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I just love it when the school tries to brainwash my kid. Nuance ain't their forte. Fossil fuels are bad! Alternative energy is the future! Save the planet!
Or so my daughter's science book would have us believe.
She came home with an index card last night. On it she was supposed to write and then decorate a "slogan" urging people to curtail their use of fossil fuels.
Smart-ass that I am, I immediately channeled my friend Jeff.
In the Future, everybody gets to freeze in the dark.
"Dad!" She whinced. "We're worried about pollution."
Oh, then how 'bout this?
Recycle this index card, or THE PLANET WILL DIE!
"No, Dad, it has to mention fossil fuels or alternative energy. Besides, I'll get in trouble if I write that," although she was giggling by now.
Wait, did someone say "alternative energy?" OK then!
Put solar cells on your roof, because who needs lights at night?
That one really cracked her up. "It says that in my book. Look ..."
And sure enough, in her book it says that one "drawback" of solar energy is that it requires sunlight.
So we're back to freezing in the dark again.
"What about wind energy?"
Have you ever heard how much noise a windmill makes?
Put a windmill in your back yard, because who needs sleep?
We won't even bother with how many minced birds they make every day.
A look of horror came over her face. "Windmills kill birds?"
Say, what if we put a positive spin on something that's actually practical, like nuclear energy?
"No Dad! Nuclear waste is toxic! It lasts forever!"
I showed her some research on the new fourth-generation Thorium molten salt reactors. But I think it was a little too advanced for sixth grade. Still, the point took, not all nuclear energy is bad, and it's a heckuva lot cleaner than those evil fossil fuels her teacher wants to ban.
(Besides, we have a perfectly good place all ready to store our nuclear waste, except Dingy Harry Reid won't let us put it there.)
"What if I wrote about electric cars?"
Prius, the coal-powered smug-mobile!
We burn coal to make electricity, along with oil and natural gas. But the president is closing all the coal mines and shutting down the power plants that burn coal. Presumably because he wants children in West Virginia to starve. Maybe you could write that!
"Children work in the coal mines?"
No, their fathers do. When their dad loses his job, the kids don't eat.
"Oh. I can't say that."
It was getting late. She decided to just regurgitate one of the Official Talking Points from her book.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
Or, I might add, the planet will die.
What happens when you turn public education over to a gang of anti-American unionista communist sympathizers? You get a generation of kids who've forsaken everything that made America great.
Members of the huge millennial generation are less religious, less likely to call themselves "patriotic" and significantly more liberal than older generations, new research shows.
They've turned their backs on God, America, and liberty. Yeah, that's a trifecta of #win, isn't it?
What do they believe in? Big Government. And lots of it.
Although adults aged 18-33 are much more likely to call themselves political independents than their elders are, they are also far more likely to vote Democratic. Their views favoring activist government, as well as their stands on social issues such as gay rights, reinforce that voting behavior, an extensive study by the Pew Research Center shows.
We've beget a nation of slackers who hate us and love the omnipresent state. At least until it turns on them.
Just more than half of millennials say they favor a "bigger government providing more services" rather than a smaller government — a polling question used for years as an index of people's attitudes toward government's role.
They've been spoon-fed decades of progressive political mush by agents of the Democratic party. So it's no wonder they vote Democrat and they're too smug and self-absorbed to bother with traditional virtues like marriage and family.
A significantly smaller share of millennials have married than among older generations at this stage of their lives. Only about one in four millennials have wed, compared with more than one-third of Generation X when they were in their 20s and 30s, and nearly half of the baby boomers.
That decline in marriage rates may reflect the lessened attachment that members of the generation have to other institutions, such as organized religion or nationalism. Almost three in 10 say they are religiously unaffiliated, nearly twice the share among baby boomers. Just less than half of millennials say that "patriotic" describes them well, in comparison with two-thirds to three-quarters of older generations.
