Yahoo News ^ | 2-4-14 | Will lerner
Posted on Tuesday, February 04, 2014 12:57:17 PM by afraidfortherepublic
The game was called “Cross the Line,” an ironic title because that’s exactly what parents of students at a middle school in Marinette, Wisconsin think the educators did. WLUK Fox 11 News is reporting that Marinette Middle School played the game in which 5th through 8th graders were grouped together and asked to step forward if they had a “yes” answer to questions like, “Do your parents drink?” and “Has anyone in your family been to jail?”
It’s unclear who exactly was leading the game. Parent Amanda Fifarek was not happy with the activity, telling WLUK, “It was too personal. It’s just things your kids don’t need to be disclosing to other kids.” It’s hard to argue with Ms. Fifarek. 6th grader Sarah Maitlin told the station, “[The school employee] asked if you ever wanted to commit suicide to step forward and then after that she asked if you ever experienced or wanted to cut, to step forward.” I’m going to say maybe that kind of conversation is best left to a one-on-one.
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Politico ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | By CAITLIN EMMA
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 3:31:15 PM by Jim Robinson
President Barack Obama has found a way to cater to his obsession with pre-K programs while the rest of his education agenda stalls: Skip Congress and spend the money anyway.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in discretionary funding for early learning are funneling into states although Congress hasn’t seriously considered paying for President Barack Obama’s universal preschool proposal.
Race to the Top early learning awards and Affordable Care Act money are helping states carry out their pre-K and early childcare plans. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is traveling the country to deliver what amounts to an early childhood stump speech, and the administration just hired a new leader for its Office of Early Learning.
Agenda 21 Action Thread………. “Agenda 21 Action Thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2738418/posts ^ | 3/23/12 | TEXOKIE Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012 7:34:41 PM by TEXOKIE A few days ago I realized that we who are participating on the Agenda 21 thread have amassed an impressive amount of data and links which are quite important for the educating of anyone who is wondering what “Agenda 21” is all about. There is absolutely no question in the minds of any of our participants at this stage that “Agenda 21” is real, and is NOT a tin-foil hat conspiracy. There are quite a number of people on this forum who were way ahead of us, and have been quite patient with us while some (like myself) have played catch-up. The link to the original Agenda 21 thread, with all the previous data, links, and discussion can be found here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2738418/posts”
Agenda 21 Action Thread
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2738418/posts ^ | 3/23/12 | TEXOKIE
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012 7:34:41 PM by TEXOKIE
A few days ago I realized that we who are participating on the Agenda 21 thread have amassed an impressive amount of data and links which are quite important for the educating of anyone who is wondering what “Agenda 21” is all about.
There is absolutely no question in the minds of any of our participants at this stage that “Agenda 21” is real, and is NOT a tin-foil hat conspiracy. There are quite a number of people on this forum who were way ahead of us, and have been quite patient with us while some (like myself) have played catch-up.
The link to the original Agenda 21 thread, with all the previous data, links, and discussion can be found here:
With this new thread, I am proposing that we continue our practice of collecting data and links to relevant articles, but I would also like to see discussions and brainstorming, advice, ideas, on WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?? Nuts and Bolts. Baby steps. Giant steps. Letters to the editor. Letters to representatives. After action reports. Putting into practice the overcoming of the Delphi Techniques practiced by Sustainability Meeting Facilitators. Ways to educate our fellow citizens. Etc.
What say you?
The Barack Obama Teddybear Brigade… “When a statist-bent government administration seeks to ‘pre-school’ all its nation’s four year olds, you know it’s time to come up with ways to Save the Children. President Barack Obama whose activism as a community organizer centered on public education with unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, is out for control of 4-year-olds. “In the message he issued along with his budget proposal on Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama said he wants to see 4-year-old children in the United States enrolled in public schools.” (CNSNews.com, April 10, 2013). “Obama said America needs to start enrolling 4-year-olds to make sure the children are “better prepared for the demands of the global economy” and to help parents save on “child-care costs.””
By Judi McLeod Tuesday, July 9, 2013
When a statist-bent government administration seeks to ‘pre-school’ all its nation’s four year olds, you know it’s time to come up with ways to Save the Children.
“In the message he issued along with his budget proposal on Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama said he wants to see 4-year-old children in the United States enrolled in public schools.” (CNSNews.com, April 10, 2013).
“Obama said America needs to start enrolling 4-year-olds to make sure the children are “better prepared for the demands of the global economy” and to help parents save on “child-care costs.”
“After saying the United States needs to “equip our citizens with the skills and training” to fill jobs in manufacturing, energy and infrastructure, Obama said, “And that has to start at the earliest possible age.”
“Too few American 4-year-olds are enrolled in school, the president argued.
“But today, fewer than 3 in 10 4-year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program, and the high cost of private preschool puts too much of a financial burden on middle class families,” he said.
“The Budget therefore includes a proposal that ensures 4-year-olds across the country have access to high-quality preschool education through a landmark new initiative in partnership with the States,” Obama said. “And it increases the availability of early learning for our youngest children to help their growth and development during the formative early years of life.
