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Re: Education Reform!
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Elementary School Accused Of Making Children Sing Pro-Occupy Song
« Reply #41 on: January 05, 2012, 10:18:40 AM »
Elementary School Accused Of Making Children Sing Pro-Occupy Song

January 4, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS Washington) – A Charlottesville-area elementary school has been accused of making students sing a pro-Occupy Wall Street movement song.

Written and performed in October as part of the Kid Pan Alley group at Albemarle County schools, “Part of the 99” has resulted in a backlash from parents nationwide, and has given the foundation reason to train its facilitators to steer students away from controversial subject matter in their songs.

As part of the regular Kid Pan Alley activities, children are asked about the topics of songs they want to write and sing about. In October, one of the children participating in the activities at Woodbrook Elementary School mentioned that he wanted to write about “having it all and losing it all,”Albemarle County schools spokesman Phil Giaramita told CBS Washington.

“The words ‘Occupy’ or ‘Wall Street’ were not mentioned in the classroom,” Giaramita said.

In the past couple of days, the song from the October performance has been resurrected, with parents from Tennessee, Texas, and California accusing the third-graders of not being capable to come up with an idea so closely related to the Occupy Wall Street movement. There haven’t been any complaints from the parents of the children involved in the performance, Giaramita said.

Blogs such as Big Government have criticized the song as being “Marxist rhetoric.”

“The simplistic left wing economic nonsense of this ditty boggles the mind. But to an impressionistic third grader, it plants poisonous seeds at odds with long egalitarian American traditions that disdain class hatred,” the blog states.

Officials with Kid Pan Alley, a foundation that works with elementary school children through songwriting workshops, has emphasized that the group has restated its guidelines concerning the lyrical content of the songs.

“Kid Pan Alley does not promote nor condone any personal or political agenda. As a result, our programming over the years has consistently received high praise and commendation from children, parents and schools,” the statement said. “Our sole mission has been and continues to be to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education.”

Giaramita said that a Kid Pan Alley official told him that in the 1,800-plus songs that Kid Pan Alley has produced and performed, none of them have come across the issue like this one with its alleged Occupy link. He added that the song itself came in October when the movement was first starting up and maybe meant something different in October than it does now.

“There’s been a lot of sensitivity raised over this in the last couple days,” Giaramita said, adding that greater oversight will be put into the lyrical content of the songs before they are performed. “If you’re writing about pets or a holiday, those kinds of things are very enjoyable and not controversial. If you’re writing about an issue such as a family that has it all and loses it, we need to be very sensitive about the circumstances around it.”

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/01/04/virginia-elementary-students-accused-of-performing-pro-occupy-song/

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Dumb As A Rock: You'll Be Amazed At The Things High School Students Don't Know
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Dumb As A Rock: You Will Be Absolutely Amazed At The Things That U.S. High School Students Do Not Know

The American Dream
January 11, 2012

Are we raising the stupidest generation in American history?  The statistics that you are about to read below are incredibly shocking.  They indicate that U.S. high school students are basically as dumb as a rock.  As you read the rest of this article, you will be absolutely amazed at the things that U.S. high school students do not know.  At this point, it is really hard to argue that the U.S. education system is a success.  Our children are spoiled and lazy, our schools do not challenge them and students in Europe and in Asia routinely outperform our students very badly on standardized tests.  In particular, schools in America do an incredibly poor job of teaching our students subjects such as history, economics and geography that are necessary for understanding the things that are taking place in our world today.  For example, according to a survey conducted by the National Geographic Society, only 37 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 can find Iraq on a map of the world.  According to that same survey, 50 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 can’t even find the state of New York on a map.  If our students cannot even find Iraq and New York on a map, what hope is there that they will be able to think critically about the important world events of our day?

Sadly, almost every survey or study about high school students that gets done shows that most of our students are not even receiving a basic education.

For example, the following comes from an article posted on MSNBC….

    Just 13 percent of high school seniors who took the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress — called the Nation’s Report Card — showed solid academic performance in American history.

So only 13 percent of our high school seniors are proficient in history?

That doesn’t sound good.

So what does that mean exactly?

Well, there have been some other surveys and studies that have quizzed U.S. high school students about specific historical facts.

The following are some of the absolutely amazing results of a study conducted a few years ago by Common Core….

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Who the first President was: When Oklahoma high school students were given the same citizenship test that immigrants are given, they fared way worse.

In fact, three-fourths of students couldn’t name the first President of the United States.

How is that possible? Have they not seen a one dollar bill? Can they read?
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How is that possible? Have they not seen a one dollar bill? Can they read?

I'm sure they "can," but in case you haven't noticed, they're usually too busy fondling their cell phones.





Health: Teens & Text Addiction

by Stephanie Stahl
CBS Philly
Aug 24, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― Teenagers are becoming addicted to texting, according to a new study. In fact experts are saying being hooked on texting can be like being addicted to drugs.

Walking, sitting, it doesn't matter where it happens, teenagers seem to need to text. Statistics show 80 percent of all 15 to 18-year-olds own a cell phone. And the rate of texting has sky rocketed 600 percent in three years. The average teen sends 3,000 texts a month.

"I think that it's just like a drug, once you get hooked on to it, you can't let go. It's like whenever I open my eyes the first thing I look at is my phone," said Hermine Vardanian, a texter.

"It clearly fits the criteria of an addiction," said Dr. Gary Small, a Psychiatrist.

Neuroimaging studies show the same brain areas are stimulated with both texting and using heroin.

"In a very primitive part of the brain, the dopamine system gets triggered. That's the general reward system in our brain," said Dr. Small.

Some texting addiction warning signs include losing track of time because of excessive texting, neglecting eating and sleeping, having a constant need for more, and suffering negative repercussions, like ignoring others or lying because of texting.

Chronic texters actually say they feel bad when they don't get a text. All the more reason to text even more people.

