Category Archives: School

Army Prep School

As more young males drop out of high school — aimless, and getting into all sorts of trouble – the Army has come up with a plan that solves problems for the youth, as well as for the military:  prep school.

“It’s academic immersion,” explained Col. Jeffrey Sanderson, chief of staff at Fort Jackson, home of the Army’s largest basic training school.  “Our studies show that with only 3 out of 10 people of military age being capable of joining the Army, we are going to have to do something different.” (Associated Press, 8/27/08)

The Army turned six World War II-era buildings at the base into a mini-campus of Spartan classrooms and barracks.  Classes of about 60 soldiers will enter the month-long program every week. 

Their day begins at 5 AM with physical training, eight hours of academic review classes, and homework each night.  It’s a tough and structured day.  Grouped three to four to a class, the students work on GED preparation books.

Recruits must score in the top half of the Army’s aptitude test to qualify for the prep school and they get two tries at a GED certificate.  If they don’t pass on the second try, the Army releases them from their contract.

The Army prefers those who graduate from high school on their own, as it demonstrates tenacity, but that some young men might have quit high school for a wide variety of reasons is a consideration.  “These kids may have quit at some point, but the big thing is, a lot of people have quit on them.  We are not going to allow them to quit,” commented the school’s commander, Captain Brian Gaddis.

No First Amendment Rights for Conservative Students

I watched an amazing video on YouTube of a University of Wisconsin sophomore and student senator, Roderick King, knocking over 4000 white crosses that “Pointers for Life,” a pro-life club, obtained permission to place on campus grounds.  The display was meant to symbolize the 4,000 unborn babies who are aborted each and every day in the United States of America.

So far, no disciplinary action whatsoever has been taken against Mr. King, and the student government has decided to put the issue off until next semester….uh…that’s in the Fall.  I guess they figure we’ll all forget about it and they don’t have to punish one of “their own.”  Whom do I mean by that?

Ian Ivey, with The Leadership Institute, a conservative organization which trains and places conservative leaders into public policy positions, the media, and schools said:  “It was an astonishing thing to see the video of the student senator just with clearly no respect, no regard at all to either the rights of the students who had set up that display, or the intent of the display and the real meaning of that display.  This is the kind of thing that happens on college campuses on a regular basis, where conservatives face this kind of oppression…mostly from students, but especially from student government associations who are thoroughly dominated by a leftist agenda.”

College Gossip

The Associated Press published a report on the New Jersey prosecutors who have subpoenaed records of JuicyCampus.com, a website that publishes anonymous, often malicious, gossip about college students.  For example, the Princeton University (yeah, the Ivy League school) site produces information such as “the most overrated Princeton student” with the commentary mostly filled with name-calling and slurs against homosexuals and Jews.

The New Jersey Attorney General suggests that JuicyCampus may be violating the state’s Consumer Fraud Act by implying that it doesn’t allow offensive material, but then providing no enforcement of that rule, and no way for users to report or dispute the material.

This site has recently expanded to more than 50 colleges, including Pepperdine University in California, whose student government voted overwhelmingly to request  a ban on the site, although the university has a policy against censoring websites. 

The founder of JuicyCampus, Matt Ivester, seemingly is unconcerned about the backlash.  “Like anything that is even remotely controversial, there are always people who demand censorship,” he told the AP.

It is typically disgusting of such types to invoke censorship issues when the true point is accountability and responsibility – concepts that have become four-letter words in American society.  This site, as abominable as it obviously is, is no different from the millions of blogger sites that already exist, full of hate, vitriol, lies, distortions and character assassinations all for the purpose of self-exaltation, power, meanness, and downright evil. 

Our children obviously have learned all too well from the blogosphere and the general media. 

