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Oct 15 18:13

Detroit Teacher Told by Administrators To Remove “Columbus Was A Murderer” Sweatshirt

By John Vibes

A fifth-grade teacher from a Detroit area school was reprimanded and told to change her clothes because she was wearing a sweatshirt that said, “Columbus was a murderer,” on Columbus Day. Emma Howland-Bolton says she wore the shirt to class because she wanted to spark a discussion about the true history of the holiday.

Emma says that school administrators at Clipper Multicultural Magnet Honors Academy told her that she needed to remove the shirt because she was not allowed to express a political opinion.

“I was informed that my shirt was my opinion and I countered with it is a fact,” she told ABC7...

Oct 15 08:44

TO THINK OR TO WORK? THAT IS THE QUESTION

In this new age of rapidly advancing technologies that are automating “low-skill” jobs, many parents are understandably concerned that their children’s schooling will fail to prepare them to survive in a hi-tech future where the economy is driven by computers. However, parents should be skeptical of hyped-up “career pathways” curriculums that train students in hi-tech skills prescribed for job placement in the fields of “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics” (STEM).

Oct 13 12:59

SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE EXPOSED AS 30,000 KIDS UNDER AGE 10 ARRESTED SINCE 2013

SOURCE: THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
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Arrests of children have skyrocketed over the last decade according to the latest statistics published by the FBI. Gone are the days of sending children to the principal’s office for a paddling. Now children as young as 6 are getting arrested in Police State USA.

The statistics, complied from 2013 to 2018, revealed more than 30,000 children under the age of 10 have been arrested, averaging more than six thousand kids per year. Equally disturbing is students 10-12 years of age topped 266,000.

In the past, students and children were disciplined with consequences such as time out and paddling. As more and more schools replace handling things internally with external police state options like school resource officers, children are ending up with arrest records and their fingerprints stored in databases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appears a far better remedy than jail time.

School to prison only, unfortunately, doesn't give a kid anything more than a permanent record; and what are we telling the kid about themselves in this manner?!?

That they are broken beyond redemption, period, end of discussion.

Oct 13 11:04

Reactions to My Tweet Reveal the Ignorant Brutality of Young Socialists and Communists

An eye-opening social experiment unfolded on my Twitter feed over the past several days that reveals a lot about America’s new brand of young communists and socialists.

Not to bury the lede: Yes, they are still as repugnantly brutal as their predecessors in St. Petersburg and Phnom Penh – but today they add ignorance and infantilism to the toxic mix.

In other words, it is their professors who are to be blamed.

Oct 13 09:53

Iran: Looking Towards a Bright Future

Iran is a modern society with an ancient history. Together with China it is one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations. For centuries it was the center of an ancient and vibrant culture, that can trace its origins back at least 7000 years before the Christian era.

A knowledge of and understanding of this proud and lengthy history is central to an appreciation of the stance taken by modern Iranian leaders to the imperialist ambitions of the United States whose post World War II presence in the West Asian region (the ‘middle east’ is an entirely European construct and his little geographical significance or meaning).

Oct 11 22:51

The Art of War Quotes

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
? Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
? Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Oct 11 06:10

Kansas Schoolgirl Arrested, Charged with Felony for Brandishing Finger Gun

A 12-year-old Overland Park girl formed a gun with her fingers, pointed at four of her Westridge Middle School classmates one at a time, and then turned the pretend weapon toward herself.
Police hauled her out of school in handcuffs, arrested her and charged the child with a felony for threatening...

Oct 09 06:44

The Book Is About To Close On The Late Great United States Of America

Our story could have ended very differently. If America had embraced the truth, that would have put us on a far different road than the one we are on today. Instead, we are steamrolling toward oblivion, and only a small handful of brave watchmen are even warning about the ominous fate that lies directly ahead of us. We live at a time when “evil” is called “good” and “good” is called “evil”, and just about every form of human degradation that you can possibly imagine is absolutely exploding in our society.

Oct 06 11:05

Girls are skipping school to avoid sharing gender neutral toilets with boys after being left to feel unsafe and ashamed

Gender-neutral toilets in schools have left girls feeling unsafe and even put their health at risk, parents and teachers have warned.

Girls who are menstruating are so anxious about sharing facilities with boys that some are staying at home for fear of being made to feel 'period shame'.

With a growing number of both primary and secondary schools installing unisex toilets, some girls are risking infections by refusing to urinate all day.

Others are so fearful they have stopped drinking liquids at school.

Oct 04 03:35

OHIO POLICE FIRED BLANKS DURING SCHOOL SHOOTER DRILL, NEEDLESSLY TERRIFYING STUDENTS

SOURCE: REASON
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Police officers outside of Dayton, Ohio, unsheathed their weapons and fired blanks in Franklin High School on Tuesday as part of a misguided effort to prepare students for a possible active shooter.