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19 Crazy Things That School Children Are Being Arrested For In America
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19 Crazy Things That School Children Are Being Arrested For In America

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February 1, 2012

With each passing year, the difference between America’s prisons and America’s public schools becomes smaller and smaller.  As you read the rest of this article, you will be absolutely amazed at some of the crazy things that school children in America are being arrested for.  When I was growing up, I don’t remember a single police officer ever coming to my school.  Discipline was always handled by the teachers and by the principals.  But today, there are schools all over the country that have police officers permanently stationed in the halls.  Many other schools will call out police officers at the drop of a hat.  In the classrooms of America today, if you burp in class, if you spray yourself with perfume or if you doodle on your desk, there is a chance that you will be arrested by the police and hauled out of your school in handcuffs.  Unfortunately, we live in a country where paranoia has become standard operating procedure.  The American people have become convinced that the only way that we can all be “safe” is for this country to be run like a militarized totalitarian police state.  So our public schools are run like prisons and our public school students are treated like prisoners.  The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world by far, and our schools are preparing the next generation to either “do time” in the prison system or to live as good little slaves in the Big Brother prison grid that is being constructed all around us.  But what our schools are not doing is giving these children the critical thinking skills that they need to live as free citizens in a nation that used to be “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.

Of course very few people would deny that the character of American schoolchildren has changed dramatically over the decades.  Back in the 1950s, some of the biggest school discipline problems were gum chewing and hair pulling.  Today, kids bring knives, guns and drugs with them to school.  Gang activity is rampant in many of our schools and in some schools kids are even having sex in the school bathrooms.

So there is definitely a discipline problem in our schools.

But what is going on in many areas of the country is absolutely ridiculous.  For example, in 2010 alone police down in Texas issued an astounding 300,000 tickets to school children.

Yes, if a kid pulls a knife on someone the police should get involved, but teachers and administrators should be able to use some common sense and handle the vast majority of discipline problems that happen themselves.

What you are about to read is absolutely going to amaze you.  The following are 19 really crazy things that school children are being arrested for in America….

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Food Police Reject Homemade Lunch; Force Preschooler to Eat Cafeteria Nuggets
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Food Police Reject Homemade Lunch; Force Preschooler to Eat Cafeteria Nuggets

Ryan Sullivan
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

RAEFORD, N.C. — A Hoke County preschooler was fed chicken nuggets for lunch because a state worker felt that her homemade lunch did not have enough nutritional value, according to a report by the Carolina Journal.

The West Hoke Elementary School student was in her More at Four classroom when a U.S. Department of Agriculture agent who was inspecting lunch boxes decided that her packed lunch — which consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips — “did not meet USDA guidelines,” the Journal reports.

The decision was made under consideration of a regulation put in place by the the Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services, which requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs to meet USDA guidelines.

“When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones,” the Journal reports.

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The compulsory school system has done its job all too well -- here's the proof!
« Reply #47 on: February 23, 2012, 02:25:08 PM »
http://www.globalresearch.ca/americans-abandon-international-law-70-approve-guantanamo/29460

Americans Abandon International Law: 70% Approve Guantanamo

by Nat Parry



Global Research, February 23, 2012
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After a decade of “war on terror” rhetoric – and President Obama’s failure to reverse many of George W. Bush’s extrajudicial policies – the U.S. public has come to accept that American “exceptionalism” puts the nation beyond the reach of international law, as Nat Parry explains.

Whether they realize it or not, Americans are increasingly embracing policies that undermine the international rule of law, with self-identified liberals, in particular, seemingly reversing their positions on matters such as the Guantanamo prison camp, extrajudicial assassinations and arbitrary detention.
 
While just six years ago [.pdf] the U.S. public ranked among the world’s most enthusiastic supporters of international law (falling just behind the Germans and the Chinese in global surveys), it now appears that vast majorities of Americans reject the applicability of international law when it comes to the actions of the U.S. government in the “global war on terror.”


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A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, for example, found that 70 percent of the American public approves of the U.S. government’s decision to indefinitely keep the Guantanamo prison open, despite widespread international condemnation of this policy.
 
This figure includes 53 percent of self-identified liberal Democrats and 67 percent of moderate or conservative Democrats, “even though it emerged as a symbol of the post-Sept. 11 national security policies of President George W. Bush, which many liberals bitterly opposed,” noted the Washington Post.
 
In fact, the Post-ABC findings indicate an almost complete reversal of American attitudes on this subject across the political spectrum since the years of the Bush administration. The most pronounced difference has become noticeable in just the past couple years.
 
In a 2006 poll, for example, 63 percent of respondents said the United States should follow international conventions regarding Guantanamo Bay, while just 30 percent said the U.S. should not be bound by these obligations. The survey also found that Americans generally support giving international courts broad authority to judge U.S. compliance with treaties, with 70 percent rejecting the idea that the United States should receive exceptional treatment under such treaties.
 
A 2009 survey reconfirmed the strong public support in the U.S. for these principles, finding that 69 percent of Americans agreed with the statement: “Our nation should consistently follow international laws. It is wrong to violate international laws, just as it is wrong to violate laws within a country.” Only 29 percent chose the converse position, “If our government thinks it is not in our nation’s interest, it should not feel obliged to abide by international laws.”
 
Yet, this is precisely what the U.S. has been doing for over a decade at Guantanamo Bay. On last month’s ten-year anniversary of the prison camp opening, there was a flurry of renewed criticism over the continuing violations of international law by the United States.
 
On the eve of the anniversary, Human Rights Watch reminded the U.S. of its international obligations: “The practice [of indefinite detention] violates US obligations under international law. Human Rights Watch has strongly urged the US government to either promptly prosecute the remaining Guantanamo detainees according to international fair trial standards, or safely repatriate them to home or third countries.

    “We have also called for investigations of US officials implicated in torture of terrorism suspects and for adequate compensation for detainees who were mistreated. Human Rights Watch will continue to press for compliance with these obligations. Failure to do so does enormous damage to the rule of law both in the US and abroad.”

Arbitrary detention, however, isn’t the only area in which Americans are increasingly willing to disregard principles of international law. Regarding torture, a survey conducted last year by the American Red Cross found that 59 percent of American teenagers and 51 percent of adults believe that it is acceptable to torture enemy fighters in order to attain important military information.
 
Further, 37 percent of youth support “Depriving civilians in combat areas of food, medicine, or water in order to weaken the enemy,” a war crime that is also supported by 29 percent of adults. A whopping 71 percent of youth and 55 percent of adults support “Refusing to allow prisoners to be visited by a representative from a neutral organization to confirm that they are being treated well.”
 
Extrajudicial assassinations are supported by an even broader majority, with the new Washington Post-ABC News poll finding that 83 percent of Americans approve of the use of unmanned aerial drones to carry out targeted killings of terrorist suspects without due process.

