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Universities not keeping good track of student loans, audit says

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Source: http://tennessee.watchdog.org

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog

Universities not keeping good track of student loans, audit says

 

KNOXVILLE — If you’re a University of Tennessee at Knoxville student on financial aid, it’s possible you could quit going to class outright or even graduate and you would still qualify for that money.

An audit that Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released last week said it will happen if school officials aren’t watching you carefully.

The audit also said it’s possible to attend another school in the University of Tennessee system, UT-Martin, and receive thousands of dollars in student aid even though your grades don’t measure up.

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STUDENT AID: Not all of the students attending school at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville were eligible, according to a new audit.

At UT-Knoxville, auditors took a sample of 40 student loan recipients and discovered that five of them likely already had left school. Other students might have started attending less than half the regular time, auditors said.

UT-Knoxville officials didn’t return Tennessee Watchdog’s request for comment Tuesday.

A list of quick facts on the school’s website didn’t say how many students overall accept financial aid.

“Student enrollment information is extremely important, because it is used to determine if the student is still considered in school, must be moved into repayment, or is eligible for an in-school deferment,” auditors wrote.

The website reports the school has a 66 percent graduation rate.

“For students moving into repayment, the out of school status effective date determines when the grace period begins and how soon a student must begin repaying loan funds.”

In a written response to auditors, UT-Knoxville officials said they would implement stronger standards. Auditors wrote they made similar findings at the school the previous academic year.

The samples were taken from the 2012-13 academic year, as were those for UT-Martin.

Auditors at UT-Martin sampled $392,582 in financial aid — out of a total $51.6 million given — and discovered two students received $18,527, even though they didn’t meet the university’s own minimum academic standards.

In a written response, UT-Martin officials said they concur with those findings, will implement stricter procedures and already have returned that money to the U.S. Department of Education.

UT-Martin spokesman Bud Grimes told Tennessee Watchdog the school has a six-year graduation rate of 46.5 percent.

Two individuals are responsible for handling the school’s student loan applications, Grimes said.

Last year, several students at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro told Tennessee Watchdog that student loans to attend any Tennessee college are extremely easy to acquire and sometimes given to students who aren’t college material.

Those loans don’t just burden students — to a degree, they also burden taxpayers.

University officials hire state employees to process those loans, said Tennessee Higher Education Commission spokesman Russ Deaton. The more student loans given, the more state employees are needed to process those loans.

Russ Deaton also said that if you process student loans at a Tennessee university you likely have the safest job on campus, even when college presidents make drastic cuts elsewhere.

Federal guidelines help see to that, Deaton said.

Such was the case during the most recent recession, when funding for Tennessee’s colleges and universities dropped, and more of higher education’s revenue came from tuition increases, he said.

“The student loan industry, as you can probably guess, has a lot of federal regulations and paperwork attached to it,” Deaton said when asked if these student loan processors, who are state employees, could ever face downsizing when money is tight.

“Most of those financial aid offices are already slammed and understaffed. I doubt that presidents would look there first.”

The U.S. government made $50 billion off student loans in 2012, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Deaton said campuses generally don’t do independent credit checks or risk analyses on students who apply.

Contact Christopher Butler at chris@tennesseewatchdog.org. or follow him and submit story ideas on his official Facebook page.

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Is College A Waste Of Time And Money?

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Source: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com

By Michael Snyder

Is College A Waste Of Time And Money?

 

Graduation-300x300Are you thinking of going to college?  If so, please consider that decision very carefully.  You probably have lots of people telling you that an “education” is the key to your future and that you will never be able to get a “good job” unless you go to college.  And it is true that those that go to college do earn more on average than those that do not.  However, there is also a downside.  At most U.S. colleges, the quality of the education that you will receive is a joke, the goal of most colleges is to extract as much money from you and your parents as they possibly can, and there is a very good chance that there will not be a “good job” waiting for you once you graduate.  And unless you have someone that is willing to pay your tuition bills, you will probably be facing a lifetime of crippling student loan debt payments once you get out into the real world.  So is college a waste of time and money?  In the end, it really pays to listen to both sides of the debate.

Personally, I spent eight years at U.S. public universities, and I really enjoyed those times.

But would I trade my degrees today for the time and money that I spent to get them?

Absolutely.

Right now, Americans owe more than a trillion dollars on their student loans, and more than 124 billion dollars of that total is more than 90 days delinquent.

