It’s home schooling or nothing – even charter schools aren’t immune from the rot

Alma Del Mar student salutes her teacher

Alma Del Mar student salutes her teacher

Massachusetts charter school sends 7-year-olds out on the sidewalk to protest Ferguson shooting.

A group of second grade students protesting the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner staged a demonstration outside their Massachusetts school on Friday.

The 20-odd group of students, aged 7 and 8 years old, held signs that read ‘Honk if you want justice’ and ‘Please don’t shoot me, Ferguson’ and chanted on the sidewalk beside Alma Del Mar Charter School in New Bedford.

The school says it was the students’ idea and so they set them free to conduct their protest. Uh huh.

Even in the most liberal state in our nation, political protests dreamed up and conducted by second graders is improbable at best.



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25 responses to “It’s home schooling or nothing – even charter schools aren’t immune from the rot

  1. Cos Cobber

    Absurd on several levels.

  2. Dollar Bill

    I would have figured this faux libertarian blog would spare charter schools from criticism. Because as we all know public school teachers unions are the source of the “rot.”. Guess I was mistaken.

    • Maitre d'Oyer et Terminer

      Rotten tomato man avatar??? Did you pick it DB, or did fate hand it to you?

      • Babylon Sister

        I always get stuck with the flying booger… but I think I prefer it over the decomposing tomato or the leaky diaper

    • Babylon Sister

      For most leftists, I realize this is unfathomable…. but, some folks in this world, like CF, are more concerned about *what* is right than *who* is right.

    • Cos Cobber

      Unlike yourself, we are free to criticize all that is wrong. We aren’t beholden to a deep seated and misguided agenda.

      At least with these teachers, they could be reprimanded. Public school teachers? Ha!

  3. AJ

    There is no shortage of things to protest:

    ‘Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking’

    By Dennis Kucinich
    Ron Paul Institute

    December 17, 2014

    “Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill, a hydra-headed incubator of poisonous conflict. The second provocative anti-Russian legislation in a week, it further polarizes our relations with Russia, helping to cement a Russia-China alliance against Western hegemony, and undermines long-term America’s financial and physical security by handing the national treasury over to war profiteers.

    Here’s how the House’s touted “unanimity” was achieved: Under a parliamentary motion termed “unanimous consent,” legislative rules can be suspended and any bill can be called up. If any member of Congress objects, the motion is blocked and the bill dies.

    At 10:23:54 p.m. on Thursday, a member rose to ask “unanimous consent” for four committees to be relieved of a Russia sanctions bill. At this point the motion, and the legislation, could have been blocked by a single member who would say “I object.” No one objected, because no one was watching for last-minute bills to be slipped through.

    Most of the House and the media had emptied out of the chambers after passage of the $1.1 trillion government spending package. The Congressional Record will show only three of 425 members were present on the floor to consider the sanctions bill. Two of the three feigned objection, creating the legislative equivalent of a ‘time out.’ They entered a few words of support, withdrew their “objections” and the clock resumed. According to the clerk’s records, once the bill was considered under unanimous consent, it was passed, at 10:23:55 p.m., without objection, in one recorded, time-stamped second, unanimously.

    Then the House adjourned.

    I discovered, in my 16 years in Congress, that many members seldom read the legislation on which they vote. On Oct. 24, 2001, House committees spent long hours debating the Patriot Act. At the last minute, the old bill was swapped out for a version with draconian provisions. I voted against that version of the Patriot Act, because I read it. The legislative process requires attention.

    Legislation brought before Congress under “unanimous consent” is not read by most members simply because . . .”

  4. Walt

    Dude –

    Let’s not let facts get in the way now here, shall we? Eric Garner DID NOT have his hands up, shouting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”. He was a 300 pound thug, who had just committed a crime, and attacked an officer, who just happened to be white. Unfortunately for him. The white cop, not the black thug. Not a “gentle giant” as the MSM CONTINUALLY described him.

    The cop, who just decided to protect himself and enforce the law, and do the right thing was VILIFIED. THOSE ARE THE FACTS!! But facts don’t matter to libtards, or RACIST NEGRO’s who CANNOT BE RACIST. Like Uncle Al and Jessie. And according to the POTUS OR THE AG of the USA. Propaganda is all that matters.

    Michael Brown? An obese giant, severe health problems, arrested 31 times before. Did he deserve to die? Absolutely not. But I don’t think the cops meant to kill him. It was an unfortunate accident, WHICH HE CAUSED BY HIS ACTIONS. But apparently, the current libtard thinking, including that of the POTUS, is blacks have NO individual responsibility. They are different THAN ALL THE CREATURES ON EARTH for some reason known only to them. The officer in charge of the take down was a black female Police Sargent. Does she think it’s racist? I WANT TO KNOW THAT!!