“Providing a year of free, public preschool education for 4-year-old children is an important investment in our future,” said Obama. “It will give all our kids the best start in life, helping them perform better in elementary school and ultimately helping them, and the country, be better prepared for the demands of the global economy.:
Grooming the New Totalitarians… “We begin In Polk County, Florida, where students at an elementary school, a middle school and a high school had their irises scanned—without parental permission—as part of what officials are characterizing as a “student safety” program. “It simply takes a picture of the iris, which is unique to every individual,” wrote Rob Davis, the school board’s senior director of support services, in a letter sent to parents. “With this program, we will be able to identify when and where a student gets on the bus, when they arrive at their school location, when and what bus the student boards and disembarks in the afternoon. This is an effort to further enhance the safety of our students. The EyeSwipe-Nano is an ideal replacement for the card based system since your child will not have to be responsible for carrying an identification card.”
Grooming the New Totalitarians
Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, June 7, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
Posted on Friday, June 07, 2013 9:42:01 AM by Sheapdog
America’s younger generations are being groomed for totalitarianism.
We begin In Polk County, Florida, where students at an elementary school, a middle school and a high school had their irises scanned—without parental permission—as part of what officials are characterizing as a “student safety” program.
“It simply takes a picture of the iris, which is unique to every individual,” wrote Rob Davis, the school board’s senior director of support services, in a letter sent to parents.
While you were sleeping, radical 1960s leftists took over the education system
College Insurrection ^ | April 11, 2013 | Aleister G.
Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013 5:25:32 PM by 2ndDivisionVet
How have we come to the point where so many criminals, terrorists and radical leftists from the 1960′s hold so many prominent positions in American academia?
Michael Moynihan of The Daily Beast explains.
How 1960s Radicals Ended Up Teaching Your Kids
Last week, Rutgers University fired its mercurial basketball coach after he was videotaped “shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs,” according to ESPN.
Under pressure from school administrators, Rutgers’ athletic director, who had previously defended the coach’s behavior, resigned. It was an appropriate response: violent oafs should be fired from their university jobs for violent, oafish behavior.
NEW Marriage ADA Video: A Warning for Parents…[3rd Graders w/Pretend Same Sex Weddings!]… ~ “Third grade classrooms having pretend same-sex weddings… textbooks featuring pictures of cross-dressing carpenters… children being taught that there are “six genders.” “
NEW Marriage ADA Video: A Warning for Parents…[3rd Graders w/Pretend Same Sex Weddings!]
National Organization for Marriage ^ | 4/12/13
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 12:08:38 PM by SoFloFreeper
Dear Marriage Supporter,
“If same-sex marriage is passed in your state, your children—your grandchildren—will be exposed to the same kind of instruction.”
The Radical Transformation of America’s Classrooms… “Liberal education has been very successful in this country because nobody challenged the progressive educators and their agenda. We are waking up to the unraveling of our society caused by this liberal education and wondering, what happened. Could it be too late to reverse the damage?”
By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Friday, April 12, 2013
Liberal education has been very successful in this country because nobody challenged the progressive educators and their agenda. We are waking up to the unraveling of our society caused by this liberal education and wondering, what happened. Could it be too late to reverse the damage?
Conservative news outlets are pointing out the obvious—our children have been indoctrinated into socialism for 33-40 years and this indoctrination is finally bearing fruit.
We have bred a nation of young, entitled citizens who do not like to work, do not like to read or study anything too involved or complicated that exceeds Twitter’s 140 words, do not take responsibility for their actions, exhibit righteous indignation if their demands are not met, claim racism and hate speech if others disagree with them, and are afraid of their shadows.
Bill Ayers awarded ‘visiting scholar’ status at Minnesota State University
Campus Reform ^
Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 5:05:57 PM by oliverdarcy
Administrators at Minnesota State University – Moorhead (MSUM) announced late last month that former Weather Underground co-founder and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers has been selected as the 2013 “visiting scholar” by the school’s College of Education and Human Services.
“Dr. William Ayers… will be the 2013 College of Education and Human services Visiting Scholar,” read the Feb. 25th campus-wide announcement.
Proof That Obama Is Stark Raving Mad
March 21, 2013 by Wayne Allyn Root
Our government-run public education system is very bad — so bad that generations of Americans educated in public schools don’t recognize idiots, economic illiterates, Ponzi schemes, frauds or Marxists when they see them. So I’m going to educate the masses with very simple examples that even a sixth-grader can understand.
Let’s compare America to your household. That makes it very simple and easy to understand.
Why not fire administrators and teachers who suspend five year olds for imaginary guns? « Coach is Right
There is a scene in the movie “A Bronx tale” where the father of a young man counsels his son not to attack another young man over a $20.00 debt which has gone unpaid for too long. The father explains this is a small price to discover that someone is not trustworthy. He tells his son to be glad he has been shown how untrustworthy the other man is in this minor matter. “Now you know not to trust him in the future in bigger things,” he says.
