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  • just a conservative girl 6:13 PM on 05/20/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: collectivism, , public education, rhode island   

    Forget About Your Hard-Earned Honors Awards in Rhode Island 

    A middle school in East Greenwich, Rhode Island has cancelled the time honored tradition of “Honors Night”.  It might hurt the feelings of some:

    “members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night,” 

    Isn’t that the point?  I mean really.  The honor roll is for students that worked hard and achieved a certain grade point average.  At least that is what I always led to believe.  I guess it has changed since I left school. Oh, but have no fear the students will indeed get their moment in the sun with “team based” recognition during graduation ceremonies.   

    “This will afford us the opportunity to celebrate the individual and collective successes of all students and their effort, progress, and excellence,”

    What I would like to know is did the collective do the homework and studying for the students that were able to make the honor roll this year?  If not, aren’t they get recognized for something that they didn’t actually do?  

    This collective nonsense is killing this country.  We are not preparing students for the real world.  When you out looking for a job, it isn’t a team.  It is you.  When you are out working that job, it is your work ethic that will make a difference in your pay scales, your job titles, and all else that goes with working in the real world.  Even if you are in a “team” environment, you still have to pull your own weight or you will get kicked to the curb.  Do you think if you are working in job that has this collective work environment that your “teammates” are going to be happy if they are working overtime to get the job done and you are walking out at five minutes to five?  Not likely.  

    This school is teaching these children that their hard work doesn’t really matter.  That is what we are teaching children in schools these days?  No wonder our education system is failing.   

     

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    • jonolan 4:24 AM on 05/23/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Funny, in my school days we called “collective success” cheating. :lol:

  • just a conservative girl 1:30 PM on 05/09/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blacks, , public education, standardized tests, usa today   

    The Dumbing Down Of the America’s Black Community Continues 

    I came across an article today on our very sad public education system in our country.  What is the most bothersome about the article is how little respect for the black community this administration seems to have.  I think I have made it quite clear that I am no fan of Bush’s No Child Left Behind initiative.  Well it seems that we have left it behind.  But the one thing that I will say in favor of it is the fact that it did not discriminate based on color.  The present day expectations, not so much.

    Here are the very sad numbers:

    In D.C. the expectations for white students is that 94% will be proficient in math, while the expectation for the black community is expected to be only 71%.

    In Tennessee the black students are only expected to be at 64% in English 2.

    In Minnesota we are hoping for a whopping 62% in math.

    The list continues.  Why aren’t we expecting all students, regardless of color to be proficient in both math and English?  We spend a fortune on public education in this country and yet we are saying it is perfectly acceptable that blacks can lag behind.  In some cases we are saying that one-third of black students can not be able to complete a high school math problem and not be able to read and/or write a paragraph in proper English.

    Oh Al Sharpton. paging Al Sharpton.  Why aren’t you outraged at this?  What this administration is saying is that blacks are not able to be held to the same standards as everyone else in the country.  That they just can’t do the work.  I am sorry, but I refuse to accept that.  This is about low expectations.

    One parent in Alabama:

    “I think having a low bar means they can just pass them on. I think it’s dumbing our race down and preparing our boys for prison.”

    While that may seem like an exaggeration,  it really isn’t.  When you take a look at the demographics of people who are in the prison system, the numbers of people who don’t graduate high school is very high.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics:

    • 68% of State prison inmates did not receive a high school diploma
    • About 26% of State prison inmates said they had completed the GED while serving time in a correctional facility.

    We are giving up on members of our society, especially those of color.  We are expecting less and less, all the while the calls for income inequality, more welfare, more food stamps, and other entitlement programs grow louder and louder from the left.  Hey, I have an idea, lets stop saying that blacks aren’t capable of learning math and English, lets set the bar high and see what happens.

    Sadly, the black community will be still thinking that President Obama has the back the black community.  He is their messiah, here to right the wrongs that have been done to them by a racist society.  Never mind that this mindset is part and parcel of the democrat party, that blacks can’t do as well as whites or Asians.  We can expect less of them.

    After all, it certainly helps the party if blacks are kept in the same position that many find themselves in today.  We wouldn’t want them to do better now do we?  They might just start to figure out that government is perfectly happy in keeping them dumb-downed.  It allows the size and scope of government to grow and grow.  It is good for business.  Who cares if it is bad for people?  They are besides the point.

     
    • theraineyview 5:49 PM on 05/12/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I agree — setting the bar high for youth makes them feel competent and eager to do their best. Setting the bar low makes them feel hat no one believes in them, and they are depressed and uninterested then. At least that’s how I felt when I was a teenager.

  • just a conservative girl 12:04 PM on 04/09/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: graduation, public education,   

    Disgruntled Student Leaves Note for Teacher – Score One for the Teacher 

    Sadly, this student didn’t get a great deal out of thier English IV class.  In all seriousness, how is this kid graduating high school if he can’t even follow simple rules of grammar?

    Grammar and spelling is a problem for many, myself included, but one would think two months from graduation you would have a better grasp of it.  At the very least they could have used spell check before hitting the print button.

    letter

     
  • just a conservative girl 12:50 PM on 02/05/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , de blasio, merriman, , pre k, public education,   

    Quote of the Day – James Merriman Edition 

    “If they’re interested in results, they will make sure high-performing charter schools are fully included in the pre-K program, including maintaining capital funding. Otherwise, it will be clear that their move to push pre-K is more about ideology than about helping children.”

    James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, on the move by Progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to cut $210 million from the Charter School budget and redirect to opening 2100 new Pre-K seats.

    It costs that much to send one student to Pre-K?  Mind blowing.

     
  • just a conservative girl 3:03 PM on 02/04/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , cinco de mayo, , fort collins, public education, spirit week   

    You Wondered Why I Didn’t Like the Coke Commercial? High School Not Allowed to Celebrate America – It May Offend Someone. 

    I wrote yesterday that I did find the Coke commercial with America the Beautiful being sung in multiple languages not just offensive, but wrong.  Here is a big part of the reason that I feel this way.

    “They said they didn’t want to offend anyone from other countries or immigrants,” a 16-year-old member of the student council told me. “They just really did not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.”

    A quote from a high school student in Fort Collins, Colorado after being turned down to have an America Day as part of spirit week.  You see there are students in the high school that might actually get offended if they celebrate America.  The country that is giving them an education.  I looked up the demographics of this city, there is nothing that stands out as much different as the country as a whole.

     The racial makeup of the city was 82.4% White, 3.01% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 2.48% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 3.61% from other races, and 2.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.79% of the population.

