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Feb 09 12:33

TRYING TO DELIVER "FAILING" GRADE TO BETSY DEVOS, TEACHERS LOCKED OUT OF EDUCATION DEPT

Teachers' groups, parents, and students were barred from entering the Department of Education on Thursday, the anniversary of Betsy DeVos's confirmation as Education Secretary, to present her with a "Failing" report card alongside tens of thousands of comments from teachers who disapprove of her performance leading the nation's public education system.

"This is a remarkable moment...this is the first time that I have ever been to this building where we were not let in."—Randi Weingarten, AFT President

In categories including protection of civil rights and equality in schools and ensuring funding for low-income students and children of color DeVos received "F" grades across the board.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I found this blocking teachers from the building in which DeVos works more than a little heavy handed.

But let's back up, and think this one through, shall we?!?

What have popped up , dotting the US landscape in the last 20 years, are private schools, used by caring parents to "fill in the gaps" in their kid's education, or get their kids learning better, when the public schools have failed their children miserably.

And so what if these schools are franchised, when their approach seems to be doing the job of educating kids, and well?!? I have no problem with this.

Kumon Schools and Mathanasium come to mind, but there are many others.

Why not create one private school in a city like Baltimore, or Detroit, where public education has gone horribly awry:

In public Detroit schools, 93% are not proficient at math; 96% not proficient in Reading

In Baltimore School, Grade Rigging Scandal Escalates, School's CEO issues a memo to Respond

IF programs like those offered by private schools can actually work in cities like this, THEY CAN WORK ANYWHERE IN THIS COUNTRY.

And remember; these very unionized teachers are utterly terrified of losing their jobs if the privatization go forward.

And do you have any idea of how hard it is get a non-performing union-member teacher to be fired from a public school?!?

The short answer is, painfully hard.

Feb 06 06:31

Richard Falk Speaking on Israel-Palestine in Los Angeles Feb. 7

Location Details: The Culver-Palms United Methodist Church
4464 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230
Wednesday, February 7th - 7:00 PM
Refreshments Will Be Served.
Donation: $10 - $5 for Students

Richard Falk Discusses the Suppressed U.N. Report by Himself and Virginia Tilley Titled: "Israeli Practices Towards The Palestinian People and The Question of Apartheid".

Feb 05 08:23

UK Education Giant Unveils Hard-Left, Identity Politics-Pushing LGBT Classroom Programme

Announcing an ‘LGBT-inclusive’ update to all of its products, education giant Pearson has launched a guide to pushing ‘social justice’ activism in every part of the school curriculum.
‘Creating an LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum’ was produced by LGBT activist group Stonewall and is sponsored by Pearson, which owns the exam board Edexcel and publishes thousands of school textbooks as one of the UK’s biggest education companies.

Claiming an inclusive curriculum is “a crucial part of tackling” homophobic bullying in schools, the handbook advises ways in which teachers can alter lessons across the syllabus so LGBT pupils “see themselves represented in what they’re learning”.

Writing about the need to stamp out anti-LGBT bullying in a foreword to the guide, the senior vice-president for schools at Pearson UK, Sharon Hague, said: “LGBT students will only feel comfortable to be themselves if they also get to see themselves in their classrooms.”

Feb 05 08:23

Students Hate Quotes from Trump’s State of the Union, Until Realizing They Are Obama’s

When Phillips revealed that the quotes were in fact from Barack Obama, many of the participants were surprised.

“Some people are quick to judge Donald Trump just because of a few things he’s said, but I think if they paid attention to his whole presidency, maybe they will have a better outlook on him and perspective in general,” added one thoughtful respondent.

Feb 03 11:35

Hard Left AntiFa Attempts Shutdown of Jacob Rees-Mogg at Bristol University

Feb 02 10:54

CALIFORNIA OVERREACTS AND PRESUMES EVERY HOMESCHOOLING PARENT IS A CHILD ABUSER

California is seeking to treat homeschool families as presumptive child abusers. Lawmakers in that state have indicated plans to categorically require homeschool parents to prove — through home visits, interviews, and other government oversight — that indeed the parent is not abusive if they choose to exercise a legally protected and valid option for school choice. This measure would shift the burden to the parent to prove to the government’s satisfaction his or her parental fitness.

This is absurdly unconstitutional.