It is a student loan debt bubble unlike anything that we have ever seen before, and now even those that make their living from this system are urging reform.  For example, consider what a law professor at the University of Tennessee recently wrote for the Wall Street Journal…

In the field of higher education, reality is outrunning parody. A recent feature on the satire website the Onion proclaimed, “30-Year-Old Has Earned $11 More Than He Would Have Without College Education.” Allowing for tuition, interest on student loans, and four years of foregone income while in school, the fictional student “Patrick Moorhouse” wasn’t much better off. His years of stress and study, the article japed, “have been more or less a financial wash.”
 
“Patrick” shouldn’t feel too bad. Many college graduates would be happy to be $11 ahead instead of thousands, or hundreds of thousands, behind. The credit-driven higher education bubble of the past several decades has left legions of students deep in debt without improving their job prospects. To make college a good value again, today’s parents and students need to be skeptical, frugal and demanding.

When a lot of young Americans graduate from college and can’t find a decent job, they are told that if they really want to “be successful” that what they really need is a graduate degree.

That means more years of education, and in most cases, even more debt.

But by the time many of these young achievers get through college and graduate school, the debt loads can be absolutely overwhelming

The typical debt load of borrowers leaving school with a master’s, medical, law or doctoral degree jumped an inflation-adjusted 43% between 2004 and 2012, according to a new report by the New America Foundation, a left-leaning Washington think tank. That translated into a median debt load—the point at which half of borrowers owed more and half owed less—of $57,600 in 2012.
 
The increases were sharper for those pursuing advanced degrees in the social sciences and humanities, versus professional degrees such as M.B.A.s or medical degrees that tend to yield greater long-term returns. The typical debt load of those earning a master’s in education showed some of the largest increases, rising 66% to $50,879. It climbed 54% to $58,539 for those earning a master of arts.

In particular, many are questioning the value of a law school education these days.  Law schools are aggressively recruiting students even though they know that there are way, way too many lawyers already.  There is no way that the legal field can produce enough jobs for the huge flood of new law school graduates that are hitting the streets each year.

The criticism has become so harsh that even mainstream news outlets are writing about this.  For instance, the following comes from a recent CNN article

For the past three years, the media has picked up the attacks with relish. The New York Times, in an article on a graduate with $250,000 in loans, put it this way: “Is Law School a Losing Game?” Referring to the graduate, the Times wrote“His secret, if that’s the right word, is to pretty much ignore all the calls and letters that he receives every day from the dozen or so creditors now hounding him for cash,” writes the author.  Or consider this blunt headline from a recent Business Insider article: “‘I Consider Law School A Waste Of My Life And An Extraordinary Waste Of Money.’” Even though the graduate profiled in the piece had a degree from a Top 20 law school, he’s now bitterly mired in debt. “Because I went to law school, I don’t see myself having a family, earning a comfortable wage, or having an enjoyable lifestyle,” he writes. “I wouldn’t wish my law school experience on my enemy.”

In America today, approximately two-thirds of all college students graduate with student loan debt, and the average debt level has been steadily rising.  In fact, one study found that “70 percent of the class of 2013 is graduating with college-related debt – averaging $35,200 – including federal, state and private loans, as well as debt owed to family and accumulated through credit cards.”

That would be bad enough if most of these students were getting decent jobs that enabled them to service that debt.

But unfortunately, that is often not the case.  It has been estimated that about half of all recent college graduates are working jobs that do not even require a college degree.

Could you imagine that?

Could you imagine investing four or five years and tens of thousands of dollars in a college degree and then working a job that does not even require a degree?

And the really sick thing is that the quality of the education that most college students are receiving is quite pathetic.

Recently, a film crew went down to American University and asked students some really basic questions about our country.  The results were absolutely stunning

When asked if they could name a SINGLE U.S. senator, the students blanked. Also, very few knew that each state has two senators. The guesses were all over the map, with some crediting each state with twelve, thirteen, and five senators.

I have posted the YouTube video below.  How in the world is it possible that college students in America cannot name a single U.S. senator?…

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These are the leaders of tomorrow?

That is a frightening thought.

If parents only knew what their children were being taught at college, in most instances they would be absolutely horrified.

The following is a list of actual college courses that have been taught at U.S. colleges in recent years…

-”What If Harry Potter Is Real?

-”Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame

-”Philosophy And Star Trek

-”Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond

-”Learning From YouTube

-”How To Watch Television

-”Sport For The Spectator

-”Oh, Look, a Chicken!

That last one is my favorite.

The truth is that many of these colleges don’t really care if  your sons and daughters learn much at all.  They just want the money to keep rolling in.