The planned drill unnecessarily ratcheted up the intensity of school lockdown procedures, which routinely require students and teachers to barricade themselves in their classrooms. That the exercise was potentially traumatizing was not lost on the officials who planned it, as they came equipped with “Social-Emotional Activities,” as well as counselors who could talk with any disturbed teens.

“There was a concern and it did cause some stress” among parents and students, Lt. Gerry Massey tells the Cincinnati Enquirer. Senior Samantha Earnhart, one such terrified student, said that she “became very emotional” and “started to cry” upon hearing the gunfire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were Mike and I parents of a kid enrolled in this school, or any school which allowed/encouraged these kinds of drills, we would pull them out so quickly, as to make the principal's head spin, counterclockwise.

These drills are not about "education"; these drills are created to make students feel emotionally unsafe in any possible environment, and yet magically believe that "the State can/and will always be there to rescue them", which is pure, and utter, codswallop.

Oct 03 14:45

TheTinyDot

A situation too weird for 99.999% of people to adequately explain.

Oct 01 09:08

School Districts Use “Gaggle” To Monitor Students’ Free Speech And Social Media Posts

By MassPrivateI

Today, I give you a frightening story about free speech censorship and watchlists just in time for the countdown to Halloween.

A recent article in The Tennessean reveals how the Williamson County School District (WCS) is monitoring students’ free speech and social media posts.

The WCS recently implemented a “threat surveillance program” called Gaggle, that is so invasive and frightening one would be hard pressed not to call it a “gag” program that limits students’ free speech...

Sep 29 18:30

American Families Are Rejecting Hi-Tech School Curriculums and Their Zombifying Effect

By B.N. Frank

For many years, Silicon Valley parents (aka tech inventors) have been sending their kids to private low-tech schools and limiting their use of tech, whereas other American families are being told that providing “high tech” educations is what’s best for their kids. An increasing number of experts and studies continue to warn that this is definitely NOT best for kids, and it’s not just about eye damage from excessive screen use.

When students at a private school in Australia were given a choice between a high-tech education or no-tech education, they chose no-tech. When American families aren’t given a choice, some are removing their kids from schools...

Sep 27 19:35

Jack London?

As writer or thinker, Jack London can’t touch George Orwell, but he’s nearly the Brit’s equal when it comes to describing society’s bottom. To both, being a writer is as much a physical as an intellectual endeavor. Wading into everything, they braved all discomforts and dangers. This attitude has become very rare, and not just among writers. Trapped in intensely mediated lives, we all think we know more as we experience less and less.

London’s most enduring book may turn out to be The People of the Abyss, his 1903 investigation into the abjectly impoverished of London’s East End.

Dressed accordingly, London joined its homeless to see how they survived. With a 58-year-old carter and a 65-year-old carpenter, London wandered the cold streets, “From the slimy, spittle-drenched, sidewalk, they were picking up bits of orange peel, apple skin, and grape stems, and, they were eating them.

Sep 25 09:00

5 Tips on How to Pay Off That Student Loan Before You’re 30

By Chloe Anagnos

College isn’t the best option for everyone. Some will do just as well if not better by learning their craft through apprenticeships or by simply enrolling in a trade school. But when college is part of your calling and you simply cannot juggle a part-time job and school, taking on student loans might be your only option.

If this is your case, don’t despair. It is true that the government’s long history of getting involved with the student loan industry made the situation worse.

But despite the evidence, regulators don’t seem ready to get out of the picture just yet, meaning the cost of a college education will continue to rise...

Sep 24 17:30

Kids Preferred Books to Screens So School Bans iPads and Brings Back Textbooks

By B.N. Frank

More research and more experts warn that excessive screen use isn’t good for kids AND for a variety of reasons.

Silicon Valley parents (aka tech inventors) have been sending their kids to private low-tech schools for many years and limiting their use of tech in their homes.

Unfortunately, many public schools have become “high tech” - and that, of course, requires excessive amounts of screen time. Thanks to Healthy Food House for reporting about one private school in Australia that traded in their tech so students could learn happily ever after...

Sep 23 07:44

Family Shocked to Learn 6yo Girl Arrested, Cuffed, Booked into Jail for “Tantrum” at School

By Matt Agorist

In the land of the free, throwing a temper tantrum is now a crime, even for 6-year-old little girls. A Florida grandmother learned that the hard way this week after her granddaughter was arrested for doing that very thing at school.

Meralyn Kirkland explained to WKMG that her granddaughter had been arrested at Lucious and Emma Nixon Elementary charter school by Orlando Police Officers.

