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Education Around the Web, December 2015

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Some recent education-related headlines:

Homeschooling:

Home schooling of 20,000 children across the country will be reviewed amid fears they are being ‘radicalised by parents’

UK government mulls ‘crackdown’ on homeschoolers

Higher Education:

Oklahoma university president: School is not a ‘day care’ or ‘safe space’

Subjects:

Harry Potter in schools ‘offends religious parents’: Teachers accused of exposing children to ‘witchcraft and Satanism’ when using books in the classroom

One in eight children have never been given a book: Study also finds pupils who read outside of school are five times more likely to be above expected level for their age

Philadelphia high school removes Huckleberry Finn from curriculum because its racial slurs are ‘challenging for students’

Parents’ outrage after Virginia high school students are asked to practice calligraphy by writing ‘There is no god but Allah’

Teachers should ban times tables tests to stop children developing a crippling fear of making mistakes, says leading academic

Miscellaneous:

Blind seven-year-old girl who was banned from using her white stick because it could trip up teachers will go to another school after being ‘forced out’ by online campaign

Christian religious assemblies for children should be scrapped along with segregation of pupils by faith says ex-High Court judge

Tell pupils that Britain is Christian, schools are told as Education Secretary vows not to force teachers to spend time on atheism

(Updated) Kid’s toys are recording and transmitting every conversation

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Posted in Education, Education & Homeschool News, Higher Education, Leftism in Education, Public Education, Subject English, Subject Math, Subject Physed & Health, Survival, Writing & Penmanship

Education Around the Web, November 2015

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I have been very busy for the past few months and have rarely had both hands free at the same time, making it next to impossible to write blog posts.  However, I have been able to cobble together a few education-related headlines from this past month.  Here is what caught my eye:

Homeschooling:

School to homeschoolers: Sign up or face criminal charges

Leftism in Education:

Children as young as FOUR being given transgender lessons which encourage them to explore their ‘gender identities’

Dumbing Down of America? California School District’s New Grading Scale Gives out Cs for “Doing Absolutely Nothing at All”

Ontario elementary teachers to integrate transgender content into the “teaching of all subject areas”

Primary school BANS blind seven-year-old girl from using walking cane ‘because it could trip up teachers’

Utah school homework assignment to make propaganda poster for jihadi groups: “JOIN ISIS!”

Higher Education:

Universities Have Become Totalitarian Gulags

Subjects:

It pays to be good at maths! Nigerian professor solves 156-year-old Riemann problem to scoop $1 million prize

Ontario math scores remain low in latest round of testing

Primary school bans pupils from wearing goggles in swimming lessons because ‘they don’t prepare youngsters for emergency water situations’

The intricate handwriting and perfectly penned sketches of a 1930 schoolgirl that came to light when her satchel was found in a school clearout are a fascinating insight into a bygone age

Miscellaneous:

How starting school at seven can improve concentration at 11: Holding children back a year is found to reduce inattention by 73%

Praise hard work, ignore grades and NEVER tell them they’re clever: Super-tutor who has taught royalty reveals how to get children ‘addicted’ to learning

School leavers are unemployable because they can’t speak properly, says business leader

Posted in Education, Education & Homeschool News, Higher Education, Leftism in Education, Reading & Literature, Subject Bible & Theology, Subject English, Subject Math, Subject Philosophy, Writing & Penmanship

Education Around the Web, October 2015

990536_37770166Some education-related headlines I encountered this past month:

Homeschooling:

Growing up homeschooled: Photographer’s intimate portraits of children learning outside the conventional classroom walls

‘Hate’ for homeschoolers rattles Marine who served in Iraq

Subjects:

Can YOU solve the maths problem Scottish schoolkids couldn’t? Exam question slammed as being far too difficult

Children aged 11 who can’t write their own name: Popularity of computer games means secondary school pupils lack basic skills

Common Core gets a Fail for common sense: Angry parents baffled by third grade math question that claims 5+5+5=15 is NOT correct

Detroit Public Schools: 93% Not Proficient in Reading; 96% Not Proficient in Math

Grades for US schoolchildren fall: Only a third of the nation’s eighth-graders are now proficient in math and reading

Schoolchildren aged 14 left traumatised after being told to investigate child murders as part of their philosophy homework

Leftism in Education:

Chicago Public Schools Mandate Sex Ed for Kindergarteners

Fury after children as young as 13 are made to write a fictional ‘suicide note’ for GCSE English homework

Obamacare causes Tennessee district to close schools over lack of funding

Principal holds up student election results because winners not diverse enough

‘This is racist in every form’: Florida mother’s outrage over Middle School ‘Lifeboat Test’ where students forced to choose between saving Barack Obama Justin Bieber and Donald Trump

VIDEO: Student says TX teacher forced 7th graders to deny God is real, or take a failing grade

Higher Education:

Counselling services at college have doubled because millennials are having ’emotional crises over everyday life’, psychologist claims

Miscellaneous:

Can you believe this essay is handwritten? Chinese school forces pupils to write English letters like a computer – and each character must be identical EVERY TIME