And our college students are discovering that when they do graduate that they are woefully unprepared for life on the outside.  In fact, one survey found that 70% of all college graduates wish that they had spent more time preparing for the “real world” while they were still in college.

In America today, there are more than 300,000 waitresses that have college degrees, and close to three out of every ten adults in the United States under the age of 35 are still living at home with Mom and Dad.

Our system of higher education is not working, and it is crippling an entire generation of Americans.

So what do you think?

Do you believe that college is a waste of time and money?

This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

 

 

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Big Biz spends big money on “Obamacare of Education” Common Core, Fights small government activists, some teachers

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Source: http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org

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Big Biz spends big money on “Obamacare of Education” Common Core, Fights small government activists, some teachers

 

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Common Core, is supported broadly by the business community. Moderate Republican stalwarts such as Jeb Bush and even Rupert Murdoch are behind the effort to federalize education parameters. There is a belief that Common Core will do a better job of standardizing future workers.

But to paraphrase the late George Carlin, “They want obedient workers. They want people just smart enough to do the paperwork and run the machines but dumb enough to put up with the nonsense at the top.”

This is what is behind Common Core.

Though one hears little of the pushback against Common Core in the establishment media there is massive resistance to the effort to bring education standards completely under the control of Washington DC. Parents around the country have fought to bring awareness of the program to the fore. In at least one case a parent went to jail for questioning the implementation of Common Core in Baltimore City schools.

Standardizing workers saves big business money. If it can get the state to mold people into uniform units big business will do it. Then as they see it the workforce will be more about plugging people into roles than the nuanced (and expensive) art human resource management is now.

Conform to your box epsilon.

(From Politico.com)
 
Tea party activists have been waging war for months against the Common Core academic standards. Now, in a coordinated show of muscle, Big Business is fighting back — and notching wins.
 
The urgent effort stems from a sense among supporters that this is a make-or-break moment for the Common Core, which is under siege all over the country.

Click here for the article.

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Nick Sorrentino
About Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

Potent Propaganda: The College Debt Bubble Is Set to Explode (Micro Documentary)

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Source: http://www.shtfplan.com

By Mac Slavo

Potent Propaganda: The College Debt Bubble Is Set to Explode (Micro Documentary)

 

 

This month President Obama issued a directive that will penalize “for-profit” trade schools because students are amassing huge levels of debt they can’t pay off. According to the President and the Department of Education these specialty training schools promise to train students and prepare them for a career in everything from computer design to personal training. But when graduates get out of school they often lack the skills necessary to land the high paying jobs they were promised, leaving many without the income to service their loans.

The proposed regulations would penalize career oriented programs that produce graduates without the training needed to find a job with a salary that will allow them to pay off their debt. Schools, for-profit or not, that don’t comply would lose access to the federal student aid programs.
 
“Today, too many of these programs fail to provide students with the training that they need at taxpayers’ expense and the cost to these students’ futures.”

What President Obama won’t tell you is that it’s not just trade schools that promise young and optimistic high school graduates a future full of big money and easy living. And though most universities claim they are non-profit pedagogic institutions whose goal is to serve and mold young minds for the future, the fact is that there is a ton of money to be made by everyone involved including teachers, administrators, banks and periphery industries that service colleges.

According to a new documentary from Crush the Street obscene debt levels are being amassed on all levels of secondary education – even if the college in question is not “for profit.”

If you have kids entering college, in college, or graduates living with you at home, the following documentary is one you’ll want to share – just so they know exactly how they’ve been brainwashed into believing that the road to success requires a degree. Moreover, it reveals the reasons for why college education costs are sky rocketing, as well as the end result of the trillion dollar bubble that is sure to pop in coming years.

A Must Watch For Anyone Entering Higher Education: The College Bubble

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The official fiscal year 2010 default rate was 14.7% and we can only expect that to be higher for the following years. No one but the government would guarantee a loan for anyone to go to college, for any curriculum with little regards for the likelihood of the individual to repay the loan.
 
The government gladly invests taxpayer dollars into student grants and loans. This is what has been driving the increase in college tuition bringing it above and beyond the average student and family.
 
For teenagers the propaganda is so potent that high school students in many cases have blind optimism that they will land their dream career after college and have the income to easily pay off any loan balances occurred along the way.
 
Some graduates are left with over 100,000 in debt and can barely find any job, let alone the one they pictured themselves getting into four years ago.

