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I found these images in an e-mail, so I can’t exactly vouch for their authenticity. However, the statistics are easily researchable, and if you’re getting all your information from me, there’s already a problem, right?

So, the founder’s in their own words supported the Bible, and what it has to say for our lives. Cool.

So what do you think happens when we remove the Bible from our daily lives? Say, even, from our schools?

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This is a Peter Morrison Report from earlier this month that technical problems didn’t allow me to post (my apologies to Mr. Morrison.) Yet it’s still very timely, giving an insider’s view of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) controversy without the invective and belittling the Left so loves to do:

It is extremely important that conservatives and patriots from around the state contact the Texas State Board of Education to voice support for the revisions that the SBOE made earlier this year to the Texas social studies textbook standards.

If you can, please take one of the following actions:

1. Sign up to testify before the State Board meeting in Austin. Wednesday, May 19th will be a full day of public testimony before the SBOE. The signup to testify starts early on Friday, May 14th. Be sure to call the Texas Education Agency early on that morning at 512-463-9581 to make sure you get a spot to testify!

2. Contact the SBOE by sending them an email at sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us and let them know that you support the revisions that have been made.

Right now, the SBOE is hearing from groups like the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth, Sikh Coalition, U.T. Austin Department of History, Carrizo-Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Hindu-American Foundation, Coalition for Educational Reform, Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, and many other individuals. They have been asked to include more minorities, more liberal groups, less about our Christian heritage, less about limited government, more about race and gender, and less about free markets and gun rights.

The SBOE has already heard from lots of liberals and liberal groups. They need to hear from conservatives as well!

Please either call 512-463-9581 and get a spot to testify or email the SBOE at:

sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us

The information below is from my SBOE representative, Barbara Cargill, one of the conservative members of the SBOE:

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This Fact Sheet clears up much of the misinformation from the media about the K-Grade 12 social studies standards. Please feel free to share it. Many of us on the State Board of Education (SBOE) will continue to work diligently for rigorous history standards that teach our children about their rich heritage and emphasize our country’s founding principles. We want students to learn more about the Founding Fathers and patriot heroes of both our state and nation. Important leaders who were neglected previously have been added to the standards. These include John Quincy Adams, John Hancock and John Wise. And we have placed stronger emphasis on key historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Students will learn the liberties and responsibilities guaranteed by each amendment in the Bill of Rights.

Here are examples of some of the outstanding standards that have passed so far:

American History:
-The student understands the concept of American exceptionalism.
-Describe how American values are different and unique from those of other nations;
-Describe U. S. citizens as people from numerous places throughout the world, who hold a common bond in standing for certain
self-evident truths.
-Discuss the meaning and historical significance of the mottos “E Pluribus Unum” and “In God We Trust.”

U.S. Government:
-Analyze selected issues raised by judicial activism and judicial restraint.

Grades 1-3: (with the word “equality” added in Grades 2-3)
-Identify characteristics of good citizenship including truthfulness, respect for others and oneself, responsibility in daily life, and participation in government by educating oneself about the issues, holding public officials to their word, and voting.

Grade 6:
-Understand the importance of morality and ethics in maintaining a functional free enterprise system.

Grade 8:
-Describe how religion and virtue contributed to the growth of representative government in the American colonies.

Over the last few months, the SBOE has heard testimony from people representing League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth, Sikh Coalition, U.T. Austin Department of History, Carrizo-Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Hindu-American Foundation, Coalition for Educational Reform, Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, and many other individuals. We have been asked to include more minorities, more liberal groups, less about our Judeo-Christian heritage, less about limited government, more about race and gender, and less about free markets and gun rights.

The final vote is on May 21st. The conservatives on the SBOE need help from patriots across the state to ensure that the revisions we have made to the standards are upheld. On Wednesday, May 19th we will have a full day of public testimony. People from many of the same organizations listed above will be back to speak to the SBOE. Please use this opportunity to come and address the Board yourself! Signing up to testify for the May 19th State Board meeting begins on Friday, May 14th. Please call the Texas Education Agency early at 512-463-9581.

If coming to Austin is not an option, let your voice be heard by e-mailing sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us. The proposed social studies standards are posted at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=3643. Charts that list the historical figures in the social studies standards are posted on that same page for verification of information. Please take a look at the standards for yourself and do not rely on what the media says. The Fact Sheet is pasted below for your convenience.

Thank you for your encouraging messages and for your support about this important issue.

For our children,

Barbara Cargill
State Board of Education, District 8
Chair, Committee on Instruction

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State Board of Education
Social Studies TEKS Fact Sheet

A. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is not listening to educators and experts and as such the SBOE should send the social studies standards back to the original review committees.

FACT: The Social Studies TEKS review committees and some history experts made some revisions that were unsupportable, and the State Board of Education had to direct changes or vote to return to the original content.

Christmas, Neil Armstrong, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, religious heritage language, Independence Day, Veterans Day and Christopher Columbus were either removed completely or partially from several grade levels by the review committees. The State Board of Education members have assured concerned members of the public that these historical figures and important concepts were placed back in the standards where they had been taught for the previous 10 years. This action was based on the urging and feedback from numerous educators, experts and concerned members of the public. One “historian” even suggested Alexander Graham Bell and the Texas Rangers should be removed from Texas social studies standards. This recommendation was not adopted.

B. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is making decisions on its own and not listening to educators.

FACT: Numerous educators urged the State Board of Education to teach students accurately about the country’s religious heritage and American Exceptionalism.

The State Board of Education voted to include requirements that students study about America ‘s religious heritage and American Exceptionalism.

C. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is deleting minority figures from the social studies curriculum.

FACT: The proposed Social Studies TEKS include more minority representation than ever before.

Among the many individuals who have been added to the standards are Crispus Attucks, Jose Bernardo Guillermo de Lara, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Wentworth Cheswell, Francisco Coronado, Bernardo de Galvez, Juan de Onate, Adina de Zavala, Enrique Esparza, W.E.B. DuBois, Carmen Lomas Garza, Henry B. Gonzalez, Raul A. Gonzalez, Maria Mitchell, Ellen Ochoa, Jose Antonio Navaro, Irma Rangel, Juan Seguin, Erasmo Seguin, Phillis Wheatley, Lulu Belle White, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Simon Bolivar, Bessie Coleman, Tomie de Paola, Marcus Garvey, Lydia Mendoza, Kadir Nelson, Danny Olivas, Raymond Telles and Amado Pena Jr.

D. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is eliminating Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall from the standards.

FACT: The State Board of Education members have not made any amendments to delete Cesar Chavez or Thurgood Marshall. The SBOE actually increased the emphasis placed on these historically significant individuals.

Both Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall have been made required elements of the curriculum framework. Students will study the legacy of these historically significant men in both the elementary grades and in high school, as Cesar Chavez has been added to Grade 5 American history and Thurgood Marshall has been added to the Grade 2 standards. Both already are taught in U.S. History Since 1877.

E. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has included conservative groups in the Social Studies TEKS without listing any liberal organizations.

FACT: The curriculum standards include historically significant individuals and groups from a wide array of ethnic, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds.

For example, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is required study at two different grade levels. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) also is required, as is separate study of founders W.E.B. DuBois and Ida B. Wells at various grade levels. Other notable leaders such as Anne Richards, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Jordan also are included. Students are required to study various social and political advocacy positions, including organizations that promoted civil rights for African Americans, Chicanos and American Indians.

Individuals who promoted civil rights, labor rights and women’s rights also are included, such as Upton Sinclair, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B.DuBois, Clarence Darrow, Martin Luther King Jr, Cesar Chavez, Thurgood Marshall, Hector P. Garcia, Frances Willard, Jane Addams and Dolores Huerta. The proposed history standards include diverse individuals and groups for study at each grade level.

F. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is excluding Hispanic and African American Medal of Honor recipients.

FACT: The State Board of Education expects students to know the significant contributions and heroic actions of Medal of Honor recipients from all backgrounds.

The SBOE added Medal of Honor recipients William Carney and Philip Bazaar to Grade 8 American history, and added Medal of Honor recipients Vernon J. Baker and Roy Benavides to the high school U.S. History course. The social studies curriculum standards specifically require that students study male and female Medal of Honor recipients of various racial backgrounds.

G. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has eliminated Tejanos who fought at the Alamo.

FACT: The Social Studies TEKS include Tejano leaders who fought at the Alamo .

In Grade 4 Texas history, Tejanos Juan Seguin , Placido Benavides and Francisco Ruiz are required to be studied as important participants in the Texas Revolution. Lorenzo de Zavala and Jose Antonio Navarro, Tejano leaders who died at the Alamo, also are required figures in Grade 4. In Grade 7 Texas history, students again study the significant roles played by Tejano leaders Lorenzo de Zavala and Juan Seguin as they review the events of the Texas Revolution, the siege of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto .

H. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has removed capitalism from the standards and substituted it with “free enterprise system.”

