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Four years of probation for CPS worker who stole more than $20,000
by Carlos Sadovi
April 9, 2013
A former Chicago Public Schools teaching assistant was sentenced to four years of probation after she admitted stealing more than $24,000 from a Northwest Side school to pay off credit card bills, prosecutors said.
Lopez had served as a teaching assistant and worked in other positions at Thurgood Marshall Middle School, 3900 N. Lawndale Ave., prosecutors said when she was arrested and charged in August. Lopez had worked for the school since 1994.
Critic: Measles Vaccine Can't Prevent Measles Outbreaks
by Dr. Mercola
June 17, 2014
Dr. Poland, a vaccine researcher, takes the lead in publicly criticizing the vaccine's failure to prevent measles.
If you read the "official" vaccination guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you'll be told that vaccination is one of the best ways to protect your children (and yourself) against vaccine-preventable diseases. You'll also be informed that vaccines are the "safe, proven choice," with serious side effects occurring only very rarely. "Discomfort or tenderness at the injection site" is reported to be the primary "risk" of vaccines, while the CDC also states "nearly all children can be safely vaccinated" and "when vaccination rates drop in a community, it's not uncommon to have an outbreak." It's information that would send most parents right to their pediatrician for their child's next vaccination -- unless they had researched diseases and the vaccines independently. You see, the problem with the CDC's (and most other public health agencies') information is that it is highly biased and frequently misleading. It doesn't give you the whole story.
Harvard Study Shows the Effects of Fluoride on Children's IQ
August 7, 2012
Fluoride is added to 70 percent of U.S. public drinking water supplies to aid in the prevention of cavities.
This benefit is dubious at best, as there is practically no difference in tooth decay rates between fluoridated and non-fluoridated countries, and no difference between states that fluoridate a high versus low percentage of their water. Yet, while fluoride in drinking water does NOT decrease rates of tooth decay, numerous studies show that this chemical has a wide array of devastating health effects - one of them being lowered IQ.
Philadelphia student says teacher mocked her for wearing Romney shirt
by Jonathan Lai and Kristen A. Graham
October 4, 2012
A uniform-free "dress-down" day at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond turned into a public dressing down for a student who chose to wear a pink T-shirt supporting Mitt Romney for president.
Samantha Pawlucy, a sophomore at Carroll, said her geometry teacher publicly humiliated her Friday by asking why she was wearing a Romney/Ryan T-shirt and going into the hallway to urge other teachers and students to mock her. "I was really embarrassed and shocked. I didn't think she'd go in the hallway and scream to everyone," Pawlucy said. "It wasn't scary, but it felt weird."
Jeddah Primary Schools Forcing Students to Fast
Asharq Alawsat Newspaper
by Amal Qabdaya
October 13, 2005
Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat- primary schools for girls in Jeddah are forcing their students to fast. Parents are angry, as they believe that fasting is inappropriate and physically harmful to the health of their daughters.
Fatima Al-Sheikh, the mother of one of the students said, "I prepared lunch as usual for my daughter on the first day of Ramadan but I was surprised when my daughter returned with the full meal. I questioned her about this and she replied that the teacher refused to let her open her lunchbox and said that we should all be fasting."
Odds Stacked Against Pleasure Reading
by Valerie Strauss
May 24, 2005
Sherre Sachar comes from a book-loving family. Her father, Louis, is an award-winning author, and the graduating senior thinks that settling down with a good book should be one of life's great joys.
But as she prepares to leave high school and head to Cornell University in the fall, she is tired of reading.
The extensive required reading in her high school classes -- including Advanced Placement English Literature, where she flew from one classic to another -- left her with no time to pick up books she thought would be fun. And she was frustrated by teachers who offered either too little help in understanding the complex texts or conducted tortured efforts to wring symbolism out of every word.
"I haven't read a book for pleasure in about three years," said Sachar, 18. "If I do, it's in the summer, and I might only get through one book because I'm so sick of trying to read. It's not fun anymore."
Not Special: Support Alex Barton
Asperger Square 8
May 29, 2008
Alex Barton is five years old. On Wednesday, his kindergarten teacher decided to teach her class a bit about bigotry and exclusion.
Unfortunately, she seems to have been for rather than against these principles. Wendy Portillo invited the members of Alex's class to state the reasons they did not like him. Then a vote was taken. By a vote of 14 to 2, Barton was removed from the class.
Study Shows Majority of Americans Doubt Quality of Public School Education
ASSIST News Service
by Jeremy Reynalds
April 26, 2008
Results from a recently released study show the vast majority of Americans have significant doubts about the quality of a public school education, and believe other options generally are better for children.
According to a news release from Ellison Research, the study asked Americans to rate the overall quality of education students get from public schools, home schooling, charter schools, and three types of private schools: non-religious, Catholic, and Christian (non-Catholic), and then to decide which option is the best for students in a number of different ways.
California Liberals on the Attack with Parents Who Home School
by Carisa Silvesan
March 10, 2008
Being a new home schooler here in Texas for about four weeks now, it caught my attention, when someone on MySpace posted a topic regarding home schooling in California on an abortion debate board.
This legal opinion coming out of California is no surprise regarding the fact that it is a very liberal state. So, home schoolers everywhere - beware! If this opinion sticks there is a guarantee that soon it will push through other states quickly. But, why is the California court so adamant about this opinion?
The Pagan Homeschool: Where is All the Curriculum?
by Delisa Carnegie
August 2, 2006
Let me start by saying that I don't believe that all curriculum should be based on religion. I have tried several different curriculums. My kids hated 95% of it. So I keep looking for new and better things to try.
This year we will be trying a Waldorf based curriculum. I can hear some of you screaming and some of you clapping. I know it is not pagan, curriculums don't seem to come that way. While I'm not going to be following the curriculum to the letter, I will be using it as a guide. I will be customizing it to fit my beliefs and my kids.
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