We are witnessing the undoing of America. The rollback of everything our Founding Fathers believed in, fought for, and died defending. It was once said that the Sixties were the "me" generation. Well, let me say that Millennials are the "gimme" generation. They acknowledge no power higher than government, and they look for salvation in bureaucracy rather than in heaven. Collectivism is their watchword. Ask not what you can do for your country, expect your country to do everything for you.
A part of me doesn't want to believe this is the America my daughter will
inherit. But sadly I see the signs all around me. And it's depressing as hell.
The Faculty Council is stomping their feet and demanding that Rutgers rescind its invitation to Condoleezza Rice to speak at Commencement on May 18th.
She's a Republican! In one twenty minute Commencement address she could undo four years of liberal brainwashing! Well that, and the fact she's from Stamford, which is a school with a real football team.
The faculty council cited her war record and her misleading of the public about the Iraq war as reasons for their opposition.
"Condoleezza Rice ... played a prominent role in (the Bush) administration's effort to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction," according to the resolution. And she "at the very least condoned the Bush administration's policy of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' such as waterboarding," it said.
"A Commencement speaker... should embody moral authority and exemplary citizenship," it continued, and "an honorary Doctor of Laws degree should not honor someone who participated in a political effort to circumvent the law."
So, is the Rutgers faculty anti-woman, or just plain racist?
Yeah, that was a cheap shot. But so is their idiotic outrage.
Let's throw out some facts. Even the uber-liberals at Mother Jones say Barack Obama (aka "President Drone-killer") has failed to live up to his, and the Rutgers faculty's, lofty ideals. But of course the "exemplary citizenship" test only applies to Republicans. And citizens.
Or maybe they've confused Condi Rice with Susan Rice?
Because then I'd ask, which administration started more wars? Take your time, I can wait until you finish totalling Obama's body count before we compare war records.
And I think we can safely say that when it comes to misleading the American people, nobody, and I mean absolutely nobody, comes close to Barack Obama's capability for mendacity. Every word out of his mouth is a lie, including "and" and "the."
If you like your Commencement speaker, you can keep your Commencement speaker.
Or not. We'll see in 2016, if Obama accepts Rutgers' invitation to speak at their 250th Commencment.
I can't wait to hear how the Faculty Council reacts.
Really, there's no reason on God's green earth for Sallie Mae to care if your parents are homosexuals. Unless, they're giving you points for that.
Oh, who am I kidding, of course they're giving you points for that.
College students filling out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid — or FAFSA — will find a series of new questions about their parents' martial status this year, according to Sallie Mae, the nation's largest company handling student debt.
The new form, released Jan. 1, includes new questions about the gender and marital status of a student's legal parents, providing options for the children of unmarried or same-sex couples.
Man, I miss Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Their Superintendent calls it "a kick-in-the-stomach moment."
I call it a crime against humanity. And the taxpayers. Camden has an annual school budget of $371 million dollars. And they produced exactly 3 "college ready" students this year. Three. Out of 15,400.
The new school superintendent in Camden says it was a "kick-in-the-stomach moment" when he learned that only three district high school students who took the SAT this year scored as college-ready.
Paymon Rouhanifard on Tuesday told the school board and the community what he learned on a "listening tour" after he was named to the post in August.
He told the city's Board of Education that low college readiness shows the district must do better.
No shit Sherlock.
You really needed a "listening tour" to deduce that?
The Camden public schools have failed. And they'll continue to fail until somebody stops "listening" to the same old educratic bullshit and starts making drastic changes.
What's the answer? I honestly don't know, except to say this. Continuing to do what you've always done, and expecting different results, is what Einstein called the textbook definition of insanity. It's long past time for the education establishment to be shaken to its very core, busted down for incompetence and replaced with a system more focused on results than it is on feelings and platitudes.
And maybe that means some sort of triage approach where the kids who don't want to be in school are cut loose (along with the teachers who are just punching timeclocks) to make it easier on the (presumably more than 3) kids who want to learn. The idea that no child can be left behind has instead guaranteed that all children are forced into failure. Camden is living proof — the race to the bottom is complete. They have achieved full equality, of mediocrity.
