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Neighbors Sue Over Kids Playing in Yard

gavel on white background People with children are allowed to let them play in the yard. This is true even for children who don't go to a regular school. CBS Dallas Fort Worth reports, But Counts is being sued for a playhouse that her neighbors say is upsetting their “tranquil quality of life” and quote “creating noise issues as well as visibility issues for them and their pets,” according to minutes from an HOA meeting. Those neighbors are Irving and Anita Ward. Irving Ward declined to comment on his lawsuit Read more [...] Continue reading →

Trying to Get the Government to Free Public Employees from Having to Finance Democrats

supremecourt This NPR story is worth listening to. Will the Supreme Court free us from public unions and end a way that the Democrat Party gets financing from the taxpayers? I almost don’t want to hope because I don’t want to be disappointed. USA Today reports, “Supreme Court seems sure to rule against unions.” The Supreme Court left little doubt Monday where it stands on forcing teachers and government workers to contribute to public employee unions against their will: It's ready to strike Read more [...] Continue reading →

Bad News via NPR regarding Common Core

commoncore I listened to this story on NPR yesterday, and it was pretty depressing. Especially, the part about Common Core. The print portion of the story only gave a thumbnail sketch: The controversy over the much-maligned Common Core State Standards will diminish. States will continue their efforts to re-brand or rename the standards, while for the most part following them. Despite the political controversy, the push for high academic standards will continue, and we'll see little of the "race to the Read more [...] Continue reading →

Good News for Students: Teacher Unions Dwindling

teachers unions We commonly say that teacher unions are for the teachers and not for students, but that's not completely true. When union rules assign raises and other promotions solely on the basis of seniority and never on the basis of performance, then the unions are for time-serving incompetent teacher and not for young superior teachers. That means that there are reasons that some teachers would be opposed to teacher unions. Thus, EAG News reports, "TEACHER: Unions losing fight against members, parents, Read more [...] Continue reading →

Would-be Teacher Admits He Approves Adult-Child Sex. How Many Others?

homocracy The Associated Press reports, "Federal appeals court: Hawaii man can't be teacher because of his views on sex with minors." This was absolutely the right decision, though I expect the precedent will be used against Christians (see below). The University of Hawaii didn't violate First Amendment rights when it denied a teaching certificate for a Caltech-educated aspiring high school teacher who expressed views condoning adults having sex with minors, a panel of federal appeals court judges ruled Read more [...] Continue reading →

"Rape Culture" Hysteria Leads to University Lynching Spree

no more rape culture Alleged "rape culture" on college campuses is massively overblown. But those who express doubts about it are treated as rapists themselves. This leads to nothing good. For example, consider this Washington Examiner headline: "Students cleared of gang-rape accusation sue university that expelled them anyway." Four male students accused of sexually assaulting a female William Paterson University student are suing the school over their expulsions. The four students, along with a fifth who has not Read more [...] Continue reading →

Ominous News about the Every Student Succeeds Act

lamar alexander When I posted about the Every Student Succeed Act, I was somewhat skeptical, but I followed what the Wall Street Journal reported, calling it "a baby step in the right direction." I assumed Lamar Alexander was being somewhat accurate. “We have an opportunity today to vote to reverse the trend toward a national school board,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health and Education Committee and chief architect of the bill, along with Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.). Read more [...] Continue reading →

Scenes from the College Bubble

student loan bubble This video is rude in places (it beeps or blurs out the worst stuff), but it is spot on. The most eye-opening part of the video to me were the bowling alleys, Jacuzzis, and other luxury items that were on display from real college campuses. The extravagant pools really looked like something from a theme park. Since I wrote about the college bubble yesterday, I should mention that this is further proof of it. Remember the housing bubble that crashed in 2007: That didn't just mean that Read more [...] Continue reading →

Loans Don't Help Students; They Make College More Expensive

college-graduation Whenever there is an economic transaction, two parties have to come to an agreement. The buyer must offer enough money to get the seller to produce and supply the good or service. The seller must be willing to accept an amount of money that the seller is willing to pay. It is often thought that sellers of "valuable" goods can demand any price they want, but that isn't always true. Food and water are of the utmost importance to human beings. They need both to live. Yet food and drink are relatively Read more [...] Continue reading →

Harvard Preps Students for Ideological Confrontation with Their Families

Harvard If you are running a cult, your best means of preserving loyalty is to not let your followers leave the compound. But if you have to let them out of your sight, it is important that you prepare them to stay true to the faith by teaching them what to say. That will prepare them for ideological confrontation. If they start arguments, they are less likely to let their guard down and let their parents influence them. Thus, Reason.com reports, Fearful that students heading home for the holidays will Read more [...] Continue reading →

College Price Tag = Sticker Shock

college-graduation I am the parent of soon-to-be high school graduates.  The oldest one at home will graduate from high school this spring, and we have been exploring his college options.  It has been an eye-opening experience.  It seems every college presents one price with the full expectation that financial aid and scholarships will bring the cost down significantly.  The idea of comparing apples to apples in the college cost comparison process is practically impossible.  It feels a bit like buying a car.  You Read more [...] Continue reading →

Wisconsinites Newest Efforts to Eliminate Common Core and Federal Overreach

rotten_apple_core A group of Wisconsin citizens led by retired state representative Don Pridemore has created WINNER, Inc., missioned with finding and identifying a qualified candidate for State Superintendent of Schools. The State Superintendent is the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. This supposedly non-partisan position is one of the most powerful in the state. Many Wisconsinites believe the current DPI has overreached its bounds by imposing Common Core Standards upon local districts and Read more [...] Continue reading →