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Huffing, Puffing, and Blowing High School Literature Courses to the Ground

  • It certainly is unreasonable. In fact, it’s downright unacceptable.
  • An Absolutely Shocking Statistic about America's Education System
  • The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff.

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

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August 7, 2015 | Have you asked a high school junior lately what they’re reading in school?

According to a report coming out of New York, it’s not Shakespeare … it’s … The Three Little Pigs?!

“The report from the state Education Department says the classic children’s fairy tale was just one of several ridiculously easy reading assignments uncovered at Landmark High School this year.

“‘The Three Little Pigs’ story was read round-robin style in a grade 11 classroom, which demonstrated limited student access in this class to grade-level text,” according to the department’s Office of Accountability.

A two-day review of the Chelsea school — which has been flagged for poor performance — found some obviously ‘low-level’ texts in other classes as well.”

Annie Holmquist is a research associate with Better Ed. In her role, she writes for the blog, conducts a variety of research for the organization's websites and social media pages, and assists with development projects. She particularly loves digging into the historical aspects of America's educational structure.

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An Absolutely Shocking Statistic about America's Education System, Intellectual Takeout | August 11, 2015

  • 19% of High School Graduates Are Illiterate
  • Huffing, Puffing, and Blowing High School Literature Courses to the Ground

The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Don’t expect them to save us. They don’t know how. And when it all collapses, when our rotten financial system with its trillions in worthless assets implodes and our imperial wars end in humiliation and defeat, they will be exposed as being as helpless, and as stupid, as the rest of us.

 

The Boy Scouts won't discriminate against gay men — but their affiliates will.

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  • Local sponsoring organizations, like churches or synagogues, still retain the authority to determine whether gay men are fit to serve as scout leaders.
  • The Boy Scouts of America should clean up its act, ban discrimination in all forms and support true progressive reforms.

Brad Hoylman, Guardian

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Wednesday 29 July 2015 | egregation is at its most insidious when it is justified under the pretext of official progress. If Jim Crow-era “separate but equal” racial segregation and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the failed military policy banning LGBT soldiers from serving openly, taught America anything, it’s that.

The decision this week by the Boy Scouts of America to end the ban on some gay adult leaders sets the same trap. The move was cheered as evidence that Scouting is finally catching up to growing popular support for LGBT rights, similar to the Supreme Court’s watershed decision this summer guaranteeing same-sex marriage as a constitutional right. 

Brad Hoylman is an American Democratic politician, representing Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Clinton/Hell's Kitchen, Upper West Side, Times Square, Columbus Circle, Midtown and the East Village in New York City in the New York State Senate.

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The War on Education, August 6, 2015

The Results Are In: America Is Dumb and on the Road to Getting Dumber.

  • Part 1: Is Our Education System Putting Our Country At Risk?
  • Part 2: How colleges forgot students and became a business
  • Is American Education Missing This Important Component?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Is Our Education System Putting Our Country At Risk?

If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. 

Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout

nyc_storm.jpgAugust 3, 2015 | Below is the opening statement of “A Nation at Risk,” a 1983 document from Ronald Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education that warned of the urgent need to right the ship of the American education system:

“Our Nation is at risk. Our once unchallenged preeminence in commerce, industry, science, and technological innovation is being overtaken by competitors throughout the world. This report is concerned with only one of the many causes and dimensions of the problem, but it is the one that undergirds American prosperity, security, and civility. We report to the American people that while we can take justifiable pride in what our schools and colleges have historically accomplished and contributed to the United States and the well-being of its people, the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people. What was unimaginable a generation ago has begun to occur--others are matching and surpassing our educational attainments."

Daniel Lattier is the Vice President of Better Ed, a nonprofit education reform project dedicated to bringing about a new education system in Minnesota.

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Part 2: How colleges forgot students and became a business

The problem of college bureaucracies not only seems here to stay, but on course to expand well into the future. That is, unless students and schools' faculties themselves stand up to demand that education – not the business of it – becomes the priority.

Devon Douglas-Bowers, Occupy / Axis of Logic

college_map.jpgFriday, Jun 5, 2015 | 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.

Devon Douglas-Bowers is a 23-year-old independent writer and researcher. He is the Politics & Government Department chair at the Hampton Institute, and holds a BA in Political Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. 

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Is American Education Missing This Important Component? Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

  • Perhaps, then, the solution to our educational woes is not the new, up-and-coming curriculum that every school is following, nor an increased emphasis on testing, nor the latest and greatest tech devices. Perhaps students just need (to be taught how to think).
  • Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think'

 

Is American Education Missing This Important Component?

  • Perhaps, then, the solution to our educational woes is not the new, up-and-coming curriculum that every school is following, nor an increased emphasis on testing, nor the latest and greatest tech devices. Perhaps students just need (to be taught how to think).
  • Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think'

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout 

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July 27, 2015 | With achievement gaps growing, proficiency scores stagnating, and other countries getting ahead of American students, it’s easy to frantically search for the latest and greatest solution to our education woes.

But do these latest and greatest solutions really get us anywhere? Do we actually need to re-examine some tried and true educational principles of the past? 

In a recent article in Forbes magazine, Jordan Shapiro points to one of these tried and true principles. He writes (emphasis added):

Annie Holmquist is a research associate with Better Ed. In her role, she writes for the blog, conducts a variety of research for the organization's websites and social media pages, and assists with development projects.

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Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think', Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post

  • Scientific literacy (this fundamental idea that you can question things, that you can think critically, that you can use skeptical thought to learn about nature) is crucial for society to function effectively, which means that we can’t afford to be messing around with the way that it’s taught in the classroom (denying children academic opportunities by teaching creationism.)
  • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

A donor gave $100,000 to the Girl Scouts to exclude 1 group of girls.

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They gave it right back.

They raised more than $100,000 in a single day.

You can watch their #ForEVERYGirl video, and you can donate at their Indiegogo page.

Parker Molloy, Upworthy

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girlss4-9ad147a035843e2de4dcecd465dbd4a9.gifJun 30, 2015 | According to the Seattle Met, that was almost a quarter of the council's fundraising goal for the entire year. This was a big deal.

Unfortunately, the donation came with one very big catch: The Girl Scouts had to promise that the money would NOT be used to support transgender girls.

"Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls," read the message. "If you can't, please return the money." 

Wait, what!?

Parker MolloyI wear many hats. I'm a writer, blogger, intersectional feminist, and Chicagoan, who doesn't think people should legislate what others do with their bodies. My hobbies include chipping away at the patriarchy, fighting transphobia, and taking naps.

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Teen stripped of National Honor Society position because she dared wear a sun dress—in Florida, Jen HaydenDaily Kos

  • School representatives say they are "reviewing the situation." Let's hope they come to their senses and do the right thing. 
  • The only thing shameful about 'revealing' prom dresses are adults who obsess over them.
  • "God made idiots," wrote Mark Twain. "That was for practice. Then he invented school boards."

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