The Chicago Public School system is pretty bad. Students are not learning – not by a long shot.
Forty percent of freshmen in the school system do not go on to graduate and more than nine out of ten need remedial courses in college because they don’t know basic high school math and English. Only one-quarter of graduates are ready for college.
But those are just numbers. It’s quite another thing entirely when this lack of education smacks you right in the face.
The picture above, sadly, is not a joke. It’s the card for this year’s prom, with the theme: “This Is Are Story.”
Paul Robeson High School is on Chicago’s south side – a poor and dangerous part of town and one of the not-so-shining stars of the city’s massive public school system.
Who is to blame for this? Parents certainly, but most of them are stuck with these shoddy schools. Teachers there don’t seem to care. Their average salary is $76,000. They just received a 17 percent raise. The median annual income in Englewood, where Robeson High School is located, is about $12,255 per person. The unemployment rate is 23.6 percent.
What future do these children have when the public school system fails them so miserably? Who will stand up for them in a bureaucracy where teachers get massive raises while they graduate children who are unprepared for anything except manual labor?
Another mind-numbing example has surfaced of the left’s fight to ban all guns, things that resemble guns, things that might make you think of guns and people who utter the world gun. This time though, a good teacher has been removed from the classroom and consequently, students are suffering.
Greg Schiller is a well-respected science teacher at Grand Arts High School in Los Angeles. As his class was preparing for the annual science fair, two students’ projects were brought to the attention of administrators which caused a ridiculous amount of concern over nothing.
The two students were working on projects which the school staff apparently deemed to be gun-related and now Mr. Schiller has been accused of placing his students in an unsafe environment. He was immediately placed in ‘teacher jail’, which is basically his removal from the classroom with pay.
One of the gun-like science projects was an air cannon similar to the one which was featured in a White House science fair back in 2012. Obama was captured on tape firing marshmallows out of it along with the student who built it. You would think that if the Secret Service deems it safe enough to be fired in the presence of the President, there’s really not much to worry about – unless flying marshmallows haunt your dreams.
The other project was an electromagnetic battery powered coil gun.
Mr. Schiller never had the opportunity to see either one of the projects and both students have been disqualified from the science fair.
That, however, is perhaps not even the worst of it. While Mr. Schiller is banned from his classroom, his students have been forced to prepare for their Advanced Placement exams without the help of his expertise. Of course, their substitute has not been of much help, being that they have no background in science, and serves primarily as a glorified babysitter.
If the students cannot pass their exams without the help of Mr. Schiller, they risk rejection from better colleges in the near future. It all seems like undue consequences over a couple crafty science fair projects.
Students have organized a protest in support of their well-liked teacher. They plan to wear duct tape covering their mouths in a vow not to speak until Mr. Schiller is released from ‘teacher jail’. Their effort is commendable, but it probably will not do much to sway the views of disillusioned gun-grabbers.
Let us know how this most recent report of anti-gun shenanigans makes you feel in the comments section!
A student at a public, taxpayer-funded high school in Michigan has clandestinely filmed a substitute teacher preaching crazy conspiracy theories in front of a high school physics class last month.
Sources who wish to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from school officials have told The Daily Caller that the incident occurred on Jan. 16, 2013 at Grosse Pointe North High School in a ritzy suburb of Detroit, Mich.
They say the substitute teacher is Jason Glicker.
The reason for the regular teacher’s absence that day is unclear.
Initially, the student who recorded it on a cell phone set up the camera to show basically just the classroom ceiling.
As the clip begins, Glicker can be heard calmly discussing people who “worked for the ISI, which is Pakistan’s intelligence service.”
It becomes clear that the substitute teacher is discussing the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“The ISI is funded indirectly by the CIA so, whether they knew it or not, they were funding the terrorists,” he explains. Then: “One of the hijackers, Mohamed Atta, he was not a Muslim extremist because, (a) He’d been living here for years. He had an American girlfriend. He was supposedly addicted to cocaine.”
