Saturday, December 03, 2016

The national teacher shortage is a myth. Here’s what’s really happening.

The Washington Post reports:
Nobody thought it important to consider that teacher preparation programs had for years been graduating twice as many teachers as are needed. According to findings from the American Institutes for Research, over the past 30 years, programs graduated between 175,000 and 300,000 teachers each year, yet consistently school districts have hired only between 60,000 to 140,000 newly minted teachers. Instead, school districts have been far more likely to hire people who already have some teaching experience. Federal data from 1999 to 2012 show that only about 30 percent of districts’ new hires were straight out of a teacher prep program.
There's more:
For 30 years, most districts in the nation have struggled to find enough certified secondary science and math teachers. And rural and urban districts have been unable to tap into a reliable and stable source of new teachers.

One answer to the problem is to pay such teachers more than others, but most districts continue to reject that solution because it is untenable with unions. We also could ramp up the availability of part-time positions for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers, but — again — few schools and states embrace this option because unions worry that districts will seek to replace full-time employees and their costly benefits with part-timers.
With a free market in education : there would be no shortages.

How Donald Trump could kill the Volcker rule

American Medical Association endorses Trump's HHS secretary pick, liberal-leaning doctors outraged

Pedophilia Scandal Sends Shock Waves Through U.K. Soccer


Donald Trump’s Education Secretary Pick Wants To Make Christianity A Bigger Part Of Schooling.

The Huffington Post

CNN's Van Jones Claims Trump 'Helps Make' Muslims 'Radical'


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Americans over 30 are more miserable than they’ve ever been

'Broke' Powerball lottery winner who squandered his $315m fortune before his daughter tragically died suffers more misfortune as his home is gutted in a fire

The Daily Mail

College prez spends $292 on 15-mile car service to radio interview — about college affordability!

Eag News

Obama makes Facebook pitch: Get insured and protect health law

A law firm tried to sue a student over a bad Yelp review. The judge wasn’t having it.

The Sacramento Bee

Amy Schumer’s ‘Barbie’ Casting Sparks Fat-Shaming Backlash. Comedian is in talks to star in Sony’s live-action movie about the Mattel doll.

The San Francisco Chronicle

Rosie O’Donnell to Melania Trump: ‘I am sorry for the pain I caused’

The Washington Times reports:
Rosie O’Donnell has apologized to Melania Trump via Twitter for her role in promoting a YouTube video that speculated 10-year-old Barron Trump might have autism.

“I apologize to @MelaniaTrump. I was insensitive in my RT - i am sorry for the pain i caused - it was not my intent - i am truly sorry,” she wrote late Thursday morning, according to a screenshot obtained by Mediaite.

Ms. O’Donnell has since set her Twitter account to private. She also deleted her original Nov. 22 tweet that asked, “Barron Trump Autistic?,” which linked to the now-deleted video.

The populist explosion is unlikely to be a mere temporary aberration, argues

Flashback : Tucker Carlson Interviews Ann Coulter Immigration and Trump

Yes, you can blame millennials for Hillary Clinton’s loss

The Washington Post

G.O.P. Plans Immediate Repeal of Health Law, Then a Delay

The New York Times reports:
Republicans in Congress plan to move almost immediately next month to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as President-elect Donald J. Trump promised. But they also are likely to delay the effective date so that they have several years to phase out President Obama’s signature achievement.

The Establishment's Shields and Brooks on Mattis, the Carrier deal and Pelosi’s re-election . State Run TV Gives You What You Are Supposed to Think.

Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future (with Johan Norberg)

Big Studios Consider the Unthinkable: Home Viewing of Movies Two Weeks After They Hit Theaters

The Wrap reports:
Major Hollywood studios are considering offering movies to home viewers in as little as two weeks after they hit cinemas in the latest sign that major changes could be in store for the theatrical window.

Bloomberg, which first reported the news, cited studio insiders who said the films will be priced between $25 and $50 for home viewers, a figure TheWrap has also learned is accurate, based on early conversations — and a premium over both movie tickets and video-on-demand rates.

Warner Bros. boss Kevin Tsujihara hinted at changes in the windowing process at an investor conference in Arizona on Tuesday, saying the studio was working with cinema chains to change the windowing process — but was prepared to do something either way.

Harvard men’s cross country team placed on ‘athletic probation’

The Boston Globe reports:
The Harvard men’s cross country team was placed on “athletic probation” Friday night after a review by university lawyers found that members of the 2014 team made “crude and sexualized statements” in an online spreadsheet about that year’s women’s team.

The probation was announced in an e-mail from Harvard Athletic Director Robert L. Scalise sent to team members Friday night.

Tim Williamson, a spokesman for Harvard athletics, provided a copy of the e-mail to the Globe.

The e-mail does not define the terms of “athletic probation.”
Harvard's "image" problem. The struggles of left-wing institutions in America today.

Kellyanne Conway FULL HEATED Debate With Clinton Campaign At Harvard December 1, 2016

Haim Saban Calls DNC Chair Hopeful Keith Ellison ‘Anti-Semitic’

The Wrap reports:
Univision chairman Haim Saban took issue with Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison’s bid to lead the Democratic National Committee, calling him an “anti-Semitic and anti-Israel person,” Friday night at the 13th annual Saban Forum, the Times of Israel reports.

Saban, a major Democratic fundraiser, interjected during a Q&A session at the event when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to comment on the Anti-Defamation League “disqualifying” Ellison for the DNC opening.
The big billionaire is concerned about the Democrat party image.

Stanford Study Reveals California Pensions Underfunded By $1 Trillion Or $93k Per Household


Joy Reid (Democrat Party Operative at MSNBC) Melts Down Over Trump, Family Running White House Without Military Service


Deeply Unified Americans: Untouchable Federal Budgets

Gary North punctures the myth that Americans are divided about the role of the federal government in their lives. Look at the chart below. Is either party talking about getting rid of the big entitlement programs? We re-post this one , so you can understand what's going on in America.

6 million borrowers are at least 90 days late on their car loans

Want to make a lot of money? Don't major in one of these.

School Choice: Will Trump Help or Hurt the Cause?

The Education Week

The 5 highest paying college majors

“Ambulance” in socialist paradise Cuba

The Establishment's David Gergen on Trump : 'I never liked the son of a bitch'

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