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Aug 20 09:20

The Way Not to Fix Education, Housing, and Health Care

By Daniel J. Boudreaux

As long as the reality of human existence remains on the imperfect side of paradise — mired in scarcity, often unpredictable, and always carrying at least a small risk of calamity for each individual as well as for groups — some people will complain about the state of reality. Indeed, as human welfare improves, such complaints grow more frequent and fervent. If nearly everyone’s life is miserable, and if such misery is all that we know and remember, we accept misery as an unalterable condition of existence, much as we accept as unalterable our inability to fly by flapping our arms.

But as the masses have become materially more prosperous, the possibility of even greater prosperity has become more evident. And so any shortfall of the masses’ current prosperity from what can be imagined or plausibly foreseen strikes many as an intolerable condition that should be remedied forthwith.

Aug 18 10:31

Schools Are Outdated. It’s Time For Reform.

By Paul Boyce

The public education system we currently know has been around for more than 150 years. However, the basic schooling model remains the same. Roughly 20 to 30 kids of the same age are stuffed into a classroom and taught by one teacher.

Even though the curricula have developed, the essence has stayed the same. Children are still taught in a standardized and industrialized way. As with anything that comes from centralized control, it is highly inefficient, bureaucratic, and wasteful...

Aug 17 07:56

The best college in America may surprise you

Five years ago, a group of faculty members at the University of California-Irvine decided to “out” themselves. At the large research university, where more than half of students are the first in their families to go to college, these faculty would proudly say: Us, too.

Aug 16 08:19

The Difference Between Public Libraries and Public Schools

By Kerry McDonald

Plans for the Boston Public Library, the nation’s second-oldest public library, were approved in 1852, the same year Massachusetts passed the country’s first compulsory schooling law. Both public libraries and public schools are funded through taxation and both are “free” to access, but the similarities end there. The main difference between public libraries and public schools is the level of coercion and state power that public schooling wields...

Aug 13 16:41

CNN Article Says Intel Agencies Are Recruiting Teens In High School

By Aaron Kesel

A recent article in CNN tells the tale of teens whose friends think they are spying on their phone conversations because they work for the National Security Agency (NSA) at the complex at Fort Meade in Maryland.

CNN expresses that three 18-year-old teens who graduated from high schools in Maryland — Summer, Brianna and Simon — are among more than 150 high schoolers in a work study program at the NSA. These students are then given TS/SCI or Top Secret security clearance access to U.S. secrets...

Aug 13 07:35

India Escalates Crackdown on Kashmir for Eid Holiday

Restrictions over the past eight days have been severe enough that a lot of Kashmiris have been all but confined to their homes. Indian forces went to the extent that reporters said the communications blackout meant some Kashmiris didn’t even know what was going on.

Indian forces expected that the Eid al-Adha holiday would lead to large protests in Kashmir, and in trying to prevent such demonstrations, the military imposed even more severe restrictions, including closing the largest mosque in Srinagar.

Muslims, who are the heavy majority of Kashmir, are allowed to go to mosques for the Eid, but only smaller mosques.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am chagrined at how the Indian government can be so bloody politically deaf, dumb, and blind as to what the Kashmiri people are asking for, which is an opportunity to create their own future.

That referendum, promised by Nehru, but never delivered upon by the Indian government, is a really big reason that Kashmiris do not believe that the Indian government doesn't care for them, in any reasonable or supportive way; unfortunately, that assessment has proven itself true, time after time.

Aug 13 07:00

175+ killed, nearly a MILLION left homeless by landslides & floods in India (VIDEOS)

Floods and landslides across southern and western Indian states have killed nearly 200 people over the past week as the Indian Army intensifies its relief operations to help thousands stranded in desperate need of rescue.

Extreme weather conditions that have been battering the Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Gujarat since last week forced hundreds of thousands of people to seek temporary shelters. The heavy rains also impacted travel in the region, disrupting train and airport connections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this can only be characterized as horrific;' and you are most not likely to hear about this from the talking heads on corporate Presstitute channels.

If you have any charity which is special to you, please make sure that the Indian people get some help from it.

As a Methodist, I will be calling UMCOR today, which is a universal aid organisation which contributes aid where it is needed, and where I know the aid will actually do something for these people.

And Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, you need to mobilize your people to help these stricken Indians, in a very public show of support during this catastrophe; it is going to make your leadership look like something which possibly, actually, can really, work, and may just may assist you, from walking away from potential war against India, to be a stalwart and responsible, neighbor of India. This can only be seen as good, Mr. Prime Minister.

