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Dec 15 11:25

The Dumbing Down of America – By Design

The most obvious example of how Americans have been dumbed down is through this nation’s failed public education system. At one time not that long ago America reigned supreme as a leading model for the rest of the world providing the best quality free public K-12 education system on the planet. But over the last many decades while much of the rest of the world has been passing us by, it seems an insidious federal agenda has been implemented to condition and brainwash a population of mindless, robotic citizenry that simply does what it’s told, and of course the brainwashing commences early in America’s schools.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do marketing for a living; and it is frightening to listen to people who may well have a high school education, and diploma, but appear to have learned nothing from it, during the time they were in school.

I was very lucky to have come from a very ordinary middle class background, but the importance of language, critical thinking, and education, were very strongly impressed upon me.

Parents today need to embrace those values, because it is not just the schools which have the responsibility to teach our young; it is definitely the parents as well.

My brother and sister-in-law were very smart about how they raised their two girls; there was a lot of focus on homework, and accomplishing their tasks. And when my sister-in-law went back for her Masters in nursing, all three would gather around the dining room table to study.

Both young women now have excellent careers, and are very accomplished sweet, whole, self-realized adults.

Dec 15 07:22

Primary Schools Told to ‘Celebrate’ Transgender People, Block Complaints Which ‘Interfere’ With LGBT Agenda

Primary schools should stock books and learning resources which “celebrate” transgender people, according to new Government-backed guidelines aimed at fighting prejudice.
Guidance released Wednesday by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) — which represents nearly 30,000 school leaders, most of whom are primary heads — instructs schools to “ensure the visibility” of transgender perspectives in the classroom.

The document was specifically drawn up to advise schools on how best to make transgender staff, “students”, and pupils with transgender parents “feel positively represented in lesson content and welcomed in the school environment”.

“Primary school leaders may want to ensure books featuring trans parents or celebrating gender identity and difference are included in the curriculum,” states the guidance, which is expected to be rolled out at primaries across the UK.

Dec 14 14:52

Teachers Federation recognizes 15 genders

: Can millennial's name them?

Dec 13 08:08

Criticism after Danish school cancels Christmas to avoid ‘preaching’ to non-Christian children

Parents of local children, education officials and leading Danish politicians have criticized a primary school after it chose to cancel the traditional Christmas service, due to the presence of students of immigrant backgrounds.

"We took the decision because we have children who are not Protestant,” Marianne Vederso Schmidt, the head of Gribskolen in Graested, a town of fewer than 5,000 people in eastern Denmark, wrote in an intranet posting earlier this month.

Schmidt noted that the decision may have been overdue, as the education law forbids preaching “and it must be left to the individual families whether they want to privately attend a service.”

Dec 12 10:29

COLLEGES USE 'THERAPY LLAMAS' TO CONSOLE STUDENTS DURING FINALS

In order to help combat high levels of stress and anxiety in their students during finals week, many colleges and universities across the United States are turning to “therapy llamas.” Students at the University of South Florida (USF) were treated to the furry pets on November 28 during “Paws & Relax,” an event sponsored by the school’s Center for Student Well-Being, a “collaborative effort of six health and wellness related departments on campus,” as per the organization’s Facebook page.

Dec 12 08:54

House Republicans have a little-known plan to raise taxes on teachers by $2 billion

All in, Richardson estimates she spent $500 of her own money on her students last year. She says it's worth it — her voice lights up talking about “her kids” and all their “aha moments,” many of which come when she deviates from the textbook.

But what has also been helpful is that she's able to deduct $250 off her taxable income for the extras she buys for her classroom, a small help that Congress created in 2002 for teachers who “go above and beyond.”

Now, the educator expense deduction has become a sticking point in the GOP tax debate, with the House and Senate taking it in two wildly different directions.

The House GOP tax bill would scrap that educator deduction entirely.

Dec 10 09:17

Union Urges Gay Teachers to Come Out in the Classroom, Teach LGBT Experiences

A headteachers’ union will tell schools to be more supportive of LGBT teachers who want to reveal their sexual identity in the classroom as it would make children better “citizens of the world”.