Despite lack of funding, parents increasingly choose independent schools in Ontario

Girl, six, sent home on school bus in just a shirt and underwear after her pleas to go to the bathroom were ‘ignored by teacher’ and she soiled herself

Schools will start telling pupils they should have children as early as possible to avoid fertility problems

The ‘no-tech’ school where screens are off limits – even at home

Posted in Education, Education & Homeschool News, Higher Education, Leftism in Education, Public Education

Education Around the Web, September 2015

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Some education-related headlines from the past month:

Homeschooling:

Gov’t Official Warns Homeschoolers: Prepare For Home Visits

Homeschooled Student Gets Perfect ACT Score

Humanist Education:

Diversity: the only credential

No more religious exemptions: Quebec schools launching mandatory sex ed pilot project

Ontario’s sex ed puts kids in danger – but you won’t hear that from mainstream media

Parent makes a point about how ridiculous Common Core Math is by using it to write a check

Parents plan to pull kids in massive Ontario-wide sex ed strike on Oct. 1

Professors threaten bad grades for saying ‘illegal alien,’ ‘male,’ ‘female’

San Francisco elementary school removes boys’ and girls’ bathrooms and makes them gender neutral

School district stops kids from playing Tag to ‘minimize negative physical interactions’ among students

UN Goals for Humanity Target Children as “Agents of Change”

Why This 7-Year-Old Girl Got in Trouble for Just Signing Her Name on Her Homework

Miscellaneous:

Four-year-old left-handed boy forced to write with his right-hand by teacher who said it was ‘evil’

The saddest little bookworm: Baby breaks into inconsolable sobs every time mother finishes reading book

‘We’re going to be the majority soon!’ Furious Muslim parents taunt New Jersey school board over religious holiday closure

Posted in Education, Education & Homeschool News, Higher Education, Homeschooling, Leftism in Education, Nature Study, Public Education, Reading & Literature, Subject English, Subject Science

Education Around the Web, August 2015

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Some recent-ish education-related headlines:

Academics

British pupils taught maths and science by Chinese trounce peers: Children who did 12 hour days led by teacher writing on a board performed 10% better in test

Schools Don’t Teach Kids to Read

‘Shoplifters will be prostituted’: Hilarious pictures show the importance of using correct grammar and punctuation

Homeschooling

3 Reasons Not to Homeschool

California home school interest surges as parents look to sidestep vaccine law

Homeschooling Goes Mainstream

NEA ‘attack’ on homeschoolers blasted as ‘outrageous’

Parents pull kids from public school, turn to home-schooling due to Kathleen Wynne’s sex-ed program

The End of the Public School

Socialist Education

10 Reasons Christians Should Not Teach In Public Schools

California college asks students to choose from SIX genders when filling out admissions forms

Duke freshmen are refusing to read recommended gay family reading claiming it’s immoral

Former Abortion Clinic Owner: We Pushed Sex Ed on Kids to Create a Market for Abortion

Head teachers should have the power to FINE ‘feckless’ parents who fail to give their children books to read, says Ofsted chief

Muslim faith school in Yorkshire given ‘good’ rating by Ofsted – despite BANNING pupils from meeting ‘outsiders’ or watching TV

Rude, bone idle… and cosseted by the welfare state! Chinese teachers’ damning verdict on British children after spending a month in UK classrooms

School district OKs mandatory LGBT class for 7th-graders

Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

Singling out pupils for praise ‘does more harm than good’ because others will resent them and the recipients can feel embarrassed, says expert

Teacher: Why ‘I just can’t work in public education anymore’

Miscellaneous

Christian Curriculum Introduced in 30 Moscow State Schools

Posted in Early Learning, Daycare, Preschool, Kindergarten, Education, Education & Homeschool News, Higher Education, Leftism in Education, Nature Study, Public Education, Subject Math, Subject Science

Education Around the Web, June 2015

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Some education-related headlines from the past month:

Academics:

Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm

Boys of 5 already lag behind girls: Experts warn early gender gap means many youngsters never catch up

Half of the first graduates forced to pay £9,000 a year for university say their degrees were NOT worth the money

‘Hannah eats some sweets. Calculate the circumference of Jupiter using your tracing paper and a rusty spoon’: GCSE students complain about hard #EdexcelMaths exam

Primary school slammed for putting a ‘ceiling on ambition’ after segregating children aged just FOUR based on academic ability

Students give their verdict on universities: Third would choose different course if given another chance as thousands say they are badly run and poor value for money

The Finnish Secret to Successful Students

Three in four school leavers ‘are struggling with maths and literacy’: Companies taking months to fill junior roles because many teenagers lack ‘crucial skills’

Want good readers? Keep kids from school, parents told

Why isn’t science fun any more? Elf ‘n’ safety! Schools have ditched experiments because they’re scared of risk, expert says

Daycare and Early Learning:

Babysitters having sex, children kept in a basement and a nanny who confessed to never holding the baby: Parents reveal their nightmare childminder horror stories

Is the Common Core killing kindergarten?