But it occurs to me, if that's what you want, you could buy it for a lot less
than $371 million dollars a year.
Because their main job appears to be giving your kids the education the billions of dollars we throw at the Abbott districts doesn't give them.
Essex County College President Gale Gibson is known to march from office to office with a poster-sized board under her arm.
With crushed corners and tears, the well-worn board makes one thing clear: ECC ranks at the bottom of New Jersey's 19 county colleges as far as graduation and retention rates.
Gibson — who was appointed interim college president in April and confirmed as president Oct. 15 by the board of trustees — has made boosting ECC's rank her top mission and has laid out an ambitious five-year plan.
"There's no place for Essex County College to go but up," Gibson said in an interview. "I see the college in a better place in five years and if it isn't I shouldn't be sitting in this chair. It cannot remain where it is right now."
The numbers on the ranking chart paint a stark picture: 5 percent of full-time ECC students who began in fall 2007 graduate within three years and just 46 percent of students who began in fall 2009 returned in fall 2010.
But inching up the rankings means overcoming major academic challenges — especially at a college where an alarming number of students arrive unprepared for college level work from Newark, East Orange, Irvington and nearby towns. About 90 percent of students take at least one remedial course and 80 percent of students enroll in at least two.
Newark receives more than $672 million of our tax dollars in education funding. East Orange garners $170 million, and Irvington gets $106 million. Add in $63 million for the City of Orange and that's more than a billion dollars a year to subsidize a public school system which graduates a crop of students who are utterly unprepared for the rigors of community college.
95 out of 100 kids who enroll in ECC fail to graduate.
Your Tax Dollars At Work. Or so the educrats would like you to believe.
You know, Mark Zuckerberg rode into Newark with a check for $100 million dollars and they gave him a parade. But the taxpayers of Essex County pony up ten times that much year after year and we don't get so much as a card saying "kiss my ass." And why not? Because if you question how the teachers union spends your money you're a racist. Or anti-teacher. Or an anti-teacher racist.
But to my mind, for a billion dollars a year those kids ought to be enrolling in Harvard instead of ECC's Remedial Reading for Rejects. Of course the educrats will disagree. They've got charts, and statistics, and studies, and excuses. Lots and lots of excuses.
But it all boils down to one thing. Send more money. Send lots and lots and
lots of money. Then send some more. Because all the money we've already dumped
into their toilets has worked out so well already, hasn't it?
Are you a high school student interested in applying to college? Chances are you're going to use the Online Common Application. That is, if the folks behind it can ever get it to work.
With early admission deadlines looming for hundreds of thousands of students, the new version of the online Common Application shared by more than 500 colleges and universities has been plagued by numerous malfunctions, alarming students and parents and putting admissions offices weeks behind schedule.
"It's been a nightmare," Jason C. Locke, associate vice provost for enrollment at Cornell University. "I've been a supporter of the Common App, but in this case, they've really fallen down."
Colleges around the country have posted notices on their admissions Web sites, warning of potential problems in processing applications. Some Minnesota colleges have created an optional partial application. The Georgia Institute of Technology has one of the earliest fall application deadlines, Oct. 15, but it was not able to start reviewing applications on a large scale until last week and has postponed the deadline for some supporting paperwork until Nov. 1.
For the nonprofit company, also called the Common Application, that creates the form, it has been a summer and fall of frantic repair work, cataloged on its Web site, and frequent mea culpas.
Let me guess, it's being brought to you by the same bozos behind healthcare.gov?
Problems became evident as soon as the application was released in August, including some confusing wording that was later changed. Students who thought they had finished the application found that it was incomplete because questions had been added after its release. As changes were made, some who had started their applications early found themselves locked out of the system.
Sure sounds like the Obamacare signup process, doesn't it?
They're rolling out a complete rewrite of their online system. And it appears they didn't sufficiently beta test it. Or rather, this year's applicants are their beta testers. Sorry it sucks for you, but they'll have all the bugs worked out by next year!
