Of course, practical reality has nothing to do with education. In fact, I believe that is intentional. Reality doesn’t cooperate with the regressive agenda. Common Core should be called Common Corpse-at least Obama would get it.
ATLANTA — Eleven former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to inflate scores on students’ standardized tests.
Only one teacher was acquitted of all charges. The 11 convicted represented teachers, testing coordinators and other administrators who were accused of participating in the conspiracy dating to 2005, motivated by pressure to meet federal and local standards to receive bonuses or keep their jobs in the Atlanta Public Schools district of about 50,000 students.
Only one teacher was acquitted of all charges. The 11 convicted represented teachers, testing coordinators and other administrators who were accused of participating in the conspiracy dating to 2005, motivated by pressure to meet federal and local standards to receive bonuses or keep their jobs in the Atlanta Public Schools district of about 50,000 students.
A state investigation in 2011 found that educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in. Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools with nearly 180 educators involved, and investigators found teachers who tried to report it faced retaliation.
There’s your regressive-run public education system for you! Is it just me, or is this training for regressive election tactics? I mean, if you can win the vote legally, why not vote multiple times, or have a bunch of dead folks vote?
NOTE: Don is having some technical problems, so I’ll be at the helm for a little while. I really don’t have a lot of time, but I’ll do my best to get content up on a regular basis.
This is one of those cases of PC gone mad. I believe this school district and, in particular this principal will live to regret their actions.
A second grader in McMinneville, Tennessee has been forced to shave his head after his principal said his “military” haircut wouldn’t be allowed in class.
According to Adam Stinnet’s parents, the seven-year-old boy got a “high and tight” haircut to imitate his brother, a soldier in the Army who has served in Afghanistan. Just one day later, on March 9, the family received a letter from the principal saying the boy’s new look violated a school rule against “mohawk haircuts and other extreme cuts.”
His parents disagreed and sent Adam to school again without cutting his hair. This time, his mother, Amy, was summoned to meet the principal in person, and was told that until Adam’s hairdo changed, he would not be allowed back in class.
Deciding that the hair wasn’t worth having Adam suspended, Amy decided to give in.
“I did shave his head,” Stinnett said Thursday, according to the Army Times. “With no hair, he looks sick all the time.”
But Adam’s mom didn’t let it end there.
Amy took the story to the local press, and it has since snowballed to receive national attention.
The local school district has since been in damage control. A Wednesday press release denied that either the district or Bobby Ray have a policy banning military haircuts. However, the district has refused to comment on the specifics of Adam’s case.
A student captured footage of a violent beating in a Mississippi high school cafeteria, and the mother of the victim, who has since pulled her children out of school, is now threatening to sue.
The mother, Rhonda Hughes, says her 13-year-old 7th grader suffered multiple bruises after being punched over and over again, WTVA reports.
“It makes you outraged and makes you sick at your stomach to watch the videos. You know, the school has a policy against bullying and violence, but if they’re not going to enforce it, it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on,” said Destiny’s mother, Rhonda Hughes.
This is not the first time Destiny has had issues with this bully, Hughes said. The teachers’ failure to intervene has forced her to withdraw her children, and she is pursuing legal action against the school for negligence.
I hope and pray these children are safe, and the bully herself gets help as well. That needs to start with some sharp discipline that starts her on a process that leads to a bit more self awareness.
Militarization of our police forces has been a hot topic off and on. It became a very hot topic after the Fergusun, Missouri fiasco and, as a result, the federal government has initiated another “investigation” into to their own role in supplying military equipment to police forces around the country. Interestingly, the negative reaction has come from both the sides of the political spectrum.
I’m wondering why we haven’t seen this same bipartisan outrage over the militarization of our public schools? You’re not aware that public schools are also being militarized? Maybe that’s because the story is being under reported by President Obama’s propaganda machine, also known as the main stream media. Had this happened under a Republican president, the MSM talking heads wouldn’t stop attacking that president.
Well, the Wall Street Journal did run the story. Access to the article requires you have a subscription, which Asylum Watch doesn’t have. However, Zero Hedge does and they did quote the WSJ story. Allow me share a few:
A federal program that has drawn criticism in recent weeks for supplying surplus military gear to local police has also provided high-powered rifles, armored vehicles and other equipment to police at public schools, some of whom were unprepared for what they were getting.
What “other” equipment might they be unprepared for using?
The Los Angeles Unified School District stocked up on grenade launchers, M16 rifles and even a multi-ton armored vehicle from the program. But the district is getting rid of the grenade launchers, which it never intended to use to launch grenades or use in a school setting, said Steven Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles Schools Police Department. The launchers, received in 2001, might have helped other police in the county disperse crowds by shooting rubber munitions, he said.