Just the other day, I communicated with a “formerly esteemed” journalism professor (now retired), to question him on a piece he did about me and my “position” on marital infidelity.  He actually admitted that he did not vet the comments that were repeated and repeated all over the web; he admitted that he did not read the entire transcripts of my interviews; he admitted that he did not view the video on his own.  Can you imagine?  It’s like the feathers released from a pillow on a breezy hill – all of them can never be reclaimed.

I predicted that the Internet would further deplete what was left of the dignity of human discourse, as the basest of attitudes and impulses would be set free.  Any suggestion of the benefits of self-control, accountability, truth or fairness are countered with screams of “censorship!”  Defamation, libel, and slander against others are no longer seen as a line crossed, but as an opportunity for fame and money.

“It is not possible for anyone to use this website to find out who you are or where you’re located,” assures a JuicyCampus privacy page.  “We do not track any information that can be used by us to identify you.”

Cowards and evil-doers use these opportunities to spread their traditional ideas and hate as they hide behind “protection,” while those they hurt have no protection at all.

Passing the Trash, Part 2

Last Thursday, I posted a blog about “passing the trash,” a practice known within the educational system in which teachers who’ve allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with a student resign and leave their school districts in exchange for confidentiality about their behavior.  I received many comments about that story, but this is one I want to share with you.  I’ve kept the writer’s name confidential:

Dr. Laura, as a former administrator of a small school district, let me tell you who the real villains are in these cases.  No school administration will admit it, but it’s the teacher’s union.  It’s like going up against the mob, to come against one of their members.  And they don’t care if their member is guilty or not.  They will use every tactic in the book to intimidate you into dropping your complaint.  Any time an administration tries to discipline teachers or even look into a complaint, the union is there fighting the administration.  They file lawsuits and nit pick at your procedures.  The teachers have free counsel and unlimited representation, covered by their dues.  Just to inquire into a complaint, the school [incurs] a great deal of cost, precious money that has to be taken from some other program or someone else’s pocket.

These types of complaints are the duty of the school board, and school boards are made up of volunteers – they don’t get paid, but they can get sued, and must defend themselves with their own money.  It is a fight to correct an untenured teacher, and in fact, there is no way to fire or discipline a tenured one. 

We had a horrid teacher (and many complaints), and we tried everything under the sun to get him away from kids.  He had his ego stroked by being mean to kids.  We tried to pay him off and offer him early retirement, but he wouldn’t go.  We were a small district with limited funds.  Eventually, the school had to close, and the man finally lost his job.  And no one around would hire him.  Our teacher was not a molester, but he was a “demeaner” – he enjoyed insulting kids.

Although I do not agree with what these schools have done, I am not surprised.  If you have no proof that would hold up in court and kids who don’t want to officially testify, but you know in your heart that this person has done these things, the teacher’s union will spread [the word] that your school district is being very unfair to the teachers, and…will turn the hearing into a circus.  As parents and board members, you will do whatever it takes to get them out of your school – and hopefully, away from kids.

Ivy League “Porn” Classes

Once Mom and Dad have covered the $45,000 for room, board and tuition at Yale University, the students get to compete free to win a porn-star “look-alike” contest as part of the school’s “Sex Week,” which also includes learning and using various sex toy gadgets and tips on making your dorm room a college love pad.

The rationale, as we’ve often heard before, is that they’re probably gonna “do it” anyway, and this way, they’ll have information on how to do it properly.  You mean there’s a “proper” way to hook up?  Oh, yeah, use a condom for your genitals.  But what do you do for your soul and psyche  after misusing your sexuality so frivolously?

Let’s hear it for the reputation of “Yalies” who come to school to become leaders. There are those at Yale who are not so amused:

“Call me a curmudgeon, but I find that my daily ritual of waking up with a cup of coffee, a cigarette, and a copy of the Yale Daily News is a little less pleasant when a smiling freshman holding a” [sexual aid too graphic to mention] “is staring back at me from the front page…” — Blogger Will Wilson wrote on the Yale Free Press blog. (FoxNews.com, 2/15/08).

