11 press conferences
8 noisy rallies
7 groups a-gathering
6 town halls
We’ve all heard lots about the Common Core educational standards as they pertain to social studies (“If you ask to speak with the manager of an institution such as a bank, a retail store, or another place of business, how likely is it that you will meet someone of your ethnic background or gender?”), civics (“The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation”), and reading (“Before dawn each morning, Barry [as in Obama] rose – his mother’s voice driving him from dream land. ‘Time for learning English grammar and the Golden Rule. Be honest, be kind, be fair,’ she taught him.”)
“On Wednesday,” Craig Bannister of CNS News writes, “the Rutherford Institute announced it has come to the defense of a 10-year-old boy who was suspended under a school zero tolerance policy for shooting an imaginary ‘arrow’ at a fellow classmate, using nothing more than his hands and his imagination.”
On the heels of J.E. Dyer’s report yesterday on “educational” materials that go beyond the pale by asking students leading questions about their political ideology comes the latest oeuvre in the bizarre Orwellian initiative known as the Common Core Curriculum.
Kyle Olson of the Education Action Group writes that an activity sheet in a book designed to prepare eighth-grade students for testing in social studies asks them rather pointed questions about their “group identity and social class.” The questions, which appear on a screen grab of page 90 of Spectrum Test Prep, have been reproduced below:
This can’t be coincidence. Blog reports in the last two weeks indicate that public schools in two different states have assigned students to identify their political affiliation by answering questions about policy issues (mostly social-policy issues). The assignments are handed in.
This isn’t a matter of students being asked to debate social-policy topics and think about arguments pro and con, an exercise that has been a staple of classroom activities in grades 7 and up for decades. The assignment is Continue reading
Maybe the school’s decision to ban a student from posting flyers promoting a prayer event held every year at public schools across the nation wouldn’t seem so egregious if the administration took the same position with regard to all postings. The fact, however, is that they allowed another student to put up flyers promoting a performance by rapper Lil’ Wayne with the words “Good Kush [a type of Cannibis] and Alcohol,” suggesting a double standard.
A 13-year-old Massachusetts football player awoke to find racist graffiti spray-painted on his house. That, coupled with allegations that players from Lunenburg High School made derogatory racial comments to players from Worcester South, caused a town to go bonkers.
The football games for the rest of the season were cancelled. The town held a vigil. The school itself, the local police, the District Attorney, and yes, even the FBI are all investigating. Continue reading
Though I have written about the fact often, it bears repeating that the National Education Association and its affiliates are employers. Between them they hire thousands of workers to perform a variety of tasks. Virtually all of these workers are covered by collective bargaining agreements in which the teachers’ union is management – bosses, to put it plainly. Union employees use the contract to set salaries, benefits, working conditions and protections against arbitrary actions by union executives.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative, which grew out of the 1990s “accountability movement” in education, has taken a lot of heat from critics on the right for its promotion of liberal agenda — a trait that hardly distinguishes it from most other educational initiatives to come down the pike in recent decades, with their emphasis on diversity, multiculturalism, and the like.
A veritable death sentence has been handed down on a number of American citizens via the cancellation of their health insurance policies per the Affordable Care Act, as reported by LifeNews.com on Nov. 28 and 29, 2013.
Radical environmentalists and militant animal-rights activists have been accused of neo-paganism owing to their preference for the well being of flora and fauna over that of fellow humans.
First there was Barack Obama, the bio. Published by Scholastic, the slender tome was written for fourth-graders of all ages and proclaimed that “white voters would never vote for a black president.” The authors’ weak predictive powers did not prevent the book from becoming required reading under the Common Core standards.
Now, another book has emerged, this one depicting Obama as Obama sees himself — as a demigod with the capacity to perform superhuman feats, such as slowing the rise of the oceans: in short, as a messiah.