The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

A very well written piece on education.

Americas Education Watch

nclbOne of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten.

A new University of Virginia study found that kindergarten changed in disturbing ways from 1999-2006. There was a marked decline in exposure to social studies, science, music, art and physical education and an increased emphasis on reading instruction. Teachers reported spending as much time on reading as all other subjects combined.

The time spent in child-selected activity dropped by more than one-third. Direct instruction and testing increased. Moreover, more teachers reported holding all children to the same standard.

How can teachers hold all children to the same standards when they are not all the same? They learn differently, mature at different stages – they just are not all the same especially at the…

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Nevada Woman Shoots Stalker as He Breaks Down Her Front Door: A Gun Story the Media Won’t Publicize

A Nevada woman is safe today because she defended herself against a former boy-friend-turned-stalker who had been been threatening her for 6 months. According to her self-post on imgur:

I’m writing this staring at the mess the police left for me, in a bit of a fog.  After 6 months of stalking and threats against my life my stalker finally snapped and decided to kick my door in and make good on his promise. Out of fear, the past month I had begun sleeping with a chair propped against my front door, to give myself a few extra precious seconds in case of emergency.  I shudder to think how differently things might’ve turned out had I  not barricaded the door.  I awoke around 1:15 am to the sound of the door giving way after one kick followed by the sounds of my stalker struggling to dislodge the chair while forcing his way inside. I jumped up and grabbed the gun I’ve learned to do everything even shower with. I stood at the top of my stairs and fired twice. Hitting him in the chest, I hear his scream, his disbelief that I’d stood up for myself.. 0 to 100 in milliseconds. I’ve never been so afraid in my life. I do not know if he is living, but I do know the police have him and that’s what helps the most. For months of him evading the police I began to question whether he was unstoppable. Untraceable. Houdini, he would murder me and get away with it. As of now I’m in a haze of  guilt, surprise, relief  and disbelief. I shook as the canines drag him out from his hiding place under a bush. I survived, where so many people do not.

While the media focuses so much of their attention on demonizing gun ownership, stories like this one show the true reason behind owning guns; self-defense. It’s time for a real discussion on guns in this country. We need to stop blaming guns for crimes, and accept that guns can save lives. This woman owes her life to her 2nd amendment right to gun ownership.

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Here is a picture posted by the Nevada woman, highlighting her broken door and the two bullet holes (in pink) where she stopped the man who had been threatening to take her life for the past 6 months, as he attempted to follow through with it that night.