I learned a long time ago that large IT projects are hard.
What's that saying? Oh yeah, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Except I think folks today do remember the past, but they believe they're smarter than those other guys.
Those teachers unions, always looking out for the children.
It was a late homework assignment and Newark school district officials missed the deadline Thursday, after teachers union officials refused to sign off on an application for $30 million in coveted federal Race to the Top funding.
Newark Teachers Union president, Joseph Del Grosso, [criticized] the application as a waste of money.
"It's riddled with pork," complained Del Grosso, who heads the 4,200-member union. "The thing should be called Race to the Hog because that's what's going on. It's not about funneling money into classrooms."
The dispute led to an hours-long war of words, statements and e-mails between the two sides, as a 4 p.m. deadline for submitting the application came, and then went, with Anderson reaching out to Mayor Cory Booker, members of the city council and other community leaders in an effort to pressure Del Grosso to change his mind.
He never budged, arguing the application allocated no money for putting more teachers in classrooms.
Ah ha! "More teachers in classrooms" == more union members == more union dues!
So the kids lose out on $30 million bucks worth of probably needed stuff, all because the unionistas couldn't skim their vig off the top first.
I'm reminded of the late Albert Shanker's epitaph. Mr. Del Grasso will care
about the children when the children start paying union dues. Until then? Not
You're gonna love this one. It's even better than the silly "don't hurt the other team's feelings" rule that I mocked yesterday. Call it the "if you're gonna win, don't win by too much" rule.
Ayup, in 6th grade it's unfair to be better than the other team. An email we received last night included this little nugget:
Mercy Rule: If at any time in the game a team goes up by more than 5 goals, it is the coaching staff's responsibility to adjust their lineup, both on offense and defense, to promote fair play.
If a team wins by more than 8 goals during the regular season, the following steps will be taken.
1st offense — Team Warning
2nd offense — Forfeit of the game
3rd offense — Forfeit of the game and will not be allowed to participate in the playoffs.
Good grief! You can "win." But you can't win by too much??? "Fair play" means having to pretend you suck?
What totalitarian nightmare is this? Competition is bad! Success is punishable by enforced failure! If you're "too good" at soccer they're gonna cut you down to size!
Harrison Bergeron, please call your office.
Sophie just shook her head when I read it to her. She already mocks the obligatory trophy she gets at the end of each season. Her team doesn't win. Ever. But they still get the exact same shiny piece-of-shit trophy the team that did win gets.
"We're the Best Losers Ever!" she sneered.
I suspect someone thought they were "helping" her team when they dreamed up this rule. Last year her team didn't win a single game, and lost by double digits almost every time.
But you know what? It didn't faze them. Not one bit. Every girl still showed up to every game, determined to try harder. They weren't looking for pity, they wanted to win.
And when they scored the odd goal, man, you'd think they won the World Cup the way they cheered and high-fived each other! They were proud of scoring, even in certain defeat. And we made sure to treat them to ice cream whenever they did score. That was their "victory." And they'd pose for pictures in their uniforms holding their ice cream with the biggest smiles on their faces you've ever seen. That ice cream was way better than any stupid "participation" trophy, because it meant they'd accomplished something together and it felt good.
And in that moment, it didn't matter if the score was 19 to 1. It mattered
that everyone had done her best. Which is what I thought youth sports was
supposed to be all about. Doing your best. Not pulling up lame in
some misguided attempt to prevent hurt feelings.
All over New Jersey people are lying to get free lunches for their children.
Yeah, I know, you're shocked.
In a survey of 15 school districts a state investigation turned up 109 public employees who under-reported their income in order to qualify for free food.
An investigation into New Jersey's school lunch program by the Office of the State Comptroller found "widespread fraud" among district employees and their families, who allegedly lied about their income so their kids could eat for free.
The investigation, which officials said was sparked by a series of reports by The Star-Ledger into similar lunch program abuses in the Elizabeth Board of Education, found false information on lunch program applications submitted from the households of 40 school district employees — as well as six elected school board members in Pleasantville, Newark and Paterson.
