Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

It doesn’t take much thinking to realize that the teachers unions own the Democrats. The dispute is over, too, about whether the teachers unions care most about the dues-paying instructors or the kids. As the saying goes, follow the money. It’s that simple.

Democrats have sided with the unions, who have sided with the teachers. The comparison couldn’t be clearer. While government schools demand more money to re-open, parochial schools and other private schools have been open this entire school year. In Sen. Rubio’s e-letter update, Sen. Rubio highlights just how frightened Democrats are of the teachers unions.

In his e-letter update, Sen. Rubio wrote “For weeks, the Biden Administration has danced around the important issue of reopening our schools, ignoring the science and refusing to side with parents and children over teachers unions. Today, the Biden Administration once again demonstrated that they have no intention of fulfilling the President’s promise to students and families. Having 50 percent of schools offering in-person instruction one day a week is not what millions of parents and students across the nation think of as schools reopening. This goal ignores the fact that over 50 percent of school districts have already offered a fully in-person or hybrid option for all of the 2020-2021 school year.”

This video is spot-on:

It’s time for this spineless idiot in the White House to stand up to the unions and instead stand with students and their parents. Further, it’s time to stop thinking of Biden as a moderate. That’s a myth. He’s as much a radical as Bernie is. This is how stupid things have gotten:

Hen house, meet the fox. This is beyond disappointing. If ever there was a time for a push for a robust school choice program, including an opportunity scholarship program, it’s now. When unions have more control over students’ educations, it’s time to change.

If you want to learn how to demolish teenage lives, just read Salena Zito’s latest article, titled The kids aren’t alright. In the article, she writes about how Lena Carson went from being a talented student to a kid on the brink of failing.

She wrote “One year ago, Lena Carson was pulling straight A’s at the city’s Creative and Performing Arts School across the river from her parent’s home. She also swam every day at the local YMCA in preparation to compete at the annual state competition and enjoyed the everyday social life of a teenager. Today, she is sitting at home. Again.”

Zito continued:

A bright student who skipped a grade, her straight A’s have dipped to D’s, and Lena says she struggles to complete assignments, not because she can’t but because of the lost will. “I have nothing to look forward to,” she said.

Last week, the Pittsburgh Board of Education announced that Pittsburgh Public Schools students would not return to buildings until at least April; it marked the fourth time in 12 months the district announced students would return to classes only to rescind the opening just before the doors were set to open. The board voted 7-2 against it, with the members citing health and safety for students and staff.

The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers union president said keeping the students out of the schools was the wise thing to do until the teaching staff was fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

That’s how unions demolish kids’ initiative and potential. If union teachers won’t teach, they should be fired and denied their pensions. If another union insists that student staff and safety is the issue preventing a return to in-person learning, they should be decertified forthwith.

This article is another look at a major side effect of the COVID lockdown:

Ann Bauer recently sat in on a meeting between Minnesota State Sen. Melisa Franzen and her constituents during which desperate parents aired their concerns about their children who are not allowed to return to school. Bauer is a Minnesota-based author who was recently given inside access to a virtual town hall between Franzen and her constituents. Bauer did not disclose Franzen’s name in her account — the Minnesota Reformer confirmed it independently.

“However bad/sad/depressing I thought it would be, it was worse,” Bauer opened her report. “Let me start by saying, this is a wealthy district. Maybe one of the top 5 in the state … I thought, They’re fine! I should be worrying about the families in real need. Well, they’re not fine.”

The parents in the meeting told Franzen “about suicidal kids, their own and others … They described girls who hid in their rooms and cried and boys falling so far behind they might never catch up.”

This is Gov. Walz’s fault. It’s also the DFL’s fault, too. They own this state of disrepair in Minnesota. The GOP hasn’t had the authority to make any decisions.

Whether in Chicago, Minnesota or Pennsylvania, Democrats own the school lockdown crisis. It’s time for a nationwide push for school choice, featuring opportunity scholarships. We’ve seen what the teachers unions and Democrat politicians have done. It’s time to take control out of their hands. The faster it’s’ done, the better for students it’ll be.

Newt Gingrich’s weekly Newsweek column highlights the opinion that Republicans should be optimistic going into 2022. Then Gingrich lays out why they should be optimistic through some statistics.

Gingrich notes that “Today, there are 27 Republican governors. In 23 states, Republicans control the legislature as well as the governorship. There are 4,007 Republican state legislators to 3,312 Democratic state legislators (with Republicans on the rise). The state legislator advantage means Republicans will draw the lines for reapportionment for about four times as many House seats as the Democrats.”

