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GUN CONTROL IS NOT THE ANSWER: Keeping North Carolina Schoolchildren Safe

BALLOT BOX BEATDOWN: The Parental School-Board Revolt Continues

The political fallout from school closings and curriculum battles continues, as school board incumbents are losing at an unusual rate. That’s the news from Ballotpedia, which analyzed recent school board elections in three states.

 

“Incumbents lost at nearly twice the historical average,” the website that tracks election results reported last week. Parents are revolting over how districts handled Covid and how schools teach race and gender. School board candidates campaigned on at least one of these issues in 141 school district elections in Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

It isn’t clear how long this parental interest will persist once memories of the lockdowns fade, and the unions and incumbents will try to ride out the revolt. School choice is the best long-run antidote to the progressive union monopoly. But parents who are taking on the burden and risk of challenging entrenched boards are acting in the best tradition of American self-government.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Biden Admin Ties School Lunch Funding to Transgender Mandates

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last month it will interpret federal anti-discrimination law “to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” Its decision is based on an executive order Biden signed after assuming office in January 2021, as well as the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which found that Title VII protections against sex discrimination extend to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

“As a result, state and local agencies, program operators and sponsors that receive funds from FNS must investigate allegations of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation,” the USDA said in a May 5 statement, first reported by the Center Square. “Those organizations must also update their non-discrimination policies and signage to include prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.”

SURVEY SAYS…: Survey Refutes Media and Teacher Union Spin

If you believe that social or mainstream media offer accurate representations of reality, you may be surprised to hear that most teachers in North Carolina are content with the working conditions in their schools. After all, the North Carolina Association of Educators and allied public school advocacy organizations insist that our public schools are in a crisis produced by Republican lawmakers who, in the words of one long-time teacher union activist, “seek to attack or even dismantle public education for financial or cultural gain.”

 

The North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey tells a much different story.

LARRY SAND NAILS IT: The Unraveling of Education in America

Covid shutdowns. Teacher union dominance. Dumbed down curricula. The proliferation of low expectations. Education in America is unraveling very quickly, and parents need to take note and act. If not, our country will be unrecognizable in the not-too-distant future.

START WITH OFFERING A QUALITY PRODUCT AT A REASONABLE COST: With college enrollment tumbling, new strategies are urgently needed

George Leef: Takers vs. Makers

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED: Homeschooling Surge Continues Despite Schools Reopening

Black families make up many of the homeschool converts. The proportion of Black families homeschooling their children increased by five times, from 3.3% to 16.1%, from spring 2020 to the fall, while the proportion about doubled across other groups, according to U.S. Census surveys.

 

Raleigh, North Carolina, mother Laine Bradley said the school system’s shortcomings became more evident to families like hers when remote learning began.

 

“I think a lot of Black families realized that when we had to go to remote learning, they realized exactly what was being taught. And a lot of that doesn’t involve us,” said Bradley, who decided to homeschool her 7-, 10- and 11-year-old children. “My kids have a lot of questions about different things. I’m like, ‘Didn’t you learn that in school?’ They’re like, ‘No.’”

NO MENTION OF EFFORTS TO ADVANCE INTELLECTUAL DIVERSITY: Diversity Officers Gather to Advance Equity and Anti-Racism Strategies

“How many feel exhausted at work? How many of you feel exhausted after work?” asked Singh, associate provost for diversity and faculty development and chief diversity officer at Tulane University, who led a crowded room of chief diversity officers through a series of body exercises to help reduce stress.

Over the four-day conference, there were a number of workshops including a focus on Latinx chief diversity officers (CDOs) and the use of DEI statements and rubrics in hiring faculty. [Emphasis added.]

TEACHER UNIONS HAVE SIGHTS SET ON FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS RELIEF DOLLARS: NCAE Demands That Districts Spend Billions in COVID-19 Funding

BIDEN URGES AMERICANS TO CLEAN UP THE TEACHER UNIONS’ MESS: Biden urges Americans to consider tutoring, mentoring in schools

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOLARS LAUNCHES CIVICS ALLIANCE WEBSITE: Civics Alliance

The teaching of American civics in our schools faces a grave new risk. Proponents of programs such as action civics seek to turn the traditional subject of civics into a recruitment tool of the progressive left.

 

We work to prevent this subornation of civics education and to dedicate ourselves to joint work to restore true civics instruction, which teaches American students to comprehend aspects of American government such as the rule of law, the Bill of Rights, elections, elected office, checks and balances, equality under the law, trial by jury, grand juries, civil rights, and military service. American students should learn from these lessons the founding principles of the United States, the structure of our self-governing republic, the functions of government at all levels, and how our key institutions work.

CONFIDENCE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL PRINCIPALS PLUMMETED DURING THE PANDEMIC: Americans’ Trust in Scientists, Other Groups Declines

The public is tired of being misled by “experts” and “journalists.”

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