Posts tagged ‘education’

June 11, 2012

School pulls patriotic song at graduation, but Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ is OK

 

A Coney Island principal refused to let students sing "God Bless the USA" at a school ceremony -- but Justin Bieber's "Baby" was suitable.

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A Coney Island principal refused to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at a school ceremony — but Justin Bieber’s “Baby” was suitable.

 A controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism.

Her refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.  Read more:

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May 30, 2012

Send This To All the College Graduates You Know

Texas A&M Commencement Address – The students gave a standing ovation; the faculty were deathly silent!

speech is from a book Neal Bortz wrote in 1998, and NOT AN ACTUAL SPEECH HE recently gave at TEXAS A&M

 Neal Boortz is a Texan, a lawyer, a Texas Aggie (Texas A&M) graduate, and now a nationally syndicated talk show host from Atlanta . His commencement address to the graduates of a recent Texas A&M class is far different from what either the students or the faculty expected. Whether you agree or disagree, his views are certainly thought provoking.  More…

May 28, 2012

Arabic Required Class in School in New York

Arabic Mandated in New York Public Schools is a Step Toward the Islamization of America

I’m all for learning a new language, even Arabic. I have a good friend who is studying Arabic so he can debate with Muslims in their own language. When I was in high school in the 1960s, some students took Russian. It wasn’t mandated. Many Europeans know several languages. English is one of the most prevalent second languages around the world. When my wife and I traveled through China last year, we ran into people from all over the world who spoke English, including many Chinese. There was no need to know how to speak Arabic.  Read more:

March 31, 2012

NYC Department of Education Bans Words Deemed “Offensive” (video)

March 28, 2012

Terror Drills in Schools Across America NOW

Kids All Over America Are Being Put On Buses And Sent To Alternate Locations During School Terror Drills

March 27, 2012/By Michael Snyder
Blacklistednews.com

All over the United States, school children are being taken out of their classrooms, put on buses and sent to “alternate locations” during terror drills.  These exercises are often called “evacuation drills” or “relocation drills” and they are more than a little disturbing.  Sometimes parents are notified in advance where the kids are being taken and sometimes they are only told that the children are being taken to an “undisclosed location”.

In the years since 9/11 and the Columbine school shootings, there has been a concerted effort to make school emergency drills much more “realistic” and much more intense.

Unfortunately, the fact that many of these drills are deeply traumatizing many children does not seem to bother too many people.  Do we really need to have “active shooter” drills where men point guns at our kids and fire blanks at them?  Do we really need to have “relocation drills” where kids are rapidly herded on to buses and told that they must surrender their cell phones because they will not be allowed to call anyone?  Our schools more closely resemble prison camps every single day, and our children that are suffering because of it.  More…

March 21, 2012

Obama’s Education Dept. partners with Soros

Seeks world where ‘each person on Earth can contribute to sum of all knowledge’

by Aaron KleinEmail | Archive

The Department of Education has partnered with billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Institute to promote a global education initiative that seeks “a world where each and every person on Earth can access and contribute to the sum of all human knowledge.”Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off a $25,000 “Why Open Education Matters” competition that will give a cash prize for the best short video explaining the benefits of what is known as Open Educational Resources, or O.E.R., for students, teachers and schools.  More…

February 29, 2012

WOLF: Is this still America? Control freaks assault the land of the free

by Stephen Frank on 02/29/2012 ·  

Barack Obama has no respect for you—neither does his wife.

They believe that government should tell you and your children where to live, how to live, what to eat, what you may see on the Internet, where you can work, who gets your paycheck, how to get to work—you get the point.

“Under the sweeping powers of Obamacare, the state has forced Catholic institutions to choose between their God and their government by demanding that they violate their own beliefs and provide birth control to their employees. Their insulting rationalization? Most Catholic women are bad Catholics and don’t follow the teachings of the church anyway. What’s more, the government has deified itself to determine which organizations are Catholic enough to be exempt. What’s next, mandated pork-chop night at the synagogues? Bacon should be a right.”

America may be the home of the brave, it is no longer the home of the free.  Thank you Barack.  More…

 

February 28, 2012

200,000 Teachers Freed from Shackles of Forced Unionism

 

On February 28, 2012, By NRTW Committee Staff

It appears efforts to provide teacher’s with the ability to choose or not to choose to join a union has resulted in a remarkable 200,000 teachers deciding not to rejoin their union.

The Education Action Group notes that over the past year, several states – including Wisconsin, Tennessee and Idaho – have passed legislation freeing teachers from the shackles of compulsory union membership.  The results?  ”A new report finds the National Education Association has revised its membership numbers downward – from 3.2 million to just over 3 million.  According to Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency website, the hemorrhaging of members is contributing to the NEA’s $17 million deficit, which may force union leaders to lay off employees and cut aid to state affiliates

February 17, 2012

School, not parents, will decide what children eat (video)

From Brasscheck TV

February 16, 2012

Brigitte Gabriel Indoctrination in US Schools Universities

February 16, 2012

Nanny state report: NC school officials confiscate preschooler’s homemade lunch

 
 
CHICAGO – JUNE 24: Children eat breakfast at the start of a day camp program at Casa Juan Diego St. Pius V Youth Center June 24, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
 
A North Carolina elementary school forced a preschool student to eat cafeteria chicken nuggets for lunch on Jan. 30 after officials reportedly determined that her homemade meal wasn’t up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s standards for healthfulness, according to a report from the Carolina Journal.

