Posts Tagged ‘K-12 education’

School Supplies

June 8, 2014

School Supplies

“One way to curb mass shootings in America’s schools would be for Congress to pass gun control legislation. But since that plan failed miserably, an enterprising father in Oklahoma is offering another solution—equipping children with bulletproof blankets.

The Bodyguard Blanket™ was developed by Steve Walker, a father of two elementary school students who was horrified by the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 children and six adults dead. In the 14 months following Newtown, there were at least 44 school shootings. ‘We wanted our children to have a layer of protection immediately,’ Walker told Oklahoma NBC affiliate KFOR. ‘They can be stored in the classroom, and, when seconds count, they can be easily applied.’”

– “Gun Control Measures Are Going Nowhere, So Here’s a Bulletproof Blanket for Your Kids,” Dana Liebelson, Mother Jones

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What Did You Learn In School Today?

September 4, 2013

What Did You Learn In School Today?

Back-to-School Special

Diane Ravitch on No Child Left Behind:

“I just came to realize that what we got involved in and what I had been supporting was turning education into a desiccated, data-driven, anti-human activity and this would not encourage the love of learning.  It would kill it.”

– “How I Fell Victim for an Educational Fad,” Diane Ravitch, Big Think

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Christmas Defender Rick Perry Tells Women ‘Bah Humbug!’

June 18, 2013

Christmas Defender Rick Perry Tells Women 'Bah Humbug!'

Texas Governor Rick “Santa” Perry signed the “Merry Christmas Bill” into law last week, allowing public school Christmas parties in the Lone Star State. “It’s a shame that a bill like this one I’m signing today is even required, but I’m proud that we’re standing up for religious freedom in this state,” said Mr. Perry. Does that mean school parties for DiwaliAshura, Festivus, Al Hijra, Niinamesai, MaidyaremLosar, and Samhain? Smile when you say that, partner.

The Republican governor also put coal in the stockings of Texas women when he vetoed a bill allowing them to sue for equal pay for equal work. That might be a big political gift for Texas Democrats next Election Day.

Related:

“The Equal Pay Act – Powerful But Not Enough,” Anne Kim, Washington Monthly blog

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Illegitimate Lunch

August 20, 2012

Illegitimate Lunch

The media are buzzing about remarks by Congressman Todd Akin (R, MO-2) on “Illegitimate Rape,” but few have noticed his comments on “Illegitimate Lunch.” Missouri Republican Akin, a member of the Tea Party Caucus and candidate for the U.S. Senate, recently repeated his belief that the federal government should not subsidize school lunches for poor children. He made these comments after a hearty meal at the 60th annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair.

Update:

“Todd Akin Claims Federal School Lunch Programs Do Not ‘Fall Within the Framework of Our United States Constitution.’” Ian Millhiser, Nation of Change

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‘Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education’

October 25, 2010

Teaching and Choice Are Undermining Education

“Teacher evaluation is a red herring, a diversion. A diversion intended to take our glance away from the poverty and racial isolation in which these students live. It salves the conscience of the billionaire boys club and enables them to blame hard-working teachers for the poverty and inequality that mars our society and hurts children.”

– Dr. Diane Ravitch, September 24, 2010

” … the CREDO study … evaluated student progress on math tests in half the nation’s five thousand charter schools and concluded that 17 percent were superior to a matched traditional public school; 37 percent were worse than the public school; and the remaining 46 percent had academic gains no different from that of a similar public school. The proportion of charters that get amazing results is far smaller than 17 percent.

–”The Myth of Charter Schools,” Diane Ravitch, New York Review of Books

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Changing Education Paradigms

October 23, 2010

Here’s part of a talk about education and creativity by Sir Ken Robinson, interpreted for RSA Animate by Cognitive Media.  The entire address may be seen here.

 

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Arizona Vies With Texas in Ignorance Race

May 16, 2010

Arizona Vies with Texas in Ignorance Race

The Texas Education Board removed Thomas Jefferson and Darwin from school textbooks so, in the great race to the bottom, those competitive Arizona Republicans passed a new law banning Ethnic Studies programs in the state’s schools.

“So the complaint is that ethnic studies in general, and Chicano studies in particular, teach hate,” explains Salon’s Gabriel Winant:

“In a moment of truly dazzling irony, Horne {Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne] said, ‘It’s just like the old South, and it’s long past time that we prohibited it.’

The logic seems to be that any time brown folks get together in groups to talk about their identity and history, they must be plotting against white people. Maybe something here sounds like the old South, but I don’t think it’s the students and teachers.”

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