    The city is slighty more white than the country as a whole.  But has a mix of different races/nationalities.  Yet, they are being told that people may be made to feel “uncomfortable” if they take one day out of the school year to show some pride in the country they are living in.  Now, I lived in others countries for brief periods of time over my life.  I studied in France and I lived in Israel for a time.  At no time when I was going through those experiences did I expect a store to be open on Friday night.  It is the Sabbath and everything shuts down at sundown and stays that way until sundown on Saturday night.  That is the way it was.  I learned to work around it.  I never felt that I had any right to say anything about their practices.  I was in France during some of their national holidays and dealt with their customs as well.

    What really gets me about this is the fact that if there are international students studying there while their families are working in the U.S. wouldn’t it actually be a good thing for them to see the population celebrate and take some pride in their country?  Wouldn’t it be a learning experience for these international students?  How exactly would it be hurtful for them?

    This isn’t a one-off.  This is happening all over the country.  Political correctness is going to kill this country.  There is nothing wrong with showing pride in America.  If some family is so upset by it, they can keep their child home for a single day.  This should be a no brainer.  But in our politically correct and multicultural society it has become “offensive” to take pride in your country.

    Yes, this is a big part of the reason that I found that Coke commercial to be so wrong.  It is furthering the idea that having a pride in America is something that needs to be done in secret as not to offend some imaginary boogie man that somehow will be made to feel so bad about themselves that they come from say Sri Lanka instead of being from this country.

    The school has somewhat relented after being contacted by the media.  They have reluctantly agreed to My Country Day.  You can come showing your pride in “your country”.  Mind you this is coming from the same school administrators who decided that the celebration for Cinco de Mayo is mandatory.

     

     
  • just a conservative girl 10:13 AM on 11/05/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , lazy teachers, public education   

    Reason 34,294 to HomeSchool 

    Read the second paragraph and look at the grade.  I understand that teachers have time restraints but Oh My Gosh.

    H/T to The MetaPicture

    homeschool

     
    • Kerry 1:56 PM on 11/05/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Actually, this is how a lot of people get through school. They’re able to read the teacher and parrot back the responses they know the teacher is looking for in order to get a good grade.

      Also, this makes me think of my college boyfriend. When he was student teaching, he would have me read the papers he would assign. If they filled the page, he’d give them an ‘A’ because he didn’t care. He might have even assigned this paper.

  • just a conservative girl 12:50 PM on 08/29/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , public education,   

    Only Bad People Want a Good Education for their Children 

    So says Allison Benedikt of Slate Magazine.   Seriously, she said that.

    This article had me laughing out loud.  Of course I was laughing in a way that is really just to cover my utter shock, disbelief, and total dismay.

    I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good.

    Apparently it is perfectly fine for at least a few generations to get a lousy education because down the road it will help all.  Now that is logic isn’t it?  Insert primal scream here.

    Now correct me if I am wrong, but I thought liberals thought there was nothing better than education.  Matter of fact don’t they say that public schools are a human right?  I seem to remember former congressman and convicted felon Jesse Jackson, Jr. talking about that on the floor of congress.  Yeah matter of fact there is video of that conversation, oh and don’t forget the constitutionally protected iPad too.

    What is really funny about this entire article is that by the end she completely contradicts herself:

    I went K–12 to a terrible public school. My high school didn’t offer AP classes, and in four years, I only had to read one bookThere wasn’t even soccer. This is not a humblebrag! I left home woefully unprepared for college, and without that preparation, I left college without having learned much there either. You know all those important novels that everyone’s read? I haven’t. I know nothing about poetry, very little about art, and please don’t quiz me on the dates of the Civil War. I’m not proud of my ignorance. But guess what the horrible result is? I’m doing fine. I’m not saying it’s a good thing that I got a lame education. I’m saying that I survived it, and so will your child, who must endure having no AP calculus so that in 25 years there will be AP calculus for all.

    Again, correct me if I am wrong, if she is doing just fine without AP classes and no organized soccer teams, why wouldn’t future generations do “just fine” as well?  I mean why would anyone need it regardless of what generation they come from?  It would seem to me that everyone will be able to find their dream job, such as working at Slate Magazine even though they learned virtually nothing after 17 years of education.  Now I did take AP Calculus and I don’t work at Slate.  So apparently my “better” education didn’t really help me that much did it?

    She believes that if all children go to public school we will have a better school system.  Lets think about that for a minute.  Because it seems what she is saying is that people are stuck living in the neighborhoods with horrible public schools don’t care that their kids are receiving a bad education.  Because after all if they did they would push for change right?  Oh wait, they are pushing for change and the unions stand in the way of those changes and much-needed reforms.  She never mentions that part of the equation.  I guess she didn’t get algebra in her crappy public school either.  You know the thing that has you put all parts of the equation together to come to the correct solution.  There are millions upon millions of parents who are fighting to make changes in their local schools only to be met with hostility and resistance.  We have the NAACP suing to keep open the worst performing school system in the country all the while the lawyer filing the suit sends her child to boarding school in another state.  She knows her kid will be cheated if she attends those schools.  She has money, to heck with the poor and struggling middle class that can’t afford the same.

    Also remember that there’s more to education than what’s taught. As rotten as my school’s English, history, science, social studies, math, art, music, and language programs were, going to school with poor kids and rich kids, black kids and brown kids, smart kids and not-so-smart ones, kids with superconservative Christian parents and other upper-middle-class Jews like me was its own education and life preparation. Reading Walt Whitman in ninth grade changed the way you see the world? Well, getting drunk before basketball games with kids who lived at the trailer park near my house did the same for me. In fact it’s part of the reason I feel so strongly about public schools.

    I totally don’t get how getting drunk at trailer parks makes her feel strongly about public schools and that leading to the willingness to allow at least two or three more generations to have a substandard education, but that’s just me.

    Education reform is a passion of mine.  I would love to see every child in this country have the best education possible.  The problem is that, as of today, the last thing that will get us there is the public school system.  We are failing in virtually every measure and it will become a national security issue when people in this country can’t compete on the world stage.  The system needs serious reform, unions and the government have far more power over the system than any PTA will ever have.  The current system doesn’t allow those types of changes nor does it give parents many options when trying to push for change.

    No one is a bad parent for wanting their child to get the best possible education that they can give to their child, for this woman to say that they are makes me wonder if she has any children of her own.  If so, doesn’t her great job at Slate pay her enough to live in a neighborhood that has a better school system than say the ones in Harlem or the south side of Chicago?  I would venture to say the answer to that question is yes.

