Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Education

Why Are Liberals Jumping on the Teacher Tenure Reform Bandwagon?

This article was first published at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisors on Friday, June 27, 2014:

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A bandwagon in the 2009 Great Circus Parade, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

It didn’t take long for the decision in California that threw out union rules protecting teachers to galvanize similar efforts in New York. The Partnership for Educational Justice announced its plans to file a similar lawsuit against the same kind of rules extant in New York that so outraged Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu earlier this month when he ruled them unconstitutional.

The Partnership will sue next month to get rid of the same three rules that upset Treu:

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Lawsuit to be Filed Against Teacher Tenure rules in New York

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 26, 2014: 

 

Classroom in the Afternoon

Classroom in the Afternoon

Following the widely hailed victory over California’s egregious teacher tenure rules in court earlier this month, another group is bringing suit in New York to challenge similar rules. Called the Partnership for Educational Justice, it has enlisted pro bono efforts from Jay Lefkowitz, a skilled and capable litigator with previous victories against teacher unions under his belt.

The lawsuit will challenge laws that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu ruled to be unconstitutional in California, namely,

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The President’s Latest Plan to Flood Colleges with New Students

 

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College Students Spending Time Outside (Photo credit: York College of PA)

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 18, 2014: 

Mr. Obama has never been very good at math or in getting his facts straight. His misunderstanding of basic laws of economics, however, is breathtaking. Last week, on Tumblr, he announced his latest plans to make it easier for high school graduates to borrow their way into college. First he’ll cap their debt repayments at 10 percent of disposable income. Second, if they default after 20 years, their debts will be forgiven.

Often in error but never in doubt, the president said:

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President Announces plans to make College more Affordable

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cardboard sign … College Graduates. Lots of them and lots of debt. (FEBRUARY 16, 2012) …item 2.. Searching for jobs in Tallahassee is a burden (Jan. 23, 2013) … (Photo credit: marsmet531)

On Monday, June 9, President Obama announced new executive orders to make borrowing for college easier and less costly as part of his “year of action.” Speaking to students via Tumblr, the president said:

A higher education is the single best investment that you can make in yourselves and your future, and we’ve got to make sure that investment pays off…

In America, higher education opens the doors of opportunity for all…

He dusted off the old shibboleths that a college degree will improve chances to get hired and will result in higher earnings as well:

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The Beginning of the end of Tenure for Teachers

This article was first published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, June 13, 2014:

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make ...

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Photo credit: jgarber)

A subtitle might be “Olives, Dominoes, Tipping Points, and Judge Treu.” It’s common knowledge that the first olive out of the bottle is always the hardest, that after that the rest come out a little more easily. It’s common knowledge that once the first domino falls, the others topple immediately afterwards. As Malcolm Gladwell, the author of The Tipping Point, put it:

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Teacher Tenure laws Struck down in California

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Photo of the facade of the California Teachers Association’s main office in Sacramento, CA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The one thing the California teachers’ unions wanted to avoid was a full-on public trial which would expose the dark underbelly of the system that for years has protected incompetent teachers with tenure. The ruling on Tuesday in Vergara v. State of California by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu is their worst nightmare come true: all of the egregious laws protecting incompetents were thrown out.

As the evidence in the four-week trial began to mount up, so did the judge’s indignation. At issue were

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Zero School Tolerance Ends a Promising Career in Law Enforcement

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Jordan Wiser, an 18-year-old student at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus (A-Tech) in Jefferson, Ohio, about 60 miles northeast of Cleveland, has been snared in the zero-tolerance web. His plans to become a police officer are probably ended. He’ll be lucky to find work anywhere if

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Feds Determine Bleachers are Unequal, must be torn down

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English: President Lyndon B. Johnson at the signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act. White House East Room. People watching include Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Senator Hubert Humphrey, First Lady “Lady Bird” Johnson, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover, Speaker of the House John McCormack. Television cameras are broadcasting the ceremony. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Six years ago some parents of high-schoolers in Plymouth, Michigan, decided they couldn’t see their students play baseball very well through the chain-link fence surrounding the field, so they chipped in and built some bleachers so they could see better. Last week the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in the interest of fairness and equality, told them to take it down. One of the parents who helped pay for and build the bleachers, Dan Gilbert, told a local Fox News affiliate, “It was hard to watch the game through the black chain link fence, so we created our seating deck to sit above it.” They also bought a new scoreboard as well, using their own money.