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Public Schools conditioning 7yo children with Nazi torture "Scream Rooms"
« Reply #48 on: February 24, 2012, 01:29:00 PM »
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

It's a punishment with many names: cool down rooms, time out rooms, even scream rooms.

You'll find them in many Valley schools and chances are you don't even know they exist.

They're essentially boxes where rowdy kids are sent to calm down.

But do they even work?

And is this a punishment that some schools are using a little too much?

"They never really told me why or when they put him in there, just that he was, quote, 'out of control,'" said mother Leslie Noyes.

Leslie and Eric Noyes are the proud parents of a 7-year-old boy.

"He's just a great kid, you know?" Eric Noyes said.

The second-grader has some special needs, so he was placed in the special education class at Desert Sage Elementary School in the Deer Valley Unified School District.

One day he came home with a disturbing story.

"He has been complaining about being restrained -- he uses that word, restrained. And being put into cool down," Leslie Noyes said.

"I was thinking there's probably some bean bag chairs, maybe some books and just a room to get away from his general class. I had no idea it was literally almost a padded cell," Eric Noyes said.

Leslie went to school armed with a camera and took pictures as proof.

They show a 5-foot by 5-foot padded box placed inside an empty classroom.

"My son has said he's been there anywhere from a few minutes to almost all day," Leslie Noyes said.

CBS 5 News went to Deer Valley with the accusations that a young boy saying he wasn't even let out to use the bathroom, and that he had to eat lunch in there.

They refused to speak with us on camera, but released a statement that reads in part, "If a child requires the use of seclusion/physical intervention, parents are notified as soon as possible within the same school day.  Two adults always accompany the child when secluded.  This is the last method of behavior management schools use with a student."

Deer Valley's spokesperson also said Eric and Leslie's son has been in the room 17 times since October, but they deny he was left there any longer than 15 minutes at a time.

Eric doesn't buy it.

"I think it probably happens quite a bit, and I think it's happening more often than it's being reported and recorded," he said.

"The state board of education and the Legislature have recommended some guidelines for school districts," said State Department of Education spokesman Andrew LeFevre.

CBS 5 News went straight to the state to find out what rules school districts have to play by when it comes to restraining our kids or sticking them in these cool down rooms.

It turns out Arizona is one of just six states that doesn't have any laws regulating seclusion and restraint.

Why isn't there a state law?

"I think that's just part of Arizona history and the way they want to do it," LeFevre said.

Lefevre said Arizona chooses to let school districts decide what they'd like to do.

CBS 5 News went to a psychologist to find out what schools should be doing.

"You know, we call it putting more fuel on the fire," said Dr. Joseph Gentry

Gentry doesn't believe in seclusion, period.

"I mean, imagine how it would feel for us," he questioned.

Gentry said positive reinforcement should be used rather than scare tactics to teach students.

"Instead of reacting to and punishing a child for doing something wrong we catch them doing something good or teach them what they should be doing and reinforce them," Gentry said.

One method Arizona does have is a task force that was made to come up with some suggestions for school districts about seclusion and restraint.

The No. 1 recommendation was to create a positive school climate to help change disruptive behavior.

Again that's just a recommendation, schools in our state aren't required to do anything at all.

Video here: http://www.kpho.com/story/17007347/so-called-scream-rooms-used-in-valley-schools
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Re: Public Schools conditioning 7yo children with Nazi torture "Scream Rooms"
« Reply #49 on: February 24, 2012, 04:57:25 PM »
 Parents must get involved, PTA's etc. its never been a walk in the park raising kids especialy for moms and dads that are working their arses off paying the bills and keeping food on the table, I get it..
The kids go off to school in the care of Public School systems, tell me what choice do parents have that are sweating to keep the bills paid, home schooling is great if available,but not everyone has this opportunity. Now what, mom and dad have to march off to the school and register complaints and raise hell, they need to become active in their kids education and treatment received.
 Tell me, is there a division in the treatment of children, the haves and have nots. I beleive so, does anyone think that the child of some high powered muker is about to be locked in a box,- doubtfull to say the muken least.
 

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11 Reasons To Get Your Kids Out Of The Government Schools
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11 Reasons To Get Your Kids Out Of The Government Schools

The American Dream
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It should be painfully obvious to everyone by now that it is time to get all of our kids out of the government schools.  The public school system in the United States has been dramatically declining for a long time, and in most areas of the country the public schools are open sewers at this point.  Yes, there are some U.S. public schools that are still very good and that do a decent job of preparing our young people for their adult lives.  But those good schools are the exception to the rule.  Hopefully the school shooting that just happened in Ohio will be a wake up call to millions of parents out there.  Drugs, sex and violence are rampant in American public schools today.  The “teachers” are endlessly pushing specific political and social agendas down the throats of our kids, and the skills that our children really need such as reading, writing and mathematics are often badly neglected.  Hopefully we can get more parents educated about what is really going on in these schools.  After all, why would any parents want to send their children into an environment that is going to be highly destructive for them for six to eight hours a day?

Sadly, “destructive” is not too hard a word to use for the environment in these public schools.  I went to public schools all my life, and they were absolutely horrible.  Unfortunately, they have gotten even worse since the time that I left them.

The following are 11 reasons to get your kids out of the government schools....

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The High Cost of Dumbing Us Down
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The High Cost of Dumbing Us Down

The New American
Thursday, March 8, 2012

It now costs over $10,000 a year to “educate,” or brainwash, a child in a public school, whereas it costs about $550 to $1,000 a year to homeschool a child. The taxpayer pays nothing for the education of a child at home. Yet, the homeschooling parent must continue to pay the taxes for the public schools. This is just one of the minor injustices that exist in our society in the interest of education.

And the reason why it now costs so much to educate a child in the public schools is that the dumbing-down process is not cheap. It requires costly programs that need frequent upgrading and revision, and it also requires specially trained teachers who are constantly attending expensive conferences and seminars in order to learn how better to dumb down the children.

Let’s just take the subject of teaching a child to read. Back in the old days, before the introduction of the Dick and Jane program, teaching reading was not all that expensive. Teachers taught the alphabet and the letter sounds mainly by using a chalk board, much in the way it was done in the 19th century with Noah Webster’s blue-backed spelling books. Student readers were cheap, and cursive writing helped a child learn to read. But when the progressives created the new look-say, whole-word Dick and Jane books, with their many colorful pictures of Dick, Jane, Sally, and Spot, the new dumbed-down version of reading instruction became expensive. In the old, traditional way, pictures played a very minor part, but with the new look-say method, pictures were indispensable in teaching children how to guess the words by looking at the pictures on the page.