For starters, we are now living in a new economy, much different from the one our parents and grandparents experienced after World War II. Many of America’s high paying jobs have been outsourced to foreign countries. Manufacturing has been shifted to slave-labor economies like China. The majority of jobs left in America are low-paying, minimum wage labor. So the competition for the few high paying jobs remaining is extremely fierce.

This is why a huge percentage of American adults – nearly 30% – are living with their parents, and that includes graduates who just got out of school with tens of thousands in debt.

The government interference that caused home prices to rise ahead of the 2008 financial crisis and saw more people buy homes than ever before, is the very same effect we’re seeing in college education.

We all remember how that ended up.

College tuition cannot rise indefinitely. Eventually something will cause the great college bubble to pop.
 
Outstanding student loan debt is over $1.2 trillion. This is nearly 50% higher than outstanding credit card debt.
 
The longer the status quo is kept, the bigger the bubble is going to get… and thus the larger the crash will be.
 
In the coming years student loan payments will get so high that it’ll be unmanageable… even for the students that get the dream job that they were told their degree would award them.
 
Massive defaults will occur and colleges will soon be worse off. Prices will need to be readjusted to maintain the maximum income when attendance levels crash. Professors will face pay cuts or layoffs, along with administration, maintenance, construction and anyone else working for or at a college or university.

As an example, take a high school graduate who wants to become a teacher. She’ll spend four years in school and take on around $80,000 of debt. When she gets out of school, she’ll make around $35,000 a year. At that rate it would literally take her two decades to pay off her loan. Others might not be so lucky and will end up shackled with debt for their entire life, or they’ll simply default. Consider a liberal arts major who, in essence, is being trained for a “career t”hat produces a service that the majority of Americans won’t have the money to pay for. How will this individual pay back tens of thousands of dollar in debt?

The simple answer? They won’t.

There are certainly jobs out there that require higher education. But even those industries, such as the medical field, are being gutted from within.

This is just another example of what happens when government gets involved in the free market. Overblown prices, life-long debt commitments, and a future of destitution is what college graduates can expect over coming decades.

What high schoolers don’t realize – and many will never be taught under Common Core’s curriculum – is that the key elements for success are, among other things, self-education, focus, adaptability, resilience, persistence and an optimistic attitude. You know, all of those things that made America great to begin with. A college degree is secondary.

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Common Core: How Career Training Has Replaced Public Education

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Source: http://www.occupycorporatism.com

By Susanne Posel
Occupy Corporatism

Common Core: How Career Training Has Replaced Public Education

 

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Last month in New York, the Common Core Learning Standards will leave some students behind because of the focus on passing tests and lack of direct education.

The working group of Board Regents (BR) state: “Educators whose jobs are threatened because of this year’s and last year’s test results should be able to raise as a defense a district’s failure to provide enough training or guidance on the standards.”

The BR will be releasing a report on CCLS which demands that a 3 year moratorium be placed on implementation of Common Core to properly evaluate the consequences of drastically shifting the focus of education from learning to effectively passing exams.

In 2022, students in high school would be required to pass CCLS exams or risk not graduating with a diploma.

These recommendations by the BR apply to 2012 – 2014 school years and represent an obvious turn from agendas laid out by John King, NY education commissioner, and Chancellor Merryl Tisch.

Both King and Tisch decry that CCLS is “necessary to ensure that students are college and career ready.”

Media reports assert to the public that “common core isn’t a government conspiracy” in an attempt to legitimize this “initiative in our classrooms.”

In the mix to contribute to this shift in what education means in America, a groups called Student Achievement Partners (SAP) prides themselves on “working to support teachers across the country in their efforts to realize the promise of the Common Core State Standards for all students.”

According to the SAP website: “This website is full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. It includes practical tools designed to help students and teachers see their hard work deliver results. achievethecore.org was created in the spirit of collaboration. Please steal these tools and share them with others.”

Ben Gibbons, a father of 3 children, wrote an op-ed piece explaining his view on CCLS.

Gibbons said: “Common Core’s lead architect has publicly admitted that his team was not qualified for the job, and it shows. The standards for early childhood grades, for instance, are wildly at odds with what educators and child psychologists know is developmentally appropriate for young children, setting the stage for undue stress and suppressed creativity.”

The father continued: “In math, rather than teaching students to competently and confidently solve arithmetic problems using the classic algorithms, Common Core mandates an avant-garde approach in which children are taught a confusing amalgam of solution strategies, most of which are utterly worthless in the real world. As a result, your grandmother will likely be faster and more competent at simple arithmetic than your kids.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) published a document entitled, “Shifting into High Gear: Accelerating the Common Core through Teacher Networks” which creates “robust teacher networks to accelerate the impact of their efforts to support Common Core implementation.”

