richard Stallman
    The World Wide Web consortium is considering a proposal to specify standards for HTML extensions to implement Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). The proposal is supported by Netflix, Microsoft, Google and the BBC. HTML was initially designed to describe the semantics of text and give control to the browser over how to present it. Since it became common for companies to have web sites, they have steered the development of HTML towards precise control over what the user sees and the behavior of the page -- arguably going in the wrong direction, but not an injustice ... until now. Of course, the W3C...
  • The Kilogram Has Gained Weight

    01/07/2013 8:47:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 06 January 2013 07:43 PM ET | Tia Ghose
    The kilogram may need to go on a diet. The international standard, a cylinder-shaped hunk of metal that defines the fundamental unit of mass, has gained tens of micrograms in weight from surface contamination, according to a new study. As a result, each country that has one of these standard masses has a slightly different definition of the kilogram, which could throw off science experiments that require very precise weight measurements or international trade in highly restricted items that are restricted by weight, such as radioactive materials. But ozone and ultraviolet light could be used to clean the kilograms without...
  • Nation’s children push back against Michelle Obama-backed school lunch regs

    09/23/2012 7:12:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 174 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 22, 2012 | Caroline May
    Children and parents across the country are fed up with the restrictive new school meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” which has long been touted by first lady Michelle Obama. The standards — which cap meal calories at 650 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, at 700 calories for middle school students and 850 for high school students — also dictate the number of breads, proteins, vegetables and fruits children are allowed per meal. A spokeswoman for Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who earlier this month introduced legislation to...
  • Rules to double U.S. fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2024

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The Obama administration finalized new fuel economy rules Tuesday that within 12 years will almost double today's standard for cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon. The rules, which have been in the works for several years, will add thousands of dollars to the cost of new cars. But in the long run, regulators say, drivers will spend less on gas, outweighing the additional cost at the dealership. They say the rules will also help reduce the nation's oil imports from OPEC by about half.
  • Don't Let The Feds Take Over Your Schools

    07/13/2012 6:46:20 AM PDT · by Guido2012 · 10 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 7/12/12 | Tony Caruso
    Obama has taken over most of the auto industry, all of the banking industry, and all of the transportation industry. But the biggest threat of all is his determination to take over education, and he is doing it without congressional approval.
  • How to make the end of abortion the end of unwanted children

    01/25/2012 11:48:17 AM PST · by Morgana · 29 replies · 1+ views
    January 25, 2012 ( - Recently I’ve been discussing the correlation between the problem of emancipating slaves in the American South, and the problem of ending abortion in our country. While most pro-lifers agree abortion must be ended as soon as possible, it doesn’t change the fact that an extra one million babies per year, many born to mothers with limited resources or parenting skills, will put a great strain on federal assistance and social welfare programs. The first part of the solution to this problem is far-reaching and, admittedly, far-fetched. It involves changing the way young people view personal...
  • Raising Our Standards

    01/17/2012 11:50:58 PM PST · by gabriellah · 4 replies
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 01/18/2012 | Angela Morabito
    Contrary to what we were told in grade school, readers are not always leaders. We have a President who is a great reader – charismatic, confident, catchphrasey (Hope! Change! What are we hoping gets changed? And how do you act on that hope to build a better future? No good liberal media wonk dared ask these questions to the Dalai Bama). But somehow, we were all surprised when Obama’s many promises turned out to be 1) actually terrible ideas, 2) hollow, or 3) both. We expected him to stand by his words…but, like so many politicians before him, he was...
  • CAFE Spells RIP for Trucks: Ford Ranger the first casualty.

    12/13/2011 5:57:25 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 147 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12.13.11 @ 6:07AM | Eric Peters
    The government's pending (2016) 35.5 MPG CAFE fuel economy requirements -- which for the first time apply to trucks as well as passenger cars -- are going to make it very difficult for any automaker to sell trucks in volume in this country. Ford has just dropped the compact-size Ranger from its U.S. model lineup -- making it the first CAFE casualty -- and I predict that larger trucks are on the endangered species list now, too.... Even a small truck with a four-cylinder engine will have a hard time averaging 35.5 MPG....
  • Mercury News editorial: Thank California for new U.S. fuel standards

    07/31/2011 10:08:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 7/31/11 | Editorial
    When President Barack Obama announced an agreement to double fuel-economy requirements Friday, standing with him were industry executives and environmental, public health and labor leaders, all of whom, remarkably, had signed off on the deal. But the real credit for this historic achievement, which is expected to cut oil consumption by 1.5 million barrels per day and eliminate half of all carbon pollution nationwide, doesn't go to the White House. Instead, thank California. For decades the state has set the nation's clean-energy agenda; it's been the tip of the spear in the fight for higher fuel standards. Its huge automobile...
  • So Many Excuses (Or: How We Know Educators Hate Education)

