The First Lady Speaks to leaders in postsecondary education at The Event on College Opportunity. This event is dedicated to launching a plan of action for increasing college opportunity for low-income and disadvantaged students. January 16, 2014.
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 Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars.
Wood spoke about liberal bias in colleges, specifically Bowdoin College. It revealed that college curriculum isn't rigorous, is almost totally liberal and devoted to activism and agenda based. He became tired of hearing from liberals that reports of bias are anecdotal but in fact, the college is deeply wedded to a politically correct curriculum.
Wood said there have been no substantive criticism as it is based on facts that Bowdoin College offers about itself.
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.
Farris, a constitutional lawyer, said the "In Bloom" database funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contains subjective, personal information about children and tracks them from preschool to college. Social Security, test results and comprehensive data is being accumulated. This is in contrast to evaluating systems which information was gleaned for.
Farris said the data is designed to match a student up to predesigned objectives and if a child has learning gaps, the child is red flagged.
Michelle Obama, Dominique Dawes, Gabby Douglas, Allyson Felix, Bob Harper, Bo Jackson, Colin Kaepernick, Sarah Reinertsen, Paul Rodriguez, Serena Williams, Ashton Eaton dance with Chicago kids at the launch of Let's Move Active Schools at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Laura Ingraham hosted Michelle Rhee, author of "Radical: Fighting to Put Students First".
Rhee said she said at first she didn't buy into the opportunity scholarships program in DC, but after looking into it, she became very supportive as she realized the struggles minority parents go through to get a chance via voucher programs. She said her job isn't to protect the system but to get what children need.
Rhee said teachers unions are doing what they should do and that she got into her current post to advocate for students as strongly as unions fight for educators' rights. She spoke about how she laid off teachers by quality rather than seniority and called out politicians who complained about her decision.
Rhee strongly advocates rigorous teacher evaluations which she deems key to a a strong school. She is a Democrat and says both parties can come together on this issue for children.
Guarna said she got called by the principal and that her daughter got suspended for talking about using a "Hello Kitty" Bubble Gun and ordered to get a psychological evaluation. Her daughter is five years old.
Paul said he doesn't claim he has the answers on immigration and said that there is no other country where people can come in illegally and demand the rights of citizenship. He said there is dismissive attitudes toward citizens in favor of elites in the Congress.
Paul said the it is bad enough the way we use drones at home, much less drones at home where citizens are targeted. He feels those who feel drones will keep them safe should think carefully about abuses to privacy with which Ingraham concurred. Paul said the government is doing the opposite of what it's supposed to be doing and said this issue resonates with young people. He noted young people are also taken with the abuses by the Federal Reserve.
Paul said he does pretty well with minorities and said if one talks to constituents honestly and with principles, all groups feel respected.
Paul said he has plans for an education manifesto and feels the public school system is failing as control has increasingly turned to the federal government. He strongly favors school choice with many options.