The College Ready Work (CRW) team is an off-shoot of the College Ready Strategy (CRS) provides “existing Foundation partners” to become “networks” for educators to ensure that CCSS is implemented “successfully”.

Under CCLS new standards of learning have been implemented with the expressed purpose of dumbing down the population. These include:

• Basic knowledge of the “classics” without a focus on reading comprehension
• Reinvention of writing skill to focus on keyboard and typing skills for college and career readiness
• Learning how to speak improperly by integrating slang and other alternative modes of communication
• Using media as a form of learning to train students to become dependent on mainstream media for their information while de-emphasizing personal research and independent thought
• Replacing cursive writing with courses on keyboard and focus on improving typing skills
• Replacing cognitive thought facilitated by mathematics with the broad belief system that illegitimates logic and reasoning

Memorization is the center of this new way of educating children with a focus on visualization to understand relationships between numbers. This is a technique that supposes the child will eventually come to the correct answer to the question.

By using deduction, the CCSS standard is part of the uniform “what every child should know curriculum.”

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Charlotte Iserbyt – Common Core – Save Long Island Forum 1/18/14

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Charlotte Iserbyt – Common Core – Save Long Island Forum 1/18/14

 

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Author and former educator Charlotte Iserbyt spoke with the electricity of a spark plug about how the American school system purposely indoctrinates our children into robot servants of the system.

Learn more about Charlotte Iserbyt and her book The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America: http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/…

Learn more about Save Long Island: http://savelongisland.org/
Check out the Save Long Island Forum website to see a list of all the speakers: http://savelongislandforum.com/

Related post: The Secret History Of Western Education – Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt

 

Wisconsin Middle School Forces Children to Play “Cross the Line” Game – Asks Kids if Parents are Alcoholics

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Source: http://libertyblitzkrieg.com

By Michael Krieger

 

Wisconsin Middle School Forces Children to Play “Cross the Line” Game – Asks Kids if Parents are Alcoholics

 

 

Just in case you had any lingering doubt about the uselessness of many U.S. public schools, I bring to you Marinette Middle School. Yes, the administrators of this school thought it would be a fantastic idea to gather sixth graders around and ask them in front of all their classmates questions like; if their parents are alcoholics, use drugs or are divorced.

This story emerge only a week after I published the very disturbing article: Lunches Seized and Tossed in Trash at Salt Lake City Elementary School for Kids with Unpaid Balances.

Now, from local station NBC26 we discover that:

MARINETTE, Wis. — Several parents with students attending Marinette Middle School are outraged over a recent game that they say is inappropriate and leads to bullying.

The parents tell NBC26 school leaders forced their kids to play the game called ‘Cross the Line’ which calls on the students to reveal personal information about themselves and their families.

“Those are questions that no child should have to answer,” said Janette Sadowski, a parent of a 6th grader. 

She said her daughter chose not to play, and was threatened with an in-school suspension.

Classy. It seems the school system is teaching the small slaves to behave and listen to irrational orders at a young age

“She stood her ground, half her class stood their ground,” said Sadowski.

Students line up and answer questions by taking a step forward. The Parents say it’s the nature of the questions that has them upset. Some ask the group if they’ve experienced suicidal thoughts and if they feel one or both of their parents are alcoholics.

In a statement from the Marinette Middle School Principal, Shawn Limberg, it says students had the choice to participate, and this was part of a bullying prevention program. Limberg said the intent was to “build stronger, more respectful relationships among students.”

Right you moron, because exposing to the entire class that a child’s parents are drunks is going to reduce bullying. Yes, these are the people “educating” your children.

Full article here.

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Lunches Seized and Tossed in Trash at Salt Lake City Elementary School for Kids with Unpaid Balances

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Source: http://libertyblitzkrieg.com

By Michael Krieger

Lunches Seized and Tossed in Trash at Salt Lake City Elementary School for Kids with Unpaid Balances

 

While I understand the need for parents to pay for their children’s lunches, what do you think the appropriate response should be by adults running an elementary school upon realizing that some young children with unpaid balances had already been served a full hot meal?

Personally, I would assume that any reasonable human being would allow the children to eat the lunches while at the same time calling up their parents to sort out the problem. However, that’s not the action deemed appropriate by the “child-nutrition manager” that visited Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City this past Tuesday. Nope, this person decided that the best course of action was to seize already served lunches and throw them in the trash in front of the victim’s classmates. Mind you, this person is called a “child-nutrition manager.” So someone in charge of “child nutrition” thinks he or she is doing their job by ensuring malnourishment due to unpaid balances.

