High School

Photo of the Day

Wendy Brown: Photo Jeff Maysh.

Wendy Brown: Photo Jeff Maysh.

Why One Woman Pretended to Be a High-School Cheerleader

At 33, Wendy Brown stole her daughter?s name, grabbed a pair of pom-poms, lived a teenage dream?then she went to jail for it

Wendy Brown had always dreamed of becoming a cheerleader when she was in high school. Unfortunately the dream never came true and she found herself in a position where she was 33-years-old and raising her 15-year-old daughter. Since Brown resembled her daughter and had access to her daughter?s ID, she used her daughter?s credentials to enrol in a high school and join the cheerleading squad.

On September 2, 2008, a shy, blonde transfer student strolled into Ashwaubenon High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The petite sophomore wore a pink hoodie and carried a new school bag decorated with hearts, eager to start the new term. But just 16 days later, she was standing in court wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and shackles, charged with identity theft. There, prosecutors revealed that Wendy Brown was not really 15, but a 33-year-old mother of two?who had stolen her teenage daughter?s identity in an attempt to relive her own high school days. In her weeks as a student, Brown had taken classes with students half her age. She had tried out for the Ashwaubenon High School cheerleading squad and even attended a pool party thrown by the cheer coach.

Television crews surrounded the courthouse and besieged Brown?s family at their home in Nevada. ?It was bad,? recalls her father, Joe. ?Every show that?s on in the morning called. ? Oprah didn?t call. She was the only one that didn?t call.?

A bespectacled Brown spoke like a teenager as she addressed the court: ?I just wanted to say that I?m sorry for what I?ve done,? she said softly. ?I feel bad about it. And I regret it. Um, I always have ? I am not a bad person. I just made a mistake.?

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And the excuses begin…

When National Standards and NCEA were developed it was inevitable that it would start to show up lame schools.

With the publications of results ?we now all get to see which schools are good and which schools are not.

Now the excuses from dud principals start.

Principals at poorer schools have defended the huge drop-off in the number of their students gaining University Entrance, rejecting accusations they push students into “soft” subjects to gain better results.

They’ve also hit out at the continued focus on UE, saying it’s outdated when only 30 per cent of leavers will go on to university, and that orienting the system towards a single academic pathway undermines trades and apprenticeships.

The response comes after the release of NCEA results which showed a stark difference between the number of low-decile students gaining Level 3 but not qualifying for university. ?? Read more »

Charter schools what do they offer?

Graphic showing how AMERICAN Charter schools intersect with public schools

Graphic showing how AMERICAN Charter schools intersect with public schools


Cards on the table, I have been invited to visit two Charter schools in Auckland. I suspect that I have been invited because of frustration at both Politicians and the MSM who discuss/ criticise? Charter schools but refuse to actually visit any.

I will be visiting them to find out for myself their points of difference. I have never before been to a Charter school and at present know no more about them than any average person on the street. I know that they offer an alternative to mainstream schooling and that they have more flexibility in how they deliver their education to their students. What that flexibility actually translates to is what I will be finding out.

I do not have an agenda to either make them look good or make them look bad. My task is to report back to our readership what exactly they do offer and how they are different to Mainstream. I am taking my home schooled 16 year old daughter with me to interview the primary school students. She will be asking them what she as a teenager wants to know about Charter schooling. What a teenager values in education may be different to what I as a parent, a home schooler and an ex mainstream High School teacher and tutor in Alternative education values.

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Face of the day



You know how arguments and debates on the internet often end up with a reference to Hitler or Nazis? Well today’s face of the day isn’t Hitler or a Nazi but he found a willing accomplice in Hitler when they bonded over a shared desire to wipe the Jewish people off the face of the earth. It is a part of WWII history that I was not taught when I was at High School and I suspect it is still omitted from the syllabus today.

Islam had considerable influence over Hitler’s thinking and plans. It is highly conceivable from what I have discovered so far that two Muslims who influenced Hitler, Haj-Amin-al-Husseini and Achmed Huber are the actual founding fathers of the holocaust.

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