Posts tagged "Education"

glsen:

It’s finally here: Today is the Day of Silence! Reblog to show your support for everyone who’s participating. 

I proudly support the #DayofSilence. 

femininefreak:

Sex Education in American Public Schools

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The teacher-hating GOP extremists backed by ALEC/Koch Brothers are destroying education in this country. 

crooksandliars:

Billionaire Antes Up $750K To End Teacher Tenure In Missouri

As if we needed more evidence of billionaire hunger to capture the “education markets,” Missourians can now look forward to a full-court press to amend the Missouri constitution to kill teacher tenure so teachers can become another commodity to churn, with Sinquefield’s blessing wrapped in a $750,000 contribution to the cause.

Sinquefield understands churn, because he’s a very wealthy fund manager. Markets are his god of choice.

Diane Ravitch:

The campaign, in a style now associated with those who hope to dismantle the teaching profession, has the duplicitous name “teachgreat.org” to signify the opposite of its intent. The assumption is that the removal of any job security and any kind of due process for teachers will somehow mysteriously produce “great” teachers. This absurd idea is then called “reform.” This is the kind of thinking that typically comes from hedge fund managers, not human service professionals.

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The “Teachgreat.org” initiative would limit teacher contracts to no more than three years. It also requires “teachers to be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted, and paid primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part of the evaluation system,” according to the summary on the group’s website.

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h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

Thank God that this racist English-Only nutbar Principal is gone from Hempstead Middle School. 

h/t: Roque Planas at Huffington Post Education

Far-Right dingbat Ohio State House Representative Andrew Brenner (R), the husband of Tea Party smear merchant editor Sara Marie Brenner, wrote in a Brenner Brief (run by his wife Sara) column advocating selling off public schools to corporate businesses.

He also attacked Common Core in his rant.

Eric Lach at TPM:

In the post, titled “Public education in America is socialism, what is the solution?,” Brenner laid out his argument. He noted that the Tea Party, which “will attack Obama-care relentlessly as a socialist system,” rarely brings up “the fact that our public education system is already a socialist system[…] and has been a socialist system since the founding of our country.” He addressed teachers unions — “an outgrowth of our socialistic education system” — which he granted originally improved things “temporarily” before they ultimately “became bureaucratic and they started to take the place of school boards and school management.”

"I’m not blaming the teachers unions or the local school boards who are bound to the contracts, because if they don’t they will end up with strikes and an arbitrator will rule against them," Brenner wrote. "These issues all stemmed from the fact that we have a socialist education system in the first place."

Brenner’s solution: more privatization.

"In a free market system parents and students are free to go where the product and results are better," he wrote. "Common core and standardized tests under such a system will not be necessary, because the schools that fail will go out of business. Government will not be there to prop them up with more tax dollars and increased regulations. Successful schools will thrive. The free-market system works for cars, furniture, housing, restaurants, and to a lesser degree higher education, so why can’t it work for our primary education system?"

Rebecca Klein at Huffington Post Politics:
“Bust up the education monopolies and do not settle for the lowest common denominator. Privatize everything and the results will speak for themselves,”wrote Brenner.

The conservative Republican also challenged the reasons behind tea partiers’ opposition to the Common Core State Standards, a set of new education benchmarks adopted in more than 40 states, including Ohio, in an effort to make sure students around the country are being held to the same criteria. Some tea party activists fear the Standards are a federal intrusion -– even though the benchmarks were voluntarily adopted by states.

Andrew Brenner and his wife are both surely disgusting cretins who should be voted out of office!

(Cross-Posted from Daily Kos)

Safe to say he needs to be fired.

FL teacher who routinely tweets ‘OBAMA IS A P*SSY’ upset at exclusion from Obama event (via Raw Story )

A social studies teacher at a Florida high school is claiming that his “right to free speech” was violated when school administrators barred him from a recent appearance of President Barack Obama. Coral Reef Senior High teacher Randall Scott had…



 

attractivedecoy:

Cunning, Ruse.

RWW’s Brian Tashman: 

While filling in today for American Family Radio host Sandy Rios, Austin Ruse commented on the media frenzy surrounding a Duke University freshman who announced that she is a porn actress.

Ruse, who leads the ultraconservative Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-Fam), promptly blamed the college’s women’s studies department and said that “the hard left, human-hating people that run modern universities” should “all be taken out and shot.”

h/t: Rachel Baye at Slate.com

Paul Ryan = another careless idiot.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) asserted on Thursday that liberals did not understand that kids who got free lunches at school did not have parents who cared about them at home. Speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, the former Republican vice…



 

Fox News promoted an effort to ban Isabel Allende’s award-winning novel The House of The Spirits, thanking a North Carolina mother for a “keeping up the good fight” and using her campaign to lob yet another off-base attack at the Common Core educational standards.  

On the March 3 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck reported that “parents are outraged over a new book being assigned to their high school students containing references to abortion and prostitution,” and was quick to tie the book to the Common Core educational standards — falsely labeling them the “Common Core classroom curriculum.” She welcomed North Carolina mother Chastity Lesesne on to discuss.

The campaign to censor The House of The Spirits in North Carolina’s Watauga County school district has sparked national scrutiny in recent weeks. As Michael Keegan, president of the free speech advocacy organization People for The American Way noted, Lesesne’s censorship attempt ignores that “The House of Spirits is an internationally renowned work that is taught in high school Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs throughout the country.” Chris Brook, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union-NC Legal Foundation, also warned of the “the slippery slope of banning books that promote critical thinking and classroom dialogue” and urged district officials to vote “in favor of the freedom to read.”

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What Fox doesn’t seem to understand is that Common Core is a set of standards that define the proficiency levels students should reach at the end of each grade. It is not, as Hasselbeck claims, a “classroom curriculum” and does not mandate how those standards should be reached. Instead, Common Core leaves decisions about classroom content to the states. As the Common Core State Standards Initiative explains:

Myth: These Standards amount to a national curriculum for our schools.

Fact: The Standards are not a curriculum. They are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Local teachers, principals, superintendents and others will decide how the standards are to be met. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.

From the 03.03.2014 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:

H/T: Ellie Sandmeyer at MMFA

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