A Virginia mom wants books with information about the horrors of slavery banned from her 18 year old's high school curriculum. Just think, us Euro's can get the history we want to support our entitlement is do what the Nazis did, get rid of the books.
TPS Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant was interviewed this morning on WSPD by Fred LeFebvre.
After listening to the interview, I have one message for anyone who lives in, works in, owns a business in and/or lives near Toledo--be afraid, be very afraid.
Once you get past Durant's speech impediment and his propensity to say "in regards to" every 20 seconds (not to mention the difficulty he has with subject/verb agreement--e,g. "There need to be..."), the context of his ideas are scary.
He indicates that TPS needs to provide a "Cradle to career" experience for Toledo children and that poor-performing students represent a "Community issue that's going to take a community solution." What?! How about parents accepting the responsibility to motivate their children to value education and respect teachers? It's as if he's come to the decision that TPS parents can't be expected to carry through on even the most basic parental duties.
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I recently attended a seminar that included a significant number of retired public school teachers. They shared some stories about their teaching experiences that made you realize that there is a certain percentage of the U.S. population who are, frankly, beyond help and hope. Here are a couple of stories:
One retired female teacher who had taught for 30 years in Detroit Public Schools (God bless her!) talked about the time she had chastised a male high school student for continually not paying attention in class. The student walked up and urinated on her desk. He was suspended, but back in class after a week.
A retired TPS junior high school teacher said that she was responsible for coordinating the substitute teachers assigned to her building. She would meet with the subs in the morning; and if they were females (especially young), she would give them the following advice: "In the course of a day, it's very likely that a male student will ask you to be in his sex video. The best thing to do is not to react to that statement." Also, she would warn all of the substitutes that students using the f-word is not considered an issue because--as she had been told by many parents over the years--"That's acceptable in our community."
US students have NOT been "dumbed down", contrary to some assertions. Rather, they have been "stupified" down! See a test eighth graders in a Kentucky school had to pass, in the year 1912. I have four years of undergraduate school, and two years of graduate school. I'm ASHAMED at how poorly I scored on this test. And yet, SOME schools require only being to read at a third grade level, and how to put a rubber on a banana as meritorious enough for a high school diploma. Folks, we are doomed as a nation---UTTERLY DOOMED!
Who would ever have thought it? Paula Deen, racist or just a good cook.....you decide..
Thought this article was interesting, as I didn't really know much about Drudge. Much more impressed than I was prepared to be:
Didn't know he broke the story about that boob "Billy Boy" Rockefeller Clinton.
Owens Community College employees received a memo from the administration announcing a "projected budget deficit in excess of $7.5 million for the next fiscal year." The memo indicated that "30 administrative staff members are expected to not be renewed as of June 30, 2013."
This announcement parallels the University of Toledo's predicted $36 million deficit.
The Board of Trustees at these two institutions are guilty of malfeasance in not holding the employees who got the colleges into their financial messes--the high-level administrators--responsible for their actions.
Why eliminate $30,000-a-year jobs and not $300,000-a-year jobs?
Interestingly, Owens vice president of finance and administration, John Satkowski, came from UT in 2000 (where he held a similar position).
Owens and UT are institutions that receive taxpayer dollars, and we expect better guardianship of our money.
According to a report by CBS New York, 80 pecent of NYC public school graduates had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math--before they could begin college courses.
I don't know what the rate is in Ohio, but my post-high school teaching experience tells me it has to be very significant. Recently, the Ohio Board of Regents has relegated remedial classes to community colleges, but institutions like the University of Toledo, which no longer has a community college, continues to accept unprepared students; and thus, its retention rate suffers.
As taxpayers, we pay for 12 years of public education; and then we subsidize remedial college classes. Where's the burden of responsibility for these students and their parents? Here's an idea--if you didn't bother to prepare for college--you can't get in. It's a throwback to "anyone can achieve whatever they want." We forget to include the "if you put the necessary energy, preparation, and effort into it" part.
NYC public schools demographics show that when all 5 Burroughs are counted, 70 percent of the students are black or Hispanic. In the Bronx, 90 percent of the students fall into that category. Even though most of them can't read or write, thank god that Michelle Obama is focusing on having them eat vegetables for lunch.
The Education of Michelle Rhee
Jan 8, 2013
FRONTLINE examines the legacy of one of America’s most admired & reviled school reformers. (VIDEO)
Michelle Rhee: a reformer, reformed
By Christina Hernandez Sherwood | November 29, 2012,
Quote from article:
I keep reading the shooter in CT. is a type of person commonly called a "Goth". So were the shooters in Columbine High School. These folks are easily identified by their black leather clothing, green or orange acrylic hair, with all sorts of metallic doo-dads sewn on their clothes or as parts of body piercings. Shouldn't they be monitored, even a little bit?