    But I have to say I really appreciate one line in the article:

     Don’t just acknowledge your liberal guilt—listen to it.

    Ah, the reasoning behind most of what liberals do.

     
  • just a conservative girl 6:22 PM on 07/24/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bankruptcy, , ebonics, public education   

    The Leaders of Detriot Speak and Place Blame 

    An acquaintance of mine works on Capitol Hill for a congresswoman.  Today she met with some leaders of Detroit to discuss the upcoming bankruptcy of the city.  This is especially personal to her since she grew up there.  Here is a snap shot of what they had to say:

    I am so depressed for the children of Detroit. I met with their “leaders” today and instead of admitting their students can’t read, the schools suck, the streets are unsafe, and their liberal big government policies have DESTROYED a once great city, this “leader” blamed 1) the banks 2) The GOP 3) John Engler (Michigan had a DEM governor for 8 years) 4) Archor 5) white people and 6) the suburbs. When I reminded him DPS taught us Ebonics and maybe that’s why kids can’t read or get jobs he went on to tell me: “Ebonics is a language just like Mexican Spanish” yup, you heard it folks, the “leader” in education for DPS equates improper English to a foreign language and then said, “it’s white people’s fault for not seeing this as a value and instead see it as ignorance.” Lastly, this man said Detroit should be able to “tax” the workers in Detroit at 25% if they live outside Detroit since it is evil white suburbanites “taking” money from the city. Detroit has NO hope. We should take each kid out of DPS and give them refugee status cause Detroit is a third world HELL HOLE

    Tragic.

     
  • just a conservative girl 11:02 AM on 04/12/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , public education,   

    Reason 16,387 to Home School The Indoctorination of Our Children 

    Gee is it really any wonder that parents are very concerned about the education our children are receiving and many have chosen to take things into their own hands?

    This is from a school in Jacksonville, Florida.  A “teacher” had the students write this sentance after a lecture about the constitution.

    rights for safety

    This comes Wisconsin: A crossward puzzle that says conservative beliefs limits personal freedoms. After all it is conservatives that want to ban certain sized sodas, ban salt, and trans fats.

    crossward puzzle

    From Texas, for 6th graderas:

    Notice socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system. Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use?

     
    • kerry 11:15 AM on 04/12/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yes. Conservatives need to wake up and start pulling their kids out if the public school system. Even if both parents are working, there are ways to still homeschool your kids.

    • godmadeknown 2:56 PM on 04/12/2013 Permalink | Reply

      “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” –Benjamin Franklin

  • just a conservative girl 10:09 AM on 03/22/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Massachusetts, public education   

    Everybody Gets a Pony – Honors Ceremony Cancelled to Celebrate Mediocrity 

    Ipswich Middle School in Massachusetts has decided in their infinite wisdom that honors ceremonies are just too harmful to the kids who didn’t make the cut.  I mean feelings being important as they are these days, it all makes sense right?  After all, why would we want children who didn’t do their homework on time, didn’t study for their tests, or not pay attention in class to feel badly right?  That just isn’t “fair”.  Fairness being the new buzz word of late and all, so I guess it has to filter down to our students.

    The statement reads in part:

    “The Honors Night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade point average,”

    I fully understand that some children, no matter how hard they work, will not make the cut.  This can happen for a variety of reasons, especially when you start introducing standardized multiple choice tests into the equation.  I am a person who doesn’t do well on multiple choice tests.  In college I explained this to my professors and most allowed me to answer questions that I didn’t quite comprehend in a written format.  So I get it.

    What I don’t get is that why are we asking those that did work hard and were able to maintain their GPA’s to suffer?  What we are actually telling these children is that a strangers feelings are more important than your hard work.  This isn’t how the real world works.  In the real world you are judged based on your own performance.  Does this principal believe that when these children get out into a working environment that they won’t be viewed based on their own performance?  Look, it is very possible in a work environment that someone tries and works hard, but is just unable to perform the necessary tasks that the job requires, and will eventually lose that job.  What this man is doing is setting up unrealistic expectations of what faces these children as they grow into mature adults.  The world isn’t fair.  Bad things happen to good people.  Good things happen to bad people.  That is life.  What you do is keep your own sense of integrity and morality, and work as hard as you can.  Some of the best things that come in life are the things that happen to you after you fail at something.  Those failures and how you handle them become the very essence of the person that you are.  This principal is cheating these kids of that experience at a young age.  That of course makes it harder for them to learn that lesson as they grow older.

    Parents in this school must stand up to this man and demand that their children be taught the hard lessons in life.  You will not always get your way, you will not always succeed the first time at everything you try.  The rewards that come in life normally come to those who work hardest for them.  It is about time that we, as a society, stop giving these children the idea that everyone gets a pony simply because they exist.

     
  • just a conservative girl 12:34 PM on 03/08/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , phillips, public education   

    BB Guns, Cupcakes, and Toy Soldiers Oh My 

    A mom in Michigan made 30 chocolate cupcakes for her son Hunter’s class birthday party.  She brought the cupcakes to the office so that they could bring them to the classroom, which they accepted.  Within 15 minutes of dropping off her cupcakes, she received a phone call about said cupcakes to tell her that they couldn’t be served.

    You see Hunter helped his mom decorate the cupcakes and used toy soldiers to do so.  These soldiers were replicas of those who served in WWII.  The school, in their infinite wisdom, decided that those soldiers were upsetting to the children and “insensitive”.    The school has doubled down and defended this action:

    “These are toys that were commonplace in the past,” she wrote. “However, some parents prohibit all guns as toys. In light of that difference, the school offered to replace the soldiers with another item and the soldiers were returned home with the student.”

    “Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions,” she stated. “In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere.”

    First, one would think that someone with the education she must have she would understand that do not live in a democracy, we live in a Constitutional Republic.  Look, I understand that there are many parents who do not give their children guns to play with, I respect that.  But I don’t see how exposing our children to WWII soldiers is really giving them guns to play with.  These soldiers have been rightly labeled “The Greatest Generation”, have we forgotten how much they sacrificed in order to keep the American way of life?  This isn’t hyperbole, fascism and totalitarism was on the march and those soldiers gave their lives so it wouldn’t reach our shores.

    Hunter’s dad has had this to say:

    Fountain said it was beyond outrageous to compare American soldiers to deranged mass murderers.

    “In our politically correct society they can’t separate the good from the bad,” he said. ”I’m sure hammers are allowed in schools — although a lot of people are killed by hammers.”

    We have become so politically correct in our society that we can’t see the forest thru the trees.

