Very Sad News

July 24, 2017

Some very sad news from Great Britain: the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard have given up their legal fight to free him from a “pull-the-plug” order and bring him to the US for an experimental treatment for his neurological disorder.

Oregon seizes children

July 24, 2017

While much of the world’s attention was focused on the assault on parental rights in the Charlie Gard case in England, similar governmental abuses are rising here in America. Latest case: the state of Oregon seized two children and put them into foster care after deciding that the parents’ I.Q.s aren’t high enough to make them qualified as parents. Both parents do have learning disabilities, but they love their kids and have never been accused of abuse or neglect. The father has a driver’s license and says his learning disability is “very, very mild,” while the mother is the daughter of a pre-school teacher and has spent her whole life taking care of kids. A volunteer who worked with the parents to mediate with the state told officials that they were capable of raising their kids, and in return was told her services were no longer required.

Click the link to read the full story. This needs to have a public spotlight shined on it. If not having a very high I.Q. makes you an unfit parent, then the bureaucrats who ordered this might have to kiss their own kids goodbye.

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In California, nearly 50% of community college students fail to complete the math requirement of passing an algebra class, and some argue that this is a human rights issue since it particularly affects the poor and minorities who make up a large number of community college enrollees. So the chancellor of the California community college system has a suggestion. Better math instruction? Surely, you jest! No, just do away with the algebra requirement. She claims this wouldn’t be lowering standards because students could take an easier class in something they’d be more likely to use, such as statistics. Obviously, they wouldn’t be required to take Logic or else they might ask how you could replace a harder class with an easier class and not lower standards. I assume the history class also doesn’t include the Bush years, to keep the students from learning the concept of the “soft bigotry of low expectations.”

One interesting aspect of this story is that after seven years of the Common Core curriculum that was supposed to improve math teaching, math scores actually declined. You don’t have to be Einstein, or even know algebra, to figure that out. Frankly, considering the state’s budget and spending, I don’t think it’s wise to stop teaching young California voters about math.

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