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Feb 23 11:06

'Proud' Zionist group leading campaign to sack UK professor for criticising Israel

In another example pointing to the dangerous rise of cancel-culture and the abuse of allegations of anti-Semitism within anti-Palestinian groups, "Israel's fanatical advocates" are demanding the expulsion of prominent British Professor, David Miller, from his post over his remarks about Zionism at a virtual meeting last week.

Miller has spent 15 years tracking the nefarious effects of the fossil fuel lobby, the pharmaceutical lobby, the tobacco lobby, as well as state lobbies that promote Islamophobia, such as those of Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

During the zoom meeting, the sociology professor, considered one of the world's leading experts on Islamophobia, denounced the state ideology of Israel as racist and called for an end to Zionism as a "functioning ideology of the world". He also blasted a number of pro-Israel groups who for a number of years have been leading a hostile campaign to have him sacked from his post at the University of Bristol.

Feb 23 10:21

Top Schools Swimming in Applicants After Dropping Tests Requirements While Other Schools Struggle

The New York Times reports:

Interest Surges in Top Colleges, While Struggling Ones Scrape for Applicants

Prestigious universities like Cornell never have a hard time attracting students. But this year, the admissions office in Ithaca, N.Y., is swimming in 17,000 more applications than it has ever received before, driven mostly by the school’s decision not to require standardized test scores during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We saw people that thought ‘I would never get into Cornell’ thinking, ‘Oh, if they’re not looking at a test score, maybe I’ve actually got a chance,’” said Jonathan Burdick, Cornell’s vice provost for enrollment.

But while selective universities like Cornell and its fellow Ivy League schools have seen unprecedented interest after waiving test scores, smaller and less recognizable schools are dealing with the opposite issue: empty mailboxes.

Feb 19 09:34

The Decline of the West: American Education Surrenders to "Equity"

Public education in the United States, if measured by results, has been producing graduates that are less competent in language skills and dramatically less well taught in the sciences and mathematics since 1964, when Scholastic Aptitude Test scores peaked. The decline in science and math skills has accelerated in the past decade according to rankings of American students compared to their peers overseas. A recent assessment, from 2015, placed the U.S. at 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. Among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD), the United States came in at 30th in math and 19th in science. Those poor results must be placed in a context of American taxpayers spending more money per student than any other country in the world, so the availability of resources is not necessarily a factor in most school districts.

Feb 19 09:30

New Bill in Virginia Would Require Teachers to Undergo ‘Cultural Competency’ Training

Ever since the Democrats took over Virginia, they have been relentless about making radical changes there.

WTOP News reports:

Va. bill heading to governor’s desk would require teachers to get cultural competency training

A new bill headed to the Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk would require teachers to undergo training in cultural competency to get their teaching license in the state.

Identical bills passed through the state’s House of Delegates and Senate on Monday, leaving Northam’s signature as the final step.

The bill requires any person who is applying for a teaching license, as well as any teacher seeking to renew their license from the Virginia Board of Education, to complete training in cultural competency. History and social studies teachers applying for a license would also need an endorsement in African American history.

The legislation also requires the school board to include cultural competency in teacher, principal and superintendent evaluations.

Feb 19 09:07

High School Football Coach Terminated For Questioning BLM Curriculum

The Dedham Public School District terminated a high school football coach for privately disagreeing with the left-wing social justice curriculum being forced on his kids. He is now suing the school district.

David Flynn was the well-liked head football coach at Dedham High School. He has two children enrolled at different schools in the district, his daughter at Dedham Middle and his son at Dedham Public School elementary. He himself is an alumnus of the school system.

Flynn’s lawsuit is against the district’s superintendent, Michael Welch, the high school principal, Jim Fonest, and the high school’s athletic director, Stephen Traister. Judicial Watch is assisting the former coach, the same legal network that investigated Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

Feb 19 07:53

Only 44% Of High Schoolers Submitted SAT Or ACT Exams Last Year

Remember how important the SATs were as a kid? It was almost like your entire future - and certainly your chances of getting into college - revolved around the standardized test.

But today, the test doesn't hold the clamor and clout that it once did. In fact, during 2020, only 44% of high schoolers submitted SAT or ACT exams with their college application, down from 77% the year prior, according to Bloomberg. A Kaplan survey of 400 college admissions officers found that only 9% were requiring standardized tests this year.

Schools are suspending requiring the testing because of the pandemic - and while students love it, some counselors worry it could "add to growing inequality" in higher education.

Feb 18 09:40

Squeezed to Zero: How the Woke and the Chinese Are Destroying Academic Mathematics

There is little sympathy for academics among conservatives, and I understand why. Tenured academics have job security unparalleled anywhere but in government jobs, and spend most of their time either indoctrinating students with “woke” ideology or lapping up taxpayer money on vanity projects posing as “research.” Graduate students seem to spend more time on social media screeching about the latest faux outrage than studying or contributing something worthwhile. Professors who disdain the current direction of the academy privately are viewed (not incorrectly) as cowards. Their unwillingness to stand up has let previously niche concepts such as “intersectionality” slip into the mainstream.

Feb 18 09:39

Student Lawsuit: U. Central Florida Treatment of Prof. Charles Negy Chilled Campus Free Speech

The University of Central Florida has been in the news for its punitive actions against Professor Charles Negy after he tweeted opinions that went contrary to campus and social justice politics. We have covered the Negy case extensively:

An obvious question is what impact on campus free speech would the administrative vindictiveness against Negy have. Apparently, a lot, according to a lawsuit filed by the free speech group Speech First, which has brought cases successfully challenging anti-free speech policies at the U. Michigan and U. Texas.

Feb 18 09:39

Judicial Watch Suing on Behalf of HS Coach Allegedly Removed for Objecting to Critical Race Training

David Flynn is a top-rated football coach who has worked for Dedham High School in Massachusetts for years. He recently objected to the addition of Critical Race Theory being taught in his daughter’s 7th-grade history class, and the high school decided not to rehire him as a coach.

Judicial Watch is now suing on his behalf.

From Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch Sues on Behalf of High School Coach Fired for Objecting to BLM/Critical Race Theory Curriculum for Daughter’s 7th Grade History Class

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of David Flynn, the father of two Dedham Public School students, who was removed from his position as head football coach after exercising his right as a citizen to raise concerns about his daughter’s seventh-grade history class curriculum being changed to include biased coursework on politics, race, gender equality, and diversity (Flynn v. Forrest et. al. (No. 21-cv-10256)

Feb 18 09:05

Liberals attack Joe Biden as a 'racist' over his refusal to forgive up to $50K of student debt

Socialists and others on the left excoriated President Joe Biden over his admission that he didn't have the power to forgive student debt for those who owed up to $50,000.

