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Sep 20 00:23

Political Roundup: Free speech has been strengthened at Massey

The attempt by the head of Massey University to ban Don Brash from speaking on campus last month has entirely backfired. Instead of Brash being undermined by her actions, it now looks like Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas is in danger of losing her position. What's more, her actions have ended up reinforcing academic freedoms on campus.

Certainly, we now know that Massey University academic staff have been fighting back against their boss, with the view that she has brought their institution into disrepute. Peter Lineham, a professor of history at Massey has been leading the charge, and he put forward a motion to the University's Academic Council yesterday to censure the Vice Chancellor.

"We don't want to go down some American style culture war where we see this sort of issue and people shouting down different views to them."

Sep 19 08:35

US school textbooks: Arab rejection of Israel cause of conflict

Schools in the US state of Texas will be required to teach students that “Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict” in the Middle East.

The Texas Board of Education voted during a curriculum review last week to keep the controversial sentence in high school textbooks, which will be used by some 5.4 million public school children. The board is comprised of five Democrat members and ten Republican members, meaning the move is likely to be seen as part of a shift towards a more Republican educational agenda.

In addition, the board voted to remove references to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton being the first woman to run for Presidential office. While teaching students about Clinton will not be banned, the board claims the move is part of an effort to “streamline” lessons and save teachers approximately 30 minutes of time.

Sep 18 09:40

All of these anti-Semitism allegations continue to sideline Palestinian suffering

As the row over what constitutes anti-Semitism rages in Britain, the very real fear that freedom of speech is being threatened has already been realised in America, according to one Jewish campaign group. At the heart of the argument is a decision by the Trump administration to change how the Education Department investigates allegations that Jewish students face discrimination; not surprisingly, the Trump team has backed an approach that is endorsed by pro-Israel groups.

The policy change has already prompted the reinvestigation of an event held seven years ago, involving Holocaust and Nakba survivors, which was deemed to be anti-Semitic because it included criticism of the Israeli government. The reopening of the 2011 case, dismissed under the Obama administration, means that anyone who supports Palestinian human rights is potentially going to be regarded as an anti-Semite, says Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).

Sep 16 12:21

Leftists now claim “gifted” math classes are racist and must be halted nationwide

Cacey Wells, a teaching professor at the University of Oklahoma, wants to get rid of all advanced math classes designed for “gifted” students because he believes they’re inherently racist and promote “academic apartheid.”

According to Wells, placing more adept students into higher-level math classes based on their abilities is a form of “capitalist exploitation and settler colonialism,” a designation that’s supposed to sound really “smart,” but that’s nothing more than a rhetorical hodgepodge of anti-white, left-wing gobbledygook.

In a recent study he wrote, entitled, “Understand Issues Associated With Tracking Students in Mathematics Education” and published in the Columbia University journal Mathematics Education, Wells openly condemns even the mere tracking of individual students and their academic performance as a way to assess which math classes they belong in, claiming that doing so promotes white supremacy.

Sep 14 07:21

Bitcoin is punk rock - deal with it! - aantonop


Presenting as part of the session "Beyond Bitcoin, Unleashing the Blockchain", Andreas M Antonopoulos opens with a contrarian perspective. It's not about "beyond bitcoin", and you can't put this technology on a leash to make it more palatable. Bitcoin is the real thing, the revolutionary and disruptive technology that can't be tamed. Bitcoin is punk rock and you can't turn it into smooth jazz just to satisfy the sensibilities of a timid boardroom.

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 11:12

Trump administration moves to curb campus criticism of Israel

In a move to chill speech critical of Israel, a former Israel lobbyist who is now the Trump administration’s top civil rights enforcer has said that the Department of Education will apply standards that conflate criticism of Israel and Zionism with anti-Jewish bigotry.

The announcement was made without public or congressional notification or debate, and reportedly took current and former investigators in the education department “by surprise.”

Sep 13 10:44

U.S. Department of Education reopens case against Rutgers alleging anti-Semitism

The U.S. Department of Education has reopened a seven-year old complaint against Rutgers University alleging Jewish students were subject to a hostile environment – a move that comes as the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights adopts a broader definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticisms of Israel.

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Sep 13 10:08

Furious mum claims son banned from lessons over mohawk – because it might poke another child in the eye

A furious mum claims her son was banned from lessons over his 4cm long mohawk– because it could poke another child in the . Little Charlie Chafer, six, chose the punk hairstyle himself a month ago before starting back at Drayton Park Primary School in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, last week

Sep 13 08:08

73,000-year-old cave drawing found but what does it represent?