Indeed, when the new Dick and Jane program was introduced in the schools in 1933, during the Great Depression, many schools could not afford it. That was the case in New York City, where the traditional alphabetic-phonics method was used until World War II when the economy revived and the schools now had the resources needed to pay for the new look-say books.

But the new method of teaching reading was just the start of the dumbing-down process. The entire K-12 curriculum had to be revised at enormous cost. And that is why the progressive educators were anxious to get the federal government to pay for all of this. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, enacted under President Johnson, provided the billions of dollars the progressives needed. And when the U.S. Department of Education was created in 1979 by President Carter, with its enhanced power to makes grants for everything the educators wanted, the dumbing-down process became one of the richest government gravy trains in American history.

It took Charlotte Iserbyt, a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) in the Department of Education during the first Reagan administration to blow the whistle on the whole dumbing-down process being financed by grants from the federal government. Before being fired from the department, she was able to fill a U-Haul with documents copied from the department’s files, which she then used in compiling her mammoth book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America: A Chronological Paper Trail, first published in 1999.

Iserbyt writes in her Preface that the United States is engaged in a war: not the traditional kind of war, but a new kind that is using psychological methods. This war — about which the average American hasn’t the foggiest idea — has been waged for over a hundred years. She writes:

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School Choice is Cover for Communist Indoctrination: Charlotte Iserbyt Reports

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Charlotte Iserbyt exposes the dumbing down of American schoolchildren.
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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #54 on: July 12, 2012, 01:37:47 AM »
Hey everyone, and thank you for this great thread.

One suggestion that I think is critical for any education system involves two things: uncertainty and failure.

A very bad education system emphasizes a paradigm of trying to force a sense of 'absolute truth' in what has been taught, and when students of any class grow up to think that they what they have taught is 'absolute', then it means that they end up becoming brainwashed.

Students need to be told that they like everyone else lives under uncertainty. It doesn't mean that they can just say 'well under uncertainty anything can happen, so what's the point', but more-so to always leave the opening to question what they know and even to question themselves which is what many of us are trying to do in this info-war.

The failure part is something that is the most critical point of learning IMO because the failure gives people a real reference point for acquiring knowledge and it also encourages people to actually 'do things' to learn instead of just taking everybodies word for something, which is what a lot of the textbook based learning currently does right now.

Both the uncertainty and the failure are things that are left out of many educational paradigms, and it's not too surprising to see why when some desire a population devoid of critical thinking, wanting to always not look stupid (as a social mechanism to keep everyone keep everyone else in line), and to actually discover what is out there that would otherwise create a society that thrived on the acquisition of knowledge from experience and using sound analysis (like what is done in mathematics).

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Gallup: Americans Rate Public Schools the Worst Place to Educate Children
« Reply #55 on: August 30, 2012, 10:55:56 AM »
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Gallup: Americans Rate Public Schools the Worst Place to Educate Children

Terence P. Jeffrey
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Aug 30, 2012

A new Gallup poll released today indicates that Americans rate public schools the worst place to educate children.

In the national survey conducted Aug. 9-12, private independent schools, parochial and church-related schools, charter schools and home-schooling all rated higher than public schools.

Gallup interviewers asked respondents: “I’m going to read a list of ways in which children are educated in the U.S. today. As I read each one, please indicate–based on what you know or have read and heard–how good an education each provides children–excellent, good, only fair, or poor. How about: public schools, parochial or church-related schools, independent private schools, charter schools, or home-schooling?”

Only 5 percent said they believe public schools give children an excellent eduction.

Another 32 percent said they believe public schools give children a good education. But this combined 37 percent who said public schools give children an excellent or good education was the lowest among the different types of schools Gallup included in its survey.

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Facing the Hardest Truth on Public Education
« Reply #56 on: April 03, 2013, 03:39:52 PM »
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Facing the Hardest Truth on Public Education

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April 3, 2013

There are several major obstacles to overcome if there is to be any hope of saving civilization from the grip of the authoritarian pre-education camps we call “public schools.”  The most stubborn obstacle of all, however, is perhaps the one embedded in our own hearts, namely the all too human instinct to comfort ourselves with the thought that the soul-deforming corruptions of public education began in earnest only after our own school days, and hence that we ourselves escaped the harm we so easily recognize in others.

This instinct forms the rationale for the many objections I get to my calls for the complete abolition of public schooling, from people who claim that if the schools just got back to the methods of the good old days, all would be well.  In other words, these people are unwilling to see the problem as anything deeper than the superimposition of some bad textbooks or teaching methods on an essentially noble system, because to admit that the problem is more fundamental than this is to admit that one’s own education was harmful, which is to concede that one was indeed harmed — that you are less than you might have been.

A few days ago, preparing a class of Korean undergraduates for a reading of Plato’s Apology, I asked them to think back over all their years of schooling, and to tell me what percentage of their teachers did not deserve their pay.  At first, the students just smiled — Korea’s Confucian heritage demands unreflective respect for all teachers.  Finally, one young woman bravely volunteered that perhaps thirty percent of her teachers had not deserved their pay — a much higher number than I had expected from a Korean student.  This opened the floodgates: almost all the students in the room subsequently condemned a significant portion of their educators — one as high as sixty percent — as unworthy of being paid given what they had actually provided for their students.

Next, I asked them whether their own education had been worth all the money that had been spent on it over the years.  With only one exception, everyone said unequivocally that his or her own schooling had been worth every penny (or won, in this case).  When I noted that this question was, in a sense, just a variation on my previous question about the teachers, a few students grinned sheepishly, and then a few more, as they gradually got the point: they were perfectly willing to declare that much of their education had been ineffectual or counterproductive — but unwilling to accept the logical result of this, namely that their own development had been slowed or stunted.

These were students currently in school, which is why the contradiction in their answers was so apparent, and pitiable.  For those of us who have long since finished our formal education, this natural tendency to self-protection is greatly exacerbated.  We easily see the damage done to today’s young people, but draw the line at admitting that we too are damaged goods.  To defend our egos, we must deny that our own education was compromised.  And this is the major obstacle of which I spoke, for this denial implicitly detaches the current evils of public education from the institution itself.  We hesitate to condemn the institution outright, because this would mean questioning the conditions and success of our own intellectual and moral development.  We thereby vindicate the most powerful means to permanent tyranny, in order to protect our tender pride.