This tiny little girl was handcuffed and hauled off to the juvenile detention center where she was booked into the jail. She was fingerprinted and even had her mugshot taken...

Sep 21 12:41

U.S. Orders 2 Universities to Recast Tone on Israel

Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?

So now, the US Department of Education has the power to dictate curricula in higher education?!?

Forgive me,but I am gob-smacked by this "development" in US higher education, and have to wonder why De Vos chose these particular schools.

Sep 21 08:04

Why You and Your Kids Should Detox Your Mind by “Deschooling”

By Sarah Surette

Many children grow up immersed in the belief systems and moral compasses of their parents. Indoctrination in one way or another is inevitable.

The education system, for many, is a huge part of that indoctrination. In school, a child is told what is essential to learn. They are being handed all of the information necessary to pass tests. Those tests, combined with class participation and completed homework, make up the grades that will get the child into a good college. They are conditioned to take information and retain it without question.

In my previous article, I explained why unschooling–encouraging a child to use their natural curiosity to direct their own learning– is vital to our society. When children are removed from a traditional school environment to be unschooled, it is highly recommended that they first go through a “deschooling process”...

Sep 21 06:20

THE "CLIMATE STRIKE" IS CHILD ABUSE!

Whether the issue is "gun control" ™, "human rights" ™, or "the environment" ™, it is truly shameful how the Globalists always manipulate "the children" ™ to advance the agenda of the old international banker men (cough cough) hiding behind the last in a series of ascending curtains. Though many of these kids participating may be doing so only to get out of class for the day, we strongly suspect, based on an unintended survey which we conducted two year ago, that many millions of our our deluded young people have indeed been mind-raped beyond repair with this Globalist garbage. In spite of whatever setbacks that the New World Order crime syndicate has been dealt in recent years, this development carries very ominous portents (a $10 word for signs of something bad about to happen) for the future of domestic and geo-politics.

Sep 20 06:30

Grade-Rigging Scandal: Baltimore Students Missed 100+ Days Of School, Failed Classes, Still Graduated

For the last several years, we have been covering the grade-changing scandal in Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS). Administrators, teachers, and parents continue to come forward about the widespread fraud that allows children to graduate, even though they've missed school or failed classes.

Project Baltimore, who has spearheaded the investigation into BCPS fraud, has uncovered another school where students missed more than 100 days of class or failed ten courses in three years, still graduated during the 2019 school year.

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@FOXBaltimore

City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises accuses Project Baltimore of “sensationalism” and has “violated even the lowest standard of decency.” Fox45 requested an interview with Dr. Santelises concerning the allegations; we haven’t heard back. https://foxbaltimore.com/news/project-baltimore/city-schools-ceo-issue...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not expect any teacher here to get fired; I am reasonably certain that they were forced to do this by their Union Leadership, because the numbers in terms of actual class attendance and and accomplishment were so horrific.

I have every respect for the good teachers in our system; but unfortunately, the system tends to punish good teachers (remember the film, "Stand and Deliver?!?) while promoting those who do nothing, except encourage mediocrity, and bear responsibility for the innumerate; illiterate; and inability to think logically state of far too many of our high school students.

The only things for which they will be qualified, are getting hired for "Rent-a-mob" jobs, and whatever bounty of public assistance for which they may well qualify.

City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises may scream at Project Baltimore all she wants; but if the information here is true, she needs to turn in her resignation papers right now, so she can protect whatever cushy union retirement benefits are left to her.

Because the failures of this school, and broken promises to parents, and students has been a constant for some time now. The System is Broken, 2017; Angry Dad lashes out when his 12th grader tests at 4th grade mathematics

Sep 19 06:21

Education Dept says Middle East Studies program has to advance the security interests of the United States in order to receive further funding

King’s letter accuses the consortium of pushing “narrow, particularized views of American social issues” on students. “Although a conference focused on ‘Love and Desire in Modern Iran’ and one focused on Middle East film criticism may be relevant in academia, we do not see how these activities support the development of foreign language and international expertise for the benefit of U.S. national security and economic stability,” reads the letter.

Sep 17 13:20

I'm A Proud College Dropout

Sep 17 09:42

The Teacher Shortage Is Real and about to Get Much Worse. Here’s Why

By Paul Boyce

One of the main stressors of teaching is the sheer amount of testing. Students are tested as frequently as twice per month and an average of once per month.

While testing has been around for decades, its increased involvement returned in 2002. As a result of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), teachers are “teaching to test.” These tests were designed to standardize the process and track progress. Schools must make accommodations for children failing to make progress.