Researchers claim a newly unearthed piece of rock is the oldest known piece of cave art on the planet and is likely 73,000-years-old, according to a new report out of The Guardian.

Sep 12 10:31

3 MINUTE VIDEO PROPAGANDA PROMOTING TRANSGENDERISM – YOUR EYES WILL BE FILLED WITH TEARS; TEARS OF LAUGHTER!

Check your gag factor at the door, this is such a charade – what’s going on with parents who allow this nonsense to take place? Watch the sequence that follows if you can stomach it. They say “…if the heart says it’s true, then it’s true.” If so, there there is no objective truth, and when two subjective truths conflict, then what? War, bullying, fighting, animosity? You bet!

Sep 11 16:20

(NZ)Education Review Office tells schools: teach more about porn

The Education Review Office says high schools should be teaching about pornography and sexual violence so teenagers learn what's healthy and what's not.

The agency, in its first review of sexuality education in schools since 2007, says schools have not kept pace with an explosion of access to pornography and other sexual content on smartphones and social media.

"To meet the needs of young people in our current context, sexuality education needs to be more comprehensive and the variability across schools needs to be reduced," it says.

"This evaluation found some schools were failing to meet minimum standards of effectiveness, and many more were only just meeting these standards.

Sep 11 11:34

High School English Students Forced to Learn Gender-Bending Pronouns and Anti-White Propaganda

If you send your kids off to high school thinking they will learn how to diagram sentences and write competently, you may want to check their English requirements. John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has other ideas about learning English that include gender-neutral pronouns, discussions of sexuality, and anti-white propaganda.

A student posted an assignment to social media, handed out by teacher Emily Thomson of Kennedy High's English department, that detailed "power and privilege" in America which, according to the assignment, names "U.S. born," "white people," "Christians," "middle, owning class," "heterosexuals," "men," and "veterans" as the oppressors of non-white humankind. How this is not a violation of the school's policy against discrimination based on race, creed, and sexuality is baffling.

Sep 11 08:39

Sheldon Adelson-backed pro-Israel campus initiative to operate on 80 campuses

An Adelson pro-Israel initiative will operate on 80 campuses, spending six figures per campus – in total, about $8 million to $10 million this school year. Among its activities will be to “recruit influencers” and take them on trips to Israel.

Sep 11 06:09

Fake News, Fake Money - aantonop


In this talk, Andreas examines the sensationalist debate over "fake news," the rising tide of faith-based nation states declaring bitcoin as "fake money," and alternative mechanisms we can build to fill the void left by retired fact-checking departments & central bank authorities.

Sep 11 05:19

9-11 Research : An Attempt to Uncover the Truth About September 11th, 2001

We all know the official story of September 11th: four jetliners were hijacked by groups of four and five Arabic men armed with box cutters, who proceeded to fly three of the four jets into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Subsequently the World Trade Center Towers, weakened by the impacts and fires, collapsed into piles of rubble. The FBI had compiled a list of hijackers within three days, and it was so obvious that Osama bin Laden had masterminded the operation from caves in Afghanistan, that there was no need to seriously investigate the crime or produce evidence. The "retaliatory" attack on the Taliban would soon commence.

Is this story true? Its central assumptions have never been tested by an official government body whose members lack obvious conflicts of interest. There are numerous red flags in the official story, which requires a long series of highly improbable coincidences. Questioning that story is an act of responsible citizenship.

Sep 11 04:48

9/11 War Games


TRANSCRIPT AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/911warg... Little did we know at the time, 9/11 was not a normal day of blue sky aviation. On the contrary, it was one of the busiest days in the history of American aviation, a dense forest of live fly exercises, drills, simulations, fake radar injects and utter confusion. And that was before the attacks even began. This is the story of 9/11 that you didn't watch unfold on your TV that fateful day in 2001. This is the story of the 9/11 War Games.

Sep 11 03:57

911 - Press for Truth


This documentary presents the many-faceted events that led up to, and then scrutinizes, the 9/11 Comission hearings. Massive injustices and mis-representations are brought to light and "exposed" by respected members of the mainstream American media, and from the families themselves in the narrative of events that shaped most greatly our world today; "9/11: Press for Truth" The families present their 2 1/2 year struggle to create an investigation and inquiry into the events of 9/11 -- which was at first heavily resisted and even explicity prohibited by the President and Vice-President. For an example of contrast in funding; the internal disruption of a Clinton-Lewisnki "sex scandal" the event was awarded a budget of 100 million dollars in total. Initially the 9/11 Comission was only alotted 3 million dollars and their time-limit was severly cut beyond the expecations of those who brought it into existence.