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Experiencing an erection of collectivism lasting 4 hours? Stop watching MSNBC

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Bye-bye daddy, bye-bye mommy: MSNBC discovers who children really belong to. Finally. This burning question has been answered. What a relief.

Melissa Harris-Perry, a university professor and weekend host at MSNBC shares the wisdom:

“We have never invested as much in public education as we should have, because we’ve always had a kind of private notion of children—’your kid is yours and totally your responsibility.’ We haven’t had a very collective notion of ‘these are our children.’ So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the household’s, then we start making better investments.”

How many ways to take this hogwash apart?

A “kind of private notion of children.” Yes, how primitive. I mean, only bitter clingers would ascribe to this ancient concept, right? Such parents need re-education, they need to move into the modern age and embrace many mothers and fathers, including I suppose, Melissa Harris-Perry herself, although I’m sure her schedule is already overcrowded. But perhaps she’s good for a nod and a wink between violin practice and soccer games where nobody wins.

Then, precisely what community should own your kids? Your block, neighborhood, town, city, nation? People you know? People you don’t know and never will? A coalition? Perhaps…the government? Ah yes, that would would be it, wouldn’t it?

Because, as any good collectivist knows, the government is the ultimate “expression” of the people. The government creates, manages, and sustains the collective. The government decides, the people comply. The government knows best.

Therefore, all you whacko parents out there; stop thinking your children belong to you. You’re wrong.

Hillary Clinton knew this. That’s why she wrote It Takes a Village, another collectivist manifesto. Except her community happens to be nannies, the Secret Service, the State Department, the Senate, and the White House.

Since Melissa Harris-Perry is discussing public education, you can be sure the collective solution to your kids will involve more vaccines, more psychiatric appointments, more diagnoses of fictitious mental disorders, and more doling out of highly toxic and violence-inducing drugs.

More sex-ed at age five and six, since you parents don’t have a clue about sex and shouldn’t be allowed to approach it. More instruction about “sharing” as the basis of all knowledge.

Essentially, a collective is a group of people teaching others about the primacy of the group. It’s a madhouse from start to finish. It takes the principle of the inviolate individual and burns it to the ground.

It attacks the family precisely because the family resists the collective in any society where a few shreds of freedom remain. The family is a potentially dangerous source of decentralized power.

Harris-Perry is really advocating the sacrifice of your children to the “wider problem of all children.” Don’t raise your kids according to your own best principles. No. Give them over to “the wiser ones.” Let’s all do that.

Her solution also, of course, involves an enormous shift of responsibility. Parents can unload that burden. The “community” will shoulder it. I can’t wait.

This is the strategy of regression to the lowest common denominator. Since there are truly horrible parents out there who can’t handle family life, let’s all give up the primary job of raising children in order to save those parents who are abject failures.

Behind this is the program to destroy families and elevate the State. Make no mistake about it. It’s an op from the ground up, and always has been.

Just as state and county and city governments have been targets for the federal government, so is the family. The idea is to overwhelm all opposition to federal power. Under the mask, that is the naked face of the collective: everybody organized under central dominion.

Going still further, we enter the Globalist plan. Institute a world collective, in which every citizen is directly beholden to Earth’s princes and their bureaucrats, “for the good of all.”

It’s a stage-magic trick. Erase the individual and all he stands for. He was here—and then, poof, he’s gone. A mere trace of a memory remains.

If Melissa Harris-Perry wanted to talk about family, you’d think she would have stressed the greater responsibility of a mother and father. At home. She would have talked about alcoholic parents, inattention toward kids, the need to take home life very seriously. But instead, she went the other way.

She didn’t even offer a tip of the hat to churches, neighbors, clubs, cousins, uncles, grandparents—those people who do, in fact, form communities. Not grist for her mill. No, because she’s talking about money. Spending more money on public education. And for that, you need myth and fairy tale.

You need the disastrous construct of a public institution that will carry the job of bringing up children.

As if that were possible.

Perry rejects Private in favor of Government, which is her bread and butter. Public policy. Abstractions seeking a New World.

Much in the same way, Obama endlessly mouths, “We’re all in this together.”

The “this” turns to be the surrender of fierce freedom and independence.

I would like to see millions more parents deliver the correct response to Perry. Home schooling. That would solve it. That would deliver a profound message:

Babble on as long as you want to about pie-in-the-sky communities; try to melt the citizenry down into one giant glob of goo; fake your way into legends of better and more expensive schools replacing parents.

It’s for nothing. People know you’re a hyping con artist. People know that families and good education begin with real parents and can’t succeed without them.

The “new collective spirit” is very old. As old as the hills. College kids who know as much history as caterpillars out for a stroll after the rain are buying this lunacy, but when they leave the friendly confines of school, they’ll discover the only place they can find a job is with the government.

And that tells us something about who will swell the ranks of the collective. Those who have been rendered disabled by education. This is the public department Perry wants to improve.

We need more money to brainwash more children. That’s the underlying message.

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Most Americans Support Being Spied on by NSA
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Yet more proof that the compulsory school system has done its job all too well...

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Most Americans Support Being Spied on by NSA

“Good German” syndrome runs rampant as government becomes tyrannical

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June 11, 2013

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has sacrificed his freedom, his future, his family, his home and his model girlfriend in order to warn Americans that they are the targets of a monolithic spy agency which is working feverishly to ensure that privacy is demolished – and most Americans simply don’t care.



Revelations that the National Security Agency was collecting records of millions of US customers of Verizon under a secret court order issued in April, followed by news that the NSA was also pulling private data “directly from the servers” of major US service providers such as Google and Facebook, stoked international condemnation, but not from American citizens, most of whom actually support the idea.

“A majority of Americans – 56% – say the National Security Agency’s (NSA) program tracking the telephone records of millions of Americans is an acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism,” reports Pew Research Center.

A comparison with a previous poll from January 2006 highlights the fact that more Americans are now likely to support NSA surveillance despite the huge scandal it caused for the Bush administration. Under Bush, 47% found NSA wiretapping of Americans unacceptable whereas just 41% find it unacceptable under Obama.