The newspaper reported that the four-year-old girl brought a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips and apple juice in her packed lunch from home. That meal didn’t meet with approval from the government agent who was on site inspecting kids’ lunches that day.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Child Development and Early Education requires that all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs must meet USDA guidelines. Meals, the guidelines say, must include one serving each of meat, milk and grain and two servings of fruit or vegetables. Those guidelines apply to home-packed lunches as well as cafeteria meals.  Read more:

February 16, 2012

Why We Suck

February 4, 2012

Obama is Betraying America!

As his Administration enters its last year, he is about to sign four treaties which surrender our sovereignty, enact gun control, cede the power to go to war to the U.N., and tell us how to raise our children.

January 30, 2012

How the federal government gets around the Constitution

from Brasscheck TV

January 28, 2012

Educating our kids

January 28, 2012

Home Schooling To Harvard

January 26, 2012 by  

Personal Liberty’s Wayne Allyn Root, a home-schooler, discusses school choice, home schooling, parental freedom and the disaster that is the U.S. public school system in the video “Home Schooling to Harvard.”

January 27, 2012

Why “No Child Left Behind” Hasn’t Worked

Written by Sam Blumenfeld   
Friday, 27 January 2012 09:20
For decades, I’ve been telling my readers that the federal government ought not to be in the education business and that constitutionalist members of Congress are duty bound to close down the Department of Education. The Cabinet-level department was created during the Carter administration as payback for the National Education Association’s help in getting him elected.

President Reagan wanted to dump the department but was prevented from doing so by his own big-government Republicans. And when George H. W. Bush became President in 1989, he initiated another federal education program, Goals 2000. Ten years later, the Washington Post reported (12/10/99): “The nation has not met any of the eight educational goals for the year 2000 set by President Bush and the governors of all 50 states.”

But that didn’t stop newly elected George Bush from signing into law on his third day in office an even bigger federal program, No Child Left Behind, on January 8, 2002. Standing beside him were smiling Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy and other liberals. Our spendthrift Congressmen had passed the bill 384 to 45 in the House and 91 to 8 in the Senate.

The purpose of the law was to set certain academic standards for the schools and make the schools accountable for their performances. An article in Time magazine, marking the 10th anniversary of the bill (1/23/12), reported:  More…

January 26, 2012

Are teachers overpaid?

 A response to critics

 
It is a view as ubiquitous as it is simplistic: To improve public education, pay teachers more—a lot more. Union officials, education reformers, scholars, laypeople, and politicians of all stripes endorse this principle in one form or another.

However, as we determined in a study released Nov. 1, 2011, by the Heritage Foundation, “Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers,” the average public school teacher already is paid more than what he or she is likely to earn in the private sector. Although some may well be underpaid, the typical public school teacher makes roughly $1.52 for every dollar made by a private-sector employee with similar skills.

 

It is a view as ubiquitous as it is simplistic: To improve public education, pay teachers more—a lot more. Union officials, education reformers, scholars, laypeople, and politicians of all stripes endorse this principle in one form or another.

However, as we determined in a study released Nov. 1, 2011, by the Heritage Foundation, “Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers,” the average public school teacher already is paid more than what he or she is likely to earn in the private sector. Although some may well be underpaid, the typical public school teacher makes roughly $1.52 for every dollar made by a private-sector employee with similar skills.  More…

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January 24, 2012

A Generation Losing Hope: The Shattering of the American Dream

January 24, 2012By Frank Ryan
 

Before our very eyes, a generation of Americans is losing faith in the American dream and adopting attitudes and behaviors that emphasize living for the day, not planning to take care of their own futures.  They clearly see the problems ahead and draw rational conclusions.

Most of our problems have been caused by government.  The unintended consequences of poorly thought out legislation or legislation designed merely to garner votes for re-election is wreaking havoc on economic opportunity for our country.  Read more:

January 23, 2012

Let’s Get Together Again

The New American Divide

The ideal of an ‘American way of life’ is fading as the working class falls further away from institutions like marriage and religion and the upper class becomes more isolated. Charles Murray on what’s cleaving America, and why.

By CHARLES MURRAY

America is coming apart. For most of our nation’s history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world—for whites, anyway. “The more opulent citizens take great care not to stand aloof from the people,” wrote Alexis de Tocqueville, the great chronicler of American democracy, in the 1830s. “On the contrary, they constantly keep on easy terms with the lower classes: They listen to them, they speak to them every day.”

Americans love to see themselves this way. But there’s a problem: It’s not true anymore, and it has been progressively less true since the 1960s.

People are starting to notice the great divide. The tea party sees the aloofness in a political elite that thinks it knows best and orders the rest of America to fall in line. The Occupy movement sees it in an economic elite that lives in mansions and flies on private jets. Each is right about an aspect of the problem, but that problem is more pervasive than either political or economic inequality. What we now face is a problem of cultural inequality.  More…

January 23, 2012

Floundering Education Systems Nationwide

Opinion: For America’s children, education outlook grows only dimmer

By Juan Williams – 01/23/12 05:00 AM ET

 Thirty percent of America’s high school students drop out and never graduate. Fewer than half of the nation’s black and Hispanic students graduate on time from high school.

The scandalous bottom line here is that more than 1 million students drop out of American public schools every year. That works out to more than 6,000 students every day and one student every 26 seconds.

Education in America, particularly big-city education, is in crisis. Historians are already describing the decline of public education as a threat to the nation’s economy and military. And when the tragic scale of harm to racial minorities is considered, the education crisis is aptly labeled as the greatest civil rights challenge of the 21st century.  More…