Category Archives: education

No College Football for You and put that Mask back on

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No college football for you. And if you’re a Badger don’t go on zoom without a mask. There will be no return to normal for quite some time. The Big Ten and Pac-12 pulled a Lucy and yanked the ball away as the college football season was about to kick off.

Teachers Unions and Charter Schools

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Thomas Sowell has a new book out – “Charter Schools and Their Enemies.

In a recent WSJ op-ed he says black and Hispanic students in New York City charter schools outperform public school students. And teachers unions fear charter schools for good reason:

Teachers unions and traditional public school administrators have every reason to fear charter schools. In 2019 there were more than 50,000 New York City students on waiting lists to transfer to charter schools.

If that many students were allowed to transfer, in a city where expenditures per pupil are more than $20,000 a year, the result wold be that more than a billion dollars year would transfer with them to charter schools.

Thomas Sowwell

The Elian Gonzales Learn to Read Program

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Five year old Elian Gonzales escaped from Cuba on a raft with his mother 20 years ago. His mother drowned but Elian made it to Miami Beach. Relatives took Elian in and cared for him. But Elian’s escape displeased Fidel Castro and became an international incident. So Attorney General Janet Reno sent him back. At gunpoint.

What’s that got to do with Bernie Sanders? Well, Bernie recently praised Castro’s Cuban literacy program. While disavowing authoritarian behavior he allowed, “I think teaching people to read is a good thing.”

Micro-Aggressions and Punchable Faces

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Some on the left want to protect college students from speech and ideas that offend them. But some on the same side wish to punch a MAGA hat wearing 16 year old boy in the face.

And that offends University of Wisconsin Law School professor emerita Ann Althouse:

“It just beggars belief that the same liberals who fret about ‘micro-aggressions’ for 20-somethings were able to see 16-year-olds absorbing the worst racist garbage from religious bigots…”

Sports Illustrated Too

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Christine Blasey Ford Presents Award

The publisher of the popular Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue gave its Inspiration of the Year award to Rachael Denhollander. Rachel was the first to accuse Dr. Larry Nasser of sexually abusing her as a young gymnast under his care. And over 150 other other victims came forward to corroborate her story.

Here testimony put Dr. Nasser in prison for 175 years. And his employer, Michigan State University, paid $500 million in settlements to 332 victims. Vox has has an in depth story of what happened here.

Christine Blasey Ford Presents Award

Christine Blasey Ford made a video presentation of the award. She claims to be a victim too. She accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of molesting her at a high school party. But no one corroborated her story. Nor could she remember when or where the alleged assault happened or how she got there or got home.

Judge Kavanaugh was put on the U.S. Supreme Court.