The president voiced his unpopular stance Tuesday evening during a town hall event on CNN when a young woman asked him when he would forgive more than the $10,000 he had previously suggested.

"I will not make that happen," Biden responded.

"It depends on the idea that, I say to a community, I'm going to forgive the debt of billions of dollars ... for people who have gone to Harvard and Yale and Penn," he explained.

Feb 18 08:47

Los Angeles Slashes School Police Budget, Replaces Officers With "Climate Coaches"

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education on Tuesday approved a plan to cut one-third of its police budget and divert the money to a program that focuses on black students achievement.

The board voted to cut 133 school police positions from the Los Angeles School Police Department, including 70 sworn officers, 62 non-sworn officers, and one support staff member. The staff reductions reduce the annual budget of the district’s police force from $77.5 million to $52.5 million.

Police officers stationed at all secondary schools will be replaced by new “climate coaches,” who are trained to, according to the plan, implement “positive school culture and climate,” use “de-escalation strategies” to resolve conflict, understand and address “implicit bias,” and eliminate “racial disproportionately” in school discipline practices.

Feb 18 08:40

An Absurd Look At The Marxist, Ultra-Woke "Education" System In 2021

In honor of Black History Month, schools across the Land of the Free are adopting a curriculum that’s being pushed from the organization Black Lives Matter.

Curiously, the “Black Lives Matter at School” curriculum has absolutely nothing to do with history, let alone black history.

Instead, the organization presents an entirely Marxist, ultra-woke agenda.

The first clue is that the website literally states “we engage comrades” through the curriculum’s 13 guiding principles.

One of these guiding principles is “disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure” to replace it with “villages that collectively care for one another, and especially our children.”

Wait, what? OUR children? Now we’re supposed to award untold influence over our kids to self-described “trained Marxists” ?

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Feb 17 08:35

Proposed UK law allowing deplatformed speakers to sue universities is turning free speech from universal right to legal privilege

Plans unveiled by UK education secretary Gavin Williamson that no-platformed speakers could get compensation from universities should be opposed by anyone seriously in favour of defending free speech.

If you were a visitor from Mars arriving in the UK today, you could be excused for believing that there was something progressive about the UK government legislating to enable no-platformed academics, students or visiting speakers to sue universities for compensation where they feel they have suffered because of free speech infringements.

If, however, you aren’t from Mars, you have no excuse.

Feb 17 07:41

Joe Biden slaps down two demands from left-wing of his party saying he WON'T write off $50,000 in student debts and says he would compromise on timing of $15 minimum wage

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he wouldn't write off $50,000 in student loan debt, as progressives have asked for, and was willing to gradually bump up the minimum wage to $15.

Biden participated in a CNN town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he wiggled away from the left of his party, knocking down attendee Joycelyn Fish's ask that he work to get $50,000 wiped from each American student's loan bill.

'I will not make that happen,' the president said.

Feb 16 14:13

New York School Principal Tells White Parents to Become 'White Traitors'

The principal of a New York college prep school sent white parents a "tool for action" telling them to become "white traitors" and advocate for full "white abolition," Christopher Rufo reports.

Feb 16 13:44

NYC education panel rejects contract for Gifted and Talented exam

A city education panel made up mostly of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handpicked allies defied his wishes Thursday, as they voted down a contract to administer the Gifted and Talented admissions exam.

Renegade members of the Panel for Education Policy argued that the test is unfair and racist as they threw a wrench into de Blasio’s plans to offer it one final time by voting 8-7 to nix a $1.7 million deal with Pearson testing.

The debate — which was so intense that it ended at about 1 a.m. Thursday — saw the mutineers overcome the arguments of dissenters who wanted to stick by the mayor and who said that families preparing for the test shouldn’t be blindsided.

The PEP’s snub came despite last-minute lobbying from de Blasio and 11th-hour panel appointments intended to aid the contract’s passage.

Feb 16 10:52

"Woke" British Universities To Be Fined For Limiting Free Speech

A pair of new government initiatives will see universities in the UK fined if colleges or student bodies attempt to shut down free speech on campuses, and heritage bodies sanctioned if they use funds to advance partisan political movements.

The Sunday Telegraph reported that the university measure is to be announced this week by the Education secretary Gavin Williamson, who has previously railed against the rise of ‘wokism’ and leftist cancel culture.

The report notes that “Colleges or student bodies that try to cancel, dismiss or demote people over their views will be sanctioned in a major Government escalation on the ‘war on woke’.”

Williamson’s effort will make it the duty of universities to promote free speech on campuses by allowing a broad spectrum of events and speakers, without hindrance.

The move will also see a ‘Free Speech Champion’ established on campuses as part of government’s regulatory Office for Students.

Feb 16 07:49

Grade school teacher criticizes 'prison-like' plexiglass cubicles. District tells her to take down FB post and stop being negative.

A teacher criticized her "prison-like" plexiglass structures that were set up at her grade school classroom in a Facebook post, and the district responded by telling her to delete the post and stop being so negative.

Fifth-grade teacher Teresa Holmes posted a video of the cubicles set up for social distancing because of the coronavirus at her Forestbrook Elementary classroom in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Holmes addressed the video to Ken Richardson, the chair of the Horry County Schools Board of Education.

"I'm wondering, this is my classroom, I have a rather large classroom compared to the other classrooms in our building," she explained.

Holmes said she could expect 30 or 32 desks when all the children from virtual study are back in the classroom.

Feb 16 06:25

REVEALED: How 'woke' English teachers have cancelled Shakespeare because of his 'white supremacy, misogyny, racism and classism' - and are instead using his plays to lecture in 'toxic masculinity and Marxism'

A growing number of 'woke' academics are refusing to teach Shakespeare in U.S. schools, arguing that the Bard promotes racism, white supremacy and intolerance, and instead are pushing for the teaching of 'modern' alternatives.

Writing in the January issue of School Library Journal, Amanda MacGregor, a Minnesota-based librarian, bookseller and freelance journalist, asked why teachers were continuing to include Shakespeare in their classrooms.

'Shakespeare's works are full of problematic, outdated ideas, with plenty of misogyny, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-Semitism and misogynoir,' she wrote, with the last word referring to a hatred of black women.

Feb 15 15:51

Woke teachers want Shakespeare cut from curriculum: ‘This is about White supremacy’

“This is about White supremacy and colonization,” declared the teachers who founded #DisruptTexts, a group that wants staples of Western literature removed or subjected to withering criticism. -- The anti-Shakespeare teachers say fans of the plays ignore the author’s problematic worldview. They say readers of Shakespeare should be required to address the “Whiteness” of their thinking.

Feb 15 11:27

One College President Is Standing Up For American Values, Even At Expense Of Sports Program

Several college basketball players were suspended by their school for kneeling during the national anthem.

