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Harry Mathews's Blog – May 2014 Archive (21)

How to Start a School District Watchdog Blog

by Westie Connect 5-27-14

A viewer who is preparing to launch a blog about a school district asked us about how to set it up. As we responded to our viewer, we realized that other people might be considering the same thing. We love to share, so here’s information about how WestieConnect operates. We’ll also show you how Gilbert Public Schools (GPS) has made some institutional and managerial changes after information was placed in the…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 30, 2014 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Open Brain, Insert Ideology

By  MAY 20, 2014 

But can students learn to love these jackets? Photographer: Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg

Suppose that an authoritarian government decides to embark on a program of curricular reform, with the explicit goal of indoctrinating the nation’s high school students. Suppose that it wants to change the curriculum to teach students that their government is good and trustworthy, that…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 26, 2014 at 11:06pm — 2 Comments

Francesca Stencil Korach Midway 2014 Essay Winners

Bill Korach 23 May 2014 The Report Card

The Navy League and the Report Card challenged high school students all across America to write a 500 word essay about the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway is considered by many historians to be the most important Naval battle of WWII. The Navy League’s Annual Battle of Midway Dinner,…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 26, 2014 at 10:50pm — No Comments

The Brainy Bunch: Harding Family 7 Kids in College by the Age of 12

20 May 2014

By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

Harding Family Brainy Bunch

The Harding family home schooled their…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 20, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

MAY 27, 2014: SPEAK OUT! Maricopa Community Colleges board debating (yet another) increase in property tax

5-18-14 East Valley Tribune

The Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board will host a public hearing on May 27 to receive input on a proposed property tax increase.

The board is proposing a 2-percent increase that would raise taxes from $125.73 a year home with an assessed value of $100,000…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 19, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

LA Teacher Suspended for Politically Incorrect Rocket Experiment

14 May 2014

October Sky

By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

“October Sky” was a wonderful movie about a young man Homer Hickam (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) in a West Virginia mining town who dreams of becoming a rocket scientist. With…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 18, 2014 at 9:17pm — No Comments

$29,349 Spent Per Student in DC, but 83% Not Proficient in Reading

on15 May 2014 The Report Card

URBAN DISTRICT PER PUPIL SPENDING-PHOTO

(Editor: www.thereportcard.org Once again, sky high government school spending produces rock bottom results. Washington, DC school spend more per pupil than any city in America, and America spends more per pupil than any country among the developed…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 18, 2014 at 9:10pm — No Comments

'She’s Just a Child': 9-Year-Old Taken Away in Cuffs After Fight at Boys & Girls Club

 May 13, 2014 The Foundry

When the officers came to her home, the 9-year-old girl was still wet from running through the neighborhood sprinkler. She wore flip flops, a pink towel and a swimsuit. The officers took her away wearing handcuffs.

Her mother’s response said it all: “She’s just a child.”

Yes, you read that correctly:…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 18, 2014 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Price for Nevada dad to see state's school files on his kids: $10,000!

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Published May 13, 2014

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 13, 2014 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Carson moves to criminalize bullying for children as young as 5

By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze  05/08/14

Carson is moving to become the first California city to criminalize bullying, paving the way for misdemeanor charges to be filed against children as young as 5 years old.

If the City Council puts its final stamp of approval on the plan May 20, the new law would…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 13, 2014 at 8:53am — No Comments

New Advanced Placement U.S. History: “A Consistently Negative View of Nation’s Past”

12 May 2014 The Report Card

(Editor: www.thereportcard.org Mary Grabar writing in “Heartlander Magazine” provides a critique of the College Board’s AP U.S. History Framework. The Report Card published a series of articles in January about the now notorious AP History…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 12, 2014 at 10:36pm — No Comments

The Closing of the Collegiate Mind

Posted: 2014-05-12

Arizona Freedom Alliance on May 12, 2014 

[AFA Editor:  this is the goal of common core.]

There was a time when people looking for intellectual debate turned away from politics to the university. Political backrooms bred slogans and bagmen; universities fostered educated discussion. But when students in the 1960s began occupying university…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 12, 2014 at 7:56am — No Comments

Boko Haram Means "western education is evil"

Arizona Freedom Alliance on May 6, 2014 

Nigeria's Boko Haram threatens to sell kidnapped schoolgirls

[AFA Editor: Boko Haram roughly translates to 'western education is evil or sinful.']

(Reuters) - The leader of Boko Haram on Monday threatened to sell more than 200 schoolgirls his Islamist militant group kidnapped in northeastern Nigeria last…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 9, 2014 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Obama’s New Fatwa Against Free Speech on Campus

09 May 2014 The Report Card

Editor: www.thereportcard.org  Dan Henninger, writing in Thursday’s “Wall Street Journal” shows that President Obama and his administration are behind recent attacks on free speech at our universities. In his Op-Ed piece “Obama Unleashes…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 9, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Teacher’s Resignation Letter After 25 Years Describes ‘Disturbing Era’ in Public Schools

Susan Sluyter has been a teacher for more than two decades. One can imagine that she’s seen and adjusted to her fair share of change within the educational system during her 25 years in the field, but the more recent shift in requirements was so dramatic that she resigned last month.…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 7, 2014 at 11:14pm — No Comments

‘Today was the first day I was ever ashamed to be a teacher’

BY VALERIE STRAUSS May 4 at 10:30 am The Washington Post…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 5, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

No one has the job of improving student learning

Arizona Freedom Alliance on April 30, 2014

[AFA Editor:  AFA has long held the position that the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has no authority over the implementation of Common Core.  It's primarily why we believe candidates for this job should run on their qualifications for the job itself.  Electing a governor who is strongly against Common Core and will replace the…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 5, 2014 at 5:43am — No Comments

Money Isn't the Problem With Education

Mar. 24, 2014

Our children’s education has been a national concern practically since the nation’s founding. In 1788 the Northwest Ordinance decreed that “schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” Over the last 40 years or so, that encouragement has taken the form of upward spiraling educational spending, much of which was needed to pay for thousands of new school employees.

But according to a recent …

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 3, 2014 at 11:05pm — No Comments

School Districts Alter Pledge of Allegiance

Russ Jones ReligionToday.com Contributor | Friday, May 02, 2014

A high school in Wisconsin is under fire for removing “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to the Star Tribune students at East High School in Madison recited the godless pledge in March. Other reports claim some…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 3, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

New Book Teachers vs. Public: Teachers Want Benefits, Public Wants Results

30 April 2014 The Report Card

Editor: www.thereportcard.org Since 1978 Teacher’s unions have been focused on teacher benefits far more than teacher performance. As a result, teachers are often out of step with the public on matters of learning and…

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Added by Harry Mathews on May 1, 2014 at 11:39pm — 1 Comment

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