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The Federal “Education” Scam Is Reaching A Self-Righteous Crescendo

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Economic blogger, Mish, writes about, “the constant chatter from the Obama administration and from teachers’ unions on the need to spend more for public education.” Any look at the news will show plenty of examples of this constant chatter. For example, consider this recent AP story:

“In all, the Education Department lost $2.6 billion as part of failed budget negotiations that forced deep spending cuts to reduce the nation’s debt. Every corner of the federal government has been slashing services to comply. ‘Budgets are never just numbers. They reveal our values. They reveal our value choices,’ Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters on Monday at an event to discuss prekindergarten programs. ‘You do not see our high-performing competitors defunding education and innovation via sequestration. Other nations, our international competitors, they keep their eye on the prize and they don’t let dysfunctional politics create a man-made mess.’”

Remember those stories we see from time to time about evil corporations that put those donation jars in various places promising autism research or cancer treatments for children or food for starving people somewhere? Remember how the media talking heads all spew self-righteous indignation when it is revealed how much of the money is kept by the contracted company and how little of it actually goes to the people that they claim to help? The reason they act so indignant is so that you will trust them when, instead of exposing the truth, they help the government commit exactly the same scam only on a much greater scale.
“Education” in the United States is a bunch of mid-level managers funding their dream retirement on childhood illiteracy and innumeracy in America.
Mish shows the numbers. We have already demonstrated our priorities and/or our gullibility even with the “cuts” of sequestration. Here’s one of his charts:
Education Spending Per Child
It is such complete nonsense to speak of “our high-performing competitors.” The only countries that outspend us are Luxemburg, Switzerland, and Norway. Have you ever heard anyone worry about their economic competition hurting the US economy? Me neither. Yet:

“Comparatively speaking, the United States does not starve its education system of revenue. The U.S. is one of the leaders in spending on Education, and yet it’s schools are rated ‘average’ by international bodies.”

Here is another resource showing out spending per student and the results we get compared to other countries.
It is completely obvious that we are overspending on education and doing so to support constituencies other than the children we claim to want to educate. As Mish puts it:

“Where the money went should be intuitively obvious: Teachers’ salaries, teachers’ pensions, administration salaries, administration pensions, sports programs, sports staff, union maintenance crews, etc. Please keep these charts in mind the next time someone says we need higher taxes ‘for the kids.’”

If facts mattered to politicians or their stenographers (i.e. self-styled “reporters”), then the above statement would be the most uncontroversial one an American could write.
And yes, I know a bunch of people anecdotally know great teachers. That’s not a rational way to deal with reality. Other countries have such paragons of virtue employed in their system as well—only they do more with less.
“Dysfunctional politics” indeed!

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House Republicans Introduce Bill To Defund Schools Teaching Fake 1619 Project Agenda

With the steady advance of the anti-American 1619 Project though our schools, House of Republicans have introduced a bill to defund schools that teach it.

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With the steady advance of the anti-American 1619 Project though our schools, the Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a bill to defund schools that teach the fake, left-wing agenda instead of real history.

Colorado Rep. Ken Buck and Georgia Rep. Rick Allen filed the bill on Friday to serve as companion legislation introduced in July in the U.S. Senate by Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton.

“The 1619 Project teaches children a historically inaccurate account of our nation’s history,” Buck said in a Thursday press release. “Federal funding should not go towards schools that teach flawed and inaccurate curriculum in classrooms. We should be able to acknowledge the stains on our nation’s history while still continuing to celebrate the good our country has done.”

Co-sponsor Rep. Allen, continued saying, “The 1619 Project’s goal is to indoctrinate the idea in our nation’s young people that America is an evil country – which is far from the truth. Though our history is not perfect, we have overcome our challenges to create a land of opportunity for all. If we want to fight injustice and work toward a more perfect union, we must learn from our past and teach our students to do better – not teach false history. This legislation will ensure federal education funding is going towards truthful and historically accurate curriculum.”

