Oct 24, 2006
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Oct 12, 2006
Uniforms don't truly help to identify people who don't belong there. They only make people more complacent about accepting someone who is there in the supposed school uniform.
Mum's anger as girl 'swaps' schools
A 13-year-old girl sparked a major alert when she skipped lessons at her school - and posed as a pupil at another school.
Now the mother of Danielle May is demanding to know how her daughter was able to sit through two lessons while police were preparing to carry out a helicopter search for her.
Danielle, a Year 8 pupil at St Joseph's Catholic College in Manningham, Bradford, left her home at Buttershaw in her school uniform as normal.
But her mother, Anne Tummons, was alerted by a friend of Danielle who told her she had not got on the school bus.
Miss Tummons, 32, phoned the school and was told Danielle had not attended, so she called police.
She said: "I was panicking. Danielle had been verbally bullied by a couple of other girls at school but she said she was sorting it out.
"I couldn't understand why she hadn't turned up at school. She had never played truant before."
Miss Tummons, of Edge End Gardens, searched the Buttershaw area and then decided to go to Buttershaw High where an older friend of her daughter was a pupil.
She said: "I saw another friend of my daughter near the school gates and was explaining what had happened and she said She's here, she came to school this morning.' "I told a member of security staff on the gates who contacted a teacher on a walkie talkie. A member of staff then came and told me they had found her. She was being taught in class.
"Danielle told me she had gone into the school at the normal time with a friend after changing into a Buttershaw uniform, and went into the classroom. She sat there with a friend until a teacher came up and she said she was a new pupil.
"She had no paperwork or proof with her but she wasn't asked any questions. She was asked to get a yellow slip and give it to the form teacher who told her to give it to all the teachers during lessons.
"She was with 15-year-old Year 10 pupils. At the time I was grateful I had found her safe, but now I am shocked that she was able to get in the school."
Miss Tummons, who also has a seven-year-old girl and a boy aged four, said: "If I hadn't gone there I think she would have made it through the day.
"I am concerned that this could happen."
She said Danielle had not wanted to go to her own school last Wednesday morning because of problems with other girls and her friends had joked about her going to Buttershaw.
"I don't know why she did it," Miss Tummons said. "She seemed happy and normal that morning, it came out of the blue."
A spokesman for Buttershaw High confirmed a girl wearing full school uniform had entered the school on Wednesday and gone into a vocational lesson.
She said: "She was in collusion with two of our students and informed the teacher that she was a new pupil. As the teachers changed, the message was passed that she was a new pupil and therefore the teachers kept her in class.
"Teachers cannot leave class while they are teaching but they would have checked she was a new pupil with the attendance office later.
"We were alerted by the girl's mother that her daughter was in school and she was immediately found and returned to her mother.
"We have spoken to our students concerned, and with their parents. They have been reprimanded and made aware that they shouldn't be bringing in people from other schools.
"We are concerned about this but a school isn't a closed place. We are a large school with 1,500 students and she was in full uniform.
"We do have security and systems in place and staff would have checked on it.
"She wasn't causing any problem, she was quite enjoying the lessons. If she had been a problem she would have been found out earlier."
Sergeant Mohammed Farooq, of Bradford South Police, confirmed officers had been informed of Danielle's disappearance by her mother and they had followed normal procedures, which included patrols searching the area, informing neighbouring police divisions and the Neighbourhood Patrolling Team and sending a school liaison officer to her school to speak to her friends.
He said that depending on the nature and time of her disappearance they would have considered using the force helicopter.
5:07pm Monday 2nd October 2006
By Steve Wright
Sep 24, 2006
Even though student molestations seem to be reaching epidemic proportions in schools across America, the House of Representatives has approved a tough new anti-drug and anti-weapon law that would require local districts to develop search policies – including strip searches – with immunity against prosecution for teachers and staff. Schools would have to develop policies for searching students, or face the loss of some federal funding, under the bill – HR 5295, approved by a voice vote Tuesday. It moves to the Senate, which does not have similar legislation pending at this time.
Considering all the teachers that have been guilty of molesting students, one would think our lawmakers would think twice before encouraging strip searches of MINORS.
Related Tags: public school students, strip searches, federal law, House of Representatives
Sep 8, 2006
George Russell Weller is 89 years old. He does not have a criminal record. He told police he had no idea how the car he was driving three years ago accelerated through a crowded farmers market, striking and killing 10 people and injuring 60 more before it finally came to a stop. He spoke of the "poor people" he hurt, and of how he should have listened to his wife and never driven to the post office to mail that letter. He just wanted his niece, who was getting married that weekend, to get the card.
