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This Bridge Should Be Burned

As our students go off to school later this month, what will be waiting for them? Will there be eager teachers ready to ignite our children’s fires of curiosity? Will there be books, lessons and curriculum designed to move our children to the top run of educational achievement on the planet?

The Failure of NCLB

Gone is the failed educational initiative we called “No Child Left Behind (NCLB).” After a decade of experimentation NCLB made our education system the laughing stock of first world nations as we witnessed an SAT decline of 30 points in reading comprehension scores. NCLB has been judged by nearly all to have caused irreparable harm to our children by doing nothing for learning while turning them into testing machines with seemingly endless standardized tests which subsequently replaced many previous days of legitimate instruction.

NCLB was based upon two guiding principles: (1) the premise that telling school officials that if their students did not pass “standardized” tests, which contained the statistical properties of little to no reliability or validity measures, that they would all lose their jobs and the government would take over their schools; and, (2) students would not graduate if they did not pass these bogus tests. In most of these standardized tests, the reliability measures between the test and the curriculum was not fully documented. 

If a test does not contain measures of the various types of validity and reliability, you have no legitimate test. NCLB was nothing but nonsense. However there is one element, related to NCLB, namely, the introduction of “Zero Tolerance” policies, that has survived NCLB intact. This concept of unyielding Zero Tolerance philosophy is preparing our children to live in age where the only acceptable use of force is that which is applied by the government.

Obama to the Rescue

Just as Obamacare is preparing to right the wrongs of the managed healthcare industry, “Obamacore” promises to do the same in education. In reality, Obamacore will do for our children’s education what MERS has done for the sanctity and security of home mortgages.

The Obamacore that I refer to is formally labeled as Common Core. In this series, it will become clear that Common Core should be labeled as Communist Corps because this is, in essence, preparing to have our children live in a dumbed down society and to accept whatever edicts are thrown at them by those inhabiting the ivory towers.

Let’s begin our analysis of the new directions being taken by the educrats by first looking at a program, which survived NCLB and is walking in lockstep with a culturally dangerous and legally unconscionable program known as Zero Tolerance. Zero Tolerance is the authoritarian bridge between the failed NCLB and the new Common Core standards.

Zero Tolerance

If a student brings a gun on campus, they are expelled and they should be expelled. If a student brings any kind of weapon on campus, they are also expelled and, once again, they should be. However, like it is with all tyrannical programs, the initial principles are based upon guiding philosophy of Zero Tolerance are reasonable and most people would concur with the application of these policies as expressed above. However, in the following paragraphs, you will quickly see how Zero Tolerance is based upon the antithesis of our time-honored legal codes.  

The Right To Defend Oneself

Two men meet by happenstance. One man attacks the other man. The victim fights back and beats off the attacker. The police arrive at the scene and cite the instigator and the second man is allowed to go home without being arrested. The legal principles contained in the above example are basically universal in our culture in that an attacked victim has the right to defend themselves so long as they use reasonable force.

In every governmental jurisdiction within the United States, a citizen has the right to defend themselves from harm except within the confines of the public school system where self-defense is outlawed and punished. In fact, not only is the inherent right to defend oneself from harm outlawed by most public schools, the schools have even gone so far as to criminalize being a victim. As our children return to school this month, the following scenario will be repeated over and over again.

A bully approaches a boy on the playground and begins to punch him, without warning, in the face and continues to pummel the victim while he lies helpless on the ground. The beating continues until a teacher breaks up the fight as he escorts the perpetrator and the bloody victim to the office. The facts are clear, one boy was the aggressor and one boy was clearly the innocent victim. However, Zero Tolerance has replaced fairness and common sense as both boys are suspended for 10 days. Yes, that is correct, both boys receive the same punishment regardless of who started the fight and regardless if the victim fought back or not. It is called Zero Tolerance and it is the policy in most schools and this fall you and your child may have to deal with this nonsense.

American Public Schools and the New British Self-Defense Laws

For the moment, if an intruder breaks into your home and arm you subsequently yourself with a knife and chase away the intruder, you will not be charged with a crime. Under new British laws, if an intruder breaks into someone’s home and the homeowner arms themselves with a knife and chases off the intruder, the homeowner goes to jail and the intruder is afforded victim status.

Aren’t you glad that our forefathers fought a revolution so we didn’t have to live under British law? You may not live under British law, but your children do. Please explain to me the difference between the British criminalizing self-defense and our public schools doing the same thing? In fact, your children are afforded less protection than a British citizen when it comes to self defense, because this fall your child could be punished if they are a non-participating victim.