FACT: In Texas , students are required to study economics with an emphasis on the free-enterprise system and its benefits. “Free enterprise system” is the terminology used in the TEKS since 1998 to describe the U.S. economic system. The State Board of Education has voted to retain this term in the social studies standards. At each grade level starting in Grade 2, however, information has been added that states: “Students identify the role of the U.S. free enterprise system within the parameters of this course and understand that this system may also be referred to as capitalism or the free market system.” The SBOE will be retaining the term “free enterprise system” that aligns with state requirements.

I. FALSE ALLEGATION: Thomas Jefferson has been removed or downplayed in the Social Studies curriculum framework.

FACT: Only George Washington is emphasized more heavily than Thomas Jefferson in the social studies standards.

Thomas Jefferson is taught in Grade 5 American history, in Grade 8 American history and in U.S. Government. These are the same grades where Jefferson and his important legacy have always been taught, and the State Board of Education has not changed this emphasis. As the author of the Declaration of Independence , and as a strong proponent of limited government and states’ rights, Thomas Jefferson is the type of Founding Father and patriot hero about whom students should learn more, not less.

J. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has decided we no longer live in a democracy.

FACT: The United States is a constitutional republic, not a democracy.

The Pledge of Allegiance correctly identifies our form of government as a republic, and the State Board of Education members expect students to recite that pledge and understand its meaning. This reference to constitutional republic refers to the form of government our Founding Fathers instituted.

K. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education doesn’t believe students should learn about separation of church and state or First Amendment rights

FACT: Students in elementary grades, middle school and high school will learn about the important freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, as the Bill of Rights is outlined in Grade 5, Grade 8 and again in U.S. Government.

First Amendment rights are among the most fundamental we share in this country. Each of these freedoms should be studied, including the freedom of religion. Constitutional protection of religion was provided by banning the Federal Government, specifically Congress from establishing a national religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. A majority of the State Board of Education members voted against a new amendment to the TEKS because its wording downplayed the “free exercise” clause. The Founding Fathers actually encouraged religion, as can be seen in the emphasis given religion in the Northwest Ordinance which passed the same year the Constitutional Convention convened to draft the U.S. Constitution.


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Peter has the insider’s view of the Texas Textbook wars this time. Fascinating rading you won’t find in the Drive-By Media:

Over the course of the past several months the national media has been discussing the school textbook wars in Texas.  Typically,almost every article or report was actually liberal sermonizing disguised as journalism. In the past few weeks, these stories have reached a hysterical crescendo in the mainstream media, as it became clear that conservatives were going to triumph in our efforts to keep some of the liberal bias out of school textbooks.

There are few things in life that will have more influence on the future than what our children are taught in the classrooms of public schools. Private and home schools are wonderful, and I’m a strong supporter of both, but the number of students in public schools is far, far greater than the numbers enrolled in private and home schooling, combined. Unfortunately, liberals realized this long before conservatives did, and over the decades our kids’ textbooks have been increasingly filled with left-wing propaganda.

Conservatives finally woke up back in the 1970s, thanks to the heroic efforts of people like Mel and Norma Gabler, the husband and wife team who spent decades exposing the liberal indoctrination that was being passed off as education in Texas schools. Ever since then, the school textbook approval process in the Lone Star state has been a major battleground between conservatives and liberals. This year was no different, as the guidelines for social studies textbooks that will be in force for the next ten years were up for review.

I was a member of one of this year’s panels that produced the recommendations the Board of Education was seeking to implement. From my first hand experience in the earlier part of this process, I can tell you the story of what really happened. It’s nothing like the heavily biased and distorted accounts that appeared in the media across the country. To hear the MSM tell it, Texas was caught up in some sort of right wing extremist hysteria; a combination of a witch hunt to eliminate from history books anything conservatives disagree with and an iron fisted campaign to force a false version of history on our schools simply to imposea far right wing agenda.

That was how the media reports spun things, but in reality, what was happening was the exact opposite. Conservatives were the ones who were fighting to remove liberal orthodoxies with no basis in facts from our school textbooks and to prevent the left-wingers from making the texts even more liberal than they already were. Self proclaimed “progressives”, of course, pretend to be completely objective when it comes to textbook content, so in their minds these left leaning school books aren’t slanted at all, but completely unbiased. That’s nonsense, of course, and it’s why liberals have been squealing like stuck pigs for the past few months, trying to scare Texans and Americans with horror stories about “right wing extremism” taking over our state school board, when all conservatives were doing was restoring a small measure of balance. Don McLeroy, the conservative Republican who heads the Texas Board of Education, called the liberals out for their dishonesty in this regard. “We are adding balance…History has already been skewed. Academia is skewed too far to the left.”

Few things get liberals more agitated than talking about the Christian heritage of the United States, and it’s no coincidence that much of the negative media coverage centered on this subject. As SBOE member David Bradley pointed out, “There’s a hostility toward faith, specifically Christianity.” Liberal revisionists refuse to acknowledge that most of the Founding Fathers believed that religious principles should inform government, and for them, religion meant Christianity, period.

In addition, when liberals don’t get their way, they usually start slinging accusations of racism. According to the Austin American-Statesman, liberal board member Mary Helen Berlanga spent almost all of her time on the board trying to get lots of minor historical figures added to textbooks simply because they were minorities. Berlanga was the one who was obsessed with race, but when conservatives blocked her proposals because they believe people should be included in history books because of their contributions, not the color of their skin, she tried to make conservatives out to be the racists. As she left a board meeting in a huff, she slandered the conservative board members: “We can just pretend that this is a white America. Hispanics don’t exist.”

The irony is that just before she walked out of the meeting, Berlanga had made a motion to identify minority Medal of Honor winners. In her mind, it’s apparently only important to study Medal of Honor winners that aren’t white, yet she has the gall to accuse the conservative board members of being racist! 

Thankfully the conservatives on the Board of Education refused to be intimidated by these reckless accusations of racism (by people obsessed with race themselves), and didn’t cave in. They even had the courage to remove “hip hop music” as a “significant cultural contribution” to be studied by Texas school kids. Their victory isn’t just important for Texas, though, because many textbook publishers follow Texas’ guidelines when coming out with books for the national school market. So, thanks to the brave conservatives on the Board of Education, for the next ten years millions of school textbooks will be more accurate and balanced. They deserve our thanks.

 The State Board of Education is receiving a lot of negative media attention for doing the right thing and they need to hear encouragement from their constituents. Please send them an email at: sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us

Sources:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6909202.html

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/politics-sex-religion-are-all-fair-game-at-344354.html http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html?ref=education

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4098847/were-not-rewriting-history

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~Johnny~

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The Peter Morrison Report Newsletter (Subscribe HERE) had an interesting Alert on Multiculturalism in Texas schools:

Recently the conservative website WorldNetDaily featured a shocking report from someone in the process of applying for teaching certification in Texas. As part of the certification process, he was required to read several extremely disturbing online articles.

He chose to remain anonymous for fear of being punished for speaking out, because there are radicals deeply entrenched in the Texas educational system who don’t want this information to be made public.

Some of the materials that this prospective teacher was forced to read if he wanted to be certified to teach in a public school had absolutely nothing to do with education as most people understand it. Instead, their purpose was instilling in future teachers the idea that their role in kids’ lives is to act as agents of “social change” in the classroom, all in the name of “multiculturalism.”

Multiculturalism is one of those liberal buzzwords that are so dangerous precisely because they can mean whatever the speaker or writer wants them to mean. In the past few decades, innocuous sounding terms like “social justice” and “celebrating diversity” have become code words used to sneak a radical left wing agenda past an unsuspecting public. Extreme liberals now want to use teachers to indoctrinate our children in the name of multiculturalism.

On one of the websites that is required reading for future teachers, there’s a discussion of what multiculturalism means. Even this site admits that there’s no fixed meaning; but all the definitions they propose make it clear just what multiculturalism is all about – indoctrinating our kids with a radical left-wing agenda. One of their suggested definitions is “education change as part of a larger societal transformation in which we more closely explore and criticize the oppressive foundations of society and how education serves to maintain the status quo — foundations such as white supremacy, capitalism, global socioeconomic situations, and exploitation.”

This ideological jargon makes it perfectly clear what our kids will be learning if we don’t put a stop to this. They’ll be taught that white people are a bunch of racists; free enterprise is unjust and socialism means fairness for all; and the main reason third world nations are impoverished is because they’ve been exploited by greedy, oppressive Western countries. In other words, instead of being given a real education, our children will be taught the philosophy espoused by Barack Obama and his former pastor Jeremiah Wright, who famously said “white folk’s greed runs a world in need.”