The poll also finds that whereas 61% of Democrats found blanket NSA surveillance unacceptable under Bush, only 34% oppose it under Obama – underscoring once again how partisanship is used to dismantle American freedoms no matter who is in office.

The survey also reveals that just one on four Americans are following the NSA story “very closely,” whereas the other 73% are presumably more interested in the release of the new XBox and season 17 of Dancing With the Stars.

“Sorry Edward Snowden: you just threw your life away for nothing. The sheep have been properly and thoroughly conditioned and brainwashed, which is why they continue to get precisely the government they so rightfully deserve,” writes Zero Hedge.

While the NSA sites the necessity to stop “terrorism” as its justification for eviscerating the 4th Amendment, the Obama administration is simultaneously supporting Al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria, many of whom have promised to attack the United States once they have finished with Bashar Al-Assad.

The irony of Snowden having to run to Communist China to escape from “the land of the free” is a chilling subtext to the story. Other authoritarian regimes throughout history have also cited security threats as a reason to put the entire population under surveillance.

As Robert Gellately of Florida State University has highlighted, Germans under Hitler spied on and denounced their neighbors and friends not because they genuinely believed them to be a security threat, but because they expected to selfishly benefit from doing so, both financially, socially and psychologically via a pavlovian need to be rewarded by their masters for their obedience.

That “Good German” syndrome is very much alive and kicking amongst Americans today, most of whom seem to be completely at ease with the fact that their government is becoming tyrannical while willing to make any excuse imaginable to deny that the United States is beginning to resemble a high-tech plutocracy which treats its own citizens as the enemy.
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Elementary School Beginning Toy Gun Turn In Program
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Elementary School Beginning Toy Gun Turn In Program

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June 11, 2013

Strobridge Elementary Principal Charles Hill has a brilliant idea: he’s holding a toy gun exchange next Saturday in which students of the Hayward, CA school can turn in a toy gun to receive a book and a raffle ticket to win one of four bicycles.

Really.

Hill believes that children who play with toy guns may not think real guns are dangerous. “Playing with toy guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun,” he claims.

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19 Surveys Which Prove That A Large Chunk Of The Population Is Made Up Of Totally Clueless Sheeple

Michael Snyder
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June 28, 2013



Are we too stupid to continue as a nation?  That may seem like a harsh question, but I think that it is one that we need to ask.  Even though we have more access to information today than ever before, it seems like the U.S. population just keeps becoming more ignorant.  So at what point does a society become so “dumbed-down” that it can no longer function effectively?  We like to complain about our leaders, but the truth is that we are the ones that elected them.  They are a reflection of who we are as a society.

And when you compare Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner to men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, they don’t fare too well.  Sadly, the truth is that most of our founding fathers would not have a prayer of being elected today.  Instead, they would be labeled as crazy “extremists” for insisting that we follow the U.S. Constitution.  In our entertainment-addicted society, Lady Gaga would have a much greater chance of being elected president today than George Washington would.  That is how far we have fallen.

Perhaps you think that I am being overly pessimistic.

Perhaps you think that I should have more faith in the American people.

Well, just consider the evidence.  The following are 19 surveys which prove that a large chunk of the population is made up of totally clueless sheeple…

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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #61 on: June 28, 2013, 02:55:21 PM »
Geo, In reference to no. 7 that article, this is an actual exchange I had with my BOSS (the person who has power over me) before the end of the school year
Actual words had to be estimated, but this is close:

Her: "Well, I'll just put store those documents in the cloud."

Me, in a testy mood: "Oh, you mean a server."

Her: No, I mean the cloud

Me: "But the cloud is a server."

Her: But the cloud is special, it's...the cloud!!

Me: "But in essence, it's just another "fancy" name for a server."

Her: "Maybe, but it's the cloud. It's special!"


I am NOT kidding!
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Public School Is Brainwashing
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Public School Is Brainwashing

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Tj9ZUOPJCU (Public School Is Brainwashing)

State of Mind delves into the history of the power elite whose aim it is to turn this world into their own personal slave plantation.

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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #63 on: June 29, 2013, 05:44:26 PM »
Ordered it, I'm not at a public institution. But we're getting there. :-\
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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #64 on: August 13, 2013, 08:05:44 AM »
 EDUCATION REFORM = BURNING PUBLIC EDUCATION BOOKS---as these books are full of LIES and LIES and more LIES!
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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #65 on: October 21, 2013, 12:37:17 AM »
 I went to the "Public Nazi Brain Washing Program"--and I mastered the course I invented: Titled: 'Skipping Class 101'--and I received a A---for ALWAYS Skipping Classes!
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School Test Teaches Kids: “Commands Of Govt Officials Must Be Obeyed By All"
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School Test Teaches Kids: “Commands Of Government Officials Must Be Obeyed By All”

Papers produced by global education corporation; Part of ‘No Child Left Behind’ program

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A parent of a ten year old was shocked to discover a grammar and writing test paper that their child brought home from school reads more like document from an authoritarian country such as China.

The parent sent a portion of the test paper to Infowars, revealing that it contains sentences such as “The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.”

The paper uses such sentences and asks school children to replace certain words in order to make the sentence contain a possessive noun.

Others within the paper include:

    “The job of a president is not easy.”

    “He makes sure the laws of the country are fair”

    “The wants of an individual are less important than the needs of a nation”

Here is the portion of the paper Infowars received:

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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #67 on: October 30, 2013, 07:24:22 AM »
My Progeny turned this in on a college essay assignment. It sparked a debate in class and received the highest grade from the instructor.

