Uncommon Sense

politics and society are, unfortunately, much the same thing

5 Year-Old Bullying VICTIM Forced to Sign ‘Sexual Misconduct’ Confession

June 28, 2014 by Pat Kane

After being coerced by a fellow classmate into pulling his pants down at school, kindergartner Eric Lopez was forced to sign a “sexual misconduct” form by school officials. This happened despite the fact that Lopez was told that if he did not pull his pants down, another student would.

This seemingly harmless action sparked an immediate response by Arizona school officials. Lopez was taken directly to the principal’s office where he was made to sign a form incriminating himself for sexual misconduct on school grounds.

What Lopez didn’t know, and was not told to him by school officials, was that he had a right to have his parents present. Eric’s mother would not be informed of her sons’ forced confession until it was too late to prevent or help it.

read full article: 5 Year-Old Bullying VICTIM Forced to Sign ‘Sexual Misconduct’ Confession

abuse, bullies, children, civil rights, education, government, hypocrisy, ideology, justice, nanny state, oppression, political correctness, scandal, sex, tragedy

Advertisements

Filed under: abuse, bullies, children, civil rights, education, government, hypocrisy, ideology, justice, nanny state, oppression, political correctness, scandal, sex, tragedy

School Principals Use Police Against Parents with Gun Permits

June 25, 2014 by Dean Weingarten

Gun Permit

Gun Permit

Two principals in widely separated states tried to use police against parents with gun permits. The good news: both principals ended up on the losing side when the parents refused to fold and took them to court. In the most recent case, the principal at Stratton Elementary School in Arlington, Massachusetts contacted police after the father showed the principal his gun permit. Not his gun…his permit. The father had come to talk to the principal about a drawing the son had made . . .

read full article: School Principals Use Police Against Parents with Gun Permits

discrimination, education, government, gun rights, ideology, intolerance, litigation, nanny state, oppression, philosophy, political correctness, public policy, second amendment

Filed under: discrimination, education, government, gun rights, ideology, intolerance, litigation, nanny state, oppression, philosophy, political correctness, public policy, second amendment

MATH TEACHER CALCULATES DUES SPENT ON POLITICS

June 24, 2014 by John Cress

Helping a student work through a math problem and seeing the process finally click for the first time is an incredible adrenaline rush. It’s why I do my job. I’ve taught math, social studies, and special education in Lawrence County’s Ellwood City School District for five years now.

But recently I had a career crisis: I chose to leave my union. I think the taxpayers who pay my salary—and the salaries of tens of thousands of teachers like me—should know why.

Let teachers worry about teaching; let politicians worry about politics. That’s been my mantra throughout my career as an educator. But, sadly, most public school teachers in Pennsylvania don’t have that luxury.

I’m represented by a teachers’ union whether I want their help or not. Most school districts in the state are organized this way, and I took the job knowing it. But what I didn’t know was that the union would withhold dues money out of my paycheck every month, like taxes, and spend it on political ads and causes that turn my stomach.

I’d always been told that union dues can’t be used for politics—and I believed it. But the truth is written in the Pennsylvania State Education Association’s (PSEA) magazine called The Voice for Education. Last June, the magazine featured a notice saying that up to 12 percent of members’ dues would be spent on political activity and lobbying in a single school year.

As a math teacher, I can tell you that’s a lot of money: It comes out to more than $7 million or the average salaries of 116 classroom teachers. That should be an eye-opener for teachers and taxpayers—it sure was for me.

That money can’t be given directly to political candidates, but it can be used for things like a five-page spread in The Voice endorsing state Treasurer Rob McCord for governor and asking teachers to donate to the PSEA’s political action fund. Such donations can, and were, then given to McCord.

I don’t know about you, but I like to make my own choices as to how my money is used for politics.

During my first four years of teaching, I was never told that it’s possible to opt out of dues and pay a lesser, though still significant, “fair share” fee. The union actively tries to block this information from teachers, many of whom—like me—would opt-out if made aware of the choice.

What’s worse is that taxpayers are collecting the PSEA’s political money for them. That’s because members’ dues, non-members’ “fair share” fees, and even campaign contributions are deducted from teachers’ paychecks using public payroll systems.

