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Jul 17 16:51

Things Haven’t Always Been This Way

Today’s true tragedy is that most people think what we see today has always been so. As such, today’s Americans accept behavior that our parents and grandparents never would have accepted.

Jul 17 10:00

‘In US universities students who criticise Israel are under attack’ 

Throughout history, students have been at the forefront of important movements advocating for fundamental changes in society.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the anti-apartheid movement gained traction on university campuses in the UK and the US, with various demonstrations taking place and calls to divest from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa. At the University of California, Berkeley, students were successful in campaigning for divestment, and in 1986 the university voted to withdraw $3.1 billion worth of investments in the apartheid state.

Jul 17 09:26

Free Speech No Longer Exists in US Universities

Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley notes that the University of California, once a bastion of free speech, now is opposed to it. The university now punishes people for opinions expressed outside the classroom and the university.

Not that long ago American universities emphasized tolerance of all views so that truth would not be obscured by dogmas. Little doubt this emphasis traced its heritage back to the Church’s interference in the scientific question whether the earth was the center of the solar system. In order to save their lives, astronomers were forced to renounce their findings and to assert the truth of dogmas that they knew to be wrong.

Today the same thing is happening in American universities, only the deadly controversies are over race and gender issues, not whether the sun revolves around the earth.

Jul 16 18:16

LA Horror Story: More Parents Horrified Over 5G Cell Towers Near Schools

By B.N. Frank

There’s a lot of information and misinformation being reported about health risks from exposure to 5G technology. So if you can only remember one thing about 5G and health risks, this would be it: The telecom industry has provided NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe.

If you can remember two things: There is research that says it IS NOT safe...

Jul 13 02:56

Female Pedophiles ~ The BIG List Documentary {Part 1}

“Over the past four decades our corrupt and deceitful corporate-owned mainstream media, in cooperation with feminists and women's groups, have very effectively conditioned the public with propaganda with respect to how we view men. The only women who know the truth about female sexual predators are the mothers of the male children who have been sexually molested by a female predator. Remember that for every video clip you see about a female committing a sex related crime, there's a hundred news articles for which a video of a female predator was never made. This documentary dispels the belief that only men are capable of sexual exploitation of children”. (3.00 - 3.48)

Jul 12 11:44

California Parents Horrified At New Sex-Ed Agenda

The debate over whether schools should teach sex education to minors has been going on for decades. But now, perhaps more than ever, many parents are horrified by what their children are being taught – especially when parents, despite their religious beliefs, have no say about the teaching materials.

In a small California community, parents and clergy were so appalled at the explicit and LGBTQ-inspired lessons, they went undercover to investigate deeper. What they discovered at a Riverside County Comprehensive Health Education meeting so horrified them, they determined to stop the curriculum.

Jul 12 09:30

CALIFORNIA PARENTS HORRIFIED AT NEW SEX-ED AGENDA

In a small California community, parents and clergy were so appalled at the explicit and LGBTQ-inspired lessons, they went undercover to investigate deeper. What they discovered at a Riverside County Comprehensive Health Education meeting so horrified them, they determined to stop the curriculum.

Our Watch President Pastor Tim Thompson said:

“We don’t want our children exposed to some of these things they are showing, this pornographic, sexually explicit material. It has no place in the classroom. It’s not right, and it won’t be tolerated.”

Thompson was referring to Positive Prevention Plus, the text for sex ed classes. John Andrews, parent of a student in the Murietta School District, was sick over the explicit material depicted in the “educational” materials. He said:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last sentence is a crystal-clear summation of what is wrong with this program.

So Californians who can, please vote with your feet, and move to a state which is infinitely more responsible about how, what, and when educators mention anything this information.

IF you cannot, learn to homeschool, and teach your children that way. Here are some resources for you:

Public School at Home with California Virtual Academies

Homeschooling, California Style

The Homeschool
Association of CA

Homeschooling in California

California Homeschooling Laws

California Homeschool Network

For those of you "on the fence" about home schooling, I sincerely hope that this helps.

Jul 12 07:37

6 Myths About Education and How to Deschool Yourself for Success and Satisfaction

By Kerry McDonald

Most of us spent at least 15,000 hours of our childhood and adolescence being schooled before we turned 18. Now in adulthood, we may need to unlearn some of what we were taught and embrace self-education for career success and personal fulfillment.

