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  • Camille Paglia: Public Schools Creating Students Who ‘Know Nothing’

    10/25/2017 11:04:11 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/2017 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Outspoken feminist Camille Paglia says the current generation of hyper-sensitive, safety-seeking college students was gradually created by the downward spiral of public education that has left them ignorant of history and geography and focused, instead, on viewing America as an evil nation. (snip) Paglia said: What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history of any kind. No sense of history. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So, they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where...
  • 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...
  • SRJC professor channels own adversity, and her students’, into writing

    09/08/2017 3:52:10 PM PDT · by rey · 13 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 8 Sept 2017
    Leslie Mancillas believes everyone has a story worth telling. The Santa Rosa Junior College professor and author has worked with her students over the past few years capturing their stories of hardship, hope and triumph in anthologies. Gearing up for her latest student compilation, Mancillas finds herself reflecting about surviving childhood abuse in a memoir she hopes to finish next summer. Her mother beat her and two siblings while hooked on amphetamines and barbiturates, Mancillas said, which had been prescribed for weight loss and sleep. The amphetamines gave her mother — a petite hospital nurse — super strength, she said....
  • The next generation of California public school students will skip the 'mission project'

    08/30/2017 8:48:39 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 18 replies
    SF Gate ^ | August 30, 2017 | Amy Graff
    The fourth-grade tradition of building a California mission out of Popsicle sticks and sugar cubes is being pushed aside by the state as history lessons change to reflect all cultures and more accurately depict the past. A new framework for the curriculum at K-12 public schools means less research into the floor plans of the mission at say San Juan Capistrano, and more time looking at what life was like for both the missionaries and the native people of California.
  • First Grader Sent to Office, Investigated, for ‘Pronoun Mishap’

    08/28/2017 5:20:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 72 replies
    The Stream ^ | August 27, 2017 | TODD STARNES
    A first grader at a California charter school was sent to the principal’s office this week after she accidentally “mis-gendered” a transgender classmate in what’s being called a “pronoun mishap.”This Isn’t the First Time We’ve Heard of Rocklin The incident occurred at Rocklin Academy, a school rocked by controversy after a kindergarten teacher led an in-class discussion on transgenderism that included a “gender reveal” for a little boy who was transitioning to a little girl.For kindergartners.Parents were furious because they were not informed in advance and were not given the chance to opt-out their five-year-olds from the classroom transgender...
  • K-12: Sight-Words are Hoax Words --BACK-TO-SCHOOL ALERT

    08/03/2017 1:41:47 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 43 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 18, 2017 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Hundreds of websites broadcast the same misguided message: children must memorize Sight-Words. This message is false. Probably the most aggressive falsehood is that such memorization is easy to do. One popular site proclaims this malarkey: “Because many Sight-Words are phonetically irregular, tend to be abstract, have limited visual correspondence, or even easily understood definitions, students must memorize them to read quickly and fluently.” Note the casual tone: “Students must memorize them.” The school certainly wouldn’t ask children to do something difficult or impossible, would it? Yes, it would! And therein lies the essence of the hoax. In the context of...
  • As a teacher, I don’t feel guilty anymore about having the summer off

    06/28/2017 5:32:28 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 56 replies
    Ledger-Enquirer ^ | 6/27/2017 | Sheryl Green
    I’m on the road, traveling out West, doing a little hiking, a little sightseeing, a lot of thinking. I just sat down with my laptop and a cup of coffee under the blue skies of Wyoming, thinking about how much I will learn in these 4˝ weeks. That’s the same chunk of the school calendar reflected on our students’ progress reports. Just over four weeks — about 23 days, almost a month.(snip) One of the first questions people on the road ask is about your occupation. That’s always an easy ice-breaker. I reckon I don’t yet look retirement age, so...
  • Secret Teacher: my school is an echo-chamber for leftwing views

    06/24/2017 2:58:14 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 06-24-2017 | Anonymous
    I teach in a mixed comprehensive in a constituency where on 8 June over two-thirds voted Labour, where an overwhelming majority voted Labour in the most recent mayoral vote, and where Labour has been the largest party on the local council for decades. A large majority of staff at our school vote Labour. As a Labour supporter, this thrills me; as a teacher, it makes me question whether my school is doing enough to help our students appreciate other viewpoints. As teachers, we are bound by the 1996 Education Act to present different political beliefs impartially and to not promote...
  • High School Summer Reading List Canceled Over Conservative Authors

    06/23/2017 3:49:19 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 18 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 6.22.2017 | Trey Sanchez
    A teacher at a public high school in Alabama sent his students home with a summer reading list chock full of conservative authors from which to choose, including Ann Coulter, Ronald Reagan, Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, and libertarian John Stossel. But parents became concerned that it leaned too far right and so now, the kids don’t have to read anything over the summer.
  • Evergreen State College vows to create social justice warriors in teaching program

    06/15/2017 10:38:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The College Fix ^ | June 15, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen - Barnard College
    100 percent employment for grads in ‘teaching positions’ Aspiring teachers who yearn to push social justice principles onto their students have until June 25 to apply for Evergreen State College’s Master in Teaching (MIT) program. The two-year program is based at Evergreen’s campus in Tacoma, Washington, half an hour from the recent racial controversies at its main campus in Olympia. MIT promises to prepare the next generation of K-12 educators not only to do their jobs as teachers, but to incorporate social justice into every aspect of their curriculum. The program’s philosophy is simple: One of the paramount goals of...
  • Unsayable Truths about a Failing High School