I appreciate the sacrifices local residents make via property taxes to help support public education. But I don’t think taxpayers should be further burdened by subsidizing union politics.

I opted out of union dues—but still must pay the union itself—because they were using my money to fund their partisan politics. In the case of the National Education Association, this extended to donations to abortion provider Planned Parenthood and the Daily Kos, a political website that disparages my beliefs and values.

Imagine if teachers’ money—collected by taxpayers—was given to the National Rifle Association or to Gov. Tom Corbett’s reelection campaign. There would be justifiable outrage. But many voices that would defend teachers like me in those cases stand silent because they agree with teachers’ union politics.

Teachers can decide on their own who to vote for and what political causes to fund. I want lawmakers to empower me, other like-minded teachers, and taxpayers to stand up to the schoolyard bullies who think they’re entitled to a cut of my paycheck to push political propaganda.

In the end, I just want to focus on helping you help your kids reach their fullest potential, to be future scientists and engineers—even math teachers—without having to worry about whether my own money is being used against me.

The solution, called paycheck protection, would prevent government unions from using taxpayer resources to collect their political money. It would give teachers and other public employees more freedom to choose how their money is spent on politics—something we should have had all along.

see original article: OPINION: MATH TEACHER CALCULATES DUES SPENT ON POLITICS

bias, bureaucracy, corruption, criminal, cronyism, culture, education, funding, government, ideology, left wing, liberalism, nanny state, politics, propaganda, scandal

Filed under: bias, bureaucracy, corruption, criminal, cronyism, culture, education, funding, government, ideology, left wing, liberalism, nanny state, politics, propaganda, scandal

REBELLION: The States are Rebelling Against “Common Core”

June 27, 2014 by Capitalism Institute

More than half of the states in the country have declared war on Common Core, working on legislation to limit or outright reject the top down and problematic national educational standards.

Parents and teachers have become increasingly frustratedwatching their kids struggle with the difficult to understand methods taught by Common Core, and are infuriated by the barely concealed progressive propaganda that permeates the English, history, and social studies curriculum.

State legislators and Governors have taken notice of the complaints and concerns by parents and teachers, and several states have begun to pull out of the Common Core.

read full article: REBELLION: The States are Rebelling Against “Common Core”

children, culture, education, government, ideology, indoctrination, nanny state, politics, public policy, reform, regulation

Filed under: children, culture, education, government, ideology, indoctrination, nanny state, politics, public policy, reform, regulation

Showtime: Evil or Stupid?

June 5, 2014 by PJTV

So many scandals in Obama’s years as President. So was he evil or was he just stupid? He portrays himself as ignorant or stupid for each of these. He finds the news from the media, not from his administration. But which is worse? What ever happened to the ‘Buck Stops Here’ motto? Find out more in this Afterburner with Bill Whittle.

corruption, criminal, cronyism, Democrats, elitism, ethics, extremism, foreign affairs, gitmo, government, hypocrisy, ideology, indoctrination, islam, left wing, liberalism, military, news media, pandering, philosophy, political correctness, president, propaganda, protests, public policy, scandal, terrorism, tragedy, video

Filed under: corruption, criminal, cronyism, Democrats, elitism, ethics, extremism, foreign affairs, gitmo, government, hypocrisy, ideology, indoctrination, islam, left wing, liberalism, military, news media, pandering, philosophy, political correctness, president, propaganda, protests, public policy, scandal, terrorism, tragedy, video

Florida’s new school choice law likely to spark others

June 23, 2014 by Mary C. Tillotson

Parents of certain special-needs students in Florida will be able to customize their children’s education, thanks to a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Friday.

The law allows certain parents access to Personalized Learning Scholarship Accounts, modeled on Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. Parents receive an allotted sum in their education savings account, which they can use for private school tuition, educational therapy, private tutoring, or other educational expenses. The money rolls over year to year and can be saved for college.

Florida is the second state to have an ESA law, after Arizona, which passed its law in 2011 and has expanded it every year. To qualify, Florida students must have an Individualized Education Plan or be diagnosed with Down syndrome, autism, Spina bifida, or certain other disabilities.

Current estimates project 1,800 students served in the ESA program’s first year, with about $10,000 in scholarship money for each, East said. Students receive 90 percent of what the state would have spent on their education if they remained in public schools.

