A Minnesota public high school was so committed to obeying its fire drill policy to the exact letter of the law that it forced a female student–dressed only in a swimsuit, and sopping wet–to stand outside in the freezing cold for ten minutes. As a result, she suffered frostbite.
Administrators wouldn’t let the student retrieve her clothes, sit in a car or wait inside another building, according to WCCO.
It was 5 degrees below zero in St. Paul that day. With the windchill, it was 25 degrees below zero.
The trouble began when a small science experiment triggered the fire alarm at Como Park Senior High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fourteen-year-old Kayona Hagen-Tietz was swimming in the school pool for health class at the time. Her clothes were in her locker, and a teacher told her that there was no time for her to change. Hagen-Tietz was rushed outside–still wet and dressed in only swimsuit.
Read the full story at The Daily Caller.
Why in the world do we hire idiots to “educate” our children? Oh, that’s right, WE don’t. The money to pay them is taken from us at gun point and while the Teacher’s Union gets to decide who is hired, the parents whose money was forcibly taken to pay for the mess, have absolutely no voice whatsoever. Thus complete morons who couldn’t hold a job flipping burgers in the real world are hired to warehouse taxpayers’ children at exorbitant costs. Truth be told most of the truly good teachers are run off by the deluge of paper work the army of administrators each school hires, creates for them.
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children.
They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.
The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.
“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Romeike’s appeal – paving the way for the Christian family of eight to be deported.
“I think this is a part of the Obama administration’s overall campaign to crush religious freedom in this country,” said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. His organization is representing family.
Read the full story at FoxNews.com.
In South Carolina, police arrested middle school choir teacher Elizabeth Marie Moss for allegedly sexually assaulting at least one 13-year-old student. The incident allegedly included oral sex by Moss on the boy.
In Reading, Pa., middle school science teacher Jessica Saienni was arrested on Friday on charges of sexually abusing a 14-year-old student.
In Springfield, Missouri, coach and teacher’s aid Craig Michael Wood, 45, is accused of snatching 10-year-old Hailey Owens from the street and, in front of witnesses, throwing her into his pickup truck. Early Wednesday morning, investigators discovered Hailey’s body in Wood’s house. According to court documents, she had been shot at the base of her skull, and there appeared to be ligature marks on her arms.
In Broken Arrow, Oklahoma a swim coach was arrested for selling drugs to students.
Y’know, you just can’t get socialization like that when you homeschool.
As fed-up parents across the nation voice their staunch opposition to federal Common Core standards, several states are trying a new approach to appease them… by just changing the name in a “rebranding” effort.
In Iowa, Common Core is now referred to as “The Iowa Core” and as “Next Generation Sunshine State Standards” in Florida. Further, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order recently to scrub the “Common Core” name from their math and reading standards. Louisiana is also reportedly considering a name change.
“Even under a different name, the Common Core Standards are still mediocre, at best, and continue to put American students at a significant disadvantage to their international peers,” Glyn Wright, executive director of the Eagle Forum said.
Critics argue that Common Core, which was never voted on by Congress, promotes a one-size-fits-all approach to education and takes away control from teachers and local school systems. There have also been problems with Common Core “aligned” lessons and textbooks including liberal and progressive political messages.
Wright had this to say of the tactic: “Rebranding the Common Core does not change the fact that it is still a top-down, federally controlled approach to education that is untested and unproven. We know that Americans will not be fooled by dressing-up this failed initiative.”
Read the full article at The Blaze.
In yet another case of ‘zero tolerance’ insanity in schools, an 11-year-old boy was interrogated without the knowledge of his parents, and then suspended after he accidentally brought a plastic toy gun to school.
What makes this case stand out is that fact that 6th grader, Caden Cook, actually knew he shouldn’t have brought the toy with him to school and voluntarily turned it in, after finding he’d accidentally left it in his jacket pocket.
Instead of using their common sense, officials at Fredrick Funston Elementary School in Chicago freaked out and subjected him to interrogation and intimidation tactics, threats and accusations of lying, according to a report by The Rutherford Institute, a rights group whose attorneys have taken up the case.
The further fact that school officials in Caden’s case did not even alert the boy’s parents before questioning him in such an aggressive manner is equally as disturbing. The Rutherford report also indicates that when the boy’s mother was finally called in, she was berated and accused of being a bad parent for allowing her son to play with toy guns, whether it be in or out of school.
Read the full story at InfoWars.com.
Here’s why I didn’t watch the Creation-Evolution debate earlier this week: It’s never been about the science. Never.
The actual facts, as opposed to “Facts™” that the Religion of Evolution likes to pretend are actual facts, support neither theory. The “Facts™” like radiometric dating; images constructed from individual, miniscule bones; similar animals claimed as ancestors (in spite of similar animals alive today, which argue that similarity does not prove progeny); etc, Evolutionists love to wave about as if they are iron-clad proof that their religion is really science as opposed to “Science™” (the word Evolutionists use to describe their religion.)
The few Evolutionists with integrity admit that there exist no real proof, but given the only real options, they choose a materialistic theory over what they consider, a supernatural theory. I can respect them for having the honesty to admit it. But they are few.
Regardless what evidence you present to try to prove one or the other, it all boils down to interpretation. So a debate between two people focusing on the science will inevitably end in a stalemate, with both sides claiming victory. I predicted that, and that’s exactly what happened.
Although a handful of Evolutionists argue that the Creationists “won” because the debate lent credibility to Creationism, which they consider fairy tales, ignoring the number of actual scientists who are also Creationists. They believe they can prove their religion true by baselessly attacking any person who disagrees with them, as all “Science™” is proven.