    03/19/2011 4:31:43 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 13 replies ^ | March 18, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Judging by the record, our Education Establishment believes in teaching as little as possible. Indeed, the prevailing attitude seems to be one of pious horror. Teach X, Y, or Z?? Heaven forbid. Presumably, these elite educators want students to know their own names. Once you reach that achievement, our Education Establishment seems bereft of any good reason why you, a student, might wish to know anything else. My impression is that the education commissars don't want teachers to teach much, and they don't want students to learn much. The broader goal seems to be a world where people know next...
  • Report on Public School Failures Sparks Interest in Change

    03/12/2011 1:00:26 PM PST · by John Semmens · 23 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 12 March 2011 | John Semmens
    A Department of Education study indicating that 82% of the nation’s public schools could be labeled “failing” under standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act has sparked a discussion of the need for “change.” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan characterized the Act’s approach as “fundamentally flawed.” “What other government service demands such strict standards of accountability?” Duncan asked. “Do we penalize public transit because it can’t deliver cost-effective transportation? No, we invest more resources to keep it going. We ought to do the same thing for our public schools.” Duncan also maintained that the goal of having all...
  • Ever Wonder Why Public Schools Are So Dysfunctional??

    02/11/2011 4:35:15 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 68 replies · 1+ views ^ | Feb 4, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The "Top 10 Worst Ideas In Education," according to new article on -------------------------------------- Bill Gates said public schools are so bad they are a threat to the national economy and the society’s long-term survival. Why does he think this? What is it that most needs fixing? Herewith the 10 worst ideas in public education: 1) BOGUS READING INSTRUCTION --- Whole Word, Sight Words, and Dolch Words (there are many aliases) have created 50 million functional illiterates, for the simple reason that this method does not work. (No one learns to read fluently with Sight-Words. Some people learn to read,...
  • FDA rejects highly-anticipated diet drug Qnexa

    10/31/2010 7:34:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 29, 2010 | Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer
    WASHINGTON – Federal health regulators have decided not to approve an experimental diet pill called Qnexa, which had been touted by many experts as the most promising weight-loss drug in more than a decade. The drug's maker, Vivus Inc., said in a statement Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration declined to approve the drug in its present form. The agency asked for more study results and additional information on its possible health risks, including major cardiovascular events and risks for women of childbearing potential.
  • Do American Students Know Anything???

    10/20/2010 2:56:39 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 16 replies ^ | Oct. 19, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Welcome to America where there's an incessant whine about testing... Okay, this piece is not deep, but some may find it amusing. One of those easy-tests that kids should know all the answers to. But we fear that many won't. Because lots of public schools would rather be struck by a tornado than teach a fact.
  • If Schools Were Like 'American Idol' . . .

    10/08/2010 1:24:41 PM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/08/2010 | Rupert Murdoch
    Unless we measure success by how children perform, we'll have higher standards for pop stars than public schools. Over the past few years, I have often complained about a hidebound culture that prevents many newspapers from responding to the challenges of new technology. There is, however, another hidebound American institution that is also finding it difficult to respond to new challenges: our big-city schools. Today, for example, the United States is home to more than 2,000 dysfunctional high schools. They represent less than 15% of American high schools yet account for about half of our dropouts. When you break this...
  • FDA's standards for Gulf seafood may be lower than those in past oil spills

    09/05/2010 7:30:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Press-Register [Mobile, AL] ^ | 9/5/10 | Ben Raines
    A Press-Register examination of the process used to reopen state waters around the Gulf to commercial fishing suggests that the Food and Drug Administration used an imprecise testing method, less protective standards than after past oil spills, and seafood consumption estimates that may not account for the dietary habits of Gulf Coast residents. (Snip) For the Gulf spill, the FDA assumed an adult eats about 3 pounds of fish per month, and about 1.6 pounds total of shrimp, crabs and oysters. Such consumption rates offer a built in-safety net, the FDA says, because the agency believes only 10 percent
  • N.J. is among coalition of states awarded Race to the Top funds to assess standardized tests

    09/02/2010 3:15:06 PM PDT · by nmh · 1 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 9/2/10 | Jessica Calefati
    TRENTON — The U.S. Department of Education today awarded a total of $330 million to two coalitions of states — both of which include New Jersey — to create a new generation of standardized tests that will assess national standards for what students should learn in school. The U.S. DOE is awarding funding for the new assessments through its $4.35 billion Race to the Top competition. The federal government awarded nearly all of its Race to the Top funding through an education reform competition that New Jersey narrowly lost last week. But $425 million was left over to create better...
  • The Associated Press has a “Standards Center”?

