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Category Archives: Social Justice
Paging SooperMexican — the AFL-CIO in NC are ripping off your act, dude.
“Juicy Buns” AKA ‘Champion of the People’
The Scrambler AKA ‘Champion of the Powerful’[youtube=http://youtu.be/5_Y9Anj_V-I]
There’s more, this video is a promotion for a tax day protest:
Luchadoras to settle the score between the People, the Powerful on Tax Day
North Carolinians, tired of paying the costs for the lack of tax fairness – the cause of austerity politics in Congress and tax changes on Jones Street – will finally get a chance to settle the score between the people and the powerful when champions for both sides face off at a public showdown on Bicentennial Mall at high noon on Monday, April 15th – Tax Day.
What: #FairFight between the People & the Powerful
When: Monday, April 15th at high noon
Where: Bicentennial Mall, across the street from the legislature (16 W. Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601)
Why: This Tax Day, it’s time to settle the score!
Reserve your ringside seat on Facebook!
After calling for Congress to repeal the sequester and for state lawmakers to stop shifting the tax burden off of North Carolina’s wealthiest citizens and corporations and onto low- and middle-income families, advocates for workers and for policies in the public interest announced what they are calling a “Fair Fight” at a press conference in Raleigh on Monday.
I’ve seen some lame attempts to stir up attendance at a protest before, this one takes the cake. Continue reading →
Our children are under assault. I’m not just talking about the every growing list of scandals plaguing our schools, that if they were happening in any other institution, the media would be all over it. This assault is also not just from the various experiments in teaching, or the ridiculous over-reactions we’ve seen recently over pastries that look like they were bitten into the shape of a gun.
It’s an assault of stripping our children’s joy in achievement, of having friends and excelling in academics and in sports. It’s the underlying push for political correctness to be demonstrated at in all areas of school life. It’s the seemingly never-ending list of championing of mediocrity in the name of ‘fairness’:
No in school birthday parties.
No hugging your friends.
A trophy for just playing.
Kids told not to brag or be happy when they receive a good grade – even in college.
No recognition of outstanding achievement.
No cheering at graduation.
The message here is conform. Be like your everyone else, don’t step out of line. Don’t strive, don’t win. Winning is not the goal here, just showing up is. After all, it’s only fair. Continue reading →
Gosh, I just hate it when I’m right. The MSM has caught up with the attempt of Occupy to branch out and form ‘legitimate’ looking outfits:
CNN: Occupy offshoot forgives $1 million in random people’s debt
Debt Strike in Raleigh is an offshoot of Occupy Raleigh, which has ties to Chapel Hill Occupy, NCSU Occupy and the NC Student Power Union. Organization upon organization, strung out like a spider web. To Occupy, that’s a feature not a bug. It allows for maximum message promotion from every possible angle. It casts a wide, vague net that’s hard to pin down until you zoom in. Then it’s crystal clear who you’re dealing with and it’s the same cast of characters just assuming new roles.
Side note — I even had one of them contact me about my article: Continue reading →
Several years ago, a group of lobbyists and business owners got together and decided to take advantage of the ‘free money’ out there (via the stimulus) and with the rubber stamp approval of a collection of Governors, they formed a new national standard for education: The Common Core.
The Common Core has quickly proven to be rotten to the core.
Michelle Malkin writes:
Top-down federalized “Common Core” standards are now sweeping the country. It’s important to remember that while teachers-union control freaks are on board with the Common Core regime, untold numbers of rank-and-file educators are just as angered and frustrated as parents about the Big Ed power grab. The program was concocted not at the grassroots level, but by a bipartisan cabal of nonprofits (led by lobbyists for the liberal Bill Gates Foundation), statist business groups and hoodwinked Republican governors. As I’ve reported previously, this scheme, enabled by the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” funding mechanism, usurps local autonomy in favor of lesson content and pedagogical methods.
Read the whole thing, it gets worse.
As Malkin noted, parents are not the only ones outraged and upset with the implementation of these core standards, which are largely untested and just years after the first implementation are proving to be an unmitigated nightmare for everyone involved.
