Education, Social Justice, Social Justice Snowflakes, The Speech Police

Teaching Assistant Dares to Show Snowflakes An Argument They Don’t Like; School Disciplines

Universities are not for education any more; they’re for indoctrination.

The article is at the link below, but for even more context check out Matt Christiansen’s video on the subject.

via Graduate Instructor Who Showed Gendered-Pronoun Debate to Class Is Basically Hitler, Says School – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Education, Journalism

DeVos Criticizes School, School Replies, WaPo Ignores The Fact That DeVos Is Right In Pro-School Puff-Piece

A high percentage of the school is not performing at grade level in reading or math, but by all means…  Amplify the voices of the teachers and the administration of this school that is clearly failing.

They never mention how poorly the school performs in this entire story, only how upset the teachers are for being called out on it.

Emma Brown is a terrible journalist.

 

Source: DeVos criticized teachers at D.C. school she visited — and they are not having it – The Washington Post

Aca-dumb-ia, Big Government, Education

Massie Proposes Closing Federal Department of Education After Next Election

On the same day the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of Education pick by a historically narrow margin, a House Republican introduced legislation to abolish the entire department Betsy DeVos will lead.Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill is only a page long, after merely stating the Department of Education would terminate on Dec. 31, 2018.

Massie believes that policymakers at the state and local levels should be responsible for education policy, instead of a federal agency that’s been in place since 1980.

Why would he propose shutting it down on that specific date?  Oh, right, so Republicans running for the House and Senate can then use the issue as a campaign promise.  “Vote for us or the closing of the DOE which we promised will be stopped by evil Democrats!”

If Massie really believed that closing the DOE was a good idea, he would just propose doing it effective immediately.  Instead, he pushes it off far enough that he can get one more election out of it.

As I always ask, what does that tell you?

Source: GOP lawmaker proposes abolishing Department of Education | TheHill

Education

Trump Tweets Threat of Fed Funding Cut For Berkeley 

Funny, but I can only imagine that if a school had denied a ___insert protected group here___ speaker that the same people crying about this would be begging for the same reaction lest the federal government not be doing enough to stop hate.

The simple fact is a university is supposed to be a place for free and open exchange of ideas.  If you silence people, you’re not allowing open discussion.  You can do that, but the entire country shouldn’t have to pay for you to do that.  Do it on your own dime.

(In all honesty, I don’t think ANY college should get ANY federal money of ANY kind, but that’s a topic for another day)

Source: Trump Responds to UC Berkeley Riots by Floating Sweeping Threat: ‘NO FEDERAL FUNDS’ | Mediaite

Aca-dumb-ia, Education

City Makes Specialized High School Test Easier

Because that’s how you ensure quality in admissions: lower the bar.

Major changes are coming to the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) in fall 2017.

The test, which hasn’t changed in two decades, is taken by eighth-graders seeking admission to Staten Island Technical High School, New Dorp; Manhattan’s Stuyvesant High School, and six other specialized high schools in the city.

Among the changes announced this week:

  • It will now take three hours for students to complete, instead of two and a half.

  • The verbal section, now renamed the English Language Arts section, will no longer have scrambled paragraph or logical reasoning questions, which were not commonly taught in city high school classes.  Instead, it will focus on editing and revising sentences.

  • The math portion of the test will include five additional non-multiple choice questions where students have to show their work.

Source: City revises test for admission to Staten Island Tech, specialized high schools | SILive.com