Glicker argues that Atta was “not a Muslim extremist” because “if you’re a Muslim fundamentalist, you know, you would stick to, you know, the laws of Islam.”
Next, a confused student asks why the September 11 terrorists killed themselves?
“That’s where it gets weird,” the physics sub cheerfully responds. “That’s where I think it’s somewhere along the lines of something like MKUltra where they’re, like, brainwashing these people.”
The teacher does not specify who “they” is. However, he immediately goes on to claim that the CIA was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre, when 909 people drank poison on the orders of cult leader Jim Jones. He suggests that the incident was “probably just an offshoot of the MKUltra program.”
At about the 1:50 mark, the videographer tilts the camera slightly and shows Glicker writing on a whiteboard what the sub believes are “the most easy-to-prove” conspiracy theories.
The substitute teacher lists MKUltra and “Operation Gladio,” which he describes by saying: “most world governments, pretty much, they want to start a war so they would use a false-flag terrorist attack.”
At roughly that point, as Glicker turns his back to the class, students can clearly be heard snickering in disbelief about the bizarre arguments they are witnessing.
Glicker then explains how Franklin Roosevelt and other top U.S. officials let Pearl Harbor happen as an excuse to enter World War II.
As he wraps Iran-Contra Affair – and more cocaine – into his vast conspiracy theory, the videographer becomes bold enough to film Glicker directly. The teacher is shown with black hair and a beard. He is wearing a long necklace.
The last 15 seconds or so is Glicker’s (relatively reasonable) portrayal of the ATF gunwalking scandal—often called in popular parlance “Operation Fast and Furious.”
Two students in the class later spoke about what they saw.
“It is inappropriate for him to indoctrinate students without facts or logical discussion, especially in a physics class,” said the student who surreptitiously recorded the rant.
“Personally I feel that all opinions and perspectives should be valued, and yet there is an appropriate time and place for them,” the videographer added. “This was certainly not one of them.”
Another student who was also in the classroom to witness the screed observed that the conspiracy-crazed sub has continued as a substitute teacher at the high school
“The sub continues to fully participate in Grosse Pointe North,” the student said. “For example he not only taught soon after the incident but he also appeared in the student newspaper.”
The reference is to a puff piece in Grosse Pointe North’s student newspaper dated Jan. 31, 2013 which speaks flatteringly about four recurrent substitute teachers at the school.
“Substitute teacher Jason Glicker is rarely seen without one of his iconic necklaces on,” the article explains. “Glicker’s jewelry choice stemmed from a hobby of his, which is going to music festivals.”
In the part where Glicker describes himself, he notes that he is an avid fan of the alternative metal band Tool. He also gives a window into his unique teaching style.
“I like it when kids are engaged and they’re actually interested if I have something to say, they seem like they want to hear it. I will definitely tell them,” Glicker tells the student newspaper.
On the Manning Report, Dr. James David Manning interviews Mia Pope, a former high school acquaintance of B. Hussein Obama, whom she knew as Barry Soetoro. She said she was not really friends with Barry, nobody really was, characterizing him as a liar who used people.
Mia was born in 1963 in California, but moved to Hawaii as an infant. She met Barry Soetoro in 1977 at the age of 13 or 14. They were both members of a group that just hung out at the beach in Waikiki. She knew him as a foreign student and never gave it much thought. She was surprised years later when he reemerged under a different name as a candidate for president.
Dr. Manning conducts an informative and interesting interview with Mia, in which she details Barry Soetoro’s character or lack thereof back in his youth. She says she would not have even bothered having a conversation with the Dr. if Obama had changed or were not destroying the country. She says that in light of what is going on, she felt compelled, out of patriotism, to speak up.
She details how it was very well known that Barry was not into girls and his membership in the gay community, particularly around Diamond Head. Barry never exhibited any interest in women, she says, everybody knew he was strictly into men.
According to Pope, Soetoro had a serious cocaine habit and the source of his cocaine was the white men that he had relations with.