“The New York Times’ 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded. Not a single cent of federal funding should go to indoctrinate young Americans with this left-wing garbage,” Sen. Cotton said.

Rep. Buck’s statement added:

More than 4,500 school districts across the country have begun teaching history curricula based on the New York Times’ flawed and historically inaccurate 1619 Project. This progressive project elevates revisionist history despite multiple prominent historians pointing out numerous factual inaccuracies contained in the 1619 Project’s curriculum.

The federal government has a strong and clear interest to ensure federal education dollars are used to provide our children with an accurate accounting of our nation’s history, not to promote inaccurate curricula like the New York Times’ 1619 Project.

Watch this great video debunking the 1619 Project made by the Capital Research Center:

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Delicious: After Admitting Its ‘Racism’ Feds Say Princeton Can Lose Federal Funding for Violating Civil Rights Act

This is fantastic: Last week Princeton University “admitted” that it is steeped in “racism.” Now the Depart. of Education says that the school could lose its funding

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Oh, this is fantastic: Last week Princeton University “admitted” that it is steeped in “racism.” Now the Depart. of Education says that the school could lose its funding for violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

On Sept. 2, President Christopher Eisgruber published an open letter claiming that “racism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton” and that “racist assumptions” are “embedded in structures of the University itself.”

But now, the Dept. of Education says that if Princeton is admitting that it is rife with racism, then it has violated the law and should lose all its federal support.

Now, that right there is some just desserts for the stupidity of leftist virtue signaling.

The Washington Examiner has the exclusive:

Now, the Education Department has sent a formal records request as it pursues its investigation. Its main point of contention is whether Princeton has lied to the public with its marketing and to the department in its promise not to uphold racist standards, in accordance with receiving federal funds.

“Based on its admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) is concerned Princeton’s nondiscrimination and equal opportunity assurances in its Program Participation Agreements from at least 2013 to the present may have been false,” the letter reads. “The Department is further concerned Princeton perhaps knew, or should have known, these assurances were false at the time they were made. Finally, the Department is further concerned Princeton’s many nondiscrimination and equal opportunity claims to students, parents, and consumers in the market for education certificates may have been false, misleading, and actionable substantial misrepresentations in violation of 20 U.S.C. § 1094(c)(3)(B) and 34 CFR 668.71(c). Therefore, the Department’s Office of Postsecondary Education, in consultation with the Department’s Office of the General Counsel, is opening this investigation.”

The DOE wants to see the evidence upon which Princeton based its claim of endemic racism. And it if is real, then the school is in quite a bit of trouble with the feds.

Of course, we all know that there is no such evidence. And what will end up happening is that Princeton will be outed for perpetrating foolish wokeism instead of engaging in factual determinations.

The school will end up with egg on its face no matter what it does with this one.

Fools.

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Washington and Lee University Defends Class Teaching How to Perform Marxist Overthrow of the U.S.A.

Washington and Lee University is defending its class teaching students how to perform a Marxist overthrow of the United States.

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Washington and Lee University is defending its class teaching students how to perform a Marxist overthrow of the United States.

The university has been sponsoring its course, “How to Overthrow the Government,” but now the class is raising hackles.

In the course, students learn how to write communist manifestos, how to organize a resistance, and how to rise up to destroy the state.

The description of the class says: “This course places each student at the head of a popular revolutionary movement aiming to overthrow a sitting government and forge a better society.”

“How will you attain power? How will you communicate with the masses? How do you plan on improving the lives of the people? How will you deal with the past? From Frantz Fanon to Che Guevara to Mohandas Gandhi and others, we explore examples of revolutionary thought and action from across the Global South,” the course description adds.

The university defended the course saying the class is only a creative writing course meant to help students expand their writing capabilities.

But former House Speaker Newt Gingrich excoriated the school for the anti-American course.

“Washington and Lee University’s course on “how to overthrow the state” is one further sign of the insanity taking over higher education. The alumni should rise up and show how to overthrow a crazy college administration,” Gingrich said.