Sep 09 07:27

Finnish First

In just 30 years, Finland transformed its school system from one that was mediocre and inequitable, to one that consistently produces some of the world's best students, while virtually eliminating an achievement gap. And they do it without standardized testing.

Sep 09 06:35

Sycophants for psychopaths: 14 minutes of two videos showing purpose of public education (+ corporate media) is creating stupefied work animals for ongoing illegal neocolonial rogue state empire serving .01% lying parasites annually killing millions

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Everything I have to help, in my comment to Prince Ea’s brilliant 8-minute artistic question and response to “What is school for?” (followed by video):

This is awesome and true. I'm a Harvard-educated, National Board Certified Teacher, credentialed in two subjects, and with two Los Angeles Mayors recognition my teaching was among the best among ~20,000 teachers in Central L.A. My professional conclusion of what school is for: to stupefy children to become work animals for an ongoing illegal rogue state empire that can only exist if the public accepts basic lies. Here's my series of essays to document and prove this: https://washingtonsblog.com/2016/06/us-public-education-bullshit-train...

Sep 08 09:36

Billionaires v teachers: the Koch brothers' plan to starve public education

With groups funded by the Koch brothers and DeVos nudging things along, Arizona lawmakers enacted the nation’s broadest school vouchers law, state-funded vouchers that are supposed to give parents more school choice and can be spent on private or religiously affiliated schools. For opponents, the system is not about choice but about further weakening the public school system. A half-dozen women who had battled for months against the legislation were angry as hell.

Sep 07 08:20

UK: New ‘Diversity’ Scholarships for Refugees, Ethnic Minorities, Women — But Not White Working-Class Males

One of Britain’s leading astrophysicists is donating her $3 million purse from a major science prize to encourage diversity in physics.

Sep 06 23:53

Public school teachers in Portland given “social justice” education guides that praise Islam, communist revolutions and violent social justice groups

Public school teachers in Portland, Oregon, one of the most liberal cities in the country, are being instructed to implement as part of their teaching curriculum the far-left concepts contained in a new teaching guide entitled, “Planning to Change the World – A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers.”

Sep 06 14:10

Joe Rogan: Escape society or remain a SLAVE

Sep 06 11:32

NASA covered up proof of life on Mars in 1976

Gilbert Levin served as the lead investigator of the Labeled Release life detection experiment that was carried out on the two Viking Landers that NASA sent to Mars in 1976. Although his instrument ultimately yielded positive results at both locations, the finding has been largely memory-holed.

Sep 06 10:45

Adult Activists Are Grooming Our Vulnerable Children

Now we actually have teachers who should be teaching children how to read and write, but instead are on a trans witch-hunt, seeking vulnerable kids to push the dangerous and high risk agenda on them.

Sep 06 09:21

United Teachers Los Angeles Votes to Authorize Strike

After weeks of escalating rhetoric and dueling legal filings, the members of United Teachers Los Angeles voted on Friday, Aug. 31, to give the union their strike authorization.

And a high-profile political player could burnish his credentials for a possible presidential run if he can help the union bridge its ever-widening gap with the Los Angeles Unified School District over collective bargaining talks.

Sep 06 09:19

Parents threaten to keep their children home from school after headmaster introduces unisex toilets at his secondary academy

Dominic McKeon had the row of standalone toilets built in the run up to the new school year so boys and girls at the Little Lever School in Bolton, Greater Manchester, could use them together during their lunch break.

But parents were furious after only learning of the move when their children returned to classes following the summer holidays.

Several vowed to keep the youngsters off lessons in protest whilst a campaign against the unisex toilets started on Facebook.

Sep 05 16:30

The Reason College Is a SCAM….

Sep 05 10:39

Consumers Unknowingly Putting Their Digital Identities at Risk, Says New Survey

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that an alarming number of people have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud. In response, the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of their personal information.

