Archives: Education

I have seen the future of academia, and it is North Korea

December 2, 2014 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on I have seen the future of academia, and it is North Korea | Filed in: Canada, Culture, Education, Environment, global warming, Kevin, politcs, Politics, Religion, Science.

Keep this article in mind the next time someone tells you that the “science” of global warming is settled because “95% of scientists agree it’s so, therefore, it must be so”. It was the fall of 2011, and I was teaching English at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea. Two hundred and seventy young men, • Read More »

The Long Slouch Through Our Nation’s Institutions Continues

November 29, 2014 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on The Long Slouch Through Our Nation’s Institutions Continues | Filed in: Democrats, Education, Humor, Kevin, MSM and New Media, politcs, Politics.

Mrs ExKev is watching a special on Fox about how radicals like Ward Churchill and Bill Ayers influence the thinking and policies of our nation’s universities.  Me? I’m not watching it. More liberal readers of this blog may be surprised to hear this (as they all pretty much believe we on the right watch Fox • Read More »

The kids are alright

January 28, 2014 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on The kids are alright | Filed in: Current Events, Democrats, Economics, Education, Kevin, politcs, Politics.

There’s nothing in the streets, looks any different to meAnd the slogans are replaced, by-the-byeAnd the parting on the left is now parting on the rightAnd the beards have all grown longer overnight I’ll tip my hat to the new constitutionTake a bow for the new revolutionSmile and grin at the change all aroundPick up • Read More »

Business, schooled.

June 18, 2013 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Culture, Economics, Education, Humor, Kevin, Music.

The SunDome is getting torn down for that paragon of modern American culture, a shopping center.  No, really. When it opened 33 years ago, the Sundome in Sun City West was the largest single-story performing-arts center in the country. It cost $8.6 million to build and was designed primarily as a concert hall with 7,169 • Read More »

It takes a village (idiot).

April 9, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on It takes a village (idiot). | Filed in: Culture, Democrats, Education, Family, Kevin, Men, politcs, Politics, Science.

It’s funny how people like Melissa Harris-Perry think that “the community” should raise my kids, but then turn around and tell me it’s up to us parents to censor the sex and violence in movies, tv and video games: The “community” isn’t responsible for policing moral standards, we parents are.  “We’ve never invested in public • Read More »

Two Unrelated, Related Stories

February 22, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Two Unrelated, Related Stories | Filed in: Economics, Education, Family, Kevin, politcs.

K-12 Teacher Job Satisfaction At A 25 Year Low.  Only 39 percent of teachers described themselves as very satisfied with their jobs on the latest survey. That’s a 23-percentage point plummet since 2008, and a drop of five percentage points just over the past year. Factors contributing to lower job satisfaction included working in schools where the • Read More »

A step in the right direction

December 27, 2012 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on A step in the right direction | Filed in: Arizona, Crime, Education, Guns, Kevin, Politics.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne wants school principals to carry on-campus.  Horne said he ideally would like to have a trained police officer in every school. But he said the state’s budget constraints make that a financial impossibility. Conversely, Horne said having a single individual with access to a gun is preferable to letting each • Read More »

(Dirty) Jobs

September 6, 2012 | By exurbandoug | Comments Off on (Dirty) Jobs | Filed in: Business, Economics, Education.

This is not your average San Francisco media personality. Mike Rowe is not afraid to get dirty, in fact he has made a career out of it on the Discovery Channel.  Dirty Jobs is a funny yet illustrative program that shows how certain jobs are done.  As the host, Mike gets dirty doing the jobs • Read More »

Confirmed: Kids’ Praising Obama an official public school activity

September 24, 2009 | By admindude | 76 Comments | Filed in: Education, Jon, Politics, Religion.

An important update about the creepy video we posted yesterday. The Burlington Township School District, to which B. Bernice Youngs Elementary School belongs, posted the following Letter to Parents this morning. Dear Burlington Township Families: Today we became aware of a video that was placed on the internet which has been reported in the media. • Read More »

Schoolkids taught to praise Obama.

September 23, 2009 | By admindude | 18 Comments | Filed in: Education, Jon, Politics.

Why were so many parents suspicious about Obama’s speech to schoolchildren a couple weeks ago? Because videos like this keep popping up: I’m trying to determine the provenance of this video which was posted on YouTube on Sept. 6. If it is from a private school or organization, it’s creepy but the children are there • Read More »

Credit where school credit is due

September 15, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Credit where school credit is due | Filed in: Arizona, Crime, Education, Kevin, Law.

We’ve had concerns here with Sheriff Joe’s grandstanding in the past, but kudos to him for helping juveniles earn a high school diploma whilst they’re behind bars. Six juveniles, all of whom broke the law thereby losing their freedom and their chance to graduate with their high school classmates, will at least be awarded true • Read More »

A rock and a hard case

September 8, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Democrats, Education, Family, Kevin, Politics.