And... you are welcome, sir!!

Aug 10 09:01

Dad Sued for Slander Because He Criticized The Education System — And Other Absurd Weekly News

By Simon Black, Sovereign Man

Welcome to our Friday roll up, where we highlight the most absurd and concerning stories we are following this week.

Careful what you say about your kid’s public school curriculum.

We’ve moved beyond gender-neutral pronouns and triggering micro-aggressions. Now just expressing any old opinion offends people.

Apparently, you can’t do that in the USA, anymore. If you offend someone with constructive criticism, they turn around and sue you...

Aug 09 10:25

6th-Grader Dragged Out Of Class For Saying Gender-Confused Boy "Is A Boy"

The school district claims he wasn’t punished. But it dragged him out of class for the day and warned him not to correctly identify the biological sex of a classmate again.

Aug 09 09:41

Podcast Ep 8: University must unban Palestine group rules court

On 5 August Fordham University students won a landmark legal victory against the university’s unilateral ban of a Students for Justice in Palestine chapter.

“Palestine Legal has documented over 1,000 such incidents as censorship and suppression since 2014, and this is the first time that we fought back and won in the court,” attorney Sainath tells The Electronic Intifada Podcast.

The legal fight lasted nearly three years.

Aug 08 13:24

There’s a Growing Number of College Graduates Owing Nearly Half a Million Dollars

By Chloe Anagnos

The student loan crisis has recently played an important role in the Democratic presidential debates, with Democratic candidates pushing for solutions that look a lot like the policies that put us here in the first place. But as they pursue an agenda that would essentially reward people for owing money, reports surfaced showing that many are taking out nearly half a million dollars in student loans. What’s worse, many expect the government will do something to help them...

Aug 08 10:39

USC Lecturer: ‘Viewpoint Diversity’ Is a Racist Dog Whistle

USC psychology lecturer Leslie Berntsen earned the criticism of some social media users in July when she argued that calls for free and open discussion on campus are secretly a cover for a desire to spread racism.

“I cannot emphasize this enough, but terms like ‘echo chamber,’ ‘viewpoint diversity,’ etc. are HUGE DOG WHISTLES for some unspeakably nefarious stuff,” Berntsen wrote in a series of tweets which were captured by The College Fix. “So many seemingly well-meaning academics are getting so played by these terms and you (honestly and truly) really hate to see it.”

Berntsen then argued that there is a “fine line…between understanding a perspective to refute it and understanding it on its merits…There are tons of folks who are drawn in by this idea of listening to ‘both sides’ (irrespective of content) as a Fair Thing To Do, and then end up going *FULL IDW* and it’s truly horrifying to watch happen in real time.”

Aug 08 08:45

“I Don’t Want To Go To College” – 8 Reasons To Not Attend University

“I don’t want to go to college”. That’s precisely the attitude a lot of young people need these days.

Colleges, for the most part, don’t equip students with the skills needed to make bank as we are shifting towards the second quarter of the 21st century. Massive amounts of crippling debt, unemployable degrees, and heavy doses of Karl Marx and Co. are also negatively affecting society in general once they leave campus.

In short, What we need is more “learn to code” and less “learn to Karl”.

Aug 07 15:04

The first major legal win for campus Palestine activists just happened at Fordham

After a two year legal battle, a group of students at Fordham University have won a landmark victory and a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) club can now be established on their campus.

Aug 07 09:46

USC Collapsing Under Scandals

Our “leaders” in higher ed have had a blank check for decades, literally able to do whatever they want as long the student loan money kept pouring in. The kind of corruption this has led to is breathtaking, and I assure the gentle reader that the horrific activities at Penn State, the intergenerational fraud at UNC, and widespread systemic plundering of student loan money are really just data points here, and should not necessarily be viewed at outliers.

Granted, I suspect our obviously corrupt FBI, obviously corrupt CIA, obviously corrupt law enforcement system, obviously corrupt defense department, and, heck, obviously corrupt wide swaths of our government are hardly doing any better. Perhaps if Epstein isn’t suicided we’ll finally get a real peek inside just how foul that system is, but I digress.

Aug 02 16:35

New York Democrats Make School Kids More Vulnerable to Attacks

How does it make any sense to bus hundreds of children into buildings across the Country, keep them there for eight hours a day, remove all forms of defense and post signs stating that everyone inside is unarmed and defenseless? Well, New York Democrats have gone one step further. They have made it law in New York that those teachers and children never have the option of self-defense while in school. New York law-makers have put in place an ironclad barrier preventing school staff from being able to protect themselves and our kids.