Dec 08 08:37

Parents Mobilize to Halt Rule Allowing K-12 Children to ‘Self-Identify’ Gender and Race

Parents and family groups have succeeded in putting a halt to a proposed rule in Delaware that would have allowed children in grades K-12 to self-identify as a gender or race without the consent of their parents.

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Dec 07 16:28

Underpayment Of International Students And Backpackers Commonplace In Australia

A recent study by the Migrant Worker Justice Initiative (MWJI) confirms that the exploitation of temporary migrants working in Australia by their employers is widespread, endemic and severe.

Dec 06 06:49

California Is Being Sued Because So Few Of Their Public School Children Can Read

At one elementary school in California, 96 percent of the students are not proficient in either English or math. How is that even possible? Unfortunately, the more the federal government gets involved in education, the worse it seems to get. At one time the United States had the greatest system of public education on the entire planet, but these days we only seem to make headlines when news comes out about how poorly we are doing. This has been a hot button issue for me for a long time, but even I was surprised when I learned that the state of California is actually being sued because so few of their public school children can read.

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This is one reason why I predict that corporations will take the cash from their tax cuts and invest it in other countries with more skilled labor pools.

Dec 04 10:35

Trust in media grows under Trump, amid partisan split: survey

Good example of Faux news.

Washington (AFP) - Americans' overall trust in the news media has increased since the election of Donald Trump despite a rise in those who believe the president's claims of "fake news," a survey showed Monday.
The survey prepared for the Poynter Institute found a sharp partisan divide on the media, with Republicans and Trump supporters skeptical about news organizations and others more confident.

Dec 01 19:46

Poop Map of San Francisco

This map outlines poop danger areas in San Francisco.

Why Is There So Much Human Shit on the Streets?
By Noah Sanders

There are more than 10,000 people living on the streets at any given time in our fair City by the Bay. San Francisco must be scrambling hand over foot to provide at least some semblance of a plan for their very apparent human needs. Right? Wrong. I reached out to Jennifer Friedenbach, the executive director of San Francisco’s Coalition on Homelessness over the phone, and she laid out the overarching cause of our defecation dilemma.

https://thebolditalic.com/why-is-there-so-much-human-shit-on-the-stree...

www.sfchronicle.com/archive/item/A-decade-of-homelessness-Thousands-in...

Dec 01 09:15

EVERGREEN STATE’S STUDENT NEWSPAPER INCLUDES NO-WHITES-ALLOWED OPINION SECTION

The student newspaper at Evergreen State College has a section in its opinion pages described as “for people of color by people of color.”

“This should be a place where we can be us without it being overshadowed by the dark cloud that is living under white supremacy and having to see things from a white perspective. This is why when we do cover these issues it will be in the context and from the perspective of POC and POC only,” according to the section’s editors as they reintroduced it to readers in September.

The anonymous column, known as “POC Talk,” debuted in the bi-weekly Cooper Point Journal last year and returned this fall to the newspaper’s pages following racial unrest that erupted at the public university this past spring.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I really fear for these kids, if, when they graduate, they are not seeing themselves through the lense of self-empowerment and competency, rather than exclusion.

The whole issue of seeing "microagressions" in everything people around them are doing, is not going to get them very far in a job interview, and that is just the cold, hard reality of this world; perpetual victimhood is not something employers look for, and will shun it like the plague in potential job candidates.

Nov 29 09:09

Hardcore Porn At School? Calls For Sex Education To Get More Graphic

The internet has given teenagers access to so much porn, fetish and experimental sex that schools may have to get a lot more graphic when addressing classes, a study has found.

Nov 28 17:46

Hardcore Porn At School? Calls For Sex Education To Get More Graphic

The internet has given teenagers access to so much porn, fetish and experimental sex that schools may have to get a lot more graphic when addressing classes, a study has found.

Teenagers are becoming more adventurous and are moving away from ‘traditional’ intercourse, according to researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine(LSHTM) and University College London. By monitoring sexual habits, the team found the number of 16-24s moving away from traditional sexual intercourse had doubled. Access to porn online was blamed as one of the problems.