Well, that’s a relief. They intend to get rid of the grenade launchers. They will give to the county please,who, if needed, can be called-in to fire rubber munitions. What were these people thinking in the first place? Oh! They decided to keep one of these:
In July, the district received a massive MRAP armored vehicle. Mr. Zipperman said his department thought it could be useful for evacuations and to save lives in a “sustained incident.”
Some parents choose to send their children to military academies. Mos, however, do not.
Less you think L.A. is the only case public schools being militarized, the WSJ has more to report.
In Texas, near the Mexican border, the sprawling Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District has 34,700 students and operates its own SWAT team, thanks in part to military gear it received in recent years from the federal program. The gear included two Humvees and a cargo truck, as well as power generators, said district Police Chief Ricardo Perez. The district applied for weapons, too, but wasn’t given any, so instead purchased its own M4 and AR-15 assault-style rifles, he said.
The weapons are given to schools through the 1033 Program, created by Congress in the early 1990s to allow law-enforcement agencies to obtain excess Defense Department supplies, paying only for shipping. The program has transferred $5.1 billion in items, including $4.5 million worth in 2013.
Among recipients are more than a dozen school police departments, according to a spreadsheet from the Defense Logistics Agency, which runs the program. But for security reasons the list excludes districts that received only “tactical” gear such as weapons, as opposed to other types of supplies. That means the list likely understates the number of districts that participated.
Following the killing of twenty children and six staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 12, 2012, by Adam Lanza, the debate over gun control raged for weeks, if not months. Those on the Right argued that if the school’s Principle and/or the security guard had been armed, maybe some of those children would not have died that terrible day. Those on the Left, of course, argued that all guns should be banned.
So, where is the outrage from the Left over the militarization of our public schools? Or, is it just the citizens they want to disarm?
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?
Imagine that you represent an embattled urban school system. Plagued by decades of failure, waste, and ridicule, you have one saving grace-a young student that is a piano prodigy. This student travels the world; winning competitions and amazing world wide audiences with her talent. You might want to publicize that to perhaps enhance your own embattled image.
Avery Gagliano is a commanding young pianist who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master craftsman and the grace of a ballet dancer.
The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 musicians selected from across the globe to play at a prestigious event in Munich last year and has won competitions and headlined with orchestras nationwide.
But to the D.C. public school system, the eighth-grader from Mount Pleasant is also a truant. Yes, you read that right. Avery’s amazing talent and straight-A grades at Alice Deal Middle School earned her no slack from school officials, despite her parents’ begging and pleading for an exception.
“As I shared during our phone conversation this morning, DCPS is unable to excuse Avery’s absences due to her piano travels, performances, rehearsals, etc.,” Jemea Goso, attendance specialist with the school system’s Office of Youth Engagement, wrote in an e-mail to Avery’s parents, Drew Gagliano and Ying Lam, last year before she left to perform in Munich.
Although administrators at Deal were supportive of Avery’s budding career and her new role as an ambassador for an international music foundation, the question of whether her absences violated the District’s truancy rules and law had to be kicked up to the main office. And despite requests, no one from the school system wanted to go on the record explaining its refusal to consider her performance-related absences as excused instead of unexcused.
Avery’s parents say they did everything they could to persuade the school system. They created a portfolio of her musical achievements and academic record and drafted an independent study plan for the days she’d miss while touring the world as one of the star pianists selected by a prestigious Lang Lang Music Foundation, run by Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who handpicked Avery to be an international music ambassador.
But the school officials wouldn’t budge, even though the truancy law gives them the option to decide what an unexcused absence is. The law states that an excused absence can be “an emergency or other circumstances approved by an educational institution.”
I cannot fathom why the district is doing this. Perhaps it’s racism, or they think that Avery having this level of talent is somehow “unfair,” and she needs to be limited so the other kids don’t have bruised egos. Both ideas are common among liberals, so who knows. What we do know is that Avery is now home-schooled, because the DC schools system, emblematic of liberal failure, and even though they had the option of allowing her absences, decided that she was to be punished for her talents.
President Golfpants took time out from boogying with the Clintons to unleash yet another Executive Order from his omnipresent pen. This one comes via the Secretary of Education, to helpfully remind school districts of their statutory obligation to educate all those children waltzing across the Mexican border, regardless of their “immigration status.”
