Category Archives: Education

No empty nest: Young women live with Mom & Dad like it’s 1940

Living at home at 26 and still “trying to figure out your life”…sounds like another “Julia” who was “helped” by Obama’s policies.


CBS News: Young women are living with their parents or relatives at a rate not seen since 1940 as more millennial women put off marriage, attend college and face high living expenses.

A Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found that 36.4 percent of women between the ages 18 and 34 lived with parents or relatives in 2014, the most since at least 1940, when 36.2 percent lived with family.

It is a very different world for women now, though, despite the “return to the past, statistically speaking,” says Richard Fry, a senior economist at Pew.

Fry says young women are staying home now because they are half as likely to be married as they were in 1940 and much more likely to be college-educated. Economic forces such as increasing student debt, higher living costs and economic uncertainty, are also playing a role.

Casey Ballard, 29, was living in Portland, Oregon, but rent ate up roughly two-thirds of her paycheck and she was ready for a career change. A September move back with family in California allowed her to try out teaching as a substitute, and now she plans to pursue teaching full-time. “There was that element of frustration and feeling like a failure,” she says about returning home. “But then the logical side of me kicked in and said ‘It’s just fiscally responsible.'”

Young men have historically lived with parents at higher rates than young women, and similar economic and cultural forces are keeping an increasing number of men at home too in recent years. But the rate young men are staying home with their parents and relatives, 42.8 percent, remains below the 47.5 percent level for men in 1940.

The percentage of young men and women living with family fell after the 1940s as more women joined the workforce, the overall workforce expanded, and marriage rates increased.

But while marriage was once the life event that triggered a move out of the family home, it is now coming later with each generation, if it comes at all. The median age of marriage for women is now 27, up from 21.5 in 1940. For men, it is 29.3, up from 24.3 in 1940.

Young women and men began staying home or returning there at a more rapid rate after 2000, a trend that sharply increased with the economic uncertainty brought on by the housing collapse and recession in the late 2000s.

While the retreat home for young adults it is also clearly a result of economic pressures, it is not, according to Fry, an employment issue. For example, more young adults are living with their family now than in 2010, even though the job market has improved since then. “The job market has gotten significantly better (for this group),” Fry says. “Unemployment has come down, more have jobs and some are even getting paid a bit more.”


Another factor in the change, Fry says, is increased ethnic diversity across this age demographic, which in turn has introduced cultural traditions of living with parents and relatives longer into life.

“I don’t think it’s as bad as people think it is,” says Stacey Sholes, 26, who moved back into her parent’s house in Fresno, California eight months ago after leaving college in San Francisco and working in Los Angeles.

Sholes is still a few credits shy of graduating but isn’t sure if she will return because her private school was very expensive and she’s not confident she’ll be able to find a job in the film industry even with a degree. She is living with her folks while she figures out her next step and has taken a holiday job at the same retail store she worked when she was 18 to bring in some cash.

There are bumps, like when she fails to tidy up or check in with her parents regularly. But otherwise it’s a comfort to be with her family. Still, she hopes to find a new place soon with a roommate. “I have a very loving, supportive family, they don’t give me a hard time about it,” she said. “It’s a good place to crash while I figure my life out.”



ISIS flag, radical manifesto raise questions about Calif. campus stabber’s motive

Doesn’t raise any questions for me. Just confirms what I suspected upon seeing the stabber’s name.

Fox News: The California college student who stabbed four people last week was carrying an image of the black flag of ISIS according to a report Tuesday, as well as a handwritten manifesto with instructions to behead a student and multiple reminders to pray to Allah, yet authorities continued to insist Faisal Mohammad’s motives had nothing to do with radical Islam.

are you serious

The 18-year-old, who was killed by a campus police officer to end the Wednesday morning attack, was a loner who was incensed at being booted from a study group, according to Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke. But the extreme way Mohammad dealt with his rage, the presence of the printout of Islamic State’s black flag and the deadly plans spelled out in the two-page document he carried could indicate there was more to the attack than simple rejection.

“This fits exactly with what ISIS is looking for, individuals to go and do an act of terrorism unilaterally,” said Patrick Dunleavy, former deputy inspector general of the New York State Police Criminal Intelligence Unit and author of the 2011 book “The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism’s Prison Connection. “The fact that he may have been kicked out of a study group does not preclude this being a lone wolf act. It only needs some sort of trigger, which could be totally unrelated to Islam, that causes him to act on his rage and attribute it to Allah.