    Barry, Michelle, Holder, are all flaming the seeds of racism. To divide and conquer. I heard a talking black head on TV last night saying that ANYONE who tells ethnic, or sexist jokes is a racist!! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?? That is what humor is all about. And without it, we lose a big part of being what a human is. We lose our soul. We have all lost the ability to laugh at ourselves? To make fun of ourselves? That is frightening on so many levels, and a very sad place to be. It will be a worse world because of it. A worser world?

    Does the reader REALLY believe because I make fun of you for being a Waspy Wasp, I dislike you? REALLY?? I dislike you because you are an illiterate hack. I could care less about your religion, or your personal beliefs, or your color. Or if you still believe in Santa Clause. You moron.

    I really believe…I REALLY BELIEVE..People bond on core values and similarities. Do you share common moralities, LIKE NOT CUTTING PEOPLES HEADS OFF…Do you have a tolerance of others….Do you understand sarcasm vs. racism – and that takes a brain…can you get over yourself and stand on your own two foot? Feet? What if you are a cripple? These questions are not directed at you Dude. They are meant for a normal person.

    If you can’t handle someone making a joke, be it ethnic, sexist, or in bad taste, you are an insecure little Nazi. Sarcasm is an important way to point out all of our foibles, and the PC police trying to shut it down is BLATANT censorship, GET OVER YOURSELVES!! We all have flaws, we are all different, and if we can’t laugh about that, we are no different than animals. That is EXACTLY WHAT ISIS CAN”T DO! Those slums are now what we aspire to? That is what the PC Police tell you.

    Anyhows, enough about that. Is there a GAR Holiday Party this year? Is it at Nathanial Witherall, or at a vacant listing? Am I going as your guest? Platonic only Dude. You homo.

    Is there a Secret Santa or is that against the rules? Not PC? Is the Gar Evil Princess looking to get her stocking stuffed? I will be happy to accomodate. Can you ask her to dress up like an Elf for me? With red FMP’s and black garters? In case she has the Granny smell? And to leave the Aunt Bea pearls at home?

    How did the bagels turn out? Are we doing Festivus? Should I bring anything? Will Sarah be there? JUST FUCKING WITH YOU DUDE!! She is a cutie, but to old for me. But I would like to sit next to her at the Festivus “Sharing of Grievances”. I am quite sure we share many of the same, and that will save on time.

    I have a lot more questions, you loser.

    Your Pal,

  5. it appears the ‘educational’ pipeline working wonderfully:

    • AJ

      It’s unfortunate that the interviewer didn’t ask them where American citizens should be deported to or ask if any of the persons who had just signed the petition be the first in line to be deported.

  6. HuNhu?

    As Comrade Dollar Bill well knows, children are property of the State. Ignorant parents are advised to inform themselves promptly or face the consequences……

  7. Anonymous

    Alma Del Mar is in New Bedford, which is on the shithole side of Massachusetts’ apartheid divide.

  8. Anonymous

    Maybe we should be teaching kids to respect police officers and not commit crimes. Folow those two rules and you don’t put yourself in the position that Brown and Garner found themselves in.

    • Fred2

      True, but it cuts both ways, given the lack of respect an increasing number of cops have for “civilians” and their documented propensity for committing “legal” crimes…

    • anon2

      With the NYC teachers union president marching with Al Sharpton against the police this summer, teaching kids to respect officers of the law isn’t come to come from anywhere except home and good luck with that today.

    • AJ

      The Michael Brown shooting has been selected for protest for the very reason that it was justified and therefore divisive — divide and conquer.

      But you have it backwards: it’s the cops who should obey the law and should be taught to respect people.

      ‘Watch: NYPD Viciously Attacks 12 Year Old Child as Horrified Witnesss Demand They Stop’

      “New York, NY– A video uploaded to Facebook on Monday shows NYPD officers detaining two 12 year old children, and an out of control officer running up from behind and repeatedly punching one of the handcuffed boys. If someone without a badge did this, they would be justifiably arrested for child abuse. This officer will more than likely not even receive a slap on the wrist.

      “This happened today on my way to the post office. The kids were 12. They had supposedly pushed one of their classmates down. However when the victim was asked, he said those weren’t the guys. They were still taken away. 12. Years. Old.” the witness, Sarah Doneghy wrote in the caption for her video. . . .”

      This was for something that according to witnesses — read the second paragraph from the article — they didn’t even do.

    • AJ

      The Police who have the full authority of the State behind them should be held to a higher standard than the rest of us, not excused for crimes, many of which the rest of us would get life in prison for.

      This is the way it should play out; unfortunately, it’s usually the complete opposite:

      “. . . Two days after a video went viral, showing a Saratoga County Sheriff’s deputy slapping a man because he did not consent to having his car searched, the deputy was arrested and jailed by his own department.

      Sergeant Shawn Glans, who was placed on unpaid administrative leave, was also forced to resign in what will probably go down as the quickest internal investigation in the history of law enforcement. . . .”

  9. Publius

    Charter schools are public schools, the difference is primarily that they do not operate under the auspices of the teachers union. They are still subject to the same idiocy as the traditional public schools but tend to do a much better job instilling idiocy as well as reading, math and science.