Aug 02 16:23

What would Milton Friedman say about Bitcoin? - Naomi Brockwell


Milton Friedman was one of the twentieth century’s most inspiring champions of individual liberty. He was the 1976 winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, and in this 1999 interview he spoke about the need for an internet currency that couldn't be tracked.

Aug 01 17:49

Virtual Reality Shows Promise for Pain Patients; This is Exactly Why It Should Not Be Used in Schools

By Patricia Burke

Many groups are promoting the use of Virtual Reality as a treatment strategy for pain patients. For example, VR is promoted as an alternative to opiates, “because it’s very powerful with no side effects.” However, Virtual Reality stops the brain from processing pain because it overrides full-body and full sensory system intelligence and integration...

Jul 30 10:46

Stressed at School? Art Therapy Reduces Stress Headaches In Teenage Girls

Teenagers report higher levels of stress than adults, and cite school as the highest contributing factor, according to the American Psychological Association’s annual report. A summary from 2013 concluded that while stress among Americans was not new, “what’s troubling is the stress outlook for teens in the United States.”

In response, recently some schools have turned to mindfulness-based programs as a way to alleviate stress among their students. These programs could benefit from more research into what activities students find most useful...

Jul 30 07:56

Major US University Under Fire Over Speech Guide Deeming Words ‘American’, ‘Male’, ‘Straight’ Toxic

Colorado State University has been forced to defend itself following criticisms over a controversial draft language guide listing words and phrases like “America/American”, “Hispanic”, “homosexual”, “Indian”, “male/female”, “normal person”, “straight”, and “transgendered” as something that “should be avoided” over their potential to cause offence.

For example, the guide’s rationale on the word “American” being offensive was that “the Americas” actually “encompass a lot more than the United States”, with the use of the word said to “eras[e] other cultures and depic[t] the United States as the dominant American country.”

“Hispanic,” meanwhile, was deemed problematic “because of its origins in colonialization and the implication that to be Hispanic or Latinx/Latine/Latino, one needs to be Spanish-speaking.”

Jul 29 07:54

Why are School Lunches Still so Unhealthy?

By Kelly Rose, Teesside University

There are more than 91m school children worldwide now defined as living with obesity – and the UK is in the top 20 countries for obesity levels. In the UK, the obesity rate for children doubles during primary school years – and then increases again in secondary school.

This is in part because teenagers in the UK consume poor quality diets, low in nutrients and high in processed foods...

Jul 27 11:15

How Our Culture Disempowers Teens

By Kerry McDonald

Teenagers are able to accomplish remarkable things when given freedom and opportunity. Instead, our culture systematically underestimates teenagers, coddling them like toddlers, confining them to ever more schooling, and disconnecting them from the adult world they will soon enter...

Jul 26 20:29

Google Takes Position in Controversial Vaccine Safety Debate

Google has recently (June 2019) used their power to manipulate public opinion in favor of the Pro Vaccine Argument!

Jul 25 19:34

Pentagon Wants 16-Year-Old Kids to Fight the Empire’s Wars

The Pentagon is desperate. Far too many millennials are criminals, so luring them in to become the latest crop of bullet stoppers for the state is a nonstarter. -- Solution? Recruit 16 year olds. Most have yet graduated to petty and violent crime, although a lot of them are in video game training for a future of violence and self-destructive stupidity.

Jul 24 15:51

CEO Offers to Pay School Lunch Debt So Parents Won’t Have Kids Stolen by CPS, Gov’t Won’t Let Him

By Matt Agorist

Luzerne County, PA — As TFTP reported this week, Wyoming Valley West School District parents, whose school lunch accounts were delinquent, received a disturbing letter threatening to have their children kidnapped by Child and Youth Services if they don’t pay their past due balances. The letter garnered national attention and drew the ire of many, including a millionaire CEO who offered to pay these past due balances. In an infuriating move, however, the school board rejected his offer and is opting for stealing the kids instead...

Jul 23 15:46

New High School Textbook Describes Trump as Mentally Ill, Supporters as Racist

“Let’s be clear: This is overt political propaganda being scooped into the most capable students minds under the guise of education. Even if they don’t accept its messages entirely, studying this wastes time that young people deserve to be spending getting actually educated.”

Jul 22 09:02

Failure to Launch: Parents Are Barriers to Teen Independence

Something most parents don’t want to hear from their teenager: I am not prepared to be an adult, and it’s your fault.

