Friday, October 25, 2013

More programs in our public schools

Unions oppose bipartisan effort to keep criminals out of public schools

– Federal lawmakers want to prevent schools from employing convicted sex offenders, kidnappers, murderers, pornographers, spouse beaters and rapists.
Public schools would be barred from employing teachers and other workers convicted of sexual offenses against children or other violent crimes under a bill the House approved Tuesday. 
The bill has run into objections from major teachers' unions like the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. In letters to lawmakers, their criticisms included concerns that the measure might jeopardize workers' protections under union contracts.
In addition, the NEA wrote that criminal background checks "often have a huge, racially disparate impact" — a reference to critics' complaints that minorities make up a disproportionately high proportion of people convicted of crimes.

Attention, parents: Common Core opt-out form now available 

Courtesy of Truth in American Education, you can now exercise your parental rights to protect your children from the nationalized Common Core racket. Download, print, Facebook, tweet, and share the opt-out form. The revolt is growing. Make your voice and your choice heard.

As the American Principles Project, a conservative education think tank, reported last year, Common Core’s technological project is “merely one part of a much broader plan by the federal government to track individuals from birth through their participation in the workforce.” The 2009 porkulus package included a “State Fiscal Stabilization Fund” to bribe states into constructing “longitudinal data systems (LDS) to collect data on public-school students.”
These systems will aggregate massive amounts of personal data — health-care histories, income information, religious affiliations, voting status and even blood types and homework completion. The data will be available to a wide variety of public agencies. And despite federal student-privacy protections guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Obama administration is paving the way for private entities to buy their way into the data boondoggle. Even more alarming, the U.S. Department of Education is encouraging a radical push from aggregate-level data-gathering to invasive individual student-level data collection.

Pat Jones, principal of Alliance High School in Alliance, Nebraska, took it upon himself to cancel the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in his school citing the partial government shutdown begun by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's refusal to consider a single GOP proposal to keep the government funded. Jones' decision, the Journal-Star reported Monday, angered students, causing at least one to stand and recite the Pledge anyway.


Proponents of Common Core are outraged that opponents sometimes brand the education reform initiative as “Obamacore“. Really? Just because it is already being used a a propaganda tool to promote the President?
Recently, at least one Tennessee school had students complete an assignment as part of the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) approved lesson plans. The first part of the assignment was for students to read President Barack Obama’s 2009 Inauguration Address. Then they had to answer the “Big Question.” And what WAS the “Big Question”?? “How will President Obama make our country more secure. What role does he see our country playing in the world.”
Scotland shuts down childhood immunization program after Muslims complain
The vaccine contains pork gelatine, so non-Muslim children must do without it. When in Muslim countries, non-Muslims must adapt their behavior to Muslim sensibilities. When in non-Muslim countries, non-Muslims must adapt their behavior to Muslim sensibilities. "Flu vaccine scheme halted over fears of Muslim parents," by Gerry Braiden for The Herald, October 4 (thanks to Daniel Greenfield):

Epping preschool rejects candy corn mom packed into daughter's lunch

"She said, 'My teacher told me I couldn't have any candy,'" Kelly said.

When she asked about the candy issue while dropping Sarah off at school the next day, Kelly said another teacher told her that the school's policy is no candy at school.
Kelly said she never saw such a policy when the school year started, and neither did her fiancé, Epping School Board Chairman David Mylott.

"If I put food in her lunch, she should be able to eat it. If I want to give my daughter a treat because she did a good job, she should be allowed to have it," Kelly said.

All the employees of school districts on a witch hunt to expel and otherwise permanently punish young boys for shooting toy guns or forming their fists into the shape of a gun need to read Back to Normal.
The purpose of psychologist Enrico Gnaulati’s 2013 book is to argue how ordinary childhood behavior is often misdiagnosed as ADD, ADHD, depression and autism — frequently with life-long, disturbing consequences. But along the way he raises the taboo question of whether we “label boys as mentally unstable, behaviorally unmanageable, academically underachieving, in need of special-education services, or displaying behavior warranting school suspension just because their behavior deviates noticeably from that of the average girl?”
He adds, “In a sense, girl behavior has become the standard by which we judge all kids.”
Boys who play in the way noted above are not on a path to mass murder, contrary to what zero tolerance school policies suggest.

Sign in High School Promotes Population Control, Tells Teens Two Kids Maximum

Teacher Sues MEA To Escape Union

Union demanded bank account information and threatened teacher's credit  

Chanski didn't give much thought to opting out of the MEA until this past spring when a union representative came into her classroom to get her credit card or bank account money to ensure that she paid her dues electronically.
"At that time, I did not feel comfortable giving either of those numbers," Chanski said. "That is very private information that I did not want on a piece of paper."


Watch it happen. 2014 will surely be the year that New York City schools close for Muslim holidays. Both mayoral candidates, radical progressive Bill de Blasio, and Republican candidate, Joe Lhota, support the idea. In a most bitter irony, the city that witnessed the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11 will be largest school district to close for Islamic holidays. CAIR/Hamas will see that it happens, as will the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee. But it appears they’ve already won.  [Looks as if they think being "nice" will prevent further attacks.......]


Muskegon, MI: Fourth graders learn to own their ‘white privilege’ – thanks to Common Core-aligned lesson

Sixth-grade children in a history class in the Bryant School District in Arkansas (whose website brags that the district "has embraced" Common Core standards) were assigned a project to update the U.S. Bill of Rights because it is "outdated." They were instructed to "prioritize, revise, omit two and add two amendments."
The written assignment is full of lies, such as "the government of the United States is currently revisiting the Bill of Rights"; that "They (presumably the government) have determined that it is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer;" and that our Constitution can be changed by a "National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force (NRBR)" (to which students could be appointed).
Students were presented with the "lifeboat situation": too many people are in the sinking lifeboat and the students were ordered to choose whose lives are not worth saving and should be thrown overboard so the lifeboat won't sink. Variations of the lifeboat situation have been widely used in public schools for many years.

Zaner-Bloser, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, is distributing a lesson plan aimed at teaching second-graders about “equality” by highlighting labor issues, according to Education Action Group Foundation, a non-partisan organization that looks to promote education reform.
As part of the plan, students spend a week reading “Harvesting Hope,” a book about Chavez written by children’s author Kathleen Krull, and then discuss what the lesson plan calls “scales of fairness,” which compare the living conditions of farm workers to that of land owners.
“Why are we teaching organized labor lessons to young children?” asked Kyle Olson, the publisher of the group’s website. “Isn’t there a simpler way to teach about fairness, like saying it’s not fair if Johnny works all day and gets one piece of candy while Jimmy plays video games all day and gets the same piece of candy?”  “Our focus is on distinctive programs that inspire all students to become engaged, literate participants in the global society.”