    • Inquiring MInd

      Publius, that just isn’t true. Do some research- the charter schools take all the public money they can and are not held to the same standards. They take almost no special ed kids and they routinely expel kids for misbehavior, sending them back to their neighborhood school. They teach to the standardized tests and brag that they are getting better results. They are not better. That these kids were allowed to stage this ridiculous protest is idiocy, but apparently idiots are everywhere.

      • Publius

        Simply not true. See the link and knock yourself out. I refer you to the right hand side box with the 2013 National Charter School Study.

        Charter schools take less public money than the “traditional” public schools and generally out perform. Its an environment for learning. Schools are not supposed to be an extension of Social Services and until such time that policy makers grasp the fact that pumping more money into failing schools is a non starter, you will continue to see the decline in education quality. No school public or private should tolerate misbehavior. That they do is the hallmark of Progressive apologists that give a wink and nod to bad behavior because they come from a broken home. Addressing the broken home issue is “hard” because the you have to call those who perpetuate broken homes on the carpet and speak truth to the power…. like Sharpton, Rangel et al

        As for spec ed, these students cost school systems a lot of money and if you are not willing to fund a charter school at the same level as the “traditional” public school, they can’t support them economically.

        The myth the exists about the mediocrity of charter schools goes back to the early formation of this model when it attracted people who were more interested in lining their pockets than reforming the education process.

        Read the report(s) and educate yourself. Ask yourself this question; “If charter schools are so mediocre, why are their waiting lists for available seats?” Is this a Gruber moment, as in parents are “too stupid”?

  10. AJ

    Sometimes protests get results —

    ” . . . They called it a farmers’ holiday and named their group the Farmers’ Holiday Association. In speeches across the Midwest, Reno inveighed against “the destructive program of the usurers”—by which he meant, of course, the ruinous policies of Wall Street and the banking industry. Farmers, he said, had been “robbed by a legalized system of racketeering.” He said that the “forces of special privilege” were undermining “the very foundations of justice and freedom upon which this country was founded.” He compared the farmers’ fight to that of the Founders, who had taken up arms. He warned that the farmers might have to “join hands with those who favor the overthrow of government,” a government that he considered a servant of corporations. “You have the power to take the great corporations,” he said, and “shake them into submission.” One of his deputies in Iowa, John Chalmers, ordered FHA men to use “every weapon at their command.” “When I said weapons,” Chalmers added, “I meant weapons.”

    In Le Mars, the weapon of choice was the hanging rope. On April 27, 1933, in a series of incidents that would become national news, hundreds of farmers descended on a farm that was being foreclosed under the eye of the local sheriff and his deputies. They smacked the lawmen aside, stopped the foreclosure, and dragged the sheriff to a ball field in town, where they brandished their noose. Instead of hanging the sheriff, however, they went for a bigger prize: the county judge, Charles C. Bradley, who was presiding over the foreclosures.

    Bradley was seized at his bench, dragged from the courtroom, driven into the countryside, dumped on a dusty road, stripped naked, “beaten, mauled, smeared with grease and jerked from the ground by a noose as [the] vengeful farmers shouted their protests against his foreclosure activities,” reported the Pittsburgh Press. According to one account, the mob “pried his clenched teeth open with a screwdriver and poured alcohol down his throat.” An oily hubcap was placed on his head, the oil running down his face as the farmers smashed Iowa dirt into his mouth. “That’s his crown,” they said.

    The judge was hauled into the air on the hanging rope, until he fell unconscious, and was then hauled up again. When he revived, the farmers told him to pray. “Only a prayer for Divine guidance which Judge Bradley uttered as he knelt in the dust of a country road sobered the mob,” reported the Pittsburgh Press, decrying the event as a harbinger of “open revolution.”

    The farmers, knowing they were about to involve themselves in murder, spared Bradley. He was bloodied, covered in filth, humiliated, and this was enough.

    The threat of continued unrest fomented by Reno and the FHA had its intended effect: State legislatures across the Midwest enacted moratoriums on farm foreclosures. By 1934, the country was seething with revolt. Industrial laborers in . . .”

  11. Call It Like I See It

    Do you think we could send the school hoodies for all of the students for their next protest? We could put the slogan “I am talking and I can breathe” on the back. Does anyone have thoughts for the front?

  12. Call It Like I See It

    I guess Shaniqua Pervis doesn’t condone the killing of two cops because she didn’t know if they were good or bad. Would she be “with it” if they were “bad” cops?

    “This can’t happen. If you mad at somebody, be mad at the person that you are mad at. Now, we have two families that (are) missing somebody for the holidays,” Shaniqua Pervis told CNN affiliate WABC.

    “Where is your humanity? I know it’s a war going on and shoutout to Eric Garner’s family and everybody else who lost somebody, but you’re not at his house, on his lawn. This is two (officers). You don’t even know if (they were) good or bad. I don’t condone this, and I’m not with it.”

  13. Call It Like I See It

    Mayor makes no mention that this was a racist killing. Hmmmmmm.