Latest Articles: Education
Seattle Public Schools Will Start Teaching That Math Is Oppressive
Post Date: 2019-10-22 15:46:07 by Deckard
A new ethnic studies curriculum will teach students that "ancient mathematical knowledge has been appropriated by Western culture." (Gregory Johnston | Dreamstime.com) Math is a deeply frustrating subject for many elementary and high school students. But Seattle public schools are gearing up to accuse math of a litany of more serious crimes: imperialism, dehumanization, and oppression of marginalized persons.The district has proposed a new social justice-infused curriculum that would focus on "power and oppression" and "history of resistance and liberation" within the field of mathematics. The curriculum isn't mandatory, but provides a resource for teachers ...
Post Date: 2019-10-03 10:44:01 by Deckard
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Ohio Police Fired Blanks During School Shooter Drill, Needlessly Terrifying Students
Post Date: 2019-10-02 23:40:13 by Deckard
Increasingly theatrical and frightening active shooter drills are surprisingly common, even though school shootings are not. (Victority | Dreamstime.com) Police officers outside of Dayton, Ohio, unsheathed their weapons and fired blanks in Franklin High School on Tuesday as part of a misguided effort to prepare students for a possible active shooter.The planned drill unnecessarily ratcheted up the intensity of school lockdown procedures, which routinely require students and teachers to barricade themselves in their classrooms. That the exercise was potentially traumatizing was not lost on the officials who planned it, as they came equipped with "Social-Emotional Activities," as ...
New AI Generates Horrifyingly Plausible Fake News
Post Date: 2019-10-01 08:28:00 by Gatlin
Meet GROVER In an attempt to prevent artificial intelligence-generated fake news from spreading across the internet, a team of scientists built an AI algorithm that creates what might be the most believable bot-written fake news to date based on nothing more than a lurid headline. The system, GROVER, can create fake and misleading news articles that are more believable than those written by humans, according to research shared to the preprint server ArXiv on Wednesday and also detect them. We find that best current discriminators can classify neural fake news from real, human-written, news with 73% accuracy, assuming access to a moderate level of training ...
EVIL RESEARCH GENERATES FAKE COMMENTS ON NEWS STORIES
Post Date: 2019-10-01 08:19:00 by Gatlin
Smarter Spambots Just what we need, according to a team of researchers with nothing better to do: bots spamming online news articles with AI-generated comments. A new algorithm called DeepCom can read simplified versions of news stories and churn out comments that resemble those written by human internet-goers, according to research shared on the preprint server ArXiv last week. Purportedly designed to help news sites jumpstart new comments sections, the algorithm seems like yet another way to fill the web with pointless spam. Conversation Starter The engineers, who hail from Microsoft and Chinas Beihang University, built two versions of DeepCom for English and Chinese-language ...
Why can’t we agree on what’s true any more?
Post Date: 2019-09-20 09:21:38 by Gatlin
We live in a time of political fury and hardening cultural divides. But if there is one thing on which virtually everyone is agreed, it is that the news and information we receive is biased. Every second of every day, someone is complaining about bias, in everything from the latest movie reviews to sports commentary to the BBCs coverage of Brexit. These complaints and controversies take up a growing share of public discussion. Much of the outrage that floods social media, occasionally leaking into opinion columns and broadcast interviews, is not simply a reaction to events themselves, but to the way in which they are reported and framed. The mainstream media is the ...
The Real Purpose of Public Schooling
Post Date: 2019-09-10 08:25:42 by Deckard
Leave it to the Chinese Communist Party and the New York Times to indirectly teach Americans about public schooling. In an article entitled The High School Course Beijing Accuses of Radicalizing Hong Kong, the Times writes: Chinas ruling Communist Party has long seen education as a crucial ideological tool for nurturing loyal citizens. Under Xi Jinping, the countrys authoritarian leader, the party has ramped up patriotic education on the mainland, helping shape one of the most nationalist generations of youth that the country has seen in years
. In recent months, officials in Beijing have repeatedly stressed the need for stronger patriotic education in Hong ...
State Passes Law Requiring LGBTQ History Be Taught in Public Schools
Post Date: 2019-08-30 08:12:53 by Deckard
Under a new law approved by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritker public schools will be required to teach LGBT history and the contributions of LGBTQ people. The new law, signed by the Governor three weeks ago, requires lessons highlighting noteworthy lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The LGBTQ focused curriculum must be taught before students reach the eight grade and is scheduled to go into effect in 2020. Via the New York Post:All textbooks must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act and must be non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Act, the bill states. One of the best ways ...
Worse Than Ever: Government Schools After 35 Years
Post Date: 2019-08-19 05:57:51 by Deckard
By Lawrence M. Ludlow As a semi-retired business writer who taught in Detroit 35 years ago, I returned to the classroom because a local high school was unable to replace a Latin teacher who had resigned. I hold an advanced degree in medieval studies and renewed my certification to teach Latin, history, and social studies. Once in class, I witnessed firsthand the politicized atmosphere of todays factory-style government-monopoly schools. My first exposure to school politics came when I renewed my certification. The 1982 certificate only listed the courses I could teach. In contrast, the 2018 version had a 300-word Code of Ethics that amounted ...
