🇺🇸 Teachers in Turmoil
June 8, 2022

Good morning and happy Wednesday! It’s the roaring 20s all over again for this 102-year-old woman who takes a daily shot of whiskey…

Plus, this new drive-thru restaurant is like going to the bank in the 90s…

Also, catch some zzz’s while camping with this Flag Find.

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Wrong Track 71
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 6/6: Biden Job Approval, Rasmussen Reports Approve 41,
Disapprove 57
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 6/2: Biden Job Approval, Reuters/Ipsos Approve 42,
Disapprove 52

Trending On The Left

Huff Post: Extremist Gun Group Says To Prepare For ‘Battle’ At US Capitol Amid Gun Control Talks

CNN: How the defense of Trump foretells a possible new GOP era of extremism

Slate: A nun founded a station that became the “Catholic Fox News.” Then it turned against the pope

Trending On The Right

Fox: Dem brags about driving expensive electric car to DC, avoiding historic prices

DW: DeSantis Campaign Warns Of ‘Soros Purchase Of Hispanic Radio Stations Meant To Disinform’

The Blaze: Purpose of Jan. 6 committee's primetime hearings: 'To refocus voters' attention'


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Teacher Says "Cowards," Jan. 6 in Primetime, Background Check Snag

US: Uvalde Shooting Police Were 'Cowards,' Says Teacher Who Survived (Newsweek)

US: Democrat on Jan. 6 hearing: ‘We’re going to see how much Trump was involved’ (The Hill)

US: Senate gun negotiators hit a snag on background checks (NBC News)

US: Matthew McConaughey tells the story of those killed in Uvalde in emotional plea for action on guns (CNN)

US: White House announces more press team departures amid shakeup (Fox News)

US: Recession will be 'hard to avoid' as stagflation risks rise: World Bank (Yahoo Finance)

US: Target expects squeezed profits from aggressive plan to get rid of unwanted inventory (CNBC)

US: Kansas mom-turned-ISIS battalion leader Allison Fluke-Ekren pleads guilty to terrorism charge (NY Post)

US: FDA advisers endorse Novavax COVID vaccine : Shots - Health News (NPR)

US: The mysteries at the edge of the solar system keep growing (Axios)

US: Apple Will Be Forced To Use USB-C Charger In iPhones Under Landmark EU Agreement (Forbes)


Teachers in Turmoil

Schools are letting out for summer, and many teachers say they’re burned out. Graduation ceremonies signal new beginnings and teachers welcome the summer break. The pandemic has posed significant challenges to education over the past two years. Recent weeks have also brought high-profile mass shootings in safe spaces like classrooms.

News Coverage from the Right: Tennessee governor signs school safety executive order, calls on schools to implement 'one entrance' policy (Fox News)

News Coverage from the Left: Teachers after Texas attack: 'None of us are built for this' (AP)

From The Flag: Aside from threats posed by COVID-19 and shootings, education also remains a hot-button political topic. This spans curriculum planning, LGBTQ+ issues, and student assessment. Here’s more from both sides.


Teachers Are Under the Gun, and Spending Comes into Focus

  • Teachers face physical threats and they’re also “prisoners to the culture war.”
  • Public education enrollment and academic performance continue to decline.
  • The nation must come together to support teachers and invest in public education.

“A Thank-You Note to Teachers After a Year of Attacks” Margaret Renkl, New York Times Op-ed: “It’s not just the lesson plans or the relentless grading… the parents with unrealistic expectations… the crowded classes… or the meager salary, which in this real estate market means that many teachers can’t afford to buy a home in the communities where they teach. It’s not the wrenching family poverty that teachers have no power to alleviate but are nevertheless expected to help children overcome... It’s not even the active shooter drills. These are the struggles that have been wearing teachers out for years, sometimes decades, but what’s wearing them out now is even more insidious. Teachers have become prisoners in the raging culture war. State and local politicians pass laws and issue policies that stipulate which concepts teachers absolutely must teach and which they absolutely must not, which storybooks their students absolutely must read and which they absolutely must not… this kind of scrutiny is stripping all creativity and innovation from the profession.”

“A Wake-Up Call for Public Education” Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg Opinion: “A recent national analysis contained a deeply disturbing finding… Nearly 1.3 million students have left public schools since the pandemic began. Most states have seen enrollment declines for two straight years. In New York City, K-12 enrollment has dropped by an astounding 9%. Given that state education funding formulas rely on student population numbers, a large reduction in students will lead to a corresponding reduction in school budgets. That’s the law of supply and demand. Otherwise, at this rate, the public will soon be paying teachers to lead half-empty classrooms. … It’s abundantly clear that money was far from the biggest challenge facing public schools. The U.S. spends more per pupil on public education than virtually any other country, and many districts have struggled to spend all the federal funds they’ve received. … That might have been acceptable if students were showing great improvement. Instead, we are paying more for failure.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: Every week should be National Teachers Week Janet Cruz and Valerie Licata, Tampa Bay Times Op-ed


The State of Academia is Rotten, and COVID Made it More Sick

  • The pandemic made bad schools even worse and progressive educators have no answers.
  • Parents are being overruled by teachers in some cases, putting children in danger.
  • Schools indoctrinate children with progressive values and curriculums many parents don’t want.

“The Unraveling of Education in America” Larry Sand, American Greatness: “I​​t’s no secret that education in America has been in bad shape for some time, and now, low student proficiency has been exacerbated by the hysterical response to the COVID outbreak. Most recently, the results of a Harvard University study, which investigated the role of remote and hybrid instruction in widening gaps in achievement by race and school poverty, have been released. … So what is the increasingly corrupt educational establishment doing as a corrective? Two primary ‘fixes’ are in the works: grade inflation and graduating students from high school who are functionally illiterate. … Sadly, this is nothing new. Big-city districts with their equity-obsessed leadership and powerful teachers’ unions know they need to show they are not failing. So instead of providing true rigor and firing bad teachers, they simply raise grades.”

“Children’s lives depend on parents’ rights” Madeleine Kearns, Spectator World: “Vernadette Broyles is the president of the Child and Parental Rights Campaign, a legal group. She says that the fundamental right of parents to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their own children is protected by the United States constitution. Nevertheless, across the country, activist organizations such as Equality Florida are ‘misleading school boards and school officials’ by undermining parents’ most fundamental rights. … In recent years, LGBT activists have been given unacceptably free rein over, and influence in, American schools. … In a sane world, skepticism of transgender ideology would not automatically forfeit constitutionally protected parental rights. Neither a school nor the state is entitled to drive a wedge between a child in distress and their family, simply because that family disagrees with current LGBT doctrine. Yet that is exactly what’s happening across the country.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: Biden Says Kids Belong to Their Teachers Betsy McCaughey, Real Clear Politics


Teachers Can’t Get Satisfaction, Turnover Could be on the Rise

Since 1999, the year of Columbine, the US has recorded 169 school-related shooting deaths (NBC News).

Poll results from February show 55% of teachers may leave the profession earlier than they'd planned (National Education Association).

Meanwhile, “teacher satisfaction” is at it’s lowest level (12%) since the 1980s (Merrimack College).

Flag Poll: Would you describe being a teacher as a “good job?” Click here to share your thoughts.


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'Big Brother' Emerges, Hotel Bed Bugs, Bovine Solidarity

On June 8, 1949, George Orwell's novel depicting a dystopian future, 1984, was published. The novel’s all-seeing leader, known as “Big Brother,” became a universal symbol of intrusive government and oppressive bureaucracy. Above is a first edition cover of the novel.

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Today I Learned the Masai Tribe in Africa donated 14 cows to the United States after 9/11

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