    08/19/2010 3:43:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Sister Toldjah ^ | 8/19/10 | Sister Toldjah
    Unsurpisingly, the Associated Press has advised its staff NOT to call the Ground Zero mosque … the Ground Zero mosque (via): Colleagues, Here is some guidance on covering the NYC mosque story, with assists from Chad Roedemeier in the NYC bureau and Terry Hunt in Washington: 1. We should continue to avoid the phrase “ground zero mosque” or “mosque at ground zero” on all platforms. (We’ve very rarely used this wording, except in slugs, though we sometimes see other news sources using the term.) The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two...
  • Does the black church keep black women single?

    08/10/2010 5:45:32 PM PDT · by tlb · 54 replies · 1+ views
    cnn ^ | August 10, 2010 | Liane Membis
    it is this devout style of belief and attachment to the black church that is keeping black women single and lonely. Cooper made claims that predominantly black protestant churches are the main reason black women are single. Cooper argues that rigid beliefs constructed by the black church are blinding black women in their search for love. In raising the issue, Cooper ignited a public conversation about a topic that is increasingly getting attention in the black community and beyond. Oprah Winfrey, among others, recently hosted a show about single black women and relationships after a Yale University study found that...
  • Hollow Common Core

    08/03/2010 7:30:18 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 3, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    In their frustration with education reform, conservative theorists often fall prey to the same inclination of their putative opponents—nationalization. In their rush to nationalize tough standards for schools, these scholars often find the standard elusive: Only the national part remains. Think No Child Left Behind. That dance is about to begin anew. “The K-12 academic standards in English language arts (ELA) and math produced last month by the Common Core State Standards Initiative are clearer and more rigorous than today’s ELA standards in 37 states and today’s math standards in 39 states,” the Fordham Institute found. Yet even two Fordham...
  • Perry says state will not apply for education grants

    06/01/2010 1:14:05 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 18 replies · 623+ views
    Houston Comicle ^ | June 1, 2010 | ERICKA MELLON
    Gov. Rick Perry, reiterating his concerns about a federal takeover of education, gave the final word today that Texas will not apply for the second round of a federal grant worth up to $700 million for local schools. Perry refused to compete for the first round of the Race to the Top grant in January, but had not definitively said the state would sit out round two. The Republican governor repeatedly has criticized President Barack Obama's education grant because it favors states that adopt common curriculum standards. “This administration's attempt to bait states into adopting national standards is an effort...
  • Tricare Meets Health Care Bill’s Standards, Gates Says

    03/22/2010 4:59:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 595+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 22, 2010 – The Tricare military health plan meets the standards set by the health care reform bill the House of Representatives passed last night, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in a statement issued yesterday. Calling their health and well-being his highest priority, Gates reassured servicemembers and their families that the legislation won’t have a negative effect on Tricare, which “already meets the bill's quality and minimum benefit standards.” “This was clarified by a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives [March 20], and is expected to be re-affirmed by the Senate,” Gates said in the statement....
  • OOXML not suitable for Norwegian government, says study

    02/09/2010 5:55:44 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 3 replies · 166+ views
    Good Gear Guide ^ | 09 February 2010 | Leif Martin Kirknes
    Microsoft's XML-based office document format, OOXML, does not meet the requirements for governmental use, according to a new report published by the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (DIFI). The agency wants to start a debate over the report as part of its work on standards in the Norwegian government. For the Norwegian government, PDF is the recommended file format for publishing noneditable files, while Open Document Format (ODF), the native file format of productivity suites including the open-source, is the recommended format for publishing editable files. Versions of PDF, ODF and OOXML have all been adopted as...
  • Education

    01/08/2010 12:02:51 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies · 192+ views ^ | Jan 5, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    An Easy Way For Parents To Monitor How Well Their Children Are Doing In School Here’s the problem: public schools are sometimes mediocre; children learn little; but parents don’t find out until it’s too late. “What parents need,” according to Bruce Price, the founder of, “is simple benchmarks suggesting the subjects that children would typically study in each grade. I’m talking about really simple rules of thumb, comparable to ‘children usually walk by two and talk by three.’ We need the same sort of guidelines for each grade..” has just added “43: American Basic Curriculum,” which is intended...
  • French Students Protest Dress Codes by Going to School in Skanky Skirts

    12/23/2009 10:59:02 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 35 replies · 2,350+ views ^ | 12-23-09 | Amy Odell
    High-school kids in France are fighting for their right to wear revealing clothing to school. Apparently some schools have new dress codes that ban things like short skirts, piercings, and low-slung pants. At one school last week, a chick managed to convince 300 of 2,100 students to come to school dressed in violation of the new code. This meant revealing shorts or minis for girls and board shorts for guys. Their new headmaster was trying to ban skirts above the knee and clothes with holes in them. The protest organizer got in trouble, obviously. Her actions led to a three-day...