After reading about gender-bias and conversation dominance in the classroom, I asked for a peer to observe a physics class I was teaching and keep track of the discussion time I was giving to various students along with their race and gender. In this exercise, I knew I was being observed and I was trying to be extra careful to equally represent all students―but I STILL gave a disproportionate amount of discussion time to the white male students in my classroom (controlling for the overall distribution of genders and races in the class). I was shocked. It felt like I was giving a disproportionate amount of time to my white female and non-white students.

Even when I was explicitly trying, I still failed to have the discussion participants fairly represent the population of the students in my classroom.

This is a well-studied phenomena and it’s called listener bias. We are socialized to think women talk more than they actually do. Listener bias results in most people thinking that women are ‘hogging the floor’ even when men are dominating.

Stop interrupting me: gender, conversation dominance and listener bias, by Jessica Kirkpatrick from Women In Astronomy

Implicit bias is a thing, just like privilege. Calling it out isn’t meant to shame anyone, but to alert us to step it up and improve ourselves so everyone can have a voice. Be conscious of what you and others are saying, and know when not to speak.

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The United States of America on college education

  • Student: I'm not going to go to college because I don't want to go into debt.
  • Student: I'm just going to attend a small community college instead.
  • Student: I attended a four year university and received a diploma in a field I am interested in. Now I am $50,000+ in debt.

I wish all women were sluts

11 Really Flawed Reasons


11 Reasons To Get Your Kids Out of the Government Schools


Time to end the department and education and end the governments virtual monopoly of education and propaganda.  Education should be privatized. 

#1 You Could Be Arrested For Something That Your Child Does

Yes, you read that correctly. If your child writes a story or draws a picture which a teacher or an administrator takes the wrong way, you could end up in jail.

The following example is from….

A Kitchener father is angry at police after he was arrested at his child’s school and later strip-searched at the police station, all because his 4-year-old daughter drew a picture of a gun in class.

“I’m picking up my kids and then, next thing you know, I’m locked up,” Jessie Sansone, 26, said of his ordeal on Wednesday. “I was in shock. This is completely insane.”

The school principal, police and child welfare officials, however, all stand by their actions. They say they had to investigate to determine whether there was a gun in Sansone’s house that children had access to.

#2 Your Child Could Be Arrested While At School For Just About Anything These Days

As I have written about previously, children all over the United States are being arrested by police in government school classrooms for some absolutely crazy things. Just check out the following examples….

  • A 12-year-old girl named Sarah Bustamantes was recently arrested for spraying herself with perfume at a public school in Texas.
  • A 13-year-old kid attending a public school in Albuquerque, New Mexico was recently arrested by police for burping in class.
  • A 12-year-old girl at a school in Forest Hills, New York was marched out of her public school in handcuffs by police just because she doodled on her desk. “I love my friends Abby and Faith” was what she reportedly scribbled on her desk.
  • When a little girl recently kissed a little boy at one Florida elementary school, it was considered to be a “possible sex crime” and the police were called out.

#3 Your Child Might Be Bodily Harmed By Security Thugs

All over the nation, public schools students are being bodily injured (sometimes permanently) by school security thugs. The following are a couple of examples….

  • A security thug at one school in California actually fractured the arm of one 16-year-old girl because she left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning up some cake that she had spilled.
  • In Allentown, Pennsylvania a 14-year-old girl was tasered in the groin area by a school security thug even though she had put up her hands in the air to surrender to him.

#4 Virtually Everything That Your Child Does At School Is Being Put Into A Database Somewhere

As I described in a previous article, public schools (in conjunction with the federal government) have become obsessed with watching, monitoring and recording the activities of our kids.

According to the New York Post, the Obama administration is planning a vast new database which will collect all sorts of information about our children. Is this the kind of information that you want the federal government to keep track of?….

The administration wants this data to include much more than name, address and test scores. According to the National Data Collection Model, the government should collect information on health-care history, family income and family voting status. In its view, public schools offer a golden opportunity to mine reams of data from a captive audience.