Faisal Mohammad

Faisal Mohammad

Dunleavy likened it to the case of Alton Nolen, who allegedly beheaded a former co-worker at a food plant in Oklahoma City in 2014. While he was angry over a workplace issue, his actions were likely the result of radicalization, said Dunleavy. “ISIS is not looking for a few good men; one crazy will do,” Dunleavy said. “This is what a lone wolf looks like.”

The printout of the ISIS flag was reported Tuesday by the Merced Sun-Star, citing a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday. The official also said Mohammad’s manner of dress during the attack and some of the websites he may have visited in the days leading up to the incident ultimately led local authorities to hand control of the investigation over to the FBI. Warnke confirmed that decision, saying “new information” had been discovered on Saturday about Mohammad, who was shot and killed by police during the episode.

“I met with the FBI Saturday night and turned over copies of all evidence we’ve collected to that agency and the UC Merced police department,” said Warnke. “As far as any further investigation into any outside influence, the FBI will be handling that from now on.”

While the unnamed law enforcement official who spoke with the Sun-Star didn’t directly say the flag was related to the attack, the Islamic caliphate is known to be recruiting U.S. citizens directly and attempting to inspire lone wolf attacks within the country. The group’s social media savvy is well documented.

None of Mohammad’s four victims died in the attack. Two students, a female staff member and Byron Price, a 31-year-old construction worker who was credited with slowing Mohammad’s onslaught, were injured as the computer science and engineering major slashed away with a 10-inch hunting knife, grinning demonically, according to witnesses. Only the staffer, who was stabbed outside the classroom as Mohammad fled, remains hospitalized, according to school spokeswoman Brenda Ortiz.

An FBI official confirmed the bureau’s involvement but said campus police are in charge.

“The case is an ongoing UC Merced PD case and has been,” said FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie. “We are providing assistance to the UC Merced PD, as requested, which we have from the beginning. We have not “taken over” an investigation but continue to provide assistance as we have been. As this is an ongoing investigation, it would be imprudent for me to comment on any element of the investigation, especially independent from the UC Merced PD.” reported Friday that the manifesto found on Mohammad included numerous reminders to pray to Allah and a pledge to behead one victim. A backpack carried by Mohammad, who was shot and killed by campus police on a nearby bridge, contained zip-tie handcuffs and duct tape. Authorities later found two pages of handwritten notes on him, detailing his plans in oddly numbered order, according to investigators.

“No. 27 was to ‘make sure people are tied down,’ No. 28 was “sit down and praise Allah,’” Warnke said. “I remember seeing four or five times, scribbled on the side of the two-page manifesto, where he wrote something like ‘praise Allah.’ There was a gruesome statement he made about wanting to cut someone’s head off,” Warnke added.

Law enforcement experts suggested the FBI may have a bigger role in the probe than it claims. “There is no question that the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is leading this investigation,” said Steve Rogers, former Nutley, N.J., police detective, ex-military liaison to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and consultant to Fox News. “The FBI can say they are assisting local law enforcement, but the reason they are involved is because there may be a terrorism link. They don’t normally get involved in every stabbing case. The campus police do not have the equipment, technical training or knowledge one needs to track down whether this is terrorism related. The law enforcement involved in this case should just be upfront and honest with the American people. They are not telling us the facts. This is why people are losing confidence in law enforcement.”

A Twitter account linked to ISIS praised the act last week. But it is possible Mohammad was inspired by the terrorist group and carrying out its wishes without consciously committing an act of terrorism, said one former FBI agent.

“Terrorism really relates to motive,” said retired FBI Agent Jeff Lanza, author of “Pistols to Press,” which details his career. “So if the motive is not related to some kind of agenda against our government, or our culture, or some retaliation against acts the Army is doing, or the government is doing, it is properly classified as a non-terrorism event.  Even though he may have been reading about Allah, had been following the activities of ISIS, the classification still has to do with motive,” he said.

Warnke said authorities have spoken with the parents of Mohammad, who was from Santa Clara, but did not say where they are. He said they have arranged to have a funeral home pick up their son’s body, but it was not clear if that had occurred.


Thank you James O’Keefe


Score one more for Project Veritas

Published on Nov 3, 2015
Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity at Vassar College caught on hidden camera shredding constitution and “The Constitution is an oppressive document” says Carol Lasser, Professor of History-Oberlin College.