President David Olive, who is white, said that he had told players to stop kneeling during the anthem in protest. When they continued, he decided to suspend everyone involved, per ESPN.

That forced the team to forfeit its game against Reinhardt on Thursday night.

Members of the Bluefield College basketball team, which plays in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics league, were suspended by school president David Olive ahead of a game Thursday once he learned that the players had been kneeling for the anthem after being specifically told not to, according to the New York Post.

Feb 15 09:24

The closing of the American mind

The English faculty at Leicester University recently decided to expunge works such as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Beowulf from their curriculum. They hoped that removing classical “Western” works from their curriculum would attract more students. That decision accentuates a trend that has been underway in American colleges, too: Eliminating course that many students claim glorify western imperialism, capitalism, and chauvinism. The students, and often faculty, demand colleges take down portraits and statues as well. The University of Pennsylvania removed a portrait of Shakespeare that had graced the walls for years. Not to be outdone, the San Francisco Board of Education removed Abraham Lincoln’s name from a public school.

Feb 15 07:05

Oregon Promotes Program Focused On ‘Dismantling Racism In Mathematics,’ Says Finding The Right Answer A Sign Of White Supremacy

The Oregon Department of Education is promoting a program for teachers that seeks to “disman[tle] racism in mathematics,” alleging that focusing on finding the right answer is a symbol of white supremacy.

Fox News reported that the ODE sent out a newsletter last week that mentions a “Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course” that will occur on February 21. The course, according to Fox, is designed for middle school teachers to make use of a toolkit for ‘dismantling racism in mathematics.’”

The newsletter encourages teachers to sign up for the training, which the New York Post previously reported includes a section with 14 things associated with “White Supremacy Culture,” including perfectionism, objectivity, and individualism.

Feb 14 11:07

Top 10 hypocritical SCHOOL RULES during Covid

Although Covid is no worse than the flu, the latter of which has suddenly disappeared from existence in America, students and school faculty alike who are attending “in-person” are forced to endure all the stupidity and idiocy that comes with quarantining the healthy. There’s a reason every student and teacher in America must wear a mask to school, and it’s not about Covid safety — in fact, it has nothing to do with Covid protection at all. This is very shocking to most people, especially those who believe that our entire medical system is designed to help you.

Feb 13 08:13

CDC: Diving Into the Data Manipulation (Audio)

Listen to an interview where Dr. Scott Jensen, Minnesota state senator, and Dr. Henry Ealy delve into their work on the CDC’s role in coercing hospitals to manipulate data on death certificates.

Feb 13 07:42

Vince Foster, Race, and Davidson College Snowflakes

It seemed like a good idea. President Bill Clinton’s deputy White House Counsel, Vincent W. Foster, Jr., was a member of Davidson College’s graduating class of 1967. He is listed among the college’s notable alumni on its Wikipedia page. He died mysteriously, as you may recall, six months to the day after Clinton’s presidential inauguration, his body having been discovered lying behind a berm deep in a Civil War relic, Fort Marcy Park, off the George Washington Parkway across the Potomac River from the capital in Virginia. My article, “Open Letter to Davidson College President Carol Quillen on Corruption” deals primarily with that case.

Feb 12 14:19

Public Schools Planning on Encaging your Kids in Mini Plexiglass Prisons when Schools Reopen!

It started with the masks that were meant to not stop the virus, but instead stop you from feeling emotions; stop you from seeing people’s facial expressions and numb you to what’s going on around you. Now, they are getting ready to emotionally mindf*ck an entire generation that will never mentally recover from the forced isolation and dystopian world they will now grow up in.

Feb 12 13:04

France sees foreign threat: “out-of-control woke leftism of American campuses and its attendant cancel culture”

We have covered for a decade the campus shout-downs and shut-downs of speakers, the incessant thought policing, the political correctness run amok, and in recent years, the cancel culture and repression of free expression. We also have documented how the campus culture has migrated to the broader culture, reflected in Big Tech censorship and repression.

It’s not just us noticing the destructive impact of this campus-to-culture phenomenon.

French leaders are worried that the American campus culture poses a threat to the national cohesiveness not just of the Unites States, but of France.

The NY Times reports:

The threat is said to be existential. It fuels secessionism. Gnaws at national unity. Abets Islamism. Attacks France’s intellectual and cultural heritage.

The threat? “Certain social science theories entirely imported from the United States,’’ said President Emmanuel Macron.

Feb 12 13:02

Entire School District In Ohio Cancels Classes After Too Many School Staff Have Negative Reactions To The Experimental COVID MRNA Injections

Two days after employees were given their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations, the Fairless Local School District canceled classes, attributing it to many developing side effects and becoming ill.

In most cases, as much as 80 percent of the eligible employees are accepting the vaccinations. Medina County schools canceled classes on Friday to allow employees to all be vaccinated on the same day. Other districts are choosing to have their mass vaccinations over the weekends so as not to interfere with classes. (Full article here)

Parents reportedly received a text on Sunday from the School District Superintendent Bidlack notifying parents of the school closure, which indicates that this cancelation of classes was not scheduled and was only decided the day after seeing how many of the district’s staff became sick or injured from the injections.

Feb 12 12:45

London university board urges it to drop IHRA definition of anti-Semitism

UCL's Academic Board has today voted in favour of urging the university council to retract its adoption of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism as it "is not for purpose within a university setting and has no legal basis for enforcement."

The vote came following a detailed study of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. The Working Group tasked with this released its findings in December, saying it is their "considered judgement that the IHRA working definition of antisemitism is not fit for purpose in a university setting, and that UCL's symbolic adoption of this confusing and ambiguous document will be of little help in addressing the serious problem of antisemitism in our community; indeed, it may in some ways complicate and undermine it."

Feb 12 12:43

THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA IS POISED TO ACCELERATE

Andrey Kessler at the Wall Street Journal accurately notes Mediocrity Is Now Mandatory

In January the College Board announced it would eliminate the essay portion of the SAT, as well as all of the separate SAT subject tests. Their stated purpose was “reducing and simplifying demands on students.” Such a burden.

When the University of California system did away with racial preferences in 1996, it moved to holistic admissions. Grades are only a suggestion—and SAT scores are biased, supposedly.

Virtually all universities and now many companies have D&I departments, for diversity and inclusion. Sounds worthy. But as far as I can tell, the No. 1 job of a D&I department is to hire more people into the D&I department. No one ever mentions excellence.

Many schools, like Hampshire College, Antioch University and Reed College, don’t even bother with meaningful grades—feelings might get hurt.

Feb 11 08:21

Youths hurl FIREBOMBS at riot police in Athens as Greece debates controversial education reforms (VIDEO)

Anger over proposed legislation that would ramp up security at Greek universities spilled over into the streets of Athens, as activists tossed Molotov cocktails during pitched battles with police.