Zero Tolerance Has Been Reduced to a Propaganda Machine

Billy writes in his notebook that he wants to get a gun and kill Tommy. Should Billy be punished by school authorities? Of course he should and no reasonable person would argue against punishing Billy in this circumstance. However, Zero Tolerance has been structured, particularly with our elementary school children, to teach the young that nobody should have guns. This means that public schools are enforcing policies which is in direct contradiction to the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

The following paragraphs will demonstrate that this bold-faced propaganda is befitting of the label, The Hitler Youth Movement.  

Gun Grabbing Obama and Your Schools

Anyone with a pulse knows that Obama wants to seize all privately owned guns. The Zero Tolerance policies now in place promote the Obama gun-grabbing agenda.

In Loveland, Colorado, school officials at Mary Blair Elementary School have suspended,  Alex Evans, a second grade student for throwing a make believe grenade. You read that correctly, Evans was suspended for throwing an invisible, pretend grenade followed by a reported “pshhh” sound. It is unclear from the news reports if Evans threw a pretend flash grenade or a pretend grenade containing pretend shrapnel.

The administrator in charge of administering this lunatic policy is Principal Valerie Lara-Black who enforced her notion of Zero Tolerance policy for make believe grenades in the fight against evil located in a box. It is not clear if Lara-Black called in a imaginary bomb squad in order to defuse the imaginary grenade which was thrown into the imaginary box of evil. I just wonder if Lara-Black obtained her administrative credential from an imaginary university.

We should not surprised because Loveland is located inside of what I have come to call “the People’s Republic of Larimer County.” Besides having a reputation for corrupt politics and rogue police, Larimer County is the home of the number one Agenda 21 program in the United States and is frequently referred to as the crown jewel of the ICLEI empire.  

Daniel McClaine Jr., whose goal is to enlist in the military upon graduation, was suspended for displaying a picture of a gun on his school laptop. McClaine, a freshman at Poston Butte High School located in suburban Phoenix, said he saved the picture as his desktop background on his school-issued computer. An alert teacher noticed the picture of a gun, turned McClaine in and bravely saved the school from further harm. The picture shows an AK-47 on top of a flag. McClaine said the school initially suspended him for three days. After the media became involved, his suspension was reduced to “time served.”

This is only the tip of the iceberg. There are children who have been suspended for shaping their lunch bread into the form of a gun. Another boy in Maryland was suspended for using his unloaded index finger as a pretend gun.

These ridiculous enforcement policies do nothing to make our schools safer. The insane applications of Zero Tolerance does speak very clearly to serving an agenda related to gun confiscation by our current President and Zero Tolerance is propagandizing our children to this end.

Conclusion

Zero Tolerance is the disciplinary bridge between NCLB and Common Core and this bridge should be burned and replaced with a simple reliance on the law and the good judgment of school administrators.

I have recently conducted a re-examination of Common Core and I will be sharing with the reader what I call NCLB 2.0 and what it will consist of. Meanwhile, tell your children to uniformly eat their bread from left to right, keep their hands in their pockets and goodness sakes, do not put pictures of anything on your school computer. With a just a little more cooperation and mindless capitulation, we will all be a little safer as continue to trade liberty for security.

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  1. Jas K August 2, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Quote: Billy writes in his notebook that he wants to get a gun and kill Tommy. Should Billy be punished by school authorities? Of course he should and no reasonable person would argue against punishing Billy in this circumstance.

    Punishing Billy for a stated intention smacks of “Thought Police” tendencies. Billy (the name brings to mind extreme youth) would be better served by being taught that there are better ways to resolve conflicts than by violence … and so would society. Punishing the thought does nothing to help Billy mature, and instead serves as another instance of “Zero Tolerance” application.

    What may have been a valuable teaching moment has just been turned into another chance for the State to enforce its will on little Billy.

  2. Arizona August 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    YOU wanted change?well you got it,neil bushs no child left with a brain,the gun grab of the anti-christ,OBAMA,and nuclear war coming to america,and a pack of brain dead whores to teach your children its OK to have adults molest them,in the public schools,YEA the change you wanted,NOW your going to get to see the education program the LORD teaches,death to anyone bring HARM upond his little ones,he warned everyone “DON’T and you ignored it,now YOUR going to see what happens when you ignore the LORD……….

  3. Jessica August 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    As an educator, I will be interested to read your comments on common core. I have worked with common core at the first grade level as my school worked all year for TIA (total instructional alignment). I do not see a problem with common core standards, and I was as hesitant as anyone about common core. While I don’t see a problem with the common core standards; I do see a problem in future curriculum made available to public schools who choose to implement these standards. It will decrease selection and increase the potential for a nationalized curriculum, despite the fact NCLB directly states a nationalized curriculum will not be created.
    In regards to zero tolerance policies most teachers and principals see zero tolerance without common sense as ridiculous. There have been more times than I can count when students in my class brought toy guns to class, and I just gently reminded them to keep all toys at home. I think the stories making the news regarding zero tolerance are the exception, not the rule.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: As a fellow educator, I am disappointed that you did not ask for research based proof to back up the claims of Common Core. The follow up piece is published with regard to Common Core. BTW, with regard to Zero Tolerance, the media is filled with examples zero tolerance. All you have to do is “google”

  4. Keith McLennan August 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    HOLY COW! When I was in High School I carried a rifle into wood shop class and made a new walnut stock for it. The rifle was present in the shop for at least three months and no one ever questioned what I was doing. The teacher was very supportive in helping me complete my project. I received a good grade on it too. Era 1970.