That’s just the beginning. If there’s one trait all left wingers share, it’s their unrelenting hatred of traditional family values. The new “certification standards” that liberals want to impose on Texas teachers are no exception. Future teachers are warned that they must not harbor any feelings of “heterosexism,” and that one of their main functions as a teacher will be to eliminate this same “heterosexism” in their students. This is apparently just as important as teaching reading, writing and arithmetic, if not more so, because schools now serve a higher purpose, which is “the transformation of society” to eliminate all forms of “prejudice” and “oppression.”

Heterosexism is the radical new PC term for the belief that homosexual conduct is immoral, or in any way inferior to heterosexual behavior. It’s now established liberal doctrine that homosexuality and heterosexuality are moral equivalents which should be treated exactly alike, and anyone who disagrees is guilty of “hate.” Of course, traditional Americans don’t view homosexuality as being on an equal plane with opposite sex attraction, and part of the teacher’s job is to eradicate this “privileging” of heterosexuality in the minds of our children. The ultimate goal is the very “transformation of society”, in the words of the radical left wing website future teachers are required to read.

What would a “transformed society” look like to these people? Look no further than a book published in October of last year by Sarah Schulman to see what they have in mind for us. Schulman is a lesbian activist, as well as a professor at City University of New York, College of Staten Island. She’s also a Fellow at New York University, and is considered one of the leaders in the fight against “homophobia” and “heterosexism” in America. Here’s what one reviewer says of her book, Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences: “In her book, Schulman offers a strategy for dealing with homophobic trauma: Homophobia should be identified as a sickness, with families court-ordered into treatment programs.” To be clear, Schulman is not talking about people who physically assault homosexuals. She’s talking about people who regard homosexuality as immoral. She says they’re “sick” and they should be forced into “treatment” until they’re “cured.”

That’s just one aspect of the “transformation of society” agenda Texas teachers are now expected to take part in. These social engineers want Texas schools to teach this moral insanity to our innocent children, in order to lead the next generation into their brave new world, where free enterprise is oppression, Mom and Dad are racists, America and the rest of the Western World are the cause of third world poverty, and Christianity and traditional moral values are labeled as hate.

It’s imperative that we raise our voices against our schools being used to perpetrate this outrageous radical agenda. This sort of stuff is the last thing our future teachers should be reading, but some of them are being forced to if they want to become teachers. When WorldNetDaily contacted the Texas Education Agency about this, their spokesperson downplayed it, saying these new “standards” aren’t statewide; Texas schools are divided into 20 Education Service Center regions, and so it’s only a regional issue, as if that settled the matter.

That’s not good enough. None of the Education Service Centers should be requiring prospective teacher to read through this radical left wing propaganda in order to become certified to teach. They shouldn’t even be recommending this sort of material in the first place. Our children are our most precious heritage; they’re not pawns to be programmed and used by liberals to accomplish their radical goals of “transforming society.”

Contact Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott and demand that he put a stop to this practice of forcing prospective teachers to read these materials, no matter where in Texas it’s happening:

Click here to send a fax:

http://www.morrisonreport.com/fax_test/index.php?faxID=86

Commissioner Robert Scott
William B. Travis Building
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas, 78701

Phone: 512-463-8985
Fax: (512) 463-9838
Email: commissioner@tea.state.tx.us

Sources:

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=120622

http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/initial.html

http://www.slate.com/id/2187358/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Schulman

http://www.insidehighered.com/views/mclemee/mclemee262

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This story is a prime example of the corruption and ineptitude of the the little fairy kingdon called Porter County Indiana; and is the major reason I left there seven years ago.

They charged the BUS DRIVER with neglect:

VALPARAISO | A jury deliberated about a half hour Friday before returning to find former Portage school bus driver Terry Burch not guilty of felony child neglect on allegations of ignoring various disciplinary problems on his vehicle last school year.

The 69-year-old Portage resident, who had faced the possibility of going to prison for three years if convicted on the charge, said through his attorney that he was glad the experience was over and grateful for each juror who “spoke the conscience of our community.”

Deputy Prosecutor Tim Haraminac declined to guess what, if any impact the ruling could have on the remaining criminal cases involving the three boys believed responsible for sexual assaulting and otherwise terrorizing fellow students on the bus.

“He was told numerous times something was going on in his bus and he did nothing about it,” he said.

You Lie, Tim. Burch filed at least one written student conduct complaint, as well as several verbal complaints with his superiors — and the Schools did nothing — but they blamed him for it anyway.

Burch testified Thursday he knew nothing about the Feb. 5 incident, which involved allegations that a female student had been sexually assaulted by two of the three boys charged.

And it’s really hard to report what the kids didn’t tell you about. He’s a BUS DRIVER, not a Security Guard. His eyes were on the road — not the back of the bus.

And if these little thugs were terrorizing the bus, whose responsibility was it to hire a security guard? NOT the driver’s I’m sure.

Defense attorney Gregory Sarkisian told jurors Friday that Burch is not a criminal, but rather has been made a scapegoat by school administrators, who failed to do everything they could to protect the students.

The defense had faulted the administration this week for failing to notify Burch of the lengthy list of disciplinary problems involving the three boys in question and for failing to respond to numerous student conduct complaints filed by Burch.

“The administration should be sitting right alongside this man,” Sarkisian said referring to Burch.

Haraminac reiterated his argument Friday that Burch filed just one student conduct complaint while failing to respond to incidents such as the alleged sexual assault.

And here the prosecution screws up their kangaroo-court star chamber prosecution of Burch; they admit he had, indeed, filed a written complaint about student conduct on the bus.

Which puts the lie to Deputy Prosecutor Tim Haraminac, doesn’t it?

I don’t know why I expected anything other than a cover-up and the Blame Game from the Libs running the School Board.

~Johnny~

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Just in case you were wondering how Government Health Care Reform would go, here’s a cautionary example from Indiana.  The East Porter County School Board knows whats better for your kids than you, and the parent’s wishes for their children will be completely ignored:

new_hospital_tbicu_31Students with “do not resuscitate” orders signed by parents will still be resuscitated while in the care of the East Porter County School Corp., the School Board decided this week.

The board approved a new policy directing that students in life-threatening medical situations be resuscitated while in the district’s care or on its property, including buses. The policy would supersede the wishes of parents who have signed “do not resuscitate” orders.

Superintendent Rod Gardin said a number of district students who are bused to the Special Education Learning Facility in Valparaiso have such orders.  Students in dire situations would be given medical aid until released to a parent’s care, Gardin said.

The district has not encountered any situations that would fall under the policy in his four years there, Gardin said.

sketch-weeping-womanWell, gosh, that’s sure nice.  Wanna bet it’ll get pretty ugly when — not if — but WHEN they violate some handicapped student’s DNR order?

And if letting a high-school student die sounds cruel and heartless, these type of DNR orders are only given out for the most severely physically handicapped students who have massive physical birth defects and other problems.

But we’re gonna bring them back, by God, despite the wishes of the parents; despite the enormous financial costs it will incur to the parents; despite the devastating emotional toll it will take on the families.

For people in charge of our children’s education, they sure do act from ignorance.

And you were expecting something BETTER with government-run Health care?

Cross Posted At Northwest Indiana Politics

~Johnny~

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My webmaster, John, has all kinds of family and friends who are teachers. His grandmother was a tezcher. His aunt Marilyn was a teacher. His first cousin Barb is a teacher. One of his high school sweethearts teaches too.

But sometimes, I wonder if they’re in the wrong profession anymore.

And what is it with school boards acting stupidly lately?

zachary christie scout knifeSix-year-old Zachary Christie was so excited to become a Cub Scout that he brought his camping utensil to school. The tool serves as a spoon, a fork and a knife, and Zachary wanted to use it at lunch.

What Zachary didn’t know was that the gizmo violated his school’s zero-tolerance policy on weapons. And now the Christina School District in Newark, Del., has suspended the first grader and ordered him to attend the district’s reform school for 45 days.

Zachary’s parents insist their son did not intend to hurt anyone, and they are fighting to overturn the ruling.

“Zachary wears a suit and tie some days to school by his own choice because he takes school so seriously,” Zachary’s mother, Debbie Christie, told the New York Times. “He is not some sort of threat to his classmates.”

The school district, in a statement, said rules are rules and defended its decision to suspend the boy.

“At this time, the Student Code of Conduct does not take into consideration a child’s age in a Level three offense,” the statement read.

Fox News is reporting as I write this that this is the THIRD incident in the last few years. One girl was suspended for using a box cutter on an art project — which was provided by the teacher.

And nolw Zach is going to Reform School – REFORM SCHOOL — for thirty days. 9Or, as they call it in Delaware, “Alternative School.”) Oh yeah — a six year old surrounded by gang members – THAT”S a GREAT place for him to be.

And if Zach gets hurt or (God Forbid) killed at the “Alternative School,” Whom the hell do we sue for that?

~Johnny~

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Remember this scary little indoctrination video:

Apparently it still has some of the parents alittle wee-wee’d up:

BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) – Protesters brought some different songs Monday to an elementary school where students sang in praise of President Barack Obama, bringing criticism from conservative commentators who said children were being indoctrinated.