This small lesson begs the question: Why would we trust school administrators who cannot tell the difference between an imaginary “weapon” fashioned out of a cupcake and something that is genuinely dangerous?
The stories of idiots suspending second graders for pointing a finger at a playmate and saying, “Bang” were funny the first dozen times we heard them, but not anymore.
Abolish the Department of Education
Spectator ^ | 2-26 | Jeffrey Lord
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:33:45 PM by ExxonPatrolUs
How did the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania get along from the beginning of the Republic in 1787 until 1978 — 191 years — and yet manage to educate its kids without the existence of the U.S. Department of Education?
And, being one who is a graduate of both a Pennsylvania public high school and a Pennsylvania private college (Franklin and Marshall College, as it happens, dates from 1787) — how did the Commonwealth manage to educate the bulk of those kids well? Kids from all economic backgrounds, all races and both genders?
Students taught oral-sex tricks (and more)
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 8:06:35 AM by wesagain
‘”WARNING: The following story contains language that some readers may find offensive”‘
The University of Chicago is leaving little to the imagination with its Sex Week schedule, as it hosts a number of eye-opening events that it promises will go “far beyond typical sex education” with workshops including “Great Oral Sex with Tea Time and Sex Chats,” “Anal 101,” “The Perfect Vagina,” “Sex Ed for Kids” and a play titled “Genitalia the Musical.”
If public education is allowed to survive, all efforts to resuscitate the inert husk of modern civilization will fail. It is time to unravel the most wasteful and destructive entitlement program of all. .
For years, reasonable and serious people have known that the educational establishment is at the root of the undoing of modernity and its natural political fruit, individual liberty. And for years, excepting a tiny, brave minority of parents and educators, most citizens have assumed that the problems of the education system, however grave, are to be resolved through legislative reforms, bureaucratic changes, or school board activism.
Such methods, though often undertaken with the noblest of intentions, have always failed, in spite of the few heartening but minor victories that may have been won on the way to ultimate defeat. This general failure is inevitable, as treating the superficial symptoms of a fatal disease will always be, whatever temporary relief such treatment may bring to the sufferer.
A few years ago, the country became aware of a “bubble” building in higher education, as it had in housing.Harvard, Legendary Home Of Harvard Lampoon, Strangles Campus Satire Capital Flows Capital Flows ContributorBen Bernanke’s War On Senior Citizens Capital Flows Capital Flows ContributorThe Republican Party Has A Brand Problem,
And We Have The Evidence To Prove It Capital Flows Capital Flows ContributorHanukkah’s “Don’t Tread On Me” Message Is Universal In Its Appeal Capital Flows Capital Flows ContributorExcessive demand – based largely on easy credit, government subsidies and the overselling of a college education – caused academia to expand unsustainably.
Then came the economic downturn. With underemployed graduates and dropouts increasingly unable to repay loans, state legislatures cutting appropriations, and innovative competition making inroads, the bubble appeared ready to burst, or at least deflate.
That could mean – so the theory goes – devastation for traditional academia: declining enrollments, with some colleges forced to close, perhaps; a shift in emphasis from academic to vocational courses; more online education; an end to faculty tenure, and other drastic changes.
Reblogged from THE WAKING GIANT:
December 12, 2012 by Gary DeMar
The first two questions that a prospective parent asks about a new school: (1) Are the teachers certified and (2) is the school accredited? The two questions that should come to mind are (1) certified and accredited by whom and (2) for what ultimate purpose?
NO, YOU’RE NOT SPECIAL… (“The idiocy of social engineering in the classroom is again bearing catastrophic results.”)
The chickens have come home to roost.
The first generation of students swaddled in the insanity of the self-esteem movement have emerged on the scene as arrogant, self-absorbed twits with an exaggerated sense of entitlement and self-importance.
In short, they’ve been spoiled. Potentially, they’ve been ruined.
The idiocy of social engineering in the classroom is again bearing catastrophic results.
Here’s how we know. A group of five university professors has evaluated more than 16,000 personality profiles of college students gathered over the last 24 years. What they’ve discovered is that today’s young people have dramatically different self-concepts than the two generations which preceded them.
And the differences aren’t good.
Today’s college students are monumentally more narcissistic. That means they worship themselves. That means they’ve been told that they’re special so many times that they’ve come to believe it. In blunt terms, they think their crap doesn’t stink.
But it does. Possibly more than most.
Because one of the hallmarks of an inflated self-concept is personal failure. People who think they are superior have an uncanny tendency to be inferior. Their sense of worth is so high they have no motivation to work and improve themselves. When you think the world is yours on a silver platter, it never occurs to you that you’ve got to get off your backside and earn anything.
The study shows that children born after 1982 have a unrealistically inflated self-concepts. So high is their estimation of themselves, in fact, that they are fully narcissistic – a trait that is somewhere in the gray area between a character flaw and a personality disorder. Narcissism is such an unhealthy aberration that it is almost a mental illness.