There was a slight change to the law under the Obama administration. Passed in December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives greater control to states. However, children are still consistently tested through grades three to eight for literacy and math. According to Harvard professor Daniel Koretz, ESSA does little to relieve the pressure of testing.

Why is testing bad? ...

Sep 15 03:51

HARVARD ADMITS TO $9 MILLION DONATION FROM JEFFREY EPSTEIN

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Harvard University on Thursday night acknowledged that it had taken in approximately $9 million in donations from pedophile and alleged child sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein over the course of a decade ending in 2007, according to the Boston Globe.

The donations, the bulk of which occurred while former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers served as the university's President, provides clarity after Harvard maintained that it did not take money from Epstein after 2007 - just one year before he pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution and was sentenced to 13 months in jail with partial 'work' release.

"Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes were repulsive and reprehensible. I profoundly regret Harvard’s past association with him," Bacow continued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Funny, isn't it, that in this country, no matter how dirty the money may have been originally, it still buys those willing to do some horrific things to get it, "street cred", so that any university can bestow the "honor" of that person's donation, and get them positively noticed and acclaimed.

IF I were one of the bigwig attorneys for Harvard right now, talking to one of my tens of "Crisis Management Counselors" on my speed dial, I would be asking them, immediately, about creating a Harvard-inspired program, nationally, to stop child trafficking in its tracks, and find ways of making this program incredibly successful.

This issue has been a curse on this country for way too long a time, even from the times of the Franklin Scandal.

The Franklin Scandal; Still Evil After All these Years.

I know this will happen only when pigs discover they are aerodynamic; And I say this, because Harvard will most likely continue to support the monied who contribute to its noble causes, no matter where the money actually came from.

Sep 13 18:02

Better hungry than eating meat? UK school goes veg-only, no packed lunches… or freedom of choice

Children being made to eat vegetarian food for lunch in schools in Britain and France, and not allowed meat or fish, raises some serious questions about freedom of choice and possible dietary deficiencies.

Sep 13 08:30

Why so Many College Students Are In Mental Distress—And What Parents Can Do about It

By Kerry McDonald

With college classes underway for the fall semester, parents may worry about how their children will navigate campus life, balance academics and social pressures, and find their pathway to a meaningful career. While parents of college students have long shared these common worries, they now confront new concerns.

The number of college students experiencing mental health issues has soared, with survey findings from the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors suggesting that 41 percent of college students are anxious and 36 percent are depressed...

Sep 12 10:57

10 Mistakes Young Professionals Make While Job Hunting

By Katy Gambella

As a manager for a job placement company, I oversee a lot of talent searches for entry/junior employees.

This means I get to interact with a lot of young professionals and have a front-row seat for one of the most exciting (and often overwhelming) times for burgeoning professionals: the job search.

As you can imagine, I’ve seen some really interesting things. Like, reality television interesting. Some of it is beautiful and inspiring and gives me hope for the future of freedom. And some of it…well…it makes me want to bang my head against a wall...

Sep 12 10:10

Parents shocked as UK school asks kids to write ‘SUICIDE LETTER’ as part of English exercise

A school in the UK gave their teenage English students the task of writing a suicide note in the context of an exercise to explore suicidal feelings, prompting one “genuinely shocked” parent to complain.

Sep 11 13:50

What Vexes Small Business More than Taxes and Regulations?

By Jeffrey A. Tucker

The latest survey of small business contains a surprise. Or maybe it is not a surprise if you are or know a small business owner. Over the last six years, the concerns of taxes and regulations are being eclipsed by a new number-one concern: the lack of quality in the workforce.

Meanwhile, college enrollment is booming (50% to almost 70% in 30 years) but evidently it’s not helping to convince employers that these kids can get the job done. Indeed, the mass handing out of college degrees could have a perverse effect on work ethic: I’ve got my paper so you have to pay me just for being my awesome self!...

Sep 08 05:59

Students Prevented From Attending UK School Because They Refuse To Wear "Gender Neutral" Uniforms

Female students at a school in the UK were prevented by officials and police from attending class because they refused to comply with a new “gender neutral” uniform policy.

Around 100 students protested outside the gates of Priory School in Lewes in response to a letter sent at the end of the summer advising they would be mandated to wear trousers at all times.

The school claimed that the policy change was put in place to “address inequality,” and be “inclusive,” but students and parents were outraged.

Paul Embery

@PaulEmbery
Hats off to the girls at a Sussex secondary school who are refusing to comply with new rules requiring them to wear 'gender neutral' uniforms. The gates were closed on them because - shock, horror - they want to continue wearing skirts! All power to them!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This madness has utterly nothing to do with true education (critical thinking, math, and literacy) and everything to do with indoctrination; those who signed off on this program, should be summarily fired, and in short order, period, end of discussion.