Sep 05 00:04

Criminalizing Childhood: School Safety Measures Aren’t Making the Schools Any Safer

Welcome to Compliance 101: the police state’s primer in how to churn out compliant citizens and transform the nation’s school’s into quasi-prisons through the use of surveillance cameras, metal detectors, police patrols, zero tolerance policies, lock downs, drug sniffing dogs, strip searches and active shooter drills. -- If you were wondering, these police state tactics have not made the schools any safer. -- Rather, they’ve turned the schools into authoritarian microcosms of the police state, containing almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the “outside.”

Sep 04 05:50

Bullet proof backpacks a must for U.S. school kids now?

Parents of school kids across the United States have come to terms with the threats and dangers of school shootings and are now purchasing bulletproof backpacks for their children to feel safe in today’s classroom environment.

Sep 03 12:40

Company Making Bulletproof Backpacks For US Students Flooded With Orders

With the 2018 school year about to begin, it seems as the hottest item on many back-to-school wish lists are bulletproof backpacks. Great job America, the militarization of education facilities is almost complete.

Sep 02 15:27

11 Facts About America’s Wildly Out Of Control Student Loan Debt Bubble

Higher education has become one of the biggest money-making scams in America. We tell all of our young people that if they want to have a bright future, they must go to college. This message is relentlessly pounded into their heads for their first 18 years, and so by the time high school graduation rolls around for many of them it would be unthinkable to do anything else. And instead of doing a cost/benefit analysis on various schools, we tell our young people to go to the best college that they can possibly get into and to not worry about what it will cost. We assure them that a great job will be there after they graduate and that great job will allow them to easily pay off any student loans that they have accumulated. Of course most college graduates don’t end up getting great jobs, but many of them do end up being financially crippled for decades by student loan debt.

Sep 01 11:14

11 Rage-Inducing Facts About America’s Wildly Out Of Control Student Loan Debt Bubble

In all of American history, we have never seen anything quite like this student loan debt bubble. Since 2007, the total amount of student loan debt in America has nearly tripled.

Sep 01 08:46

Sheldon Adelson-backed pro-Israel campus initiative to operate on 80 campuses

An Adelson pro-Israel initiative will operate on 80 campuses, spending six figures per campus – in total, about $8 million to $10 million this school year. Among its activities will be to “recruit influencers” and take them on trips to Israel.

Aug 31 09:40

Why did Israel intervene for convicted US felon Adam Milstein?

Israeli-American real estate mogul Adam Milstein recently made headlines when it emerged that he had solicited funds on behalf of two student senate candidates at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) who espouse strong anti-Palestinian views.

When asked about the donations, which had reportedly been funneled through UCLA’s chapter of the Zionist campus organization Hillel, by Mondoweiss’ Alex Kane, Milstein feigned ignorance: “When I make a donation to the UCLA Foundation or what have you, I don’t know what they’re doing with the money.”

However, Milstein’s claims were swiftly belied by emails discovered by Chloe Hunt of UC Berkeley campus newspaper The Daily Californian.

Aug 30 13:21

Multiple San Francisco schools placed on lockdown after ‘incident’

San Francisco police blocked off streets surrounding Balboa High School and multiple schools in the area went into lockdown around noon Thursday after an “incident,” authorities said.

Police did not elaborate on what had occurred.

Aug 30 12:49

9/11 Memorial posters are ‘offensive’ to Muslim students, college says

A college has ruled that 9/11 memorial posters put up by a conservative group are offensive to Muslim students.

The poster, produced by the Young America’s Foundation, caught the attention of the “Bias Protocol Board” at Wisconsin’s Ripon College after appearing throughout the campus.

Aug 30 07:07

Olive oil may give a better boost than Viagra, scientists suggest

Olive oil could be better than Viagra at helping men perform in the bedroom, scientists suggest.

A study of more than 600 men found that those who consumed plenty of it had far fewer problems with their sexual performance.

Aug 30 06:41

Water shut off in all of Detroit’s public schools; found to be tainted

The water has been shut off in all of Detroit’s public schools after hazardous levels of lead and copper were discovered in water supply lines at nearly one-third of the locations.

Aug 29 18:49

What You Really Pay For In College: Credentials, Not Education

"Students don’t want skills, they want credentials...The United States is over-educated, providing a low social return. Politicians are too dumb to realize it."

Aug 28 16:09

Teen girl fighting CANCER told to take off the hat she uses to cover up chemo hair loss because it's 'against' school picture day policy

Bella Thurston, 13, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, said the incident occurred during her Hoover Middle School's official school picture day.

'It was just really humiliating and upsetting for me,' Bella told KOAT. 'I was trying really hard not to cry. It was just not a good experience.'