Sep 1, 2006
By Sara Bernard
The first day of the new school year is fast approaching (or, in some cases, already past), and many students have begun asking themselves that burning question: “What should I wear?” But in more and more schools across the country, this issue is no longer a worry. An increasing number of public schools require that all students dress in school-prescribed outfits. Proponents contend that similar clothing can be a great equalizer, doing away with the troubles that attire can cause: discrimination, cliques, distraction due to skimpy or otherwise inappropriate apparel, and even violent conflict based on clothing and accessories that are offensive or suggest gang affiliation. On the other hand, many people use clothes as a form of self-expression, and requiring school uniforms can take away the sense of individuality and creativity so important to students. How should schools address this issue? We’re interested in your opinion.
Aug 16, 2006
"For the elementary school levels, after the first offense, parents will be notified. The second offense, there will be a conference with the principal. Third offense, students will be given a home tutor until there is compliance. Nowhere are we talking about expulsion during any of the presentations to the parents. Never."
Home Tutor versus Public School, I know which I would choose for my children. It sounds like these parents are getting a good deal. No uniforms and a private home tutor to boot.
Aug 11, 2006
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Jul 12, 2006
One can only wonder why the Sun Herald isn't calling for restrictions on 46 year old drivers. But they barely mentioned the accident in their paper.
Jul 8, 2006
by Jim Fedako
If you believe that Government provides the solutions, then you have to believe in me. As a member of an elected board of education I have been granted the power to mandate solutions to local education and health issues, real or perceived. My qualifications: I was elected to my position by receiving sufficient votes to beat enough of the other candidates. I was not elected by a majority, more like a plurality of the 25% or so residents who chose to vote in that election. Not much of a mandate, but I will take what I can get.
You see, once ensconced on the board, the fact that close to 85% of the residents in my district of voting age either voted against me, or decided my election was not worth their time, carries no weight. The power vested in my position, and now in me, by Ohio state law does not depend on unanimity of support. It does not even depend on majority support. All I needed was to be the marginal vote-getter in an off-year election and the board seat was mine.
Interestingly, the same folks who would never accept my omniscience as a friend, neighbor, or community member, accept my omniscience as an elected official. Of course these folks don't consciously acknowledge my omniscience, but they do subscribe to the omniscience of the governmental body, the school board in this instance. It is as if the board as a whole attains a higher plane of reason where the whole is multiples of the sum of the parts. In reality, most board members are simply parents trying to make the best decisions for their own children. Certainly they pray that they are right, but they do not subscribe to their omniscience at home, just in the board room.
Based on lots of research and agonizing internal reasoning, or simply the result of my then-current whim and fancy, I get to make decisions that affect the lives and future of other’s children. All it takes is for an article in an education periodical or posting on a web site to catch my attention and I could be advocating the next nuttiness in your life. Should someone suggest that children today are overfed and under-exercised, I could be writing the new policies, procedures, and guidelines that mandate each child eat nothing but organic carrots at lunch and perform sets of jumping-jacks at their desks on the hour, every hour.
Sound far-fetched? Well, it’s not. Every crazy idea has both advocates and enablers. The advocates push the issue while the enablers nod their collective heads in approval. It really does not matter if the enablers truly agree with the advocates since the enablers will never call the advocates into question. The lovers of Liberty try to make a stand but find their voices lost in the sea of feel-good, collective consensus-building. The crazy idea then ends up before the board and I get to decide. Will whim and fancy, or research and reason, be my guide? You never can really tell.
So I get to decide on the issue while you get to fear the results as the occasional band of roaming morons spray paint SUVs, demand that KFC play Mozart in their slaughterhouses – yes, the chicken we eat must be slaughtered somewhere, and protest McDonalds and Wal-Mart as evil incarnate. These are products of a system that I get to run based on my world-view, or the world-view that piques my interest at any given time.
And I get to change with the winds, not so much based on political pressures, but based on the ideas or ideals that I believe today that all children must believe tomorrow. As my views flutter in the wind, new advocates arrive on the scene and the increase of crazy ideas reaches hurricane speeds while the enablers bob their heads in accelerating unison.
The problem is that local government is simply comprised of friends, neighbors, community members, who you generally appreciate but whose views on very personal matters, such as parenting, are not always the same as yours; just as you do not always agree with the parental decisions of those closest to you – your parents and siblings. In fact, one of the easiest ways to end a family reunion in anger is to begin telling siblings how to raise their children.