But in light of the remarkably horrifying case of Riverside County couple David and Louise Turpin, whose 13 children were reportedly chained, malnourished, and clearly abused, the media and lawmakers have chosen to focus on one coincidental detail — the Turpins were also registered as homeschoolers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Intelligent, and caring home-school providers are under threat everywhere in this country, and that ... is a damned shame.

Most home-schooled kids wind up far smarter, and far ahead, intellectually, of their public-schooled contemporaries; and that is JUST what states, and the Federal Government, loathe; a kid with the capacity for the kind of critical thinking which can see through government propaganda, and understnd the nature of its agenda, in a hearbeat.

Feb 02 09:04

French High School Students Take to Streets of Paris to Protest School Reform

Hundreds of students and teachers gathered in the French capital on Thursday to protest the reform of the system of final high school exams taken by students before they go off to university, as well a proposal which would make major changes to the country's university admissions system.

Meeting in front of the University of Jussieu, demonstrators from several student and teachers' unions marched in the direction of the Sorbonne, which houses much of Paris's higher education establishment.

Feb 01 19:09

California overreacts and presumes every homeschooling parent is a child abuser

California is seeking to treat homeschool families as presumptive child abusers. Lawmakers in that state have indicated plans to categorically require homeschool parents to prove — through home visits, interviews, and other government oversight — that indeed the parent is not abusive if they choose to exercise a legally protected and valid option for school choice. This measure would shift the burden to the parent to prove to the government’s satisfaction his or her parental fitness.

Feb 01 11:39

Critics rip University of California for favoring illegal immigrants over out-of-state Americans

A California university’s decision to put a limit on the number of American citizens it enrolls -- while placing no such restrictions on illegal immigrants who want to attend the school -- is drawing sharp criticism from education activists.

The regents in the University of California system recently instituted Regents Policy 2109 in response to state lawmakers threatening to withhold from the university system nearly $20 million if school officials didn’t cap the number of out-of-state American students. The university's response to the state government’s threat was to limit the percentage of out-of-state American students in the student body to 18 percent on most campuses.

The move is being criticized as discriminatory against Americans.

Jan 31 08:30

Outraged mother pulls her four-year-old daughter out of school because she is allowed to play with male dolls which have full replica genitals

A horrified mother has withdrawn her daughter from school over 'explicit' toy dolls which she claims are inappropriate and unsuitable for young children.

Ziba Khan took her four-year-old out of the Forest Lodge Academy in Leicester in November after discovering the youngster had been playing with dolls which have male genitalia.

She insists the dolls have no 'educational value' and promote a 'premature exploration of body of opposite sex' but the academy has refused to stop giving them to children.

Jan 30 13:00

UC Berkeley Student Paper Refuses To Publish Conservative Op-Ed On DACA

The Daily Cal, the official student newspaper of the University of California, Berkeley, is refusing to publish a conservative opinion piece regarding students benefitting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Jan 29 07:17

'I Am an Educated Woman!': Israeli PM's Wife Mad Outburst Caught on Tape

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“I’m doing it. As a professional, as an ed-u-cated woman. A psy-cho-lo-gist,” Netanyahu can be heard furiously screaming and exclaiming each syllable. “BA, MA,” she yells, referring to her bachelor and master’s degrees.

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Jan 25 20:37

Achievement Is The Root Of Freedom

Jan 24 15:53

Censorship By Weaponizing Free Speech: Rethinking How The Marketplace Of Ideas Works

What do we do when that free speech is being weaponized against free speech itself? How do you respond? Do you need to weaponize in response and flood back the "bad speech" or does that just create an arms race? What other ways are there to deal with this?

Jan 24 14:54

Coup d'état political intervention

Coup d’état, also called Coup, the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group. The chief prerequisite for a coup is control of all or part of the armed forces, the police, and other military elements.

Can you say Deep State?

A coup rarely alters a nation’s fundamental social and economic policies, nor does it significantly redistribute power among competing political groups.

Jan 24 14:48

18 U.S. Code § 2383 - Rebellion or insurrection

Historical and Revision Notes

Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., §?4 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch. 321, §?4, 35 Stat. 1088).

Word “moreover” was deleted as surplusage and minor changes were made in phraseology.
Amendments

1994—Pub. L. 103–322 substituted “fined under this title” for “fined not more than $10,000”.