Radical Indoctrination: Coming to a Public School Near You
Post Date: 2019-08-15 07:27:32 by Orwellian Nightmare
California is out front with a diploma that requires lessons in cis-heteropatriarchy, black LGBTQIA, and hip hop resistance.Last week, the Hoover Institutions Williamson Evers admirably aired in the Wall Street Journal a disturbing Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum proposed by the California Department of Education and its Instructional Quality Commission, now under view. It is difficult to comprehend the depth and breadth of the ideological bias and misrepresentations without reading the whole curriculumsomething few will want to do, Evers concluded. Americans should, even so, since curriculum projects such as these are sensitive zeitgeist barometers. ...
California Unveils Big Brother Education System to Track Kids From ‘Cradle to Career’
Post Date: 2019-07-04 06:41:52 by Deckard
The California legislature has approved legislation that will be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to set up an educational system that will use big data to track children from cradle to career. Senate Bill 75 was approved by a vote of 31-7 in the Senate and 62-14 in the Assembly. It will create a longitudinal data system that profiles and manipulates pupils from the earliest of ages so they are guided into a career determined by the central planners. This is long overdue. Finally, California, the center of the tech world, has a government that is catching up to the 21st century, said Arun Ramanathan, CEO of Pivot Learning Partners, a nonprofit that will be ...
Why Kids Still Need Analog Clocks
Post Date: 2019-06-13 10:42:55 by Deckard
Last year, in an unscientific exercise, Jimmy Kimmels team showed some kids a traditional clock and asked if they could read the time on it. It did not go so well. >Yes, kids do still learn how to tell time in school, but we can guess that many of them are losing exposure to analog clocks outside of the classroom. Thinking about it now, the only clock that my six-year-old can see in our home is on the digital display of our microwave. It hasnt even occurred to me to hang up another onemy husband and I always have our watches or phones on us. But time management specialists say that analog clocks can teach kids something that digital clocks cant, and that is that ...
A Simple Plan To Address The 'Student Loan Crisis'
Post Date: 2019-04-25 09:17:03 by misterwhite
Its the greatest crisis facing the country today and threatens not only the present, but the future as well. Its not the national debt, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, climate change, health care, or any of the other issues Democratic candidates for president routinely ramble about, no. This is something far more serious people making informed, really bad choices. And the Democratic Party is rallying to their defense. Out of pure self-loathing, I watched most of the 5-hour lovefest on CNN Monday with Democratic candidates for president. One hour each for Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg. These back-to-back town halls ...
The Most Interesting Man In The World´s BIG SECRET
Post Date: 2019-03-12 13:44:18 by Liberator
Poster Comment:Remember that worldly "STAY THIRSTY MY FRIENDS" guy in the TV Dos Equiis beer commercial? He was that older guy guy with the tan and silver beard who was portrayed as having figured it all out in life -- women, wine, wealth, etc. It turns out he's not who you thought he was; And neither was his message. I guarantee you'll find this video interesting on a number of levels. (Wait until the end for the twist.) Brilliant breakdown and analysis.
They Hacked Their School District When They Were 12. The Adults Are Still Trying to Catch Up.
Post Date: 2018-11-13 05:02:52 by Deckard
Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens should be the cybersecurity workers of tomorrow. Instead, they're at the center of a possible criminal investigationBy Benjamin HeroldNovember 7, 2018 Rochester Hills, Mich. The hack started small, in 7th grade, when they bypassed their middle schools internet filters to watch YouTube during lunch. But by the time Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens were caught, more than two years later, their exploits had given them extraordinary reign over the computer network of the Rochester Community Schools, a well-to-do suburban district about 45 minutes outside Detroit. The teens had access to the logins, passwords, phone numbers, locker combinations, lunch ...
Was This “Tattle-Tale Culture” Encouraged by Public Schools?
Post Date: 2018-10-23 10:11:19 by Deckard
The band Bowling for Soup has a song called High School Never Ends. In it, the singer complains that he thought all the terrible things about high school would end once he graduated. Unfortunately, he discovers
The whole damned world is just as obsessed With whos the best dressed and whos having sex Whos got the money, who gets the honeys Whos kinda cute and whos just a messAnd you still dont have the right look And you dont have the right friends Nothing changes but the faces, the names and the trends High school never ends I couldnt help thinking of this song as I watched four videos this week of tattle-tales ...
Dumbing Down America: Teacher Fired for Not Giving Students Partial Credit For Work They Never Did
Post Date: 2018-09-27 06:20:04 by Deckard
Port St. Lucie, FL A teacher in Port St. Lucie, Florida is now speaking out about how she was fired for refusing to give students partial credit for work that they never turned in. Thats right, for giving students a zero for completing zero percent of their work, Diane Tirado says she was fired. School policy dictates that she was supposed to give them at least 50 percentfor nothing. I got fired. I was packing my stuff, and I was not going to see the kids, former teacher, Diane Tirado said. Because she wasnt allowed to say goodbye to her students, Tirado wrote the following message on her whiteboard, explaining what happened. The ...
