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Homeschooling Freedoms Are Under Threat…

Will Parents Defend Them?

Homeschoolers today have it easy. Many of us were in diapers when, in 1977, educator John Holt created Growing Without Schooling, the first newsletter to connect and encourage homeschooling families. Holt and other social reformers provided the support and facilitated the networks that would ultimately lead to homeschooling becoming legally recognized in all U.S. states by 1993.

I sometimes wonder about the courage it took those earlier homeschooling parents to remove their children from school before it was fully legal, to chart an alternative education path for their children when they were often the only ones on that road. Continue reading

Why More School Districts Are Holding Class Just Four Days a Week

QUESTION: Is it so that the teachers might be able to pick up a part-time job at some burger joint to make ends meet, which still holding on to their meager salaries for the District? Or maybe it is because the District cannot afford ‘Hazardous Duty‘ pay. ~ Ed.

The public school in Campo, Colorado, hasn’t required all its students to come to class on Fridays for nearly two decades. The 44-student district dropped a weekday to boost attendance and better attract teachers to a town so deep in farm country that the nearest grocery store is more than 20 miles away.

“I think the four-day week helped us, initially, in recruiting teachers,” the superintendent, Nikki Johnson, said. “Now that so many districts are on four-day, that’s not much of an incentive.” Continue reading

Why Are So Many Female Teachers Sleeping With Students?

A glance at the data suggests sex crimes involving female teachers are on the rise (big time).

I posed this question on my Facebook page a few days ago: “Is there much/any social science on the phenomena of female teaches suddenly sleeping with students?

This was shortly after news broke that a 24-year-old Texas teacher was on the lam for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student who had also impregnated her, according to reports. Continue reading

A Postwar Conversation with Mr. Davis

“Mr. Davis once talked to me long and earnestly on the [postwar] condition of the South. Among other things he said:

“There is no question that the white people of the South are better off for the abolition of slavery. It is an equally patent fact that the colored people are not. If the colored people shall develop a proper degree of thrift, and get a degree of education to keep pace with any advancement they may make, they may become a tenantry which will enable the South to rebuild the waste places and become immensely wealthy. Continue reading

McDonald: Unschooling And Writing

Do you remember sentence-diagramming in school? I do. It was the onerous process of breaking apart individual sentences into their component parts and identifying those parts, like the subject, the verb, the modifiers, and so on.

By the time sentence-diagramming was introduced in elementary school, I had learned how to play the game of school. I had learned that obedience, memorization, and regurgitation of exactly what the teacher wants is the key to school success. I played it well. Looking back, and witnessing how my own unschooled children learn how to write, I realize how arbitrary and artificial learning in school was. Continue reading

The teacher who couldn’t read

Man describes how he kept his illiteracy a secret and managed to con his way into a 17 year teaching career before finally coming clean and turning his life around

A California man has described how he managed to keep his illiteracy a secret from the world for decades – even when he worked as a teacher for 17 years.

John Corcoran, now 77, remarkably only learned to read at the age of 48.

Despite the fact that he couldn’t read or write, Corcoran finished high school, went on to earn himself a college degree and then landed himself a high school teaching job in the 1960s.

He went years without telling anybody about his illiteracy secret.
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The Commie Connection – FDR and Stalin

Stalin and Roosevelt at the Tehran Conference in 1943

For all those admirers of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who believe he was a great president, remove the blinders and face up to the fact that his socialist mindset and administration destroyed the last remnants of the Old Republic. Most of these same cheer leaders for the “New Deal” are in love with big government and seek to empower a federal authority at the expense of the Federalism model that is based upon separations of power and States Rights.
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How Are Kindergarten Teachers Balancing More Rigorous Standards?