Jan 24 14:44

18 U.S. Code § 2384 - Seditious conspiracy: AKA Coup d'etat

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, §?1, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §?330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

Jan 24 11:20

Conservatives Erupt over Betsy DeVos Announcement: ‘Common Core Is Dead’

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continues to struggle with the conservative base of the GOP as she again declares, “Common Core is dead.”

“I agree – and have always agreed – with President Trump on this: ‘Common Core is a disaster,’” DeVos allied herself with Trump last week during a major policy speech at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). “And at the U.S. Department of Education, Common Core is dead.”

Jan 22 16:03

Oxford University Gives Women More Time On Exams

Oxford University let women have extra time on their summer 2017 exams in an effort to raise text scores in math and science fields.

Women taking these exams received an extra 15 minutes to complete their tests, despite the fact that no changes were made to adjust the difficulty level of the questions or number of questions that were on the test, according to the Telegraph.

Jan 22 10:18

WATCH: COP ATTACKS HANDCUFFED SCHOOL GIRL, VIOLENTLY SLAMS HER INTO THE CONCRETE

A school resource officer is under fire after a video was released online that showed him slamming a female student to the ground and then handcuffing her, while two other men stood nearby and did nothing to intervene.

After the video went viral, the La Mesa Police Department responded in a statement, claiming that the 17-year-old girl was “arrested by a La Mesa Police School Resource Officer for refusing to obey a lawful order to leave school grounds and resisting arrest.”

The department claimed that the video released online showed a small segment of an encounter in which “Helix High School staff requested the assistance of the School Resource Officer to remove a student, who was on suspended status and non-compliant with staff directions to leave the campus.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to "education" in public schools in Amerika, where the State's Representative can slam a kid's head into the floor with absolutely no real provocaton or cause whatsoever, and there will be absolutely no repercussions for that "Resource Officer".

Were I a parent at Helix High, I would pull my kid out of that school so quickly that the principal's head spin.

Before I did this, however, I would be researching the nearest "magnet schools", private schools, and home schooling groups where my kid would at least be educated, and where teachers and principals, working to gether with families, want to keep parents in the loop consistently.

And if all parents here did this, the school would no longer receive the Federal or California State grants which fund it, and the school, ultimately, would have to shut down.

Parents have more power than they realize; but they need to be ready to "come up to the plate" and use it wisely and morally, in defense of their kids.

Jan 19 11:59

What do you need to know about your VPN service: Is it really safe?

Unfortunately, not all popular VPN services provide anonymity.

VPN is, in a sense, a tunnel through which encrypted data is transmitted. Your ISP does not have the ability to see which sites you visit, what you type in, etc. Also, the site you are visiting receives not your real IP address, but the VPN server address. It would seem that there is nothing to worry about. In fact, it's not like that.

Currently, commercial providers offer the following VPN protocols:

PPTP is used most widely, fast, easy to configure, but is considered "least secure" compared to the rest.

L2TP + IPSec. L2TP provides “transportation”, and IPSec is responsible for encryption. This bundle has stronger encryption than PPTP. It does not have most vulnerabilities that PPTP has. It also provides message integrity and each party authentication.

Jan 18 08:31

Betsy DeVos Bans ‘Toxic’ Common Core Program

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has banned Common Core from being taught in U.S. schools after the Obama-era program was found to dumb down American kids.

In a speech Wednesday at an American Enterprise Institute conference, Devos announced that Common Core would no longer be permitted to be taught to children in America.

Prior to her announcement, some schools had already taken it upon themselves to dump the Common Core program, which saw significant improvements in test results afterwards.

One school in Florida, Mason Classical Academy, soared to the number one position in the State’s top schools list, just months of dumping the controversial method of teaching.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yee-HAAAA!

Jan 15 10:21

Prof Releases 'Checklist' To Determine If You Support White Supremacy

Do you get "angry" when colleagues berate you about "understanding your own white privilege?"

Well then, you might be a white supremacist, at least according to professor Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, who teaches English at Linfield College in Oregon.

Jan 15 09:20

Nearly 40% Of Student Loan Borrowers To Default By 2023

Cumulative default rates among student borrowers continue to rise between 12 and 20 years after initial entry, and according to a recent Brookings study suggests that nearly 40% may default on their student loans by 2023.