Next stop for these kids, debtors prison, which are making a comeback in the U.S. by the way. Disgraceful.

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Up to 40 kids at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City picked up their lunches Tuesday, then watched as the meals were taken and thrown away because of outstanding balances on their accounts — a move that shocked and angered parents.

“It was pretty traumatic and humiliating,” said Erica Lukes, whose 11-year-old daughter had her cafeteria lunch taken from her as she stood in line Tuesday at Uintah Elementary School, 1571 E. 1300 South.

Lukes said as far as she knew, she was all paid up. “I think it’s despicable,” she said. “These are young children that shouldn’t be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need to clear up.”

Jason Olsen, a Salt Lake City District spokesman, said the district’s child-nutrition department became aware that Uintah had a large number of students who owed money for lunches.

Better call the FBI, after all, it’s not as if there are bankers stealing billions or anything…

As a result, the child-nutrition manager visited the school and decided to withhold lunches to deal with the issue, he said.

But cafeteria workers weren’t able to see which children owed money until they had already received lunches, Olsen explained.

The workers then took those lunches from the students and threw them away, he said, because once food is served to one student it can’t be served to another.

She said it was a difficult day for her daughter and other kids. She said her daughter told her one of the cafeteria workers cried at the sight. And her daughter’s best friend was so upset that she went home Tuesday night and made lunches for all the students who had theirs taken, she said.

On a positive note, at least the children are far more sensible than the adults.

Full article here.

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Teacher’s group defends teacher accused of keeping kindergartner in a closet

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Source: http://tennessee.watchdog.org

By Chris Butler

Teacher’s group defends teacher accused of keeping kindergartner in a closet

 

IN THE CLOSET: Did a Memphis teacher go too far when she reportedly kept a 5-year-old in a closet at school? A teachers’ organization doesn’t think so.

IN THE CLOSET: Did a Memphis teacher go too far when she reportedly kept a 5-year-old in a closet at school? A teachers’ organization doesn’t think so.


MEMPHIS — One of the nation’s largest teachers’ associations is defending a Memphis kindergarten teacher accused of keeping a misbehaving 5-year-old student in a closet.

The Memphis Education Association reportedly said the teacher didn’t violate Tennessee law.  

Even though Memphis police are investigating, the MEA, affiliated with the statewide Tennessee Education Association, told station WREG that people involved have made a bigger deal out of the story than necessary.

Tennessee Watchdog left messages with the MEA and the TEA but was unable to speak to representatives before Tuesday’s publication.

MEA President Keith Williams, however, told the station that A.B. Hill Elementary School teacher Kristin Oshfeldt was sick that day and believed she was carrying out an acceptable form of punishment for the girl.

“The child was not out of view of the teacher and that sort of thing, so I guess we’ll all have to wait and see what they come up with,” Williams said.

The 5-year-old said she was in the closet for more than an hour.

“According to the teacher’s association, Oshfeldt defended the disciplinary method, saying she’s put children in that isolated spot before for punishment,” WREG reported.

“She was using a form of isolation that she thought was acceptable to the district and to state standards,” Williams said.

The school district did not comment to the station, but the little girl’s mother told WREG her daughter is traumatized and doesn’t want to go back to school.

Oshfeldt left the school without releasing the girl, according to CBS News. A substitute teacher later found her.

WREG reported that Oshfeldt’s superiors suspended her without pay.

Contact Christopher Butler at chris@tennesseewatchdog.org. or follow him and submit story ideas on his official Facebook page.
 
 

Why Should Kids Go “Home” at All?

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Source: http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com

By Chris Rossini

Why Should Kids Go “Home” at All?

 

ID-10032365Separation & Indoctrination. Those words summarize the purpose of public schooling. The goal is to separate kids from their parents as early as possible, and indoctrinate them for as long as possible.

We see the push for getting kids as early as possible with calls for “Universal Pre-K”.

Next comes having the kids for as long as possible. Here’s a peek into what that looks like. Fox reports on NJ Governor Chris Christie’s recent education announcement:

One of the big education announcements that he made in Camden is plans for an after-school dinner program for kids in six of the city’s schools.
 
“Life in 2014 is very much different from life 100 years ago and it demands something more for our students. It is time to lengthen both the school day and the school year in New Jersey,” Christie said.

Next up: Beds in schools. Why go home at all?


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