About 70 protesters stood on a sidewalk across the street from the B. Bernice Young School waving flags and homemade placards, singing “God Bless America” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and chanting slogans such as “No indoctrination” and “Free children, free minds.”


“The Battle Hymn of the Republic”
is one of the songs that had it’s lyrics mashed up in the Obama Song tribute. It’s toward the end of the video.

Monday’s 90-minute protest, held while the school was in session and attended largely by members of anti-tax organizations from around the state, was an outgrowth of that sentiment.

“We should continue protests like this to prevent this from happening again,” said Robert Gordan, 66, a retiree from Middletown.

C’mon AP — you can say “Tea Party.” C’mon. Say it. C’mon!

Karen Flowers, a 43-year-old state government social worker, was there to protest the protesters. “I don’t have any problem with the first African-American president, the children singing about it,” Flowers said. “They’re making a lot out of nothing.”

My my my — was threat the specter of racism she was trying to invoke? Wanna bet she’s an SEIU member, too?

Jim and Gina Pronchick, who were among the few protesters who have children in the school, said they were upset that their son was in the video without their permission—and that school officials hadn’t fully explained the context of the song.

The song was performed in February during an assembly that celebrated a number of occasions, from Black History Month to Dental Health Month, the township Board of Education said in a statement Monday. The lyrics were sent home to parents in advance, the board said.

Okay — that’s a damned dirty lie, and I can tell you exactly why. When was the last time your kid’s school sent home the lyrics of any song your kid was going to sing? If it’s true, they knew there were problems with the song in advance, and were trying to wash their hands of it.

But I sincerely, strongly doubt it’s true. The Board is lying to cover their collective butts.

The video was made a month later when Charisse Carney-Nunes, who wrote the children’s book “I Am Barack Obama,” visited the school and children sang the song again, school officials said.

“There was no intention to make any political statement or promote a political agenda at all,” Superintendent Christopher Manno said in the statement.

Uh-huh. “We sang a song about one particular (sitting) President — but it had no political agenda at all” Riiiiiight. Suuuuuure it didn’t, you lying sack of shinola. NOTE to the Tea Parties of New Jersey: WHY is this guy still your schools superintendent?

The teacher who oversaw the class has retired.

Yeah, I’ll just bet she did. That’s probably one of the motivators for doing it: “I’m retiring — let them try and fire me.”

In other words, just another day in the American Education System: Incompetence, Arrogance, Lying through their teeth to the parents, and our kids struggle to pass the tests.

Vouchers are looking better and better, aren’t they?

~Johnny~

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There’s an interesting little scientific study put out by the publication ScienceDaily that’s been making the rounds of the #p2 crowd on Twitter. Be clinically trained in the psychology field, it naturaly caught my eye (you can read the study HERE for yourself.)

The title of the study? “Protection Or Peril? Gun Possession Of Questionable Value In An Assault, Study Finds.” So the Bias of the study seems apparent in the title. (The link to the article doing the actual study is here:

Charles C. Branas, Therese S. Richmond, Dennis P. Culhane, Thomas R. Ten Have, and Douglas J. Wiebe. Investigating the Link Between Gun Possession and Gun Assault. American Journal of Public Health, 2009; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.143099)

The conclusions of the study?

gunWhat Penn researchers found was alarming – almost five Philadelphians were shot every day over the course of the study and about 1 of these 5 people died. The research team concluded that, although successful defensive gun uses are possible and do occur each year, the chances of success are low. People should rethink their possession of guns or, at least, understand that regular possession necessitates careful safety countermeasures, write the authors.

Well, granted; the object of firing a gun is to kill someone. That’s what they’re designed for; that’s what they were originally intentianed for; and that’s what they do best.  And anyone who has ever had a gun safety class knows quite well that you don’t aim a gun at someone unless you intend to pull that trigger and kill them.  It’s not a toy, a prop, or a threat.  It’s a GUN — nothing else.

That the authors are concluding that “People should rethink their possession of guns or, at least, understand that regular possession necessitates careful safety countermeasures” shows that the authors have no idea what constitutes a gun safety course.

Penn researchers investigated the link between being shot in an assault and a person’s possession of a gun at the time of the shooting. As identified by police and medical examiners, they randomly selected 677 cases of Philadelphia residents who were shot in an assault from 2003 to 2006. Six percent of these cases were in possession of a gun (such as in a holster, pocket, waistband, or vehicle) when they were shot.

These shooting cases were matched to Philadelphia residents who acted as the study’s controls. To identify the controls, trained phone canvassers called random Philadelphians soon after a reported shooting and asked about their possession of a gun at the time of the shooting. These random Philadelphians had not been shot and had nothing to do with the shooting. This is the same approach that epidemiologists have historically used to establish links between such things as smoking and lung cancer or drinking and car crashes.

So, simply put, they matched victims of gun violence today with victims of gun violence past.

shotgun[E]pidemiologists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that, on average, guns did not protect those who possessed them from being shot in an assault. The study estimated that people with a gun were 4.5 times more likely to be shot in an assault than those not possessing a gun.

Now this conclusion is where the study “jumps the shark.” Does possessing a gun mean you’re more likely to be shot? Of course it does — because if you have pulled gun, that means your assailant had one in the first place. And if your assailant had one in the first place, you were already in danger, correct?

Pulling your gun on your assailant makes you more of a threat; therefore, they’re more likely to shoot you — because you’re more likely to shoot them.

Simple, really.

What’s the alternative? Lay down your weapons and let the criminals do what they want to you so that you might escape gun violence?

Does pulling a gun on your attacker mean you’ll very likely get shot? Of course it does that’s why you never pull a gun unless you intend to shoot the other guy — first rule of Gun Safety. It takes a liberal who has never taken a gun safety course to turn that fact into a three year university study.

How much do you want to bet there was a government grant involved?

~Johnny~

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This is something that has bothered me for a long time. When it’s guys on a school bus, it’s “gang activity” or a “Beatdown” or “vicious.”

When it’s girls involved it’s “Hazing,” even when we’re talking about High School:

hazing HSMILLBURN, N.J. — The principal of Millburn High, New Jersey’s top-ranked high school, says it has gone on for a decade: annual hazing by senior girls who create a “slut list” of incoming freshmen for the first day of school. A dozen or more names are written on a piece of notebook paper, with crass descriptions, and copies are passed around — hundreds this year, some say.

“We’ve had girls — which is one of the bad things — obsessed that their names are on it, and girls who were upset that they didn’t make the list,” said the principal, William Miron. “It’s basically vulgar.”

And that is not the only type of hazing that goes on, some girls say. Seniors blow whistles in some girls’ faces and jostle or push them into lockers, leaving them afraid to come to school the next day.

These tales were out in the open on Friday after half a dozen parents complained to public school officials and a discussion of hazing on a private e-mail group for mothers made its way around this Essex County township.

In past years, students found responsible for hazing have been suspended, and up to six senior girls in one year have been held out of school for three to five days, Dr. Miron said. This year, which parents in the e-mail group considered worse than usual, none have been reprimanded.

“Then you’ll be the loser,” said the girl, 14, who said she had not been hazed and whose father, contacted later, requested that she not be named. “And it gets much worse.”

cheerleaders-attack-studentAcross the street, several freshman girls in sports uniforms said that senior girls on the soccer team had blown whistles in their faces, and that some of their teammates had been pushed into lockers.

“I was scared, actually,” one said. “I didn’t want to go to school the next day. It’s done every year, but it’s still pretty mean.”

“Hazing has always been a tradition at Millburn,” she said. “It’s never really a personal attack. As a freshman you get pushed on the first day, and it reinforces the fact that they’re seniors.”  She got pushed three years ago. Did she do any pushing this year? “Not more than anyone else,” she said.

Anybody explain to me why these little punks are any better than those gang-bangers who beat the snot out of the poor kid last week in Belleville Illinois?

Can anyone explain to me why the Principal doesn’t just grow a spine and suspend anyone with a copy of the “slut list” who doesn’t turn it in immediately?

Can anyone explain to me when our schools were populated with people more concerned with legal niceties than Principals actually concerned with educating and keeping safe our kids?

Good God.

~Johnny~

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My wife is from Belgium. The country is bilingual; they speak Flemish (a variant of Dutch and German) in the north and French in the south. Schoolkids in Belgium learn their primary language in Grade school, the country’s other language in middle school, and must take a third language to graduate from High school.