#5 Our Kids Are Not Learning Anything In These Public Schools

As I have documented before, American public school students are being dumbed-down and millions of them end up dumb as a rock and yet still are able to graduate from high school somehow….

The following are some of the absolutely amazing results of a study conducted a few years ago by Common Core….

  • Only 43 percent of all U.S. high school students knew that the Civil War was fought some time between 1850 and 1900.
  • More than a quarter of all U.S. high school students thought that Christopher Columbus made his famous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean after the year 1750.
  • Approximately a third of all U.S. high school students did not know that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion. (This is a topic that I touched on yesterday).
  • Only 60 percent of all U.S. students knew that World War I was fought some time between 1900 and 1950.

Sadly, we are rapidly falling behind the rest of the globe. At this point, 15-year-olds that attend U.S. public schools do not even rank in the top half of all advanced nations when it comes to math or science literacy.

#6 Our Public School Kids Are Being Forced To Take Large Numbers Of Vaccines

All over the nation, children that have not received all of the “required vaccines” are being banned from school.

Many parents do not want dozens of toxic vaccines injected directly into the bloodstreams of their kids, but in many states today you will not be able to send your kids to the public schools if they don’t submit to the shots.

This is just another reason why all American families should pull their kids out of these government schools immediately.

#7 Exposed To Rampant Sexual Promiscuity

When you send your kid to a government school, you are sending them into an environment where they will be exposed to rampant sexual promiscuity on an endless basis.

When the kids around you are constantly talking about sex and joking about sex, it makes it nearly impossible to escape it.

What makes things even worse is that the “sex education” courses are becoming more detailed and more graphic than ever. One example of this phenomenon was detailed in the New York Times….

IMAGINE you have a 10- or 11-year-old child, just entering a public middle school. How would you feel if, as part of a class ostensibly about the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, he and his classmates were given “risk cards” that graphically named a variety of solitary and mutual sex acts? Or if, in another lesson, he was encouraged to disregard what you told him about sex, and to rely instead on teachers and health clinic staff members?

In some U.S. public schools, kids are even having sex in the school bathrooms.

Do you want that to happen to your kid?

#8 Teachers Are Having Sex With The Students

It seems like almost every single day there is another news story about teachers having sex with public school students.

The following are just a few of the headlines that I found from this week….

#9 U.S. Public Schools Are Dominated By Radical Control Freaks That Are Teaching Our Kids How To Live Like Slaves

The level of control that is exerted over the lives of children in many of our public schools is absolutely frightening.

I know that I have mentioned the following example several times, but it is worth repeating because it shows just how far things have gone. One 4-year-old girl recently had her lunch confiscated by a control freak at one U.S. preschool because it did not meet USDA guidelines….

A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.

The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day.

The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs - including in-home day care centers - to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.

Do you want sick control freaks inspecting the lunches that your kids bring from home every single day?

If not, perhaps it is time to pull them out of the government schools.

#10 Specific Social And Political Agendas Are Being Shoved Down The Throats Of Our Kids In U.S. Public Schools

If you think that the government schools are “neutral places” where all social, political and religious beliefs are tolerated, then you are either ignorant or you are delusional.

The truth is that very specific social and political agendas are built into the curriculums of most public schools. Often, these social and political agendas are the same ones that are being force-fed to public school children in other western nations.

If your children are attending a government school, a system of “right and wrong” is being pounded into their heads that may be very different from what you would teach them.

In one recent New York Times article, a district superintendent admitted that particular agendas are integrated into classroom instruction anywhere that they will fit….

“We’re trying to integrate it into anything where it naturally fits,” said Jackie Taylor, the district’s superintendent. “It might be in a math lesson. How much water are you really using? How can you tell? Teachers look for avenues in almost everything they teach.”

If you want to see where all of this is going, just check out what is going on in Europe. In the UK, teachers that don’t promote the “correct agenda” face harsh disciplinary action.