Thousands of protesters faced off with law enforcement near the Hellenic Parliament building in Syntagma Square on Wednesday, as lawmakers debated a bill that would place uniformed, unarmed security personnel on university campuses. Currently, police are prohibited from entering the grounds of higher-education institutions, due to a law adopted after the country’s right-wing dictatorship violently crushed a student uprising at Athens Polytechnic in 1973.

Feb 11 07:54

Literacy in the 1860s

It is indeed a great boon to Civil War historians that mid-nineteenth century Americans were - for the most part - a literate society. Census information from 1850 and 1860 suggests that somewhere between 75% and 90% of adult whites were...that's right...literate. Literacy rates were higher in the North, and higher again in urban areas. But in terms of the general population - most white Americans at the beginning of the Civil War could read and write.

Of course, there are degrees of literacy. Reading a tavern sign does not make one a man of letters, as it were...and I have read letters written by people who were just barely hanging on to what we might term "literate." But for the sake of argument, let's just say that we are dealing with a literate society.

Feb 11 05:38

Japanese TV report sparks speculations in China that COVID-19 may have originated in US (2/23/20)

A report from a Japanese TV station that suspected some of the 14,000 Americans died of influenza may have unknowningly contracted the coronavirus has gone viral on Chinese social media, stoking fears and speculations in China that the novel coronavirus may have originated in the US.

Feb 09 12:20

Biden Scraps Trump Mandate For Universities To Report Chinese Dealings

Joe Biden has scrapped a policy instituted by President Trump that mandated US colleges and universities to report all connections with the Chinese government to encourage transparency in the face of evidence that CCP propaganda is infiltrating the education system.

Axios reports that Trump enacted a policy demanding that education institutions disclose all dealings with the controversial Chinese Confucius Institute.

Trump made sure that under the new policy any institutions failing to comply would lose certification for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

However, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs documents show that Biden scrapped the policy on January 26, with an ICE official also confirming to Campus Reform that the policy was done away with by Biden.

Feb 09 11:58

Boise State University overrun by social justice ideology, according to scholars’ new report

Social justice proponents are steadily transforming the public institution from within, scholars argue

Social justice has fully permeated academics at Boise State University, according to a new research report that suggests such a situation on campus “divides the world into aggrieved minorities and oppressive majorities.”

Scholars Scott Yenor and Anna Miller, in their December 2020 report “Social justice ideology in Idaho higher education,” break down how social justice proponents have “infiltrated the highest level of the BSU administration” and are steadily transforming the public institution from within.

“BSU is adding to its social justice mission every year,” the 36-page report states. “Social justice education at BSU is no longer in its infancy. It is heading toward maturity, spreading into hiring, policies, curriculum, and student life.”

Feb 09 07:58

Mediocrity Is Now Mandatory

Has an era of American mediocrity begun? In January the College Board announced it would eliminate the essay portion of the SAT, as well as all of the separate SAT subject tests. Their stated purpose was “reducing and simplifying demands on students.” Such a burden.

One high school near me just dropped freshman advanced-standing (honors) English “to combat the effects of academic ‘tracking” because it “ultimately separates students of different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds.” It turns out that middle schools from lower-income areas aren’t adequately preparing their students for high school. So rather than fix that problem, they dumbed down high school.

Feb 09 07:47

Montana Aims To "Save Women's Sports" From Biden's Executive Order

The Montana House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 112 in a 62-38 vote on Jan. 25, requiring public school athletes to participate in sports according to their biological sex.

The bill, named the “Save Women’s Sports Act” is sponsored by Rep. John Fuller, who told Campus Reform, “I have spent my life’s career defending children, helping them achieve their dreams and advocating for the benefits of sports and athletics for everyone.”

The bill passed the Montana House within days of President Joe Biden signing an executive order that would allow biological males who identify as females to compete in women's sports, as Campus Reform previously reported.

According to United States v. Virginia, 518 U.S. 515, 533 (1996) "'Inherent differences' between men and women, we have come to appreciate, remain cause for celebration, but not for denigration of the members of either sex or for artificial constraints on an individual's opportunity."

Feb 09 07:03

Clueless In DC: Biden Admin Contradicting Itself On School Re-Openings As Joe Blames Trump?

President Joe Biden on Sunday claimed it is necessary for kids to return "safely" to school and to expect the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to release "science-based" guidelines later this week on requirements for schools to reopen amid the ongoing pandemic.

The president’s comments came during a pre-Super Bowl interview on "CBS Evening News." Questioned by anchor Norah O’Donnell whether some 20 million American children have not been in the classroom for nearly a year – and the mental health damage that has caused – constituted a "national emergency," Biden stated it does.

Feb 08 12:09

'We have educators who are dying': Teachers still fear COVID-19, but calls to open schools grow louder

California mom Megan Bacigalupi has had enough. She wants her kindergartner and second-grader back in their Oakland classrooms.

But the coronavirus is spreading too quickly to open schools in Alameda County, based on current state standards. And the local teachers union hasn’t agreed to go back – even after teachers have been vaccinated. So she expects her kids will be logging on to school from home for a while.

“The impediments to opening are just too great,” said Bacigalupi, who is lobbying California lawmakers to establish firm, statewide health metrics that, once met, would require schools to open. “In the end, it comes down to a lack of political will to get the kids back in the classroom.”

Feb 08 11:51

Biden Considers Student Loan Cancellation By Executive Order

President Joe Biden is considering student loan forgiveness by executive order.

Here’s what you need to know.

Student Loans

The White House says that Biden supports student loan cancellation, and would continue to review whether he can deliver student loan forgiveness through executive action. “The President continues to support the cancelling of student debt to bring relief to students and families,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted. “Our team is reviewing whether there are any steps he can take through executive action and he would welcome the opportunity to sign a bill sent to him by Congress.”

Feb 08 11:20

Students at Harvard’s Kennedy School Demand Mandatory Anti-Racism Courses

Harvard students push for curriculum ‘audit,’ mandatory ‘anti-racism’ courses

Harvard Kennedy School students sent an open letter to administrators demanding racial equity actions, including a mandatory anti-racism course for Masters degree students and a full “audit” of the curriculum using an “anti-racist, anti-colonial lens.”

Roughly 200 members of the Kennedy School’s 1,200 students signed the letter from the HKS Equity Coalition, which is working to “mobilize our peers, pressure the administration to create transformative change, and hold each other accountable in community.”

“When placing Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) within the context of our white supremacist society, the racial inequity and injustice at this institution is not surprising,” opened the letter. “However, it is also no excuse for the school’s complacency.”