She talks about how the two of them really didn’t get along back then, that Barry was clearly a pathological liar. She says that, “every time Barry opened his mouth, the most outlandish stories would come out.” She remembers asking, “Barry, don’t you ever get tired of lying?” She remarks how he would lie about the most self-aggrandizing types of things, always something to egotistically boost himself. She recalls how he’d turn on the charm, just to get something from you. She used an example of the way he’d bum cigarettes, as they all did from each other, and then as soon as you gave him one he’d snap and turn away. “Like adding insult to injury”, she said.
It’s a very revealing interview and well worth the time to listen. Mia doesn’t have any interest in writing a book, she says she doesn’t have enough to fill up a book, and that she isn’t out to make a name for herself. She says what brings her forward is courage, and a need to speak up regarding the wrongs that are being committed against her nation.
She goes on record that she has no interest in and wouldn’t be discussing his sexual orientation or his drug use if he weren’t still the lying “scumbag” that he used to be. But he is and therefore, out of a sense of duty to her nation, she feels a need to expose the fraud for what he is. Many things don’t add up, such as Soetoro’s admission into the extremely expensive and exclusive Punaho School and the suspicious, still unsolved murders of three gay acquaintances of Obama from the Trinity Church in Chicago.
Perhaps more individuals from Barry’s past will now feel empowered to speak up regarding the curious circumstances. If you take the time to watch the video, you will hear a firsthand account of a person upon which a false presidential persona has been structured and applied.
Police say a high school teacher in Walpole, Mass. wearing only a ski hat, ski goggles and a towel ambled down to his mailbox early Monday morning, then dropped the towel and began thrusting his hips in the direction of the mailbox.
Two women say they witnessed parts of the bizarre incident, reports local FOX affiliate WFXT.
Norfolk County Agricultural High School teacher Marc Mertz trotted from his house, which is secluded behind some trees, down a snow-covered driveway to his mailbox at the edge of what appears to be a reasonably busy road. He was allegedly wearing a towel, a winter hat, goggles and nothing else.
Initially, an unidentified female driver spotted him. The woman said she then drove by a second time – because of course she did. That’s when she saw Mertz without the towel. He was wearing nothing from about the nostrils down.
Walpole police chief John Carmichael said Mertz, 44, then made “a return trip” to the mailbox a couple hours later. This second time, another unidentified female witness also saw him first in a towel and then in the buff.
“The suspect dropped his towel, basically exposed himself to the victim,” Carmichael told WFXT. “He started to gyrate his body in the vicinity of his mailbox.”
When police showed up, Mertz denied everything at first. Then, however, he reportedly confessed to his nudity.
On Wednesday afternoon, police arrested Mertz on charges of gross lewdness and disturbing the peace.
The teacher was later released on $1,000 bail and ordered to avoid the women who reported his antics.
Carmichael noted that Mertz was also busted in a similar situation in 2012 when he “exposed himself to some boaters that were launching at a lake in a similar type incident in Natick.”
According to the Norfolk Aggie website, Mertz is an instructor in the plant, environmental and mechanical technology department. Fox Boston adds that he teaches forestry courses.
School officials at have placed Mertz on administrative leave.
It’s been a bang-up week for Massachusetts teachers in the news. Earlier this week, school officials in Fitchburg, Mass. placed 23-year-old Kaitlin “Kaity” Pearson, a special education teacher’s aide, on administrative leave after her awesome modeling photos anonymously appeared in the superintendent’s mailbox.
The Progressives love to tout the separation of church and state, especially when it comes to prayer in public schools. But when it comes to the public schools in New Haven Connecticut, Communists seem more than welcome.
