Opinion | Trump’s plan for ‘pro-American’ education would make China’s Communists proud

Deng declared that the “biggest mistake” the Chinese Communist Party had made was “primarily in ideological and political education.” In subsequent circulars, the Chinese Communist Party described China as under siege by enemies out to indoctrinate China’s youth and snuff out Chinese values, culture and faith. The party launched what it called a Patriotic Education Campaign that over the past three decades has imbued its people with a resentful form of nationalism.

In the 1950s, Mao Zedong had stressed that China was a victor in the war against imperialism. But the Patriotic Education Campaign reinterpreted China’s history to portray China as a victim. The whole nation, the party’s Central Committee and the State Council noted in a document from August 1994, must study China’s humiliating history from the Opium War on to grasp the evil intent of what came to be known as “hostile Western forces.” As the Ambassador James

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Opinion: The chamber’s case for Danbury Prospect Charter School

Chambers of Commerce don’t typically provide input regarding matters related to public education, as we “don’t get involved with those sort of matters.” However, the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce strongly believes that public education has a direct correlation to the economic strength and well-being of our community.

It is not by chance that the City of Danbury and the Danbury labor market in general each year is the envy of the state with a multitude of economic metrics including the lowest unemployment rate and job growth. This is a direct result, among many other reasons, of a welcoming business environment with stable and prudent financial planning by our community leaders.

With a vibrant economy, a superior quality of life and a very diverse community, it is no wonder that Danbury is an attractive place to live, work, play and be educated in.

On the topic of education, there is

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Opinion | Welcome to your first day of Patriotic Education!

The country officially kicked off in 1775 (remember, subtract one, since the year 1619 no longer exists!), when a group of heroic men sent a letter to the manager of the establishment where they were, complaining about being charged too much for tea.

These men were perfect in every way. Even James Madison was two feet taller than he actually was. George Washington was the best of them, and he never lied, and all of his teeth were his own. He did not purchase nine teeth from enslaved people because there was no such thing as enslaved people or the number nine (it refused to leave the date 1619, so we got rid of it to show it we were not playing around). These giants easily defeated the British in the Revolutionary War without having to perform any raps whatsoever, no matter what your other history teachers try to tell

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Opinion: Teachers’ union opposes charter school for Danbury


As dedicated Danbury educators, our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our students. Whether the issue is how and when to reopen schools during the COVID-19 pandemic or charter schools trying to siphon students and funding from the district, further segregating Danbury schools — we will always advocate for what is in the best interest of our students and their families, public education, and our community.

That’s why we stand strongly against the proposal to bring the Prospect Charter School, run by a charter management organization out of New York, into our Danbury community. The charter school organization wants you to believe it will fill a need in our city, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Charter schools were authorized by the state based on their potential to innovate and share best practices

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Edtorial: Remember charter school reform? It’s more important than ever | Opinion

Remember charter school reform?

Before March and the public education turmoil caused by the coronavirus, the call for charter school funding reform was being echoed loudly in local school board meetings throughout the region at the start of 2020.

Several local boards considered and adopted a resolution circulated by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association supporting a charter reform proposal put forth by Gov. Tom Wolf. In January, more than 30 superintendents from districts in five counties formed a coalition, the Leaders for Educational Accountability and Reform Network, targeting legislative action on reform.

LEARN is comprised of “school leaders who are standing up for public education and fighting for charter school reform,” said Frank Gallagher, superintendent of Souderton Area School District, during a January press conference  in Montgomery County.

The superintendents’ initiative included visits to Harrisburg to lobby for the reform package. Even in early spring at the same time boards

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Improve Racial Education, Don’t Ban It | Opinion

Amid an ongoing cultural reckoning that’s spotlighted anti-Black racism in the U.S, educators around the country are searching for new ways to teach Black history in their classrooms. To this end, many public school districts are incorporating the New York Times’ “The 1619 Project” into their curriculum. The 1619 Project is an interactive project (originally consisting of essays, poems, fiction, and photos, now adapted into a podcast and free online curriculum) that reexamines U.S history by centering African slavery in our understanding of America’s past and present, beginning in 1619 — the year the first slave ship arrived on America’s shores. The effort positions slavery — often woefully mistaught in U.S schools — and its legacy as critical to understanding wide-ranging aspects of American society and history.

The 1619 Project being incorporated into schools has drawn outrage and criticism from Republican lawmakers. In July, Senator Tom Cotton ’98 (R-Ark.), a

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Robots won’t take away our jobs. They will make work safer and more efficient (opinion)

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, industries that did not previously pose a health and safety risk to workers — such as package and food delivery, travel, hospitality and even energy, transportation and construction — now do. Many of these jobs can’t be accomplished through Zoom, requiring a physical presence. So employers are looking to technology to help protect their workers from infection. They are relying on technologies like mobile agile robots to do the myriad of jobs that require a physical presence so human workers don’t run the risk of getting sick.

a person holding a bag of luggage: A worker loads groceries for delivery into a Starship Technologies Inc. robot in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Monday, May 18, 2020. Starship is a six-wheeled ground robot that can navigate streets and sidewalks autonomously, offering on-demand package delivery for consumers and businesses. Photographer: Nina Riggio/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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A worker loads groceries for delivery into a Starship Technologies Inc. robot in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Monday, May 18, 2020. Starship is a six-wheeled ground robot that can navigate streets and sidewalks autonomously, offering on-demand package delivery for consumers and businesses. Photographer: Nina Riggio/Bloomberg via Getty Images

This pandemic-inspired partnership

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Readers’ Views: Local schools need more funding to reopen | Opinion

The recent article, “Pottsgrove rolls out two-pronged reopening plan,” shows how difficult a job local school districts have ahead of them as they prepare to carry out re-opening plans for the fall. None of this is easy — not for administrators, not for teachers and staff, and not for parents and students.

School districts are also dealing with revenue shortfalls due to COVID-19 that have forced them to put important projects on hold, leave open positions unfilled, and cut technology and curriculum budgets, among other cuts. Because of necessary safety precautions like those being taken in Pottsgrove, reopening comes with additional costs for the 2020-21 school year.

This summer, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a budget that protects schools from state funding cuts, but that will not address massive local funding shortfalls over the next year. That’s why Congress needs to step up and do its part, while in the meantime our

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Column: Complete to Compete researches ways to bridge state’s skills gap – Opinion – The Columbus Dispatch

By almost every measure, Ohio’s economy has been on a roll, entering the 2020s with greater energy and optimism than at any time in decades. Having thrown off its long-held Rust Belt image, our state has embraced new technologies with a global reach and created an array of jobs for those already in the workforce as well as young Ohioans preparing for careers.

Even with Ohio’s successes, however, our ability to attract job-creating investments in new and expanded facilities has often been hampered by a mismatch of Ohioans’ skills and employer needs. The reason is that, for generations, Ohioans could achieve middle-class prosperity with a high school education or less. It is a belief that, in some quarters, has lingered. Advancements in technology and automation, however, mean that the jobs that once defined middle-class prosperity, many of them routine, manual labor, now require more advanced training. This might be even

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Opinion: School funding more critical than ever

We are living through yet another unimaginable crisis; I say yet another because, for me and so many of my neighbors, stress and crisis are more of a norm as we work to survive. My name is Bria Lindsay, and I am a single mother of three girls, a school bus driver and a Bridgeport resident.

During my high school years, I was allowed to pass a class or classes when I shouldn’t have; I strongly believe there were classes that I should have retaken, not because I was incapable, but because I barely did the work. Becoming a mother made me realize that allowing

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