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Education experts widely recognize that a strong early childhood education is an important factor to set kids up for success in school. But whether kindergarten is more like preschool or elementary school has long been an open question that leaves teachers caught in-between. For some children kindergarten is the first time they’ve been to school, and at five-years-old they’re still too young to shoulder the anxiety and pressure of benchmark testing. All this leaves kindergarten teachers in a tough spot — they are required to teach an increasingly demanding set of standards, but many are also trained in child development and see the new demands as developmentally inappropriate. Continue reading

10 Things to Think About When You’re Thinking About Homeschooling

Homeschooling sounds great in theory: Personalized education for your kids, tons of one-on-one time with your little ones, and days full of of field trips, playdates, music lessons, and reading together. But will it work for your family? We’ve pulled together ten of the most common concerns new homeschoolers face — from teaching subjects you know nothing about to living on one income — for you to consider before taking the homeschool plunge. Continue reading

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play.

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.

But if you don’t give a child art and stories and poems and music, the damage is not so easy to see. It’s there, though. Their bodies are healthy enough; they can run and jump and swim and eat hungrily and make lots of noise, as children have always done, but something is missing. Continue reading

American Parents, Fight For Your Children

For at least five years, American government school educators have been indoctrinating students. The long ago abandoned the concept of making sure the young Americans receive the best education possible. No longer are most educators making sure their students are tops in math, science, American history, language skills, etc. Now their focus is anti gun rights, a 57 variety of sexes and gender bending, hatred toward the United States, Christianity, fatherhood and the free market. In fact, many educators proudly instruct elementary students on how to have oral sex and sexually pleasure each other in other ways. Continue reading

there are times…

… when one needs to look at all of this from a different perspective.

…and so it would seem…

When the Metropolis Café project was launched in February 2017, my goals were numerous – and remain so, but… too few of the readers (or should I say ‘visitors’?) get it – but then this is the disease of our modern society.

For those who “don’t get it”, the segments of this blog which teach history (Mr. Adair’s Classroom in particular) is not meant to promote anything else but what has been incorrectly taught for the past century and a half. As an example, the cause of the Confederacy had less to do with slavery than you have ever been taught – and I was born in the Nawth! Continue reading

Teacher’s

My granddaughter and I have coffee with a good number of Arizona teacher’s nearly each morning. Also, being married to a teacher, I understand what they are going through – economically and otherwise.

We are not fans of Teacher’s Unions – they do little more than to line the pockets of those who run the Unions. We have seen this first hand as well. There are far too many outside influences interacting (controlling) with the Public (non)-Education system today – including and specifically – Government (the Department of Education), politics and Economics – and hence – through no fault of MANY of the teachers – the results are abysmal.

We grow tired of Bond Issues that do no more than provide funds for new schools, new paint, the mopping of the floors, questionable (manipulative) textbooks and window washing.  It is way past time that the TEACHERS (throughout America) were properly cared for – after all – they hold the now and future of our children – and hence – the Nation – in their hands.

At Metropolis Café we support the endeavors and the battles of REAL teachers – everywhere.

We’ll see you at the coffee-shop in the morning. ~ JB
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A decade of stagnation…

Little progress on closely watched federal test, as big disparities persist

Stock photos for Chalkbeat stories. Photos made at CFI 27. Wednesday, Feb. 4 2015. (Photo Alan Petersime)

Scores on the exams known as the “nation’s report card” have barely budged over the last two years, new data show.

The minimal progress on the federal math and reading exams given to fourth and eighth graders will be a disappointment to officials who have hoped that their policies would boost students’ performance or help close yawning gaps between groups of students. Continue reading

Texas Teacher goes viral!

Texas teacher reveals how ‘rude parents, disruptive children and poor pay’ have forced her to quit her job in viral post… shares photos of classroom items ‘destroyed’ by her students

Julie Marburger, a teacher at a school in Texas, took to Facebook in a lengthy tirade, slamming students, parents and the state for their treatment

A teacher has slammed her ‘disruptive’ students and their ‘rude’ parents over their lack of respect for her ‘poorly paid’ profession in a Facebook rant that’s gone viral.

