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Florida Teacher Accused Of Ordering Students To Attack Classmate

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Florida teacher was fired this week after she was accused last year of ordering a group of eighth grade boys to attack a younger student, according to WPTV.

  Security camera footage shows a woman identified as former Port St. Lucie teacher Dru Dehart pointing a seventh grade boy out to a group of six eighth students. Moments later, the teens pounce on the younger boy.

  WPTV is reporting that Radravious Williams had threatened Dehart that day, hence why she allegedly ordered the older boys to attack him in March.”

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Miley Cyrus "Bangerz Tour" - Tour Opener - Vancouver, BC

 

 

 

” Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs has a new academic discipline for America’s scholars:

  The course, called The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media, is a 251-level special topics course taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Carolyn Chernoff. The professor encourages students to look past the colon in her course title and see what the class is really about.

In the photograph at right, it’s actually not that difficult to see past the colon.

  Skidmore junior Layla Lakos, a sociology/philosophy major, first heard about the new Miley course on Facebook. Lakos laughed, but was intrigued all the same.

” You can study a lot of things based on Miley,” she said. “She represents how transient wealth and fame can be, and shows how possible it is to change your image.”

  One of the easiest ways to understand how transient wealth is is to invest a six-figure sum in Twerk State University. The Atlantic reports on “the least valuable colleges and majors in America“:

  The self-reported earnings of art majors from Murray State are so low that after two decades, a typical high school grad will have out-earned them by nearly $200,000. “

 

~ Since we’re talking about The Atlantic, a few years ago, back when I was the magazine’s obituarist, a New Hampshire neighbor of mine called me up and said they were considering mortgaging the family homestead because their daughter wanted to go to Columbia Journalism School. Her ambition was to be an editor at The Atlantic and, as I wrote for the magazine, they thought I might have some useful advice for her. I don’t have a degree from Columbia Journalism School or even Murray State University; I don’t have a high-school diploma. Apparently, that’s fine if you want to write a column for the magazine, but to copy-edit the same column, and to correct any Canadian spellings I may have slipped in, your parents need to mortgage the home your family’s lived in for the last two-and-a-quarter centuries.”

 

 

Make this your mandatory Saturday morning read … Mr Steyn is spot on , as usual .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teach Your Children About The Constitution

 

 

 

Uploaded on Mar 5, 2011

” 1976. This song teaches about the opening to the United States Constitution, with its preamble set to music. When writing this song, they had to remove a small section of the preamble to make the song rhyme. This song was voted the 6th best song on the 30th anniversary edition. Sung by Essra Mohawk. Written by Bob Dorough, Tom Yohe.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents Argue Teaching Young Kids To Shoot Prevents Gun Accidents

 

 

TEACHING KIDS ABOUT GUNS

 

” As two adults stood next to him to help hold his shoulder, Charlie Doxey, then 4 years old, took aim with a machine gun that was longer than he is tall, and fired.

” Is that fun, Charlie?” an adult nearby asked him, as the little boy smiled.

  Charlie was one of several children at a family get-together hosted outside of Atlanta, where young kids can learn how to shoot while their parents look on — and this was not Charlie’s first time.

” I knew that he was safe,” said Charlie’s mother Jennifer Doxey. “Guns don’t have to be bad. They’re good, they’re fun, you can have family fun with them.”

Georgia law allows fully automatic rifles in the state as long as they were obtained before 1986.”

     This should be a non-issue as the left is all about Education, Education, Education … A more educated individual is a more capable individual thus the resounding success of the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program . If they could just see past their blind hatred of a simple piece of metal with no will of it’s own their own hypocrisy would be revealed to them . they have no problem “educating” 5 year-olds about the joys of sex so why should they object to a child learning about the capabilities of firearms ?
    One can easily make the case that we are already seeing a significant reduction in accidental firearms deaths even as the percentage of guns per person continues to soar . Accidental shootings don’t even make it into the top five in terms of annual deaths . The average citizen has an exponentially greater risk of dying from a fall , in a fire , being poisoned , dying in a car wreck or even drowning that they do of being accidentally shot . You are four times more likely to chock to death than to be accidentally shot and educating children in the use of firearms can only bring the number lower as the success of the NRA program demonstrates .
    Of course reason is not what governs the debate over the gun issue . Nor is the issue public safety . We all know what the forces of the State and their allies in the media are after … it is CONTROL . 

MRUniversity Presents Video 1 of 245 From The Course: Development Economics

 

 

 

” Some basic data on development, both across countries today and through time. We make use in this video of the excellent tool Gapminder made famous by Hans Rosling.”