Well, there you have it from the horse’s mouth. Now we know how America became ignorant enough to elect President Lucifer twice.

Christian daycare workers fired for refusing to call a little girl a boy

Reality doesn’t exist in proggieland.


Children’s Lighthouse/Facebook Photo

Breitbart: HOUSTON, Texas — Two daycare workers have been fired for refusing to go along with the center’s transgender agenda. Madeline Kirksey, one of the workers who is an author of a Christian book, says her religious liberty rights have been violated. The two were fired after refusing to call a little girl a boy.

The two male parents of a six-year-old little girl told employees at the school to refer to their daughter as a boy, and to call her by a new masculine name. The little girl’s hair had also been cut like a boy’s.

Kirksey told Breitbart Texas in an interview, that the problem was not so much with the transgender issue as it was with telling young children that the little girl was a boy when she was not, and with calling her “John” (not the name given) when that was not her name.

She, and another worker who does not want to be identified, were fired from the Childrens’ Lighthouse Learning Center in Katy, Texas, a city just west of Houston.

The school distributed guidelines to the teachers called “How to Handle Transgender Students.” The printed guidelines were obtained from the internet and can be read at this link.

The guidelines and the instructions given the teachers included six rules, one of which was “Help defend their dignity.” Another, was to “Educate yourself and your students.” The Christian worker said she did not believe it “was our job,” to thrust the issue on the small children of other parents. She said the school should not force their beliefs on the children, or on her, or upon other parents.

The author of the Christian book, “In Pursuit of the Promise,” said the other children should not be exposed at such an early age to the issue of transgender or “gender identity,” and felt that the two male parents were imposing the issue on their little girl.

“I don’t think we should be talking to other people’s children who are under the age of 18 about being transgender,” Kirksey said in an interview with Fox26 in Houston. Both of the fired workers agreed on this point.

Kirksey said that prior to this happening, she had been commended for the good work that she was doing at the school. After she refused to call the little girl by her new masculine name, and to tell the other children to do so, and to say that the little girl was a little boy, the daycare worker was written-up for alleged infractions that she did not believe were based in reality. She has worked at the school for over a year.

The fired worker notified Child Protective Services that the little girl was being told that she is now a little boy. She believes that it is up to professionals to determine if the little girl is just confused, or if the new gender is being forced upon the little girl.

Kirksey says sometimes the little girl refers to herself as a little boy, and sometimes she tells the other children to not call her a boy or to refer to her by her masculine name.

The Childrens’ Lighthouse in Katy is just one of the school franchise’s that are all over the country. The company is based in Fort Worth and according to its website, there are 37 learning centers in seven states. The school cares for children ages six weeks to twelve years old.

The City of Houston just received national attention for an election that submitted a city ordinance to the voters. The measure, defeated by a margin of 61-39 percent, would have allowed transgendered men, or men who “identify” with being a woman, to use women’s bathrooms, locker room, and shower facilities. Houston’s openly gay mayor said that passing the ordinance is something that is very “personal” to her. As reported by Breitbart Texas, pastors who worked to defeat the ordinance say the measure is part of a leftist national agenda.


Kansas Teacher Asked To Resign After Showing Anti-Bullying Film

Teacher uses anti-bullying film that reverses sexual orientation (majority gay picking on straights) so kids get the point, gets suspended and “asked to resign” by lib school.

Huffington Post: A Kansas teacher was asked to resign after showing his students an anti-bullying film following an anti-gay incident which took place in the classroom. 

Last month, Tom Lehy, a social studies teacher who has been at Conway Springs Middle School in Conway Springs, Kansas, since 1997, showed “Love Is All You Need” in three eighth-grade history classes, the Wichita Eagle reported. The 2013 short film is about a young straight girl who is bullied to the point of suicide in a world where being gay is the “norm.” Lehy said he decided to show the video after a class project in which students were asked to create fictional colonies, but he noticed that there was at least one group that said gay people were not allowed in their colony.

“Then the issue of gay vs. straight came up, and a lot of them were not allowing gays into their colony and stuff like that… There were some hard feelings. Kids were getting upset,” Lehy said. He said that he showed the film because he aimed to show something “important.” 

Parents were upset with the film’s graphic content, according to KWCH, and superintendent Clay Murphy told the network Lehy did not get permission to show it to students. 

