Posts tagged Education
Posts tagged Education
On 23 May, the Romney campaign released its education policy white paper titled A Chance for Every Child: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Restoring the Promise of American Education. If you liked the George W Bush administration’s education reforms, you will love the Romney plan. If you think that turning the schools over to the private sector will solve their problems, then his plan will thrill you.
The central themes of the Romney plan are a rehash of Republican education ideas from the past 30 years, namely, subsidizing parents who want to send their child to a private or religious school, encouraging the private sector to operate schools, putting commercial banks in charge of the federal student loan program, holding teachers and schools accountable for students’ test scores, and lowering entrance requirements for new teachers. These policies reflect the experience of his advisers, who include half a dozen senior officials from the Bush administration and several prominent conservative academics – among them, former Secretary of Education Rod Paige and former Deputy Secretary of Education Bill Hansen, and school choice advocates John Chubb and Paul Peterson.
Unlike George W Bush, who had to negotiate with a Democratic Congress to pass No Child Left Behind, Romney feels no need to compromise on anything. He needs to prove to the Republican party’s base – especially evangelicals – that he really is conservative. And this plan is “mission accomplished”.
Of course he (and the rest of the right) want to gut public schools. An educated public is much harder to control.
Earth’s Siblings: Inside The Planets
Click each for a neat and informative view of the neighboring planets in our Solar System.
I saw this over on Facebook. Usually I don’t read through the comments on pages that aren’t run by friends, but the very first comment on this was hard to ignore. It said:
Citizen: I don’t want to be governed
Goverment: OK, bye.
I don’t know the person who posted that comment, and for all I know they could have been joking. The problem is there are so many who really believe this. They think that some of us “liberals” want nothing more than to be ungoverned heathens. I can’t speak for the rest of you, but for me, that could not be further from the truth.
I believe in government and leadership, but I also believe that those charged with governing me, or the nation, should do so without bias. Our economy is doing terribly. Basic necessities like food, toiletries, and gas are ever increasing in price, out of the range of many, regardless of them living within their means. I almost have more empty houses on my street than I do neighbors, and I still know people just waiting for the bank to foreclose on the houses they walked away from months ago. Healthcare is not affordable for many, forcing some to choose between their life saving medications or being able to feed their family. Our unemployment rate may be improving, but as someone who worked in HR for years, and with many friends who were professionals, I know that the number of under-employed is not improving. Our education system needs major revamping; student loan debt alone will bury many new grads before they can even find a job or career to cover that debt. Women and minorities are still treated like second class citizens who need to be spoken for and at, by members of our government. This barely scratches the surface of the many depressing things wrong with our nation, yet in an election year, candidates are placing emphasis on things that should not be issues and violate civil rights, instead of offering solutions to fix the real problems.
I want to be governed, but I’m sick and tired of not being governed well. I’m tired of dealing with politicians that use their platform as a pulpit, subjecting the rule of the country to the laws of their gods. There cannot be fair and unbiased leadership if one is governing based on their faith. Period. Abortion, birth control, homosexuality, creationism, are all things that are part of political debates; but why? We hear the audience’s loud applause when their politician of choice shares their stance on all of these issues. What we don’t here is them asking how the hell is any of this going to create jobs, fix the economy, better utilize the empty houses to help those who are now homeless, or improve our education system. We don’t hear them asking how stopping a person from having an abortion or marrying the gender of their choosing is going to accomplish anything to make America better. They just clap, cheer, and say amen.
I want to be governed, but I want to be governed well. I can’t remember the last time that happened. With our political climate the way it is, I don’t anticipate that happening any time soon, not even after the election in November; regardless of the outcome. The hostile divisiveness and fighting amongst our politicians, behind and across party lines, is so rarely about what is good for the nation as a whole. Many can’t even articulate why they are against something other than to say they are against the politician that proposed it. Many of our leaders are terrible wastes of power and need to be removed. The problem is, those looking to replace them don’t give me much hope either.
I want to be governed, but I’m doubtful of ever seeing a future where the real issues will be the priority, and politicians willingly put their petty bullshit aside for the greater good of the nation. Maybe I’m the one with the problem here. I know politics and politicians well enough to stop expecting better, yet I keep wanting better.
This is long, but I live in Arizona and unfortunately I read my local political news before I saw the above post on Facebook. It’s just a bit overwhelming to realize I can’t win politically on a State or National level these days.
MISSION AMERICA’S LOONEY LINDA HARVEY TELLS PARENTS NOT TO SEND CHILDREN TO COLLEGES WITH GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCES
Mission America president Linda Harvey has a stern warning for parents with college-bound children: don’t send your kid to a school with “a Gay Straight Alliance or any similar group” because “a faith-based school with a homosexual group has probably lost its first love for Jesus and His truth.” Harvey lamented that even evangelical and Catholic institutions are recognizing their gay and lesbian students that would make them stray from “God’s word” in order to “cave in to transient, trendy sexual preferences” and “aggressive homosexual activism.” She also railed against gender neutral campus policies and “deteriorating” standing of “moral judgment” in higher education:
Are you looking for guidance about where to send your son or daughter to college, well perhaps some recent news items about colleges will help. First, check out any trend toward gender neutrality on campus. More and more colleges are instituting bathrooms, showers and locker rooms for both males and females and whatever might me in-between, and you might be interested to know that there are now at least fifty-four colleges and universities in the U.S. with gender neutral housing. Yes, that means just what you’re thinking, students can be roommates regardless of their God-given genders. Another trend is toward bolder support for homosexuality, even at religious schools. We’ve been talking about the push to officially recognize homosexuals on the campuses of some evangelical colleges, which ones will remain faithful to God’s word and which will cave in to transient, trendy sexual preferences? It remains to be seen but if I were a parent I would check any potential college to see if a Gay Straight Alliance or any similar group comes up on a Google search.