Nov 28 08:26

‘Draconian’ Education Act Would See Local Authorities Policing Homeschoolers

A proposed amendment to the UK’s Education Act would see local authorities “monitor” the “educational, physical, and emotional development” of children who are being taught at home, in plans deemed “draconian” by homeschooling parents.

Nov 26 17:59

1,000 job openings, some paying $100k or more - and no takers.

You probably know the products Ingersoll Rand manufactures, such as Trane air conditioners and Club Car golf carts, even if you didn’t know the parent company’s name. The Irish conglomerate with its North American headquarters in Davidson has grown to about 2,000 local employees since planting its roots in the quaint Lake Norman town in the mid 1970s.

The problem? The company has about 1,000 open jobs that it’s having trouble filling.

The main cause of that is the so-called skills gap, CEO Michael Lamach said in a recent interview at the company’s headquarters. The term refers to a shortage of workers with the necessary technical skills to handle machinery, perform service on the equipment and use advanced technology, among other functions.

Nov 24 15:22

LISTEN: Leftist Profs Berate Teacher For Showing Jordan Peterson Debate In Class

Two neo-Marxist professors at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada were recorded berating a young female teaching assistant for showing her first-year communications students a debate where professor Jordan Peterson argued against the use of non-gendered pronouns.

Teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd can be heard breaking down into tears as her supervising professor Nathan Rambukkan and another professor, Herbert Pimlott, accuse her of having created a "toxic" and "problematic" environment which constitutes violence against transgendered students.

Nov 23 10:39

Mother Charged For Putting Recorder In Daughter’s Backpack To Stop Bullying

By Aaron Kesel

In an insane story, the mother of a Norfolk, Virginia student is facing charges for putting a recorder in her daughter’s backpack to capture bullying, WAVY reported.

“I tried to be fair, but it’s not fair,” Sarah Sims said. “There is nothing fair about this.”...

Nov 23 04:44

"OUT OF CONTROL GENOCIDE" IN BALTIMORE, RESIDENTS SUPPORT MARTIAL LAW

While in Baltimore City, Maryland, death and despair are a few things that are plentiful as the region descends into chaos. Deindustrialization coupled with depopulation started in the 1960s stripping the city of economic wealth. Many don’t want to admit, the city is shrinking as their looking glass is clouded with Kevin Plank’s gentrification narrative.

Wealth inequality in the area is some of the widest in the United States with more than 100,000 African Americans with zero dollars to their name, according to JPM. Baltimore is a skeleton of what it once was many decades ago when it had its industries.

Now, 46,800 homes are vacant– almost 16% of the housing stock as citizens are either leaving the area or being pushed into multi-family complexes by the city. Neighborhoods are rotting away as the local economy crumbles giving way to a surge in homicides. Baltimore is on track for the worse year ever with a homicide rate the highest in the United States.

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This is thoroughly insane; how was this ever allowed to get this bad?!?

Nov 22 09:56

SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO PAY $3 MILLION FOR INVASIVE SEARCHES OF 850 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

It's been barely a month since news came to us of the Worth County (GA) Sheriff's Department's search of an entire school's worth of high school students. Over 800 students were searched without a warrant, subjected to invasive pat downs that included breasts and genitals by Sheriff Jeff Hobby and his deputies.
Sheriff Hobby thought there might be drugs in the school, but despite the search of hundreds of students and the use of drug dogs, no drugs were found. A class action lawsuit [PDF] alleging multiple rights violations brought by some of the students was filed in June. In October, Sheriff Hobby and two of his deputies were indicted for sexual battery and false imprisonment.

In a surprisingly quick turnaround, there's already talk of a settlement, as Susan Hogan reports for the Washington Post.

On Tuesday, a legal advocacy group, the Southern Center for Human Rights, said a proposed $3 million settlement had been reached in the lawsuit, pending a judge’s approval.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a parent of a kid who had suffered through one of these invasive procedures, with absolutely no warrant, I would pull my kid out of that school so fast that it would make the principal's head spin, and either put them into a private school or home school them.

Ever notice that when elements of the government declare "war" on something, it makes the problem worse?!?