I loved what the message of the video was, but I should have done it in a different way and I understand what the superintendent and the board are having to do,” Lehy told KWCH. “I hold nothing against them at all.” 

Lehy, who planned to retire next year, is currently on leave and said he does not expect to return to teaching. 

“No resignation has been turned in or accepted,” Murphy said to The Huffington Post in regards to Lehy’s current status at the school.


Texas teacher gives “F” grade to students who refuse to say God is a myth

Jordan Wooley testifies before Katy School Board

Kathryn Porter reports for PolitiChicks that Texas 7th-grader Jordan Wooley testified before the Katy Independent School District board meeting on Oct. 26, 2015, on an assignment in her reading class.

Wooley is a seventh grader at West Memorial Junior High School in the Katy Independent School District.

The assignment was to learn the difference between what the teacher classified as three types of statements or truth claims — “fact,” “opinion,” and “commonplace assertions.” The students were asked to correctly identify a list of 9 statements, including #2: “There is a God.”

“Commonplace assertions” is defined by the teacher as “something commonly stated, but untrue” and “basically a myth.” 

Texas 7th grade school assignment

Wooley told the school board, “Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real.” According to Wooley’s testimony, her teacher told the class that anyone who answered “fact” or “opinion” for #2 was wrong. The correct answer is “commonplace assertion” because God is only a myth. She said that when a student asked if they could answer according to their beliefs, her teacher told them they would fail the assignment.

Wooley said her teacher “was taking away my religion and what I believed in” and described some of her classmates’ reactions:

  • “My friend, she went home and she started crying. And she was actually supposed to come with me, but she didn’t think she could. So my friend, she turned in her paper and she had still put that God was a fact and to be true. And my teacher crossed the answer out several times, telling her that it was completely wrong.
  • “And my other friend, she got really upset, and she started arguing with the teacher and the teacher got mad. And my friend, she wound up slamming everything off of her desk because she got really aggravated with the whole issue.”
  • “Another child had asked the teacher if we could try to put what we believe in on the paper and she said you can if you want to get the problem wrong which you’ll fail, you’ll fail the paper if you do.”

Wooley ended her testimony by stating, “And when I tried to talk to my teacher about it, she told me that it doesn’t have anything to do with religion because the problem was just saying that there is no God.”

When questioned by a school board member as to her school of attendance, another board member attempted to prevent the information from going on the record. He stated, “I’d rather not we have that at this point and time. You have a resolution process that we need to follow. And I think getting into these details right now would be violating your own process, would be unfair to a lot of folks, and putting her on the spot is not a good thing.”

A local news outlet called Covering Katy reported that the principal questioned Wooley the next morning, but did not invite her mother, Chantel, to the meeting.

Here’s the video of Jordan Wooley’s testimony before the school board, posted by Chantel to her Facebook page:

Here is a transcript of Jordan’s full testimony:

“Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real.

Our teacher had started off saying that the assignment had been giving problems all day. And we were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion, or a myth. And she told anyone who said that a fact or opinion was wrong and that God is only a myth.

And she started saying, telling kids that they were completely wrong and that when kids would argue she had told them that we would get in trouble.

And whenever we asked why we were led to believe that He was true if he is untrue, she told us to ask our pastors.

When I tried to argue, she told me to prove it. And I tried to reference things such as the Bible and stories that I’ve read before from people that have died and went to heaven, but have come back and told their stories.

And she told me just that both were just things that people were doing to get attention.

I know that it wasn’t just me who is affected by it. My friend, she went home and she started crying. And she was actually supposed to come with me, but she didn’t think she could. So my friend, she turned in her paper and she had still put that God was a fact and to be true. And my teacher crossed the answer out several times, telling her that it was completely wrong.

And my other friend, she got really upset, and she started arguing with the teacher and the teacher got mad. And my friend, she wound up slamming everything off of her desk because she got really aggravated with the whole issue.

And whenever my friend and I came home, we immediately told our parents about it.

And we called the principal and she said that she would handle it, but she said that the teacher had already gone home.

Another child in my class had asked the teacher if we could try to put what we believe in on the paper and she said you can if you want to get the problem wrong which you’ll fail, you’ll fail the paper if you do.

I felt that this was really wrong and I didn’t feel like this was fair for my faith and my religion to have anything to do with what I’m learning about in school.

