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Cancelling High School Electives, Arts, and Music – So Many Reasons, So Many Lies

Cancelling High School Electives, Arts, and Music – So Many Reasons, So Many Lies

Lifting the Curtain

An extended version of my Huffington Post blog

The decline in music and arts courses in our schools is shocking. Even the most stressed-out classroom teacher will admit music and arts teachers have it worse than the rest of us.  All teachers face the constant pressure of mandates that force us to dumb down education and center on teaching-to-the-test.  All of us work in an environment of cronyism where teachers who speak out on the real problems in education are the target of intimidation and bullying by administrators to be silent.  Teachers across the nation cringe every time we see an administrator change a failing grade to passing, because we know how much that hurts the child.

But on top of all this, music, arts, and electives teachers have to face the constant threat of eliminating their courses entirely.  The worst part is knowing that cancellation is almost always based…

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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Boyfriend drove Miss Jessie’s hair-care entrepreneur to suicide, alleges sister

Boyfriend drove Miss Jessie’s hair-care entrepreneur to suicide, alleges sister
 
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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

White Texas girls rap about lynching black boys, claim they didn’t know any better

White Texas girls rap about lynching black boys, claim they didn’t know any better
 
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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Ben Affleck demanded PBS program hide his slave-owning ancestor

Ben Affleck demanded PBS program hide his slave-owning ancestor
 
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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

BREAKING: Senate Committee Passes ESEA Reauthorization

BREAKING: Senate Committee Passes ESEA Reauthorization.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

10 books most likely to be pulled from library shelves in the U.S.

10 books most likely to be pulled from library shelves in the U.S.

Global News

NEW YORK — It turns out at least one part of publishing has a diverse slate of authors: The books most likely to be pulled from school and library shelves.

The American Library Association on Monday released its annual list of the 10 books receiving the most complaints from parents, educators and others in the local community. Sherman Alexie’s prize-winning, autobiographical novel of school life, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” ranked No. 1, followed by Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel “Persepolis” and the picture book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin, Peter Parnell’s and Justin Richardson’s “And Tango Makes Three.”

Others on the list include Toni Morrison’s debut novel, “The Bluest Eye”; Khaled Hosseini’s million-selling novel “The Kite Runner” and Jaycee Dugard’s bestselling memoir about her kidnapping, “A Stolen Life.”

The remaining books cited by the library association were Robie Harris’ “It’s Perfectly Normal”; “Saga,” by Brian…

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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Two students charged in Florida spring break gang rape filmed on cell phone

Two students charged in Florida spring break gang rape filmed on cell phone
 
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Posted by on April 11, 2015 in Uncategorized