Julie Marburger, who works at a school Texas, said she had been pushed to quit her role as she feels as though she has ‘no way to do the job I was hired to do… teach kids.’

Along with her status, which has had 322,000 likes and more than 400,000 shares, she posted images of her messy classroom, showing broken shelves, books and even an iPad , explaining that many of the items destroyed by the children were paid for out of her own pocket as she has no budget.

Julie from Utah, who teaches students aged 11-12, revealed she had been pushed to the brink of quitting that day by a ‘disrespectful’ parent who shouted at her in her classroom for holding her son to account. Continue reading

What’s In Our Schools?: The Series

Editor’s NOTE: What you are about to read is quite long, as we have chosen to post the entire series in a single publication – however – I do not believe that the author is done. I believe that she has far more to say and expect her endeavors to continue. Dig in… it is well worth your time. ~ Ed.

Part I: What’s In Our Schools Will Shock You

While everyone focuses on college, let’s focus on the real problem, K-12. Every coup d’etat has roots in school. The progressive/communist/globalists/socialist (POGS) agenda calls for rewriting history. The children must be indoctrinated. The children must be coerced. The children must be trained to give up individual choice. They must think the same, get the same grades and have the same future outcome. One problem… if everyone is the same, what makes individuals different? The only identifier left is visual. RACE becomes the tool of choice. Children trained in social justice (which is Anti-American) become racist adults, dividing people into groups demanding results from those groups.

Racism MUST BE LEARNED. Racism is trained in school through psychological manipulation using technology. There are 400 data points that are monitored, re-monitored, analyzed, re-analyzed, reconfigured constantly making inferences to nudge and then monitor reactions. We see this happing now as males are being coached to take classes to remove those horrid masculine traits. I can just imagine what horrible actions these men will be responsible for in the future as they lose their self esteem and have to ‘prove’ their existence in some manner.
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How One Arizona Charter School Teaches Patriotism in Ten Easy Steps

“You can tell a Benchmark kid. They love their country – they know why it’s special.” I asked Carole Challoner, one of the founders of this public charter school in Phoenix, how she teaches patriotism to her elementary students. The teachers do it by inspiring the kids with opportunities for gratitude, service, and patriotism. Carole explained how Benchmark does it in ten easy steps. Continue reading

Progressive” Poison in Public Education

The activity program was introduced, on an experimental basis, into the public schools of the City of New York in 1935. Several different descriptive terms have been applied to this variety of “Progressive” education since. It has been called the New Education and the Experience Curriculum but we are of the opinion that the essence of the educational changes implied are best signalized by the name initially used.

It was announced at the time that it would be applied only in the first three years of the elementary schools¾in nine schools, with three schools operating on the traditional curriculum used as controls. Results obtained were to be used, one against the other, in each group of schools. The plan adopted as announced was scientific.

Initial Deception
However, shortly after the plan was put into operation changes occurred. The original plan as announced of nine schools of activity program type and three schools of traditional type was not followed. Newspaper notices told us that the activity program was spreading like wildfire throughout the school system. Before long we were informed that fifty schools had adopted this activity program. It had even extended to the junior high schools. The scientific approach was abandoned. The public was informed, through the press, largely by means of the School Page in one New York newspaper that the plan was being widely accepted and widely approved by superintendents, principals and teachers. It became apparent, within a relatively brief time, that the method used to introduce the plan into our public schools was simply a device to gain initial entry. The professional spirit was strained. Continue reading

McDonald: Unschooling and Writing

Do you remember sentence-diagramming in school? I do. It was the onerous process of breaking apart individual sentences into their component parts and identifying those parts, like the subject, the verb, the modifiers, and so on.

By the time sentence-diagramming was introduced in elementary school, I had learned how to play the game of school. I had learned that obedience, memorization, and regurgitation of exactly what the teacher wants is the key to school success. I played it well. Looking back, and witnessing how my own unschooled children learn how to write, I realize how arbitrary and artificial learning in school was. Continue reading