The Obama administration is preparing the nation’s schools to accept thousands of new students who illegally crossed the southwest border and are now awaiting trials on their possible deportations.
A fact sheet from the Department of Education sent to states and schools on Monday highlights the children’s right to attend public school.
It says all children in the United States “are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status.”
How we’re supposed to pay for educating these freeloaders, well, that’s not really his concern. He dumped them in our laps, now they’re our problem.
As far as we know he has already sent more than 1500 illegal alien “minors” into New Jersey. At an average annual cost of $16 grand a kid that’s more than $24 million bucks New Jersey has to find before the end of the month. And it’s probably gonna be way more than that considering 99.9999% of these kids don’t speak one word of English and haven’t ever seen the inside of a schoolhouse.
Multiply the problem by 50 states and, to quote the late Everett Dirksen, you’re talking about Real Money. Atlanta is so overwhelmed they’re “passing out numbers” and asking many to come back “later.” Texas already spends $12.1 billion a year on illegal aliens. How much more can they be expected to give?
Obamunism 101: From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
The concept of the government “solving” all the problems of the world has crept into our society over time. With every new program, every new entitlement, the public has gradually become accustomed to the government solving the ills of the world. And what of fact that the government seemed to make all of these problems worse? Well, that’s neglected. After all, the government is taking care of it-I don’t have to worry about it, right?
Starting with the “progressive” movement in the late 19th century and accelerating greatly since the great depression, the government has vastly increased it’s meddling in human affairs. Ignoring the Constitutional limits on its power, the government has expanded its powers and influence to impact everyone’s life, many times, with negative results. This begs the question; does it really work?
While going over every government intervention would require writing a book, it might be prudent to to take an in-depth look at one: public education.
Since 1970, per pupil cost of public education, according to investors.com…
Far from being an engine of wealth creation, the education system is bleeding the economy to death. The U.S. spends 2.3 times as much per pupil in real, inflation-adjusted dollars as it spent in 1970, but the return on this ballooning investment has been less than nothing.
And what is that return? First, let’s take a look at some results of public education over time. Here is the graduation rates in the Us, by state, in 1990.
Next, here are the same figures for 2006
So, all this extra money, and graduation rates continue to drop?
Next, let’s take a look at how much different states spend on education. The next image is from the census bureau.
Utah spent the least per student ($5,257), followed by Arizona ($6,261), Idaho ($6,283), Mississippi ($6,575) and Oklahoma ($6,613). All 10 of the states with the lowest spending per student were in the West or South.
Recent studies reinforce the disconnect between spending and achievement. For example, the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) “Report Card on American Education, a State-by-State Analysis 1976– 2000” concluded that “it is clear after studying the data and results that the policies of the past have failed to meet the educational needs of our country’s children. If we continue to spend more money on the existing educational system in an attempt to buy our way to better student achievement, we will condemn another generation of students to mediocrity.” The ALEC study showed no correlation between conventional measures of educational inputs (such as expenditures per pupil and teacher salaries) and educational outputs (such as scores on standardized tests). Simply stated, increased funding does not translate into improved achievement.
An analysis of per-pupil expenditures on a state-by-state basis is illuminating. For example, in the 1998–99 school year, Utah spent $3,807 per pupil whereas Maryland spent $7,059. There is little evidence to suggest that equalizing resources between the two states would equalize achievement. In the 1998 NAEP, 31 percent of eighth graders in both Utah and Maryland scored at proficient or better in reading, despite the large discrepancy in per-pupil expenditures. Also, based on several standardized tests, the ALEC report rated Iowa (ranked 32d in per-pupil expenditures) as having the top-performing public elementary and secondary schools in the nation, followed by Minnesota (14th in spending) and Wisconsin (9th). At the bottom of the achievement ratings were Mississippi (50th in spending), the District of Columbia (5th), and Louisiana (39th).
Expenditures per student have increased over time, and the distribution of the expenditures has been according to popular emphasis: The level of teacher education has increased, teacher experience has increased, and student-teacher ratios have fallen. But the desired outcome—student achievement—has remained flat.
So two of the sacred cows of education do not stand up to scrutiny. Namely, class size and expenditures. Both are mantras of the left, yet neither have any statistical relevance to graduation rate. In simple terms, they have NO IMPACT AT ALL! This however, does not dissuade the left from raising them as issues at any time educational funding is discussed.
This is just one example. There are so many more. For example, the government has run social (in)security into the ground. It’s a ponzi scheme anyway-one that makes Mr. Madoff look like a rank amateur.