And the self-esteem movement of the 1990s has made it epidemic.
Unfortunately, the education industry has become so divorced from reality that for several years the conventional wisdom in American classrooms has been that children – particularly poor and minority children – fail to achieve because they have negative self-concepts. The way to correct that, the argument has gone, is to pump up their self-concepts through self-esteem building. That typically translated to unrealistic and unearned praise for students, and the removal of all negative feedback and consequences from the classroom. That’s why grades are artificially high, everybody gets a smiley face and teachers don’t use red ink any more.
Schools seem incapable of recognizing that true self-worth comes from doing what’s right and from legitimate achievement. Not praise passed out like candy, but genuine achievement coming as the consequence of significant effort. You earn worth, it isn’t given out for free.
The lunacy of the education reformers was matched by the leniency of the troubled homes. Mom and dad have forgotten how to be mom and dad. Children were waited on hand and foot with no obligations of their own to work or assist the family. Permissive parenting and failed educating led to a bumper crop of egocentric creeps.
And that’s going to hurt.
Because narcissists typically fail. They fail in their responsibility to be good citizens and they fail in their responsibility to be good spouses and parents.
Being a good citizen and being part of a family requires selflessness. They require putting your own interests second to the interests of something larger and more important than yourself. To the narcissist, there is nothing more important than yourself.
That leads to employment and self-reliance difficulties, and to significant challenges to the ability to maintain a marriage and raise a family.
Will Early Education Force The Daycare Business To Close its Doors? ~ (“As I discussed in my previous article “‘Early Education or Early Indoctrination…” “)
Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 8:55:52 AM by SeekAndFind
As I discussed in my previous article “‘Early Education or Early Indoctrination” our educational curricula could soon come under the control of the United Nations. The United States government supports their attempts at globalizing our American education system and indoctrinating our children in an early education program (0-5 years of age).
But attempts to place our children in school from birth are being deterred small business: the daycare industry.
Parents currently have the option of either putting their children in an “early education” school focus from birth until kindergarten or an in-home day care or center. But that too might be a thing of the past if the state and federal governments continue placing burdensome and costly regulations on these small daycare centers that love and care for our children.
Stop Going to College… (“…entrepreneurship a nearly impossible skill to truly teach at college since true entrepreneurship boils down to risk-taking read: outside the box thinking and self-motivation read: not a classroom environment …”)
As fall approaches, hundreds of thousands of high school students are being asked that nagging question: “What college are you going to?” These students would be wise to follow the advice of Peter Thiel, a billionaire Silicon Valleyinvestor.
For most of us, college is an expensive waste of time.Not only is entrepreneurship a nearly impossible skill to truly teach at college since true entrepreneurship boils down to risk-takingread: outside the box thinking and self-motivation read: not a classroom environment — but enormous amounts of student debt severely limit the options of graduates in the marketplace by forcing them to take jobs that cover loan costs and provide for basic living costs.
Few words have been more popular in recent years than “diversity.”
And few concepts have been more destructive.
Destructive of our social fabric, destructive of our moral well-being, destructive of our ability to make judgments.
One of the ways to cut the big-spending binge engaged in by the federal government is to terminate the racket of college loans. It’s counterproductive, discriminatory and a bad investment for both taxpayers and students.
One of the most dangerous aspects of progressivism is the stranglehold they have upon the educational system. None of the ideas they have are new, some may be modern spins on old ideals, but these ultimately go back a long, long way.
John Dewey is very well known as the father of modern education, but Dewey himself cites Mann as the “patron saint of progressive education”. This makes Mann an important figure to be readily knowledgable about, as well as the roots of his beliefs.
By Suzanne Eovaldi, Staff Writer
The thesis written by Michelle LaVaughn Robinson (now Obama) in 1985, contains three unmitigated impediments that would have rendered the paper an automatic F in the Introduction to the Research Paper course I taught at a Chicago area community college, yet it was accepted at her Ivy League Princeton University alma mater.
No attribution in the form of formal footnotes and very little author extrapolation are bad enough but using the school’s participation in the selection of field sample are unacceptable literary research flaws that would stop the grading process at page 17. Robinson states: “With the permission of ___________, the President of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni and his office, the STAFF at the Alumni Records Office ASSISTED the Study BY SELECTING every fourth name on a mailing list of approximately 1,200 names until 400 names were collected! This removes the paper’s author from the third person objective normative for independent research. Furthermore, Robinson, page 1, releases her thesis for widespread circulation by Princeton “to lend this thesis to other institutions or individuals for the purpose of scholarly research.”
WASHINGTON – Within two weeks of being announced, a program to give skills training to some unemployed Veterans has garnered over 12,000 online applications, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“VA is committed to supporting Veterans as they seek employment. This initiative will help provide education and training so that Veterans have an opportunity to find meaningful employment in a high-demand field,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We will continue to build on the success of our initial outreach efforts to Veterans.”
