Category Archives: Education

What could possibly go wrong? California to consider allowing 16 year olds to vote

No. Just. No.

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Only in California. There is a bill before the Legislature would amend California’s constitution to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to cast ballots exclusively in school district and community college board elections.  This is because, proponents argue, these are the very races in which the kids have the most at stake. Thankfully, they still wouldn’t be able to vote in  congressional or legislative contests or help pick the next president.

Lorena Gonzalez

Lorena Gonzalez

The Sacramento Bee reports that the woman behind this is Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (Democrat, San Diego). She said, “I think they’re mature enough and they have firsthand experience of what’s going on in schools – they should have a voice in it. The decisions that are made at local school boards and community college boards are affecting them probably more than anything else.”

Gonzalez also said her then-high-school-age daughter was frustrated that she had no say when teachers were laid off during the recession. Gonzalez noted that extra dollars flow to school districts with a large number of English language learners, many of whom have noncitizen parents who can’t vote in elections that help determine how that money will be spent.

Gonzalez called her proposal a way to encourage more participation. California Voter Foundation head Kim Alexander agreed with that premise.

“If people can vote on something relevant to them when they’re 16 years old, they might develop a lifelong habit of voting, and if you get kids voting when they’re still in school, then you have an institution through which you can teach them how to become voters,” said Alexander, whose organization has not taken a formal position on the bill.

Not everyone is on board with this idea. Jon Fleischman, a conservative blogger and political consultant, said enfranchising adolescents would not lead to better election outcomes. “Part of determining the age by which people vote has to do with a combination of maturity and life experience. I think somebody at the age of 16 years old is really a child, not an adult,” Fleischman said. “This is not an age at which you’re ready to be making weighty decisions about public policy.”

Read the whole story here.

Every Communist’s dream: a public education indoctrination institution teaching the kids how to become voters. You know the teachers would give them a bias and liberal slant on just how to vote.

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Student threatens violence after seeing Trump sticker on classmate’s computer. ‘I’ll smash this b**ch’s computer’

#WaronWomen

trump computer

A student has been condemned online after threatening to smash a classmate’s computer because it had a Donald Trump sticker on it.

The Daily Mail reports that the man, identified online as Clifford Durand, a student at St John’s University, New York, posted at 10am threatening to ‘smash this b**ch’s computer’ if his message was retweeted 7,000 times.

After the message went viral, attracting more than 20,000 shares as of Wednesday evening, Durand boasted about getting into a fight with the girl, who has yet to be identified.

Clifford Durand

Clifford Durand (Facebook photo)

In a now-deleted message at around 4pm, Durand wrote: ‘She threw her Starbucks at me and got shoved in the neck.’ According to students at the college, who spoke to the New York Daily News, the fight broke out in a corridor after the woman saw the message about her. Sources told the news site that the woman asked for the post to be taken down, to which Durand responded ‘make me’.  During the altercation witnesses said Durand hit the woman in the chest, and she threw a cup of coffee at him. It is unclear what order these events took place in.

While thousands of people appear to support Durand’s actions online, he was also bombarded by hundreds of tweets from critics. In response Durand, whose Twitter account has now been suspended, lashed out with a series of vicious counter-tweets, branding people ‘c***s’ and threatening to ‘stomp’ his opponents.

St John’s University did not respond to a request from the Dailymail.com for comment, but instead posted a short response on Twitter. Without directly referencing Durand’s messages, it says: ‘Thank you to everyone who reported the incident to us. This type of behavior will not be tolerated. Public Safety is handing the situation. ‘Safety is our top priority. Any student in violation of our Code of Conduct is subject to our conduct process.’

Read the whole story here.

P.S. The Daily Caller is reporting that Durand is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Common Core Math: 5+5+5≠15 and other follies

5×3 = 15

But Common Core says 5+5+5 ≠ 15!

Common Core says the answer to 8+5 is to think of the question as 10+3!

And Common Core says 3×4 = 11 and 2+2 = 5 are okay!

God help us.

~Eowyn

Former U.S. Department of Education Arne Duncan signs with Creative Artists Agency

Obama and Duncan/ed.gov Photo

Obama and Duncan/ed.gov Photo

About a month after stepping down as U.S. secretary of education, Arne Duncan has signed with CAA in all areas, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

During his seven-year tenure (one of the longest in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet and the longest-serving education secretary in American history), Duncan’s accomplishments included implementing the stimulus act’s $100 billion education fund, which saved or created approximately 275,000 jobs*, increased Pell Grants and established reform programs such as Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation.

CAA is expected to negotiate book and speaking deals and identify new business opportunities for Duncan, who served as CEO of Chicago Public Schools before being appointed to Obama’s administration in January 2009.