Much of what we learned in school was dictated by others, disconnected from our own passions and proclivities. We were taught what to learn, and we learned to be taught. With self-education, we take back control of our own learning, exploring topics and skills that matter to us, free from coercion...

Jul 11 13:35

Illegal immigrant population to surge 10% this year, flood schools

The continued surge of Latin American illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border will lead to hundreds of thousands being released into the country, increasing the already massive population of migrants by some 10%, according to a new analysis.

“We anticipate more than 700,000 migrants will successfully enter the country, increasing the unauthorized Hispanic population by nearly 10%,” said the influential Princeton Policy Advisors.

What’s more, wrote the group’s president Steve Kopits in a memo provided to Secrets, “By year end, nearly 300,000 migrant children are expected to enter the U.S. Over time, these will show up in the U.S. public school system.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the reality that the US does an horrific job of truly educating the kids who are here legally, the addition of illegal alien children will completely overwhelm public schools, both in terms of educators, and money.

Jul 11 09:26

Nigerian Students Face Cybercrime Charges for Criticizing Their University Online

By Nwachukwu Egbunike

A group of students and alumni linked to the privately-owned Madonna University in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, risk up to seven years in jail over social media posts denouncing poor conditions and mistreatment of students and staff at the university...

Jul 10 06:37

ISRAEL MANDATES PROPAGANDA COURSE FOR STUDENTS TRAVELLING ABROAD

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
JERUSALEM, PALESTINE — While Israel tries to portray a friendly face to the outside world, internally it is promoting racism and violence at levels that are more alarming than ever before. A course to prepare young high school students traveling overseas to be good “ambassadors” stands in contrast to racist policies and the advancement of a military that is encouraged to exercise unprecedented violence against civilians.

YOUNG AMBASSADORS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is desperation on the cusp of madness, on the part of Tel Aviv.

The words, images, and pure lies offered here, have utterly no place in the reality emanating from Gaza; The West Bank, and East Jerusalem.

And I might just politely suggest that some of these students, in their travels, might meet people knowledgeable about the Palestinian plight, and perhaps may give some of these students their "Buddha on the Road" moment, to consider if the choices made by their government, relative to the Palestinians, have been moral; responsible; or, truly sane?!?

Jul 09 09:47

Here Are The Details On California’s Sex Education

The California Board of Education, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU created and implemented a progressive sex education and gender theory agenda.

Students are shown sexually explicit content from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Topics include fisting, blood play, masturbation, oral sex, and more.

Jul 08 05:46

‘Homeland Security CSI’ July 4th TV special: Agents Dick Strong & Fannie Goode bring ‘Illegal Terrorist Combatant Associates’ to justice!

Satire often demonstrates how our real-world so-called "news," so-called "political leadership," and so-called "entertainment" help indoctrinate Americans to accept dictatorial government. Americans' loss of promised rights are real, forever lie-started and illegal Wars of Aggression are real, and exponential debt is real, and the challenge of US .01% "leadership" is to convince the American public to embrace these slave conditions as "necessary" for public safety.

Read on to see this is the point of so much of what we're given to watch for "public programming."

Jul 02 11:39

Think for Yourself and Question the Benefits of Higher Education

By Logan Smith

Graduation season has once again concluded, and 1.9 million Americans have left college behind and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. The social and cultural pressures to attend college are high, and the financial expense to do so is just as acute. Major presidential candidates gin up their base by empathetically promising to absolve the self-inflicted financial troubles of student loans, blissfully punishing those who made sound financial college decisions. While presidential candidates are showcasing the victims of so-called nefarious student loans, celebrities are bribing university officials with millions of dollars simply to grant their children admission to state schools...

Jul 02 09:13

California Unveils Big Brother Education System to Track Kids From “Cradle to Career”

By Shane Trejo

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...

Jun 26 17:18

Study: Students Who Play Instruments, Take Music Classes Have Better Grades Than Peers

By John Anderer

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — High school music courses frequently fall victim to budget cuts due to the general belief that other subjects, such as math or history, are more important to students’ education. However, a new study performed at the University of British Columbia finds that high schoolers enrolled in at least one musical course score significantly higher than their non-musical peers on English, math, and science exams...

