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Man Arrested for Picking Up His Children at School
“Jim Howe, father of two children enrolled in South Cumberland Elementary in Crossville, Tennessee, arrived at the school on foot at dismissal time: 2:00 PM. But a new school policy states that students may only leave at 2:00 PM if their parents are picking them up in cars. Walkers must wait until 2:35 PM. Howe maintained that the policy was meant to apply to students walking home by themselves, not students walking home with their parents.”
“Avery Aytes, a sheriff deputy and school resource officer, was on hand to prevent Howes from leaving with his kids.” (emphasis mine) “I’m going to call some help down here and we’re going to take you up to the jail right now,” said Aytes to Howes. “I’m not putting up with this today. You’re being childish and it’s uncalled for.”
“The school did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The sheriff’s office told an ABC local news channel that it believed Aytes acted responsibly. “The resource officers are there to enforce the law,” said Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess in a statement. Burgess did agree with Howes, however, that the new pickup policy was causing chaos. The line of cars picking up kids is so long that it spills out along the highway, creating safety concerns.”
In addition, here is the video of the incident.
Government college loans trap students in debt, inflate college prices, hurt the economy
We have written many times about the student debt bubble. It’s been popping for the past year or so. But things are accelerating.
It makes no sense at all that the government makes loans available to everyone who wants to go to college. Who would lend $50,000 or more to an 18 year old who has never held a job, maybe has never paid a bill, and who is interested in majoring in drama?
No one! Except the government.
No skin off the government’s nose though. It gets the money it loans out at nearly no cost at all and on the back end makes billions upon repayment. And the government is going to get paid. Student loans can’t be discharged in bankruptcy.
Meanwhile the colleges of our nation bathe in all this borrowed money. Professor salaries go up. Pensions are padded. New stadiums are built. Administrations are expanded.
The student though is left holding the bag in one hand and a diploma (if he or she is lucky) in the other hand. As he or she heads out into the world the “clink, clink” of the debt ball and chain is ever present.
(From The College Fix)
Vedder said federally subsidized college loans have forced tuition rates through the roof and wreaked havoc on college students’ checking accounts and future debt, but perhaps worst of all is how the program has hurt the very students it aimed to help: low-income ones.
“Federally subsidized loans, created sometime during the 1970s, were supposed to help poor young people get an affordable college education,” he said. “But, as the years go by, we have actually seen education become less affordable for poor people, not more affordable.”
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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.
TN Student Speaks Out About Common Core, Teacher Evaluations, and Educational Data (Video)
Published by Ethan Young
Published on Nov 7, 2013
Recorded at the Knox County School Board Regular Meeting
November 6, 2013
Share this video with and spread the message: we will not accept these issues with education.
Full video available here: http://kcstv.knoxschools.org/modules/…
(H/T Karen Bracken)
Ron Paul Discusses the Ron Paul Institute on the Tom Woods Show
Ron Paul, chairman and founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, discussed RPI and its work to “promote the idea of nonintervention in foreign policy” Tuesday on the Tom Woods Show.
Listen to the 26 minutes wide-ranging interview here:
Published by TomWoodsTV
Tom Woods, whose New York Times bestseller Meltdown features a foreword by Dr. Paul, asks the former congressman questions submitted by listeners.
Video capture added to original post.
Extreme Political Correctness Is Making Public School Education Pure Hell For America’s Children
Political correctness is taking over America, and this is especially true when it comes to our public schools. In the United States today, our public schools are being transformed into “Big Brother” training centers where virtually everything that our children do inside and even outside of school is being monitored, tracked, scrutinized and put into permanent records. As you will read about below, some U.S. public schools are now even monitoring the social media accounts of their students and are ready to pounce on any perceived violation. “Zero tolerance” policies have been implemented at public schools nationwide, and if a student does break “the rules”, it can result in immediate arrest and it can end up haunting them for the rest of their lives. Meanwhile, the content of the “educational instruction” that our children are receiving continues to decline. At this point, public schools in American have become little more than government indoctrination centers, and a steady stream of politically correct propaganda is being endlessly pumped into their heads. Our children may not know how to read, write or do math very well, but they sure do know how to let others do their thinking for them. As a result, most of our public school students are dumb as a rock, and as you will see below a new study has found that U.S. adults “are dumber than the average human”.