Read more and take the practice exam at MRUniversity.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From The Heritage Foundation

 

 

 

Published on Jan 26, 2014

” The education system wasn’t working. Lisa Stevens and other local parents knew their children weren’t receiving the tools they needed to succeed — so they decided to do something in their community of Greenville, South Carolina. Watch the video for their full story. Visit http://www.InLoveWithAmerica.com to learn more about the new book Falling in Love with America Again.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education

 

 

” Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Not only was he home schooled, but Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. As Logan has mentioned, when he grows up he wants to be happy and healthy. At a TEDx talk in 2013, he discussed how hacking his education is helping him achieve that goal.

  Currently about 3.8% of children ages 5 – 17 are home schooled in the US. In Canada, that number drops to about 1%. This is a number that is expected to continue growing in both countries as more see the limitations of our current education system. Also, studies done in the US and Canada show that home schooled children out perform their peers from both private and public schools.

  In my view, home schooling is much more likely to create a creative, adaptive, and forward thinking person who is less conditioned to think only within the small confines of a crumbling system. Does this mean it is for everyone and that one can’t turn out that way through standard education? No, I simply feel the chances are far greater with homeschooling.”

Department Of Black Justice Issues Discipline Rules For Teachers: Black Students Must Be Let Off The Hook

 

 

 

 

 

” The Obama administration is issuing new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are punished for violating school rules.

  Civil rights advocates have long said that a “school-to-prison” pipeline stems from overly zealous school discipline policies targeting black and Hispanic students that bring them out of school and into the court system.

  Attorney General Eric Holder said the problem often stems from well intentioned “zero-tolerance” policies that too often inject the criminal justice system into the resolution of problems. Zero tolerance policies, a tool that became popular in the 1990s, often spell out uniform and swift punishment for offenses such as truancy, smoking or carrying a weapon. Violators can lose classroom time or become saddled with a criminal record.

“ Ordinary troublemaking can sometimes provoke responses that are overly severe, including out of school suspensions, expulsions and even referral to law enforcement and then you end up with kids that end up in police precincts instead of the principal’s office,” Holder said.”

 

 

HT/Ulsterman Report

 

 

 

 

 

Supreme Court Orders Obama Admin to Respond to Romeike Homeschooler’s Petition

 

 

 

 

” The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the Obama administration to respond to a petition by the Home School Legal Defense Association to hear an appeal in the Romeikes deportation case.

 The Obama administration has sought to deport the Romeikes, a German family that fled to the United States to protect their right to homeschool. If they had stayed in Germany, they risked fines or having their children taken from them, as recently happened with another homeschooling family in Germany.

 An appeals court agreed with the administration, which argued that the freedom to determine the education of one’s children is not a fundamental right. The administration also agreed with a German court’s argument that banning homeschooling teaches tolerance of diverse viewsHSLDA petitioned the Supreme Court to review that appeals court decision.”

 
    If the determination of our children’s education is “not a fundamental right” then nothing is . That line of reasoning leads only to servitude and subjugation and slavery . If we are not free to best decide the future of our children whether it be educational or medical then our children are nothing but future servants of the State .

 

 

” The fact that the Supreme Court wants the administration to weigh in on the petition increases the likelihood that it will hear the case, but it is no guarantee.

” We are pleased by the Court’s interest in the issues we have presented in our petition,” HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris wrote in an email to HSLDA supporters. “Romeike v. Holder gives the Court an opportunity to address important religious freedom and human rights issues. We hope that after due consideration of the government’s brief they will agree to hear our case.”

 

 

    Here’s to hoping the Supreme court decides to hear this case . We the people need a ruling once and for all regarding the limits to the State’s power to indoctrinate . If our children are not ours , then they are not their own either … that leaves nothing but serfdom with the State as our Lord of the Manor . 

 

 

The Kids Aren’t All Right

 

 

 

 

 

” A word of caution for kids heading off to college this year: Your degree may be worth less and cost more than you think. Your job prospects will likely be grim, whether or not you get that sheepskin. Oh, and you’re on the hook for trillions in federal debt racked up by your parents and grandparents.

Washington has willfully ignored the looming crisis of entitlement spending, knowingly consigning young Americans to a future of crushing debt, persistent underemployment, and burdensome regulation. Politicians on both sides of the aisle share the blame.