The partly line from the left is “Don’t censor the media, let parents decide for their children.” We can’t censor ourselves, they say, it’s up to you parents to keep an eye out on what’s out there and make choices for your child. Unless it’s the President speaking directly to your school-age kids, that is. • Read More »

What Would Calvin Coolidge Do?

September 2, 2009 | By admindude | 24 Comments | Filed in: Education, Family, Humor, Jon, Politics.

Every American politician would do well to daily ask themselves the question above. Previously posted in our comments, Amy Kane wonders what Calvin Coolidge would say in a national address to schoolchildren. • Duty is not collective; it is personal. • Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery. • The men and • Read More »

Obama asking every student “what they can do to help the president”

September 1, 2009 | By admindude | 15 Comments | Filed in: Education, Family, Jon, Politics.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, President Obama is going to deliver an address to all American students. Obama’s Department of (Re-)Education helpfully provides detailed instructions so that the teachers can help promote Dear Leader’s message. Teachers can extend learning by having students: Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These • Read More »

Just thinkin’

August 24, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 4 Comments | Filed in: Democrats, Education, Kevin, Medicine.

If a “public option” that competes with private health insurance companies is a good thing, why aren’t private schools that compete for students with public schools also a good thing? Just thinkin’…

Obama blocks the schoolhouse door.

May 5, 2009 | By admindude | 4 Comments | Filed in: Education, Jon, Politics.

One of Obama’s first acts in office was to kick poor kids out of good schools. Including disadvantaged classmates of his daughters’ at the exclusive Sidwell Friends. Wouldn’t want “those types” dragging down the neighborhood, now would we? Libertarian ReasonTV investigates the issue in this damning video. “We voted for you, we walked, we went • Read More »

Giving him all the credit he deserves

April 9, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 5 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Education, Humor, Kevin, Politics.

Oh, burn! If President Barack Obama expects an honorary degree when he gives the spring commencement address at Arizona State University, school officials will have to tell him “no we can’t.” “It’s our practice to recognize an individual for his body of work, somebody who’s been in their position for a long time,” Sharon Keeler, • Read More »

Job security

March 20, 2009 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Economics, Education, Humor, Kevin, Politics.

Obama wants everyone to attend college. I think that’s a great idea. Go to college, study hard, and get your degree in Economics, because at this rate, when you graduate there will be a job waiting for you within the Treasury Department.

Another one under the bus

December 16, 2008 | By admindude | 2 Comments | Filed in: Education, Kevin, Politics.

…and another one’s gone, another one’s gone. Obama choses Arne Duncan for Secretary of Education, pushing his co-worker, fellow author and close neighbor Bill Ayers to the back of the bus. Don’t know too much about Mr. Duncan, but the Freakonomics guys like him a lot. Either way, this is just more evidence that Obama’s • Read More »

Help, help, I’m being oppressed!

October 13, 2008 | By admindude | 3 Comments | Filed in: Education, Kevin, Politics.

Andrew Breitbart reports: Elected officials in Chicago made international news last week by proposing to create a public high school for gay, lesbian and transgender students. The Pride Campus of the School for Social Justice is set to open with 600 students in 2010, and its curriculum promises to “teach the history of all people • Read More »

Scholarly humor.

September 2, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Scholarly humor. | Filed in: Education, Humor, Jon.

Another important list from McSweeney’s: Footnotes, Endnotes, and Parentheticals That Cost Me Marks on My Thesis.BY MIKE BAYLIS – – – – (the other one, the Ninja Turtle) * In which he discusses the texture and viscosity of the fecal matter. 3 Who, although a gifted academic, is still a douche. * Which is ironic, • Read More »

The agony of elite.

July 29, 2008 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Culture, Education, Jon, Politics.

Looking at my background, I never had a chance to be an elitist. I grew up middle-class, only attended public schools, and my parents’ small-town, Midwestern pedigree would have ridiculed any effort to put on airs. Even my wealthiest relatives had humble beginnings. My second-richest relative ended his formal education with a high school diploma. • Read More »

College of Blogging (and Other Stuff) fundraising update

June 21, 2008 | By admindude | 5 Comments | Filed in: architecture, Arizona, Education, Humor, Jon.

It’s been hours since I announced our fundraising drive for the Exurban League College of Blogging (and Other Stuff). Yet, strangely, I haven’t seen much progress in this important effort. To keep everyone on track, I have created a handy fundraising chart so you can see the progress toward our goal. As you know, I’ve • Read More »

An important message to ExLg readers.

June 20, 2008 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: architecture, Arizona, Education, Humor, Jon.

As our long-time readers might know, I am a proud graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. And my alma mater has announced a very important initiative: For $15 million, you could place your name on the new 223,000-square-foot building that will house the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and • Read More »

Readin’, ‘riting and Rhythm

June 18, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Readin’, ‘riting and Rhythm | Filed in: Education, Kevin, Politics.

Obama touted the success of a Colorado school that uses Afro-American music and culture as a key element of their curriculum. I am all for teaching the blues, jazz, Hugh Masekela and most hip-hop in schools, and while today’s “Back to Basics” approach to education leaves little room for creativity, I believe that even better • Read More »