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What Happened To Harvard?

After a long list of Harvard’s luminaries…

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Robert Frost

Robert Frost

Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller

Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein

 

…something went terribly wrong

 

Algore

Algore

Obama

Obama

Fauxcahontas

Fauxcahontas

 

…and now we have today’s Harvard

 

 

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Higher education: Chelsea Manning named visiting "fellow" at Harvard

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Harvard: Enabling a convicted traitor

I’m sure students will look forward to the lecture on turning a penis into a vagina!
From Yahoo: Chelsea Manning will be joining Harvard University as a visiting fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, according to the school’s website.
Manning will speak on issues of LGBTQ identity in the military, Institute of Politics Fellows co-chairs Emily Hall and Jason Ge wrote in an announcement posted Wednesday.
“We welcome the breadth of thought-provoking viewpoints on race, gender, politics and the media,” Bill Delahunt, IOP acting director, said in the announcement.
Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted in 2013 for leaking a huge cache of classified and sensitive documents. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military judge found her guilty of six Espionage Act violations and multiple other charges relating to the dissemination of more than 700,000 classified military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks.
Manning was acquitted on the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.
After President Barack Obama commuted her sentence before leaving office, Manning has worked to re-brand herself as an activist for queer and transgender rights. She also speaks on topics related to artificial intelligence through op-ed columns for The New York Times and The Guardian, according to Harvard’s website.
Harvard’s IOP also announced three other visiting fellows: former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, CNN political commentator Robby Mook and Kansas City Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James Jr.
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Mom tells school 'my kid is done with homework'

whiningAlthough her child may be in school from 8:15 am until 4:00 pm, I guarantee you that not all that time is spent on studying, testing, etc . There is lunch, recess, waiting until class begins (lining up for class, etc.), study periods (also known as free time for many), and social time.
But hey, way to teach your kid how to create a good rant on social media.
From King5: A mother, who says homework is stressing out her 10-year-old daughter, has told her school ‘my kid is done with homework.’
Blogger and author Bunmi Laditan, posted the letter and explanation on her Facebook page earlier this week.  Laditan says her daughter, Maya, has chest pains, wakes up in the middle of the night worrying about her school load and dreads school in general. 
Laditan was born in California, but now lives with her family in Quebec, Canada. She explains that she doesn’t blame the teachers, but says the system isn’t working out for her family or her child.
According to the post, Maya is in school from 8:15 a.m. until 4 p.m., then has 2-3 hours of homework every night.  “Is family time not important? Is time spent just being a child relaxing at home not important? Or should she become some kind of junior workaholic at 10 years old,” she writes. “Children need downtime after school the same way adults need downtime after work. They need to play with their siblings. They need to bond with their parents in a relaxed atmosphere.”
Laditan says if the school wants to punish her daughter for not doing homework, she’ll figure out how to homeschool her.
The Facebook post has hit home with other parents who agree with her “no homework” stance. It’s been shared more than 17,000 times and garnered nearly 7,000 comments.
Here’s the full Facebook post:
My kid is done with homework. I just sent an email to her school letting her know she’s all done. I said “drastically reduce” but I was trying to be polite because she’s finished.
My 10-year-old loves learning. She independently reads 10-12 chapter books a year and regularly researches topics that interest her (right now she’s writing a story about wolves). She takes coding classes, loves painting, and likes something called Roblox that I don’t fully understand. But over the past four years I’ve noticed her getting more and more stressed when it comes to school. And by stressed I mean chest pains, waking up early, and dreading school in general.
She’s in school from 8:15am-4pm daily so someone please explain to me why she should have 2-3 hours of homework to do every night? How does homework until 6:30, then dinner, then an hour to relax (or finish the homework) before bed make any sense at all?
Is family time not important? Is time spent just being a child relaxing at home not important? Or should she become some kind of junior workaholic at 10 years old?
Did you know that in Finland homework is banned? And that they have the highest rate of college bound students in all of Europe? Children do not need hours of homework time to succeed yet we act like sitting at a kitchen table after a full day at school somehow makes sense. It does not. IT DOES NOT. IT. DOES. NOT.
Children need downtime after school the same way adults need downtime after work. They need to play with their siblings. They need to bond with their parents in a relaxed atmosphere, not one where everyone is stressed about fractions because – SURPRISE- I’m not a teacher. Children need time to just enjoy their childhoods or is that just for the weekends (although we do homework on Sundays also).
My kid is all done with homework. If the school wants to punish her for it, then I guess I’ll have to figure out how to homeschool. I’m very nervous about it because although I work from home, I do work. I also have a 3-year-old who only goes to preschool two mornings a week. And a 7-year-old in second grade. I’ll have to hire a tutor to help me and will need to find a group of parents doing the same thing, but I have no choice at this point.
We all want our children to grow up and succeed in the world. While I believe in education, I don’t believe for one second that academics should consume a child’s life. I don’t care if she goes to Harvard one day. I just want her to be intelligent, well-rounded, kind, inspired, charitable, spiritual and have balance in her life. I want her to be mentally and emotionally healthy. I want her to know that work is not life, it’s part of life. Work will not fulfill you. It will not keep you warm- family, friends, community, giving back, and being a good person do that.
I suppose I’ll hear from her school tomorrow. We have some decisions to make. But going forward, this is a homework-free household and I don’t care who knows it. My kid needs to be a kid.
DCG

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Public Schools Recruit Smarter Immigrants to Pad School Performance

Pop quiz: what do you do when federal funding for your school is tied to performance, but the kids in your local community are too ignorant to perform?

A)    Dedicate yourself to making the local students smarter.

B)    Tell the federal government that NCLB is a joke.

C)    Travel to China, hobnob with wealthy parents, and convince them to send their kid to your high school with a vague promise it will get them into Harvard.

If you’re a typical superintendent in America, you will go with option C.
Yahoo! News has more via the Associated Press:

Next fall, Millinocket Superintendent Ken Smith hopes to have at least 60 Chinese students — each paying $13,000 in tuition and another $11,000 for room and board — at Stearns High School. Stearns at one time had close to 700 high school students, but enrollment has fallen over the years to under 200 this year […]

When Smith went on a recruiting trip to the cities of Shanghai, Beijing and Fuzhou last fall, students there had never heard of Maine. But they knew they wanted to come to America to enhance their chances of going to an American college or university.

No word on who paid for that recruiting trip. What, you expect AP to ask hard questions about something?
Meanwhile, the local students in Millinocket – whose parents do not have the resources or the freedom to send them elsewhere – are failing. Millinocket is a working class town of less than 6,000. Stearns High, a public school, performs woefully below the state average on student performance.
So the Asian kids show up, skate through the school year, and mark on their transcripts that they were valedictorian of their class. The school uses this to pad academic performance and secure more funding. The local kids, left to fail for so many years, now have no chance to graduate at the top of their class, meaning hard work would go completely unnoticed.

For basketball fans out there, this is equal to Michael Beasley playing for Kansas State because he knew he would be the star of the team.
Of course, none of that made it into the AP report. We have American children to discourage and destroy here. More than ever, it is becoming obvious that public education is harmful to your kids.
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