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Setback for education reform and America will feel its aftershocks

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All politics is local and does affect national issues. That will be proven by the way voters in Douglas County, Colorado decided their school board elections.

All of the Teachers Union-backed candidates won their seats on the Douglas County school board ensuring that vouchers for students at least in their minds will finally come to a bitter end, and it very could be. This is a big setback for real school reform.  Then they will tell us that they need more and more of our hard-earned money to make their one size fits all public education system better.  And they shall keep making that statement forever and ever, and ever.  Until finally their house of cards comes down, and so many of our children and grandchildren who have become deaf, dumb and blind will feel its effects.  They can only ask themselves what happened?

What happened?

Personally, I feel what needs to happen is for government at all levels of to get out of education altogether.  Even the Teachers Unions would oppose that.  Making someone else pay for your children’s education is downright wrong in the first place.  However, a voucher-friendly school board would be supportive of homeschooling rather than a teachers union-friendly one would fight for more restrictions on it, if not making it totally illegal like in Germany. Now even the fight to homeschool will likely be harder.  So will charter schools which are far from perfect but still better than the one size fits all plan which the unions will fight for until the bitter end.  They may not kill charter schools overnight, but they may raise fees on them and kill them slowly that way.

You need to understand one thing about American public education, especially these days.  It is nothing but a work placement program for the adults that work in it.  Nothing more and nothing less.  The children are nothing but pawns for these adults who might have gone into teaching with the best of intentions but eventually it becomes job security as well as their retirement security.

The success of public education is not based on how well educated the children are.  The success is based on how the grown-ups are taken care of.  Coupled with cranking out useful idiots for the progressive elite who dream of becoming our masters.  Want to know why China had a communist revolution?  Well, they had teachers in their institutions of learning that had a vision for what they thought would be a better China…or not.  Chairman Mao Zedong was the result.  A Communist revolutionary, poet, political theorist, founding father of the People’s Republic of China, and in the words of the Hulk a “Puny God.”  Puny in the fact that Mao’s time to kick the bucket came in September 1976.  Just ask Lilly Tang Williams.  She grew up in this communist vision of China and sees the same thing in her rearview mirror when it comes to the slow progressive revolution here in America.

The Takeaway

Last night was a big victory for progressives in most places that had elections.  Conservatives, Federalists, real Libertarians (like Lilly), and Constitutionals have our work cut out for us.  It is time for us to do our own grassroots education if not already.  Just remember what Abraham Lincoln said regarding the education of our children and I Quote; “The philosophy of education today will be the philosophy of government tomorrow.”  Today’s philosophy in the education establishment is built on the religion of Progressivism.

And don’t forget Lincoln also said that if we falter and lose our freedoms, it is because “we destroyed ourselves.” And To quote Ozzy Osbourne; “Satan, laughing, spreads his wings.  Oh Lord yeah!”

Further reading

Anti-voucher agenda likely after school board election in Douglas County | FOX31 Denver

http://kdvr.com/2017/11/07/anti-voucher-agenda-likely-after-school-board-election-in-douglas-county/The teachers’ union-backed slate of four candidates won their races to the board, meaning an anti-voucher agenda will likely be in place soon. It’s a big defeat for anyone in Douglas County who likes the idea of public money being used to send children to private schools.

In thorny Douglas County school board races that drew national scrutiny, anti-voucher candidates prevail

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/07/dougco-school-board-race-election-results/A slate of anti-school voucher candidates won a contentious race Tuesday night for the Douglas County School Board, effectively killing the district’s controversial voucher program and entirely remaking the seven-member board. The race, because it revolved around school vouchers, drew plenty of media attention, big money and bitterness from both sides. “It is time to return our attention locally — to the students, teachers and community of all Douglas County public schools  — while restoring our attention locally,” said Anthony Graziano.

Union-backed school board candidates poised for Jeffco, Dougco wins | 9news.com

http://www.9news.com/news/politics/elections/union-backed-school-board-candidates-poised-for-jeffco-dougco-wins/490105812In Douglas County, where eight candidates are running for four seats, the union-backed slate needs to flip only one race to gain control of the school board. If that happens, the new school board majority would likely abandon its defense of a controversial voucher program instituted by conservative school reformers. In Jefferson County, three of five Board of Education seats were up for grabs.

 

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Dr Paul Lim tells how he went from atheist to Christian… at Yale

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Dr Paul Lim tells how he went from atheist to Christian at Yale

Universities aren’t usually considered likely venues for people to turn to the Christian faith. Ivy League universities rife with atheist professors are even less likely than most to yield a conversions to the faith. If anything, they’re efforts are often directly focused on converting Christians into abandoning their faith.

Dr Paul Lim tells a different tail. His personal journey from South Korea to California, then Pennsylvania on to Yale, is an exception to the rule. His journey is not common, but then again who’s to say what sort of journey to embracing Jesus Christ can be considered common?

It’s not too long, clocking in at just over 48 minutes, and much better than your average network television hour. If you already believe, it may help you open the eyes of others. If you don’t believe, your eyes may be opened.

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Why wasn’t a thwarted school shooting a major news story?

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Why wasnt a thwarted school shooting a major news story

(Please note that we are not using the perpetrator’s name to keep the focus on the heroes who stopped this potential tragedy)

The liberty grabbers on the left usually jump at a chance to demonize the 2nd Amendment. Why not in this case?

Three staff members of Smith High School in Greensboro, North Carolina stopped a potential tragedy on Monday by quickly locking down the school and arresting the perpetrator.

The first to intervene was Patrick Jordan, a Behavioral Intervention Specialist who works at the school. He noticed someone who did not “fit in” walking past in the courtyard. Jordan then approached the man to ask why he was there, and after a short exchange the individual raised his shirt to show a handgun. Assistant Principal, Lashonti Hines, also noticed the gun. Hines and Jordan immediately called for a lock down. The criminal ran and was arrested after being tased by school Resource Officer, D.K. Evans.

