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Kansas Could Put Teachers In Prison For Assigning Books Prosecutors Don’t Like

The State Senate has passed a measure that could punish teachers who share “harmful” material. A bill approved by the Kansas Senate on Wednesday would enable prosecutors to bring charges against teachers and school administrators for assigning or distributing materials judged harmful to students, the Kansas City Star reports. The bill, proposed by conservative state Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee), deletes a provision in current state law that exempts schoolteachers and officials from such prosecutions. Senators passed the bill 26 to 14. After introducing the bill earlier this month, Pilcher-Cook told the Topeka Capital-Journal that she did so in response to a poster displayed at a Shawnee Mission middle school in 2013. The poster posed… Read More

The Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education

Peter Gray, Ph.D., Guest Forced education interferes with children’s abilities to educate themselves. In my last post I took a step that, I must admit, made me feel uncomfortable. I said, several times: “School is prison.” I felt uncomfortable saying that because school is so much a part of my life and the lives of almost everyone I know. I, like most people I know, went through the full 12 years of public schooling. My mother taught in a public school for several years. My beloved half-sister is a public schoolteacher. I have many dear friends and cousins who are public schoolteachers. How can I say that these good people–who love… Read More

The College Bureaucracy: How Education Forgot the Students and Became A Business

By Devon Douglas-Bowers Students attend college to pursue their interests, broaden their intellectual horizons and make headway toward a career. While this is made difficult due to the amount of debt that many must saddle in order to earn a degree, there is also another, much stealthier problem as well: the college bureaucracy. University bureaucracies absorb large amounts of funding and undermine the alleged goal of college, which is to provide an education. But they also signal something more sinister: the neo-liberalization of education, now viewed as a business. The rise in college bureaucracy is nothing new, and has been noted for quite some time. Ralph Reiland wrote in 1996 in… Read More

Companies getting fat off profits from unhealthy school lunch ads

School lunches across the US have become a big business, and companies are profiting off serving American kids unhealthy meals. Now they’re spending big bucks to lobby Congress to keep obesity-causing ingredients on cafeteria menus. Lawmakers are set to update funding for National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs via the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2010, which will expire on September 30. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers these programs, which contain fruit and vegetable requirements and set limits on saturated fat. The school meal programs allowed the USDA to buy $500 million worth of food from 62 meat and dairy producers. Over half of that money ‒… Read More

Teachers Are Spending Thousands Of Their Own Money to Stock Classrooms with Basic Supplies

They’re often forced to foot the bill for the essentials that make learning possible. School may be out for summer, but I guarantee you there’s one thing teachers are already worried about as they plan for the coming school year: how they’ll offset the inevitable out-of-pocket costs that come with running a classroom. It’s not just a few books or art supplies we’re talking about here; the truth is much more discouraging. During my last year of teaching, I spent over $5,000 of my own money on my classroom during the year, and I know I wasn’t alone. On an annual salary of $42,000, that was hardly pocket change. The Reason… Read More

High School Begins ‘Random’ Drug Testing of Students

Students at Crivitz High School will face drug tests throughout the new school year. Administrators say that the tests will be carried out at “random” but many suspect that particular students will be targeted, based on their appearances, while others will be left alone. “The last couple years, I’ve noticed here in the high school we’ve started to get a growing drug problem, I think we’ve always kind of had a drug problem here in Marinette County,” Crivitz High School Athletic Director, Jeff Dorschner said. “More or less, identifying the problem, getting the parents involved, getting our counselors involved and providing a way for students to get back on the right… Read More

How the Billionaire Kingpins of School Privatization Got Stopped in Their Own Back Yard

A unique coalition in Little Rock, Arkansas is pushing back hard on a Walton Family-funded attempt at a charter takeover. The debate over public schools in Arkansas has been, for decades, ongoing and often fraught. In 1957, the Arkansas school year began with white mobs viciously attacking nine black teenagers as they attempted to desegregate Little Rock’s Central High following Brown vs. Board of Education, shining a national spotlight on the state and forcing President Eisenhower to send in the 101st Airborne Division. This past January, nearly 60 years after Arkansas’ first desegregation efforts, the state board of education dissolved Little Rock’s democratically elected local school board, the most racially inclusive and representative of… Read More

Why Even Progressive Democrats Fall for ‘Accountability’ and Phony Education Reform

A congressman calls out his colleagues on education policy. Progressive Democrats are right to hail the new populism in their party driving the debate about the nation’s economic policies and the atrocious inequality those policies have created. Heartened by the bold leadership of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the huge crowds cheering on the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, progressives can truly feel their agenda is driving the national debate and propelling change. So it’s beyond disappointing when progressive leaders in the Democratic Party who can knock an argument for economic populism out of the park continue to whiff on education populism. Currently, the House and Senate are in the process… Read More

Public School Students Are the New Inmates in the American Police State

“Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing to all-seeing electronic surveillance, the public schools of the twenty-first century reflect a society that has become fixated on crime, security and violence.”—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes In the American police state, you’re either a prisoner (shackled, controlled, monitored, ordered about, limited in what you can do and say, your life not your own) or a prison bureaucrat (police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, etc.). Indeed, at a time… Read More

Sugar Babies: More and More College Students Are Literally Becoming Whores to Cover Rising Tuition Costs

While some call prostitution the oldest profession, its getting a high tech, modern boost due to rising college tuition costs (no street corners involved). More students these days are turning to so-called “sugar baby/sugar daddy” websites to get hooked up with older, rich “generous sponsors” to “help” them graduate college debt-free. One of the largest Sugar Daddy/Baby sites, Seeking Arrangement, tagline: “Where beautiful, successful people fuel mutually beneficial relationships,” claims that more than one million college students have joined “for their Sugar Baby Scholarship”. (Ew. I mean, come on, are they just trying to sound lecherous?) In an interview with Sky News, Brandon Wade, the founder of SeekingArrangement.com denied it was… Read More

We betray our children by making them afraid to fail

West Point, the training academy for aspiring army officers in the United States, is regarded as one of the most formidable educational institutions in the world. The opening weeks of training are deliberately tough. There are physical and psychological challenges, including gruelling marches carrying heavy weights, and batteries of tests of reasoning and intellect. Many find the going so tough that they drop out. The military has long regarded these opening weeks as a way of separating the best from the rest. Indeed, it has a scientific measure of potential, called the Whole Candidate Score, which measures physical prowess and intelligence through SAT tests. These, plus other ingredients of talent, help… Read More

American Schools Mark World Hijab Day, Ignore Oppression of Women

Unfortunately, learning about “why some women don’t choose to wear it” – or more pointedly, what happens to women in certain Muslim countries and societies who have no choice whether or not to wear it — was not part of the program. Muslim human rights activist Asra Nomani pleads, “Do not wear a headscarf in ‘solidarity’ with the ideology that most silences us.” School officials in Rochester, New York are getting flak from angry parents and teachers for holding an event in solidarity with World Hijab Day. The event, held at the school and during school hours, encouraged the high school girls to wear the Islamic headscarf for the day. Boys… Read More