Aug 28 15:07

What are they teaching your kids? Sequim Parent Finds Out!

Aug 28 15:04

Cody Wilson: 3d-printed guns and the 1st amendment - Naomi Brockwell


I chat live with Cody Wilson immediately after his press conference announcing that 3d-printed gun blueprints are available online for purchase.

Aug 27 15:50

Leadership Part Two - Stefan Verstappen


Why every warrior needs to be a leader.

Aug 27 12:23

Child punished for calling teacher ‘ma’am’…

Parents of a fifth grader are concerned after their child was punished for referring to his teacher as “ma’am.”

Aug 27 09:53

Parents fight back after school drops Pledge of Allegiance for student-authored oath to ‘global society’

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School Principal Lara Zelski decided students will no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the school’s morning meeting agenda, which she described to parents as “an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community.”

“Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge,” she wrote, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The statement, posted to the school website, promised parents students could recite the Pledge of Allegiance later in the day, if they felt like it, and vowed to create better pledge specifically for the school.

“Teachers and the K-5 leadership team will be working with students to create a school pledge that we can say together at morning meeting,” Zelski wrote, adding that it “will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society.”

Aug 27 09:23

College dropouts in US surpass those heading back to school -- it's time we fix that

With their coffee mugs and laptops at the ready, over 20 million students are expected to start college in the U.S. this year. They offer a stark back-to-school contrast to the 31 million people in this country who started working on a degree but never completed it.

The 31 million figure may be surprising, but the reasons behind it are not. A recent Harris Poll survey, conducted in collaboration with University of the People, offers important insights.

First, money is a primary factor. Even with financial aid, many students don’t have the means to continue, and may already be burdened with significant educational debt.

Aug 27 09:21

Parents expect kids to foot more of their college bill: Study

Colleges now asking for a percentage of future income to cover tuition
FBN's Cheryl Casone on some colleges now asking students for a percentage of their future salary to cover the cost of tuition.

As the cost of college in the U.S. continues to rise, parents are saving more for their child’s higher education expenses – but are not expecting to foot the entire bill themselves.

Aug 27 09:09

NEW FLORIDA LAW: “IN GOD WE TRUST” MUST BE PLACED IN ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The heightened scrutiny of the motto’s placement in school buildings in Florida is likely attributable to the global coverage of the deadly assault carried out by a gunman at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year.

As would be expected in this day of intolerance, there are opponents of the law and its mandated mounting of the state motto (“In God We Trust” was made the official state motto in 2006).

In a statement regarding the recently enacted law, the Freedom From Religion Foundation called the Constitution as a witness for its claims: “These godly postings exclude and alienate the one-in-five students in our public schools who do not believe in god. And they’re meant to,” the foundation’s statement reads. “These laws are not about patriotism, they’re about turning believers into insiders, and nonbelievers into outsiders. There’s nothing patriotic in undermining our nation’s secular Constitution.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian, I definitely find myself siding with the "Freedom From Religion Foundation" here.

Faith should never be coerced; it should be embraced, because people have seen loving examples of how it has worked in their lives, and the lives of others.

Faith cannot, and should not, be forced.

Aug 26 17:55

Are you a he, she or a they? Students to get ‘gender badges’

STUDENTS are being encouraged to wear “gender pronoun” badges to indicate whether they would like to be referred to as he, she or they. The badges will be handed out to freshers at Edinburgh University during welcome week next month to help transgender people.

Aug 25 23:35

Parents fight back after school drops Pledge of Allegiance for student-authored oath to ‘global society’

The move infuriated parents and quickly gained the attention of Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, and others who denounced the decision.

Aug 24 10:18

NY private school canceled Joel Doerfler’s Palestine class after big donors held meeting with AJC

In June, it was learned that Joel Doerfler, a longtime history teacher at an elite New York private school, had resigned because the school had canceled his Israel/Palestine class in the wake of controversy over the Gaza shootings. A second teacher at the school, Shawn Redden, was placed on paid leave at about the same time– not long after he had put up the names of Palestinian victims on his classroom door.

Since then, rumors have circulated about Zionist pressure on the school administration to get rid of Doerfler and Redden. Those rumors have now been confirmed in a smashing investigation by Robert Silverman in the Huffington Post.

Aug 22 09:24

Whitehead: Students stood up for 1st Amendment

Officials at a California high school have admitted they were wrong to reprimand two students for wearing NRA t-shirts.