    Another similar incident is making some news as well.

    Do you remember the Denise’s husband Martin from the Cosby Show?  His real name is Joseph C. Phillips, he is married with children and living in the Los Angeles area.  His son is 15 years old.  He used his own money to buy himself one of those air BB  guns.  He was very proud of his purchase, I am sure that he used money he earned at his dad’s restaurant was part of that pride.  His son was showing a picture (yes, you read that correctly) on his phone to his friends.  A teacher happened to be walking by.  The teacher not only confiscated the phone, he also questioned the boy’s mental state.  To make matters worse, his parents were not contacted by the school.  His son finally told him about the incident days after it happened.  Phillips (a Facebook friend of mine) was furious.  Part of the letter he sent to the school:

    It may come as a shock to Mr. DeLarme, It may even be news to you, but my son is not the only boy in Woodland Hills with a BB gun. There are quite a few boys attending your school who not only own BB guns, but own real guns as well. (Some of them play air soft with my son!) Their fathers, mothers, and brothers also own guns and shoot regularly. Owning a gun is NOT a sign of mental illness. Owning a BB gun is NOT an indication of mental instability! Certainly, showing friends a photograph of a gun is NOT a warning sign that a student is a potential danger to his classmates! I object, in the strongest of terms, to my son being treated as a potential danger and to his being threatened with law enforcement. I further object to not being notified! If Mr. DeLarme truly believed my son presented a danger, both my wife and I should have been notified immediately!

    Turns out this teacher is a strong advocate of gun control.  Shocker!!!

     “…our country’s position on gun control and violence is what makes such situations probable.”

    It is not only acceptable, but preferable, that a teacher reach out about a student that they feel is mentally unstable and who could potentially cause harm to others.  But that doesn’t mean that every 15-year-old who shoots air guns is that danger.  Plenty of children play with air guns or paint guns.  My nephew used to love to play with paint guns when he was younger.  It was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  He is all grown and has never shot anyone.  As far as I know, he doesn’t even own a gun today.  But the most reprehensible part of this story is that they were threatening this child with law enforcement without contacting his parents.  This is a minor we are talking about here.  A parent has the right to know that his child is being looked at as a danger to others.

    We have gone way too far.  Schools have a responsibility to protect their students to the best of their abilities.  That doesn’t give them the right to treat children who are interested in WWII soldiers and BB Guns as criminals.

     
  • just a conservative girl 6:15 PM on 02/14/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , public education,   

    Student of Color Only Tutoring 

    In Aurora, Colorado the local elementary school has set up a tutoring program.  The problem is that the program was initially set up for students of color only.

    I can see that they want to help students of color due to the fact that there are achievement gaps between white and black students.  But you can’t exclude students based only on color.

    Just ask yourself if this said for whites only.

    Now that this is getting national attention a new letter will be sent home saying this was a misunderstanding.  Uh huh.

    students of color tutoring

     
  • just a conservative girl 10:51 AM on 02/05/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , public education, , rhee,   

    Quote of the Day – Michelle Rhee Edition 

    Here’s the question we Democrats need to ask ourselves: Are we beholden to the public school system at any cost, or are we beholden to the public school child at any cost?

    Michelle Rhee on her transformation of supporting school vouchers.

    Sadly, we already know the answer to this question.

     
    • signpainterguy 6:10 PM on 02/06/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Oooooh, straying from the dem party line could be dangerous ! Watch for attacks from teachers unions and service workers unions and dem party leaders. Vouchers to dems are like water to witches and wooden stakes thru the hearts of vampires ! Dems are beholden to the public school system at any and all costs, the children are just pawns.

  • just a conservative girl 3:14 PM on 09/22/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: autism, , , i stand with henry, public education, self advocate   

    I Stand with Henry 

    Meet Henry.  He is fighting for his right to go to school.  This isn’t about school choice as the school is directly across the street.  This is about Henry’s disabilities.  He is learning, hearing, and talking impaired due to Autism.  But he is obviously a very smart young man, he communicated with his tablet and specialized software.  The school system has decided that they are not the right place for his type of disabilities.  This is a clear violation of the law.  But the Florida school system could care less.

    The public school systems in this country discriminate against developmentally disabled children all the time.  It is a common occurrence, especially since the law in most states is written to make it virtually impossible for the parents to fight back.  Each case must be heard individually in a court of law.  The school systems have attorneys that they have on retainer.  Parents do not.  The costs to fight these rulings are sometimes out of reach for the everyday American family.

    Henry want to go to class and be like other kids, something that is important to most young adults.  They want to fill in.  While this isn’t something that I think is great thing, but it is an understandable thing.  This young man has many impediments in front of him, the last one should be discrimination coming from the very public school system that his parents pay taxes to fund.

    It may be possible that Henry will not able to do well in this environment.  He may need a different approach to his education pursuits.  But why isn’t he being given the chance to succeed?  Why is Hillsborough County School refusing to even give this boy a chance?

    I understand the resources are limited in a public school system, but it seem to me that those resources are best utilized on a student who is as eager to learn as Henry as.

    I Stand with Henry.  After watching this video I think you may want to as well.  (Sorry, I can’t get it to embed for some reason)

     watch?v=rtRTEdV8qtc&feature=relmfu

    Give this young man a chance to prove what he is made of.  Here is his Facebook page if you care to stand with too.

     
    • SignPainterGuy 6:30 PM on 09/22/2012 Permalink | Reply

      The kid has “special needs” and most every school has a special ed. class (or more), so does this case rate “extra-” special needs ?

      Everyone is required to pay property taxes and by law a portion of those taxes paid must go to the local school district. IMO, this warrants a special dispensation, a variance of the requirement of this family to pay a portion of their Prop. Tax that would go to their sch. dist. because the school system “refuses” to educate the child and if the child GETS an education, the parents will have to fund it all themselves, at special school(s) or at home. Perhaps some org. would help, but it`s clear the school system is NO HELP at all !

    • just a conservative girl 6:47 PM on 09/22/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Actually many schools across the country no longer have special needs programs. The new in thing is to “mainstream” the child. In most cases that is effective. Sadly, in others it harms the child. Most state (it could be federal) law says what ever the per pupil cost is, it must be given to the child to attend another school if their local school cannot help them. But I can tell you from experience getting that money isn’t easy.

      This is why mainstreaming the child is not always a good thing, because it makes it harder on the teacher if they need to give special attention to one child, it takes away from all the other children. But in this case this child really wants to learn. He is obviously very smart, his body just doesn’t cooperate in the same fashion as yours does.