Called the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), the program allows qualifying Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 to receive up to 12 months of education assistance. Maximum payments are equal to the full-time rate for the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, currently $1,473 monthly.
Under VRAP, Veterans apply on a first-come, first-served basis for programs that begin on or after July 1. VA began accepting applications on May 15. Forty-five thousand Veterans can participate during the current fiscal year, and up to 54,000 may participate during the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2012.
The goal of the program is to train 99,000 Veterans for high-demand jobs over the next two years.
To qualify Veterans must:
Be 35 to 60 years old, unemployed on the day of application, and have been issued discharges under conditions other than dishonorable;
Be enrolled in education or training after July 1, 2012, in a VA-approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school leading to an associate degree, non-college degree or a certificate for a high-demand occupation as defined by the Department of Labor;
Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment;
It has been no secret that we are having an educational crisis in the United States. Public schools are doing worse and worse, unable to compete with private schools, homeschooled children, and for that matter the rest of the world. Some suggest that this is on purpose. By dumbing down our children we are preparing the future generations for more easily accepting authoritarian control by leftist systems of governance.
Public Schools Aren’t About Academics Anymore
http://www.setourchildrenfree.com ^ | 5/17/12 | Tony Caruso
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 8:27:03 AM by Guido2012
If you want to know what really goes on in our public schools, go to a teacher-of-the-year banquet. Here you will see why schools aren’t about academics anymore. Educators will never admit it openly, but an event like this reveals so much that outsiders never get to see..
Prison Planet.com » Organized Crime: Colleges Refuse to Release Official Transcripts Of Students Who Have Defaulted On Loans
As has been highlighted countless times before – our modern day college education system is nothing but a coordinated scam by colleges to generate as much revenue as possible and for the bankers financing the loans to enslave unsuspecting borrowers for decades.
Most college graduates assume that once they’ve completed their higher education studies and earned their degree no one can ever take it away from them. Unfortunately, the US Department of Education and most colleges in America take a different position. Their official policies dictate that if your student loan is in default they do not have to provide you, prospective employers or other universities with your official transcript if requested to do so.
By the end of college, he was $62,000 in debt but was making payments regularly until Temple laid him off, allegedly because of budget cuts. That’s when his problems began. (Pedro Rodriguez is a pseudonym to protect his identity.)
Unable to find a job as a music teacher in the current economic crisis, he eventually went into default on his loans, which included Stafford, Perkins and private bank loans. Then this year, he decided to go on to earn a PhD, which would make it possible for him to get hired in his field. He applied to a top-rated university in the Northeast, but when it was time to send his school transcripts, Temple froze him out. “They said as long as I was in default on my loans, they would not issue a transcript!” says Rodriguez.
How California’s Colleges Indoctrinate Students
Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2012 | PETER BERKOWITZ
Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2012 9:58:13 PM by reaganaut1
The politicization of higher education by activist professors and compliant university administrators deprives students of the opportunity to acquire knowledge and refine their minds. It also erodes the nation’s civic cohesion and its ability to preserve the institutions that undergird democracy in America.
So argues “A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activism in the University of California,” a new report by the California Association of Scholars, a division of the National Association of Scholars (NAS). The report is addressed to the Regents of the University of California, which has ultimate responsibility for governing the UC system, but the pathologies it diagnoses prevail throughout the country.
The analysis begins from a nonpolitical fact: Numerous studies of both the UC system and of higher education nationwide demonstrate that students who graduate from college are increasingly ignorant of history and literature. They are unfamiliar with the principles of American constitutional government. And they are bereft of the skills necessary to comprehend serious books and effectively marshal evidence and argument in written work.
It is the aim of progressive education to take part in correcting unfair privilege and unfair deprivation, not to perpetuate them. Wherever social control means subordination of individual activities to class authority, there is danger that industrial education will be dominated by acceptance of the status quo.
Now this doesn’t sound too bad, I suppose. Extreme inequalities? Who wants that? Well, Dewey also further explains this on page 63:
4. The “Individualistic” Ideal of the Eighteenth Century. In the eighteenth-century philosophy we find ourselves in a very different circle of ideas. “Nature” still means something antithetical to existing social organization; Plato exercised a great influence upon Rousseau. But the voice of nature now speaks for the diversity of individual talent and for the need of free development of individuality in all its variety. Education in accord with nature furnishes the goal and the method of instruction and discipline. Moreover, the native or original endowment was conceived, in extreme cases, as nonsocial or even as antisocial. Social arrangements were thought of as mere external expedients by which these nonsocial individuals might secure a greater amount of private happiness for themselves.
The first is the application of incessant pressure to memorize everything to the exclusion of everything else and make those who do not conform disappear and the like. The second form of murder by knowledge is much more sophisticated and used in China to the end that they produce excellent engineers and scientists minus their common sense.
Students are given a chance for a splendid education, but in order to graduate they are put through several months of grueling, exhausting, debilitating pressures and forced to memorize every useful or useless educational morsel put before them. Only those who pass muster will get a degree. The result works well for the system.
