James Ryan, the university’s president, posted a statement on Facebook explaining that there were concerns about firing weapons on school property in light of recent school shootings.
He said there were two specific reasons.
“First, to minimize disruptions to classes, given that this event is located at the juncture of four primary academic buildings and is held at a time that classes are in session; and second, recognizing concerns related to firing weapons on the Grounds in light of gun violence that has happened across our nation, especially on school and university campuses,” the president wrote.
Firenze Sage: Oh snowflakes, remember that the honored dead died for you. email@example.com
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pledging to crack down on school choice if elected, despite the fact that she sent her own son to an elite private school, publicly available records show.
The 2020 presidential candidate’s public education plan would ban for-profit charter schools — a proposal first backed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — and eliminate government incentives for opening new non-profit charter schools, even though Warren has praised charter schools in the past.
“To keep our traditional public school systems strong, we must resist efforts to divert public funds out of traditional public schools,” Warren stated in her plan.
The Austin Independent School District (ISD) school board approved a radical new sex-education curriculum for grades 3-8 that encourages all kinds of sex at young ages, urges kids to join LGBT “pride” parades, and aims to redefine biological sex and erase the words “mom” and “dad” from children’s vocabulary.
More than 100 people testified against the new curriculum on Monday night, and testimony lasted until after midnight. Yet the school board unanimously approved the new curriculum.
“This vote by the Austin ISD Board sends a clear message: people of faith and traditional moral values are not welcome in Austin ISD,” David Walls, vice president of Texas Values and a parent in Austin ISD, said in a statement. “By passing this curriculum, Austin ISD has broken the sacred trust that parents put in their children’s schools. Austin ISD parents have no reason to entrust their children to a school district that weaponizes education to indoctrinate children into the LGBT political movement.”
In a document revealing the radical nature of the curriculum, Texas Values drew attention to materials for the Grades 3-5 curriculum that encourage children to abandon the terms “mother” and “father” or “mom” and “dad.”
“Use Gender Inclusive Language,” the curriculum advises teachers. “It is important to avoid terms which refer only to ‘male’ and ‘female’ identities when speaking with young children as this can limit their understanding of gender into binaries and can exclude children who may not identify within these identities. For example, when discussing family members or adults they may have in their life, try not to only use terms like ‘mom’ or ‘dad’. Try integrating words like, ‘parents’ or, ‘guardians’ to include children whose parents might not fit into ‘traditional’ concepts of family structures.”
Can you help? Project Pajamas, started 10+ years by Judge Ari Symons, needs your help. Over the years, over 10,000 PJs have been distributed throughout Santa Cruz County.
Through Project Pajamas, all kids needing sheltering in Santa Cruz County receive a NEW pair of PJs the first night they are in emergency sheltering. All sizes for girls and boys — infant to teenage — are needed.
How you can help:
Drop off new PJs from Oct 1-18, 2019 at:
Santa Cruz County Bank locations (e.g., across from Safeway in Aptos, CA ) or
at Twin Lakes Church (barrels are located at entrance to the church sanctuary). Robin is the admin contact person at TLC.
Come SAT., OCT 19, 2019 9 am-11 am to the Lobby of Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, CA. Help other volunteers sort, fold and ready for distribution of PJ’s which have been collected Fall 2019. You can sign up to help Project Pajamas at www.tlc.org/aok
Rotary Club Sunrise and Twin Lakes Church (Robin is the admin contact person) have been gathering PJs and publicizing. Many hands make light work.
Enjoy meeting other volunteers Sat. Oct. 19 and help bring comfort to kids needing sheltering in Santa Cruz County.
Started by Judge Ari Symons, over 10,000 PJ’s have been distributed since the program started. Wow!
Please help Project Pajamas to continue its mission: distributing brand new PJs to every child needing sheltering in Santa Cruz County. These kids, infant to age 18, need our love and support.
All families need dads and a parent with a real job. Get off the dole?
Welfare ‘mamas’ — black, white, brown, whatever ‘color’ … the government welfare system rips families apart so they never start? Since the 1960’s ….
Wake up black ‘mamas’. Cherish your black babies. Stop aborting them. Take guns away from your black boys and stop them from killing other blacks. Celebrate ways to make families hang in there and keep men present in the home. Say ‘no’ to dependency and government welfare.
And wake up ‘white pot head mamas! The same goes for all white mamas ‘on the dole’. In CA there’s 3-5 generations of white women who, since the 1960’s, made their pin money via growing pot. They live on welfare and use money from pot to pay for their life style. Now the money has stopped because pot is legal in CA. Like the ‘black mamas’ these white welfare mamas continue to live on government welfare based on no fathers in the homes. The clock is ticking.
This also applies to Hispanic ‘senoras’ and ‘senoritas’. In California — which is 40% Hispanic — in certain cities such as Salinas, CA and Watsonville, CA there’s low level, continual gang warfare with Hispanic gangs killing other Hispanic gangs. It’s gotta be the woman who say No more …..