But someone – anonymously – complained that

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David versus Goliath: David Welch versus California’s Teachers’ Unions

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 31, 2014: 

By all accounts David Welch is a modest man. An engineer by training, he founded an obscure company in Silicon Valley that makes fiber optic communications equipment. His company, Infinera, now employs 1,000 people.

Hardly headline news.

But when he sent his kids to public schools, he

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Progressives Expecting Great Things from New York City’s new mayor

When Bill de Blasio was celebrating his mayoral victory in November, he made clear exactly what his agenda is for New York City:

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Looking Ahead to 2014 – and a Brighter Future

The latest Rasmussen poll shows 41% of American adults expecting the year 2014 to be a good year “at the very minimum” while just 23% expect the year to turn out poorly. Even the briefest look back at a few of the momentous events of 2013 bode well for the future. There’s the catastrophe called Obamacare which reflects badly, as Lew Rockwell noted, on the Obama “regime, which hates nothing more than looking ridiculous and incompetent, and being the butt of the people’s jokes.”

There’s the continuing rollout of secrets from Edward Snowden which not only keeps the surveillance state on the defensive but has exposed it as untruthful and sinister.

There’s the Benghazi scandal that simply will not go away, as evidenced by the loud condemnation of a New York Times report that tried to deflect responsibility away from the Obama administration by repeating provable lies.

While each of these can be looked at as positives in the cause of freedom, a look ahead provides great encouragement as well. The home-schooling movement continues to thrive and has been enhanced by the employment of the new technology, which makes resources easily accessible and can bring the classroom into the home. Consider, for example, the online school Freedom Project Education (FPE), which offers “a classical education for students … rooted firmly in Judeo-Christian values … similar to that received by America’s Founding Fathers, promoting liberty, citizenship, and independent thinking.”

The fracking revolution, resulting in what economist Mark Perry calls the “Great American Energy Boom”, has the increasingly likely potential to wean the US off most if not all foreign suppliers of energy, perhaps as soon as 2030. The impact of such an event can scarcely be underestimated, ranging all the way from removing a primary excuse for continuing foreign military entanglements to a vastly more robust economy. At present Midland, Texas, has the third-highest per capita income of any city in the country, while the unemployment rate in North Dakota is the lowest of any state.

Favorable fracking news continues to roll in on nearly a daily basis. A study from the University of Texas at Austin last week showed that as coal-fired plants are converted to natural gas, the need for water drops precipitously:

The researchers estimate that water saved by shifting a power plant from coal to natural gas is 25 to 50 times as great as the amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing to extract the natural gas.

This is good news on two fronts: Texas is in its third year of serious drought conditions, and the greenies have used the amount of water used in fracking as an argument against it. Such good news reduces the impact of that drought on the state while defanging such environmentalists’ attacks.

Across the world remarkable improvements in living conditions are increasingly being enjoyed as advances in medicine and technology are reducing mortality and improving literacy while decreasing poverty and hunger. According to Chris Higgins, writing for Mental Floss:

We are making tremendous advances in life expectancy, disease prevention, poverty and hunger…

Every single country in the world has lower mortality rates overall than they had in 1950…

Global literacy rates are rising … with youth aged 15 and younger doing especially well…

We’re on track … to halve world hunger [compared to its 1990 rate] by 2015…

[Since the year] 2000, over 600 million people have been pulled out of extreme poverty. This represents the fastest decline in global poverty in all of human history. (Higgins’ emphasis)

Freedom is advancing on the micro level as well. The US Postal Service continues its downward spiral into irrelevance thanks to the internet and some are expecting it to disappear altogether within a decade. Cartels that protect taxi companies are being challenged by apps such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar which provide transportation services by connecting travelers with drivers over the internet.