Jan 14 18:16

The WAR on WHITEY: Schools and colleges are now teaching children to believe that being born white makes you a bad person

Parents of school-age children in Wisconsin are making their grievances known about the latest onslaught of racist curriculum to creep into the state’s public “education” system. According to reports, eighth-graders in West Bend, a northwest suburb of Milwaukee, are apparently now being taught that they’re bad people if their skin color is white, or if their families have two parents of the opposite sex who are still married.

Jan 12 07:27

America's schools ‘profoundly unequal’: Study

America's schools are “profoundly unequal,” with low-income, minority students ending up in schools with crumbling walls, old textbooks and unqualified teachers, according to a new report by the US government.

The US Commission on Civil Rights released the report on Thursday, urging Congress to take “bold action” to address inequitable funding in the country’s public school system.

“Although the United States Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that public education is a right that should be available to all on equal terms, the longstanding and persistent reality is that vast funding inequities in our state public education systems render the education available to millions of American public school students profoundly unequal,” the report states.

Jan 08 12:21

Iran's Primary Schools Can No Longer Teach English

To be fair -- neither can the U.S. school system.

Jan 08 08:14

6th-grade curriculum teaching gun control is based on motiveless Las Vegas massacre and has some parents concerned

Sixth-grade curriculum posted on JuniorScolastic.com titled Guns in America: The tragedy in Las Vegas has reignited the debate over America’s gun laws is disturbing, to say the least.

Jan 07 10:40

'African Studies' Exam Blasts Trump As Bigot, Touts Hillary As Unifier

The final exam for one California State University-Northridge class left students with little doubt as to their professor’s opinion of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The online final for African Studies 161, “American Political Institutions: A Black Perspective,” taught by Professor Karin Stanford, asked students about both 2016 presidential nominees in similarly formatted questions, both of which included an “all of the above” option.

“Donald Trump frequently made statements of an _____ nature throughout this presidential campaign,” one question asked, offering students answer choices of “anti-Mexican,” “anti-Muslim,” “anti-woman,” and “all of the above.”

Jan 07 10:25

Student Debt Slavery II: Time to Level the Playing Field

The lending business is heavily stacked against student borrowers. Bigger players can borrow for almost nothing, and if their investments don’t work out, they can put their corporate shells through bankruptcy and walk away. Not so with students. Their loan rates are high and if they cannot pay, their debts are not normally dischargeable in bankruptcy. Rather, the debts compound and can dog them for life, compromising not only their own futures but the economy itself.

Jan 05 08:57

‘White Genocide’ Professor Claims NYU Has Hired Him as a Visiting Scholar

Controversial former professor George Ciccariello-Maher, who recently resigned from Drexel University, claims that New York University has hired him. NYU confirmed his status as a visiting scholar but states it is an “unpaid appointment.”

Ciccariello-Maher, known best for his “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide” tweet, which he claimed was an attempt to poke fun at the paranoid fantasy that the left wants to decrease the amount of white Americans, recently stepped down from his position at Drexel University. Towards the end of his tenure at Drexel, Ciccariello-Maher was relegated to teaching online courses, as the university was concerned for his safety when he was on campus.

Jan 04 08:38

Legislation Seeks to Ban Campus Free Speech ‘Zones’ and ‘Codes’

Kurtz explained the Goldwater bill in an interview with Breitbart News:

We’ve put out what I think is the most comprehensive and toughest bill on campus free speech. What this bill does is ban so-called “free speech codes,” and “free speech zones,” as it also discourages administrators from disinviting controversial speakers who have already been invited by students and faculty members. That’s what most of the other model bills do. But, what the Goldwater model adds to all that is insistence on punishment for students who shout down visiting speakers, or rip down posters for the talk that a speaker is going to give, or in any way interfere with the free speech rights of others.

Jan 01 08:29

10 Ways America Is Falling Behind

Jan 01 06:12

Reflections on Palestine after experiencing it first hand

This is a very interesting video of a guy was curious about all the controversy regarding Israel and Palestine, and so he went to visit it for himself.

Dec 30 09:31

Student Debt Slavery: Bankrolling Financiers On The Backs Of The Young

Higher education has been financialized, transformed from a public service into a lucrative cash cow for private investors.