This summer, Congress made a big bipartisan show of cutting student loan rates to 3.4 percent from an already artificially low 6.8 percent. But even that seemingly helpful gesture will wind up hurting the Americans it claims to help. Federal student aid, whether in the form of grants or loans, is the main factor behind the runaway cost of higher education. Subsidies raise prices, leading to higher subsidies, which raise prices even more. This higher education bubble, like the housing bubble before it, will eventually pop. Meanwhile, large numbers of students will graduate with more debt than they would have in an unsubsidized market.

And when those new, debt-laden graduates head out into the labor market with their overpriced diplomas, they may not be able to find a job. According to data provided to me by my Mercatus Center colleague, former Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) commissioner Keith Hall, fewer than half of Americans today between the ages of 18 and 25 are employed. For those in that cohort actively on the job market, the unemployment rate is 16 percent, versus 6 percent for job-seekers aged 25 and above.

This jobs crisis will have long-term consequences for young Americans. A forthcoming paper in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics on Canadian college graduates by the economists Philip Oreopoulos, Till Von Wachter, and Andrew Heisz shows that in economies like ours, during normal times, the average person sees 70 percent of career wage growth in the first 10 years on the job. That is terrible news for people who are unemployed or underemployed at the start of their careers. The study also shows that those unlucky enough to graduate during a recession will suffer a 9 percent pay hit from the start of their careers-and it will likely take them a decade to climb out of that hole.

Weak economies always hit younger people hard, but this weak recovery is taking a particularly heavy toll, despite the massive government intervention in the form of stimulus and job programs. In fact, much of the uncertainty that gets in the way of employers hiring new full-time workers can be traced to government policies.

 

 

Illustration by RJ Matson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Father Responds to Argus Leader “My Voice” Letter

 

 

 

” On October 17th, in the Argus Leader “My Voice” column, the Argus Leader published a letter titled, “Common Core Should be Welcomed Not Feared.”

 
Chris Buckley, local concerned father, has written this response to that letter.

 I  want to take the time to address each and every one of your comments so if this gets long, I will try to stay on target. Before I begin, I’d like to say that I’ve only known about the Common Core Standards for 2 weeks. In that time, I’ve started researching everything I can find about CC. What I have found is that this is like an octopus with many tentacles and each one digging deeper into our freedoms and ideals. I will address each comment as I understand it, then wrap up my response with some additional information.

 In my rebuttal, I will paraphrase your article, so if I chose a different word than you outlined it’s because I don’t have the complete article in front of me as I’m writing this. 

 You said there was a significant amount of misinformation. There is actually significantly less information being published than what is really there. I’ve found that the government websites, state websites, CC websites, & National Governors association websites all speak to this one idea, the government is taking over our education system and putting the squeeze on states to tow the line. 

 You stated that CC is not a specified curriculum, not federally mandated, not federally funded, nor taking away control from local educators. I don’t just disagree, here’s what I’ve found. First, under the NCLB program, educators have been held hostage by punishing them for failure, instead of rewarding them for success. This information can be found on the US Department of educations website at ww.ed.us.gov/… When you say that it was not federally mandated, the first line of the article refutes that claim. It is “The Obama administration’s blueprint to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) will support state and local efforts to help ensure that all students graduate prepared for college and a career.” If the administration set the blue print, then it is federally mandated. Also, in the RTTT grant, there is a waiver for the states that opted to take CC as their standards. It was an either or proposition. Either you could keep NCLB or you could adopt CC. So technically, it was federally mandated.

 So let’s talk about the funding. Your right as far as South Dakota did not get any money to implement the CC standards, but the US department of education got a whapping $100 Billion dollars to get this thing kicked off. I would venture to say that most sensible people would say that is federally funded at its core. Pun intended. 

 You said that CC is a set of standards developed to ensure kids develop rigorous skills to compete in the global world. What? That statement doesn’t say anything sensible. Is it a lot of skills? is it a lot of skills working very hard or fast? I don’t even understand that statement.

 You said the CC idea was generated by 45 governors. The National Governors Association sponsored a group of educators to develop the standards. NGA is actually a lobby organization that represents the governors, not the governors themselves.

 You said it was developed by teachers, parents, and researchers. I can’t totally argue against that point, but the team included David Coleman, William McCallum, Phil Daro and Student Achievement founder, Jason Zimba. 

 You also said that no government officials were involved, except President Obama of course. I mean the US DOE said so on their website. As far as each state choosing to adopt the standards or not, we already crossed that bridge, but these standards are copy righted and come with terms of use. That means you get all of it or none of it.”

Read the whole letter here

 

The “King” Gets Questioned, Suspends New York Common Core Forums

 

 

 

 

” Apparently New York State’s Education Commissioner John B. King thinks he’s above being questioned.  After holding two Common Core public forum’s he decided he really didn’t want to hear questions from the parents after all.  