One thing that concerns to public school educ(rats) is the growing home school and Christian school movements wherein Children are taught to think and not to just follow the establishment’s socialist program. They are prescient enough to realize that, some years down the road, this could be a problem for them and their system and so they would love to find some way to shut it down. Every years in state legislatures around the country someone is always introducing a bill that will hamper or hinder private education and home schooling in some way.
Prison Planet.com » 28 Signs That US Public Schools Are Rapidly Being Turned Into Indoctrination Centers And Prison Camps
It has been said that children are our future, and right now the vast majority of our children are being “educated” in public schools that are rapidly being turned into indoctrination centers and prison camps. Our children desperately need to focus on the basics such as reading, writing and math, but instead a whole host of politicians, “education officials” and teachers are constantly injecting as much propaganda as they possibly can into classroom instruction. Instead of learning how to think, our children are continually being told what to think. Not only that, our children are also being trained how to live as subservient slaves in a Big Brother police state. Today, nearly everything that children do in public schools is watched, monitored, recorded and tracked. Independent thought and free expression are greatly discouraged and are often cracked down upon harshly. If students get “out of line”, instead of being sent to see the principal they are often handcuffed, arrested and taken to the police station. In addition, law enforcement authorities are using weapons such as pepper spray and tasers against young students in our public schools more than ever before. Children in U.S. public schools are not learning how to live as strong individuals in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”. Rather, they are being trained how to serve a Big Brother police state where control freaks run their entire lives. If we continue to allow all of the liberty and freedom to be systematically drained out of our school children, then there is not going to be much hope for the future of this nation.
The following are 28 signs that U.S public schools are being turned into indoctrination centers and prison camps….
How many Southern folks that read this know someone that has been subjected to heritage violations (cultural genocide) in public schools–either anti-Christian or anti-Confederate? How many realize that your faith, heritage, and history are under attack in public schools?
Can Computers Replace Classrooms?[K12 hires lobbyists contributes to politicians back school choice]
TheFiscalTimes ^ | November 27, 2011 | By LYNDSEY LAYTON and EMMA BROWN, The Washington Post
Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2011 9:32:17 PM by fight_truth_decay
A Virginia company leading a national movement to replace classrooms with computers — in which children as young as 5 can learn at home at taxpayer expense — is facing a backlash from critics who are questioning its funding, quality and oversight.
Penn Live ^ | 27 Nov 2011 | NICK MALAWSKEY
Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2011 2:09:04 PM by shove_it
This is not the kind of lab we picture when we think of world-changing science. It’s not the clean, spotless modern laboratories of television or movies.
But it is here, on the fifth floor of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where Dr. Craig Meyers and his team might have conducted a miracle.
What he and his lab claim discovery of is breathtaking in its simplicity.
A common virus, omnipresent in the world.
When it infects humans, it does no harm.
Anarchy at UK
Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2011 | Mike Adams
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 10:08:18 AM by Kaslin
I wish George Orwell were alive today. He could have seen just how right he was on such a wide range of issues. If he were still with us, I would show him an email written by University of Kentucky (UK) President Eli Capilouto. I’ve reprinted the email below. But in between each paragraph I’ve interjected some sarcastic observations.
Each fall, we welcome to campus a new class of UK students, whose wonderful backgrounds and aspirations add to the already accomplished campus community we are striving to build each day and each year. Sometimes, however, we also experience the unwelcome presence of broader societal shortcomings that insert themselves in our midst. Each of us has to work every day–individually and collectively–to overcome the harm or prejudice that can unfortunately find expression at times in our campus community. This can happen at many levels and among many groups.
This seems to imply that not everyone is welcomed on the UK campus – particularly if they represent “broader societal shortcomings.” The statement seems a little judgmental but also a little vague. Could it mean poor people are unwelcomed? Could it mean black people are unwelcomed? Maybe it just means short people are unwelcomed.
We encourage each person in the UK community to pledge to do his/her part on a daily basis to help protect and nurture our community. Just as success has many mothers and fathers, so does our progress toward a more diverse and inclusive campus.
Whenever someone says “success has many mothers and fathers” I know I’m listening to a bunch of socialist garbage. It takes a village to raise a child, my fanny!
Imagine your child’s school teaching him how wonderful dictatorships are by having him and his friends model their very own group of dictatorships as part of their education. Like so many other Orwellian nightmares in the American educational system, this one is very real and takes place through the Model UN program.
The Model UN program teaches American students that global government is better than national government and that the corrupt kleptocracy on Turtle Bay is the ideal state of mankind. Finally it trains them to put American presidents on trial for violating United Nations laws.
Twenty-two Model UN events are scheduled to take place in November alone and many more are set to follow month after month throughout the school year as the advocates of global government exploit the school system to indoctrinate a new generation in their roles as servants of the conclave of totalitarian regimes.