Diane Ravitch, via The Washington Post, has come out opposing the Common Core:
I have decided that I cannot support them. In this post, I will explain why.
I have long advocated for voluntary national standards, believing that it would be helpful to states and districts to have general guidelines about what students should know and be able to do as they progress through school. Such standards, I believe, should be voluntary, not imposed by the federal government; before implemented widely, they should be thoroughly tested to see how they work in real classrooms; and they should be free of any mandates that tell teachers how to teach because there are many ways to be a good teacher, not just one.
I envision standards not as a demand for compliance by teachers, but as an aspiration defining what states and districts are expected to do. They should serve as a promise that schools will provide all students the opportunity and resources to learn reading and mathematics, the sciences, the arts, history, literature, civics, geography, and physical education, taught by well-qualified teachers, in schools led by experienced and competent educators.
For the past two years, I have steadfastly insisted that I was neither for nor against the Common Core standards. I was agnostic. I wanted to see how they worked in practice. I wanted to know, based on evidence, whether or not they improve education and whether they reduce or increase the achievement gaps among different racial and ethnic groups.
After much deliberation, I have come to the conclusion that I can’t wait five or ten years to find out whether test scores go up or down, whether or not schools improve, and whether the kids now far behind are worse off than they are today.
I have come to the conclusion that the Common Core standards effort is fundamentally flawed by the process with which they have been foisted upon the nation.
To sum up – yet another set of bad policies put in place on a national level and tied to federal funding to keep the yoke in place or at least make it very hard to get out of it. In essence, we are experimenting on our children and you are paying for it.
Teachers have also started to come out against the Common Core, via Huffington Post:
According to Gotsch, fourth graders will be expected to form algebraic equations from multi-step problems and calculate geometric angles at a level “too high for fourth-graders to complete,” the Watertown Daily Times reports.
“I had an advanced eighth-grade student take the test. The student could not get through the first two questions,” Gotsch told the paper.
This pushing of advanced studies onto a lower grade level is not limited to just the Fourth grade and math. Kindergarteners, who should be learning to print their names, cut and paste and enjoy the learning process are having their childhood beaten out of them with tasks clearly meant for students many years ahead of them. The NY Post reports:
Kindergarten has come a long way, baby — too far, some say.
Way beyond the ABCs, crayons and building blocks, the city Department of Education now wants 4- and 5-year-olds to write “informative/explanatory reports” and demonstrate “algebraic thinking.”
Children who barely know how to write the alphabet or add 2 and 2 are expected to write topic sentences and use diagrams to illustrate math equations.
“For the most part, it’s way over their heads,” a Brooklyn teacher said. “It’s too much for them. They’re babies!”
In a kindergarten class in Red Hook, Brooklyn, three children broke down and sobbed on separate days last week, another teacher told The Post.
As a parent with a child in this grade, I can tell you that the NY Post report is spot on. I’ve witnessed this with my own child and have complained only to be told that it’s my child that is deficient in the skills and not the skills being too much for them – despite being told that my child is reading and doing math above grade level, participating actively in class. By the way, my husband and I take a good deal of the credit for our kid’s advancement. We’ve read every night with our child and worked on math with them as well. I’ve made it my business to implement additional educational activities. Thank God I did and can, but what about those families who can’t?
An example of homework recently given was to ‘write an opinion pieces about how it makes you feel to go to the beach or pool.’ No, ‘pieces’ is not a typo on my part. I typed that right off the homework sheet – that, in and of itself, is not confidence inspiring.
Shouldn’t these kids be learning to write clearly with proper spacing and possibly some punctuation first? Apparently not, but instead should be writing little books about personal experiences and “retelling” the narratives of their favorite books. I kid you not.
There was even a meeting or two to discuss getting him additional resources and testing because my child wasn’t meeting ‘abstract concept’ benchmarks set by the Common Core without an additional prompt. Abstract concepts?? The child is six for crying out loud. That additional prompt? Hi, that’s called teaching. Continue reading →