Let’s stop the killing of babies. Black, white, brown, whatever color.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documented in its Abortion Surveillance report for 2015 – released on Nov. 23, 2018 – there were 124,893 white abortions and 121,829 black abortions that year, a difference of 3,064 babies killed. (See Table 12.)
We are taught that all cultures are equal, that they are all equally valuable. We are told that, despite creating the modern, technological world, western, capitalist, mostly white cultures are no better than Arab, Persian, or Islamic cultures anywhere else.
Welcome to the United Nations where magical thinking like this dominates. It’s what makes it difficult to determine whether the U.N. is a circus or an insane asylum.
Case in point; the U.N. Economic and Social Council voted 40-2 (with 9 abstentions) to single out the state of Israel as the only nation that violates women’s rights. Voting in the affirmative were countries where husbands have the “right” to rape and beat their wives (Saudi Arabia), stone women who commit adultery (Iran), and other Middle Eastern and African states where the unspeakable practice of female genital mutilation is routinely practiced and accepted.
Israel was singled out for allegedly being the “major obstacle” for Palestinian women “with regard to their advancement, self-reliance, and integration in the development of their society.”
Firenze Sage JAJ48@aol.com Let us move the U.N. from NY to Cairo and then de-fund it.
The current method: Can you add? Know some basic division? Then maybe you can become a teacher … Questions for wanna-be teachers ask for a bit of basic addition and division.
Here’s some examples of typical questions.
Here’s a question from a recent test given to college students in Michigan planning to become teachers: “Which of the following is largest? a. 1/4, b. 3/5, c. 1/2, d. 9/20.” Another question: “A town planning committee must decide how to use a 115-acre piece of land. The committee sets aside 20 acres of the land for watershed protection and an additional 37.4 acres for recreation. How much of the land is set aside for watershed protection and recreation? a. 43.15 acres, b. 54.6 acres, c. 57.4 acres, d. 60.4 acres”.
The Arizona teacher certification test asks: “Janet can type 250 words in 5 minutes, what is her typing rate per minute? a. 50wpm, b. 66wpm, c. 55wpm, d. 45wpm.” The California Basic Educational Skills Test asks the test taker to find the verb in the following sentence: “The interior temperatures of even the coolest stars are measured in millions of degrees. a. Coolest, b. Of even, c. Are measured, d. In millions”. A CBEST math question is: “You purchase a car making a down payment of $3,000 and 6 monthly payments of $225. How much have you paid so far for the car? a. $3225, b. $4350, c. $5375, d. $6550, e. $6398.”
OK — So what’s a better to hire teachers? Hire teachers based on the discipline — what they are competent in — what they learned in college. A degree in biology required to teach biology. The ‘how to be a teacher’ stuff be learned on the side.
Firenze Sage: This is the best evidence for charter and voucher schools.
Maybe that 20 year old son, daughter or young relative does better to get a full job and go back with some work experience under their belt? Probably true for many.
What’s happening: According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s back to college for many older students over 24 and there’s lots of options! Lots of choices are out there! Roughly 40% of the 18 million students enrolled in 2 and 4 year colleges were over the age of 24 this spring. Many of these older students work full time, have families and are looking for flexible courses with online components.
Where to bed your cell phone? Not next to you — or near your bed — so we hear.
The California Department of Public Health has warned the public long-term exposure to cell phones could cause health concerns, advising citizens to take steps such as keeping devices away from their beds at night.
In a statement, state public health officer Dr. Karen Smith declared, “We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults.”
“Children’s brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cellphone use,” Dr. Smith continued, adding, “Parents should consider reducing the time their children use cellphones and encourage them to turn the devices off at night.”
According to a report earlier this year, 45 percent of US children between the ages of ten and twelve own a smartphone with a service plan, while another report revealed that “42% of US children 8 and younger now have their own tablet devices.”
Does he rub your back OK? What over diner do Mueller’s FBI agents Page and Strzok –involved in the Trump investigation — say to spouses? ‘Pass the peas?’
What do FBI agents Strzok and Page — both married to different people — say to their spouses over dinner tonight (Dec. 13, 2017) now that it comes out what they have been doing [having a sexual affair] and sending text communications back and forth about their dislike of Trump. And how to save the country from a possible President Trump.
Do Page and Strzok say, ‘Pass the peas?’ On Wed. FBI agent Page and her husband Barrow left their home to do what they do, i.e, get children where they have to go.
Clearly, Special Investigator Mueller did not check out the political bias of those he put on his crack team. Clearly Mueller did not do his homework. Now it’s unraveling … Why did Mueller put the lead FBI agent Stzok involved with the Clinton emails [he sat in on the interviews and recommended changing the language so more supportive of Clinton] also on the team investigating Trump? That was Mueller’s bad decision.
How does the Page/ Strzok sexual affair and their communications back and forth impact the image of the FBI and USA federal government. Both Strzok and Page were and are pro-Clinton and anti-Trump and have been so for a long time.
And – very importantly also — how does the publicity about all this impact their children and their families?
Yes – this info may impact the Mueller investigation of Trump.