Overall, state Comptroller Matthew Boxer said his office was referring for criminal prosecution the names of 109 public employees, their spouses or family members who provided false information about their income on free lunch applications. The total amount of underreported income was $13 million.
"What we learned in this investigation is that because of the way this program is structured, there is minimal oversight, resulting in people frequently lying on program applications about income amounts," said Boxer. "In short the free lunch program has been compromised by widespread fraud."
Wow. Widespread fraud in an entitlement program! Who'da thunk it?
And this was only an investigation into school employees; I can imagine the fraud rate among the rest of our population is equally appalling. The districts presumably know how much their own people earn, and yet they didn't bother to cross-check the free lunch applications. You can bet they're not checking applications from anybody else either.
Now, where did I just read about another subsidy program where people were going to certify their family income on the honor system? And the feds won't be checking to see if the numbers we submitted were correct?
Oh, right, Obamacare!
lie about that, right?
It's all over the news this morning. Student loan interest rates doubled today, supposedly because Congress "did nothing" to prevent it.
Because Dear Leader needs the revenue from that interest rate hike to fund Obamacare, that's why.
The Affordable Care Act is set to cost students enrolled in the government's loan program $8.7 billion in extra interest over the next decade, according to a report published by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
If savings were kept inside the loan program, instead of transferred to Obamacare, they could allow the Department of Education to lower student interest rates to 5.3 percent from 6.8 percent, according to the CBO.
Hey all you idealistic Obamabot youths, it's time to pay up.
New Jersey high school athletes who talk trash could find their teams penalized and themselves under investigation by the state Civil Rights Division.
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and the state Attorney General's Office announced the new policy on Wednesday.
They say it brings athletic events into line with the state's anti-bullying law for schools.
Referees would also be required to report incidents for possible further investigation.
Soon they won't even keep score. Because "losers" will feel bad. And God forbid someone's precious little snowflake feels bad.
We're breeding a nation of wimps.
Oops, can I say "wimps?" Or is that bullying?
I wouldn't want to be accused of bullying. If the state Civil Rights
Division came knocking on my door I might be unable to resist the urge to
tell them where to shove their investigation.
In the topsy-turvy world of welfare, the government is failing if they aren't giving away enough free stuff. So the solution, of course, is to recruit more dependents. Because the government cheese isn't going to eat itself.
In October, two nonprofits labeled the Jersey City school district an "underachiever" for not serving free or reduced-price school breakfasts to more than 80 percent of eligible students.
Eight months later, the district has stepped up to the plate with a pilot program, which started Monday at nearly half a dozen schools and is aimed at increasing the number of eligible kids who receive free/reduced breakfasts at school.
The initial results are encouraging, with the number of students receiving free/reduced breakfasts at School 12 increasing by about 90 percent.
"That's amazing," said Cecilia Zalkind, executive director of Advocate for Children of New Jersey, one of the two nonprofits that had chided the school district for its low participation rate. "We're so excited that the superintendent has stepped up in Jersey City and made this a commitment."
The key to the district's early success is simple. The 11 schools participating in the program are now serving breakfast in classrooms at 8:30 a.m., when students are required to be at school. Before, breakfast was served in the schools' cafeterias starting at 8 o'clock.
Wow. It's not just a culture of dependency. It's a culture of catering to dependency. These little mendicants can't drag their sorry butts into the cafeteria before school starts. So the "solution" is to rev up a whole new Meals on Wheels program! Do they have someone who chews the food for them too?
And I love the repeated emphasis on how it's "free." Sorry to burst the liberal bubble, but There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Breakfast. I'm paying for it, and if you've got a job, you're paying for it too. Remember, every dollar the government spends was confiscated from someone. That's the dirty secret of taxation.
And so another generation is indoctrinated into the cult of big government.
Liberals call this "progress."