Once redistricting is finished and people start focusing in on the Democrats’ disgusting loyalty to the teachers unions, the Democrats’ mudslinging won’t be effective. The people are frustrated beyond belief that private schools have been open since the start of this school year. These parents are pi$$ed that Democrats march in lockstep to the teachers unions’ drums. What the teachers unions want, Democrats get for them. This interview is filled with propaganda:

First, the BS that teachers love children above all else is dishonest on steroids. Next, the notion that teachers want to return to class as soon as possible is BS. If that’s true, they should tell their union leadership to reach an agreement with the school district ASAP. They haven’t done that. Third, 70% of teachers in Chicago voted against returning to in-person learning. That’s an overwhelming majority. This is worth noting:

The House freshman class (the most diverse GOP freshman class in history) and President Trump’s achievement in getting the most minority votes of any Republican presidential candidate in 60 years bode well for continued growth for a party of prosperity and opportunity. The Left is desperate to create a pro-Trump vs. anti-Trump civil war in the GOP. It will not happen. President Trump is by far the best-known and most-liked Republican. But the Republican Party is much bigger than any one person.

Liz Cheney apparently doesn’t want a political future:

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., called on her colleagues to cut off former President Donald Trump as his second Senate impeachment trial is set to begin this week. Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeaching Trump last month for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Cheney was censured by her state party over the vote and is facing a primary challenge, though she easily won a vote of confidence last week to remain House Republican Conference chair.

“We have to take a really hard look at who we are and what we stand for, what we believe in,” Cheney told “Fox News Sunday.” “I think that when you look at both [Trump’s] actions leading up to Jan. 6, that he was impeached in a bipartisan fashion, the fact that he lost the presidency, the fact that we lost the Senate. We have to be in a position where we can say we stand for principles, for ideals.”

Apparently, Cheney didn’t notice that she’s on the wrong side of the activists. Never-Trumpers rarely notice such things. President Trump got activists so excited that 75,000,000 people voted for him. That’s in addition to 2,500,000 volunteers knocking on doors and making phone calls for him. That’s the largest activist army in the history of the GOP. These weren’t paid staffers. These were volunteers.

I don’t doubt that the teachers unions will show up for Democrats. At this point, though, I’m certain that tons of parents will show up to vote against the politicians that didn’t stand up to the teachers unions. These parents are mad as hell and they’re already rebelling against the unions. Enrollment in private and Catholic schools has already increased significantly.

Due North is not True North
By Ramblin’ Rose

True North—the way we want our compass to point. But this education plan will go south — and that is a negative statement. In the announced budget plan on January 25, 2021, the Walz administration announced lofty goals—even commendable goals for all children in the state to have “a high-quality education, no matter their race or zip code.”

Walz’s plan is long on words and short on substance as it proposes seven priorities:

  1. Meet the needs of students during and after the COVID-19 pandemic’
  2. Ensure every student receives a world-class education;
  3. Ensure every student learns in a safe and nurturing environment;
  4. Ensure every student learns in a classroom with caring and qualified teachers,
  5. Expand access to opportunities for students of color and Indigenous students;
  6. Expand access to opportunities for students in Greater Minnesota,
  7. Fund a 21st-century education.

Sadly, this plan is a lot of rhetoric. The plan promises caring and qualified teachers, elimination of systemic racism (through a council), value student identity (at the expense of the identity of other students now marginalized due to their skin tones and moral beliefs), increased opportunities for career advancement, and increased funding to the students who need it most (who makes that decision?), and much more.

The entire two-page plan is full of promises and platitudes. It lacks substance. There is nothing about true academic standards, about improving student learning, about holding students accountable for their test scores. There are no measures of determining how or when success is achieved. Is it when they have spent all available funds and enriched their cronies?

The budget proposal outlines $745 million in new state education spending in addition to the $649 million in federal tax dollars to fund this proposal. Since when has more money increased learning? NEVER—NOWHERE! No increase in reading and math scores will result if the focus goes only to destroy our national identity through teaching the critical race theory and demeaning the majority of the students now marginalized because they reek of white privilege.

For decades, Leftists have advocated for the elimination of discrimination based upon race. Now the push is to provide opportunity and funding based on race and ethnicity and to malign those who have learned in a less than perfect educational system but who were motivated to learn and achieve in order to earn a better life through personal achievement—basically white and Christian. Now the State wants to determine a new set of winners and losers—our children, our future—in order to promote their -ism: marxism, socialism, communism.