    05/23/2017 10:42:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | May 23, 2017 | Kay Hymowitz
    Earlier in the month, my high-school alma mater in the prosperous Montgomery County suburbs of Philadelphia went viral. A video of a student brawl injuring four security officers and eight teachers appeared on YouTube, bolstering long-whispered rumors of the district’s decline. Four students were taken into custody; one of them, 18 and charged as an adult for four counts of aggravated assault, is still in jail as I write. All four of the students were black females.
  • Why getting rid of grades would help rich students — and hurt poor ones

    05/13/2017 3:48:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Catherine Rampell
    Think grade inflation has made grades less meaningful? A consortium of 100 elite prep schools agrees. But rather than impose stricter grading curves, these schools plan to eliminate grades altogether. “People are nonstandard,” says D. Scott Looney, head of Cleveland’s Hawken School and founder and board chair of the new Mastery Transcript Consortium. “They grow and evolve in the world in nonstandard ways. Distilling that down to a simple common number like a GPA shaves off a lot of humanity in that journey.” These are not artsy-fartsy alternative schools; the consortium includes some of the most famous pressure-cooker private institutions...
  • TEACHING RACISM IN K-12 CLASSROOMS

    05/09/2017 9:24:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/17 | Matthew Vadum
    Leftist educators are corrupting the young. Teachers at Highlands Elementary, a school in Edina, Minnesota, are indoctrinating five-year-olds in order to radicalize them and encourage them to become activists obsessed with race. Public school teachers across America already saturate students with information about racial injustice in America in a nonstop barrage of historic facts and ahistorical nonsense. And in the culture at large, the media, politicians, and the entertainment industry can’t stop talking about race. The last thing any young student in America needs is to be taught about is race. Race matters only to radicals.
  • It's Time For High School 2.0

    05/06/2017 5:24:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/5/2017 | Kevin Teasley
    Are we "doing" high school right these days? Is it enough to say we have improved our schools by offering more electives, more AP courses, IB classes, and STEM programs? Is that impactful enough, or at all? These are inputs, not outputs, and they are no guarantee to students that they will get a job or get into the college they want to attend when they graduate. So, again, are we doing high schools right, today? As the issue of school choice heats up, this is a question that needs an answer. If the choice is between two schools that...
  • Do teachers actually teach anymore?

    01/19/2017 1:02:50 PM PST · by Kf90 · 70 replies
    1/19/2017 | ME
    My 7 yr old daughter came home from school with a practice study test for her Social Study's test two days prior to the test date. The first night my husband helped her study, asking the questions and my daughter answering from multiple choice answers. The second night, I helped her study and she seemed to struggle with about 6 questions. I asked her if her teacher went over the test or if anything was taught to her about the test at all and my daughter simply said "We just went over the test today." I asked her why and...
  • To Sir, With Love author ER Braithwaite dies aged 104

    12/14/2016 1:56:33 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 14th December 2016
    ER Braithwaite, the Guyanese author of To Sir, With Love, has died at his home in Maryland at the age of 104. Born in Guyana on 27 June 1912, Eustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite was the child of privileged parents, both graduates of Oxford University. His father was a diamond miner while his mother raised the family. During the second world war, he joined the Royal Air Force to fight as a pilot before going on to Cambridge to read physics. He later said that he experienced no racial prejudice within the RAF. On graduating, he found himself barred from work...
  • Teaching Is an Art, Teachers are Not Made

    06/21/2016 10:06:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/21/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Mass government education is just mass indoctrination into a program mandated by the federal government across all fifty states “To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm.” – Friedrich Hayek, The Pretence of Knowledge The week of June 11, 2016 issue of The Economist published a one page editorial on “How to make a good teacher.” It makes a very weak case that teachers can be...
  • How to Create Functional Illiteracy in 7 Easy Lessons

    06/09/2016 5:43:25 AM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 9, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Public schools are expert at creating illiteracy. Our K-12 system can usually guarantee that students don't become fluent readers. The system is nearly foolproof. Parents and teachers can make children illiterate or semi-literate simply by following this well-tested seven-step formula: 1) FORGET ABOUT THE ALPHABET. Do not teach the alphabet, the sounds, or the blends. Reading maestro Frank Smith maintained in Reading Without Nonsense (1973): "I have said that children should not be taught the alphabet[.] ... Until children have a good idea of what reading is about, learning the names of letters is largely a nonsense activity."
  • If Technology is our future, why aren’t we teaching our kids to create it?

    05/07/2016 8:43:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 65 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/07/16 | Megan Barth
    With all of the smart technology in this technological age, maybe we should look at instituting smarter curriculum for our future leaders. That isn't rocket science. It's computer science We have to do everything we can to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit, wherever we find it. We should be helping American companies compete and sell their products all over the world. We should be making it easier and faster to turn new ideas into new jobs and new businesses. And we should knock down any barriers that stand in the way. Because if we’re going to create jobs now and in...
  • Stupid in America: Students Are So Bad, Professor Can’t Grade Them

    03/30/2016 2:45:04 PM PDT · by detective · 67 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 March 2016 | Selwyn Duke
    What does it say when in two days a teacher exhausts the ink in his red pen? Since a nation cannot be “ignorant and free," as Thomas Jefferson put it, it perhaps means we face a threat graver than the Red Menace. Apathetic or even hostile students, dumbed-down tests, often incompetent and ideologically driven teachers, Cracker Jack-box degrees, morally toxic curricula, revisionist history, the new math — education has collapsed in America. And one of the sincere educators, wandering amidst the rubble, recently provided a window into this academic apocalypse.