First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to sophomore class at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. and addresses the importance of higher education and her hopes for them as college graduates in 2020.
Laura Ingraham hosted Chester Finn of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.
Finn said textbooks are boring, bulky and banal. He stated that bias most often appears in social studies texts. He cited the Zinn texts as liberally biased and not factual. He compared state text adoptions versus local choices for texts. He recommended Bill Bennett's social studies textbook.
Finn said the Common Core standards isn't a federal program and that his foundation has rated most curriculum poorly and claimed they vary widely from state to state. This led to the Common Core Standards in English and math that are superior to those in most states. This has gotten complicated as Education Secretary Duncan promised dollars for adopting the standards. Finn said Common Core isn't a curriculum, but standards. He said there should be choice within common standards.
Laura Ingraham hosted Lauren Sandler, author of The One and Only and Signe Whitson, author of Friendship and other Weapons.
Sandler said she has no problem with families having more than one child, but feels there have been erroneous information on only children having more problems than those in families with more than one child.
Whitson said parenting and growing up is tough and that she doesn't disagree with Sandler, but that there are benefits to having siblings. This would include learning to navigate relationships.
Sandler said school and friends are good socializers. She said she was quite happy as an only child. She said it could be tough when there are aging parents with only one person to handle all the details.
Whitson said the grass can seem greener on the other side at times.
Sandler said all parents have to be aware of spoiling children whether they are in one or multi child families. She thinks a better conversation is about how not to spoil children, regardless of family configuration.
Campos Duffy said she's been reporting on the sexualization of children for a long time. She's less worried about the transgender issue than the rise in unmarriageable men which penalizes poor and minority women. Ingraham pointed to the political aspect to children's programming which goes hand in hand with the push going on in the schools. She said it's not about tolerance, but about celebrating the politically correct viewpoint.
Campos Duffy said the Christian community needs to speak out about the negative outcomes of this all with men be demasculinized and women taking all the responsibility in the family. She thinks women want real men who want to provide for their families.
Ingraham blamed women for allowing this to happen. Campos Duffy said there are so many boys without male role models in the home. She assigns certain tasks to her children that are more gender appropriate. She said she and her husband make a concerted effort to make sure their boys get a lot of dad time.
The woman said she hired a Dream Tours guide to escort her, her husband and their 1-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter through the park in a motorized scooter with a “handicapped” sign on it. The group was sent straight to an auxiliary entrance at the front of each attraction.
Disney allows each guest who needs a wheelchair or motorized scooter to bring up to six guests to a “more convenient entrance.”
Ed Henry of Fox News queried White House Press Secretary about whether President Obama is following the horrific infant murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell as well as President Obama's opposition to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act as a state senator in Illinois.
Obama opposed the Illinois state born-alive bills in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The 2003 bill was assigned to the Illinois Senate Health and Human Services committee that Obama chaired.
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"Sometimes, I close my eyes and all I can remember is that awful day waiting at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Firehouse for the boy who would never come home - the same firehouse that was home to Ben's Tiger Scout Den 6," Francine Wheeler said. "But other times, I feel Ben's presence filling me with courage for what I have to do, for him and all the others taken from us so violently and too soon."
Hallowell said there is good and bad news with ADHD: that the criteria to diagnose has been refined, but the condition has been overly diagnosed.
Hallowell said there is no test for ADHD and that a careful history is the key to discerning the condition. It is complicated by the fact that society is fast paced and distracting. He cited a deficit in homan contact and connection. He agreed with Ingraham that engaged family relations is the primary solution in connecting with others. He also is affected by ADHD and remarked on the great talents of those with ADHD. Ingraham expressed concern about changing innate brain function and Hallowell said medication used properly is very helpful. He agreed it can be addictive or have side effects and said the drug must be monitored. He noted the baby shouldn't be thrown out with the bathwater albeit instances of casual and careless use of drugs to treat ADHD.
Ingraham and Hallowell discussed the problem of faking a diagnosis to get the meds.
Francis said the department should continue to "act decisively as far as cases of sexual abuse are concerned, promoting, above all, measures to protect minors, help for those who have suffered such violence in the past (and) the necessary procedures against those who are guilty," a statement said.
It said the pope wanted Catholic bishops around the world to promote and put into place "directives in this matter which is so important for the witness of the Church and its credibility".
Laura Ingraham guest host Raymond Arroyo spoke to Benji Backer of Appleton, Wisconsin.
Backer was harassed in three schools and made one school switch. He said it is due to his activism and the interviews he's received. He was demeaned for his conservative politics. He has tried to handle his own issues and not depend on his parents to intervene. He was called a racist, dumb and has concerns about getting bad grades for his views. Arroyo noted his own children were pulled out of public schools due to the moral equivalency issues were given.
Backer recommends that young students who are harassed is to go to the principal, the school board and to stand up to a teacher.
Carr said our brains are very good at adapting to changes in our environment and thus they are adapting to technology as we seek new information. He cautioned that the bombardment has caused people to not think deeply. He said the touch screen now allows very young children to interact with screens. He stated that moderate use is acceptable, but that children need an array of experiences and that individual children react to technology differently. He feels schools should be a refuge from the tech deluge.
Carr was inspired to write his book due to the changes in himself from being immersed in gadgets. He would put off giving children smartphones as long as possible.
Diss said Planned Parenthood have a million dollar grant for teen outreach where children are pulled out of the classroom during the school day and also have special programs in which they offer prizes as incentives to be involved.
Diss said the northeast part of Portland is a minority community where Planned Parenthood set up shop. He was contacted by concerned black pastors about this and he formed a group "Precious Children of Portland" due to his pro-life beliefs. He was forced to sit through a presentation by Planned Parenthood, even when he appealed on the basis of religion.
Diss said permission slips for the presentations were sent home with his name on them in several languages. He has been under surveillance by the Benson High School despite being a top math/tech teacher.
Diss thinks Planned Parenthood is seeking money and stealing souls via promoting premarital sex. He is currently on suspension after asking for a business card from the group and it said "Planned Parenthood". He told them to leave and the administration came right up to confront. He said he is on suspension until he's is fired.
Boyle said Breitbart reporting on the Obama daughters vacation endangering them is false. Ingraham commented on how the Obamas invoke their daughters continually when it serves their interests. Boyle said the White House is desperate to attack Breitbart because it is questionable to have the Secret Service accompany the Obamas rather than allocating Secret Service resources to keep the White House open for tours shut down due to the sequester. Ingraham reported that 25 agents went with Malia to Mexico and asked which adult is with them and Boyle said the Secret Service is chaperoning them.
Boyle said Judicial Watch has filed FOIA request to find out how much this latest trip cost.