Political correctness in our schools has become so pervasive that it has even crept into the playgrounds. For example, footballs and baseballs have been deemed “dangerous” at one middle school in Long Island and have been permanently banned…
As CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Monday, officials at Weber Middle School in Port Washington are worried that students are getting hurt during recess. Thus, they have instituted a ban on footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls, or anything that might hurt someone on school grounds.
But if that was the worst our kids had to put up with, they could certainly survive it.
Unfortunately, these days a single politically incorrect mistake by your kid could result in an arrest and being hauled out of school in handcuffs. Just consider the following examples from a recent article by John Whitehead…
These days, it is far too easy to rattle off the outrageous examples of zero tolerance policy run amok in our nation’s schools. A 14-year-old student arrested for texting in class. Three middle school aged boys in Florida thrown to the ground by police officers wielding rifles, who then arrested them for goofing off on the roof of the school. A 9-year-old boy suspended for allegedly pointing a toy at a classmate and saying “bang, bang.” Two 6-year-old students in Maryland suspended for using their fingers as imaginary guns in a schoolyard game of cops and robbers. A 12-year-old New York student hauled out of school in handcuffs for doodling on her desk with an erasable marker. An 8-year-old boy suspended for making his hand into the shape of a gun, in violation of the school district’s policy prohibiting “playing with invisible guns.” A 17-year-old charged with a felony for keeping his tackle box in his car parked on school property, potentially derailing his chances of entering the Air Force. Two seventh graders in Virginia suspended for the rest of the school year for playing with airsoft guns in their own yard before school.
This is the constant danger that is looming over the heads of our public school students today. And what makes this even worse are the “zero tolerance” policies that have been put in place all over the country. It does not matter if your kid is a straight A student that has never done a single thing wrong. If your kid breaks the politically correct rules, the hammer will be brought down on your kid very hard. And according to Whitehead, many schools are now continually monitoring the social media accounts of their students for any “violations”…
Despite a general consensus that zero tolerance policies have failed to have any appreciable impact on student safety, schools have doubled down on these policies to the detriment of children all across the nation. Indeed, the zero tolerance mindset is so entrenched among school administrators all over America that we are now seeing school officials reaching into the personal lives of students to police their behavior at all times. For example, 13,000 students in the Glendale Unified School District in California are now being subjected to constant social media monitoring by school officials. Superintendent Richard Sheehan has hired private firm Geo Listening to analyze the public social media posts of students both off and on campus. Whether on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or any other social media platform, students will have their posts and comments analyzed for evidence of “bullying, cyber-bullying, hate and shaming activities, depression, harm and self harm, self hate and suicide, crime, vandalism, substance abuse and truancy.”
Unfortunately, the Glendale program is simply one component of a larger framework in which all student activity is treated as an open book by school administrators. What we are witnessing is a paradigm shift in American society, in which no personal activity is safe from the prying eyes of government agents and their corporate allies. Every decision and action, no matter how innocent, is scrutinized, analyzed, filed, stored, and eventually held against you when those in power feel like it.
You can read the remainder of Whitehead’s outstanding article right here.
So does it make you feel safer knowing that school authorities are “monitoring” your kids at all times?
And while they are sitting in the classroom, the goal is to “shape young minds” to accept the politically correct agenda of the progressives.
If parents only knew what was going on in these classrooms they would be absolutely shocked. For example, one sixth grade class in Arkansas was recently given an assignment to “revise” the Bill of Rights because it has become “outdated”…
Sixth graders at the Bryant School District in Arkansas were given an assignment to “revise” the “outdated” Bill of Rights by deleting and replacing two amendments, using the “War on Terror” and the Patriot Act as a guide.
The worksheet, which is the first Constitutional assignment of the school year, tells students that they will be on a “National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force” who will “prioritize, prune, and add amendments” for a “Revised Bill of Rights.”
“The government of the United States is currently revisiting the Bill of Rights,” the assignment states. “They have determined that it is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.”