One girl at Lodi High School was kicked out of her history class for wearing the t-shirt. She and another girl, also wearing an NRA shirt, were then lectured by the teacher who told them guns are bad.

John Whitehead, a civil liberties attorney who leads The Rutherford Institute, says he applauds the girls for refusing to remove their shirts.

"Free speech, as we used to know it, is either going to go down the tube if people don't start standing up for it," says Whitehead, who is known for fighting for free speech and fighting against government censorship.

Aug 21 20:42

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Aug 21 13:32

Kansas City School District Forces Boys and Girls to Use Same Bathrooms

No more separate restrooms for boys and girls, with rows of feet-showing stalls. The North Kansas City school district is going fully gender neutral at two new elementary schools, opening on Wednesday [August 15], as well as in a few renovated restrooms in North Kansas City High School and the sixth-grade centers.

The bathrooms still have an open alcove area with a common trough sink, but the toilets are enclosed inside individual stalls with floor-to-ceiling walls and lockable doors.

A single sign on the wall outside displays both the male and female symbols.

Aug 20 09:47

Children's literacy levels fall as social media hits reading

Heavy use of social media by children has been linked to lower levels of literacy for the first time.

The landmark study by University College London (UCL), based on 11,000 children tracked from their births in 2000, found their time on social media could be detracting from reading and homework, with a potential knock-on effect on their literacy.

Professor Yvonne Kelly, director of UCL's International Centre for Lifecourse Studies, said the findings suggested a link between “the amount of time young people spend on social media and their levels of literacy”.

Both boys and girls who were heavier users were affected the same. “We looked at whether the more time young people spend on social media, the less time they have for the things that might improve their literacy such as reading for enjoyment and doing homework,” said Professor Kelly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But how is the UK government going to enforce limits to time spent by kids on social media?!?

The short answer is, they really can't, unless they intend to license social medial devices, and make them all the property of the State, to be confiscated at will.

Aug 19 09:35

Colleges offer courses on ‘queering’ children, the Bible

This school year, students across the country will attend courses on “Queering the Bible,” “Queering Childhood,” “Queering Theology,” and similar topics.

Students at Pomona College in Claremont, California, for instance, will have the opportunity to enroll in a brand new course titled “Queering Childhood,” which will examine “the figure of the Child and how this figuration is used by politics, law, and medicine to justify continued cultural investment in reproductive heteronormativity and productive ablebodiedness.”

Aug 19 09:27

Yale honors prof who enraged students by defending free speech

Yale University has bestowed its highest faculty honor on a professor who just a few years ago was nearly driven to leave the school by students upset that he defended his wife’s free speech.

The July 23 announcement recounts Christakis’s scholarly work and accomplishments and mentions that the honor is bestowed by Yale’s president and Board of Trustees. According to The New York Times, Yale spokesperson Thomas Conroy stated that “the decision was made purely on academic grounds.”

This honor comes nearly three years after students aggressively protested Christakis and his wife, Erika, regarding an email sent by Erika just before Halloween in 2015, when the pair served as the co-heads of Silliman College, an undergraduate residential college at Yale.

Aug 16 08:56

German Schools Underfunded by 48 Billion Euros Despite Budget Surpluses

One report paints a grim future ahead for German education and day care systems, despite billions in tax surpluses for municipalities. According to it, even with financing building renovations may take years.

German schools and day care centers lack around €55 billion in funding for major overhauls and new buildings, the report by state-owned KfW development bank says. According to study, the larger the municipality is, the larger the gap between existing and required funding, especially in North Rhine-Westphalia and southern Germany. Schools are currently missing €48 billion in funding and €7.6 billion is needed for day care facilities.

Aug 16 06:20

Confucius Institutes fall victim to US politics

New legislation targeting centres illustrates the current anti-China climate when most universities acknowledge the clear cultural and learning benefits

The University of North Florida has just announced it is closing its Confucius Institute, following a similar decision by Texas A&M University in April.

Meanwhile, tucked away in the US$716 billion John McCain National Defence Authorisation Act, just signed into law, is a provision barring any American university from using Pentagon resources for programmes involving Confucius Institutes.

If some US politicians such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio are to be believed, the institutes are there to spread Chinese communist propaganda, subvert academic freedom and free speech on American campuses, silence China critics and recruit spies.