Pray, what religion makes for the most educated minds?
Post Date: 2018-09-12 08:36:00 by Willie Green
Exercise. Playing a musical instrument. Eating salmon, avocado and nuts. All have the potential of making you smarter. Add to that the way you pray and the recipient of your prayers. At least in terms of college education, religion seems to be a factor in the attainment of a degree. That's according to a new study by the Pew Research Center that looks at the attainment of a four-year college degree in the United States according to religious affiliation. The largest share of educated adherents? Hindus. Nearly 80 percent of Hindus in this country have a college degree. (The majority of Hindus come from India). Following closely are the members of the Unitarian Universalist ...
Anarchist town of 30,000 after 7 years of NO government
Post Date: 2018-08-27 13:24:51 by Hondo68
This Mexican Town of 30,000 Has Been Government-Free For 7 Years
Poster Comment:The roads didn't disappear when they booted the government out. Everything's much better since they got rid of corrupt government tyrants & grifters, that's all.
Canadian Professor of Psychology, Jordan Peterson: A One-Man Conservative Wrecking Crew of PCism and Leftist Cultural Indoctrination (Vanity)
Post Date: 2018-08-10 13:26:59 by Liberator
I'm sure some of you have heard of Prof Jordan Peterson. He's a Canadian clinical psychologist with bonafides the Left can NOT refute or deny. His lectures and debates against liberals-Leftists in Freedom-Challenged Canada are giving them fits. HE is now inadvertently spearheading the conservative backlash and answer to the Left's blitz of coercive insanity and control of all sources of Truth in the US and entire West. One of Peterson's simple lesson for individuals as well as groups and nations: AVOID CHAOS. WE NEED ROUTINE, PURPOSE, and STRUCTURE. That brings us control, harmony, peace, and life satisfaction. Peterson's advice runs counter to the agenda of the Left, ...
65% of Public School 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading; 67% Not Proficient in Math
Post Date: 2018-05-01 12:20:31 by misterwhite
(CNSNews.com) - Sixty-five percent of the eighth graders in American public schools in 2017 were not proficient in reading and 67 percent were not proficient in mathematics, according to the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress test results released by the U.S. Department of Education. The results are far worse for students enrolled in some urban districts. Among the 27 large urban districts for which the Department of Education published 2017 NAEP test scores, the Detroit public schools had the lowest percentage of students who scored proficient or better in math and the lowest percentage who scored proficient or better in reading. Only 5 percent of Detroit ...
A Michelangelo I am not
Post Date: 2018-04-29 18:53:18 by BobCeleste
A Michelangelo I am not but, still I am going to try and paint a picture for you. Not one on canvas, but one for your mind. Try to imagine, if you would, a large room, a very large room, say one that is five football fields long, three football fields wide, and one football field high. There are three doors in the room, one that everyone being tried walks through. Yes being tried, for the room is a court room. But not just any court room, this is the last court, it is a court with no appeal. It is a court with no prosecuting attorney and no defense attorneys. Each defendant stands on his own to be judged. That door is at the very east end of the room, close to the North East corner of ...
Staff replace traditional analogue clocks with digital ones in exam halls… because pupils can’t tell the time
Post Date: 2018-04-26 05:41:20 by Deckard
Daily MailAnalogue clocks will be removed from exam halls and replaced with digital ones because teenagers are unable to tell the time, claim head teachers.Digital devices will be installed into exam halls because GCSE and A-level students complained that they were unable to read the correct time. Students need to be as relaxed as possible in an exam and it adds to their stress if they cannot tell the time, Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said.He told the Telegraph: The current generation arent as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generation.They are used to seeing a digital ...
"White Privilege" is a Racist Concept, and Trying to Teach It is a Racist Act
Post Date: 2018-04-05 19:03:16 by 3-Dee
"White Privilege" is a Racist Concept, and Trying to Teach It is a Racist Act Posted at 4:30 pm on April 5, 2018 by Brandon Morse As I was writing an article earlier about a PTA at a North Carolina elementary school attempting to teach parents and kids about the concept of white privilege, it occurred to me that the true evil behind the concept and the spread of it isnt often talked about. The concept of white privilege is that because someone is born with white skin, that they have it far easier in society than those with darker skin. While I dont at all deny that other racial communitys have their own problems, to dismiss the fact ...
'America's Never Been Great': Student Records Teacher Saying Trump 'MAGA' Slogan Trying to Bring Back Segregation
Post Date: 2018-04-01 07:26:06 by 3-Dee
On "Fox & Friends," Abby Huntsman interviewed a Georgia middle school student who captured audio of her teacher ripping President Donald Trump and his "Make America Great Again" slogan. Josie Orihuela of Hampton Middle School near Atlanta began recording on her phone when sixth-grade teacher Johnetta Benton began reaming out the president. "When my president says let's Make America Great Again, when was he talking about?" Benton is heard asking, and later adding that Trump must mean when "[America] was great for Europeans." "Because," Benton continues, "when it comes to minorities, America has never been great for ...
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