Posts Tagged ‘Education’

…is the worst threat to the United States, next to Obama, of course.
The cookie cutter mentality of the left is certainly leading to the downfall of America as a free nation.

…and the teachers unions in particular are ruining the children of this country. The kids these days can’t read, or write, or do math at a proficient enough level to keep up with the rest of the world, yet these douche bags in the unions want more and more money for an inferior product. Getting unions the hell out of businesses and schools can only lead to good things. We need more states to adopt the right-to-work laws that stop unions from taking funds and giving it to Democrats and their lobbyist cronies. Until the Democrats are cut off from their source of funding and the unions are likewise cut off from Democrats giving them handouts, this country cannot recover from the economic crisis that we are in.

Just look at California. The unions run this state, in particular, the teachers unions. When they tell their Democrat lapdogs to jump, they expect them to ask how high, and for how long.

Now in Michigan, the legislature has passed right-to-work legislation and the governor is expected to sign it.

Guess who’s suffering because of the unions? It’s the children.

School Districts Closed Because Of Excessive Teacher Absences Over Right-to-Work
Students suffer because ‘several hundred’ teachers call in sick to attend right-to-work protest in Lansing
By Audrey Spalding and Jarrett Skorup

At least 26,000 children will miss school today because their teachers called in sick or took a vacation day to protest proposed right-to-work legislation, which is expected to pass today.

Warren Consolidated Schools, Taylor School District and Fitzgerald Public Schools are confirmed to be closed. It is also suggested that schools in Detroit and St. Johns may be missing a significant number of teachers.

“We’ve had an excessive number of teachers call in,” Warren district spokesperson Robert Freehan said Monday afternoon. “We’re concerned about the safety and security of the students, so we’re treating it as a snow day.”


So whenever you hear these douche bags spewing their bullshit about “it’s for the children” when they want more money, you might want to look at the evidence against that. It’s our there in plain sight.

In Detroit, only 7% of students in 8th grade are proficient in reading. How is it that teachers unions that get so much money still can’t teach children how to read? They’re even worse at math. If America is to sustain itself, we have to stop turning our children into morons through public education reform, starting with getting rid of unions and firing incompetent teachers.

Only 7% of Detroit Public-School 8th Graders Proficient in Reading
By Terence P. Jeffrey

( – In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are grade-level proficient or better in reading.

Some public school teachers in the City of Detroit and around the state of Michigan are reportedly taking a vacation or a sick day today to protest right-to-work legislation likely to be approved by the state legislature. Under current law, Michigan public school teachers must pay dues to the teachers’ union. If the right-to-work law is enacted, Michigan public-school teachers will be free to join the union and pay dues to it if they wish, but they will also be free not to join the union and not to pay it dues.

Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they do in reading, according to the Department of Education. While only 7 percent scored highly enough on the department’s National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2011 to be rated “proficient” or better in reading, only 4 percent scored highly enough to be rated “proficient” or better in math.


I have a great idea! Let’s give these douche bags more money so they can screw up our kids’ lives and help America become the laughing stock of the world. NOT!

As for California, take a look at this gem, I reblogged this earlier, pay attention people.

“Social Justice” called, and it wants your children. Now.
Posted on December 5, 2012 by justturnright

The problems with our country’s Public Education system are myriad: the schools themselves are often not safe, and far too often fail to provide even a merely passable education. But I’ve said many times prior that Public Schools are no longer seeking to educate our children, but rather to inculcate them. Just think of the videos you’ve seen where kids are singing praise to Obama (or his policies), as just two examples out of thousands.

Public School Education is now explicitly driven by the Progressive Agenda. Whether we’re discussing sex-ed, or marginalizing religion, or freedom of speech: it’s all Left wing values that are being communicated.

Proof? You want more proof? Okay, you asked for it…


…of public sector unions.

It’s disgusting to me that PSUs get away with the bullshit that they get away with. The teacher’s unions always screaming “it’s for the children,” when in reality it is for them. It is their greed and their pensions that need to be padded by the public through taxation. These unions have a monopoly that must be broken up in order to bring sanity to the fiscal problems that most cities have these days.