  5. atrincha August 3, 2013 at 6:45 am

    The world turns and times change, Keith. Unfortunately for us, not for the better. I read a lot of sci-fi when i was a kid (in the ’70’s!) and it seems many of the writers were correct. Many predicted a dictatorship in our beloved country. Heinlein even predicted diploma mills we call colleges (no real education, just a piece of paper that cost a lot of money). what is truly sad is children aren’t being taught to think for themselves. I know I was taught to question everything; question authority. It seems many of the people in our country have forgotten this premise and quit questioning anything and started accepting everything.

  6. Patrick August 3, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Back in the 1950s when I was in school, we were required to bring a pocket knife or small pencil sharpener (our choice) on test days to sharpen our pencils at our desk. We also had a shooting range as well as one for archery. It was common to see boys playing mumbly peg with their pocket knives in the schoolyard at recess. I can’t recall a single instance where a knife was used as a weapon. We were also permitted to settle disputes by donning boxing gloves and duking it out in the gym under supervision. Quite often the adversaries became fast friends afterward. We routinely had mock gun battles at recess using our fingers or a stick. Kids have an abundance of energy and vivid imaginations. Isn’t it better to channel rather than stifle those? We can’t wrap kids in bubble wrap and expect them to function as adults.

  7. Squidward August 3, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Keith: Re: rifle in woodshop—

    That was THEN, this is NOW, buddy. Common sense is passe. Welcome to the Libtard World of Tomorrow, where NOTHING is too extreme, no rule too pathetically stupid, because:

    “It’s for the Children”.

  8. CalDre August 3, 2013 at 7:28 am

    IMHO the problem runs much deeper than one program or another – the problem is one of handing the raising / indoctrination of your children over to the State. Home- or community-schooling are best, at least it is still currently possible – no doubt the tyranny of the State will soon ban that as well, under the banner of “child abuse” or the like, just as it will ban religion under the banner of “hate speech” (which already has happened in the schools – of course the children indoctrinated in this system are hardly likely to object when the rules are expanded to cover all “public” places and eventually all places, period)..

  9. Jessica August 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I would be happy to supply you with the research based information I was given when my school implemented the common core. What address should I send it to? I have never taught in a school that suspended a child for bringing a toy gun to school or pointing their finger and saying “bang.” Of course this sort of ridiculous policy is gaining in popularity as our society continues to decline, but it is far from the normal practice.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Before you waste your time, read the latest article as it breaks down the CC approach to math. Grade inflation can make any program look good. There is no research because the standards, as I said are not internationally bookmarked.

    Congratulations for being associated with a district which does not embrace Zero Tolerance. Your anecdotal experience, however, is not the norm.

  10. Michael McClure August 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I wouldn’t call them “educrats” because that implies education, from “drawing out”. I would call them orthocrats because indoctrination has supplanted education in our schools, all the way to the highest levels. Orthodoxy means “right doctrine.” Who gets to determine what is “right doctrine?” Someone with an agenda to be sure.

  11. Eli August 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Hodges,I have concluded that you are a shill.You manage to include something about “the Nazis” in almost every one of your articles. A Zionist trait if there ever was one.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: If I am a shill, I certainly don’t get paid enough. lol

    My friend, Jim Marrs, makes a very astute observation about the Nazi’s. They won WWII. Most of their leadership survived and escaped to S. America after the war. Following the war, their scientists were brought here where we reverse engineered their accomplishments and implemented their scientific theorems into real technology. The space program and all its deception and secrecy was a Nazi creation (Goddard, Werner Von Braun) as well, thanks to Operation Paper Clip. Obamacare is based upon the application of eugenics complete with death panels, also a German notion. East German Stasi set up Homeland Security. On a personal note, my ancestors had to escape the Nazi’s and we are not even Jewish. Like me, they refused to put up with tyranny. I was raised to hate the Nazi’s and I do. I hate them even more, because we are the reincarnation of this failed empire and failed attempts at global eugenics. The Nazi’s medical experiments continue through transhumanism.

    If there are FEMA camps(ie Nazi concentration camps) and purge lists, I am certainly at risk because of my advocacy. Like I said, I need to get paid more.

    On a personal note, I would ask you, what are you doing to stem the tide of tyranny? You should try putting up curtains in your glass house.

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