Our country's alleged "war on drugs" is, essentially, a war on those drugs the government is not, itself, "pushing".

Look at the massive growth of the heroin trade, courtesy of a burgeoning opium poppy crop coming out of Afghanistan, with US soldiers actually protecting the poppy fields.


Images: US soldiers protecting opium poppy fields in Afghanistan

The little country of Portugal called it right in decriminalizing small amounts of drugs for personal use, and advocating counseling to those using; the numbers speak for themselves:

14 Years after Portugal Decriminalised All Drugs: Here's what's happening

Of course in this country, pigs will discover they are aerodynamic before something as civilized, intellitgent, and humane happens; there is far too much money to be made by the cartels; corrupt politicians; corrupt private prison corporations, who love the laws just as they are; and the banks which still routinely launder the drug money.

Nov 22 09:20

45 Pennsylvania Teachers Quit Due to Violent Students: 'I've Been Kicked, Punched, Hit & Scratched'

At least 45 teachers have quit their jobs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania due to constant attacks by violent students, including first graders.

Nov 21 11:39

'I have been hit, kicked and restrained from behind - by FIRST-GRADERS': At least 45 Pennsylvania teachers resign in just three months due to student violence and those that remain are 'begging' for help from school board

Dozens of teachers have quit their jobs in Pennsylvania's capital city amid a wave of violence from students as early as the first grade, it has emerged.
The Harrisburg Education Association (HEA) said that at least 45 teachers resigned between July and October, and more have followed since. Those who remain are now demanding more help from administrators.
'I have been kicked, punched, hit, scratched. I've had a student physically restraining me in front of my other students,' first-grade teacher Amanda Shaeffer told board members, according to Penn Live.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these charges are true (and I would tend to believe they are), where the hell are the parents of these children, and why do they believe that their kids' behaviour is acceptable, for a second?!?

Why has this bullying of teachers (and most probably other kids) become the "new normal" in America's schools?!?

Nov 21 08:30

Social Justice Warriors Attack Classic Steve Martin SNL Skit as Racist

It looks like the social justice warriors are angry at Steve Martin again, this time for a classic skit he was part of for Saturday Night Live … nearly 40 years ago.

Martin released a song in 1978 called ‘King Tut’ and performed a rendition during a live performance for the April 22, 1978, episode of Saturday Night Live.

The tune was a hit, with the comedian’s homage to the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun selling over 1 million copies, even reaching number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Why? Because it was a silly, funny song, when, accompanied by the physical comedy of Martin, was an absolute blast for audiences at the time.

Students attending Reed College in Portland, Oregon, however, saw the SNL skit and became immediately triggered. Martin had, in their eyes, engaged in ‘cultural appropriation.’

Nov 21 08:17

SCHOOLS ARE BANNING BEST FRIENDS TO PROTECT STUDENTS’ FEELINGS

Members of the royal family aren’t often told what they can and can’t do. But just a few days into his first year of school, 4-year-old Prince George already faces a mandate: No best friends allowed. Thomas’s Battersea, the school George attends, bans kids from having best friends,Marie Claire reports. Instead, teachers encourage all students to form bonds with one another to avoid creating feelings of exclusions among those without best friends.

Nov 20 11:11

Mismanagement, Fraud And Worker Abuse At Charter Schools Are Driving School Staff To Unionize

Nearly 30 years ago, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Albert Shanker gave a speech at the National Press Club in which he outlined his pedagogical ideal: Small, independently managed schools that championed innovation and served as “educational laboratories.”

Nov 18 07:47

The 8 U.S. Cities With the Most Expensive Universities

Aside from buying a house, paying for college is one of the biggest expenses most people will have in their lives. Whether you pay for it out of pocket or take out a student loan or other financial aid, going to college is expensive. Among the cost of tuition, paying for room and board, and spending hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on textbooks, nothing comes cheap once you step on campus.

Nov 16 19:29

Why this Oregon teen is facing federal drug charges for a gram of pot

Devontre Thomas is likely facing federal charges because the alleged possession took place at the Chemawa Indian School, which is run by the federal Bureau of Indian Education.