In another tweet, Gingrich said, “The progressive left’s influence over academia is real. According to the university’s website, a course at Washington and Lee University for the fall semester focuses on encouraging students to “overthrow a sitting government.”

Washington and Lee president Will Dudley attacked those complaining about the course saying the complaints “distorted, sensationalized, and turned into political fodder on blogs, television, and social media.”

“What better way to teach the power of writing — the idea that the pen is mightier than the sword — than to ask students to read and evaluate historical texts that aspired to move their original audiences to revolution?” the anti-American ignoramus insisted.

THIS is what our colleges are teaching our students.

THIS is what you parents are spending tens of thousands on.

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Colorado School Suspends 12-Yr-Old for Picking Up Toy Gun During E-Learning Session

A Colorado grade school suspended a seventh-grade boy because he picked up a plastic toy gun in his home during a recent Internet class session/

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A Colorado grade school suspended a seventh-grade boy because he picked up a plastic toy gun in his home during a recent Internet class session, reports say.

Worse, the school called the police on the little boy when a leftist teacher saw him fiddling with the toy gun, Buzzfeed reported.

Isaiah Elliott, a seventh-grade student at Grand Mountain School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was taking part in his online art class on August 27 when he began goofing around with a neon green toy gun moving it across the screen before putting it back down.

The boy’s mother reported getting an email from the school saying that her son was “distracted” during the class work. Isaiah has ADHD — and the school is well aware of that fact.

But the leftist teacher also claimed that Isaiah was “waving a gun around” and that she reported the incident to the school’s vice principal.

The boy’s mother got a call from the vice principal who warned the woman that the police were on the way to her house of the “gun.”

“I had already explained to the teacher that it was a toy,” she said. “I told [the vice principal] that it was a toy. She admitted that she knew it was a toy, but Isaiah’s safety was of the utmost importance.”

The boy’s mother was flabbergasted that playing with a toy in his own home was suddenly a crime.

“How do I protect my son, what do I have him do [when] playing with a toy in the privacy of your own home is a threat?” she said.

Next, the morons at the school suspended the boy. For a toy. In his own home.

The school insisted that the punishment is appropriate because the child “displayed and waved a firearm facsimile during a virtual classroom.”

The school put out a statement on the suspension:

We understand there are many questions regarding an incident that took place during distance learning. There are also several inaccuracies being spread on social media. While we cannot get into details due to privacy laws, we want to clear up a few misconceptions. We never have or ever will condone any form of racism or discrimination. Safety will always be number one for our students and staff. We follow board policies and safety protocols consistently, whether we are in-person or distance learning. We utilize our School Resource Officers, who are trusted and trained professionals who work in our schools with our children, to ensure safety. The platforms we use for distance learning have the feature to record classes for educational purposes. During our first week of school, we were still becoming familiar with the platform. It is not our current practice to record classes at this time. Parents will be notified if that changes. We will continue to support all families in our school to make sure they feel safe, respected, and educated. Isaiah’s official notice of suspension, which Elliott provided to BuzzFeed News, said that he was guilty of “violation of district or building policies or procedures” and “behavior on or off school property which is detrimental to the welfare, safety, or morals of other pupils or school personnel.”

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Los Angeles Teacher Criticized for Wearing Anti-Police ‘Blue Lives Murder’ Shirt

United Teachers Los Angeles was hit with a backlash after one of the group’s board members was seen wearing a shirt accusing cops of being murderers.

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United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents teachers in the area, was hit with a backlash after one of the group’s board members was seen wearing a shirt accusing cops of being murderers.

A photo of UTLA Secondary VP, Julie Van Winkle was posted Wednesday as the UTLA encouraged members to wear Black Lives Matter shirts to support a teacher who received death threats after wearing a shirt with the slogan “I Can’t Breathe” on it, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Some parents were very unhappy to see a member of the educational establishment wearing such a hateful shirt.

“My initial reaction was that I didn’t think I had read it right, but then I realized that it really did say, ‘Blue Lives Murder,'” said Niki Lopez, a mother of two LAUSD students, CBS reported.