Sep 07 18:35

How “Unschooling” Can Benefit Your Child and the World

By Sarah Surette

How could trust revolutionize education?

Peter Gray defines unschooling in his book Free to Learn, as “the category of home-based education most compatible with trustful parenting.” In this way, the parent is placing trust in the abilities and instincts of the child instead of allowing outside authorities to dictate what, where, when and how to learn.

Unschooling is a child-led, deadline-free and respect-centered method of parenting.

But unschooling is NOT passive...

Sep 06 16:22

Poll: 73% of Conservative college students self-censor to protect grades

According to a new poll by College Pulse, a majority of conservative students are hiding their political views in the classroom. The survey asked students to respond to the following question: “Have you ever withheld your political views in class for fear that your grades would suffer?”

Sep 06 07:38

Fury as police 'act like bouncers' on school gates to 'enforce new dress code' after dozens of protesting pupils were locked out ALL DAY for refusing to wear new gender neutral uniforms

Police and teachers have been criticised for locking school gates to schoolchildren who protested a new 'gender neutral' uniform policy this morning, leaving pupils to wander the streets of a Sussex town.

Angry pupils and parents protested outside the gates of Priory School in Lewes over the clothing policy for the new school year.

But teachers and Sussex Police officers locked the gates on pupils and refused admittance to girls in skirts - and according to one eyewitness officers were actually involved in selecting which students could enter and which would be barred.

Sep 05 08:35

4 Great Tools for Teaching Kids Economics and Liberty

By Kerry McDonald

Whenever my children express an interest in economics or are curious about the ideals of freedom and responsibility, I can barely contain my excitement. It wasn’t until college that I discovered, and fell in love with, economics, and it wasn’t until much later that I understood liberty as a life philosophy.

Fortunately, I can avoid stifling their budding interest by drawing demand curves or quoting Hayek and Hazlitt (though I’ve been known to do both!) and turn to some outstanding resources just for kids. Designed to introduce economic principles and the foundations of a free society to young children, these tools are interesting, engaging, and easy-to-understand—for children and adults alike!...

Sep 03 15:21

‘UK’s out of petrol, justify murdering protesters’: Exam question to get into Eton goes viral

With Remainers denouncing Eton-educated Johnson as a private-school elitist, a question from the school’s 2011 entrance exam surfaced online on Tuesday. Some commenters say it gives a frightening insight into the thought processes of the leaders educated at Eton.

“The year is 2040,” 13-year-old boys competing for the King’s Scholarship were asked. “There have been riots in the streets of London after Britain has run out of petrol because of an oil crisis in the Middle East. Protesters have attacked public buildings. Several policemen have died. Consequently, the Government has deployed the Army to curb the protests. After two days the protests have been stopped but twenty-five protesters have been killed by the Army.”

“You are the Prime Minister. Write the script for a speech to be broadcast to the nation in which you explain why employing the Army against violent protesters was the only option available to you and one which was both necessary and moral.”

Sep 03 08:37

Food banks increasing in schools for pupils' families

More schools in England are setting up food banks to help feed their pupils' families, according to the biggest school governors' organisation.

The National Governance Association's annual survey found 8% of governors were in schools which had food banks - up from 7% last year.

The highest proportion were in the North East - where 13% of governors were in schools with a food bank.

Heads' leader Geoff Barton said schools faced "rising levels of poverty".

"It is a shameful situation in a country which is among the wealthiest in the world," said Mr Barton, leader of the ASCL head teachers' union.

Aug 31 15:00

College Return on Investment

Aug 25 09:22

5 Reasons Why Parents Should Turn Off Their Smartphones

By Mayukh Saha

Children are wired 24/7 to their parents even when they don’t seem to be. And the least the parents can do, within the little time that they allow their children, is to be attentive to their needs and desires.

By such constant inattention, are we inadvertently conveying the message to children that a smartphone is more interesting?

Aug 25 08:52

Kids Ordered to Pay Sales Tax at Children’s Expo Receive a Sad Lesson in Entrepreneurship

By Brittany Hunter

Twelve-year-old Lucie Wise couldn’t wait to open her own business. On three separate occasions, she had accompanied her mother to the Children’s Entrepreneur Market—an expo of child-run businesses hosted annually by the Utah nonprofit Libertas Institute—dreaming of the day she could set up her own booth and sell her wares to curious passersby.

Like Lucie, many children are coming up with original ideas for products and services, bringing them to life, paying for booth space, and trying their luck in the marketplace. While the Children’s Market is intended to teach children to love entrepreneurship, one thing it isn’t supposed to do is crush their spirit with the harsh realities of government overreach.

But are they exempt from taxes?...

