Posts Tagged ‘school’

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Why can countries like Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Brazil and others send their students to college for free while American students have to choose between a continued existence in poverty and debt, or death on the battlefield, the increased possibility of rape, and/or higher incidence of mental illnesses if they want a college education?

A College Education Instead of Mindless Militarization

Many democratic governments throughout Europe offer their children a free college education. Some, like Denmark, even pay their children a living allowance of around $1000 to go to college. In South America, the government of Brazil offers its students a free college education. The United States, conversely, charges students exorbitant fees for education which has forced many poorer students to either join the military and utilize the GI Bill or take out huge loans in order to go to college.

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There is so much of the world for us to bomb, invade and dominate. And your middle-schoolers are key to a future of global dominance…

73 percent of Los Angeles County high schools that offer JROTC “do not offer enough college preparatory courses for all students to take a college preparatory curriculum.” In Chris Harmer’s words: “Poor and minority kids are being tracked into military careers as early as sixth grade. That’s what’s so insidious about this.”

America’s Tween Soldiers

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Reminds me of the Madrassahs of Pakistan, same concept. They take the poor street kids, set them up in religious brainwashing schools and prep them for Jihad. JROTC is the American militarism version of the Madrassah. They take kids from poor neighborhoods and start brainwashing them young in what they call “leadership.” They empower their next generation of killers with a curriculum to stir up a love of empire and ambition, cultural hubris and a completely warped sense of war and peace.

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Crimes against Humanity: Ukraine Military Shelling of School in Donetsk

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) confirms the shelling of school in Donetsk was made from the side of Ukraine’s military, and the Ukrainian side is trying to fabricate proofs of non-involvement, Russia’s ambassador to OSCE Andrey Kelin told TASS on Saturday.

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Scholastic Books is now selling access to your children’s minds.

Scholastic and Big Coal Team Up to Bamboozle 4th Graders

 

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High School in the police state resembles prison more every day.  Here students are treated as sheep after a fellow student has committed suicide, and the school refuses to grant a moment of silence to the students.

The prancing martinet principal orders a boy arrested for daring to interrupt his speech.  Why are these fascist clowns allowed to bully the nation’s children?   We have become a nation of prison guards and drones who take orders from incompetent meat heads.

Leave your Constitutional rights at the prison gate.

 

Today in school us students made a protest for a kid that committed suicide. The school refused to give a moment of silence over the announcements or even mention his name. We asked several times over the course of two days and still nothing was said about the kid. The bald buy says “I’m disappointed” and a kid in the crowd replies “We are disappointed in you too” This kid later gets arrested. Completely ridiculous.

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Posted: December 30, 2013 in -
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Alaska phishing pupils take over classroom computers

A group of pupils at a middle school in Alaska took control of their school computers after phishing for administrator privileges.

They asked teachers at Schoenbar Middle School, for 12 to 13-year-olds, to enter admin names and passwords to accept a false software update, according to reports. The pupils used those details to access and control classmates’ PCs. Classmates then complained that their computers were not responding normally.

At least 18 pupils were involved in the phishing, which gave them control over 300 computers allocated for student use at the school in the Alaskan town of Ketchikan.

 

Wow, this is pretty powerful stuff.

What does the school do with the children? [John] Gatto states the following assertions in “Dumbing Us Down”:

  • It makes the children confused. It presents an incoherent ensemble of information that the child needs to memorize to stay in school. Apart from the tests and trials that programming is similar to the television, it fills almost all the “free” time of children. One sees and hears something, only to forget it again.
  • It teaches them to accept their class affiliation.
  • It makes them indifferent.
  • It makes them emotionally dependent.
  • It makes them intellectually dependent.
  • It teaches them a kind of self-confidence that requires constant confirmation by experts (provisional self-esteem).
  • It makes it clear to them that they cannot hide, because they are always supervised

John Gatto seems to be on his own little Jihad against the US school system. He quotes Alexander Inglis, author of Principles of Secondary Education.

While I agree that school is a mess in the US, the radical alternative of having unqualified, and often uneducated, parents home schooling their kids is a worse solution than simply fixing the school system. Gatto also doesn’t allow that education has evolved since the time of Inglis, and that numerous mechanisms are dumbing down kids, not just school. The media, the culture in general, their own peers, their families — education is not generally prized by the general masses. A lot of teachers on the front lines are trying to turn that around despite the resistance from other aspects of the culture, from politics to Hollywood.

Another from Best Shorts of the Week. This one takes it to that fine line between passion and repetitive ranting.


 

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Few films are so beloved as John Hughes’ quirky 80’s tale of high school truancy and the cry for freedom.  A distant relative of mine recently named her baby “Ferris.”  What is it that clicked into place on this film, and why does it still hold up, while so many teen comedies fizzle upon further reflection?

The legend is that John Hughes wrote the script in 6 days, confronted by a fast approaching writer’s strike.  Hughes is the 80’s teen comedy guy, with such films as The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Weird Science to his credit.  Hughes also directed and cast the film with just the right actors at just the right moment.

Ferris (Matthew Broderick) talks to the camera, repeatedly breaking the 4th wall, a high-risk move that fails more often than it works.  Luckily, Broderick had recently been in three different roles that also did this, and he was now so comfortable acting to the camera and so confident that he could pull it off, it just naturally emerged to give the comedy an elevated sense of philosophical musing.

Ferris’ best friend Cameron is the real central character, the project, the one with an arc and a life change to make.  Ferris acts as a hyper-real, charismatic catalyst to bring his friends, and the audience, on a greatest day of their lives kind of joyride.  And joyride they do – in Cameron’s father’s $350,000 classic Ferrari.

The point of the story is to break free and live more, to seize the day.  In that regard, it floats above the usual teen love/angst film, where shy nerds usually search for sex.  That’s not the goal here.  It works on a different plane.  It’s an unconventional storyline, and you can’t easily predict where the caravan will head next.

In the Behind the Scenes the atmosphere on the set is so spontaneous, so elastic and ripe for improvisation, credit really goes to Hughes for being such a collaborator.  Actors ad lib and mold the scenes, and they have great fun doing it.  The way a comedy should unfold.

The conflicts are strong and so memorable.  The school’s principal is on a wild-eyed Jihad to bring Ferris down, at any cost.  So is his jealous sister, Jeannie, who despises how Ferris gets away with everything, but she can’t get away with anything.

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I’ve never met anyone who disliked Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and perhaps its timeless story of industrialized education suffocating the youth, and their natural inclination to rebel and break free will live on forever in the classics section.

Ferris on Netflix.

Save Ferris.

And if you can handle it, one of the best mashups between two completely irrelevant movies, ever:

Ferris Club

 

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Department of Homeland Security funding “Centers of Excellence” at US Universities

From Kindergarten to University: Homeland Security Culture in America

The official list[3] of 12 centers are overseen by the Orwellian “Office of University Programs” [4]. The “Strategic Objectives” of this office are quoted as follows:

  •  Foster a homeland security culture within the academic community through research and educational programs.
  • Strengthen U.S. scientific leadership in homeland security research.
  • Generate and disseminate knowledge and technical advances to advance the homeland security mission.
  • Integrate homeland security activities across agencies engaged in relevant academic research.
  • Create and leverage intellectual capital and nurture a homeland security science and engineering workforce.

Notice, their admitted overall goal is not only to ‘disseminate knowledge’ and technical advances for the homeland security ‘mission’, but also to create a Homeland Security Culture within the educational system; [5], 6].