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7 Facts We Learned In School That Are No Longer True

Everything we taught as children is a lie. Well, maybe not everything, but at least these eight things.

If you hold your face like that, it’ll get stuck that way.

At least, that’s what your elementary school teacher probably told you. (Also, why were you pulling so many goofy faces when you were supposed to be focusing on the math lesson?)

As an adult, of course, you see how ridiculous that claim turned out to be—unless you’re one of the few people whose faces did stay that way, in which case we are sorry, and recommend medical attention…. Continue reading

The Greater Question…

Several days ago while doing my nightly walk through at Facebook I came across the following image… but knowing what I know regarding the War of Northern Aggression (be patient here you poor under educated children) I knew that there was more to all of it, but as I expected there WAS more – much more, and so I went on an expedition. The image at right, is accurate, but heavily edited to make a point – and a very accurate one at that, but I wanted it all and Lo and behold my students, the archives are there – in full.

Of course, one must continue to wonder, why both sides always seem to want to pick and choose how they present their respective ‘side‘ of an issue, but understand – the basis of the image – is spot on, but let us review the entire column – back when the New York Times was a respectable publication. We’ll have a few comments at the close of today’s class. – J.B.
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Compare the Goals of English Classes in 1912 to Today’s if You Want to Understand Why Literacy Is Plummeting

We understood, more than 100 years ago, how to teach children so that they would become successful, well educated adults. Did we forget how to teach, or was a decision made to change curriculum to deliberately degrade the educational system? Take over your school boards. Change the curriculum back to what has been proven to work. These people are your employees. Demand results. To save America we must save one child at a time. ~ Rosemary Stein, MD

I recently spent an evening with a group of college students. Like most young people their age, they were engaged in their studies and eager to share about semesters spent abroad and future plans.

But then the topic changed. Instead of talking about pop culture or other common subjects, these young people started discussing… their favorite Shakespeare plays. And not just Romeo and Juliet, either. We’re talking lesser-known ones like Henry IV (part one and two) Julius Caesar, and others. Clearly, these students had received a well-rounded education, not only in college, but in high school as well. Continue reading

Music

You can cut the arts all you want, sooner or later these kids won’t have anything to read or write about.” ~ Richard Dreyfuss (Mr. Holland’s Opus)

Most schools are letting out for the summer, and it’s the time that many decide to make budget cuts for the upcoming year. Hopefully music does not get cut in your area, as learning music teaches so much more than just notes on a page!!

I cry a little every time I hear about a school cutting arts.

The Wholesale Indoctrination of School Children by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Parents, only YOU can set your children free from classroom indoctrination

It sure isn’t Miss Francis and Romper Room

When little school kids talk about what they are learning in class, it’s no longer about anything to do concerning the ‘Three Rs’, it’s about the Politics of Inclusion, which they learn through indoctrination.

Self-acclaimed Patron Saint of Tolerance and Diversity Jessi Cruickshank leads children in this CBC video in a “rah!” “rah!” for Happy Pride Month, which according to Cruickshank, viewers “loved”. Continue reading

Many Factors Drive the Rise in Homeschooling

The long list includes mass shootings, sexual indoctrination, and poor academic performance.

In 2010, Patriot Post columnist Burt Prelutsky said of our underperforming public school systems, “It’s not a school system, it’s a penal colony with report cards.” At the time, it seemed humorously hyperbolic. Today, it seems depressingly understated.

Perhaps that’s why, as The Washington Times recently reported, there has been a surge in parents turning to homeschooling. Continue reading

Screen Time Syndrome: Brain Images Explain Why Kids Are Moody, Impulsive & Can’t Pay Attention

Screen time, in its multiple forms, will be part of your children’s lives at some point. But parents must ask themselves how early and to what extent?

AN EDUCATIONAL EDGE?
Some parents think they’re giving their child an educational edge like Susan who bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. She thought, ‘Why not let him get a jump on things?’ John’s school had begun using the devices with younger and younger grades – and his technology teacher had raved about their educational benefits. Continue reading

Studies show pen and paper beats laptop for retaining info in class

Even though technology allows us to do more in less time, it does not always foster learning.

That’s why some college professors are saying “no more laptops or tablets” and going old-school, forcing note taking on paper only. But, students who grew up more familiar with keyboards than cursive are struggling to adjust to this device-free stance.

University of Kansas associate professor of journalism Carol Holstead is one of many across the country who initially noticed how distracted students became while taking notes on their laptops. Continue reading

Minnesota public school forcing KINDERGARTEN students to study ‘WHITE privilege’

Institutional Racism: Children in the Edina School District in Edina, Minnesota are introduced to the concept of “white privilege” in their classes, the Weekly Standard reported.