Dec 29 16:31

FANTASTIC IDEA | Harvard MD/PHD Launches New Conservative College, And It's ONLY $9,000 Per Year…

Full details here. It will be located in Boston and begin classes in 2018.

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Dec 28 08:49

Student Debt Slavery: Bankrolling Financiers on the Backs of the Young

Higher education has been financialized, transformed from a public service into a lucrative cash cow for private investors.

The advantages of slavery by debt over “chattel” slavery – ownership of humans as a property right – were set out in an infamous document called the Hazard Circular, reportedly circulated by British banking interests among their American banking counterparts during the American Civil War. It read in part:

Slavery is likely to be abolished by the war power and chattel slavery destroyed. This, I and my European friends are glad of, for slavery is but the owning of labor and carries with it the care of the laborers, while the European plan, led by England, is that capital shall control labor by controlling wages.

Dec 23 10:49

Prof: Academic rigor reinforces 'power and privilege'

A Purdue University engineering professor recently lamented the emphasis on academic "rigor," calling it a “dirty deed” that upholds “white male heterosexual privilege.”

Donna Riley calls for doing away with the notion of academic rigor entirely, suggesting that higher education pursue "other ways of knowing" in order to "build a community for inclusive and holistic engineering education."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These kids are not going to be prepared to work in the real world when they graduate.

Dec 21 16:24

Bah Humbug: Holiday cheer banned from Minnesota college over 'inclusivity'

The folks in a University of Minnesota department may be getting a lump of coal in their stockings this year for some Holiday guidelines given to students in the name of “inclusivity.”

Becket, a nonprofit law firm that defends religious liberty, awarded the university’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences “Respecting Religious Diversity” event as this year’s lowest (dis)honor, the 2017 Ebenezer Award, for the most ridiculous affront to the Christmas and Hanukkah season.

The event deemed Christmas trees, Menorahs, and the colors red and green and silver and blue as “inappropriate” for college campuses during the holiday season.

Dec 21 09:51

Baptist Woman Sues Louisiana Public School District over ‘Religious Indoctrination’

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against a school district in Louisiana on behalf of a professing Christian mother who is unhappy that teachers, principals and others in the district have promoted Christianity during school hours and at school events.

“Since enrolling two of her daughters in the Webster Parish School District more than 12 years ago, Plaintiff Christy Cole has become increasingly alarmed by the pervasive religious indoctrination to which students in the district are subject,” the suit reads.

One of her daughters has since graduated and the other is still in high school.

“Christy Cole believes her daughter and all students should be able to attend public school without exposure to government-sponsored religious practices and messages, and without harassment for their religious beliefs,” the complaint explains.

Dec 19 16:09

University teaches white employees how to overcome the ‘discomfort’ of being white

A two-day professional development conference held recently at the University of Michigan included a training session that aimed to help white employees deal with their “whiteness” so they could become better equipped to fight for social justice causes, according to organizers.

Dec 19 09:17

Harvard to punish students who join single-gender social clubs on campus

Being in a fraternity or a sorority in college can be a lot of fun – just make sure you don’t join one if you want a leadership position at Harvard University.

In the latest installment of the political left’s ongoing obsession with everything relating to gender and diversity, Harvard University officially announced earlier this week that students who choose to participate in an unorganized single-gender social organization (USGSO), such as a fraternity or a sorority, are forbidden from serving in leadership roles on campus.

Dec 18 15:06

Lacking any real job skills, broke millennials are now donating blood plasma as a routine source of income

Being a millennial is tough, even though they are by and large considered to be a rather sheltered generation.

Dec 18 09:56

Why I Quit Teaching

Dec 16 08:07

Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year Is A Word Nobody Actually Uses

Data collected by editors at Oxford Dictionaries revealed a huge increase in usage of the word in 2017 compared to 2016. The U.K. election called for by Prime Minister Theresa May in early June is believed to have caused a spike in usage. The U.K. saw a huge turnout of young voters hoping to make an impact as they rallied behind Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Their collective actions were dubbed by the Guardian and other publications as a "Youthquake."

Dec 15 16:52

Jingle Bells is Racist - Boston University proffessor

Kyna Hamill claims, calling it a: Boastful display of the unbridled behavior of the male body.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

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