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College vs. High School

By now, we have all heard about the disgusting and ridiculous situation with the porn that passes for learning materials in schools. My opinion on this is clear: this isn’t for children.

With that being said, there has been a growing trend in schools for more than a decade: dual enrollment or college level coursework being taught in high school. When you begin the course, the parents are told that the student is taking a college course that will result in the student receiving both high school and college credit.

Since the college (or other accredited entity that isn’t the high school) sponsors the course, it is the one that sets the standards. The standards for the course are the same ones as students taking the course on the college campus must follow. The high school has no say whatsoever in the curriculum or course content of dual enrollment classes. In fact, a dual enrollment teacher is not even permitted to discuss grades or student performance with parents, unless the student specifically gives permission in writing. Parents and students are made aware of this.

By signing up for this course, students are receiving an adult level education. For two of the seven years that I was a teacher, I was teaching a college level physics course. That is, the students could take an exam at the end of the year, and if they passed, they would get college credit for the course. Parents and students alike complained that my course was too difficult. They still expected that my course would be more of the same inane, easy courses taught at public schools, and simply having your name on the roster would be enough to pass the course. Hey, it even looks good on a college application!

That is why I support the teacher in this case. It was a college level course that was covering college (adult) level material. If you, as a parent, don’t feel that your child is sufficiently advanced and adult enough to handle adult level material (an R rated movie), then you shouldn’t sign them up for a college class.

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Education Failure of Education

Not for Children

They are grooming and propagandizing your kids. This is a little bit of a read, but stay with me, it’s important.

There is a book that was written for children, titled “Lawn Boy.” It was written by Jonathan Evison. This book is definitely NOT for children, but you wouldn’t know it by reading the description, which reads:

For Mike Muñoz, a young Chicano living in Washington State, life has been a whole lot of waiting for something to happen. Not too many years out of high school and still doing menial work—and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew—he knows that he’s got to be the one to shake things up if he’s ever going to change his life. But how?

In this funny, angry, touching, and ultimately deeply inspiring novel, bestselling author Jonathan Evison takes the reader into the heart and mind of a young man on a journey to discover himself, a search to find the secret to achieving the American dream of happiness and prosperity. That’s the birthright for all Americans, isn’t it? If so, then what is Mike Muñoz’s problem? Though he tries time and again to get his foot on the first rung of that ladder to success, he can’t seem to get a break. But then things start to change for Mike, and after a raucous, jarring, and challenging trip, he finds he can finally see the future and his place in it. And it’s looking really good.

Lawn Boy is an important, entertaining, and completely winning novel about social class distinctions, about overcoming cultural discrimination, and about standing up for oneself.

Sounds innocent, right? This is NOT an entirely accurate description of this book. The book is ACTUALLY about how the main character, Mike Munoz, a 22 year old half Mexican boy who mows lawns for a living. By the end of the book, he discovers how Capitalism is racist and homophobic, and this is why success and happiness are eluding him.

There are descriptive homosexual sex scenes in the book, “F” bombs are sprinkled throughout, and the entire American way of life is painted as evil. This book contains graphic sex scenes between children as young as nine years old, which falls under the umbrella of kiddie porn. Here is a quote from page 19:

Not that it really matters, in fourth grade at a church youth group meeting out in the bushes, I touched Doug Goebbels dick, and he touched mine. In fact, there was even some mouths involved.

Then on page 91, there is this passage:

What if I told you I touched another guy’s dick? What if I told you I sucked it? I was ten years old, but it’s true. I put Doug Goebbels’ dick in my mouth. I was in fourth grade, it was no big deal. He sucked mine too. And you know what, it wasn’t terrible.

So why am I writing this post? Because this book is in the library of many schools. It is on the required reading list for some classes in middle and high schools in Texas, Florida, and Virginia (where parents aren’t allowed to have a say in what their kids are learning). If you want to read some scary stuff, read the comments to the Texas article, where adults try to justify this book by citing studies about elementary school aged children engaging in sex.

I have no problem with gay adults. I personally don’t care what an adult does with their genitals. However, kids need to be kept out of it.

I have said this before: There are activists in schools who are trying to fill your children’s heads with propaganda. They are grooming your kids to be sexual and economic slaves. I spent eight years as a public school teacher, I know. There are many good teachers who care about this country and the kids in their care. There are also hard left communist hacks, pedophiles, and slackers who are just there for a paycheck. Those teachers are the ones who are spotting kids that are malleable, and creating little communist fuck toys for themselves. Listen to this parent’s objections at a Virginia school board meeting:

As she reads aloud from the book, the school board shuts her down because “there are kids in the audience.” Well, that is kind of the point. If this book isn’t for children, then it shouldn’t be in the school library. She refuses to step down, so they shut off her microphone. I guess this makes her a Domestic Terrorist.

At this point, I cannot stress enough: Get your kids out of public school. Even in private school, pay close attention to what they are learning and studying. If you don’t, you might wake up one day to discover that there is a purple haired Marxist with a penchant for buggering little boys living in your house who just turned you in to the FBI for not being “woke” enough.

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Education

Yes, this

The governor of Virginia says that it’s none of a parent’s business what their kids are learning in school.

I agree with the author: this is why I no longer teach. I just could not play politics with your kids.

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Education Failure of Education

Dead Students? Yes

In Baltimore, it is being reported that dead students continued to be enrolled in classes. Why? The answer lies in three letters: FTE, or Full Time Enrollment. Schools get money that is dependent upon how many students are enrolled in the school.