(Front Row Left) Former Democrat State Senator Ed Gomes, (Front Row Center) Democrat State Representative Edwin Vargas and (Front Row Right) Laurie Kennington, president of Local 34 clerical and technical workers at Yale. (Back Row Seated) John Olsen, former Communist award recipient and President emeritas Conn. AFL-CIO At the 2013 CPUSA Amistad Awards (Pic from PW/Henry Lowendorf)
The Bell News reports that last month two State Democratic Politicians and a Local Union President accepted awards from the Communist Party USA at an event held in a public high school:
According to an article on the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) News, People’s World, in December of 2013 a Communist award ceremony was held in a New Haven Connecticut public high school auditorium where the Democrat State Rep, Former Democrat State Senator and the local Union President all received awards:
NEW HAVEN, CONN. – From the opening video and drumming to the remarks of the awardees, songs, youth slide show and finale, an atmosphere of unity and optimism inspired the entire multi-racial audience at the 2013 People’s World Amistad Awards, held in the auditorium of Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School…
…In his closing remarks Rev. Scott Marks brought the crowd to its feet as he called for door-to-door organizing that will “move forward” the fight for jobs and other needs. “I will not go back!” he exclaimed passionately.
Marks and all the awardees praised the vision and work of the Communist Party in their communities. The event was held on the occasion of the CPUSA’s 94th anniversary.
Former state Senator Ed Gomes, a steelworker, state representative Edwin Vargas, a teacher, and Laurie Kennington, president of Local 34 clerical and technical workers at Yale all accepted large framed posters of the Amistad statue that stands in front of New Haven City Hall, cheered on by family, friends, co-workers, elected officials and union and community leaders.
Read more at The Bell News.
Arapahoe High School gunman Karl Pierson was a committed Socialist.
Pierson entered the building with a shotgun and started shooting.
Pierson, an indoctrinated 18 year-old, was a committed socialist who hated Republicans.
The Denver Post reported:
The teenage gunman who entered Arapahoe High School Friday afternoon and shot two fellow students with a shotgun was outspoken about politics, a gifted debater and may have been bullied for his beliefs, according to students who knew him.
“He had very strong beliefs about gun laws and stuff,” said junior Abbey Skoda, who was in a class with the alleged shooter her freshman year.
Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with [the shooter] Pierson, described him as a very opinionated Socialist*…
”He was exuberant I guess,” Conrad said. “A lot of people picked on him, but it didn’t seem to bother him.”
In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith who through his invisible hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as “Keynesian.”
“…I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn’t the market correcting itself?” he wrote. “If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn’t it be able to overpower regulations?”
Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing “you republicans are so cute” and posting an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ‘em Die, Climate Change: Let ‘em Die, Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ‘em Die, More War: Let ‘em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”
Then he went and shot up the school.
More media tricks…
After thinking things over, the Denver Post decided to delete the fact that Arapahoe School shooter Kark Pierson was a committed socialist from their news report.
This is from the original article:
The gunman’s parents divorced in late 2011, according to court records. The divorce was finalized in August 2012.
Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with the gunman, described him as a very opinionated Socialist.
“He was exuberant I guess,” Conrad said. “A lot of people picked on him, but it didn’t seem to bother him.”
And, here is the updated article, sans “socialist.”
Pierson’s parents divorced in late 2011, according to court records. The divorce was finalized in August 2012.
Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with Pierson, described him as very opinionated.
“He was exuberant, I guess,” Conrad said. “A lot of people picked on him, but it didn’t seem to bother him.”
Guess it didn’t fit their narrative that only right-wing Tea Party folks were the dangerous ones.
I was at work today, and CNN was on one of the TVs at the bar, we put two on sports, one on the news, and I always used to put Fox on, but one of my bosses prefers CNN, so, well…. Anyway, when the news that a teachers body had been found in some woods near Danvers High School broke, I watched to see what had happened. After a few minutes, I noted to one of the costumers that the teacher had likely been stabbed, maybe beaten, or strangled to death. They asked me how I knew, since the news had not reported the likely cause of the teacher’s demise. Not knowing the political bent of this gentleman, I avoided saying why I reached such a conclusion, which is if the teacher had been shot the media would be focused solely on what kind of gun, was there a high capacity magazine involved, and could it have been an AR-15, and did stand your ground laws cause this tragedy. Instead I just said it was a gut feeling. A gut feeling that a fellow blogger, some guy named McCain shares it seems
Saw this headline at Memeorandum:
The story doesn’t say how the teacher was killed, but the fact that MSNBC wasn’t running a gun-control telethon was a clue that she probably wasn’t shot to death.