One member of my wife’s family is – get this – a telephone operator for a multinational corporation in Belgium. I have no idea how many languages she speaks besides English, Flemish, Dutch, French, and Creole. But they make a darned fine living as operators /interpreters doing it.

nighttime downtown el pasoAnd this month’s Texas Monthly magazine has a story about Ysleta Independent School District here in El Paso, Texas that’s doing a remarkably similar program:

In traditional bilingual classes, learning English is the top priority. The ultimate aim is to move kids out of non-English-speaking classrooms as quickly as possible. Students in dual language classes, on the other hand, are encouraged to keep their first language as they learn a second. And Ysleta’s program, called two-way dual language, is even more radical, because kids who speak only English are also encouraged to enroll. Everyone sits in the same classroom. Spanish-speaking kids are expected to help the English speakers in the early grades, which are taught mostly in Spanish. As more and more English is introduced into the classes, the roles are reversed. Even the teachers admit it can look like chaos to an outsider. “Dual language classes are very loud,” said Steven Vizcaino, who was an early student in the program and who graduated from Del Valle High in June. “Everyone is talking to everyone.”

“Learning how Spanish works helps them develop the cognitive skills they need to learn English well,” she said. When it all clicks into place, she said, it’s an amazing thing to see. “Switching between English and Spanish is like breathing for us now,” said Vizcaino, who is going to college in the fall at the University of the Southwest.

So what kind of results do they get with Two-Way Dual Language?

By the sixth grade, kids in the program—regardless of which language they spoke when they first enrolled—are outscoring native English speakers on the TAKS tests. They can also read, write, and speak Spanish at a sophisticated level. Not all schools in Ysleta offer dual language, but some that do have waiting lists of families seeking admission for their kids. And for obvious reasons: There was something amazing about sitting in the back of Garcia’s classroom and watching a group of confident and fully engaged young men and women tackling a college-level science course, knowing that most of them had started kindergarten with the enormous disadvantage of not speaking English.

Roughly 16 percent of all students in Texas public schools are not fluent in English, a figure that has more than doubled since 1991 and one that most experts consider to be a conservative estimate. The situation is most acute in the largest school districts, such as Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin, each of which is now a majority Hispanic district. In Dallas, one in three public school students is not fluent in English. Research shows that if these kids do not become proficient in English by the ninth grade, the likelihood that they will drop out of school increases dramatically. This is a big part of what is driving the alarming Hispanic dropout rate in Texas, where just seven in ten Hispanic kids finish high school.

By contrast, Ysleta ISD’s Eastwood and Bel Air HIgh Schools were both chosen as The Best Texas High Schools in 2005 by
The Texas Educational Excellence Project at Texas A&M University in a field that includes just about every magnet school in the state of Texas, while the Ysleta ISD’s schools are not magnet schools. Excellence in language education rubs off in other subjects, apparently.

So why isn’t this program being reproduced all over Texas?  Two words, and the first one is “Politics”:

(N)ot a single bilingual education bill made it through the Legislature in the 2009 session, despite Judge Justice’s looming federal injunction. “Racism and old notions of education block reform session after session,” explained El Paso state senator Eliot Shapleigh. “What is clearly lacking is the political will to create the programs, fund them, and make them work.”

Shapleigh, a fifth-generation Texan now in his fourth term in the Senate, has emerged as the Legislature’s most vocal champion for bilingual education. He refers to Ysleta’s vision statement, which calls for all students to graduate from high school fluent in at least two languages, as the “revolutionary key to the future of Texas.”

There is never a good time for a Republican to get behind bilingual education in Texas. The challenge is convincing the Republican party primary voters to whom she must appeal. The number of people in this state who actively oppose bilingual educaton is actually quite small, but so is the number of people who would vote in a Republican primary election (or a special election), and the intersection between those two sets is considerable.

For many conservatives in Texas the debate over bilingual education is just one front in the fight over the state’s most pressing issue, illegal immigration. “We really don’t feel like taxpayers should be funding education for the children of people who came here illegally,” said Rebecca Forest, one of the founders of the Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas.  She felt the media, and maybe some conservative legislators, were underestimating the level of agitation in the grass roots over illegal immigration. “I mean, people are mad.”

The other is resistance from the hispanic speakers themselves:

brent-winebrenner-school-kids-on-field-trip-to-museums-on-calle-jaen-la-paz-boliviaJoann Orrantia, another pioneer at Alicia Chacón, was attracted to dual language for a different reason. She was raised in Fabens, a small town near El Paso. “When I grew up, we weren’t allowed to speak Spanish in school,” she said.   (Like many El Pasoans, the only Spanish speakers they could understand well were their own grandparents.) “My parents were petrified. They said, ‘You’re an American, what are you doing? If you want them to know Spanish, you can teach them.’ But what could I teach them? How to speak to each other, maybe, but doing business in Spanish? No.”

Others never enter bilingual education programs at all, often because immigrant parents think that the classes will slow their children’s acquisition of English, a belief that many school administrators in Texas quietly share and which some seem to be exploiting in order to avoid complying with the law. In Port Arthur, for example, parents refuse bilingual services at eight times the state average, which has produced a school district with a large number of Spanish-speaking kids sitting in English-only classes.

Irene Favila, a social worker for an agency that serves migrant workers, said that the Hispanic middle class in Plainview, to the extent that there is one, is not reproducing itself. “We are losing so many of these kids,” she said. “Who will take over these positions if our kids are not skilled or educated?”

Personally, I think the Dual Languages system is just what Texas schools need, for several reasons:

  • As Ronald Reagan used to say, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” The Dual Language program lifts all the schools into higher academic excellence than comparable schools with Immersion programs.
  • The “teamwork” system used (where Hispanic students teach anglos, and vice versa) builds a shared identity for the students and promotes a shared identity between them — unlike the divisive aspects of racial identities tha groups like La Raza or gangs identify with.  That shared identity will be Texan, and ultimately American.
  • American schools generally lag behind the world in language skills.  This program promotes language  skills in our kids and make them more marketable to international employers, not just American employers.  It will restore the image American schools had formerly of being outstanding academically.
  • Finally, while the “shared identity” mentioned earlier in many ways mimics the “melting pot” of years ago,  the Dual language program promotes exposure to other cultures as well.  For instance, students taking Chinese as their third language do Martial Arts for Physical Education classes.   Exposure to other cultures allows the Multiculturalists to be satisfied, but still allows an American identity to be fostered through the program as well.

Why in the world the Texas legislature doesn’t expand this program statewide is beyond me.  As the article points out, in 2040 the Hispanic population will be 53% of the population.  An uneducated hispanic population will not be able to get higher-paying jobs or provide the quality work employers look for in a workforce.

The future of Texas may depend on it’s education choices today.

~Johnny~

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Or perhaps that should be “Pogrom”:

Kamp_Obama_Poster_Maksim

More at The People’s Cube; which would be hilariously funny were it not (probably) so damned close to the truth.

~Johnny~

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San Antonio’s newsradio 1200 WOAI reports that the tsunami against President Obama’s narcissistic “Love Me!” Speech to schoolchildren is running up against the reefs of public disapproval very, very quickly:

More Area School Districts Dump President’s Speech

Many to drop it entirely, others will give parents ‘opt out’ opportunity
By Jim Forsyth; Friday, September 4, 2009

obama-peering around

"HEY! Where'd my audience go?"

More San Antonio and Texas school districts are making the decision not to participate in President Obama’s controversial speech to students on Tuesday, or to participate at an ‘arm’s length’ level, 1200 WOAI news reports.

The Northside ISD (Independant School District) and North East ISD’s both decided on Thursday that they will not only not show the speech live, they will not broadcast it in classes at all, nor will any of the ‘instructional materials’ provided by the Department of Education be used in school either.

Northeast ISD and Northside ISD are the two largest Independent school districts in San Antonio. Together with San Antonio ISD the comprise 90% of the city’s schools.

Comal ISD Superintendent Marc Walker now says a similar policy will be in place there, and Walker, like many others, is more concerned about the ‘instructional materials’ than with the address itself. “Subsequent suggested activities developed by the Department of Education brings into question, for many, the political implications of this endeavor,” Walker said.

Comal County lies just to the north of San Antonio’s Bexar County, and is the site of a burgeoning suburban population outlying San Antonio proper.

Walker said the materials appear to push the speech over the line from a simple address to students to a political activity.  “It is not our responsibility to emphasize one group’s philosophy, values, or ideology over another,” Walker said. He said the Education Department has ‘placed our staff in a very precarious position of having the answer questions that rightfully should be addressed by the parent.’

Classic. “Multiculturalism” hung by it’s own petard.

In the San Antonio School District, Superintendent Robert Duron will allow the speech to be heard in classrooms, but with several caveats.

grinning-obama-caricature“Teachers may use the speech if it is well aligned with the class curriculum,” Duron said.  He said the speech may be broadcast live in the classroom, or may be played back later, but any teacher who intended to use the speech live or delayed in the classroom must notify all parents in advance. “

And I’d pay real money to be on the extension of the poor, suicidal teacher trying to make the phone calls to notify those parents; although I’d worry about my poor virgin ears ability to take all that profanity . . .

Those who elect not to participate will be provided with alternative activities,” Duron said.

Statewide, districts are also electing not to participate in the speech.  Plano ISD, north of Dallas, says it will not show the address but will ‘make it available later.’