Economists have noted that ESAs can encourage education providers, like private schools and tutors, to innovate and find ways to provide the same services for lower costs. Parents may want their child to attend a private school and receive extra tutoring in math, for example. While vouchers cover the cost of tuition, ESA money is more flexible: it can pay for tuition and tutoring, but only if there’s enough ESA money for both. If two schools provide the same quality education, the school with a lower tuition would leave parents with more ESA money to spend on tutors.

School choice proponents hope Florida’s new law will prompt other states to consider ESAs. At least seven states considered similar measures this year.

read full article: Florida’s new school choice law likely to spark others

children, conservative, education, freedom, funding, ideology, public policy, right wing

Filed under: children, conservative, education, freedom, funding, ideology, public policy, right wing

Are food regulations helping or hurting our kids?

1M kids stop school lunch due to Michelle Obama’s food standards
February 27, 2014 By Stephen Dinan

Michelle Obama's food regulations not workingThe federal government’s changes to school lunch menus have been disastrous, causing problems for cafeterias trying to comply with the rules and leaving the menu so expensive or unpalatable that more than 1 million students have stopped buying lunch, according to a government audit released Thursday.

One school district told federal investigators that it had to add unhealthy pudding and potato chips to its menu to meet the government’s minimum calorie requirements. Other school districts removed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from their elementary school menus.

Five of the eight school districts surveyed by the Government Accountability Office, the official watchdog for Congress, said they believed students were going hungry because of smaller entree portions demanded by the rules.

Cafeterias regularly reported finding fruits and vegetables, which they are required to serve, ending up in trash cans. Although no studies have been completed, the government has found an increase in what it calls plate waste in some districts.

Despite the hiccups, school food authorities said they generally support the nutritional changes and think the menus are moving in the right direction.

continue to full article

School food regulations causing problems
June 24, 2014 by Dothan First

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act took affect two years ago. The new act is aimed at healthier lunches to help have healthier students.

“Probably the biggest concern is childhood obesity and the increase in early onset diabetes in children, or type two diabetes that we’re seeing in children became a concern and so the meal pattern again had not been updated and so they wanted to see some changes to hopefully combat those two areas,” said Child Nutrition Program Director Tonya Greer.

But has it really helped all that much? The guidelines and rules are so strict many school systems are having trouble keeping up with each year’s new changes and Dothan City Schools is one of them.

“It’s been challenging. There’s only so many things kids will eat and there’s only so many things in those different sub groups that are financially, I guess, viable for a school to serve, because the reimbursement is still limited in terms of what you can spend on food costs,” said Greer.

The new implementation includes having 100 percent whole grain foods as well as a certain amount of fruits and vegetables each day. The vegetables are even broken down into sub categories depending on their color and vitamin content.

Many of the students are also having trouble getting acquainted with the new tastes.

“If we’ve made the move of at least 50 percent of the offerings being whole grain, you know, is it really beneficial to the child to serve them all whole grains and watch them throw it away. As opposed to giving them some whole grain and some refined grained and watching them consumes it,” said Greer.

With only a few days before the new guidelines take effect there’s not much the schools can do.

continue to full article

bureaucracy, children, education, government, health, ideology, left wing, liberalism, nanny state, public policy, regulation, socialism, tragedy, unintended consequences

Filed under: bureaucracy, children, education, government, health, ideology, left wing, liberalism, nanny state, public policy, regulation, socialism, tragedy, unintended consequences

Lies, Damned Lies, and the IRS

International Liberty

When I wrote recently that the IRS was corrupt, venal, and despicable, I didn’t realize that I was bending over backwards to be overly nice.

Every new revelation in the scandal shows that the agency is beyond salvage.

Writing for Real Clear Markets, Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute is appropriately skeptical of the IRS.

Coincidentally, Lerner’s computer crashed 10 days after Congress expressed concern about possible targeting of conservative groups. Emails between January 2009 and April 2011 were lost. Her computer is not available for examination, because it has already been recycled by the IRS. In a further coincidence, or not, a backup tape of agency emails made by the IRS was erased after 6 months. …As Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins said, the story sounds more and more implausible.

