They warned of an exodus to come!
After a rough couple of years, teachers are feeling the pressure. Mary Altaffer/AP
School is out, but teacher stress and burnout is still in session.
Last December, we spoke to teachers about the challenges of educating during a pandemic and their hopes for the coming year.
While many of them had initially thought a return to the classroom after remote learning would make things easier, others realized a new set of challenges had arisen.
“The teachers are just feeling overwhelmed, and they’re breaking down underneath it,” Michael Reinholdt, a teacher coach from Davenport, Iowa, said at the time. “I find people crying in the bathroom.”
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America used to have the best education system in the world. To understand this statement we have to look at the original foundation of our education. Our original educational book was the Bible. This book was used to teach all aspects of life, business, math, philosophy, as well as how to conduct their personal lives. The Founders placed such a high importance on education that they enacted laws to ensure that children were educated and they also placed scripture knowledge in the same category. The arrogant fools of the Supreme Court of 1947 believed that the Bible should not be allowed in schools but the Founders believed different.
The Founders actually placed a premium on biblical knowledge. In my book ‘Defining American Exceptionalism’, I have a full chapter on education in early America. There are many documented situations that refute the 1947 decision so I would like to discuss a few of them. From this, we will see what the Pilgrims and the Founders believed to be the most important aspects of education. Continue reading →
I received an email from a friend in the upper South just a day or so ago that was about a statue of a Confederate general that was being taken down. Since this friend doesn’t usually get involved with Southern Heritage issues, I wrote back and explained to him that the political and theological leftists would never be satisfied until all of Southern Heritage and culture was totally erased from our minds and memories.
Then he made an interesting comment. He wrote “First the South and then the country.” He understood what was going on. Indeed, “reconstruction” continues in our day. People don’t always think in those terms, even here in the South, but it’s true. Continue reading →
Ideology over quality is the rule of the day when selecting summer reading.
A hundred teachers, librarians, and other educators participated in a School Library Journal (SLJ) and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) poll on summer reading material for middle and high school students.
Summer reading lists are meant to fight the inevitable loss of academic gains that students experience over the nine-week-long break from school. This “summer slide” is a well-documented norm that all students go through despite the best efforts of parents and teachers. Summer reading lists usually incorporate some contemporary easier reads and some classic, more difficult reads. Continue reading →
How often have I heard people say “If only we could get the public schools back to what they were when I was in them they’d be okay.” Folks, you are kidding yourselves if you think that. They were bad when you went to them but you just didn’t notice. Now, what was bad then looks good to you. Twenty five years from now what seems bad will look good – which shows that our thinking has been tampered with and we don’t realize it – to our detriment! Continue reading →
Anyone who has followed my articles over the years knows that I advocate that parents, especially Christian parents, remove their children from the public school system before they lose them forever.
I recently read an article by a E. Jeffrey Ludwig on the “American Thinker” website from March of 2019. Mr. Ludwig said, in part: “Even in high school I found myself offended by my fellow students who were card-carrying communists in their beliefs and sympathies. In fact, a sizable number of students clung to Marxism as dogma. The high school was Central High School for Boys, a school for gifted boys located in Philadelphia, Pa. Later as I continued my studies in the Ivy League, I saw there was a consistently strong element of intellectuals who were not in the least bit embarrassed to express their interest in communism.” Continue reading →
There was an informative article in the “New American” magazine for March 28th entitled The Mass Exodus From Indoctrination to Freedom. It was written by Annalisa Pesek and dealt with a new film about families that have escaped those indoctrination centers we refer to as public schools. Continue reading →
Our nation’s public schools have utterly failed to properly educate this generation of children.
American students perform poorly on the nation’s report card. Overall, the majority of our students in public school don’t even meet “below basic” standards. We’re far from alone in thinking this is a huge problem.