Lopez, who is the daughter of an L.A. Police officer and is also married to a cop, found the shirt “hateful.”

“It’s so hateful, and it’s so negative about police officers in general,” Lopez said. “And just kind of making a blanket statement about them all being murderers.”

Lopez also wondered why the teachers union would even re-post the hate-filled photo.

“And I just don’t think it’s right,” Lopez said. “As an educator, I think that you need to think of all students and how you present yourself and how it affects all students, and I just don’t think that this was done in that case.”

Van Winkle later tried to walk back the photo of her shirt.

“I posted a picture of myself wearing a shirt with a message that does not reflect the views of UTLA. That post and my personal post have both been removed. I apologize for this and for distracting from the real work that needs to happen. We need to bring attention to what really matters — fighting for Black lives in our schools and in our communities,” she wrote in a statement.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League was also less than amused by the teacher’s shirt. “We’re taking the issue of improving policing seriously while some stand on the sidelines looking to stoke fires, create division,” the union said.

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Texas School Apologizes for Assignment that Says Cops are Like the KKK and Slaveowners

A Texas school has apologized for a school assignment that put police officers in the same category as slaveowners and members of the KKK.

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A Texas school has apologized for a school assignment that put police officers in the same category as slaveowners and members of the KKK, reports say.

The Wylie ISD, in Wylie, Texas, issued its apology after parents became incensed by the assignment, According to Fox 4.

An illustration that went with the assignment depicted white men through the ages kneeling on the necks of blacks with suceeding frames de[icting the black man as saying, “I can’t breathe.” The white men depicted are pirates, slaveowners, KKK members, western cowboy sheriffs, and finally a police officer clad in a blue uniform.

“It’s completely abhorrent. It’s disturbing and it never should have been included in any kind of assignment,” FOP National Vice President Joe Gamaldi told Fox 4.

“It’s not as if they put the image out and said, ‘We’re going to have a police officer come in and tell you how that’s not true.’ That was just the image they put out,” Gamaldi added. “At a time in our country where we are so desperate to bridge the gap with our community, where we need to rebuild trust, that teacher is preaching divisiveness.”

The FOP released an image of the illustration used along with the assignment:

The district knew it was wrong and canceled the assignment without making even a small attempt to justify it.

The school district hastened to add that the illustration was added by the teacher and is not an official part of the school’s curriculum.

The hateful illustration was reportedly part of online classwork for 8th graders at Cooper High School.

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Leftist Teachers in Tennessee Don’t Want Parents Watching Kids Do E-Learning

Leftist teachers in Tennessee, are demanding parents stop monitoring what their kids are doing through their school e-learning programs.

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Leftist teachers in Rutherford County, Tennessee, are demanding that parents stop monitoring what their kids are doing during their school e-learning programs.

Clearly these left-wing “teachers” unions don’t want parents to know the lies they are telling the children.

According to the Tennessee Star parents are being sent forms to fill out that include a pledge that they will not monitor what their kids are doing during the school’s online training sessions.

Any parent who signs that is a fool!

According to the paper:

“RCS strives to present these opportunities in a secure format that protects student privacy to the greatest extent possible, however because these meetings will occur virtually RCS is limited in its ability to fully control certain factors such as non-student observers that may be present in the home of a student participating in the virtual meeting,” according to the form.

“RCS strongly discourages non-student observation of online meetings due to the potential of confidential information about a student being revealed.”

The form demands that parents sign the thing and then warns them that “violation of this agreement may result in RCS removing my child from the virtual meeting.”

Think about what this means.

The school is telling parents that they have no right to know what their kids are learning in school and if parents try to find out, the school is threatening to cut off the kids’ education!

Are Tennesseans paying the salaries of these so-called educators to be threatened like this?

The school district claimed that the purpose of the ban on parental involvement in their children’s education was meant to “protect other kids” who “might” be seen on the e-learning broadcasts.

Bull. The real purpose is that these teachers do not want parents to find out the leftist lies their children are being pumped full of on a daily basis.

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