In addition, even if I possessed the latest research on education and had advanced reasoning skills, as an elected official, a member of government, the best I can offer is my opinions and beliefs, and I am wrong more often than right. Education research is based on standards that can never match consumer desires, and all opinions and beliefs of that research are nothing more than an individual’s bias. Without a free market and real consumers driving the education system, expect waste and inefficiencies; failures. But give us, your school boards, power and we will decide; we will indoctrinate as we see fit, based on our own biases or those biases fed to us by educationist organizations.
But society must allow parents to raise and indoctrinate their children as they see fit, not as the unionized wing of government sees fit. Thomas Jefferson believed that it was far better to suffer the occasional fool than to create a school system that offends fathers, and mothers. I assume that the majority of parents would opt for their own decision-making skills if pushed to decide, but I may be wrong.
Why do so many people have such little faith in their own parenting, and their neighbors' parenting, that they truly believe that without a unionized labor force inculcating children, nothing of value will ever be learned? Are we really at the point where the future of civilization is in the hands of the public school education monopoly? Maybe preschool should start right after birth so that parents have no adverse influence on their children. And, why do residents feel that I can make the decisions for their children that they would not allow to be made by members of their own family?
The answer is that they have accepted collectivism in the form of government as the solution. Whereas our forebears rebelled against such paternalism – or do-gooder nanny-ism – the current generations have come to accept government in all facets of their lives. We allow the schools to dictate our children’s future and simply assume that the schools are always rights. We allow the local health department and schools to decide what goes in our children’s lunch boxes and accept that mandate as correct.
How in the world did my election to the board cloak me in the cape of omniscience and allow me to be more enlightened than regular folks? Karl Marx and the other socialists and communists saw little need for the family and other institutions; they believed that they knew better. Gramsci, the Italian socialist, believed that socialism would win in the end if it based its means on a strategy of long-term goals; a Fabian approach. Why fight in the streets when the damage can be done by destroying families and institutions?
In many ways, we have allowed socialist collectivism to be the main outcome of public education. The schools create the environment that nurtures the advocate and encourages the complacency of the enabler. It is really no wonder that the collective body, the school board, is assumed to be omniscient while the individual board member, in his non-board role, is simply considered one in the crowd.
Don't simply sit back and be a silent enabler, stand for freedom against the aggressions of the advocator. And remember, if this is so, that the schools and all other local governments are always right, that simply means that I am always right. And even I do not agree with that.
Jun 28, 2006
As the Mother shouldn't her opinion matter more then the doctors?
Jun 24, 2006
My parents never told me what to wear. Rather, they thought it more important to be involved in my life. I attended public schools that did not have dress codes in the suburbs of Charlotte, N.C. Yeah, there were fights. But there are always going to be fights. Limiting a means of self- expression is not the answer. There are so many other areas that need to be addressed first that I think many people turn to this as a quick solution. And it’s not. It just creates more rebellion and turns our youths into those cut from the same mold.Who is to say that the mold is right?
Jun 18, 2006
Those against uniforms said it takes away the students' individuality, it will not save money and the schools should do a better job of enforcing the current dress code.
I couldn't have said it better myself. I wish these parents luck. I know from first hand experience that when the mandatory school uniform Nazis strike, they don't tend to listen to common sense or care what the majority of parents want.
Jun 15, 2006
Assistant Superintendent Ruth Ann Erdner researched the issue and found most schools have a clause that allows parents to opt out of the requirement. School uniform requirements also have opened districts up to lawsuits, Erdner said her research found. Fowler asked each board member their thoughts on the issue.“I’m a big negative on school uniforms,” David Meara said. Some board members said they would be willing to look at the issue and be supportive if a school wanted to pilot a school uniform program. Keithly said research about its effectiveness was “very inconclusive.” Erdner said research from one junior high showed fights doubled when the school adopted school uniforms.
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May 25, 2006
The vast majority of the new funding went toward long-overdue pay increases for faculty and staff after higher education had received virtually no increase in support since 2000. The rest went to legislatively earmarked projects like the University of Mississippi Medical Center,student aid, and the Ayers higher education lawsuit settlement, leaving only $4 million to be used for education and general support.
Facing some $12 million in higher fuel costs and with no help coming from the Legislature or Barbour, the College Board dealt with the financial crunch the old-fashioned way - through yet another tuition increase.
May 18, 2006
If a young lady decides to have sex with someone and her boyfriend finds out about it; she can cry rape. The unfortunate young man goes to prison, and she has the sympathy of her boyfriend.
If a young lady gets mad at her date she can cry rape and off to prison the young man goes.
Before giving young men a life sentence juries should require more then the young lady's word on his guilt or innocence.
