education reform

Curtailing teen births now a higher-ed goal

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Incoming college students next fall will begin receiving information during orientation to raise awareness about unplanned pregnancies.

Source: Curtailing teen births now a higher-ed goal

Interesting article, and I’m just wondering how they’re factoring abortions into this overall.  Birth control and abortion are not the answer to reducing teen pregnancies.

18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children | ChildrensMD

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18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children |  ChildrensMD.

My favorites:

“We are able to work on the kids’ behavior and work ethic throughout the day. My son’s poor work effort at school was nearly impossible to address. The teachers didn’t have time to make my son repeat work they felt was average quality. We wouldn’t see the work until days after it was completed. Finally, we’ve been able to push him to his full potential.”

“Research continues to show that homeschooled kids do well socially. Our kids have no shortage of time with friends—each week they attend homeschool co-op, scouts, sports, dance, choir, piano, religious education and have plenty of time to play with neighborhood friends. Add in the birthday parties and homeschool field trips, and we find ourselves having to decline activities so that we can get our homeschooling done!”

 

Homeschooling.  It’s awesome.

How to raise boys without the swagger | All Abroad Baby

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How to raise boys without the swagger – All Abroad Baby.

Awesome report on a book I’m now inclined to read for myself; “Swagger” by Lisa Bloom, and 7 ways to raise high-achieving, well-read, intellectually stimulated boys in this world of pandering screens and video games.

Noteworthy quote:

“As Lisa Bloom states: ‘If a violent criminal knocked on your front door and said he’d like some time alone with your son to sing some catchy and slickly packaged songs he’d written about life on the streets and behind bars, would you give him ten bucks, show him to your son’s room, and leave the two of them alone for hours, unmonitored?’

This paraphrase from the third chapter of Swagger kept me reading. It made me laugh and, at the same time, had me thinking ‘You couldn’t have put it any better’. Before this I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish reading Swagger. This is because it starts out with an alarming bunch of statistics and research into how girls are outperforming boys at every level of school, in every subject.

Boys are being kicked out of preschool at four times the rate of girls and girls dominate the top 10 percent of the class, while boys crowd the bottom 10 percent.

High school teacher tells graduating students: “You’re not special” | NY Daily News

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High school teacher tells graduating students: “You’re not special” | NY Daily News.

“Yes, you’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped,” McCullough said in his speech. “Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You’ve been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and implored. You’ve been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. … But do not get the idea you’re anything special. Because you’re not.”

Driving the point home, he added, “Think about this: even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you.”

Wow. What an amazing point that needs to be made.
Read the rest of the article.

Upper Manhattan public elementary school mandates Arabic as a foreign language | NYPOST.com

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Upper Manhattan public elementary school mandates Arabic as a foreign language | NYPOST.com.

“Beginning next semester, all 200 second- through fifth-graders at PS 368 in Hamilton Heights will be taught the language twice a week for 45 minutes — putting it on equal footing with science and music courses. One reason Principal Nicky Kram Rosen selected Arabic — as opposed to more common offerings, such as Spanish or French — is because it will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing.”

Not sure how I feel about this.

DALLAS, TX FILES SUIT AGAINST HHS MANDATE

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Catholic Diocese of Dallas | Cathdal.org.

“The HHS mandate does offer some exemptions but uses very narrow criteria in determining which entities qualify as religious organizations requiring that they must primarily provide services to persons who share their religious tenets. Catholic schools, hospitals and organizations that offer assistance to the poor currently provide services regardless of a person’s religious beliefs or affiliation. Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, leader of the 1.2 million Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas, expressed grave concern about the government intrusion. “We used to only ask, ‘Are you hungry. Are you in need?’ With this mandate, we will now have to ask, ‘Are you Catholic?’ The burden that would be put back on the government would be great should Catholic assistance be forced to disappear. It is alarming to think of the thousands, in our area alone, who would not receive assistance if this mandate stands.””

I can just hear Bishop Farrell saying this in his quiet, paternal Irish accent.

 

May God be with us all as this battle has only barely begun.

 

May God be with us all as this battle has only barely begun.

 

May God be with us all as this battle has only barely begun.