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Education Secretary DeVos Blocked by Protesters in First School Visit*

Education Secretary DeVos Blocked by Protesters in First School Visit*

New U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

New U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had to be escorted away from a public school when protesters physically obstructed the entrance. The controversial reformer eventually made it inside, and also heard from members of the teachers’ union.

Devos’ first official visit to a public school since narrowly being confirmed as the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Education indicated that she might be the most divisive figure in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

“She does not represent anything that they stand for!” one protester yelled while using her arms and body to block a stairway to Jefferson Middle School Academy in the District of Columbia on Friday morning.

Sec. DeVos physically blocked by protesters from entering DC school–turned away and left. Unclear if she attempted another door. @ABC7Newspic.twitter.com/buNgmOJbya

— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) February 10, 2017

Another demonstrator badgered Devos as she walked away with her security detail.

“Keep giving money to senators and buying your way into the position,” he said, adding, “You should be so proud of yourself!” before breaking out into a chant of “Shame! Shame!”

The Washington Teachers Union, while not taking part in blocking DeVos’ visit, did show their opposition to her agenda. One teacher held a sign saying, “Ms. DeVos: Our children are not props,”according to the Washington Post. Others took the time to express to the secretary their disagreements, while wishing her success in giving all students an equal opportunity to free public education.

WJLA‘s Tim Barber reported that DC Police arrested a male protester for assault on an officer, and that police were investigating allegations that DeVos was also assaulted.

Inside the school, DeVos toured classrooms and met with the school’s teachers and principal as well as the district’s chancellor.

“Focusing on their students and families is at the heart of Jefferson Academy’s approach, and that’s exactly what I believe is at the heart of providing an exceptional education,” DeVos said in a statement.

“Great teachers and leaders help make great schools, and I was honoured to speak with Jefferson’s team about our shared commitment to strengthening public education.”

In response to the protest, she said: “I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education. No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation’s school children.”


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Michigan Education Board Secretly Keeping Parents Out of Gender Decisions for Children*

National Education Association Long Campaign for Gay ‘Marriage’*

No Child Left Behind Common Core Deductions*

How a Black-Owned School is Revolutionizing Education for the Gifted*

1984: Just When You Think U.S. Education Couldn’t Get Any Worse*

Report Confirms Common Core Officially Makes Children “More Stupid”*

Report Confirms Common Core Officially Makes Children “More Stupid”*

They recently released the results of a worldwide exam administered every three years to 15-year-olds in 72 countries. The exam monitors reading, math and science knowledge.

Based on their findings, the United States saw an 11-point drop in math scores and nearly flat levels for reading and science.

The Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, fell below the OECD average – and failed to crack the top ten in all three categories.

In other words, thanks to the Obama administration’s education policies, kids in the Slovac Republic are more proficient in multiplication.

The comforting news is that your children can name all 58 genders and recite the Islamic conversion prayer (Shahada) by memory.

This was of course by design. Barrack Hussein Obama had nothing but contempt for American exceptionalism. If American children excel and reach levels of greatness that will bring innovation to the world, that would somehow be oppressive to people who aren’t ‘privileged’ so he had to make sure that mediocrity was rewarded.

Thank God Donald Trump is bringing back the competitive spirit that made America so great! For starters, Common Core needs to be completely abolished. This will remove Islamic indoctrination from our schools as well. Our children should be learning reading, writing and arithmetic, not being brainwashed with Marxist platitudes.


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“Common Core” Education Making our Children Stupid!

Common Core is for Your Kids not Bill Gates’*

One Mother Shows How 2012 Top Maths Students Fail in Common Core Maths*

School Forced to Allow ‘After-School Satan’ Club or Face Costly Lawsuits*

U.S. Students Behind in Math*

Against the Odds: Girl from Gaza Takes 1st International Math Prize*


Innocent Mom Jailed, Children Kidnapped by Police, for Homeschooling*

Innocent Mom Jailed, Children Kidnapped by Police, for Homeschooling*

By Jay Syrmopoulos

In a case that highlights the drastic overreach of the state into the private lives of citizens, single mother Kiarre Harris was arrested and her children thrown into foster care after she was charged with “educational neglect” for officially removing them from public school and enrolling them in a homeschooling program.

