The Smartest Bunch of all

Our newest batch of Einsteins to graduate from whatever Institute of scholarship they attended were ejected with report cards containing all “A” grades. We are stunned! For after listening to them speak, hearing the level of grammar used and the extent of their vocabulary, one has to believe English and language skills were not part of the grading process. So what was subjected to course evaluation?

A’s on the rise in U.S. report cards, but SAT scores founder

The good news on America’s report cards: More high school teachers are handing out A’s. But the bad news is that students aren’t necessarily learning more.

Recent findings show that the proportion of high school seniors graduating with an A average — that includes an A-minus or A-plus — has grown sharply over the past generation, even as average SAT scores have fallen.

In 1998, it was 38.9%. By last year, it had grown to 47%.

That’s right: Nearly half of America’s Class of 2016 are A students. Meanwhile, their average SAT score fell from 1,026 to 1,002 on a 1,600-point scale — suggesting that those A’s on report cards might be fool’s gold. [snip]

But that’s not always translating into more college diplomas. A recent study by the Harvard Graduate School of Education found that just 56% of college students complete a four-year degree within six years of entering college. For students who start at two-year colleges, it’s even worse: Just 29% earn a degree within three years.

Examining the academic transcripts of high school graduates in the 18-year period from 1998 to 2016, they found that the average grade point average (GPA) rose from 3.27 to 3.38, even as the average SAT score dropped.

Actually, they said, the upward creep is most pronounced in schools with large numbers of white, wealthy students. And its especially noticeable in private schools, where the rate of inflation was about three times higher than in public schools.

Hurwitz said an A is now “the modal high school grade,” a solid sign of grade inflation.

He said one of the goals of the research is to “make sure that college admissions professionals are equipped to make the best decisions possible.”

But he said high schools are increasingly moving away from class ranking, a traditional metric that helps colleges figure out which students are really achieving above their peers.

Lee said previous research has tied high school GPA to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a widely respected standardized test administered by the federal government. But the new research is the first to draw such a direct line between GPA and SAT scores. [snip]

He recently told USA TODAY that A’s are now three times more common than they were in 1960.

Rojstaczer has said grade inflation became more prevalent during the Vietnam War era, when professors began awarding higher grades to prevent students from being deployed, since students who dropped out of college were drafted into the military.

A decision not to decide…

…is a decision.

The Senate in a method they believe leaves no fingerprints, repealed ObamaCare. By passing no bill, they left ObamaCare to die a lingering death, twisting in the wind. The Senate acted in the affirmative with a negative action.

America deserves better than this pack of Mushwits;

what we have as a class of political Dorks.

Decisions

Since the GOP just decided to be feckless and take no action on ObamaCare, now the big work ahead is to repeal the GOP.
The turkeys seated currently are a vapid batch of lickspittle pantloads, replace them with people who believe you can have anything from the government you want as long as YOU PAY FOR IT!

The new Party needs to be called the “TANSTAAFL PARTY”. Very few of the current GOP members will qualify for candidacy. The platform is simple: coin money, provide for the common defense, provide for the Rule of Law under the Constitution and divest any form of enterprise best left to the private sector.

No one can point to any enterprise undertaken by any government (state federal or local) with pure motives initially, that didn’t cost more, produce less and turn corrupt. Many were designed with this in mind to start as a means of wealth redistribution: From the taxpayers’ pockets to the politicians’ purses.

Given what you see daily in DC, in your state and your local swamp, why would you think that these clowns have any hope of running a profitable business. Or even breaking even. But that isn’t their purpose.

Dedicated tax lines would take care of the money shuffle; no general fund piggy bank in which to play. Howard Dean, when Governor of Vermont, said of that idea it would be to restrictive to the Legislators. Damn right it would. Takes all the fun out of freely spending the OPM. And it shuts down all the Liberal fantasies of sustaining and saving the World. If they wish to do so, they have to pay for such from their own pocket, not something they ever choose to do.

Snickers & Snarks

Tolerance: Progressive style

Regardless of what the law says, Progressive thought will supersede that to accomplish that which the Progs wish to have occur.

Jewish Primary School Could Close for Not Teaching LGBT Issues

An Orthodox Jewish girls’ school in London may be shut down because its preschool to early elementary-aged students do not learn about sexual orientation in the classroom.

Vishnitz Girls’ School, with 212 students, ages 3-11, did not pass three inspections by Ofsted, or the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. According to a report dated May 10, the quality of education is good, the students are safe and healthy, the teachers are qualified and have necessary tools, and the students are enthusiastic about learning. However:

“…Leaders were not able to show that pupils are taught explicitly about issues such as sexual orientation. This restricts pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and does not promote equality of opportunity in ways that take account of differing lifestyles.”

The report states earlier on, “Schemes do not pay enough regard to developing respect and tolerance for those who may have protected characteristics as set out in the 2010 Equality Act.”

The protected characteristics include “religion or belief,” as well as sexual orientation. The school may have to violate Orthodox Jewish beliefs—supposedly protected by law—and teach LGBT issues to small children, to remain open. This fact is confirmed by an Ofsted statement cited by Fox, which reads, “Parents have the right to expect an education for their child that conforms to their religious beliefs, as long as it is in compliance with the law.” [snip]

Progressives will tolerate anything as long as it conforms to their ideas of what is allowed. This is why all of their programs which are so good for you and mankind are mandated by force of law. Otherwise, you peons wouldn’t know what is good for you.