They created the fraud and waste infested Medicare and Medicaid programs. They’ve had 40 years to stop the (now, hundreds of) billions of dollars in yearly fraud and waste, with no meaningful results.
They were negligent over obvious warnings and caused the great recession with the CRA and by ignoring all of the warning signs that Fannie and Freddie were about to implode. Instead, at the time, they attacked those releasing the warnings. They now deny their involvement, and instead blame the administration that released multiple warnings over the course of several years. Ironically, the very warnings they ignored.
Even the Post Office is failing! Not a good track record, yet the American people continue to accept these programs, and many ask for more. Based on their record, they’re going to do a great job with health care, right?
As previously stated, as all of these programs are enacted, the people become comfortable with the concept of the government addressing social problems and issues, no matter how badly government performs. But, there is a second, perhaps more damaging aspect to this; that government assistance creates dependency that allows for influence. To illustrate this, let’s go back to the education example. The public school districtsobtain most of their funding either locally, or at the state level (note that this varies greatly by state). However, the federal assistance they receive, as well as the federal funds the states receive, if removed, would cause a “crisis” in the schools. They have become dependent on these funds to provide the services that they have established. Any threat to that funding therefore creates a reaction from the benefiting organization.
It is helpful to remember that the first priority of any bureaucracy is self-maintenance. The stated purpose or task of a bureaucracy is secondary, and is only done to the extent that the primary goal is met. When the primary goal is threatened, there is an immediate reaction. Even surviving at a diminished scale is not acceptable. Protests will be organized, politicians will be lobbied, children & seniors will be exploited, and rent-a-mob will be paid, all in order to maintain the status quo (and influence/power!), even if that status quo is dysfunctional, or even destructive.
In this situation, government is in the position to issue mandates to states, communities, and organizations in order to receive government funding. Government can use its checkbook as a means to push their agenda on the recipient organization. If the government is leftist, the mandates will be to the left-if the government is to the right, the converse holds true. Since the recipient organization is now dependent on the government money to maintain itself and it’s power, it has little choice but to go along with the scheme of the day.
Many organizations, in turn, lobby the government to help craft these mandates, or simply support them with some well-timed contributions and/or PR campaigns. They then have the opportunity to use their influence over government to push their agenda. When so many politicians and organizations are left leaning, is it a surprise that they manipulate us into following some leftist scheme that create more problems, or exacerbates existing ones? The lobbying organizations use their influence over the government to manipulate the government into exerting influence over still others to push an agenda.
To illustrate, let’s again go to the educational arena. With the government having an increased role in society, other groups benefit from the intervention, prompting them to lobby, donate, and otherwise influence the government’s activities. For example, increased spending and decreased student to teacher ratios benefit the NEA. The NEA supports and lobbies for the increased spending and benefits from all of the additional teachers that are hired as a result. More teachers lead to more union dues, which lead to more money with which to influence the government, which leads to more teacher and union dues…you get the point. In the end, powerful groups gain more power by influencing the government’s actions, as well as assuring their own funding stream. Since many of these organizations, and particularly the NEA are leftist, the mandates that the government decrees are increasingly socialist in nature. Here is evidence of the political nature of the NEA. It is a long video, so the part of interest is at 16:00.
The results for public education are seen every day. Violence, pregnancy, poor test scores, and increasing drop out rates have all continued, or even increased, with the advent of increased funding. It actually appears that the social engineering aspect of education is the goal. With the teacher acting as facilitator, the children are guided, mislead, and manipulated to a pre-determined ideological mindset. Again this is all set from Washington, with the left and the lobbyists manipulating each other, and, in the end, you and I.
Additionally, government and its supporters seek to eliminate all functional or ideological competition. Taking the lead of most totalitarian regimes in the last century, they seek to eliminate threats to their eminence and power. Other ideas are poisonous to their plans, so they are banned. For example, home-schooled children do not meet their leftist ideological goals, and perform at a higher academic level. Rather than take what works from this system, the left seeks to ban it. Again, if high scores and knowledge were a concern, they might study the matter. However, the goal is indoctrination, so home schooling must be ridiculed, restricted, and then banned. They have not let this goal drop from their list of priorities, and they are using their influence with the state and federal governments in a schemes to gradually restrict, then ban, home schooling. They can use their influence to write government legislation or regulations to their liking, while the other entities are subjected to the whims of the leftist government, as well as their well-fed supporters. After all, government assistance comes with strings attached!
So, where does this leave us? Caught in the middle of lobbyists, government, interest groups, thugs, goons, and mobs. Each group uses it’s influence over government to enrich and empower itself. in turn government uses it’s “endless” checkbook to fund schools ( and other entities), and makes demands in exchange for the funding. In the end, we all lose.
