Grumpy Educators

DePaul president: Campus Black Lives Matter activists like D-Day troops

Just because a Marxist asshole says it don’t make it so. The Washington Times by Douglas Ernst The president of DePaul University likens campus race activists that shut down a conservative event to troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy during World War II. Conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos ...
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Achievement Gap Not Narrowed by Common Core! So What’s the Next Talking Point?

Arne Duncan speaking about 21st Century schools: CCSS standards, wraparound services and the quest for social justice. From The Hechinger Report, which bills itself as Covering Innovation & Inequality in Education and is partially funded by the Gates Foundation, writes in More than five years after adopting Common ...
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Forum: Can Public Education And The University System Be Fixed?

  Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question : Can Public Education And The University System Be Fixed? Stately McDaniel ...
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The Political Truth of How Educational Policy is Instituted: ‘Carrots & Sticks’ and ‘Suggestions’ by Federal/State Agencies and NGOs

From Merriam Webster definition Thanks to the Federal overreach into public school bathroom/locker room policy , many Americans are for the first time realizing how schools and states are under the thumb of Federal coercion. It’s the ‘carrot and stick’ philosophy of which former Governor Sonny Purdue spoke ...
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Colorado Senate Passes Bill to Require Equal Distribution of Local Funds to Charter Schools

Heartland by A. P. Dillon The Colorado Senate has passed a bill that, according to its own language, intends on “increasing charter schools’ access to resources.” The text of Senate Bill 16-188 requires school districts “to distribute revenue it receives from ongoing local property tax mill levies equally, ...
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This week in data: spying, lying and being human.

Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker NO this isn’t everything that happened in data, not even close. When you start paying attention, you see that data breaches are happening daily , internet outages, cables cut, privacy bills passing, privacy bills getting killed or weakened by the very industry ...
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Thoughts on Three to Five Year Old Children Learning How to Code: *Silicon Valley Cultural Shenanigans*?

The above graphic is from a blog which supports using technology in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. From Teaching Kids to Code: Preschool and Kindergarten:   This is part of the push to make children (beginning at age 3) to be globally competitive.   It doesn’t matter that what a  ...
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There’s So Much to Say About Educational Federal Overreach. Here’s the Latest.

  The Department of Education will instruct every public school in America to provide “suitable” bathroom and locker room facilities to match transgender students “chosen gender identity.” From Obama Administration forces transgender bathroom rules on every school in America: It appears Obama’s Education Department is using this decision ...
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AFT/Hedge Clippers press release

Protesters are just teachers’ unions in disguise

New York Post   An expose from the website The 74 outs the “populist” outfit Hedge Clippers as a front for New York teachers’ unions in their war against education reform. Hedge Clippers supposedly targets hedge-fund leaders — but in fact aims mainly at a few who donate ...
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High Stakes Battle! NC Sues Federal Government Over Bathroom/Locker Room Bill – UPDATED

Updates at the end  The federal government, specifically the Department of Justice, civil rights division threatened North Carolina last Wednesday with a letter to the governor stating that their transgender bathroom/locker room bill violates federal civil rights law and puts them in danger of a federal lawsuit. The enormously ...
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Paul Ryan Says U.S. Must Admit Muslim Migrants, Sends Kids to Private School that Screens Them Out

Breitbart News by Julia Hahn After the Paris terrorist attack, House Speaker Paul Ryan declared that the United States cannot turn away the hundreds of thousands of Islamist migrants now being approved for visas to enter the United States. Ryan declared that it is not “appropriate” to consider ...
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The Hidden Algorithms used to Collect Data and Profile Children. And a Warning on Alogorithms from Microsoft.

  And you thought Common Core State Standards was bad? Meet common data sets being aligned to algorithms to track your human capital (your children). The excerpt above is from Business Insider and Microsoft exec: ‘AI is the most important technology that anybody on the planet is working ...
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Teacher shortage? How about 7,300 backlogged applications?

Lady Liberty 1885 by A. P. Dillon The narrative is we have a teacher shortage. In February , Superintendent June Atkinson blamed the shortage on not enough teachers entering the profession: “State Superintendent June Atkinson is concerned about a growing teacher shortage in North Carolina.  She says over ...
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Return Of The Jedi? NC Fights Back Against DOJ

Lady Liberty 1885 by A. P. Dillon Anyone who knows even a little bit about Star Wars knows that Return of the Jedi was a resounding rejection of the evil Sith, an oppressive regime and the Dark Side of the force. So it goes with North Carolina. The ...
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