Daily Insanity

From the Loons on the Left, one should expect this form of mental deficiency and true to form, once more up pops the craziness over GUNS.

As with other wild arm waving and a collective attack of painful hair, there isn’t any basis in historical news events to substantiate their position. So much for rationality.

Mayhem, Murder and Madness

to Hit Kansas July 1st

If you believe the Left, Kansas is set to implode in a rage of violence and bloodshed starting July 1st when a provision put place by the legislature four years ago goes into effect.

According to Leftist fear mongers, this provision will squelch free speech on campuses everywhere. Students will be afraid to speak due to the threat of violence from fellow students. Teachers will fear giving someone a bad grade because of the sheer violence that will befall them. Professors will no longer find refuge in their offices and are being forced to change their office hours or become unavailable altogether – some have even sought refuge in other states. Others have decided to stop teaching and are seeking alternative pursuits like research. One or two have opted for retirement.

Dark days are ahead for Kansas.

What could bring on such fear?

In 2013, the Kansas legislature passed a law requiring that local municipalities and buildings owned by the state either have adequate security preventing the carrying of guns inside the property or require that citizens be allowed to carry concealed firearms on such properties. It’s a simple concept, either allow citizens to defend themselves, or provide adequate security. These properties were allowed an exemption from concealed carry for four years, giving them enough time to make plans for proper security measures to be installed. Yes, you read that right. They had four years.

Although there is no single place to go for definitive numbers, the grand total of those who have made public announcements about their leaving state universities because of the concealed carry law is around a half-dozen. An article from the Manhattan Mercury, where Kansas State University is located, listed three academic staff and one other employee. At Kansas University, Jacob Dornan made a big splash with his announcement in March. At Wichita State, Deborah Ballard-Reisch announced her resignation blaming concealed carry on campus. That’s a confirmed five out of around 5,800 academic staff in the six state universities – hardly a mass exodus, especially considering several were of retirement age anyway.

Concealed carry on college campuses is allowed in ten states, the longest standing being Utah where students have been allowed to carry since 2004. In thirteen years, there should be plenty of incidents where hostile students confronted others with guns, or situations where the presence of guns has squelched free speech. Or how (insert emotional argument here) has happened. One can search for hours to try and find such incidents and will find nothing of substance. No injuries, no blood in the streets, no students confronting teachers over a bad grade. Nothing. Interestingly enough, there were no mass shootings on campuses that allowed concealed carry either. Hmmmm.

Using the “logic” from the Left, it should be easy to find instances in Kansas where their claims have materialized. Since some municipalities chose not to participate in the exemption, many municipal buildings have allowed concealed carry holders inside state and county owned buildings for the past four years. In that time- frame, there should be plenty of instances where angry confrontational gun owners pointed their pistols at frantic clerks over a driver’s license issue or a property tax problem. Surely, one can find a multitude of instances where these hotheads took their guns out of holsters and threatened innocent government workers. Can you guess how many thousands of times this has happened? Hundreds? Scores? Dozens? A handful? Any? That’s right, zero is the number. At least this author couldn’t find one, if it did happen. [snip]

This is more proof that college doesn’t educate and enlighten, but merely indoctrinates. More mindless, moronic masses of Millennials on parade.

Laissez le bon temps rouler

Asking the difference between Illinois and Venezuela is soon to reach the same point on the economic map. While we are considering this pair, forget not Puerto Rico, another glorious example in Socialism successes. But the former two are the real stars, paragons of the terminal condition of any Socialist construct. We believe you know about Venezuela, probably heard about Puerto Rico so lets concentrate on Illinois.

Illinois in danger of entering financial ‘death spiral’

Illinois’ budget crisis has become so dire that the state is in danger of entering a financial “death spiral,” as a prominent ratings agency threatens to downgrade the state’s credit score to “junk” status.
Doing so would increase the cost of borrowing, worsening the deficit and making it even harder for taxpayers to dig out of the hole.

“We’re in a death spiral—Illinois has the worst pension crisis in the nation and needs the boldest reforms,” Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute’s vice president of policy, told Fox News. “There is no doubt that junk bond rating is on its way.”

S&P Global Ratings has warned the agency will likely lower Illinois’ credit rating to below investment grade if feuding lawmakers fail to agree on a state budget for a third straight year.

Lawmakers are now in a special session in an effort to break the budget impasse, prodded by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has referred to his state as a “banana republic.”

The state currently faces $130 billion in unfunded pension obligations and a backlog of unpaid bills worth $15 billion. A downgrade to “junk” status would increase the cost of borrowing for critical infrastructure, or refinancing existing debt. [snip]

Through all this the Dems won’t agree to cap spending and cut programs that cannot be funded. What programs would those be? How about schools closing for starters, then no road repairs and state property maintenance.

Many taxpayers fled the state over the past half decade followed by businesses looking to avoid the onerous taxes. The current situation isn’t going to improve in the future not with a S&P downgrade of the bonds.