Now that that he has two of these forum’s under his belt he’s suspending the rest because they’ve been taken over by “special interests” (i.e. parents who disagree with him).  Newsday reports:

New York’s education commissioner said Saturday he had called off Long Island’s only Town Hall meeting on the Common Core curriculum and state testing after “special interests” hijacked the first such forum.

Commissioner John B. King Jr. also put on hold the other three Town Hall meetings planned across the state, which for the first time would have let parents and teachers ask him about testing and the Common Core.

Hundreds of people attended a pair of at times adversarial and boisterous forums earlier this month — a debut Town Hall in Poughkeepsie in the Hudson Valley and an event in Whitesboro, near Utica.”

 

OECD Study Shows Baby Boomers Line Up With Peers in Industrial Countries

 

 

” U.S. baby boomers held their own against workers’ skills in other industrial nations but younger people fell behind their peers, according to a study released Tuesday, painting a gloomy picture of the nation’s competitiveness and education system.

The study, conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, tested 166,000 people ages 16 to 65 and found that Americans ranked 16 out of 23 industrialized countries in literacy and 21 out of 23 in numeracy. Both those tests have been given periodically and while U.S. results have held steady for literacy, they have dropped for numeracy. In a new test of “problem solving in technology rich environments,” the U.S. ranked 17 out of 19.

“These findings should concern us all. They show our education system hasn’t done enough to help Americans compete—or position our country to lead—in a global economy that demands increasingly higher skills,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement.

The results show a marked drop in competitiveness of U.S. workers of younger generations vis a vis their peers. U.S. workers aged 45 to 65 outperformed the international average on the literacy scale against others their age, but workers aged 16 to 34 trail the average of their global counterparts. On the numeracy exam, only the oldest cohort of baby boomers, ages 55 to 65, matched the international average, while everyone younger lagged behind their peers—in some cases by significant margins.”

 

 

 

   Second only to Switzerland in education spending yet our students rank 16th in reading and 21st in mathematics . That is shameful yet we are continually told that if we just give the schools more money we will get a better results .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The student debt crisis continues to grow larger and more dangerous with each passing school year. The skyrocketing price for a college degree is causing an epidemic with student loans as more people rack up unsustainable amounts of debt to further their education. Using debt to obtain a degree can be beneficial if done properly, but there are certainly some states worse off than others when comparing debt to earnings .

 

With lenders handing out loans like candy, the amount of student loan debt in America has nearly doubled in the past five years, from $550 billion in late 2007 to $986 billion in the first quarter of 2013. In fact, two-thirds of recent graduates have student loans, with an average balance of more than $27,000, according to a new report from the Joint Economic Committee.”

 

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Republican Women Question Race-Based Standards for Alabama’s Schools

 

 

 

” According to this article by Jamon Smith, “Beginning this fall, Alabama public schools will be under a new state-created academic accountability system that sets different goals for students in math and reading based on their race, economic status, ability to speak English and disabilities.” Alabama’s Plan 2020 “sets a different standard for students in each of several subgroups — American Indian, Asian/Pacific islander, black, English language learners, Hispanic, multirace, poverty, special education and white.”

 

  The “Balkanization” of America picks up steam … 

  This is the kind of multi-culti nonsense one would expect from the Blue State do-gooders in San Francisco or Chicago , but from reddest of red Alabama ? 

 

” The “race-based” standards are part of Common Core, adopted by the state board of education in November 2010.”

 

  Somewhere George Wallace is smiling . Racism is alive and well in government policies , not in society as a whole .

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Orders Students To Support Gay Rights

” A Tennessee community college professor ordered her students to wear ribbons in support of gay rights and said those who supported the traditional definition of marriage are just “uneducated bigots” who “attack homosexuals with hate,” according to a legal firm representing several of the students in the class.

Students in a general psychology class at Columbia State Community College were directed by their professor to wear “Rainbow Coalition” ribbons for an entire day and express their support for the homosexual community, said Travis Barham, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Barham is calling for the college to punish Dr. Linda Brunton and order her to apologize to the students whose constitutional rights he believes were violated, according to a letter he sent to the community college president.”

    Update : A watchful reader was thoughtful enough to point out our error in posting the picture of an innocent woman in place of the real Dr Linda Brunton . We sincerely apologize to Dr Louise Katz , and hereby post a more accurate picture . Rebloggers please take note . 

