March 25, 2017
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Middlebury, Groupthink, and Riots

Nebraska Energy Observer by NEO Thomas Sowell had a few things to say the other day about the fracas at Middlebury College. As always, it is very worth listening to. Where have all these shocked people been all these years? What happened at Middlebury College has been happening for ...
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Twitter Question: Why Should Students Memorize Facts When They’ve Got Google?

The question (*posted by a British educational provider) was answered and debated on twitter recently.  Tom Bennett started an interesting twitter conversation on this question.  There were several answers on why education is more than just learning how to use Google ‘facts’, the result of using Google (does it ...
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Could our public schools be better run by state and local citizens?

Republican Proposes Eliminating Department of Education. Here Are 7 Reasons That’s A Great Idea. For years, I fought the NEA as a teacher, to teach to the student, the individual student instead of the “class.” Sadly, at tis point, the NEA is more interested in political statements an political ...
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New (and Much Needed) College Course: How to Spot Bull****

If you are offended by the word bull**** you might want to stop reading now.  However, if you think the main purpose of education is to teach human capital to be useful in the global economy, you know that this premise is indeed bull****.  If you believe the current ...
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Character Education Lesson for Inauguration 2017: Diversity of Thought/Political Beliefs Not Allowed?

EDITOR’S NOTE:  The double standards that has ensued over the past eight years, the demands for tolerance from the intolerant and the divisiveness forced upon us by Progressives who now want to pin discord sewn by the left on our 45th president and non-Progressives was on clear display the ...
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WHAT IS THE POINT OF LIMITED AND SECULAR GOVERNMENT?

Citizen Tom I’ve never understood how God could expect his creatures to pick the one true religion by faith — it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe. — Robert A. Heinlein, in Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) (from here) Should we be able to ...
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Karma: Student PII Data Mining Concerns Coming Home to Roost for Dept of Ed Bureaucrats

The Federal bureaucrats in the US Department of Education are worried about the data mining via the structure (student longitudinal data systems) they supported which captures student/family Personally Identifiable Information (PII).  The bureaucrats endorsed the use of PII which was mandated via The State Stabilization Fund and ESSA.  Now ...
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One Huge Threat in EdReform Datamining: Ransomware

  Data is king.  We need  to improve education via data.  Our district is data-driven!  We need data to provide equitable education.  These are just some of the lines non-governmental organizations (NGO) use when talking about the ESSA/Common Core requirements to gather cradle to grave information on students.  It’s ...
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Parents and Professionals Protesting/Petitioning Against iPads in School

How much money has your school district spent on providing every student with an iPad?   Kirkwood School District in Missouri will have spent $1.775 Million for an iPad for each student (approximately 5,500 student population): Here is a FAQ link (undated) explaining what will happen if the parents refuse ...
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The Problems in Schools Cannot be Fixed by ESSA/CCSS Mandates

  A factual, albeit politically incorrect article has been written by Heather MacDonald on what’s wrong with public schools, Violence in the Halls, Disorder in the Malls, and here is a spoiler alert about its findings: it’s not anything that ‘higher’ standards and federalized educational mandates can fix.  The ...
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Note to Common Core/ESSA Proponents: You are the Gurus of Fake News.

The MEW January 1, 2015 article recently appeared in Facebook memories.  You can find it here.  It might as well have been written for a New Year’s greeting to the educational elites in 2017 as it dealt with the CCSS architects defending the failing standards in a National Public ...
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Univ of Kansas opens women’s only lunchroom as ‘safe space’…for Muslims

Safe spaces for Muslims only in America brought to you courtesy of the Muslim Students Association (of course).  How is that not discrimination? Creeping Sharia by creeping Another sharia zone in America. Islam truly is incompatible with Western society. Source: Office of Multicultural Affairs opens women’s lunchroom – Home ...
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£238million aid allotted for girls in Pakistan to receive a better education mostly assisted boys

Imagine funding the education of girls in Pakistan only to find out that more than half of the funds generated instead went to the education of boys.  No surprise there when one thinks about it. Daily Mail.co.uk by Larissa Brown A British foreign aid project aimed at helping to educate ...
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Stuffing the Public Education Turkey: How’s it going to Turn Out With DeVos as the Cook?

If you follow education reform, this Thanksgiving has been, well, interesting.  Twitter comments on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary have ranged from those celebrating a charter school proponent to those concerned about her apparent 11th hour conversion against Common Core and praise from Jeb Bush: Many ...
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