Authorities decided it would be a great idea to scare the crap out of the kids of Pine Eagle Charter School in Halfway, Oregon (pop. 288), with a “safety drill” that involved two armed, masked men, but dammit! the kids were out on a half day for admin time, leaving the faux assailants to terrorize the faculty of the school.
“The goal of the drill was to learn how people would react, so better emergency plans could be made,” said Principal Cammie DeCastro. The proper response to this would have been for the faculty to beat the living hell out of DeCastro.
What are the chances of a major incident at Pine Eagle? About the same as taking a direct hit from an asteroid, but don’t let that stop the idiots in the school administration from frightening people to death. The teacher claim they learned aout reacting to an “active shooter”, but the lesson seems to be “Oh, crap, I’ll get killed if someone goes Sandy Hook on our ass.”
Scare tactics aren’t going to create prepared teachers…just paranoid ones.
Another example of how you’ve been lied to all your life: “If you go to college, you’ll get a good job!” Wrong.
You will rack up tons of debt, and if you are lucky, you’ve got a 50/50 chance of landing a job in your field. (I was lucky I did, but it’s not full time, so I’m one of the 40%.) So what do you do when you can’t get a good job. Well the obvious answer is go back for a higher degree — contributing to “certification inflation.” Now you’re masters is worth a bachelor degree, your doctorate is worth a masters (and you’re now so specialized you are less likely to get that Starbuck’s job), and postgrad is just another bit of “experience” on the resume because you aren’t the only one who thought another $30k in debt and six years wasted might help you out.
Having a glut of higher educated workers is not a new phenomenon. In the Soviet Union, doctorates often were pushing brooms and cleaning drains. It’s simple supply and demand — too many people with PhDs in history equals a bunch of janitors with attitude.
Take a good look at the “top characteristics”…9% are knowledgable? So why are you paying $40,000 (if you’re lucky) for a bachelor’s degree when you obviously didn’t learn anything? more importantly, how did you pass?
When you teach at a public institution, it’s so obvious why “kids” aren’t ready for the workplace: they show up in flip-flops and pajamas, they speak like some cartoon gangster, and the they can’t seem to grasp basic grammatical and punctuation — hell, I’ve seen papers in text-speak. (That’s a fail, DJ Dopey Stupe.) We’ve raised lazy, spoiled, clueless kids while throwing more money at their schooling, and coddling their weaknesses to make them “better” citizens.
Guess what did develop character — a bit of hard work, a little less giving your kid stuff, high expectations, and the occasional spanking.
The most urgent necessity is, not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education. All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education.
Indoctrination, low expectations, bully and gangs — public education is the worst choice for your child’s education.
The Common Core is an attempt by the Progressives in the federal government to steal away control of education from the parents/students, the local school districts, and state governments. The supports say they want to standardize educational standards to help students more marketable…but that’s not the real point. The point — pushed by Progressives in the Gates Foundation — wants to make a ton on money off of your kids, and more importantly, to create good little drones that will do what the State (big S) wants.
Here’s the skinny:
When JSTOR dropped the charges, why did the Justice Department decide to double down on prosecuting Reddit founder Aaron Swartz?
More importantly, what is the point of an academic paper that is suposed to enhance human knowledge when its dissemination is limited by a small group of university collections? Isn’t the mission of the university to release information?
I’d also point out the majority of academic papers don’t end up in remuneration for their authors — it just helps you “get your name out there.”
Gene Healey’s got a nice piece in Reason about how the push to give us safer schools is more likely to school designs that are a boon for the law enforcement-industrial complex. More cameras, locks, RFID chips, police searches, and emotional violence toward our kids.
This is yet another reason why my child is getting nowhere near a public school.
File under “Well, it is New Jersey…”
Cedar Creek High School teachers and administrators highlighted one of the issues with public schools when they arrested a 16 year old student over doodles in his notebooks. Apparently, fists with flames coming off of it (cool, dude!) constitutes doodles of “weapons”. Not content to arrest the boy, the Galloway Township Police Department then showed us why you shouldn’t trust the police — they found “explosive” material in his house.
No, the dogs didn’t alert on explosives. There were household agents that could make explosives. Like the stuff you have around your house. Also found were bits of electronics that they student hade from taking apart old radios and other gadgets. Which would explain why he was at a magnet school like Cedar Creek — which specializes in science and engineering. Police Chief Pat Moran tells us, though, that “There was no indication he was making a bomb, or using a bomb to detonate a bomb.”
So why was he arrested? Some weak-kneed schoolmarm that doesn’t realize kids that are into machines and comic books draw weird stuff…like firsts with flames coming out of them. School administrators, ever eager to look like they actually earn their six-digit salaries, toss the burden of common sense to the police — a group increasingly not known for common sense, but more for overreaction and violence.
Man, it makes me so mad I jut wanna draw pictures of fists with flames coming out of it, or maybe a puppy pretending to be a WWI flying ace, or something…
File this under “Awesome”:
There’s some pretty salty language in the clip, but considering that these students were gipped of a week of — the student suggests “lackluster” — education, it might be called for., especially when you consider the average salary is $76,000 per year plus benefits and substantial time off and the Chicago Teachers Union’s new contract calls for guaranteed annual raises.
Preach it, sister.