The alternative cryptocurrency, the Bitcoin, continues to gain momentum even as competitors such as Zerocoin enter the digital currency arena offering the advantage of secure anonymity of transactions. There is also growing interest in making gold and silver legal tender — at least as an alternative to, if not replacement for, today’s fiat (unbacked) currency.

Free market options to the heavy-handed federal mandates of Obamacare are becoming increasingly available including cost-sharing ministries and doctors outside the system accepting cash-only patients along with monthly packages of services provided for a modest ($50 to $100) monthly fee. There are an increasing number of retail cash-only health care clinics opening in big box stores like Walmart and pharmacies like Walgreen’s.

There’s crowdfunding that’s allowing small investors to join with eager entrepreneurs offering inventive, creative alternative products and services. There’s 3-D printing. There’s Bitmessage  poised to replace today’s fully-surveilled email with encryption tools. There’s TOR which, coupled with the Deep Web will allow anonymous websurfing once again. The list goes on.

The Internet, of course, makes it possible to reach a much larger audience than otherwise would be the case. TheNewAmerican.com received more than 600,000 unique visitors during December, according to editor Gary Benoit. The parent of that website, The John Birch Society, has led the way in the freedom fight for over 50 years. In an email to members it reminded them that:

one highly effective attribute of the JBS is its focused coordination of efforts…

In 2013, JBS members worked on stopping Agenda 21, exposing Common Core, opposing gun control, blocking con-con calls, nullifying Obamacare, and educating others on the free trade agenda.

JBS CEO Art Thompson looked ahead to 2014:

Based on the knowledge we have at hand, the JBS and all of our affiliated efforts reach approximately 20 million people in our first layer of influence…

Increasing what we are capable of doing by doubling our size would give the JBS a geometric growth in influence. In other words, doubling in size would more than double our effectiveness.

After that, by again doubling our numbers we could impact a third of all the adults in America. And this does not take into consideration the accompanying indirect influence within a second and third layer of the population.

In 2013 the battle for freedom saw significant victories, even beyond those outlined briefly here. There’s nothing to show that momentum slowing in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Newtown Protests Fizzle

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Thursday, December 19th, 2013: 

For some reason the first anniversary of the Newtown shooting came and went without fanfare, despite the Colorado shooting the day before that would ordinarily have amped up the media’s anti-gun rhetoric once again.

The silence was almost deafening. On Saturday, the LA Times had a couple of articles about the Colorado shooting while USA Today noted on Monday that Colorado Governor Hickenlooper had visited one of those grievously wounded in the attack. Google news had nothing

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The US economy is vastly larger than we know

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013:

For the past 25 years, Austrian school economist Mark Skousen, nephew of W. Cleon Skousen (author of The 5000 Year Leap), has been trying to get the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to count the rest of the economy that the GDP doesn’t measure. In April, the BEA will start reporting the GO

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Progressivism’s Proof: American Indian Poverty

Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him, better take a close look at the American Indian.    – Henry Ford

Using their portable forge, members of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery fabricated various iron implements and traded them to the Mandan and Hidatsa Indian tribes in what is now North Dakota, in exchange for corn, beans, squash and tobacco to sustain them during the winter of 1804-5. Several months and a thousand miles later the Corps was surprised to see that one of their implements, an axe,

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US Government Shutdown Not Likely to Break Belgium’s Record of 589 Days

With news that the partial US government shutdown won’t be resolved for at least the next two weeks, and will then only likely end when the debt limit crisis forces it, commentators have resurrected the history of the last government shutdown during the Clinton administration. But little if any media attention is being paid to the longest government shutdown,

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Wisconsin Teachers Learning How to Live Free Again, Thanks to Act 10

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Thursday, September 19th, 2013:

Under Wisconsin’s Act 10, every union must be re-certified by its members each year – a freedom denied its members in the past. Once certified, a union was formerly permanent. With regard to teachers, it required dues to be deducted from their paychecks, it demanded negotiating rights on their behalf, it mandated where they could buy their health insurance, and so on.