Devontre Thomas, 19, recently graduated from Chemawa Indian School in Salem and is heading to college this fall. But first, he’ll have to take a trip to the federal courthouse in Portland to fight the charge, stemming from an incident in March 2015.

Still, many are calling it a federal overreach, given the minuscule amount of marijuana involved in Thomas’s case — enough for one or two typical joints.

Nov 15 20:16

How to make a Cheap and Simple Steam Engine

The Idea:
Recently I saw a video of a remote controlled boat powered by a miniature steam engine and was instantly hooked on the idea. After doing a bit of research I found miniature steam engines cost hundreds of dollars or require some very advanced skills and tools to build. Yet looking at the actual mechanism which allows them to run they are really quite simple so I decided to try and make one on the cheap.

The point of this project was really to see how cheaply and easily a miniature steam engine could be built. I built this engine in one day and for under $10 in materials so I think it's safe to call it a success.

This engine is 7.2cm (2.8") tall.

Nov 15 20:11

How to Make a Time Capsule

Use a PVC pipe to make an indestructible time capsule that will keep your treasures safe for years

Nov 15 16:06

Camp Constitution Facebook Page

Nov 15 15:59

CAMP CONSTITUTION

The mission of Camp Constitution is to enhance understanding of our Judeo-Christian moral heritage, our American heritage of courage and ingenuity, including the genius of our United States Constitution, and the application of free enterprise, which together gave our nation an unprecedented history of growth and prosperity, making us the envy of the world. We want to motivate, inspire and activate this generation of Patriots as well as the next generation of Patriots. We want to help find, develop, and train leaders in the freedom fight.
We will also examine and expose some of the abuses and perversions that have brought our nation and economy so far down, and offer discussion to counter the negative influences in our lives, while providing recreational activities that build our physical constitutions, as well as encouraging intelligent intergenerational conversation.

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Website of today's radio guest.

Nov 15 15:57

Sexual Abuse Allegations Raised By Ex-Pupils At St Paul’s Girls’ School

The sex abuse scandal that first hit Hollywood and Westminster has now swept the corridors of Britain’s illustrious educational institutions. Former pupils at one of the UK’s top girls’ schools have said they were sexually abused while studying there.

Two ex-pupils of St Paul’s Girls’ School in West London have revealed details of their abuse, which allegedly took place between the 1970s and 1990s. Other allegations were raised by people on behalf of friends.

Nov 15 15:54

U of T profs alarmed by Jordan Peterson's plan to target classes he calls 'indoctrination cults'

Psychology professor Jordan Peterson's stated plan to build a website aimed at reducing enrolment in university classes he calls "indoctrination cults" has drawn the ire of his University of Toronto colleagues, who say it will make them the target of harassment.

"As a science professor, I'm not specifically targeted, but I still believe this website is morally wrong," U of T physics professor A.W. Peet told As It Happens host Carol Off. "A number of students and faculty members who I'm in correspondence with are concerned about his plans."

Nov 15 04:16

Teacher suspended after calling trans student 'girl'… despite immediate apology

Apologizing to a tomato because the tomato wanted to be called an orange ? Great logic!

Nov 14 09:55

Professors: It's Not Okay To Be White

“Can my children be friends with white people?”

This bizarre question is the basis of a New York Times op-ed published Sunday, and the author answers it with a “no,” albeit with some exceptions.

“History has provided little reason for people of color to trust white people in this way [of genuine friendship], and these recent months have put in the starkest relief the contempt with which the country measures the value of racial minorities,” writes Ekow N. Yankah, a law professor at Yeshiva University.

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One does not end racism by being racist.

Nov 14 07:40

Teaching Millennials to think

Nov 13 13:59

Teacher faces sack for calling female trans child a girl

A schoolteacher could be out of a job, suspended for calling a trans pupil by the wrong gender while praising a group of students for a job well done.

Mathematics teacher Joshua Sutcliffe, 27, told a group of students that included a teen who identifies as a boy “Well done girls,” when he spotted them working hard in class. Sutcliffe said he was then corrected by the student, and apologized immediately.

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