Feb 08 07:03

California Proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum A Subterfuge For Anti-American And Anti-Zionist Activism

The California public school and university systems have seen their fair share of controversy—from outrage at the Islamist Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) involvement in a San Diego “anti-bullying” program to blowback against the Burbank Unified School District’s practice of temporarily discontinuing the teaching of classic books.

Now, the state’s Department of Education is back in the hot-seat as its much-reviled “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) ” has once again made headlines for its reliance on the neo-Marxist (so-called) academic discipline known as “Critical Ethnic Studies.”

On January 22, the online media outlet United Press International reported:

The California Department of Education is finalizing a model ethnic studies curriculum designed to teach students in public high schools about the history, culture and contributions to American society of historically marginalized people.

Feb 08 07:00

"We Cannot Mince Words": San Francisco Education Official Denounces Meritocracy As Racist

Alison Collins, the Vice President of the San Francisco Board of Education, has declared meritocracy to be racist even in the selection of students at advanced or gifted programs. As we have previously discussed, this has been a building campaign in academia as educators and others denounce selection based on academic performance through testing. At issue in San Francisco is Lowell High School where top students were selected through testing and grades. Most cities have such gifted programs or institutions, though we have discussed calls for the elimination of all gifted and talented programs in cities like New York. Lowell had a majority of white and Asian students and only two percent of its student body were African-Americans. Collins and other board members want to abolish the merit-based selection in favor of a blind lottery system.

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You know, kind of like what we have in Washington DC!

Feb 07 07:32

Why are our universities so desperate to work for China's dictators? MI6 fears over UK colleges links to Beijing as at least a dozen institutions are probed by spooks

More than a dozen British universities are under investigation over commercial relationships with the Chinese government that might break laws designed to protect national security and human rights, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The institutions – which include some of the most prestigious universities in the country – could be hit by ‘enforcement notices’ imposed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs over alleged breaches of export controls in their dealings with Beijing.

It is understood the security services fear some academics have been sharing pioneering British technology with China that could be facilitating the dictatorial Communist government’s repression of minorities and dissidents.

Feb 05 07:53

Mike Bloomberg Urges Biden To "Stand Up" To Teachers Unions Resisting Reopening, Tells Educators To "Suck It Up"

Feb 04 16:19

It’s time to take seriously teachers’ refusal to teach

Before I go any farther, I'd better apologize to those readers who are intelligent, dedicated teachers who do not think theirs is the hardest job in the world, that they receive the lowest salary of any employee ever, or that they are uniquely vulnerable to the Wuhan virus despite evidence that classrooms are not dangerous virus spreaders.  This post is not about you.  This post is about teachers who use their classrooms to indoctrinate the captive young people in their charge with leftist values.

Feb 04 15:56

These are the words colleges don’t want you to say

Amid a nationwide movement to remove statues, symbols, and words in the name of inclusion, Campus Reform rounded up recent examples of words that have been banned on college campuses.

Feb 04 14:57

The Rising Cost of College in the U.S.

Feb 03 08:43

Lincoln High School And The Latest Fact-Checking Pitfalls

As Internet fact-checkers have evolved from niche websites into the absolute arbitrators of “truth” on the modern web, they have gone from debunking simple urban myths to tackling far more complex and nuanced topics. One area of particular concern is a growing focus on humor websites and even fact-checking future events.

Feb 03 07:40

Prof wishes death for Trump supporters

A professor wished death on supporters of President Trump in a tweet, but his university says he's facing no consequences because no one has filed an "official complaint."

The College Fix reported the tweet from Mark Alfano of Macquarie University in Australia, who recently received a grant of nearly $1 million to study "intellectual humility" toward political opponents.

Feb 03 07:38

San Francisco Schools Renamed the Arts Department Because Acronyms Are a Symptom of White Supremacy

The San Francisco United School District isn't quite finished with its renaming binge: The district's arts department, previously titled VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts), will now be known as the SFUSD Arts Department.

This change has been made in accordance with "antiracist arts instruction," according to ABC-7 News.

"It is a very simple step we can take to just be referred to as the SFUSD Arts Department for families to better understand who we are," Sam Bass, director of the SFUSD Arts Department, explained in a memo obtained by the local news network.

Bass did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and the memo isn't widely available. But ABC-7 reported that the decision was made to eliminate VAPA because the department realized acronyms are a symptom of "white supremacy culture."

Feb 03 07:37

Prominent San Francisco high school could drop academic achievement for admission

The San Francisco school board might junk grade and testing requirements for its nationally acclaimed Lowell High School, which has long been a lightning rod for issues of race in education.

The school is the San Francisco Unified School District's only 9-12 campus that uses a formula of grades and standardized test scores for admission of most students — but that might change based on a resolution presented by board members on Tuesday.

The proposal calls for a random lottery for admission to Lowell, which is majority Asian American, to replace the current grade-and-test system, which allegedly "excludes students of color" and "perpetuates the opportunity gap."

Of Lowell's 2,871 students, 18.1 percent are white, 11.5 percent

Feb 03 07:04

University of Dallas rebuffs trans activist’s campaign to fire Catholic professor

The University of Dallas (UD), a private Catholic university in Texas, has come into the crosshairs of gender ideology activism after a disgruntled former student, a man who now identifies as a woman, took umbrage at an alleged “social media posting of hatred against trans persons by chair of the political philosophy department, Prof. David Upham.”

The alumnus, “Bethany” Beeler by name, a married man and father of three who claims that “Jesus is trans,” penned an open letter to the university administration, wherein he asserts that Upham’s “mischaracterization of trans persons flies in the face of established medical science, psychological science, and public consensus on the trans experience.”

Feb 03 06:50

US inequalities spark school reopening battles

The issue of reopening schools during the pandemic in the US has become intertwined with the increasing gap between their rich and poor.

With a major teachers’ strike looming Chicago has become the key battleground in the reopening of schools amid America’s struggles handling the coronavirus. The root issue is not racial disparities or even health safety but how the pandemic keeps worsening long standing economic inequalities between the rich and poor classes.

In the decentralized United States system funding for schools comes mainly from local taxes. While schools in wealthy neighborhoods have plenty of resources for hand sanitizers and masks, schools in poor areas are being asked to cope with pandemic-related costs despite decades of non-investment.

Feb 02 14:06

Virtually normal: Montreal student tries to contact his online prof, only to learn he's dead

Feeling a little disconnected in a world of virtual meetings, events and lectures?

No one's come face-to-face with the new reality quite the same way as Aaron Ansuini, a Montreal student who tried to contact his university lecturer this month.

Ansuini attends Concordia University and is taking a course on Canadian art history, taught, of course, by video.

But at one point he had a question, so he looked up the professor, Francois Marc Gagnon, to find his email address. Then he got a shock.

"When I was looking up his name to get his email address I pulled up his obituary," Ansuini said.