The Model UN program teaches students to act out roles as representatives of different UN nations, but its real goal is to teach them to reject American exceptionalism in favor of multilateralism by convincing them that countries vary in interests, not in character, and that the People’s Republic of China and Saudi Arabia are no different than the United States in their legitimacy or their form of government.
Re: Occupy Wall Street, 2011
“They locked their arms. They counted down – 10, 9, 8, 7, 6. Then they decided to charge the police. That is going to be met with some physical force,” Kelly said.
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Does your fifth grader know how to use a condom? They may soon learn if they go to school in Washington, D.C.
The District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent on Education is pushing out standardized tests for sex education. The District takes its authority to administer sex education tests to fifth, eighth, and tenth graders from the Healthy Schools Act of 2010.
Here’s how it works: Children as young as 10 will be asked 50 questions. One of the questions reads: “TJ wants to remain abstinent, but also wants to know how to properly use a condom in case he is ever in a situation where he might become sexually active. Give TWO reasons why using a condom properly is important and describe THREE people or places that could give TJ accurate information about condom use.”
“The guideline questions necessitate age-inappropriate instruction for 10 and 11-year-olds. Previously, comprehensive sex education advocates would have the minimal—but insufficient—courtesy of allowing parents to opt their children out of their classes,” says Emmett McGroarty, executive director of the Preserve Innocence Initiative. “Now, parents are being informed that a non-mandatory class is being replaced by a mandated test.”
McGroarty argues that sexual decisions have serious moral and spiritual implications, and even comprehensive sexual education curricula openly acknowledge it. As he sees it, now is time to find solutions that empower parents to address issues related to STDs rather than undermining parental authority, meddling in admittedly spiritual decisions and imposing a one-size-fits-all test on local schools.
“As a man who was raised in inner-city Washington, I know that many District families believe that sex is more than biological—that it should be a full expression of committed, life-giving love,” McGroarty says. “Many families will be horrified that the District education establishment is demeaning sex-related education topics to the level of a standardized test.”
At the risk of breaking Godwin’s Law of the internets::
This is just creepy on the part of the obamites:
Only the Swastika is Missing
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Too Much Higher Education
Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2011 | Walter E. Williams
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:43:30 AM by Kaslin
Too much of anything is just as much a misallocation of resources as it is too little, and that applies to higher education just as it applies to everything else. A recent study from The Center for College Affordability and Productivity titled “From Wall Street to Wal-Mart,” by Richard Vedder, Christopher Denhart, Matthew Denhart, Christopher Matgouranis and Jonathan Robe, explains that college education for many is a waste of time and money. More than one-third of currently working college graduates are in jobs that do not require a degree. An essay by Vedder that complements the CCAP study reports that there are “one-third of a million waiters and waitresses with college degrees.” The study says Vedder — distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University, an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and director of CCAP — “was startled a year ago when the person he hired to cut down a tree had a master’s degree in history, the fellow who fixed his furnace was a mathematics graduate, and, more recently, a TSA airport inspector (whose job it was to ensure that we took our shoes off while going through security) was a recent college graduate.”
The nation’s college problem is far deeper than the fact that people simply are overqualified for particular jobs. Citing the research of AEI scholar Charles Murray’s book “Real Education” (2008), Vedder says: “The number going to college exceeds the number capable of mastering higher levels of intellectual inquiry. This leads colleges to alter their mission, watering down the intellectual content of what they do.” In other words, colleges dumb down courses so that the students they admit can pass them. Murray argues that only a modest proportion of our population has the cognitive skills, work discipline, drive, maturity and integrity to master truly higher education. He says that educated people should be able to read and understand classic works, such as John Locke’s “Essay Concerning Human Understanding” or William Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” These works are “insightful in many ways,” he says, but a person of average intelligence “typically lacks both the motivation and ability to do so.” Mastering complex forms of mathematics is challenging but necessary to develop rigorous thinking and is critical in some areas of science and engineering.
Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, authors of “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses” (2011), report on their analysis of more than 2,300 undergraduates at 24 institutions. Forty-five percent of these students demonstrated no significant improvement in a range of skills — including critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing — during their first two years of college. According to an August 2006 issue brief by the Alliance for Excellent Education, student “lack of preparation is also apparent in multiple subject areas; of college freshmen taking remedial courses, 35 percent were enrolled in math, 23 percent in writing, and 20 percent in reading.” Declining college admissions standards have contributed to the deterioration of the academic quality of our secondary schools. Colleges show high schools that they do not have to teach much in order for youngsters to be admitted.
According to Education Next, an August Harvard University study titled “Globally Challenged: Are U.S. Students Ready to Compete?” found that only 32 percent of U.S. students achieved proficiency in math, compared with “75 percent of students in Shanghai, 58 percent in Korea, and 56 percent in Finland. Countries in which a majority — or near majority — of students performed at or above the proficiency level in math include Switzerland, Japan, Canada, and the Netherlands.” Results from the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment international test show that U.S. students rank 32nd among industrialized nations in proficiency in math and 17th in reading.
