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December 2013 Blog Posts (15)

Tell-All From A TFA and KIPP Teacher: Unprepared, Isolation, Shame, and Burnout


A few years ago a UT-Austin undergraduate student sat in my office and told me that she was joining Teach For America and was going to teach in KIPP school. The essence of TFA’s …


Added by Harry Mathews on December 31, 2013 at 6:55am — No Comments

Democrats Miss Again on Student Debt Fix


In an effort to cope with the student loan crisis, Senate Democrats have unveiled a plan to reduce the rate of student defaults by forcing colleges and universities to be more aware of the loan repayment performance of their graduates. Inside Higher Ed lays out …


Added by Harry Mathews on December 25, 2013 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Fighting Against the Fight against Rising Tuition Costs

Derek Hunter | Dec 19, 2013

Remember when the federal government took over student loans? That power grab was part of the Democrats’ push to make college ‘affordable.’ It didn’t work because it was never really designed to work, just to make people think they were ‘doing something’ to address the issue. But failure has never stopped our liberal/progressive…


Added by Harry Mathews on December 20, 2013 at 10:42pm — No Comments

5 Year-Old Suspended For Making Gun Gesture With Hand

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) –  A 5-year-old boy was reportedly suspended from school after making a gun gesture with his hand on the playground.

His father, David Hendrix, was furious when he found out his son was issued a suspension for the gesture.

“He was playing …


Added by Harry Mathews on December 20, 2013 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Rutherford Institute: The Twelve Rules of Christmas

December 09, 2013

(Compiled by attorneys for The Rutherford Institute) 

Over the years, The Rutherford Institute has been contacted by parents and teachers alike concerned about schools changing their Christmas concerts to “winter holiday programs” and renaming Christmas “winter festival” or cancelling holiday celebrations altogether to avoid offending those who do not celebrate the various holidays. Hoping to alleviate ongoing confusion…


Added by Harry Mathews on December 20, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Peach Baskets

by Will Fitzhugh
16 December 2013
In 1891, when Mr. James Naismith (he got his MD in 1898) put two peach baskets with the bottoms out at about 10 feet up at each end of the gymnasium in Springfield, Massachusetts, how many high school students do you think could…

Added by Harry Mathews on December 20, 2013 at 10:01am — No Comments

Hillsdale College Sponsors Classical K-12 Charters

17 December 2013 The Report Card


By Bill Korach

The Report Card spoke with Phillip Kilgore, Director of the Barney Charter Schools a concept developed by Hillsdale College. Hillsdale College is a strong defender of America’s founding Judeo-Christian principles and the Constitution, which is an expression of those liberties and traditions. Mr. Kilgore stated that the…


Added by Harry Mathews on December 20, 2013 at 9:55am — No Comments

American Studies Association Says: “Support Palestinians, Boycott Israel”

18 December 2013 The Report Card

Curtis Marez President of American Studies Association

Curtis Marez President of American Studies Association

By Bill Korach

The American Studies Association is the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of…


Added by Harry Mathews on December 20, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments

Liberals, and Teacher's Unions Find New Uses for Dead Children

John Ransom | Dec 19, 2013

Liberals in Ohio have used the death of a 14-year-old homeschooler in order to try to pass legislation that would require all homeschooling families to first have a home visit by some bureaucrat or another to see if they’re worthy enough for homeschooling.

14-year old Teddy Foltz was pulled out of school by his mother…


Added by Harry Mathews on December 19, 2013 at 8:18am — No Comments

History is AWOL from School

12 December 2013 The Report Card

by Will Fitzhugh
The Concord Review special to 26 November 2013
The Common Core National Education Standards are, they say, very interested in having all our students taught the techniques of deeper reading, deeper writing, deeper listening, deeper analysis, and…

Added by Harry Mathews on December 15, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments


Alexandria Lainez

Lainez is a young mother

December 12, 2013 by Dr. Richard Swier

BizPac Review’s Joe Saunders reports on Tuesday’s 1st District Court of Appeals…


Added by Harry Mathews on December 15, 2013 at 9:52am — No Comments

The Bible Should Be Used In Schools

(Forwarded By Wes Harris 3-4-13

Please see the attached article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal:  The logic expressed by Roma Downery and Mark Burnett make a lot of sense to me and the Supreme Court agrees.  From 1620 to 1918, this was the main text used in our public and private schools...then the Secular s took over.  Let's take it back.…

Added by Harry Mathews on December 11, 2013 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Great Hearts: “We Were Caught by Surprise in Dallas”

By Bill Korach

 Dr. Daniel Scoggin, Great Hearts CEO

Dr. Daniel Scoggin, CEO of Great Hearts Charter Academies in Phoenix told The Report Card last week that the State School Board’s rejection of their application “Took us completely by surprise.” Great Hearts, a highly successful Charter Management Organization operates 16 schools in the Phoenix area. Their SAT average is 1833 surpassing all public and most elite private schools. 95% of…


Added by Harry Mathews on December 8, 2013 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Race Hustling At Vassar

Posted on 05 December 2013 By Bill Korach


Vassar is a liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, NY that was formerly an elite women’s college. Reports of bias and hate incidents surfaced when spray painted messages appeared on student residences. Messages included “Avoid Being Bitches,” “F*** Niggers,” and most prominently, “Hey Tranny (transgender). Know Your Place.” Upon review of the messages, the…


Added by Harry Mathews on December 8, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Global Student Tests: US Outspends and Underperforms Again

US Spends more, gets less

12-4-13 By Bill Korach

Since 1998, the Program for International Student Assessment, or Pisa, has ranked 15-year-olds around the world on common reading, math and science tests. The U.S. has been stuck in the  middle since Pisa was started in the early 2000’s among 65 education systems that make up fourth-fifths of the global economy. The triennial Pisa report also shows—again—that East Asian countries…


Added by Harry Mathews on December 4, 2013 at 11:51pm — No Comments

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