It turned out that his professor had died nearly two years earlier -- and the university had never mentioned that to the students taking his pre-recorded classes.

Feb 02 14:04

University of Chicago Considering Creation of ‘Critical Race Studies’ Department

UChicago considers entire academic department for ‘critical race’ studies

The University of Chicago is considering the creation of a critical race studies department and is funding an effort to look into creating the new academic unit. The move came just weeks after President Donald Trump had signed an executive order banning federal contractors and grant recipients from teaching Critical Race Theory, which the Trump administration deemed “divisive” and “anti-American propaganda.”

President Joe Biden reversed the order in a flurry of executive orders of his own.

As Campus Reform reported in October, a group of faculty members initiated a diversity strike, during which faculty members pledged not to participate or collaborate in university-sponsored diversity initiatives until their demands were met.

Feb 02 13:52

Parents Object to Anti-Racist Curriculum ‘in Every Class’ at Exclusive Dalton School

In December, Professor Jacobson wrote about the exclusive Dalton School in New York, which has aggressively embraced the ideology of Critical Race Theory.

The post featured a report from the Naked Dollar blog about the faculty at Dalton releasing an eight-page list of race-based demands.

Now a group of parents of Dalton students has written a letter which reveals that the situation at Dalton is actually worse than previously known.

Former FOX News host Megyn Kelly shared the letter on Twitter:

Feb 02 11:21

Pittsburgh: Sexual Deviant Will Keep His Job As High School Teacher

Parents and community members in suburban Allegheny County are enraged after it was revealed that a teacher at Avonworth High School is a gay pervert with a dog fetish. While this is disturbing to most people, he has not been fired from his job yet.

Problems began for Doug Haskins, the openly gay 9th grade biology instructor, in early January when students discovered a homosexual lifestyle Instagram page. Haskins, wearing a black dog mask, was featured with another man in canine-themed BDSM costumes.

After the discovery, a source told National Justice that students began barking at Haskins during one of his Zoom classes. Soon after, the Instagram pages vanished.

Feb 02 10:38

DC Public Schools Using Black Lives Matter Curriculum That Prioritizes ‘Disrupting the Nuclear Family’

DC Public Schools have announced that they will be using a race-based curriculum sent out by Black Lives Matter to teach students during Black History Month.

An email sent to parents refers to children as “communal children” and prioritizes “disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.”

According to a report from the Daily Wire, who obtained the email, the program calls for allowing everyone to “choose their own gender,” even children in elementary school.

The critical race theory-based curricula uses Black Lives Matter’s “13 Guiding Principles,” which the Wire reports pushes for “queer and transgender affirmation and ‘restorative justice,’ among other priorities. The guide calls for the dismantling of the ‘patriarchal practice’ of requiring mothers to parent their children while also participating in ‘justice work.'”

Feb 02 08:43

Chicago mom threatens to sue school union for 'cultivating fear and panic' by telling striking teachers it's not safe to go back to classrooms

A mother from Chicago is threatening to sue the Chicago school union for 'cultivating fear and panic' as teachers appear to headed for strike or lock-out in a dispute as teachers and the union failed to come to an agreement on a novel coronavirus safety plan.

On Monday, the Chicago Public Schools told the parents of 67,000 pre-kindergarten, special education, elementary and middle school students, to keep their children at home after it could not reach an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).

Sarah Sachen, a mom of three said she shared the frustration of Mayor Lori Lightfoot over the battle between the two bodies.

Jan 31 09:13

Being indoctrinated at public school is “safe” for children, but doing anything else will spread coronavirus

According to the CDC, the only safe thing for children to do anymore is sit in a public school classroom and have their heads filled with whatever their teachers are telling them. Everything else is simply too dangerous because it could lead to more “positive” test results, and that would be really scary.

Jan 28 15:58

Hamilton Catholic school board investigates allegations of former employee's racist messagesSocial Sharing

The Hamilton Catholic school board is undergoing an investigation into allegations that an occasional education assistant allegedly posted racist and hate-filled messages online for years under a pseudonym.

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Chair Pat Daly said the staff member, who worked at St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School, is no longer an employee, but could not say if he was fired or resigned.

None of the allegations have been proven, but Daly said if "he was communicating … anything like, anywhere close to what is suggested … that would be very, very concerning from any employee of our board, particularly those that interact directly and often with students."

Timothy Juhlke was unavailable after multiple requests for comment over two weeks from CBC News, but told The Hamilton Spectator he was hacked.

Jan 28 13:51

Joe Biden Kills Office Protecting Job Rights of U.S. Graduates

The Biden administration is eliminating an office that was recently created to protect many millions of American graduates — including Biden’s young voters — from government-fueled corporate discrimination in hiring, pay, and workplace rights.

The worker-rights office was announced January 13 by President Donald Trump’s deputies and canceled January 26 by Biden’s deputies.

The short-lived office was intended to document and expose the corporate discrimination against Americans that is fueled by the huge Occupational Practical Training (OPT) program.

In 2019, the OPT program provided work permits to 400,000 foreign graduates so they can take the jobs and opportunities needed by graduates — including Biden’s voters — under rules that make foreign workers much cheaper to hire and easier to manage than American graduates are. OPT workers are foreign, temporary, contract workers — not immigrants.

Jan 28 13:37

Dr. R. Buttar blasts Gates, Fauci, exposes fake pandemic numbers, as economy collapses

"He says Anthony Fauci is at the center of it all... In 2017, he [Fauci] was documented at Georgetown University, saying that there will be a pandemic; that this presidency will face that ...how did he know that in 2017, that something was going to happen in 2018, '19 or 2020?

Jan 28 06:18

Why CDC Approves Of School Reopenings Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Although a majority of educational institutions across the country were forced to switch to online learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe it’s safe to begin reopening schools for full in-person instruction.

An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Tuesday reveals experts approve of reopening certain schools if restrictions are put in place to lower the spread of COVID-19, ABC 7 reports.

“Committing today to policies that prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission in communities and in schools will help ensure the future social and academic welfare of all students and their education,” the researchers wrote.

Jan 27 12:03

Petition: President Biden: Cancel student loans in the first 100 days.

Federal student loans have become a national threat. Before the Covid-19 virus emerged, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. had student loans, and over 80% of them were either unable to pay on their loans, or were paying but their balances were going up. The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, and these people were taking out less than a third of what today's students are compelled to borrow for college. The default rate for current borrowers will easily exceed 75%, if not far higher. This is more than triple the default rate of sub-prime home mortgages, and this was all true before the pandemic. By every reasonable metric, this is now a catastrophically failed lending system.