It’s now been three weeks since Harris has seen her children after their legalized kidnapping by the state.

“I felt that the district was failing my children and that’s when I made the decision to homeschool,” Harris told WKBW 7.

According to Harris, she began researching homeschooling last November, after deciding the failing Buffalo Public School system wasn’t providing her children with the necessary tools for a successful academic future.

Harris says she was methodical in filing documents at Buffalo City Hall, following all the necessary procedures, and informing the school district of her intention to homeschool her children.

Harris provided the officially stamped documents to WKBW, which verified the school district had received them on December 7.

“I spoke directly to the homeschool coordinator and she told me from this point on my children were officially un-enrolled from school,” said Harris.

Only a week after un-enrolling the children from public school, Child Protective Services (CPS) called Harris to inquire as to why her kids weren’t in school.

“I told them that my kids were homeschooled now and that I could furnish the documents if they need to see them,” Harris told WKBW.

Harris then went on with her regular homeschooling routine thinking everything was settled, but she was blissfully unaware of what was transpiring. Less than a month later Harris was confronted by police and CPS workers, who claimed they had a court order to take her children. When Harris told them they could not take her children she was arrested for obstruction of justice.


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Police Seize 10 Children from “Off-Grid” Homeschooling Family*

19-year-old Homeschooled pro-Lifer Wins Ontario Election by a Landslide*

Homeschooled 8-Year-Old Starts a Baking Business After Mother Teaches Him the Basics of Entrepreneurship*

CPS Case against Texas Homeschool Family Dismissed but Children are Traumatized*

Blackburn Muslim Schools Come Top of U.K. Education Progress Table*

Blackburn Muslim Schools Come Top of U.K. Education Progress Table*


Tauheedul Islam Boys’ School

Tauheedul Islam Boys’ School


Two Muslim schools in Blackburn have come first and second in the Department for Education’s national league tables.

The DfE’s latest performance tables, published on Thursday — including 2016’s GCSE exams and ranked by its new Progress 8 measure — reveals that the best schools in England are those which make the greatest advances in their pupils’ grades.

At the top of the national Progress 8 league table sit two faith schools in Blackburn run by the Tauheedul multi-academy trust – Tauheedul Islamic Boys’ high school and Tauheedul Islamic Girls’ high school. In 10th place was Preston Muslim Girls School.

The new measure of progress is calculated using a pupil’s best eight exam scores — with extra emphasis on Math and English — and then comparing the final results with a pupil’s expected scores based on previous performance.

Those schools that recorded positive progress scores among their pupils outperformed the national average, while those that returned a negative score did worse.

Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School Blackburn Blackburn with Darwen   1.37
Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School Blackburn Blackburn with Darwen   1.15
Harris Academy Battersea London Wandsworth   1.14
Ark King Solomon Academy London Westminster   1.08
St Andrew’s Catholic School Leatherhead Surrey   1.08
The City Academy, Hackney London Hackney   1.02
Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich London Southwark   0.93
Outwood Academy Portland Worksop Nottinghamshire   0.93
Sheffield Park Academy Sheffield Sheffield   0.93
Preston Muslim Girls High School Preston Lancashire   0.92
The St Thomas the Apostle College London Southwark   0.91
Uffculme School Cullompton Devon   0.91
Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School Tunbridge Wells Kent   0.82
Forest Gate Community School London Newham   0.81
City of London Academy Islington London Islington   0.81
Sacred Heart Catholic School London Southwark   0.8
The Oxford Academy Oxford Oxfordshire   0.8
The Compton School London Barnet   0.79
Bridlington School Bridlington East Riding of Yorkshire   0.79
Wren Academy London Barnet   0.78
Mossbourne Community Academy London Hackney   0.78
St Augustine’s Catholic High School Redditch Worcestershire   0.78
Ursuline High School Wimbledon London Merton   0.76
Ark St Alban’s Academy Birmingham Birmingham   0.76
Tonbridge Grammar School Tonbridge Kent   0.75
Bolton Muslim Girls School Bolton Bolton   0.75
Harris Academy Chafford Hundred Grays Thurrock   0.75
St Mark’s Catholic School Hounslow Hounslow   0.75
St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School London Greenwich   0.74
Paddington Academy London Westminster   0.74
Nonsuch High School for Girls Sutton Sutton   0.73
Woodford County High School Woodford Green Redbridge   0.73
St Paul’s Catholic College Sunbury-on-Thames Surrey   0.73
The Tiffin Girls’ School Kingston upon Thames Kingston upon Thames   0.72
Brampton Manor Academy London Newham   0.71
Fulham Cross Girls’ School and Language College London Hammersmith and Fulham   0.71
Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet Barnet Barnet   0.7
Wallington High School for Girls Wallington Sutton   0.7
Bethnal Green Academy London Tower Hamlets   0.7
Harris Academy Beckenham Beckenham Bromley   0.7
Bentley Wood High School Stanmore Harrow   0.7
Clacton County High School Clacton-on-Sea Essex   0.7
Gordon’s School Woking Surrey   0.69
The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College Bishop’s Stortford Hertfordshire   0.69
Our Lady & St. Bede Catholic Academy Stockton-on-Tees Stockton-on-Tees   0.69
St John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School, Woking Woking Surrey   0.69
Dr Challoner’s Grammar School Amersham Buckinghamshire   0.68
The Rochester Grammar School Rochester Medway   0.68
Westminster Academy London Westminster   0.68
Hethersett Academy Norwich Norfolk   0.68
Aston Manor Academy Birmingham Birmingham   0.68
Wembley High Technology College Wembley Brent   0.67
Waldegrave School Twickenham Richmond upon Thames   0.67
Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School London Lambeth   0.67
Harris Academy Morden Morden Merton   0.67
The Skinners’ School Tunbridge Wells Kent   0.66
Wallington County Grammar School Wallington Sutton   0.66
Westcliff High School for Boys Academy Westcliff-on-Sea Southend-on-Sea   0.66
St Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls London Enfield   0.66
The Heathland School Hounslow Hounslow   0.66
Beauchamp College Leicester Leicestershire   0.66
Samuel Ryder Academy St Albans Hertfordshire   0.66
Reading School Reading Reading   0.65
Tiffin School Kingston upon Thames Kingston upon Thames   0.65
Upton Court Grammar School Slough Slough   0.65
Painsley Catholic College Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire   0.65
Central Foundation Boys’ School London Islington   0.65
Millais School Horsham West Sussex   0.65
St Mary’s RC High School Hereford Herefordshire, County of   0.65