I had known before that, I had known that our schools aren’t supposed to teach us much about religion or question anything about religion. And when I tried to talk to my teacher about it, she told me that it doesn’t have anything to do with religion because the problem was just saying that there is no God.”

Here’s contact info for the school:

Principal: Gina Cobb
West Memorial Junior High
22311 Provincial Blvd
Katy, TX 77450
Ph: 281.237.6400
Fax: 281.644.1675
To send Cobb an online email, click here.

Neisha RichieAssuming “Reading Class” falls under the school’s “Language Arts,” the Department Chair for the school’s 7th-grade Language Arts is Neisha Richie. To send Richie an online email, click here.

H/t FOTM’s katrinawb


Surveys confirm Conservatives’ suspicion: Democrats are socialists and anti-God

In 2010, the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) sued the Democratic Party and its leadership for “stealing” CPUSA’s party platform and relabeling it as “progressive”.

Two years later, all was well when CPUSA endorsed Obama and the Democratic Party in the 2012 elections.

What does that tell you?

It should tell you that if there is truth in labeling, the Democratic Party should really be renamed the Communist Party.


All of this is confirmed by a recent survey of 1,000 Likely Voters conducted on October 26-27, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports, which found that for the first time ever, a majority of Democrat voters view socialism favorably. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

As Doug Ross points out:

Socialism, Communism, Maoism, and National Socialism (e.g., the Nazi Party) are all offshoots of Marxism. They are all branches of the same defective tree.

Marxism has failed in literally every venue it has been tried, despite progressives’ laughable efforts to claim certain countries have implemented it successfully.

No country has and no country ever will, because — as Margaret Thatcher sagely observed — “[the] problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money“….

Where “Marxism Light” — socialism — gave way to its more extreme flavors (e.g., Communism, Nazism, Maoism) the inevitable result was mass murder by government.

According to a study conducted by academics at the University of Hawaii, Communism in the 20th century alone led to the murders of 110 million men, women and children.

Isn’t it ironic? When it comes to their own ideologies like climate change, progressives like to shut off debate by claiming that “The science is settled.”

In this case, the record of history is settled. Marxism and it descendents have failed in every situation and in very region across the world.

That the majority of Democrats could embrace such a twisted political philosophy is an indictment of not only our media, but also our failed, union-controlled educational system.

But wait.

The disorder of Democrats=liberals=progressives=socialists=communists goes even deeper.

Remember the 2012 Democratic National Convention when the party’s platform drafting committee removed the word “God” from their national platform? A day later, there was a motion to restore God to the party platform. The motion was put to a voice vote from the convention delegates. Three times the “No” voices were louder and more numerous than the “Yes” voices, as you can hear for yourself in the video below (beg. at 1:56 mark).

In other words, the majority of the DNC delegates three times rejected God.

That clearly was not what convention chairman Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wanted. So he simply railroaded over the voice votes and declared that the motion passed by the required two-thirds. (See “Obama and the Democrats Turn Their Back to God”)

Now we know why the DNC delegates three times voted against God — most Democrats don’t believe in God.

Billy Hallowell reports for The Blaze, Nov. 3, 2015, that according to the Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Studythe largest, single “religious” group among Democrats is now the “nones” — an umbrella group that includes atheists, agnostics and those unaffiliated with a specific faith.

The new report, titled “U.S. Becoming Less Religious,” found that the growth of the “nones” has had a “particularly pronounced impact on the Democratic Party coalition.”


Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning adults, the “nones” (or “no religion”) now outnumber any other group, including evangelicals, Catholics, mainline Protestants and other religious cohorts, growing from just 19% in 2007 to 28% by 2014. 

Among Democrats, Catholics declined from 24% in 2007 to 21% in 2014; Evangelicals declined from 19% in 2007 to 16% in 2014.

In contrast, the biggest religious cohort among Republicans in 2014 remained Evangelicals, who made up 38% of the GOP in 2014 as opposed to 37% back in 2007; the second biggest group in 2014 was Catholics, down to 21% from 22% in 2007.


Sadly, even among Republicans, the “no religion” group is increasing, from 10% in 2007 to 14% in 2014.

The newly released report — which found decreases in the proportions of Americans who say they believe in God, pray daily and attend church —  follows an earlier Pew Research Center report this year that documented a notable decrease in the proportion of Americans calling themselves Christians.

Read the latest Pew report in its entirety here.