Jun 26 12:02

8 Scientific Reasons Free Play is Vital for Your Kids

By Neve Spicer

Child-led free play is unstructured time where children set the rules and call the shots. It’s a moment for them to navigate social interaction and explore the world on their own terms and at their own pace. It’s nothing new. In fact, for most parents, their childhood days were filled with it. Unstructured, self-led play was the cultural norm.

Not any more...

Jun 25 09:14

Survey: Two-thirds of American employees regret their college degrees

A college education is still considered a pathway to higher lifetime earnings and gainful employment for Americans. Nevertheless, two-thirds of employees report having regrets when it comes to their advanced degrees, according to a PayScale survey of 248,000 respondents this past spring that was released Tuesday.

Student loan debt, which has ballooned to nearly $1.6 trillion nationwide in 2019, was the No. 1 regret among workers with college degrees. About 27% of survey respondents listed student loans as their top misgiving, PayScale said.

Jun 25 07:34

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

ProPublica

Ariella Russcol specializes in drama at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York, and the senior’s performance on this April afternoon didn’t disappoint. While the library is normally the quietest room in the school, her ear-piercing screams sounded more like a horror movie than study hall. But they weren’t enough to set off a small microphone in the ceiling that was supposed to detect aggression.

A few days later, at the Staples Pathways Academy in Westport, Connecticut, junior Sami D’Anna inadvertently triggered the same device with a less spooky sound — a coughing fit from a lingering chest cold. As she hacked and rasped, a message popped up on its web interface: “StressedVoice detected.”...

Jun 22 11:42

U.S. college students currently working on their degree are in for an unpleasant surprise when negotiating their first salaries.

That’s because, as Statista's Felix Richter details, according to a new study conducted by Clever, undergraduate students in the United States are overestimating what they’re worth by a varying degree, depending on the major. Comparing average expected salaries to median actual salaries as reported in PayScale’s College Salary Report, Clever reveals which majors are particularly prone to unrealistic expectations.

“Bushy-tailed and bright-eyed, the average Generation Z undergraduate expects to make $57,964 one year out of college, while the national median salary is $47,000 for recent grads with bachelor degrees who have between zero and five years of on-the-job experience,” Clever writes, concluding that many students have “seriously unrealistic” expectations for their early career salaries.

Jun 20 10:18

Greystones primary school to allow boys to wear skirts in new gender-neutral measures put forward by students

A Wicklow primary school is to allow boys to wear skirts under a new gender-neutral uniform policy.

Kids can now dress in line with the gender they identify as with the school hoping the new measure will help everyone feel welcome and accepted.

The measure is being put in place in St Brigid's National School in Greystones after the student council put forward the idea and parents and management gave it the nod.

Jun 17 10:40

12 Things Parents of Mentally Strong Children Don’t Do

By Jon Miltimore

My five-year-old was a blubbering, hot mess. He tackled kindergarten fine nine months before, but the first day of summer camp was too much for him.

“I don’t want to go. I don’t want to go,” he moaned, sobbing fat crocodile tears.

Most parents have been in situations like this. It’s one of the toughest jobs of being a parent, helping kids through situations like this. But nudging them through is important...

Jun 17 08:53

BERKELEY, CORNELL PARTNER WITH FACEBOOK TO IDENTIFY 'FAKE NEWS'

SOURCE: CAMPUS REFORM
Facebook is partnering with the University of California-Berkeley, Cornell University, and the University of Maryland to identify fake news.
The tech giant is investing $7.5 million into projects at the three schools, according to a UC Berkeley news release. The two Berkeley professors who will work with Facebook are Hany Farid and Alexe Efros, who are both part of UC-Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Farid has been a longtime critic of social media companies and the danger that doctored videos and images pose online. The professor has commented on this subject for CNN and admitted to the school that he is “skeptical” of the new partnership with Facebook.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to look at that last paragraph, and laugh; of course, censoring out conservative content is absolutely the design objective of this project, and to push unthinking readers away from Facebook's censored sites.

Facebook has, very willingly, become a critical part, and a proud member of 4th element in in US government, alongside Twitter, and Google.

