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703, 2016

Innovative Ways People Are Improving Their Schools

By |March 7th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on Innovative Ways People Are Improving Their Schools

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All across the country, educators are making simple changes to the way their schools are run. The results of these changes can have tremendous advantages for both teachers and students.

The aim of the game is to acquire more money and improve education quality. Unfortunately, these resources aren’t falling into the laps of educators. Changes have to be made. Here are some of the things you could do to improve your school.

Partnering with researchers

There are many university faculties out there who are working to develop educational innovations. These include classroom lesson methods and new educational technologies. Scientific researchers study the way people learn in order to improve education across the country.

If educators partner up with specific research faculties, they may be able to take part in these innovations at an early stage. They may be able to try out a new kind of math curriculum that the researchers have found to be particularly effective. They could even get to pilot new technology like educational smartphone applications.

Saving energy to buy new equipment

Energy conservation at schools is more important than you may think. Think about it. You have thousands of kids and adults in the same place, all using the same facilities. Water, gas and electricity bills go through the roof. There are also the costs of trash management to consider.

You could get energy inspectors to assess the building. They will be able to locate areas where you could save energy. You can even get inspectors to ensure schools are properly shut down after hours. This means ensuring the proper shutdown of the electrical equipment in the IT department, for example.

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These considerations have had massive effects in schools. The Facilities Division in the Clark County School District […]

2302, 2016

SATS 101: The Changes to SATS in 2016

By |February 23rd, 2016|Education|Comments Off on SATS 101: The Changes to SATS in 2016

In less than a week, SATS are going through the
biggest upheaval since the changes made in 2005.
If you’ve got children at school, are you aware of the changes? Do you know how they will affect your kid’s results? The College Board have made significant alterations to the how SATS are presented and scored. In doing so, the are ensuring that the tests are an even more reliable measure of competency in examinations. The new updates are also designed to make sure students are equipped with the right skill sets for the future.

In 2005, the top score was set to 2400 from the previous figure of 1600. It’s returning to the original 1600 in this redesign. Many educational consulting experts felt it should never have been changed in the first place.
Fewer questions. 16 less overall- one of the biggest complaints since the 2005 changes were that students just didn’t have enough time to answer all the questions.
Multiple choice answers are being reduced from five options to four. This gives students a higher chance of getting the question right.
No more Hidden Testing. Up until now, papers have had an additional question that had no score value. This was to test new styles of questions, but is ceasing with the new changes.
There will no longer be penalties for giving a wrong answer. In the current system, you’d be marked down for a being incorrect. It’s now worth taking a guess to gain an extra mark.
More familiar presentation. The exam papers and notes will bear a closer resemblance to the resources they use in school. Papers will use clearer, easier to understand language.
The essay component of the exam will now be optional. It will be marked separately from […]

1111, 2015

The Brainwashing of Multiculturalism

By |November 11th, 2015|Education|Comments Off on The Brainwashing of Multiculturalism

The latest video by Neel Kolhatkar titled
Modern Educayshun
exposes the infiltration of
multiculturalism in public education.
This is truly one of the best videos I have ever seen on YouTube. The video does a fantastic job of exposing what is really going on and does so in a very entertaining fashion. It comes across as satire, yet it’s not. You will want to laugh but you can’t because you will realize that tragically this is very true.

The acting done by those playing the students and teacher is incredible and impressive, especially Penelope, who had some of the best lines:
“We don’t ask questions, questions are offensive.”

“We haven’t added our privilege points yet, don’t you know anything?”

“You think you are so great with your math and your science and your facts…”

“You are so violating me with your different opinions.”

“If you don’t stop verbally assaulting us, we will be forced to attack you in self-defense.”
This may be a European-based production, but none-the-less it is completely relevant in regards to where the US public education system has been moving. Where most other cultures are finding it in their best interest to educate students on how to compete with the world, the federal government takeover of education in Western Society is mostly geared toward social engineering.

We can use a multitude of labels: Political Correctness, Feminism, Social Justice, Neo-Progressivism, etc. We have already had an entire generation divested of their capacity for independent thought and soon the beast will have consumed another generation as well.

For several decades a fight over public education has been raging.  We’ve had plenty of well-meaning people fight for school choice an other methods to free children from this tragic environment.  Now that we have been witnessing for years as […]

206, 2015

School Board Association Makes Case for Choice

By |June 2nd, 2015|Education, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on School Board Association Makes Case for Choice

Often, the best thing you can do to those who oppose you, is to just get out of their way and let them make your case for you.

When the South Carolina School Board Association (SCSBA), who claims to serve “as a statewide voice for boards governing the 81 public school districts” clearly lies:
… add $4 million to the statewide tuition tax credit/voucher program…
There is no voucher program and they know it.  Either that, or you have to make the assumption they are too stupid to understand the difference between tax credits and vouchers.  Tax credits are when a person gets to keep their own money.  Vouchers are handed out as something redeemable by the government.  Can you actually imagine that people associated with public education don’t know the difference? Of course they do… their hope is that YOU don’t.

