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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.

 

Someone who wants to be a voice for liberty and freedom. Telecom (Radio/TV) Pikes Peak Community College 1993-1998, BS Journalism, minor Political Science, Colorado State University-Pueblo 1999-2004

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Brooklyn College to police: No bathroom for you

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Brooklyn College to police No bathroom for you

They say a tree grows in Brooklyn. Those trees might be in new trouble, based on an outrageous bathroom policy by a taxpayer-funded public college trying to keep police – including many officers of color – from going anywhere near its precious students.

Brooklyn College, one of the flagship four-year colleges in the taxpayer-funded City University of New York system, is directing officers in need to a dilapidated, filthy and obscure bathroom at the outskirts of the campus. According to one report, the bathroom has an “out of order” sign on one stall, no soap and no paper towels.

A spokesman for the college said the policy is meant to encourage officers to use the select facility rather than “walking across either quadrangle” (the large grassy spaces between the college’s primary buildings). However, anti-police animus among the student body may be the cause.

The current student government president speculates some students are afraid of the police. A college student newspaper recently tied students’ discomfort to a New York Police Department undercover surveillance operation of students at the campus. The discomfort does not appear to be about crime; when a college maintenance worker got arrested in 2015 for selling cocaine on campus, students protested – the police!

A petition to the college president to ban police from the campus entirely is reportedly being circulated. But don’t count on the college administration stepping in to stop the apparent sanctuary campus policy towards criminals, or terrorists. The college invited Bernie Sanders to be its commencement speaker last spring.

Further Reading

Brooklyn College doesn’t want police using campus bathrooms

https://nypost.com/2017/11/19/brooklyn-college-wants-police-to-use-run-down-bathroom/A visit by The Post to the first-floor men’s room in the WEB — located past the school’s tennis courts and next to its athletic field — revealed a broken toilet with a hideously stained seat and an “OUT OF ORDER” sign taped to the door of its stall.

There was also a total lack of soap and paper towels.

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Whoopi is right about the behavior of UCLA Basketball players in China

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Whoopi Goldberg

I’m not a big fan of Whoopi Goldberg, okay but I have to tell you that I agree with her regarding the following statement.  This is in regards to a couple of UCLA basketball players who thought they could take something from a store in China and not pay for it.

You embarrassed your families, you embarrassed the country, and you embarrassed the president. Now I’m not a big fan of the president, but the fact that he had to call and get your asses out of there is not anything to be proud of or think is cool.  If this isn’t the stupidest thing a young person has done, particularly if you’re over six-feet tall, and black… is this just the ridiculous stupidity of youth?

Let me add one more thing. You’re an embarrassment to UCLA itself, and their athletic department as well.  Now I am not a big fan of those who run academia, but if these jerks are given the right punishment, I shall give the university credit and praise for doing it.  All right UCLA, the ball is in your court.  Do something right for once.

Further Reading

Whoopi Goldberg to ‘Stupid’ UCLA Players: You’re Fortunate Trump Could ‘Get Your A**es Out’ of China

http://freebeacon.com/issues/whoopi-goldberg-ucla-players-fortunate-trump-get-out-china/“Now, you’re in China—you’re this big!” she said, reaching high into the air to indicate the players’ height. “It’s not like you’re gonna blend, you’re not going to blend in, run out.”

Goldberg said their families and mentors had no doubt told them numerous times not to do things like this, and she said the foolishness of youth is the only explanation for something so dumb.

President Trump says ‘You’re welcome’ after UCLA Bruins players thank him for help with China incident

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/21432885/president-trump-says-welcome-ucla-bruins-players-thank-help-china-incidentUCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill stole from three stores, were arrested and surrendered their passports. Trump, who was already on an Asia trip, spoke to President Xi Jinping of China about the incident, and the players were allowed to return to the United States on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, all three read prepared statements at a news conference in which it was revealed that they have been suspended from the team indefinitely. They thanked the Chinese government and police for how they were treated and United States officials for helping secure their release.

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Deadly shooting at multiple locations in Rancho Tehama, including an elementary school

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Rancho Tehama School

At least five people are dead as a shooter engaged in multiple locations in Rancho Tehama. One of those locations was an elementary school where two children were injured.

Rancho Tehama, a northern California reserve, is a sparsely populated rural community. The shooter is among the dead. According to a Tehama County sheriff’s deputy, the shooting started around 8 a.m. and stretched across several locations. Over 100 law enforcement officers are at the scene.

Brian Flint, the alleged shooter’s neighbor, said the suspect killed his roommate and stole truck. “Kevin,” as Flint called him, is a known felon in his 50s.

This story is developing and will be updated regularly.

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3 dead after shooting at elementary school in Northern California – LA Times

http://beta.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-norcal-elementary-school-shooting-20171114-story.html“At this point, the suspected shooter is deceased by law enforcement bullets,” Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters. “I know of at least three deaths.”

Authorities said the shooting occurred around 8 a.m. in Rancho Tehama, near Red Bluff, about 120 miles northwest of Sacramento.

Rancho Tehama school shooting: Elementary students hospitalized following deadly California shootings: officials – CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rancho-tehama-school-shooting-elementary-students-hospitalized-following-deadly-calif-shootings-officials/Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston, who according to CBS affiliate KHSL addressed reporters near the scene, said deputies were first alerted to a shooting in Rancho Tehama Reserve at around 8 a.m.

“That evolved to multiple victims and multiple shots at the school,” Johnston said, adding that he’s been told the suspected shooter was shot and killed by law enforcement. Investigators recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, according to Johnston.

Shootings at multiple sites kill 3, wound kids at school in rural Northern California – Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-red-bluff-california-shooting-20171114-story.html“It was right about 8 a.m. we had multiple shots fired in Rancho Tehama,” Johnston said. “That evolved to multiple victims and multiple shots at the school, at the elementary school. I am told at this point the suspected shooter is deceased by law enforcement bullets, that’s what I’m told.”

Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, said no one was killed at the school with kindergarten through fifth grades but that a “number” of students were shot and wounded.

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