There had been concerns that large numbers of students might skip school on Tuesday to avoid seeing the President’s speech. In fact, several conservative groups have been circulating on line petitions, to make Tuesday a ‘skip day.’  “If parents are thinking about keeping their students at home because they don’t want them to see the address, that’s not an issue in North East, because we won’t be airing it,” North East ISD spokeswoman Deb Caldwell said.

And, apparently Deb Caldwell reads my blog as well. Thanks, Deb!

In the words of Charles Bronson, “This ain’t over.”

~Johnny~

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In a rather innocuous post on WhiteHouse.gov yesterday, The White House tried to sneak past you that the President wants to address schoolchildren on Tuesday, September 8th.

All of them!

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

obama_soros2_3_2President Obama to Speak Directly to Students in National Address on Educational Success
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As children across America go back to school, President Obama will deliver a national address directly to students on the importance of taking responsibility for their success in school on Tuesday, September 8th at 12:00 PM EDT at Wakefield High School in Arlington. In advance of this address, the Department of Education is providing resources developed by and for teachers to help engage students and stimulate discussion about persisting and succeeding in school. The speech will be broadcast live on www.WhiteHouse.gov and C-SPAN. The speech is open to pre-credentialed media. The deadline to request credentials is 6:00PM EDT tomorrow, Thursday, September 3rd.

September 8, 2009

Two things stick out here:

  1. I find the fact that the man who tries to blame all his bad press on Fox News and continues to blame George Bush for the bad economy and war deaths wants to talk to my kids on “the importance of taking responsibility for their success in school– well, laughable at best, and highly specious at worst.
  2. This event is “open to pre-credentialed media.”  Not bloggers — No.  “pre-credentialed Media” — Yes.

Bab, BAD Bloggers. Naughty Bloggers. Darn Them!

(Sigh.) Wanna bet he doesn’t take questions?    Because I’ve got a GOOD question for him — WHY? I always try to follow the six “W’s” of Journalism:

WHO: The President
WHAT: Addressing Schoolchildren
WHEN: September 8th, noon EDT.
WHERE: Wakefield High School in Arlington.
HOW: Live on C-SPAN

All that’s left is “WHY?” Why Live? Why on TV? He could do a Public Service Announcement or an Afterschool Special and say the same thing.

So, the “WHY” remains unanswered. That’s what’s worrying me — and, apparently, a lot of other conservatives as well:

President Barack Obama’s plans for a televised back-to-school address to students next week are drawing fire from some conservatives, who say he’s just trying to indoctrinate them to his political beliefs.

In the Sept. 8 speech, Obama will challenge students to work hard, set goals for their education and take responsibility for their learning, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a letter to principals.

The Education Department is encouraging teachers to create lesson plans around the speech, using materials provided on the department website, that urge students to learn about Obama and other presidents.

Oh yeah — Other Presidents, too. Yeah, Sure — THAT’s the ticket! Just for the record here: Amazon.com lists as of today 543 books available on George W. Bush; only one of which was availabe during his first year in office (the others were published after 2001.) By contrast, Barack Obama has 274 Biuographies and 2 autobiographies listed as of today — all published before the end of his first year in office.

Encourage our Cult of Personality much, do we?

“He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens,” Duncan said in a press release.

But already, some conservatives are crying foul. The chairman of the Florida Republican Party is condemning Obama’s speech as an attempt to “indoctrinate America’s children to his socialist agenda.” “The idea that school children across our nation will be forced to watch the President justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs, and racking up more debt than any other President, is not only infuriating, but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power,” Chairman Jim Greer said in a press release.

Added conservative talk show host Tammy Bruce in a Twitter feed: “Make September 8 Parentally Approved Skip Day. You are your child’s moral tutor, not that shady lawyer from Chicago.” And conservative author Michelle Malkin said the lesson plans have a “heavy activist bent.”

Thankfully, Texas has some reservations on the Presidents moral Ponzi scheme:

Texas school districts are discussing whether the president’s speech will be shown — some districts are leaving it up to individual teachers with an opt out parents who don’t want their children to view the speech, according to the Houston Chronicle.In his letter to principals, Duncan said viewing of the speech is encouraged, not mandatory.

So I’m happy to announce that the National Tea Party Coalitions are sponsoring National “Hall Pass on That” Day

dana loeschThe Nationwide Tea Party Coalition announces “Hall Pass on That,” the alternative to President Barack Obama’s September 8th address to school children across the nation. The group asks that schools who choose to participate in the president’s September 8th program offer an alternative to students and families who do not wish to view, or have their children view, a partisan address or participate in activities that did not follow proper educational protocol or obtain parental consent.

Dana Loesch, Nationwide spokesperson for the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, announced the launch of the Hall Pass on That to provide parents who oppose the Department of Education’s proposed presidential program. “We are suggesting several action steps parents can take if they do not approve of their children participating in a partisan presentation conducted without their consent”:

1. Contact the child’s school to find out whether or not your school is participating in the president’s September 8th program.

2. If your child’s school is participating, ask what alternatives there are for the children of families who wish their students learn about the establishment of the country respective to the Founding Father’s intentions. Discussion can focus on the Constitution, the definition and actions of a republic, and the responsibility of elected leaders to their constituents.

3. Ask if the school can excuse your child from the presentation and instead receive a DVD of the address and copy of the activity directives to be evaluated by parents at a later date.

4. Request meeting with the school board, superintendent, and principal to inquire as to why parents were excluded from the decision-making process of this event. (For those wishing to contact their school boards, The Cato institute has a nifty tool HERE to find your local school board!

Katrina Pierson, member of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, described some of the tools available http://www.hallpassonthat.com: “We will provide alternative lesson plans to the ones initially sent out by President Obama’s Department of Education. Those plans, which people can download from the site, were uncomfortably partisan with no real focus on how our officials serve the people, not vice-versa. Our alternative lesson plans also focus appropriately on the role of parents in the education plan for every child.”

Yes, presidents have spoken to schoolchildren before, but when circumstances required it. President Ronald Reagan addressed students after the Challenger shuttle disaster was witnessed live by millions of schoolchildren; George H. W. Bush addressed students as part of the effort to counteract the growing drug use by schoolchildren.

The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition cannot afford to extend this administration the courtesy of any doubt when it comes to the education of our children and our schools are not the place to present one-sided agendas, especially without parental consent.

My son will NOT be in his local High School on Tuesday the 8th. If for no other reason, it’s alos a great excuse to squeeze an extra “Family Day” out of the Labor Day weekend.

~Johnny~

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I think of my great-frandfather Harry Albright during times of international crisis. He had a theory that “most people don’t pay attention to overseas politics because they can’t pronounce the names of those people.”

Considering the state of education in this country, Grandpa Albright seems more like a prophet every day, as the media continues to ignore the repeated attempts of a Marxist election theft in Honduras:

HONDURAS-CORAL REEFS-ZELAYAThe corrupt Obama-backed Leftist Mel Zelaya was planning on fixing the election that would have allowed him to stay in power for as long as he wanted to.
Babalu is reporting:

A Spanish Catalan newspaper is reporting that Honduran authorities have seized computers found in the Presidential Palace belonging to deposed president Mel Zelaya. Taking a page right out of the leftist dictator’s handbook, these computers contained the official and certified results of the illegal constitutional referendum Zelaya wanted to conduct that never took place. The results of this fraudulent vote was tilted heavily in Zelaya’s favor, ensuring he could go ahead and illegally change the constitution so he could remain in power for as long as he wanted to. ACORN, I’m sure, is taking notes.

Babalu Blog continues to wonder how long the American media will ignore this story, which has been in the Spanish Media for a week now:

It seems either the English-speaking media is still sleeping since Friday night or they can’t find anyone who speaks Spanish. Two days have gone by and no one has been able to translate the numerous articles that have come out around the world regarding the seizure of computers in Zelaya’s Presidential Palace containing the results of a referendum vote that never took place.

As of this morning, after spending a couple of hours scouring English news sources, I have yet to find one single mention of this very important development in the Honduran crisis. Only the USA Today posted a one-paragraph article that links to a blog post that contains a translation of the original article from Europapress I posted yesterday, and could hardly be considered a news story. In addition, you can search the USA Today news site and this story does not come up in the results.

Obama_and_ChavezPerhaps all the Spanish speaking personnel took the weekend off.

Ouch. And yet President “Knucklehead” Obama continues to insist Zelaya is in the right here — when it’s obvious he was engineering massive election fraud.

Perhaps he can’t pronounce “Zelaya.” Maybe he likes Marxists.  Or maybe he just thinks Honduras is the 57th state. Who knows with this guy anymore.