Nearly all parents (97%) in a new national poll say they are helping their teen become more independent by using strategies like allowing them to make more choices (86%), pushing them to handle things themselves (74%) and no longer doing things for them (65%).

Despite this, one quarter of parents surveyed say they are the main barrier to their teen’s independence by not taking the time or effort to give their teen more responsibility according to a new poll...

Jul 21 09:15

Colorado State University: Avoid Using the Word “America” Because It’s Not Inclusive

A new “inclusive language guide” compiled by Colorado State University asserts that the word “America” is “non-inclusive” and should be avoided.

Jul 20 13:08

School District Warns Parents Their Kids Could Be Taken Away Over Unpaid Lunches

By Emma Fiala

A school district in Pennsylvania has warned parents that their children could end up in foster care if overdue school lunch bills aren’t paid.

About 1,000 parents in the Wyoming Valley West School District received letters outlining the new policy, leading to complaints from parents and the community...

Jul 20 09:15

Yes, Parents Are Capable of Choosing How Their Children Should Be Educated

By Kerry McDonald

At the heart of debates around education freedom and school choice is the subtle but sinister sentiment that parents can’t be trusted. They are too busy, too poor, or too ignorant to make the right decisions for their kids, and others know better how to raise and educate children. Never mind that parents have successfully cared for and educated their children for millennia, ensuring the ongoing survival and continued success of our species...

Jul 17 16:51

Things Haven’t Always Been This Way

Today’s true tragedy is that most people think what we see today has always been so. As such, today’s Americans accept behavior that our parents and grandparents never would have accepted.

Jul 17 10:00

‘In US universities students who criticise Israel are under attack’ 

Throughout history, students have been at the forefront of important movements advocating for fundamental changes in society.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the anti-apartheid movement gained traction on university campuses in the UK and the US, with various demonstrations taking place and calls to divest from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa. At the University of California, Berkeley, students were successful in campaigning for divestment, and in 1986 the university voted to withdraw $3.1 billion worth of investments in the apartheid state.

Jul 17 09:26

Free Speech No Longer Exists in US Universities

Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley notes that the University of California, once a bastion of free speech, now is opposed to it. The university now punishes people for opinions expressed outside the classroom and the university.

Not that long ago American universities emphasized tolerance of all views so that truth would not be obscured by dogmas. Little doubt this emphasis traced its heritage back to the Church’s interference in the scientific question whether the earth was the center of the solar system. In order to save their lives, astronomers were forced to renounce their findings and to assert the truth of dogmas that they knew to be wrong.

Today the same thing is happening in American universities, only the deadly controversies are over race and gender issues, not whether the sun revolves around the earth.

Jul 16 18:16

LA Horror Story: More Parents Horrified Over 5G Cell Towers Near Schools

By B.N. Frank

There’s a lot of information and misinformation being reported about health risks from exposure to 5G technology. So if you can only remember one thing about 5G and health risks, this would be it: The telecom industry has provided NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe.

If you can remember two things: There is research that says it IS NOT safe...

Jul 13 02:56

Female Pedophiles ~ The BIG List Documentary {Part 1}

“Over the past four decades our corrupt and deceitful corporate-owned mainstream media, in cooperation with feminists and women's groups, have very effectively conditioned the public with propaganda with respect to how we view men. The only women who know the truth about female sexual predators are the mothers of the male children who have been sexually molested by a female predator. Remember that for every video clip you see about a female committing a sex related crime, there's a hundred news articles for which a video of a female predator was never made. This documentary dispels the belief that only men are capable of sexual exploitation of children”. (3.00 - 3.48)

Jul 12 11:44

California Parents Horrified At New Sex-Ed Agenda

The debate over whether schools should teach sex education to minors has been going on for decades. But now, perhaps more than ever, many parents are horrified by what their children are being taught – especially when parents, despite their religious beliefs, have no say about the teaching materials.

In a small California community, parents and clergy were so appalled at the explicit and LGBTQ-inspired lessons, they went undercover to investigate deeper. What they discovered at a Riverside County Comprehensive Health Education meeting so horrified them, they determined to stop the curriculum.

Jul 12 09:30

CALIFORNIA PARENTS HORRIFIED AT NEW SEX-ED AGENDA

In a small California community, parents and clergy were so appalled at the explicit and LGBTQ-inspired lessons, they went undercover to investigate deeper. What they discovered at a Riverside County Comprehensive Health Education meeting so horrified them, they determined to stop the curriculum.

