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18 Signs Life In U.S. Public Schools Now Equivalent To Life In U.S. Prisons
June 1, 2011
In the United States today, our public schools are not very good at educating our students, but they sure are great training grounds for learning how to live in a Big Brother police state control grid.
Sadly, life in many U.S. public schools is now essentially equivalent to life in U.S. prisons. Most parents don't realize this, but our students have very few rights when they are in school. Our public school students are being watched, tracked, recorded, searched and controlled like never before. Back when I was in high school, it was unheard of for a police officer to come to school, but today our public school students are being handcuffed and arrested in staggering numbers. When I was young we would joke that going to school was like going to prison, but today that is actually true. The following are 18 signs that life in our public schools is now very similar to life in our prisons...
1st Amendment Does Not Guarantee Freedom From Religion
Personal Liberty Alerts
by Bob Livingston
December 5, 2012
Educators in a North Carolina school district and a (so-called) 1st Amendment "expert" have problems with comprehension.
At West Marion Elementary School, a first grader was asked to write a poem about veterans for the school's Veteran's Day program. The girl, whose identity has not been revealed in the media, wrote one about her two grandfathers' service in Vietnam. In it she wrote, "He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength." A parent objected to the use of the word "God." So after a discussion between school Principal Desarae Kirkpatrick, Vice Principal Nakia Carson and McDowell County School Superintendent Gerri Martin, the girl was banned from reading her poem in the program.
2 adults dead in murder-suicide at Calif. school
September 28, 2011
An apparent murder-suicide that left a man and a woman dead forced the lockdown of a Southern California high school on Wednesday, authorities said. No students were injured.
The shooting occurred about 10:40 a.m. after a school resource officer who works for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department heard what he thought was a gunshot coming from the parking lot at Patriot High School in Jurupa, said sheriff's spokeswoman Courtney Donowho. The school was immediately placed on a lockdown as sheriff's investigators searched the campus.
2 LA students lose fingers during tug-of-war
February 2, 2013
Authorities in Southern California say a boy and a girl had fingers torn off during a game of tug-of-war at their high school.
Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Miguel Garcia told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that doctors will try to reattach the fingers belonging to two South El Monte High School students. School district official Edward Zuniga declined to identify the students, but the Tribune reports the girl is a senior on the soccer team and the boy is a football player.
2 Reasons Smart People Don't Get Hired
June 12, 2014
Here's why your smartest friends probably have the biggest gaps on their resumes, despite having loads of relevant experience and pedigree educations.
Despite having "loads of relevant experience, lots of personality, and even pedigree educations," there's a good chance that your most brilliant, overachieving friends and acquaintances are those who have suffered the longest periods of unemployment, says Maurice Ewing, PhD, chief executive and founder of Conquer, in a recent LinkedIn post. Seems illogical, right?
2-year-olds prepare for school with new program in Palm Beach County
by Kevin D. Thompson
February 10, 2011
Like many 2-year-olds, when Silvia Matute is home, she enjoys watching television.
Starting Tuesday, Silvia, along with 11 other students, will begin attending school at Highland Elementary in Lake Worth. As part of its child development program with the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, Highland is offering a class for 2-year-olds, marking the first time the county's school district has served that age group in a public school.
20/20 Stupid in America
by John Stossel
January 13, 2006
Education reformers like Kevin Chavous have a message for these parents: If you only knew. Even though people in the suburbs might think their schools are great, Chavous says, "They're not. That's the thing and the test scores show that."
Chavous and many other education professionals say Americans don't know that their public schools, on the whole, just aren't that good. Because without competition, parents don't know what their kids might have had. And while many people say, "We need to spend more money on our schools," there actually isn't a link between spending and student achievement.
2003 Youth Wildlife Art Contest
The National Rifle Association - Headquarters
by Entry Deadline: October 1, 2003
September 6, 2003
The NRA is now accepting entries for its 2003 Youth Wildlife Art Contest.
The contest, the 16th in the annual series, is open to students in grades 1 through 12 (including homeschooled children). NRA membership is not required. The deadline to enter is October 1, 2003.[See website for complete rules.]
2012 was worst year for whooping cough since 1955
by Mike Stobbe
January 4, 2013
The nation just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures.
About 42,000 cases were reported last year, the most since 1955. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still gathering information, and the number could rise to as much as 50,000. Whooping cough tends to run in multi-year cycles, and experts say last year appears to have been a peak. Also, a newer version of the whooping cough vaccine doesn't last as long as expected.
21st Century Homesteading: Why Grow Your Own Food?
Mother Earth News
by Harvey Ussery
March 18, 2007
Many people think that the American food supply is the best in the world. So why are so many people going to the trouble of growing their own food, or seeking it from known producers close to home?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year an estimated 76 million cases of food-borne illness - including 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 associated deaths - occur in the United States.
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