~Johnny~

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Redstate has the story how, when California is in the hole billions of dollars on it’s budget and even the great state of Texas may son run out of unemployment funds, Indiana has a $1.2 billion dollar budget surplus:

GovMitchDanielsWhiteHousePortraitUnder Mitch Daniels’ leadership the state reported a $1.3b surplus. The State Auditor Tim Berry noted that they even raised school funding:

Berry stood in front of charts Friday that show Indiana increased school funding, avoided a tax hike, and maintained a surplus of about 10%. [...]

“Measures that were taken early on by Governor Mitch Daniels to restrain spending have amounted for a large amount of these fiscal reserves,” Berry said.

The Louisville paper notes that tax revenue was even down $1.2b below projections:

The state had $1.33 billion in its main checking account and reserves when the fiscal year ended June 30. That’s roughly the same as one year ago, even though state taxes brought in $1.2 billion less than originally projected.

sarah-palin-smilingHow’s that for successful governance? No wonder there is a draft movement for Mitch Daniels for President.

Hey, Palin/Daniels in 2012! The two governors who have state budget surpluses – how’s Obama going ot beat that?

~Johnny~

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Apparently, we’re able to excuse anything our teachers do to our students anymore:

Okay, this was not “an accident.” First, it was not an “accident” that the teacher chose, Chose to make a homemade porn tape of herself having sex. Second, it is also not an “accident” she “chose” to store and keep this pornography on her computer.

These are Choices — not “accidents”.

Thirdly, it is not an “accident” that she neglected to preview the CD before distributing it to her students. That is negligence on her part — not an accident.

Does she deserve to lose her job?  Maybe — maybe not.  Hard to say without actually talking to her.  Has she been sufficiently embarrassed by this?  Probably — but if something like this ever happens again, how stupid will we feel then?  As a nurse, I have seen other nurses fired just for saying the words “damn” or “hell” in a patient’s presence.  No disrespect or profanity is tolerated.

And when i was growing up, nothing like this would have ever been tolerated by a teacher.

Would I want her anywhere near my kids?  Hell no — she’s too damned negligent, and her judgement is questionable, to say the least.

~Johnny~

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Oh – My – God. I used to live here!

HEBRON | Poems about garbage, songs about Mother Earth and costumes made from trash cans highlighted Hebron Elementary School’s Earth Day program on Tuesday.

Sooooooo . . . they all dressed up like Oscar the Grouch? Oscar’s green too, you know.

Hebron Elementary School fourth-grader Rory Herma plays the part of an Energy Pig on Tuesday during practice for the Elementary School Earth Day program.

Hebron Elementary School fourth-grader Rory Herma plays the part of an Energy Pig on Tuesday during practice for the Elementary School Earth Day program. Yo-Ho, Me Hearties!

The event was the culminating activity for all that fourth graders have learned about energy and conservation over the year, teacher Chris Robbins said.  The message of the program, which included a skit on how coal is made, was to take care of the planet, Robbins said.

And, according to the caption on this picture, dressing up like “Energy Pigs.” Oh yeah — THAT’s Education!

The program featured a cross-curricular element of eco-oriented music arranged by music teacher Wanda Vawter.

The Theme from the movie “WaterWorld”, pehaps? Or perhaps the medley from “The Day After Tomorrow?”

Robbins has organized a number of energy-related lessons and events through the year, with the help of a $10,000 A+ For Energy grant she received from oil company BP.

I understand how you get a grant from BP oil for environmental causes — BP makes a big promotional deal about being environmentally friendly. I’m just wondering if they know about Mister ‘Energy Pig” pictured above. Isn’t getting us to use more energy at the heart of BP’s strategy? It’s, like, what they sell.

As part of the class’s energy focus, parents are being encouraged to join in the greening. Students have taken home Energy Star pledges asking parents to vow to change at least one light bulb to a low-energy variety.

orionslavegirls“Join in the Greening?” What do they do — strip naked and bathe in tempra paint? If the parents don’t change that light bulb, do the naked green Energy police kids come and change them for them?

Does it qualify for child abuse if you naked green Energy Police kid breaks the light bulb and gets some of the (highly toxic) mercury on their naked green hands while changing your lightbulb?

Other schools around the county have also joined in on Earth Day events.  In Kouts, fourth graders decorated reusable bags and offered them to shoppers at a local grocery store.

Okay — the ONLY part of the article I agree with here. I hat those little plastic bags with a passion, and got in the habit of using the reuseable bags when I lived in Europe. That’s good stuff — although I’m assuming they’re not letting anked green 4th graders wander unattended through the grocery store giving out cloth bags.

But you never know with these enviro-nutjobs. Look again at that poor “Energy Pig” kid again.

At Wheeler High School today, teachers and staff will wear T shirts reading “Be Green. Celebrate Earth Day.”

Again with the “Be green.” Enough with the Tempra paint kids already!

Here’s an idea — how about for Earth Week we just have these teachers do what they did during “Earth Day” last month. Turn out the lights, and sit in the dark.

In the auditorium. For the entire week. Quietly.

See, I could get behind that. We’ll even have the naked green kids guard the doors so none of them get out.

~~JD~~

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I wrote a post yesterday HERE about how miserable failed actress Janean Garofolo tried to re-brand the Tea Parties as “Racism, pure and simple.”

Such a lovely girl. And then she kisses her mother with that mouth, I’ll bet.

Meanwhile, as you can see to the right, I’m active on Twitter.  About 2am Saturday morning I followed one Twitterer, and got this message back right away:

profchandler: Thanks for the follow I have returned it.

About an hour later I got this e-mail from Professor Chandler (same person), which you can still see in the Comments Section, should you wish:

You are a moron. You think Democrats or liberals or whomever have a narrow mind and small worldview?

You conservatives only think about your own selves.

I, on the other hand, have held dying babies in my arms.

Go ahead…make fun of that…go ahead, I know you want to say something rude to me. The babies died of hunger.

Maybe you should get a life and leave Garofalo alone. She is right about you backward folks.

You wouldn’t know how to help anyone…ever!

Clicking on this lady’s name gives you her Facebook page:

debra-chandler-facebook-cap

My commenter is actually a University Professor – from Seattle Washington.

Did I mention that my son was seriously considering the University of Puget Sound? Not Anymore.
Lots of good Liberal causes there — Bill Maher, Darwinism, PETA, Greenpeace, NPR. Predictable, really. She’s Politically Correct.

She also left her e-mail (profchandler@gmail.com), where I e-mailed the following reply:

My Dear Doctor Chandler;

I can tell you are a sensitive person. I think perhaps holding a dying child in your arms may have been extremely difficult for you. You appear to have a lot of anger about it.

I have held dying children in my arms too. Last week I held the hand of a dying woman who was beaten to death by her abusive husband. I watched the light go out of her eyes as a team of medical personnel rushed to save her. I watched her cry. I watched her die. I never left her until she was gone.

I’ve held the hand of many dying people. I’ve been a nurse for almost thirty years.

You’re quite right. That’s a very hard thing to do.

I don’t recall saying anything about Democrats having a narrow world view. Until last year I was a registered Democrat all my life. I am, however, fairly certain liberals tend to be reflexive, knee-jerk kinds of people. Ms. Garofolo is; she’s shown that repeatedly over time. And I certainly do not appreciate being told I’m a racist. Janean Garofolo doesn’t even know me.

Do you know what color I am, Professor? It isn’t white, that’s for sure. My wife is black; she’s from Africa, and has a Green Card. My son is mixed-race, like Tiger Woods. I have members of my family who are Americans, non-Americans, white, black, Chinese, Native American, . . . the list goes on.

I do not look at their colors. I love them anyway — they’re family. Janean Garofolo does. I make no claims beyond the idiot rantings of the tatooed, mysandronist rantings of Janean Garofolo.

And my IQ is significantly higher than the 60 or below required for one to be a “moron.”

Stop by again soon . . . if you care to have your assumptions challenged. It’s hard to have an actual Liberal mind by understanding conservatives, too.

I’ll understand if you can’t. That’s hard to do.

And then I got a reply. Not a surprise, really.

Dear “John the Disciple,”

Did you post my comment on your blog?

I said you were a moron because of how angry YOU were about her comments. She is a comedian. She was funny. Get a life.


Odd — I didn’t think it was “funny” being called a teabagging redneck racist.

And  I didn’t know you could “hear” anger in a written blog post.

It’s called “projection,” Doctor Chandler.  Look it up.

And she’s still pissed off a day later.  Amazing.

And somewhere, in some University, she’s teaching your children.

~~JD~~

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Oh, you have GOT to be kidding me?!?!

A North Side Chicago High School has been evacuated as a precaution after a chemical was found in the school Monday morning.

swimming-poolA Level 1 HazMat situation was called about 10:45 a.m. at Senn High School at 5900 N. Glenwood Ave., according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Quention Curtis.

The school was evacuated as a precaution after a chemical believed to be chlorine was found near the pool, Curtis said.

No injuries have been reported but crews remain on the scene as of 11:05 a.m.

Level One HazMat Situation? They should have checked the cafeteria for mystery meat.