In particular, Kindergartners must take part in something called the Melanin Project in order to be taught about social justice and white privilege.

During the course of instruction, students are asked to draw an outline of their hand and then color them to reflect their skin tone.

Cut-outs of the traced hands are then put on a poster with these words: “Stop thinking your skin color is better than everyone elses!-(sic) Everyone is special!Continue reading

Why Are So Many ‘Whiz Kids’ Homeschoolers?

It seems like every graduation season has its stories of whiz kids. The kids who are so ambitious and so accomplished that they’re graduating from high school, and even college, before the normal time.

One of the latest is 14-year-old Matthew McKenzie from Georgia, who received his high school diploma and associate degree the same day. And like many other whiz kids, McKenzie was – you guessed it – homeschooled. Matthew’s mother, Monique McCord tells the story:

“We would pull material from different textbooks and different resources so I would pretty much custom create his curriculum.” Continue reading

Jacques Barzun Observations on Culture and Decline

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” ~ Jacques Barzun

Reflections from one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century.

Jacques Barzun (1907-2012) was one of the preeminent historians of the 20th century. Valedictorian of the 1920 class at Columbia, where he also received his Ph.D., Barzun wrote extensively on culture and education while serving in professorial and leadership roles at Cambridge and Columbia. His magnum opus, From Dawn to Decadence (2000), which traces the history of Western culture from 1500 to 2000, is required reading for anyone serious about understanding Western history. Continue reading

School Stumbles Upon Chalkboards From 1917 During Renovation

Perfectly Preserved Lessons Provide Rare Look Into Past

Classrooms at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City were getting a routine face lift when renovators accidentally uncovered an incredible glimpse into the history of American education.

Construction workers were removing chalkboards– taking them down to replace them with new Smart Boards– when they stumbled upon some older chalkboards underneath. Continue reading

Why There’s an Increased Interest in Homeschooling

There’s a lot to dislike about many public schools — and right now, student safety is at the top of the list. “After a gunman opened fire on students in Parkland, Florida,” a new Washington Times feature explains, “the phones started ringing at the Texas Home School Coalition, and they haven’t stopped yet.”

Like so many state organizations, the Texas organization was used to a certain number of inquiries about homeschooling. President Tim Lambert says they usually averaged about 600 calls a month — a number he watched double over the past several weeks. “When the Parkland shooting happened, our phone calls and emails exploded. And they’re not alone. Continue reading

Proposal to aid Education reform

Photo: Clemens v. Vogelsang / CC BY 2.0

I am writing this because I found a legal way to force the public schools in the USA to have to reform whether they want to or not. I have discussed this at length with people who understand law, politics, education, and more. There is a consensus among them that this may very well be a good way to make something good happen. Here it is in it’s most basic form.

First, ALL public schools in the USA are under what is known as “En Loco Parentis“, which means, “in place of parents”. They are responsible for all children attending the schools of that district. Also, in the bylaws or governing documents, it can be found some statement to the effect, if not in exact words, “It is our pupose to provide a safe learning environment for all children in our care”, or something to similar effect. That places the school and it’s officials and personnel in legal liability for those children if something happens to them. Continue reading

Public Eduction Hopelessly Corrupt & Politicized

A great discussion on Stefan Molyneux’s channel, when a teacher called in and discussed the remnants of the US education system. It is worse than any of us thought. And it is perfectly legal. From the kid that shows up with a gun or knife and isn’t kicked out of school or sent to a mental institution to the local school board counting bodies as a way to increase their revenue stream to the mothers that want their child to be declared autistic so the single mother can continue to get welfare (for life) to take care of her autistic child (as SSI disability for the kid also provides benefits to the mother as a caregiver, all part of the scam). It’s lunacy and it is not going to end well.

Frederick Douglass Finally Gets His University Degree

Frederick Douglas ~ American

It is long overdue, but one of America’s greatest writers, orators, and voices of freedom has finally received a degree from his hometown university, the University of Rochester. It is an honorary degree, as he was denied an opportunity for a normal education when he was young. While he was not able to attend himself, his great-great-great grandson, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., accepted the award on his behalf. Frederick Douglass died in 1895, but his name remains familiar today with all who know American history. We are a better nation for his presence.

Douglass was born a slave, most likely in 1818, on a plantation in Maryland. He was taken from his mother at a very early age, lived with his grandmother until separated from her at age 6, and was passed around to his master’s brother and then hired out to a man who beat him. For a while, his master’s wife taught him the alphabet and basics of reading, but stopped when his master expressed the view that learning to read would encourage the slave to seek freedom. Still, Douglass managed to gain access to reading material, and some assistance from white children. He became a voracious, if clandestine, reader. Denied a formal education, he taught himself. Continue reading