The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School Greenford Ealing   0.65
Harrogate Grammar School Harrogate North Yorkshire   0.65
President Kennedy School Academy Coventry Coventry   0.65
Feversham College Bradford Bradford   0.64
Impington Village College Cambridge Cambridgeshire   0.64
The Piggott School Reading Wokingham   0.64
St Francis Xavier School Richmond North Yorkshire   0.63
Walthamstow School for Girls London Waltham Forest   0.63
Whitmore High School Harrow Harrow   0.63
Outwood Academy Acklam Middlesbrough Middlesbrough   0.63
All Hallows Catholic School Farnham Surrey   0.63
Invicta Grammar School Maidstone Kent   0.62
Simon Balle All-Through School Hertford Hertfordshire   0.62
Valentines High School Ilford Redbridge   0.62
Hadley Learning Community – Secondary Phase Telford Telford and Wrekin   0.62
Ormiston Chadwick Academy Widnes Halton   0.61
Acklam Grange School Middlesbrough Middlesbrough   0.61
St Albans Girls’ School St Albans Hertfordshire   0.61
Balcarras School Cheltenham Gloucestershire   0.61
Torquay Academy Torquay Torbay   0.61
Al-Hijrah School Birmingham Birmingham   0.6
West Park School Derby Derby   0.6
Hitchin Girls’ School Hitchin Hertfordshire   0.6
Parkside Community College Cambridge Cambridgeshire   0.6
Sidney Stringer Academy Coventry Coventry   0.6
The Holt School Wokingham Wokingham   0.6
Sexey’s School Bruton Somerset   0.6
South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College North Ferriby East Riding of Yorkshire   0.59
Connaught School for Girls London Waltham Forest   0.59
St Mary’s College Hull Kingston Upon Hull, City of   0.59
Kingsbridge Academy Kingsbridge Devon   0.59
St Peter’s Catholic School Guildford Surrey   0.59
Saint George Catholic Voluntary Aided College Southampton Southampton Southampton   0.59
Buxton School London Waltham Forest   0.59
Bowland High Clitheroe Lancashire   0.59
The Judd School Tonbridge Kent   0.58
Dr Challoner’s High School Amersham Buckinghamshire   0.58
Wilson’s School Wallington Sutton   0.58
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys Birmingham Birmingham   0.58
Challney High School for Boys Luton Luton   0.58
Sandringham School St Albans Hertfordshire   0.58
Queensmead School Ruislip Hillingdon   0.58
Harris Academy Upper Norwood London Croydon   0.58
St Benedict’s Catholic School Bury St Edmunds Suffolk   0.58
Tudor Grange Academy, Solihull Solihull Solihull   0.58
The Eastwood Academy Leigh-on-Sea Southend-on-Sea   0.58
St Bede’s School Redhill Surrey   0.58
Colchester County High School for Girls Colchester Essex   0.57
St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School London Barnet   0.57
Ashmole Academy London Barnet   0.57
Holyrood Academy Chard Somerset   0.57
The County High School Leftwich Northwich Cheshire West & Chester   0.57
Kendrick School Reading Reading   0.56
Beaconsfield High School Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire   0.56
King David High School Liverpool Liverpool   0.56
Holland Park School London Kensington and Chelsea   0.56
Gunnersbury Catholic School Brentford Hounslow   0.56
St Richard’s Catholic College Bexhill-on-Sea East Sussex   0.56
The Farnley Academy Leeds Leeds   0.56
Moorside High School Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire   0.56
The Henrietta Barnett School London Barnet   0.55
Parkstone Grammar School Poole Poole   0.55
The King’s (The Cathedral) School Peterborough Peterborough   0.55
Platanos College London Lambeth   0.55
Harris Academy Merton Mitcham Merton   0.55
Norton Hill Academy Radstock Bath and North East Somerset   0.55
The Holy Cross School New Malden Kingston upon Thames   0.55
Settle College Settle North Yorkshire   0.55
Weald School, the Billingshurst West Sussex   0.55
Alperton Community School Wembley Brent   0.55
Dartford Grammar School Dartford Kent   0.54
Weald of Kent Grammar School Tonbridge Kent   0.54
King Solomon High School Ilford Redbridge   0.54
Rodillian Academy Wakefield Leeds   0.54