Like the headline says, you can learn a lot fro the media, if you pay attention to what they do not say.
Middle and high school students in San Diego, California will be encouraged to vent their frustration that the world lacks justice when they return to school and participate in the “Trayvon Martin dialogues” this fall.
The sponsors of San Diego’s Trayvon Martin dialogues, however, believe the resolution of the case has produced in teenagers “feelings of fear, anger, and skepticism that they will live in a just society,” according to The College Fix
The full proposal calls for forum participants to explicitly condemn “stand your ground” laws, which permit citizens to use force to defend themselves in dangerous situations instead of retreating. Florida’s law was erroneously credited with prompting the conflict between Martin and Zimmerman, though the matter never became a significant factor at the trial, since Zimmerman had no option to retreat, according to his official testimony.
Why not call for students to STUDY what these laws actually say, and study the RESULTS of these laws?
The dialogues will “allow students to talk about the world view that prompted George Zimmerman to confront Trayvon Martin,” and “allow students to speak honestly about the ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws that could give one person an unfair advantage over another and the pros and cons of their perceptions,” according to the proposal.
Unfair advantage? Lord we would not want to give any advantage to a law-abiding American threatened by a violent thug now would we? When did Liberal brainwashing become an essential part of education? Stalin would be proud I am sure.
Roy Costner IV, a former public school student from South Carolina, stunned the audience at his high school graduation last weekend when he ripped up his previously-approved valedictorian speech, going on, instead, to speak about God – and then deliver the Lord’s prayer.
The act, which drew loud applause, was taken in opposition to the School District of Pickens County’s decision to axe prayers from graduation events, Christian News reports. Officials said that they had recently received complaints from atheist activists and church-state separatists, leading to the removal of invocations from all school events.
But that didn’t stop Costner.
The Liberty High School ceremony is already making its way into national headlines, as the valedictorian’s actions and the subsequent cheers this past Saturday were caught on video.
As he spoke, Costner went from merely mentioning “the Lord” to jumping right into the well-known prayer.
“Those that we look up to, they have helped carve and mold us into the young adults that we are today. I’m so glad that both of my parents led me to the Lord at a young age,” he said. “And I think most of you will understand when I say -”
And that’s when he commenced the popular invocation.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name,” Costner continued. “Thy Kingdom come…”
Throughout the entirety of the prayer, cheers and clapping raged. The school district, which, as stated, was already facing scrutiny over graduation prayers earlier this year, has no plans to punish the former student for his actions (after all, he’s no longer under their authority, so what retribution could he receive?).
Some in attendance praised the speech as bold, while it’s likely that atheist activists and other church-state separatists will be less-than-contented by the inclusion of prayer.
“I think it took a lot of courage to do that,” one attendee said of Costner’s decision. “People were [supportive] that he stood up for what he believed in.”
Students, according to the district, must have their speeches approved before delivering them at graduation. While Costner began speaking from his secular script, he eventually deviated and invoked his faith.
A Florida high school student wrestled a loaded gun away from another teen on the bus ride home this week and was slapped with a suspension in return.
The 16-year-old Cypress Lake High student in Fort Myers, Fla. told WFTX-TV there was “no doubt” he saved a life after grappling for the loaded .22 caliber revolver being aimed point-blank at another student on Tuesday.
“I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there,” said the suspended student, not identified by WFTX because of safety concerns. “Not taking no pity.”
The student said the suspect, a football player, threatened to shoot a teammate because he had been arguing with his friend.
Authorities confirmed to WFTX the weapon was indeed loaded, and the arrest report stated the suspect, identified by WVZN-TV as Quadryle Davis, was “pointing the gun directly” at the other student and “threatening to shoot him.”