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Aug 15 13:51

Latin Mass Catholic Priest Blows Lid Off Church's Pervert Problem In Shocking Expose Published In His Parish Bulletin

Latin Mass priest Father Edwin Palka, pastor of Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church in Tampa Florida, has written an incredible series of articles on the church's pervert problem from a priests perspective- the gravity of which will be shocking to read.

Fr. Palka discusses the "heterosexual priest who bucks the Lavender Mafia" and enduring the "Pink Palace Seminary." This is an extremely rare, very brave and holy priest to tell the truth like this. Please share these columns widely.

Aug 15 10:52

Colorado school district slashes Mondays, begins 4-day school week

A Colorado school district is attempting a $1 million science experiment -- cutting its school week to four days.

District 27J officially slashed Mondays off the school calendar and started a four-day school week in a move designed to cut costs and attract teachers -- but parents are concerned it will cost them money instead.

Students who attend school in the district had their first day of school on Tuesday. Middle and high school students will attend school from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays and be off on Mondays, FOX 31 reported. Teachers will have to attend work one Monday a month, but only for half the day.

Aug 14 11:39

Hungary: Sex is biologically determined, the concept of gender, as ‘social sex’ is nonsense

The issue of gender studies was not on the agenda of the government’s meeting, because there are much more important topics, a government source told ATV.hu on Monday.

Last week, Hungarian universities were given 24 hours to give their response to the plan of the Ministry of Human Capacities, according to which it will become impossible for new students to enrol in gender studies.

As we reported before, Two universities are concerned: Hungary’s biggest state-funded university ELTE, and the Central European University, founded by George Soros.

If the amendment becomes official, it will mean that nobody can attend gender studies courses in Hungary and get a degree in the subject. HVG.hu notes that CEU offers both Hungarian and American degrees, the amendment will not affect the latter.

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And just what kind of a job does one get with a degree in gender studies?

Aug 13 10:09

A recent survey found that many Americans are unable to name a single one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. Would Ivy League students do any better?

This month, a new study was released analyzing Americans’ perception of the First Amendment, as well as their knowledge of what it entails. As many would expect, the results were bleak.

For example, 40 percent of those surveyed were unable to list any of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, while another 36 percent could list just one.

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So just what are the schools teaching Americans these days?!?

Aug 13 10:05

STUDY: Conservative students feel pressure to self-censor

A new study reveals that conservative college students cope with left-leaning professors by self-censoring during class discussions and parroting their professors’ political views on homework assignments.
The lead researcher notes that professors who push leftist ideology in class not only "derail" the learning experiences of conservatives students, but also deprive liberal students of the chance to "have their ideas challenged."

Aug 13 08:19

NON-VERBAL AUTISTIC CHILD TASERED BY SCHOOL COP, LEFT LYING IN HIS OWN URINE FOR 13 MINUTES

A deeply disturbing lawsuit filed in federal court this month tells the horrific story of an autistic child at a Caddo Parish high school who was tasered and left lying motionless in a pool of his own urine.

On Aug. 31, J.H. reportedly began rubbing his stomach against the wall in the classroom when a staff member told him to stop. J.H. then walked out of the classroom and down the hall to the water fountain where he began to compulsively drink water. He then stood in the hallway with his fingers in his ears which is normal behavior for J.H. when he is stressed, according to the lawsuit.

Staff members, including a deputy then formed a semi-circle around J.H. which escalated the situation even further.

As the Shreveport Times reports:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This “Deputy Nunnery” should be immediately fired, and the services of this Sheriff's Department be terminated by the school district immediately as well.

Tasering an autistic child, most likely because the officer in charge "got off on the violence", and didn't believe that his actions would ever be questioned in the least?!?

This child's mother should be filing a class-action lawsuit against both the School and Sheriff's Department, charging gross negligence in failing to protect her son from this kind of activity.

Aug 12 09:13

American college applicant questioned about following Alex Jones’ Twitter

Aug 10 08:50

Colleges: A Force For Evil

Many of the nation's colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values. The threat to our future lies in the fact that today's college students are tomorrow's teachers, professors, judges, attorneys, legislators and policymakers. A recent Brookings Institution poll suggests that nearly half of college students believe that hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment. Of course, it is. Fifty-one percent of students think that it's acceptable to shout down a speaker with whom they disagree. About 20 percent of students hold that it's acceptable to use violence to prevent a speaker from speaking, over 50 percent say colleges should prohibit speech and viewpoints that might offend certain people. Contempt for the First Amendment and other constitutional guarantees is probably shared by the students' high school teachers, as well as many college professors.

