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    The "standards movement" has been moving toward "Common Core". To see some of what is being done, read the article at the link below. If you need help with some of the maths, there is at least one person in our larger community who is capable of comprehending it. Ask for help from: http://www.zenzoneforum.com/threads/...does-she-do-it

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    From a 4th grade worksheet later in the article, "'Ruby sat on the bed she shared with her husband holding a hairclip. There was something mysterious and powerful about the cheaply manufactured neon clip that she was fondling suspiciously. She didn't recognize the hairclip. It was too big to be their daughter's, and Ruby was sure that it wasn't hers. She hadn't had friends over in weeks, but here was this hairclip, little and green with a few long black hair strands caught in it. Ruby ran her fingers through her own blonde hair. She had just been vacuuming when she noticed this small, bright green object under the bed. Now their life would never be the same. She would wait here until Mike returned home.

    "'Why is Ruby so affected by the hairclip?

    "'How has the hairclip affected Ruby's relationship?

    "'From where did the hairclip most likely come?
    Source: http://thetruthwins.com/archives/you...ds-subtraction
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    Video surveillance has become commonplace in almost all public school sites during the past two decades. Apparently, spending most of one's time in a panopticon is not psychologically damaging enough for the youth of tomorrow.

    "The FBI Has a New Plan to Spy on High School Students Across the Country" Under new guidelines, Muslim students will be disproportionately targeted -- but all young people will be suspect.

    "Under new guidelines, the FBI is instructing high schools across the country to report students who criticize government policies and 'western corruption' as potential future terrorists, warning that 'anarchist extremists' are in the same category as ISIS and young people who are poor, immigrants or travel to 'suspicious' countries are more likely to commit horrific violence.

    "Based on the widely unpopular British 'anti-terror' mass surveillance program, the FBI's 'Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools' guidelines, released in January, are almost certainly designed to single out and target Muslim-American communities. However, in its caution to avoid the appearance of discrimination, the agency identifies risk factors that are so broad and vague that virtually any young person could be deemed dangerous and worthy of surveillance, especially if she is socio-economically marginalized or politically outspoken."

    Read the full article at: http://www.alternet.org/grayzone-pro...across-country

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    If you are a student, you do not have time to direct your own learning by pursuing your interests because of homework. And it has long been clear to teachers that homework is mostly unnecessary busywork used to cultivate "discipline." Is it time to stop torturing our youth?

    "Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let's ban elementary homework: Homework does have an impact on young students -- but it's not a good one

    "'There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.'

    "This statement, by homework research guru Harris Cooper, of Duke University, is startling to hear, no matter which side of the homework debate you're on. Can it be true that the hours of lost playtime, power struggles and tears are all for naught? That millions of families go through a nightly ritual that doesn't help? Homework is such an accepted practice, it's hard for most adults to even question its value.

    "When you look at the facts, however, here's what you find: Homework has benefits, but its benefits are age dependent."

    For homework, read the full article at: http://www.salon.com/2016/03/05/home...tary_homework/

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    Default What Do Children Learn

    What is being taught by this?


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    Default Inadequate Community Support

    Schools are not helping to create communities of support.

    "For 80 Years, Young Americans Have Been Getting More Anxious and Depressed, and No One Is Quite Sure Why

    "Ever since the 1930s, young people in America have reported feeling increasingly anxious and depressed.

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    "When [Jean] Twenge attributes this worsening to 'modern life,' she has certain specific features of it in mind. 'Obviously there's a lot of good things about societal and technological progress,' she said, 'and in a lot of ways our lives are much easier than, say, our grandparents' or great-grandparents' lives. But there's a paradox here that we seem to have so much ease and relative economic prosperity compared to previous centuries, yet there's this dissatisfaction, there's this unhappiness, there are these mental health issues in terms of depression and anxiety.'

    "She thinks the primary problem is that 'modern life doesn't give us as many opportunities to spend time with people and connect with them, at least in person, compared to, say, 80 years ago or 100 years ago. Families are smaller, the divorce rate is higher, people get married much later in life.' Smaller families and later marriage, of course, in part reflect societal advancement most of us would view as positive -- people, particularly women, have a lot more autonomy over relationships and reproduction. Twenge wanted to be clear that she is for all these different types of societal progress, and that the period when people reported fewer depression and anxiety symptoms was also one where there was widespread racial and gender-based discrimination. She just also thinks we should be 'clear-eyed' about the fact that the the 'potential tradeoff for our equality and freedom is more anxiety and depression because we're more isolated.'