Regrettably, some Republicans and members of the judicial community have already advocated for the same: “a first-class education.” I pray that they and the rest of Minnesota wake up before the DFL gets their way and send Minnesota further down the path of mediocrity.

It isn’t surprising to anyone who pays attention to politics that the teachers unions are sabotaging children and schools. Being surprised by that is like being surprised at finding out that Jeff Bezos is rich.

This time it was in the wealthy, New York City-adjacent suburb of Montclair, New Jersey, where Superintendent Jonathan Ponds announced late Friday “with deep regret” that the schools, closed for the past 319 days, wouldn’t even be reopening on a hybrid basis (half-in, half-remote), because negotiations with the Montclair Education Association (MEA) broke down. “I realize how unsettling this news is,” Ponds added.

The union seeks Plexiglass barriers, millions of dollars in ventilation upgrades, and for teachers to be vaccinated (New Jersey, unlike New York, does not as yet prioritize teachers for vaccines). MEA President Petal Robertson said in a statement, “It is our duty to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for our staff and a sound educational plan for our students.”

This issue might’ve reached a tipping point at the Loudoun County School Board meeting. Here’s what happened:

I don’t know this gentleman’s name but he’s clearly speaking for a significant number of people. With unions playing hardball and the Biden administration taking the unions’ side, this issue isn’t going away anytime soon.

UPDATE: The upset father’s name is Brandon Michon. Thursday night, Tucker Carlson interviewed him. Enjoy:

Mr. Michon perhaps doesn’t realize it but he’s a leader. During the interview Mr. Michon said something profound when he said “This country was built on strong leaders.” That’s right. Joe Biden isn’t a leader. He’s a panderer and a tough-sounding wimp. Tim Walz isn’t a leader, either.

I hope Mr. Michon and a bunch of those parents step forward and run for the school board. Next, I hope they win and throw the do-nothing bums out. The do-nothing bums deserve worse than that but at least this is legal. LOL

Thank God (literally) for William Clark, a high school senior at a charter school in Nevada. He and his mother filed a lawsuit, titled Clark v. State Public Charter School Authority, on the grounds that it’s violating his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

According to the lawsuit, “the young plaintiff William Clark and his mother Gabrielle Clark claim their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights were being violated. Students were allegedly told that by refusing to identify with an oppressive group, they were exercising their privilege or underscoring their role as an oppressor.” That’s just part of it. Here’s more information on what’s happening:

William was directed “in class to ‘unlearn‘ the basic Judeo-Christian principles [his mother] imparted to him, and then [the school] retaliated against [him].”

“Some racial, sexual, gender and religious identities, once revealed,”the complaint states, “are officially singled out in the programming as inherently problematic, and assigned pejorative moral attributes by Defendants.”

That’s what real oppression looks like. That isn’t perceived oppression. It’s definitely real.

William Clark was required for assignments the legal complaint says “to reveal his racial, sexual, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and religious identities,” by his teacher who greeted the students by saying, “Hello my wonderful social justice warriors!” Clark was told the next step would be to determine if parts of his identity “have privilege or oppression attached to it.” Privilege was defined as “the inherent belief in the inferiority of the oppressed group.”

The legal argument the Clarks make is that William is being compelled “to make professions about his racial, sexual, gender and religious identities in verbal class exercises and in graded, written homework assignments which were subject to the scrutiny, interrogation and derogatory labeling of students, teachers and school administrators.” The defendants “are coercing him to accept and affirm politicized and discriminatory principles and statements that he cannot in conscience affirm.”

This is professional brow-beating by unaccountable administrators. That’s otherwise known as indoctrination, which is totally unacceptable. Most importantly, telling people what they’re allowed to practice in terms of religion is what started the writing of the Declaration of Independence, which led directly to the Revolutionary War, then subsequently to the First Amendment. The oppressor isn’t white people. It’s Big Government Democrats! They’re the people governing by fiat. Think Tim Walz, Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, Andrew Cuomo, Lori Lightfoot, Keith Ellison and Eric Garcetti.

How many lives have those Democrats ruined this year? It’s disgusting. These Democrats have ruined lives through school indoctrination, COVID shutdowns and one-size-fits-all COVID policies. Whitmer, Newsom and Pelosi have disgusted people through the Democrats’ do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do fiats. It’s time to throw these jacka$$es out of office the next election.

Most importantly, it’s time to stand up for the Constitution and the First Amendment. If we do that, though, it’s essential that all who trust in the First Amendment stand up together. William Clark has provided the example. I pray that we all stand with him in this fight.