So now, we not only have the Judicial; Congressional; Executive branches of government; but also the Surveillance branch of the unhinged, surveilled, state of Amerika.

And and to those Foggy Bottomites in the Bowels of Power in DC; George Orwell's masterpiece novel, "1984", was a cautionary tale; NOT A HOW TO MANUAL;!!!

Jun 16 06:38

WEALTHY MILLENNIAL HEIRS ARE NOW BEING TAUGHT "IMPACT INVESTING" AT HARVARD

Rich millennial heirs can now learn "impact investing" as part of a joint course run by Harvard and the University of Zürich, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, according to Wealth Professional Canada.

The course, being held at Harvard University's Kennedy school, requires some of the heirs to capitalism's greatest fortunes to pass an interview, before ponying up $12,000 for a week of classes in the US and Switzerland, not including airfare and lodging. Some more intensive related courses cost $58,000.

The program started in 2015 and has barely been advertised since its founding. Instead, word-of-mouth through old money networks and among European royalty has kept the program popular. According to WPC, alumni of the program include "Chung Kyungsun, grandson of Hyundai Group’s founder, and Antonis Schwarz, who came into his fortune aged 16 when the drugmaker his great-grandfather helped found was sold for 4.4 billion euros ($5 billion)."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I would almost be willing to bet you one plugged, Turkish Piaster regarding this; there will be utterly no scholarships, even for "go fund me" entrepreneurs, to get a perspective of how much the monied really have.

THAT is not information which the monied - and privileged - ever want to get out.

Jun 14 08:00

School's Purpose Is Indoctrination

Authored by Sofia Carbone, via HumanEvents.com,

The near sole purpose of present-day academia is indoctrination. This is a fairly bold thesis, but the evidence is in its favor.

The increasingly progressive leftist agenda is sweeping through academia and conservatives are passively watching it happen.

The left is genius when you think about it.

Progressives have run academia so far into the ground that students accumulate massive amounts of debt and cannot find work. They then tell the economically struggling students and graduates they are victims of the cruel system of capitalism. In reality, they are victims of the cruel system of academia the left created. They use this economic duress to pitch the debt-ridden students promises of economic equality in the form of socialism.

The left just leaves out the part where the ‘economic equality’ promised means equal poverty.

Jun 13 11:25

California Seeks to Strip Doctors of Authority to Grant Kids Medical Exemptions for Vaccinations

By Bretigne Shaffer

Imagine taking your two-month-old daughter in for her scheduled vaccines. Imagine watching as she begins to convulse soon after receiving her shots and then continues to experience seizures over the next few days. You might want to make sure she never receives a particular vaccine again. You might decide not to give her any more vaccines at all. You might also decide to delay vaccines for her siblings or to forego them altogether. These are all understandable responses to a frightening situation that any parent can relate to.

Under current California law, you would be able to do all of these things..

Jun 12 15:20

Teachers from two Chicago schools 'bullied a special-needs student, 11, relentlessly, calling him "stupid" and "dirty," before he attempted to hang himself and was left with permanent brain damage,' lawsuit claims

Teachers from two elementary schools in Chicago relentlessly bullied an 11-year-old boy with special needs, calling him names and even physically assaulting him, before he attempted to take his own life, according to a lawsuit filed by the child's mother.

Jamari Dent in February tried to hang himself in his bedroom after suffering for more than a year at the hands of both his classmates and teachers, his mother, Teirra Black, said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Medics were able to save the boy's life, but his suicide attempt left him with permanent brain damage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wept when I read this.

If this kind of behaviour, on the part of both teachers and their students, is the US's "New Normal" for public schools toward their special needs students, then God help us!!!!

In my world, a society is only at is greatest heights, when it treats its most delicate, needful members, with absolute compassion, and kindness.

And this is precisely what special needs kids crave. I know this because many years ago, my first job out of college, was with a private care home, and I was hired as their music therapist. I didn't have the credentials, but the owner looked at me, and said that she believed I could think on my feet, and do a great job.

I would have music sessions with the kids, and used stories and games, as a way of gently try bringing them just a little out of their limitations, as much as possible.

I remember one kid, a fraternal twin, named Alonzo, who was deeply autistic, wheelchair bound, and not able to communicate, save with guttural cries, which gave us no clue about what he was experiencing.

