The deliberate dumbing down of America–The past century of reforms
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Have US education reforms over the past century led to the dumbing down of America?
This 12 minute movie will take you on a brief journey through US education policy as seen through the eyes of a mother to a little girl named Maya. In a society where we trust in professionals, it shows how parents, by failing to question school policies, have allowed the educational system to become laboratories of experimentation.
The journey of Maya is sort of a fast forward of several education programs collapsed into the life of one little girl. It begins when she goes to school and her mother notices that the teacher doesn’t correct her spelling. The teacher explains it is a new system of education called “Whole Language” where children use “invented spelling.” Whole language made its way into the school system in the mid-1980s.
Then in the advanced math classes, Maya doesn’t have to learn the right answer to math problems. Under the new advanced method of math taught in the advanced classes, students don’t need to have the right answer. They only need to have an explain why their answer is correct. By the late 1990s, the use of manipulatives had made its way into math education. During those years, it became unpopular to teach children the multiplication tables by memory.
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Muslim Brotherhood declared terrorists: ‘Expect more bloodshed in Egypt’
The Muslim Brotherhood has officially been named a terrorist group in Egypt – less than a year after its candidate Mohammed Morsi won the presidential election. Now, the group is outlawed by the country’s military-backed interim government, which ousted Morsi six months ago.
Cuts To Vets’ Pensions: ‘This Is What Happens When A Deal Is Cut In Secret’
NSA’s goal is elimination of individual privacy worldwide – Greenwald to EU
The NSA’s ultimate goal is to destroy individual privacy worldwide, working with its UK sidekick GCHQ, journalist Glenn Greenwald warned an EU inquiry, adding that they were far ahead of their rivals in their “ability to destroy privacy.”
Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist renowned for publishing Edward Snowden’s leaks, criticized EU governments’ muted response to the revelations about the NSA’s mass espionage. Most governments reacted with “apathy and indifference” to reports that ordinary citizens were being spied upon, Greenwald said, pointing out that EU politicians only took action when they discovered that they themselves were being targeted.
“I think western governments have inculcated people to accept that privacy does not really have much value,” said Greenwald, adding it was “to get populations accustomed to violations of their privacy.”
Greenwald testified before the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties and Home Affairs via a video link, contributing to an inquiry into the NSA’s surveillance on EU citizens.
“The NSA doesn’t need a specific reason to collect anybody’s communications,” said the journalist, reminding the panel that the agency’s ultimate goal was to “eliminate individual privacy worldwide.”
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Senate Dems Block Fix That Would Reverse Cuts To Military Pensions, Disabled Vets
Google buys military robot-maker Boston Dynamics
Google has acquired the engineering company that developed Cheetah, the world’s fastest-running robot and other animalistic mobile research machines.
Boston Dynamics, which contracts for the US military, is the eighth robotics company snapped up by Google this year.
Both the price and size of the project, which is led by former Android boss Andy Rubin, are being kept under wraps.
However, analysts say the purchases signal a rising interest in robotics use by consumer internet companies.
Online shopping portal Amazon, for example, recently announced plans to deploy a fleet of delivery drones.
In a statement posted on the Google Plus service, Chief Executive Larry Page said:
“I am excited about Andy Rubin’s next project. His last big bet, Android, started off as a crazy idea that ended up putting a supercomputer in hundreds of millions of pockets. It is still very early days for this, but I can’t wait to see the progress.”
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Snow closes roads in Israel, is a source of wonder in Cairo CAIRO — Snow coated domes and minarets Friday as a record Mideast storm compounded the suffering of Syrian refugees, sent the Israeli army scrambling to dig out stranded motorists and gave Egyptians a rare glimpse of snow in their capital. Nearly three feet of snow closed roads in… Read more →
ESPN Drops Christmas Ad for Referencing ‘God’ and ‘Jesus’
In his continuing effort to expose the secular left’s “War on Christmas”, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly reported on a rather disheartening story about ESPN’s refusal to air a Christmas ad from SSM Cardinal Glennon, a Catholic children’s medical center in St. Louis, because it featured the name of “God” and “Jesus”
The ad was part of a program by Cardinal Glennon called Messages of Hope, which is described on its website as a “new program that invites people from throughout the St. Louis metro community to write messages of inspiration to our patients. The messages are reviewed for appropriateness and then rolled into decorative scrolls.”
O’Reilly actually played the ad, and the text went as follows:
Each Christmas, thousands in our community send messages of hope to sick and injured children who may not be able to come home for the holidays. At SSM Cardinal Glennon Chrildren’s Medical Center, we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the season of giving. Bringing hope to the many children, parents and families we serve. Our patients are filled with hope as they receive a message each day from the treasure chest beneath our tree of hope. Help us reveal God’s healing presence this Christmas. Send your message of hope at Glennon.org.
According to O’Reilly, ESPN stated they “would not run that ad because the line ‘celebrate the birth of Jesus’ and ‘God’s healing’ message are problematic.” O’Reilly also stated the ad has aired on other networks and that ESPN would not send a spokesman to comment on his show.
ESPN has come under fire from TruthRevolt before. On the eve of Veterans Day, Kevin Blackstone of Around the Horn called the National Anthem a “War Anthem” and should no longer be played at football games.
But Jon Stewart’s right: there’s no “War on Christmas”.
This is a copy of the full article provided by the Conservatives at Truth Revolt