Education

In Israel - Palestinian Battle Waging Over Higher Education

The battle over Jerusalem has extended to higher education. A firestorm erupted over Israel’s offer to East Jerusalem Arab schools to teach the Israeli curriculum instead of the Palestinian one. The Israeli curriculum could open the door for Arab students to take the Israeli matriculation exams and study at its high-ranked colleges and universities. Many East Jerusalem parents realize that access to Israel’s colleges and universities would boost their children’s careers. To that end, the Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Ministry designated 20 million Israeli shekels (more than $5.5 million) for physical plant upgrades to the seven East Jerusalem municipality schools that accepted the option.

How about social justice for Israel?

The attainment of social justice has been a utopian goal throughout history. While God created all equal, there is no society in the world where this actually exists in a pure form.  There have always been advocates and champions for the poor and downtrodden so the call for social justice will always be with us. It is right to want to help those less fortunate but we must not be deceived into believing a lie over the honest truth.

Shameful anti-Semitic posture of America’s Duke University

Like so many of America's universities, North Carolina's Duke University began with a strong Judeo-Christian foundation. But, also like many of those universities, Duke has strayed from its original values.

In 2004 Duke raised eyebrows for sponsoring a Palestinian Solidarity Movement conference. As one might imagine, the movement promoted divestment from Israel and supported the outrageous claim that "Zionism is racism." The conference sold T-shirts calling for the destruction of Israel.

Because GOD said, Israel is.

Israel’s right to exist started long before it became recognized as a modern nation by then President of the United States Harry S. Truman in 1948.  Its existence was predestined when God said to Abram “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Thus the everlasting covenant was established between Abram the Hebrew and God to go and establish Israel as the “Promised Land.

Campaign to Save German Homeschooled Family From Nazi-Like Tyranny

For some strange reason, Germany has maintained Adolph Hitler’s Nazi policy of persecuting families who want to homeschool their children which is a very strong and growing movement in the United States.  And also for some strange reason, the Obama administration  --  but maybe not so strange considering their own overbearing (some say tyrannical) federal polices  --  seems to support Germany’s tyrannical oppression of families who homeschool in that nation. 

This is evidenced by the fact that the Obama administration is working overtime to deport German refugees, Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their 6 children, evangelical Christians who are homeschooling their children in Tennessee.  The tyrannical German government is demanding that the United States deport the Romeike family  --   who paid stiff fines when they lived in Germany because they refused to stop homeschooling their children  --  so that they can face probable stiff jail sentences along with their children being shipped off to orphanages.   Two years after they began homeschooling their children in 2006, the Romeikes faced Gestapo-like visits from the German police who were tasked to force the Romeike children to attend public schools.

History Curriculum Backed by CAIR and Muslim Brotherhood

In December, I reported on the move by the federal government to replace traditional curriculum with government information documents. This is part of the trend towards the centralization of education, which has resulted in parents and teachers having less impact on what goes on in the classroom while the federal government’s control is expanded. One of the main concerns regarding the government information documents is the high potential for a politicized curriculum.

Add to that the revisionist history being taught in some classrooms, along with the the promotion of one religion over another.

An example of this can be found in the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum collaborative (TESCCC) and its company, CSCOPE, a major producer of curriculum used in the Texas education system.  A report shows that CSCOPE has portrayed participants in the Boston Tea Party as terrorists and is also accused of having developed an anti-Christian, pro-Islam curriculum.

And, though by law the curriculum is supposed to be accessible to parents, according to the Texas CSCOPE Review:

Government Information Documents Replace Traditional Curriculum as Feds Seize More Control of Schools

In schools across the country, traditional literature is being replaced with government informational texts.

It is the result of the Common Core standards transition from teaching literature to focusing on government provided informational documents. “English teachers across the country are trying to figure out which poetry, short stories and novels might have to be sacrificed to make room for nonfiction,” The Washington Post reported.

This is not sitting well with some teachers. Jamie Highfill, an eighth-grade English teacher in Fayetteville, Arkansas, said that she has had to ditch “some short stories and a favorite unit on the legends of King Arthur to make room for essays by Malcolm Gladwell and a chapter from ‘The Tipping Point.’ Highfill goes on to explain that with the informational texts, the human connection prominent in literature, isn’t present.  She expressed dismay over the fact that her students are bored and shutting down. “I’m seeing more behavior problems in my classroom than I’ve ever seen.”

Great Breakthroughs in Adult Stem Cell Research

Chloe: “You saved my life”

At a National Press Club lunch in Washington D.C. yesterday  --  sponsored by the Bethesda Life Foundation which was founded by the president emeritus of the 16 million member Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, Dr. Morris Chapman   --  Dr. Jeong-Chan Ra, a prominent scientist and president of RNL Bio, introduced his new book, The Grace of Stem Cells: A Story of Science and Faith.

This writer had the privilege of sitting next to a couple of Dr. Ra’s patients, two outstanding young people, a brother and sister, who Dr. Ra has helped with the use of adult stem cells.  Their parents, both physicians in Long Beach, CA, found Dr. Ra through a doctor friend of theirs.  The bright and articulate young woman is mentioned in Dr. Ra’s new book in Case Study #8, title “Chloe Can Hear Again.”  At age 17, she had total deafness in left ear and hearing loss in right ear.  After receiving conventional treatment (steroids), she received three intravenous injections of stem cells over 15 days and had hearing restored to 50% in her left ear and 90% in her right ear.  At yesterday’s lunch, she seemed to have her full hearing restored. 

Smoldering Coals of Brentwood Press--Church Fuss

The purpose of this story is to keep a word given to Rick Lemyre, Editor of The Brentwood Press, who felt that this writer had misrepresented him in a piece in response to the front page stories of his papers regarding the eviction of Mountain View Christian Center and Trinity Christian School from their leased public school property in Oakley, California. I promised that if there were any errors in my story, that I would MAKE IT UP to him. And I WILL, as you will see in this story…..

First of all, Rick Lemyre and this writer are friends. At least on the part of this writer who will never forget a past show of support when needed the most. Yet we have found ourselves to be dueling at sharp editing-pencil points over a dispute involving the church/school and The Oakley School District.

Lemyre’s greatest complaint over my response to the confusing press reports was that I described his story as an ad hominem attack, which means an attack on a person rather than the issue at hand.

Obama Education Secretary is Right to Criticize NCAA Teams

It is rare that a conservative finds much to commend in what is probably the most liberal presidential administration in American history, even topping the Franklin Roosevelt administration.  But credit must be given to the president's Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, who seems to have a plethora of commonsense. 
 
Today's "The Wall Street Journal" had an article entitled "Education Secretary Calls Foul on Teams' Academics" in which Secretary Duncan is quoted as saying that Syracuse and Kansas State universities should be bounced from the NCAA basketball tournament for failing to keep at least half their players on track toward graduation.
 
The WSJ said that "The two schools were among 10 in the 68-team National Collegiate Athletic Association playoff that Mr.
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