by Jerry Todd, staff writer
I’m sure glad our Kern County (Cal) Superintendent of Schools thinks Common Core is cool. I just don’t buy the line about all the decisions being made locally or that children can be okay with wrong answers. Until they know the basics – including knowing how to write cursive – an excellent exercise in character building and left-right brain interaction – they need time to grow straight and true as children should.
The other evening, I helped a 4th grader with a 4 equation, 4 unknown math problem designed to determine if “a” was a larger or smaller number than “d.” I didn’t see any discussion of substitution in the text – maybe it’s just me. Maybe because I didn’t get this until high school it makes me a dinosaur. Maybe our little 4th grader is not being allowed to grow as her maturity allows.
It brought to mind Hillary Clinton’s long held view … Continue Reading:School Daze via Socialized Education
by Suzanne Eovaldi
Sex Week and Spring Break are two phenomena happening each year on America’s college campuses for which struggling parents pay hard earned tuition dollars as alums glorify abject debauchery parading as the latest form of academia’s political correctness. The Sex Week displays at six major universities including Yale and my alma mater, the University of Illinois, held this past February in Champaign, leave me utterly speechless. When an undergrad degree is now criticized as being little more than an eighth grade diploma, why on earth would we support such decadence, decay, and destruction of the coming generations which will be tasked with running our country?
Scott Greer, writer for the web site Campus Reform says of the U of Illinois sex week speakers: “A residence hall at the University of Illinois has invited Annie Sprinkle, a famous porn star from the 1970′s and 80′s, to conduct a sex education week, which is set to culminate … Continue Reading:“Sex Week” studies at America’s colleges have yet to reduce unemployment rate
by Craig Holland
Telling them how, not what, to think
How is it that when a person disagrees politically with a teacher, suddenly said teacher is “indoctrinating” students instead of teaching them?
OK, I admit it: I indoctrinated students. I indoctrinated them that their job was being a student. Instead of a check, they got paid every nine weeks with a report card. At the end of four years’ service, they got a “bonus”: a diploma. I indoctrinated them by telling them to consider their “paycheck” an investment account that, once earned, no one could take away from them. I told them a diploma didn’t make them an educated person, but it was evidence of perseverance, and was a step in their lifelong education in Reality 101.
I indoctrinated them to express themselves, both verbally and in their writing, in Standard English, not Ebonics or Spariglish. I indoctrinated them that subjects and verbs must agree, and that double negatives … Continue Reading:A Letter to the Editor from a teacher who indoctrinates his students and understands life
by George Spelvin, staff writer
What a disgrace to learn from statistics just released by the Department of Education that “…only 7 percent of the eighth graders in Detroit are grade-level proficient or better in reading.” And statistics show that “Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they do in reading. Only 4 percent SCORED HIGHLY ENOUGH to be rated proficient or better in math. “State figures reveal [just] over 30 percent of public-school eighth graders were proficient or better in reading or math. “Sixty eight percent of Michigan public-school eighth graders are not proficient in reading and 69% are not proficient in math.” (3) And little to no progress has been made during the last 12 years. (1)
Worst of all, we learn NOTHING of this from our erstwhile, Mainstream Media!
Americans watched as union thuggery took place at the state capital during the passage of right-to-work legislation. Countless teachers took … Continue Reading:Detroit schools must stop breeding generations of welfare recipients