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May 31 – Recent MacArthur High School graduate Kaitlin Dickey grew up attending Decatur Park District events and often ran through Fairview Park as a member of the Generals’ cross country team. So when she needed to come up with project to earn her Girl Scouts Gold Award, she knew precisely where to look: Fairview’s Civil War Memorial.
On June 14, the school board of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the tenth largest school division in the United States, will convene and likely approve a number of changes to its sex-ed program, including replacing the term “biological sex” with “sex assigned at birth,” teaching that children aren’t born male or female, minimizing the role of abstinence, and excising clergy from a list of “trusted adults.” Although I am a product of FCPS, as was my mother and a long list of aunts, uncles, and cousins on both sides of my family, my children will not be attending their local elementary school. The radical sexual pedagogy promoted by FCPS, coupled with its well-publicized laxity in confronting illegal sexual behavior by its staff, has convinced me that my eldest daughter, who will enter kindergarten this fall, would be safer in a private school.
The latest recommendation by the county’s Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee builds upon other sex-ed trends in FCPS, where “oral sex” is introduced to kids as young as 12. Thirteen-year-olds, meanwhile, are told about “anal sex” 18 separate times in one year’s worth of lessons. I understand why: the proliferation of pornography accessible to our youth has made sexting and increasingly aggressive sexual activity ubiquitous problems for FCPS and school districts across the country. Studies have shown that a majority of pornography depicts violence against women. As the adage goes, “monkey see, monkey do.”
Still, the committee’s recommendation to remove clergy from the list of “trusted adults” is ridiculous, given that FCPS has been dogged by illegal sexual activity by its employees for years. In March, a Sandburg Middle School teacher was charged with possession of child pornography. Last year, a former girls’ basketball coach at Lake Braddock Secondary School was accused of sexually harassing players—the school administration kept him on staff for months after the allegation was raised. A 2016 investigation by the local News4 I-Team discovered that the response of FCPS to multiple teachers accused of sexual misconduct—with students, no less—had allowed those educators to keep their teaching licenses for years after the offenses. A Bailey’s Elementary School teacher was arrested in 2015 and charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy between 2004 and 2010.
FCPS has repeatedly demonstrated its lack of responsibility with our children, maintaining a policy towards sex offenders more relaxed than my local Catholic diocesan schools, while introducing children to sexual practices fraught with health dangers. Why should I trust a school system that perpetuates the demonstrably false narrative that public school educators are more trustworthy than priests, pastors, or rabbis? It’s bad enough that one day my children may attend colleges that permit, if not encourage, the kinds of risky sexual behavior depicted in Jon Krakauer’s 2015 best-selling book Missoula. Without a proper education, they’ll lack the maturity to navigate these treacherous waters as 12- and 13-year-olds, let alone as college freshman. As Cicero warned, “the enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.”
I suppose I’m not terribly surprised by the increased abasement of the school district that educated me. When I was in tenth grade, a ninth grader at my school attended a party where she got drunk and was persuaded into a compromising position by upperclassmen. Those boys (who to my knowledge were never punished) took pictures and sent them to a popular local radio host, “Elliot in the Morning,” who spoke about them on-air. The girl was, of course, humiliated and ended up transferring schools. I think she even changed her name. (As an aside, how has that DC101 disc jockey avoided legal scrutiny? He spoke publicly about viewing what amounts to child pornography!) We’ve certainly come a long way since 1999. With handheld, Internet-accessible phones now ubiquitous among our children, how could things not descend into even more alarming harassment, abuse, and misogyny?
FCPS still boasts an impressive educational pedigree. As their website notes, the class of 2018 has 223 National Merit Semifinalists, and Fairfax County high schools are recognized annually by the Washington Post as some of the most challenging in the United States. Yet as C.S. Lewis warned, “education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” Teaching kids just entering puberty about how to “properly” use contraception and engage in safe anal sex can only be classified as a first-rate education in delinquency. Most American public schools have lost sight of Aristotle’s important maxim: “The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue…not spent in [sexual] amusement.”
Excluding my children from a public education is a hard decision for me, as I would think it is for many families—these are the institutions that have inculcated American ideas and ideals for generations of our citizens. I spent every year of grade school except kindergarten in the same public school district, which had an indelible impact on my socialization into our culture as well as on how I think and view the world. Public school districts also continue to employ huge numbers of our citizens: FCPS is the third largest employer in the state of Virginia. My mother spent more than 30 years in the system as an occupational therapist, from which she herself graduated in 1972. I was so inspired by my public education experience that I worked as a substitute and then a full-time high school history teacher, as well as a high school tennis coach.
Though I am a product of public schools and still take pride in my education, I won’t send my kids there—not as long as I can afford to send them elsewhere. Given the Catholic Church’s robust security policies in the wake of the early 2000s sex scandal, my kids are safer in my parish’s elementary school. My decision will stand until our public school systems—enduring what has become a nationwide sexual crisis—adopt policies that resist, rather than capitulate to, the worrying trends wreaking havoc on our families and our children.
Casey Chalk is a student at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Theology at Christendom College.
Today, all Americans are told, “Go to college!”
President Obama said, “College graduation has never been more valuable.”
But economist Bryan Caplan says that most people shouldn’t go.
“How many thousands of hours did you spend in classes studying subjects that you never thought about again?” he asks.
Lots, in my case. At Princeton, I learned to live with strangers, play cards, and chase women, but I slept through boring lectures, which were most of them. At least tuition was only $2,000. Now it’s almost $50,000.
“People usually just want to talk about the tuition, which is a big deal, but there’s also all the years that people spend in school when they could have been doing something else,” points out Caplan in my new YouTube video.
“If you just take a look at the faces of students, it’s obvious that they’re bored,” he says. “People are there primarily in order to get a good job.”