I was partnered with him, to get him to be able to feed himself. I watched my predecessor try to do this, and I was immediately struck with the reality; the kid was a southpaw, and the teacher was forcing him to try to eat with his right hand. It took months, but finally, left handed, the kid could finally feed himself; and I remember very gently stroking his shoulders, and saying, very quietly, "Great work, Alonzo, good job!!" To most kids, this would be a minor issue, but for Alonzo, it was an Herculean leap. Kindness and consistency can really help these kids attain what potential might be still possible to develop.

But IF proven guilty, these teachers should be stripped from the profession, and never allowed to teach again, ever, anywhere, period, end of discussion, because this is child abuse writ large, and has absolutely no place in any public educational institutions.

Jun 11 10:38

LOCAL BAKERY WINS $11 MILLION AFTER OBERLIN COLLEGE STUDENTS LABELED IT 'RACIST'

But in the heady modern political climate, Oberlin is known less for helping ferry runaway slaves to freedom in Canada, and more for an activist community that has condemned cafeteria food offerings as racist (because they're not authentic), questioned the value of teaching the western canon and pushed the necessity of safe spaces. One black female professor provoked a controversy in 2016 after she was fired for making incendiary statements like blaming Israel for 9/11. Soon, the school's black student union was condemning the school as an "unethical institution" and demanding that the professor be given tenure.

But while these incidents may have tarnished the school's reputation, reinforcing its reputation as a bastion of over-privileged trust-funders, the college will now face a very real cost after losing a legal battle with a local bakery that has been a pillar of the downtown business community since it opened more than 100 years ago, according to the Washington Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good.

Jun 10 08:13

7 Persistent Myths About Homeschoolers Debunked

By Jeff Minick

In the last 50 years, homeschooling in the United States has grown from a tiny movement composed primarily of conservative Christians and John Holt “unschoolers” to its present size of around 1.69 million students.

Despite these numbers, and despite the fact that most Americans are familiar with the concept of homeschooling, some misconceptions continue to make the rounds.

Let’s look at seven of these long-standing myths...

Jun 07 07:59

Toggle navigationTHE FUTURE OF SCHOOL SAFETY INCLUDES ROUND-THE-CLOCK SURVEILLANCE OF STUDENTS

Documents obtained by Education Week via open-records requests show that over the past year, state agencies have discussed the possibility of sharing a breathtaking amount of data. That included more than 2.5 million records related to Floridians who received involuntary psychiatric examinations, records for over 9 million people placed in foster care, diagnosis and treatment records for substance abusers, unverified criminal reports of suspicious activity, reports on students who were bullied and harassed because of their race or sexual orientation, and more.

This database is currently on hold as education officials try to figure out how much of this incredibly sensitive info they can share with other agencies, much less collect in the first place. But once these details are ironed out, the rollout will continue, urged along by Governor Ron DeSantis, who has publicly expressed his frustration that schools aren't placing students under round-the-clock surveillance quickly enough.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were we parents with a kid in a school so hell-bent on 24/7 student surveillance, Mike and I would yank that kid out of school so quickly , it would make it's principal's head spin (but gently).

In some states, home-schooling is looked on with suspicion and contempt:
The 8 strictest states for home schooling

Home schooled kids tend to do far better in college aptitude tests, than their publicly schooled contemporaries, and have better life outcomes.

Home schooled, versus Public Education

Jun 06 17:19

Extended Childhood: The New American Way

Jun 06 11:23

What can you say at NYU?

Speaking at the commencement of the College of Arts & Sciences, graduation speaker Steven Thrasher’s bravely commended NYU students and departments who have stood up to the string of Israeli massacres and Israeli racism against Palestinians generally: “I am so proud, so proud of NYU’s chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voices for Peace … and of the NYU student government and of my colleagues in the department of social and cultural analysis for supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the apartheid state government in Israel.”

Jun 06 11:01

Swedish Gov't Intends to Ban Religious Schools, Except Jewish

In an interview with the Christian newspaper Dagen, Ekström suggested that religious charter schools were “bad for society” and that stopping them was a matter of integration.