Much of American education is in shambles. Part of a solution is for colleges to refuse to admit students who are unprepared to do real college work. That would help to reveal the shoddy education provided at the primary and secondary school levels. Here I’m whistlin’ “Dixie,” because college administrators are more interested in numbers of students, which equal more money…………….
College is a dangerous place for men. They are not only a minority, but they are victimized by discriminatory and unconstitutional anti-male rules.
In another striking proof that the Obama administration is totally manipulated by feminists, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights sent out a 19-page “DCL” (Dear Colleague Letter) to colleges and universities that should make men fear attending college at all. The letter adopts the feminist theory that in all sexual controversies or accusations, the man is guilty unless he proves himself innocent.
This DCL carries the force of law, since it purports to be an additional implementation of Title IX, the 1972 federal law that bans sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal assistance. But the DCL was never legislated by Congress, and it was not even launched as a regulation that requires posting for comment in the Federal Register.
The DCL is just a federal order, issued by a feminist bureaucrat named Russlynn Ali, which colleges and universities must obey under threat of losing their funding. Colleges have dutifully fallen in line by spelling it out in their fall orientations under the rubric of making campuses friendly to women and requiring sensitivity about offensive words and ideas.
The most unconstitutional part of Ali’s impertinent DCL is that it orders colleges to reject use of the criminal justice standard of proof. The DCL rules that an accused man doesn’t have to be judged guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt,” or even the intermediate standard of “clear and convincing” proof.
Instead, Ms. Ali instructs colleges that they must judge an accused man based on “a preponderance of the evidence” standard. That means the campus disciplinary board (which may include feminist faculty from the Women’s Studies Department) only has to believe that the female accuser is 51 percent likely to be truthful and accurate.
Furthermore, the DCL “strongly discourages” colleges from permitting an accused man “to question or cross-examine the accuser” during the hearing. And appeals must be available to both parties, which subjects the guy to double jeopardy.
The punishment of a man convicted under these DCL rules will far exceed what the campus disciplinary committee may hand out. He will likely be expelled, barred from graduate or professional school and some government jobs, suffer irreparable damage to his reputation, and possibly be exposed to criminal prosecution.
The feminist apparatus is constantly grinding out phony statistics about sexual assault and harassment, accusations that men are naturally batterers, and that women never lie or make errors in sexual allegations. The feminists are unrepentant about the way they and the prosecutors (toadying to the feminists) accepted and publicized lies that destroyed the reputations of the Duke lacrosse men and of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Another monster that hangs over the heads of college students is the increasing evidence that college is a bad financial investment that will saddle students with debt they can never escape. Pro-college ads from organizations like How To E-D-U and KnowHow2Go are seductive: “College graduates can make a million dollars more in their lifetimes than those who don’t go to college.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, 17 million college-educated Americans are now working jobs for which they are overqualified. The BLS reports that hundreds of thousands of college graduates are working as waiters, secretaries, receptionists, laborers or janitors, all respectable occupations but not jobs that will enable them to repay their five- or even six-digit college loans.
The current student loan debt, now $830 billion, is bigger than credit-card debt and growing at the rate of $90 billion a year. Only 40 percent of that debt is actively being repaid, and students are not permitted to escape that debt burden through bankruptcy, so we may be headed for a student-loan bubble like the housing bubble.
The one project that received an increased appropriation in the bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling was more money to subsidize students to go to college. Loaning taxpayers’ money to students to go to college makes no sense and is hurtful even to the students who get the money.
If students were working a 48-hour-a-week night job, as I did when I worked my way through college, they wouldn’t have time to get into the mischief referenced by the recent DCL or to attend drinking parties, and they wouldn’t accumulate the indebtedness that will burden their lives for decades.
For encouragement, they can read Zac Bissonnette’s helpful book, “Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching Off My Parents.” Alternatively, students can get a job that doesn’t require a college education.
Are they teaching community organizing at Mastery Charter High School?
Caught On Tape: Philadelphia Teen Mob Attack: MyFoxPHILLY.com The Blaze reported:
The incident occurred July 29—the same day flash mob attacks took place in another section of the city—just blocks from Mastery Charter High School. Students in the video face expulsion or suspension, school officials wrote in a letter to residents in the area where the attack took place.
Sources told Fox 29 that man attacked in the video was hospitalized with injuries to his head and teeth. No charges have been filed so far, police told Fox 29.
“It makes me sick,” said Mastery CEO Scott Gordon.”We’re very very upset about it, that any student, but particularly a student that’s been in a Mastery school, would behave like that, to think that that’s okay, is very disturbing.”
That would be a shame. We need voices in the classroom challenging teachers who force political claptrap down the throats of susceptible young children while their parents are paying for them to learn reading, writing and history. Sam may be somewhat unique, but I like to think of him as a role model. We need more Sams to protect the children. Maybe Sam needs to start an academy to train others. Then maybe Horowitz and Coulter and other right-of- center speakers might start to receive a positive reception at college campuses.