Seems that Yale is just trying to keep up with the other “party” schools.

Teachers who Molest – Shh…Wink, Wink

Brace yourselves for this one: The Oregonian on February 18 exposed a demonic deal made in 2004 between the Salem-Keizer Public Schools and a teacher.  Here’s the deal:  if the teacher resigned, they would conceal his alleged conduct (touching and grabbing butts) from the public.  Moreover, they promised not to reveal the teacher’s behavior if potential employers called looking for a reference.  They would attribute his departure to personal reasons and make no reference to the agreement. 

The Oregonian confirmed 47 similar confidential settlement agreements.

“During the past five years, nearly half of Oregon teachers disciplined for sexual misconduct with a child left their school districts with confidential agreements…. Some promised cash settlements, health insurance, and letters of recommendation as incentives for a resignation. 

The practice is so widespread, school officials across the country call it ‘passing the trash.’”

I think school systems around the country should be examined to ensure this “trash passing” isn’t happening in your area.  Also, every parent has a moral obligation to every other parent and child to report such abuse to the police – in spite of embarrassment – so that these worms will be forced above ground.  And by “worms,” I don’t just mean the molesters.  I mean the administrations that would clean up their yards by dumping trash in another’s yard and put unsuspecting children at risk.

Disgusting.

R Movies In The Classroom

One mother in Huntington Beach, California went through ten lawyers until she found Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute (pacificjustice.org, a non-profit that advocates for the rights of students and parents) to help her.  All the other attorneys suggested she was a “prude” and chastised her about not being up to speed with 2007.

Her advocacy prompted the Huntington Beach Union High School District trustees to consider a proposal that would regulate movies in the classroom.  The proposal would require teachers to obtain parental permission before showing portions of R-rated movies.  The policy essentially discourages the use of R-rated movies in the classroom.  Evidently, the Huntington Beach district did not have a written policy.  How convenient. 

Mr. Dacus is quoted in the Orange County Register of January 15, 2008 (www.ocregister.com/news/movies-kazor-policy-1959439-teachers-school) as saying: “The garbage they showed these children…was a very serious breach of parental trust.”  The mother said: “These teachers are supposed to be us when we’re not there.  They’re supposed to be role models.  I wanted the opportunity to have the permission sent to me in the form of a permission slip.”

Taking up classroom time showing a whole movie seems to me to be a lazy way to approach a teaching job.  Recommending a movie to students and then sending a memo home to the parents making that suggestion and explaining its value, seems a more responsible and professional means to what is supposed to be an “educational” aid.

Monster Kids

What’s happening (so many people wonder) that is making at least half of kindergartners engage in frequent fighting, aggression, and tantrums?  Is it ADD or ADHD or any more letters from the beginning of the alphabet?  Yes, it must be…so drug ‘em into obedience!

Over the last year, we’ve also seen many reports that pre-schoolers were being thrown out, because of “bad behavior,” including an unwillingness to cooperate, to listen to “teachers,” and even a tendency to assault other children.  Well, we can drug ‘em for that, too.  Or, how ’bout yoga and other forms of meditation? (I personally find that foot massages take off my edges!).

We have two choices:  figure out how to get control of these out-of-control kids, or how not to drive them to distraction in the first place.  I vote for “Door #2.”

A 2006 study in the journal “Early Childhood Research Quarterly” demonstrated that day-care children show increases in the stress hormone cortisol throughout the day compared to children at home. 

A 2007 study, headed by Susanna Loeb, an Associate Professor of Education at Stanford University, found that children who spend more time in child-care centers early in life show more behavior problems in later years, compared with kids who have spent less time away from home and momma, and that the negative effects were greater among children who had entered child-care centers at earlier ages.

It takes a momma and a daddy, and a warm, loving home to get a child ready to deal with the unpredictable, unfair, restrictive, and demanding realities of life.  Please give them that time with you.