      But this is just one more thing that needs to change in the public school system. This little boy should be able to go to his local school, if nothing else let him try. Maybe it won’t work, but he should be given the opportunity to try.

      • SignPainterGuy 7:14 PM on 09/22/2012 Permalink | Reply

        Agreed !

      • Gina 9:47 PM on 09/24/2012 Permalink | Reply

        It might make the teacher do their job ‘better’ but every teacher should be making individual adjustments for every child. and NO it won’t take away form the other children it will enrich the other children. The research shows that ALL students do better in an inclusive setting just as a community does better in an INCLUSIVE society. You have just managed to trot out all the stereotype fear campaigns that seem to have a hold on such a vast majority of society. Mainstreaming is not a fad or a ‘new thing’ it is evolution! When you know better you do better.
        And rarely ‘mainstreaming’ harms a child – the reality is that people in positions of power and responsibility harm a child (ie teachers/administrators/para educators) either by action or inaction.

    • Trisha 7:04 PM on 09/23/2012 Permalink | Reply

      The local school sent us a letter the summer we were to enroll my son in kindergarten. Neighbors had complained about him to the school, and the letter suggested that perhaps we could “find another situation” for educating our son. He has autism and at age five was a runner and threw anything he could get his hands on. We sent him to a private kindergarten where he circled the classroom and threw paint but happily he only got loose once and was caught immediately. He became friends with a boy who has fragile X and they rolled down the choir stand like puppies during the Thanksgiving pageant. We took him home and home-schooled after he was not passed to first grade. We moved to another school district, he entered school in fourth grade at grade level, we moved to another state for high school where the school was inclusive, and he is now in college.

      I now work as a resource teacher in the inclusive school and enjoy my students with autism. Our school is somewhat well-funded in comparison to the school that declined to accept my son, and we know how to make the dollars stretch. Our resource classes are relatively large so it is difficult to give any child extra attention. Each family has to make choices as to how best to serve their children and I am happy that we did not force the issue with the original school. If Hillsborough county does not have funding for an aide to accompany Henry during much of his day it might not be safe for Henry. Special Ed is often an unfunded mandate and some schools don’t have resources to secure extra funding.

      • just a conservative girl 7:35 PM on 09/23/2012 Permalink | Reply

        Trisha:
        Your son was allowed to try, that is the difference. He has a service dog. He should be allowed to try for one semester. If it doesn’t work for him then his parents can find another way to get him his education.

        I am glad that your son was able to find a school that worked for him. I just want to see Henry given that same opportunity.

    • Lauri 5:45 PM on 09/26/2012 Permalink | Reply

      HI, I’m Henry’s mom, thank you for writing about this. Henry too was turned away from an elementary school and I helped start an elementary charter school to provide a “welcoming” environment for Henry. Henry is actually a very mellow and smart kid who happens to be non-verbal. He is Autistic, he is hearing impaired, he is physically impaired, he is a joy, he is Henry. We have offered to provide an aide and any services Henry requires because he wants to go to school with his neighbors and be challenged academically. He deserves the same chance that every other person has. We support and applaud his advocating for this rights.We have always provided an education for Henry and will continue to do so, but discrimination and segregation based on disability labels is wrong. It needs to stop now. Henry has gone into this knowing that things may not change for him, but he wants to do what’s right for everyone.

    • Jackie 6:30 PM on 09/28/2012 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s ridiculous while ungrateful neurotypicals are allowed to go to public schools,where they will slack off in class and waste all their time talking, that a student who wants to learn can’t go to school. The reason we’re falling behind other countries in regards to education, is our schools have become a daycare for over social blabbermouth neurotypicals.

      If we made less accommodations for neurotypical’s “special needs” like social time, or a place to go and chat about nothing, we would have the money to support the mentally disabled students who WANT to learn.

      People say those with Autism are unintelligent, we’re not the ones gossiping during class time, distracting the class with shenanigans, or being bullies. We’re the ones who deserve an education, not Neurotypicals who could care less about getting one!

  • just a conservative girl 6:50 PM on 09/10/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , public education,   

    As the Chicago Teachers Strike – Students React 

     

     

     

    Heaven help us all.  

     
    • SignPainterGuy 7:12 PM on 09/10/2012 Permalink | Reply

      TEECHERS MUST HAV THE RITE TO STRYKE ! Expectifying them to be held accountable for their students` grades is asking entirely too much ! Even if Obama DID sign the law that establishes this requirement, this is just plain unfair !

      I heard today (missed the location) that since merit pay was out of the question, an up-front payment of $4,000. was given to teachers who were told, “Now, if your students do not improve their grades, you have to pay the money back !” The teachers performed well and the students` grades did too !

      The teachers weren`t impressed with the promise of money in the future for improvements (they get raises anyway, regardless of performance, and cannot be fired for any reason), but the fear of having to pay money back was an effective motivator ! Fascinating !

    • Ednar 8:47 PM on 09/10/2012 Permalink | Reply

      The ANT
      > AND THE
      > GRASSHOPPER
      >
      > This one is a little different …..
      > Two Different Versions ….
      > Two Different Morals
      >
      > OLD VERSION
      >
      > The ant works
      > hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
      >
      > The grasshopper
      > thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
      >
      > Come winter, the ant is warm
      > and well fed.
      >
      > The grasshopper has
      > no food or shelter, so he
      > dies out in the cold.
      >
      >
      >
      > MORAL OF THE OLD STORY:
      >
      >
      > Be responsible for yourself!
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > MODERN
      > VERSION
      >
      > The ant works hard
      > in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house
      > and laying up supplies for the winter.
      >
      > The grasshopper thinks the ant
      > is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
      >
      > Come winter, the shivering grasshopper
      > calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be
      > allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.
      >
      > CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN,
      > and ABC show up to
      > provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper
      > next to a video of the ant
      > in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
      > America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
      >
      > How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper
      > is allowed to suffer so?
      >
      > Kermit the Frog appears
      > on Oprah
      > with the grasshopper
      > and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not EasyBeing Green…’
      >
      > ACORN stages
      > a demonstration in front of the ant’s
      > house where the news stations film the SEIU group singing, We shall overcome.
      >
      > Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright
      > has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper’s sake,
      >
      > while he damns the ants.
      >
      >
      > President Obama condems the ant
      > and blames
      > President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the
      > Pope
      > for the grasshopper’s
      > plight.
      >
      > Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid
      > exclaim in an interview with Larry
      > King that the ant has
      > gotten rich off the back of the
      > grasshopper,
      > and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
      >
      > Finally, the EEOC drafts
      > the Economic Equity &
      > Anti-Grasshopper Act
      > retroactive to the beginning of
      > the summer.
      >
      > The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number
      > of green bugs and,
      > having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government GreenCzar
      > and given to the grasshopper.
      >
      > The story ends as we see the grasshopper
      > and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house,
      > crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.
      >
      > The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.
      >
      > The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken
      > over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.
      >
      > The entire Nation collapses
      > bringing the rest
      > of the free world with it.
      >
      >
      > MORAL OF THE STORY:
      >
      >
      > Be careful how you vote in 2012.
      >
      >
      >
      > I’ve sent this to you because I believe that you are an ant
      > not a grasshopper!
      >
      > Make sure that you pass
      > this on to other ants.
      >
      > Don’t bother sending
      > it on to any grasshoppers
      > because they wouldn’t
      > understand it, anyway

