Archive for the ‘students’ Category

Barack Academy Announces Plan for “American Values, Truth, Honesty, Competence”

March 20, 2009

President Obama has already made this the “Education Presidency,” by offering a complete overhaul of the educations system in the United States.

Unlike the stimulus and health care plans he has proposed, which he left to the thoughtful Nancy Pelosi for the legislative drafting, the new education proposal will be created by Himself and the White House which is not at all challenged by the task.

And now an important new teachers’ union has come forward to assist Rahm Emanuel and the others in the White House team to create the new educations system.

“Patriotic Americans for Sensible Intelligence” (PATSI) president Susan Malarky has come forward to say, “To make sure this is a lot better than the special olympics type bill created by congress, we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping the White House.”

“Besides, without a lot of input from the teachers, the money the president proposes to spend might not all end up with union teachers where it belongs.”

PATSI also has asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chistopher Dodd to start the project to write the next generation of student textbooks.

PATSI says Dodd and Pelosi will lead a team which will write the text on “American Values, Law, Truth and Honesty.”

Vice President Joe Biden said, “Give me a f *&$%# ing break.”

Keep your sense of humor!

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
28/introducing-barack-obama-academy/

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“Free Palestine” Turning into “Hate Jews” in Some Places; Activists Urged to Cool Off

January 31, 2009

Israel’s military action in Gaza opened an old wound one more time.  And few are in the middle of this issue: millions support the Palestinians with their every fiber and millions also stand with Israel.

Perhaps growing state support from Iran and others has fueled anger and hate.  Certainly Iran’s President Ahmadinejad and his statement that “The Zionist State [Israel] should be wiped from the map” is not helpful.

Last week after the BBC refused to air a charity appeal meant to raise money for displaced Gazans the network was the subject of intense criticism and protests — and Iran closed the BBC persian service in Tehran.

Now some are saying “enough is enough.”

In Britain, the National Union of Students is urging students to relent on their pro-Palestine protests which have become decidedly anti-Israeli and anti-Jew.

“The protesters need to find new ways to campaign vocally without causing disruption to students on campus” Wes Streeting, N.U.S. president, told CNN.

And Barack Obama has dispatched special envoy George Mitchell to the region to seek a lasting peace….

The CNN Report:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD
/europe/01/30/uk.students.gaza/ind
ex.html

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Protesters demonstrate in London against the BBC. The BBC is ... 
Protesters demonstrate in London against the BBC. The BBC is facing more pressure to broadcast a charity appeal for funds for people in Gaza, as the Archbishop of Canterbury joins the row and more than 50 MPs sign a motion condemning the move.(AFP/Frantzesco Kangaris)

Guidelines for Teachers to End Cyber Bullying

December 30, 2008

The Czech education ministry has drawn up guidelines for teachers to halt the spread of cyber bullying in schools.

Some Czech children have attempted to blackmail teachers or classmates by posting video clips of them on the internet, a ministry spokesman said.

Tomas Bouska told BBC News that the guidelines offered schools more options than simply confiscating mobile phones or banning their use during classes.

BBC

A clip of a Czech teacher slapping a child has fuelled debate on the issue.

The clip, which appeared on the internet in June, showed a teacher telling a boy off for having a messy desk and then smacking him when he answered back, Radio Prague reported. The boy then stormed out of the classroom.

“There was a huge debate about it,” Mr Bouska said. “People asked: ‘If it is put online is that a crime? After all, it’s a crime to slap a child’.”

Read the rest:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7804617.stm

Aussie Group Says Teachers’ Red Pens Emotionally Harmful To Kids

December 10, 2008

Give me strength…..

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Teachers using red pen to mark students’ work could be harming their psyche as the color is too aggressive, according to education strategies drafted by an Australian state government.

The “Good Mental Health Rocks” kit, which was distributed this month to about 30 schools in Queensland state, offers strategies such as “don’t mark in red pen (which can be seen as aggressive) – use a different color.”

Other tips include structuring time for peer tutoring every day, apologizing to students when necessary and asking students to conduct a “personal skills audit” where they focus on their individual strengths rather than their weaknesses.

The kit, designed to help Queensland teachers address mental health in the classroom, suggests social and emotional wellbeing has been linked to young people’s schooling, among other things.

The education aid has sparked a row in parliament, with deputy opposition leader Mark McArdle calling it “kooky, loony, loopy lefty policies.”

Reuters

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U.S. Students Failing International Science Measures

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081209/od_nm/us_school

America’s Future? Grim Reality Unless Major Changes Are Adopted

December 10, 2008

In the future, America will be more diverse, more open to gays and more ploitically correct.

Americans will be even more caring for the human rights of their fellow man.

But Americans will generally be less wealthy, more stupid, more drug addicted and mezmerized by the future of the Internet and “Dancing With The Stars.”

Can another conclusion be reached?

America has lost or given away its industrial prowess.  Even the “Big 3” auto companies are on the public dole.

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Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are up.  And if you go to any hospital for “care,” you’ll end up loaded with drugs.

Americans are working harder, playing less and earning less for more than ever before.

And our schools are failing miserably.

America still has massive military might: but many lawmakers want to give this away and spend the money on “other priorities.”

The USS Ronald Reagan
Above: Symbol of American greatness or a big bill payer?

In the future America, food security may be an issue, we could run out of water, and our health care system may collapse.

I didn’t make all this up: I am just good at reading the tea leaves (and the headlines).

Barack Obama has a full plate.  And so do parents, lawmakers, teachers and business executives: if we want to see a brighter future for our grandchildren.

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U.S. Students Failing International Science Measures

December 10, 2008

What is the future of America?  Our schools and student performance may  give you a dark view…

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U.S. students are doing no better on an international science exam than they were in the mid-1990s, a performance plateau that leaves educators and policymakers worried about how schools are preparing students to compete in an increasingly global economy. 

By Maria Glod
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 10, 2008; Page A10

Results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), released yesterday, show how fourth- and eighth-graders in the United States measure up to peers around the world. U.S. students showed gains in math in both grades. But average science performance, although still stronger than in many countries, has stagnated since 1995.

Students in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong outperformed U.S. fourth-graders in science. The U.S. students had an average score of 539 on a 1,000-point scale, higher than their peers in 25 countries.

In eighth grade, Singapore topped the list, with an average score of 567. Students in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, England, Hungary and Russia were among those earning higher marks than their U.S. counterparts. The average score in the United States was 520.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/w
p-dyn/content/article/2008/12/0
9/AR2008120901031.html

Other views on the America of the future:

Government Picks Winners, Losers, Calls Other Shots and Pays The Bills: Happy Now?

Get the Feeling Russia and China Are Slicing Up The World and the U.S. Will Be Left Out?

 Juggernaut of U.S. Industrial Might Now “Rust Belt,” For Good Or Bad?