It’s pretty apparent that Joe Biden is owned by The Swamp. Nowhere is that more evident than with the education of the nation’s students. In July, Biden told the NEA “You don’t just have a partner in the White House. You’ll have an NEA member in the White House.” Biden’s wife Jill is a teacher and a member of the NEA.

The AFT, the NEA, the Bidens and Democrats apparently have picked out their target. Unfortunately, that target is the nation’s students. Debra Saunders recently wrote “As the coronavirus spread fear among the country’s elected class, the NEA and American Federation of Teachers latched onto mass school closures. Even now that research shows public schools have not turned into superspreaders, as feared, the education establishment is in little hurry to end distance learning even though it especially hurts poor children, immigrant children and those with special needs.”

Parents living in the suburbs are feeling the AFT’s and NEA’s betrayal. They’re feeling the Democrats’ betrayal, too. Students with learning disabilities are getting hurt, perhaps for life. Apparently, Democrats, Joe Biden, the AFT and the NEA don’t care about those students. That educational trifecta from hell hasn’t shown an interest in students with learning disabilities. Shame on them for that. Tucker Carlson laid things out beautifully in this segment:

This is frightening:

Joanne Jacobs, a California education blogger and freelance writer, told me, thought leaders focused on the possibility that one 12-year-old might die if public schools remained open, but not the consequences of 100,000 kids who don’t learn to read or learn math and end up dropping out of high school.

AFT and the NEA have an advocate in the White House. Unfortunately, those parents who voted for sanity lost their advocate for their children. That’s what’s called being penny-wise and dollar-stupid.

Whether we’re talking about education, the economy or foreign policy, I’ll make this prediction. We’ll be worse off 4 years from now than we are today. The Bidens’ debt to The Swamp will get repaid. The question now is whether parents experience buyers’ remorse or if they just give up. Giving up or fighting is their decision. Our decision is whether we’ll fight the Democrats’ special interests. Personally, I’ve voted for fighting the Democrats’ special interests. I’d love lots of teammates.

Actually, the more I think about it, this isn’t about fighting or giving up. It’s really about whether we fight now and defeat this trifecta from hell or whether we’ll fight them again and again and again on battlefield after battlefield. If this educational trifecta from hell wins the first round, they’ll be back for more special treatment soon enough.

Liz Peek’s article highlights Joe Biden’s substantive difficulties, especially with his proposed tax increases. In the article, Peek writes “The left-leaning Tax Policy Center estimates that Biden’s proposed tax hikes will mean a loss of income for all Americans, including those in the lowest-earning groups, since higher corporate taxes lead to lower wages. The TPC estimates that ‘For low- and middle-income households, the reduction in wages and investment income would, on average, more than offset the effects of Biden’s new tax credits’. Is that a desirable outcome?”

Economics has never been Biden’s strong suit. Forcing him to answer multiple questions about his tax plan might expose Biden’s weakness to suburban voters. Suburban voters have experienced wage increases during the pre-pandemic Trump economy. Will they vote for a candidate who’s promising tax hikes?

Another topic that’s scheduled to be talked about is “race and violence in our cities.” Here’s another paragraph from Peek’s article:

For instance, a recent poll showed that 68% of Black families are in favor of school choice. Campaigning in February, Biden claimed not to be a “fan” of charter schools. His unity task force platform reiterates Democrats’ opposition to “private school vouchers and other?policies that divert taxpayer-funded resources away from the public school system.”

President Trump is pushing hard for expanding school choice. How much of an effect will that topic have on minority voters? This is what he said Friday in Virginia:

There’s little doubt that Biden will criticize him for being a liar. If/when that happens, President Trump’s sharpest reply would be to highlight his signing the First Step Act into law, then asking Biden why he and Barack didn’t get that done. That would highlight Biden’s do-nothing DC career, which made him the perfect VP.

Last night on FNC, Juan Williams and Dana Perino were guests on the Democracy 2020 special hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. One of the topics that the hosts brought up was the expectations game. Frankly, the segment was a waste of time for information-oriented people looking for pertinent information. That segment was more of a ‘shiny object’ segment than informational segment.

Let’s ignore the made-for-TV subjects and think about what’s important. Instead of watching for who met or exceeded expectations Tuesday night, I’ll pay attention for whether Joe Biden’s answers get less coherent during the final half of the debate. Also, I’ll pay attention to whether Biden loses his temper when President Trump brings up the Hunter Biden scandal. Will Biden actually defend Hunter or will he insinuate that this is just another Trump attempt to distract attention away from COVID?