Aug 22 10:45

What’s the best way to teach children a second language? New research produces surprising results

By Karen Roehr-Brackin, University of Essex and Angela Tellier, University of Essex

People often assume that children learn new languages easily and without effort, regardless of the situation they find themselves in. But is it really true that children soak up language like sponges?

Aug 22 10:11

American Apocalypse: The Government’s Plot to Destabilize the Nation Is Working

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out … without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” — H. L. Mencken

The U.S. government is working hard to destabilize the nation.

No, this is not another conspiracy theory.

Although it is certainly not far-fetched to suggest that the government might be engaged in nefarious activities that run counter to the best interests of the American people, doing so will likely brand me a domestic terrorist under the FBI’s new classification system.

Observe for yourself what is happening right before our eyes.

Aug 21 09:53

CA High School Becomes Largest American Public School to Ban Phones and Kids Dig It

By B.N. Frank

Reports about phone bans in schools in the U.S. and around the world aren’t new, and many of the comments posted with this news story mention that.

It’s still good news and many of the kids interviewed at this school seem to be embracing as well as thriving from the new policy...

Aug 20 09:20

The Way Not to Fix Education, Housing, and Health Care

By Daniel J. Boudreaux

As long as the reality of human existence remains on the imperfect side of paradise — mired in scarcity, often unpredictable, and always carrying at least a small risk of calamity for each individual as well as for groups — some people will complain about the state of reality. Indeed, as human welfare improves, such complaints grow more frequent and fervent. If nearly everyone’s life is miserable, and if such misery is all that we know and remember, we accept misery as an unalterable condition of existence, much as we accept as unalterable our inability to fly by flapping our arms.

But as the masses have become materially more prosperous, the possibility of even greater prosperity has become more evident. And so any shortfall of the masses’ current prosperity from what can be imagined or plausibly foreseen strikes many as an intolerable condition that should be remedied forthwith.

Aug 18 10:31

Schools Are Outdated. It’s Time For Reform.

By Paul Boyce

The public education system we currently know has been around for more than 150 years. However, the basic schooling model remains the same. Roughly 20 to 30 kids of the same age are stuffed into a classroom and taught by one teacher.

Even though the curricula have developed, the essence has stayed the same. Children are still taught in a standardized and industrialized way. As with anything that comes from centralized control, it is highly inefficient, bureaucratic, and wasteful...

Aug 17 07:56

The best college in America may surprise you

Five years ago, a group of faculty members at the University of California-Irvine decided to “out” themselves. At the large research university, where more than half of students are the first in their families to go to college, these faculty would proudly say: Us, too.

Aug 16 08:19

The Difference Between Public Libraries and Public Schools

By Kerry McDonald

Plans for the Boston Public Library, the nation’s second-oldest public library, were approved in 1852, the same year Massachusetts passed the country’s first compulsory schooling law. Both public libraries and public schools are funded through taxation and both are “free” to access, but the similarities end there. The main difference between public libraries and public schools is the level of coercion and state power that public schooling wields...

Aug 13 16:41

CNN Article Says Intel Agencies Are Recruiting Teens In High School

By Aaron Kesel

A recent article in CNN tells the tale of teens whose friends think they are spying on their phone conversations because they work for the National Security Agency (NSA) at the complex at Fort Meade in Maryland.

CNN expresses that three 18-year-old teens who graduated from high schools in Maryland — Summer, Brianna and Simon — are among more than 150 high schoolers in a work study program at the NSA. These students are then given TS/SCI or Top Secret security clearance access to U.S. secrets...

Aug 13 07:35

India Escalates Crackdown on Kashmir for Eid Holiday

Restrictions over the past eight days have been severe enough that a lot of Kashmiris have been all but confined to their homes. Indian forces went to the extent that reporters said the communications blackout meant some Kashmiris didn’t even know what was going on.

Indian forces expected that the Eid al-Adha holiday would lead to large protests in Kashmir, and in trying to prevent such demonstrations, the military imposed even more severe restrictions, including closing the largest mosque in Srinagar.

Muslims, who are the heavy majority of Kashmir, are allowed to go to mosques for the Eid, but only smaller mosques.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am chagrined at how the Indian government can be so bloody politically deaf, dumb, and blind as to what the Kashmiri people are asking for, which is an opportunity to create their own future.

That referendum, promised by Nehru, but never delivered upon by the Indian government, is a really big reason that Kashmiris do not believe that the Indian government doesn't care for them, in any reasonable or supportive way; unfortunately, that assessment has proven itself true, time after time.

Aug 13 07:00

175+ killed, nearly a MILLION left homeless by landslides & floods in India (VIDEOS)

Floods and landslides across southern and western Indian states have killed nearly 200 people over the past week as the Indian Army intensifies its relief operations to help thousands stranded in desperate need of rescue.