  • just a conservative girl 5:41 PM on 05/11/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , public education,   

    The Tide is Turning on School Choice 

    During my career, I met with thousands of parents. I have never met a parent who did not want for his or her child what I wanted for my own sons and now my grandchildren, a quality public school education. In fact, I have met far too many parents in neighborhoods with failing schools who lacked the financial resources for private school, the political connections for magnet schools, or the luck of winning the lottery for a charter school. (Philadelphia has more than 30,000 children on charter-school waiting lists.) Providing these captive parents with broad school-choice options is the only chance to improve public schools as a whole. Expanding charter schools and passing school-voucher legislation, as being voted on right now in Harrisburg, will end the public school monopoly that has failed low-income neighborhoods. Allowing parents to vote with their feet and letting some education funding to follow children to new schools is the drastic measure necessary for improving the public-education system. The more choices parents have, the better education their children will receive

    This is part of an OP-ED written by Arlene Ackerman, former teacher, administrator, and chancellor of the public school system in Philadelphia.

     
    • SignPainterGuy 8:51 PM on 05/11/2012 Permalink | Reply

      It`s so nice to have a credentialed professional echo our sentiments !

      • just a conservative girl 10:09 PM on 05/11/2012 Permalink | Reply

        yeah, she took a great deal of crap for it to. She was called a traitor among other choice things. But she knows of what she speaks. She has been there. She knows the system won’t change until they are forced to. The system is no longer child centered. Until that changes the schools will continue to fail. She said that even if they made major improvements immediately, they won’t trickle down to the kids until 2023. That is an outrage. How many kids will be lost to gangs, jail, and poverty between now and then?

        • SignPainterGuy 12:06 AM on 05/12/2012 Permalink | Reply

          2013 ? Unions are exceedingly sssllloooooowww ! Get the unions out, implement a child-centered plan, return prayer and maybe even some judicious spanking (for certain real discipline), involve the parents, place control to local districts and get the gooberment out, test the teachers and make them prove their worth …… you`ll see significant positive change the first year. I`m sure I left out some things that need to change or return to the old days, but you get my points !?

          • just a conservative girl 8:03 PM on 05/12/2012 Permalink | Reply

            Not 2013, 2023. 11 years away. That is yet another entire generation of our kids lost to a failing school system. Not acceptable.

            • SignPainterGuy 11:29 PM on 05/12/2012 Permalink | Reply

              Sorry, typo, it was late. I was thinking right, my jabber fingers weren`t cooperating.

    • A.Men 4:37 AM on 05/12/2012 Permalink | Reply

      School choice. Freedom. President-In-Name-Only had school choice. And he had the choice to go to Ivy League school after being in a “daze the last two years of high school” from using “weed’ and “blow”.

      • SignPainterGuy 11:52 AM on 05/12/2012 Permalink | Reply

        Don`t forget, “Beer” !

  • just a conservative girl 4:28 PM on 05/06/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: career track education, college, , public education   

    Education Reform – Do What Works, Not What Feels Good 

    Any thinking person in this country has to admit that our public education system is broken.  We only rank #21 in the world for the population with the most high school and college graduates.  The system is stuck on stupid and continues to go down hill.

    The literacy rates among fourth grade students in America are sobering. In a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, one out of three students scored “below basic” on the 2009 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Reading Test. Among these low performing students, 49 percent come from low-income families. Even more alarming is the fact that more than 67 percent of all US fourth graders scored “below proficient,” meaning they are not reading at grade level.

    Reading proficiency among middle and high school students isn’t much better. On the 2009 NAEP Reading Test, about 26 percent of eighth graders and 27 percent of twelfth graders scored below the “basic” level, and only 32 percent of eighth graders and 38 percent of twelfth graders are at or above grade level.

    No matter where you fall on the political spectrum you must realize that this is quickly becoming an issue of national security.  We cannot continue to perform on the world stage if we can’t get fourth graders reading at grade level.  Public schools are not going anywhere and they must be fixed.

    The problem becomes how do we fix them.  Conservatives and liberals have different views on how this should be accomplished.  Typically conservatives are for school choice and allowing the money to follow the child.  Liberals are putting more money into the system.  Neither one of these solutions on their own will solve the problems that we have.  We need to move beyond political ideology to find the solutions that are right for the local population of school aged children.

    One of the latest trends in education is college prep courses for everybody.  Some children are not going to go to college, and it is not always about money.  Some kids just are not cut out for post-secondary education.  A case in point, I have a family member who had some issues while in high school.  Nothing major, but enough that he could have easily gone down the wrong path.  After graduation and shortly after 9/11 he decided to join the marines.  He signed up for a four-year stint and was given some educational incentives.  After serving his four years and spending some time in Iraq at the onset of the war, he decided to get out of the marines and go to college.  He believed that is what his mother wanted him to do.  His mother wanted him to be happy and a well-adjusted adult.  He went to college for one semester and dropped out.  He then flitted around doing some interesting jobs; including fishing in Alaska.  What he realized is that he liked the structure that the corp provided for him.  He is back in the marines, happily married and a daddy of a beautiful baby girl.  The military is something that works for him.   He has served in a theater of war, he understands what he has committed to.  It may not be everyone else’s choice of a career, but for him it is a fit.  He is happy, so his mother is happy for him.

    But we continue to push the narrative that a college education is mandatory.  It is not, nor is it the best thing for every kid.