The perpetrator had previously assaulted his girlfriend in Virginia Beach Monday morning before allegedly stealing the victim’s car to drive to the School in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The man had a backpack with two loaded handguns and eight boxes of ammunition. It was reported in the Sacramento Bee that the man had a “hit list” with plans to kill a woman and her parents in Durham, and then move on to Smith High School in Greensboro to kill two people. He then planned to drive to Maryland and kill one more person.

Why wasn’t this a major news story?

This potential mass murder in a school and elsewhere took place several days ago. While it did receive some perfunctory notice by some local and national news sources, it was quickly glossed over in favor of other stories. Why?

Several reasons can be gleaned from the accompanying video on the hero who stopped this tragedy. Suffice it to say that the ethnicity of the perpetrator, as well as the victims, did not fit the usual narrative. The featured video also had one of the heroes referring to that which is generally taboo with secular socialist television.

The primary difference between this case and others is that the perpetrator didn’t succeed. There were no images or video of children fleeing for their lives from the scene, and a decided lack of relatives of the victims emoting on-screen demanding for restrictions on freedom.

Colleague, Lorie Wimble, noticed a similar pattern with regard to a rape allegation by Katie Brennan, in which a political inconvenient story ends up getting buried in the news cycle. In this environment it’s mind-boggling that the media doesn’t understand why they are no longer trusted. It’s equally perplexing that they don’t understand that their bias is manifestly obvious.

A lost opportunity to demonize liberty

Compare the coverage of this potential “serious crisis” with one that is ripe for exploitation by the freedom floggers. Wall-to-wall coverage would soon be initiated after word of an exploitable tragedy coming in over the optic fiber (followed by the usual admonitions about our issue with liberty and how we must now restrict freedom) then, somber denizens of the nation’s Socialist left will pontificate on the dire need to control personal property, as well as everyone’s online speech.

One can easily imagine the gatherings of excited leftists in “news” rooms around the nation hoping for another chance to further their gun confiscation agenda, only to be disappointed that the obvious solution of armed school security saving the day. The sheer letdown for them, in the midst of their writing up of tweets with the hashtag #GunReformNow (meaning #GunConfiscationNow), when the news breaks that ordinary citizens stopped evil dead in it’s tracks.

Killing off the contagion

Studies show that over-the-top media coverage and making perpetrators “anti-heroes” tends to encourage copycat crimes. Even far-left publication ‘Mother Jones’ recognizes this problem. It’s also logical that publicizing the failure of one of these murderous miscreants would discourage this behavior in others with similar ideas.

Those planning these crimes go through five distinct planning phases. Seeing that someone was thwarted by an armed response may end the fantasy of an active shooter once and for all.

The takeaway

Truly common sense measures, such as eliminating so-called ‘Gun-Free’ zones and freeing people to carry concealed weapons, would dramatically reduce if not eliminate these tragedies. But for some, security is more important than essential liberty. Perhaps that is why they oppose the common sense solutions.

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Ben Shapiro to testify in Ohio

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Ben Shapiro to testify in Ohio

The states are the “laboratories of democracy” (Justice Louis Brandeis) and “education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom” (George Washington Carver). These two quotes will be put to the test with Ohio House Bill 758, the FORUM Act, which aims to protect and promote free speech on state campuses.

DailyWire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro will be one of several experts to testify on behalf of the bill. Shapiro is arguably the left’s favorite target when he goes to college campuses around the nation to speak, drawing protests and “trigger warnings” because of his conservative views. He is often accused by left-leaning campus groups of spreading dangerous ideologies, defending hate speech, and being antisemitic.

Shapiro is Jewish.

Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Tyson Langhofer is also scheduled to testify.

ADF: Ohio bill sends right message on campus free speech

http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/10647“The free and open exchange of ideas is essential to democracy, and perhaps no place is it more important than on public university campuses,” Langhofer said. “Public colleges and universities are meant to be marketplaces of ideas—where our future teachers, lawyers, judges, community leaders, and voters can exercise their constitutionally protected freedoms. Unfortunately, public universities are some of the most ideologically intolerant places in the entire country. This bill will help ensure that public universities again become places where intellectual diversity flourishes and all students are able to engage in the exchange of ideas rather than censorship on campus. We commend Ohio lawmakers for considering legislation that protects students’ First Amendment freedoms.”

The FORUM (Forming Open and Robust University Minds) Act is designed to reduce efforts to suppress free speech on state-funded campuses. It will eliminate “free speech zones,” allow students to hold events and activities on campus without interference, and promotes expression on campus regardless of political party or ideological preferences.

My Take

Universities have been turned into leftist indoctrination factories. The predominance of left-leaning faculty at most colleges has not only assisted in this systematic indoctrination, but has also emboldened students to utilize intimidation techniques against any high-profile conservative speakers.

Reading through HB 758 reveals some interesting measures that other states should consider. This isn’t really a defense of the 1st Amendment, though the attachment of state funds allows it to be framed within that narrative. But of greater importance is the practice of free speech itself in all of its non-detrimental forms on campuses that desperately need to hear both sides.

While progressives often try to suppress conservative ideas by labeling them as “dangerous” to justify their unhinged actions, most conservatives generally welcome dialogue on campuses from every side of a debate. We recognize that through dialogue we have our greatest opportunity to open minds and change hearts.

Conservatives, by our nature, will not suppress ideas as progressives often do on campuses. We need bills like these to give us a chance of breaking through the indoctrination. The greatest fear of campus progressives is someone like Shapiro spreading the truth.

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