That special lady who gave birth to you? She's no longer "mom." According to the politically-correct bureaucrats at the Department of Education, you shall henceforth use the term "Parent 1." Or, "Parent 2," the choice is up to you.
The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will provide a new option for dependent applicants to describe their parents' marital status as "unmarried and both parents living together."
The new form will also use terms like "Parent 1 (father/mother/stepparent)" and "Parent 2 (father/mother/stepparent)" instead of gender-specific terms like "mother" and "father."
Because gender is anti-gay dontcha know.
Traditional families are déclassé! Heather has two mommies, and that dad guy just gets in the way of their right to copulate with the womyn of their dreams.
Except for when dad has to pay child support. Seems like all that politically correct bullshit goes right out the window when it comes to making sure Heather's two mommies can live in the style to which they're accustomed.
And if Bobby has two dads? I imagine there will be quite the hissy fit should
the wrong one get a "Parent 1's Day" card on Sunday.
Here's one teacher who should have paid attention in her own class.
Drunken driving charges have been filed against the Hunterdon Central High School administrator who oversees students' drug and alcohol education.
According to Lambertville Police, Sandra Chronic, 65, of Hillsborough was charged on April 21 with drunken and reckless driving, refusal to submit to breath-alcohol testing and failure to keep right.
If only there was a way to educate our kids about the dangers of drinking and driving…
She is district supervisor of health and physical education and oversees the teaching of several courses aimed to educate students in drug and alcohol abuse and in safe driving protocols.
The sophomore course PE 520/Health 10, "involves the study of the automobile in modern life and aims to develop mature attitudes and proper habits for safe driving," according to the district website. "Included in this course is a continued study of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco along with their relationship to the operation of a motor vehicle."
Ah yes, the typical nanny-state educrat — Do as I say, not as I do!
As supervisor of the large regional school's health and physical education and family and consumer science departments, Chronic's salary this year is $135,977.
Money well spent! Because $135,977 a year buys you the best role model the
NJEA can provide. They throw in the hypocrisy for free.
The guys who can't even reliably predict when it's gonna snow have succeeded in hijacking our children's science curriculum. All bow before the "science" of Globull Warming!
New national science standards that make the teaching of global warming part of the public school curriculum are slated to be released this month, potentially ending an era in which climate skepticism has been allowed to seep into the nation's classrooms.
The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nonprofit Achieve and more than two dozen states. The latest draft recommends that educators teach the evidence for man-made climate change starting as early as elementary school and incorporate it into all science classes, ranging from earth science to chemistry. By eighth grade, students should understand that "human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth's mean surface temperature (global warming)," the standards say. (Read More)
They've taken God out of the schools, and replaced Him with the religion of Climate Change. Thou Shalt Not Doubt Global Warming. Even as the evidence piles up to refute it. Remember when these same savants were proclaiming the onset of a new Ice Age? How'd that work out?
Except, they might have been more right than they're now willing to admit. Atmospheric CO2 could very well be the only thing standing between us and igloos for everybody.
Scientists say that if natural factors were still governing the climate, the Northern Hemisphere would probably be destined to freeze over again in several thousand years. "We were on this downward slope, presumably going back toward another ice age," Dr. Marcott said.
Instead, scientists believe the enormous increase in greenhouse gases caused by industrialization will almost certainly prevent that.
Good thing we're ending an era in which climate skepticism has been allowed to seep into the nation's classrooms! Because who wouldn't want their grandchildren to freeze their butts off while hunting mastadons in Equador?
Watch out, hiding in every Pop Tart™ is a deadly assault pastry.
A 7-year-old Maryland boy was suspended from school for two days for shaping a breakfast pastry into what his teacher thought looked like a gun, according to his father.
FoxBaltimore.com reports that Josh Welch, a second-grader at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, was eating a strawberry tart when he decided to shape it into a mountain.
"All I was trying to do was turn it into a mountain but, it didn't look like a mountain really and it turned out to be a gun [kind of]," Josh told the station.
Josh, who suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, said his teacher was visibly mad when she saw that the pastry looked like a gun, according to the report.