Extreme weather conditions that have been battering the Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Gujarat since last week forced hundreds of thousands of people to seek temporary shelters. The heavy rains also impacted travel in the region, disrupting train and airport connections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this can only be characterized as horrific;' and you are most not likely to hear about this from the talking heads on corporate Presstitute channels.

If you have any charity which is special to you, please make sure that the Indian people get some help from it.

As a Methodist, I will be calling UMCOR today, which is a universal aid organisation which contributes aid where it is needed, and where I know the aid will actually do something for these people.

And Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, you need to mobilize your people to help these stricken Indians, in a very public show of support during this catastrophe; it is going to make your leadership look like something which possibly, actually, can really, work, and may just may assist you, from walking away from potential war against India, to be a stalwart and responsible, neighbor of India. This can only be seen as good, Mr. Prime Minister.

And... you are welcome, sir!!

Aug 10 09:01

Dad Sued for Slander Because He Criticized The Education System — And Other Absurd Weekly News

By Simon Black, Sovereign Man

Welcome to our Friday roll up, where we highlight the most absurd and concerning stories we are following this week.

Careful what you say about your kid’s public school curriculum.

We’ve moved beyond gender-neutral pronouns and triggering micro-aggressions. Now just expressing any old opinion offends people.

Apparently, you can’t do that in the USA, anymore. If you offend someone with constructive criticism, they turn around and sue you...

Aug 09 10:25

6th-Grader Dragged Out Of Class For Saying Gender-Confused Boy "Is A Boy"

The school district claims he wasn’t punished. But it dragged him out of class for the day and warned him not to correctly identify the biological sex of a classmate again.

Aug 09 09:41

Podcast Ep 8: University must unban Palestine group rules court

On 5 August Fordham University students won a landmark legal victory against the university’s unilateral ban of a Students for Justice in Palestine chapter.

“Palestine Legal has documented over 1,000 such incidents as censorship and suppression since 2014, and this is the first time that we fought back and won in the court,” attorney Sainath tells The Electronic Intifada Podcast.

The legal fight lasted nearly three years.

Aug 08 13:24

There’s a Growing Number of College Graduates Owing Nearly Half a Million Dollars

By Chloe Anagnos

The student loan crisis has recently played an important role in the Democratic presidential debates, with Democratic candidates pushing for solutions that look a lot like the policies that put us here in the first place. But as they pursue an agenda that would essentially reward people for owing money, reports surfaced showing that many are taking out nearly half a million dollars in student loans. What’s worse, many expect the government will do something to help them...

Aug 08 10:39

USC Lecturer: ‘Viewpoint Diversity’ Is a Racist Dog Whistle

USC psychology lecturer Leslie Berntsen earned the criticism of some social media users in July when she argued that calls for free and open discussion on campus are secretly a cover for a desire to spread racism.

“I cannot emphasize this enough, but terms like ‘echo chamber,’ ‘viewpoint diversity,’ etc. are HUGE DOG WHISTLES for some unspeakably nefarious stuff,” Berntsen wrote in a series of tweets which were captured by The College Fix. “So many seemingly well-meaning academics are getting so played by these terms and you (honestly and truly) really hate to see it.”

Berntsen then argued that there is a “fine line…between understanding a perspective to refute it and understanding it on its merits…There are tons of folks who are drawn in by this idea of listening to ‘both sides’ (irrespective of content) as a Fair Thing To Do, and then end up going *FULL IDW* and it’s truly horrifying to watch happen in real time.”

Aug 08 08:45

“I Don’t Want To Go To College” – 8 Reasons To Not Attend University

“I don’t want to go to college”. That’s precisely the attitude a lot of young people need these days.

Colleges, for the most part, don’t equip students with the skills needed to make bank as we are shifting towards the second quarter of the 21st century. Massive amounts of crippling debt, unemployable degrees, and heavy doses of Karl Marx and Co. are also negatively affecting society in general once they leave campus.

In short, What we need is more “learn to code” and less “learn to Karl”.

Aug 07 15:04

The first major legal win for campus Palestine activists just happened at Fordham

After a two year legal battle, a group of students at Fordham University have won a landmark victory and a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) club can now be established on their campus.

Aug 07 09:46

USC Collapsing Under Scandals

Our “leaders” in higher ed have had a blank check for decades, literally able to do whatever they want as long the student loan money kept pouring in. The kind of corruption this has led to is breathtaking, and I assure the gentle reader that the horrific activities at Penn State, the intergenerational fraud at UNC, and widespread systemic plundering of student loan money are really just data points here, and should not necessarily be viewed at outliers.

