Post-Common Core, U.S. Kids Slide On Another Academic Measure

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International test results released this week show U.S. students losing ground on yet another measure in the Common Core era, reading test results for fourth graders. On the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, a comparison given every five years in 58 countries, U.S. fourth graders dropped from 556 in 2011 to 549 in 2016, out of 1,000 possible points.

December 11, 2017

Schools Ban Textbooks That Don’t Promote LGBT

Government K-8 schools in California recently became the first in America to start demanding pro-homosexual and transgender propaganda in history textbooks, sparking celebrations among those who would indoctrinate children. In fact, history textbooks that refuse to push the party line on the so-called LGBT agenda will be banned from government schools in the state.

The decision to ban books that do not dishonestly celebrate homosexuality and alleged homosexuals, taken this month, was made pursuant to the 2011 “Fair Education Act.” The scheme mandates that history and social studies curricula promote the “accomplishments” of LGBT types, even if claims that a historical person was a homosexual are disputed or outright bogus.

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November 24, 2017

A Rogues Gallery of Right-Hegelians – Foundation for Economic Education – Working for a free and prosperous world

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major project of mine for the last three years has been to trace the origin and development of the ideas that led to today’s alt-right activists. They have emerged on the political scene suddenly and with impressive ferocity. Some people just assume that they represent nothing but a melange of hate and racism.

This is too simple. Even the most dumbed-down political movement is built by slaves of defunct philosophers. But which ones? And does the worldview cohere to the point that we can anticipate the patterns and policies of this group?

September 19, 2017

Meeting federal guidelines for student performance

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Georgia hopes to embark on a new education plan that shifts away from the tough test-and-punish regime of the past that some say was unrealistic and unfair but others say held schools accountable for all students, including their worst performers.
On Monday, the state will submit its plan for compliance with the latest updates to the federal education law, known as the No Child Left Behind Act under President Georgia Bush and now as the Every Student Succeeds Act, after it was amended with bipartisan support under President Barack Obama more than a year ago.

September 19, 2017

Former Philly teacher: Unqualified billionaires gaining too much influence on public education | Opinion

ReadWhen President Trump nominated Betsy DeVos, a woman with no degree or experience in education, as U.S. Secretary of Education, defenders of public education organized an unprecedented effort to fight her confirmation. Unfortunately, her stunning display of ignorance about education and the rights of public school students was not enough to stop the Senate from confirming her. But we now know who DeVos is and what her agenda is: advancing the privatization of public education under the guise of “choice.” She is a government official, accountable to the American people. We can call our elected officials when she fails to uphold the rights of all schoolchildren.

 

September 19, 2017

Column: GA’s New Federal Education Plan – Deal vs. Woods | All On Georgia Camden County

Ye who controls testing controls the data. Data equals money and resources – and in some cases – it will determine which schools will be taken over by the state.

Politicians love to hold on to policies that will garner them additional power and further advance their agenda using the bureaucracy. Reminder, No Child Left Behind did not work – and it was an ineffective solution to some very real issues in education. There has been numerous publications documenting the failures of No Child Left Behind, and we are about to head down the same road once again.

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September 19, 2017

After school shooting, sheriff gives Second Amendment defense that would make Founding Fathers proud

After a 15-year-old student opened fire at a high school near Spokane, Washington, earlier this week, the Spokane County Sheriff gave a defense of the Second Amendment that would make the Founding Fathers proud.

What did he say?

During a lengthy press conference on Thursday, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich explained in no uncertain terms that he believes a breakdown in society helped the teenage student execute his rampage, which took the life of one person and injured three others. It wasn’t the gun, the sheriff explained while defending the Second Amendment.

September 19, 2017

Researcher gives seal of approval to 53 biblical characters’ existence

Thanks to a researcher’s unique system, 53 individuals in the Hebrew Bible have been proven as genuine historical characters through material evidence of their existence. The system’s creator, Lawrence Mykytiuk, an associate professor of library science at Purdue University, calls it “a way to develop historicity.”