    Over time, it morphed into the theology that every child should go to college (a four-year liberal-arts college at that) and therefore every child should be required to pursue a college-prep course in high school. The results have been awful. High school dropout rates continue to be a national embarrassment. And most high school graduates are not prepared for the world of work. The unemployment rate for recent high school graduates who are not in school is a stratospheric 33%. The results for even those who go on to higher education are brutal: four-year colleges graduate only about 40% of the students who start them, and two-year community colleges graduate less than that, about 23%. “College for everyone has become a matter of political correctness,” says Diane Ravitch, a professor of education at New York University. “But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than a quarter of new job openings will require a bachelor of arts degree. We’re not training our students for the jobs that actually exist.” Meanwhile, the U.S. has begun to run out of welders, glaziers and auto mechanics–the people who actually keep the place running.

    One of the solutions for our educational system is being played out in Arizona.

    Two years later, with the $2.4 million agricultural- and technical-sciences building up and running, Martin says, “It’s without doubt the best program we have. It’s an alternative way to teach them math, science and reading. They love it. They’re attentive, working hard, hands on.” McBride imports veterinarians from around the country to visit the reservation and work with the 226 students, who assist in both operating theaters, prepping animals for surgery and learning how to suture, draw blood and give injections. The veterinary clinic has become a valued resource on the reservation, but more than that, the academic results have been spectacular. “Nearly every one of these kids passed the state comprehensive test we give to 17-year-olds in Arizona,” Martin told me. “Less than about 40% of my non-vocational-education students passed.

    Clyde McBride pushed and pushed to get this program into place at one of the reservations.  These kids are doing well, they are excited to learn and are happy to be in school everyday.  They are learning, but more importantly they are gaining a work ethic that will follow them for the rest of their lives.  Some of these kids are college bounds kids, but they have a step up on many others who go to college, for one thing they have already been given a skill that will be useful to their professional lives.  They have direction in their lives.  They are not in college to go to parties and “find themselves”.

    School systems are beginning  to see that doing away with career path education programs was a mistake that was made 40 years ago.  They were considered racist, as many in the programs were people of color.  It wasn’t that the programs were wasteful, they were just not done properly.  There are many high schools popping up all over the nation that are giving career skills to students.  Not all of these schools are in poor urban areas or have a majority of minorities in them.  One of my local high schools has a career track for students.  I am not sure of all the different offerings that they have, but one is in retail fashion and the other is in hairdressing.  Both will give high school students a marketable skill that they can use immediately following graduation to find themselves a job.  I have not been to this hairdresser in quite some time, but I used to pay $300 to have my hair highlighted and cut.  She and her now husband paid for their rather large wedding themselves.  He is a chef.  My only point being that obviously they made a good living in order to pay for that wedding and still own a home.

    What sense does it make for students to take out tens of thousands of dollars in loans when so many don’t graduate?  College has become like a rite of passage instead of what it should be; a means to an end.  The end result being an education that will give that person the ability to obtain marketable skills and a job.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that college is a waste of time, but it certainly is not for everyone.  There is a student loan bubble getting bigger all the time and sooner or later this bubble is going to burst.

    We need to stop thinking in terms of a one size fits all mentality that post secondary education is mandatory for all.  It isn’t.  There are plenty of jobs that are good paying and do not require a 4 year college degree.  We need to change the paradigm of education in this country and realize that what worked in the 70’s is obviously no longer working.  We need to look at the programs around the country that are successful and adapt them to different community needs.  Obviously a school that offers vet clinic services isn’t going to work in the inner city.  But other programs will.  Inner city communities need bus drivers, truck drivers, mechanics, machine operators, construction workers, and a variety of other skilled workers.  It is time that we stop being so snobby and realize that those jobs help make America run too.

     
    • stlgretchen 5:47 PM on 05/06/2012 Permalink | Reply

      You raise some valid points. I especially like your term the “theology that every child should go to college”. I agree not every child should go to college and many adults are more vocational bound. That’s the way our brains are wired and our innate talents are skewed. Inner drive for goals is immeasurable by any governmental longitudinal data system.

      What my concern is the current educational system pushed by this administration is based on Goals 2000. This is career ready education and it has been renamed Race to the Top. I know the current alleged stated goal of Arne Duncan is to have every child go to college but that is not realistic. It will just get more kids in debt…and in fact, indebted to the government. If you are not familiar with Goals 2000 and Marc Tucker’s 18-page letter to Hilary Clinton in 1993, you can find it here:

      http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/marc_tucker/

      “The “Dear Hillary” letter, written on Nov. 11, 1992 by Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), lays out a plan “to remold the entire American system” into “a seamless web that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone,” coordinated by “a system of labor market boards at the local, state and federal levels” where curriculum and “job matching” will be handled by counselors “accessing the integrated computer-based program.”

      Tucker’s plan would change the mission of the schools from teaching children academic basics and knowledge to training them to serve the global economy in jobs selected by workforce boards. Nothing in this comprehensive plan has anything to do with teaching schoolchildren how to read, write, or calculate.”

      Please read the 18 page letter. Many of these “reforms” are being instituted today. With the Longitudinal Data System information being shared with various Federal agencies (DOEd, Health and Human Services, Labor) with over 300 data sets to be implemented on children from birth through the workforce, the idea is…your child will be channeled into a college path or a career path BASED ON HIS/HER DATA. It will not be a CHOICE.

      I think the biggest fight currently is to fight the common core standards (because that allows these assessments to be shared with each state and Federal agencies), Race to the Top mandates and this cradle to grave tracking of students and families. The DOEd has eviscerated any semblance of states driving their own educational direction. The DOEd needs to be abolished or severely restricted to thwart this cradle to grave programming.

      Thanks for your post. Career training should be available to students and parents based on THEIR decisions and interests, not based on data information supplied to businesses so they can find YOUR child to fulfill THEIR needs. We are truly in dangerous times. Tucker’s letter, common core standards and Race to the Top should scare parents to action. A managed economy with a managed workforce. Not quite what the Founding Fathers intended, eh?

      http://www.missourieducationwatchdog.com/2011/01/look-at-what-departments-of-education.html

  • just a conservative girl 10:21 AM on 04/19/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , left coast rebel, , mainfo, public education   

    Good Idea, Let’s Lower Drop Out Rates by Passing Dummies 

    Seriously, I have long since thought that we should just let Mexico have California back.  Go ahead and give it to them.  Of course they have to take the debt with them too.  I am sure there are very nice people living in California; MAInfo and Left Coast Rebel to name just two, but they just keep scraping the bottom of the barrel.  I am at the point that I have to wonder how there is any barrel left to scrape.  

    Drop out rates are alarmingly high in the Los Angeles Unified School District, 1 in 3 will not finish high school.  Considering that they are spending somewhere close to $28K per student one would have to say they are doing a bang up job with the taxpayer funds that they are allocated.  

