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December 2011 Blog Posts (13)

Education: Big Brother in Charge

by Pat Kossan - Dec. 24, 2011 11:12 PM

The Arizona Republic

Arizona is putting in place some of the biggest changes in public schools in two decades.

Over the next three years, the reforms will shake up what students learn and when they are promoted, as well as how teachers are evaluated and schools are graded.

In 2002, the federal No Child Left Behind Act dramatically expanded the…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 25, 2011 at 9:09am — No Comments

How Much Ivory Does This Tower Need?

 

It is commonly asserted, especially by people within higher education, that the American Ivory Tower is strapped for cash and tightfisted taxpayers are to blame. Taxpayer support for postsecondary education has long been in decline, this narrative goes, and has forced schools to continually raise tuition to make up for the losses.

Tallying taxpayer-backed expenditures on higher education over the last quarter-century, and separately tallying 15 years of…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 22, 2011 at 7:35am — No Comments

Randy Parraz: Without Double Standards He Would have No Standards

 

A message to all members of Arizona Freedom Alliance

You likely know that Randy Parraz and Organizing for America recently went to a Maricopa BoS meeting to demand they fire Sheriff Arpaio.  Of course, they knew as we all do that the BoS has no authority to do that so this was just grand standing by the corrupt leftists.  When anyone outside of their rowdy thugs tried to speak, they drowned them out.  Courtesy is not in their lexicon!

Several people wrote letters to…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 21, 2011 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Long Island high-school students suspended for 'Tebowing'

By SELIM ALGAR and LEONARD GREENE

Last Updated: 6:20 AM, December 16, 2011

 

The Tebow mania sweeping the nation sacked a group of Long Island high-school students who were suspended for mimicking the quarterback’s famous prayer pose.

Twin brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll of Riverhead HS and classmates Jordan Fulcoly and Wayne Drexel were hit with one-day suspensions for kneeling and bowing their heads like Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow does when he scores…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 20, 2011 at 7:15am — No Comments

Walker Rules Save Wisc. School Districts Millions

 

Written by Bob Adelmann   Monday, 31 October 2011



 In late September the Wisconsin Education Association Trust (WEA Trust) announced that it had successfully outbid another insurance carrier to provide health insurance coverage for some 11,000 state employees in west-central Wisconsin. WEA Trust President Mark Moody happily concluded, “It really affirms, independently and objectively, that our rates are competitive.”

The WEA Trust, created in 1970 by Wisconsin’s…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 19, 2011 at 6:49am — No Comments

Best & Worst in 2011 Education

Posted by Bio ↓ on Dec 13th, 2011

Scholars at the Hoover Institution have now pinpointed the best and worst educational developments of the year, from growth in parental…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 13, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

America's Best Students Learn Anti-Free-Market Economics

By J.R. CLARK AND DWIGHT R. LEE Posted 12/07/2011

 

What is the proper role of government in a market economy? This is an important question and one that has long been the source of political controversy.

 

The current political situation is no exception, with a sharp divide between those who favor firm limits on government's interference in markets and those who favor more flexible limits so government can, among other things, correct market failures that are…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 11, 2011 at 9:58am — No Comments

Is A Bill Ayers Protege Teaching Your Child?

Throughout many of the nation’s public schools, left-wing teachers are misusing their classrooms and their influence to train students how to think and behave like progressive political activists.

That’s the premise of a new book entitled, Indoctrination: How ‘Useful Idiots’ Are Using Our Schools to Subvert American Exceptionalism.” The book is available through…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 6, 2011 at 4:39am — No Comments

Occupy Wall Street Spills Into Classrooms

10-24-11

NEW YORK -- While on Wall Street many protesters decry economic inequality, and in Washington, D.C. debates continue over federal education policy, teachers across the country are occupying their classrooms.

In the eyes of the president of the second-largest teachers' union, the two issues of inequality and education are closely related. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, has been a frequent visitor to New York's OWS protests. The AFT…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 6, 2011 at 4:28am — No Comments

Student Appeals College's Punishment for Her Christian Thought Crimes

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments last month in a religious liberty case that could determine whether a college has the right to require students to profess certain beliefs in order to get a degree, WORLD News Service reports. Augusta State University put counseling student Jennifer Keeton on academic probation in 2010 after she said she disagreed with homosexuality; administrators also faulted her for saying…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 3, 2011 at 8:35am — No Comments

New Year’s Resolutions

We the people resolve to uphold and defend our nation’s fundamental principlesof freedom and liberty for all as set forth in our Declaration of Independenceand in the Constitution of the United  States of America.

We the people resolve to constrain the size of all government— local, state andfederal.

We the people resolve to return government to the hands of the people.

We the people resolve to reform the education system to assure that AmericanHistory, Economics,…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 2, 2011 at 7:41am — 2 Comments

Intelligence and the Lost Art of Cursive Writing

 

October 2, 2011 by John_ChildUp

Most children are taught to print the first few years of grade school and, depending on the school, either they stay with printing throughout their school careers or they are also taught cursive, usually in second or third grade.

Is learning cursive still important in an age of texting and email? Most definitely, yes. I particularly side with those who recommend teaching cursive handwriting as a strategy to stimulate brain synchronicity.…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 2, 2011 at 7:36am — No Comments

Oklahoma teacher who photographed third graders in lingerie arrested

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A third-grade teacher who resigned this week after parents accused her of dressing their daughters in lingerie and photographing them at a Christmas party was arrested on Thursday.

Kimberly Crain, 47, was arrested at her home in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and will face charges…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 2, 2011 at 7:18am — No Comments

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