The solution to this mess is simple; return the federal government to its Constitutional role. When the government does little, as it should, there is no motivation to influence it. If the government has no influence over education, why would the NEA pay off some congressmen or senators? If the federal government stayed out of health care, why would the insurance companies, big pharma, the unions, and any of a number of leftist groups attempt to influence it? If the government didn’t try to control and thereby ruin our energy supply, why would big oil try to influence it? In the end, it is the size of government that creates the problem. A large and powerful central government invites corruption and creates dependency-cutting it down to size solves both problems. Power does corrupt, and the more power the government attaches to itself, the more corrupt it becomes. It matters little if the administration is Democratic or Republican, the size of government, and it’s accompanying corruption, makes victims of us all.
Oakland School Security Guard Seen Hitting Student In Wheelchair, Dumping Him On Floor
In Oakland, CA a high school security guard attacked freshman Francisco Martinez, handcuffing him, beating him several times about the head and dumping him on the floor. The beating was so bad that only when another security guard intervened did the attack come to an end.
According to a letter from Oakland High School principal Matin Abdel-Qawi to parents, a student in a wheelchair was lingering in a hallway as security officers urged them to get to class on May 19.
One security officer then ordered the student, identified as freshman Francisco Martinez, to move along and either Martinez didn’t comply or was slow to do so, according to Abdel-Qawi.
Martinez suffers from cerebral palsy. His delay prompted the security officer, identified as 23-year-old Marchell Mitchell, to push Martinez by his chair handles. Martinez objected by slapping the officer’s hands away, Abdel-Qawi said. The incident then escalated even further, according to the letter:
In response, the security officer handcuffed the student and continued to roll him toward class. At this point, the student turned around in his wheelchair and spat in the face of the [security officer]. The security officer then struck the student several times before dumping him from his wheelchair onto the floor, at which time another security officer intervened to restrain his partner.
Martinez’ injuries were sufficient to warrant a trip to the emergency room and the security guard has been arrested and is facing felony charges.
Mitchell was arrested for assault, child abuse and other charges. Abdel-Qawi said Martinez was taken to the hospital for his injuries but was expected to recover. “I’m shocked and deeply hurt by this behavior and apologize on behalf of the staff at Oakland High,” Abdel-Qawi said in the letter. “This incident is not reflective of the kind of culture we cherish at our school or how we treat one another.”
A middle school in East Greenwich, Rhode Island has cancelled the time honored tradition of “Honors Night”. It might hurt the feelings of some:
“members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night,”
Isn’t that the point? I mean really. The honor roll is for students that worked hard and achieved a certain grade point average. At least that is what I always led to believe. I guess it has changed since I left school. Oh, but have no fear the students will indeed get their moment in the sun with “team based” recognition during graduation ceremonies.
“This will afford us the opportunity to celebrate the individual and collective successes of all students and their effort, progress, and excellence,”
What I would like to know is did the collective do the homework and studying for the students that were able to make the honor roll this year? If not, aren’t they get recognized for something that they didn’t actually do?
This collective nonsense is killing this country. We are not preparing students for the real world. When you out looking for a job, it isn’t a team. It is you. When you are out working that job, it is your work ethic that will make a difference in your pay scales, your job titles, and all else that goes with working in the real world. Even if you are in a “team” environment, you still have to pull your own weight or you will get kicked to the curb. Do you think if you are working in job that has this collective work environment that your “teammates” are going to be happy if they are working overtime to get the job done and you are walking out at five minutes to five? Not likely.
This school is teaching these children that their hard work doesn’t really matter. That is what we are teaching children in schools these days? No wonder our education system is failing.
I came across an article today on our very sad public education system in our country. What is the most bothersome about the article is how little respect for the black community this administration seems to have. I think I have made it quite clear that I am no fan of Bush’s No Child Left Behind initiative. Well it seems that we have left it behind. But the one thing that I will say in favor of it is the fact that it did not discriminate based on color. The present day expectations, not so much.
Here are the very sad numbers:
In D.C. the expectations for white students is that 94% will be proficient in math, while the expectation for the black community is expected to be only 71%.
In Tennessee the black students are only expected to be at 64% in English 2.
In Minnesota we are hoping for a whopping 62% in math.
The list continues. Why aren’t we expecting all students, regardless of color to be proficient in both math and English? We spend a fortune on public education in this country and yet we are saying it is perfectly acceptable that blacks can lag behind. In some cases we are saying that one-third of black students can not be able to complete a high school math problem and not be able to read and/or write a paragraph in proper English.
