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Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending April 20, 2014

  • The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
    • 5 Extremist Christian "Science" Teachings
    • Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation
    • Pope Francis, Jesuits, and Anglican Face Prosecution
    • Why Corporations Want Our Public Schools (Graphic)
    • 7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education
    • Woody Allen's Advantage: How the Law Protects Celebs Accused of Abuse
    • Toothless On 42nd Street

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

John Cole

 

 

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Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The education reform movement has failed in its effort to boost educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Part 1: Education is Not the Answer
  • Part 2: New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation

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5 Extremist Christian "Science" Teachings, Jpnny Scaramanga, AlterNet

  • The Christian curriculum that says its students should not have any knowledge of anything contrary to the Bible.
  • This stuff is in schoolbooks.
  • 7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education
  • How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington

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Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation, Henry Giroux, Moyers & Company

  • Universities are increasingly becoming dead zones of the imagination, managed by a class of swelling bureaucrats, inhabited by faculty who constitute a new class of indentured, if not sometime willing, technicians and students who are demeaned as customers and saddled with crippling debts.
  • Higher education is being defunded as part of a larger scheme to dismantle and privatize all public services, goods and spheres.
  • 6 ways neoliberal education reform is destroying our college system

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Pope Francis, Jesuits, and Anglican Face Prosecution, Kevin Annett, Hidden from History

  • LET IT BE KNOWN that, based on an application brought before it by the Office of the Citizen Prosecutor on February 10, 2014, the Court will in thirty days commence litigation proceedings against Jorge Bergoglio ("Pope Francis 1"), Adolfo Nicolas Pachon ("Superior General of the Jesuit Order"), Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury") and others involved in Crimes against Humanity.
  • Welcome to ITCCS.ORG and The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

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Why Corporations Want Our Public Schools (Graphic), YES! Editors

  • Where’s the big money in privatization? Take it from the teachers.
  • 7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education

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7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education, Katie Halper, AlterNet

  • Kids learn that gun control is a gateway to tyranny and that science is unchristian.
  • Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism

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Woody Allen's Advantage: How the Law Protects Celebs Accused of Abuse, Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, The Atlantic 

  • Stars' out-of-court settlements and PR campaigns amount to legalized witness tampering. A few rule changes for cases with famous defendants could help ensure fairness, though.
  • Choosing Comfort Over Truth: What It Means to Defend Woody Allen

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Toothless On 42nd Street, William Annett, American Logo

  • But the United Nations … has thereby enabled the church to continue its reign of terror against … millions of innocent little victims, and millions of victims yet to come... . And so it is now up to the people of the world through their lawful common law courts and enforcement, to directly stop the crimes of the Vatican.
  • UN denounces Vatican over child abuse and demands immediate action

 

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Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

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  • The education reform movement has failed in its effort to boost educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Part 1: Education is Not the Answer
  • Part 2: New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Education is Not the Answer

Everyone deserves a great public education, but better schools alone can’t fight inequality.

Dean Baker, Jacobin Magazine / Portside 

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April 14, 2014 | Portside Editor's Note: This article is from Class Action: An Activist Teacher’s Handbook, a joint project of Jacobin and the Chicago Teachers Union’s CORE. The booklet can be downloaded for free and print copies are still available.

It’s common in policy circles to claim that improving the quality of education in inner cities and impoverished rural areas is the answer to halting the growing gap between rich and poor. This view reflects not only illusions about the potential for substantially improving education for children from low- and moderate-income families without deeper economic and political shifts, but also a serious misunderstanding about the growth of inequality over the last three decades.

There should be no surprise, then, that the education reform movement has failed in its effort to boost educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dean Baker, Co-director, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) ; author, 'The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive'

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Part 2: New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation

  • Public school students in the state are increasingly isolated by race and class as the proportion of minority and poor students continues to grow.
  • UCLA report identifies alarming trends throughout the Empire State.

Jessica Epperly , Civil Rights Project

1964%2520school%2520protest_AP_2.jpg?itok=U0wb-6e-This Day in History: On Feb. 3, 1964, 464,000 New York City school children — almost half of the city’s student body — skipped school as part of a protest against segregation within their school system. Brooklyn Daily Eagle

March 26, 2014 | A report released today by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project finds that public school students in New York continue to be severely segregated. Public school students in the state are increasingly isolated by race and class as the proportion of minority and poor students continues to grow, according to the CRP report, New York State’s Extreme School Segregation: Inequality, Inaction and a Damaged Future.”