Mufti Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Tauheedul Education Trust, said:

“Our schools are heavily invested in ensuring that pupils make excellent progress and our staff go above and beyond the call of duty to give all of our learners the support they need to achieve, and surpass, expectations.

“To see the effects of this hard work reflected in the Performance League Tables – by having not one, but two of our schools amongst the top three in the country – is hugely rewarding, and we are thrilled that TIGHS and TIBHS are having such a positive impact on pupil outcomes and opening the window of opportunity for so many of our students.

“This achievement is a testament to the efforts and expertise of staff at both schools, the diligence and dedication of our pupils, and the outstanding quality of provision that all TET schools strive to deliver.

“We are committed to nurturing today’s young people and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders and we want to ensure that our pupils – regardless of their starting points – are immersed in an environment where educational excellence is promoted, expected and celebrated.

“It is immensely gratifying to see that we are achieving this vision, and we hope to continue to build on this success. Congratulations to all involved.”


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Internet Use in Class Tied to Lower Test Scores*

Internet Use in Class Tied to Lower Test Scores*

Michigan State University researchers studied laptop use in an introductory psychology course and found the average time spent browsing the web for non-class-related purposes was 37 minutes. Students spent the most time on social media, reading email, shopping for items such as clothes and watching videos.

And their academic performance suffered. Internet use was a significant predictor of students’ final exam score even when their intelligence and motivation were taken into account, said Susan Ravizza, associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study.

“The detrimental relationship associated with non-academic internet use,” Ravizza said, “raises questions about the policy of encouraging students to bring their laptops to class when they are unnecessary for class use.”

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the findings will be published online soon in the journal Psychological Science. The article is titled “Logged in and zoned out: How laptop internet use impacts classroom learning.”

The research was conducted in a one-hour, 50-minute lecture course with 507 students taught by Kimberly Fenn, MSU associate professor of psychology and study co-author. In all, 127 students agreed to participate in the study, which involved logging onto a proxy server when the students went online. Of those participants, 83 checked into the proxy server in more than half of the 15 course sessions during the semester and were included in the final analysis.

Intelligence was measured by ACT scores. Motivation to succeed in class was measured by an online survey sent to each participant when the semester was over.

Interestingly, using the internet for class purposes did not help students’ test scores. But Ravizza said she wasn’t surprised.

“There were no internet-based assignments in this course, which means that most of the ‘academic use’ was downloading lecture slides in order to follow along or take notes.”

Previous research, she added, has shown that taking notes on a laptop is not as beneficial for learning as writing notes by hand.

“Once students crack their laptop open, it is probably tempting to do other sorts of internet-based tasks that are not class-relevant.”

In her courses, Ravizza said she has stopped posting lecture slides before class. Instead, she waits until the week before the exam to upload them so there is no reason for students to bring a laptop to class.

“I now ask students to sit in the back if they want to bring their laptop to class so their internet use is not distracting other students,” she said.


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How a Black-Owned School is Revolutionizing Education for the Gifted*

College Turns Its Own Football Field into an Organic Farm and Sees Students Transform*

U.S. Students Behind in Math*

Let the Teachers Teach!

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School Girl Reports Being Raped by Teacher to School Cop, So He Raped Her Too*

School Girl Reports Being Raped by Teacher to School Cop, So He Raped Her Too*

When a school police officer learned that a teacher was raping a 14-year-old sophomore, he did it too, the girl says in a civil lawsuit, and now the teacher is in prison and the cop is awaiting trial.

In a federal lawsuit against the Edgewood Independent School District and Memorial High School, Jane Doe says both district employees used “hall passes” to pull her from class to sexually assault and sodomize her on school grounds.

Her chemistry teacher, Marcus Revilla, who impregnated her, pleaded guilty to sex crimes in state and federal courts, including sexual assault of a child and production of child pornography. He was sentenced to 13 years in state prison and a 17-year federal prison term.

Revilla filmed his sexual exploitation of the girl, and sexually assaulted and/or sodomized her “on at least 100 separate and distinct occasions,” according to her Dec. 5 lawsuit.

Former Edgewood ISD police Officer Manuel Hernandez is awaiting trial in Bexar County Court on charges of aggravated sexual assault.

She sued him too, and the school district’s police department.