The boy's dad, who was not identified in the report, was later notified that Josh had been suspended for two days for fashioning the pastry into a gun.
That teacher is clearly too stupid to be in front of a classroom. She ought to be an aide to Diane Feinstein or Maxine Waters instead.
Entrusting your children to the publc school system is tantamount to child
Score another one for Wayne LaPierre and the NRA. Passaic Valley High School will soon have a pistol packin' principal.
Raymond Rotella, a career cop and former school resource officer, may become North Jersey's first school administrator to pack a pistol when he enters Passaic Valley Regional High School each day.
The decision to arm the principal is one of several moves the district has made to beef up security following the school shootings in Connecticut late last year, including developing a rigorous registration process for visitors and installing elaborate security entrances.
"Having a teacher or a principal carry a weapon is not a policy I would have recommended for most people," Superintendent Viktor Joganow said. "But we don't just have someone who is trained to use a weapon, we have someone who is trained to respond to a crisis."
Joganow said he sent 1,400 copies of a letter detailing the proposal and Rotella's qualifications to parents. While only a few parents responded, the reaction has been mostly positive, he said.
The Passaic Valley Regional school board will meet Tuesday to take up the first of two votes required to adopt a policy permitting Rotella to carry a weapon in the school.
Rotella has served as the high school's principal for the past three years. In his previous career as a Little Falls policeman, he served for four years as the high school resource officer. He's had his concealed weapons permit since he retired in 2007 as a police sergeant in charge of the department's firearms training unit.
Rotella sees the policy as a means to reassess the role of a school principal in a crisis. During a lockdown, he typically would be required to lock himself in his office or a classroom. But if the policy is approved, he said in an interview Wednesday, he would become an integral part of the school's security plan.
The best defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Bravo Principal Rotella for leading the way.
It's The Hunger Games, round two. Fresh off of limiting the caloric content of your child's school lunch Michelle Obama's minions at the USDA are moving to restrict what snacks can be sold during the day. No snack can exceed 200 calories, and must comprise either a fruit, vegetable, dairy product, protein food, "whole-grain rich" product, or a combination food that contains at least 1/4 cup of fruits or vegetables.
In practice, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions and candy with granola. Regular soda is out, though high-schoolers may have access to diet versions.
Friday's release won praise from health advocates who say it will help combat childhood obesity, a growing problem in the United States with wide implications for future public health spending.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that students' academic performance may also improve with healthier habits.
Improved academic performance? You mean like the last time when some kids were so hungry they started gnawing on their backpacks? Didn't you hosers learn anything from that fiasco?
Apparently not. Central Planning 101 — all children will eat what
Michelle Obama tells them to eat. And nothing more. Because The State is
onmipotent. And your child is merely one of millions, all alike,
interchangeable with any other, bred to serve the government, and destined
to conform with every whim of the bureaucracy. For their own good, of course.
Indoctrination. There's no other word to adequately describe what the public schools do to our children. Day after day, they indoctrinate impressionable young minds into the cult of Progressivism. And we let them. Because they smile and nod and assure us how noble and benevolent they are.
But once in a while the mask slips.
Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis recently gave a speech at the Illinois Labor History Society's "Salute to Labor's Historic Heroes from the History Makers of Today." She didn't disappoint the crowd. At one point Lewis talked about killing the evil rich people.
"Do not think for a minute that the wealthy are ever going to allow you to legislate their riches away from them. Please understand that. However, we are in a moment where the wealth disparity in this country is very reminiscent of the robber baron ages. The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill. They were. They were just — off with their heads. They were seriously talking about that."
"Kill the rich." So you can take their money. Because apparently, and this is how insidious the progressive worldview really is, you can't "legislate their riches away from them."
Working to get rich? That thought doesn't enter their puny little minds. Bill Gates is evil because he got rich. W.E.B. DuBois is a hero, because he embraced communism and denounced capitalism.
Yes, that's what they're teaching your kids.