NC School District Fights to Keep Pro-Transgender Message in First-Grade Curriculum

What does all of this have to do with a “proper” education?

Public pressure has forced far-left officials at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district (CMS) to withdraw a pro-transgender book for first-grade kids — but the officials are now mandating a book with a disguised version of the same pro-transgender message.

A teacher raised concerns about the transgender-validating book, Jacob’s New Dress, at a school board meeting. The book celebrates a young boy who wears dresses to school, and it stigmatizes boys who urge their peers to wear boys’ clothes. After lawmakers in Raleigh heard the concerns, the book was removed from the “anti-bullying” curriculum — but it was replaced with Red: A Crayon’s Story , which focuses on a red crayon that believes itself to be blue, reports WFXB.

But both books are included in the campaign known as Welcoming Schools by the LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, an effort to help elementary schools become “LGBTQ-inclusive” and “gender-expansive.” Continue reading

1984” ~ The Cover-Up

Lies are the only reality. Beauty is against the law. Executions are a daily routine. A brutal reach for power is all that matters. That is the world described in “1984.”

Some educators want us to believe the novel is really about corporate conformity and cameras at traffic lights. Sounds disingenuous. One might even say Orwellian… Welcome to “1984 ~ The Cover Up.”

At a campground in the wilds of West Virginia, I happened to find an old paperback of George Orwell’s 1984. I had read it decades earlier, but dipped in anyway…I was surprised. The book was better than I remembered. It’s that rare thing, a fine novel and a brilliant polemic. To do either of these is difficult. Doing both at once, at this level, is unique. I hereby nominate it as one of the best novels of all time, and a book that every adult should read. Frankly, it might be too horrifying for teenagers.

Orwell plunges deeper than anyone else into the totalitarian impulse, the will to absolute power, the lust to inflict pain upon other humans. It’s a harrowing plunge. You don’t want to believe that people can be so evil. You don’t want to imagine yourself the victim of the cruel and stupid society described in 1984. You probably don’t want to deal with these unsettling questions: how would you behave in this inhuman world? Would you betray your family? Could you be made to love Big Brother? Which characters do you most identify with and why? Continue reading

The Consequences of Immigration for America’s Public Schools

It is difficult to overstate the impact that immigration is having on our nation’s schools.

In a recent report based on Census Bureau data authored by myself and colleagues Bryan Griffith and Karen Ziegler, we map the profound impact immigration has had on schools across the country.

The red and orange shades highlight areas with a higher concentration of public school students from immigrant households. (Source: Center for Immigration Studies)

We find that nationally, nearly 1 in 4 students in public schools is now from an immigrant household (legal or illegal). The number of children from immigrant households in schools is now so high in some areas that it raises profound questions about assimilation.

What’s more, immigration has added enormously to the number of students who are in poverty or speak a foreign language.

All of this has occurred with little debate over the capacity of our schools to educate and integrate these students into our culture. Continue reading

How a New Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect Special Education

Advocates for students with disabilities argue the decision could help millions of children.

In a stunning 8-0 decision in the case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a higher standard of education for children with disabilities. Advocates and parents say the case dramatically expands the rights of special-education students in the United States, creates a nationwide standard for special education, and empowers parents as they advocate for their children in schools. But critics say the decision will not have any impact on schools, arguing that the vast majority already provide a good education for those kids. Continue reading

A Slave Auction in 2017 America

Parents were outraged after a fifth grade elementary class had a mock slave auction where a black student was sold to bidding white students.

Jefferson Elementary School is in hot water after a classroom had an ‘impromptu’ slave auction where a female fifth grader was put on a block and sold off to her white classmates, earlier in March.

The ‘demoralizing’ project was done to teach about the Triangular Slave Trade as the Maplewood, New Jersey, students were learning about the colonization period.

The filmed controversial auction took place around the same time another elementary school in the South Orange-Maplewood School District came under fire for having students create slave auction and runaway slave posters. Continue reading

About half of Detroit can’t read

America’s public education system is failing the citizens of Detroit, where the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund reports that 47% of people in Detroit are illiterate. In nearby suburbs, up to one-third are functionally illiterate.

The report, titled “Addressing Detroit’s Basic Skills Crisis” makes the problem seem as intractible as the Flint water crisis that is about to hit its third anniversary.

Director Karen Tyler-Ruiz described that level of illiteracy to WWJ: Continue reading

Texas teacher accused of sex with student grins in mugshot

“I have very high expectations of myself as a teacher as well as of my students and I hope that this will be a formula for achievement.” ~ Sarah Fowlkes

… and so, this is how our “children” are now being taught? This is not the last of a long list of sexual abuse of students – of both sexes – by teachers – a larger percentage of who are femail. ~ J.B.

Married Texas teacher Sarah Fowlkes couldn’t wipe the smile off her face for her mugshot after being accused of romping with a 17-year-old student, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Fowlkes, 26, was suspended from her job as an anatomy and physiology teacher at Lockhart High School after turning herself in to police Monday – hours after celebrating her birthday with her hubby.

The beaming blonde allegedly engaged in “sexual content with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire” of the student, the Daily Star reported.

Detectives launched the investigation on March 10 after getting a tip from a school administrator. The probe led them to the boy, who had been in touch with Fowlkes, cops said. Continue reading

NY State Eliminates Literacy Tests for Teachers… Because Reading Is Racist?