    In other words, it may simply be the case that many people who lived in less equal, more 'traditional' times were forced into close companionship with a lot of other people, and that this shielded them from certain psychological problems, whatever else was going on in their lives.'"

    Read the full article at: http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/03...depressed.html

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    Children are treated like prisoners of war.

    "Children Now Spend Less Time Outdoors than Prisoners

    "One of the saddest aspects of our high-tech world, is how it has turned many of us into depressed shut-ins. As time goes on we're spending more and more of our lives looking at screens, rather than interacting with other human beings or going outside. This is especially problematic for children who, unlike adults, have never lived in a world without computers, smartphones, and the internet. Many of them don’t even know how to interact with other human beings, and they don't know the joys of playing in the outdoors.

    "The situation is so bad that some kids spend less time outside than prisoners. According to a recent survey of parents in the UK, about a third of children play outside less than 30 minutes a day, and about a fifth of them don't go outside at all on a typical day. That’s less than the minimum outdoor time that the UN recommends for prisoners, which is one hour."

    Read the full article at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/child...isoners_032016

    And the war is against them. Watch the trailer for The War on Kids [sic] (2009):



    Full film in the playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...kbW8M5lpGv96vt

    Film website: http://thewaronkids.com/

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    "Exclusive boarding schools face reckoning on sexual abuse

    "A series of sexual abuse scandals is forcing a reckoning at some of New England's most exclusive boarding schools and sending a shudder through similar institutions around the country that have long been training grounds for members of America's elite.

    "At St. George's School in Rhode Island, scores of alumni have come forward to complain of being sexually violated by teachers or schoolmates. At St. Paul's in New Hampshire, a rape trial revealed a tradition in which senior boys competed to have sex with younger girls. And at New Hampshire's Phillips Exeter Academy, several graduates have accused faculty members of sexual abuse and other inappropriate behavior.

    "Those schools and ones that have yet to be touched by scandal are now rushing to adopt safeguards and reassure parents, while also launching internal investigations and asking former students and others to come forward if they know of any misconduct.

    "'Absolutely, there is a period of intense self-examination happening,' said Pete Upham, executive director of the Association of Boarding Schools, an organization of 280 college prep schools, mostly in the U.S. and Canada.

    "While similar scandals have broken out in the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, ordinary public schools and a host of other institutions, some abuse victims, alumni and former faculty members say there are certain features peculiar to elite boarding schools that contributed to problems there.

    "For one thing, the students are living away from home in dorms in close proximity to one another and to teachers, and often do not see their parents for months at a time. Students as young as 13 are on their own for the first time. Also, the institutions, many modeled on English boarding schools, often foster a stiff-upper-lip mentality and have a long tradition of upperclassmen hazing younger students.

    "'It's an environment built on manners and politeness and not talking about sex and money. And there's an environment of being stoic, I guess, and not talking about personal failings. It's an environment about success and competition,' said Anne Scott, who played a major role in exposing the abuse at St. George's by telling The Boston Globe last year about being raped repeatedly by the athletic trainer in the 1970s.

    "St. George's, an Episcopal school near Newport, recently apologized for decades of abuse and for failing to report it to the proper authorities. It hired an independent investigator in January, and victims' lawyers said they are aware of credible reports of rape, fondling or other abuse involving more than 50 victims, with some cases perhaps as recent as 2011.

    "None of the accusations have resulted in criminal charges, but state police are investigating.

    "In the St. Paul's case, 2014 graduate Owen Labrie was convicted last year and sentenced to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl as part of a competition known around campus as the Senior Salute.

    "St. Paul's has brought in experts to instruct students about harassment and relationships and has threatened to expel anyone participating in sexual competitions at the 160-year-old Episcopal school, whose alumni include Secretary of State John Kerry, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, at least 13 U.S. ambassadors and three Pulitzer Prize winners.

    "New Hampshire's Phillips Exeter Academy, which was founded in 1781 and is the alma mater of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and President Franklin Pierce, acknowledged last month that a teacher who was forced into retirement in 2011 had admitted to two cases of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1970s and '80s.

    Read the full story at: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...HOOL_SEX_ABUSE

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