When the SCSBA, who claims to serve “as a statewide voice for boards governing the 81 public school districts” views the money you earn when you work as belonging to the state:
SCSBA opposes state or federally-mandated efforts to directly or indirectly subsidize elementary or secondary private, religious or home schools with public funds.
Again, we are talking about tax credits.  Only socialist/communist view the money you work and earn as belonging to the government first. Also, there is nothing “mandated” here.  It is clearly the exact opposite and if the SCSBA could be remotely honest, what they should state is that they “oppose anything that takes away from government mandated education.”

Okay… we have the occasional typos around here. It happens… but we don’t claim to be the voice of government education, so when the SCSBA, who does claim to serve “as a statewide voice for boards governing the […]

2205, 2015

Open Your Wallet and Shut Up

By |May 22nd, 2015|County, Education, Politics, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Open Your Wallet and Shut Up

Anderson District 5 School Board Chairman Rick Bradshaw and others begged for their tax increase and expected you to listen to them when they wanted more money, but when Bradshaw and others wanted to implement a plan which effected virtually every parent, teacher and student in Anderson County, Bradshaw basically said to sit down and shut up.

Bradshaw’s reasoning is still far from clear, but due to all the protests on social media and talk radio which Bradshaw couldn’t stop, we are told the plan to consolidate schools has been shelved for now.

Where State Senator Kevin Bryant has been fighting this issue, his newly announced opponent (Carol Burdett of United Way) has been pushing for consolidation. Could that be due the fact that Bradshaw is helping to fund Burdett’s campaign?

Excerpt from Senator Bryant’s blog:
I introduced a local bill (S. 799) that calls for a 2/3 vote by the Anderson County Board of Education before any school merges or closings. After last week’s ruckus in School District 5, there must be another check and balance when Anderson County School Boards take action, especially without your input.

The Chairman of the District 5 board tried to ram his through plan to merge T.L. Hanna and Westside high schools without public input. On Thursday, May 14 over 200 parents took time out of their busy schedules to attend the School Board meeting. Most, if not all, were opposed to the plan, a plan they obviously had not heard when the same Chairman was begging for a tax increase. The Chairman opened the meeting with the condescending statement, “we are not hearing public comment.” So, he wants your money, but not your opinion.
Read the full article at KevinBryant.com

1505, 2015

A Spot in the Pits of Hell

By |May 15th, 2015|County, Education, Politics, South Carolina, State|2 Comments

Anger is raging in Anderson County over a proposed merger of schools and District 5 Board Chairman Rick Bradshaw just made a maneuver likened to dumping gasoline on fire. There was just one reason most of these concerned parents, teachers, students, and alumni turned out to create an overflow crowd at last night’s meeting; to get answers on the consolidation into a singular high school for all of Anderson County. It was Board Chairman Rick Bradshaw that shut them down, telling the crowd, “there will be no input at tonight’s meeting.”

Ignoring the interest of the concerned citizens has sparked even further outrage in Anderson County, with people taking to social media in droves to voice the concerns Bradshaw refused to hear. As emotions have begun to spiral, one parent went so far as to post that the District 5 Superintendent Tom Wilson “deserves a spot in the pits of hell.” There is no doubt that statements like that are truly unnecessary, but it does illustrate the level to which frustrations can quickly rise when officials like Bradshaw shut the people down.

I have personally argued for years that there are appropriate times to consolidate some schools or at least some school systems or services. For example, the neighborhood I live in is split between two school districts. The neighborhood has one way in and one way out and all buses from both districts for all level schools have to go in and out of the one neighborhood each school day. Common sense “should” dictate moving some district lines to consolidate transportation. Make sense?

Then we’ve had cases like Union County where they consolidated an entire county to a single high school and it has been nothing short […]

1203, 2015

School Rejects Censorship as a Matter of Principal

By |March 12th, 2015|Education, State, Texas|Comments Off on School Rejects Censorship as a Matter of Principal

From Family Research Council:

Texas is known for a lot of things — but pushovers aren’t one of them. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned that the hard way when it picked a fight with White Oak High School. Using its small-town playbook, the atheist activists fired off a warning to the district complaining about a principal that reads a scripture as part of his morning announcements.