    One would think with numbers this abysmal they would try some out of the box thinking in order to get improvement.  Say maybe open more charter schools, maybe do a voucher program to help these students who want a good education to get into a better school system, or even allow students to go to better public schools.  Alas, no that is not what they decided to do.  In their infinite wisdom they have decided that the best course of action is to lower the standards it takes to graduate.  That’s right, just pass them along anyway.  You will now be considered passed with a grade of D. Apparently learning something isn’t the goal.  Just getting you passed along is good enough.  

    As it stands now only 15% of the students from this school system can pass the entrance exams to enter into the Cal State University System, which really isn’t so bad when you consider that 50% of them don’t bother finishing the prep classes.  So lowering the standards is going to help with that endeavor?  I guess they will worry about those dismal numbers at a later date.  

    Good call.  Homeschool anyone?  


    Via Drudge.  

     
    • Ike 3:01 PM on 04/19/2012 Permalink | Reply

      “We” – as represented by the folks in charge of schools at all levels across the U.S. – have been doing precisely that for about 40 years now. Example from my own life. I started college in 1964, aiming for a degree in chemical engineering and first semester took College Algebra and got a .75 in it. Went back to college in 1984, aiming for a degree in political science and law school, and re-took College Algebra and got a 4.0 in it. Didn’t study any formal maths at all in the intervening 20 years. And – here’s the punch line – that ’84 course ended with the mathematical topics the ’64 course started with. Wonder how the doctoral candidates in math are doing??

  • just a conservative girl 4:05 PM on 10/24/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , public education, ,   

    Reason #14,965 to Home School 

    It seems that New York City has decided it needs to do something about the levels of sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancies.  While the horse has long left that barn, in their infinite wisdom, they have decided to require sex ed to all public school students.  Students will get one semester in six or seventh grade and again at nine or tenth grade.  While I feel that it is important to talk to your children about sex and the dangers of pregnancy and STD’s, it is the graphic nature of these discussions that are very objectionable.


    * Kids ages 11 and 12 sort “risk cards” to rate the safety of various activities, including “intercourse using a condom and an oil-based lubricant,’’ mutual masturbation, French kissing, oral sex and anal sex

    .
    We are going to be teaching 11 year olds about anal sex?  That is considered a good idea?  While I fully understand kids are by nature curious, this is not something that a stranger should be talking to our children about.  


    But, it gets better.  The high schoolers will be involved in pseudo field trips that include:

    * High-school students go to stores and jot down condom brands, prices and features such as lubrication.

    * Teens research a route from school to a clinic that provides birth control and STD tests, and write down its confidentiality policy.

    Just what I want, my teen being ordered to shop for condoms and a good route to a clinic that will give my child birth control pills without my consent.  But I would have to say the topper is:

    * Teens are referred to resources such as Columbia University’s Web site Go Ask Alice, which explores topics like “doggie-style” and other positions, “sadomasochistic sex play,” phone sex, oral sex with braces, fetishes, porn stars, vibrators and bestiality

    .Today on Go Ask Alice, the topics include oral sex and non latex condoms and easing orgasms for women.  Just the things I would want my teenager daughter to learn from someone who doesn’t love her or know her as well as her mom does.  The department of Ed says that they are stressing that abstinence is the only way to avoid STD’s pregnancy.  That seems pretty obvious to me from the workbooks!!  A Child psychologist is concerned about the teaching methods that are going to be used:

    “Kids are being told to either abstain or use condoms — that both are responsible, healthy choices,” said child and adolescent psychiatrist Miriam Grossman, author of “You’re Teaching My Child What?”
    The DOE “relies on latex,” she said.
    But Grossman argues that the books minimize the dangers that pregnancy can still occur with condom use, and that viruses such as herpes and HPV live on body parts not covered by a condom.

    Parents will be allowed to opt their child out on the prevention part of the course, but the part that they learn what “doggie style” is, is mandatory.  Well yee ha, ride ’em cowboy.  


    Lovely.

    H/T to The Other McCain  

     
    • SignPainterGuy 7:23 PM on 10/24/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have to wonder how I made it through life without the advantages of all this PC and oh-so-well-meaning nanny state education. I barely remember High Screwel sex-ed; it wasn`t much more than simple drawings of the various parts and pieces and basic mechanics of the process and the admonition that, IF we were going to have sex, use a condom !
      My education at home was truly minimal as well. I was 12ish, visiting my Grandparents at the farm. I stayed at the barn all I could or somewhere outside. One day, two of my Uncles and a vet. showed up and led a cow into a narrow stall. I witnessed an artificial insemination. I thought it was cool as whiz and more than a little bit gross ! After it was over and we all walked back to the house, Mom was waiting at the yard gate and dragged me off to a private place. She said Grandma had demanded that Mom hurry down to the barn and get me before I saw what was going on; I had no business seeing THAT ! Mom told her that I`d learn eventually and she`d talk to me later. Well, here it came ! “Do you know what they were doing ?” “Yeah, they made the cow pregnant.” “OK then.”
      That is the extent of my “official and home” sex-ed.

      • just a conservative girl 3:19 PM on 10/25/2011 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know how old you are, but that is sad. It is a difficult topic, but one that has to be broached with our children. Very few, if any, parents are able to pull off knowing where they are every minute of every day. But I do think that most parents have gotten better about discussing these topics. Maybe kicking and screaming, but talking nonetheless. I just don’t like the school system discussing these topics. I should get to decide what my child is ready to hear, not some nameless board of people that I have never met.

        • SignPainterGuy 5:14 PM on 10/25/2011 Permalink | Reply

          Born in `53, Class of `71, I still see the “parts and pieces” and the basic process of procreation to be a normal and acceptable study in Biology class. It`s the nuances of “making love” in a married situation that should be taught at home or a parent approved, supervised “sex-ed class” (do those actually exist ?)

          My Daughter was just 6 I think when she witnessed a cat giving birth in a yard flower bed. We all made a mad dash for a box and towels just in time for #2 of 5. My Daughter got a big chunk of her ed. right then. The next big step came on the farm when she was 9ish. My uncle got a call from a neighbor alerting him that his pregnant cow was in distress. I`ll never forget her eyes when she saw the calf`s feet protruding as my uncle led the cow to the barn stall and then watched as he and I winched the breach-birth calf into the world. I`d “helped” when our Daughter was born, one of the most exciting and special times of my life, but the birth of the calf, while Miss Big Eyes watched, was indescribable ! A shared moment I`ll never forget !

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