Homeschooling:

Home Schooling in Canada: The Current Picture – 2015 Edition

Rousseau, apostasy, and homeschooling

Liberalism, Secular Humanism, etc. in Education:

After a shocking confession by a colleague a former teacher asks: Why ARE so many women teachers seducing boy pupils?

Burbank High School teacher’s Shakespeare aversion draws national attention

Council sparks outrage by asking children as young as nine whether ‘it is OK to marry someone from a different race or religion’

Italian Families Protest Forced Cross-Dressing of Schoolchildren

Kindergarten Kids Dragged to the Toronto Gay Flag Raising 2015

Public schools called ‘gigantic criminal enterprise’

Pupils as young as 10 quizzed on radicalism: So-called counter-extremism questionnaire asks children how far they would go to defend their religion

Schools Told to End Religious Instruction and Teach Morality Instead

Selfie With Parents’ Sex Toys? Alameda Teacher Accused Of Assigning Bizarre Extra Credit For Sophomores

Student allegedly threatened with failing grade for including Biblical references in group presentation

Teachers complain, chaos reigns as St. Paul schools spend millions on ‘white privilege’ training

The school that says there’s no such thing as a naughty child: Primary bans teachers from raising their voices and refuses to judge its pupils

Miscellaneous

A third of new graduates get jobs which don’t require degrees as number ending up in menial work doubles in seven years

Growing up near parks and woodland ‘boosts a child’s memory and thinking skills’, study reveals

Posted in Early Learning, Daycare, Preschool, Kindergarten, Education, Education & Homeschool News, Higher Education, Leftism in Education, Public Education, Reading & Literature, Subject English

Education Around the Web, May 2015

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Here are some education-related headlines from this past month:

Liberal/Leftist/Communist/Socialist Tyranny and Social Engineering:

College professor accused of ‘outrageous bias’ for failing Christian student

Federal bill requires all public students to be vaccinated – No exemptions for conscience or religion

Homeschoolers interrogated on guns, vaccines – Caseworker demands: ‘Follow public school’ curriculum

How Liberals Ruined College

Parents reading to kids blasted as ‘unfair’

Should all children be made to run or walk one mile EVERY day to combat obesity? Scheme pioneered at one school MUST be rolled out across UK, experts say

Parents reading to kids blasted as ‘unfair’

Police called after boy, 9, uses a RULER as pretend sword in playground game of ‘knights and dragons’

Popular elementary school teacher SACKED for ‘public humiliation’ of child because she asked him to consider how his bullying ‘was hurting other students’

Professor Gives Christian A Hard Time…Admin Doesn’t Care.

Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

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Boarding schools told to introduce gender-neutral uniforms to prevent LBGT bullying

Gender-bender bathroom doors flung open for preschoolers

How the federal government may put Christian schools out of business

Obama Administration Says Non-Profit Status ‘Going to Be an Issue’ for Religious Schools

Lesbian: I use math class to teach young kids about homosexuality so I can ‘hide’ it from parents

Lesbian teacher: How I convince kids to accept gay ‘marriage’, starting at 4-years-old

Outrage as students forced to strip naked with male professor and perform ‘erotic gesture’ by candlelight before being allowed to graduate from University of California, San Diego

Parents anger after children as young as THREE told to sign contract promising not to use ‘transphobic language’ at nursery

Parents furious over school’s plan to teach gender spectrum, fluidity

School officials under fire for reading transgender children’s book to KINDERGARTNERS without telling their parents

Teens receive graphic BDSM tips at Toronto high school

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From the Rebel Community: “Why I Oppose Child Sex Ed”

Kathleen Wynne is ‘absolutely rigid’ on imposing sex-ed, parents say after meeting

Ontario parents plan to pull kids out of school next week to protest Wynne’s sex ed

Why Kathleen Wynne’s claim that parents can ‘opt out’ of sex ed is an utter farce

Educational Decline

Britain at bottom of global skills league table: Schools leavers and graduates are no better at maths and English than workers on verge of retirement

Common Core’s real goal? ‘Dumbing down people’

Guess How Many Students on Standardized Test Said They Knew That the ‘United States Should Be a Democracy’ Is a Widely Held Belief

One in five pupils lacking basic skills in maths and science at age 15: British teenagers behind those in Vietnam and Slovenia in survey of 76 countries

Stupefying Generations of Americans

Higher Education

Don’t waste your money on college

Ken Coates: Are too many of our kids going to university?

THEY SAID GO TO COLLEGE

Why law schools are losing relevance — and how they’re trying to win it back

Miscellaneous

Bedtime stories DO aid reading, brain tests show: Study finds it provides a ‘meaningful and measurable’ boost to their development

Chess whizz aged 12 who stumped a Russian grandmaster: Home-schooled prodigy takes experienced player to the wire

Children at California elementary school welcome new STANDING desks

Girls DO work better at single-sex schools without boys to hold them back, claims leading headmistress

Homeschoolers win televised quiz bowl against Michigan schools

Problems of Trojan Horse scandal ‘have not gone away’: Headteachers say schools still face intimidation including death threats and dead animals strung up in playgrounds