They don’t want to have standards imposed on them that would threaten their tenure. Accountability for their crappy education skills are constantly being fought tooth and nail. Just look at the graduation rates across the country. Chicago has a 40% dropout rate. And they want more money for that shit? Pathetic.

Charter schools are a way to put a stop to the monopoly of teacher’s unions. The schools are better and the kids get a better education. It’s a fact.

Take Chicago, please.
Here’s an excellent article that goes in depth on this issue.

How to Stymie the Teachers Unions
by Richard A. Epstein

Want to prevent another Chicago? Let charter schools flourish.

n September 18, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union negotiated a settlement with the City after going on strike for seven days. At issue in the dispute were critical issues like teacher salaries, working conditions, and teacher evaluations. As is typical in these situations, neither side held all the high cards. The two parties had to agree to compromises that patched up the current difficulties without implementing any sensible long-term reforms.

The wage piece of the deal is likely to add about $74 million per year over the next four years to a municipal budget that is already deeply in the red. The extra dollars that go into wages will be taken out of other budgets, rendering classrooms and other facilities less suitable than before. The moderately stiffer standards for teacher evaluation, both before and after tenure, may make marginal improvements in teaching performance, but none that will be significant in the short term. The overall dismal performance of the Chicago public school system, with its 60 percent graduation rate, will remain more or less what it has been.

The recent news affirms that public education in Chicago and other major cities needs to be fundamentally overhauled. The first item on the reform list should be the collective bargaining system, which has taken over public education for the last fifty or so years. Collective bargaining has its roots in the private sector, where it received a huge boost from the passage of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.



…are not exactly two words that go well together in America.

This is a pathetic state that our education system is in. It’s no wonder that America’s youth are a bunch of morons. There are so many disruptions and BS going on in classrooms, it’s a wonder that anyone in inner cities graduates.

The majority of discipline problems are coming from black students, and the government is going to fix it if it kills this country. Please note that black students are disciplined at a much higher rate than other students. There’s a reason for it, and it isn’t racist. It’s actually the fault of their culture. The violence at home makes them think that it is the appropriate way to deal with issues outside the home. Many are coming from one parent homes which exacerbates the problem.

The regulations imposed on school authorities pretty much hamstrings them by not allowing them to punish infractions when they happen. Instead, the teachers have to keep track of all the incidents and maybe, eventually, they might be able to get the unruly student out of the classroom. Of course the damage has already been done, the other students didn’t learn anything, other than they can get away with a lot before anything will happen.

During the Bush Administration the idea was to go away from this type of regulatory stupidity, but they didn’t get rid of the law, they just didn’t do anything about it. Enter the Democrats and Obama, and now it’s all they can do to make this a racial issue.

So, this breads more bad behavior. It’s proven that if children can get away with bad behavior, bad behavior will escalate, eventually infecting the whole of the class.

Here’s a long, but excellent article that discusses the issue.

Heather Mac Donald

The Obama administration undermines classroom order in pursuit of phantom racism.

In March 2010, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that his department was “going to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement.” The secretary was speaking on the 45th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when state troopers savagely beat and teargassed peaceful voting-rights marchers in Selma, Alabama. Duncan fleetingly acknowledged the racial progress that the nation had made since that shameful era, but he was soon back in the 1960s: “Skeptics sometimes tell me, ‘Slow down.’ They say our agenda to pursue equal opportunity is too ambitious. To them, I simply repeat what Martin Luther King said many years ago: ‘We can’t wait.’ I repeat what President Lyndon Johnson said after Bloody Sunday, when he told a joint session of Congress: ‘We have already waited a hundred years and more—and the time for waiting is gone.’ ”

President Johnson was calling on Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act in order to end the South’s century-long obstruction of black suffrage. What was the pervasive racial injustice that led Duncan to present himself as a modern-day Johnson? Black elementary and high school students are disciplined at a higher rate than whites are. To Duncan, that disparity can mean only one thing: schools are discriminating.