However, there may be one notable exception. Jewish schools are to be exempted from the ban, fellow Social Democrat Civilian Minister Ardalan Shekarabi assured following the criticism from the Jewish Central Council.

“There are special rules for the minorities we have in Sweden. The Jewish minority is protected in that legislation and this means that they will be able to maintain their structure with special training,” Shekarabi was quoted as saying by Aftonbladet daily.

Jun 05 10:25

Action Alert:  Oppose ADL for “anti-bias” training on California campuses

Following lobbying by the Anti Defamation League (ADL) and the Jewish Public Affairs Committee last year, the University of California and the California State University received a $1.2 million legislative grant for anti-bias training on campus.

ADL is a powerful zionist organization that has lobbied for years to shut down criticism of Israel; it has a history of spying on and smearing progressive organizations and minority communities; and has repeatedly pressured universities to punish students and faculty who advocate for Palestinian rights.

The bidding process for the training is set up so that almost certainly only ADL will qualify for the grant. The award is scheduled to be announced on June 7th.

Jun 05 09:26

100 Reasons to Homeschool Your Kids

By Kerry McDonald

From fostering creativity and freedom to providing impressive educational outcomes, homeschooling is an increasingly appealing option...

Jun 02 09:31

Graduate gets £60k payout over 'false advertising' claim

A graduate who sued her university over her "Mickey Mouse" degree has received a £60,000 out-of-court settlement.

Pok Wong graduated with a first in international business strategy from Anglia Ruskin University in 2013.

But she claimed the university "exaggerated the prospects of a career" and sued them for false advertising.

A spokesperson for Anglia Ruskin University said the settlement was agreed with their insurer's solicitors, and they did not support it.

May 31 07:30

Is Twitter making you 'stupid'? Italian scientists find the performance of students who use the site to study drops by up to 40%

Using Twitter to debate may be responsible for a drop in the quality of public discourse, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that Twitter use among students correlated with a drop in test results of between 25 to 40 per cent.

Experts say that the drop was most noticeable among higher-achieving students, and that the use of social networking sites had impaired their performance.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said last year that his firm is responsible for 'building a systemic framework to help encourage more healthy debate, conversations, and critical thinking.'

But the finding may confirm what many people have already claimed - that social media is not the best place for a well-informed discussion.

May 30 09:38

Shameless! Defiant William H. Macy buys 'congrats grad' balloons to celebrate graduation of his daughter Sofia, 18, from high school despite wife Felicity Huffman ADMITTING paying $15,000 bribe to get her into college

William H. Macy has been photographed preparing to celebrate his daughter's graduation - just two days after his wife admitting cheating to get the 18-year-old into college.

The 69-year-old actor bought balloons and a cake at a West Hollywood grocery store after his wife Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to help the teenager get a higher SAT test score.

The gifts were likely for the couple's eldest child Sofia Grace Macy, 18, who is set to graduate from Los Angeles High School of the Arts tomorrow.

However, USC, the college Sofia applied to, last month said it would reject all prospective applications connected to the scandal.

The Academy Award nominated actor could be seen loading the balloons and cake into his convertible Porsche on Wednesday.

May 29 11:41

Scott Adams: How to Win on Social Media for 2020

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1133735101156564992

Start your day feeling good…your whole day just seems to go great
Middle East is better situated for peace possibilities then ever before
President Trump and Chairman Kim having fun at Joe Biden’s expense
The Netflix of online education, a free market system for classes
Online education CAN become good enough to replace regular classes
Anti-Abortion states and the financial impact
Candace Owens is making something obvious to African-Americans
What to do about social media determining who wins in 2020
WaPo has conflated crime and black people…that’s just wrong

May 29 11:26

Delingpole: Cambridge Appoints Grievance Archaeologists to Unearth Slavery Shame

Cambridge University, formerly a distinguished seat of learning, is funding two grievance archaeologists to go through its archives in order to discover how guilty it needs to feel about slavery — and how much it owes in compensation.
Glasgow University, also formerly a distinguished seat of learning, has already done this. It has decided that it has benefited from slavery to the tune of £200 million — a debt it now plans to repay in a programme of “reparative justice” which includes setting up a centre for the study of slavery.