Granted, I suspect our obviously corrupt FBI, obviously corrupt CIA, obviously corrupt law enforcement system, obviously corrupt defense department, and, heck, obviously corrupt wide swaths of our government are hardly doing any better. Perhaps if Epstein isn’t suicided we’ll finally get a real peek inside just how foul that system is, but I digress.

Aug 02 16:35

New York Democrats Make School Kids More Vulnerable to Attacks

How does it make any sense to bus hundreds of children into buildings across the Country, keep them there for eight hours a day, remove all forms of defense and post signs stating that everyone inside is unarmed and defenseless? Well, New York Democrats have gone one step further. They have made it law in New York that those teachers and children never have the option of self-defense while in school. New York law-makers have put in place an ironclad barrier preventing school staff from being able to protect themselves and our kids.

Aug 02 16:23

What would Milton Friedman say about Bitcoin? - Naomi Brockwell


Milton Friedman was one of the twentieth century’s most inspiring champions of individual liberty. He was the 1976 winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, and in this 1999 interview he spoke about the need for an internet currency that couldn't be tracked.

Aug 01 17:49

Virtual Reality Shows Promise for Pain Patients; This is Exactly Why It Should Not Be Used in Schools

By Patricia Burke

Many groups are promoting the use of Virtual Reality as a treatment strategy for pain patients. For example, VR is promoted as an alternative to opiates, “because it’s very powerful with no side effects.” However, Virtual Reality stops the brain from processing pain because it overrides full-body and full sensory system intelligence and integration...

Jul 30 10:46

Stressed at School? Art Therapy Reduces Stress Headaches In Teenage Girls

Teenagers report higher levels of stress than adults, and cite school as the highest contributing factor, according to the American Psychological Association’s annual report. A summary from 2013 concluded that while stress among Americans was not new, “what’s troubling is the stress outlook for teens in the United States.”

In response, recently some schools have turned to mindfulness-based programs as a way to alleviate stress among their students. These programs could benefit from more research into what activities students find most useful...

Jul 30 07:56

Major US University Under Fire Over Speech Guide Deeming Words ‘American’, ‘Male’, ‘Straight’ Toxic

Colorado State University has been forced to defend itself following criticisms over a controversial draft language guide listing words and phrases like “America/American”, “Hispanic”, “homosexual”, “Indian”, “male/female”, “normal person”, “straight”, and “transgendered” as something that “should be avoided” over their potential to cause offence.

For example, the guide’s rationale on the word “American” being offensive was that “the Americas” actually “encompass a lot more than the United States”, with the use of the word said to “eras[e] other cultures and depic[t] the United States as the dominant American country.”

“Hispanic,” meanwhile, was deemed problematic “because of its origins in colonialization and the implication that to be Hispanic or Latinx/Latine/Latino, one needs to be Spanish-speaking.”

Jul 29 07:54

Why are School Lunches Still so Unhealthy?

By Kelly Rose, Teesside University

There are more than 91m school children worldwide now defined as living with obesity – and the UK is in the top 20 countries for obesity levels. In the UK, the obesity rate for children doubles during primary school years – and then increases again in secondary school.

This is in part because teenagers in the UK consume poor quality diets, low in nutrients and high in processed foods...

Jul 27 11:15

How Our Culture Disempowers Teens

By Kerry McDonald

Teenagers are able to accomplish remarkable things when given freedom and opportunity. Instead, our culture systematically underestimates teenagers, coddling them like toddlers, confining them to ever more schooling, and disconnecting them from the adult world they will soon enter...

Jul 26 20:29

Google Takes Position in Controversial Vaccine Safety Debate

Google has recently (June 2019) used their power to manipulate public opinion in favor of the Pro Vaccine Argument!

Jul 25 19:34

Pentagon Wants 16-Year-Old Kids to Fight the Empire’s Wars

The Pentagon is desperate. Far too many millennials are criminals, so luring them in to become the latest crop of bullet stoppers for the state is a nonstarter. -- Solution? Recruit 16 year olds. Most have yet graduated to petty and violent crime, although a lot of them are in video game training for a future of violence and self-destructive stupidity.

Jul 24 15:51

CEO Offers to Pay School Lunch Debt So Parents Won’t Have Kids Stolen by CPS, Gov’t Won’t Let Him

By Matt Agorist

Luzerne County, PA — As TFTP reported this week, Wyoming Valley West School District parents, whose school lunch accounts were delinquent, received a disturbing letter threatening to have their children kidnapped by Child and Youth Services if they don’t pay their past due balances. The letter garnered national attention and drew the ire of many, including a millionaire CEO who offered to pay these past due balances. In an infuriating move, however, the school board rejected his offer and is opting for stealing the kids instead...

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