When I was a teacher, I had a student who died in a car accident. Even though I was notified by the Principal of his death, the student continued to be carried on my rolls. Since taking attendance is a legal requirement, I marked him absent. After a week of this, I was contacted by the Principal and she told me that every time I did this, the computer system was calling the mother with an automated message, which stated “Your student was absent from Science class today.” The Principal said, “Do you have any idea how upsetting that is?” I said, “Well, he isn’t here. Maybe we could change the mother’s number in the system, or remove him from classes.” The Principal said “We are working on that. For now, just mark him as present.” I asked her to email those instructions to me. She got angry and refused. I marked him present as I was told.

That continued for a month. As a teacher, you do what you are told, or your contract won’t be renewed for the next school year.

Now the news from Baltimore was far worse than that, in that they carried the dead students for years. However, the difference is one of degree, not of principle. So, I can believe it.

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Fairness, according to the left

This item keeps coming across my aggregator. This third grade teacher has a lesson using bandaids that the left seems to think is brilliant. The conclusion of the lesson is this:

Fair doesn’t mean everyone gets the same thing, fair means that everyone gets what they need to be successful.

No it doesn’t. In real life, not everyone is going to be successful. Some won’t try. Some will try and fail. To hand out materials and benefits to ensure that everyone has the same amount of success is not helping children. It causes them to become lazy and reliant on handouts from a beneficent authority figure. This is how people become cattle, dependent on others for their success.

Instead, teach them to become self reliant. Teach them that anything worth having is worth working for. Teach them that the joy of success after a struggle is something worth striving for.

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Al Qaeda won

If someone had told you 20 years ago, as you watched the towers fall, that our military would flee from Afghanistan, leaving their weapons and Americans civilians behind, and there would be a Muslim woman on television, telling our nation’s teachers to teach children that the 9-11 attackers were not terrorists, and avoid promoting American exceptionalism, would you have believed it?

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Cause, effect

One of the many jobs I have had was at a plant that made stainless steel pipe and tube. The process was that we would buy large rolls of stainless steel, slit them to the proper sizes, then cold roll those into pipe. The edges of the roll would be welded together, then the now completed pipe was induction annealed so it would hold its shape.

We had a woman there who was in charge of QA. It was her job to test each batch of pipe to ensure that the pipe was properly manufactured. Once, the woman decertified an entire batch of pipe because the welds were faulty and had microscopic cracks in them. That batch had to go out the next day so we could meet the customer’s deadline. It was a couple of dozen tons of pipe.

Management fixed the problem by firing the QA department and shipping the pipe. Of course, the entire batch of pipe came back when the welds began to fail. Due to bad management, the company went out of business less than a year later.

I am telling you this story because there is a lesson there. One that will easily apply to the situation in this country with regards to our education. The Oregon governor recently decided that too many black students were failing tests in reading and math proficiency. To her, the obvious problem lies in the test, so the test was eliminated.

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Compulsion

Some parents of disabled students are suing Governor Desantis of Florida. Why? They claim that the state’s lack of a mask mandate is discrimination because the other children not wearing masks makes school unsafe, and is thus a violation of the ADA.

“He likes to be with his friends, he likes to be integrated into the school environment,” said attorney Matthew Dietz. “He shouldn’t have to be in a trailer isolated just because he has a disability.”

So instead, all of the other children in the entire state should be forced to wear masks? Yep, that is exactly what they want.

So Will’s parents and those of 14 other disabled students on Friday sued DeSantis, the state Department of Education and school boards, seeking an injunction to prevent the state from discriminating against the disabled students by denying them a safe environment.

Note that no one is saying that children CAN’T wear masks at school. The governor is saying that the child and their parents retain the choice of whether or not to wear a mask. That isn’t good enough for the left. People can do things without being compelled to do so. What is it with liberals? They think that the only way people do anything is for the government to require it, under threat of force. No wonder they hate cops. Every progressive idea ends with police, jails, and gulags.

I disagree with the premise of this lawsuit. I am not sure that the ADA can be used to compel behavior or acts from people uninvolved in the education of the special needs child. Yes, an IEP can be used to compel acts from the school or teachers, but I think it is stretching the boundaries of the ADA to require other students take acts to assist the student.

For example, putting a clause in the IEP requiring that other students push an ESE student’s wheel chair from class to class would not be appropriate.

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Race quota in education

The Biden administration is bringing back an Obama era policy of racial quotas in school discipline. One of the many problems that forced my exit from education was my experience with this policy, although I was not aware that the policy had ever ceased. Behavior that gets a white student suspended will not even merit a stern talking to if displayed by a black student.

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Selection Bias

This story says that people with college degrees whose parents also have a college degree make more money than those whose parents don’t have a college degree. It also found that for children without a college degree, it made no difference if their parents had a college degree or not.

Why? My opinion (you knew I would have one)

If a parent has a degree in a field that pays good money, say medicine, law, or STEM, also tends to have children who follow in their footsteps. Examples: I have a degree in the medical field. My son is a nurse practitioner. My uncle has a degree in computer engineering. My cousin got a degree in marine engineering and is on the design team for the Navy’s LCS.

What if a parent doesn’t have a degree? They assume that all college degrees have equal value. They convince the kids that they need to go to college and get a waste of a degree in Leisure studies, music, or Gender Studies. A degree is a degree, right? Example: My wife’s cousin has a degree in outdoor recreation. She is largely jobless and spends all of her time smoking weed and banging Colorado ski instructors. Or you can simply look at every Asian and Jewish family in America and observe that Asian and Jewish mothers consider an education to be a gift from God.

A parent who goes to college and gets a degree in Gender Studies or some other useless major winds up working at a McJob and decides that a degree is worthless. He tells the kid the same thing. Kid doesn’t go to college and winds up in the same company with the same McJob at the same pay as dad.