Free College Education: To Be, or Not To Be
   Free education, or rather anything free and worth your while, is a very idealist thought in today’s society. The amount of involvement and help from the government is currently at a balanced level. While President Obama would like to have reached his goal of a free higher education by 2020, (Obama) it should not be pursued because taxes would be raised, the individual state’s debt would increase drastically, and government involvement would inhibit academic freedom.
   In 2010, President Obama stated, “The single most important thing we can do is to make sure we’ve got a world-class education system for everybody. That is a prerequisite for prosperity.” To start with the first claim in this statement, “make sure we’ve got a world-class education system for everybody”, yes, this is something that can always be improved and it should be available to every United States citizen that is willing to pay for their own personal education. College is a service to the population; every other service is paid for by the serviced person. If you go to a restaurant, the customer pays for the chef to make their food, the time the waiters invest to help them, and the utilities provided. College should not be any different. It is a service that requires time invested to help the student and utilities not provided by the student.  As for the second claim, “That is a prerequisite for prosperity” , this is a very hasty generalization. Many people, such as Mark Zuckerburg and Bill Gates, have not completed a college degree and become extremely wealthy, if that is the meaning of prosperity in this context. Having a diploma does not guarantee you a spot in a high paying job field. Not having a diploma, on the other hand, does not mean you will be unsuccessful. Colleges and universities do not teach all the necessary skills to be the best employee in your field. While there are many great opportunities for learning and it can be very beneficial, it is not “a prerequisite for prosperity” .
If college were free, it would still have to be paid for by someone. Instead of each person being responsible for their own tuition, taxes would be raised for everyone, including the poor. Tax money should be spent in ways that profit the whole of the public, not just individuals. In order for the government to provide this amenity, people who are not benefiting from this opportunity would be being forced to pay for it. Currently, “for the average full-time student, net tuition – which subtracts grants and tax-based aid – is less than half of the published price at private nonprofit four-year schools and less than a third of the published price at the typical public four-year institution” . According to the College Board, the average full-time undergraduate receives about $6,500 annually in grant aid and almost $1,000 in tax-based aid . Only about a third of full-time students pay the stated price for college tuition. And this price may also be significantly reduced by tuition tax credits .
   With the unpaid tuition landing on each individual state’s government, the state debt would fall even faster into greater debt. Currently Arizona is in debt about $45,583,997,500 . With the average college tuition price for a full-time, in-state, public university being about $15,000 per student , having state or even national government be responsible for this fee (times 19 million students), would throw our national debt into a tailspin. If it is that student’s choice to attend college and further their own education, the responsibility, and fees, should be on them. As for the people that can not afford college, there are numerous scholarships that can alleviate the stress of tuition or even make it disappear. There are ways for less fortunate people to go to college without putting the responsibility on the general public.
   In order to have higher education be free, the government would have to be involved since they would be the ones providing the funds. With this involvement would come increased restrictions and limitations and academic freedom would suffer. In the words of The American Association of University Professors; “Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition” . With the government’s hand so heavily laid into our education, since they are paying for it, there would be lots of restrictions and a very strict enforcement, so that they would make sure to not waste a penny. Teachers' salaries and the budget for class supplies would decrease even further. If college were free, class sizes would overflow without adequate increase in funding from the state. The state would greatly influence who is accepted and the terms on which that decision is made. It would also be able to influence the curriculum. For example, in the case with Ireland, “the government has so much influence over higher education that it altered the governing structures of the major universities in 2000 through legislation and has representation on the boards of each university” . This kind of control is extremely negative and destructive to universities academic independence.
   An alternative to free college that wouldn’t have all these negative effects would be to have programs that help students find scholarships and grants. While there are websites to look up these options some people would benefit more from an advisor walking hand in hand with them and showing them their options. Another option to help relieve stress would be to cut costs to lower tuition. There are many luxuries used in colleges and universities that are not necessary. Tanning beds and gourmet food are surely things that a college does not need to give their students the best education possible. The government should first attempt to lower tuition before jumping to increasing taxes and debt, and restricting academic freedom.






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Obama To Spend $75 Billion For Compulsory Preschool
« Reply #68 on: October 30, 2013, 11:57:40 AM »
Obama To Spend $75 Billion For Compulsory Preschool

Millions of parents with children in the public school system are already worried about the leftist propaganda being promulgated between Kindergarten and 12th grade. Barack Obama, however, wants to put the U.S. even further in debt by forcing students to spend one more year within the walls of a government-controlled educational facility.

During the next fiscal year, Obama has stated his intention of spending $75 billion to make sure all 4-year-olds attend preschool. Those funds are in addition to the $20 billion our federal government already spends on such early learning programs.

According to Heritage Foundation Senior Education Analyst Lindsey Burke, the entire proposal amounts to even more government waste.

“We already have three quarters of four-year-old children enrolled in early education, preschool programs,” she explained, calling “the idea that federal government would spend $75 billion to create a large-scale government preschool program for all four-year-olds … incredibly misguided.”

Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/obama-spend-75-billion-compulsory-preschool/#Jk0Z1dLGAF9phpxv.99
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Some States Move to Save Cursive in the Classroom
« Reply #69 on: November 14, 2013, 11:06:56 AM »
Some States Move to Save Cursive in the Classroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio November 14, 2013 (AP)
By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press

The swirling lines from Linden Bateman's pen have been conscripted into a national fight to keep cursive writing in American classrooms.

Cursive. Penmanship. Handwriting.

In years gone by, it helped distinguish the literate from the illiterate.

But now, in the digital age, people are increasingly communicating by computer and smartphone. No handwritten signature necessary.

Call it a sign of the times. When the new Common Core educational standards were crafted, penmanship classes were dropped. But at least seven of the 45 states that adopted the standards are fighting to restore the cursive instruction.

More: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/states-move-save-cursive-classroom-20884654#undefined
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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #70 on: November 14, 2013, 06:24:34 PM »
I went to the "Public Nazi Brain Washing Program"--and I mastered the course I invented: Titled: 'Skipping Class 101'--and I received a A---for ALWAYS Skipping Classes!
In all seriousness anyone that thinks Public Education is anything but Brainwashing! Well---Then they have never taken my class: code named: "Skipping 101."

The only Way To Reform Modern Education is to Dismiss it as the LIE that it is,-Home Schooling is the Best answer! and for those that can't Home School; then, take my course in Skipping 101... ;)

1] Lesson One: when your child tells you: Dad and Mom; That their teacher is teaching things they know are wrong: You better believe what your son or daughter has told you: as It Is Most Likely The Truth!...children do say many things...but they are strangely correct!

2] Lesson Two: You as a Dad and Mom MUST Confront The Administration in PERSON and Not at the PTA Meetings: Go Right into their office and tell them to their face your grievance: You Will Get Results This Way!

How Do I Know: Well I did invent the Skipping 101 Course and I still use it today...even though I graduated a long time ago... ;)

3] Lesson Three: Make Sure they Know that YOU: The Dad and Mom are In Charge, and not them.