Our Watch President Pastor Tim Thompson said:

“We don’t want our children exposed to some of these things they are showing, this pornographic, sexually explicit material. It has no place in the classroom. It’s not right, and it won’t be tolerated.”

Thompson was referring to Positive Prevention Plus, the text for sex ed classes. John Andrews, parent of a student in the Murietta School District, was sick over the explicit material depicted in the “educational” materials. He said:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last sentence is a crystal-clear summation of what is wrong with this program.

So Californians who can, please vote with your feet, and move to a state which is infinitely more responsible about how, what, and when educators mention anything this information.

IF you cannot, learn to homeschool, and teach your children that way. Here are some resources for you:

Public School at Home with California Virtual Academies

Homeschooling, California Style

The Homeschool
Association of CA

Homeschooling in California

California Homeschooling Laws

California Homeschool Network

For those of you "on the fence" about home schooling, I sincerely hope that this helps.

Jul 12 07:37

6 Myths About Education and How to Deschool Yourself for Success and Satisfaction

By Kerry McDonald

Most of us spent at least 15,000 hours of our childhood and adolescence being schooled before we turned 18. Now in adulthood, we may need to unlearn some of what we were taught and embrace self-education for career success and personal fulfillment.

Much of what we learned in school was dictated by others, disconnected from our own passions and proclivities. We were taught what to learn, and we learned to be taught. With self-education, we take back control of our own learning, exploring topics and skills that matter to us, free from coercion...

Jul 11 13:35

Illegal immigrant population to surge 10% this year, flood schools

The continued surge of Latin American illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border will lead to hundreds of thousands being released into the country, increasing the already massive population of migrants by some 10%, according to a new analysis.

“We anticipate more than 700,000 migrants will successfully enter the country, increasing the unauthorized Hispanic population by nearly 10%,” said the influential Princeton Policy Advisors.

What’s more, wrote the group’s president Steve Kopits in a memo provided to Secrets, “By year end, nearly 300,000 migrant children are expected to enter the U.S. Over time, these will show up in the U.S. public school system.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the reality that the US does an horrific job of truly educating the kids who are here legally, the addition of illegal alien children will completely overwhelm public schools, both in terms of educators, and money.

Jul 11 09:26

Nigerian Students Face Cybercrime Charges for Criticizing Their University Online

By Nwachukwu Egbunike

A group of students and alumni linked to the privately-owned Madonna University in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, risk up to seven years in jail over social media posts denouncing poor conditions and mistreatment of students and staff at the university...

Jul 10 06:37

ISRAEL MANDATES PROPAGANDA COURSE FOR STUDENTS TRAVELLING ABROAD

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
JERUSALEM, PALESTINE — While Israel tries to portray a friendly face to the outside world, internally it is promoting racism and violence at levels that are more alarming than ever before. A course to prepare young high school students traveling overseas to be good “ambassadors” stands in contrast to racist policies and the advancement of a military that is encouraged to exercise unprecedented violence against civilians.

YOUNG AMBASSADORS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is desperation on the cusp of madness, on the part of Tel Aviv.

The words, images, and pure lies offered here, have utterly no place in the reality emanating from Gaza; The West Bank, and East Jerusalem.

And I might just politely suggest that some of these students, in their travels, might meet people knowledgeable about the Palestinian plight, and perhaps may give some of these students their "Buddha on the Road" moment, to consider if the choices made by their government, relative to the Palestinians, have been moral; responsible; or, truly sane?!?

Jul 09 09:47

Here Are The Details On California’s Sex Education

The California Board of Education, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU created and implemented a progressive sex education and gender theory agenda.

Students are shown sexually explicit content from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Topics include fisting, blood play, masturbation, oral sex, and more.

Jul 08 05:46

‘Homeland Security CSI’ July 4th TV special: Agents Dick Strong & Fannie Goode bring ‘Illegal Terrorist Combatant Associates’ to justice!

Satire often demonstrates how our real-world so-called "news," so-called "political leadership," and so-called "entertainment" help indoctrinate Americans to accept dictatorial government. Americans' loss of promised rights are real, forever lie-started and illegal Wars of Aggression are real, and exponential debt is real, and the challenge of US .01% "leadership" is to convince the American public to embrace these slave conditions as "necessary" for public safety.

Read on to see this is the point of so much of what we're given to watch for "public programming."