And so the Departments of Education and Justice have launched a campaign against disproportionate minority discipline rates, which show up in virtually every school district with significant numbers of black and Hispanic students. The possibility that students’ behavior, not educators’ racism, drives those rates lies outside the Obama administration’s conceptual universe. But the country will pay a high price for the feds’ blindness, as the cascade of red tape and lawsuits emanating from Washington will depress student achievement and enrich advocates and attorneys for years to come.


This comes from the CATO Institute and is a real eye opener. You keep hearing teachers and teacher’s unions crying for more money because “it’s for the children,” but have you taken a look at the numbers of teachers hired vs. student enrollment vs. cost over time from 1970 to today?

You’ll be sick.

Obama vs. Romney on Public School Jobs

Posted by Andrew J. Coulson

In a high-profile presser on the economy last Friday, President Obama’s central proposal was to hire more public employees. Then, in his weekly address, he argued that hiring more public school teachers would allow the U.S. to educate its way to prosperity. His Republican presidential rival, Governor Romney, has recommended precisely the opposite: reducing the size of government to boost private sector job growth–and he, too, mentions public school teachers. So… who’s right?

First, let’s look at public school employment and student enrollment over time.

Read more: Obama’s Stock Answer: ‘More Government’

This is a scholarship program that was set up for my friend Doug. He died in Iraq January 7th, 2006. He was my son’s godfather and a good friend. He was also my last platoon leader in the Army, I was his platoon sergeant. I miss him all the time. Any help you can give to this great scholarship program in his name would be appreciated. Please pass this on. You can read more about Doug here. Please help out if you can. I’ll leave this at the top for a while. Thanks.

Dear Friends,

Since his passing in 2006, the memory of our friend and loved-one, Major Douglas Amuel La Bouff has been honored by his fellow Cal State Fullerton historians during the annual banquet of the Theta Pi chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.

Doug’s achievements as a person, scholar and military officer are remembered through a memorial scholarship awarded to history students who embody Doug’s patriotism, and love for history. Named the “Major Doug La Bouff Memorial Scholarship,” a handful of historians have benefited from modest monetary awards that they can use to advance their study of history.

We are asking your help to expand the scholarship to help more up and coming historians further their studies. We are also planning to obtain a plaque that will record past and future awardees for years to come. Please help anyway you can by mailing a check or money order no later than 23 April 2012 to:

Phi Alpha Theta
C/O Dr. Jochen Burgtorf
Cal State Fullerton, Department of History
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA. 92834

Awardees for the 2012 Major Doug La Bouff Memorial Scholarship will be announced on Friday, 4 May, 2012 during the 50th Annual CSUF Phi Alpha Theta Banquet.
Thank you for your support!

Friends of the Major Doug La Bouff Memorial Scholarship.

H/T Hill Buzz.

Yeah, they deserve it! It’s for the children!

Our country is hosed.

So much for freedom of speech. I guess this isn’t America anymore. WTF did I and others like me fight to defend, if shit like this is allowed to go on? Hate speech is still speech, and it is protected by the Constitution. Only liberal retards do this shit. Harvard is a joke. I would rather hire someone with a degree in basket weaving from Shit Hole University than some asshole product from Harvard. Obama comes to mind.

Is it not central to this ivy league university and every institution in these United States to “protect free speech, including that of Dr Swamy and of those who disagree with him”? Where does Harvard address the truth of Swamy’s remarks, or the 80 million Hindus slaughtered in jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements? Harvard has removed Swamy’s course from their curriculum over an editorial he wrote concerning the jihad in India. I ran it at Atlas here on July 16, 2011.

I cannot believe this is America.

Freedom of speech protects all speech, not just the ideas that we like. That’s the point. Who decides what’s good and what’s forbidden? Harvard? The Islamic supremacists seeking to impose the sharia restriction on free speech?