Diana then explains why this matters, using Obamacare as an example of why we should worry about a…

View original post 960 more words

Filed under: Uncategorized

The Education Establishment’s Success

June 25, 2014 by Walter E. Williams

Many view America’s education as a failure, but in at least one important way, it’s been a success — a success in dumbing down the nation so that we fall easy prey to charlatans, hustlers and quacks. You say, “Williams, that’s insulting! Explain yourself.” OK, let’s start with a question or two.

Are you for or against global warming, later renamed climate change and more recently renamed climate disruption? Environmentalists have renamed it because they don’t want to look silly in the face of cooling temperatures. About 650 million years ago, the Earth was frozen from pole to pole, a period scientists call Snowball Earth. The Earth is no longer frozen from pole to pole. There must have been global warming, and it cannot be blamed on humans. Throughout the Earth’s history, we’ve had both ice ages and higher temperatures when CO2 emissions were 10 times higher than they are today. There’s one immutable fact about climate. It changes, and mankind can’t do anything about it. Only idiocy would conclude that mankind’s capacity to change the climate is more powerful than the forces of nature.

During Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, his slogans were about hope and change. At the time, I asked people whether they were for or against change. Most often, I received a blank stare, whereupon I reminded them that change is a fact of life. Nonetheless, when candidate Obama uttered “hope and change,” it was received with thunderous applause. There was also thunderous applause when Obama promised, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” Only a deranged environmental wacko and duped people could believe that a non-god can change ocean depths.

Americans fall easy prey to charlatans of all stripes because of the education establishment’s success in dumbing down the nation. Nowhere has this dumbing down been more successful than it has in creating a historical amnesia. Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. wrote in “The Disuniting of America”: “History is to the nation … as memory is to the individual. As an individual deprived of memory becomes disoriented and lost, not knowing where he has been or where he is going, so a nation denied a conception of its past will be disabled in dealing with its present and its future.”

read full article: The Education Establishment’s Success

bias, children, constitution, corruption, culture, education, global warming, government, history, hypocrisy, ideology, indoctrination, left wing, liberalism, nanny state, propaganda, relativism, socialism, tragedy

Filed under: bias, children, constitution, corruption, culture, education, global warming, government, history, hypocrisy, ideology, indoctrination, left wing, liberalism, nanny state, propaganda, relativism, socialism, tragedy

Obama: We Should Be More Like Socialist France

June 24, 2014 by Michael Schaus

Well, here’s the good news: We’re getting a clearer picture of how the Obama Administration would like to “fundamentally transform” America. And the bad news (you know how the whole “good news” thing works, right?) is that their newly transformed America would look a whole lot more like France. Now, I like a good cigarette and moules marinières as much as the next guy (unless, of course he’s French… then he might like it more) but, I’m not thrilled about living in the socialist-lite version of Europe’s paradise for workers.

While extolling the virtues of government-mandated minimum wage and vacation time, our Président decided it would be good to invoke the French worker as an idol to which Americans should aspire. According to Washington Examiner:

“Other countries know how to do this,” Obama said. “If France can figure this out, we can figure it out.”

Wow. I guess he’s seen the future; and the future works. Of course, the truth is a little less glamorous (and a little less snarky). It goes without saying that Americans can do anything that the French can do – and heck, we can probably even do it better.

But, really, do we want to compete with the French over who can be more socialist? I mean, they’ve had a lot more practice than we have. And, the truth is, France has been (economically speaking) a little bit of a let-down nowadays. For starters, our GDP is about six times that of France, despite the fact that our tax revenues barely double that of the socialist nation. Also, France just saw another GDP contraction (that’s a officially a “recession”), its unemployment rate has been hovering around 10 percent for two years, and there has been an exodus of wealthy entrepreneurs and philanthropists who have decided to scour the earth for a more economically inviting business climate.

In other words: The “worker’s paradise” of France is on the road to being the Detroit of Europe.

read full article: Obama: We Should Be More Like Socialist France

columns, economics, economy, entitlements, foreign affairs, ideology, left wing, liberalism, marxism, nanny state, philosophy, president, socialism, unintended consequences

Filed under: columns, economics, economy, entitlements, foreign affairs, ideology, left wing, liberalism, marxism, nanny state, philosophy, president, socialism, unintended consequences

Pages

Categories

June 2014
M T W T F S S
« May   Jul »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30