C. Bradley Thompson, philosophy professor at Clemson University, digs into the actual numbers of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). He illustrates this fact: Continue reading →
A Study in Education
What you are about to read was Originally published on Metropolis.Cafe’ when the site was but two weeks old. We felt that it is so timely to bring back to the forefront. ~ Editor
At the time the Constitution was written, education was not even considered a function of local government, let alone the federal government.
But the Federal Governments Department of Education’s shaky constitutionality goes way beyond that.
Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution enumerates the things over which Congress has the power to legislate. Not only does the list not include education, while there is no plausible rationale for squeezing education in under the commerce clause, We are sure the Supreme Court found a rationale, but it cannot have been plausible. Continue reading →
During the latter half of the 1970s my family and I spent two years in Kanawha County, West Virginia during an event called the Kanawha County Textbook Protest. This protest started in 1974 when the county school board, with the exception of one courageous lady on it, Alice Moore, tried to foist off a set of textbooks on the children that was nothing more than unbridled humanist and leftist propaganda.
The parents in the county rebelled against this. They kept their kids out of the public schools and they picketed those schools for the best part of a month. They created a furor that, at that time was heard all across the country and even in parts of Europe. The public school establishment from Washington on down finally managed to put a stop to it, but not before it had given them a black eye. Then they sought to portray the book protesters as nothing more than ignorant hillbillies. Does this sound familiar today? Continue reading →
In going through books in my research library, some of which I am going to be forced to get rid of, due to severe space limitations in our new living situation, I came across a book I didn’t even remember. It was one written by James C. Hefley called “Textbooks on Trial” and it dealt primarily with the efforts of Mel and Norma Gabler to get decent textbooks approved for kids in Texas public schools way back in the 1960 and 70s. It was published in 1976, while the West Virginia Textbook Protest was still fresh in people’s minds and my family and I were still in West Virginia. I recall my wife and I hearing Norma Gabler speak at a God and Country rally back in the early 70s. Continue reading →
My wife retired nearly a dozen years ago as a full time High School teacher, however her special needs were still in demand from several Districts in our area, hence – she is still teaching as a full time substitute. There are times she has been contracted to fill a specific position for many months at a time.
This past week she was subbing for an English class in our local High School and the screen she was posting in the classroom (above) all of a sudden had a “news-flash” pop up. Since when does a News headline have the right to “come into” and interrupt the classroom? Who is spying into the schools?
March 28, 2022
Anyone who has read any of my work knows where I stand on the public school system. That is no secret. I remember, many years ago now, one of my main mentors, Rev. Ennio Cugini, made the comment to me that the public school system was a place to keep students up to date on the latest propaganda produced by the communists. When you look at what is being promoted today in these so-called institutions of learning, things like Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, it is difficult not to agree with Pastor Cugini’s assessment of public schools. Continue reading →
Thirty-odd years ago, I taught adult basic education two nights a week in a minimum-security prison in Hazelwood, North Carolina.
The men in my classes had committed a variety of crimes. The majority were incarcerated for drug-related felonies, mostly possession and dealing. One major dealer from Charlotte was rumored to have killed a rival, while another inmate had murdered his wife in a lover’s quarrel. Still another had once lived across the street from me and burglarized various houses in the neighborhood, though as he told me, “I never hit your place, you know.” One young man was behind bars for child molestation but, given his limited intelligence, would probably have fared better in a psychiatric unit.
The great majority of these prisoners were white, reflecting the demographics of Western North Carolina. Some were in their late teens, a few in their 60s. Some had grown up on farms, some in cities. Some were serious about learning, while others were clearly in the classroom to escape the dormitory for two hours. Some spoke lovingly of their parents, spouses, children, or girlfriends. Others were bitter, including one old man who swore to several people in class that he was going home to kill his wife when he was released. The police shot him dead in a chicken coop on his property when he tried to do that very thing. Continue reading →
Doing this in Catholic grammar school while the nuns threatened going to Hell if I did not comply, is a prime example of double jeopardy and the principle cause of my skepticism as an adult. ~ D. Skorski