Hat Tip to A Trainwreck in Maxwell, who notes: “Wait ’till they find the science lab.”

~~JD~~

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What the hell is going on in England anymore? Sharia Law? An Archbishop of Canterbury who believes in multiplural religions? And now this:

Church schools could be forced to promote Islam and homosexuality, Catholics fear

Church schools could be forced to promote Islam and homosexuality under a new legally-binding code of conduct for teachers, it is feared.

“Forcing this on Christian teachers is to force them to go against their conscience.”

Child praying at church: Church schools could be forced to promote Islam and homosexuality, Catholics fear

The code is accused of undermining the religious ethos of Christian schools by promoting secular morality and will discriminate against devout staff and drive them out of the classroom, the Roman Catholic church has warned. As The Daily Telegraph disclosed last month, the General Teaching Council – the profession’s regulator – has published a draft code of conduct that all teachers will have to sign.

It will be used by the GTC in assessing misconduct cases, but also by school governors and local authorities in recruitment and discipline.

Principle 4 of the draft code states that teachers must “proactively challenge discrimination” and “promote equality and value diversity in all their professional relationships and interactions”.

english-school1However religious groups fear that these requirements could be used by liberal groups or parents to discriminate against Christian teachers, or to target faith schools. An alleged lack of commitment to equality and diversity was used by a health trust to suspend Caroline Petrie, a Baptist community nurse, after she offered to pray for an elderly patient.

Oona Stannard, head of the Catholic Education Service, an agency of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, told the GTC in a written submission that “there was an understandable fear that the call to ‘proactively challenge discrimination’ could be used to oppose faith schools per se, and the rights that they have in law, for example, to select leaders who are of the faith.  This anxiety extends similarly to the direction to ‘promote equality’.”

“It would be unacceptable to expect anyone to be required to promote something contrary to their own faith beliefs and, indeed, it would not be possible for a person of faith to promote another faith – ‘this is a matter of conscience.’

Miss Stannard added that there were grave concerns in the Church over the question of whether Catholic teachers would in good conscience feel able to register under the new code.

gay-pride-indexfrontpage_thumbnailThe Christian Institute, a charity that supports worshippers who feel discriminated against in the workplace, claims the GTC code could be used by educational establishments to insist that staff promote homosexual rights or other religions such as Islam, going against the beliefs of many Christians.

It fears teachers could be turned down for jobs unless they agreed to use materials designed by homosexual rights groups in the classroom, and would face disciplinary action if they tell pupils in RE lessons that Jesus Christ is the only means to salvation. Colin Hart, director of the Christian Institute, said: “Respect for people as people is not the same as respecting or valuing every religious belief or sexual lifestyle.

Amen. (No pun intended.)

~~JD~~

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Go Here to See the Video.

Oh, these little Marxish nerds are **SO** going to regret ever posting this to the web. It’s positively hilarious. A bit long, but well worth it if for no other reason than to see the utter and complete ineffectiveness of Marxist theory.

This is what a generation of negotiation, settlement, and “peacemaking” has wrought us; kids too stupid to notice they screwed up beyond all reason.

Money Quotes:

1.) “We’re using democratic proces here; I don’t know if you understand that.”
2.) “You cannot come in here. This is a student free space”
3.) “I don’t think they want water bottles; they drink corporate water.”
4.) “They don’t need clothes; they wear suits.”

The little foul-mouthed jerk was pretty funny too. He was too liberal to do anything, but too pragmatic not to notice it was all falling apart. Kind of the Greek Chorus of this little tragedy.

~~JD~~

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If you have any question what’s wrong with the American education system, “here’s your sign.”

The Detroit School District can’t afford toilet paper and light bulbs for their classrooms:

Detroit School Lacks Toilet Paper, Light Bulbs

Donations Accepted Beginning Jan. 12

A Detroit elementary school is asking for donations of toilet paper and light bulbs to continue functioning.  The principal of the Academy of Americas sent a letter to staff, parents and partners asking for donations of items “that are of the utmost importance for proper school functioning and most importantly for student health and safety.

“In the letter, Principal Naomi Khalil cited budget constraints within the district as the reason that the school could no longer stock the items.The district is grappling with a more than $400 million budget deficit and is on the verge of being assigned an emergency financial manager by the state. The letter asks for toilet paper, paper towel rolls, trash bags and 60-, 100- or 150-watt light bulbs.

Parents said a letter went out asking for supplies at the start of the school year.  “They sent out a letter for pencils, pens, they put Kleenex on there,” said parent Danny Huddleston.

However, the Chicago School District can afford money for cappucino machines:

Chicago Public Schools’ cappuccino bill: $67,000

‘A WASTE OF MONEY’ | Report says staffers skirted rules to buy 30 coffeemakers, changed athletes’ grades, falsified addresses

cappucinoChicago public school bureaucrats skirted competitive bidding rules to buy 30 cappuccino/espresso machines for $67,000, with most of the machines going unused because the schools they were ordered for had not asked for them, according to a report by the CPS Office of Inspector General.

That was just one example of questionable CPS actions detailed in the inspector general’s 2008 annual report. Others included high school staffers changing grades to pump up transcripts of student athletes and workers at a restricted-enrollment grade school falsifying addresses to get relatives admitted.

In the case of the cappuccino machines, central office administrators split the order among 21 vocational schools to avoid competitive bidding required for purchases over $10,000. As a result CPS paid about $12,000 too much, according to Inspector General James Sullivan. “We were able to find the same machines cheaper online,” he said.

“We also look at it as a waste of money because the schools didn’t even know they were getting the equipment, schools didn’t know how to use the machines and weren’t prepared to implement them into the curriculum,” Sullivan said.

CPS spokesman Michael Vaughn said CPS plans to change its purchasing policy so that competitive bidding kicks in when a vendor accumulates $10,000 worth of orders, no matter how many schools are involved. One person was fired and disciplinary action is pending against three others, he said.

The grade-changing took place at an unidentified high school, where student athletes grades were boosted, then, after transcripts were issued for college admission offices, the grades were changed back. The culprits could not be identified because passwords allowing entry to the grading system were shared by a number of people, Sullivan said. A new record system has tighter security, he said.

At Carson Elementary, an overcrowded school in Gage Park where even neighborhood kids were restricted from enrolling, five lower- level employees got six relatives into the school by falsifying addresses. Sixty-nine students from outside the attendance area got in, but they didn’t even bother to lie about their addresses. CPS had to spend as much as $252,000 to bus kids who live in the neighborhood to other schools, Sullivan said.

Vaughn said the employees involved have resigned, been fired or will be fired.

This is really sad. The Chicago Public Schools System used to have a kick-ass Administrator who was the envy of every other school system in the nation. His name was Paul Valas, and he raised shool grades, cut waste, and raised teacher salaries. However, a bout 7-8 years ago he abruptly resigned to take a job in the Philadelphia (I think – maybe Pittsburg) schools.

Seven or eight years ago. Right about the time Barack Obama and William Ayers were starting to screw around with the Chicago Public Schools Systems on behalf of the Annenberg Challenge.

Lovely. You see what they have now — freaking cappuccino machines.

~~JD~~

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Barbara Kay’s column in the the (Canada) National Post has some very interesting insights into higher education, which are not at all what you might get from the mainstream media:

When you can fill a small bookstore with eulogies of the liberal arts in our universities, you know you have an institution in trouble.

The catalyst for all the hand-wringing of the past two decades was Chicago professor Allan Bloom’s 1987 book, The Closing of the American Mind. In it Bloom denounced the academy for its cultivation of a viral political correctness that has infected the entire Western world of “higher education,” resulting in curricula whose animating theme is cultural self-hatred, a phenomenon unique in world history.

They keep coming: Just published is Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life, leading one reviewer to conclude, “It’s safe to say that university humanities departments are more irrelevant now than ever before, the subject of much mockery and derision outside the ivied campuses.” (How true: My collection of fictional send-ups of academic sclerosis is larger than the non-fiction).

Between 1990 and 2004 in the United States, enrollment went up 13% for public universities and 28% for private ones. But during the same period, enrollment in Christian colleges was up a striking 70%. The surge reflects a change of focus in these schools from Christian proselytism to a more ecumenical emphasis on common Western values; non-religious, but culturally traditional students seeking a robust classical education can now find a comfortable intellectual home in these nominally religious precincts. Secular private institutions like Michigan’s Hillsdale College are also flourishing.

Objective, market-driven online courses have gained ground too. Still, the ideal situation remains a long-term sojourn for the student within a physical community. Students and professors should have the necessary leisure to engage in what conservative philosopher Michael Oakeshott called the “great conversation” around the magnificent intellectual and aesthetic heritages of Western civilization. Such paradises exist in Canada, but they are higher education’s best-kept secret.

There’s a whole lot more here, and you should read it. The secular atheistic education is dying out for lack of interest.

~~JD~~

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