What’s most important to me is whether President Trump compares his lengthy list of economic and foreign policy successes to Joe Biden’s list of hurting African-American families through the 1994 Crime Bill or by not getting the First Step Act passed to help African-Americans. I’ll watch to see if President Trump is able to highlight the Platinum Plan.

If President Trump gets to highlight the Platinum Plan, that will be a major breakthrough for his campaign because a) Biden doesn’t have a plan to lift black families out of poverty or b) start minority-owned businesses. The Platinum Plan also offers school choice to black families.

Since President Trump just introduced the Platinum Plan this past Friday, the debate would be the perfect time to let the entire nation know about it. Biden is certain to criticize President Trump as a racist. If/when that happens, President Trump’s best rejoinder would be to rattle off the main selling points of the plan:

  1. increase access to capital
  2. fuel Black owned businesses
  3. cut taxes
  4. increase education opportunities (aka school choice)
  5. lower the cost of healthcare
  6. further criminal justice reform
  7. make Juneteenth a National Holiday
  8. prosecute the KKK and ANTIFA as terrorist organizations
  9. make lynching a national hate crime.

I’m betting Biden isn’t prepared to reply to those specifics. If Biden accuses President Trump of being a racist, President Trump should then ask Biden what his plan for improving African-Americans’ lives is, then ask him why he didn’t enact it during his first 40 years in politics. That would likely stop Biden dead in his tracks.

Perils of Going to School
By Ramblin’ Rose

Perils of Going to School
By Ramblin’ Rose

Experts, including pediatricians, and some politicians encourage the return to personal instruction for our nation’s youth in the classroom. Some politicians and many teachers demand that only distance learning occur. Many school districts have chosen one or the other, while other districts have created “hybrid” programs that appear to challenge even a professional scheduler.

It befuddles one to find the logic (other than fewer bodies in a building on any given day) of attending school one to four days per week but never five. How do working parents adjust to such schedules? How will students know when to go and what to have prepared? Schools (K-16) have tried A/B days, rotating schedules (morning vs. afternoon), six classes out of seven meeting every day on a rotational basis with less than desired results.

While parents, students, and administrators should employ caution in making the best decisions for the children and the community, there are news articles that are just as frightening as the virus. Teachers have actually published their fears that parents and community members may actually be able to observe the digital classes and learn of the indoctrination programs in contemporary curricula. Much of that propaganda has remained in the classroom when only the students attended classes.

Last spring, Harvard professor Elizabeth Bartholet called homeschooling “dangerous.” Her claim was “the lack of regulation on homeschooling poses a danger to children, because it risks depriving them of an adequate education….”

An adequate education? By whose standards?

While it is no surprise that others share her viewpoint, it is alarming that the leftists are not making any attempt to hide their disdain for families and family values and for their belief for secrecy and authoritarianism.

Matthew Key, an English instructor at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, bemoaned his loss of “what happens here stays here” ideology. He wrote:

“While conversation about race are in my wheelhouse, and remain a concern in this no-walls environment, I am most intrigued by the damage that ‘helicopter/snowplow’ parents can do in the host conversations about gender/sexuality. And while ‘conservative’ parents are my chief concern, I know that the damage can come from the left too. If we are engaged in the messy work of destabilizing a kid’s racism or homophobia or transphobia, how much do we want their classmates’ parents piling on?”

He is not alone in his fears. Across the country, teachers have marched with placards about not being able to teach from a grave; some have brought body bags to their “protests.” After this admonition from Mr. Key and some who responded to his posts, as well as the posts that educators have placed on Facebook, one wonders if their fear is for their personal well-being or for the discovery of their efforts to warp the minds of our young people. (Given the age of the anarchists in the streets destroying our cities this summer, one knows from their actions that the progressive agenda has been widely disseminated across postsecondary campuses with the desired results—hate for America and its freedoms.

President Trump is totally correct. The money should follow the child as the parents decide the place and type of education that they choose for their child/children. Unfortunately, federal funding accounts for only about 7%. State and local taxes provide the rest, and liberals will continue to fund and cry for increased funding for public schools. The teachers are already demanding “hazardous-duty pay” and “front-line workers.”

It is a dark time in the USA when public employees call parents “dangerous interlopers and intrusive outsiders.” We were warned that socialists/Marxists/communists would take over the country by brainwashing our children. We did not pay attention.