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Cal Thomas: Woke New Direction of Public Schools Is a Nightmare for Kids

When I was in public school, a TV ad asked: “It’s 10 o’clock. Do you know where your children are?”

Here’s a better question for today: Do you know what your children are being taught and exposed to in their schools?”

This summer’s controversy over the teaching of critical race theory and whether to wear masks is only part of the problem.

When kids claim to be a different sex than what they were born as and are allowed to use the locker rooms, restrooms and showers previously reserved for what we used to call girls and boys, it further erodes the morals and values we once considered part of a solid education.

Added to this is a bill passed by Oregon’s legislature and signed by Gov. Kate Brown that suspends essential-skills testing in order for a student to graduate from high school — despite an uproar from parents. This is where the education establishment is headed.

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The “rationale” behind the law is that minorities don’t test well. Is that not racist on its face? Why don’t schools focus on bringing struggling students of whatever race or background up to a standard instead of lowering the bar and making their diplomas worth less than Confederate money?

Since the 1960s, many public schools have been used by secular progressives to indoctrinate children, with the apparent goal of turning them into reliable liberal voters.

It began with the elimination of prayer and Bible reading, progressed to forced busing (which was supposed to improve the education of minority students but had mixed results) and now we are at the point of gender identity, requiring teachers to ask students which pronoun they prefer. Who can reliably predict what is coming next?

One preview of coming distractions came earlier this month, when the Loudon County, Virginia, School Board voted 7-2 to pass a policy on the “rights of transgender and gender-expansive students.” Vehement protests by parents were ignored.

Should the public school system be abolished?

Once the sky was the limit for what hardworking students could achieve. Now it appears there are no limits to the depths to which we can plunge. Success is not to be honored, everybody gets a trophy and failure is being eliminated.

China has another reason to celebrate following the messy U.S. withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan. Chinese students far outperform their international peers in reading, math and science. According to 2018 results from the Program for International Student Assessment, U.S. students ranked 25th in science, reading and math worldwide. China was first. Even Slovenia and Ireland outranked us.

Public schools may be the oldest monopoly in America. While the government has broken up other monopolies, such as the phone company, public schools remain intact. Initially, schools met in churches. When they acquired their own buildings, they continued to teach basic subjects.

The McGuffey Readers were widely used in public schools from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries. They included proverbs about the virtues of honesty and hard work, even Bible verses. Now those are out and metal detectors are in, especially in many urban schools. Anyone see a connection?

Students once said the Pledge of Allegiance before classes began. The pledge has been eliminated in some schools. The explanation is that many kids come from other countries.

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Larry Elder: School Choice Isn’t Enough for Parents to Save Their Kids – They Have to Get Involved

There are currently 27 voucher programs in 16 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Education Commission of the States. It is hypocritical for those who favor choice when it comes to abortion to oppose choice for the education of children fortunate enough to have been born.

Expanding school choice to every state should be a major issue in the next two elections, with parents and children — especially minorities — testifying to the difference the ability to choose a good school has made in their lives.

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Effective Salon Management: 7 Things Every Manager Should Know

Being a salon manager is a job that requires you to wear a lot of hats at once, and it takes a stellar work ethic as well. Whether you are an aspiring salon manager or you are looking for ways to improve in your current managerial role, this article is for you.

In this piece, we will talk about all of the things that go into being an effective salon manager, as well as some of the job duties and expectations.

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What Makes an Effective Salon Manager?

As a salon manager, you are tasked with keeping things operating smoothly, ensuring stylists have everything they need to do their jobs to their best ability, making sure all stylish salon equipment is operating optimally and many other tasks. To be able to balance all of these jobs seamlessly, a salon manager must have these key characteristics.

1. Flexible

A salon is a fast moving place and salon managers need to be flexible and adaptable. In one day, they may have to assist stylists and salon owners, help out and organize the salon reception desk and maintain the salon’s digital presence. Salon managers move quickly and efficiently so that they can wear multiple hats at once.

2. Empathetic

As a salon manager, it is also your job to manage different personalities and work with all salon employees. Being empathetic will make you a manager who can easily bring people together and effectively problem solve with everyone’s best interests in mind.

3. Highly Organized

Handling multiple aspects of the salon business requires a salon manager to be highly organized. Not only will they need to physically organize certain parts of the salon such as the color processing or shampoo area, but they will also have to stay mentally organized to be able to compartmentalize their tasks and the needs of others.

4. Operates Well in High Stress

From last minute cancellations and walk-ins to product shortages, salon managers need to know how to handle a rapidly changing environment where more than a handful of people are requiring the manager’s immediate attention. Not everyone operates well in a high stress situation, but salon managers sure do.

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What the Salon Manager Job Entails and What You Should Know

Do the qualities above resonate well with you and your personality? If so, you may be wondering what other aspects of the job you need to prepare yourself for, as well as must-know advice going into the role. Here is what a job as a salon manager entails and what you should know about the position.

1. Get Ready to Multitask

As a salon manager, it’s your job to do basically everything – well, sort of. You can expect to manage every aspect of the business from cleaning the shampoo systems to greeting guests as they walk in. You were hired because you can keep your finger on the pulse of the salon and step into almost every position at a moment’s notice. Multitasking is an important part of this job, so it’s best for someone who already enjoys handling multiple tasks at once and knows how to balance it all effectively.

2. Learn How to Delegate

You will be overseeing an entire salon, which means that you will need to know how to delegate tasks to certain individuals, as well as handle different personalities. From a messy storage closet to a full waiting room caused by delays, the salon manager needs to be able to step in and delegate to get the team back on the right track.

3. Get Comfortable with Handling Finances and Numbers

Salon managers may have to cut paychecks, order new equipment and keep track of inventory, which means it’s a great idea to get comfortable dealing with numbers and handling sensitive finance information. If you’re not the most comfortable crunching numbers or handling the finances, always make sure to have a process that requires you to double-check your work or any orders before you finalize anything. It never hurts to go over things twice to ensure accuracy.

4. Time and Schedule Management Need to Be Strong Suits

As a salon manager, you may be asked to create the schedule for stylists and receptionists, as well as handle appointments and scheduling for other staff members. You will need to prioritize time management and be able to assemble a schedule that keeps business running smoothly. Managing the schedule could also come with a lot of requests and additional info that you may need to handle or keep top of mind, which is where your strong delegation skills come into play, too.

5. Have a Knack for Handling All Things Digital

The salon manager may need to handle the salon’s website and head up the business’s social media presence. Having a strong digital footprint with an intuitive and easy to use website and bustling social media platforms is more important than ever — especially for salons. Do you love learning about and implementing the latest trends on social media or do you have an eye for great web design? That’s great, because you will definitely need these skills to lead your salon to success.

6. Networking Skills Are a Must

Since you are working on the ground level with all members of the team, you may have a better pulse of how the salon is working, what it needs to level up and where it’s heading in the future. Because of this expertise you have gained, you may be asked to represent the salon at networking events, educational opportunities and trade shows. You will need to be able to network and share the salon’s mission in order to get new clients or form partnerships with both big and local organizations.

7. Always Looking Forward

Your job as a salon manager is to always be looking forward to ensure your salon stays one step ahead. With everything you do, you should always keep the future in mind. That means making sure products and supplies are always stocked, looking for the upcoming beauty industry trade shows, seeking out educational opportunities for the staff or proposing changes to ensure the salon stays ahead of the game.

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Are you ready to be a salon manager who is always on top of their game and putting their salon in the best position possible? If you keep these seven must-knows top of mind, the sky’s the limit!

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