Oh Al Sharpton. paging Al Sharpton. Why aren’t you outraged at this? What this administration is saying is that blacks are not able to be held to the same standards as everyone else in the country. That they just can’t do the work. I am sorry, but I refuse to accept that. This is about low expectations.
One parent in Alabama:
“I think having a low bar means they can just pass them on. I think it’s dumbing our race down and preparing our boys for prison.”
While that may seem like an exaggeration, it really isn’t. When you take a look at the demographics of people who are in the prison system, the numbers of people who don’t graduate high school is very high. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics:
68% of State prison inmates did not receive a high school diploma
About 26% of State prison inmates said they had completed the GED while serving time in a correctional facility.
We are giving up on members of our society, especially those of color. We are expecting less and less, all the while the calls for income inequality, more welfare, more food stamps, and other entitlement programs grow louder and louder from the left. Hey, I have an idea, lets stop saying that blacks aren’t capable of learning math and English, lets set the bar high and see what happens.
Sadly, the black community will be still thinking that President Obama has the back the black community. He is their messiah, here to right the wrongs that have been done to them by a racist society. Never mind that this mindset is part and parcel of the democrat party, that blacks can’t do as well as whites or Asians. We can expect less of them.
After all, it certainly helps the party if blacks are kept in the same position that many find themselves in today. We wouldn’t want them to do better now do we? They might just start to figure out that government is perfectly happy in keeping them dumb-downed. It allows the size and scope of government to grow and grow. It is good for business. Who cares if it is bad for people? They are besides the point.
We send our children to school in order that they get an education. We also have the expectation that our schools will keep our children safe while they are in their care. However, that was not the case with one little 6 year old boy whose only crime was going to the bathroom.
Okay, so here’s the scenario: A teacher comes across a kindergartner leaving the bathroom. She grabs the 6-year-old boy by his face and pins him against the wall in an apparent fit of anger. But she doesn’t stop there. She then picks up the little guy by his shirt, as his head flops back. The whole thing is caught by surveillance video.
The teacher’s punishment? A 10-day suspension without pay.
See for yourself if you think this teacher’s actions warrant a 10 day suspension.
Yeah, the parents didn’t think this teacher’s actions were grounds for anything other than dismissal.
Anthony and Autumn Nelson are still stunned by what happened to their 6-year-old son Ian last Wednesday. Mr. Nelson told CNN:
‘We thought it was just a little incident that happened, and that’s what the school made it out to sound like. And then all of a sudden we get this video today and this is just outrageous.”
The Nelsons say Ian had a bruise to the back of his head.
A letter Tuesday from Riverdale Superintendent Eric Hoffman informed teacher Barb Williams that she is suspended for ten days without pay for her “repeated use of physical force [that] was completely unwarranted and unprofessional.”
The parents plan on taking this tape to their county Sherff’s office so they can press charges.
Normally I’m not a litigious person, but in this case, I hope these parents get a nice fat settlement from this school system. Maybe then they will learn to hire teachers that don’t abuse the children in their custody.
The Nelsons want Williams fired. They say they plan to take the video to the county sheriff’s office and pursue criminal charges.
One can only wonder what would happen to this little boy’s parents if they were caught abusing him this way.
Fifth grade students at Zeman Elementary School in Lincoln, Neb., were recently sent home with a “flyer” outlining how they should handle bullies. The instructions were apparently deemed so ridiculous by parents that the school district quickly issued an apology and the “inaccurate information” was pulled.
That was after the nine “rules” for dealing with bullies went viral, of course.
Here are some of the more questionable ones:
• Rule #3 Do not be afraid. • Rule #4: Do not verbally defend yourself. • Rule #7: Do not tell on bullies. • Rule #8: Don’t be a sore loser • Rule #9: Learn to laugh at yourself and not get “hooked” by put-downs.
Here is the print version.
It is important to note that the school did retract these, but who in their right mind would approve something like this.
The state with the most segregated public schools is New York.
Other states with exceptionally segregated schools include California, Illinois and Michigan.
These findings come from a longitudinal study of enrollment figures conducted by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles, The Associated Press reports. The period studied was 1998 through 2010.
But, are African Americans really victims or racist Conservatives, or racist leftists? Well, lets take a look at a school that takes poor African American kids, and sends 85% of them to college-well over the national average…
Now, just take a second and absorb that. A mostly white mob surrounds a school filled with mostly black, SUCCESSFUL students, and as you heard at the end, the man, who reportedly is a public school official, suggests that choice is being targeted as well-meaning, like in all choice situations, the unions want them shut down. That, of course, would condemn all the children within to the failed public system-guaranteeing that the cycle of dependence continues.