The study explores trends in enrollment and school segregation patterns from 1989 to 2010 at the state and regional levels, including the New York City metropolitan areas of Long Island and the New York City District, and the upstate metropolitan areas of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. 

The Civil Rights Project is now co-directed by Gary Orfield and Patricia Gándara, professors at UCLA. Its mission is to create a new generation of research in social science and law on the critical issues of civil rights and equal opportunity for racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

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5 Extremist Christian "Science" Teachings

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  • The Christian curriculum that says its students should not have any knowledge of anything contrary to the Bible.
  • This stuff is in schoolbooks.
  • 7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education
  • How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington

Jpnny Scaramanga, AlterNet 

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screen_shot_2014-01-16_at_11.04.23_am.png December 19, 2013 | Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) is a fundamentalist school curriculum used in a  claimed 6,000 schools and 145 countries. Despite the name, education is actually second to its  stated primary purpose, which is “to diligently teach our children to love the Lord in every sphere of their lives, with all their hearts, all their souls, and all their minds,” according to its website.

ACE explicitly says its intention is that students should not have any knowledge of anything contrary to the Bible. In practice, students are taught gross distortions and misrepresentations of mainstream science, like these 33 bizarre multiple choice questions from the ACE coursework. Here’s a look at the some of the blatant mistruths ACE teaches.

Jpnny Scaramanga is a PhD student at the Institute of Education, London. He grew up as a Christian fundamentalist and is currently writing a memoir of his daring escape. 

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7 Most Absurd Things America's Kids Are Learning Thanks to the Conservative Gutting of Public Education, Katie Halper, AlterNet

  • Kids learn that gun control is a gateway to tyranny and that science is unchristian.
  • Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism

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How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington, George Monbiot, Guardian

The degradation of intelligence and learning in American politics results from a series of interlocking tragedies.
 

The new school detention, where kids make rules and a prison pipeline ends

  • Forget time-outs and the chalkboard. Student-run courts are all the rage for a reason: they work
  • Want to Change the Education System? Listen to Students!

Dana Goldstein, Guardian (UK)

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New federal data shows that across the United States, schools with high rates of black, Latino and poor children tend to respond to bad behavior with aggressive force. Photograph: Picture Partners / Alamy 

Monday 7 April 2014 | Destiny was in eighth grade when, in the middle of an altercation with another student, she grabbed a teacher’s jacket and threw it out of a classroom window.

She was enrolled at the Lyons Community School in Brooklyn, New York, where almost every kid is black or Latino and living in poverty. Only 5% are meeting standards in math and reading. 

Dana Goldstein is a journalist in Brooklyn. Her upcoming book, The Teacher Wars, will be published by Doubleday in September.

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Want to Change the Education System? Listen to Students! Hannah Nguyen, The Daily Good

  • "If you had the power to change the education system, what would you do?"
  • Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism

Want to Change the Education System? Listen to Students!

  • "If you had the power to change the education system, what would you do?"
  • Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism

Hannah Nguyen, The Daily Good

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February 19, 2014 | This is my favorite question to ask the students I mentor in Los Angeles. Their responses are wonderfully imaginative, ranging from broader curriculum to outdoor classrooms. However, when I ask them what stops them from fighting for those changes, the answers have a similar ring. "I feel alone." "No one listens to students." "I don't even know where to begin!"

 

As much as it saddens me to hear this, I understand where they're coming from. In recent years, a riveting national conversation about the state of our education system and the reforms it needs has been sparked. Unfortunately, these conversations are often dominated by those furthest from the classroom, and ironically, almost completely absent from these debates are the voices of those who are most affected by the issues in question: students.

Hannah Nguyen: Lifelong Learner. Future Teacher.I am good at listening, singing, building, imagining, exploring, and getting super excited about education.

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Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism, Chris Kirk, Slate

  • Thousands of schools in states across the country can use taxpayer money to cast doubt on basic science.
  • The real sex ed: 11 sex tips experts wish they’d known sooner

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