Jan 26 07:38

Chicago Teachers Union Votes to Refuse Return to In-Person Instruction

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted Sunday to defy the order of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to return to in-person instruction as the school district continues with its reopening plans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

CTU announced that “in an unprecedented remote electronic vote, 71 percent” of its members voted to continue remote instruction on Monday.

“With this vote, rank-and-file educators will continue teaching remotely, and safely, as they have been doing for months,” CTU stated.

Jan 25 09:20

Chicago Teachers Vote To 'Strike' Against In-Person Instruction Over COVID-19 Fears

The Chicago Teachers Union announced on Sunday that its members voted to defy an order to return to in-person instruction on Monday, citing concerns over COVID-19. Officials with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have made clear that refusing to return when ordered would be tantamount to an illegal strike.

CPS, the nation's third-largest district, ordered roughly 10,000 K-8 teachers and other staffers to return to school on Monday, while roughly 70,000 students are expected to show up for part-time in-person classes on February 1 - when CPS says they still expect K-8 teachers to appear in-person. There has been no return date set for high school students.

The teachers union says that the reopening plan fails to take the health of teachers into account, and has called on the district to allow them to continue teaching from home.

Jan 23 08:16

Welcome to the University of WOKE! Leicester has ditched Chaucer, is 'decolonising' its syllabus and marks 'International Womxn's Week'... no wonder it's turning into a first-class failure, says GUY ADAMS

Even though it may not boast any dreaming spires or belong to the Russell Group of leading universities, there was a time not so very long ago when Leicester University punched well above the weight of its provincial rivals.

Named Britain’s ‘University of the Year’ in 2008, with a heritage that encompassed great thinkers such as novelist Malcolm Bradbury, a former student, poet Philip Larkin, one of its old librarians, and Sir David Attenborough, who lived on the attractive campus as a child, it was home to nearly 23,000 students.

Exactly a decade ago, Leicester came 17th in the Guardian University Guide’s national league tables, and was also top university for ‘student satisfaction’ outside Oxbridge.

Jan 21 06:37

Leicester uni to axe 145 jobs, with medieval studies and English language set to sink to create a woke 'decolonised curriculum'

Cash-strapped University of Leicester is to cut dozens of jobs. Apparently, courses on race, sexuality and diversity will be spared the chopping block while professors teaching the English language should seek new employment.

On Monday, the university disclosed details about its downsizing plans. Due to Covid-19, its income flows have dried up, so some of its 3,800 staff will have to go, with as many as 145 jobs slated to become redundant.

An email explaining the situation and announcing a 90-day consultation period was sent to employees, and some of them were quite unhappy with the management's rationale for selecting which areas should be "disinvested."

Jan 20 07:53

Trump's Last Act Out The Door Is To Have Deep State Awareness Taught In Schools

President Trump’s 1776 Commission released a report on the state of American education Monday in what the White House described as a "rebuttal" to the New York Times "1619 Project" and other historical accounts that take a critical view of the country’s earliest days.

"The 1776 report," released on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was developed in response to Trump’s call to promote "patriotic education" in schools. In the report, the commission argues that schools "should reject any curriculum that promotes one-sided partisan opinions, activist propaganda, or factional ideologies that demean America’s heritage, dishonor our heroes, or deny our principles.

Jan 19 22:15

A Guide to Home-Based COVID Treatment- PDF Booklet

AAPS - Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Excerpt (Ch 3, para 2): "Hospital care for critical patients has a much higher death rate, and far higher risk of long-term lung, heart, neurological, and other complications for those who survive.

Jan 19 14:25

Opinion: The Assault On The Right Is The Result Of Our Broken & Unchecked University System

It appears that everyone knows that Donald Trump is a terrible, right-wing fascist racist, right? It's common knowledge. But do they really know that? Of course, they do! Everyone knows it.

Everybody says so, so it must be true. There it is right there. Everybody says it so everybody knows it so everybody says it. Everybody says it, so everybody knows It... So, everybody says it and so-on, and so-on.

These false and absurd notions originate from America’s academia and the media inundated the broadcast and digital airwaves with them. Then, the people themselves repeat retweet, share, and reinforce it amongst each other within their digital or traditional network of friends and colleagues.

Jan 19 08:53

Parents fume as BLM campaigners subvert America’s top high schools in the name of diversity & get ‘racist’ entrance exams scrapped

It’s not just white students in the firing line, but high performing Asian-American children, too; is it a bold move in the name of racial fairness or just an anti-intellectual assault from the ideology of critical race theory?
Few expected George Floyd’s killing to lead to a feud over ‘Asian privilege’. But that is the storm that has been waging at America’s top performing public school, Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia.

The school, often referred to as TJ, offers a college preparatory program emphasizing the sciences, mathematics, and technology to children aged 14 to 18. It is ranked as the No.1 high school in the nation, and due to its status, earning a place there is competitive. Until recently, it used an admissions test to choose pupils.

Jan 19 08:48

Israel lobby urges Biden to ramp up attacks on college activists

Leaders of major Israel advocacy groups in the US are calling on the incoming Biden administration to further suppress Palestinian rights activism on college campuses.

In a letter, sent on 12 January, they make no mention of the events six days prior when anti-Semitic extremists, white nationalists and other Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol Building.

Rather, the heads of the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federations of North America, the American Jewish Committee and others representing dozens of members of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, praise the current and two former administrations and claim that “some anti-Israel activity is simply a modern form of anti-Semitism” – pointing squarely to Palestine solidarity activism on college campuses.

For their part, some of these same organizational leaders had separately expressed their dismay and horror at the blatant anti-Semites and their ilk who took part in the 6 January attack.

Jan 19 07:41

Biden’s Pick For Deputy Secretary of Education Believes Schools “Spirit Murder” Black Children – White Teachers Should Undergo “Antiracist Therapy”

President Trump banned hateful and divisive critical race theory from federal agencies and Joe Biden, a lifelong racist, is bringing it back.

Joe Biden on Monday nominated San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten to serve as his administration’s Deputy Secretary of Education.

Jan 17 07:28

Trump Administration Accomplishments

For those of you that say Trump hasn't done anything for America. [ts]

Jan 15 07:34

Cupertino Elementary School Forcing Third-Graders to ‘Deconstruct Their Racial and Sexual Identity’ – Rank Themselves According to ‘Power and Privilege’

According to documents released by undisclosed parents whose children attend R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School in Cupertino, California – a Silicon Valley community. A third-grade teacher started teaching a lesson on “social identities” in the middle of a math class. The lesson encouraged children to ‘deconstruct their racial and sexual identity, and rank themselves according to ‘power and privilege.’

The teacher asked all students to create an “identity map,” listing their race, class, gender, religion, family structure, and other characteristics. The teacher explained that the students live in a “dominant culture” of “white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able-bodied, Christian, English speaker[s],” who, according to the lesson, “created and maintained” this culture in order “to hold power and stay in power.”

