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May 4, 2006
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EdWatch is relieved, but the Strib is angered by the
Governor Pawlenty's Nanny State proposals this session. The
Governor's misguided proposals would have been a huge leap toward the
state's take-over of early education with all of the very
dangerous diversity-training Indicators that
givers would become accountable to.
Please take heed. The reliably leftist paper's recommendations are a
warning to us all:
Indeed they can. Legislators should hear from their constituents to
keep the early learning proposals out of their final agreements.
- But old legislative hands have a saying:
"No bill is dead until they've been home three days." Steps
that would improve the education of Minnesota's 3- and 4-year-olds are
alive in the Senate. They can still become law this year.
Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania anti-IB
group formed --
Upper St. Clair citizens organized to defend
representative government, oppose narrow interests and outside
interference, and support responsible school directors.
Board Forced to Settle ACLU Lawsuit
April 24, 2006
Upper St. Clair, PA. Although the supporters of
responsible-ed.org are very disappointed that the Upper St. Clair School
Board was forced to settle the frivolous lawsuit brought against the
school district by the ACLU, IB plaintiffs, Kirkpatrick/Lockhart and
Schnader Harrison, we can sympathize and understand why the difficult
decision was made. Amid the waste of time and hundreds of thousands of
taxpayers dollars, the onslaught of personal attacks and character
assassination, and the destructive impact on the community, the school
board chose to put an end to the madness created by a small group of
dissident parents. Since the lawsuit was filed, board members have
endured continual nuisance heckling, harassment of family members and
threats of subpoenas and depositions, and threats on their
professional careers and livelihoods through personal lawsuits and
In an attempt to overturn the election of November 2005, the ACLU
plaintiffs, et al found a pyrrhic victory. They may have prevailed
in the backrooms of the courthousebut at what cost? The reasonable
citizens of USC will not permit a special interest group to crush a small
towns representative government. This temporary setback for the
citizen majority will not suppress the will of the electorate.
The voters in November clearly preferred board members who pledge fiscal
common sense. This lawsuit was pushed by the same people and their
supporters who lost in the last election and refuse to take economic
realities into consideration. It is frightening to watch the ACLU
and the 2 mega law firms use their techniques of massive litigation,
disruption and imposition of runaway legal costs on USC.
It is a shame that a small minority in USC is going to compel the School
Board to choose between making taxpayers fund an inefficient, failed
program of no advantage and little appealthat graduated 10 students in 6
yearsor waste more tax dollars by taking an inane journey through a
It is our hope that the School Board members will be allowed to guide the
school district as they were elected to do.
FAQ's from Upper St.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 1, 2006: "Though IB's
emphasis is global, its students have learned an important lesson in
modern American democracy: how a loud, privileged minority can sabotage
the voters' will."
International Baccalaureate Program" from the Commonwealth
Education Association of PA
The group calls itself,
Like similar Minnesota public school parent groups from Eden
Prairie and Maple Grove, Where's the Math is questioning the radical
"integrated math" education approach being promoted by math
educators, but opposed by many mathematicians and college math
professors. Their meeting in Bellevue, Washington last Tuesday, April 25
drew some 300 concerned parents, legislators, educators, college
professors, and Elizabeth Carson, Director of
New York City HOLD (a math advocacy
group). Carson argued that math education is inferior in the United
States compared to many other countries, and that it poses a threat to
our national economy and security.
Read the whole story
Universal Mental Health Screening Friday
with Dr. Karen Effrem, Pediatrician
Saturday is Childhood Depression Awareness Day. What
better topic to discuss than the push for mental health screening for all
pregnant women and children 0-18 yrs old. How effective are
anti-depressants in children? Does screening stop suicide? Why the
Order your copy of the Universal Mental Health Screening Briefing
- for All the
with Orlean Koehle, President California Eagle Forum
This week National Teacher Day is observed, but as our guest reports
after spending a week at the National Education Association's annual
convention, where 9,000 delegates attended, some teachers' voices were
silenced. Our guest takes us behind the scene
You gotta be kidding ...
"The major function of the school is the social orientation of the
individual. It must seek to give him understanding of the transition to a
new social order." - Willard Givens, Executive Secretary, National
Education Association, 1934
Latest on the Education Blog
white flag to feminism
Moms Rising demands an end to the mommy wars, not because theyre ready
to leave parents well enough alone. No, this truce demands that we all
agree with MoveOn.orgs political agenda for state intervention into our
kids and family life. Their elitist empowerment goal would educate
mothers and other caregivers about the injustice with how were treated,
meaning we need more social programs, universal pre-school, and a
political agenda mirroring MoveOn.orgs radicalism. They advocate for a
societal shift, which will spike up the taxes that force two parents
into the workplace.
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