*So CAA is touting that statistic in their promotion of Arne? That works out to $363,636 spent per “creating” or “saving” a job (if you even believe that number is accurate to begin with). Only in government and liberal la-la-land could one believe that number is something to be proud of.

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Bernie Sanders supporters’ knowledge summed up in one Tumblr post…

feel the bern

Hint: Civics is not their strong suit.

This is an actual post I saw being shared all over Tumblr Saturday night:

please remember

not many are aware, but a president is extremely, extremely, extremelyyy limited without a supporting senate and congress.

for example, if the majority of the party is republican, as it is with Obama, most of the bills and “promises” brought up will be vetoed and denied by the congress without us knowing, thus resulting in us blaming the president when in reality, the president needs OUR help even after being selected.

voting does NOT stop after the presidential election. the president of your choice winning does NOT mean the fight is over.

if you support and want all the things Bernie Sanders is in favor of, and want to see change, please vote for a senate and congress that will support and pass these ideas as well.

so if you’re “feeling the Bern”, don’t be upset if you don’t get the free college tuition. so please, please, please, PLEASE…vote for a respectful, progressive, open minded senate & congress (:

I’m guessing this person has never heard of the power of executive orders? Have they heard about the separation of powers?

I’m guessing this person doesn’t know how Obamacare was passed?

Since when does Congress veto bills?

I’m guessing this person doesn’t know that there are plenty of ways to locate bills that were introduced and determine if they were “vetoed” or “denied” (i.e., their final status)?

By “respectful” and “open minded”, does this person mean passing a bill so that we can find out what is in it? How progressive!

We. Are. DOOMED.

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Meet “Hijarbie” – the Barbie that is covered up!

Last week I told you about the new “lesbian” Barbie, modeled after homosexual and Clinton supporter Abby Wambach.

Amy Wambach and her Barbie

Amy Wambach and her Barbie

Now a Nigerian woman has made what she is dubbing “Hijarbie.”

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Haneefah Adam, 24, wanted to create a doll that dressed the way she did. Complete with a tiny hijab on her plastic head, the miniature fashionista could not be further away from the blonde doll that has brandished the bedrooms of millions of youngsters for almost 60 years.

Express UK reports that Adam said, “It got me thinking about how I’d actually like to see a doll dressed up like I would have — covered up. “I was mulling about the idea for about three months while I was still studying for my master’s degree in the UK. When I got back to Nigeria, I went to the mall, purchased a doll, dressed it up, documented it and here we are.”

You can see her creations here on Instagram.

I’m sure Barbie/Mattel will not have a problem with this Hijarbie, because “diversity is crucial.” As reader PatriotUSA pointed out on my other blog post, “When are they going to make a SOUTHERN Barbie wrapped in the Confederate flag in white and black?????”

Gee, ya think Barbie/Matttel would approve of this doll? My guess IS A BIG FAT NO.

pro gun barbie

h/t FOTM reader GiGi!

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Barbie in full PC mode: There is now a lesbian Barbie

Because “Diversity is crucial“…or something like that.

New line of "diverse" Barbies

New line of “diverse” Barbies

Mattel, the manufacturer of Barbie, recently added new dolls in three body types: curvy, petite and tall. They announced the following:

“Girls everywhere now have infinitely more ways to play out their stories and spark their imaginations through Barbie. Along with more overall diversity, we proudly add three new body types to our line.

This is just the beginning. From offering products that feature more empowering and imaginative roles to partnering with best in class role models, we believe in girls and their limitless potential. #YouCanBeAnything”

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And the latest, more “empowering” Barbie? One of lesbian soccer player (retired) Abby Wambach. If (like me) you don’t follow women’s soccer, she is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. She is married to Sarah Huffman. And she supports Hillary Clinton.

wambach and hillary clinton

People Magazine reports that the official Abby Wambach Barbie doll was unveiled at The Makers Conference in California on Wednesday, honoring the longtime member of and recent retiree from the United States women’s national soccer team.

“At Barbie we believe that if she can see it, she can be it,” Kim Culmone, Vice President of Barbie Global said during the conference while unveiling the doll. She added, “Makers and Barbie are really, really thrilled to honor an extraordinary ‘shero,’ who has elevated and redefined what’s possible for women through her own effort, her bravery and her accomplishments.”

lesbian barbie

“I’m not gonna lie, you guys may not believe this, I was a Barbie kid… I played with Barbies my whole life,” the 35-year-old told the audience. She continued, “Playing with Barbies that may or may not have looked like myself growing up, I think this is a really impactful statement… it just proves that we really are getting somewhere… if you’re out there and maybe your doll doesn’t look exactly like you feel, here’s another option.”

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