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September 13, 2017

Duke Recruits Men For Program To Fight “Toxic Masculinity”

Duke University is recruiting male students for a nine-week program that pledges to “destabilize masculine privilege” and “interrogate masculinity.”   The program, known as the Duke University Men’s Project, seeks to help men examine how their masculinities exist “often in toxic ways” while beginning “the work of unlearning violence.”  Read

September 13, 2017

‘We didn’t know it was this bad’: New ACT scores show huge achievement gaps

New results from the nation’s most widely used college admission test highlight in detailed fashion the persistent achievement gaps between students who face disadvantages and those who don’t.

Scores from the ACT show that just 9 percent of students in the class of 2017 who came from low-income families, whose parents did not go to college, and who identify as black, Hispanic, American Indian or Pacific Islander are strongly ready for college.

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September 10, 2017

REASONS TODAY’S KIDS ARE BORED AT SCHOOL, FEEL ENTITLED, HAVE LITTLE PATIENCE & FEW REAL FRIENDS

I am an occupational therapist with years of experience working with children, parents, and teachers. I completely agree with this teacher’s message that our children are getting worse and worse in many aspects. I hear the same consistent message from every teacher I meet. Clearly, throughout my time as an Occupational Therapist, I have seen and continue to see a decline in kids’ social, emotional, and academic functioning, as well as a sharp increase in learning disabilities and other diagnoses.  Read

August 18, 2017

Failure to Teach Cursive is Becoming a ‘Security Issue’

While volunteering in a program for inner city children this past weekend, I was charged to work with a little girl who seemed to be around 9 or 10 years-old. We quietly worked side by side for a few minutes, each making a copy of the day’s writing assignment, until the little girl looked at my cursive writing, sighed in ecstasy and wonderingly asked, “How do you DO that?!”  Read

January 28, 2017

Why Betsy DeVos’ Support for School Choice Will Help America’s Schoolchildren

According to her opponents during Wednesday’s Senate confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of education, is guilty of wanting to privatize the public schools.  To be sure, the nominee’s critics are entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.  Here are the facts: DeVos believes that all children are entitled to the same educational opportunities regardless of income or ZIP code.  Read

January 22, 2017

5 Years Into Common Core, 15-Year-Olds Behind 35 Countries in Math

Students in the United States have fallen behind kids in many other countries, according to the two largest international benchmarking tests in math, science, and reading. Five years into the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (commonly known as “Common Core”), 15-year-old kids in the United States lag behind their peers in 35 other countries in math.

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2015 showed American students holding stagnant in science and reading, compared to results in 2012 and 2009, but far behind their previous results in math. Out of the 69 countries (and territories) tested, the United States ranked 39th.

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January 4, 2017

How Establishment Republicans Anchored States to Common Core

Establishment Republican politicians have boasted the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) prohibits the U.S. secretary of education from coercing states into adopting the Common Core standards.  However, many who have studied the law say not only is that claim unfounded, but also that ESSA actually imposes Common Core on the entire country.

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January 4, 2017

* * NOWHERE TO HIDE * * ASHLEY’S “NORMAL” EDUCATION? PART 2

Ashley struggles in school.

Her struggles relate directly to her unaddressed developmental trauma.

Cognitive and academic impacts of developmental trauma  were outlined in “Ashley’s “Normal” Education, Part 1,” HERE.

Ashley’s education has included, her parents’ divorce, her stepfather’s mental health issues, her mother’s angry abuse, her grandmother’s alcoholism and living every day in one of the highest violence and crime neighborhoods in our city.

 

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January 4, 2017

No Test Left Behind – How Pearson Made a Killing on the US Testing Craze

Three days after taking office, George W. Bush unveiled his signature domestic policy, No Child Left Behind. The bill would triple the number of exams the federal government required of students, while dangling stiff penalties over struggling schools. For many educators it felt like a depth charge.

The mood was different at Pearson Education, a division of the London-based conglomerate Pearson PLC. As the education community was still absorbing the shock in February 2001, Pearson Education chief executive Peter Jovanovich spoke to a group of Wall Street investment analysts. He pointed them to the proposed annual testing requirements and school report cards. “This,” Jovanovich said, “almost reads like our business plan.”  Read

January 4, 2017

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