Jul 02 11:39

Think for Yourself and Question the Benefits of Higher Education

By Logan Smith

Graduation season has once again concluded, and 1.9 million Americans have left college behind and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. The social and cultural pressures to attend college are high, and the financial expense to do so is just as acute. Major presidential candidates gin up their base by empathetically promising to absolve the self-inflicted financial troubles of student loans, blissfully punishing those who made sound financial college decisions. While presidential candidates are showcasing the victims of so-called nefarious student loans, celebrities are bribing university officials with millions of dollars simply to grant their children admission to state schools...

Jul 02 09:13

California Unveils Big Brother Education System to Track Kids From “Cradle to Career”

By Shane Trejo

The California legislature has approved legislation that will be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to set up an educational system that will use big data to track children from “cradle to career.”

Senate Bill 75 was approved by a vote of 31-7 in the Senate and 62-14 in the Assembly. It will create a “longitudinal” data system that profiles and manipulates pupils from the earliest of ages so they are guided into a career determined by the central planners...

Jun 26 17:18

Study: Students Who Play Instruments, Take Music Classes Have Better Grades Than Peers

By John Anderer

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — High school music courses frequently fall victim to budget cuts due to the general belief that other subjects, such as math or history, are more important to students’ education. However, a new study performed at the University of British Columbia finds that high schoolers enrolled in at least one musical course score significantly higher than their non-musical peers on English, math, and science exams...

Jun 26 12:02

8 Scientific Reasons Free Play is Vital for Your Kids

By Neve Spicer

Child-led free play is unstructured time where children set the rules and call the shots. It’s a moment for them to navigate social interaction and explore the world on their own terms and at their own pace. It’s nothing new. In fact, for most parents, their childhood days were filled with it. Unstructured, self-led play was the cultural norm.

Not any more...

Jun 25 09:14

Survey: Two-thirds of American employees regret their college degrees

A college education is still considered a pathway to higher lifetime earnings and gainful employment for Americans. Nevertheless, two-thirds of employees report having regrets when it comes to their advanced degrees, according to a PayScale survey of 248,000 respondents this past spring that was released Tuesday.

Student loan debt, which has ballooned to nearly $1.6 trillion nationwide in 2019, was the No. 1 regret among workers with college degrees. About 27% of survey respondents listed student loans as their top misgiving, PayScale said.

Jun 25 07:34

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

ProPublica

Ariella Russcol specializes in drama at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York, and the senior’s performance on this April afternoon didn’t disappoint. While the library is normally the quietest room in the school, her ear-piercing screams sounded more like a horror movie than study hall. But they weren’t enough to set off a small microphone in the ceiling that was supposed to detect aggression.

A few days later, at the Staples Pathways Academy in Westport, Connecticut, junior Sami D’Anna inadvertently triggered the same device with a less spooky sound — a coughing fit from a lingering chest cold. As she hacked and rasped, a message popped up on its web interface: “StressedVoice detected.”...

Jun 22 11:42

U.S. college students currently working on their degree are in for an unpleasant surprise when negotiating their first salaries.

That’s because, as Statista's Felix Richter details, according to a new study conducted by Clever, undergraduate students in the United States are overestimating what they’re worth by a varying degree, depending on the major. Comparing average expected salaries to median actual salaries as reported in PayScale’s College Salary Report, Clever reveals which majors are particularly prone to unrealistic expectations.

“Bushy-tailed and bright-eyed, the average Generation Z undergraduate expects to make $57,964 one year out of college, while the national median salary is $47,000 for recent grads with bachelor degrees who have between zero and five years of on-the-job experience,” Clever writes, concluding that many students have “seriously unrealistic” expectations for their early career salaries.

Jun 20 10:18

Greystones primary school to allow boys to wear skirts in new gender-neutral measures put forward by students

A Wicklow primary school is to allow boys to wear skirts under a new gender-neutral uniform policy.

Kids can now dress in line with the gender they identify as with the school hoping the new measure will help everyone feel welcome and accepted.

The measure is being put in place in St Brigid's National School in Greystones after the student council put forward the idea and parents and management gave it the nod.

Jun 17 10:40

12 Things Parents of Mentally Strong Children Don’t Do

By Jon Miltimore

My five-year-old was a blubbering, hot mess. He tackled kindergarten fine nine months before, but the first day of summer camp was too much for him.

“I don’t want to go. I don’t want to go,” he moaned, sobbing fat crocodile tears.

Most parents have been in situations like this. It’s one of the toughest jobs of being a parent, helping kids through situations like this. But nudging them through is important...