My kids and my wife are wanting to watch the debate (which I downloaded after they asked) so ultimately it may be educational only inasmuch as I can show them how the whole debate is arguing about interpretation. You cannot convince someone that Evolution is false who insists that all of the evidence that shows it’s false is religious dogma, regardless how sound it is. Trust me, I’ve had an Evolutionist insist that trigonometry is religious dogma when I used it to show how stellar parallax is untrustworthy past 200 light years.
Many schools in the Chicago area — and, presumably, other parts of the state — have already posted the small stickers in compliance with state law. Others expect to post them over the next couple weeks.
Some school officials aren’t happy about the stickers because they contain a very basic image of a gun.
“It is bothersome to have to post a sticker of a gun that says, ‘Hey, folks, leave your guns at home,’” Theresa Nolan, principal of Tinley Park High School, told the SouthtownStar.
Nolan stressed that she is very concerned with “safety and security” and concerned that, somehow, someone could wrongly interpret an image of a gun emblazoned with the universal sign for prohibiting something.
“I think the general public will be alarmed by it and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past,” Nolan also fretted.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
The bigger question is how such morons were ever hired to teach children, in the first place.
The federally-backed standards initiative, first proposed by the nation’s governors and an educators’ association, seeks to impose a national standard for achievement among K-12 students. So far, 45 states plus the District of Columbia have signed on, with some implementing curriculum designed for the Common Core Standards Initiative during the current school year and the rest set to take part in the next school year. But several states are reconsidering their participation, and one big reason is the cost.
States will spend up to an estimated $10 billion up front, then as much as $800 million per year for the first seven years that the controversial program is up and running. Much of the cost is on new, Common Core-aligned textbooks and curriculum, but the added expenses also include teacher training, technology upgrades, testing and assessment. The figures are taking states by surprise.
“It’s a fair amount of money given a lot of states signed up without any cost analysis,” Theodor Rebarber, CEO and founder of the nonprofit Accountability Works, which sanctioned the study on the projected costs of Common Core, told FoxNews.com. “Just looking at the cost aspect, it was not focused at the time, so a lot of jurisdictions did not realize what would occur down the road.”
The study by Accountability Works, the Maryland-based nonprofit education advocacy group, estimated that schools nationwide will need $6.87 billion for technology, $5.26 billion for professional development, $2.47 billion for textbooks and $1.24 billion for assessment testing over the first seven years that Common Core is in effect.
Read the full article at FoxNews.com.
Yes, this is off-topic for this site, but I felt it important because of the severity of the problem, and my own experience in how to safely and effectively deal with it.
From CBS Pittsburgh…
Eye doctors have been seeing kids at younger ages coming in for glasses.
“So these kids come into here, now in second and third grade, where it used to be fifth, sixth, seventh grade,” Corcoran said. “This culture of near work has produced this little more incidence of nearsightedness.”
With normal vision, light rays get focused on the back of the eye, or retina, where vision is sensed. With myopia, or nearsightedness, the eyeball becomes too long. Light rays fall short of the retinal. As a result, distant images are blurry.
As a former optician I can confirm that anything that causes constant near vision (less than 12 inches) will eventually produce myopia (near-sightedness). However, there is a way to prevent it. A safe reading distance is 18 to 24 inches. By ALWAYS keeping the device (book, etc) at least 18 inches away from your eyes, the myopia inducing affects can be averted. Most kids (and adults) will hold their smart phone from 8 to 12 inches from their face. Make a conscious effort to never use it less than 18 inches away, and keep on your kids to do the same. Nag them; it’ll save you the expense of glasses or contacts in the near future.
U.S. history doesn’t make the grade at the nation’s elite liberal arts colleges, where students can dodge classes on America’s founding by studying electronic dance, movie animation and, at one school, a course on “The Rhetoric of Alien Abduction,” a new report finds.
The report — “Education or Reputation?: A Look at America’s Top-Ranked Liberal Arts Colleges” — found that within those top 29 colleges, not a single institution except for three military academies requires a “foundational, college-level course” in American history or government.
“If you look at the course catalogs of most of these institutions, they recognize the importance of a strong foundation of varied skills and knowledge, but in many respects these are simply empty promises,” said Anne Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, which released the report on Monday. “It’s essentially representative of the ‘anything goes’ curriculum that reigns on college campuses nowadays.”
For example, a student at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, can avoid a survey course in American history by fulfilling the general education concentration requirement by completing courses like “History of Electronic Dance Music” or “Decoding Disney: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Animated Blockbuster,” according to the report.
Read the full story at FoxNews.com.
A Detroit-area woman is accusing her children’s school of hypocrisy after her son was told not to bring his Bible to class and her daughter’s teacher distributed worksheets referencing alcohol.
Jessica Cross, of Dearborn Heights, her 8-year-old son, Jason, would take his Bible to school to read during a free period. He was eventually told that book is “only for church, not school,” MyFoxDetroit.com reported.
Cross said her son, who is autistic, has been treated poorly by school staff and subjected to unnecessary punishments.
“Putting my son in time outs for 13 hours a week and refusing him lunch, and just absurd things and just, if I did something like that I’d lose my kids,” Cross said, adding that she has kept classroom logs and has been unable to resolve the issue with school officials since October.
Cross said that after her son was told not to bring his Bible to school, her 6-year-old daughter was sent home with a worksheet that read, “My dad drinks wine. He puts a lime in his wine. It makes my mom smile,” the station reported.
Read the full story at FoxNews.com.