 

It’s Obvious Student Aid Is Driven By Politics. But Not This Obvious

 

 

 

 

Federal aid for college students, it’s really no secret, is driven by what works politically, not what’s best for students. While logic and evidence strongly suggest that aid mainly enables colleges to raise their prices at breakneck speeds, politicians talk nonstop about aid making college “affordable.” Financial reality simply does not trump appearing to “care.” But on Friday, the Obama administration appears poised to take aid exploitation to a new level.”

 

   If you thought student aid was about students you’d be mistaken . As with all that DC does it’s about aiding politicians , not constituents. Silly taxpayer , aid is for pols …

 

” At this point, you’d think the President would be negotiating, not grandstanding. But then you wouldn’t understand federal student aid (or, really, almost anything government does). It is first and foremost about politicians – who are normal, self-interested people – getting what they need: political support, not sane college prices. And you get a lot of that support by appearing to want to “help people” more than the other guys.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRIFECTA — Obama Admin. Does ‘Reich’ Thing by Deporting Religious Refugees

 

 

Published on May 23, 2013

” Trifecta discusses a family that fled Germany because of the European nation’s anti-homeschooling laws. This evangelical family is now forced to comply with Nazi era educational laws that run contrary to their Christian faith. In deporting the family, Obama argued that this law, enacted under Hitler, was fair. Why is Obama defending the German educational system? Find out.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revolutionary War Quiz

 

 

 

 

Test your knowledge of the War for Independence and other great battles of history here at the Military Channel .

 

Read This If You Still Think Teachers Unions, Educrats Care About Kids

 

 

 

” On Sunday, The Washington Post ran a house editorial that should shame not just all the education bureaucrats and rank-and-file teachers in the District of Columbia but all across the country.

The basic points of the editorial are not at issue:

1. D.C.’s publicly funded charter schools outperform conventional public schools. That’s one of the reasons why 40 percent of the District’s kids voluntarily enroll in them and why thousands are on waiting lists.

2. D.C.’s charter schools get about $16,000 in funding per pupil, compared to $29,000 per pupil for traditional schools.

3. The District’s education establishment has made it next to impossible for charters to rent closed school buildings in a vindictive move to screw over competitors offering a cheaper, better alternative.”

 

 

 

 

 

Jetpack Rocket Science

” Jetpacking was awesome fun! Despite the fat lip I had a great time. I think knowing a bit about physics actually helps fly the jetpack. It works on the same principle as a rocket (Newton’s 3rd law) but unlike the shuttle, you don’t carry your own propellant with you. Instead, water is pumped out of the lake by the jetski at up to 60 litres a second. It is then fired out of the nozzles at around 15 m/s creating 1800 N of force, the equivalent of about 150 fire extinguishers. On me this can produce acceleration of about 1.5g’s “

Cost Of Illegal Immigration At The State Level

 

 

” Wondering how illegal immigration is affecting your pocket book? While the fiscal burden of illegal immigration on the United States taxpayerswas estimated at $113 billion in 2010, below you will find links to cost summaries for each separate state so that you can see specifically how this is impacting your state.”

 

 

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Announcing the Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum

“Bestselling author Tom Woods, who will teach history and government courses in the upper grades of the program, introduces the Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum.”
http://www.RonPaulCurriculum.com
http://www.TomWoods.com

The University Utopia

 

 

 

” Just after November’s election, I posed three paradoxes of American politics, asking why certain demographic groups make up reliable voting blocs for the left, even though the pro-free-market ideas of the right have so much to offer them.

I have begun to revisit these paradoxes. In part one of this series, I laid out the case for why the pro-free-market right needs to reclaim these key demographic groups—young people, racial minorities, and city dwellers—and why I regard these as natural constituencies for the free market whose lockstep voting for the left is a paradox.

In this installment, I take up the first of the paradoxes: Why do the young vote for dependency—when the essence of youth is a quest for independence? My purpose for now is mostly just to solve the paradox, to explain the reason for the apparent contradiction, and to indicate what this implies for how the right should change its message and its sales tactics. When I am done looking at all three paradoxes, I will look in greater depth at an agenda of reform for the political strategy of the right.

First, let me explain why I do not include women among the main demographic groups the right needs to reach. Despite the left’s rhetoric on this issue, women are not a monolithic voting bloc. If you break down the numbers for last fall’s election, for example, Mitt Romney won the vote of white women by 56 to 42 percent. President Obama only won the women’s vote on the strength of his enormous advantage among racial minorities. The “marriage gap” was equally striking. Romney won 53% of the votes of married women, while Obama won 67% of the votes of unmarried women.”

 

 

 

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