2013 has just started, but a slew of new education studies and reports have already emerged. It´s intimidating to sort through all the numbers and percentages and wonder what it really means — and more importantly, what it means for kids in Michigan. But a new study from the Center for Michigan focuses on what citizens would like to see in schools. It´s a refreshing perspective. (Snip) Residents gave the K-12 system an average score, which meshes with the state´s lackluster test results when compared with others states. Looking ahead, most residents want to ensure teachers
Comments: It is important to grasp that this is happening in ALL schools where you have a dRATS controlled PTA [and Labor Department´s Employment & Training Administration]. They want US to pass school bonds and pay for these habitual failures in our system? These not only continue to dumb down our school standards for LIV, but, let US say they get a great education. Where would I go to find a job if they tax me so much as to take my incentives away to use my natural talents? Like a doctor...or teacher?
The useful things in life, like how to balance a checkbook and how to stop spending when the balance is zero seem to escape many people. But our third graders can get a condom on a banana in the wink of an eye.
Rush had a teacher on last week who told of having to embrace the theory of "White Privilege", absorb it and be willing to pass it on to students in order to get the teaching degree. A.) not true & B.) not helpful.
Michelle Malkin has just begun a series about "The Race to the Top" and it is chilling. Years ago, the complaint was that curriculum had been pushed down from 2nd to 1st grade, etc. Now it is being pushed up, or delayed. Instead of learning to add in 1st. grade, students will not be expected to add until 2nd grade. Curriculum changes from K-12 and it sounds like teachers will be expecting less and somehow be getting better scores.
This is not a blueprint to compete academically with other countries. Every school district should take a very careful look at the proposed Nationwide curriculum and dumbed-down expectations.
Until the students don´t come from "babydaddies" and "babymamas" but from intact families, nothing will change. Society has broken down, and there are entire swaths of our culture in which education is not valued.
I did a study some 20 years ago that discovered that only 16% of the employees in one of America´s major city´s school district were full-time classroom teachers. Moral: nothing good is going to happen in education until that number is above 90%. There is no relationship between our "educational systems" and teaching kids to live effective, rewarding lives, not as long as most of the employees in our schools are bureaucratic dead weight.
The curriculum has been pushed down, at least in the early grades. Kindergarteners are expected to know the alphabet and read some words before they start school. The K curriculum is what 1st grade used to be. Some Head Start and preschool programs now look K-1st grade, with parents doing a good bit of the pushing for more and more academic (and inappropriate) content. I cringe to see little children used as pawns to appease parents and bureaucrats who only care about standardized test scores. (I don´t blame all parents, just those who inappropriately push their little ones). We are creating burnout for school right from the start.
As for the new teacher assessments, these are far more rigorous in many ways and have added another layer of work (some legitimate, some make work) onto teacher educators. One good thing coming out of the NYS Education Department is a call for higher GPA´s for students in teacher prep programs - something my colleagues and I have requested for years - always turned down by administrators who don´t want to lose tuition dollars. I am not optimistic that this will happen.
It is true that critical theory is being pushed everywhere. Not all students buy into it, but too many don´t have the knowledge and discernment to see the problems with it.
Talk to your Republican governors who are supporting the Common Core Standards. Both parties are complicit in meddling in areas not allowed by the Constitution. Ramona (the Pest)
Montevideo - Uruguay´s Senate is expected to pass a law on Tuesday making the small South American nation the world´s first to allow its citizens to grow, buy and smoke marijuana. The pioneering government-sponsored bill establishes state regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana and is aimed at wresting the business from criminals. Cannabis consumers would be allowed to buy a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) each month from state-regulated pharmacies as long as they are over the age of 18 and registered on a government database that will monitor their monthly purchases.
The political temperature in the Arctic rose on Tuesday when Vladimir Putin vowed to step up Russia´s military presence in the region in response to a claim by Canada to the north pole. In typically trenchant style, Putin told his defence chiefs to concentrate on building up infrastructure and military units in the Arctic. He said the region was again key to Russia´s national and strategic interests, following a retreat in the post-Soviet period. His comments were a direct and rapid riposte to Canada, a rival Arctic power. John Baird, said his government had asked scientists to work on a submission to the UN arguing
The phone call came from a charming woman with a bright, engaging voice to the cell phone of a TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer. She wanted to offer a deal on health insurance, but something was fishy. When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real, with a charming laugh. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked multiple times what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection.
A porn performer who tested positive for HIV in Los Angeles is asking for privacy as the industry tries to determine the scope of the problem. "The performer deserves privacy and dignity at this difficult time, and we ask that our colleagues and the media respect the performer’s wishes for privacy unless he or she wishes to speak," the Free Speech Coalition, a porn industry trade group, said in a statement. The Free Speech Coalition said it was working to identify anyone who had sex with the infected performer. “We take the health of our performers very seriously and felt
In China on Thursday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke plainly about the role of a free press in a democratic society. “Innovation thrives where people breathe freely, speak freely, are able to challenge orthodoxy, where newspapers can report the truth without fear of consequences,” he said in an address to American businesspeople living and working there. He was speaking against the backdrop of China’s restrictive policies on reporting by foreign news organizations; the Chinese government has so far declined to renew the visas of nearly two dozen reporters from The New York Times and Bloomberg News as a consequence
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela this week because it is too expensive to travel to South Africa, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Netanyahu had notified the South African authorities that he would fly in but cancelled his plans at the last minute due to the costs involved -- around 7.0 million shekels ($2 million) for his transport and security alone, pubic radio and the Haaretz daily reported. "The decision was made in light of the high transportation costs resulting from the short notice of the trip and the security required for the prime minister
New Orleans - Things traditionally get started a little late down here, an inclination that runs from mealtimes to political races. But with nearly a year to go before the 2014 election, it is already open season on Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana. (Snip) As Democrats look across the rest of the South, the outlook does not get much better. Ms. Landrieu, along with Senators Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, is pretty much all that is left of Southern Democrats in the Senate. All three are up for re-election next year. And the outcome of their races could determine whether the Southern Democrat,
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .” The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it´s racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
Columnist Charles Krauthammer attacked new Obamacare rules unveiled by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a late Thursday conference call, saying the Obama administration is “approach[ing] banana republic lawlessness” by issuing the decrees. Krauthammer spoke with Fox News’ Bret Baier on a panel with Juan Williams and Judge Andrew Napolitano, as the three reacted to Sebelius’ new directives for insurance companies. “This is exactly a reaction to a deep understanding among Democrats that [Obamacare] is a train wreck,” he said. “And it’s a panic reaction. As the judge said, this is utterly lawless. This now approaches banana republic lawlessness.
WASHINGTON – It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of the budget deal.“Embrace the suck,” House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi told fellow Democrats Thursday morning, a source told Politico.“We need to get this off the table so we can go forward,” she added. It’s a way of telling her colleagues the budget deal negotiated with Republicans is the best they can get. Democrats are fuming that the bipartisan budget deal doesn’t extend unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans. One of Pelosi’s top lieutenants, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said Thursday it