May 27 13:00

Oxford University Dumbs-Down Admissions Process For 'Disadvantaged' Applicants

With the goal of increasing Oxford University's undergraduate students intake from disadvantaged backgrounds from 15% to 25% over the next four years, the prestigious British university has unveiled a "sea change" in its admissions process.

Echoing the new SAT 'Adversity Score' in the US, which attempts - through various socioeconomic factors - to adjust applicants' 'clean' merit score for their relative disadvantage in life, The Telegraph reports that Oxford will offer places with lower grades to students from disadvantaged backgrounds for the first time in its 900-year history.

50 students in the new intake - which will include refugees and young carers - will be eligible to receive offers “made on the basis of lower contextual A-level grades, rather than the university’s standard offers”.

May 24 10:03

CRITICISMS OF NEW SAT ADVERSITY SCORE CONTINUE TO MOUNT

SOURCE: JENNIFER KABBANY VIA THE COLLEGE FIX
Authored by Jennifer Kabbany via The College Fix,

The recent decision by the Scholastic Aptitude Test to add a so-called adversity score to test takers’ results for college admissions’ officials to weigh has been almost universally panned.

Few think it’s a good idea to give students an “overall disadvantage level” ranking.

First, conservative scholar Heather Mac Donald laid out several big problems with the new index, noting it’s basically affirmative action and reinforces the soft bigotry of low expectations.

The College Fix’s senior reporter Christian Schneider also weighed in, calling it “just another invitation for fraud.”

“Clearly, lying about one’s racial identity is wrong – but in a country where racial makeup is growing more complex and college admittance is as competitive as ever, students can hardly be blamed for trying to give themselves a leg up,” he opined.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I graduated from college with a 3.75 GPA; and I had a "learning disability" which was not even uncovered until Mike and I started dating.

He took me to a safety-approved gun range, and as someone who always thought of themselves to be right-handed, I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn , or the target, with my right hand.

Mike looked at me, smiling somewhat knowingly,and said: "Giggles and grins, honey, try doing this with your left hand; and I was able to hit the target much more toward the center, and indeed, in the center frequently; I was right handed, left-eye dominant, which is described as "mixed brain dominance", which is why, to this day - at 70 - I cannot, for the life of me, sightread a piano score, cold. (And yet, I am a published composer! :-)

I wish these kinds of things could be diagnosed, and treated very early in all of our childrens' educations; it would make their subsequent learning, far easier, and much more successful.

May 23 16:49

Homeschoolers Sleep Better and Eat Healthier Than Normies

Study finds better sleep, diet habits help homeschoolers counter shortfalls in formal exercise. Homeschoolers see no added health risks over time. 

Years of home-schooling don't appear to influence the general health of children, according to a Rice University study...

May 23 15:39

Huawei builds its own chip factory in Cambridge to counter Arm blow

Huawei is to make its own chips at a new factory in Cambridge UK technology hotspot as it fights back from the latest backlash from the US-China trade war.

The chip factory is slated for the 550-acre former Spicers site at Sawston for which Huawei recently paid £37.5 million, as first revealed by Business Weekly.

It appears the Chinese ICT giant had anticipated escalation of the bitter China-US impasse in making the Cambridge land acquisition as part of multi-billion dollar investment in the UK economy.

May 23 10:55

The World Is Getting Increasingly Dumber, Study Finds

Western Europe is home to a cluster of developed economies that boost some of the highest standards of living in the world. But that could soon change. Because as Evan Horowitz writes on NBC News's new "Think" vertical, IQ scores in France, Scandinavia, Britain, Germany and even Australia are beginning to decline.

The trend has been well-documented across Western Europe, and could soon carry over to the US as well. Which means the data have confirmed what millions of Americans who have watched cable news or logged on to twitter over the past three years probably already suspected: The world is getting dumber.

May 21 09:15

Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Weighs In on a Billionaire’s Gift to Debt-Saddled College Kids

You can’t count on this, she warned.

Don’t expect handouts.

Don’t get into debt in the first place.

Don’t expect billionaires to bail you out of life.

Oh, and college should be affordable for all — courtesy of the U.S. government.

These were some of the messages and vibes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) shared with today’s young people on her Twitter account in the wake of an extraordinary and surprising gift by billionaire investor Robert F. Smith at Morehouse College over the weekend during its latest commencement.