One of the most basic things teachers must be able to do is understand the materials they’re presenting. No, they don’t have to be experts necessarily, but they do need to be able to read and comprehend the text and any supplemental materials they may have. Pretty straightforward, right? After all, you have to be a college graduate to teach in a public school.

Unfortunately for people in New York, if your child attends school, your “certified” teacher may soon be someone who can’t pass a basic reading test.

The Board of Regents on Monday eliminated a requirement that aspiring teachers in New York State pass a literacy test to become certified after the test proved controversial because black and Hispanic candidates passed it at significantly lower rates than white candidates. Continue reading

A step back toward local control of education

Both the Senate and House have now passed a resolution aimed at undoing some of the controversial moves by former President Obama that conservatives argue undermined local control of schools.

The resolution undoes Obama-era regulations that that would have specified how school performance and teacher training are rated by the Department of Education. Lindsey Burke, an education analyst with The Heritage Foundation, summarizes the effect of the resolution.

“It looks at those Obama-era regulations that were promulgated on to the Every Student Succeeds Act,” she states, “and [it] rescinds those to enable [the Act] to work a little more like its congressional authors had intended.”
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There Are No Qualifiers In The Bill of Rights

Language is the tool by which human beings communicate with each other. Without language all music would be instrumental pieces. Without language all films would be silent movies. Without language we wouldn’t have amazing literary pieces to read. Without language history would be lost to the ages.

But language is more than just words; it is grammar too. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best when it comes to the usage of grammar, but I have gotten better over the course of nearly two decades of writing these commentaries of mine. Continue reading

Homeschooling: Restoring Parents’ Right to Raise Their Children as God Intended?

I am a black Tea Party guy; speaker, singer, activist and prolific writer. I became exposed and educated about home-schooled kids while traveling the country on 14 Tea Party national bus tours. Home-schooled kids are strikingly smarter, better educated, calmer and better behaved. I also noticed that every home-schooled kid I spoke with looked me in the eye. They seemed happy with a subtle confidence.

Years ago, I spoke to a class of black students at a Baltimore middle school. I asked each student to state their name. Stunningly, I had to ask several students to repeat their name numerous times before I understood what they were saying. They mumbled. I thought, why would their teacher allow such lazy speech? It is the bigotry of low expectations. Continue reading

A teacher/mom wrote an open letter for her resignation

Teacher Wendy Bradshaw recently had her own kid, and it seems like holding a baby that might someday pass through America’s educational system lit a fire under her ass to speak out about how terrible that system has become. Bradshaw worked in Florida’s Polk County and specialized in younger children, infant through fifth grade. The strict standardization that higher grades have been subjected to for years has been making its way down, beginning to touch even pre-schooler with test-based learning. This forces teachers into narrower and narrower teaching plans that aren’t conducive to actual learning. After sending in her letter of resignation, Bradshaw posted it on Facebook where it has now been shared over 50,000 times.

The letter reads:
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Fishing analogy applicable to education

Publisher’s NOTE: For those readers who have been familiar with me for some years, they are aware of my penchant for ‘fishing.’ My schedule has been quite perplexing for the past couple of weeks, and although I attempt to keep our various web-sites up to date – it is not always easy to do so – and hence – a fishing ‘trip’ was in order. We’ll be back to full attack mode in a few more days. Until then – join me at the river, won’t you?  Oh – and the piece posted below from March 2015 by Phil Power – is the PERFECT example of life’s analogies. ~ J.B.

I’m coming to a conclusion as I age: Mathematics, political behavior and plain common sense all demonstrate that extremes generally don’t accurately reflect long-term reality.

When you apply this notion to politics, it suggests that neither hard-right Tea Partiers nor flaming left liberals are likely to dominate our political system — or provide sensible answers. It’s the generally centrist “sanity caucus” that most times winds up calling the shots.

Nationally, we are apt to see people and candidates divide along these lines during next year’s presidential campaign. One example: As a rough generalization, right-wingers think people who fall behind in things like academic performance or income should be trying harder and doing better, and deserve punishment for not doing so. Those on the left generally think people on the bottom can’t be helped except by redistributing resources to them.

But centrists reason that the best way to help people and society as a whole is by investing in human capital — things like access to early childhood and university education — which increase individual opportunity for all… Continue reading

Some on the Left Now Criticize the Students They Created

In the last few weeks, there has been a spate of columns by writers on the left condemning the left-wing college students who riot, take over university buildings and shout down speakers with whom they differ.

These condemnations, coming about 50 years too late, should not be taken seriously.

Take New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. His latest column is filled with dismay over the way Middlebury College students attacked Charles Murray and a liberal woman professor who interviewed him (she was injured by the rioters).

I have no doubt that Bruni is sincere. However, sincerity is completely unrelated to wisdom or insight. Continue reading

What is the meaning of the name, Metropolis Café?

Yes – the question has been posed to me a number of times. .

As my Bio shows, I have been broadcasting on the alternative air-waves for over two decades, in addition to being the publisher of numerous websites – including one, which was founded seven weeks before the “wake-up call” referred to as 9/11. At the time, it was a somewhat unique site, which covered many issues that few would publish. By 2003 we were pulling in millions of hits per month from readers all over the world, and due to my growing concerns for the general direction which our faltering education system was headed, we created a new category, “Village of the Damned.”

The title of course came from the 1960 film of the same name, but was so-named because of then First Lady, Hillary Clinton’s comment, “It takes a village to raise a child,” in addition to my feelings that our children were truly ‘damned‘ if this system should be allowed to continue. (READ the rest of the story…)