May 15, 2006
Or the March 4th, 2006 post Schools Overstepping Their Bounds, where a student was threatened with expulsion for posting graphic threats on a personal computer in his own home after school hours and other students were suspended merely for viewing his website.
Now we have a High School Teacher who instructed his students to write a muderous essay (for a drafting class no less). According to the principal it was a "lapse of judgment" on the teachers part. Geez, adults are allowed to have lapses of judgment, but children are suppose to know better??????
May 7, 2006
Certainly the jury should have questioned the "young lady's" truthfulness when they were told that at first she lied about being dragged to the young man's apartment, changing her story when she was told that parking lot cameras might have captured her going into the apartment willingly.
And rape shield laws should not be used to justify suppressing the fact that the "young lady" had a history of crying rape and falsely accusing young men, because she was too drunk/high to know what she was doing.
Unfortunately the young man who had a promising future is in prison and the "young lady" is back partying free to ruin another young man's life.
Apr 12, 2006
Come on Jackson County if they can get rid of uniforms we can too. Stand up for our kids and let the school board know we do NOT want mandatory school uniforms in our schools!
Apr 10, 2006
PETITION FOR CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED:Please sign the petition for a public investigation!The case of 12-year old Gabriel Lavigueur, who is out of school because his mother refused to put him on psychiatric drugs, has sparked a storm of media and is bringing the eyes of the world to Montreal, Canada. Today, internationally renowned human rights lawyer, Alan Stein, filed a petition with the Quebec Supreme Court seeking approval for a class action lawsuit on behalf of all parents in the province who've been pressured by schools to drug their children. Mr. Stein is the lawyer who won settlements on behalf of Canadian mind control victims. The National Parents Association (NPA) which is responsible for the Lavigueur case, will be calling on the head of government for a full public investigation and direct intervention in the Lavigueur case.Please help. SIGN THE PETITION HERE: http://www.npaquebec.net/index.htmP.S. This is vital to Canada and the United States, as the National Parents Association will be expanding the campaign in both countries.
Apr 9, 2006
Return to a free market education
Each year, hundreds of news articles, opinion columns, editorials and letters critical of our public education system are printed in newspapers throughout our country. Yet, few, if any, propose getting rid of taxpayer-funded education and allowing the free market to provide our educational needs.Education and opinion cartels claim that elimination of public schools would mean the death of education. They paint a bleak picture of a nation of unschooled illiterates who would not even be able read and write, much less acquire technological or scientific expertise. To discover the truth, we need to examine American history from colonial days until well into the 19th century. During that vast stretch of time, except for a few public schools in New England, the free market provided all educational needs. Home-schooling and the one-room school were very common. Private schools supported by parents, churches or charitable institutions flourished without the benefit of government subsidies and directives. Parents controlled the teaching of their children. The absence of government funding did not hinder the students of this free-market approach to education. Without compulsory attendance laws and other controls mandating a “good” education, they somehow managed to transform a supposedly backward wilderness nation into the envy of the world. Colonial and post-colonial generations of Americans not only knew how to read and write, they also possessed values that are under attack today. These include responsibility, respect, self-reliance, honesty and perseverance. Because parents controlled the education of their children, they could transmit to their offspring the same traditional values that they cherished. Tragically, many Americans mistakenly believe that public schools are an integral part of our government. Separation of school and state is not a revolutionary development in our history. It is a welcome return to our philosophical and cultural roots. Today, we pay public education taxes for life even if we have no children. In a free market, we would pay none. Parents would save considerable money to pay for the education of their own children. Also, parents could select schools teaching the curriculum and values of their choice. Competition among the many new private schools needed would keep tuition costs low and supply abundant choices. Charity would provide for the poor. Our public education system continues to require more of our tax money while producing declining academic results and increasing social problems. The only viable solution is to separate school and state and return to a tried and proven free market in education. Dominick Odorizzi Northridge, Calif.
Mar 16, 2006
So far all the Virtual School companies are out of state. Do we really want to send our educational funds out of state?
How will Virtual Schools be funded? How will their funding affect traditional public schools?
Who will be able to use Virtual Public Schools? Will there be a requirement that a parent be home to supervise Virtual Public School Students?
What safeguards will be put in place to ensure that public funds are spent wisely and that the Virtual Schools are delivering the education they promised?
Until these questions are answered to the satisfaction of the Mississippi Taxpayers, maybe we should put the brakes on, take a step back and make sure the legislation enacted is done in the best interest of all Mississippi's children and not as a knee jerk reaction. I encourage all Mississippian's that share my concern about Virtual Schools to call their Senator, Congressmen and the Governor to express their concerns.