Is that the kind of stuff that you want your kid to be taught?
Meanwhile, the reading, writing and math skills of U.S. students continue to decline. The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Dave Hodges…
For the most part, the end product our schools are producing is grossly substandard. SAT reading scores have declined to 40 year lows and there is no sign of a rebound. Since reading is the key to all knowledge, we are sending our children to a gunfight with a butter knife. Before the defenders of the public school system raise their voices in opposition, everyone needs to realize that our school children have been under attack for decades. Even the best educators have referred to our public education system as “the deliberate dumbing down of America.”
The results of our foolish national experiment with progressive education are predictable. A brand new international study just released by the U.S. Department of Education revealed that “U.S. adults are dumber than the average human“. The following is how USA Today described the findings of the study…
Americans have been hearing for years that their kids are lagging behind the rest of the developed world in skills. Now it’s the adults’ turn for a reality check.
A first-ever international comparison of the labor force in 23 industrialized nations shows that Americans ages 16 to 65 fall below international averages in basic problem-solving, reading and math skills, with gaps between the more- and less-educated in the USA larger than those of many other countries.
What is the solution?
Well, it would be nice if our public schools would stop doing all of the politically correct garbage and would start focusing on reading, writing and math again.
But we all know that is not going to happen.
So it is up to individual parents to make the choices that are going to be right for their own children. Our kids are not going to be getting a high quality education in the public schools, but they are not going to be able to be successful in life without one.
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Common Core Math – It goes to 11!
Watch as Curriculum Coordinator Amanda August explains the new “rigorous” math standards coming soon to a government school near you and how 3 x 4 = 11 is an okay answer as long as you can explain how you got there:
Here is the kind of “human capital widget” I predict Common Core math will produce. Watch as Nigel Tufnel eloquently explains how he gets to 11:
Common Core kids, show us how you got that answer
Shared from: http://www.bcpublicrecord.com
Common Core – It’s only a math “standard”
So what are your thoughts regarding the Common Core agenda or this video? Our education system reflects the future laid out for our society.
Explicit statist indoctrination in our schools? Students as industrial products, Common Core
Common Core is a federal effort to standardize education in all public schools across the country. (I thought education was supposed to be a local matter in the USA.) It has been moving through channels very quietly though parents have finally gotten wind of at least some of what is going on.
In an effort to find out more this parent actually spoke up at a Common Core meeting in Baltimore and was arrested.
He’s right to question. Parents are still largely in the dark. Though information is leaking out.
Check this inforgraphic from one of the economic texts which is part of Common Core. It basicaly reinforces the anti-human, anti-liberty, view of “progress.” Free market capitalism is at the bottom with a general rise toward the workers paradise. The graph is very slyly constructed however. Though it generally infers to the student that “communism” is the ideal, it doesn’t exactly say so. Pretty smart.
Interestingly Jeb Bush is a big proponent of Common Core as is Chris Christie (surprise, surprise) along with corporations such as Intel, Exxon/Mobil and Cisco. They want a standardized student “product” which meets their needs. Or as the immortal George Carlin put it.
“They want people who are just smart enough to run the machines and to do the paperwork.”
And that is about right.
But it’s not just we liberty types who are concerned.
…there are now many on the left who oppose Common Core. The Louisiana State Democratic Party opposes it because of concerns the implementation will be faulty due to all the opposition. Others on the left dislike Common Core because of a concern that it will “force students to take even more expensive, standardized tests and is something of a corporate takeover of education.” There are fears that Common Core is being driven by money; pushed by corporations that will benefit from selling tests and other curriculum. Common Core adds new tests for ninth and tenth graders. Others on the left worry that it will reduce arts, sciences, literature and creative writing in the classroom. A group of 25,000 teachers is opposing Common Core under the name BATs, for Badass Teachers’ Association.
This thing needs to be looked at closely. Everyone seems to hate it except the crony capitalists.
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Common Core: The Battle For Our Children & Our Country
At St. Tammany Parish, during a meeting of school board members, the topic of heated debate was the over-whelming desire to defeat the implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in their local public schools.