That’s when, the teen told the station, he and two others tackled the suspect and wrestled the gun away. The next day, all three were suspended.
“How they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?” he asked.
The school’s referral slip said he was given an “emergency suspension” for being involved in an “incident” with a weapon. Lee County School District spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said in a statement that “If there is a potentially dangerous situation, Florida law allows the principal to suspend a student immediately pending a hearing.”
Silly boys, they should have attacked the would be shooter with scissors!
A 70 year-old girls basketball coach shot two attackers, killing one, after he was attacked while walking two players to their cars in the school parking lot.
Police sources tell 7 Action News that a women’s basketball coach from Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School shot two men who attacked him as he was walking two basketball players to their cars in the school parking lot.
Police sources say the coach was walking the two girls to their cars when two men allegedly approached and one pulled out a gun and grabbed him by his chain necklace. The coach then pulled out his gun and shot both of them, according to sources.
The man who shot the attackers was 70 years old, according to police.
One of the attackers was found dead in the median on Lafayette Boulevard, and the other was taken to a local hospital, according to police sources. We’ve learned that both of the men had attended the high school, and one had been recently expelled.
Police sources say the coach has a Concealed Pistol License and is reportedly a reserve police officer.
Any gun grabbers care to answer my question? How about the King of Intellectual Cowards David Frum?
No one was put in harm’s way, but a hazmat crew was there as a precaution.
Lol. If the report is accurate, the school was locked down over an intact mercury thermometer. Did they think it was radioactive? I’d love to know the salary of the (undoubtedly) highly credentialed education professional who made that call.
How long until a school is shutdown over a kid with an incandescent light bulb? Think about that.
I ate and drank at the very first Hooters, in Clearwater, Florida. And I one got cut off, when I was 22 at another Hooters, I guess the Hooters Girl thought I was drunk because when I asked for another beer while wolfing down peel and eat shrimp, she looked at me and said “you do know you are supposed to peel the shrimp first right?” But seriously, some people freak out over Hooters. I still recall an example that make me shake my head. When I first moved to Texas, in 1995, there was a controversy over a new Hooters opening in the town of Arlington. A group was trying to stop Hooters from opening because it was “too close” to a high school. And, the boys at that high school might go to Hooters, and see the Hooters Girls and think about sex or something. Yes, some people ARE that stupid. But, to me Hooters is just a restaurant, yes a restaurant with great scenery but really now! Anyway, this post by the World’s Youngest Blogger from The Other McCain got me thinking about Hooters.
Dad was driving us back from Virginia Beach, and took a serendipity exit at Hampton Roads. He didn’t know, he claims, that there was a Hooters there, and who was I to argue? Who, indeed. Who! Who!
Smitty and his son at Hooters? I say Lucky Kid! Pretty cute too!
I mean unions, we are told, protect the rights of workers, and that is important. I mean without unions, teachers could only get caught being drunk at school four times before being fired
Forget zero tolerance. Bay City Public School teachers for years could be caught repeatedly under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol without being fired.
Teachers in possession or under the influence of illegal drugs could be caught three times before they lost their job, and they got five strikes if they were drunk on school grounds before being fired. A school district official said the language in the union contract that protects teachers for those instances “was incorporated into the teacher Master Agreement in 1997.”
Those protections also were included in the Bay City Education Association teacher’s contract that was agreed to in January in section 16.1300 “Controlled Substances” on page 92. That contract expired June 30 and negotiations on a new contract are ongoing.
Students weren’t given as many chances. The code of conduct for middle school and high school students states that if they are found to be under the influence or in possession of illegal drugs, they get a 5-day suspension or a 3-day suspension with counseling on the first offense.
A teacher caught selling drugs in class would get a 3-day suspension without pay with mandatory counseling, but wouldn’t be fired unless the teacher did it a second time.
Pretty sweet deal there. So glad these unions are protecting our teachers right to be inebriated and or stoned while teaching our kids.