That sounds like a good reason to go to college. But Caplan, in his new book, The Case Against Education, argues that there’s little connection between what we absorb in college and our ability to do a job.
“It’s totally true that when people get fancier degrees their income generally goes up,” concedes Caplan, but “the reason why this is happening is not that college pours tons of job skills into you. The reason is…a diploma is a signaling device.”
It tells employers that you were smart enough to get through college.
But when most everyone goes to college, says Caplan, “You just raise the bar. Imagine you’re at a concert, and you want to see better. Stand up and of course you’ll see better. But if everyone stands up, you just block each other’s views.”
That’s why today, he says, high-end waiters are expected to have college degrees.
“You aren’t saying: you, individual, don’t go to college,” I interjected.”You’re saying we as a country are suckers to subsidize it.”
“Exactly,” replied Caplan. “Just because it is lucrative for an individual doesn’t mean it’s a good idea for a country.”
Caplan says if students really want to learn, they can do it without incurring tuition debt.
“If you want to go to Princeton, you don’t have to apply,” he points out. “Just move to the town and start attending classes.”
That’s generally true. At most schools you can crash college lectures for free. But almost no one does that.
“In people’s bones, they realize that what really counts is that diploma,” concludes Caplan.
Because that diploma is now usually subsidized by taxpayers, college costs more. Tuition has risen at triple the rate of inflation.
It’s not clear students learn more for their extra tuition, but colleges’ facilities sure have gotten fancier. They compete by offering things like luxurious swimming pools and gourmet dining. That probably won’t help you get a job.
“If you’re doing computer science or electrical engineering, then you probably are actually learning a bunch of useful skills,” Caplan says. But students now often major in abstract topics like social justice, diversity studies, multicultural studies.
“But don’t the liberal arts expand people’s minds?” I asked. Philosophy? Literature? Isn’t it all making our brains work better?
“That’s the kind of thing you expect teachers to say,” answered Caplan. “There’s a whole field of people who have actually studied this (and) they generally come away after looking at a lot of evidence saying, ‘Wow, actually it’s wishful thinking.'”
A study found that a third of people haven’t detectably learned anything after four years in college.
Although Caplan thinks college is mostly a scam, he says there’s one type of person who definitely benefits—professors like him.
“I’m a tenured professor,” he said. “A tenured professor cannot be fired…. You got a nice income and there are almost no demands upon your time.”
Professor Caplan is only expected to teach for five hours a week.
I told him that sounded like a government-subsidized rip-off.
“Yeah. Well, I’m a whistleblower,” replied Caplan.
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Although he endured years of abuse and got cut out of Jerry Lewis’s will, one of his sons wishes that he has just one chance to tell his father that he loved him. But after the comedy legend passed away in August 2017, his son missed the opportunity. Since then Anthony Lewis has opened up to the press about how he endured physical and emotional abuse by the hands of the comedian.
“He wanted nothing to do with me,” Anthony Lewis told Inside Edition. “I knew that I wasn’t going to get anything but the real sticking point, the dagger in my heart is for the grandchildren.”
Although Lewis had amassed an estimated $50 million estate, the comedy legend made sure his will did not include any of his five surviving sons. Instead, he wanted them to receive nothing and to be disinherited.
The sons of the comedy legend were from his marriage to Patti Palmer, his first wife. Lewis married her in 1944, but they divorced in 1980.
Anthony Lewis was born in 1959 and was Lewis’s fifth son. The youngest son died in 2009 from a reported drug overdose.
Anthony admitted that he was terrified every night. While growing up, he never knew if the good or the bad Jerry Lewis would walk in the front door.
“When he would show up and park right in front of the big front door, my mom would get on the intercom and say, ‘Your father is home!’ We scattered. We could never predict his behavior on a given day,” Anthony said.
Anthony admits that his father took the belt to him on several occasion. But that wasn’t what scarred him for life. It was the vicious emotional abuse that ruined his life.
“He was emotionally abusive every day,” he said.
During their childhood, the Lewis family lived like kings and queens at their mansion in Bel-Air, California.
“It was the highest echelon of Hollywood —the absolute highest,” he said. “My father was the top box office draw on planet Earth.”
But as time passed, Jerry Lewis didn’t want anything to do with his family. And this caused a lot of strife within the clan. Eventually, Anthony filed a lawsuit against his father for his mother. She had been married to Jerry Lewis for 38 years.
“Do I let my mother go on the streets or do I sue my father?” Anthony said.
Jerry Lewis did not take the lawsuit lightly. To fight back, he disinherited his son. And after Lewis had died, three of his five sons were barred from attending the funeral. He wanted nothing to do with his first family.
Anthony, Gary, and Ron were not invited to the funeral. But brothers Scott and Chris were welcomed to attend. But every brother was shut out of the will, whether they got a funeral invite or not.
In the ultimate slap in the face, Lewis left his entire multi-million-dollar estate to his second wife and their adopted daughter, Danielle.
Anthony did not receive a penny from his father. But he regrets that he didn’t get a chance to make things right between them.
“I am really sorry I didn’t have any one-on-one time to express that I loved him,” he said.
She also was an attending physician at the Hospital for Women and Children in San Fransisco and was published in the Western Journal of Medicine. In 1872, she returned to Salem to care for women and children until retiring in 1906. She died in 1910.
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Town & Country magazine’s withdrawal of an invitation after Bill Clinton accepted was plain rude – and bad party-planning
How would you feel if you were invited to a party and then told not to come because someone you had a relationship with decades ago was going to be attending? A quarter century is long enough for most of us to be civil in those circumstances. But the event planners at Town & Country magazine seemingly didn’t have faith that Monica Lewinsky would be capable of acting like a mature adult in that situation. They disinvited her from an event this week after they found out that Bill Clinton was also planning to attend.