Jun 17 08:53

BERKELEY, CORNELL PARTNER WITH FACEBOOK TO IDENTIFY 'FAKE NEWS'

SOURCE: CAMPUS REFORM
Facebook is partnering with the University of California-Berkeley, Cornell University, and the University of Maryland to identify fake news.
The tech giant is investing $7.5 million into projects at the three schools, according to a UC Berkeley news release. The two Berkeley professors who will work with Facebook are Hany Farid and Alexe Efros, who are both part of UC-Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Farid has been a longtime critic of social media companies and the danger that doctored videos and images pose online. The professor has commented on this subject for CNN and admitted to the school that he is “skeptical” of the new partnership with Facebook.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to look at that last paragraph, and laugh; of course, censoring out conservative content is absolutely the design objective of this project, and to push unthinking readers away from Facebook's censored sites.

Facebook has, very willingly, become a critical part, and a proud member of 4th element in in US government, alongside Twitter, and Google.

So now, we not only have the Judicial; Congressional; Executive branches of government; but also the Surveillance branch of the unhinged, surveilled, state of Amerika.

And and to those Foggy Bottomites in the Bowels of Power in DC; George Orwell's masterpiece novel, "1984", was a cautionary tale; NOT A HOW TO MANUAL;!!!

Jun 16 06:38

WEALTHY MILLENNIAL HEIRS ARE NOW BEING TAUGHT "IMPACT INVESTING" AT HARVARD

Rich millennial heirs can now learn "impact investing" as part of a joint course run by Harvard and the University of Zürich, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, according to Wealth Professional Canada.

The course, being held at Harvard University's Kennedy school, requires some of the heirs to capitalism's greatest fortunes to pass an interview, before ponying up $12,000 for a week of classes in the US and Switzerland, not including airfare and lodging. Some more intensive related courses cost $58,000.

The program started in 2015 and has barely been advertised since its founding. Instead, word-of-mouth through old money networks and among European royalty has kept the program popular. According to WPC, alumni of the program include "Chung Kyungsun, grandson of Hyundai Group’s founder, and Antonis Schwarz, who came into his fortune aged 16 when the drugmaker his great-grandfather helped found was sold for 4.4 billion euros ($5 billion)."

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And I would almost be willing to bet you one plugged, Turkish Piaster regarding this; there will be utterly no scholarships, even for "go fund me" entrepreneurs, to get a perspective of how much the monied really have.

THAT is not information which the monied - and privileged - ever want to get out.

Jun 14 08:00

School's Purpose Is Indoctrination

Authored by Sofia Carbone, via HumanEvents.com,

The near sole purpose of present-day academia is indoctrination. This is a fairly bold thesis, but the evidence is in its favor.

The increasingly progressive leftist agenda is sweeping through academia and conservatives are passively watching it happen.

The left is genius when you think about it.

Progressives have run academia so far into the ground that students accumulate massive amounts of debt and cannot find work. They then tell the economically struggling students and graduates they are victims of the cruel system of capitalism. In reality, they are victims of the cruel system of academia the left created. They use this economic duress to pitch the debt-ridden students promises of economic equality in the form of socialism.

The left just leaves out the part where the ‘economic equality’ promised means equal poverty.

Jun 13 11:25

California Seeks to Strip Doctors of Authority to Grant Kids Medical Exemptions for Vaccinations

By Bretigne Shaffer

Imagine taking your two-month-old daughter in for her scheduled vaccines. Imagine watching as she begins to convulse soon after receiving her shots and then continues to experience seizures over the next few days. You might want to make sure she never receives a particular vaccine again. You might decide not to give her any more vaccines at all. You might also decide to delay vaccines for her siblings or to forego them altogether. These are all understandable responses to a frightening situation that any parent can relate to.

Under current California law, you would be able to do all of these things..

Jun 12 15:20

Teachers from two Chicago schools 'bullied a special-needs student, 11, relentlessly, calling him "stupid" and "dirty," before he attempted to hang himself and was left with permanent brain damage,' lawsuit claims

Teachers from two elementary schools in Chicago relentlessly bullied an 11-year-old boy with special needs, calling him names and even physically assaulting him, before he attempted to take his own life, according to a lawsuit filed by the child's mother.

Jamari Dent in February tried to hang himself in his bedroom after suffering for more than a year at the hands of both his classmates and teachers, his mother, Teirra Black, said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Medics were able to save the boy's life, but his suicide attempt left him with permanent brain damage.

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I wept when I read this.

If this kind of behaviour, on the part of both teachers and their students, is the US's "New Normal" for public schools toward their special needs students, then God help us!!!!