Jan 14 09:02

Dalai Lama History: Biography, History, And Legacy Of The Dalai Lama

What is the Dalai Lama?
The Dalai Lama is a human person, but the name is also a title meaning "ocean of knowledge" given to the leading monk of Tibetan Buddhism. This is not a type of title you get through a political process of backroom dealing or just ends up after a substantial rise through the ranks, as is common in some Western religions; The Dalai Lama is believed to be the reincarnation of every previous lama who is believed to be a soul trapped in an endless cycle of rebirth, never reaching nirvana, because his work is just too important. . tough break.

Jan 13 07:19

NYC DOE will scrap Gifted and Talented test after this year

The Department of Education ended the suspense around the city’s accelerated Gifted and Talented program Tuesday night, announcing that the single-test entry system will end after this year.

Parents have been clamoring for answers on the coveted programs that admit kids based on standardized exam scores beginning at age 4.

Backers say they give academically advanced kids the opportunity to learn at an appropriate pace and serve as an educational springboard.

Detractors counter that the admissions model favors families of means who are better able to prepare for the test and that the exam serves as a poor marker of talent in young children.

Jan 06 07:20

San Francisco may change 'inappropriate' names of schools honoring Washington, Lincoln, and even Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Officials in San Francisco are pushing to rename several public schools in an attempt to purge school buildings of names deemed "inappropriate" like Presidents George Washington or Abraham Lincoln.

Even a school building named for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is on a list of 44 sites that parents and educators have been told must be renamed for having connections to slavery, genocide, or oppression, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Of the 125 schools in the San Francisco district, more than a third have been added to the list for having objectionable names, including Balboa, Lowell and Mission high schools, Roosevelt and Presidio middle schools, and Webster, Sanchez and Jose Ortega elementary schools.

Jan 04 10:41

New Shakespeare Anthology For Children Omits ‘Merchant Of Venice’ For Fear Of ‘Offending’ Jews

Renowned children’s author and playwright Sir Michael Morpurgo will omit The Merchant of Venice from the children’s book based on Shakespeare’s plays he is working on because he doesn’t want to “offend” Jews:

Sir Michael, 77, is modernising Shakespeare plays for children and teenagers in a book titled Tales from Shakespeare, designed to make them more appealing to a young audience.

The book will include works such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and King Lear, which are fixtures of the school syllabus. But Sir Michael said that after rereading The Merchant of Venice – which is on A-level syllabuses – he could not “honestly” retell it, the Sunday Times reported.

Jan 03 08:12

Police Keep Secret List Of Kids With Bad Grades Labelling Them "Potential Criminals"

In the ostensible land of the free, we are told that all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty by their peers. To those who’ve been paying attention however, we know that “innocent until proven guilty” is a farce into today’s police state. If you doubt this assertion, you need only look at the data to see that a whopping 74% of people in jails across the country - have not been convicted of a crime.

While it is true that many of these folks are awaiting trial for crimes they did commit, there are innocent people behind bars for the sole reason that they cannot afford bail. A free country — who claims to protect the rights of citizens — should not be keeping hundreds of thousands of presumed innocent people in cages, yet this is the status quo.

Jan 02 12:12

Horror: Nashville Nurse Gets Bells Palsy From Vaccine!

Khalilah Mitchell, a registered nurse from Nashville, Tennessee, now suffers from bells palsy after getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

Dec 31 07:46

Scholarship in the age of wokeness: Top 10 ACADEMIC targets of cancel culture in 2020

This year, attempts to defenestrate people for voicing their opinions reached new heights of absurdity. And academia was no exception. This list comprises the top 10 academic targets of cancel culture, as selected by yours truly.
Academics are supposed to be engaged in the disinterested pursuit of truth. And universities are meant to be places where you attack the argument, not the man. But in recent years, many scholars in the English-speaking world have found themselves embroiled in controversies just for expressing an unorthodox opinion or – in one case – pronouncing a Chinese word correctly. The individuals below were all targeted for cancellation in 2020. Some were investigated by their employers, others lost book contracts, speaking engagements and even university positions.

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Dec 29 07:42

Will Students Return To Public Schools After The Pandemic?

“She’s a happy kid, a good student, and the virtual learning was a disaster for us,” said Erin Haroldson of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, whose eight-year-old daughter was receiving virtual education from her local public school last spring. When it looked like schools would go virtual again this fall, Haroldson asked her daughter if she would rather continue at Mount Horeb or start in person at a new school, where she would need to make new friends.

When her daughter responded “Mom, I want to go to a new school,” the Haroldsons enrolled her in High Point Christian School in Madison.

Dec 28 14:02

Even Homer Gets Mobbed

A sustained effort is under way to deny children access to literature. Under the slogan #DisruptTexts, critical-theory ideologues, schoolteachers and Twitter agitators are purging and propagandizing against classic texts—everything from Homer to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Dr. Seuss.

Their ethos holds that children shouldn’t have to read stories written in anything other than the present-day vernacular—especially those “in which racism, sexism, ableism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of hate are the norm,” as young-adult novelist Padma Venkatraman writes in School Library Journal. No author is valuable enough to spare, Ms. Venkatraman instructs: “Absolving Shakespeare of responsibility by mentioning that he lived at a time when hate-ridden sentiments prevailed, risks sending a subliminal message that academic excellence outweighs hateful rhetoric.”

Dec 27 20:02

White Girl Has College Admission Revoked For Singing Rap Lyrics When She Was 15

"White privilege" means having your life derailed for singing the lyrics to a rap song on Snapchat to a friend when you were 15 years old.

Dec 25 09:43

Why do we celebrate Christmas on 25 December?

Was Jesus Born on 25 December?

The truth is that we cannot be completely certain about Jesus' birthday. Despite eventually becoming one of the most popular religions in the world, Christianity made small beginnings and suffered much persecution, so the celebration of the birth of Jesus was unquestionably gone by 336 BCE, as far as we had one There is evidence as to the ancient Roman calendar. It was celebrated on 25 December, but three centuries is plenty of time to forget someone's birthday if you neglect to write it. Most of us forget after three days

Dec 23 18:15

A “Brave School World” of Tracking Student Data for “Social Credit”

By John Klyczek

From Bill Gates to BigQuery, From Blockchain to Hashgraph

In my recent article series, I document how the US Department of Education’s emergency COVID rules for “Distance Learning and Innovation” (85 FR 18638) have deregulated the federal requirements for “adaptive learning” and other ed-tech forms of “artificial intelligence” that are now being bankrolled by floods of stimulus money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

I’ve also documented how such CARES-financed ed-tech, including adaptive-learning and socioemotional-feedback technologies, are set up to be data-mined through public-private partnerships that are being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s campaign to “Reimagine Education.”

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