Once again, a mostly white mob surrounds a school that sends most of their black students to college, and promises to shut the school down.
So, it comes as no surprise that another progressive socialist is attacking another school choice program, charter schools.
As John Fund reported in the National Review, “Last week, New York’s ACORN mayor Bill De Blasio announced he is evicting Success Academy, a widely praised charter school from the Harlem public school building it occupies. Two other charter schools will be blocked from opening. He claims elementary-school kids wouldn’t be safe in a building with high-school students. His excuse is as absurd as the propaganda Vladimir Putin is using to justify the occupation of Crimea.”
If I may put this into the vernacular, De Blasio is a liberal socialist racist jackass who is more concerned with supporting the corrupt teachers’ unions than ensuring deserving minority children can get a better educational opportunity. And don’t give me the blather about him being married to a black woman, obviously she is a progressive elitist who cares not for young black mothers who want something better for their children.
According to Fund, Danique Loving, the principal of Success Academy, notes that “one out of every four African-American boys who drops out of school ends up in jail. That’s what Mayor de Blasio would be focusing on if he were really worried about the safety of our students.” Eva Moskowitz, the CEO of Success Academy, showed up last night at the New York Meeting, a group of political activists and donors, to blast the de Blasio decision and announce she would lead a rally today in Albany, the state capitol, to protest it.
See, charter schools do what the public schools cannot and will not: teach black children how to read and write. So, when progressives find schools that do that, they always seek to limit them, and then shut them down. After all, they can’t have black folks getting off the plantation, can they?
Pro-Choice: The Justice Department has asked a federal court to stop 34 school districts in Louisiana from handing out private-school vouchers so kids can escape failing public schools, just like the president’s daughters.
He didn’t say it on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” but President Obama, along with Attorney General Eric Holder, also has a dream — one of leaving every black child in the Pelican State behind, trapped in schools that cannot educate them.
Almost simultaneously with the president’s speech, Holder’s Department of Justice filed suit in federal court to stop Louisiana’s statewide voucherprogram.
Passed in 2012, the program guarantees a voucher to students from families with incomes below 250% of poverty and who attend schools graded “C” or below.
Liberals are all for choice when it comes to having children, but not when it comes to educating them. The irony of Obama’s speech is that he pretended to honor a man who fought to have black children attend schools they were barred from as his administration fought to keep them in schools they can’t escape from, a form of educational apartheid that’s both separate and unequal.
Once again, just like the 60?s, Republicans are trying to open doors, and Democrats are barring them. Look it up, it’s history.
To answer this, I think we again need to go back into history, and see what happened in the 60’s. Let’s start with some quotes attributed to LBJ.
“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”
LBJ, Democratic President of the United States.
“I’ll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”
Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One according Ronald Kessler’s Book, “Inside The White House”
As usual, there are many more examples, and I could go on and basically do a wall of text that no one will read. However, the point is well made-that the democrats have never changed their racist ways. They have simply changed their rhetoric, and have played the blame game so well that far too many of our fellow citizens actually believing that the democrats are helping them, when everything continues to get worse.
Imagine, if you will, that you are a kid, and that you are being bullied mercilessly in school. Now, imagine that you went to the trouble to record evidence of the bullying, so you could take it to the school’s principal. Because, surely the school will protect you once the evidence comes to light, right?
Then imagine that you face criminal charges for exposing it.
A South Fayette High School sophomore claims to have been bullied all year at his new school located in McDonald, Pennsylvania. In February, the student made an audio recording of one bullying incident during his special education math class. Instead of questioning the students whose voices were recorded, school administrators threatened to charge him with felony wiretapping before eventually agreeing to reduce the charge to disorderly conduct. On Wednesday, March 19, the student, whose name we have agreed to not include in this story, was found guilty of disorderly conduct by District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet.
The student and his mother, Shea Love, testified before the magistrate that the boy has been repeatedly shoved and tripped at school, and that a fellow student had even attempted to burn him with a cigarette lighter. The defendant is, according to school records, a well-behaved student with no history of disciplinary action. He was, however, previously diagnosed with a comprehension delay disorder, which is a slower processing speed for information than is normal, ADHD, and an anxiety disorder. He says the bullying treatment is especially harsh and academically disruptive during his special education math class, in which students with behavioral problems are also placed. On February 11, after doing research on several anti-bullying websites, he used his school approved personal iPad to make a seven-minute audio recording of his classroom experience. He played the recording at home for his mother. Outraged, Love, a former Air Force Morse code operator, transcribed the audio before calling school administrators.
