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Education

Ebola and the Enterovirus — Preventable Plagues?

October 5, 2014

Right now two plagues are a scourge across America — Ebola and the Non-Polio Enterovirus D-68.  While our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of these highly infectious and deadly diseases making their rounds around the USA, two notions popped into my mind. First, how in the hell did Ebola get in the [...]

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The New Math

May 14, 2014

This is not absurd.  In fact, it’s quite serious as it is really being taught to our children in schools in 44 states and DC: I wonder what history will look like when Common Core gets its mitts on that!

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Southern Poverty Law Center: Common Core Critics “Extremist”

May 11, 2014

The Southern Poverty Law Center (probably in dire need of attention and funds these days) has labelled those who raise their voices in opposition to the Common Core federal takeover of education standards as promoting “far-right propaganda” associated with “Fox News, the John Birch Society, Tea Part factions, and the Christian Right.” I’m not shocked [...]

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Sparring Over Common Core

April 18, 2014

While scouring the Internets this morning, I noticed RCP had two contrasting views on Common Core — the national education standards 45 states adopted without looking at them first. David Brooks takes the Ruling Class apologist’s view, basically that one should just get over it and embrace the change. Erick Erickson takes the skeptical view, [...]

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Good Start: Indiana to Dump Common Core

March 30, 2014

As it discovers more about Common Core, Indiana will become the first state that adopted the program to dump it after its initial phases are over.  Some believe that this development could start a snowball effect as more states implement the standards this Fall.  We’ll have to see where all this is going. Common Core [...]

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Anti-Common Core Sentiment Yielding Strange Bedfellows

February 4, 2014

I’ve covered the basic problems with the Common Core education initiative hoping to draw attention to an issue many people don’t fully understand, and one that we all have to deal with.  As more and more states fully adopt the program, they’re realizing how big a mess they got themselves into — an initial $10 [...]

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Common Core: A 2014 Sleeper Issue

January 12, 2014

I initially wanted to post on the horrible economic news from what should have been a gang-busters robust good news jobs report that we didn’t get on Friday, but this Common Core issue keeps reappearing, impacting local politics throughout the nation as well as my own classroom. To the uninitiated, Common Core is an attempt [...]

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It’s Cold — VORTEX Cold!

January 6, 2014

If you live in the central or northeast United States, <newsflash!> it’s cold! But in today’s America, everything must be a crisis. So, that makes this particular very cold snap a “polar vortex.”  Ominous, isn’t it?  We even name winter storms now.  In some places we even have local (ahem) superintendents robo-calling entire towns to [...]

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2013: The Year that Was

December 29, 2013

2013 is nearing its end — let’s take a look back. According the AP, here were the top 10 news stories of 2013: The awful Obamacare rollout Boston Marathon Bombing Pope Francis takes charge Congress’ low approval ratings NSA spying Gay marriage Nelson Mandela Typhoon Haiyan The Syria debacle Three missing women found At the [...]

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Christie Signs New Jersey’s DREAM Act

December 21, 2013

Chris Christie’s gearing up for 2016.  Since the Establishment GOP is likely planning to vote with Democrats next year on amnesty, New Jersey’s governor Chris Christie is getting with the program, signing a version of the DREAM Act (which is a misnomer, since there has been no “Act” passed by Congress, only some targeted regulations [...]

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Common Core Craziness

November 17, 2013

The Common Core is an attempt to nationalize the US education system in a way never before attempted.  It is skill-based, not content-based, and is not being phased in but thrust upon everyone all at once before enough long-term studies can be done on its actual worth.  It’s not adding to existing standards, it seeks [...]

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Why is College So Expensive?

August 25, 2013

With millions of college students poised to return to school soon and with the job market as awful as it is, that question becomes more and more relevant.  Here’s an interesting article from the Wall Street Journal which attempts to answer that question:  fifty years of increasing government subsidies to student loan programs have all [...]

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Common Core Coming to Your Kid’s School

August 19, 2013

Starting in a few weeks, schools across the nation will be implementing the Common Core education standards K-12 with bright-eyed, bushy-tailed vigor. The problem is that the Common Core has not been truly vetted and where it has been the results were not so good.  This article from The Blaze also shows a potential problem [...]

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Shocking: TV Rotting Our Kid’s Brains!

August 13, 2013

I’m pretty sure every child since the mid-1950s has been told that TV will rot their brains.  It’s their parents way of encouraging them to go outside and play, pick up a book, help around the house, or do their homework.  So it was just a matter of time before someone decided to study TV’s [...]

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Creepy Government “Behavioral Insights Team” to Study Us

July 30, 2013

Back when Glenn Beck was on Fox, he’d sometimes devote entire shows to radicals who Obama has surrounded himself with.  The most famous of these revolved around communist Van Jones.  Another common target was Cass Sunstein, the former Director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the OMB, who co-wrote a book called [...]

