Friday, May 15, 2015

Education Secretary Backs Public Boarding Schools: 'Certain Kids We Should Have 24/7'

Unruly kids -- who are mostly black -- for instance

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday proposed the idea of public boarding schools, saying there are "just certain kids we should have 24/7."

“One idea that I threw out … is the idea of public boarding schools,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “That’s a little bit of a different idea--a controversial idea--but the question is do we have some children where there’s not a mom, there’s not a dad, there’s not a grandma, there’s just nobody at home?”

“There’s just certain kids we should have 24/7 to really create a safe environment and give them a chance to be successful,” he said.

The event, organized by the Education Department, the Justice Department, and other federal programs and agencies, featured speakers and panels on preventing youth violence.

Material distributed by the Centers for Disease Control’s “Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere” states, “Youth violence is a public health crisis in the United States. Homicide is the third leading cause of death of young people, with an average of 16 youth murdered every day. More than 700,000 young peoples, ages 10 to 24, were treated in emergency departments for physical assault-related injuries in 2010.”

Duncan said that schools should be more than a place for learning at the event.

“I think all of our schools should be community centers,” Duncan said. “Our schools should be open 12, 13, 14 hours a day with a wide variety of after-school programming.

“Thankfully, in the vast, vast majority of communities around the nation, our schools are actually safe havens,” Duncan said. “[There’s] very little violence happening in schools.

“The vast majority is on the streets,” Duncan said. “If we could keep our kids there longer, we think that makes a lot of sense.”

However, according to a “fact sheet” from the federal National Center for Education Statistics, some 1.3 million students ages 12 to 18 faced “victimization” at school in 2012, including 89,000 “serious violent victimizations.” The fact sheet also states that students faced more violence at school than away from school.

The fact sheet states: “In 2012, students ages 12–18 were victims of about 1,364,900 nonfatal victimizations at school, including 615,600 thefts and 749,200 violent victimizations, 89,000 of which were serious violent victimizations. The victimization rates for students in 2012 varied according to student characteristics.

“Between 1992 and 2012, the total victimization rates for students ages 12–18 generally declined both at school (from 181 to 52 per 1,000) and away from school (from 173 to 38 per 1,000). This pattern also held for thefts, violent victimizations, and serious violent victimizations,” it stated.

“In 2012, a greater number of students ages 12–18 experienced victimizations (theft and violent crime) at school than away from school. That year, 52 victimizations per 1,000 students occurred at school, and 38 victimizations per 1,000 students occurred away from school,” it stated.


Government Abducts Children when It Doesn't Agree with Your Parenting Style

Yeah, watch the government abduct them.

Children are unique little snowflakes. Each one is different, with their own strengths, weaknesses and personalities. What’s more, they’re flexible, meaning that there’s not a single approach that works best for any given child. There are a wide variety of educational styles that can work equally well in molding a functional and successful young adult, right?

Nope. Not if the government has anything to say about it.

When it comes to education, you’d better do things the way the government tells you, because if you don’t, they’ll rob you of your children like the sadistic Pied Piper of Hamelin.

A recent example of this comes from Kentucky, where the Naugler family was raising and educating ten children without the help or supervision of the government. The educational style employed is known as “unschooling,” in which children learn through experience with little emphasis on formal instruction (Full Disclosure: the present author is a product of just such an education and feels it did him no harm.)

However, since Kentucky mandates minimum standards for education, and this particular brand of unschooling had no room for the standardized tests that would prove compliance, the authorities wasted no time in seizing all ten children, and threatening the parents with a felony charge.

This is the real danger of government control of education. Opposition to Common Core and the U.S. Department of Education is not fundamentally about math problems that make no sense or too much time spent taking tests, although those things are undeniably important. It is about answering this question: who controls your children’s education, you or the state?

Parents are losing the freedom to raise their children as they see fit. If the government doesn’t like what you’re doing, they will destroy your family. This is not about stopping child abuse or neglect, it is about dictating one course of action and punishing any deviation from it.

The Naugler family is scheduled to have a court hearing to learn exactly why their children were taken from them - until now, the authorities have offered no justification. It’s horrifying that the state doesn’t even have to give a reason before taking such drastic action.

The story of the Nauglers should serve as a warning to all parents everywhere. If we don’t stop the government from telling us how to raise our children, one day we may have no children left to raise, only wards of the state.


Jeb Bush: Liberty Grads Have ‘The Greatest of All Callings: to Know, Love, and Serve the Lord’

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told graduates of Liberty University on Saturday that they have “the greatest of all callings: to know, love, and serve the Lord.”

“If there’s any useful role I can perform here, maybe it’s just to offer one last word of encouragement in the vocation you have freely taken up. It’s the same one of course – whatever degree you’ve earned, whatever work you’ll do, however life unfolds. It’s the greatest of all callings: to know, love, and serve the Lord, and it’s yours by choice,” he said.

Bush said that Liberty University and “the values it stands for will always be a part of who you are.”

Knowing “how to choose a path and stay on it” is “useful knowledge when life can present more choices than we sometimes know what to do with, especially if you’re young and trying to live out the message of the Gospels,” Bush added.

“The faith that brought you here, the faith that matured here doesn’t give every answer to every question, nor of course, does it promise anyone a life spared from doubt or difficulty, but in the way of life’s advantages, each one of you has the best there is – an awakened conscience,” he said. “When you’ve got that going for you, there’s no end to the good you can do or the wrongs you can help overcome, or the hope you can bring into the lives of others.”

Bush touched on the abortion issue, saying Liberty graduates understand that “some moral standards are universal.”

“They do not bend under the weight of cultural differences or elite opinion. Wherever there’s a child waiting to be born, we say, ‘Choose life,’ and we say it with love,” he said.

“In works hardly even noticed by popular culture, so many young Christians today are showing the way,” Bush added.

“Wherever women and girls in other countries are brutally exploited or treated as possessions without rights and dignity, Christians see that arrogance for what it is. Wherever Jews are subjected to the oldest bigotry, we reject that sin against our brothers and sisters, and we defend them,” he said.


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