Aug 09 14:12

Saudi Coalition Attacks School Bus A Day After State Department Justifies Airstrikes On Yemeni Towns

Though we are no longer shocked at the callous and indiscriminate nature of Saudi coalition attacks on Yemeni towns, we are surprised that major US networks like CNN have actually decided to cover coalition war crimes for a change.

Early on Thursday a coalition air attack scored a direct hit on a school bus packed with children as it drove through a crowded market place.

CNN provides the following disturbing details:

The bus was struck as it was driving through a market in the rebel-held province of Saada, according to the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV.

At least 43 people were killed and 63 injured in the strike, according to the Houthi-held health ministry.

The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) said that a hospital it supports in Saada had received 29 dead bodies of "mainly children" under 15 years of age, and 40 injured, including 30 children.

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No, these are precisely the images Americans need to see to understand how the US military is enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and I have a couple of oldies but goodies I want our readers to see (very graphic and disturbing):

Images: Yemeni children being assassinated by Saudi bombings

Images; Yemeni children starving courtesy of US/Saudi blockades of Yemen ports.

This is precisely why the independent media is needed, now more than ever, to peacefully, and honestly witness to this kind of Saudi/US activity here, and bringing attention to those issues which those who want to algorithm the independent news out of existence, don't want us you to see.

Don't these images make you proud to be an American, to understand what the Saudi and US are doing there?!? Don't these war crimes in Yemen make you just burst with pride?!?

Because if they don't, we need to start having a peaceful conversation, both among each other, and with the Federal Government, as to why the US is colluding with the Butcher of Yemen (AKA the Saudi Prince Bin Salman) in creating war crimes in this country.

This is a genocide, pure and simple, and the US is deeply complicit in creating this genocide, and it must be made to stop.

And here... is a companion story, from sputnik.com:

USA Urges Saudis Probe on Bus Strike

And wasn't this right just after the following headline: "Saudi Coalition Attacks School Bus A Day After State Department Justifies Airstrikes On Yemeni Towns"?!?

I guess the Saudis, after evaluating that statement from our State Department, figured innocent little Yemeni kids, just trying to get to school for something passing for an education, were simply "fair game", so they bombed the crap out of the bus.

The assassination of Yemeni children is thoroughly normal for the Saudi military: and they do it absolutely brilliantly, as the above images prove.

And one has to wonder: did the US military provide "guidance" for the strike here?!?

Aug 08 13:59

Death by 10,000 Cuts: The Zionist campaign to silence Palestine at SFSU

In this article, Professor Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, founding director and senior scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies Program at San Francisco State University offers an update and critical analysis of the struggle for scholarship, pedagogy and advocacy on justice for/in Palestine as part and parcel of the indivisibility of justice.

Aug 08 00:16

Colleges: A Force for Evil

Over 50 percent say colleges should prohibit speech and viewpoints that might offend certain people (http://tinyurl.com/yayxt45u). Contempt for the First Amendment and other constitutional guarantees is probably shared by the students’ high school teachers, as well as many college professors.

Aug 07 15:18

California teacher kicks high school student out of class for wearing NRA shirt

A teacher at Lodi High School in Lodi, California, kicked a sophomore student out of class for wearing an NRA T-shirt, and reportedly told another student that she would have to write an essay if she continued to disagree with him.

The school administration later determined that the shirt did not violate the school’s dress code.

Aug 07 09:46

New school security measures require mental health disclosure

Sounds good, right? But it’s the unintended consequences of the shared information that others are concerned about.

Buried amid the school security measures swiftly passed by the Florida Legislature in the wake of the shootings last February at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland is a mostly overlooked provision that requires parents or guardians registering a child for public school to disclose any mental health information in the prospective student’s past.

Sounds good, right? Having school officials made aware of a child dealing with mental health challenges means that the student and family can be connected to all available services, and school staff will be on alert to provide additional support. Who could argue with that?

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The question I would have here, is what is the state of Florida's capability to diagnose, and medicate any public school-attending child, without the parents' explicit consent?!?

Would the bad side-effects of any drug used to treat a student, be made available to the parents, so that they could watch for adverse reactions when the child started taking that drug?!? What about that drug in combination with any other drug the child may have been prescribed by their primary care physician?!?

This process seems to pose more questions than answers to me.

And if I were a parent with a kid on any medication for any reason, I would want to make an appointment with the school principal to go over just where school "rights" take over from parental rights, regarding prescriptions for their kids.

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