But when the teachers themselves were asked if they wanted to stick with their union, they said

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The Kids Were Brighter a Hundred Years Ago

This article first appeared in The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 2nd, 3013:

When a copy of the “common exam” for 8th-graders given in Bullitt County, Kentucky, in 1912 was given to the local genealogical museum, it made the national news. The questions were so difficult that ABC News tried to deflect the obvious question: why don’t our kids know these things today? Instead,

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Trevor Loudon’s plea

On July 3rd Trevor Loudon explained How the Tea Party can save America and then proceeded to reel off all the threats facing America and concluded that “the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance.” I don’t normally respond to that sort of TEOWCAWKI proclamations, but

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Left Coast car buyers still like IC engines, shunning EVs despite Obama and his greenies

This is quite extraordinary: new car buyers in Los Angeles still like cars with internal combustion engines, despite efforts to move them into electrics. Galpin Ford in Los Angeles is having its summer sale: 10,000 new cars in the next three months. When asked how many of them will be electrics, Beau Boeckmann (whose family ownes the dealership) estimates about

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US Army Adds Evangelical Christians to its Extremists List, Thanks to the SPLC

Last month I made light of the fact that my name didn’t appear on the list of extremists published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, but I took comfort that a lot of people whom I know, and some friends, were on the list. This time my task is to expose them for what they really are: a “hate” group whose rants against “extremists” not only include evangelical Christians but attacks on the very foundation of the American republic.

A couple of biographical sketches on the SPLC are helpful in exposing them. From Wiki we find that the SPLC is “noted for its … educational programs that promote tolerance.” From the Legal Dictionary we learn that  the SPLC “tracks hate groups and runs a program to educate Americans about racism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of intolerance.”

From World News Daily we have learned that not only do their “programs” now put evangelical Christians at the top of the list, but that list is now being used by the US Army to indoctrinate its troops. In an Army reserve unit in Pennsylvania an Equal Opportunity training brief entitled “Extremism and Extremist Organizations” included a slide with the title “Religious Extremism.” That slide listed a number of truly evil and dangerous groups including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, Hamas and the Nation of Islam. But at the top of the list was “evangelical Christianity.”

When word of this got out (an audience member, himself an evangelical Christian, got angry and demanded a copy of the program), Col. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, was outraged:

Men and women of faith who have served the Army faithfully for centuries shouldn’t be likened to those who have regularly threatened the peace and security of the United States. It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization. It also appears that some military entities are using definitions of “hate” and  “extreme” from the lists of anti-Christian political organizations…

The idea of salvation being exclusively through Christ is a key doctrine of the  Christian faith. It is amazing that the trainer felt they had the authority and right to list evangelical Christian, Catholics and orthodox Jews  alongside groups like the Muslim Brotherhood.

Crews then exposed where the Army got its information:

This is absolutely abhorrent to all those who identify themselves as evangelical  Christians in this country. We know other commands have used the  SPLC list in briefing soldiers about hate crimes and hate groups, but this particular briefing is the most egregious in terms of blatantly identifying evangelical Christianity as the number one extremist group in the United  States.

When the SPLC attacks evangelical Christianity, it attacks the foundations of the republic. Wiki again is helpful here. It notes that “its earliest leaders included John Wesley, George Whitfield and Jonathan Edwards,” amazing men who were instrumental during the Great Awakening of the 1730s and 40s and who laid the foundation for the beliefs held by most of the founders of the republic. The best study I’ve seen that explains the impact of evangelical Christianity on the founders is The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall (son of Peter Marshall, the Senate Chaplain) and David Manuel.

Rather than celebrating the freedom from oppression that evangelicals accomplished at the founding of the republic, the SPLC shows the depths of its depravity by promoting such as “extremism.” What’s especially outrageous is that useful idiots in the US Army have picked up the lie and promoted it as truth to its troops.

Crews has been assured that the briefing in Pennsylvania was “isolated” and won’t be repeated, but I greet that with great skepticism. The SPLC will continue to spread its lies as it has for years. It’s a poison that continues to drip into the bloodstream of the American republic, rotting away its core values and leading its misinformed citizens back into slavery once again.

 

Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.