Forty-three percent of Catholic colleges have some sort of homosexual group recognized on campus. This is recent news and another sign that moral judgment is deteriorating in the face of aggressive homosexual activism. So a faith-based school with a homosexual group has probably lost its first love for Jesus and His truth. Perhaps, parents, it’s a good idea to seek other alternatives.
I really, really wish I could banish this woman to the deepest darkest regions of the earth. If you don’t know who Linda Harvey here are a list of just of few of her acts of ignorance:
- She’s against anti-bullying laws because gay kids may possibly be helped in the process.
- She’s claims that gay nurses and doctors are going to warp our children if they treat them.
- She claims that gay people do not exist.
- She claims gay rights activists are fascists.
There are many, many more instances of her hate mongering but I’m too disgusted to go on. ~ Kim
And people like this claim they have better morals than you because their invisible sky-daddy loves them best.
What’s sad but not surprising to me is that there are parents who support her. ~ Kim
Tennessee high school principal: Gay students are ‘going to hell’
BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — A high school principal in Tennessee school reportedly told students during an assembly that gay students were going to hell.
Dorothy Bond, principal at Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tenn., allegedly singled out LGBT and pregnant students during a meeting with students,reported WPTY-TV in Memphis.
“At first she was talking about PDA and she turned around and she directly pointed to the gay people and said: if you’re gay you’re going to hell and if you’re pregnant, your life is over,” according to student Amber Whittiemore.
This is not the first time Bond has made inflammatory remarks about gays and lesbians.
According to Tony Snipes, one parent in the district, at another assembly several years ago, Bond “told the young men if they’re sitting between the legs of a girl getting their hair braided for a few hours, that they must be gay.”
Snipes said that Bond’s controversial statements boil down to, “If you’re pregnant or homosexual, you’re not welcome to Haywood County High School.”
No one from the Haywood County School District would talk to WPTY-TV on camera, and insisted the principal was simply informing students about the school’s policy on public displays of affection.
A school district spokesman said allegations of Bond’s comments are unfounded.
We need to find a way to get this person fired. She has absolutely no business in any position of power.
Well. This is a disgusting excuse for a human being.
As a current student in government (at Lenoir City High School), I have realized that I feel that my rights as an atheist are severely limited when compared to other students who are Christians.
Not only are there multiple clubs featuring the Christian faith, but youth ministers are also allowed to come onto the school campus and hand candy and other food out to Christians and their friends. However, I feel like if an atheist did that, people would not be happy about it. This may not be true, but because of pervasive negative feelings towards atheists in the school, I feel that it would be the case. My question is, “Why? Why does atheism have such a bad reputation?” And an even better question: “Why do Christians have special rights not allowed to nonbelievers?”
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Santorum calls ‘higher education’ indoctrination of children
“The indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination. If it was the other way around, the ACLU would be out there making sure there wasn’t one penny of government dollars going to colleges and universities, right?” ~Rick Santorum
Is Rick Santorum really suggesting that we should eliminate higher education because it teaches us to think? WOW! As always, it’s not just the crap he’s spewing that we need to be mindful of, but we need to make note of the loud applause he’s getting. This man should not be on this political stage. He’s televangelist who’s preaching to his congregation, not a politician capable of running this country. Guys PLEASE go out and vote, whether or not Santorum makes it. His fellow GOP candidates aren’t much better as they are actively trying to prove that they can out fanatic Santorum. When Santorum is the measuring stick for anything, we know we have problems. ~ Kim
Does he not understand that ‘children’ don’t go to colleges and universities??
Translation from fundie to English: ”We’re upset that when our children go away from our safe little bubble of Jesus lies and find out how the real world actually works, they start to think for themselves. Then they leave our church and stop tithing!” I mean essentially.
It upsets me that throughout my high school career, we haven’t once discussed the Women’s Rights Movement in America. Instead of having us read yet another book on World War II, why not have us learn about something that happened at home?
My education was pretty much the same, which is especially disheartening because New Zealand was the first country to give women the vote, and we don’t even study it in great deal (we learn a few key names and the date). Compare this with the fact we studied World War II almost every year. It’s really sad, actually. I’m certain I would have got into feminism much earlier if we had studied women’s suffrage at school.
I don’t recall our covering it much at all when I was in high school (this was in the 1990’s in a small southern Ohio town) but we did cover it. For like, a day. Maybe my cynicism is clouding my memory. Maybe we spent a little more time on it. Like maybe two days.
This is REALLY awesome!!!
Reblogging for all my studenty-type peeps