 My Son and Daughter have been out of school since 2004---they are well adjusted adults--and they took their dads' class-- ;)
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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #71 on: November 15, 2013, 05:00:17 PM »
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How Do I Know: Well I did invent the Skipping 101 Course and I still use it today...even though I graduated a long time ago... Wink

I won the top award medal in your course for the 1973-74 school year. :D
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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #72 on: November 15, 2013, 11:59:12 PM »
I won the top award medal in your course for the 1973-74 school year. :D
Congratulations madasheck for your Top Award Medal in 1973-74  8): Skipping 101 is the best course in Public Brainwashing!  :D
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Worst-Ever Homeschool Law Proposed in Ohio
« Reply #73 on: December 20, 2013, 10:10:36 AM »
Worst-Ever Homeschool Law Proposed in Ohio

December 17, 2013

With the introduction of Senate Bill 248 on December 3, 2013, by Senator Capri Cafaro, Ohio has suddenly become a frontline in the battle over homeschooling freedom.

SB 248 is breathtakingly onerous in its scope. It requires all parents who homeschool to undergo a social services investigation which would ultimately determine if homeschooling would be permitted. Social workers would have to interview parents and children separately, conduct background checks and determine whether homeschooling is recommended or not. If it is not recommended, parents would have to submit to an “intervention” before further consideration of their request to homeschool.

SB 248 was offered by sponsors as a way to respond to the death of 14-year-old Teddy Foltz-Tedesco in January 2013. News reports indicate that Teddy had been abused for years by his mother’s boyfriend, Zaryl Bush. After teachers reported abuse to authorities, Teddy’s mother withdrew him from public school, allegedly to homeschool him. Reports tell a sad story of a broken home where neighbors, friends, family, police, teachers and others knew Teddy was suffering ongoing abuse. Finally, Bush beat Teddy so severely that he later died of his injuries. Both Bush and Teddy’s mother are now in prison. A news report can be found online.

Unfair to Homeschoolers

HSLDA condemns child abuse and is saddened by Teddy’s death. HSLDA supports the prosecution of child abusers like Bush and the improvement of systems that prevent child abuse. However, this proposed law does not actually address the problems that led to Teddy’s death and instead unfairly targets homeschooling.

In recent years HSLDA has observed numerous attempts to severely restrict homeschooling in state legislatures around the country. In response to a growing number of academic critics, Michael Farris wrote “Tolerance and Liberty: Answering the Academic Left’s Challenge to Homeschooling Freedom.” Published in the Peabody Journal of Education and available online, Farris articulates why laws like SB 248 are unnecessary and un-American. His response to these critics who have proposed radical constraints on homeschooling freedom puts this latest attempt in the proper context.

Teddy Foltz-Tedesco was killed because those responsible for protecting him did not step in as the law or common sense would have dictated. Why? Although news reports indicate that abuse had been reported for years prior to Teddy’s death, it does not appear that any serious intervention was made by government authorities charged with investigating such allegations. Why was not enough done to protect Teddy from known abuse?

System Failure

Even if, as SB 248 would require, his mother had sought social service’s approval to homeschool and was denied, he still would have been at home subject to abuse after school. Regardless of where he went to school, Teddy was left by authorities in a home where they knew abuse was occurring.

Clearly, SB 248 would not have saved Teddy.

SB 248 turns fundamental American values upside down. Parents have been deemed by the United States Supreme Court in Parham v. JR to act in their children’s best interests. In Pierce v. Society of Sisters, the Court ruled that parents have a fundamental right to direct the education of their children. This law replaces parents with unqualified social workers to make educational decisions for children.

What happened to Teddy Foltz-Tedesco is a tragedy that could have been prevented. If those responsible for investigating child abuse had done their job, Teddy might have been saved. The system needs reform, but Senate Bill 248 will increase the load on social workers by requiring them to investigate all families who want to homeschool rather than focusing resources on parents actually suspected of child abuse.

Misguided

Rather than target tens of thousands of decent Ohioans who homeschool, policymakers like Cafaro should try to discover what prevented police and social workers who knew what was going on from taking action and faithfully enforcing Ohio’s already adequate child protection laws. This bill is misguided and a step in the wrong direction.

HSLDA has requested its Ohio members contact the bill’s sponsors to ask them to withdraw Senate Bill 248. However we encourage all our members to consider intervening. This misguided attack on homeschooling in Ohio may only be a precursor to more general attempts by some to impose similar restrictions on parents. Such attempts have been made in the past in numerous states but thanks to the work of HSLDA and state organizations, homeschooling has so far been protected.

For more information visit HSLDA’s legislative summary of Ohio SB 248.

http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/oh/201312170.asp
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Re: Worst-Ever Homeschool Law Proposed in Ohio
« Reply #74 on: December 20, 2013, 10:15:58 AM »

SB 248 is breathtakingly onerous in its scope. It requires all parents who homeschool to undergo a social services investigation which would ultimately determine if homeschooling would be permitted. Social workers would have to interview parents and children separately, conduct background checks and determine whether homeschooling is recommended or not. If it is not recommended, parents would have to submit to an “intervention” before further consideration of their request to homeschool.


And it will be "policy" to refuse "permission" to home school.


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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #75 on: December 20, 2013, 10:22:19 AM »
So they will send a "Social Worker" say like the one just caught handcuffing a child to her porch with a dead chicken around his neck to "check" on your abilities to not only be a parent but to educate your children ..... This country is so screwed !

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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #76 on: December 20, 2013, 11:02:23 AM »
 Home is where the Heart is...

 Home Schooling is where Real Lessons are Learned...from GOD; Dad; Mom and Family...

 The NWO Nazis' understand this premise; and desire to STOP IT!

 Home is where the Heart is...and school, should be at Home, also....
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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #77 on: December 20, 2013, 11:04:02 AM »
Next we will have to get a Gov. certification to help our children do their homework

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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #78 on: December 20, 2013, 11:14:56 AM »
Next we will have to get a Gov. certification to help our children do their homework
Back in the day; as a young city kid: I decided to take my own class, called: 'Skipping 101.'

And at this point in time my class only gets credits for those who know how to pass it! [this class can not be certified by the Nazis'  ::)]

My son and daughter did pass this very elusive class!  ;)
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Re: Education Reform!
« Reply #79 on: December 20, 2013, 11:15:55 AM »
Will the schools have to get certified by the parents in order to operate ?

Seems only fair on Quid Pro Quo