Mar 4, 2006
While all of us would agree that the student was wrong to post graphic threats on the website, since the students actions took place in HIS HOME, AFTER SCHOOL HOURS and on the FAMILY'S PERSONAL COMPUTER the majority of us would think that it would be up to the child's parents to punish him. Frankly I am not comfortable with the school system having the authority to punish students for actions that take place in their home.
Suspending 20 additional students for merely viewing the website, is ludicrous.
Feb 27, 2006
Feb 24, 2006
While some states have wonderful Virtual Public School Programs, other Virtual Public School Programs have generated controversy and angst. Critics claim that the Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow in Ohio has ignored academic guidelines while operating with questionable accounting practices. And of course there is the question of where the funding will come from, obviously money will be diverted from traditional public schools to fund the virtual public schools.
But perhaps the most troubling aspect to me is the virtual school group
Feb 18, 2006
Sid Salter's Mixed messages to teens is worth a look
It's amazing to me that the government can decide what color and style clothing your kids can wear and what you as the parent can buy for them, with money you earned and pay taxes on, to wear to a public school (that your tax money supports). Apparently school boards in Mississippi have decided that teens are not smart enough to dress themselves and that their parents shouldn't have any input in the matter either. But the same 18 year old that can't pick out his/her own clothes if they are still attending a public school CAN join the army (and die for their country) and apparently while they can't pick out their own clothes they CAN VOTE. Makes a lot of sense doesn't it; you are to immature to know what style of clothing is appropriate for school and you shouldn't even be given a choice in what color to wear, but you can choose the next president, governor or any other elected official!
Now they want to take away teens right to drive...........................
Oh, but it's still ok for you to get a job and pay taxes.
I get really aggravated every time a teen is in an accident and some idiot wants to raise the driving age. How come when some old geezer is in an accident the same idiots don't suggest taking away everyone over 65's license? It makes as much sense.
Developing good driving skills take time. You aren't going to magically know how to drive when you reach a certain age. And as with everything there are some teens that are wonderful drivers; some that are so-so and some that shouldn't ever be on the road. Chances are that they would be the same drivers rather they were 16, 26, 36, or 65.
The message that Mississippi's elected officials sends teens seems to be this We want you to act like mature individuals; but we reserve the right to treat you like immature idiots no matter how mature you act. With that kind of attitude displayed toward teens no wonder so many of them wonder why they should behave like mature individuals. The government in Mississippi certainly isn't going to reward them for mature behavior.
Of course their parents aren't treated much better. The school board doesn't think you are capable of teaching your children how to dress for school so they enact mandatory school uniform rules that force you to spend your hard earned cash on clothes you can't stand. And apparently now they have decided that PARENTS aren't to be trusted to know when their kids are mature enough to operate a motor vehicle. I wonder how long it will be before the GOVERNMENT decides you don't know how to feed your kids and forces you to only buy and cook certain foods.......................................... Maybe George Orwell just got the date wrong when he titled his book 1984!
Big Brother is watching you!!!
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Jan 25, 2006
Recall the quote from Mark Twain, who said more than 100 years ago, "First God made idiots for practice. Then he created school boards." The often-nonsensical policies created by school administrators would be laughable, if they weren't so draconian.
First a teacher tells students to keep a PRIVATE journal, to feel free to write what ever comes into their heads.
Then administrators punished the students for following instructions. How much sense does that make?
More troubling is the fact that some great writing talent may be stifled because the school officials can't or won't distinguish between FICTION (a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact, a deliberately false or improbable account ) and reality. Never mind that they refuse to respect the concept of private. I sure am glad I am not in school today. Not only do you have to manage to write papers without grammatical errors; but now you better be darn sure that every thing you write (even in PRIVATE journals) is politically correct, doesn't offend anyone in anyway, and can't in any twisted fashion be construed as a threat against anyone or anything.
Imagine if Charles Dickens, Voltaire, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and a host of other great authors had to write under the same constraints. The world would be short a couple of literary master pieces.
And here is a great website on The Dangers of the School Uniform Movement by Gary Peter Klahr
Jan 12, 2006
No matter how you look at it, standardized dress is a punishment. It is taking away a group’s right to choose how they express themselves to the world.Jacksonville Independent School District is now soliciting community opinions on the possibility of implementing standardized dress for all grade levels. Essentially, students will be given a range of appropriate colors and styles of clothing to wear each day — most likely a polo shirt and jeans, khakis, or a skirt of specified length. The theory behind this is that it will 1) help students focus more on school and less on the social strata surrounding them, and 2) it will raise academic performance.