Harvard has been bought and sold to the highest sharia bidder (in December 2005, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed donated $20 million each to Harvard University and Georgetown University to fund Islamic studies).

This is dire.

via Harvard Deems Truth “Reprehensible”: Fires Subramanian Swamy for Editorial – Atlas Shrugs.

Yeah, that’s the ticket!

And we wonder why we’re so far behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to education.

Can’t meet the standard, get rid of the standard. Way to go BHO!


Obama Administration Exempting Schools From Federal Law’s Testing Mandate

Monday, August 08, 2011


(AP) – State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, but school starts soon and Congress still hasn’t answered the call.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break.

The plan to offer waivers to all 50 states, as long as they meet other school reform requirements, comes at the request of President Barack Obama, Duncan said. More details on the waivers will come in September, he said.

via Obama Administration Exempting Schools From Federal Law’s Testing Mandate |

I’ve been avoiding this one, just because there is so much coverage of it that my .02 probably wouldn’t add much, if anything to it.

I am against all public sector unions. Private company unions aren’t my problem. If a company wants to put up with that shit, that’s their problem. I can always take my business elsewhere if they are priced too high. Public sector unions on the other hand, give me little to no choice in dealing with them. There are no alternatives to dealing with the government, whether it is state, of federal. I don’t think that I should have to pay ridiculous sums of money for public sector employee’s health and retirement benefits, when they contribute next to nothing, if anything at all.

At any rate, the battle ground for the people vs. the unions has been set. If Gov. Walker holds out and smacks the union in the mouth, then it will be like dominoes in the rest of the country.

Here’s a few people that are covering this:

Walker Unveils Budget Containing Deep Cuts

This happened in New Jersey, under Christie. The teachers were told they could either pay for health insurance and pensions but keep their current workers in their jobs, or stay at their current overpaid rates but face a lot of layoffs.

Big cuts: Scott Walker reveals budget proposal to Wisconsin legislature

1,200 jobs eliminated, funding to public schools reduced, collective bargaining on benefits for public-employee unions nuked, and total spending slashed by 6.7 percent. Is there any governor in America, Daniels and Christie included, more willing than this guy to risk political death in the interests of solvency?

It’s all about the deficit to [David] Brooks. But the damage done by public sector unionism isn’t mainly the producing of deficits. It’s the crippling of government, so that bad teachers can’t be fired and productivity stagnates and virtually everything the government does it does crappier than private industry does it. That’s a big, ongoing problem for Democrats, which is why maybe it doesn’t trouble Brooks. But it should trouble even non-neo liberals. Democrats are the party that needs the government to be good at something other than mailing out checks.

Gov. Walker Delivers Budget Address

Those who thought Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s agenda would be tempered by two weeks of nonstop protests outside his Captiol office couldn’t have been more wrong.

State spending would be reduced, taxes would not increase and the University of Wisconsin’s flagship campus would be granted independence from the UW System under the biennial budget introduced by Gov. Walker on Tuesday.

Wisconsin Governor Releases ‘Reform’ Budget as Stalemate Continues

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled Tuesday the rest of his two-year spending plan that has already gripped the nation’s attention with its explosive proposal to take nearly all collective bargaining rights away from most public workers.

With the union rights proposal stuck in a legislative stalemate thanks to the state Senate’s runaway Democrats, the Republican governor forged ahead with the release of his spending plan that includes major cuts to schools and local governments to help close a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

Video: Wisconsin Dem intervenes to protect GOP senator threatened by mob

You have to see it to believe it. The clip is long and the key moment doesn’t come until 2:50 in, but you won’t be able to look away. The savior here, in the orange union t-shirt and sportsjacket, is Democratic Rep. Brett Hulsey; behind him, with white hair and glasses, is Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman. Watch and try to imagine what might have happened had Hulsey not been there. Even some of the protesters are sufficiently alarmed to start a chant of “peace-ful” to calm the more unruly ones down.
There’s plenty more out there.
Unions suck!