“From August 2013 to April 2014, a majority of Revilla’s improper conduct with minor plaintiff that included sexual assault, and/or sexual abuse, and/or groping, and/or touching, and/or sodomy, and/or oral sex, and/or sexual intercourse, and/or sexual molestation, and/or pornographic photographic and/or recording of sex acts of or upon minor plaintiff occurred on or within the premises of defendant Edgewood Independent School District, and specifically on or within the premises of defendant Memorial High School,” the complaint states.

The sexual assaults were exposed when Revilla’s car was stolen, and recovered, and San Antonio police found the teen’s school ID and school-issued tablet computer, and starting investigating.

The sex scandal forced the resignations of the Edgewood ISD school board, its superintendent, and the Memorial High School principal, according to the complaint.

Jane Doe says her principal ignored a teacher’s reports of the assaults, and ignored reports from Revilla’s ex-fiancée.

Numerous teachers and administrators knew Revilla was molesting her, but failed to report it, “despite their statuses as mandatory reports of child abuse,” Doe says.

“Sexual harassment and other illegal conduct, including the sale of illicit drugs and firearms, were rampant at Memorial High School and tolerated generally by the staff,” the complaint states.

Memorial High School, in northwest San Antonio, is one of two high schools in Edgewood ISD. The Texas Education Agency rated it as “Met Standard” in 2015, according to publicly available information.

The school district did not reply to a request for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Jane Doe seeks punitive damages for civil rights violations, Title IX discrimination, emotional distress and counseling. She said the assaults have caused her to suffer from nightmares, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

She is represented by Luis Roberto Vera of San Antonio.


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U.S. Soldiers Raped Boys in Front of Their Mothers*

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U.S. Students Behind in Math*

U.S. Students Behind in Math*

No matter how much money we use to grease the wheels of the U.S. system of education, (at least $8.3 billion for Common Core to date) we’ve failed our children. A new U.S. Department of Education study reveals that U.S. children rank 31st out of 35 developed nations in math. They didn’t fare much better in science, or reading literacy either.

Common Core Math

Common Core Math

By Elena Gooray


The results from the world’s biggest comparative education study are in: Students in the United States are still falling behind in math.

Every three years, the Program for International Student Assessment tests 15-year-old kids from 72 countries (or independent economies) in reading, math, and science. While the U.S. continues to score in the average for reading and science, our students fall below par in math, with the disparity having widened in the most recent 2015 assessment.

This news has prompted the usual panic about the U.S. having a “math problem.” But this generic handwringing is not the most fair or helpful way to interpret the test results, argues Martin Carnoy, a professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

“I don’t think anyone who conceived of the original international tests thought this would, or should, become such a horse race,” he says.

For one thing, Carnoy notes, U.S. student performance varies by state; Massachusetts beat the international average in every subject last year. Between countries, performance varies by socioeconomic class — a point that has increased past disparities between the U.S. and other test-takers.

Analyzing the 2012 PISA results, Carnoy, along with researchers Emma García and Tatiana Khavenson, found that the U.S. measured up much better internationally when students’ academic resources — such as the number of books they have at home, and their mothers’ education levels — were taken into account. Their results suggest that our “math problem” is at least, in part, a resource problem, where the U.S. performs worse than other countries because it serves a more socioeconomically eclectic demographic.

The U.S. PISA rankings, then, may not reflect some broad crisis in quality for math education itself. Instead, the drop may have as much to do with higher numbers of U.S. public school students coming from low-income families with relatively limited academic resources. Low-income students made up the majority in American public schools for the first time in history in 2013, according to a report from the Southern Education Foundation last year.

That trend matches a national widening wealth gap, with more Americans charting as low- and high-income rather than middle class. But for academic inequalities, the 2015 PISA actually brings some good news: For science, at least, the U.S. fared better than any other country in reducing the effect of socioeconomic status on scores. Lower-income American students, it seems, are doing better on the science test. (Achievement gap data was not reported for math and reading.)

So improving U.S. education may require increasing attention to those students who need more resources to learn — rather than an internationally motivated overhaul of our math lessons.


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