In my world, a society is only at is greatest heights, when it treats its most delicate, needful members, with absolute compassion, and kindness.

And this is precisely what special needs kids crave. I know this because many years ago, my first job out of college, was with a private care home, and I was hired as their music therapist. I didn't have the credentials, but the owner looked at me, and said that she believed I could think on my feet, and do a great job.

I would have music sessions with the kids, and used stories and games, as a way of gently try bringing them just a little out of their limitations, as much as possible.

I remember one kid, a fraternal twin, named Alonzo, who was deeply autistic, wheelchair bound, and not able to communicate, save with guttural cries, which gave us no clue about what he was experiencing.

I was partnered with him, to get him to be able to feed himself. I watched my predecessor try to do this, and I was immediately struck with the reality; the kid was a southpaw, and the teacher was forcing him to try to eat with his right hand. It took months, but finally, left handed, the kid could finally feed himself; and I remember very gently stroking his shoulders, and saying, very quietly, "Great work, Alonzo, good job!!" To most kids, this would be a minor issue, but for Alonzo, it was an Herculean leap. Kindness and consistency can really help these kids attain what potential might be still possible to develop.

But IF proven guilty, these teachers should be stripped from the profession, and never allowed to teach again, ever, anywhere, period, end of discussion, because this is child abuse writ large, and has absolutely no place in any public educational institutions.

Jun 11 10:38

LOCAL BAKERY WINS $11 MILLION AFTER OBERLIN COLLEGE STUDENTS LABELED IT 'RACIST'

But in the heady modern political climate, Oberlin is known less for helping ferry runaway slaves to freedom in Canada, and more for an activist community that has condemned cafeteria food offerings as racist (because they're not authentic), questioned the value of teaching the western canon and pushed the necessity of safe spaces. One black female professor provoked a controversy in 2016 after she was fired for making incendiary statements like blaming Israel for 9/11. Soon, the school's black student union was condemning the school as an "unethical institution" and demanding that the professor be given tenure.

But while these incidents may have tarnished the school's reputation, reinforcing its reputation as a bastion of over-privileged trust-funders, the college will now face a very real cost after losing a legal battle with a local bakery that has been a pillar of the downtown business community since it opened more than 100 years ago, according to the Washington Post.

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Good.

Jun 10 08:13

7 Persistent Myths About Homeschoolers Debunked

By Jeff Minick

In the last 50 years, homeschooling in the United States has grown from a tiny movement composed primarily of conservative Christians and John Holt “unschoolers” to its present size of around 1.69 million students.

Despite these numbers, and despite the fact that most Americans are familiar with the concept of homeschooling, some misconceptions continue to make the rounds.

Let’s look at seven of these long-standing myths...

Jun 07 07:59

Toggle navigationTHE FUTURE OF SCHOOL SAFETY INCLUDES ROUND-THE-CLOCK SURVEILLANCE OF STUDENTS

Documents obtained by Education Week via open-records requests show that over the past year, state agencies have discussed the possibility of sharing a breathtaking amount of data. That included more than 2.5 million records related to Floridians who received involuntary psychiatric examinations, records for over 9 million people placed in foster care, diagnosis and treatment records for substance abusers, unverified criminal reports of suspicious activity, reports on students who were bullied and harassed because of their race or sexual orientation, and more.

This database is currently on hold as education officials try to figure out how much of this incredibly sensitive info they can share with other agencies, much less collect in the first place. But once these details are ironed out, the rollout will continue, urged along by Governor Ron DeSantis, who has publicly expressed his frustration that schools aren't placing students under round-the-clock surveillance quickly enough.

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Were we parents with a kid in a school so hell-bent on 24/7 student surveillance, Mike and I would yank that kid out of school so quickly , it would make it's principal's head spin (but gently).

In some states, home-schooling is looked on with suspicion and contempt:
The 8 strictest states for home schooling

Home schooled kids tend to do far better in college aptitude tests, than their publicly schooled contemporaries, and have better life outcomes.

Home schooled, versus Public Education

Jun 06 17:19

Extended Childhood: The New American Way

Jun 06 11:23

What can you say at NYU?

Speaking at the commencement of the College of Arts & Sciences, graduation speaker Steven Thrasher’s bravely commended NYU students and departments who have stood up to the string of Israeli massacres and Israeli racism against Palestinians generally: “I am so proud, so proud of NYU’s chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voices for Peace … and of the NYU student government and of my colleagues in the department of social and cultural analysis for supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the apartheid state government in Israel.”

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