Those that control the public schools don’t just want to “educate” your children.

They want to indoctrinate them.

#11 If Your Children Attend Public Schools They Could End Up Dead

Sadly, the school shooting that just happened in Ohio reminds us all once again that this is a matter of life and death. Our schools are not safe and they are becoming less safe all the time.

While the odds are not great that your children will actually be murdered in our public schools, the truth is that there is a very good chance that they could be scarred for life by the destructive environment in these schools.

Most Americans that have gone through the public school system emerge from it with deep emotional scars. If you have some of these emotional scars you know exactly what I am talking about.

The vast majority of our public schools are horrible places. Just ask kids that are going to public high schools right now. Most of them hate it.

I’m just going to take these on in order:

1&2: Okay, those are some pretty ridiculous examples, and clearly that would suck, but now let’s take a look at a friend of mine who went to private school… And had to submit to random drug tests. FREEDOM!

3: Your child might be bodily harmed? Can’t imagine that happening at a private school.

4: Private companies like to keep databases as well, only they sell the information to advertisers instead of keeping it in reserve in case the person becomes a wanted criminal. I’m not saying it’s good in either case, but don’t pretend a corporation keeps any less tabs on its customers than the government does. Remember how Google is tracking its users’ searches now?

5: The kids who cannot afford to go to private school are going to learn even less. I learned quite a bit in public school, e.g. how to use a computer, type, and write. This has more to do with personal effort than the school, 

6: Not having your kids vaccinated is part of the reason the US ranks 151st in the world in child mortality, at eight deaths per thousand children under five, tied with Lithuania, Slovakia, and the United Arab Emirates. Not exactly first world countries, there. “Many American parents do not want their kids injected with toxic vaccines…” Remember how you just said “More than a quarter of all U.S. high school students thought that Christopher Columbus made his famous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean after the year 1750”? Just because many people believe something does not make it true.

7: Wait I thought this whole thing was about freedom, but now we’re not allowed to talk about sex? The United States rates number one in developed nations (such as those commie bastards Canada, the UK, and the Scandinavian countries) for both teen pregnancy rates and teen STD rates. What’s the difference? Comprehensive, mandatory sex education in the other countries, abstinence-only education in the US. Oh, and private school kids have sex too.

8: Yes, teachers are having sex with the students at public schools, just like in private schools.

9: Oh yes, just utterly dominated. One kid gets her lunch confiscated. I remember when I went to a Montessori school (read: Not a government school) and we weren’t allowed to have chocolate, caffeine, or sugar. Oh, or meat. And all those Jewish schools, I’m sure they’d be fine with some of the kids bringing ham sandwiches to eat. Or what about eating meat on a Friday during Lent at a Catholic school? To go back to my friend at private school, he was not allowed to wear a beard or dye his hair. The truth is, there are control freaks everywhere, and children are easy to control, so it’ll happen at any school. Oh, and just to quickly jump back to number seven, isn’t telling students what they can and can’t talk about being a bit of a control freak?

10: Oh no! Political and social agendas like… Conservation of water? Really? We have a problem with telling kids they shouldn’t leave the sink on or take 40 minute showers? This seems like a useful thing to add to the curriculum, and it fits right in to a math class… Just like I’m sure word problems about all the money Timmy was losing to taxes on his lemonade stand to pay for Emily’s birth control would fit right into a corporate run school.

11: THERE ARE SHOOTINGS AT SCHOOL!??! No shit. But a little bit ago you were saying the security was too tight and thuggish. Now it’s not strong enough? Next: “Most Americans that have gone through the public school system emerge from it with deep emotional scars.” Really? 85% of the country went through public school. Are you suggesting that at least 43% of this country has “deep emotional scars”? I highly doubt the veracity of that statement.

Oh, and before you accuse me of being an ivory tower liberal elite for using a big scary word like “veracity”… I learned that in a public school. 

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