Category Archives: Education

To desegregate Brownstone Brooklyn middle schools, high scores, good grades no longer a factor

The move is part of a citywide push to increase the number of black and Hispanic students admitted into high achieving schools. Admissions at 10 of the 11 middle schools in District 15 are currently competitive, admitting students with the best grades, test scores, attendance record and other positives.

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The End of Education

The 19th century legacy of Horace Mann and his influence on public school education is still being debated. His intentions were noble and his argument for civics and citizen-making as a function of democratic schooling had much to recommend it. But opening the public schools to government control has proven to be a Pandora’s Box of incurable ills. There can be little doubt that its latest manifestation, Common Core, is nothing short of a recipe for the uniform and partisan dumbing down of the current generation.

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Three strikes and a clout: US school brings back the paddle

A school in the US state of Georgia has introduced a new method of instilling discipline in its pupils: Up to three clouts with a wooden paddle.

The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics, which takes children from the age of five to 15, asked parents before the start of term this week for consent to paddle their children if they were caught breaching rules for the third time.

Jody Boulineau, the school’s superintendent, told local reporters: “In this school we take discipline very seriously.”

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The University Is Ripe for Replacement

“Education is a weapon the effect of which is determined by the hands which wield it, by who is to be struck down.” — Stalin, interview with H.G. Wells

Beginning in early K-12 and continuing to the highest levels of university education, Leftist indoctrination is the gravest dilemma that afflicts education in North America, rendering it perhaps the most powerful instrument of anti-Western bias and socialist propaganda of the modern era.

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266 Chicago school employees fail background checks — including 60 teachers!

CPS CEO Janice Jackson told the Chicago Tribune 266 employees were flagged for criminal behavior and banned, while another 245 refused to submit fingerprints for the checks. The first group, which includes 60 teachers, is now under review to determine if they are a threat to children, while the second group will be disqualified from employment if they don’t get with the program, she said.

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A is for Activist?

It is dispiriting to note that those to whom we have entrusted the education of our children in the primary and public schools are woefully under-educated practitioners of the discipline.  In an article titled “Educational Rot,” Walter Williams laments “the low academic quality of so many teachers.”  Williams is referring to the abomination of teacher training colleges, which recruit the dregs of the graduate schools, catering to candidates “who have the lowest academic test scores.”  The same applies to graduates of the gender studies programs in the universities, who, unfit for productive employment, often end up in the K-12 classroom.  The damage such instructors do to the public school system and to our children is incalculable.

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Behind the exodus from US state schools

As fierce national debate over controversial social justice issues spills into America’s public schools, many parents are responding by pulling their children out.

This is playing out in Texas especially, because even though independent-minded Texans typically don’t have much time for government meddling, many nevertheless adhere to that higher form of government – religion.

Hence many Texas parents are increasingly frustrated at what they perceive as religion being phased out of Texas public schools.

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