He’s pledged to take care of all the graduates’ student loans.

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No making this lady happy, is there?

May 20 11:18

Graduating students left stunned as billionaire pledges to pay off ALL of their student loan debt during his commencement speech at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Billionaire philanthropist Robert F. Smith pledged to pay off all of the student loan debt for every member of Morehouse College's 2019 graduating class during his commencement speech on Sunday.

In the span of seconds, the CEO and Chairperson of Vista Equity Partners changed the lives of the 430-some graduates of the all-male, historically black college in Atlanta.

The total price tag of Smith's generosity will amount to approximately $40 million.

May 20 10:52

Bernie Sanders: If we can pay baseball players hundreds of millions, teachers deserve a raise

If Bernie Sanders were an MLB general manager, he would probably be the type who chases bargain players rather than signing free agents to mega contracts.

The presidential contender posted a video on his Twitter account Saturday showing him at a campaign stop talking about raising pay for school teachers. And he used baseball salaries to make his point.

May 19 09:42

Rick Singer Advised White Parents to Claim Their Kids Were Nonwhite on College Applications

The man behind the scheme to help wealthy students get into elite colleges by cheating on tests and faking athletic credentials also advised some families to falsely claim students were racial minorities, exploiting the push to diversify campuses, according to two people familiar with the situation.

A son of Marjorie Klapper, a parent scheduled to plead guilty Friday for participating in the scheme, was incorrectly listed on his Common Application as being black and Hispanic, the people said. William “Rick” Singer, the college counselor who has agreed to plead guilty in the case and is awaiting sentencing, also arranged for a proctor to cheat on the ACT admissions test for the teen, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit filed in the case. …

May 17 07:15

The High Cost of Free College

By Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan

Last year, total student debt in the United States passed the $1.5 trillion mark. Even after subtracting loans that are paid down, the total has been growing at around $80 billion per year.

Relative to the economy, outstanding student loan debt may have peaked last year, but the amount in question is alarming. Around 11 percent of student debt is either delinquent or in default, which is more than four times the delinquency rates for credit cards and residential mortgages.

Student debt has become so large that politicians on both sides of the aisle are noticing...

May 16 11:00

Ohio High School Protects Sensitive Children By Ditching Valedictorian And Salutatorian Honors

A High School in Mason, Ohio has eliminated their valedictorian salutatorian honors in order to help the "mental wellness" of other students," according to Fox19.

Instead of the two honors bestowed on the two highest achievers, Mason High School located in a Cincinnati suburb will stick with the Latin honors system - awarding students with a 4.0 GPA summa cum laude, those with a 3.75 - 3.99 GPA magna cum laude, and those with a GPA between 3.51 and 3.74 as cum laude.

The school is also going to begin classes 30 minutes later next year, and are also considering reducing the amount of homework after school and during summer vacation.

If only the real world were so accommodating!

"This will help reduce the overall competitive culture at MHS to allow students to focus on exploring learning opportunities that are of interest to them," said Principal Bobby Dodd.

May 13 10:12

8-YEAR-OLD GRILLED ABOUT GENDER, PARENTS SUE SCHOOL

A school district in Oregon is being sued after a teacher repeatedly grilled an 8-year-old student about whether he thought he is a girl, gave him videos on transgenderism to watch and provided instructional books.

Oddly enough, that type of behavior likely will be standard practice soon in California.

KPTV-TV reported the parents of a student in Woodburn, Oregon, filed a complaint alleging their son was held back from recess by the teacher for multiple one-on-one conversations about his gender identity.

The parents were not told what the teacher was doing, they said.

“The mother and father in Woodburn are now suing a school district for nearly a million dollars after they say a second-grade teacher singled out their son by asking him if he was transgender. The parents say the teacher had inappropriate conversations with the child at school without their permission,” the station reported.

May 11 09:46

How College Profs Push Students to Socialism

After the collapse of the housing market in 2008, professional historians gave birth to a new sub-field of history usually referred to as “the new history of capitalism.” Economic history is hardly novel, but the new history of capitalism takes the approach that capitalism is the “thing” that needs to be explained. In the past decade, this field has become one of the most fashionable trends in the history profession, with centers for the study of capitalism being established at Cornell and the University of Georgia.

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