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Listen to Dr. Benjamin Carson

February 9, 2013

This week at the National Prayer Breakfast Dr. Benjamin Carson, standing right next to the President, hit the room with this attack on political correctness. Here’s the full speech, where Carson hits the national debt, taxation, ObamaCare, and more all in the presence of Dear Leader.  It’s about a half-hour, but those of you stuck [...]

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Kids Mock Michelle Obama Food Bill. No Word from Attackwatch.

September 24, 2012

I’ve been a bad blogger, a really bad blogger.  I promise to do better.  Thankfully, I saw something on Drudge that infuriated me enough to bring me back to my senses. It’s one thing when First Lady Michelle Obamasaurus wagged her enormous finger in everyone’s faces and lectured us on how eating healthy food is [...]

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Wisconsin Judge Tosses Walker’s Union Law

September 16, 2012

On Friday, Dane County circuit court Judge Juan Colas threw out just about all of the famous collective bargaining law passed by Governor Scott Walker and the state legislature, which modeled to other cash-strapped states a politically successful way to deal with unsustainable public employee union costs moving forward. Judge Colas wrote that the law [...]

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Chicago Teachers Strike Making Union Look Terrible

September 10, 2012

This morning Chicago’s teachers union decided to go on strike.  The sticking points which led to today’s action revolve around changes to teacher evaluation, health insurance, and job security, even though the teachers would still get a 16% raise over the course of the contract. That’s better than I’m getting and I also have to [...]

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RNC Speeches Day 3: Smitten by Mitt

August 31, 2012

The final evening of speeches at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa capped a solid three days of a pro-American, pro-free market, pro-opportunity political festival.  Hurricane Isaac forced the convention into a three-day affair, but in truth packing all the speeches and events into three days instead of four allowed the message to come [...]

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RNC Speeches Day 1: Ann and Christie Have Arrived

August 29, 2012

After yesterday afternoon’s debacle on the RNC floor, I was feeling much less enthusiastic going into last night’s prime time RNC speeches.  I started watching around 7:30pm EDT only to see Reince Priebus, Establishment tool, trying to excite the crowd.  It wasn’t working beyond the token uttering of “Mitt Romney” which consistently elicited obligatory applause [...]

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Obama Called Out on Vacations

April 13, 2012

As a public school teacher I have lots of time off, including this week which happens to be my Spring Break.  Some of my colleagues go on vacations to various destinations, some don’t.  Like nearly everyone else it’s all a matter of choice based on certain realities, mainly one’s ability to pay for one’s vacation. [...]

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Gee, I Wonder Why College Costs So Much

March 27, 2012

Publilius Syrus once said that “everything is worth what its purchaser will pay it.”  He had a point.  A merchant can only sell a product at a price enough people are willing to pay.  If Starbucks charged $35 for a cup of coffee, people wouldn’t buy it and the chain would go out of business.  [...]

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Sounds Like Someone in New Jersey Needs a Hug

March 22, 2012

It’s too bad this rule from New Jersey’s Matawan Aberdeen Middle School wasn’t in effect at my school when my grandmother gave me that “Hugs are Better than Drugs” sweatshirt with a teddy bear on it back when I was 12 years old.  If it had been, then I could have blamed stupid liberals for [...]

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Paul Ryan’s Path to Fiscal Sanity

March 21, 2012

During the 1990s, people were concerned with the $4 trillion debt we ran up while winning the Cold War (and after the Democrats reneged on their 1982 promise to reduce spending).  Back then, the debate between the first Republican Congress in forty years and the Clinton Administration was whether our country could balance the budget [...]

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Rush Buckles? Must be a Fluke

March 4, 2012

On his radio show Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh said this: What does it say about the college co-ed Susan [sic] Fluke who goes before a Congressional committee and says she must be paid to have sex?  What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be [...]

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Wisconsin GOP Survives Recall

August 10, 2011

With ire in their eyes after Scott Walker’s budget repair reform earlier this year, local Wisconsin along with national union stooges set their sights on the only avenue they had left:  recalling select weak state GOP representatives in hopes of taking back the Wisconsin state senate to undo Walker’s agenda. It didn’t work.  As of [...]

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Higher Ed Bubble on the Brink

July 21, 2011

Election and political guru Michael Barone has an interesting article about what he sees as the next financial bubble to burst:  higher education.  He makes the argument that higher education costs have all the hallmarks of a bubble, especially since government intervention has coincided with huge tuition increases beyond the rate of inflation. It’s very [...]

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Greeks Imitate the Sore Losers of Vancouver

June 28, 2011

It looks like the Greek parasites took a break from extending their hands out to riot again.  Apparently, they don’t like the strings attached to the free money they’re about to receive in the form of a bailout.  It isn’t that they’re ungrateful or anything; it’s just that they don’t think they should have to [...]

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The “Why I’m a Democrat” Video

June 28, 2011

The Right Scoop was able to get a hold of a College Democrat video which was taken down for obvious reasons once you see it.  Because it’s so embarrassing, I believe the “Why I’m a Democrat” video needs to be shared widely.  Beck and crew have a blast with it in the first clip!  However, [...]

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