Dan Noll’s “Thoughts of the Day” had never been controversial before, so when a student recorded the audio and sent it to the Left’s attack dogs, it caused quite a stir. But if FFRF thought a little letter would scare Superintendent Michael Gilbert, they had another thing coming. In a response that should bring a smile to the face of every Christian conservative in America, Gilbert took it to the Left’s bullies with this fiery response.
“Let me be clear, this is an attempt to draw us into a contest of words for the sole purpose of giving the FFRF a large amount of free press/recognition that they and their very few members (1,200 in Texas) do not deserve. This group and others like it, are wanting us to provide them with negative quotes to use in the promotion of their agenda. We can and will make the adjustments needed to ensure our students experience a morally sound, positive character based education. There are a multitude of options to provide our students, faculty and staff the opportunity to express their First Amendment Rights as provided for in the United States Constitution. Let me also be clear that we have not (in my opinion) violated anyone’s rights and/or subjected anyone to undue stress. Bible studies and scriptures are allowed in schools.”
Then, with […]

1802, 2015

Nation’s Top Teacher Drops Resignation Bomb

By |February 18th, 2015|Education|Comments Off on Nation’s Top Teacher Drops Resignation Bomb

Nation’s Top Teacher Drops Resignation Bomb: “I Can’t Drill ‘em and Kill ‘em”
From DC Clothesline
Posted on February 17, 2015 by Heather Callaghan

An award-winning, nationally recognized teacher gave a “mic-dropping” speech that ended with the announcement of her teaching resignation from Elyria, OH public schools.

Stacie Starr was not just any teacher, however. She was the number one finalist in 2014’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” ‘Top Teacher’ award, a people’s choice and enviable contest of sorts. It’s like the “American Idol” for teacher contestants, and it drove her into the national limelight. This prompted many news segments to ask her how it felt to win that kind of recognition. In multiple pieces you can see her getting tearfully choked up at the honor, and calling it one of the greatest days of her entire life. Furthermore, she did not simply download information into her learning-disabled, at-risk students – she taught them how to think. That is why she was recognized!

That was near the end of the 2013-2014 school year, so for her to announce her resignation the following year, nowhere near retirement age, is astonishing and enough to make the greater majority of people to say, “what gives?” In the speech below, she will tell you exactly what gives.

But more than that, this speech is utterly heart wrenching because it erupts in tears of another kind.

Read full story at DC Clothesline by clicking here…

2201, 2015

Swinging for the Fence with Statewide Property Tax

By |January 22nd, 2015|Education, Taxes|Comments Off on Swinging for the Fence with Statewide Property Tax

This is the subject matter which will be laying the ground for a new statewide property tax. There will be far more on this to come, but for now, you should brace yourself as there will be no shortage of legislators agreeing to dig even deeper into your pockets. Article taken from the Spartanburg Tea Party website:
Hundreds of millions in new SC taxes based on nothing more than lies
We took a look at this Abbeville County lawsuit ruling back in November. In our post we pointed to these excellent reports:

Eva Moore at Freetimes

Rick Brundrett at TheNerve

And of course at the time everyone knew that this would be the excuse SC lawmakers needed to legislate MORE OF OUR MONEY FROM US!

Lobbyists in Columbia want us to pick up the tab for a huge new statewide property tax. Worse than that, they want taxpayers to roll over and accept the hundreds of millions in new taxes based on nothing more than lies.

Read this carefully. When you hear politicians in Columbia – even Republicans – tell you that a massive new property tax is “court ordered,” know with total certainty that they are lying. Not “kind of” lying, or telling a “little white lie.” Just straight up, ugly lying.

Before you understand the lie, you’ve got to know reality.

In 2014, the State Supreme Court finally ruled on a case (Abbeville et al) that has been dragging on for twenty years between eight school districts and the state. The Court ruled that the General Assembly failed to provide children in these poor, rural districts a “minimally adequate” education.

No surprise there.

What was a surprise, was the Court’s rejection of the idea that participating districts provide shameful educational quality because they don’t […]

1010, 2014

What’s Wrong with Gay Marriage

By |October 10th, 2014|Education, Judicial|Comments Off on What’s Wrong with Gay Marriage

This is so far from a conversation we should continue to be having, but there is an agenda at work and it is not going to go away. After watching the extraordinarily lengthy segment on WYFF News 4, I realize we are going to be beat over the head with this issue until we cave in. The web segment for WYFF is 2:27 in length and is MUCH shorter than what actually aired.   As they normally speed through the news, how often do you see a segment that long? You can search through their videos online and the majority are between 6 and 30 seconds.

Note to WYFF: Do you realize that approximately 80% of your South Carolina audience recently voted that marriage should be recognized only between a man and a woman? You presented the exact opposite to your audience in your extended version, showing 83% of people on social media disagree with the SC stance on gay marriage. Your presentation was dishonest and manipulative.

I am very much a live and let live type person. Most seem to want to turn this into an issue of “hate” and liken Christian’s opposition to gay marriage to the crusades, civil rights, or other absurd things in an attempt to divide and make this a difficult or uncomfortable discussion. After all, who wants to discuss something if they are going to be labeled hateful or made to feel uncomfortable for expressing their opinions or beliefs? This way fewer and fewer stand up and those pushing the agenda eventually win.

Some interesting statistics:
96.6% of people identify themselves as straight.
1.6% of people identify themselves as gay.
0.7% of people identify themselves as bisexual.
1.1% fell into other categories.

Only 1.6% of […]