What Are Your Kids Learning?

Parents pay a fortune to send their kids to big-name colleges, and they expect strong scholarship in return. More and more, what they’re getting ranges from drivel to leftist indoctrination.

Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald shocked a New York City audience at the 2013 Wriston Lecture this month with some examples of what leftist academics have done to the American college curriculum.

“Until 2011,” she noted, “students majoring in English at UCLA had been required to take one course in Chaucer, two in Shakespeare, and one in Milton — the cornerstones of English literature.

“Following a revolt of the junior faculty, however, during which it was announced that Shakespeare was part of the ’empire,’ UCLA junked these individual author requirements and replaced them with a mandate that all English majors take a course each in gender, race, ethnicity, disability or sexuality studies, imperial, transnational or post-colonial studies, and critical theory.” read more

A Racist Sandwich

Did you know that eating or even talking about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich could be considered racist?

That’s right.

Apparently, it’s because people in some cultures don’t eat sandwich bread. Verenice Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School in Portland explained in and interview with the Portland Tribune:

“Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year,” the Tribune said. read more

No More Common Core

Republican advocates for the Common Core State Standards have been surprised to discover deep and persistent opposition to a top down, educational system driven by a “testing to the test” mindset which seeks to push all students towards a four year university degree. You might say that, by failing to anticipate objections from grassroots conservatives, Common Core advocates are guilty of the soft bigotry of low expectations. But, the trajectory of the debate and the passion it engenders from many parents, educators, grassroot conservatives and employers dissatisfied with the increasing state and national control over local public education, is not at all surprising to those of us in Texas who have watched and participated in the battle over our state’s education policy in recent years. As Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, I was heavily involved in that battle. read more

New York School Has No Balls

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Worries about injuries at a Long Island school have led to a surprising ban.

As CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Monday, officials at Weber Middle School in Port Washington are worried that students are getting hurt during recess. Thus, they have instituted a ban on footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls, or anything that might hurt someone on school grounds.

Tossing a football during recess has long seemed to be a rite of passage for kids in the school community. read more

NatGeo Propagandists Defend IPCC Warming Claims

by: the Common Constitutionalist


The latest IPCC report has been released on global climate change. To everyone’s surprise the report warns of catastrophic global warming on the horizon. Surprise!


The IPCC did have to admit the obvious… well kind of… that there has been no warming recently. But just you wait… you’ll see… the earth will start boiling again any day now.


Propagandists such as National Geographic online sprung into action highlighting the major IPCC claims as virtually irrefutable proof of warming. Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.


Here are just the two biggies, with of course my accompanying comments.


Before I touch on these points, I would like to correct one thing. Last week I wrote that “climate scientists” had overestimated the Earth’s sensitivity to CO2 emissions by some 30%. Well, I am man enough to admit I was wrong. The overestimation wasn’t by 30%. It was actually some 40%. That’s almost half! Knowing that, how dependable do you think a simulations outcome would be when the data you input is off by almost half? The IPCC scientists are either the dumbest smart guys on earth or criminally negligent. It is the latter and they know it and don’t care… I’m certain of it.


But just for fun – let’s go through 2 of their silly claims. read more

Education’s Shiny Toy Syndrome

from: Michelle Malkin

It’s elementary. Public education bureaucrats do the darnedest, stupidest things. Clever kids are ready, willing and able to capitalize on that costly stupidity in a heartbeat. Within days of rolling out a $30 million Common Core iPad program in Los Angeles, for example, students had already hacked the supposedly secure devices.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the disastrous initiative has been suspended after students from at least three different high schools breached the devices’ security protections. It was a piece of iCake. The young saboteurs gleefully advertised their method to their friends, fellow Twitter and Facebook users, and the media. read more

Hyper Educated Conservatives

by: the Common Constitutionalist


Have you noticed we conservatives complain a lot? It’s not as if we aren’t justified. Just look around at the country, the world. Progressivism, statism running rampant, affecting every facet of our lives. We do have plenty to complain about.


We see “The American Way” being eroded to the point where it is unrecognizable, although when you think about it, have any of us really seen or experienced the “American Way”? Not really – not even close. At least, not as the founders had envisioned.


Yet here we are. We get together virtually every day to lament a lost vision and discuss our disappointments. We don’t merely disseminate information; we air our disappointment in someone or something.


People like John McCain and Lindsey Graham consistently frustrate us, although I’m not sure why anymore. It would be more of a shock if either ever uttered anything conservative.


No, I’m talking about those we thought conservative but turned out to have fooled us completely or come out supporting something we firmly oppose. Those who give us pause and we say, “Gee, I really thought he was a conservative”, or at least conservative enough to support. read more

Jeb “Common Core” Bush

from: Michelle Malkin


This is priceless. Former Fla. GOP Gov. Jeb Bush, consummate politician and 2016 presidential aspirant, has now bitterly accused opponents of his federal education schemes of possessing “purely political” motives. Projection, anyone?


Having previously suggested that critics of the so-called Common Core standards program are crazy, ignorant and lying, Bush piled on at a National Press Club appearance this week. Jeb the Insult Comic Dog did not hold back. Not only is the growing anti-Fed Ed movement of parents, teachers, school board members, academics, privacy advocates and state legislators of all stripes “purely political,” Bush sniped, but the Common Core backlash that’s causing him conniption fits is also opposed to academic excellence.

Yep. If you question Jeb Bush and his Big Business/Big Government cronies, you stand foursquare against student achievement and intellectual rigor. Pay attention, all you informed moms and dads who have raised pointed, carefully researched questions about the costs, quality, validity, constitutionality and intrusiveness of Common Core. Bush thinks you are “purely political” beasts who are recklessly harming your own kids’ scholastic advancement. read more