Board members lashed out at “accusations that they haven’t done enough to fight the new education standards or inform the public about them.”
Parents were recently informed by administration officials for the St. Tammany School Board (STSB) that” they are in the middle of developing that curriculum to align with the standards.”
They responded by stating that CCSS is “not tried, it’s not tested. It’s developmentally inappropriate.”
One mother suggested that parents must unite and prepare for a long fight, “but we’re fighting for our children.”
Those parents who attended the meeting pointed out that:
- Their children are not comprehending the new version of mathematics being taught
- Inappropriate books are being read aloud in class
- CCSS is proving to be less effective than previous curriculums
Marion Brady, a veteran teacher who participated in curriculum design, explains that: “Standards shouldn’t be attached to school subjects, but to the qualities of mind it’s hoped the study of school subjects promotes. Subjects are mere tools, just as scalpels, acetylene torches, and transits are tools. Surgeons, welders, surveyors — and teachers — should be held accountable for the quality of what they produce, not how they produce it.”
Brady points out that CCSS assumes that “what kids need to know is covered by one or another of the traditional core subjects. In fact, the unexplored intellectual terrain lying between and beyond those familiar fields of study is vast, expands by the hour, and will go in directions no one can predict.”
The FreedomProject Education (FPE) released a video entitled, “Common Core: Dangers and Threats to American Liberty and Education” that reveals the purpose of CCSS as a way to gain full governmental control over schooling in the US.
Mary Black, student development director at FPE explains that CCSS is designed to ensure that every student in every school across the nation is learning the same thing, reading from the same book, on the same page at the same time.
Black asserts that the curriculum is tailored to teach children “what to think and how to think.”
Earlier this month, Paul LaPage, governor of Maine, signed an executive order (EO) reiterating that public schools in Maine are locally controlled that student’s personal information will not be shared with corporations and federal agencies.
The EO states that “the Department of Education shall not adopt any educational standards, curricula or instructional approaches that may be mandated by the federal government. That the Department of Education shall not apply for any federal grant that requires, as a condition of application, the adoption of any federally-developed standards, curricula or instructional approaches.”
Because of this new educational standard, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows that students in K – 12 have stagnated and are not expected to improve.
Career – ready children are the clear focus of CCSS.
College Measures (CM) released a report finding that degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math are more promising as far as employment after graduation than English majors.
This study was a joint venture between CM, the American Institutes for research (AIR) and the Matrix Knowledge Group (MKG).
Funding for the report was provided by the Lumia Foundation (LF).
This group is comprised of such special interest groups such as:
• Former president of Sallie Mae
• Representatives of community colleges
• Representative of online schools
This report was conducted for the sake of convincing students, parents and lawmakers (including policymakers) that there is little value in higher learning and investments in technical schools will boost enrollment.
Schneider stated: “Until the data about potential earnings among graduates across the nation is unearthed and put to full use, many students will make poor decisions about schools and programs — decisions that will leave them saddled with debt and clamoring for a government bailout.”
The CM report claims:
- Short term degrees yield higher salaries
- Higher tuition does not guarantee higher wages
- Degrees in the scientific field prove more financially rewarding
Since “technical-oriented associate’s degree programs are helping many students successfully enter the labor market by equipping them with skills that are in demand” the encouragement toward a 4 year university seems inappropriate.
Current acceptable skills obtained by lower-level education are:
• Registered nurse
• Police officer
• Dental hygienist
• Diagnostic medical sonographer
Each degree necessitates a fair amount of education; however they are reflective of the lack of actual labor that goes into more respectable positions.
While their pay rate is rising, these are grunt laborers of their respective trades and are not idealized for their social status.
Recently, President Obama spoke to students at State University of New York at Buffalo; a school where most of the student body are made up of children from middle-class families.
The purpose of this speech was to entice residents of lower-profile cities to a new scheme for affordable college.
As part of this scheme, there will be a new ratings system (NRS) implemented to evaluate schools based on the needs of the students; while bring curriculum to those standards as well.
This would connect financial assistance to the value of the student. Those educational institutions that meet governmental standards would be rewarded with more financial aid.
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