Love says that upon fielding her complaint, Principal Scott Milburn called South Fayette Township police Lieutenant Robert Kurta to the school to interrogate her son in the presence of Associate Principal Aaron Skrbin and Dean of Students Joseph Silhanek. The defendant testified before Judge McGraw-Desmet that he was forced to play the audio for the group and then delete it. Love says by the time she arrived at the school, her son was surrounded by school officials and the police officer and was visibly distraught. She says
Principal Milburn advised her that her son was “facing felony wiretapping charges” because he made a recording in a place with an expectation of privacy, and that Officer Kurta agreed.
So in my humble opinion, these are the messages that this school is sending…
1. Better make sure the evidence gets deleted before we look bad.
2. Oh, and kid, STFU, get back to class, and take it!
3. Oh, and bullies, keep up the good work, we’ve got you back.
4. Let’s make sure no other kids get the bright idea of recording any potentially embarrassing events in school.
Sarcasm aside, this school punished a bullied kid for coming forward to report, with actual evidence, that he was being bullied. And, does a public school being PUBLIC and all, have an expectation of privacy (outside of locker rooms or restrooms)? Or, is that just to make sure that “what happens in school stays in school?” Of course, the public school, being an agent of liberalism, has to punish dissent, because any evidence that the system isn’t working has to be covered up, and those that have it are to be punished.
Everything here is perfectly fine. Nothing to see here. Just move along…and STFU! After all, the fine folks at South Fayette High School said so!
We know that the educational system is in crisis. We’ve covered the indoctrination. We’ve covered the failure. We exposed the sexual abuse. Let’s face it, the public education system is a mess. But, as I will show, they have reaped what they have sown. the sense of entitlement and “blame someone else first” mentality has been turned against them. This pic sums it up nicely…
The National School Lunch Program saw a sharp decline in participation once the healthy standards went into effect during the 2012-2013 school year. A total of 1,086,000 students stopped buying school lunch, after participation had increased steadily for nearly a decade.
The report found that 321 districts left the National School Lunch Program altogether, many of which cited the new standards as a factor.
The decline was “influenced by changes made to comply with the new lunch content and nutrition standards,” state and local officials said.
Though the USDA has claimed the standards were “proving popular,” the GAO report cited numerous cases where kids are unhappy with their new menus.
The standards forced some schools to stop serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and led middle school and high school students to opt for vending machines or buying food off campus to avoid the lunch line.
For once, the failure is so bad that Conservative goals have been met. There are less kids eating a school lunch today. Of course, that is due to school lunches “tasting like vomit.” But a win in a win, right?
A school in Sacramento, California, has suspended a mom over her stance against Common Core.
You read that correctly, the Mark Twain School in Sacramento has told the mother of a 12-year-old student that she has been suspended for two weeks. Police in Sacramento served the 14-day suspension to Katherine Duran in her home following a disagreement with the school over the soon-to-be enacted Common Core standards.
Initially, the school claimed that Duran has distributed information about how to opt out of Common Core. However, that is not the case…
The concerned mom signed an “opt-out” form and asked her son to take a few copies to school and hand them out to his friends to take home to their parents. The school’s principal then confiscates the forms. When Duran heard that the papers were taken away from her son, she visited the school and confronted principal Rosario Guillen. It was that meeting, according to the school, that triggered the police visiting the Duran home with the suspension order.
And how did the school respond to factual information being distributed regarding Common Core?
Duran sent us a copy of the opt-out information that was offered by her son to his classmates. This is the first page of a four-page set that of papers contained the basic information about Common Core’s Smarter Balanced Pilot Testing Program as well as instructions on how to opt-out of the testing, and a set of blank opt-out forms.
During the course of our conversation, Duran explained that the first day her son handed some of these information packets to his classmates, the school took notice. The principal made an all school announcement over the public address system stating that, “inappropriate materials” were handed out by a student and all of them needed to be turned in to the school. Christopher reportedly told his mom that all of the packets were collected and turned into the office.
So, when the school discovered that children might escape their control, they confiscated the information, and then attempted to punish the MOTHER of the child that distributed it.
So, it follows the standard liberal treatment…
1. Engage in some tyrannical or inept activity (usually both).
2. Cover up any evidence of the failure, or conceal ways to escape it.
3. Punish those that expose the failure, or assist people in escaping said failure.