The University of Toledo will roll out its newest strategic plan on December 17. A friend of mine, who works at UT and has seen the plan, shared some of its highlights with me. Although it will be heralded as containing fresh ideas for the future of UT, a more appropriate label would be “Been there, done that.”
An institution that pays its three top officials a total annual income of well over $1 million came up with the following tired ideas for its strategic plan:
Re-establish University College—That’s the college that President Jacobs demolished a few years back. Apparently, it was a bad idea four years ago—but now—not so much.
Title change for non-tenured faculty—Full-time, non-tenured faculty will go from being called “Lecturers” to “Professors of Practice.” Most importantly—these faculty will now be given 3- to 5-year renewable contracts. (Translation: Jacobs can more easily terminate faculty in the non-science areas in favor of hiring more medical faculty.) Window dressing—for sure.
Divide the College of Education, Health Science and Human Service into several colleges—Remember when the colleges of Education and Health and Human Services were separate entities? Then they were combined? Now they will be separated again—this time into three colleges. I’d like to have the stationery printing contract for UT!
Enhance student internships and co-ops—Remember when Vik Kapoor did away with UT’s Office of Professional Experience Programs? Yep, like University College, the importance of experiential learning is back.
That quote is included in this brief wikipedia bio of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, one of the founders of NARAL and a former abortion doctor. And yes, Dr. Nathanson, who stopped doing abortions on MORAL grounds, and later became a Christian - did believe that the pro-life stance is morally superior to the kill-the-bablies-at-will stance.
Obama continued on his college campus tour today speaking at BGSU. It's a safe crowd for a liberal ("If you're 20 and not liberal, you have no heart. If you're 40 and not conservative, you have no brain." Winston Churchill). One of the mantras he espouses to the college kids is that he is going to find a way to pay off their student loans.
So Obama is proposing that you and I will be paying not once, not twice, but three times toward a student's college education. How's that?
First, if you pay taxes in Ohio, you are already subsidizing the students who attend a state-funded school (e.g. UT, BGSU, OSU, etc.). Let's review how that money is being used to operate a university by looking at the salaries of some UT administrators:
Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor $462,457
Lloyd Jacobs, President $392,700
Scott Scarborough, Provost $389,000
Larry Burns, Vice President for External Affairs $212,395
Chuck Lehnert, Vice President of Administration $225,000
David Dabney, Chief Financial Officer $215,540
Death by China Documentary Film - Official Trailer
Death by China Documentary Film - Official Trailer
The University of Toledo has announced that Scott Scarborough will become the new provost. As taxpayers whose money is used to support UT, you might be interested in knowing that in 2007, Scarborough was suspended from his position as executive vice president of DePaul University in Chicago, for reasons that were never made public by the private institution. A DePaul spokesman stated that Scarborough's suspension was "something we investigated thoroughly." Scarborough subsequently resigned from DePaul. The cause of the suspension must have been serious because he was not given any severance pay (which typically would have been given to a high-ranking university official).
Apparently, UT's President Lloyd Jacobs believes that another university's suspended employee is good enough to hold the highest academic position at his institution. With decision-making prowess like this, is it any wonder that UT is projected to have a significant decrease in enrollment this fall (rumored to be between 4-8 percent).
Here's a hint that Jacobs might want to follow in the future when hiring a provost--do a simple search at Ratemyprofessors.com to see if the candidate has a successful teaching record (afterall, he will be making tenure and promotion recommendations for faculty). Scarborough's student evaluations are atrocious with comments like "This professor was awful," "The worst professor and class I have encountered," and "The professor is drop dead lazy." Not the ideal person to oversee the academic activities of a university.
Let me tell you about the African American Parents' Association: AAPA is an organization made up of parents, students and community members who have a vested interest in the Toledo Public School System. Our mission is to empower parents and their student in knowing, and exercising their rights to a free and appropriate education, which is a property right guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States. We are unashamedly for children and inform parents that they need to 1. Know the rules, 2. Know the law, 3. Know your rights, 4. Know how to advocate for your child.
‘I don't want presents this year. I want to donate 101 pairs of shoes to kids that don't have shoes!
HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (5/18/12) – For their birthdays, most 6-year-olds want presents and cake. Not 6-year-old Jasmine “Jazzy” Larkins (pictured on far right beside her mother, and older sister Lilly). Jazzy has requested something much different for her 7th birthday this year on June 9th.
GST Steel: Bankruptcy and bailouts
Just read the Blade editorial concerning discipline in schools. The article points out disparity along racial lines. It does mention socio economics as a factor. Would be curious to see a comparison of school discipline statistics with toledo crime statistics. Would be interesting to view both data sets side by side and see if any correlations exist.
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